Books, General

Discussion | The Pressures of Reading Challenges and DNF-ing

Guys, it’s straight up confession time,. I don’t like DNF-ing books, and I certainly don’t like DNF-ing Reading Challenges. I read a lot of books, and whether I love them or loathe them I always finish them. I take part in a lot of readathons and reading challenges, and I have a habit of not managing the longer reading challenges. So, with this in mind recently, I’ve been thinking is it all worth it? Continue reading “Discussion | The Pressures of Reading Challenges and DNF-ing”

Books, General

Down The TBR Hole #2

Welcome back one and all to Down the TBR hole, where I am attempting to reduce my TBR in number and remove any unwanted books from the list. My list is not insurmountable, and I have made a good effort in reducing it this year, but I want to try and remove any of the books that I no longer want to read, and remove the ones that are only on there because I think they should be and not because I actually want to read them. OK, so, last time I managed to ditch a few reads and my TBR ended on 233 books, but since then I have added books I have received as gifts and added books that I have acquired through charity book hauls, so it currently actually stands at 244 books.

So, how does it work?

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Greek Gods Book Tag

It’s officially that time of year when you can say that Christmas is next week. I don’t know if that’s awesome, or if it’s scary, but it’s true! We’re over halfway through Blogmas, and December, and time to do everything you want to do before the holiday elapses is running out quickly. I decided to take a break from all things festive and do a good ol’ non-Christmassy tag that I found on The Terror of Knowing, created by Zuky.

The Rules

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

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TBTB Secret Santa | Unboxing

Happy Sunday everybody! I’m sitting under a blanket in a big jumper. The tree is fully decorated next to the TV. Emma and I are enjoying The Holiday (which is one of the most underrated Christmas movies out there) and have decided to share all things #TBTBSanta this year. Last year, I fell in love with this awesome Christmas tradition and have been looking forward to it, well, all year and now as the secret is out of the bag and I have gifted and received my boxes, I can share them with the world.

Have you ever taken part in a secret santa? It’s a staple of most school yards and offices around the world, and is a great way to spread some Christmas cheer without breaking the bank. Simply put, everyone adds their names into a hat, picks someone out, and buys a gift just for them from ‘Santa’. It’s a great idea, but, do you know what’s better? The Broke and The Bookish Secret Santa (TBTB Santa). Hosted by Jamie and Jana from The Broke and The Bookish, and The Artsy Reader Girl, the TBTB Secret Santa is a huge secret santa for the bookish blogging and online communities.

There are 3 levels to enter, and you fill out a long questionnaire that helps your Santa buy books and goodies for you.

a) 1 book and a small gift/candy
b) 1-2 books and a couple goodies
c) 2+ books and goodies

Once Jamie and Jana have collected all of the names, they’re split back out, and you have lots of fun patrolling the twitter tag, buying and wrapping gifts, and eagerly awaiting your parcel to arrive. Obviously, as someone who has taken part before, I dived right back in with option 3 and decided to go big and go home. It turned out to be a great decision! Continue reading “TBTB Secret Santa | Unboxing”

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T5W: Great Books To Give Aliens As Gifts

Hello hello you lovely readers, and welcome to Liz goes a bit overboard with this week’s topic idea. This week T5W is all about great books that we’d give ________ as gifts, y’know, Ravenclaws, or Pirates, or something, but I decided I wanted to do a list of 5 books I would add into a care package/gift for aliens who had landed on Earth and had decided they wanted to give a go at reading books. They’re varied, they’re favourites, and I’m pleased I went OTT this week.

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page. Continue reading “T5W: Great Books To Give Aliens As Gifts”

Books, General

Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE Best Bookish Gifts

Good evening you guys! I was meant to post much earlier today but I had some super exciting post though the mail today so u have spent a lot of time opening that instead of blogging, but, better last than never am I right? I noticed that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie week, and as we’re heading into the Christmas present buying stage with gusto, I thought I’d share some of my favourite books and bookish related gifts that I like to gift and to receive.

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then you simply get listing!
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Strictly Saturdays: Week 12

Evening all and welcome back to Strictly Saturdays actually on a Saturday. I don’t want you to be too alarmed that we’re getting close to Christmas and what not, but it’s already Semi Final week! Everyone is doing two brand new dances, and it’s all going to be final preparations. Who will make it? Who will fall at the final hurdle (literally)? I’m so excited! I think this is the week when we really see who copes under pressure. I’m so excited. I almost forgot that Charles and Karen were ever in the show, I wasn’t disappointed to see them go last week.

I don’t want to dilly dally too much, so we’ll skip over the fact that Tess looks like a stripper, Claudia looks like lampshade, Shirley looks like a Christmas tree and Darcey looks like The Duchess (a little Dad Wrote a Porno joke for you there). Seriously, could they not have dressed them a little better for the semi-final, the guys look great!

So, let’s get on with the show and see how many journey’s and dreams we have mentioned! Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays: Week 12”

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The Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

You guys I have been tagged. Not just by one person, but by two, and that means I cannot possibly not do this tag soon. So, here we are on a bloody freezing Friday evening doing a Christmassy bookish tag to find out whether I have been naughty 😈 or nice 😇! There are a few rules, and what not, but first, let me thank Emma and Jenna for tagging me!


– Tag & link the person who tagged you
– Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
– Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
– Tag another 10 people!

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Small Business Love

Hello there lovely people, how are we all today? This post is going to be a little different from anything I have done before, and is something I have toyed with doing for a few weeks now. I think we all love getting incredibly thought through items, presents, and products, and if we can do that while supporting a small business then it means that much more. I wanted to share some of those businesses that I’ve discovered over the past few weeks and months, partly to bring them recognition, and partly to say a huge thank you!! So in the run up to Christmas, here are some shops I really like and think are awesome small businesses!

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this, and have not received any free products/discounts in exchange for writing this post. These are my own thoughts and are based on my own experiences. Continue reading “Small Business Love”

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DC/NYC | Day 4

There are so many great buildings to visit and places to see in Washington DC that last time I was there I missed quite a few of the ones I wanted to do most. I almost forgot that the Library of Congress existed, and the Senate Building was undergoing construction work in preparation for the 2016 Presidential election so we never really went to that end of the mall to see anything. This time I was ready to change that, and both places were pretty high on Emma’s list too so it was a no brainer! After walking a long way on Day 3 of our trip, we had the brilliant idea to try and keep our day to a walking minimum. It didn’t happen, but it was a great day. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 4”