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I Should Read That – Book Tag

Welcome to the I Should Have Read That Book Tag! I wasn’t tagged to do this but I wanted to do it anyway after seeing it on ConnieReads. Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post – I wasn’t tagged but thanks to Booksnest for creating the tag!
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post.
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Tag 10 others to take part.
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

Okay, let’s get started!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Steph is always suggesting loads of great books for me to read and I’m terrible and rarely get around to them. I read Sanctuary (review coming next week) recently which she recommended and was blown away so I guess I better get to reading Gilded Cage?

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and you still haven’t picked up

Outside in by Maria Snyder which is crazy because she’s one of my favourite authors but I just keep deciding to read other things, maybe May or June it will finally be time?

A book series you have started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet?

So many recently! The Throne of Glass series is a big one I guess. I did start reading Kingdom of Ash but it just wasn’t grabbing me and that huge book gave me wrist ache so maybe I’ll lift some weights and try again later in the year, I mean there’s no rush now as it’s the last one right?

A classic you have always liked the sound of, but never actually read?

I’m not often that interested in a lot of books deemed “classics” but I would love to finally get around to reading To Kill a Mocking Bird I think.

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, I’ve started,  I just keep being distracted by other books.


A book that inspired a film/tv adaption that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet? 

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I brought the book right after I watched the film and I can’t wait to finally read it.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet?

After scrolling through Instagram for a few minutes I can confirm that my answer is Finale by Stephanie Garber. It just came out recently so it makes sense that it’s everywhere to be fair. I haven’t picked it up yet because I still haven’t read Legendary!

That was a fun little book tag and one that’s kind of inspired me to have a good sort out of my bookshelves and actually get around to some of these books, especially Outside In, it’s been sitting unread for too long!

I won’t tag anyone in particular but if you want to do it consider yourself tagged!

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I loved reading Sarah’s unpopular opinions book tag last week and decided I would try it out myself, you can check hers out here.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like?

The Witchlands series. I tried both Truthwitch and Windwitch but I just really couldn’t get on with them. I even tried Sightwitch and an excerpt of Bloodwitch but just had to conclude they’re just not for me.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

This question seems to be a bit contradictory, if everyone seems to hate it why is it popular? The closest book I coud think of was Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. A lot of people (understandably) complain that it’s too samey, the story as all been done before etc but then eat up more of the same. For me, yes this story was a familar one but I personally really enjoyed the way Laura writes as well as main character, Theo who really made this book different for me, I loved her attitude, her resolve and her resilience, she really made this book for me and I can’t wait for the UK release of Lady Smoke!

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR a OTP that you don’t like?

I really am not a fan of a lot of the pairings in throne of glass. Aelin and Rowan being the big one for me. Honestly I would have preferred Aelin and Manon, or maybe Aelin, Manon AND Dorian. Maybe just no one? I get that people like this “epic romance” but all I can think of was the time he hurt and scared her so much she wet herself or when he bit her into submission when she was very VERY much not up for it. Just ew.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

Contemporary. I know I sound like a broken record whenever I say this and I do love some contemporary books but I’m very VERY picky when choosing them and it’s very rarely that I do so.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like?

Chaol Westfall. I feel like Chaol may be the marmite of the fantasy world, a lot of people, like myself liked him to begin with but then severely disliked him after the way he treats Aelin when he discovers her identity (understandably). A lot of readers seemed to like him again after Tower of Dawn but it didn’t really do much for me apart from make me like him less to the point where I really could not care less for his character right now (I do still need to read Kingdom of Ash though!)

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

Laura Dockrill. I’ve tried a few different books of hers such as Loreali and Big Bones but I just couldn’t get on with them and DNF’ed both.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing?

Kick-ass girl/woman who is suddenly helpless for almost no reason or who’s personality totally changes because of a love interest.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading?

The outlander books. They seemed to have had a revival in popularity with the show coming out and I understand that people enjoy them but they’ve never really held any interest for me.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book? 

Stardust!! The book is good don’t get me wrong but the film is absoluteley brillant and one of my favourites.

Thank you so much for checking out this tag! It’s made me really think about some the books I read and why I’ms still so determined to actually read Kingdom of Ash at some point when I dislike so many of the characters in it (I’m pretty much just in this for Dorian and Manon at this point). I won’t tag anyone in particular for this but if it seems something you would enjoy by all means go for it and let me know so I can check out your post.

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S4S – Characters I’d love to go on a date with

Good morning (or relevant greeting depending when you’re reading), It’s Six for Sunday time and this week we’re talking “Characters I’d love to go on a date with” and was another one I found difficult because although I tend to fall in love with fictional characters on a semi-regular basis they aren’t characters I imagine going on dates with, especially because I read a lot of YA so the characters themselves are a fair bit younger than myself so in the case they are mentioned below it’s usually because I imagine them to be closer to me in age or myself younger if that makes sense? Either way, I found thinking about this quite fun and realising I probably have a type – well two types.

Jude from The Folk of Air and fire Trilogy by Holly Black
I love the raw strength and cunning Jude portrays in The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. Although I have a strange thing for Cardan he is absolutely NOT dating material. Jude is probably not looking for someone to get emotionally involved with but I’d like to think we could have a fun time and she could have a break from all the hell raining down around her. We could have a picnic and she could show me how to fight after?

Mitch from Vicious and Vengeful by V.E Schwab
Mitch is an absolute sweetheart who I couldn’t help but fall in love with reading Vicious and Vengeful. I would take him to some fun but slightly gimmicky burger restaurant where we could eat and chat and order us the hugest chocolate milkshakes.

Katherine from The Last Beginning books by Lauren James,
I think I’ve spoken of my love for Katherine before but in case you hadn’t heard I LOVE HER. She’s smart, sassy, funny and confident. I feel like for our date she would probably pick some totally random physical activity that she saw an ad for somewhere online and chose at the spur of the moment like rock climbing, paintball or a giant zip wire! Although I’m pretty sure at some point during our date we would meet the cute but nerdy safety instructor called Matt and that’s when I would realise we just weren’t meant to be.

Scott Lang from Captain Marvel: Liberation Run by Tess Stone.
I’m currently reading this book so things could change later on but as seems to be one of my types I love that he’s smart, funny and quick-witted, not to mention with that criminal past (mostly), he’s a great example of a “bad boy” gone good and I’m so here for that. Chuck in the fact that I imagine him to look like Scott Lang from the Marvel films (Paul Rudd), the amount of great and often quite feminist novels he’s read and enjoyed as well as the beautiful relationship he has with his daughter Cassie and I would be powerless to resist. Not sure what our date would be like but I imagine doing the stereotypical going to a restaurant lark but actually really enjoying it and having a good time.

River Song from The Legends of River Song by Jenny T Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner and Steve Lyons.
This is a great collection of short stories about River who is my favourite character in the Doctor who Universe in which we really get to see her shine on her own a little more. At the risk of repeating myself, I love that she’s smart, funny, sassy and flirty with a big heart she keeps hidden away and it doesn’t hurt that she’s pretty gorgeous (that hair <3). I would probably have heard stories from her about this “Doctor” person and put two and two together from the way she talks about him but that wouldn’t stop us from going on a seemingly normal date and then it ends in complete and utter chaos after we have to solve some (probably intergalactic or alien) mystery, or stealing something. I’m sure we’d probably share one incredible kiss and then I would never see her again but it would have been totally worth it.

Jace from The Shadowhunter books by Cassie Clare.
Jace was one of my first proper “book boyfriends” / literary crushes (as long as you don’t count some confused feelings for Rhys in The Two Princess of Barremare or the morbid fascination I had with Damon Salvatore). Jace is a nice mix of my two types I think in that he’s sarcastic and sassy but a great fighter and just a little bit broken and angsty (…okay a lot) and I fell for him hard when I first read City of Bones, lines like “If you wanted me to take my clothes off you should have just asked” and “Alas, my one true love remains myself” and LOADS more just endeared him to me all the more. Our date would be awkward as hell though, I have no idea how to actually go on dates anymore and when I was younger wasn’t really the dating type, while he probably hasn’t really been on many dates either. I can just hope that some Shadowhunter stuff goes down and it turns out I’m actually a really good fighter, we fall madly in love, I become a Shadow Hunter etc etc etc.

I feel like I may have probably put more thought into that then needed so you’re welcome I guess?? It was fun to realise that I like my partners/love interests to be smart, funny, sassy, sarcastic and probably able to fight pretty well? Not to mention the slightly angsty, morally grey in places traits but thinking back on a lot of my fictional crushes this actually seems to have hit the nail on the head so that was interesting to realise! I hope you enjoyed reading and I can’t wait to hear all about which fictional character YOU would like to date too!

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The Ship Tag

I found this tag via Book Princess Reviews a while back and as I’m well known in my circle of friends for shipping basically everyone and everything so I thought this would be a fun one to try out and what better time to do so then for Valentine’s Day?! (Not going to lie this was just a happy coincidence and I’m rolling with it). I tried to label each answer with any spoilers but there are technically spoilers about who gets with who in a lot of books but thats as far as any spoilers go so although this post is not technically spoiler free they are only mild spoilers.

1) If you could date a fictional character who would it be and why? Can I please date Kady AND Ezra please? I love them both so much and I wouldn’t want to separate them?

2) If you were to go on a date with said fictional character where would you go and what would you do?
I feel like there would be sweet waffles or pancakes and hamburgers? I bet Kady has some weird taste in food like she puts syrup in her burger or gherkins on her pancakes and Ezra and me are just like wha and then we try it too because we’re idiots.

3) A favourite “ship”/ couple you’ve read?
I can’t pick just one and you can’t make me.
Katherine and Matthew from The Next Together series because I love them so much and they are couple goals.
Kady and Ezra from Illuminae, I loved their relationship and dynamic together so much and that it didn’t feel too intrusive or over done.
Yelena and Valek from The Poison Study series, I wasn’t too sure about their relationship originally but it really grew on me, I love their balance of give and take as well as the real trust and teamwork they share too.
Also low key shoutout to Kieran, Mark and Christina, I’ve not finished Queen of Air and Darkness yet but my favourite thing about the entire book so far has been the beautiful relationship between these three and I’m glad to see it done well.

4) A “ship”/couple you hated?
(ToG and ACOTAR couple spoilers)
I’m not a huge fan of any of the couples in the A Court of Thorns and Roses or Throne of Glass books. I’m not sure if its the way Sarah J Maas writes but I absolutely hated Roawn with a a passion and then he’s suddenly her Caranam, which I could just about stand but then he turned out to be her mate? Ew. I enjoy some pretty unhealthy relationships in books (see next question) but for some reason I just can’t look past the way Rowan treated Aelin. I’m a little better with Rhysand and Feyre but it just makes me feel eehhh.
Ooo there is one ship I like in ToG, Dorian and Manon (Pre EoS at least as I’ve not finished that yet!)

5) A book that had the classic Hate to Love trope?
(Couple spoilers for The Cruel Prince and The Vampire Diaries)
I feel like I’ve read quite a few of them but honestly most of the time there was never any real hate, occasionally mistrust or just a general dislike, genuine hate is a bit more difficult. I would say Damon and Elena from The Vampire Diaries books? I am also SO here for the hot mess that is Jude and Cardan from The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. I really enjoy this trope for it’s intensity and the line “Kiss me until I’m sick of it” has become one of my all time favourite quotes.

6) A book that had insta love?
A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne Harris, I love the way the insta love is played out in this little book, from the main character thinking she was too wild and untameable to ever actually love a human boy and then seeing him for the first time and falling head over heels in love with him. It’s described so well as are the consequences later which is nice and refreshing for a book featuring inst

7) A book with a light cutesie relationship?
Maybe Fangirl? That was pretty cute? I don’t read a lot of light cutsie books.

8) A book with a relationship that made you cry?
Lazlo and Sarai from Strange The Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares, they’re so beautifully tragic

9) A book without romance (or with very little)?
Vengeful and I’m so pleased for it, I like a little romance in books but I really don’t think there was room for it in this book and not having any was absolutely the right choice.

10) If you could delete one “ship” from a book who would it be and why?
Simon and Clary from the Shadowhunter books, it was painfully cringey and ironically it felt like she was dating her brother.

11) A new couple you read that you ship?
Matthew and Diana from the All Souls books, I know these aren’t a new couple technically but I only read the first book recently so they’re new to me. I like that although Matthew is partially still a ‘you must do what I tell you’ sterotypical male vampire Diana very much still does her own thing and Matthew learns to trust and value her and her opinion as she does his like a real couple and I’m really enjoying that at the moment.

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TBR Thursday – February

After what feels like the longest January possible we have finally reached the first Thursday of February and that means it’s time for my monthly TBR (to be read) post! I was hoping to have a Sci-Fi filled February but alas I had forgotten that King of Scars was coming out and that I still hadn’t read some of the other books that are advised to be read beforehand, also my most anticipated contemporary for the year has just arrived ready for me to read in time for the blog tour let alone all of the other stuff happening. I will absolutely be reading a sci-fi book by the end of the month though, you’ll have to read on to find out which one!

A Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
I’ve been trying to get this finished since it came out and I’M STILL reading it. Well listening to it, I have just under seven hours to go. So close yet so far. It’s not that it’s bad it’s just SO long.

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
As mentioned above King of Scars is out now and I’ve read the Grisha Trilogy but I still hadn’t managed to get around to Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! I’m rectifying that this month by finally reading these. I’ve even got the auido book for Six of Crows and enjoying listening to that to avoid listening to AQOAAD, not gonna lie.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I was lucky enough to recieve an early finished copy of this book from Ink Road books and I can’t wait to get stuck into it, I’m not a big contemporary reader but after reading Akemi’s first book, Starfish, she’s became an insta buy author for me.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I enjoyed most of the Grisha books I’ve read so far (we don’t talk about soggy bread Mal) and I’m excited to read more in the same universe, I figured it would make the most sense to read this after finishing Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Also the sooner I read it the less likely I am to end up seeing spoilers I hope.

Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
A female pansexual King Arthur. YES PLEASE. Those who know me will no doubt be aware of the fact I love kick ass girls with swords (I mean most weapons are fine but swords or daggers BIG yes) and to top it off she’s queer and Merlin is a gay teenager. This honestly sounds like the best thing and I genuinely can’t wait to get into it. It looks like I’m probably not going to get an ARC of Aurora Rising so I’m instead going to use Once and Future to kick start my incoming sci-fi binge.

 

Blog Tours

Fierce Female Reads February Announcement

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Happy Fierce Female February eve! The wonderful Ashley at Falling Down The Book Hole has brought myself and a whole host of bloggers together for the month of February to celebrate fierce females in books, TV, Film and real life! Fierce Female Reads will consist of tons of fierce female focused blog posts throughout the month (listed below), a readathon with a group read of Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, Instagram photo challenge and multiple giveaways.  Thank you so much to Ashley for putting all of this together and getting us all inspired!

Fierce Female Blog Post Tour

February 1st: Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole “What Defines A Fierce Female”

February 2nd: Sarah @ Bookish Rantings “10 Unexpected Fierce Female Characters”

February 3rd: Carolyn @ The Suburban Lifestyle “Everything I Know About Being A Female, I Learned From A Book”

February 4th: Allie @ Allieereads “An Exploration Of Femininity And Strength? Instagram Poetry And Female Empowerment”

February 5th: Kim @ Writer Side Of LifeFierce Females in Historical Fiction

February 6th: Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole “Fierce Female Recommendations From The Book Community”

February 7th: Elizabeth @ Redgal Musings “Favorite Fierce Females We Should All Fangirl Over”

February 8th: Amanda @ Classy x Book Reviews Favorite Fierce Females

February 9th: Kristen @ Timofeevbooks ” Favorite Fierce Female Characters”

February 10th: Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole ” Fierce Female Readathon Sign-Up & Challenge Recommendations”

February 11th: Alyssa @ Reading, Reading, Reading “Favorite Fierce Female Characters in YA”

February 12th: Laura @ Books And Geekiness “What Makes A Female Fierce”

February 13th: Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole ” Fierce Female Readathon TBR”

February 14th: Gel @ Whimsy Wanders ” How To Be Fiercer This Year”

February 15th: Kim @ Writer Side Of Life ” Top Female Sci Fi Writers”

February 16th: Lauren @ The Creatively Bookish ” Must Watch Fierce Females”

February 17th: Alyssa @ Reading, Reading, Reading “Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu Book Review”

February 18th: Stephanie @ Books In The Skye #Fiercefemales Shoot Bows And Arrows”

February 19th: Ellie @ A Book DevourerA Queen Who Needs No King

February 20th: Stephanie @ Holed Up In A BookFemale Badass-y Books

February 21st: Jemma @ Fantastic Books And Where To Find Them ” Fierce Female February Book Tag”

February 22nd: Cait @ Functionally Fictional ” Top 10 Fierce Females With Power”

February 23rd: Rachael & Jaclyn @ Pingel SistersFierce Female Reads: Nonfiction Books With Strong Female Leads

February 24th: Laura @ Books And Geekiness ” A Darker Shade of Magic Book Review”

February 25th: Carolyn @ The Suburban Lifestyle “When In Doubt, Go To The Library”

February 26th: Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole ” Top Nonfiction Books Focused On Women I Want To Read”

February 27th: Allie @ Allieereads “To Be Fierce: Nalini Singh’s Guildhunter Novels And The Portrayal Of Warrior Women”

February 28th: Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole ” Internment by Samira Ahmed Book Review”

#FierceFemaleFridays Instagram Photo Challenge
Every Friday we will be challenging you and the people of instagram to post your fierce female reads photos, this is just one of the events you can take part in to be eligble for one of the prize packs listed further below! Make sure you use the hashtags #FierceFemaleFridays #FierceFemaleReadsFebruary So we can find your posts! If Instagram is your thing there will also be a follow train compettion on take part in too!

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Fierce Female Readathon
There will be a sign up post in regards to the readathon with a link up on February 10th on Falling Down The Book Hole !

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Giveaways!

We have some awesome prizes that have been generously put together by the bloggers/book lovers being spotlighted and participating in this event! Overall there will be 4 different prize packs available (with 3 being international)! You will need to participate in some part of the month long event in order to be eligible for one of the prizes.

Giveaway Rules:
– Must be 13 years of age or have a parents consent
(will need to provide mailing address)
– Will run from 2/1/2019 – 2/28/2019

Grand Prize {US only} – 1-2 Books Featuring Fierce Females
– Bookish Candle
– Bookmark (created by  @AugustinesBook )
– Fierce Female Product (created by @homenkozies)
International Prizes
– Choice of The Last Hours, The Summer Queen or Code Name Verity [Book Depository] ( @shufflingpaper)
– Bookish Coffee Mug ( created by @carolynmartino)
– Newest Book From Author K.N Timofeev
– Surprise Pack [Philippines Only](from @whimsy_wanders)
Additional Prizes
– US ARC of The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth
(@HoledUpInABook)
– Nonfiction Book from Pingel Sisters Recommendation List

There are absoloutley loads of ways to take part this month and we all hope you’ll join us for a month chock full of fierce female reads!

 

#SixforSunday

S4S – Bookish Loves

How is it the end of the week already? I’ve been so busy I have no idea where the time has gone!! This week’s prompt for Six For Sunday by Steph from A Little but A lot is “Bookish Loves” and I’ve been trying to decide how to interrupt this all week but I’ve just decided to make six points and go with whatever comes to mind when I think of the phrase Bookish Love.

1.Kick-ass Space Operas. Especially Space Opreas that involve a rag tag crew, ideally they kick a lot of butt and are a bit morally grey but stick it to the man. Once Febuary comes around I am sticking my head into all the books with this troupe that I can get hold of, I’ve already got three or four lined up but more on that in the next couple of weeks!

2. Love/Hate/Want. One of my favourite, and admittedly not healthy love interest interactions I’ve come to realise is absolutely the “I hate you so bad but I want you so much and I hate it” troupe. Obviously this is not something I want mirrored in real life relationships but thats why we have books and Kylo Ren.  I’m not sure weather to blame Adam Driver or Holly Black for this, maybe we can even go as far back as blaming L.J Smith in the first few Vampire Diaries Books for Damon Salvatore? Who knows? What I do know is that “Kiss me until I’m sick of it” is my one of my new favouite bookish quotes.

3. Bookish Mail. I know this is probably a given but I’ve had some fantatsic bookish mail recently and it’s such an amazing feel when you get a package from a publishing company or author, especially with the whole ARC debate going on around Twitter recently that they decided to effectively spend money to print this book for me. I know it’s not exactly like that but that’s the feeling I get when I see my lovely postie at my door with a jiffy bag and a smile on her face because she knows how excited I get about it too.

4. Reccomending Books. This is especially true if said person then likes and/or loves said book. Almost every week I reccomend books when I write reviews for them but outside of that fairly removed platform where I can feel like I’m shouting THIS BOOK IS AWESOME YOU SHOULD BUY IT into the void – until someone replies and then I panic, when I reccomend books face to face I panic – I wonder what if this person won’t actually like the book and I’ve RUINED BOOKS FOR THEM FOREVER!!! Okay I’m being a bit dramatic but that’s how my brain works sometimes. It can also be the best feeling along with being terrified, like so many things are, especially when someone specfically asks your personal opinion it makes me want to do a happy cry and don’t even get me started on when said people enjoy said books, that literally IS the best.

5. Just looking at my books. This one probably sounds a little strange but I love looking at all of the books on my bookcase because, despite the fact that I’m pretty sure I own more books I’ve not yet read than I have, they make me feel this strange mix of happiness, excitement and calm. I look at them and feel all the memories of reading them and the anticipation of all those I’ve yet to read and the potential there. I think this is one of the reason my bedroom is my favourite place to read, because that’s where all my bookcases are.

6. Being absolutely destroyed by a book. As strange as it sounds I love it when a book pretty much rips my heart out or smacks me in the back of a head with a plot twist I didn’t see coming. I think you only feel that strongly about a book you really enjoy and these are both good signs of a good book for me personally, not that everything has to be full of twists or turns but when they’re there I want them to make sense but also take me completely unawares.

Let me know what your Bookish loves are?

Unboxings

November NPC Crate Unboxing – Magical Beasts

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“We’ve searched high and low across the world to bring you Novembers Magical Beasts Crate so hide anything shiny, perfect your bow and maybe grab a pair of fire proof gloves as you’re about to release three magical beast candles and exclusive enamel pin. (The Only thing jewellery moles love more than diamonds).”

The November NPC Crate from Nerd Poured Candles for the month of November, “Magical Beasts” was all things Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As you can probably tell from my blog name etc I’m a bit of a fan and this is my absolute favourite crate to date so far.

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First up we have the Thunder Bird Candle, a gloriously creamy looking pale yellow with hints of golden sparkle throughout, scented with coconut, lime and verbena brilliantly embodying this magnificent creature from the wilds of Arizona. This candle has a great cold throw but the warm throw is spectacular and a great accompaniment to a warm evening inside.

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I screamed a little when I unboxed this (which you may have seen if you’ve watched the unboxing video I did on YouTube – which you can find here),  not only is it based on one of the best magical creatures which I adore, but the scents are a delicious combination of three of my favourite tastes! Biscuits, white chocolate and vanilla… This just feels like it was made just for me! Imagine a custard cream with vanilla scented, white chocolate filling, are you drooling yet? Because I am. An absolute favourite for sure.

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The third candle was based around everyone’s favourite Magical Zoologist with the rough brown colour suiting Newt down to the ground from the leather of his magical case, his sandy hair or his tan waistcoat. Scented with bergamot, lemon and cognac I imagined it being a very stereotypical ‘man smell’ but it’s a gorgeous deep scent with lovely little light notes of lemon that follow and this one actually ended up being my favourite! I couldn’t get enough of it and when lit the scents just all come together so well. I need more of this one please!

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This badge is huge! It’s easily double the size of any of the other pins to date and super secure with two pins and attachments on the back. Newt’s suitcase features a quote from the first film and cute little escaping Niffler paws! The metal is also a lovely rose gold colour which fits in with the whole aesthetic brilliantly.

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This months bookmark is a lovely simple but effective design with loads of different prints and feathers and a perfect quote from everyone favourite No Maj Jacob Kowalski to finish it off, again the colours fit perfectly with the whole feel of this crate and the world of Fantastic Beasts.

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The Mid-Year Freakout Tag

28117424_10155040868531581_751126403_nI’ve been tagged by the lovely Lucinda from The Cliche Bookworm to do the currently very appropriate Mid-Year Freakout book tag. Appropriate because I’m currently drowning in books and it’s only July. I’m already 72% through my Goodreads reading challenge at the moment, nine books ahead with my 36 out of 50, I barely managed my target of 40 last year so I look set to easily beat that this year.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018 

Illuminae, hands down, it kept me on the edge of my seat, I became so attached to characters, I laughed, I was terrified, I cried and I questioned my morals. I know this book didn’t come out this year but it is the year I finally got around to reading it and although I regret not reading it sooner I’m very glad I got to read it and then it’s sequels in quick sucession!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

Either Traitor to the Throne or Hero at the Fall, proably the later but I read them almost one after the other (having finished Traitor the morning of the release event for Hero) and I loved them both so much, turning the series from being just okay to I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

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3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Renegades, Slay, Eve of Man, Sorrow, Circe…These are just the new releases…

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES/QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS.
Thank you please.

5. Biggest disappointment


Don’t hate me but probably Everless by Sara Holland. I was so excited by the premise of this book and it just took so long to get going and I found the protaganist so boring that I pretty much wasn’t even interested by the time things got going towards the end. That being said I’m still going to check out Evermore when it’s released because I think it’s at a good place now to be a bit more interesting but we shall see!

6. Biggest surprise


I’ve read and loved a lot more contemporary than usual this year. Starfish, The exact opposite of Okay, Floored  and Bookshop Girl completley stole my heart and I can’t wait for the TEOOO and Bookshop Girl sequels as well as another book from the author of Starfish!

7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)


Jay Kristoff…after reading the Illuminae files and starting Nevernight I need more.
I’m also super keen to read anything by Akemi Dawn Bowman after reading Starfish.

8. Newest fictional crush

Nik from Gemina, no questions asked. Another character I adamantly hated then fell in love with.

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9. Newest favourite character

Izzy O’Neil from The Exact Opposite of Okay. I love her so much!

10. Book that made you cry

Warriors: Into the Wild. It’s another old book I read this year but I started crying five minuites in at which point my husband realised the mistake he’d made in getting me to read a book about Warrior Cats. I had to lock myself in a bathroom at work to go cry for 15 minuites after a scene later on as well. These books are dangerous.

11. Book that made you happy

Starfish. This book took me through every emotional spectrum I could think of but in the end I felt better for it and I was genuinely happy. Bookshop Girl also gets a mention because it made me laugh and it was just so light hearted and fun.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year 

I don’t think I’ve seen any this year. Flipping it around though I read The Last Jedi this novelisastion after seeing the film and mostly enjoyed that?

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year

My review of The Exact Opposite of Okay. It’s a long one and I don’t often talk about a lot of the opinions I have because I’m terrible at explaining myself but I really just let it all out for this review and I was (and still am) super proud of it.

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14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I think easily The Surface Breaks (which I’m currently  reading), the dust jacket is beautiful, the foil scales underneath are gorgeous and the size of the book is perfect I feel.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

ALL OF THEM. I want to get Vicious read, Nevernight and Godsgrave, Renegades, ADSOM would be nice too!! These are just the ones I own that I want to read immediatley.

Thank you Lucinda for tagging me! This was a fun tag that has really helped to highlight some of the books I’ve really loved this year.

I haven’t thought of anyone to tag but if you see this and would like to do it consider yourself tagged by me and let me know in the comments.

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Star Wars : Bloodline – Book Talk

It’s Saturday so that must mean it’s time for a new video! Just gone live on my booktube channel is my book talk for Star Wars: Bloodline By Claudia Gray. My book talks are NOT spoiler free so please beware there are big spoilers in this video. If you haven’t read this book and are more interested in a spoiler free however there will be one coming up in the next couple of weeks as I’m planning to host an entire week of Star Wars related posts and reviews including a spoiler free review of this book. Until then enjoy the video and I’ll post more about the upcoming Star Wars week very soon!

SPOILER WARNING – VIDEO DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS – CLICK AT YOUR PERIL