Christmas Book Haul! #50 | Blogmas Day 27

Happy Monday! Today’s post is all the books I got for Christmas and the month of December!

This is what I got:

The first three on the left there were gifts. One from my sister, one from my parents, one from my husband. The middle picture was also a gift from my husband and the right-most I bought myself before Christmas.

The nine above I bought using gift cards and cash I got for Christmas. Barnes and Noble was having a sale today where all hardbacks were 50% off, so I got all these puppies for a discount.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that my friend printed out the lyrics to the song that was playing for her when my baby was born, and this is it. She also got him a copy of Rothfuss’s books, so I’m going to keep them safe for him until he’s old enough to read them.

And that’s it! I believe I have two more friends to exchange gifts with, and I might end up getting books from them, so those will be in my January haul.

PS I’m not counting these (except the two I bought myself before Christmas) as part of my end-of-year physical TBR count, because getting a bunch of books as gifts throws off my goal dammit. I’ll tack them on so they’re included in the start of my January count though, don’t worry.

What we did for Christmas | Blogmas Day 26

Merry Christmas!

Yesterday I took the day off from blogging to celebrate and today I’m back at it until the end of the month to complete my blogmas posts.

Today’s is about what we did for Christmas. It was a bit of a hybrid between a “normal” Christmas and what we did last year during the plague. It was interesting.

Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve my parents and sister came over for lunch and to exchange gifts. We honestly just had Taco Bell for lunch and it was nice not having to prepare any big meal. The gift exchange went well too – my parents are first-time grandparents and they ended up getting my kid a onesie with pizzas on it, among other things. It was really cute.

After they left, a friend of mine stopped over to drop off some gifts. Normally my husband and I would go to her grandmother’s house for dinner Christmas Eve night but due to the plague and having a newborn, we passed on that, so she stopped here instead on her way there.

She ended up giving me some beer and some coffee stuff, but for my baby she pretty much made me cry. I’ve mentioned before that my favorite band is Nightwish. They have this song called ‘Edema Ruh’, which I believe was inspired by Rothfuss’s novels. Apparently my friend had been keeping track of what songs she was listening to while I was in labor, and that was the song that was playing the minute my kid was born. So she had the lyrics printed out and framed. She also gave me a copy of the books, which I will keep and give to my kid when he’s older. I have my own copies and these ones, now that they’re relevant to his birth, will be for him. The framed picture of the Nightwish lyrics really got to me though, I teared up a bit.

Christmas Day.

Christmas morning my husband and I exchanged gifts, and we also opened stockings. So we got a lot of chocolate on top of everything else. He got me a few really neat things, one of which is a book that will show up in my yearly wrap up at the end of the month.

My inlaws then came over for lunch. We made pizzas in the oven and it went rather well. We had decided this year not to do gifts for each other, just the kids, so they brought a bunch of things for my kid. Really, they spoiled him. There were literally two boxes of gifts. My mother in law was so excited hahaha. So he got lots of toys and clothes and stuff like that.

The evening was just spent with my husband and my baby. Nice and relaxed, it was wonderful.

Boxing Day.

Today I woke up early and made the traditional breakfast bake that my family makes for Christmas every year. I would usually make it Christmas morning but with my inlaws coming for lunch we figured we wouldn’t be hungry again in time, so I did it today instead. After, we ran up to my sister in law’s real quick to let her meet my kid from a distance and to drop off gifts for my nephews. Normally we would have all spent Christmas together – my inlaws and sister in law, but my SIL isn’t vaccinated which is one of our hard boundaries, so we didn’t do that. The gift drop off was quick and everyone kept their distance, so it was better than sharing a meal and a table for a few hours. It was nice that she finally got to meet him, even if it was just waving from across the room.

After, we came home and got on a video call with my cousin, who was at my mother’s side of the family’s Christmas lunch. We would normally go to that but didn’t do that either this year because of the plague and because more than one family member wasn’t vaccinated. Earlier in the week we had given our gifts to them to my mother, who took them there with her, and she brought the gifts from them to us. So we opened the stuff from each other while on call. Among some other things, I got a gift card to the bookstore. Guess where I’m goin’ tomorrow. :’D

And now, the festivities are done. I’m still on maternity leave until the end of January, and my husband took this coming week off up through the New Year, so aside from a visit from my cousin on Tuesday and my parents on Wednesday, our goal is just to vegetate and spend time with our baby.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. See ya tomorrow with another blogmas post.

Christmas Eve Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 24

Merry Christmas Eve! It’s here it’s here! 😀 Santa comes tonight!

1) Christmas Eve morning: what is a book you wake up excited to read? one you anticipate reading or one you read in the past that you want to get back into?

Klaus is my festive read for this year. It’s the first time in a while where my Christmas book hasn’t been a reread. I’m pretty pumped!



2) Christmas Eve breakfast: what are your favorite treats during the holiday season?

I’ve been eating so much damn chocolate this month. So much.

3) Family Time: What is a book that fills you with happiness and love? the warm fuzzies in general?

Oddball came out at the beginning of the month and it’s so nice and fuzzy (literally, the cover is fuzzy).



4) Christmas Carols: What are your favorite Christmas Carols or holiday songs?

Carol of the Bells 4eva.

5) Anticipation: What is a book release you are very much anticipating?

Honestly I haven’t been paying too much attention to release announcements, so I don’t have a list yet. One I do know though is Locklands, which is the third book in Bennett’s Founders Trilogy. It comes out I believe in June.



6) You hear sleigh bells on the roof and are so excited you can’t sleep!: What is a book that kept you up all night?

Most recently it was this book! It was just so readable!




7) It’s Christmas morning, and Santa has come!: What is a book on your wishlist that you hope to unwrap?

I made an entire post about this earlier this week! Books I hope Santa brings! Go check it out!


And that’s it peeps. See yinz on the 26th.

12 Days of Christmas Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 20

Happy Sunday, a tag today! Wasn’t tagged as per usual but it’s Christmasy themed, so we’re going with it, peeps. I did this tag last year and the year before as well so I’m going to attempt to come up with different answers.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A partridge in a pear tree!

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite stand alone?

Definitely one of the best standalones I’ve read this year. It really felt like a melancholy Ghibli story.

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?

Again, same as last year and the year before, I don’t really have one.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Three French hens!

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

This is one of the best trilogies I’ve read this year, if not ever. I’m very late to this band wagon I know but man these books were definitely worth the hype.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Four calling birds!

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

This was a really good one I read this year. It has 18 volumes total, and technically it was a reread since I did read it once about fifteen years ago. It had been so long though that I forgot about a lot of it and it was like reading it for the first time.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Five golden rings!

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

Definitely Cresades from Bennett’s Founders trilogy. It’s been a while since I was actually unsettled by a villain in a book but man, he’s unsettling.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six geese a laying!

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

The world in Robin Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy is really interesting. There’s the regular world and then this whole other spiritual world within the trees. It’s really neat.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven swans a swimming!

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

Obviously Roach the horse from the Witcher series.

One the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eight maid a milking!

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

Second breakfast.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine ladies dancing!

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

I feel like I keep bringing up Baru a lot. I keep rereading the series though so makes sense.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten lords a leaping!

How about your favorite leading lad?

Logan from this trilogy is pretty wonderful. He’s a huge, rough battle-worn guy but I suspect he’s a teddy bear.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eleven pipers piping!

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

I don’t have a good answer for this one this year 😦 I didn’t read anything music related.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave ot me: Twelve drummers drumming!

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

I’m not telling yet! That is another post.

And that’s it – if you’d like to do this, do it yo. See ya tomorrow.

Bookish Christmas Book Tag! | Blogmas Day 13

Happy Day 13! Only 12 more sleeps until Christmas! I’m doing a tag today. I found it on Whimsically Meghan‘s blog, so go check it out!

Father Christmas: Name a book you received as a child that you treasure to this day.

I Choose You by Tracey West. This was one of the first ‘chapter’ books I owned. My parents got it for me when I was nine or so, and I still have it, along with most of the rest of the original series. As far as I know the series is still going and has like a million books in it now.

The Ghost of Christmas Past: Is there a book or series you like to revisit each year at Christmas time?

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson gets a reread from me every few years or so, and now that I have a kid I can read it to him too. It’s one of those beginner reader books, and honestly it could count as an answer for the first question, too.

Christmas Tree: Name a series that reaches new heights with every entry.

Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series definitely does. Pictured on the right is book uh… eight, and my personal favorite. There are sixteen books total and every single one is worth the read. They’re wonderful.

Friends and Family: Name a book with fantastic characters.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie has such interesting characters. Like this first book honestly is mostly set up but the characters keep it interesting. Some of them I love and some I hate and some I hated and then grew to love.

Decorations: Name a book with a gorgeous cover you would proudly display on your shelves.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – Just look how lovely it is!

Christmas Cards: Name a book that carries a great message.

Our Dining Table by Ori Mita does. It has love and togetherness and acceptance and recovery and all sorts of things. And it’s sweet to boot.

Ice and Snow: Name a book that you were hoping to love but which ultimately left you feeling cold.

I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young I had really high hopes for. It’s so colorful and neat looking but I ended up not enjoying it.

Christmas Lunch: Name a book that was big and intimidating but oh so worth it in the end.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee comes in at just under 600 pages and normally that’s not too bad for me, but I chose it because it’s nonfiction, which is always intimidating to me. This book was super good though, very interesting.

Mince Pies: Name a book you found sweet and satisfying.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft was really, really good. It ended up on my favorites list of… I don’t remember what year. It was at least a few years ago, but I still think about it. What I really loved about this book was the setting. It was just so neat!

Presents: What book do you wish you could give everyone to read?

Literally anything by Robin Hobb

Spreading the Festive Cheer: Tag some friends to help spread the festive bookish love.


If you wanna do this tag, you’re tagged.

Until tomorrow, peeps!

Christmas Decorations Set Up 2021 | Blogmas Day 7

It’s Tuesday! Today’s post was supposed to be my fantasy bingo update but Goodreads is currently down and I kinda need it so I’ll be making that post on the 9th instead. So today will be my set up for Christmas decorations!

I went a bit nutso this year. I also inherited all of my grandmother’s decorations from when she passed away this summer… so hanging them up was bittersweet. It made the whole place smell like her for a bit.

Anyways, this is what I got this year

What do you think! I think it came out pretty nice, though now my entire living room has this bluey glow to it. The lights I bought are pretty intense, man.

Until tomorrow!

Christmas Bucket List | Blogmas Day 2

Happy Thursday! Today’s post is my Christmas bucket list, aka everything I wanna do before the end of the year. I’ve already started on it so anything complete already will be marked as such.


  • Peppermint mocha ✓
  • Chestnut praline latte ✓
  • Irish cream cold brew ✓
  • Christmas cookies
  • Broccoli bake
  • Christmas chocolates ✓
  • Winter beer
  • Hot chocolate


  • Jingle All the Way ✓
  • Elf
  • Office Christmas Party ✓
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • Love, Actually
  • Great British Baking Show Holiday episodes


  • Decorate for Christmas ✓
  • Bake cookies
  • Shop for gifts
  • Put newborn in Christmas clothes and take pictures :p
  • Complete blogmas
  • Watch/read other vlogmas/blogmas content

And that’s it! Wish me luck 😀

Christmas Book Haul! #45

Iiiiiiit’s time for a book haul! I haven’t done a book haul since September, when I put myself on a book buying ban. I’ve since completed said ban and have since received books as gifts! I also received some book gift cards that I’ve spent on more books (duh). So this is all those books put together. None of these – since they are gifts/are a result of gift cards will be added to my physical TBR list until the new year. Soooo spoiler, I did hit my TBR goal this year, but right after the new year it’s gonna hop back up by a tiny bit because of these gifty books.


This is what I got!

Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji –  I got this box set from my husband and I’m so pumped about it. 😀 This is the entire series! It’s a romance about vampire-y demons, and I read it back when I was a teen. I’m v excited to read it again – I haven’t touched it in over a decade so it’ll be a fresh experience!

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’m so pumped about this one. I’ve loved every Novik book I’ve ever read. All I know about this one is it’s some sort of dark academia. I know that’s a thing recently but I haven’t read too much of it, so it’ll be interesting I think. My husband got me this one!

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons – I got this one from my buddy irl! It’s been on my radar for forever, just never got around to picking it up. I know this is one of those ‘fantasy setting narrator tells a story’ type of books, so I’m hoping it’s pretty good.

Devolution by Max Brooks – This was also from a buddy irl, and it’s about big foots! It’s by the same guy who wrote World War Z so it should be pretty good.

Given vol 4 by Natsuki Kizu – This is a manga I picked up using gift cards. This is the latest of a guitar shonen ai romance and I’m pumped about it.

Wotakoi vol 4 by Fujita – Another gift card buy. This is one of my moooost anticipated books of the year. I read the first three volumes a couple years ago and I’ve been waiting and waiting. It came out while I was on a ban, so I couldn’t pick it up ’til now. This is a nerd fluff manga.

And finally, I got four different cook books. One was from my mom – the Harry Potter one, and then the other three were from my reddit secret santa! (I also got a bamboo steamer from them, so I’m super pumped!)

I’ll be cooking up a storm, man.

And that’s it! I’m not on a buying ban anymore, but I’m also planning on going on some sort of limit – just haven’t decided what it is yet.

Happy reading!

Christmas Breakfast Bake Recipe!

Happy Sunday! Today, a recipe!

I’m putting the recipe at the top and my life story at the bottom. 😛 The only thing I want to point out is that while I’m listing the full recipe, the pictures accompanying are from a half-batch. So if you make it, yours will be twice as big as mine.


  • 9 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9 oz bread, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of yellow mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 lb breakfast meat, crumbled/cubed/etc
    • Can be bacon, sausage, ham, whatever you want.
    • Can also use mushrooms instead for veggie option


  • Mix everything into a bowl until it’s nice and homogenous
  • Put into a sprayed pan (the half batch fits into a 9×9 so adjust accordingly)
  • Place into a 350F pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 min (the half batch took 30, so the full will likely take closer to 40)

When you first pour it into the pan, it should be about as thick as the mixture on the left. It’s done when it looks like the picture on the right! It should be cooked and fluffy, with a tinge of browning on the top.

The Life Story

See I told you I’d put it at the bottom.

I’ve had this meal for breakfast on Christmas and Easter every year since I could eat solid food as a baby. We always have it at my grandmother’s. This past Easter, since we were all at home, I made it myself for the first time. That’s what the pictures are from. I made the half batch because I was just cooking for two. At my grandmother’s there’s usually five or six pans of the stuff with different meats in them.

This year for Christmas, we’re again staying home, just like Easter, so I’m gonna make my own again. Hopefully next year I can have this with everyone else. If you decide to try it out, let me know what you think.

Happy Blogmas!

Christmas Book Blogger Tag!

Hi, a tag today! I’m scooting around my schedule for Blogmas a bit – I’m unprepared for the other posts, ahh! So a tag, a tag, a tag.

I saw this tag on Alex @WhimsyPages blog and stole it. :”D


❄️What Is Your Favourite Christmas Scene In A Book?❄️

I really like the scenes in Harry Potter honestly. Each book touches on it at least a little bit.

❄️Do You Have Any Christmas Book Traditions?❄️

Best Christmas Pageant EverI try to read at least one Christmas book a year. This year I’m rereading The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever.



❄️Do You Prefer To Get Presents Of Book Vouchers Or Books?❄️

Gift cards for sure – I do love receiving books, but I also love receiving a trip to the book store.

❄️Do You Give Books As Presents?❄️

Occasionally, yes. I tend to only do it if I know exactly what they want or if they’re like ‘send me something you like’ though.

❄️What Bookish Item Is On Your Christmas Wishlist?❄️

Recessed shelving. One day, one day.

❄️What 3 Books Would You Love Santa To Have In His Sack For You?❄️

I’m not answering this one because it’ll have it’s own dedicated post in a few days!

❄️Fake Christmas Tree Or Real Christmas Tree?❄️

Real. My current one is fake because my lease doesn’t allow real, but… real. Always real.

❄️What’s Your Favourite Thing About Christmas?❄️

The whole thing. The festivities, the togetherness, the spirit of it, the reason for it, the gifts, the food and drinks, the weather, everything.

❄️What Christmas Book Would You Recommend?❄️

The one I’m rereading: The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever.

❄️What Dish On Your Christmas Menu Are You Most Looking Forward To?❄️

Egg bake. It’ll have its own post at some point! Recipe!

❄️When Do You Open Your Christmas Presents?❄️

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – My inlaws we usually do on Christmas Eve and my family usually on Christmas Day. That’s obviously gonna be different this year, though.

❄️What’s Your Favourite Christmas Song?❄️

Carol of the Bells, by a long shot.

❄️Are You Dreaming Of A White Christmas? ❄️

Yes. We have snow right now. I’m hoping and praying it doesn’t melt by Friday.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!