Posted in 2016, Books, Christmas, December, Hauls, Short Stories

December 2016 Book Haul

Hello, people of the internet!

This month’s been a great month for getting new books, thanks for Christmas, of course. I’m very happy with these books. Only one is from an authors I’m familiar with. The others I’ve now just been introduced to. I have read romance, a genre I’m not entirely used to, and it’s currently a genre I’m still curious about.

Anyway, enough about me and my new explorations in the world of books. Here are the books from December 2016! Continue reading “December 2016 Book Haul”

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Posted in Books, My Friday Thoughts, Shelf

My Friday Thoughts – My Odd Book Arrangement Rules

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The idea of this week’s ‘My Friday Thoughts’ occurred when I was sorting out my book shelf after getting some new books (I’ll talk more about that in a future book haul post) when I realised how much time I would have saved if I had simple just put it on the shelf.

But no. Honestly it took longer than it should.

You see, I have my own system. I don’t know why this little system of mine works, but it does. It makes me happy to see my books in order. Perhaps even ‘oddly satisfying’? And if the shelf doesn’t comply to my own rules, then I get annoyed.

Like really annoyed.

That kind of ‘I’m just going to get angrier to more I think about it; even if I turn my back and get out of the house, it’ll just prey on my mind until it festers’ kind of annoyed.

So, I decided I’ll describe it on this week’s ‘My Friday Thoughts’! Continue reading “My Friday Thoughts – My Odd Book Arrangement Rules”

Posted in Books, Christmas, Romance, Short Stories

My True Love Gave To Me – Book Review

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I have mentioned before, in my I am the Reader post, that I’m not a huge fan of romance books, but that I’m keeping an open mind. Well, thanks to The Little Contemporary Corner‘s Christmas Read-Along, I picked up My True Love Gave to Me. This is a collection of twelve, romantic short stories by various authors based around winter, Christmas and other holidays during this time of year. I felt I had a good chance of getting a better look at the romance genre with short stories and seeing if this genre is really the genre for me.

What did I think of it? Well, here’s how I’m going to conduct this review: with a Top 12 List. I felt that this book is a mixed bag. There were some stories I thought were kind of ‘meh’, others I felt could have been better, and others I fell in love with. So, I thought what better way to explain these stories and how I feel about them then with a Top 12 list? I mean, I have thought of other ways, but I prefer the Top 12 idea.

Now, enough about me and my book reviewing strategies, here is my Top 12 Stories from My True Love Gave to Me. Continue reading “My True Love Gave To Me – Book Review”

Posted in Christmas, My Friday Thoughts, Poetry

My Friday Thoughts – I am the Christmas Shrimp

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You may be wondering, “What a weird title for a post! And what a weird confession for Gemma to say too.” You’d be correct on both statements. I haven’t done a very Christmassy post this month and I haven’t read anything really Christmassy.

So, I thought, why not tell my own Christmassy story? One about me and how an inside joke with my friends whilst at University became a piece of silly poetry? Continue reading “My Friday Thoughts – I am the Christmas Shrimp”

Posted in Magazines, Reviews

Explore History Magazine – Review

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This week, I’ve decided to review something a little different. Mostly because out of all the things I’ve read in 2016, this is one of the newest things I began reading on a regular basis and I look forward to its new issue every month.

I want to show my appreciation and love for a certain magazine I discovered on holiday. Yes, as you can tell from the title of this post, I absolutely love the Explore History Magazine. I read the second issue first back in May* and I still continue reading Explore History now at the end of 2016. It’s an easy read about many different, interesting topics of history all over the world. Here is why Explore History is perfect for those who love history and travelling.

* I didn’t discover this magazine when the first issue came out, so I read issue two before issue one. You will not believe how not reading them in order annoyed me, even though it makes no difference if you read them in order or not. But enough about me and my obsession with reading things in order, I’ll continue with my review. Continue reading “Explore History Magazine – Review”

Posted in Books, Tags

Would You Rather Book Tag

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Yes, I am doing yet another tag. But this time, I’ve actually been tagged (Thank you, JenAcideByBibliophile for tagging me!) and I’ve not gone and decided to do a tag because I felt I had some pretty good answers to them, despite not being tagged by whoever posted the tag in the first place.

Anyway, enough about me and my lack of actually following the rules of tagging. Here are my answers to the ‘Would You Rather’ tag!

(On a side-note, as I’ve been rereading my post before I upload it, I realised I’ve written the word ‘tag’ – fifteen times in this post overall. Now that word just sounds really weird…) Continue reading “Would You Rather Book Tag”

Posted in Books, Books That Have Stayed, Reviews

Books That Have Stayed – The Lovely Bones

Hello, people of the internet! Today’s post is the first in a series called ‘Books That Have Stayed’. This isn’t about books that have stayed in my collection (believe me, it would be a VERY long series – I honestly struggle to get rid of books, but more on that another time). Instead it’s about books that have stayed with me in my memory and have become a part of my identity, my beliefs and a part of how I see and deal the world. It’s an important topic for me, especially since it just shows how powerful stories can be and I want to show my appreciation and love for them.

To start off this little series, I’ve chosen The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I briefly mentioned The Lovely Bones in my ‘My Friday Thoughts – I am the Reader’ post and I feel it deserves its very own post.

I’ll try my very best not to spoil the book for those who haven’t read it, though I will admit it’ll be tricky. Continue reading “Books That Have Stayed – The Lovely Bones”