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Christmas Gift Ideas for Readers

I love gift giving! In the spirit of sharing said passion, I've put together 5 Christmas gift ideas for readers because sometimes it's not as easy as picking a book off their wishlist. 

These bookish gift ideas can, of course, be used for birthdays and similar celebratory occasions or, faili…

Things That Make Me Happy 65

seeing my work published healing and getting stronger best friend traditions hotel stays knowing good days will always come
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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Book Reviews ft. Daphne Du Maurier & Brian K. Vaughan

During November, I read a book by one of my favourite authors and a recently hauled trade paperback. A very quiet reading month but a happy one, nonethless!

my cousin rachel by daphne du maurier 
FINISHED: 10/11/16 | PAGES: 335 | ISBN: 1844080404
Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by hi…

Stationery Gift Ideas

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I've decided to bring you a few gift ideas from Chronicle Books for those that love list writing, reading, writing and planning. A couple of these were given to me as gifts and I for one loved them so they have my seal of approval which, admittedly, counts for shit all but they've got them anyway!

Book Haul feat. Patricia Highsmith & Colson Whitehead

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In November, I picked up a recent Oprah-approved release, a timely graphic novel, a Booktube favourite and a piece of queer lit. 

I have only read one of the following titles so far, that being Paper Girls, so if you think I should read any of the others sooner rather than later please do state your case and I will carefully consider your plea. 

Things I Like About Autumn

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these are the things that I like about autumn,  this year at least:

1 falling out of the pub of a sunday, with my dad and the cub, full of food and empty of conversation. a weekly tradition that just seems to feel even more comforting during the colder months.

Book Reviews feat. Michel Faber & Sarah Waters

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During October, I flipped through a couple of stunning picture books, was disappointed by a previous 5 star author and gave another two books top marks! 

Was your reading month successful? Are there any books that you'd like to recommend to everyone? Lets have a chat in the comments because there is nothing more important than chatting about books at length, let's be honest. 

Book Haul feat. Shirley Jackson

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Quite a lot of new-to-me books passed over my doorstep during the last two months, including a short story collection from an author I've been meaning to read more from and a contemporary take on the classic paper doll books that I would've begged my Grandma to buy me from the shop when I was younger. 

Do let me know if you've read and enjoyed the following books as I'd love to know what you guys thought! Enjoy...

Try A Chapter Book Tag feat. Michel Faber and Ottessa Moshfegh

My first attempt at the Try A Chapter book tag went pretty well, in that I read half of the books and also happened to enjoy myself, so I thought I'd return and give it another shot. 

As before, I have picked 4 unread books from my shelves and over the course of this post I will read a chapter o…

10 Interesting Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas

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We all know how drastically our personal taste can change. Delve into your archives and talk us through how your aesthetic has changed over the years. What marked those changes? Where do you think your taste will go next or do you feel pretty set? 

Tap into one of your passions…

Book Reviews feat. Laure Eve and Ottessa Moshfegh

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In the month of September, I read a book by one of my favourite authors, gave YA a go and read a book that's currently on an award shortlist. And, interestingly, I really enjoyed all three!

Do let me know what you thought of the following books if you've read them or, alternatively, let me know what you've been reading lately so I can add to my ever growing wishlist because it's not like I've got a ton of unread books to get through....

Creative Prompts 7

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Ooohboy, that was an unexpected week off from blogging! Hello, pals! For those of you that don't subject themselves to the incessant ramblings that can be found over on my Twitter page, @vivatramp, I basically found myself back in hospital last week after a set back. I'm now back home and just praying that my body will do its best to heal its wounds. It will. It will. It will. I'm desperately trying to hop on board with the whole 'positive affirmations only' thing but it just feels too cocky?! Anyway, if you'd like to send ~good vibez~ my way they would be much appreciated!

As I can't be hanging from curtain rails to take lots of blog photographs, I thought I'd move my creative prompts post to today in order to chat to you guys a bit and still share some stuff over here on Vivatramp! As I'm sure every other blogger has been telling you lately, it is now Autumn, or at least it is in the UK - shout out to everyone in other countries reading from the height of summer - and so everyone is thinking about settling down indoors. What better time to crack out an old notebook and work on some creative projects?! And even if you are in a country experiencing warmer weather right now, there's no time like the present to be creative! I'm back with another 20 creative prompts, both words and images, in the hopes that you will then all go on to create multimedia masterpieces that I can then take a slither of credit for. Please mention me in your award speeches...

Things That Make Me Happy 64

birthday celebrations  post-recovery support from friends and family  illustrations from grandma  fire pits  succulents 
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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.