Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say throw cares away; Christmas is here!

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly… fa la la la la la la la la!

It’s Christmas time, and yule be rockin’!

Well, I’ve been rocking ever since November first. That’s when the holidays start, right? Who cares about Thanksgiving!

It is December–“The wonders of the winter, the silent shimmering snow”–and that means…CHRISTMAS!!! Even though it’s early in the month, I decided to do a Christmas post because:

a) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go…

b) It’s raining today. [IDK.]

and

c) We have the heater on, and whenever the heater starts to be needed, it feels like the holidays to me. :P

Before we jump into my very early festivities, I’d like to clear up the fact that while I am not Christian [I’m atheist], I still celebrate Christmas, just not religiously. Also, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s cool. You don’t have to read this post. :)

What I will be featuring in this post:

  • My Christmas list!
  • My favorite holiday music!
  • My favorite wintery things!
  • Books to read for the holidays/in winter!
  • A Christmas blog tag!
  • GIFs! [probably]

If I run out of time, I’ll do a part 2 of this post on Sunday. :) Hopefully, I’ll finish today, though. Let’s get started!

My Christmas List

Beats headphones (turquoise or pink)

Mundane Fools sweatshirt (http://thepolandbananasshop.com/MUNDANE-FOOLS-SWEATSHIRT-07.htm)

subscription to Inked Voices

TFIOS DVD + assorted merchandise [TBD]

iTunes gift card

2015 calendar

money

bookshelf

Books:

Crewel trilogy books 2 & 3

Uglies books 3 & 4

Maze Runner series

rest of TMI

rest of TID

book 2 of His Dark Materials

A Thousand Pieces of You

Since You Been Gone

Unremembered

Dork Diaries #8

Four

An Abundance of Katherines

Raven Boys trilogy

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Lailah

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My Favorite Holiday Music

As you may know, I’m in a choir [We just had our concert!] and we sang holiday music this semester. I have been singing carols and religious Christmas songs since September. I am a bit burned out on caroling and such, but here goes, anyway.

Some of my favorite Christmas carols are…

  • 12 Days of Christmas [Straight No Chaser has a hilarious version!]
  • Deck the Halls
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • All I Want for Christmas Is You [Cimorelli cover]
  • Jingle Bells

And some of my favorite Christmas-themed choir songs are…

  • Carol of the Bells
  • Angel’s Gloria
  • December

Here is a video of Cimorelli performing a cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You”:

My Favorite Wintery Things

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 This is now on my list of must-have’s for winter.

It doesn’t snow in winter where I live but Christmas is still pretty awesome. Here are some of the things that make it that way:

  • Break from school!
  • Hot chocolate
  • Apple cider
  • Peppermint bark
  • Christmas carols
  • Lights
  • Heating
  • Cold weather
  • Family
  • Evergreen trees
  • Decorating the Christmas tree [Now that I think about it, this is actually really weird. You cut a tree down and put it in your house. Then you put little paper and cloth things on its branches and wrap Christmas lights around it. Ta-da!]
  • The scent of cloves in oranges/lemons
  • Our annual ornament-making party [Although we may not do it this year!]
  • The thrill of Christmas Eve
  • The movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • Rain/thunderstorms

Top Five Books to Read For the Holidays/Winter

I compiled a list of wintery and Christmas-ey books to read during winter break. You’ll have a lot of extra time on your hands because of…no school!

These books just make me think of winter. I don’t really know why.

It’s set in the wintery north. It may look like a children’s book, but it is actually adult-ish. Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer loves this series!

These books are just adorable, easy reads. This one is about Christmas, so…

The sequel to Geek High. I haven’t read it, but I want to. During Christmas. In LONDON.

If you haven’t read these, then…I don’t know what you’ve been doing with you’re life. I am disappointed. But they have very awesome Christmas scenes. Memorable ones for me are Book 4 [the Yule Ball!!!] and Book 7 [in the graveyard…].

So, yeah. Some book ideas. :)

christmastagThe Christmas Tag

Rules:

1. Post the picture on your blog.

2. Answer the questions.

3. Tag up to 12 bloggers.

Questions:

1. What is your favorite book to read during Christmas?

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

3. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

4. What is your favorite Christmas scene from a book?

5. What is on your Christmas list this year?

6. If you could travel to a place to spend Christmas, where would it be? It can be fictional or real.

7. What is your favorite Christmas food?

8. Are you a good Christmas shopper/do you like Christmas shopping?

9. When does your family/you buy a tree?

10. Do you decorate your house [inside and out] for Christmas? To what degree?

1. What is your favorite book to read during Christmas?

During Christmas, I think I would like to read Harry Potter. But I usually just read what’s next on my TBR.

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I love “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It sends a great message. I also like the Charlie Brown movies. :D

3. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

I think it was two or three years ago, I spent Christmas at my cousin’s house. I remember on Christmas day everyone sitting on the couch or floor, knitting, me writing in my journal, and watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It was really fun and peaceful.

4. What is your favorite Christmas scene from a book?

I just love love love love love the Yule Ball at Hogwarts in Book 4 of Harry Potter. And, not to brag or anything, but the epilogue to my novel, Bloggish, is on Christmas Eve and I love that part to pieces. <3

5. What is on your Christmas list this year?

See above.

6. If you could travel to a place to spend Christmas, where would it be? It can be fictional or real.

I would go to London, hands down. Oh my god, that would be so amazing.

7. What is your favorite Christmas food?

I LIVE for peppermint bark. It is the best candy ever.

8. Are you a good Christmas shopper/do you like Christmas shopping?

I either love Christmas shopping or hate it, I think. I usually buy my mom a scarf, my dad a wallet, and my sister some type of toy. Then I head to the dollar section of Target and buy a bunch of stocking stuffers, like candy and pencils and assorted junk.

I’ve never gone shopping really last minute before, like on Christmas Eve, so I guess I’m good at it…?

9. When does your family/you buy a tree?

My family buys a tree usually in the beginning to middle of December. We go out to this farm and cut it down ourselves. And we squabble about the tree. FUN!

10. Do you decorate your house [inside and out] for Christmas? To what degree?

On the outside, we do almost nothing. Because want to include all religions, our only outdoor decoration is a giant plywood peace sign my dad cut out that and we cover it in lights. It’s really pretty.

Usually, we have a Christmas ornament-making party every year, so we have a lot of decorations on the inside. I guess, compared to other houses, it’s not a lot…

I tag:

Evi @ Where Books Never End

Cait @ Paper Fury

Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer

Sam @ Bookish Serendipity

And anyone who wants to participate! Just put the link in the comments below so I can check it out. :)

I will be doing a Beautiful Books linkup soon. I will also be starting to edit Bloggish. And I will hopefully get Twitter soon, too. Have a happy December, blogglings. :)

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TGIF

So, I’ve attempted to post The Candy Book Tag twice. Both times, WordPress has deleted it. And I’m angry. I will not be participating until further notice, but head on over here if you wish to. The tag is really awesome and fun, so please do it if you have time! Sam just started it.

TGIF! I just started school again on Wednesday, and I’m already sooo tired. Bleh. I’m also kind of freaking out because I am taking, like, four exams tomorrow to get in to my new school. O.O But afterwards my best friend is coming over for a sleepover and we’re watching Harry Potter, so maybe I’ll be okay. :)

One week till my birthday! Yay! And I won’t be at school. :P I will be driving to Camperween.

Camp-er-ween; noun: A gathering of my parents’ friends and their children who host a Halloween camping trip the week before Halloween, which happens to be on my birthday. Which sucks.

I am also going to be getting an iPhone 5c soon [for my birthday] and I am STOKED! I’m putting my “IKO APPROVED” sticker that I got from Marissa Meyer on a white case for it. It’s gonna be awesome.

Just a little update on my life, I guess.

#tired #TGIF #loadsofhomework #exams #sleepover #weekend #iPhone

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TCWT Blog Chain

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I know I said I’d post this tomorrow, the actual day, but I got tired… Lesson learned! I will now try to not post as much on one day.

So the topic for this month’s chain is “What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?” Before I went to sleep last night, I wrote down some notes for myself to remember in the morning. Those will be helping me!

Let’s start with the obvious–beginnings.

These are all of my favorites! So I’ll say the book title, what I like about the beginning, and perhaps a quote.

The Book Thief–The beginning  is so original and funny and intriguing, and it just hooks you.

First the colors.

Then the humans.

That’s usually how I see things.

Or at least, how I try.

And the title of the first chapter is “Death and Chocolate.” I mean, come on. How can you not like that?

Harry Potter–Yet again, a hook. And the first sentence doesn’t necessarily talk about Harry; it talks about the Dursleys and their normality. Which is great, I think.

The Lightning Thief–It’s funny! Everything about Percy Jackson and the Olympians is funny, because Percy is narrating it. Duh. :P

City of Bones–I believe someone else talked about this already, but whatever. You see a blue haired buy in the beginning, who Clary thinks is cute, and then [SPOILER ALERT] he turns out to be a demon and is killed after a few pages. Ah, the irony of life. And then the killer of the demon turns out to be Clary’s boyfriend, even though she hates him and thinks he’s evil in the beginning.

I Am Malala–Honestly, I just love the first two sentences.

I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

Is that cool-sounding or what?

The Fault in Our Stars–This one is obvious. The first sentence, which is a paragraph, is all about how Hazel’s mom thinks she’s depressed, and what she makes her do. It opens us up to Hazel’s character and voice and life. Brilliant, I think.

Now, the endings. I don’t like endings that much. They mean the book, or series, is over. No more. Nada. I will be so sad when I get to the end of the Blood of Olympus, because then it will be over. For reals. No more funny Percy, or smart Annabeth, or cocky Jason, or adorable Leo, or mysterious Hazel, or baby-face Frank, or charm-speaking Piper. :'(

However, I do love the ending for Harry Potter, because of the epilogue. Most of my favorite endings have epilogues–I just love ’em. They tie everything up all neat and tidy, with sweet families and children. [Contrary to my love of epilogues, I don’t think Nakoma will have one. Sorry!]

So now my dad is saying I have to get up, because today is my sister’s birthday party and I have to help out. It’s Harry Potter themed! I’m going to sort people. :)

Here are the rest of the amazing people linking up for TCWT:

7th – http://vergeofexisting.wordpress.com/
8th – http://zarahoffman.com/
9th – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/
10th – http://www.elizamcfarlish.weebly.com/
11th – http://sammitalk.wordpress.com/
12th – http://irisbloomsblog.wordpress.com/
13th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
14th – http://fantasiesofapockethuman.blogspot.com/
15th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/
16th – http://magicandwriting.wordpress.com/
17th – http://ttkesley.wordpress.com/
18th – http://www.brookeharrison.com/
19th – http://www.freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com/
20th –
http://roomble.wordpress.com/
21st – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/
22nd – http://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/
23rd – http://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/
24th – http://lillianmwoodall.wordpress.com/
and http://www.paperdaydreams.com/
25th – http://write-where-you-are.blogspot.de/
and http://theedfiles.blogspot.com/
26th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/
and http://anmksmeanderingmind.wordpress.com/
27th – http://semilegacy.blogspot.com/
and http://dynamicramblings.wordpress.com/
28th – http://oliviarivers.wordpress.com/
and http://randommorbidinsanity.blogspot.com/
29th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/
30th – http://thelonglifeofalifelongfangirl.wordpress.com/
and http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain.)

Love y’all to the moon an back. <3 Thanks again for 50 followers.

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Top Ten Warnings I Want to See on Books

 

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Top Ten Warnings I Want to See on Books

Note: This is not the TTT from The Broke and the Bookish.

Disclaimer: I got the idea from Verbosity Book Reviews. [And if you are reading this, please note that I loved your idea and I wanted to make my own.]

1. WARNING: This book may cause excessive fangirling and rereading. [Specifically for Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Divergent, plus maaaaany others.]

2. CAUTION: It cannot be guaranteed that these pages will remain dry. [Specifically for TFIOS; although I only teared up, I know other people drowned in their tears.]

3. WARNING: This book contains deaths of many loved characters. [Specifically for Harry Potter and Divergent.]

4. WARNING: This book is insanely awesome. [There are too many specifics to list.]

5. CAUTION: Fluffy contemporary ahead. Contains romance, friendship, and possible misunderstandings. [To all the pink and fluffy contemporaries of the world.]

6. YOU’VE READ THIS? HA. YOU HAVE NOW BEEN REELED IN. GOOD LUCK. [To the books with crazy fandoms.]

7. WARNING: This series has either one or more unnecessary books. Proceed with caution. [Hello there, Hunger Games!]

8. WARNING: This is how the world may end up. Better read this book now to learn what to do, right? [Specifically to The Lunar Chronicles, Divergent, and Tomorrow Girls.]

9. CAUTION: Amazing, awesome writing ahead. You will never be better at writing than this author. [*cough* J. K. Rowling *cough*]

10. WARNING: Although this book seems short, it is packed with lots of mind-blowing information that is only barely noticed and you will wonder about. Forever. [Specifically for The Giver.]

Did you like this list? Would you add any other warnings? Tell me in the comments below.

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A Third Liebster Award!

It’s my third Liebster Award nomination, and I am now wondering how long I will still be eligible for this. Alwaysopinionatedgirl, who nominated me, already has 35 followers! And she started her blog in June! Can anyone give me advice on how to publicize my blog? Thanks.

So, thank you, Alwaysopinionatedgirl, for this lovely award. [And, PS, I stole the beautiful Liebster Award button on the side of your blog. Thanks for that, too!]


The Rules

1. Link and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you.

3. Tag 11 (or so) other bloggers who have 200 followers or less.

4. Ask the 11 bloggers 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!


The Questions

1. Which fictional character are you most like?

I actually have a post all about that here, put to put it short: Hermione Jean Granger. We’re like soul mates. [Besides Evi and me. Hi, Evi!]

2. Which fandoms are you in?

I’m a Ravenclaw, Erudite, Shadowhunter, daughter of Athena, and a fan of TFIOS, If I Stay, and am NOT a tribute. Cuz I really don’t like the Hunger Games.

3. What is your favourite book cover?

I really love the If I Stay cover, Pandemonium and Requiem, too.

4. Which 5 books would you take with you to a desert island?

TFIOS, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Alleigant, City of Heavenly Fire, and I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By the Taliban.

5. What is your favourite children’s picture book?

Many Moons by James Thurber.

6. What do you like most and like least about book blogging?

I absolutely love sharing my thoughts and being myself. My blog is really the only place I am truly me.

The most horrid thing would be me not having tons of followers when I started my blog in February 2014!!!

7. When was the last time you cried reading a book?

During one TMI book, probably.

8. Which book are you most embarrassed to say you haven’t read?

Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl. But I really want to!!!

9. Why and when did you decide to start your blog?

My inspiration for starting this blog was from Sam/antha, who then had a blog called Young Writers Café. I had stumbled upon it and, in short, loved it. So I decided to make my own! I also really wanted to publicize my WIP novel, which I upload to it.

I remember just googling “make your own blog” and WordPress came up. It seemed pretty easy, so a few hours later, BAM!, blog. I emailed it to all my friends and told Sam about it. At dinner, when I told my parents, I was a little scared because I’m a minor and hadn’t checked with them first, but they were just like, “Oh, cool.” They hardly read it.

I started it on February 2, 2014, I believe.

10. What are three things about you that not many people know?

I can shake my eyeballs. Literally, shake them. Two, I have probably only finished about eight stories out of all the ones I started. And, three, I can hardly talk to any of my IRL friends about books.

11. What one book would you recommend I read?

Assuming you’ve read the classics: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Divergent, and TFIOS, I’d say The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. It’s a really great book! And it has a sequel, The Apprentices.

I nominate…

Evi @ Where Books Never End

Isa @ Books and Stuff

Willa @ Geek Daily

Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination

Audrey @ The Measure of a Book

Sorry, I know, only five, but I can only find them!

My Questions:

1. Who is your best (or a few best) online buddy/ies?

2. If you had to dye your hair any unnatural color, what would it be?

3. Who is your favorite Disney princess?

4. How did you come up with the title for your blog?

5. Why did you start your blog?

6. If you could meet only one author and get their autograph, etc, who would it be and why?

7. Who is your hero and why?

8. What musical artist have you listened to for the longest?

9. Ebook or real book? Why?

10. What will you do on your next/first blogoversary?

11. What are your fandoms?

If I didn’t nominate you and you’d still like to participate, comment below with your answers!

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TCWT August Blog Chain

Second post today, so sorry, breathless…Hm. I was supposed to do the blog chain yesterday, but, because I’m so crazy, I forgot! Sorry!!!

“What character are you most like?”

Hermione Granger You had to know I’d do her. I mean, come on. We both are intelligent and generally levelheaded. But we both can be emotional at times. This is so me! I tend to be a [relatively] organized person, who keeps her head on straight. I stick up for what I believe in [S.P.E.W., anyone?] and for the people I love. Maybe I am at the top of my class…I don’t know really. I LOVE reading, and I do, um, correct people. A lot.

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Plus, we both have impossibly frizzy and poofy hair. And messed up teeth. [Actually, I have braces now, so…]

Sometimes I am so emotionally unstable, it’s just laughable. Today, there were complications with some homework–no biggie, right?–and I started crying. Crying. Whenever anything happens, and this has gone on lately, I will just use it to channel all my negative feelings and end up a crying mess. But then again, I am really skilled at looking completely together on the outside and saying “I’m fine,” when honestly I want to break down. So it just depends. The latter happens at school, when I’m around people. At home, I’m completely different.

We’ve both dressed up prettily and gone to a dance. But mine was not as emotional. Poor Hermione.

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Hermione represents my bookish, nerdy, intelligent, school-y side. At home, I am so much different. And on this blog, too! At school, I am a wallflower, the studious, quiet girl who gets good grades and writes. She is pretty bad at sports, has a few friends, and is really good at spelling.

Is it bad that I’m trying to break free of that label? I want to express myself more, dye my hair, get a new haircut, dress differently, be freer. Whenever I mention dying my hair or something, my friends look at me like I’m crazy and say, “Really? You, Chloe? That’s not you at all.” And it makes me aggravated! But I’m [probably] going to a new school next year, and I plan on reinventing myself.

Hermione and I have so much in common. I love her to death! She is such a good role model (you can see my post about her on TIMV here).

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Why Barns Are Red, Social Media Book Tag, and a Story Starter/Finisher

Hey peeps it’s Saturday and I have some random stuff to share with you…

First, a really interesting video answering a bunch of questions you probably have never thought about. Or maybe you have! And, it’s also by Hank Green. How cool is that?

Next, a tag I saw on Christine the booktuber’s channel, polandbananasbooks (haha, Emily, I saw it before youuu!). I present you, the Social Media Book Tag!

Twitter: What is your favorite short book?

I am going to have to look at my shelf for that one… Ah, here we go, an old favorite. The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin, a 196-page MG contemporary.

Facebook: A book you were pressured into reading.

I don’t know… OMG!!! I totally forgot. I am so dumb sometimes. Harry Potter!!! Crazy, right? You probably thought I have been fangirling about it since birth. My mom pressured me into reading it, starting in maybe first grade even, and I got around to it in third grade. I can be stubborn… XD

Tumblr: A book you read before it was cool.

See, I don’t know about this one. Harry Potter was written before I was born, so sor-ray! I was a bit late in Percy Jackson. Also TFIOS, Divergent, The Hunger Games… Yeah. Ooh, ooh! There wasn’t much hype when I read Cinder. Or Dork Diaries (don’t judge me!). So, yeah. Those.

Myspace: A book you don’t associate yourself with anymore.

I don’t know. As they say, once a fangirl, always a fangirl. [Haha!!! Yeah, I’m psycho.] I mean, even books I haven’t read in decades, like Nancy Drew and The Magic Tree House I still say, “Oh, I remember those!” and being acting like a huge fangirl and being all nostalgic. I feel like if you’re ashamed of a book, or just are like, “Oh, I totally didn’t read that,” you’re being fake or something. And I don’t like fake.

Instagram: A book you want to model with at all times.

I love looooots of books, so, maybe…all of them? Haha, no. I’d say Harry Potter, because I’m such a fangirl, even though it ended a while ago. And I do love the art. That, or the Lunar Chronicles, because I love those too, and the covers are pretty!

YouTube: A book you want to see turned into a movie.

Oh yes yes yes!!! I think about this all the time. It’s a series, actually. The Heroes of Olympus. If they do a good job on them, instead of the PJO movies. Those were absolutely devastatingly horrid.

Goodreads: A book you recommend to everyone.

I’m not going to choose a super popular, super hyped book, because what’s the fun in that? So I’m choosing The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (it’s her real name!). It is funny, and about alchemy, so science with magic. It’s super cool!

That was the end of the book tag; Christine’s video is here.

I really wanted to post about writing, and what it does for me, so…here it is.

Writing lets me forget everything wrong in my life. Even when I read, the thoughts and emotions still lurk in the back of my mind and I get distracted. But when I write, I just feel the characters. I feel their pain, not mine.

I recently wrote a scene in Nakoma about her practicing throwing her dagger, and although I had a lot going on in my life then, I was able to tune it all out and just write about the feeling of Nakoma arcing her arm back, and throwing the dagger, letting it sink into the tree. It was hypnotic.

Have a great rest of your day; I will leave you with this picture.

What a great way to start/end a story!

TTYL,

Chloe