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How To Make The Most of Your Christmas Reading?

Sitting in your corner, the fire on, a glass of wine on the speaker and a good book in your hand. That is the dream- for us bookworms. But, when you’re working all year round, get busy over the year it can sometimes be impossible to find time to read your favourite books. So, while Christmas is upon us and you have some time off maybe you should pick up those books you’ve been meaning to read and settle in for a relaxed night of fun and simplicity.

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Of course, we all have our own list of books we want to read over Christmas and as a bookworm- I have my own. So here is the list.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I saw the film earlier this year and absolutely loved it. And now, I would like to read the books to compare the similarities and differences between the stories. I’ve been looking in the book shops and once I get paid this week, I think I’ll be investing in the books for myself.

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Harry Potter Series- Including Fantastic Beasts and The Cursed Child

I got these books this year, and added onto the original set I would love to be able to read the entire set all the way through. I’ve heard great reviews of both books and so, I have high hopes. Especially as I’m such a fan of the original series. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint me.

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I’m a Gryffindor- On Pottermore. What House Are You?

The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden

It’s a book by an author I love. Another one of his books ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared’ is a favourite of mine. I find a particular scene hilarious which entails a dog’s disappointment from being shut away from the drama ensuing in this woman’s kitchen until he realises he has been shut in the pantry with the FOOD. It is how I imagine most dogs think actually. The author- Jonas Jonasson is a genius. And so, I’m expecting big things from this book but I am utterly sure I’ll love it.

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Birthdays For The Dead

I got this book on O2 priorities cheap book deal with WH Smith. I had to repeatedly visit the shop as they kept running out of stock. Must be a good sign. Or the bookworms of the world couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get a really cheap book. Stuart MacBride is said to be an extremely talented writer and I do love a good crime book.

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Game of Thrones Set

I’ve been trying to track down the last couple books I need to complete my set. Aside from the fact I’ve had to buy the out of order depending on when I see these books in the charity shops or on market stalls which has not helped my OCD nature of wanting to do things in order, I’m hoping someone has bought me one of the books I’m looking for. And then, I can pour over my books and follow it by re-watching Game of Thrones because you can never see it too many times.

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I’m aware that in reality this is a lot of books and it would be impossible to read them all. However, I do know I’ll be able to make a start on my little Christmas wishlist and carry on reading into the New Year. There is always time to sit down with a good book. I’m going to leave you with a very good quote, written by an amazingly talented man which rings true.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one”- George R R Martin

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Winter is Coming-(fangirling over the GoT reference)- As Are The Christmas Traditions!

Scratch that, Winter is here and in all its glory we’ve actually had a bit of snow before Christmas. The real question is- will it stay? Probably not! But the temperature has begun to drop, it’s getting icier and wetter out in the world. This means one thing, if you hadn’t already got the Winter gear out (like the runner I saw wearing a pair of shorts on his morning run) then it is officially time. I bet you are thinking this post will be about suiting and booting yourself for Winter and I will be writing one tomorrow about that. No! This post is going to be about Christmas traditions, more specifically my family ones plus, a few I’ve adapted whilst living away for University.

1. 12 Days Before Christmas? Time to Put Up The Tree

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In my house, this is always the case and dad has been pretty adamant about this tradition for as long as I remember. It is one of my favourite things about Christmas to decorate the house so, over the last couple years we had to adapt the day because I would be at University and wanted to put the tree up thus, last year it went up a week early because that was the weekend I could come back.

2. The Christmas Specials- Specifically Doctor Who

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Every year we go to my grandparents house for Xmas and since I’ve been old enough to come back home especially as my brother can drive. I do. And always in time for Doctor Who. You see my family don’t like Doctor Who. :0. I know I mean how can you not like it? It’s Doctor Who! But they don’t. They all pull a face at it when I’ve got it on and so, it is just easier to come home and have my own little Christmas Tradition. Doctor Who and a hot chocolate? Yes please! I do like other specials though such as Downton Abbey- when it was on after my Uni mate introduced me to the show, Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show- technically shown on Xmas Eve but still I watch it.

3. Christmas Songs

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I’ve already created a blog post on my favourite Xmas songs and if you click this link you’ll find it. But, the week of Christmas the only songs playing on my iPod are Christmas related and that is the way I like it. It’s just my little build up towards Christmas.

4. Nan’s Christmas Tarts

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I actually wrote a blog post entitled this last year. Named ‘My Nan’s Christmas Tarts’ it attracted a bit of attention, sometimes creating a blog post to get views is all in the name. Every year, she bakes Christmas tarts- jam and lemon curd- I love the lemon curd ones, and mince pies. They are yummy. I don’t know if she’ll do any this year but, it feels a bit like a Christmas tradition so, maybe it is time for a young, red-head who loves a bit of baking to take up the mantle?

5. Prosecco…

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While dad and grandad wonder up to the pub on Christmas Day, the girls- myself, mum and nan have a bottle of Prosecco between us to keep us going till Xmas dinner. John doesn’t drink, he is not a fan so he’ll be having some Shloer. We started this last year but, nan liked the idea so much she’s already bought the bottle ready. It’s been in the house since November. So, every year we will be having a glass of Prosecco to start our Christmas off right.

6. Little Christmas Tree Presents

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I realised this wasn’t a regular every house thing whilst at Secondary school when people didn’t know what the little Christmas tree presents were, and had never received any. At my nan’s we have a small gathering of presents near her dinner table and after the meal we open these presents. So whilst you all play with the gadgets of Christmas morning, in my house you get a second rush opening more presents. And these are things you’ll need for the year such as body sprays, lip balm, make-up, car air freshener, torches, bookmarks etc. This just means we are equipped with those few little bits and bobs that we’ve talked about needing in the year. It is quite handy actually and a tradition I’ll be carrying on in the future.

These are just a few of my own traditions. It is fun to think of how everyone’s Christmas is a little bit different but, equally magical. If you don’t have many traditions find something that you like. Make it your own. And one final thing: Happy Christmas Everyone.