Beautiful Quotes #104 / Landline

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hello readers! It’s been a more relaxed week this past week, but the upcoming couple of days are looking busy. So what have I been doing?

  • Of course Christmas is getting closer by the day, so I’ve been gathering gifts and stocking fillers.
  • On the shopping front, my family went to a Christmas craft fair yesterday together which was lovely!
  • My local city’s Christmas market has opened so I’m off there tomorrow with a friend.

On the bookish front, I spent a couple of hours this weekend sorting through my TBR shelf on Goodreads again. I actually sorted it out early this year, but I’ve noticed recently that some of the books on there are just not capturing my interest anymore. So I sorted again and got it down to 200 books which is the least it’s been in a long time!

I noticed the first book I ever added to my TBR shelf was Attachments, the only book I haven’t read yet by Rainbow Rowell. So today I was reminded of Landline, and thought I’d post a quote from that 🙂

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“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.” 
― Rainbow Rowell, Landline

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Review: The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak

 

I got this beautiful book for my birthday from my other half and I decided to properly read it! It’s one of those books that you would usually flick through occasionally, but I felt like reading it was so satisfying and wonderful! I’ve been a big Harry Potter fan since I read the books earlier this year and watched the movies soon after. This book was the perfect way to delve even deeper into the world.

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Chapter One: The Wizarding World contains beautiful scenes of the Muggle world, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, Wizarding homes and even the Quidditch World Cup!

This was, by far, my favourite chapter in this book. Seeing so many incredible views of the world were just breathtaking. The paper is glossy and shows colours so well, each picture giving off such a rich and lifelike feel.

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Chapter Two: Wizards, Witches, and Muggles. This chapter includes Hogwarts students, the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts staff, dark forces and even goes into detail about the Triwizard tournament.

Character sketches include in a location, concept sketches, outfit planning and studies. They are, again, beautiful, and it becomes evident how hard the staff worked on getting every little detail just right.

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Chapter Three: Magical Creatures includes those such as companions, dragons, house elves, Forbidden Forest dwellers and dark creatures.

This topic also happens to contain my favourite page in the entire book – the patronus of Severus Snape. The glow that seems to shine from this page is just incredible, and I had to include a picture above to show you all. I also includes the funniest page – a study of different House Elves! They were never used in the movie but they made me and Josh laugh out loud.

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Chapter Four: Artifacts includes so many items, such as wands, brooms, Quidditch items, dark objects, Horcruxes, portraits and items from Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

Again, you can really see the detail when flicking through these beautiful, complicated studies of seemingly trivial items. The thing that really hit me, when reading these chapters, was the amount that makes up this magical world. Such small items require work, and make the world what it is.

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The last chapter is a more shocking one, Graphic Art of the Wizarding World. This includes book covers, Quidditch posters, documents, blueprints magazines and newspapers, food and drink and even potion bottle labels!

I have to say, this one surprised me. What might seem trivial turned out to be the beating heart of this world. These things are the foundations that the Wizarding World is built upon, the glue that holds it together. And they are absolutely beautiful and full of colour and detail.

Overall, I found this book pure comfort. It felt so relaxing to be able to be in this world once more, but in a fresh and different way. It’s the perfect book to read in bed on a quiet evening.

It’s absolute beauty. It’s breathtaking magic.

★★★★★
5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #70

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

Hi guys! I’m currently reading the first book I bought (50 pages to go!) and I’m really enjoying it. My review should be up later this week.

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When I saw Ransom recently, I also picked up a copy of A Map of Days to have signed!

 

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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.
But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

I also picked up this book, Taherah Mafi’s new book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I’m enjoying Shatter Me and it’ll be interesting to see her write something different!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist Pt. 2

Hi everyone! You may remember I posted part 1 of my shelf masterlist last week. I’m back with part 2, which includes my books on the 4th and 5th shelves of my big bookcase. Just worth noting, I’m selling some of the books on my shelves which is why the photos might be slightly different!

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To explain what’s going on, you can find books from my bookshelves in the list below. Clicking the title will take you to Goodreads for the exact edition I own! Clicking on the star will show you my review for those books I have reviewed. Live and updated masterlist page is here!

 

Shelf Four

Caraval – Stephanie Garber (read 5★)
Caraval Tesco hat edition – Stephanie Garber (read 5★)
Legendary – Stephanie Garber (read 4★)
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo (read 4★)
The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo (unread)
Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs (read 4★)
Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green (read 4.5★)
Looking for Alaska – John Green (read 4★)
First Love – James Patterson (read 4★)
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart (read 5★)
Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart (unread)
Release – Patrick Ness (read 4★)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (read 5★)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (signed limited edition)
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (read  5★)
When We Collided – Emery Lord (read 5★)
The Love that Split the World – Emily Henry (read 5★)
You Were Here – Cori McCarthy (read 5★)
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (read 5★)
Paper Towns – John Green (read 4★)
Let It Snow – John Green (read 4★)

Shelf Five

The Hunger Games metallic set – Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (read  5★)
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (read 5★)
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (read 4★)
Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness (read 5★)
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness (read 5★)
Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard (read 4★)
Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard (unread)
King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard (unread)
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (read 5★)
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins (read 4★)
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins (read 5★)
The Disappearances – Emily Bain Murphy (unread)
Floored – various authors (read 3.5★)
Songs About a Girl – Chris Russell (read 5★)
Songs About Us – Chris Russell (read 5★)
Songs About a Boy – Chris Russell (unread)
Burn for Burn – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (unread)
Ashes to Ashes – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (unread)
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson (read 5★)
Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson (read 4★)
Save the Date – Morgan Matson (read 4★)

-Beth

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Audiobooks. #45

Hey everyone

Finding time to read can be one of the most frustrating tasks, even more so if you are a bibliophile. If you are a book lover you might feel a pressure to read mountains but with everything going on in your life you just might not have the time.

After a few months of using Audiobooks as a way of reading I think its fair to say I have mastered them. In this post I will share my secrets.

Certainly services like Audible are really great ways to access Audiobooks and read while you are commuting, drawing or working out. But not everyone can afford to pay a subscription fee each month and so I thought I would explain to you how I listen to audiobooks on the cheap.

Youtube. Youtube has millions of free audiobooks that are in the public domain and are waiting for you to listen to them.  These aren’t just weird unknown books as well, many of the Audiobooks I have listened to from Youtube have been classics that I have wanted to read for ages but didn’t have the time to sit and spend hours with.

This point is a significant reason why Audiobooks are so great; they allow you to access books that you otherwise, as an active reader, would not have been able to enjoy because you keep dozing off every five minutes when you are trying to read them. As a listener, you are observing the story through a narrator as opposed to actively engaging with the book. Although this might put some people off, I think that it can be a really positive way of reading stuff you might never have felt brave enough to pick up before.

So after you have chosen the book you want to read from Youtube you might be at the stage where every time you close the app on your phone to flick through snapchat your audiobook cuts out. Well luckily we have Dolphin X! This is a mobile browser that allows you to listen to videos that are playing within the app. It is the perfect way to listen to audiobooks from Youtube whilst having free access to the other apps on your phone while you are on the go (No this is not sponsored haha).

As well as Youtube, I love the app Audiobooks.com which has loads of free classics and more modern stuff if you want to pay.

I hope this post has got you excited about listening to Audiobooks! It is how I manage to read as much as I do and as widely as I do.

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.

T5W: Books I Want To Read Before 2019

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I love this topic! I may have hit my Goodreads goal of 50 books for 2018, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have goals to hit by the end of the year. Here’s some books I’d like to finish!

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I thought I’d start by telling you about my current read – A Map of Days. I was so worried that I wouldn’t understand any of the goings on in this story as I read the Miss Peregrine’s books a few years ago now – but I’m enjoying it so much and I don’t feel the need to re-read the other books.

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Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price. Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns will transport you to lands both familiar and strange–to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse. This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, each of them lavishly illustrated and culminating in stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

I’ve had this book since it’s release last September and I desperately need to get round to reading it!

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I finished Songs About a Girl and Songs About Us last summer and I’m so nervous to read this in case I don’t remember what happened in the first two books! But I promise myself that I’ll at least try it by the end of 2018.

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So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

I can’t wait to read this to get me into a festive mood. Possibly early December?

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

And I couldn’t write this post without telling you all about my big goal for the festive season. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any Shadowhunters books (apart from City of Bones years ago), and after Queen of Air and Darkness comes out I’ll have 12 Cassandra Clare books to read! So I’ve finally decided to tackle them over my Christmas break from uni.

-Beth

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Review: Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

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I always have an issue reading small books/novellas and add ons like this. They’re tiny, they’re not ‘full’ books. Do they count towards my Goodreads goal really? But now I’ve hit my 50 book goal for 2018, I thought I’d go through the books on my shelves that aren’t necessarily ‘full’ books.

My boyfriend brought Tales of Beedle the Bard with him when we moved in together and it fits perfectly on our Harry Potter shelf! It was such a cute little read that probably took me less than an hour overall.

“No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional.”

I really enjoyed reading these little stories, and having Dumbledore’s notes at the end of each one really helped understand the meaning behind each one. They really reminded me of Aesop’s Fables, which I loved as a kid. I loved how each story had a real moral.

“To hurt is as human as to breathe.”

But unfortunately, it’s not all rosy. I did enjoy these stories, but they felt sooo far apart from the whole wizarding world. Dumbledore connected them to a degree, but I still felt like they were just a bit..gimmicky? I’m all for add-on Harry Potter books like The Art of Harry Potter, but this felt a bit thrown together to please the fans and give them something new. But really, who am I to complain? Because as Adam Silvera said when I saw him at a talk a few weeks ago, I am so much of a Potterhead that I would even read Dobby’s story if J.K. Rowling wrote it.

★★★
3 stars

-Beth

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