3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 3 (Again)

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By now you know that I have done the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge before, but Fadwa @WordWonders tagged me to do it again and that’s awesome because I love quotes, quotes, quotes!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

It’s the final day of the challenge and I am not sure what to quote. There are so many fantastic bookish words to live by, but I would like to leave on a good note! One that makes you think everything is possible, because it is!

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I Tag Thee:

*If you don’t want to do this or have already done it, feel free to ignore the tag!*

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 2 (Again)

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As I’ve mentioned, I’ve done the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge before, but Fadwa @WordWonders tagged me to do it again and since it’s so much fun, I am really happy about it!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

It’s Valentine’s Day! How do I spend such a special occasion? How about sleeping in until noon, watching TV shows and spending an infinite time on the interwebs. However, I feel like I should honour the day at least somehow. So, here’s a lovey-dovey quote!

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Now, I Tag Thee:

*If you don’t want to do this or have already done it, feel free to ignore the tag!*

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 1 (Again)

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I’ve done the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge before, but Fadwa @WordWonders tagged me to do it again and I am really happy about it, because bookish quotes are EVERYTHING! So thanks for including me!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

You all know how much of a fan I am of Tahereh Mafi’s writing. She has such a unique and beautiful style. It’s really all rather poetic and still so very relatable. I’d like to think that I have done a great deal of things in my life so far, but I have also spent a lot of time with books. Getting to know and learning to love characters from other worlds and paper places, so this quote still rang very true to me!

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Now, here are some people I’d like to spit out some quotes:

How Many Letters Are In Goodbye by Yvonne Cassidy (Book Review)

hmlaigIt’s been almost eleven years since Rhea Farrell last wrote to her mother.
It was a Friday night ritual – until Rhea’s father decided it was stupid to write letters to a dead person. That was the summer before the accident. The summer before Rhea began to keep her first secret.
Now about to turn eighteen, Rhea finds herself alone on the streets of New York with nobody to talk to about the future, or the past. So, just like she used to do as a little girl, she begins a letter with the words ‘Dear Mum’ and tells her mother the things she can’t tell anyone else.
In the city where Allison Farrell was born, her daughter begins to delve into her past. And as she uncovers more about who her mother truly was, Rhea starts to figure out exactly who she herself wants to be. And that sometimes it takes longer than you think to say goodbye…

Publisher: Flux
Release Date: 
March 8, 2016

I was provided with an eArc from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After finishing the story, the first thing I asked myself was, how am I feeling? Mad, Glad, Sad, Lonely or Scared? While reading the book I definitely went through all of these emotions, but I would lie if I said it didn’t take me a while until I really got into it.

The book is mostly written in letters and lists, two things I absolutely love, but unfortunately it was extremely difficult for me to empathize with Rhea. The problem is that Rhea has some serious trust issues, which makes it so difficult to really like her. You can feel her hostility ooze off the page sometimes. No matter who is trying to be nice to her, she takes it the wrong way and closes off. I get that her walls are there for a reason. She got hurt by people in the past, in a bad way, but somehow she was in denial about so many things. That was the reason why I had such difficulties connecting to her, really sympathizing with her.

However, after about a 100 pages, I was into the story and it all got a lot more intense in the second half. I wanted to know what happens to Rhea and if she will get her life together again. I wanted her to be able to trust people and let them into her life. Her transformation was great and the messages that came with it as well. Silence can be deadly, especially when it comes to traumatic experiences and you need people in your life who care enough about you to tell the truth.

Another thing I liked was that Rhea is a really diverse main character. She is a young Irish lesbian girl with a disability being homeless in America – that’s not a person you read about every other day. The thing is that none of those things felt like they were pushed on you to make you like her more. They were all just casual parts of her life, something that made her her.

To get back to the question in the beginning, I am glad that I read this book. It gave me an interesting perspective on a unique character (but she could have used the phrase “fifty kinds of crazy” a little less).

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Fazit: 3.2/5 stars! I had a lot of difficulties connecting with Rhea, but by the end I really cared about her destiny.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

We’ve established that Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As 2016 is right around the corner, it’s time to discuss some of our most anticipated books for the first half of the new year!

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1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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I loved Red Queen, so obviously I am all in for the sequel! Also, there are some characters (well … one character) that have some serious explaining to do!

2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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I remember being really confused about A Darker Shade of Magic, because I had no idea it was a series and there were so many things left unanswered. Well, I guess this is how I’ll find out about those unknown components.

3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343Release Date: March 8th, 2016

THIS IS DEFINITELY MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE! I cannot wait to read another book in the Shadowhunter world and it’s a parabatai-sort-of-love-story too! Perfect!

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Lucien is apparently getting a love interest of his own – YAY! And I am looking forward to some more time with Rhys, just because!

 

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected EverythingRelease Date: May 3rd, 2016

Morgan Matson has a new book? How could I not read it? It’s going to be great! But I might actually wait until the summer to read it, because I feel like her books are mostly perfect for that time of the year.

6. The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan

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It sounds really heartbreaking, but somehow I am often drawn to those books. Also, I think the cover looks gorgeous!

7. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

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THOSE TWO WORKING TOGETHER IS GOING TO BE THE BEST LGBTQIA-NOVEL EVER! ‘Nough said!

8. The Crown by Kiera Cass

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I may have my problems with Eadlyn, but I WILL FINISH this series! I am not going to stop at the last book (although I am really, really hoping this is the final installment! Seriously, I am going to freak if it’s another hoax!)

9. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

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You may wonder why I chose another Victoria Aveyard book, but those are the companion novellas Queen Song and Steel Scars for Red Queen combined in one book. I really want to read it since I haven’t gotten to Queen Song yet.

10. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

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From what I gathered it’s a book with multiple POVs covering the topic of bullying. Somehow those stories always really get to me, so I’d like to read it and see if my suspicions are right that this is going to be an emotional ride. Also, I love the cover! I mean I love all the covers above, but this one is really pretty as well!

 

I think in the end I can say that it’s going to be another great year for books! If you want to know more about the books, just click on the covers and you’ll get to their respective Goodreads pages. What are the books you are looking forward to the most? Don’t hesitate to leave a link to your TTT so that I can check it out!

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag!

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I have done somewhat of a Christmas-tag marathon the past days, but you can all take a breather! This should be the last one for the year … possibly … maybe … depends on whether I get tagged again. However, before I start on this one, I just want to say that I will take a little break on the 24th in terms of blogging. I might already return for the 25th (Doctor Who and Downton Abbey Christmas Special and such), but I also might take a longer break. It all depends on what exactly will go down this Christmas. Either way, I want to use this opportunity to wish you all the happiest of holidays!

Now, the tag! Deanna @A Novel Glimpse tagged me to do the 12 Days of Christmas Book Tag and I am really looking forward to it. Don’t forget to check out her post by clicking on her name! Let’s do this!

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 favorite stand alone?

A book that definitely doesn’t get enough love from me, but that I really, really enjoyed reading was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  I love books that have parts in letter or mail conversations!

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On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

MALEC!!! For everyone who’s read the Mortal Instruments, I hope this doesn’t need an explanation!

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

Hmmm … there were definitely so many good ones! I am so torn between the Infernal Devices and Shatter Me, I am just going to say both!

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

Anna and the French Kiss only has 3 books in the series, but I am hoping for more at some point. There is definitely still room!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

I am going to have to repeat an answer from a previous tag and say Warner from the Shatter Me series.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

I am not as much of a Fantasy-buff as some others out there. I also don’t pay that much attention to world-building. However, I was intrigued by the different courts in A Court of Thorns and Roses and would love to explore that more.

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

I guess it’s really bad that I can’t think of a single animal sidekick, right? There must be something, but my mind is just blank. Well, enjoy this adorable and hilarious picture from Tangled instead:

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

I get really, really hungry just thinking about the Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais!

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Argh! I already mentioned so many books where I like the heroines! Well, I really like Liesel from the Book Thief. She is so young and already smarter than some adults!

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favourite leading lad?

Marco from the Night Circus is pretty cool! I wouldn’t mind if our fates were intertwined!

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. 

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I can’t really think of a book in particular, but I do love soundtrack for books. Last year I even created a Playlist of my own for Break Up Buddy!

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

Anyone who didn’t think I would say the Martian clearly hasn’t paid attention this year! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

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I Tag

EVERYONE! It’s so close to Christmas and I don’t know who’s done what anymore. So, if you feel like this tag is for you, go ahead! And once again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Character Christmas List Tag!

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I know that today is TTT, but I am once again going to skip on it. The thing is that I know that I’ll get books this Christmas, but I have no idea which ones. However, my mum does tend to stop by my blog every now and then and I don’t want her to feel weird when I mention random books I’d like to get that she maybe didn’t even know about. I am happy with whatever book I might find under the tree, so TTT is unnecessary. Yet, I am still going to do a tag that involves the number 10!
I was tagged by Rae @Bookmarkchronicles to do the Characters Christmas List Tag. It was originally created by Bianca @The Ultimate Fangirl and Anthony @A Very Awkward Blog. You should go ahead and check out everyone’s post by clicking on their names!

Rules

  • Pick 10 random characters from any book/movie/show and try to figure what you would give them for Christmas 🙂
  • Tag people and spread the word

Mark Watney (The Martian)

I would prepare the best and biggest Christmas dinner ever for him, without using any potatoes whatsoever! I think Watney would really appreciate that!

Leo Fitz (Agents of SHIELD)

If I could, I’d make Jemma’s torn feelings go away and give Fitz a relaxing day together with her – no interruptions, no doubts, not having to pretend to be strong for the sake of the other one!

Laney (Sleeping with Other People)

I love Laney! She’s so funny and witty and I think I would give her a voucher for a dance class of her choice. She has so much energy, she can put that to use there.

Wick 0308 (Dreamer)

wick2Why not give something to one of my own characters, right? I’d give Wick the freedom to do anything and everything exciting he wants to do in the real world. Want to ride a motorcycle? Sure, go up ahead and do that! Skydiving? Why not!

Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

If you haven’t watched the Series 9 Finale, please do NOT read on! I have warned you!! I’d give her a sonic screwdriver of her own, because she is so much like the Doctor now. She even has her own TARDIS and travelling companion, now she only needs that and voila! Doctor Clara is complete!

Eleanor (The Royals)

I don’t think Len needs anything material. In that respect she has everything one could want, but I would give her the chance to see what I see when Jasper watches her and talks about her. I would want her to know that his feelings are real and that she is not being tricked. She has every right to feel the way she feels right now though …

Jase Garrett (My Life Next Door)

The Garretts are such a lovely family, but they are also quite big. So, I would give Jase (randomly picked him, just to not pick the entire family) all the money he could possibly need in order to get his entire family and himself some Christmas presents. That way they don’t have to worry about a thing.

Julia (The Magicians)

Considering what all she will have to go through until the end of the Magicians series, I sometimes wonder if it would have been better if they could have erased her memories for good. I know she’s vital to the plot, but there would have been so much less pain for her.

Ava (Ex Machina)

I would want Ava to have a real human experience. One where she sees the good side of people, their kindness and empathy and I hope it will transform her.

Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones)

Sansa grew so much on me over time and I think it’s a shame what they did to her in the show. So, for her I would hope that the snow was real, real deep. People who’ve watched the Season 5 Finale will understand!


Tagging Time

Cátia @The Girl Who Reads Too Much

Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions

Emma @Emma the Book Lover

Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Victoria @Addlepates and Book Nerds

*If you’ve already done the tag or simply don’t want to do it, feel free to ignore it!*

Christmas Song Book Tag

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Another Christmas Tag is coming – Shalalala la! Prima @Panda Hearts Books tagged me to do the Christmas Song Book Tag and I will happily oblige, even though I have to admit that I don’t even know all the songs. But either way, don’t forget to click on her name to check out her post!

“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”

AaronWarner-ProfileName a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

I can’t really remember ever liking the bad guy … I mean does Warner from the Shatter Me Series count? Because by the end I loved him, but that’s when he wasn’t the villain anymore … tough one!

“All I Want for Christmas is You”

Which book to you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

I swear this question is in ever Christmas-related post there is … I don’t have any new answers for that one and just to be very clear here – I am going to love whichever book I will get! Because books are awesome!!

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

19057Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Ha! Now I want to say Juliette from the Shatter Me Series, but I have this rule of avoiding to name the same book/series twice in a tag. Hmmm … I am going to go off book here and say Ed from I Am the Messenger! He definitely learns a lot about himself throughout the book!

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

First name that came to mind was Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses. That lady is cruel!

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b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Hands down, Mark Watney from the Martian deserves everything he could ever want on this planet and the rest of the galaxy!

“Frosty the Snowman”

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Which book just melts your heart?

Because Prima said Anna and the French Kiss, I am going to say Isla and the Happily Ever After, because it truly had such a great happy ending!

“Feliz Navidad”

Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Okay, we’ve had this before. Almost EVERY book on my shelf takes place in a different country, since I don’t read much that plays in Austria. (Also, there just isn’t much in the genre that I like!) I am just going to randomly point at a book on my shelf now. The Freedom Writers Diary it is!

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

7741325Which holiday themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

I haven’t read many books themed around Christmas topics, so I’ll have to resort to saying Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I love very much!

“Sleigh Ride”

Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)?

Can I please spend it with the Garrett family from My Life Next Door? Yes? THANK YOU!

“Baby It’s Cold Outside”

13621089Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

I want to state that I am utterly against book-shaming and burning in particular, but this year I just wasn’t particularly fond of Geek Girl … I thought it was too silly.

“Do You Hear What I Hear”

Which book do you think everyone should read?

I don’t think that there’s one book that everyone will magically like. That’s not how it works, but I would definitely recommend the Infernal Devices series because the relationships in this book are epic!


Tagging Time

Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

Emma @Emma the Book Lover

Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff

*As always, feel free to ignore the tag if you don’t want to do it or have done it before!*

 

The Joy of Christmas Book Tag!

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Christmas is SO close now and I love all the tags related with it! This time Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much prompted me to do the Joy of Christmas Book Tag! We continue to steal each other’s answers for those things, because apparently our minds think very alike. Prepare for some very close responses again and check out her post to spot the similarities!

1.  Anticipation

The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Okay, I just HAVE TO steal Cátia’s answer, because quite frankly, I haven’t been this excited about a release in a long time. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare will be the new installment in the Shadowhunter universe and I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!

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2. Christmas Songs & Carols

The MartianWhat book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

For the book, I’d definitely go with the Martian and for author Tahereh Mafi. Do I need to explain this? Is it weird that the Martian wasn’t written by Tahereh Mafi?

3. Gingerbread Houses

What book or series has wonderful world building?

I don’t know why, but I really feel like saying the Inkheart series. It plays a lot in the real world, but then again also in this fictional place and I love how the lines blur together.

4. A Christmas Carol

Favorite classic or one that you want to read

I was really tempted to say Persuasion as well, because it’s my favourite Austen book, but I am trying to diversify my answers from Cátia’s. So, I’ll go with the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because I loved that one too!

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5. Christmas Sweets

What book would you love to receive for Christmas

I’ve already mentioned a couple of books that I would like to get. I don’t even know which one to say, because my TBR seriously seems to never end! I think I’d really like to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here soon though …

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6. Candles in the Window

What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Fangirl! I just want to curl up in my bed with a cup of hot chocolate and cuddle with the book … which is not weird at all!

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7. Christmas Trees & Decorations

What are some of your favorite book covers?

Again, this will contain some of Cátia’s answers!

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8. Christmas Joy

What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I love think back to when I was little and spent time at my grandma’s on Christmas Eve and when I got back home the tree was all made up. My mum said that the Christkind (we don’t have Santa here) has helped her and that I just missed her. I love how much more magical Christmas was back then!


TAGGING TIME

Anna @My Bookish Dream

Ava @Bookishness and Tea

Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Olivia @LibroLiv

Victoria @Addlepates and Book Nerds

*As always, don’t feel obliged to do anything and ignore this if you don’t want to do it or have done it before!*

‘Tis the Season Book Tag!

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I knew that the christmas-y tags would come in soon and since I really like them, I am glad that I got tagged by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much to do the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag! It’s going to be tough coming up with better or even just different answers from her, but I’ll try my best!

1. Do you have a favorite winter read?

7741325Absolutely! Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect read for this season, even though I actually didn’t read it in winter. Either way, I think of Christmas when I think of the book.

2. Find a book with blue on the cover!

18371031There are quite a lot of books with blue covers, but my question is, does it have to be a winter-y blue? Because then I’ll definitely go with my version of Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin!

3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

1680190Uuuuh, that’s a good one! The dust jacket of my Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng has a golden dust jacket and it would look glorious on the Christmas Tree. Unfortunately I can’t show the original now, so you’ll have to deal with a yellow version of it.

4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

Argh! I already said Narnia in the Dashing Through the Snow tag and it was Cátia’s answer as well, so I have to find something else. Hmmm, can I spend Christmas at the circus from the Night Circus? Because that would be so magical and great and full of awe! (Cookie picture from Not Your Momma’s Cookies!)

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!

I hate it when I have to pick just one … How am I supposed to do that? Hmmm, who’s a character I have neglected a little in the past? I think Christms would be really fun with Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss!

6. Name one book on your wish list this year!

The Boy Most Likely ToThere are tons of books on my wishlist. I’d really like to read Huntley Fitzpatrick‘s book The Boy Most Likely To. It plays in the same universe as My Life Next Door and I loved those characters! Revisiting them would be great!

7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?

Tough one! I’ll stay with Chai Tea Latte for holiday drink – the cinnamon fits the season. I love to eat speculoos as treats and movie … well, aside from Love, Actually, I also like to watch The Santa Clause from 1994.

      

8. Who do you tag?

*Feel free to ignore the tag if you’ve done it already or simply don’t want to!*