T5W: Collectables on my Shelf

T5W: Collectables on my Shelf

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!

Hi everyone! This week we’re talking about items and collectables on our bookshelves. There are many things I adore (books and otherwise) on my shelves, and I’m looking forward to talking about a few.

My Pops are really the only thing I collect other than books themselves. My 10″ Niffler Pop is probably my favourite!

I also have a giant jar of bookmarks, and more recently I’ve been able to add ones that I’ve designed myself! You can find my shop here.

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Of course I couldn’t write this post without including at least one special edition. I have many gorgeous (shiny) special edition books, but this one is one of my favourites!

I also have this gorgeous mug I picked up at Comic Con a while ago. It sits on my Harry Potter shelf and holds makeup brushes!

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One thing I love on my shelves are candles. I burn them almost every day and I’m definitely a candle fanatic! My favourite is my Woodwick one, although Clinton’s Illuminate candles are also amazing.

So those are just a few of my favourite bookshelf items/collectables! What are yours?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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March Wrap-Up and April TBR

March Wrap-Up and April TBR

Happy April! I can’t believe I only read 3 books in March, but I’m actually not too sad about it. In total I read almost 2500 pages and that’s still a huge amount! I also managed my first classic in a long time and got caught up with all Cassandra Clare books so both of those are massive achievements.

Books I Read in March

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All of these are super close, but my favourite has to be East of Eden and I guess that makes my least favourite Lord of Shadows!

Books I Received in March

928 Miles from Home – Kim Slater
Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

Thank you to Chloe for these books! I’ve still been on a book-ban, but I should be done with it very soon so I’m sure April will be a busier month for me with buying books :p

Books I Want to Read in April

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy
On the Come Up – Angie Thomas
Heartstopper – Alice Oseman

I’m definitely going to just read what I fancy reading, but I’d love to pick up these! I’ve already read all of Heartstopperonline, but when I get volume one in paperback I’d like to give it a re-read 🙂

What did you read in March and what’s on your April TBR?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Beautiful Quotes #122 / A Court of Wings and Ruin

Beautiful Quotes #122 / A Court of Wings and Ruin

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 everyone! Today we’re welcoming a brand new month and the UK has definitely seen some warmer weather recently. I put my sunflowers outside today for some bright sunshine 🙂

Honestly, today has been a pretty awesome day for reasons I’m sure I’ll let you guys know about very soon! This news is keeping me busy (hence I’m struggling to sit down and design bookmarks at the moment), but it’s not stopping me reading or blogging! March wasn’t such a great month for the blog, and I definitely feel like I neglected it a little. However, part of that was definitely because it was taking me a while to get through such long books, and April is definitely going to be more fast-paced!

Neither me or Pete are going to be putting the blog at the forefront of our minds this month – unfortunately we both just can’t – and I feel okay about that. Other things need my focus right now and that’s fine, especially because it’s all good and exciting!

Today’s Beautiful Quote is from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. After reading East of Eden it’s been good to start The Bane Chronicles and get back into fantasy for sure!

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“We’re all a broken, in our own ways – In places no one might see.” 
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin

-Beth

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Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

At the outset, I never planned to review this book. I thought I would let it quietly pass by my blog as a (not so) little break from YA. But now I have finished it, and I am so overwhelmed with love and emotion that I just have to attempt to write my feelings into words. First of all thank you to my boyfriend Josh for recommending this book to me. I told him he could pick a book for me to read after I finished Cassandra Clare’s books, and he did not disappoint!

We were just discussing East of Eden when I started to cry while trying to describe my feelings for it. I actually didn’t shed a tear while I read, despite the sheer emotion and even devastation I felt. It wasn’t until after, dwelling in these feelings, when it hit me completely. Josh asked me how I’d describe East of Eden and I said ‘a study of human emotion’. And I suppose, in short, that would be correct.

‘But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world.’

If you read the synopsis for this book, you’ll probably wonder what kept everyone so entertained for 700+ pages. It’s literally a book about several generations of families in small town America in the 1800s. But it’s so much more than that. East of Eden is the rawest and most pure book I’ve ever read. Steinbeck writes with more honesty about human characteristics than I have ever read before – in an almost disturbing way.

This is possibly the simplest – but most clever – thing Steinbeck could have done as an author. He opens characters to allow the reader to ponder the human mindset in a way they probably never have before. It made me realise the mixture of goodness and evil in everyone, the capabilities we all have as human beings to let ourselves be taken either way. And that despite our sins, we all feel weak, and we all feel regret.

‘That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’

East of Eden has a pace all of it’s own. It is most definitely slow, but not boring..it is smooth. I know that I will come back to this book again and again because I drew such comfort from it’s pages. They flicker by in an almost inhuman calmness. It is sprawling, like a gentle ramble over hills on a gorgeous summers day. I wouldn’t want to receive this book in any other way.

I have been left feeling fulfilled, overwhelmed and broken hearted. I cannot explain the importance of this book in words, and all that is left to say is please read it if you haven’t yet. It’s quickly become one of my favourite books of all time.

★★★★★ 
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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T5W: Books You Thought You’d Hate but Ended Up Loving

T5W: Books You Thought You’d Hate but Ended Up Loving

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey and Samantha. 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!

Hows that for a long title? But I kinda love this topic – it’s so intriguing thinking back to my expectations of books vs the reality of actually reading them. I’d actually love to do a reverse of this topic, too – ‘books you thought you’d love but ended up hating’!

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Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):
1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.) 
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)
But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.
That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

This book was such a shock for me! I was completely over this trope and prepared to not go into it again. But I kept spotting this book and ended up picking it up cheap, and falling in love with it.

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I wanted this book years ago but never got around to reading them – when I finally did it sounded like the cringiest thing in the world. And I’m not saying it wasn’t – but I still ended up enjoying the first 3!

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Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance. 
Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs…

I have to say I didn’t expect to enjoy this book quite as much as I did. Yet now I’ve read and enjoyed the whole series!

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

This is definitely one of those books that your expectations drop for because of other people. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone actually adore/recommend this book. But I went about it with a really different mindset, and loved it.

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It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

I was so done with John Green when this came out. I thought The Fault in Our Stars was super overhyped, and hated An Abundance of Katherines, with Will Grayson, Will Grayson being not far behind. But I thought I’d give him another go, and I ended up actually relating to and liking this one!

Which books did you expect to hate but ended up loving?

-Beth

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Shop Update – Singular Bookmarks Available!

Shop Update – Singular Bookmarks Available!

Hello lovely readers! You may or may not know that a couple of months ago I embarked on something I’d wanted to do for a long time – I opened an Etsy shop. My shop sells sets of bookmarks inspired by some of my favourite books and series. You can click the image below to check it out!

For a while now, I’ve only being selling bookmark sets, but as of today you can buy singular bookmarks!

These are of course cheaper than purchasing an entire set, and some of the singles available are pictured above. I’ve also revised my pricing, and I’m very happy with where my shop is heading!

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #121 / The Dream Thieves

Beautiful Quotes #121 / The Dream Thieves

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 everyone! You may have noticed my blogging has been a little lax the past week or so. I’m okay about it as things have been a very good kind of busy! I have a lot of things I need to pay attention to in the next month or so, and I can’t help it if my blog takes a backseat for a while. I’ll definitely still be doing 3-4 posts a week, however! And I’m sure I’ll post at some point to let you guys know what’s taking up so much of my time.

Anyway, onto today’s book and beautiful quote! It’s from my possible favourite Raven Cycle book, The Dream Thieves. Just thinking about it has made me want to read another fantasy book!

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“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.” 
― Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

-Beth

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