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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Reading...

24 Festive Tasks Door 20: Christmas

Task 2: Watch a favorite Christmas movie.

 

 

Queens film theatre have The Muppet's Christmas Carol on every year and this year I'm finally going to see it. This is far and away my favourite Christmas film.

 

 

Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received – the one that meant the most to you or gave you the greatest joy? (This can be anything; objects / material gifts as well as something someone did for you, or anything else – whatever made that particular holiday especially memorable.)

 

 

I got this present for my birthday I think. Does that count? Can I still get the point? Anyway, I'd read the short story The Overcoat by Gogol and went on about it for a while. Months later my boyfriend bought me Dead Souls and I thought it was lovely that he'd remembered that I loved the author.

 

 

 

Books...

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24 Festive Tasks Door 8: International Children's Day

Task 1:  What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Your favorite middle grade book?

 

I absolutely loved Jacqueline Wilson's books, the Tracy Beaker one's. For some reason I really connected with Tracy and loved the distinctive artwork.

 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks Door 12: St Andrews Day

Task 1:  Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?

 

It has to be Irvine Welsh. Trainspotting? Need I say more?

 

24 Festive Tasks Door 9: World Philosophy Day

Task 3: How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods?

 

I typically don't! The things that help the most though are herbal tea, meditation, yoga, being mindful, reading mindfulness books, writing, watching something calming, like snooker, relaxing music and of course...books in general.

 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks Door 11: Thanksgiving Day

Task 2: Tell us: Of the books that you read this year, which are you most thankful for, OR was there one that turned out to be full of “stuffing”? Alternatively, which (one) book that you read anytime at all changed your life for the better?

 

This has been quite a good year reading wise, although I haven’t read as much as I would have liked. This last point relates to one of the books I’m moist thankful for as I wish I’d have already read the sequel! I have something great to look forward to, though and if you haven’t guessed already what book I mean it’s The Handmaids Tale. It was hard to read at the time and quite dark, but I loved the perspective it gave me.

Something else I’m really grateful for isn’t a book, but a play, The Importance of Being Ernest. Because of that play I’m now in love with Oscar Wilde and will get to more of his work soon.

 

Reading...

24 Festive Tasks Door 2: Japenese Culture Day

Task 4: If you like Japanese food, treat yourself to a favorite dish.

 

Last night before I met my writing friends I went to a Japanese restaurant called Wagamama and had a vegan Katsu curry. It's comprised of Katsu sauce, fried aubergine and sweet potato and came with sticky rice and a side salad. It was lovely.

 

 

 

 

Books...

24 Festive Tasks Door 3: Melbourne Cup Day

Task 2: Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue" poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.

 

This poem isn't for my overall favourite book of the years, but one of my favourite thirllers. Here we go...

 

Roses are red, violets are blue, that house was so creepy

but the twist I saw through!

 

 

Books...

24 Festive Tasks Door 23: Hogswatch

Task 1: Glingleglingleglingle: if you could wish any kind of god(dess) or fairy into existence, what would they be in charge of?

 

I'm going to try and do at least 1 challenge a day, so here goes with this one.

 

My fairy would be in charge of all things writing related and subsequently finish my new book and write my philosophy essay that's due on Thursday!

 

24 Festive Tasks Door 20: Christmas

Task 1: Share a picture of your holiday decorations.

 

I did this task last year with the exact same tree! I've had it on my balcony for the past year and even though I wouldn't say it's grown, at least it's not dead....yet!

 

My boyfriend decorated the tree today and Percy the penguin (who I recently bought because he's so damn cute and I couldn't leave him on the shelf) is keeping guard next to it. We don't go in for Christmas at all so this'll probably be the extent of our decorations.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers

I really want to get back to this and in a few weeks I will, but right now I'm using up a lot of mental energy in regards to study (and I'm very fatigued), so I need something that doesn't require much thought. With that in mind I'm reading a romance and Circe by Madeline Miller. They're both perfect for how I'm feeling right now, but I hope I get back to this before the year is out.

Currently reading

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World by Youngcheol Lee, Haemin Sunim, Haemin Sunim, Mark Geoffrey Young
Progress: 68%
By Sam Harris Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] by Sam Harris
Progress: 5%
Circe by Madeline Miller
Progress: 20%
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Progress: 60%
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Progress: 20%
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works-and How It Fails: or, How Capitalism Works-and How It Fails by Yanis Varoufakis
Progress: 43%
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken by The Secret Barrister
Progress: 42%