5 Geeky Things on my Christmas Wishlist [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Christmas wishlish 2016

This weeks prompt was christmas songs, but as I did that last week I decided to pick one from previous years. You’re probably thinking, hey, didn’t you just post your wish list? Well, my holiday wishes list is a general one and this, this is the super duper fandom edition!

 

Books!

So my to read list is always growing and I’m pretty sure will never end, which I’m ok with. However, there are a few books on my wish list that I really want to read ASAP.

  1. Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey – She is one of my favourite authors but the libraries rarely have her books, so I usually get them as gifts as I like having a copy of them too. Last year I got the previous book in the series and this is the next one.
  2. Keeping it real by Justina Robson – I have never actually read anything by this author, but have been eyeing this book for a while now. It’s available at the library, however, the author is going to be at a convention I’m going to next year so I’d love a hard copy so I can get it signed if I enjoy the book.
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I was just going to pick this up at the library but decided that even if I’m not impressed with it (I’ve heard mixed reviews) it will still go with our collection 🙂
  4. Broken by Marianne Curley – Again, another favourite author of mine and again, so hard to get hold of her books from the library. This is the second book in her new series.

 

Funko Pops!

Goodness, it was hard to narrow this down to just these 6 and I may have got a bit lost on amazon browsing new ones… ahem.

  1. The Flash: Barry
  2. Star Wars Rebels: Hera
  3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Agent May
  4. Agent Carter: Peggy
  5. Blizzard Games: Tyrael
  6. Disney: Belle

 

Video Games

  1. Heart of Thorns Expansion for Guild Wars
  2. Starcraft II Collectors Edition
  3. Bioshock I and 2 Remastered
  4. DLCs for Dragon Age: Inquisition

 

Blizzard Store

  1. Mischief Pet
  2. Enchanted Fey Dragon Mount
  3. Fey Dragon Plushie
  4. Blue Dragon Whelp
  5. Cute but Deadly Tyrande Tank Top

 

DVDs

 

  1. X-Men Apocalypse
  2. Star Wars Rebels Season 2
  3. Suicide Squad
  4. Batman Vs. Superman

 

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Holiday Wishes 2016

Christmas Wishes 2016

For several years now I’ve taken part in the livejournal community Holiday Wishes. To sum it up quickly; it’s a place where you post your wishes, and others post theirs and you help each other out by doing what you can. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to reply, to comment, or send you a sweet card to make someone’s December a little bit easier. It can be a very stressful month in many ways and 2016 has been an awful year in many respects.

So hop on over to Holiday Wishes to read the rules and check out other people’s lists and make someone’s day just a little bit brighter!

 

STEP ONE

  • Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered… whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related (“I’d love a Snape/Hermione icon that’s just for me”) to medium (“I wish for _____ on DVD”) to really big (“All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV”). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
  • If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) can get in touch with you. Your home address is not required!
  • Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

STEP TWO

  • Surf around your friends list (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here’s the important part…
  • If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes one person’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use – or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free – do it.
  • You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf – to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not – it’s your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just… wish, and it might come true. Give and you might receive. You’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.

 

My List

1 – Check out my blog,  leave me some comments and maybe volunteer for an interview? 😉 This year I’ve been upping my blogging game, adding new features and generally giving it a big reboot. So I’d love for you to check it out and leave some comments <3 I also have a monthly interview feature which I need volunteers for; you can find out more about that on my blog under ‘interviews’ in the main menu 🙂

 

2 – Follow me on Social MediaTwitter, Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest and Blog Lovin all need some love and I like meeting new people!

 

3 – Icons – I use icons over on my blog and would love some new ones. Credit will be given at the end of each post when I use one of your icons. What I would like; TV shows (Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, DC Shows [especially some cute Barry ones!], Supernatural, Rizzoli & Isles), Animals (I love any animals so surprise me!), Christmas/Winter, Seasons & holidays (some for each season as well as holidays – I’m in the UK), Nature, Video Games (World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Dragon Age series), Star Wars (especially The Force Awakens, I’ve had no time to make them), and geeky/library/book ones.

 

4 – Send me something! – I love receiving things and collect post cards, key rings and magnets. I’d love to receive a care package or a little goodies as I’ve never received one before. I like candles, geeky stuff, and cats. I have no allergies, but I’m currently on a strict diet so no food items please (as much as it grieves me to say :P).  I do feel that I need to be upfront and say I can’t send anything in return 🙁 Instead I will return my love by finding something on your list I can do for you! Please contact me for my address.

 

5 – Art – I am loathe to expect anyone to do art for me for free, which is why I want to emphasise that this would be a truly magical and much loved gift. I know how hard artists work, and so this is a shout out to anyone who feels inspired or would like the practise. I’d love some sketches, cartoon or chibi style of me (for my blog) or my World of Warcraft character Kaelea.

 

6 – Second hand books – I really shouldn’t add to my already long reading list, but I can’t help myself 😛 If you’re in the UK and happen to have any old books lying around that you don’t want please check out my Goodreads to read list (I’ll accept digital copies as well in any format). Or if you use bookmooch and have some spare points, that would be great too!

 

7 – Youtube Subs – I took a massive step this year and started a youtube channel. Health has prevented me from updating it in a while, however, I still have everything recorded and waiting to edit so it will be revived (soon hopefully!). Any subscribers or views would be great, comments if you’re a WoW player would be fantastic too.

 

8 – Unused make-up or beauty products/samples – I have slowly been growing my collection of make up and beauty products so that I can start posting reviews and tutorials on my blogs. So if you have anything lying around that you don’t want/use, like free samples you’ve picked up or gotten from magazines, I’d love them! Due to hygiene reasons I can only accept sealed items, with the exception of nail polish.

 

9 – Amazon Wish List – Anything on my wish list would be absolutely amazing <3

 

10 – Gift Cards – For Starbucks, Steam or Birchbox are top of the list, but any others (UK friendly!) are always welcome too.

 

Do you take part in Holiday Wishes too? Post your list in the comments so I can check it out! <3

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Miscellaeous Alternative Advent Calendars for 2016

Sharing Saturday: Alternate Advent Calendars - Miscellaneous

 

I love advent calendars, however, opening little doors just for a tiny bit of chocolate isn’t as appealing as it once was. I’ve been doing online advent calendars (I’ll introduce you to some at the beginning of December when they open!) for several years now, and last year I came across beauty advent calendars! This year I kept an eye out, found several different beauty ones as well as some other alternative advent calendars. So over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting the best ones I can find, starting with food and drink calendars and last weeks Beauty calendars. This week it’s time to show you the best other calendars for 2016. From socks, to candles and jewellery – take a look!

 

Jewellery

 

1 – Nostalgic Advent Calendar Vintage Charms Bracelets from TanjaBraun on Etsy, £34.13 (Shop includes several different themed bracelets).

2 – Jewellery Advent Calendar from ZWDesign on Etsy, £79.38.

3 – Earring Advent Calendar Gift Set from Pookledo on Etsy, £29.00.

4 – Mjartoria Necklace Jewellery Advent Calendar from Amazon, £19.99.

5 – Charm and Bead Christmas Advent Calendar from Amazon, £14.99.

6 – Nutcracker Theatre Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar from Amazon, £22.99.

 

 

Candles & Oils

 

1 – Candle Advent Calendar from ColtonCandle on Etsy, £19.99.

2 – Yankee Candle Pavilliuon Advent Calendar from Amazon, £24.95.

3 – Imperial Candles Advent Calendar from Amazon, £32.99.

4 – Airpure Scented Candle Advent Calendar from Amazon, £9.95.

5 – Primavera Fragrance Advent Calendar from Violey, £30.18.

6 – Scented Advent Calender from Busy Bee Candles, £19.99.

 

 

Toys

 

1 – Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions Advent Calendar from Amazon, £15.44.

2 – Play-Doh Advent Calendar 2016 from Amazon, £14.99.

3 – LEGO Star Wars 75146 Advent Calendar from Amazon, £24.35.

4 – Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar from Amazon, £29.95.

5 – Hot Wheels Advent Calendar from Amazon, £19.64.

6 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DPF85 Advent Calendar from Amazon, £15.30.

 

 

Books & Stationery

 

1 – ‘Inspirational Advent’ Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street, £24.99.

2 –  Stationery Advent Calendar Modern Advent from Not on the High Street, £32.00.

3 – Advent Calendar Colouring Book from Amazon, £3.47.

4 – Adventivity: A Countdown to Christmas with 25 Holiday Activities from Amazon, £9.98.

5 – Stationery Advent Box from Mrs Brimbles, £25.99.

6 – Smiggle Advent Calender from Smiggle, £28.00.

 

 

Other

 

1 – Yarn Lover’s Advent Calendar – 24 mini skeins, 24 patterns from Zanetto on Etsy, £50.00.

2 – Christmas Lucky Dip Advent Calendar / Pass The Parcel from PostboxParty on Etsy, £29.00.

3 – Activity Advent Calendar from Not on the High Street, £18.00.

4 – Crystal Advent Calendar from jillyscrystals on Etsy, £22.00.

5 – Haynes Build Your Own Retro Radio Advent Calendar from Amazon, £19.99.

6 – Sock Advent Calendars (Men & Womens, various themes) from Sock Shop, £79.99.

 

 

What do you think of these alternative advent calendars? Any jump out at you? Have you seen any others? Let me know!

 

 

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6 Spooky Reads for Halloween

Sharing Saturday: Spooky Halloween reads

 

I was wondering what to do for a Halloween themed Sharing Saturday, and after yesterday’s Fandom 5 I realised I should do one for spooky reads to watch. Not everyone wants to or is able to go out trick or treating/celebrating Halloween, so if you’re one for staying inside here are some spooky/creepy reads to get you in the mood!

 

Late Victorian Gothic Tales by Various Authors

Late Victorian Gothic Tales

Good Reads   /   Amazon

The Victorian fin de siecle has many associations: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the New Woman, the scandalous Oscar Wilde, the Empire on which the sun never set. This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment.

 

War of the Worlds by H G Wells

The War of the Worlds

Good Reads   /   Amazon

They came from outer space — Mars, to be exact.

With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves.

Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth’s history.

And Earth will never be the same.

 

 

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H P Lovecraft

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

Good Reads   /   Amazon

Collecting uniquely uncanny tales from the master of American horror, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories is edited with an introduction and notes by S.T. Joshi in Penguin Modern Classics.

Credited with inventing the modern horror tradition, H.P. Lovecraft remade the genre in the early twentieth century. Discarding ghosts and witches, and instead envisaging mankind at the mercy of a chaotic and malevolent universe, Lovecraft’s unique works would prove to be a huge influence on modern horror writers such as Stephen King. This selection of short stories ranges from early tales of nightmares and insanity such as ‘The Outsider’ and ‘The Rats in the Walls’ through the grotesquely comic ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’ and ‘The Hound’, to the extraterrestrial terror of ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, which fuses traditional supernaturalism with science fiction. Including the definitive corrected texts, this collection reveals the development of Lovecraft’s mesmerising narrative style and establishes him as a hugely influential – and visionary – American writer.

 

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Good Reads   /   Amazon

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

 

 

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

The Fire Sermon

Good Reads   /   Amazon

What would you do if you had to leave everything you knew behind?

If what made you perfect also made you an outcast?

If your twin, once your only friend, was now your worst enemy?
Since the blast that reshaped the earth, only twins are born. The imperfect one of each pair is branded at birth and sent away. Twins share nothing but the moment of their death: when one dies, so does the other. But Cass and her twin Zach cannot be separated.

In this scorched and broken world, Cass’s bond with her brother may be the most dangerous thing of all.

Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris

Doctor Who: Forever Autumn

Good Reads   /   Amazon

It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.

The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient chestnut tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?

As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from suffering a grisly fate…

 

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on this list? What would be on your spooky reads book list?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

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5 Facts About Me If I Lived In The Harry Potter Universe [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - If I lived in the Harry Potter universe

As the new US houses were announced right before I wrote these prompts I thought it would be fun to write one based on me, if I lived in the Harry Potter universe. Enjoy!

 

My Hogwarts House would be….

ravenclaw

 

Originally when Pottermore first came out I created an account and was sorted into Slytherin, however, after signing up again recently (I’d lost my account details) I found myself sorted into Ravenclaw. So obviously I’ve changed in the years between! So if I lived in the HP universe the sorting hat would probably umm and ahh between the two.

 

My IIvermorny house would be…

hornedserpent

I found it amusing that I was sorted straight into Ilvermorny considering I was previously sorted into Slytherin!

 

My pet at Hogwarts would be….

 

crookshanks

A cat, or a kneazle (or part kneazle) like Crookshanks. I love cats, have had them all my life and while I think owls are gorgeous and have a fondess for many other animals, cats remain my close companions.

 

My favourite classes would be….

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PotionsClass

 

I love animals and always wanted to be a vet, or work with animals in some form. In the HP universe there isn’t a need for certain grades, i.e. maths, to stop me working with them. So Caring for Magical Creatures would be top of my list! I also think I’d really enjoy potions classes because it requires mixing specific ingredients together, which is why I enjoy baking rather than cooking. I’m terrible at just throwing random things together and have to have a recipe to follow step by step.

 

My job would be….

 

Hip_lesson library

 

As mentioned, working with animals was my dream so working with magical creatures would be amazing. I’m not sure if I’d be interested in finding new ones and documenting them, breeding or teaching Care for Magical Creatures. As a library student, naturally being a librarian in the Harry Potter world would be a fun job for me! All that magical information and lore needs to be managed some how 🙂

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