It’s Almost Starting!
So the New Year, New Adult tour starts tomorrow! I do hope you’ve geared yourself up for this one as we have a month full of exciting things! Here is the schedule in all its glory!
(links will be added as posts go live)
31st Dec – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Tour Schedule and Start.
1st – Bookish Treasures – Sheena Binkley Interview
2nd – Good Books and Good Coffee – B. A. Wolfe Interview
3rd – Lola Reviews – Blogger Guest Post
4th – Big Book Little Book – Natasha Boyd Interview and Review
5th – Music, Books and Tea – Nevaeh and Michelle Guest Post
6th – T’s Bookish Moments – Blogger Guest Post
7th – Sarah Makela, NA Author – Liz Crowe Guest Post
8th – Lola Reviews – Blogger Guest Post
9th – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Review
10th – Nevaeh’s Book Blog – Eleanor Green Interview
11th – Book Angel Booktopia – Denise Grover-Swank Spotlight
12th – Book Angel Booktopia – M. Leighton Interview
13th – Snuggling on the Sofa – Vlog post
14th – Fluttering Butterflies – Review
15th – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Kimberly Lauren Interview
16th – Fabulous Book Fiend – Review
17th – Best Fantasy Novel – Sarah Makela Guest Post
18th – Big Book Little Book – Blogger Guest Post
19th – Total Book Nerds – Review
20th – Total Teen Fiction – Denise Grover Swank Review and Interview
21st – Snuggling on the Sofa – Elisabeth Grace Interview
22nd – Total Teen Fiction – Blogger Guest Post
23rd – Katie’s Books – Sheena Binkley Guest Post
24th – Serendipity Reviews – Review
25th – One More Page – Review
26th – Above Average, Below Special – Review
27th – Total Book Nerds – E. M. Tippetts Interview
28th – Sarah Darlington – Blogger Guest Post
29th – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Blogger Guest Post
30th – Biblio Belles – J. Sterling Interview
31st – Winged Reviews – Blogger Guest Post
1st Feb – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Scavenger Hunt and Tour Wrap-Up
As promised, further details of the twitter chat are being released! The chat will be held on…
SUNDAY 19th JANUARY
12 (NOON) EST (5PM GMT)
The hashtag will be #NATour.
This will also be used throughout the rest of the tour to advertise posts so keep an eye out for it!
Hope to see you all there!
At the bottom of many of the posts going up throughout the tour will be a letter or number. Your job is to keep an eye out for these clues and to keep them safe!
Once you have all the clues (by 31st January), you will then need to put the letters together to create an author’s name and add all the numbers up to get a grand total.
Then in the rafflecopter which will be posted on this blog on the 1st February you may enter your answers!
The winner will be chosen a week after the tour ends and will have to get the answer correct (and I have no control over whether it’ll be the author or grand total!)
The winner will win a book of their choice from the prize pack below (it must be available for their country).
Upset you can’t enter the scavenger hunt until the end of the tour? Never fear! There is a tour-wide giveaway that will be on the bottom of EVERY post for you to enter to win one of these prizes;
3 Bundles of Swag
1 Dazzled by Jane Harvey-Berrick (UK ONLY)
3 sets of Beautiful Broken Rules and Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren
1 Torn by Eleanor Green
1 Ecopy of Away by B. A. Wolfe
2 ecopies of The Witch Who Cried Wolf by Sarah Makela
1 Print copy of either Redesigned or The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank
2 Copies of The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice Clayton (US ONLY)
1 Signed M. Leighton Book
1. Participants must be 13 or over.
2. Giveaway is open to ALL – but some prizes have restrictions
3. Winners will be contacted via e-mail
4. Winners will have 72 hours to respond to e-mail before another winner is chosen.
5. Prizes may vary throughout the tour
6. I am not responsible for the shipping of these prizes, once the item has been shipped, it is no longer my responsibility.
7. I reserve the right to withdraw any prize at any time, or to withdraw the entire giveaway as I see fit.
8. This giveaway will end on 2nd February 2014. Winners will be chosen by 14th February but may not be notified straight away.
So today I have for you all my End of Year Survey. This was created by Jamie at Perpetual Timeturner. There’s still a chance to participate yourself as well if you wish!
If you click on the hyperlinks below, they will either take you to the Goodreads page or my review of that book on this blog.
Best Books in 2013
1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; This book was so absolutely perfect. It broke my heart into different pieces and then tried to mend it but it was just everything I had wanted and hoped it to be. If you haven’t read this story yet, you really need to.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini; I love The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so as soon as I heard about his newest book, I knew I HAD to read it. So I was extremely disappointed – mostly in myself – when I really struggled to read and like this book.
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani; In all honesty, I had no expectations on this book. Intisar was a new author for me and I couldn’t really remember the Grimm tale it was being adapted from but as soon as I read the first sentence I was hooked. Intisar’s writing was incredibly beautiful and compelling and I was just truly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book.
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?
Geek Girl by Holly Smale; I read this book fairly late in the year but as soon as I did, I have continuously been pushing it on people.
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
The Geek Girl Series; I really kicked myself for waiting so long to read this series but now I’ve discovered it, I’ll be reading every book that comes out because I know that Holly has an incredible talent.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Rainbow Rowell; And this is REALLY new. Like… I started reading her.. .TWO DAYS AGO. And I haven’t even finished the book but I already love her style and her voice and her characters and cannot wait to read more of her work.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Walk Away With Me by Darby Davenport; I normally don’t read novella’s, I used to think that there was no way to pull you into the story and make you fall in love with the characters in such a short amount of words. But then I read Walk Away With Me and all my thoughts and opinions on novella’s blew out of the window.
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill; This book was just incredible and one that I really did struggle to set aside so that I could get on with other things. It was full of heart-stopping action, beautiful writing, and scenes that simply cut into your gut and spilled blood everywhere. A book I would always recommend.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; I may not have finished this book but I can see myself returning to this book time and time again. I completely and utterly GET the main character. I understand her in so many ways and the story is jarring and real and emotional and I can just see myself returning to it.
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake; It’s just so dark and I love the combination of the dark with the red. It’s very appealing and eye-catching. If I hadn’t already read Anna Dressed in Blood, I would have been drawn to this book on the cover alone.
11. Most memorable character in 2013?
I couldn’t just pick one. I couldn’t. So I decided to choose every character in the Elemental series. And Harriet Manners. And Jack Samsonite. And Logan. And Rachel. And Cath. And.. and.. and… Okay, I’ll stop.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Into the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters; Seriously amazing and gorgeous writing that I just fell in love with and I really think you should read it to get an idea of what I’m talking about!
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Lockwood & Co; The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud; As soon as I had finished the last page of this book, I knew I had read something that had affected me greatly. It made my fingers itch to write their own words. It had me coming up with an idea for a video (which I’m still in the process of making), and some fanfiction, as well as inspiring me for my own original fiction as well. It was an incredible book that you should definitely read if you haven’t!
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead; And I loved it so much I went and bought the next three books in the series… and guess what? I have yet to read them! *hangs head in shame*
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?
I swallow the automatic protest that rises to my lips. Once upon a time, I told Oliver everything. Told Dad almost everything. And I’d like to think if my mother had live, I’d have shared almost everything with her, too. Maybe that’s what love is. Giving others the power to hurt you and trusting that they’ll use it to heal you instead.
Stepping forward, he cups my face in his calloused palms and says, “I know you aren’t okay. How could you be? I’m not okay either. But hiding from it isn’t going to solve it.”
Something hot and painful thobs inside my chest. “Nothing’s going to solve it, Logan. I can’t…”
“You can’t what?”
“I can’t be strong enough to face this.”
16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?
Shortest; Fearless by Brigid Kemmerer; 59 pages
Longest; Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; 563 pages
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa; Oh my! The ending of this book had me reeling and dying to confer with someone. I am now sitting here thinking that I never actually did, which is a shame. I need to talk about what we think will happen next!!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Adam and Nick from Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; They were sooo good together and I just loved how the relationship was so unstable and unsure to begin with as they were both hiding things and keeping secrets they thought they needed to keep. I just love this couple so much and cannot wait to read more of them – or even just to read them again!
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; This was a no-brainer for me. I have loved Brigid Kemmerer since I first read Elemental. Her writing is inspiring and her books just keep getting better and better and this one was her best so far. Alongside Breathless, this book was just fantastic.
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; And I love, love, love it.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
Paranormal & Fantasy
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Tristian from Ferryman by Claire McFall; It may have taken me a while to warm up to him but as soon as I did, I just loved him.
23. Best 2013 debut you read?
Splintered by A. G. Howard; This book was so good that I kicked myself for how long it took me to read. It was vivid and imaginative, dark, and creepy and it had such an amazing and twisted plot. I just found it very difficult to put this book down – except when it started giving me nightmares!
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Splintered by A. G. Howard; For many of the reasons above. The world in this book was detailed so well that you could just imagine it and it was creepy and daunting and made you want to hide away under the covers. It was such a marvellous world that I cannot wait to dive back into with Unhinged.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
One Seriously Messed Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson; I was honestly giggling like a little girl the whole way through this book. It was absolutely hilarious and I just loved the book so much!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?
Deception by C. J. Redwine; Essentially I cry during almost every book I read, I like to cry when reading as it makes me feel alive. But this book near destroyed me. I was crying so bad I couldn’t see the words and I had a major headache. I also cried long after the book finished. It was a perfect book.
27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
Into the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters; I don’t know many people who have read this book and I don’t think it got well seen here in the UK but it should have been because it is a stunning book. Seriously, amazing.
Book Blogging/Reading Life 2013
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Queen of Contemporary; I can’t believe that I’ve only just stumbled onto Lucy’s blog this year. I think it is incredible and she is such an inspiration.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
Easy by Tammara Webber; I struggled with this question but I feel this review got the most responses of people wanting to read it so this wins. Have you read it yet?
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
Reading Habits… er… Quirks; I struggled to choose this too, I was contemplating between a few but finally decided on this one. If you don’t yet know what my habits and quirks are, go read this post!
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
I couldn’t possible decide on just one. There are so many out there and I KNOW I’ll forget something as a year is a LONG time so I’m skipping this question, sorry y’all.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
This is also too hard. I’m not sure if I could choose one, they’re all as awesome as the next. But most likely I would choose the Random House Blogger Event with Amy McCullogh and Jonathan Stroud. It was a great event and so lovely getting to know other bloggers and the authors better. But really, all the events I go to are amazing!
6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
There’s been quite a lot of awesome moments this year but I’m going to have to say my favourite moment was meeting Caroline (my mind boggles still that I only met her in february), Debbie, Caitlin, Stacey, Jess and Kerrie. This bloggers have become incredibly close friends of mine and 2013 wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good without them.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Ignoring my giveaway-only posts, the post with both the highest views and comments was; Announcement; Netgalley November.
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
There are a few I’d love to have a little more love but I decided on; My Story; Moving to WordPress from Blogger; because I feel that this post should be really helpful.
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I discovered the bookshop in Salt Mill in Bradford and it was SO pretty and cute and I loved it. Unfortunately, it’s really far away and I may not get to use it very often but it is really a grand bookstore and it’s indie which is ten times better!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I got very bad at keeping an eye on how well I was doing on my reading challenges (and is why I’m not signing up for any next year), but I do believe I completed;
British Books Challenge
Witches and Witchcraft Challenge
Genre Variety Challenge
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
The rest of the Vampire Academy series!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
Unhinged by A. G. Howard; So, so, so excited for this one! I’ll be starting it VERY soon.
3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Trouble by Non Pratt; Seriously, seriously, seriously!! Cannot wait to read this one!
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer; I’m actually getting a little teary-eyed thinking that it will all be over soon but I’m also SUPER EXCITED to read it. But seriously, the last book is called Sacrifice, and that in itself has tears hiding behind my eyes. I’m going to be crushed, I’m sure of it. But in a GOOD way!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
I want to read more of the books I already own so that my ratio of books read to own is ten times better! (Which also means to cut down from requesting books!)
Merry Belated Christmas All!
This festive season has been a busy one for me, but I’ve loved every minute of it! I was planning to post this on Christmas day but things got a little bit too hectic for me to carve the time to do it so instead I am posting this today because I can.
Because I don’t want to post anything too heavy today, I thought I would list my top twelve Christmas/winter-y films for you all! These films I love to watch to get into the festive mood!
The Family Stone (2005); This film is probably my ultimate favourite Christmas movie. It’s a family filled story that is full of drama, laughs, tears, and general merriment and I just love it.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946); I first watched this one only a few years ago but I absolutely adore it. It’s such a brilliant film, a complete Christmas classic that you should definitely watch if you haven’t already.
Love, Actually (2003); A lovely film that combines lots of little stories into one big story. It shows how different everyone’s Christmasses are and how you can still carry on the festive cheer despite some hardships. It’s a great film.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000); Earlier this month I wrote my post about how I’m the Christmas Grinch, so it makes sense that this film is on here. I adore this film and I love how by the end of it all, all is sorted and well. It’s just the perfect film – especially for me!
Home Alone (1990); All three of them, actually. If ever there was a classic Christmas movie, it’d be this one! It’s a brilliant film about a boy who will stop at nothing to defend his home – and basically just has an amazing Christmas!
The Santa Clause (1994); I adore this film SO MUCH. It is seriously so magical and full of family values, fun, and entertainment. If you haven’t watched this one, you really should!
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993); Such a fun film! I love the idea of this film and the execution is just perfect. This film is one that I would happily watch over and over again. Bless Jack Skeleton!
Just Friends (2005); If you like films that are a little over the top but are hilarious, full of cheer, and all sorts of other emotions – such as cringe-worthy-ness! – then you should watch this film! It is such a great film and one that is sure to get you laughing!
A Christmas Carol (2009); All versions of this film apply here but I loved this new adaptation of the film. It was really well done. This is the perfect Christmas classic to get you in the perfect mood!
While You Were Sleeping (1995); This is a super romantic funny tale that always manages to make me smile. I love how this film makes me feel and while it’s not like the other classic Christmas films on this list, it is still a brilliant one to watch at Christmas!
Rise of the Guardians (2013); This film is absolutely amazing. I loved the plot of this one, and it looks amazing. It will make you laugh and cry and jump up in happiness again. It’s the perfect film for children but also brilliant for adults as well. A wonderful film to watch at Christmas!
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987); Essentially this film is set for Thanksgiving but it still has that Christmassy vibe to it and I love it for that reason alone. It’s a funny film that will eventually fill you with warmth and happiness. Exactly what you want on this festive day!
So that is all the wonderful films I love watching at this time of year.
What are some of your favourite christmas movies or movies to get you in the christmas mood? I’d love to hear about them so I can add some new ones to my collections!
And lastly, I wish you all a happy new year.
Today I am here to tell you all something, hopefully, exciting for you all and something that I am really happy and proud about! And that is… a New Adult Tour! This is a tour that has been organised completely by me and will hopefully be a month of fun and exciting information for all of you! There will also be lots of prizes to be won!
New Year, New Adult Tour
The New Year, New Adult tour will run from January 1st until January 31st and will be a month full of guest posts, interviews, reviews, and other exciting things!
So what is the tour all about?
The aim of this tour is to highlight some New Adult authors and their work so that you can find new authors to read. It is also to highlight the New Adult category as a whole and all that it can do and be.
What can be expected?
There will a post every single day of the tour on a wide variety of blogs. The posts will be a mix of guest posts from both authors and bloggers, author interviews and character interviews, reviews, and there will also be a scavenger hunt throughout the tour, a large pile of prizes and a twitter chat as well!
How do you get involved?
First and foremost by visiting all of the posts during the tour and supporting all of the authors and wonderful bloggers participating in the tour. Secondly by participating in the scavenger hunt and getting extra entries in the giveaway – and a special scavenger hunt only giveaway too! Thirdly by entering the tour-wide giveaway. And lastly by joining us for the twitter chat! (Details of when to be announced later on.)
When will more information be released?
There will be a schedule released with more information on the scavenger hunt, the giveaway prizes and the twitter chat on December 31st 2013. So keep an eye on this blog for that announcement!
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That’s all for now, see you soon!
Merry Christmas Eve!
Today I’m here to share with you the Bookish Brit’s book review of Let It Snow.
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.
A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away
Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.
In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.
So it’s been a fair while since I’ve done one of these because I haven’t been posting daily for a while so there’s usually not much to highlight! This may be my last Weekly Highlights of the year, unless I get an awesome pile of books for Christmas that I want to show you!
As it’s been a while, here are just a few of the things you may have missed;
I haven’t written ANY reviews lately – this has made me sad to realise but hopefully on the few days I have off, I’ll write a few to go up!
I told you all ten things I am thankful for. Check out what I chose here.
I read some fantastic books this year and there are so many I’m looking forward to next year. To find out my top ten of 2013 and top five for 2014, click here.
I admitted to not particular enjoying this festive season but did mention what I did like and what books I’ll be reading to get in the right mood. Find out more about that here.
And finally, I signed up for Bout of Books! Check out all the info about the readathon, here.
Winter TBR Pile
Here are ten books I hope to read this winter! What are you planning to read?
So I may not be the most festive person but I know that it’s nice to wish others a happy festive season and soo…
May you all have a nice holiday break – if you get one!
Around the Blogosphere
On her blog, Lucy has spoken about how other people react when you mention that you read or blog. Read what she says and add your own thoughts, here.
Jamie has been talking about her plans for her blog next year. It’s interesting to see and I think it’s something that we all do as the year comes to a close. Have a look at this great post, here.
There’s a 2013 end of year survey (mine will be going up on the blog at some point this month), I found out about it from Becca’s post and just really liked her answers! Find the survey and her answers by clicking here.
Facebook are always changing their terms and conditions, this week Laura has spoken about them all and tells you how you can change what you see. Check it out here.
Have you ever thought about the books you rate? Do you ever wonder if you judge too harshly or too lightly? This week Hollie has spoken her thoughts on the subject. To read them and discuss this topic, go here.
It’s almost christmas, but are you still struggling to buy presents? Sophie has asked a handful of bloggers, publishers, and herself to tell her what their favourite book of the year is to give some suggestions of what books to buy for Christmas. Check out the three parts here, here, and here.
And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!
I hope to visit all posts of this manner, so feel free to link to your own IMMs, Sunday Showcase, Sunday Posts, Letterbox Loves or whatever it is you do below!
what did you get this week? what cool blog posts did you stumble upon? what are you waiting to happen this week?
Yes! It is that time again! Bout of Books time! I for one am really excited! Even though the last few times I haven’t quite managed to reach any of my goals, I still truly love participating in this read-a-thon! Therefore, as you can gather, this is my sign-up post to say that I will be joining again! This time around though, I have decided to just be a participant. I don’t think I’ll have time to be an expert or host a mini-challenge but I look forward to seeing what the mini-challenges will be!
I’ll post my goals closer to the event as well!
Not sure what Bout of Books is? Check it out here;
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.
Will you be joining in? Let me know in the comments below so I know to help cheer you on!
I’m here to celebrate the release of The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen with information about the book, an excerpt and a giveaway! Hope you enjoy it.
Blurb: Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.
As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.
But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.
“You haven’t been on a first date yet, and you’re worried about kissing him?” Jordan sits on my bed, watching me fight with my hair.
“How do you know if you’re a good kisser?”
“People tell you.”
“I’ve only ever kissed one guy.” I twist and pin a strand into place.
“Really?” She looks at me in mirror. “Trent in grade eight?”
“Tell me about it.” I examine my makeup. It’s not much, but at least the foundation quiets the riot of freckles across my face, and the mascara accentuates my otherwise pale eyes.
“You need to practice.” Jordan swings her legs over the edge of the bed.
“Me, of course.”
“You want me to kiss you?” I do a final twist at the back and jam in half a dozen pins.
“Not particularly, but I’m willing to do this for the good cause of improving your kissing skills.”
“Are you serious?”
She rolls her eyes and spins me around on the wheelie chair. “Stand up.” Jordan places a hand on my waist and another on my neck. “Lean in slowly and just let your lips touch.” She does, and her lips are sticky with gloss. “Then you pull back a little and gaze into each other’s eyes.” We do, and a startling warmth spreads up from my belly as she places my hands on her waist. “Then you go in for the real deal.”
She kisses me, her lips slightly parted, and then her tongue slips between my teeth and she tastes of toothpaste and strawberry lip gloss. I pull her closer and kiss her back. Her fingers tighten on my neck, and we’re getting really into it. Too into it. I’m not sure who freaks out first. We both pull away and don’t say anything for a few awkward moments.
“You’ll be fine,” Jordan says as she twirls a strand of dark hair around her finger. “You’re not a bad kisser. Definitely room for improvement, but certainly not bad.” Her face is uncharacteristically flushed, and her hands are shaking as she reapplies lip gloss.
Suzanne is an author and peanut-butter addict from South Africa. She currently lives in Finland and finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When not writing you can find her teaching dance and music to middle-schoolers or playing in the snow with her shiba inu. She is rep’d by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.
But instead of going into how OTT I find this holiday, I want to focus more on the few things about Christmas that I do, and always will, like about this festive season.
(In reality I’m like a half-grinch)
Of course, I don’t mean in a literal sense, but I always find that there is a sort of feeling in the atmosphere around Christmas. Yes the anger levels go up, and it can start to feel a little cramped, but once the dinner is on the table and the crackers are pulled, there’s always just this nice feeling. If you tried to recreate at a different time of year, it just wouldn’t work.
Is there anything prettier than the look of lights as you walk down the highstreet, or the twinkling lights snuggled around the christmas tree? Fairy lights clinging to the outside of buildings, and tinsel and ornaments hanging all over the place? Maybe, but it’s still such a lovely feeling to see it all. I love getting all the decorations down and getting to work on putting them up!
While money isn’t great at the moment, I love that moment when you hand over just a little something and you feel their eyes light up when they see what you’ve got them. I love gifting people with things, especially when you’ve put a lot of thought into it. I just wish the actual shopping for the presents wasn’t so stressful and the price so high.
I’m not religious, not even slightly but I have to admit that one of the things that irks me the most about Christmas is that the reason we celebrate has mostly been forgotten. Now the season is about friends and family and presents. It’s a commercial holiday all over. But what I like about this holiday is not that we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus, but that we’re celebrating life and all that comes with it. We make toasts to the lives we have and the new ones on the horizon. This, I find, is what makes the day so very special and magical.
Now these are the festive books I plan to read this holiday to help bring that feeling around.
What books will you be reading this festive season? Can you recommend any you think I should read?