12 Days of Blogging: Day 12

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This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 12: What are you grateful for this Christmas?

I’m grateful for so many things!
My Tim
My family
My friends
My kitty Leo
My blog
All of you!

I am, however, sad that so many people are living in fear this Christmas. I hope that you’re all safe and happy.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 11: What was your favorite childhood Christmas present?

My lovely American Girl doll, Samantha. I LOVED that doll. I still have her, she’s in perfect condition. As is her trunk and all of her clothes and books. I’m hoping to have a little girl to give her to some day. I even remember how she was wrapped. She was in white and red striped paper with a red bow propped up right in the front of the tree.


I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 10: Favorite Christmas movie or song

WELL. I can’t just pick one. But since I already mentioned my favorite Christmas song, I’ll go with my favorite movie(s)!

LOOK AT THEM. I have a thing for Christmas movies. Can you tell? ;)


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

On the 5th day of Bookmas…

My true love gave to mee: FIIIIIVE HOURS OF CRYIIIIIING!

Again, true love fail.

The 12 days of #MerryBookmas are hosted by @HailsHeartsNYC!

I would just like to be 100% honest and let you all know that it does not take much for me to cry. Lots of books make me cry. TV shows, movies. I JUST GET SO EMOTIONAL. Actually I’m more of the one glistening tear type. Let’s make this dignified.

Anyway, these are five books that made me cry for reals. Like, more than one tear. Tissues were involved.

Oh and if you haven’t read one of these books, don’t read what I say because it will definitely contain spoilers.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I actually read this for the first time in a college class. My prof was awesome, obviously. I totally knew Augustus would be the one to die. I KNEW IT. I’m pretty sure I even said that in discussions before we’d finished the book. My prof probably thought I was a cheater face and had read ahead. BUT I DIDN’T. Anyway, even though I knew it was going to happen, the tears were not even remotely prevented. I was sitting on the porch outside on a beautiful August day just bawling my eyes out. This one hurt my heart. I absolutely love this book. Proud of it.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

And The Half-Blood Prince… and The Deathly Hallows… but I think this was one of the first books I read growing up that made me cry. When Sirius died I just felt like everything was so unfair. POOR HARRY. I totally didn’t believe it at first. I was sure he was going to come back and J.K. was playing a really mean trick on  me. BUT SHE WASN’T.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Oh my god. Peeta and Finnick. I absolutely adore both of them, and they were put through the ringer in this book. Seriously when Finnick died I saw it coming and I was like no. no. no. no. no. NOOOO! I know what you’re thinking; what about Prim? That’s a great question! I can’t remember. I’m pretty sure when I read the book, I was really upset and shocked when Prim was killed. But the image of the actress who was SUCH a TERRIBLE choice has convoluted the image of my Prim. And I’m bitter about it. Can you tell?

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I have been hearing so many negative things about this series and it makes me so irritated because I absolutely loved it. If you loved it, please let me know so I don’t have to be stranded on my solitary island any more. But freaking Nikolai. Oh my god when the Darkling turns him into a nichevo’ya I was so upset. And then when he tries to get Alina to save him and she can’t. And when The Darkling dies. Because Leigh Bardugo just made me love all of her characters and then ripped them all away.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

This book should be required for everyone to read. I had to read it for school and I’m so glad I did. We also read The Road, Feed, and V for Vendetta in that class.. man I’ve had some great professors. It’s essentially a group of short stories about soldiers in the Vietnam War, but it’s also not. It’s so, so beautiful and tragic and I highly recommend it if you have not had the opportunity to come across it yet.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

 

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 9: Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

My family of course! We don’t actually have a formal sit-down dinner though. My mom’s family comes over and everyone brings food, and we have a potluck. So everyone eats whenever they feel like it. But I can guarantee I will be somewhere near my mom, dad, sister with her soon-to-be-born baby girl, and my brother’s daughters who are 12 &15 (CRAZY).


Sorry for the short post… can’t really think of anything to add to that haha :)

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

On the 3rd-and-4th days of Bookmas..

My true love gave to meeeee:

4 Cozy reaaads; 3 Beeest friends!

I missed yesterday’s post, but I don’t want to miss out on the chance to gush like a squashed grape about my favorite fictional best friends, so I’m just gonna go ahead and combine it with today’s. Just so we’re clear, I mean characters who are best friends with one another, not with me.  ;)

P.S. #MerryBookmas is hosted by @HailsHeartsNYC if you want to check out the fun!


Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Inej & Nina from Six of Crows

I mean. Everything and everyone in this book are amazing. Obviously. But I was really excited about Nina and Inej’s sweet friendship. After that one thing happens and Nina just sits with Inej and hugs her and AWW. I don’t think that female relationships are focused on often enough in fantasy. Female best friends are the best! Girl powaaa *insert Spice Girls song*

Cinder and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

SO CUTE. SO CUTE. I just love them. I mean obviously Cress and Thorne are precious little chicklings. And Throne is just adorable in general. But I loved the friendship between Thorne and Cinder and its evolution from her hating him and him being a self-absorbed jerk to their sibling-like love.

Lee & Chubs & Zu & Ruby from The Darkest Minds

I just read this. Last week. Actually I listened to it and I was so absorbed that I did chores so I could keep listening and when I ran out of things to do I just sat and listened. THIS FRIEND GROUP. OH MY GOSH. SO FREAKING SWEET. THE DYNAMICS. CHUBS. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Plus:

OF COURSE.


I’m not really sure what a “cozy” read is. I always want to cuddle up in a blanket with a relaxing beverage (read: cocoa, coffee, tea, wine) when I read, regardless of the book. So I suppose I’ll just name some heartwarming classics I read as a child. That’s cozy, right?

I want to re-read all of these right now. I’m pretty sure all of them made me cry. Why are children’s books so amazing?! They’re just beautiful and full of life lessons and magic. Okay I’ve decided. This is my own personal official definition of a cozy read: A book full of magic and wonder that releases the eyeball floodgates.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 8: Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country

UHMMM. I don’t know of any specific traditions in my town. And I just realized that I am quite ignorant of Christmas traditions in other countries versus traditions in the U.S. So instead of sharing my traditions, I researched some other countries’ traditions!

Russia

Celebrates Christmas on January 6th! (Sorry about the flag, the top stripe is white! Unfortunately, white=camouflage)

Ireland

Children leave out mince pies and a bottle of Guinness on Christmas Eve. I guess he’s gotta keep warm somehow…

Venezuela

In the capital of Venezuela, Caracus, the streets are closed on Christmas Day so people can roller skate to church!

Japan

Apparently many families have a traditional dinner of KFC in Japan. WHAT. Okay, that is definitely some U.S. marketing at work.

France

In France a traditional dessert called buche de Noel is served – a buttercream filled cake frosted to look like a Yule log. THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD.


I’d love to hear some of your Christmas traditions!! If you have any you’d like to share please leave them in the comments :)

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 7: A photo day. Share some Christmas pictures; past or present.

So one fun fact about me: I am terrible about taking pictures. Also, my parents, who are the keepers of the photos, live 2 1/2 hours away from me. ALSO, I recently got a new computer and haven’t transfered my hard drive to it yet. So the only Christmas photos I have are those that are on my current iPhone. WHOOPS. But I do have some that I can share!

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Here’s one from this year! Tim and I went to the grand lighting spectacle at the zoo last week. It. Was. Awesome. And all of the insane children were hilarious.

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Remember that story about my Papa from yesterday? Here’s PROOF. I’m not sure what’s going on with my sweatshirt but it makes me look a bit like a snowman. Snow child? I’m cool with it. I think that this is the only year my entire life that we actually had snow on Christmas too. BEST CHRISTMAS EVER. Even though I look depressed, I promise I wasn’t.

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These two are from last year! Not quite Christmas, but it was my sister and my Christmas present from my parents. We went to Chicago and had some quality family girl time. It was a pretty fantastic trip!


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

On the second day of Bookmas…

My true love gave to me: TWO REALLY BAD ENDIIIIIINGS

Erm, excuse me? True love fail.

It’s the second day of #MerryBookmas hosted by HailsHeartsNYC! Today we are discussing two of our least-favorite endings to books or series. I’m excited about this because I get to mention some books that I never talk about. Because the ending made me hate them. Ya know. The usual.


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

I can not for the life of me figure out why this book is so popular. I will admit that the writing is beautiful and the cover is gorgeous, but other than that it has no redeeming qualities. I HATED the ending. It still makes me feel sick thinking about it. I think it was utterly revolting and unnecessary. This is probably the darkest book I’ve ever read.


Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I really hated this book in general. I hated all of the characters except the admiral. I am forgiving Jane for her terrible ending in this book because technically she didn’t publish it herself; maybe she would have changed it?! The entire book is basically thrown out in the last 30 pages. And it’s a LONG book. So I was mad because I didn’t like the ending match-ups and because the entire book had felt like a waste. All of the character development was completely erased. Just blah.


I’m sorry for this incredibly negative post! Just channeling my inner Grinch ;)

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 6: Share a fond Christmas memory:

My family is huge. Like, HUGE. My dad is number 6 of 12 kids. I have 40 first cousins on my dad’s side alone. I think my favorite Christmas tradition was going to my grandparents house on Christmas morning. All of the family would be there and Papa would play Santa Claus. Not like he’d dress up or anything, but he would wear a Santa hat and pass out presents. Our family is way too big for everyone to get everyone a gift, so every year our parents would draw names of the cousins and that would be who we’d get gifts for. So a different cousin would get us one gift, as well as our grandparents. My grandma would keep the presents downstairs, and all of the kids would be down their searching for their own gift until it was time to bring them all upstairs. It was absolute mayhem. But it was the happiest sort of mayhem. My Papa passed away when I was 16, but it’s those happy, untouchable  memories that keep Christmas so special to me.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish