Magical Readathon: OWLs Edition

I have been waiting for this readathon since I heard about it at Christmas! I’ve made a reading plan, I’ve selected my books, I’ve picked my career and even a backup career (we were always told to have a backup!) and the time is nearly here!

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Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

Man I did not do well at this. But you know what, I had fun and I can’t wait for the next readathon whichever one it is. As promised, I said I would do a wrap-up of the books I read. Some of them were related to the prompts, some were just fairy tale themed, so here’s what I read during the fairytaleathon.

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My first readathon participation not only of the year but ever (and hopefully not the last)! And what better theme to start with than one of my favourite things, fairy tales! For those who don’t know, I did my undergrad dissertation on fairy tales (it was lousy and I am not going to recommend it) so I have amassed quite a collection of fairy tales old and new. I did consider reading my massive volume of Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales for this but it’s back at my parents’ house 200 miles away and there is no chance of it getting read in the time frame.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Reading Resolutions 2019

Happy New Year folks! Part of my resolution this year is to be a bit more active on this here blog. So to kick this off, I’m going to have a go at Top 5 Wednesday, a goodreads group that gives you weekly topics surrounding books. As you can see from the title, this week (I’m a little bit late) is based around reading resolutions. And I have a few.

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The Christmas Tag

What’s this? What’s this? A blog post not about books?! Le shock! Sadly it’s another tag because my brain is not feeling very creative at the minute, but I do want to post a review (not a festive themed one) and maybe something about Christmas. And I suck at this sticking to a weekly schedule thing, but better late than never!

What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
The best Christmas film without any doubt has to be The Muppets Christmas Carol. I know all the words, I love all the songs and it’s a bloody good adaptation of the original book (which I have spent the last 3 years trying to read). I also have a soft spot for films like The Nutcracker Prince, Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually, the usual ones.

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
On Christmas morning. I know there are some other cultures and countries that open presents on other days, I’m really curious if anyone else does that.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
This is a fairly recent one but I think it’s very special. A couple of years ago my grandma passed away and we didn’t want Grandad to be on his own so we invited him to the Mitchell Family Christmas. At first I was thinking ‘Oh god, one man versus 14 other people plus 3 dogs, he’s going to be overwhelmed!’. But Grandad had an absolute blast and I hope he continues to have a good time with us.

For something more humourous, my dad and my uncle got drunk and started having a very competitive thumb war. My uncle claimed my dad was cheating because he had flexible thumbs.

Favourite festive food?
I think I mentioned in a previous blog post that I do have a love stuffing and pigs in a blanket. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Favourite Christmas gift?
Does it matter? I suppose it would have to be getting tickets for the family to go to New York which was a lot fun (thanks mum and dad). I also got a photo frame with a collage of pictures of me and my friends during my first year at university which made me cry (in a good way of course).

Favourite Christmas scent?
The smell of a Christmas tree and fresh out the oven mince pies.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Watching the Muppets Christmas Carol mainly. Recently I’ve taken to making Yule Log on Christmas Eve (with varying degrees of success). Most of our traditions are on Christmas day where me and my brother wake up mum and dad, go down to open presents and have breakfast before heading off to my granny’s house for the big Christmas dinner.

What tops your tree?
At my parents’ house it’s usually a star. We used to have one that kind of looked like the B of the Bang statue (RIP) but smaller and glittery, now it’s just a traditional star. At my flat at the moment, our Christmas tree has a hat and a beard and it is called Marlon.

As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
To this day, I’ve always asked for a dog. That wish has not come true yet. But it will happen!

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?
Cheesy as it sounds, it’s seeing everyone in one space just being happy. Especially since I live away from my family, it’s nice to see everyone at one of the jolliest times of the year and I always look forward to it.

Hopefully that will be the last tag of the year. Got a busy couple of weeks ahead of me as I’ve got to wrap Christmas presents and pack for Manchester. See you on Sunday!