Things That Make Me Feel Festive | Blogmas

December 23rd, 2020

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Hi Readers!

This year being so different from others, and with the added worries and anxieties from Covid, I honestly thought I would not feel festive this Christmas. I forced myself to put up my decorations and honestly looking back I wasn’t my happy go lucky self. I actually felt quite low and I made it worse because I was panicking that this would be how I would feel for the whole of December.

But some Christmas magic must have kicked in because it did not take long for me to get that Christmas spirit back. Now I’m wearing all the Christmas jumpers, consumed many mince pies and watched a fair few Christmas movies.

I’m sad that there’s only one week of this left! But there’s still time to enjoy some of these!

Vlogmas/Blogmas!

Earlier this month I shared some bloggers whose blogmasses I’ve been enjoying. I’ve also of course loved watching Zoella’s vlogmas. I actually went back and rewatched her old ones and it was so nice to see a pre-covid Christmas and just remember what life was like when things were normal.

Garden Centres

Me and my family do this every year and I was so worried we wouldn’t get to do it this year, especially when the second lockdown happened. But we were able to get out there and look around a few of our favourite garden centres safely, and it was probably the beginning of my festive cheer for me.

Here are some of my favourite displays from 2020. This year was a children stories theme!

Decorations

As I said, I did feel a bit down whilst putting them up. But now I’m really appreciting them. I just love the sparkle and light they give a room and they make cosy reading evenings so perfect.

Festive Baking

I love to bake all year round, but there is no place like the kitchen at Christmas time. I love baking with spices and dried fruit and, of course, chocolate!

Some of my favourite things to bake are Mince Pies, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and Gingerbread Men (which I love to decorate!)

Christmas Lights Hunting

This is something we normally leave until Christmas eve every year, but this year we ventured out early as we’re doing a lot of evening errands. There are a lot more than their usually are this year! Everyone has gone to town on their outside lights and it’s so lovely to see.

Christmas Films

Some people think they’re cheesy, but I could let December pass without me watching ALL of the Christmas films! Here are some of my favouries:

What activities make you feel festive? I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Best Ever Christmas TV Specials | Blogmas

December 21st, 2020

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Hi Readers!

Every year, one thing I look forward to is the Christmas specials of my favourite TV shows! Every year there’s something to get excited about, and the family gathering around to watch it always creates lovely Christmas memories. Here are some of my favourites.

// Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion //

David Tennants first proper bout at being the Doctor, and he stole all of our hearts this Christmas. And then went on to shatter them five years later!

// Downton Abbey (Season 2) //

I mean, you’d have to be heartless not to gush over this episode! It’s the one Christmas special that has all the festive feels.

// Victoria //

They only ever did one Christmas special, but it was so festive that it’s enough to keep me going each Christmas. It explores how Victoria and Albert popularised the Christmas Tree.

// Outnumbered (All Of Them) //

If you want a hilariously relatable Christmas special, this would be the one. This shows all the stresses of Christmas and also the wonderful innocence of children.

// Great Festive Bake Off //

I love that they’ve started doing this every year. Seeing old bakers come back and bake festive treats is a must watch every Christmas for me.

// Gilmore Girls (Season 2) //

I just love this scene of Jess and Rory in the horse and carriage whilst it’s snowing around them. I’m such a Jess stan, so this episode was made for me!

// Gavin and Stacey Christmas Specials //

We’ve been gifted with two of these treasures now, and both are incredible! If you haven’t watched Gavin and Stacey, it’s such a feel good TV Show, it’s a must watch if you’re feeling stressed and just want something with great dead-pan humour. It’s basically a love story between to people and how it brings two very different families together.

// The Goes Wrong Show (2018 & 2019) //

If you haven’t watched this yet, you absolutely have to get on it. It’s based on a stage play and it’s literally what the name says. Everything in this show ‘goes wrong’ and makes for some hilariously awkward moments for the cast. It’s silly slapstick comedy and is perfect for Christmas!

What I’m Looking Forward To This Christmas!

The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity! – Can’t wait for this to have me in stitches again this Christmas!

Ghosts Christmas Special – This was one of my favourite TV shows of this year, so getting a Christmas special was fantastic news for me! This will also have me and my family in stitches, I’m sure.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse – This looks so adorable! It’s airing Christmas Eve and is about an encounter Roald Dahl had with Beatrix Potter when he was a kid.

Call The Midwife – I mean, it’s become a Christmas staple, hasn’t it? It’s one of those shows that will make us feel all the emotions. My entire family loves it and it’s a great way to spend Christmas evening.

Bridgerton – I’ve been reading the book bit by bit since last Monday. It’s so good that I just want to savour every moment. I can’t believe I had never heard of it before. I’m very excited to see how they’ve adapted it, it looks amazing.

Death To 2020 – Still not sure what this is going to look like, but I’m intrigued.

Doctor Who: Revolution Of the Daleks – Another staple for every Christmas, although recently they’ve moved it to New Years Eve which I’m not a particular fan of but I’ll still be watching it for sure. I think this is Bradley Walsh’s last episode which I’m gutted about, but it does look like a great episode.

The Outstanding Blogger Award | Blogmas

December 19th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

Thank you so much to Pilar of The Bookworm Shelf who very kindly nominated me for this award! She’s also doing blogmas this month and I’ve really enjoyed reading her posts, so everyone go check her out. It was a little while so I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get these questioned answered, but here they are!

RULES:

  • Provide a link back to the creators original post ( This award was originally created by Colton Beckwith).
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Create 7 unique questions.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award.

My Answers:

1.What is one of your favourite traditions (from any holiday or just in general)?

My favourite tradition has got to be putting up the Christmas decorations the first week of December. Some people think it’s too early but by then trees are popping up in house windows and I just can’t wait any longer for my house to get festive!

2. What are you currently reading and what do you think so far?

Right now I’m in the middle of The Duke And I (which will soon be on Netflix as Bridgerton) and I am loving it! I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before. All Pride and Prejudice fans must read it!

What is your favourite sport (either to play or watch)?

I actually wasn’t all that bad at sport. I have good hand-eye coordination and in school I played lots of tennis, rounders and netball. My favourite to watch is tennis though and I really missed Wimbledon this year! But I think my favourite to play was netball.

What is your favourite childhood TV show/movie?

One movie that has stuck with me all these years is The Secret Garden. I’ve said this a lot recently, but it really reminds me of my Nan who I can’t see this Christmas due to Covid. I miss her a lot and this book/movie just makes me feel closer to her.

Do you aspire to write a book someday? If yes, what genre?

Definitely, and honestly I have ideas for all sorts of genres. I’m currently working on a YA contemporary though. I thought I’d best stick with my favourite genre to read.

What is your dream job?

Writer. Or just something that doesn’t require me interacting with other people who hours at a time!

What do you struggle the most with while blogging?

Not being repetitive. There’s only so many ideas I can come up with and phrases I can use to describe a book. But so far the creativity hasn’t dried up so I’ll keep going!

I Tag:

Raji from Worlds Unlike Our Own
I Blog A Little Bit of Everything
Mini from Book And Corner
Camille from The English Speaking Frenchie
Laura from TheBookCorps

My Questions For You Are:

What Is Your Main Goal For 2021?
Sticking To The Theme of 2021, What Are You Most Looking Forward To Next Year?
What Is One Genre You Just Don’t Get Along With?
Where Is Your Favourite Place To Read?
What Is Your Favourite Season?
Why Did You Start Blogging?
What Made You Continue Blogging?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Christmas Book Recommendations | Blogmas

December 17th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

It’s getting even closer to Christmas, but there is still plenty to time to pick up a festive read. These are some of my favourites!

// A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens //

Of course I have to start with the classic Christmas story of redemption and Christmas spirit. I’m sure you’ve all seen countless adaptations of this story, but the original tale is also well worth a read.
On the eve of Christmas Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of friend and co-worker Morley who gives him a warning. Change your ways, or end up like him, in a miserable and endless afterlife.


// Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Miracle //

If you’re looking for a more modern story however, this would be the way to go. This YA contemporary contains three stories by three authors, all following a different set of characters in the same town at Christmas.
I loved seeing the three stories intertwine and come together for the end. It’s been a while since I read it, but I remember Maureen Johnsons part being my favourite.

// The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand //

Talking of A Christmas Carol adaptations. It’s not just film and TV that finds inspiration in the story of Scrooge, so does YA literature. The ‘Scrooge’ in this story is Holly Chase who is a rather self-centred teenager. She also gets the chance to change her ways and is visited by the three ghosts, but she isn’t as convinced as Ebenezer was…


// Dash And Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn //

Wish you could be spending Christmas in New York? Well you could do that vicariously through Dash and Lily if you read this short festive YA book.
Dash isn’t a fan of Christmas and has escaped spending it with his family this year. Lily loves Christmas, but her parents have left to go on a honeymoon. For fun, she leaves a notebook in The Strand with a dare, and Dash answers.


// Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson //

If you want a more adult book though, this one is for you. This is another short story collection although these down intertwine so it’s a nice book to read if you don’t have a lot of time to read next week as you could just read a story a day.
Something I really love about this book as well is that after each story there’s also a little recipe that Winterson has picked up over the years from friends and family. Such a perfect festive read.

Do you have a favourite festive book you love to read at this time of year?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

12 Days Of Christmas Book Tag | Blogmas

December 15th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

I thought I’d do a festive book tag for todays blogmas post. This very festive one was created by Lizzie Loves Books!

All pictures are my own.

The Partridge Stood Alone In A Pear Tree. What Is Your Favourite Stand Alone?

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Two Turtle Doves: Love Is In The Air! Who Is Your One True Pairing?

Elizabeth & Mr Darcy: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

In The Spirit Of Threes. What Is The Best Trilogy You’ve Read?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Since Series Usually Consists of Four Or More Books, What Is Your Favourite Series?

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

One Ring To Rule Them All. Who Is Your Favourite Villain/Antagonist

Eli in Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Creation Is A Beautiful Thing. What Is Your Favourite World/World-Building?

I do love the Wizarding World.

Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick? Who’s Your Favourite?

Pan from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Milk Is So 18th Century. Which Book/Series Takes Food/Beverages To A Whole New Level?

I read this last year and I remember there being a pretty inventive baker in it.

Dancing Is Just One Skill Of A Lady. Name Your Favourite Kickass Female Lead.

Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

What About Your Favourite Leading Lad?

Simon is just so precious!

What Is Your Favourite Book Or Bookish Thing With A Musical Influence?

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Drum Roll Please… What Is Your Favourite Book Of This Year?

It’s still undecided, but it might be The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I Tag…

Siena – Booksophobia
Bella – A Small Girl Living In A Book World
Amie – Read With Amie

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Book Review | Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan| Blogmas

December 10th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

I remember reading this a few years ago way back in 2013. The recent Netflix adaptation had me wanting to read it again.

What Is It About?

Dash isn’t a fan of Christmas and this year he thinks he’s escaped it, telling both his divorced parents who don’t speak to each other he’s spending Christmas with the other. A few days before the big day, he’s browsing the shelves of The Strand when he sees a moleskin journal and inside, a dare from Lily, who is a Christmas enthusiast.

What Did I Think?

This is kind of a scrooge x Christmas elf love story. Dash being the scrooge and Lily being the elf. Dash had almost succeded in escaping Christmas this holiday season until Lily has him on a scavenger hunt all through a very festive New York City. Forcing him the visit all the holiday hotspots.

I don’t think I enjoyed this as much as I did the first time I read it. It was a while ago so I can’t really remember, but seeing as my copy had an awful lot of index tabs marking off favourite moments, I’d say I enjoyed it quite a lot.

This time around though, I had a few issues with it. Firstly, this book has one of my pet peeves which is teenage characters who just aren’t teenagers. Yes there’s the angst, but that’s it. Doesn’t really make either of the characters very likeable or relatable, so I struggled to connect to them.

I think the reason I loved it so much as a teenager was because I wanted what happens to Dash and Lily to happen to me. I wanted to go to a bookstore and find a notebook with a dare written by a cute stranger who just happened to be my age. It sounds like the ultimate romantic adventure.

I was also admittedly quite pretentious as a teenager and that’s probably why this book spoke to me. Dash especially. A book where the characters Christmas wish is for the English Oxford Dictionary? As a teenager I ‘totally got it’ but now I just rolled my eyes.

If you love the idea of Christmas in New York, this is the book for you. Through Dash and Lily you visit the most festive places and you definitely feel the holiday bustle I think we’ll all be missing this year. It’s a fun story, just a bit obnoxious for my liking.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

The 20 Books I Would Keep | Blogmas

December 11th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

Growing up I had three small bookshelves which held probably 30-40 books. I now own 2 full size bookshelves, another bookshelf the length of a wall, books in my wardrobe and another full bookshelf in the garage. All of that amounts to around 300+ books (possibly more. I haven’t counted recently).

I’ve always wondered what I would do if I had to downsize and go back to the amount I had as a kid. Then I decided to make this challenge even harder for myself and go with 20 books for 2020.

I feel like there are actually a lot of books I own that I’m not attatched to at all and just hold on to for the sake of it. But I also know I’m so overly sentimental about way more than just 20 of them, so this will be tough.

These are the 20 books I own and could never, ever let go of.

1.The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I do technically own two copies of this, so I would choose the blue one as that is my annotated copy. I have scribbled and doodled and highlighted in this copy. It’s very personal and I treat it like a diary. Nobody is allowed to look in it.

I think this book is so special to me because of what it meant to me as a teenager. I first read it when I was 16 and despite the fact it was written 20 years before, it still has such a timeless feel. It’s the book that made me feel seen and understood. I’d never be able to part with it.

2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This is a bit more of a random one. It’s a more recent read so it hasn’t got that attatchemen from being a kid/teenager. I think the reason I feel so sentimental about is because of the emotions it brought out in me, which was pretty much every emotion under the sun.

3. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Another pretty recent one. This only came out a couple of months ago, but already means so much to me. This is about a woman who suffers with depression and it takes a sci-fi look at regrets and how that effects out mental health. She’s given the opportunity to see how her life would have turned out had things gone differently. It has a very powerful and positive message.

4. Shadow Forest by Matt Haig

This is a book from my childhood which comes attached with a lot of good memories. I first read it when I was 10 at school and I feel like it was the first time the whole class looked forward to reading. It’s a nice way to remember my final year at Primary school.

5. Simon Vs The Homo Sapians Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I would keep this as it’s a book that never fails to put a smile on my face. I love the characters and their funny interactions with one another. I think I would miss them too much if I had to give this book up. There’s also just such cute moments between Simon and Blue, I feel gushy just thinking about them.

6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anna Barrows

This book just never fails to put me in a good mood. It’s a real book lovers treat but it’s also got a lot of importance to it as it does tell the story of Guernsey whilst it was occupied in WWII. But it really captures the resilience of the people who lived their. I just think this book is so wonderfully British.

7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It’s so hard for me to just pick one Jane Austen book. I love them all so much! But seeing as I can not go a year without rereading P&P, I’d have to keep this one. I do own three copies of it but I think I’d have to keep my first copy of it which I got for Christmas when I was 14. That one is just a little bit more special than the others.

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Such a cosy and heartwarming book. I fell in love with this the first time I read it and I’ve loved it every time I’ve read it since. I reread it recently and I will say I found it a bit morally heavy than I remember. It was a bit too sentimental. But I’ll always remember how I felt the first time I read it and I seriously love the characters.

9. My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson

Another one I read as a kid. I would call this book the pivotal moment in my reading life. It was the first of many Jacqueline Wilson books and through this I found YA. Most of my Wilson books are in the garage now but this one still has a place on my bookshelf and it always will.

10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett

This book is special because it reminds me of afternoons with my Nan when I was younger. We used to watch the movie together and the first time I read the book I borrowed her copy. It such an old fashioned childrens classic and I’d probably hate it if I didn’t have that nostalgia attatched to it.

11 + 12. The Hunger Games + Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I would not survive without the first two books in the Hunger Games trilogy, but I could happily do without book three. Not because I think it’s bad, but because it hurts too much!

13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I mean, it’s one of the most famous classics for a reason. It’s a captivating plot that never fails to enamour me. I just don’t think I’d ever be able to part with such an amazing crafted story.


14. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I’ve only ever read this once, so I don’t know how I would feel if I reread it now. But I remember the first time I read this, I was so sure I was going to struggle with it because of it’s length and because it’s a translated piece of Russian literature. It just felt so inaccessible. But I ended up flying threw it and loving it.


15. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is one of those stories that really has something to say and it just achieved so much so well. It’s touching, it’s brave, it’s inspiring. I’ll be rereading this book my whole life.



16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Another book I just can’t pass a year without reading. It’s got the most emotionally complex characters and wonderful parents. Just thinking about this books makes me so emotional!


17. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I have a lot of YA on here and I think that’s because the books we read as teenagers are books that will always stay with us. It’s not the easiest time in life, but books really helped me get through it. This book is also just one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read.


18. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

This is a quartet so picking just one book is hard, but I think the first book might be my favourite. The whole series follows the friendship of two girls throughout their lives. Book one follows them through adolescence.



19. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another more recent favourite. I think this book means more to me than others though because it has a book community feel to it. It really feels like everyone I follow has read and loved this book. It also just makes me so emotional, and I do love a book that makes me cry!

20. Harry Potter & The Philosphers Stone


Despite recent events, HP will always mean something to me and I can’t shake that off (I just won’t be buying anything new from her ever again). This was another pivotal moment for me.

Now it’s your turn. What is one book you could never part with. Let me know!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

2021 Book Releases I’m Already Excited For | Blogmas

December 7th, 2020

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Hi Readers!

Yes, we’re still in 2020, but I can’t be the only person who has already started looking ahead to next year.

Some big book releases have already been announced, and whilst I hate waiting, at least they give us something to look forward to. Here are 12 books I’m most excited for.

// A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer // January 12th //

This is book three in a fantasy series I’ve really enjoyed this past year. It started out as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’ and is now a fully fledged fantasy world of it’s own.

I love the characters, the drama, the romance, the tension. It’s a great series, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t always enjoy a fantasy book. I’m so excited for book three!

// Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid // May 27th //

I’ve loved Reid’s latest two books (along with pretty much everyone else I think). This sounds like another interesting look at fame that I’m sure will have me googling just to make sure this isn’t about real people.

It follows four famous siblings who come together to celebrate the end of Summer, and over the course of the party, all their lives change forever.

// Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi // March 4th //

I know this has already been released for a lot of people in the world, but in the UK we’ll have to wait until March before it’s published here.

This is Yaa Gyasi’s second novel. Her first, Homeoging, was a favourite of mine a couple of years ago and I’m excited to read more from her. This is all about a medical student looking to find the scientific bases for the suffering all around her.

// She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen // April 20th //

This book sounds so cute!

This is a sapphic, YA romance about a cheerleader and a girl on the basketball team. It sounds like a hate to love and I am so ready for the tension and accidental flirting!


// Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli // April 10th //

I’m always going to be excited for a new Becky Albertalli release. I don’t even need to know what it’s about.

But I’m sure you would like to, so this is about two lifelong friends Kate and Anderson who are really close, until they both get a crush on the same person… awkward.

// The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver // June 1st //

Deaver wrote this years YA hit ‘I Wish You All The Best’ which I haven’t read yet personally, but definitely want to.

This one sounds like a gut-wrencher as it is about Liam, who’s older brother was killed in a hit-and-run. He begins to spend more time with his brothers best friend, and finds out through him more about who his brother really was.

// A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas // February 16th //

I knows there’s a lot of valid criticism of Mass’s books, but I still really enjoy them. They’re just fun and kind of addictive so I will probably be picking this up from the library when it comes out.

This is a continuation of her Fae series. I believe it follows some side characters we met in A Court of Mist and Fury.

// Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare // March 2nd //

I’m nowhere near ready to start on the latest Shadowhunter trilogy. I’m only up to book four in my reread and I don’t even know when I’ll be able to pick that up.

But, if by some miracle I’m ready for this by March 2nd, I will definitely pick it up straight away. I’ve heard so many amazing things about Chain of Gold.

// Survive the Night by Riley Sager // June 29th //

Riley Sager turned out to be the surprise of 2020 for me. I know a lot of you were probably already aware of how good his books are, but he’d completely escaped my notice until I picked up Home Before Dark and found a new favourite author in him.


// Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson // July 1st //

This doesn’t have a cover yet. Who knows if this is even official. But it’s on goodreads and I am excited so I’m counting it and hopefully we will be getting a new Morgan Matson book in 2021.





What 2021 releases are you most looking forward to?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Blogmasses You Should Be Following | Blogmas

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Hi Readers!

There are so many amazing book bloggers who have taken on the blogmas challenge this month and I thought it would be fun to share some that I have been reading and really enjoying.

These bloggers are each participating in their own way, whether it’s every day or posting more than they usually would. They have created some amazing posts so far, so go and check them out and give them all the support they deserve!

// Jen – JenJenReviews //

Something I love about Jen’s TBR for this month is three of the books were chosen by her husband! I look forward to seeing what she thinks of them. Especially the wild card choice!

Antonia & Amanda – Classy X Book Reviews

If you want a blog that posts regularly, this is the one for you. It’s run by two bookworms and alongside blogmas they’re also posting a bunch of reviews of books from all genres!

Ness – The Wolf And Books

Ness is posting 3-4 times a week and has so far done a vast array of things including a book tag and a festive bucket list.

Amie – Read With Amie

I especially loved Amie’s Books That Should Be On Your Christmas List post! I reckon there’s a book for everyone on that post.

Bec – Bec And Books

Already looking forward to a few 2021 releases? I wonder if any of them are on Becs list! I definitely have my eye on a few of them.

Pilar – Bookworm Shelf

Firstly, I’m in love with Pilar’s graphics for blogmas! But also I love how creative Pilar’s posts are, especially the Ranking Adaptations post.

Kristin – Kristin Kraves Books

I’ve been a huge fan of Kristin’s blog for a while now and I was so excited to see she’s doing blogmas! On blogms day four she shared that she’ll be attempting the PopSugar reading challenge in 2021. Check out her plans!

Wrin – Reading With Wrin

Wrin shared how she’s Getting Her Netgalley Under Control (something I think we can all relate to). She’s also posting some great reviews, so go check them out!

Book Review | Skipping Christmas by John Grisham | Blogmas

December 5th, 2020

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| Published: 2001 by Arrow |
| Genre: Humor |
| Age: Adult |
| Length: 198 Pages |
| ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ |

Hi Readers!

I have been a huge fan of Christmas With the Kranks since I was a kid. It was only last year however that I found out it was originally a book titled ‘Skipping Christmas’. I don’t know if it’s because the name was different or who the author was, but I expected this to be nothing like the movie. Turns out, it’s one of the most faithful adaptations I have ever seen.

What Is It About?

When his daughter leaves for her volunteer work abroad just after Thanksgiving, Luthor Krank is thinking how different Christmas will be without her there. Then he comes up with the wild idea of skipping Christmas altogether, saving the money, and going on a cruise which sails at noon on Christmas Day.

Let’s just say his very festive neighbours don’t like it…

What Did I Think?

Grisham tells this tale in a suburban American neighbourhood with a cast of characters who are exaggerated and unrealistic, but quite funny to read. This whole book has quite a satirical feel to it, which adds to the comedy and makes it a fun, light, Christmas read.

At first I wasn’t a fan of the writing as I found it quite stilted. It begins in an airport, and the description of it didn’t do it’s job of immersing me in the atmosphere. Instead I could just picture Grisham standing in a busy airport making notes of what was going on to put in his book. I think there is such a thing as too much description and this book does it.

It did grow on me though, and in the end I was able to enjoy a story I already knew I liked. It is a little slapstick and you do need to be quite genenrous with it on the believable front. But it will make you giggle here and there, especially if you haven’t watched the movie.

I’m not sure if I’ll read more by John Grisham. I don’t think his writing is for me. But I do love this story and I’ll probably find the time to rewatch Christmas With The Kranks sometime this Christmas as well.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X