Most Anticipated Releases of January 2018

Hello lovelies! It’s Fri-yay today which means relaxing day so I figured it was as good a time as any to finally write this blog post! I say finally because I’ve been planning to post it since last week but alas! Life (a.k.a college exams) got in the way! So here we are today! I was originally going to do a post about all of my most anticipated releases of 2018 but since there are way too many amazing books coming out this year to all fit in one blog post, I decided to feature them separately each month!

The Cruel Prince

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Expected publication: January 2nd

One of my most anticipated releases of  this year! I’ve wanted this book ever since it was announced (I was immediately sold on the whole Fairie Prince thing) and I’m super excited to read it! Technically it’s already out but I don’t have my copy yet so I’m still waiting for it! And I think it’s safe to say I will start it as soon as I get my hands on it!

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My 2018 Bookish Resolutions

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Happy new Year everyone! Can you believe 2017 is gone? Can’t say it was the best year for me (it had its ups and downs) but I’m really hoping 2018 will be amazing! New year means new goals, so I thought it would be fun to share my 2018 bookish resolutions!

Complete My Goodreads Reading Challenge

2017 was a pretty bad reading year for me. I’ve had some personal stuff to deal with which means I wasn’t in the mood to read and only managed to finish less than 20 books! So I’m determined to change that this year! I’ve set my Goodreads reading goal to 100 books which is pretty ambitious, I know, but I’m really hoping I will manage to complete it! I’ve acquired so many amazing books in 2017 and I really, really want to finally get to them this year!

Read More Diverse Books

This was a bookish resolution I set for myself last year but since I didn’t do much reading in 2017 I didn’t manage to complete it. I already have a few diverse reads sitting on my shelves so I’m really hoping I will be able to get to them soon! And of course, I’m always up for suggestions!

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Mid-month Check In Christmas Edition

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe there are only 7 days left until Christmas? Where has the year gone? December has been a crazy busy month for me (I barely seem to find time to sit down and relax anymore) which is why I haven’t posted till now! But since we’re halfway through the month I figured it was time to check in with y’all and let you know what’s going on in my (bookish) life!

Currently Reading

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I finally started Flame in the Mist yesterday and even though I haven’t gotten very far, I’m really enjoying it already! Hopefully, I will manage to actually finish it because I have the bad habit of stopping in the middle of reading books lately but since Christmas break is coming and I’ll have a lot more free time on my hands, I’m confident that I will finally catch up a bit on my TBR! I’m desperately behind!

Currently Listening

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Aside from the traditional Christmas music obsession I recently started listening to The Crown’s Game, which I downloaded for free thanks to an awesome Audio Books offer that was included in September’s The Bookish Box! I was super excited to find it because I’ve wanted to read it for a while now and it’s safe to say that if I like it, I’m going to buy a physical copy too! Besides, have you seen the hardback? It’s absolutely gorgeous!

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10 Things I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you’re all surrounded by family and love today! Unfortunately we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here but I love the idea of it so I figured writing a small blog post to list a few things I’m thankful for would be nice! I could probably write hundreds of things I’m thankful for but since that would be rather inconvenient for both me and you, I’m just going to write down the first 10 things that pop into mind!

My family

I feel very lucky to say that I have an amazing family that loves and supports me! I know that’s not the case for everyone so I cherish every moment I spend with them! I’m grateful for my grandma’s cooking, and for my other grandma’s tendency to stuff my bag with treats whenever I visit her, I’m grateful for my cousins who are like sisters to me and who always give me plenty of reasons to laugh, I’m grateful for my grandfather who never said no to driving me around and who is not with us anymore but will always hold a very special place in my heart, I’m grateful for my uncles who always bring plenty of gifts when they visit us from the US and I’m grateful for all my extended family who always spends holidays with us and shares our happiness. But most of all I’m grateful for my two amazing parents who have always given me all the help and support I needed and who rarely say no to me! I also have to mention that I owe my love for reading to my dad (he’s the other bookworm in the family) so I’m extremely grateful to him for that too! I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him!

My best friend

I would truly be lost without her! She’s the most important person in my life outside my family and she’s the one person that completely understands me and always puts up with my craziness! She’s also a huge reader so there’s plenty of fangirling involved every time we’re together and she writes too so I can always talk to her about my ideas and ask for inspiration! And I couldn’t be more grateful to have someone to share my passions with and above all to have someone who is always there for me whenever I need it!

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Halloween Movie Spookathon

Good morning and happy Halloween! One of my favorite days of the year is here, so I had to write a small blog post to celebrate! This one is not going to be bookish but I will be spending my day watching Halloween and spooky movies, so I figured it would be a good idea to share some of my favorites here! I’m not sure how many of these I’ll be able to watch but I’ll do my best! Here we go!

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I don’t know about you but I love me a good Tim Burton movie and especially on Halloween! Corpse Bride is actually not my favorite among Tim Burton’s movies but I still think it’s brilliant and it’s definitely a fitting movie to watch on the spookiest day of the year!

The_nightmare_before_christmas_posterNightmare Before Christmas

Out of all the movies I’m going to mention here, this one is my absolutely favorite! There are no words to describe how much I love Jack and don’t even get me started about the songs! “This Is Halloween” has been stack in my head all month but I’m not complaining because I love it! I actually have a hard time figuring out whether I should categorize this as a Halloween or a Christmas movie but it is a story about the Pumpkin King so I guess Halloween has an edge. Though I can honestly watch it all year long and I’m actually typing this while it’s on TV! And if you don’t believe how obsessed with this movie I am, I will simply tell you that my nails currently have Jack painted on them! The perfect Halloween nail do!

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6 Reasons Why It’s Awesome to be a Slytherin!

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Let’s face it. Slytherin is a very misunderstood House. I’ve been sorted into Slytherin several times and I’m quite proud of my House but it’s pretty easy to be judged when you tell people you’re in Slytherin. Sure, it may have hosted some of the darkest wizards in history and sure, some of its students might be total gits, but not all Slytherins are as bad as people might imagine! In fact, I’d say being a Slytherin means you have some pretty great qualities, so here are a few reasons of why it’s awesome to be in Slytherin!

Some of the greatest wizards were in Slytherin!

When you think of Slytherin, the first thing that comes to mind is all the dark wizards that came from it. And sure, Slytherin might have produced the most dark wizards than all the other houses and the Dark Lord himself might have been sorted into it, but there are plenty of other great Slytherin alumni to look up to! Take Severus Snape for example! One of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series and a great example of how misunderstood Slytherins are! I don’t think anyone liked Snape when he first made his appearance in The Philosopher’s Stone but he ended up giving his life for the greater good. A very un-Slytherin thing to do, right?

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Candles, Bookmarks and Book Boxes

Happy Saturday everyone! Today I’m going to talk about my favorite bookish shops and businesses! As a booklover I love buying books but as a bookstagrammer I also love buying bookish merch and always love discovering new shops on Instagram! My favorite type of bookish merch is probably candles – I am undeniably obsessed with them – but bookmarks come a very close second and I absolutely love collecting them! I mean honestly, who can say no to bookmarks?

So today I’m going to talk a bit about my favorite bookmark and candle shops and throw in some book box love too because book boxes usually combine both and I absolutely love receiving them!

Book and Nook Shop

I ordered my very first bookish candles from this shop and have been a huge fan of it ever since! Bella’s candles are gorgeous and always smell amazing! Plus the glitter! I can never say no to the glitter! I own a bunch of Bella’s candles (she also has a monthly candle box and all the themes are amazing) but my absolute favorite one has always been her Sunai candle! It smells like apple which is my favorite and I have been obsessed with it ever since I took the first sniff! Unfortunately she has retired it from the shop but I managed to order myself a second one before she did so I’m planning to finally burn the first one very soon! I also adore her Parabatai candle which also smells incredibly and has the most gorgeous teal color!

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Mid-month Check In and Randomness

Happy Sunday everyone! Finally found some time to blog today and since we’re literally half way through my favorite month, I figured a small check in was in order! I’ve had a very busy month so far but it was mostly the good kind of busy so I’m not complaining! So here we go!

Currently Reading

IMG_20171003_165936_FotorI’m currently reading Riders by Veronica Rossi and loving it! I’ve actually haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to this month and considering my very ambitious October TBR I’m not very happy about it but I’ll try to tackle as many books on it as I can!

Currently Listening

8667848Let’s start with the music! I’ve been obsessed with movie soundtracks lately! I love listening to my favorite bands and artists but epic soundtracks are my weakness! I’ve made a playlist with all my favorites and listen to it all. the. time! I’m actually thinking of doing a separate post about my list in case anyone is interested so keep an eye out for that during the week! You’ll see a lot of scores by Hans Zimmer because he’s is my favorite!

Music aside, I’m also listening to the audio book of A Discovery of Witches right now! I started it yesterday and I’m already hooked! Plus, books with witches and vampires make for very fitting October reads don’t you agree? Huge thanks to @thebookishbox and @audiobooks_com for the free book!

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The “Autumn Time, Cozy Time” Book Tag

Happy Sunday everyone! I woke up feeling super productive this morning, so I decided a bit of blogging was in order! But since I don’t have much time because I’m working in the afternoon, I decided to go easy and do a tag! I love doing those and what better tag to do on a fine Autumn day than this one?

Crunching leaves: Choose a book that has reds, yellows and oranges on it.

IMG_20171004_145942_FotorThe first book that immediately sprang to mind for this was Illuminae! I’ve always been in love with the cover and it has such perfect colours for Autumn, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

Cozy sweater: What book gives you the warm fuzzy?

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For this one, I decided to choose a childhood favorite! The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe has always been and will always be one of my favorite fantasy books and I always think of white forests and drinking tea by the fire when I pick it up! It’s also a very special book for me because it was one of the first I ever read, so it always gives me a warm feeling!

 

 

 

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Featured Tuesday: Unicorn Farts and Love Potions

Guess what guys? Featured Tuesdays are back! I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing a Featured Tuesday every week but I will do them occasionally whenever I have something to talk about! This week’s post is all about Happy Piranha, one of my favorite candle companies! I’m currently repping for them and I’m having a blast taking photos of their amazing candles and interacting with the owners, Josh and Sam! Well basically, Featured Tuesday was an excuse for me to write this specific blog post, but roll with it!

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Have you guys heard of Happy Piranha? If not, then I am sorry for you! You need the awesomeness that is Happy Piranha in your lives ASAP and I will tell you why very soon! But first, here’s a little info about the company in the words of Josh and Sam:

At Happy Piranha our ethos is simple – to work small scale, with big ideas, to create cute, quirky, inspired designs that stand out from the shoal. 
We’re a twin project (literally), tucked away on the blustery Cornish coast. Josh gets on with it and Sam does the talking. It’s always been that way really and it’s worked out just fine so far. 

There’s only two minutes between us and a further 25 years since. We still don’t agree who’s the red spinning top was. 

Our products are part of a passion. They wind their way from conversations about the things we enjoy, to the ideas they inspire, to Josh’s pen and paper and then onto his computer. If we’re lucky, some make it into the homes of those of  you who share the sentiment.

Our candles are hand poured, the scents hand-picked, the designs hand drawn, the labels put on by hand… and then there’s the checking (by hand), the packing (by hand) and the typing –you guessed it – by hand, to bring it all to life.

We only have four hands between us, which is both unfortunate, and fortunate and true.

In 2015 Happy Piranha began as an interest on Etsy and curious pastime. Now it’s a passionate full time that often fills up the in between times too.

A lot of time goes into the delivery and design of our products and a lot of thought before that too.

Why do we do it?

Because it makes us a Happy Piranha,

And we hope it makes you one too!

Now, let’s get to the fun part! The candles! I currently own three full size ones (two of them came in rep packages and the other one was featured in a previous month’s Fairyloot) and I am obsessed with every single one of them! No, I am not exaggerating! I am honestly and undeniably obsessed! So much that I occasionally catch myself stopping in front of my bookshelf to grab and sniff one of their candles! But let me talk about each one of them individually!

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