December Favourites, Hauls + A Wrap-Up

Happy December Everybody!!!

How have you guys been? I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and/or a happy Hannukah- if you don’t celebrate any of these I hope you had a great holiday and I’m wishing you an early happy new year! December for me was filled with adventures, happiness, and joy. I definitely had an improving reading month, I received lots of books and gained lots of new favorite things! Tell me about your December month in the comments and link your December favorites, wrap-ups and hauls as well!

bookish wrap-up

I am pretty happy with the books I’ve read this month! In fact, I am currently reading We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan and I think I can finish it by the end of the month, which means I would have read four books. Although it doesn’t sound like much, that is so much better than by last few reading months, where I was in a constant state of frenzy and bookish slug. Here are the books I read this month!

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew ★★☆☆☆

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige★★★★☆
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles ★★★☆☆
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

book haul!

So as the holidays are approaching, I got some books from publishers and bought some books for myself to read! I hauled these books:

The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
December/January Frankie Magazine

favourites

Volunteering

Early this month and late last month, I was lucky enough to get to go volunteering all around my city and it was such an unforgettable experience. I’m still young and that usually means organizations are less likely to take me on board as a volunteer but I finally had a chance to give back to my community. I cooked in soup kitchens, made little Christmas ornaments, sorted clothes and packed necessity bags, all around different communities. The feeling you get from volunteering is indescribable because not only are you supporting those in need, you are gaining new skills and friendships. I feel so blessed to live what I believe is a good life and I have always wanted to give back to the community, which is why I am so glad I had the chance to volunteer at so many charities this month and last month!

Kool & Co Candles

This month I also received these adorable candles from Kool & Co. I got one in Coconut and an Ariel-inspired scent. I love the smell and I also really like the fact that they are 100% soy-based which makes it better for your nose! I can’t wait to burn these candles during the winter! Here is a link to their shop!

Bella Boxes + Perfume

I also received the Bella Box, which is a monthly beauty subscription service. You can check out my review to that here!  I also got this VS Coconut Passion perfume spray. I got it a really good price and I couldn’t resist, I am so picky when it comes to perfume smells but I have a weak spot for anything that smells like vanilla, coconut or caramel. I love the smell of the spray and I am so glad I bought it!

Succulents +  Teas

I also got this adorable little succulent plant as a Christmas present! It’s fake because I literally can’t keep any plant alive 🙂 I use it as room decor and it just hangs from the roof of my room! I also got some French Earl Grey Tea from T2 for Christmas. I am actually not a huge fan of tea- I only like green tea and peppermint but I am trying to get into it. Hopefully, I’ll brew some of it up soon!

That’s all from me! I can’t wait to dive into some of the books I received this month! It’s the end of 2016 and I can’t wait to welcome to the new year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and don’t forget to tell me what you received and hauled this December, as well as link your December wrap-ups, favourites and hauls down below!

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december bullet journal + essentials

 

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If you have been following me on Instagram (@hashtaglovebook.alicia) you would have probably seen my latest obsession with bullet journaling. I adore it! Every week whenever I can find five minutes for me to journal, I will seize the chance. There is just something so satisfying and calming about creating a personalised planner and organising your upcoming weeks and months.

I honestly can’t believe it already is December, this year has been a whirlwind of adventures and it has flashed before my eyes. Since it is nearing the end of November, I decided to draw up my monthly bullet journal for December. I filmed a little quick montage of a most of my planning. (I realised I wasn’t recording the last part of it so I don’t have all of the footage 🙂 ) I also am going to show you some of my stationary I use for my bullet journal as well!

bullet journal essentials:

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 bullet journal plan with me: december 2016:

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want more bullet journal posts let me know! I had so much fun creating this one! Do you bullet journal as well? Send me some pictures, I would love to see yours!

Also I just started a facebook page today so definitely go check it out: https://www.facebook.com/hashtaglovebooks/
If you like my page, I’ll like your back! 🙂

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12 Days Of Christmas Book Tag

Sadly, Christmas is ending but before it completely comes to a close, I was tagged by Calliope at The Book Goddess! You should definitely check out her blog because she is the sweetest person and her posts are great! (Thank you so much for tagging me, Calliope). For this tag you have to match a book or series to one of the lines in the famous Christmas carol, “12 Days of Christmas” and then I must tag five other book bloggers. Let’s begin with the first line:

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me- a Partridge in a pear tree.”
The Partridge stood alone in the pear tree, what is your favourite stand-alone:
This is extremely hard because, I have so many favourites! However, one of my most favourite stand-alone is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nirven!

“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- two turtle doves,”
Love is in the air, who is your one true pairing?
At the moment, I am currently re-reading Lux. It isn’t a surprise my one true pairing at the moment is… Kat and Daemon from the Lux Saga by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

“On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- three French hens,”
In the spirit of threes, what is your favourite trilogy?
I love trilogies because they tend to not drag along and are usually written so well but my favourite trilogy, without a doubt will have to be The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare!

“On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- four calling birds,”
Series usually consists of four or more books, what is your favourite series?
You mean a series other than Lux? Hahaha, just joking! Other than Lux my favourite series would have to be Heroes of Olympus or maybe The Mortal Instruments! I can’t decide!
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“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- five golden rings,”
One ring to rule them all, who is your favourite villain/antagonist?

I tend to hate all villains, but I do love Khalid in Wrath and The Dawn. Despite the fact that he is confusingly a “good guy”, he is also partly a villain and he is my favourite villain

“On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- six geese a laying,”
Creation is a beautiful thing, what is your favourite world?
The Darkest Minds, has such an intricate world and even if I haven’t finished the series yet, I love how much detail Alexandra Bracken put into this book!

“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- seven swans a swimming,”
Who needs seven swans when it only takes one animal to make a great sidekick, Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?
Does Grover count as an animal sidekick? Grover from The Percy Jackson and The Olympians series is one of the first animal sidekicks that pop into my head!

“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- eight maids a milking,”
Milk is so 18th century, which books or series take food to a whole new level?
This is such a weird one, I haven’t read a book that solely focussed on food but I’ll choose a novel which includes a food in the title- L.A Candy!

“On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- nine ladies dancing,”
These ladies must be great at dancing, who is your favourite female lead?
Rose Hathaway from The Vampire Academy series will always be one of my favourite female leads because as I have mentioned many times before, Rose is so loyal and courageous and I honestly look up to her!

“On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- ten lords a leaping,”
How about your favourite leading lord (male)?
Now, this is getting way too hard! My favourite leading male would have to be Daemon Black and Will Herondale. I don’t really think an explanation is needed, if you have read the two series that they are from but if you haven’t I can tell you now that they are both descriptions of perfect boys! 🙂
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“On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- eleven pipes pipping,”
What is your favourite book, with a major musical influence?
Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken has a music theme within the novel and despite, the bad writing the story within it had a sad storyline and I really enjoyed reading this novel!


“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me- twelve drummers drumming,”
Drum roll please, what is your favourite read this year?
Please don’t make me choose!!!! 🙂 However, I did just finish Oblivion a few days ago and can I get a “Hallelujah!” for this novel because I absolutely loved it!
Here are the five bloggers I nominate:
L.A Book Dreamer
The Ambivert 123
A Fangirl’s Opinion
Books and Cleverness
Sunshine Craver

Thanks guys! That’s all for the tag! I hope you all had a great Christmas and have a great new year!

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Review: Mistletoe & Mr Right by Lyla Payne

Title: Mistletoe & Mr Right
Author: Lyla Payne
Release Date: Christmas 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Christmas (if that counts as a genre 🙂 ), Contemporary , Romance

It’s Christmas time, and the first thoughts which conjure up in my mind are hollies, Christmas trees, snow, family and love. Lyla Payne’s Mistletoe & Mr Right, a collection of two holiday stories, made my heart flip, put me in the Christmas spirit as well as dragged me out of my reading slump. This romance novel definitely conjured up vivid images of Christmas, which is one of the reasons why I highly enjoyed reading it. Once I saw the novel, without any hesitation I picked up the novel and delved straight in! The two short stories, are a perfect read before bed to keep you happy or whilst your rugging up with a mug of hot chocolate. I absolutely loved these two novels and it really made me realise how much I missed reading!

The first story in this novel is Mistletoe & Mr Right. The main character, Jessica, has had a sturdy relationship with Brennan. Brennan ticks all of Jessica’s boxes and she believes that Brennan will give her a good future and completes her plans for the future. However, something is off about their relationship and Jessica can’t really seem to put her finger on it. It’s Christmas and Jessica wants to try to steer the plane of their relationship back on track, so she travels to Scotland to surprise her boyfriend but problems arise. A new charming boy falls into the picture and Jessica doesn’t know where her heart lies anymore.

The second story is titled, Sleigh Bells and Second Chances. This story revolves around Christina (Jessica’s Best Friend and Roommate), who has been offered a job as a manager for a famous boy band, in London for Christmas. For Christina, London is a bad place for her; her neglecting father lives there and her ex-boyfriend, who she used to love. Her ex-boyfriend, Cary is one of the band members she manages. Unable to escape, Christina has to face both her father and Cary and she soon discovers that things are not as bad as they seem and maybe she still loves Cary.

*SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MISTLETOE & MR RIGHT BY LYLA PAYNE*

Reading this novel was a joyride, I absolutely loved following these cute romantic tales of Christmas love and being the major chic-flic lover I am, it was really like watching a chic-flic movie in a novel. I can’t choose which one was my favourite but I am teetering towards Mistletoe & Mr Right. After finishing the novel, I’ll admit that I had a book hangover because the novel was just so cute and the stories were too short. The novel was similar to Rachel Van Dyken’s Ruin trilogy, which was three stories about roommates and friends who all had their stories intertwined. I was so glad to find out that we still had cameos of Jessica and Grady in the second story because I honestly couldn’t bear to part with them.

First of all, let’s talk about the first novel Mistletoe and Mr Right. This was my favourite story by a sliver because Jessica, the main character, was more relatable than Christina. Not only that but the romance in this story was a touch more cute than in Sleighbells and Second Chances, which was pretty much just your simple “playing hard to get” story. Mistletoe and Mr Right definitely had a lot more twists and turns and I didn’t know if I should choose between Team Brennan or Team Grady.

Jessica was trying to make amends with her boyfriend and the fact that she went to Scotland to try and surprise Brennan, exhibited how serious she was about him. However, the way Brennan’s family treated her frustrated both Jessica and the reader. The way Jessica reacted was exactly how I would have reacted, she tried so hard to satisfy Brennan’s family but it didn’t seem to work. Grady, was perfect, and seemed to be the only one, other than Brenna, who treated Jessica like a human. The dry, sarcastic humor between the two made me smile. Both Brennan and Grady seemed like great guys until Katie stepped into the picture, then the drama began. I loved reading about the tension between all the characters and I couldn’t put down the novel.

Towards the end, we discover that Katie had previously carried Brennan’s child and that was when I knew that I was definitely team Grady. I felt so much sympathy for Jessica because I knew she definitely wouldn’t enjoy that. However, she coped with it so well. The ending was a near-perfect fairytale ending because despite the fact that Brennan was no longer with Jessica, she had Grady and they were honestly the perfect couple.

Now onto the second novel, Sleigh Bells and Second Chances. I really liked this story because I was page turning to discover what would happen to Christina and Cary’s relationship. My heart was racing when the media was catching up to them but I kind of assumed they would get together, but I knew there would be lots of drama on the way. I enjoyed the fact that the novel didn’t solely focus on their relationship, there was also the problem with Christina’s father and throughout the novel there was a lot of character development from the angered, closed-off, pessimistic Christina to a brighter Christina.

I loved reading about the history between Christina and Cary’s relationship because it was too cute! I was so surprised that Cary had that agreement with Christina’s father but every story has to have there climatic point! Despite that, the ending was the cutest ending. I love how Cary did the charity kiss with Christina and the story couldn’t have ended any better.

Overall, I absolutely loved this novel and I highly recommend it for Christmas! It was the perfect amount of cute and Christmas!

I hope you had a great Christmas!

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🎄Christmas TBR List🎄

Happy Christmas, Everyone!!!!!

Since Christmas is coming soon, I compiled a short TBR list of books I’m going to try and read this holiday! I never end up following my TBR list (Does anyone else?) as I usually stray and somehow find another book that I want to read but here are some books I am going to try a read this holiday!

  1. Mistletoe & Mr Right by Lyla Payne
    A cute Christmas contemporary to put me in the perfect Christmas mood! Mistletoe & Mr Right is a compilation of two short Christmas romances written by Lyla Payne! The first one is called Mistletoe and Mr Right and the second one is called Sleighbells and Second Chances. The minute this book arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t help myself and I delved straight in because I was looking for a cute romance. I’m halfway through the first story and it is honestly so cute! It has definitely put me in the Christmas joy! I’ll save my thoughts for the review!
  2. How To Be Bad by E.Lockhart, Sarah Mylnowski & Lauren Myracle
    To be honest, I am not a big fan of co-written novels as they often are choppy and never flow through a smooth progression but I decided to give this novel a go! It is about three teenage girls who leave their mundane town for a temporary “break”. I loved We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and the summary of this novel definitely intrigued me. Hopefully, it will be unique and different but I am definitely excited to start this novel.
  3. Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Hello??? Daemon goodness in one book filled with over 1000 pages, I would probably be the first to sign up :)! I just downloaded the book, I know I’m 14 days late but I’ve been savouring and saving it for the perfect day! If you didn’t know already, Oblivion is a novella to the Lux series and its pretty much a compiled story of the whole Lux series written in Daemon’s point of view!
  4. The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
    I recently got this series sent to me and I am pretty excited to start it! It’s based around seven sisters who are all adopted. One day their father dies and Maia, the oldest one, finds clues which will lead her to her past. I’ll definitely write a review on this novel! I’ve already started the first few chapters and its really enjoyable! If you have read this novel tell me your thoughts below!
  5. None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio
    None Of The Above is a powerful contemporary novel which recently came out. It’s unique storyline has captured readers. I’ve heard lots of little chit chat about this novel and when it turned up displayed in the library with it’s eye-catching title, I decided to pick it up!

I definitely need to start my reading pace back up again, as I have had a chugging reading slump. The novel I’m reading now, Mistletoe and Mr. Right has definitely kick-started my reading back again! I can’t wait to get around to Oblivion and hopefully I’ll end up ticking these books and more on my TBR list! Christmas is coming (has anyone noticed the falling snow on my blog 🙂 ) and I can’t wait to do some comforting holiday reading!

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Merry Christmas🎅

Best Books of 2015

Hey guys!

I am so sorry for not posting in such a long time, I have been away and so busy but I have finally found some time to sit down and write this blog post. It feels so good to finally write a new post. Since its the end of year, I decided it would be a great idea to write the top 5 books I have read this year!

  1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    This is by far one of the most fun books I have read this year. It was quirky, relatable, funny and has lots of drama, which is the perfect recipe for a contemporary! I can’t believe I didn’t get to this earlier because I honestly missed out on so much. If you haven’t gotten around to this novel yet, I suggest you drop everything and head out to the bookstore today! 🙂
  2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    A touching novel that made me shed a river a tears, All The Bright Places was definitely a highlight. I love novels that make me cry because it is just amazing to see how one book can make such a big impact! All The Bright Places was thought provoking and just made me stop a realise the backstories and hidden emotions of the people we pass by everyday.
  3. Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
    This was a given because Dimitri and Rose…who can’t forget one of the best couples in YA fiction! 🙂 Nevertheless, I have always loved the series and it was sad to see it finally come to a close but the ending sure was satisfying and I am so glad that it didn’t disappoint.
  4. Every Last Breathe by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    This was a major novel of my 2015 reading adventure because Jennifer L. Armentrout has always been one of my favorite authors! So to find out one of my favourite series by hers was ending was exciting yet heartbreaking. #teamroth for the win! I loved the finale and upon finishing the book a wave of happiness came!
  5. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
    Surprisingly, this novel blew me away! I was craving for an original fantasy with a good romance and storyline and finally I stumbled across this series. I fell in love with the characters and the world. The final book, which came out this year was one of my favorites!

That’s all for my favorite books this year. I will definitely be posting as the holidays start to slowly approach :)! Who else is excited for Christmas? Presents! Presents! Presents! And that also means hot chocolates, peppermints and books! I will definitely be posting up a TBR list soon for Christmas! What was your favorite book that you read this year?

Now that the holidays are approaching, I know we will all be watching lots of youtube videos to get into that Christmas Spirit and holiday joy. I love this youtube channel run by my good friend, Ellie. It has books, fashion and everything you will ever love. I will link it here! So don’t forget to check it out!

Thanks guys!

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