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Star Wars! And the cool props it has

Hi there,
So recently I was introduced to a company that was interested in involving me a special project. . . Involving Star Wars. . . Who’d have guessed? Anyway, the company is Invaluable.com and they, over the years, have been fortunate enough to be able to auction off a variety of items from the Star Wars series. They want Star Wars Day (May 4th) to become Star Wars month instead. So, as part of Star Wars month they have asked me to share my favourite Star Wars pieces. . . And of course I said yes. But, they also want all of your input too. They want all of you to comment below your own favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia that, if you had all the money in the world, you would buy. So lets just jump right in and take a trip down Star Wars lane, detouring straight to my favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia!

1) Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
Han Solo is my favourite character in the Star Wars series and I could not imagine owning a better prop than his very own DL-44 Blaster. The piece was custom made for the film and is in the same condition from then, so it bears some marks of wear and tear. The prop was sold in 2013 for between $200,000 and $300,000

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You can find it here

2) Section of the Death Star – Return of the Jedi
This piece is a portion from the Death Star miniature and was used to create the illusion of mass. Seriously though, how cool to say you own a piece of the Death Star?! I think it would be amazing. It sold for $25,000 to $35,000 in 2015

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You can find it here

3) Richard Edlund Camera Dolly – A New Hope
This is one of the stranger pieces that they sold at Invaluable. It’s a camera dolly used on the set of Episode IV: A New Hope. This camera dolly was also used in most of his other films including Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only is it a super cool piece of camera equipment but its actually now an antique. It sold in 2015 for $6000 to $8000

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You can find it here

4) Luke Skywalker artist proof Lightsaber – A New Hope
This is not the actual Lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used. But its still pretty cool. Not only that, it was used and signed by George Lucas. This prop is seriously amazing and it sold in 2015 but for an undisclosed price . . . so I’m guessing it was a lot!

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You can find it here

5) Blockade Runner filming miniature – A New Hope
This prop is a miniature of the runner that carried Princess Leia in Episode IV: A New Hope. It was created to imply that it was getting further away at a fast speed. This is the Blockade Runner that was seen in the first scene of the film. It sold in 2015 for between $200,000 and $300,000

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You can find it here

Okay, so they are my favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia. Please comment down below your favourite pieces and don’t forget to look at the Invaluable blog for more information. May the Force be with you.

Signing off, Verity

TFF: Favourite Disney Songs

Hi there,
Happy Friday! And I’m sorry. Its been a whole 2 months since I last made a post. I have been the busiest and the most stressed I have ever been. Things don’t seem to be slowing down either so I apologize if there is another 2 month gap after this. As we all know Friday is the best day of the week because we get a top 5 from me. Today I am doing my Top Five Favourite Disney Songs. Now, because this is the hardest thing ever, it is only for animated Disney films. To be honest a top 100 would be more appropriate right now, but anyway I’ll try my best. So lets just jump right in.

1) Let it Go – Frozen
Yes I know, you probably all hate me because everyone hates Frozen now because it was overexposed. But no, this song is amazing. Its powerful and unique and super catchy and I love it. I think it is one of the most brilliantly composed Disney songs and the message it gives to the audience is incredibly powerful. So I’m just going to Let it Go and love this song on my own.

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2) Zero to Hero – Hercules
I don’t think there is a person alive who isn’t completely in love with this song. It’s sung by an amazing chorus of women and has the best melody and tonal changes of any Disney song. It also ties in with the development of Hercules and conveys a sequence of events to the audience in a unique, fun and musical way.

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3) On My Way – Brother Bear
First of all, this song is a perfect representation of the overall storyline of the film. Secondly, it is a sung by Phil Collins who is a completely underrated genius. Third, the tune and the lyrics are just so catchy! This is the song you want to keep you entertained during a long car ride, it a perfect reflection of the film and is brilliantly catchy.

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4) Colours of the Wind – Pocahontas
This song not only educates people about what happened in America’s history, but is an incredible blend of lyrics and symphony. The song reflects the theme of the film perfectly and the way in which is develops the idea of nature > man is brilliant. Not only does the song encapsulate the theme but its super catchy.

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5) Make a Man Out of You – Mulan
Lets get down to business. This song is probably the Disney song that I know the lyrics and tonal changes to the best. The song is absolutely brilliant and when listened to while viewing the film is kinda hilarious. It conveys a powerful message of perseverance and endurance and the song is just plain amazing.

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Okay, so that is all for this weeks top five Fridays. I hope I see you again soon but I seriously cannot promise anything. I miss you all and I hope you’re all having a great time whatever you’re doing.

Signing off, Verity

The “I Messed Up” Book Tag

Hi there,
So, okay, I wasn’t technically tagged to do this (but am I really tagged to do any of them) but I saw it and super wanted to do it so here we are. I saw this tag on the mud and stars book blog, you should go check out that blog it’s super awesome. Anyway, so this tag is basically all stuff that I’ve completely goofed on during my reading career (is career even the right word?). Right, lets just jump right in.

1) A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently?
Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series. I imagined him old and grey and bearded but apparently that isn’t even close. His character description just went way over my head so I didn’t realize he was young until he started a thing with Alec. Even then I was kinda creeped out for a while first.
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2) A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong?
Tobias from the Divergent trilogy. I pronounced it toe-bee-us for all three books and then the movie came out and ruined everything.
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3) An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure
I actually have no idea, most overused tropes annoy me a lot so I don’t think I have an answer.

4) A cliche character type that you like seeing on screen than reading about
Definitely the “bad boy” character that has to hide his dangerous past. I love it on screen and I love that the actors are always super attractive but I hate it in novels, its just super frustrating.

5) A word/phrase that you learned because of its use in a book
I learned the word ‘seldom’ because it was used in the book series Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews. I had no idea what it meant before that or even that it was a word for that matter. So thanks Ms Andrews.

6) Have you ever not read/not completed a reading requirement for school
I actually read every assigned book in school because I generally liked them all.

7) Have you ever (or have wanted to) skipped a chapter from the point of view you weren’t interested in?
I’ve never actually skipped a chapter but during the beginning of Dragonfly in Amber I really didn’t want to read from Roger Wakefield’s perspective, I just wanted all the Jamie/Claire stuff.
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8) Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?
I think the more appropriate question here is have I ever had social plans?
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Alright so that is it for this tag. I tag anyone who had as little ideas as I had this week. I hope you enjoyed and fingers crossed I get the time to see you all soon.

Signing off, Verity

 

TFF: Anticipated book releases 2016

Hi there,
Welcome to another Friday. Today, because my idea bank was completely empty, I’ve decided to countdown my Top Five anticipated book releases of 2016. I hope you enjoy, even though you probably won’t because this will be the most boring Top Five Friday to date. Oh well, let’s just jump right in.

1) On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
This is the first fictional book written by Carrie Hope Fletcher, one of the two absolute favourite YouTubers I have. The story centres around Evie Snow, a woman of 82 who dies peacefully in her sleep. When Evie arrives at the door to her personal heaven she finds that she has become her 27 year old self again and that the door won’t open. Her soul must be light enough to pass through and she must unburden herself of 3 secrets before it’s too late. She learns more about life than she thought she could and she must also find her way back to her lost love.
I am so excited for this story. It sounds absolutely amazing in every single way possible. It sounds romantic, exciting, intriguing and like such a fun contemporary read. Super excited to pick this one up with it hits shelves July 14th.
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2) The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo 1) by Rick Riordan
Okay to be real, I’m only excited for this because of the 7. I mean, isn’t it why we’re all excited really? This is another Greek mythology book from the amazing Mr Riordan but this time about Gods more than Demigods. When Apollo angers his father, Zeus, he is cast down from Olympus and made to be human. Apollo must find a way back to Olympus to win his fathers favour, but he has many enemies and can think of only one place to go: Camp Half Blood.
I am seriously sweating from excitement. This is going to be the greatest book in the history of the world probably ever! During the month it comes out anyway. I’m super excited for the sevens reunion and to see Nico and Reyna and everyone at Camp Half-Blood again. It’s going to be amazing.
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3) The Last Star by Rick Yancy
This is the third and final book in the Fifth Wave trilogy (cries). I can’t really give a detailed synopsis because it’ll give too much away but I will tell you that this is an epic story of an alien invasion. Trust me, it’s awesome. I have no idea how this book will conclude, theories keep running around my mind but I can’t point to anything definitive. The puzzle pieces kept falling in the last book and I’m just waiting for it to be completed. Also waiting for Cassie and Evan to not be annoying but we can’t always get what we wish for can we.
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4) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I don’t think there is anyone that isn’t excited for the release of this book. Not only do we get another awesome story in the world of the Shadowhunters but we also get to continue seeing the characters from the Mortal Instruments as well as Jem and Tessa. It’s been 5 years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire and Emma Blackthorn is no longer a child, but one of the best Shadowhunters alive determined to discover what murdered her parents. Making things more complicated the faeries are so desperate for their help to discover who is killing their kind that they return her Parabatai’s long lost brother, Mark. But Mark has been changed by the faerie world, will he ever return to normal?
I am so excited I might be having a heart attack. This is no joke. I might pass out from uncontrollable excitement.
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5) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling (and two others whose names I don’t remember)
Do I really have to explain this one?
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Alright so that is it for this week’s Top Five Friday’s post. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment your most anticipated releases below.

Signing off, Verity

Favourite Book Couples

Hi there,
So today dawns another Valentines Day, the day of love. And what better love to share than the love you have of books and the fictional characters that inhabit them. To celebrate that love we all have I’m sharing with you my all time Favourite Book Couples. I saw this idea first done over on Katytastic‘s YouTube channel (she’s one of my favourite YouTubers, you should all check out her channel) and I’ve been wanting to do it myself for some time now. I have actually done a shorter version of this for my Top Five Friday’s series, but now you get the full version. So without further ado let’s jump into the incredibly cute pool of couples.

Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Rainbow Rowell- all the couples

Okay so I’m already kind of cheating but oh well. I love every one of the main couples in the Anna trilogy. Anna/Etienne probably rank number 1 but Josh/Isla are such a close second. There is basically a cell-sized gap between them. Seriously, it’s close. Cricket/Lola are my least favourite, only because there relationship didn’t have as much of a build up to me. All of these couples are amazing and special and will always be the reason I have such high expectations as to what my relationships must be like. So to all my future suitors: I blame Rainbow Rowell.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – all the couples (that I know of)
Again with this series I love every main pairing. For the books I’ve read at least. I’ve yet to read Winter, but when I get to it I’m sure I’ll love whatever pairing happens. But for the three I have read, I loved them. Wolf/Scarlet and Cress/Thorne are my two favourite pairings with Cinder/Kai a little behind because of all the drama surrounding their relationship. The pairings are adorable and each couple is so well suited to each other. The way the novels are written makes the connection to their relationship that much more personal. The intimacy each couple has is just amazing. I really hope none of them die.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Sizzy
Now this one was tough. It was between Sizzy and Malec, but ultimately I felt Sizzy had a stronger connection and a lighter, more relatable romantic story. There relationship was cute, while funner at the same time. They seemed to be complete opposites but fit so well together. And then City of Heavenly Fire happened and my heart was ripped into a thousand tiny pieces. Oh well, at least we’ve got more books on the way.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Karou/Akiva
This, as literally everyone knows, is one of my favourite trilogies of all time. Part of what makes it so is the characters and the relationships that have with each other. Karou and Akiva had probably the most complicated relationship I have ever read about. There was murder and past-lovers and war, but despite facing literally every problem a couple could have, they ended up together. And man it was emotional, and beautiful and everything you could want in a couple finally being together.

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan – Percabeth
I’m only referencing the Heroes of Olympus series here because that is when I fell head-over-heels in love with Percabeth. Their relationship is so beautiful and so special and I love reading scenes with them together. They completely steal the show as far as couples go. They care about each other so strongly and they had such an amazing build up with their relationship. We all thought Rachel Elizabeth Dare was a threat for a little while, but that soon vanished from all our minds at the strength of the relationship of Percy and Annabeth.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – Chaolaena
Now, for some reason this pairing isn’t very popular. This genuinely confuses me because they are an amazing couple! I don’t understand and I never will understand peoples’ infatuation with Dorian/Celaena. They just don’t go together! They had a slight thing for a little while but that was it. Now I don’t know what happens in Queen of Shadows but I highly doubt my opinion on this subject matter will change. Celaena and Chaol understand each other in such a unique way. They have to be endgame or I might die. Literally.

 

Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon – Jamie/Claire
Did anyone really think this wouldn’t make the list? Jamie, while the love of my life and definite future husband, is really amazing in his relationship with Claire. They have such a special connection to one another, and the moments of romance in the novels leave nothing to be desired. They have their challenges like any other couple, which I think makes them that much more relatable as a couple. I absolutely love this pairing and I will defend it to the grave.

Alright so that is it for my Valentines themed, favourite fictional couples tag. Feel free to comment down below your favourite couples but please, please, please don’t spoil anything (particularly from the books I specifically said I haven’t read yet in the series’ mentioned). I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all soon.

Signing off, Verity

 

 

30 Disney Questions

Hi there,
I know, I know, it’s been forever. You’ve heard the excuse a thousand times now but I promise you, I was seriously busy so let’s all Let it Go. Anyway, today I bring you the shining, shimmering, splendid world of Walt Disney. You are welcome. I saw this tag on sherlockianbooklovers blog, you should all go check out that post it’s like a Whole New World. Anyway, without further ado, lets Go the Distance and get started.

1) Favourite character:
Well this sure started off with an easy question . . . I think though I will have to go with the adorable Stitch. I mean he’s cute and fluffy and funny. The whole package really as far as Disney characters are concerned.
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2) Favourite Princess: 
I’d have to go with Belle from Beauty and the Beast for this one. She has been my favourite Princess since forever. I had a brief fling with Ariel but in the end Belle was the one who truly held my heart.
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3) Favourite Heroine:
I’m taking this to mean female character who isn’t a Princess, and in that case I would have to say Mulan. She’s swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon. She’s got the strength of a raging fire and is as mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
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4) Favourite Prince:
I’d have to say lovely Prince Eric, with his brilliant eyes and his hair and his kindness. He also loves dogs.
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5) Favourite Hero:
For sure this is Flynn Rider, AKA Eugene Fitzherbert. Super funny, super caring and super handsome.
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6) Favourite animal:
Koda, the amazingly snuggable bear cub from Brother Bear, the movie that ripped all the tears from my eyes.
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7) Favourite sidekick:
The great and powerful . . . MUSHU. He is hilarious as a sidekick and basically totally useless but it works.
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8) Favourite villain:
Scar from the Lion King. He’s dark and dangerous but funny and sophisticated about it at the same time.
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9) Favourite original character:
It’s Goofy for sure. He was my favourite original character from the very beginning. I actually have no idea why though.
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10) Favourite love song:
At Last I see the Light from Tangled. It’s such a beautiful song and ties in perfectly with the theme of the film.
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11) Favourite song:
I literally have a million of them but for the purpose of this question I’ll pick the one that’s stuck in my head right now. Go the Distance from Hercules, an awesome song that will help you at every point in your life.
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12) Favourite villain song:
Poor Unfortunate Souls from the Little Mermaid, sung by the marvelous villain that is Ursula. Her song is so catchy!
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13) Least favourite song:
I really don’t know. Probably If I See an Elephant Fly from Dumbo. Not too sure though.
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14) Favourite kiss:
I really, really do not know. There are so many amazing Disney kisses that I can’t choose just one.

15) The first movie you saw:
I have absolutely no idea at all

16) Favourite classic:
Probably Snow White, there’s something about it I just really like.
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17) Song that always gets stuck in your head:
I’ll Make a Man out of You. I mean does it not get stuck in anyone’s head?
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18) Favourite Pixar film:
Either Toy Story or Monsters Inc, both are equally amazing.

19) Least favourite Pixar film:
Either Wall-E or Brave. Wall-E was boring and I never made it to the end of Brave.

20) Favourite Sequel:
Probably the sequel to Cinderella. I have no idea why because it’s pretty pointless and the animation is no where near as good, I just love it for some reason.
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21) Overrated movie:
I don’t think there was one, each film that’s been super hyped up was because it was amazing enough to be super hyped up.

22) Underrated movie:
The Rescuers! I used to watch this all the time at my grandparents house. Good times, good times.
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23) Movie that makes you laugh:
Big Hero 6. It was a complete comedy fest and I loved every minute of it.
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24) Movie that makes you cry:
Literally every single one. In particular though, Toy Story 3.

25) The saddest scene from your movie:
I have two scenes actually. The first when the toys hold hands in the furnace and the second when Andy says goodbye for the last time.

26) Saddest death:
Now I really don’t know. Probably right now it’s Tadashi from Big Hero 6
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27) Favourite quote:
That’s a tough one. At the moment it’s probably “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely” from the movie The Land Before Time.

28) Favourite theme park:
Magic Kingdom in Disney World, Florida. It’s amazing there.

29) Favourite theme attraction:
Space Mountain or Splash Mountain, both are equally fun. I also love Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Rollar Coaster but both are in MGM, not Magic Kingdom.

30) Favourite theme park show:
Probably the Beauty and the Beast show at MGM. We make a point to go see it every time we’re there.

Alrighty so that is it for the 30 Disney questions. Took me a while to get through but I knew I could do it because if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true. And boy id I wish upon a star. Thank you so much for reading, I hope to see you soon cause you got a friend in me.

Signing off, Verity

 

2016

Hi there,
So a new year has begun which brings a new year of reading! So today I thought I’d share with you my reading goals for 2016 and then I’ve created an acrostic type thing just for a bit of fun.

2016 reading goals:
For 2016 I have challenged myself to read 45 books, the same amount I read in 2015. My year is going to be rather hectic so I’ve decided to not attempt to exceed my previous goal but instead match it.

I’ve also been challenged by a friend to complete a challenge for this year. I’m excited to do this challenge because it’ll give me a tonne of opportunities to read books I usually wouldn’t think of picking up. I urge you all to read along with me (choosing your own books of course) and complete this challenge too. It’s all just a bit of fun and it’ll give you all a chance to read a wide range of books.
The challenge is as follows:

  • a book published this year
  • a book you can read in a day
  • a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • a book recommended by a librarian/bookseller
  • a book you should have read in school
  • a book recommended by a friend/sibling/parent etc.
  • a book published before you were born
  • a book that was banned at some point
  • a book you previously abandoned
  • a book you own but have never read
  • a book that intimidates you
  • a book you’ve already read at least once

I hope you all choose to take part because you can join in the excitement with me.

Alright now is time for the fun acrostic type thing. I’ve decided to take each of the numbers from 2016 and create a category type thing for it. So lets just jump in and see if it fails miserably or not.

2 books that are my absolute favourites.
These two books would be series and they would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. These two series are the most amazing series I have ever read and from the first page I fell head over heals in love with them. The worlds are inescapable and the characters are impossible to not become obsessed with (try to ignore Jamie, just try). These are two series I will have no trouble re-reading a million times over.

0 /10 do I recommend this book
This book is non other than the Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden. I know, I know, it’s a pretty unpopular opinion but this book is incredibly slow moving and the characters have no redeeming qualities in my mind. The story is bland and I feel like the protagonist and narrator was the least intriguing character of them all. The villains weren’t interesting and there seemed to be only vague mystery around them that no one seemed to be interested in. Also the end was stupid.

1 character that I identify with the strongest
This is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She loves to read and is bossy and independent and cares about the lives of those she loves. These are all qualities I can identify with and she is character I love above most others.

6 fictional characters I would absolutely marry
We’ll start with the most obvious: Jamie Fraser (from Outlander), the love of my life and future husband probably. Following Jamie comes these five close second places:
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)
Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Raffe (Penryn and the End of Days)

Alright so that is it for my 2016 post. I hope you enjoyed and that my acrostic type thing was not too much of a failure. I hope you have an amazing year, a year that was even better than 2015 and that you have an amazing year of reading and only read books you love.

Signing off, Verity

2015

Hi there,
So as 2015 comes to close we reflect on experiences had, both good and bad. Similarly I reflect on books I read, both good and bad, but specifically today I’ll be discussing my favourite books of 2015. These are books that weren’t neccessarily released in 2015 but that I read in 2015 so if you don’t see a book on here I probably read it a previous year. These books are in no particular order. Alright, without further ado, let’s jump in!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Okay I literally just finished this but I already know it’s a favourite. The plot was exciting and the world was immensely interesting, so much so I may have to buy Hollow City immediately. Despite the awesome plot I feel like the characters really make this story happen, it is them that keep the excitement alive, each one as unique as the last.

Crown of Midnight/Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
These are the second and third books in the Throne of Glass series, a series I am falling head over heals in love with. This series is action packed from the get-go, the characters are kick-ass and the storyline sucks you in. I recommend this to literally everyone, I think you will all get something out of, whether it be from the plot or the characters. I cannot wait to continue with this series in 2016 and see where it goes.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This is the fifth book by Rainbow Rowell and it’s a sort of spin-off to Fangirl. And it. was. amazing! I seriously could not get enough, I read it in one sitting it was that good. The characters are what make this story and this world come alive, they are unique and interesting (Baz was my personal favourite) and they pull you deeper into the world. The spells were a fun addition to the novel, being based off of common sayings like come out, come out, wherever you are. I recommend this to everyone too and, although you don’t have to, I recommend reading Fangirl first.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I actually only read the first three in this series this year (I’ll pick up Winter soon) but it had to make my favourites list because these books are incredible. From beginning to end the excitement is there and the love for the series only grows as new characters are introduced. You’ll think Cinder is the best ever and then you’ll read Scarlet. You’ll think Scarlet is the best ever but just wait until Cress, because it all hits the fan then! The characters are super awesome and the pairings (particularly Wolf/Scarlet and Cress/Thorne) are adorable and actually add an exciting element to the plot.

World After/End of Days by Susanne Ee
These are the second and third books in the Angelfall trilogy, a trilogy that I completely fell in love with. First of all Penryn and Raffe are the most adorable couple to ever exist! Second of all, the plot is super exciting; third, the villains are some of the most interesting I’ve ever read about. This trilogy was supposed to be six books and honestly, I would’ve loved that. But in the end the three books did their job: they entertained me. I fell into this world with high expectations that were met at every turn. This was a series that cannot be easily put down or forgotten about.

I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I feel like I don’t talk about this book as much it deserves. This book is so moving and so emotional and it scores high on every level a book should. The thing I loved most is that it’s a contemporary stand-alone but it’s about so many different relationships, not just the romantic kind. There’s, mother and son, mother and daughter, father and son, siblings! It’s about growing up and living life and sad times and happy ones and I cried so much through this book because it moved me to such an extent. You all should pick up this book, I promise it is worth it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor
I think we all knew this would be on the list! I read this trilogy early on the year and it surprised and excited me from the first book! First books in high fantasy series don’t often do that for me. The characters were amazing! Karou and Akiva are some of my favourite fictional characters of all time, and one of my favourite pairings of all time. The supporting characters (particularly Zuzanna and Mik) are some of the best I’ve ever read about. This series will forever have a special place in my heart.

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
This book blew me away! It’s a sensational read, with sensational characters. The history of the waves was so interesting and so detailed that I never craved more. With the exception of the second wave of course. Cassie was my favourite to read from but in terms of learning about the world, Zombie gave a better idea. The Others are the most intersting villains I’ve ever come across. The only negative is that Nugget seriously annoyed me.

Legend trilogy by Marie Lu
This trilogy had one of the saddest endings I’ve ever read in my entire reading life. But it still makes the list. The characters were exciting and interesting and the storyline was really creative. Seeing the same war from different sides of the fight was the best thing about this series. It showed that the villain is always different when shown from different perspectives, something us readers often overlook. It was an amazing series that deserves so much recognition.

Outlander/Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
I think we all knew this was coming. I mean, let’s be real for a second, I pick Jamie for every  answer in a book tag ever and I mention this book in basically every single post. Outlander is one of the most creative historical books I’ve ever come across; it has one of the best plots and some of the best characters ever. I felt so connected to the story and never wanted to leave the characters behind (still don’t to be honest). An absolutely amazing series that deserves every inch of attention it can get.

Alright so they are my favourite books of 2015. I hope 2015 was a successful year for you all, both in reading and your everyday lives. Always remember that no matter the challenges you face, you can overcome them; a new year is always waiting. So here’s to an amazing 2016, to a year of adventures and fun and good times, to a year of truly finding yourself. Happy New Year to you all, I hope you realize everything you want to achieve.

Signing off, Verity

The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Happy Christmas Eve! Sorry for not introducing but I’m just too excited! It’s T-Minus 12 hours and — minutes until Christmas is here. As you may know, Christmas for me is the best time of the year and always will be my absolute favourite thing. So on this most amazing day I thought I’d do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag for you all. It was created by Samatha at the YouTube channel Novels and Nonesense, so go check out her channel. Alright well lets just jump right in.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
It would 100% be Lady Midnight, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new Dark Artifices series. It was supposed to come out this year but got pushed to April 2016 and I am so excited for it!
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2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing praises for?
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Is there even any other series that deserves such a high level of praise? I don’t think so.
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3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?
Right this is tricky, because so many books have wonderful world building. It’s going to have to be a tie I think. It’s between the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas or Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Both are beautifully created and developed worlds.

4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read
I’d have to go with, and I’m not sure if this actually counts, but To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee would be my favourite classic. I know, it’s a kinda cliche one but I love the way it’s written and the metaphors around equality.
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5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?
Oh, there are just so many! I think for right now though I’ll say Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, the third book in the Outlander series. Just talking about it before has ignited it fresh in my mind!
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6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?
Any Stephanie Perkins book ever! Also Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Just, contemporary’s man.

7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?
Definitely the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the 20th anniversary Outlander. They are two that I’m in love with right now.

8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?
The decorations are my favourite part I think. That and Christmas lunch. In my family we have an entire day for decorating the house and we always watch Elf and I love that. I think another one of my favourite things is that every year my sisters and I decorate our names on a piece of paper to put next to our sacks so we know which presents are ours.

Alright so that is it for the Joy of Christmas Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to comment your answers down below. I tag anyone who loves Christmas as much as I do.

Signing off, Verity