I’m trying to write my personal statement for my study abroad application. I don’t know if it’s the head cold or my inability to do anything until the last possible minute but I’m failing miserably. (it could also be the fact that it’s now 1am but I work better at night when my distractions, aka my dogs, are asleep).
My approach is just to make me living in Spain my entire personality. It worked for my Uni applications, fingers crossed it works here. Thank you parents for giving me an interesting backstory (and a better life with the chance to learn a new language but that’s besides the point).
I need to take a break though. Might even give up and finish it off tomorrow. I’ll see how I’m feeling after I … share my 2022 Goals and do the New Years Book Tag!!!
Christmas Eve is a lawless day. I don’t know about your family, but we only really have traditions on the night: nice bath, new pyjamas, etc. So the daytime always feels chaotic.
Right now my brother is having a minor mental-breakdown in the kitchen because we’re making him follow through and make the brownies he promised us weeks ago. And I’m not so patiently waiting for him to finish so I can have a bacon sandwich. With the rate he’s going, I’m going to stave before I can have my breakfast.
While we drown out his complaining with some not-Christmas music (we really should have some Michael Buble on but we’ve got Little Mix instead), and I wait for food, I figured I’d do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag!
1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating? ✨
There are definitly two I have my eye on though. The first being So This is Ever After by F.T Lukens. I’m drawn to anything with such a pretty cover, the fact it’s pegged as Carry On but with Arthurian Legend makes me very excited.
And then there’s also This May End Badly by Samantha Markum which I actually thought was coming out in 2021 and was very disappointed when I realised I had to wait longer. I’m pretty sure this is just a romance with a boarding school and a leather-jacket-wearing bad boy. That’s really all it takes to get me interested.
I was nominated for a couple of awards and tags and I am a fair few month behind on sharing them. It’s been a crazy few months and trying to find time to answer these questions has been near impossible.
I have the week off from uni this week though so now’s the perfect time to do the Liebster Awardby Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox
The Liebster Award
Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions given to you
Nominate 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award
Ask 11 innovative questions to the ones you have nominated
Remember to notify your nominees once you have uploaded your acknowledgement post
I have a sore throat, snotty nose and an itchy cough. It was also so cold that I was physically in pain while walking home from Uni yesterday which can only mean one thing: it’s winter.
To celebrate … or commiserate (definitely to commiserate, I don’t enjoy any of the things I’ve mentioned above) so I thought we’d do a tag. I literally googled “winter book tag” and was rewarded with The Winter Themed Book Tag so that’s what we’re doing today.
Falling Snow: The colours of winter are muted. Choose a book that has whites, light blues, and greys on the cover.
*immediately goes searching through goodreads because I don’t have any physical books with me anymore*
Ok it’s not got much white on it, but I get big winter vibes from Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. Also it’s literally got the word “winter” in the title which I think evens out the lack of white in the cover.
It was my 3 year blogging anniversary the other day!! I have loved every minute of having this blog, being able to rant into the void that is the internet and interact with people who have the same obsession as me🖤🖤🖤
To celebrate I thought I’d do the Meet the Blogger Tag which I was kindly tagged in by Books by Maeve. I’ve tried and failed to write this a few times recently but I’ve had 0 motivation to do anything recently which has been fun (not).
Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
Use the same questions from the tag.
Tag the original creator (Bibliomavens) and the blogger who tagged you
Who is your all-time favourite book character?
I could try and sit here and think really hard over who exactly is my favourite book character but that would be a waste of my time and yours. I am ride or die for Nico di Angelo.
I had my first Covid jab yesterday. Yay!! With that though, it means my arm hurts. Besides from feeling like someone’s recently punched me in the arm, I’m all good but I’m still taking advantage and doing a more chill, and easy post.
Today I’m going to be taking a book-ish quiz to find out once and for all, just how obsessed with books I really am.
I can’t take any credit for this. I saw April Lee @ Booked Till Midnight take this quiz last month over on her blog. I love a good quiz. During those months last year when it was literally illegal to leave your house (god it’s still crazy to say that lol) I fell into a dark hole of UQuiz and other ridiculous Buzzfeed quizzes … while I was supposed to be paying attention to my online classes lol.
If you don’t follow April already you definitely should, her blog posts are all so much fun to read and in general her blog is one of the prettiest and most aesthetically pleasing!!
If you want to take this quiz too, you can check it out here 🙂
I had trouble choosing an answer to this question. In my opinion, we’re at a point where book-to-movie-adaptations are better then they’ve ever been in terms of sticking to the original source material and also getting main-stream love and attention. When I say this I’m thinking of: To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before // Love, Simon // Shadow & Bone.
I wouldn’t count this as “there are some good one’s but it’s the exception to the rule” because I think this is going to be the new rule.
But then I remember the book-to-movie adaptations of old. 😬😬 If the Percy Jackson movie’s and The Mortal Instruments were the first movie’s to come to your mind then SAME!!
I’d be lying if I sat here and said I didn’t enjoy those movies though. In both cases I watched the movie before ever realising they were even based on books. 11 year old me loved these movies so now, even after reading the books, 18 year old me still loves them.
Still using Percy Jackson and The Mortal Instruments as an example, both of these movies take … extreme creative liberties with the plot to say the least, and yet I love them for what they are and I stand by the fact that “don’t walk on my roof” is one of the funniest scenes even if it’s not from the books.
So yeah I feel like, for the most party, they’re just as good, even if they’re not the same.
We’ve made it six months into the year with a loss less drama and action then last year!! Yay 👏👏👏 The fact that we’ve set the bar so low that “not as bad as 2020” is as good as it gets is quite sad 😂
My reading goal for the year was 40 books and I’m thrilled to say I not only reached that goal but surpassed it because as of right now I have read 51 books!!
The only real goals I set myself for the year were in regards to starting, continuing and finishing certain series. So far I’ve only made progress with starting series which kind of defeats the purpose of the goal but oh well.
I’ve re-read a lot more books then I was planning to this year (Heroes of Olympus, Night Owls and Shadow & Bone for starters). I also spontaneously binged a few series (Off Campus and The Vampire Academy) so part of me feels like I don’t have many exciting books to talk about but we’ll see how this goes.
I held off doing this tag purely for this question. For the most part I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read this year but there’s not really been any standouts. That was until: If This Get’s Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich.
I have a full review coming soon but to summarise: this book follows two members of a world famous boy-band who fall in love.
This book made me so freakin’ happy and I genuinely couldn’t put it down!!
I used to write fanfiction on Wattpad when I was 12/13. I actually checked on my account the other day, and people are still commenting (and correcting my terrible spelling and grammar 😭). One of my fics has 111K views lol
I dyed my hair mermaid red for about a year and loved it but the upkeep was too much.
When I was a kid I wanted to be a tiger/lion. Like that was my answer to “hey Elli, what do you want to be when you grow up”. I have photographic proof.
🏵If you could only take three things to a deserted island, what would you take with you?🏵
My cat. I feel like he’d be ok with the isolation but I’d need someone to talk to.
The entire Throne of Glass series. No way am I surviving on a deserted island but I’ve always said I will finish this series before I die so I’ll read them on the island, and then use the books to keep my fire alight.
One of my goals for this year was to get my drivers licence and I DID IT!! I can now drive a car. This is exciting but also terrifying. For one thing, how the hell am I old enough to drive? and for another who in their right mind let me be in charge of a vehicle!?!?
So I started the whole drivers licence process last summer, around late June/early August, I did my theory test in September and by the grace of God and I passed first time. Then came the tricky bit … the actual driving. I think it’s safe to say I was not a natural driver. Vin Diesel would not be proud of me.
I failed my first driving test. The worst thing about this is that I was in the car for about 2 minutes before failing. I spent longer sorting my seat and mirrors then I did driving 😂😭
Anyways, before failing this first test, Drivers Licence by Olivia Rodrigo had just dropped and I was planning on belting that song from the rooftops after passing. This didn’t happen but now that I passed yesterday it’s the perfect time to not only scream this song at the top of my lungs, but also to do the Sour Album book tag!
Today I come to you with a headache but also a book tag that I have been meaning to do for months now. I was tagged by the amazing Meghan @Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews to do the Books I Want to Read but Don’t Want to Read tag … all the way back in January.
Time is a social construct. How the hell is it almost July?? Anyways, thank you so much for tagging me Meghan, sorry it took me so long.
Before that though, I just want to say a massive thank you for 400 followers 🖤🖤🖤
Complete the questions with books you want to have read but don’t want to read
Tag some people at the end to do the tag next
A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it.
I have two answers for this question. One is a book that I say every single time for a question like this, another is a more recent release. We’ll start with the recent release just to ✨spice✨ things up a lil.
I have seen nothing but high praise and love for The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune and, especially because I loved Klune’s YA novel, I need to get my hands on it and see what it’s all about. I have a vague idea of the synopsis: magical orphans or something like that.
The only reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I can’t find an affordable copy. Every format of this book is out of my price-range 😂 One day I’ll read it though.