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S4S – Books You Want to Give as Gifts

Six for Sunday

One of my favourite things about Christmas is giving gifts. I even like the buying of said gifts, wracking my brain as I try to decide what gift suits those I’m buying for, I always want to make sure that some thought has gone into the gifts I give, this made picking six books I would give as gifts for this weeks prompt difficult without any particular recipient in mind so I’ve picked a few that I think would just be good gifts in general.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
This is one of the books I recommend to basically everyone. It’s a clever, brilliant read that to this day, years after having been released, blows my damn mind.

Sanctuary by V.V James
Another book I would recommend until I’m blue in the face. Another friend recommended it to me and it has been one of my best reads this year. It’s full twists, turns and mystery, a book that kept me on the very edge of my seat pretty much the whole way through. READ IT.

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove
This one is not one of my usual staples and I haven’t actually quite finished it yet, although I am very close! But this is such a Christmassy feeling book in its own weird way. It just feels like a book you would warm up with under blankets in front of a fireplace or in the light of your Christmas tree on Christmas eve, it’s nice and creep-tastic with that twisty, rustic Sherlock Holmes feel that Lovegrove has embodied fantastically. This is definitely a book I would buy for a few of my friends.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Considering buying this for my husband for Jolabokaflod this year even though I already own two copies, one of which is an ARC. It’s so very up his alley and I know he’ll love it but I just can’t get him to pick up a book right now so I figure Jolabokaflod is my only hope this year. It’s a great book so I’ll happily have another copy in my house!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This is another sitting by the fire all cosy to read kind of book. I think I’ve mentioned this book about once a week for the past couple of months and I PROMISE I will read the second in the new year, I swear. But seriously I loved the crap out of this first book and I think a lot of other people, including some of the people I know, would love this too. 

The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Let’s be honest I couldn’t not include this. The Illumine files books are my favourite books and I will do anything I can to get everyone else to read it so we can all excitedly talk about these damn books.

Are any of these books you’d like to receive? Are any of these books you’ve already gifted or are planning to gift? Are you buying many bookish gifts for others this year?

Must Be Monday, spoiler free, writing

Must be Monday – Inktober Week 2

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So week two is now over and this feels like it was better than last week, maybe because I’m getting more into the swing of it now. Yesterday I even managed to only go two words over the fifty word limit in my initial write up before I had to edit which was a first! Friday’s post started out at seventy-three words so sometimes a great deal of editing is needed and it really helps me to think about what I’m trying to say with each piece. Here is last weeks Inktober 2019: Writer Edition round up!

Frail

Leaving her cane behind she made her way through the trees, leaves darkening, creeping near the end of their time in unison with her own. Their usual bench was empty now without her companion but as she sat and longed for their hand she knew they would be together soon. 

Swing


Cursing in elvish as his arrow misses another target Lucien throws his bow to the ground and draws his short swords, advancing on the TARGET before him but missing again. Growling with frustration he reaches behind him and pulls a sword through his long russet hair, leaving it considerably shorter. 

(Credit to Lissy Raine for her art of my precious boy Lucien – My main D&D character based on Lucien from ACOTAR.)

Pattern 

Elle picks at the ghastly green and silver threads resembling snowflakes and Christmas trees adorning the red woollen jumper while trying to ignore the itchy sensation she had been experiencing since putting the damned thing on. Her girlfriend beams proudly at her handiwork and Elles feels her cold heart melt.

Snow

I’m not going to make it in today,” Lara coughed down the phone, “I’ve come down with that bug that’s been going around. Yes, of course, forty-eight hours” Lara reassured the voice before hanging up the call. “All clear!” She yelled as a snowball hit her in the face. 

Dragon

As an ear-splitting roar filled the air I was surprised to find I was not afraid, although my hands shook and my fingers itched with anticipation. Despite my time at the monastery, I had never come across another of my kind. I held my breath as I stepped forward. 

Ash


As I floated back to consciousness the taste of ash filled my mouth as it always did, this time accompanied by a sick feeling in my gut.

“Good work, my son,” My father told me later that evening and I knew then that I must have done something truly terrible.

(This is a follow on to the Dragon prompt and is about another D&D character who shares their body with the soul of an ancient red dragon.)

Overgrown

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Lucien wasn’t sure he’d recognise his home as he walked amongst the now ruins where he had grown up, but as he ran a hand across the charred and overgrown remains of what had once been the veranda overlooking the great gardens his mind was suddenly awash with old memories.

I’ve been playing and/or planning a fair bit for my different Dungeons and Dragons groups this week so a good few of these are about events that have happened or I imagine have or will happen to my characters which I’ve really enjoyed as D&D is pretty much my favourite past time.

I think my favourite this week was probably Dragon although overgrown is a close second. My least favourite was swing as I had to edit it quite heavily and it didn’t have quite the same feel to it once I had reduced it to fifty words.

Now,  onto another week!

 

 

#SixforSunday

S4S – Santa won’t you please bring me…?

As usual I hadn’t planned to do this weeks Six for Sunday post due to time, I’ve been under the weather this week and I’ve been pretty out of it BUT I’m feeling much better today and although it’s a bit late in the day, it turns out that in the end I just couldn’t resist joining in with this weeks prompt, “Santa won’t you bring me…?” I adore Christmas time (it’s my birthday so I’m probably a little bias) and I’m feeling super festive already so here we go!

An Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman Arc
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you probably already know about my love of The Illuminae Files by the same authors and every since I finished Obsidio and found out about their next collaboration featuring hot space elves I was so completely onboard. The AU ARCs appeared on my timeline last week and the UK publishers Rock the Boat announced that there’s would be printed soon too, I have my name down as an interested reviewer and now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be chosen to receive a review copy, I can dream, right? You never know!!

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Bookshelf help and a new bookshelf
This is a broad one. I’m at that point again already that I have too many books etc for my shelves, I don’t have a lot of space left but could probably fit one more bookshelf in and replace the old rickety one I had at my parent’s house who knows how many years ago.  I still need to get rid of some books and rearrange said content on said shelves though to make it a bit neater and feeling less stressed when I look at it. I guess I’m after a bookshelf fairy?

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A Kylo Ren/ Ben Solo prequel book
Ideally written by Claudia Gray, Delilah Dawson or Christie Golden? I know he’s not everyone’s favourite character and honestly, I hated him in The Force Awakens but with The Last Jedi, I’m left with needing to know more! He’s evolved into such an interesting character now and I think there’s probably more than enough content in his backstory to give us more insight into the mind of Ben Solo and the exact path and events that led him to become Kylo Ren. Maybe we’ll get it as a prequel or companion book before the last Star Wars film in this trilogy? I can hope!

MORE Star Wars books sooner…
Okay so I’m still in a huge Star Wars funk at the moment and I’m desperately awaiting the releases of Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray as well as Queens Shadow by Emily Kate Johnston, I absolutely cannot wait to read them and they’re not out until April and March next year respectively.

 

 

 

A Niffler plush
It’s just occurred to me recently that I really should have a Niffler Plushie, we’re fluffy, shiny collecting kindred spirits after all and it is pretty much my blog logo so I think it’s a given really. I’m in charge of the Christmas shopping this year so maybe I can just get myself one from the cat?

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New cardigans and long tops
Being out of any real work at the moment means that I’m fast wearing all of my clothes to death, especially my cardigans and long tops. At least once a week I spend about an hour before bed window shopping…usually on the EMP site, these are two of my favourites.