Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today I'm playing Santa and imagining that I'm shopping for some of my favourite characters!
I would give Polka-dot a penguin-shaped dog toy, inspired by the cover of my edition of The Boy Book.
To Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, I would give a copy of She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, to help her rewrite her list of the ten women she admires most, and get on Grand-mere's good side.
Julia from The New Girl would get a list of websites that shewould enjoy looking at, where she could make new friends with similar interests and stop moping around.
To Ann Bradshaw, I would give a really beautiful dress of her very own. Poor Ann has it hard and I think that owning something lovely would lift her spirits.
I'd give Ananka some library cataloguing software - she needs some sort of system to keep track of all the books in her house.
To Jeane, my fictional BFF, I'd give lots and lots of Haribo, and a list of the top ten videos of dogs on skateboards, with ratings for cuteness and for hilarity.
If you were going to give Christmas presents to your favourite fictional characters, what would you give and to whom?
I tried to find my Santa hat for this video, but couldn't. Hopefully it'll be in the next one, but in order to record this in time, I had to DIY!
My Top Eight New Reads of 2013:
Pushing the Limits, by Katie McGarry
St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, by Karen Russell
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Today's post is actually a video, with a Guest Star! Oh yes, the one and only Ms Meredith "Sister Christmas" Claus is here to share some bookish gift suggestions! WHOOOOO!
What do you mean, she looks exactly like me?
Anyway, if you have any more bookish Christmas gift suggestions, link up your own post below or leave a comment!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I'm late posting this, I know, but I wanted to wait until all the other videos were up and I could post my video with the playlist feature enabled. On the Bookish Brits channel we've spent the last two weeks talking about bullying, both in books and in real life. It's an issue that is very close to my heart and I hope you enjoy watching the videos.
Review of A Great and Terrible Beauty
Review of The Boy Book (second in the seriest, first is The Boyfriend List)
Review of Last Chance/Keeping the Moon
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I'm actually still in the process of writing my Christmas list! I'm the black sheep of the family, as the sole book nerd. I've bought cookbooks for my mum and photography books for my sister, and my dad reads the occasional thriller, but I'm the only one that loves fiction, so I have to tell everybody what books I would like as they would have no idea what to do if they went into a bookshop!
I have so many books and such little space that I have to operate a very strict entry policy for my bookshelves. I only buy and ask for books that are not available at the library. Now that my borough has joined the London Libraries Consortium, and I can order books from any London public library for 75p, loads of books that would have been on my Christmas list before, like Eleanor & Park and the Night School sequels, have moved to my library wishlist instead! Which is great, but my Christmas list is looking a little sparse as a result.
I thought that looking at imports would be a great place to start, but the LLC has loads of them. One that the library doesn't have is Girl Defective, by Simmone Howell, but that's not even available on Amazon. It also doesn't have How To Be Bad, by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle or...oh, wait, that's it. Literally every other book title I've put in the library search has produced a result. So that means that at the moment, the only books on my Christmas list are How To Be Bad and Buffy Season 8 collections (which I have to own - there's a little space on my Buffy shelf)!
Today I'm asking you - what books are on your Christmas list? And do you have any obscure YA recommendations to help me fill mine? If you write a blog post, link it up below.