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Books on My Christmas List 2020

Hi everyone! Today I am going to be sharing some books that are on my Christmas list this year. Do I really need more books? Not really, but there’s nothing like receiving a book for a gift so uh I made a list anyway. I blame the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales which have gotten me excited to buy books.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

This book has a long title so I’ve just been referring to it as “King of Elfame.” I read The Folk of The Air series last year and while it isn’t my favourite series ever, it was definitely a lot of fun. I’m mostly interested in reading this to find out more about Cardan’s backstory. My friend Kayla actually recently did a review of the book here. I have a feeling I will agree with her thoughts on the stories as I enjoy novellas, but of course, they do not compare to a full-length book in the series. I have seen lots of comments about how fantastic the art is, so that is something I would definitely treasure if I was given this book for Christmas.

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

I came across this book on Indigo’s “Best Teen Books of 2020” list and was instantly intrigued. We Are Not Free is a fictional historical novel about a group of second-generation Japanese-American teenagers who are detained during WWII. It sounds like it will be a heartbreaking story, but also hopeful as this group of teenagers must come together in the face of discrimination. It’s a new release but already has great reviews on Goodreads. I’m a sucker for books that focus on friend and family relationships so I think this book will be right up my alley. This semester, I also got the chance to take a Sociology course on race and immigration. It was a fantastic class and has definitely inspired me to seek out more migrant and immigration-related stories. Also isn’t this the coolest cover ever?

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang

The Poppy War is the first book in a high fantasy series. It has been all over Book Twitter and I have heard nothing short of amazing things about it. For these reasons (fantasy lover here) I had to add the first book to my Christmas list. It does seem to be quite a heavy read and is not YA, but part of the adult genre. Reading more about it, I have found out that it is a Chinese-inspired historical fantasy, which sounds incredible and unlike anything I have read before! I have seen so many emotional posts about it too, so safe to say I am ready to have my heart destroyed.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Lastly Circe! I am a Greek mythology fan thanks to Percy Jackson as I’m sure many of my fellow readers are. :’) I did get to take a Greek mythology class earlier this year which was super cool and I finally read some Homer. Still, I can’t help but remember Circe as the goddess who turns Percy into a guinea pig in The Sea of Monsters. So, that has definitely made me want to read this, along with the great things I’ve heard about Miller’s writing.

Have you read any of these books? (What are your non-spoilery thoughts?) Are you asking for any books this year?

My Fashion Picks + Wishlist for Christmas 2020

Every year, my friends and I send each other our Christmas wishlists so we can buy each other exactly what we want. It’s always super fun to go back through the years and see what kind of stuff I wanted and what kind of things I ended up receiving. If people ask me what I want for Christmas this year, I can just send them this blog post! By no means am I expecting to receive anything on this list, but I just think it will be fun to look back on this 🙂 At the end of the day, I will probably end up buying the things that I want on my own eventually!

Platform Converse

Screenshot from Converse

Herschel Tote Bag

Screenshot retrieved from Urban Outfitters

Peta & Jain Handbags

Screenshot retrieved from Princess Polly

Cropped Denim Jacket

Screenshot retrieved from Zara

Levi’s Ribcage Jeans

Screenshot retrieved from ssense

Cropped Bomber Jacket

Screenshot retrieved from Topshop

Mini Assignment #6 – Gif

Friends! We’re almost at the end of the semester!!

Online school has been a roller coaster. There have definitely been fun moments, but I think we’ll all be feeling a bit of relief once we can finally close our computers and get ready for Christmas.

One day at a time.

Christmas Gift Guide For Him

So Christmas is right around the corner and some people are probably really stressing out with gift ideas. Gifts are hard, but I got to admit…I’m a really good gift giver and gift thinker. I’m going to come up with some ideas for you to get your man if you’re having a hard time finding something.

Personally, my boyfriend is super hard to shop for. He doesn’t tell me what he wants and if he finds something he likes, he typically buys it for himself so it’s so difficult finding something.

I have a gift guide for valentines 2019 so you could also get anything from that post as well, but I’m going to try to change the items up!

A man always needs a good tie. There are many places to buy a tie and I have found it to be really easy to find nice ties for super cheap as well! If you look at The Bay, Simons, Holts and even Nordstroms

Men can always use more hair products (especially since sometimes they don’t know they need it). You can really get any hair gel at his barber. Ask any of the guys cutting hair because honestly idk which one’s are the best, the barbers know better!

An experience is always a safe bet! No matter what it is, a massage, a trip, a special dinner, an event that he wants to go to… he will love all of them.

Anything Lululemon is a safe bet. They could always use more comfortable clothing and workout gear. If you don’t know what to get him exactly, get a gift card because he will always be able to find something here.

If your boyfriend is anything like mine, then he would LOVE receiving video games as a gift. Honestly, I don’t know anything about video games so you would straight up have to just ask him which ones he wants. If you don’t want to ask, the only advice I can give you is to get the newest sports one (they seem to love those ones)!

Boys are very tricky to shop for, but if you get him any of these gifts I can assure you, you will be the best girlfriend ever!!

xx

sofia

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018): Just Another Useless Remake (40%)

The 2018 reboot of The Grinch felt like nothing more than another thoughtless Hollywood remake created with the intentions of capitalizing on an already popular story. The original adaptation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, was an animated TV special released in 1966. Since it was a TV special, the runtime was approximately 20 minutes and the film was basically just an animated version of the book. It’s a great 20minute episode (my family still watches it almost every year). The live-action version starring Jim Carrey was released in 2000, and it has got to be one of the best Christmas movies to this day! The jokes are hysterical, the costumes are amazing, and the sets and props are surreal! I was super excited about the new film because I love both of the other adaptations, but it was incredibly disappointing.

Unfortunately, the new animated adaptation of The Grinch had very little to offer. It felt like they simply took the extended storyline of the live-action version and stripped out most of the jokes. One of the slight alterations made to the plot was that Cindy Lou wanted to deliver a letter to Santa asking for help for her mother. Her mother is depicted as an overworked and exhausted single parent trying to take care of three children while also working night shifts. In the end, the mother’s struggles feel unresolved and the focus remains on the Grinch and his feeling of belonging.

The new movie had several well-known actors, yet the voice actors didn’t add anything special to the film. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Grinch, but the film may have been more entertaining if they had cast a comedian for the role. Steve Carell, for example, would’ve been a great pick. Carell actually alters his voice dramatically to make exciting characters (example: Gru from Despicable Me).

There were a couple of laughs throughout the movie, but on the whole there just wasn’t anything special or new. Children might enjoy The Grinch, but I don’t think it’s worth the admission rate. Save your money for better holiday movies coming soon to theatres.

“Hate, hate, hate. Hate, hate, hate. Double hate. LOATHE ENTIRELY!” -How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)