I’m dreaming of a Literary Christmas..

Good Morning and Seasons Greetings,

We are now in the final month of a really challenging year and I cannot wait to get the seasons reading underway. My poor reading life took a real hit this year. Although I have read some great reads, I haven’t been that focused and I have missed the peace and quiet of a good read.

On the Blog this Month...

How to have a Literary Christmas: 25 posts featuring recipes, quotes, lists, and tips for a festive Literary Christmas.

I have planned some wintery tales perfect for the cold season.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …
A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige’s irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. It was first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain, a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs, such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales. 

Rainbow Book Shelves

Evening Pumpkins,

If you are a fan of Bookstagram ( Book centric Instagram Accounts and posts) then you may see that many users ‘Rainbow’ their book shelves.

Basically, arranging your shelves by colour. I’ve looked at the pictures of many accounts in awe and at many times whispered ‘one day’

One day was Saturday 17th October 2020.

My mum was sick in the next room, my dad asleep, and the dog was looking at me like I was mad from my bed.

First thing first, I had to google the rainbow. I know these seemed weird, but where did colours such as pink, brown and Black go? I finally decided on an order.

  • Red
  • Pink
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Violet
  • Brown
  • Black
  • White

This is how it turned out..

I hate it. It’s not stunning enough to be ok with not being able to find a book that I need. Maybe its because I don’t have an even number of each book and therefore doesn’t look as symmetrical. I don’t know.

I am glad that I finally got around to doing this, but I will be changing it as the earliest convenience. What’s you experience of ‘Rainbow Shelves’?

CLEARURSHIT READATHON

Afternoon Pumpkins,

With less than a week left of October, and only 2 months left of the year, I need to seriously up my reading game if I want smash my reading goals this year.

I found a readathon for the November and December called CLEARURSHIT.

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On Andee’s Blog you can find the full details. and if you follow @ClearurShit you can download the below blank Quests sheet for you to fill in.

As you can see there are several challenges to help you chose what books you wanna read. The last three challenges will be set by the hosts.

There is a character card to fill in:

It’s just a bit of fun that is meant to get you reading more, and I am really excited to get started.

Tips for the Best Read-Cation: Lockdown Style

Hello Pumpkins

In case you don’t know what a Readcation is, let me please explain.

3+ days of uninterrupted reading.

So instead of visiting wild exotic places filled with Face Masks and Anti bac gel, you can visit Fantasy lands from the comfort of your own home, wearing no mask, and possibly no bra..

Six Months into this virus and according to the news the riots may start soon, Christmas with Family has been cancelled, basic operations are being cancelled again and any hope for a vaccine is next year…

It’s all bad news these days. Which is why for my Week off Work I am having a ReadCation. 9 days of switching off from the news, and flying into far away lands where ‘social distancing’ doesn’t frequent every supermarket shop window.

This week is the last Holiday before the end of the year. My Reading Goals have plummeted and I have been in such a slump. I have hated working from home. This week will help me to recapture my love for reading and all things literary.

10 Tips for a great ReadCation

  1. Let your family know! This are weird and unusual times. Working from Home and staying indoors as much as possible can cause strain amoungst family members.
  2. Snacks! Get as much from the Supermarket as possible. I’ve gone for Fruit, Mints & Crisps for my food, but I have a craving for Jelly Beans.
  3. Find some easy to cook meals, and plan them in advance.
  4. Get off of the Phone! – Unless its Goodreads, Spotify or the Bookly App, get off the Phone. Stay away from the News!
  5. Don’t just read. Say What!! Yeah, so reading for hours straight, can make your eyes feel tired. Compliment this with rearranging your bookshelves, Cooking a great meal, making a hot beverage of your choice, or Write a Review. Maybe take a visit to the library or a bookstore.
  6. Drink Plenty of Water. That’s just sensible.
  7. Dress up/Dress Down – Where a Tux, Ball Gown, heck wear nothing! It doesn’t matter as long as your are happy.
  8. Have a TBR pile – Visit the Library, or buy new books or just plan what Books you would like to read. Having them to hand really helps to make sure you can read as much as you can.
  9. Take a Bath – Self-care is important and us FanGirls know that there can be a lot of emotions in a book. Often, if a book is good enough you go along the journey with the character. This can be draining. Take a moment at the beginning or end of the day to just relax and brush away those feeels…
  10. Have a Goal- In hours how much time do you want to spend reading. My goal is 50 Hours. Its attainable, and reasonably for 9 days of reading. Make sure you can smash the goal. Setting one too high will leave you feeling stressed aim for something you know can challenge you, but at the same time is reasonably to complete. You need to smash this goal. The Goal is to feel good about it and most importantly have fun!!

Well there you have it. My ReadCation starts now. I plan to read the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard, and then Amazon will be delivery the rest towards the end of this week.

Enjoy, and let me know in the comments if you have enjoyed a Readcation.

I like big books and I cannot lie…

Hi Pumpkins,

Welcome to my blog. Before I give my mission statement for this blog, it may be helpful to know a little about me…

For about 25 years I have loved to read. When I was little my mum would always take me to my local library in Southend every Saturday. I would spend hours sitting on bean bags reading whatever fairy tale or history book I could find.

Fast forward to my teens and Vampire Diaries (the Books by L J Smith) was just starting (yes I am that Old) and I was hooked on the sinister fantasy of the fanged creatures of the night.

When I was a kid I dreamed of writing my own novel, but then the perils of life got in the way, and I wrote a few chapters, but never finished a novel. I convinced myself I wasn’t smart enough. I decided I needed to get a degree in creative writing. I joined Open University.

Truth is, I am smart enough to write a novel, I just become so worried that I might fail, that I procrastinated and didn’t get myself organised. somewhere along the lines I enjoyed my course so much that I have continued with it to further my career.

So if I want to be a writer, what should I do?

Write

Books are my life. Fiction or non-fiction, the overwhelming feeling of entering a new world in my head is addicting.

My purpose for this blog is to provide honest book reviews, tips on distance learning studying, literary product reviews, book news, and novel writing techniques.

I hope this goes well and my goals are set.