Sunday, 22 December 2013

A Bookish Christmas some bookish holiday recipes

 Hello readers and welcome to the finale installment of A Bookish Christmas in case you missed the other ones or would like to see them again here are link to the other posts:

Today on A bookish Christmas I will be showing you some bookish recipes some are a bit Christmas oriented and some well not so much but there's no restrictions to what you're allowed to eat at Christmas as far as I know it doesn't have to be only gingerbread, turkey or toutiere (meat pie) eggnog ect.... Whatever the traditional thing is to eat around this time with your family or culture bookish recipes won't hurt :). So here's some bookish recipes!

A recipe for Butterbeer from the harrypotter series.
Ok this one isn't very Christmasy but wizards have butterbeer during Christmas time right? Plus if it tastes anything like the butterbeer I tasted at universal studios in orlando its just so very good! I haven;t personally tried this recipe but it looks to me like it would taste the same at the end of the page on the website there's more links for Harry Potter recipes by the same person here's the Link for the Butterbeer recipe .

Picture taken from the same site link above.

Next off and this one is Christmas related The Polar Express hot chocolate. The polar express is written by

Next up some literary drink.

Te-quil-la (to kill a mockingbird) mocking bird. Get it tequila the drink my English teacher made this joke when we where reading the book in class.Most people just rolled there eyes like really Monsieur (i go to a french school) Personally I thought it was clever and they actually do have a tequila based on To Kill a Mockingbird I'm still too young to drink alcohol which I don't mind since I'm not particularly excited to be able to. But I know the holiday seasons for those who drink alcohol are a season where almost every party is probable going to have some.So why not get creative and inspire yourself on these bookish alcoholic drinks. On this site is 10 alcoholic recipes based on classic books well most of them I'm not sure everyone would call Bridget Jones diary a classic but Moby Dick by Herman Melville and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are definitely some classics and yes they got a drink for both those books here is the link and below here an example of a recipe you can find on the link.

To finish this post off if you want some more book inspired recipes these one from YA books go check out these two links below that will bring you to the epic reads site where they have some Young adult book inspired recipes. The first link is to a post that is a mixture of various YA recipes and the other link will bring you to 3 great posts on 3 individual bookish recipes one specifically for Christmas cookies the other too just plain recipes.But there based on books.

This is the last A Bookish Christmas post. I hope you all enjoyed them. Since this is the last A Bookish Christmas post I'm going to mention a few thing, today is the 22nd of December and there is but 2 days until Christmas because of that I will not be posting anything till after the holidays.It is Because I am very busy up until Christmas day and I will be leaving shortly after Christmas day for a mini vacation and I am not sure if I will be able to find internet access where I will be going. The good news is I will lots of time to read (which is awesome) and that means there should be a steady stream of reviews after Christmas break which is also a good thing.Usually when someone starts with the good news is there's bad news but im not sure there is in this case everyone is busy during Christmas time and after there will be a plenty reviews on the blog and of course Starting the week write (right) will also be starting back up after the christmas holidays.So I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas time whether you celebrate it or not and also a very happy new year.

Thanks for Reading

Aurelia <3

Friday, 20 December 2013

A Bookish Christmas: Holiday Cheer

 In todays A bookish Christmas post I am going to be taking a different aproach and do a post to remind everyone what Christmas is really all about. How it started and what is important not to lose sight of in these holiday times. Like Being with family being thankfull and spreading kindness.

Lets start off with this video it's a bit more centered on religion (catholic) but the message is good for all.

Today in the modern world Christmas is HIGHLY commercialized most children today might see it as only a season of getting things when really the whole point of Christmas is supposed to be about giving and helping, spreading joy or simply a smile. Right? To Catholics Christmas is the day Jesus was born a long time ago in the small town of Bethlehem bringing kindness in his wake. If your doing Christmas on a historical facts it's based on Saint Nicholas in the 4th century who did some secret gift giving knowing it would make someone happy even if he would never get any recognition for it. Before Saint Nicholas it was the celebration of the winter solstice family's gathering eating, talking warming up by the fire celebrating that half the winter was behind them and soon the sun would be up longer. ( if you want the long version click here.)

The whole point of Christmas is supposed to be about kindness about giving about helping about spreading joy giving big gifts did not come until the 18oo's. I think in today's culture we should maybe try to take this time to think about others and make the world maybe a bit of a better place whether it be by simple acts of kindness like picking something up for someone who dropped it or helping those in need in other places around the world
Here's a video that kinds of sheds a light on our lets say "Problems "

Personally this year Me and my family aunts uncles cousins grandparents ect..  decided for Christmas to all pitch in and get some things from world vision for our sponsor child a little girl we donated money to there medical facilities we also gave some money so they can have some books and school supplies. And finally we gave some money towards a rooster and two hens since they can sell the eggs for money and when they reproduce they have some meat to eat if your a vegetarian this might be a bit gross to you but we have supermarkets and some places don't even have safe water to drink. It's a bit of a rude awakening knowing these people have to struggle to survive each day.That a hen and a chicken could secure someone for there entire life maybe. They get an income to supply a place to stay and some food.

But spreading Kindness does not need to cost anything here are some examples.

 I'm not saying put yourself in danger be safe but helping a lady cross the street doesn't cost anything.
 Have any of you seen the movie pay it forward? You should it's amazing but if not the concept is doing something nice to someone might just make someone decide to be nice to someone else. And if everyone just pays it forward one act of kindness at a time it could make a big difference it doesn't need to be big to have an impact. This video is very good to show that.

To end this post on maybe a bit of a softer note and since this is A Bookish Christmas post here's a video including giving and books.  :)

Thanks for reading.

Aurelia <3

Monday, 16 December 2013

Starting the week write (right) # 10

 Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).

“Apparently being a mermaid is dead dull. I watched The Little Mermaid with her once a few years ago—she thought it was freaking hilarious. She couldn’t stop laughing about the shell-bra thing, given that mermaids aren’t mammals. Plus, as she put it, Prince Eric was far too hairy and “peach colored” for her taste. I always thought he was pretty hot, but then again, I am a mammal.”
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White

"Albus Dumbledore had gotten to his feet. He was beaming at the students, his arms opened wide, as if nothing could have pleased him more than to see them all there.
"Welcome!" he said. "Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!"
"Thank you!"
He sat back down. Everybody clapped and cheered. Harry didn't know whether to laugh or not.
“Is he — a bit mad?” he asked Percy uncertainly.
"Mad?" said Percy airily. "He's a genius! Best wizard in the world! But he is a bit mad, yes. Potatoes, Harry?"
Harry potter and the Sorcere's Stone - J.K. Rowling


Here's a very cool site named  it's a bookshop owner that posts pictures of things he found in old copies of books. He finds a large variety of things go from pictures to recipes to notes and letters its very cool.

 Now for this video it is just hilarious. A fake commercial for the Bronte sisters action figures.


 That could totally work!

 THIS PICTURE last 2 lines are PG13 ish
 Dauntless cake.

 Yes Doctor!!!!!!

Thanks for reading

Aurelia <3

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Review: Struck By Jennifer Bosworth

Title : Struck
Author : Jennifer Bosworth
Pages : 373
Publisher: macmillan

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything

Description from


Full review:

When I read the synopsis for Struck I was really excited to read it two apposing cults the world ravaged by a disaster and the end of the world on the horizon … maybe. But struck was not what I was expecting in a good way and not in good way. I shall explain the books is more somber than I thought it would be but that adds to the atmosphere of the book. In a way it’s a bit of a horror book because there's a big chunk of the populace that are blindly following this leader and all of them are kind of brainwashed by him. He says he is gods vessel to tell the world of the empending danger and that they must redeem themselves him and all those people kind of gave me the heebejeebees (I'm not sure if thats a word a synonyme would be they kind of freaked me out).The book really makes you think about what is right and what is wrong. Which side was the right one where they good or bad ? Was it the white followers ,the keepers the main character Mia? And I wasnt sure until the end of the book even now I'm still suspicious of one of those groups. I wont tell you as to not spoil the book.

 Some parts of the book where a bit slow but those parts really made me able and I'm guessing most readers to really see the well built world that Jennifer Botsworth made it was a solid fictional dystopian world.Talking about dystopian this book is set in a future world and the world is not a so great one so it has the criteria for a dystopian book but since the world is ours own world not so long in the future its basically our world in this case in New York after a big natural disaster that affected the whole world but came from New York so the houses are destroyed there are people living in the streets what you could expect after a very big "natural" disaster, but this time its world wide. So it doesn't seem so dystopian since its something weave all seen before in real life the sadness of seeing people having to go through that. Also it's much more focused on the supernatural and the cult aspect.So Both distopian and supernatural. But again Jennifer Bosworth made a Sad but a pretty realistic view of what could happen is the world went into that state. Discounting the supernatural aspect unless the world evolved like in x-men and people have genetic mutation.

The boy love interest was a good character and mysterious and Mia was also a well built character though not my favorite. There wasn't a lot of romance in this book, some but not a lot. The story was not centered on it for the most part depending the type of person you are you might be happy with that or want more romance being someone who really likes romance in novels I found with everything happening in the novel even though there wasn't a lot of romance it balanced out following the story well.

There was one thing that for me was really predictable in this book, since the start but apart from that I didn't see the end coming which brings me to my next point. I loved the ending of the book it was the best part by far no not because the book was over people thinking that. But because it was really well written It had lots of action and suspense and I found myself reading the last part of the book really fast and even though I had some moments in the book that weren't my favorite the end left me feeling like Whoa.

Quick review:
- End was great
- Boy main charcather good not much romance
- Only one thing predictable
- A bit draging at some point
- Sad but a pretty realistic view of what could happen is the world went into that state.

3 stars



“A piece of advice: if you want to remain in control of a doomsday cult, don't give a date for the end of the world unless you're really, really sure it's going to happen. Being wrong tends to undermine your authority.”
Struck - Jennifer Bosworth

“Give your false prophet a message for me. Tell him Jesus befriended the whores and the thieves and the sinners. Tell him his Old Testament God is dead. God doesn't punish the wicked and save the righteous. God is love.”
Struck - Jennifer Bosworth

“-I thought you were dead.
-I was, a bit.” 

Struck - Jennifer Bosworth

“-You said this wasn't a cult.
-Secret society. There's a difference.
-Not from where I'm standing.
-Then take a seat.” 

Struck - Jennifer Bosworth

“-Who's that guy?
-What guy?
-The one I saw go up the stairs to your room with you.
-Oh, that guy.”
 Struck - Jennifer Bosworth 

Thanks for reading

Aurelia <3

A Bookish Christmas : Gifts

Hello and welcome to another installment of A Bookish Christmas this time I will be showing you some book related presents most of them are shirts but if you go to the website links listed below you can look around the page because there are some come in coffee mug format, sweatshirt, pillows, posters, cards, magnets ect....The post is mostly shirts like i said but there are some other very cool bookish presents listed below and some cool sites to check out if your looking for more of the same things. I thought most of these gifts where very clever and or funny, pretty ect.. so I hope you enjoy them too.

Important I have never bought anything from any of these online websites. Also I do not know there selling policies, if there reliable, where they ship to ect.... if you do decide to get any of these shirts or anything else mentioned below on there respective sites I strongly recommend you do some research on the site make sure its real and it wont steal your money, i wouldn't want that to happen to anyone because I can make no guarantees if they are trustworthy or not I just found these things from a Google search.

Before we start here's something I found that was pretty awesome.

It's a Doctor who advent calender with a characther each day ! This person seems to already have an Ood, a Dalek ,a Sontaran and two other characters that I can't think of the names right now. Pretty cool right? Now onto the A Bookish Christmas post.

The Mortal Instruments quotes.

 Jace Wayland Quote The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

 Hunger Games - Peeta and Katniss

 For the writer

What did you think ? Those are some of my favorite shirts I found other than that there's tones of good books out there for gifts but that's really a personnel preference thing depending what you like to read. There are too many great bookish presents to list here if your looking for other bookish presents that are not shirts there are some lovely jewelry out there with some quotes on it.I saw a post on bookish pocket watches on Bookriot. Also check out this site called where they have posters, shirts, mugs ect.. of all the classics but the cool part is that all the pictures are made of words or passages from the said classic books here's a picture.

 Alice in wonderland

 This one is just too funny but at the same time kind of cool. Posted on the epic reads site it's a whole bunch of book scented perfumes and candles
If you want to know the prices and where to find them head over to there site.
These 2 are my favorite :

Antiquated leather-bond volumes of handmade papers and parchment permeate and seduce the senses.

There are many other book related presents so I will stop this post here let me know in the comments what bookish presents you liked best.
Ok.... one more image.

 Jane Austen book bag.

Happy Holidays and Thanks for reading


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Waiting on Wenesday #2

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill At Breaking the spine. In which Readers share there most anticipated reads.(image for waiting on Wednesday found on google images all credit for image to the image owner. )

Title : White Hot Kiss
Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pages : 304
Publisher : Harlequin Teen
Release Date : February 27th 2014

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


I don't do this post regularly only when there's a book I'm really excited for. And this week it's White Hot Kiss by Jeniffer L. Armentrout. At first I though this was an adult book and I tend to stick with YA when it comes to romance because it usually more clean less explicit if you know what I mean. So I didn't bother reading the synopsis of the book since  the cover is more of a typical adult book cover but this weekend I finally read the description on Goodreads and looked on the bottom in the more details section and it said it was being published by HarlequinTeen so it is a teen book and the plot seems really interesting I have really enjoyed Jennifer L. Armentrouts other series half blood though I have just started it and the Onyx series has been getting great reviews and looks awesome so I'm very excited to read this one.

And just to let you know a eBook prequel to series came out not too long ago a couple weeks I don't have a eBook reader like a kobo or kindle ect... and im not sure I want one I'm more of a real book kind of person. So I have not read it but it you want to check it out I heard it was really good you can find it on Amazon It's called Bitter Sweet Love.

That's it for what this Waiting on Wenesday

Thanks for reading

Aurelia <3

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Starting the week write (right) # 9

 Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).

What to expect on the blog this week: This week there will another book review. And if anyone noticed the lack of the Waiting on Wednesday post I mentioned would be up last week. I will be putting it up this week it's done, written, finished I just forgot to post it last week. I don't do regular Waiting on Wednesday posts. I only do some for books that I'm really excited about so Wednesday came and went until I realized I had not posted it. This week though I Will post it promise. Also a third thing you can expect this week is another "A bookish Christmas" post.


"Wait a second," Clary said.
"I never understand why people say that," Luke said, to no one in particular. "I wasn't going anywhere."

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) - Cassandra Clare

"Don't look now, but that's my ex over there."
Surely I'm not the only one who takes "don't look now" as "there's no better time than now." I looked.
"Bad, Ali!" Another slap to my arm. "Bad, bad, bad Ali! Have you no self control?"

Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter

"Well," said Clary, after a judicious pause, "I guess you wouldn't have taken advantage of her when she's so grief-stricken and all."
Simon snorted. "If you ever meet the man who could take advantage of Isabelle, you'll have to let me know. I'd like to shake his hand. Or run away from him very fast, I'm not sure which."

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments) - Cassandra Clare

Pictures :

 This week I will include some videos as well enjoy :)

 Ok im going to be honest I didnt know it was a white rose at first so when I came by this picture I thought it was strangely accurate you know he loves the Girl on Fire he might have decided hey why not take advantage of it and roast some marshmallows. I understand there marketing strategy now! haha. Just Kidding.

You have to admit this is really funny.

 Who wouldn't want a librarian action figure? It comes with amazing shushing motion action! Am I being Sarcastic I will let you judge that.

 I would suggest watching till the end it's worth it.... it was for me anyways this bookshop is the coolest.

 This next video is not on YouTube but on vimeo so i cant put the video up on the blog but here is the link its a short video but its cool.

That's it for this week.Have a good week.

Thanks for reading

Aurelia <3

A bookish christmas: bookish decorations and favorite christmas books

 Hello readers and welcome to a new feature here on livingthroughpages it will be posted throughout the month of December as the title suggests these posts are all for the holiday times.To celebrate Christmas in a bookish way. If you do not celebrate Christmas some of these posts will be interesting for you anyway, at least i hope they are. For example there will be a bookish Christmas post on some bookish recipes, so recipes inspired by books that can be good for family gatherings or for just trying them out for fun there not specifically for celebrating  Christmas time I wont spoil the other ones so it can be a surprise but there will be some other interesting posts coming out and like i said hopefully interesting for all. It was great fun putting them together lots of work but fun so I hope you enjoy it.

Today for the first installment of A bookish Christmas I will be sharing some bookish Christmas decoration and some of my favorite childhood Christmas books as the title suggested :). It`s still early in December so this way you`ll have enough time to decorate and read the books I suggested that of course if you want to. So lets jump in!

First off a link to a pinterest page full with bookish Christmas decoration just click here  to see the page. I`ll putt some example images below of what`s on that page.

 Up next for a How to video for a Christmas wreath made of book pages (I`m not sure how I feel about taking book pages to do crafts because doesn't it ruin the book, the story in the book? That`s not okay, I guess if its recycling the pages or if the book was about to go in the garbage it's okay anyways its up to you to decide what you think about book pages. This wreath is really Beautiful just have a look at the video )

Next up some examples of some bookish tree ornaments. There's many adorable bookish Christmas tree ornaments you just need to look them up on google. I`m not one to collect Christmas tree ornaments but I know some people do so here are some that I found.Even if you don't collect Christmas tree decoration or don't celebrate Christmas there still lovely to look at :).

Now onto my favorite childhood Christmas books. I would read these books every Christmas now not so much since I out grew them. But that doesn`t stop me from still taking them out every year to look through at around Christmas time. I'll start by the maybe 0-6 year old Christmas books and will end with a middle grade Christmas book.

Book Number 1:

Title: Christmas Wish
Author: Justine Korman
Illustrator : Steve Henry
Publisher: Troll comunications

A gnome called Ned longs to celebrate Christmas, and one day his wish comes true when he meets the elves and Santa Claus himself.

Why i loved it: One its glow in the dark! Come on that's just awesome almost everyone loves glow in the dark and in this book the glow in the dark is integrated in the story. Second of all the story was really sweet its a short book but its great fun looking at the images in the dark and seeing the glow in the dark feature.

Pictures of inside the book:

Book Number 2:

Title: Jingles bugs
Author: David A. Carter
Illustrator: David A. Carter
Publisher: Little Simon

Jingle Bugs, Jingle Bugs,
Jingle all the way.
Here's a merry pop-up book
To share on Christmas Day.

A Christmas book with lights, music and pop-ups from the creator of the bestselling How Many Bugs in a Box? and More Bugs in a Box. Pull the tabs and lift the flaps and out pop all the delicious surprises that make up this wonderful holiday confection. Young and old alike will love the jaunty verse, the humorous pictures, and the clever pop-ups. Full-color illustrations.

Why I love this book: Its really interactive there are things to pull ,press, open and flaps to lift up the story is sweet to.

 Book Number 3:
Title: Ten Little Penguins ( A Pop-up counting book)
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Jane Walker
Publisher: Bantam Books for Young Readers

Ten little penguins disappear one by one in a colorful pop-up adventure that introduces children to addition and subtraction, features pull-tabs on each two-page spread, and has a witty, rhyming text.

Why I like this book: This isnt technically a Christmas book but it is wintery I'm not sure why I loved this book since it was so long ago but the images are interesting and the writting is good.I still recall it now so i must of enjoyed it. :)

Book Number 5:

Title: The twelve Days of Christmas
Author: June Williams
Illustrator: John McIntosh
Publisher: Akers & Dorrington

This is a fun variation on the familiar song "12 days of Christmas", only the "true love" gives birds and animals found in Australia. The reader meets Jabirus, Kookaburras, Galahs, etc.
Recommended for adults who love Australia and for young children who may enjoy hearing about the strange animals and birds that live on that wonderful continent.

Why I Like this book: With this one I`ll give a shout out to my Aunt, Uncle and cousins in Australia that`s how I got this book from them and I find it really interesting living in Canada how there Christmas is very different than ours in Canada. Not in the traditions but in the fact that there's no snow there at Christmas and it's very warm. Below you`ll see a picture I took when I went to Australia a couple years ago during Christmas time that demonstrates my point.(Kangaroos pulling the slay not reindeer i thought it was well done) The book demonstrates that aspect too. So the reason I love this book is that it reminds me of my family in Australia and its very cool to see the difference between our Christmas's again see the image below.

 Excerpt from the book:
On the first day of Christmas my true Love sent to me an Emu in a Gum tree
An emu in trouble is sad to see.Especially one who is caught in a emu can`t fly yet she`s there stranded up high.

  Meanwhile in Canada..........
Picture Taken from google but very accurate. I've seen this scene before.

 Book Number 6:

Title: When Santa Fell to Earth
Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Paul Howard
Publisher: Chicken house/Scholastic inc.

 What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic!

Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, only Santa stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!

Why I Like this book : The images are great and the story is also very fun.

So that's it for this first A Bookish Christmas post i hope you enjoyed it and another one will be up pretty soon.

Thanks for reading

Aurelia <3