Tuesday 26 November 2019

Thankful, Festive Shopping & Shattering The Earth

I love participating in weekly bookish memes, answering questions and making lists, but sometimes the answers are not enough to make a decent post... On their own!
So, on those weeks, I'll be combining rather than skipping!

I always find these thankful topics a bit weird (blame it on being British) so I struggled to work out what to do and did this... And decided to go for the random things I'm genuinely thankful for instead of the usual list of family, a roof over my head blah blah blah.

So here are some things I'm thankful for.

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America

Because he is beautiful and Steve Rogers' Captain America will always be my favourite Avenger.
And yes, he deserves three gifs. He deserves so much more than three gifs. So. Much. More.

Cat Memes/Videos/Gifs

They just make your day better.


It solves all of life's problems... Apparently.
There is also a tea for every occasion and situation and I drink a lot of it.

My dishwasher

Because there is no household chore I hate more than washing dishes.
When my dishwasher broke a couple of years ago, I cried. Actually cried. My husband came home and I was sobbing... Over the broken dishwasher and the massive pile of dishes sitting there.
He bought me a new dishwasher that weekend.
That's one of the very many reasons I love him.

The Killers

Because their music brings me joy.
This one is one of my favourites.

What random thing are you thankful for?

Now that Karen Chance is self-published her books are coming faster!
As a reader, I take that as a win!

Shatter The Earth should arrive sometime near the end of December (but there's no firm date as yet) and I couldn't be more excited!

Ironically for the time traveling, chief seer of the supernatural world, time has never been on Cassie Palmer’s side. There has always seemed to be too much to learn, too much to master, and never enough hours in a day. But the tables have now turned, and the fluctuating timelines of earth and faerie are diverging, slowing time in faerie relative to earth, and giving humans an advantage for the first time in their war with the fey. It is one they desperately need, for a literal war of the worlds is about to take place.

To win, or even to survive, Cassie and her allies, the powerful vampire senator Mircea Basarab and the formidable war mage John Pritkin, will have to pull off their greatest feat yet. And find a way to become more than the sum of their parts.

Any Cassie Palmer fans out there?

Did you go shopping on Thanksgiving Night, Black Friday, or on Cyber Monday?

Thanksgiving doesn't exist here. Thanksgiving night is just... Thursday. 

Black Friday I avoid like the black plague! 
I struggle with crowds sometimes (not little crowds but big pushy aggressive crowds) and the level of crazy radiating off people on Black Friday makes things even more difficult. There's also the fact that the types of items I'd be buying aren't often the ones that have the super sales: So what's the point? 

Cyber Monday? Well... That one is a bit different. 
If there is something I need for the house or if there's something I have in mind for someone as a gift, I get googling and check out prices and if I find a good one, I snap it up. 
I don't buy things I don't need but it seems silly not to take advantage if something that'd work as a present for someone is on sale, you know? 

What about you? Do go shopping mad this weekend?


  1. I do some shopping for Black Friday/Cyber Monday but it's never anything that big or crazy either, so I just try and see if there are some deals - especially for gifts.


    1. Always worth it! If there's something I have earmarked I'll check the prices out but I try not to impulse buy.

  2. I used to do Black Friday shopping YEARS ago but now you won't catch me out there. I do most of my shopping online now or during the day when it's quieter.

    I don't buy many gifts though so it's not a big deal.

    Karen @ For What It's worth

    1. I have a dedicated group I buy gifts for and keep it simple.
      Online rules.

  3. Well, you must know how much I love cat vids. Let's be honest, it's one of the only reasons I go on any sort of social media.

  4. Yeah I'm not into these Thanksgiving topics! I never go out for the Black Friday sales-I hate crowded places! Besides that's what Amazon is for! I always look for reduced dvd box sets and best of cds. The book offers are never that great though...

    1. I agree, the book offers have been seriously lacking. :(

  5. I love that you took a different route for this! I've been keeping a "grateful" journal this week and have been trying to think outside of the norm box as well. Love that there are so many things to be grateful for that we don't think about every day. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks! We don't have Thanksgiving but I hope you had a nice one!

  6. Chris Evan's, fans self... Shatter the Earth sounds really good. I'm not a Black Friday person. Big crowds and I don't mix well. Cyber Monday is more my speed. 🙂

  7. I love cat videos and yes, I enjoy Chris Evans as Capt. America, too! I rarely go to the mall and I stay as far away as I can from it after Thanksgiving! No thank you! :)

    1. Too many people... Town this weekend was a source of evil. I'm so glad I mostly avoided it!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my website! About the BBH, yeah, I totally agree! I cracked up with your "Thanksgiving night is just... Thursday." ahahahah. As you know, for me, too. And you are right if there is an opportunity to buy something with a discount that's okay. As you know since you were on my website, It's just that black Friday wasn't in our culture till a few years ago, and a lot of people don't even know what it is (and don't make me rant about old people trying to say "black Friday" since it isn't even translated in my own language). And by the way, books aren't even discounted here, there is only a selection of books with a discount but not all. Wow, I wrote more here than on my own post... ahahahahah Have a nice week!!

  9. fun post. had me cracking up, especially the cat with the dishwasher
    sherry @ fundinmental


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