Post Blogmas Break

I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone for another year! Not only that but my first Blogmas is already over! What?! I was saying to George as we did our usual morning walk that it felt beyond weird to not be posting today.

So here I am!

I’ve made a few decisions regarding the blog for whats to come in 2019.

Firstly I am going to take a small break from posting for the few days remaining of 2018 mostly to read and stockpile a few posts for 2019 for when I jump back into work and don’t want to feel crazy stressed.

My other decision is to post more frequently! YAY! Throughout 2018 I was posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday which worked well. However I really noticed when I didn’t post on the weekend. So my new schedule will be a new post every second day. This does mean posting days well alternate between weeks but I really think I’ll enjoy posting that little bit more often.

With those out of the way I am going to spend the next few days relaxing and preparing for the busy year 2019 will be!

I hope everyone had/ is having a magical holiday season!

Building My First Bookmas Tree

I know this is a typical bookish blogger/YouTuber thing to do but I really wanted to give it a go. 

I’ll be honest, I got right into it, I even asked my fiancé to time lapse it. I genuinely told him it would take me 20 minutes. Cut to not even 5 minutes later and I was done. 

Now Its not the most glamorous bookmas tree you’ve ever seen, its actually not even a good bookmas tree. It’s definitely average.  But I am proud of my first attempt anyway and look forward to next year when I will do thing again and hopefully improve! 

Its only up from here!

Have you ever made a bookmas tree? 

Blogmas 2018

Is this even a thing?

I know Vlogmas is huge on YouTube but I haven’t heard of Blogmas. Being my first active year with blogging this is not surprising so if it is a thing or not this is how its going to work for me. 

Every day from December 1st to December 25th I will be posting here on Harper-grae.com. That’s 25 posts to end the year! 

Even better, I am going to have a link to each days post below so that if you really want to check out a specific post you can! 

Let’s get blogging! 

Day 1: November Wrap up

Day 2: Building my First Bookmas Tree

Day 3: Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon

Day 4: November Goal Update

Day 5: Unboxing: August Gobstone Alley

Day 6: December TBR

Day 7: The Adventure Book Tag

Day 8: Naughty or Nice Tag

Day 9: Unboxing: September Gobstone Alley

Day 10: Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Day 11: A to Z of TBR: M, N, O and P

Day 12: Review: ‘Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana 

Day 13: Last Book Haul of 2018

Day 14: Books I wish I’d Gotten to in 2018

Day 15: Top 10 Book Covers of 2018

Day 16: 2019 Reading goals

Day 17: A to Z TBR: Q, R, S and T

Day 18: End of the Year Book Tag 2018

Day 19: My Recipe Book Collection

Day 20: A to Z TBR: U, V, W and X

Day 21: A to Z TBR: Y and Z

Day 22: Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Day 23: Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon Update

Day 24: Most Anticipated New Released 2019

Day 25: Review: ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell

What are your thoughts on Blogmas?

Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon

Very excitingly the Christmas at Hogwarts Read-a-thon is my first ever read-a-thon. I’ve been wanting to do one forever but with work and life in general I haven’t been able to participate in any. 

Fantastically this read-a-thon starts on 17th December and ends on the 26th December which means I’M ON HOLIDAYS! 
HOORAY!

The read-a-thon goes like this: 

Before I jump into the prompts and what books I’m going to choose for each of them thank you to Gee at Book Roast for hosting this Read-a-thon! 

All participants start at the top and complete ‘Finish your coursework’. The prompt for this one is to finish your current read… Now I haven’t chosen a book for this one because I don’t know what I’ll be reading on December 17th so this one will depend on where I’m up to in my reading. 

Next participants can choose to ‘Help Hagrid Decorate the trees’ which  prompts reader to choose a book with gold details; or readers can ‘have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins’ where readers choose a book they think will be humorous. For this section I am going to choose to ‘help Hagrid Decorate the Trees’ and the book I’ll be reading is ‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo 

Participants meet up  again when they ‘visit the Three Broomsticks for mulled pixie wine’ where readers will choose a read that will take a day/ an evening to read. For this one I am going to choose ‘50 Ways to Yay’ by Alexi panos 

Now we get to the point where readers can divert into completely different areas! There are three options for this part of the read-a-thon. First you can choose to ‘exchange presents at your house common roomwhere readers choose a book that features or is about friendship. The second option here is to ‘sneak into the kitchen to gift Dobby odd socks’ where readers choose a book with an Item of clothing on the cover. The final option in this Trio is ‘attend the Yule Ball’ where readers choose a book you’ve been preparing yourself for. For this section I am going to choose ‘attend the Yule Ball’ and I am going to read ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Mass

From here readers only have two options either they can ‘use invisibility cloak to sneak into the restricted section‘ where readers choose a banned book; Or I can ‘bring a festive treat to Hedwig in the Owlery’ where we choose a book with an animal on the cover/ in the title/ in the series name. For this one I am going to choose to ‘Sneak into the Restricted Section’  and read the book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ By J.K. Rowling

Finally we have made it to ‘attend the Christmas feast’ for this one our prompt is to watch a Harry Potter movie, which is optional BUT I will definitely be watching one and if its up to my fiancee it will be ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part 1 and 2.

The other options that I won’t be doing but may be helpful to know about are ‘fly around the snowy Hogwarts grounds‘ where readers choose a book with a building on the cover; Or ‘put on your knitted sweater from Mollywhere readers choose a book with present parents of a focus on family

Are you going to be participating in the read-a-thon? let me know what prompts you choose!