Booktube Love


What is Booktube? For all you that don't know Booktube is people who love books posting videos about there love of books on Youtube. Heist the name Booktube. Booktube has become really popular over the last few years and I adore watching some of my favorite Booktubers videos. Today I wanted to highlight the booktubers I love and recommen to you!

Now I am only subscribed to 13 "booktubers" and I love them all but I do have favorites that if they upload a video I am straight on to watch there videos. I wanted to share my love for my top three favorites and why you should check out their videos:

Up first is the person I have been subscribed to the longest out of my top three and that is Sam @ Thoughts On Tomes I actually found Sam though another booktuber that I love Sarah Jane @ The Book Life. Sam is just so honest in all her videos which I really appreciate and you can really tell she is passionate about books. Even if the book isn't in a genre I usually read I always check out her recommendations because a lot of the time Sam can change my mind. Sam just hit 25k subs and it is well deserved. I highly recommend you check Thoughts On tomes out.

 

Up next is Hailey @ Hailey In Bookland Hailey is my most recent subscription but that doesn't matter I just love her videos. When I subscribed I back logged watched a years worth of her videos and I am not sorry about that. Hailey loves Alice In Wonderland and classics which is evident in her videos and I am not a massive classics fan apart from you all know I am obsessed by Peter Pan but I have found myself adding classics to my wishlist thanks to Hailey. She is just so passionate about books and it really comes though in her videos. Again I highly recommend you check out Hailey. 




Finally my favorite Booktuber I love to watch is Emma @ Emmma Books I literally can't get enough of Emma's videos. Her reviews and discussions are so engaging and her passion and love for books just hits you and even if you didn't like books I feel Emma would make you like books! Emma is not afraid to talk about subjects many people stay away from in the book community and I just love her videos. You all need to hop over and check Emma out.. like now!



Do you watch Booktube? Who are some of your favorites?

Who doesn't love a Christmas Song??


It is the most wonderful time of the year and one of my favorites. I love Christmas so much, I am like a big kid. One of my favorite things is Christmas songs. Who doesn't love a Christmas Song? 

I also love Christmas Carols one of my favorite being Silent Night. But here are just some of my favorites Christmas Classics:

Starting of with my favorite of all time:


The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl- Fairytale Of New York

{I adore this song so, so much it is my Christmas song. Once I hear this song I know Christmas is here}



Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas

{ This is my sisters favorite and is definitely a classic Christmas song}

These next two are just fun Christmas songs I love:


Wizzard- I wish it could be Christmas everyday


Slade- Merry Christmas Everyone

And finally a Christmas song that is new that I adore is a cover of Hallelujah by Pentatonix. These guys are just incredible singers. This song give me the chills.


What is your favorite Christmas Song?

New Fifty Shades Darker Trailer {My Thoughts}

The new Fifty Shades Darker Trailer literally just dropped and this was me:


If you haven't seen it yet watch it first before reading my thoughts:


Yesss. What did you think? I knew 140 characters wasn't going to let me explain my thoughts so I knew I had to write this blog post. 

I was so worried when I knew there was going the be a change in director as Fifty Shades Of Grey is my favourite book to movie that has captured exactly what I saw when reading the book. And I think Fifty Shades Darker is still living up to its those expectations from what we have seen so far even with the change in director.

So let's talk about the trailer:

Ana still has her awkward humour and I love it. She will have dinner with him because she's hungry and that is the only reason it's so Ana.

I can not wait to see the boat scene it's one of my faves in the book and can't wait to see more of it.

The restaurant-  the elevator scene- the shower scene, give me more! What is it about elevators??? Ironic word's from Christian.

I liked seeing and actually having words from Jack Hyde and Mrs Robinson. Literally couldn't hate the woman more. 

I am really loving seeing all the Lelia stuff come to life. Fifty Shades Darker is still about Ana and Christian's love story but a lot happens in it and I am so glad it's coming to life so well especially the Lelia scenes which are going above the expectation I had.

I can't wait to see more helicopter scenes it's going to be action packed and it looks like it's coming to life really well.

Christian letting Ana touch him!! A emotional scene in the book and I hope it plays out on screen which I think it will. 

One thing that slightly annoys me is I am Northern Irish so I can hear the twang in Jamie Dornan's accent and I noticed it quite a bit in the first movie and can still notice it now but he can't be perfect.

We did get a lot of repeated scenes that we did see from the first trailer but I still really liked everything that got added. Of course I am loving seeing  everything from the movie but I like that we aren't getting too much so we can all look forward to seeing everything in February.

What did you think of the trailer?



Baking Tuesday: Announcement


Over the last few months I have developed a love for baking. I am not terribly good at it but I am learning. I want to document my baking journey and what better way than to share it with all you lovely people. I have made some successful things so far. I am an expert at Gingerbread and Shortbread now, however my decorating skills are not amazing. I struggle terribly with cupcakes and cakes but I just keep trying and hopefully I will get better. 

Tuesday will be my day to post a "baking" post. Whether that is about one of my successes in the kitchen, my disasters, a bakery or cute cafe I love in my local area or a baking book I have discovered and loved. I hope you enjoy my baking journey.

Do any of you have a love for baking?

Sunday Post #32- The One Where I Go Christmas Crazy


The Sunday post was created by Caffeinated Book Reviewer this is a post where we recap on the going on's on the blog the week previous and the week coming up as well as the awesome books we have received, bought or been gifted for review!

I am back blogging and I am loving it. I definitely have the blogging bug again. I have been sorting out all my posts for the coming weeks and months and I have new ideas going around in my head and it is just so much fun. I am also loving my new blog design so much! 

Here is what I posted this week:






Coming this week:

Discussion: Let's Talk Series VS Standalone
Baking Tuesday: Announcement
Fave Christmas Songs
Booktube Love

This week I am also going to a book signing for Cecelia Ahern on Tuesday it will be my second time meeting her and I am excited. So I may have a post up this week of all the fun I know am going to have at the signing.


This week I got more books than I anticipated as I went on Netgalley and you know what happens when you go on to the wonderful place that it is. So here is my Netgalley Haul:



Thanks to Running Press Book Publishers, Hmh books for young people, Blink & Penn Publishing.

Did you know I have Instagram? It is one of my new favorite things:


You can follow me here

And because its Christmas this is what my bathroom looks like..


I hope you all have a great week :)


Christmas Tree Book Tag {Original}


I love book tags! So what better thing to do than create my own. I decided to "build" a Christmas Tree scene and ask book questions along the way! Lets start at the very beginning a very good place to start {whoever gets this reference gets a mince pie}


We need a Christmas Tree to start whether it is fake or real! 



{I know all characters are "real" in a sense to readers but you get the idea}

A character I wish stayed fake is definitely Umbridge. That woman makes me so mad. She is just pure evil and should stay among the pages of the Harry Potter Books. A character I wish was real is Diana from the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness because then that whole world would have to exist and I would LOVE it! I have mentioned this a million times but its my favorite trilogy EVER!!!

First up on the tree is loads of fairy lights that are as colorful as can be.


The first that comes to mind is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon it is a cover that stands out as it is so colorful and just stunning. It is one of my favorite covers of the year. Just look at it....


Tinsel comes next in all colors with sparkles galore. It may not be as sparkly as the fairy lights but it still holds its own.


One side character that stands out to me more than the main characters is Simon Lewis from the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare. I love that he is the underdog throughout but so strong in his own way. I am so excited to read the Shadowhunter Academy book that is all Simon.


Christmas Baubles are next you can't just have one, you need a dozen and more



I don't read many standalones I do tend to read series. I would pick a question in my own tag that I can't think of an answer. Maybe like a spin off Harry Potter series based on the original characters children {the cursed child doesn't count in my opinion}Its my tag so that is my answer LOL


Whether you put a Star or Angel on top of the tree it adds a finishing touch.



The ultimate question that all book lovers hate to answer.  This year has been a very different type of reading year as I have moved away from YA and have been exploring lot of different genres to see what I like. But one of my favorites was actually a YA book and it is near the top of the list and that is When We Collided by Emery Lord.

Our tree is now finished and all we need is presents under the Christmas Tree.



I would leave a present for Hagrid and it would be a new hat and scarf to keep him warm when he is out in the forbidden forest during the winter. {ORIGINAL I know ;)


The tree is up and the lights are on.



The cosy book I would pick is Where Rainbows End by Cecila Ahern. It is one of my favorite adult contemporary reads. Its heartwarming, funny, emotional and the ending is just ....

So that was the Christmas Tree Book Tag. I am tagging a few people but anyone is free to do it, please just link back to this original post. Tweet me so I can see your post I am looking forward to seeing all your answers!

Your tagged:

Lisa & Becca @ Lost In Lit
Jessica & Val @ Stuck In Books
Katie @ Mundie Moms
Michelle @ Book Briefs
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf


Christmas Gift Guide For Book Lovers

It is my favorite time of the year, Christmas! And I am so excited to see what bookish goodies I receive as gifts this year. My mum always gets me the most cutest bookish trinkets for my bookshelf and I hope I receive some this year {Fingers Crossed}


I decided what better timing than to put together a list of bookish items I have my eye on in the hopes that it might inspire you to spot some items for the bookworm in your life


Your probably thinking that this is such a obvious choice of a gift for a bookworm but sometimes the obvious is overlooked. You could get the bookish person in your life a book of their wishlist. Are a classic which I think is the easy way to go. Lately I have been wanting so many different editions of  classics especially children's classics, there are so many pretty editions out there and I need them all. One I really want is the Anne Of Green Gables, Puffin in Bloom edition.




A book lover NEEDS book merch, it's like Beauty without Beast, Ron without Hermione its a must in a book lovers life.


Bookmarks are of course another obvious one. There are so many different types of bookmarks out there, wooden ones, magnetic ones, gorgeous hand made water color ones. I want them all. There are so many esty bookish shops that do bookmarks, some of my favorites are currently on breaks but you can easily find some in a quick search.


There are so many book subscriptions and like bookmarks I want them all. But at the top of my list is an Owlcrate and Fairyloot box. They are some of the most beautiful book subscriptions out there. I need them!!! 

Get Owlcrate here & Fairyloot here


Who doesn't love a cup of tea or coffee while reading? And what a perfect way to drink it than in a bookish mug. My favourite wishlist mugs come from Evie Seo's store. {I actually want everything in her store} As I love Peter Pan I of course want one of her Peter Pan mugs they are just so, so beautiful.


Credit to Readsleepfangirl


Check out Evie's store here


Bookish Candles are everywhere. I think every book worm has one but sadly I don't, yet! Most of the bookish candle stores I have found are in the US but recently I discovered a UK esty store that has some beautiful candles, among other cute bookish trinkets. You need to check out Bookworm Candles and Crafts here

Credit to above store



I love bookish jewellery and one of my favorite stores is Pretty Drastic. The pieces are just beautiful. Some of my favorites are:


Check out all the other amazing pieces here


Finally bookish Art Prints. I have been loving art prints so much lately. And I know my awesome sister has got me a beautiful Peter Pan print for Christmas and I am so excited to display it. Now an art print store I love is Subject Art, they have so many contemporary bookish prints including some amazing Disney ones I want so bad! Check them out here

What bookish merch do you want for Christmas? Do you see anything the 
bookworm in your life will love?