Review: Let It Snow

◆ Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
◆ Read December 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
The synopsis is slightly misleading. Only slightly. Because the stories weren't exactly hilarious and the last one was anything but charming! I did not know two of the authors before starting this, but I usually love John Green's books and this one kind of disappointed me in comparison to his other ones. True, it gets you in the holiday spirit, but don't expect much more from it! 

December Book Haul

Another book haul at last! This month's haul was slightly larger than expected because I was gifted a few books. That is always a wonderful surprise ;)

DIY: Christmas Ornament X (Snowflake)

This is the last paper Christmas Ornament that I made. Snce it's a rather large structure, you won't be able to hang it in your tree like the others, but it could look beautiful on the wall or in a window!

DIY: Christmas Ornament IX (Bird)

My mother always put little bird ornaments in our Christmas tree so I've come to associate them with Christmas. Made out of book pages, these little birds make a wonderful addition!

DIY: Christmas Ornament VIII (Sphere)

A Christmas tree isn't complete without some Christmas balls/spheres, right? Though this DIY makes use of a lot of book pages, it's sill relatively easy to make. Furthermore, you can make variations by gluing some sides together completely and others only halfway.

DIY: Christmas Ornament VII (Christmas Bell)

For some reason I always associate bells with Christmas. This tutorial is pretty similar to the Christmas tree one, but here come the instructions anyway! Unfortunately the photos have turned out slightly blurry because of lightning. 

DIY: Christmas Ornament VI (Origami Star)

Today's DIY is also origami-based. Once you get the hang of it, this one is really easy to do. 

DIY: christmas Ornament V (Origami Reindeer)

This tutorial is a little different than others, because technically I'm not giving instructions. Origami often seems difficult, but this one is very do-able if you follow the instructions carefully. Moreover, it's one of the more original ornaments I've seen around!

DIY: Christmas Ornament IV (Snowman)

Do you want to build a snowmaaaan? Though it's not typical for Christmas per se, it does get you in the winter mood. Moreover, this ornament is especially fun to make.

From Paper to Screen: Winter 2014/2015

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies that are based on books. This post deals with noteworthy movies that will be released this winter. You might want to check out the books before visiting the theater!

DIY: Christmas Ornament III (Christmas Tree)

It doesn't get any more christmasy than a Christmas Tree, right? Today I'll show you how to make a a small tree out of some old paper. 

DIY: Christmas Ornament II (Pop-Up Star)

The second tutorial is for this pop-up Christmas star! I think this might be one of my favorites because it fits in with the rest of the tree ornaments perfectly! 

DIY: Christmas Ornament I (Sphere)

Christmas is my favorite time of the year and one of the things I love about it, is decorating the christmas tree. However, this year I wanted to do something different, so I decided to make some bookish ornaments! From this day forth I will post DIY's on how to make different types of ornaments from book pages (I suggest you use an old, uninteresting book for these tutorials). The first one is for a sphere as pictured above!

Review: Where Rainbows End

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
◆ Read December 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as as they're discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they're separated. Alex's family move from Dublin to America - and Alex goes with them. For good.

Rosie's lost without him. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever - and keep her at home in Ireland.

Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each others lives, but neither of them knows whether their friendship can survive the years and miles - or new relationships. And at the back of Rosie's mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything for true love?
Wheh, I finished this in a really short amount of time! Where Rainbows End has a much deeper plot than the average chick-lit and is a real pageturner at that. It did remind me of One Day but further research told me that this book was published well before Nicholl's, so I think Ahern might have inspired some authors in their writing!

The Christmas Gift Guide Tag

The holidays are a lot of fun but many of us are hard-pressed for gift suggestions! The Christmas Gift Guide Tag was created by the bloggers over at Crazy for YA, and it's such a good idea that I decided to join in! All books mentioned below are ones I've read in 2014.

Review: Sins of a Sovereignty

◆ Sins of Sovereignty by Plague Jack
◆ Read November 2014
◆ English Edition
❝ Ten years ago a terrifying superweapon left one of Amernia’s most illustrious cities permanently shrouded in poisoned fog. Over the past decade, three great evils have haunted the Amernian people. First is the elusive Blood Queen, who holds Amernia in an iron grip. Second, are the entombed old gods, who speak only to a chosen few. Third is the nation's scar, a seemingly endless expanse of green miasma that has claimed the north. The rift between rich and poor, human and nonhuman, divides the kingdom more every day. As a spectral rider streaks across the sky, heralding the death of kings, foreign nations circle like vultures hungry for a feast. Legendary veteran of two wars, Sir Clark Pendragon, is sent north to quell the rising chaos. New alliances will be forged and broken as a Wild War threatens to tear Amernia asunder.
The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Though it took me quite a while to finish (for which my busy life is to blame), this book exceeded my expectations.

Fanmix Friday: Mockingjay

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some particular scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case for Finnick & Annie from Mockingjay.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!  In no particular order:

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