HAUL: Books I Got For Christmas

Over Blogmas, I posted about my bookish wishlist which my husband asked me to give him. It was a hefty list for me given I don’t know if I will have the time to read half of it. My loving husband, however, came through and got me enough which would probably last for quite a while in the next year. Here are the books I got for Christmas:

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – My husband was worried about this already being in my read list that he asked me if I have a list of books I have already read. I didn’t hesitate on showing him my Goodreads profile for him to check. I’ve seen the movies, but I haven’t actually read the books so I’m pretty excited about this.
  • Dante’s The Divine Comedy – This is one I wasn’t expecting to get. I haven’t tried scanning it so I don’t know how the writing will be like. It will take me a while to get through this one but I’m pretty stoked about it.
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I have read Cinder and enjoyed it a lot. I love the idea of fairytale retellings with a twist. I have the rest of the series on my TBR list for a while now but between new releases, and book-to-movie adaptations this series just kept on getting pushed back. Hopefully in the coming year, despite the number of adaptations which will be coming out, I would get to finish at least half of the series.

Those are all the books I got for Christmas. My TBR pile is growing so fast I honestly can’t keep up. Haha! Oh well. Here’s to hoping this coming year will allow me to read more amidst the new baby.

Cheers!

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2017 Reading Wrap-Up

2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Reading wrap-ups are something I have never done before. It’s where one lists all the books they’ve read for a period of time. Most of the time I watch reading wrap-ups in YouTube and I marvel at the number of books these booktubers read in a month. I struggle to finish one book in one month’s time so seeing other people finish so many is incredible to me.

Today, I bring you my 2017 reading wrap-up. Here are all the books I have read the past year. It’s not much, but I’m proud I was able to get this much reading between work, chores, and a three-year-old.

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit – (re-read) I have read Tuck Everlasting a few times since I got it. I was first introduced to this through it’s adaptation which I enjoyed as well. I love how this discusses immortality and the importance of simply living your life. We all have those times where we want to live forever and this book pulls us back down to show us if it’s worth it.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – This has been on my radar when it came out. I have read this twice already and I feel it’s going to be on my regular rotations of re-reads. It was an easy read for me and I very much enjoyed it.
  • The Chrysalids by John Wyndham – My husband recommended this to me while we were browsing a used bookstore once. As I have mentioned before, he’s more of a manga person so whenever he recommends picture-less books I usually give it a try. The story was infuriating. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it but I also wanted to throw it across the room to hurt certain characters who pissed me off.
  • Unfiltered by Lily CollinsI very much enjoyed reading Lily Collins’ book. She’s one of the actresses I admire and having a knowledge of what she went through (and still going through)  is refreshing. It gives perspective on the fact that actors/actresses are normal people too.
  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen – I read this in one seating one morning while getting ready for work. I found myself laughing at the humour and honesty of her comic strips.
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – This is one of the most anticipated books this past year and in my opinion, it didn’t disappoint.
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo – This is about a girl and a squirrel who ended up having an unlikely friendship which her mother did not understand. I loved how quick of a read it is, and it provided me with the much needed break from the regular types / genres of books I read.
  • The Hideous Hidden by Sylvia Legris
  • Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado – This is a commissioned short story from my Page Habit October box. It’s about a woman named Ursula who started up a Go Fund Me page to find her sister Olive.
  • The Murders Of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson – I read this around Halloween. I read how this is scary and terrifying, but it’s more mind-boggling. It didn’t scare me as much as I would think, and I get scared easily. I can’t even watch horror movies in the dark.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I told myself this year I wouldn’t let the holiday season pass without reading Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It has been one of the best book related decision I made this year. I don’t know if I will turn it into a personal tradition of reading this every year but it’s something I’ll definitely think about.

Those are the books I’ve read this year. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. I’m just glad I was able to carve out the time to read this year. I’m hoping next year won’t be as hard. 🙂

What are your favourite reads this year?

 

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BLOGMAS | Holiday Movies I’m Enjoying This Year

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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One of the things I love about the holiday season is the number of Christmas movies that come out, be it on tv or Netflix. W Network has this thing where for a certain period of time, it will show back to back Christmas movies and I simply can’t get enough of it. Unfortunately though, only a few of these movies catch my attention to a point where I’m willing to keep them in our PVR just incase they don’t air them again next year.

 

TV Movies:

  • The Christmas Calendar – A lawyer turned baker moves back to her hometown when her grandmother passed away. She is faced with either selling the house, or her grandmother’s bakery. Amidst all this, a mysterious Christmas calendar appears in her bakery which stirred up rumours about her having a secret admirer.
  • The Sweetest Christmas – A woman who accepted a temporary reception job enters a gingerbread house competition in the hopes of making her dream in to a reality.
  • Snowed-Inn Christmas – My favourite this year so far. When two journalists are given the same assignment, they both fly to Aspen to write an article to save their jobs. But when a blizzard causes their plane to make an emergency landing in Santa Clause, Indiana they are forced to look for the “Christmas magic” in this foreign place to save their jobs and their hearts.

 

Netflix:

  • Christmas Inheritance – A next-in-line CEO is given the task of delivering a box of Christmas letters to a small town in her father’s behalf. The only downside is she needs to hand-deliver it to the recipient, while going incognito and with only $100 in her pockets to understand what it’s like to begin with nothing.
  • A Christmas Prince – A journalist accidentally goes undercover as a tutor to find the scoop behind Aldovia’s future king. I am aware of the backlash this movie has gotten but sometimes, cheesy movies like this are so bad you can’t help but watch it over and over.

 

Last Year’s Favorites: These two were my favorites from last year. We lost our old PVR so I’m re-recording these both. So far, we only have A Christmas Melody. I’m hoping they air Family For Christmas this year too.

  • A Christmas Melody – An LA designer moves back to her hometown with her daughter and they both discover the power of a Christmas wish.
  • Family for Christmas – A woman’s life turns upside-down when her Christmas wish she didn’t know she wanted comes true. In the process of getting her old life back and maneuvering the one she is currently in, she realizes why the wish took effect in the first place.

I do enjoy watching these over and over. They’re cheesy, yes, but it does give off that holiday feeling we’re all excited about.

Now, I’m going to head off and watch a movie or two.

Have yourselves a Merry Christmas! 🙂

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PREGNANCY UPDATE: Week 32

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I still have about 6 or 7 weeks before I go on maternity leave and I’m already counting the days. I’m counting the days to when I can finally hold this little nugget in my arms.

We can tell that her personality is very different from her sister’s. The other day, Andrew and I were trying to get a video of her moving in my belly. She would be all over the place whenever I’m watching TV or reading, but the second I put my camera out to take a video SHE STOPS MOVING. Unlike Taylor who still kept on moving so we were able to get a video of her. It’s frustrating at times but then I end up realizing that no two kids are the same, even if they are related.

The stretch marks are multiplying and becoming more prominent too. But you know what, I’ll take it all if at the end of it we get a healthy little baby to hold.

 

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BLOGMAS | I Made A Christmas Baking Notebook

 

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What is Blogmas? Blogmas or Vlogmas is when bloggers / vloggers upload a post or video everyday counting down to Christmas. I’m participating in Blogmas this year. However, instead of posting everyday until Christmas I will be posting for 12 days which will be spread out in 24 days counting up to Christmas. 

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One of my favourite things about the holidays is knowing that for a few days before Christmas, the house is going to smell amazing. My mother-in-law and I would bake lots of treats not only to serve on Christmas Eve and/or Day, but also to give out as presents for our friends and family. It always gets a bit hectic especially when you have a long list to bake and with only two people to make them. Top that with trying to finish, cool, and store them before they get eaten. We started a little late this year so were taking advantage of every spare time we can. It also doesn’t help that  were pretty much running out of freezer space.

What I noticed this year is there are certain treats we make every year. It’s not even a question of if we’re making them, it’s more of when. My mother-in-law have her recipes written out on index cards, while I don’t have anything. Some of the holiday treats I make is online so I just look it up whenever I needed to make them. This, I found out, is a terrible idea. I had to skim through at least 6 Food For The Gods recipes before I found the right one. So I decided this year, I will make myself a baking notebook containing treats we usually always make during the holidays to spare us the time of going through all the cookbooks, magazines, and online recipes. I have a spare traveller’s notebook insert so why not, right?

So far, I only have four recipes in it: my mother-in-law’s Sugar Cookies and Shortbread Refrigerator Cookies; and a Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie and Food For The Gods which I found online. I can already tell it will be a growing list.

As I’m writing this we still have about 4 or 5 treats to make. If you’re also doing some holiday baking this time of the year, good luck and have fun. 🙂

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