Waiting on Wednesday: Once and For All

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This is actually going to be my last week taking part in the Waiting on Wednesday weekly feature. At the moment I’m not only posting a Waiting on Wednesday feature but a Top Ten Tuesday one and a Standalone Sunday one. I want to keep to two max on this blog and at the moment I feel like I’ve featured most of the books I am desperately waiting on.

This week my pick is;

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a gift inspired freebie, so I picked Top Ten Gift Ideas for Book Lovers.

Christmas is fast approaching now, like seriously fast. How it is less than one month to go now until December 25th?! I love Christmas shopping but constantly feel like I’m either behind on all the gifts I need to buy or that I’ve forgotten someone important, plus there are some people I find it so hard to buy for. Luckily a few of my friends are just as crazy about books as I am so they’re always easy to buy for.


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A Postcard from Copenhagen

It’s possible not many people noticed – because I was gone for a short while, I didn’t really mention it, and I kept pretty up to date on posts and comments – but I was in Copenhagen this weekend for a short city break.

Copenhagen is a beautiful city, and I’m sure no matter what time of the year you go it’s the same story, but in the run up to Christmas exploring the city and seeing the sights is a completely different experience. There are Christmas markets on every corner selling arts and crafts alongside mulled wine and hot chocolate with Bailey’s, every shop window and storefront is decorated for Christmas with fairy lights and snow. There’s ice skating if you’re brave enough and warm cosy cafes if you’re not.

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The first thing me and my sister did when we arrived in Copenhagen, after checking into our hotel and freshening up, was head to Tivoli Gardens. It’s similar to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park but bigger, better, and even more Christmassy if you can imagine. We both had a wonderful time walking through the market seeing the decorations that had been set up for the occasion, riding all the rollercoaster’s we could find until we felt physically ill, and seeing the lights come on when the sun went down that evening.

Aside from Tivoli there are plenty of other sights you need to see if you’re in Copenhagen for the weekend; there’s the Little Mermaid sculpture which is a popular tourist destination, as well as plenty of castles, churches and parks you can spend whole mornings or afternoons exploring. My favourite part of Copenhagen though was Nyhavn, the waterfront port and probably one of the most picturesque parts of the city. If you search for Copenhagen on Google images Nyhavn is probably one of the first image that will appear.

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And of course in terms of Christmas shopping Copenhagen cannot be beat. Whether you’re walking down the main strip where all the well-known high street stores and souvenirs shops are, or wandering around one of the many Christmas markets, you can find something for everyone on your Christmas list.

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Advice (a.k.a. learn from my mistakes)

  • It’s cold, but not that cold…Granted I was there in November and not December/January time but a warm coat and a hat were all I really needed. Plus after walking around most of the day I felt I could have taken off my coat and just worn my thick jumper.
  • You can walk across the whole city…There is public transport but I didn’t use it once. The city itself is quite small and you can walk the length of it quite quickly, so if you have a good pair of shoes you won’t need to waste money on public transport at all.
  • If you go to Tivoli, go on a weekday…Me and my sister were lucky enough that we went on the Friday when we arrived in Copenhagen, because the queues we saw on the Saturday and Sunday were insane. So if you’re going to go go on a weekday when the kids are at school and the adults at work.

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You can go to Copenhagen any time of the year, and I’d definitely recommend going there if you have the opportunity, but for me one of the best parts of the whole holiday was seeing the city in the run up to Christmas; exploring the Christmas markets, drinking mulled wine on the waterfront, and falling over more than once trying to ice skate.


Also to celebrate reaching my one year blogiversary I am hosting a giveaway and Q&A. The chance to enter and ask me any questions ends in less than a week, on the 1st of December at midnight GMT. For more information you can check out my original post here.

The Harry Potter Book Tag

I love Harry Potter, honestly though is there anyone out there who doesn’t, so when I first saw this tag I was desperate to take part in it. Luckily I was soon tagged by, not only Jess at The Mud and Stars Book Blog, but by Heather at The Sassy Book Geek as well. Thank you both for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tag, everyone else should definitely check out their original posts and while you’re there their blogs as well.

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The Harry Potter Book Tag was originally created by Lashaan and Trang at Bookidode, who are also to credit for the amazing title images for each of the questions. There is only one rule; you cannot use any of the Harry Potter books to answer the questions.

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The Last Beginning

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Title: The Last Beginning

Author: Lauren James

Series: The Next Together, #2

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: October 6th 2016

Rating:

Four Stars

The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about love, destiny and time travel.

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Reading and Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving freebie, so I picked Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Reading and Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Blogging.

Every single person has that one book that started their love of reading; for me it was books like Harry Potter (which I’m sure it was for most people), the Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Ever since I started reading it’s become increasingly rare to see me without a book or my Kindle in my hand and it’s what started me blogging as well, something I am very thankful for. So when I saw this week’s topic it seemed the perfect way to celebrate in a way my love of reading and blogging at the same time.


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The Next Together

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Title: The Next Together

Author: Lauren James

Series: The Next Together, #1

Publisher: Walker

Release Date: August 20th 2015

Rating:

Three Stars

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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