Random: International Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Exciting news today in the form of an international giveaway!

I recently hit 10,000 followers on Tumblr, which is such a massive number to me. I’m eternally grateful for all of my followers and the support you guys give me. So it felt only fair to organise a little thank you!

       

        

       

You can win:
– 1 paperback Chamber of Secrets in YOUR chosen house!
– 3 A6 exercise books
– 1 wand pen
– 1 pair socks
– 1 set pin badges

To enter:
– Follow and reblog on Tumblr
– Follow and retweet on Twitter
– Follow and tag a friend in the comments on Instagram

Giveaway ends 15th September at 10am GMT! Good luck!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Harry Potter Things I Want

I know this is yet another Harry Potter themed post but I can’t help myself! I’m slowly moving out of my parents house this summer, and I moved over my HP set today. While shelving, I couldn’t help but dreaming up the collection of HP books and merch I’d like to build. So I thought I would share with you guys some of the things I’d really like!

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I’d love to collect side-books like this one and Tales of Beedle the Bard. It would be so cool to have a full(ish) collection including side books!

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I’ve been eyeing this up since it came out, even before I read Harry Potter! It’s just got the most beautiful illustrations and it would be awesome to be able to flick through and admire them.

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I’ve finally come to a decision on these books, because I’ve wanted them for so long but didn’t know whether to go for the hardcovers or paperbacks because I love them both! I talked it through with my boyfriend, and we’ve decided to get hardback copies of Hufflepuff (my house) and paperback of Ravenclaw (his house), because we love the blue paperbacks. Yay!

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There is so much HP merch I’d like, and I’m going to represent the merch with this Funko Pop. I’m sure one day I will end up with an uncontrollable amount and be buried under so much HP stuff though.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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My Harry Potter Journey

I’m so happy I finally managed to get read this series – it’s actually been a very productive and exciting experience for me! I don’t know how, but I managed to get through my 18 years of life without reading these books or watching the movies. Then I started integrating with the book community and realising I really should get my act together and read these books. To start, here are my separate reviews for every book!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

And here is how I felt when I realised how much I loved this franchise:

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It was such a daunting prospect to read this in case I didn’t like the books, so mainly I felt relieved. And I already own 2 pieces of merch, and I need so much more. I’m on movie 5, and I can’t wait to finish them too!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Harry Potter Stuff I Want

Hi everyone! I’m nearly finished with Harry Potter now but I’m planning to watch all of the movies next week! I bought some HP pyjamas yesterday and now I just want more HP merch. I decided to use this post to show you some of the things I want.

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I’m obsessed with candles and I absolutely love the lids on these.

Tea is another one of my greatest loves, so how cute is this teaspoon!

Hufflepuff Harry Potter Yellow Campfire Mug | A Little Tinsel

Keeping with the tea theme, isn’t this mug just gorgeous? I’m so glad I’m a Hufflepuff.

75 Harry Potter Jewelery Pieces To Show That You’re Still Waiting For Your Hogwarts Letter

I’ve started to really get into jewellery recently and my lovely boyfriend recently bought me a 9 3/4 charm, which I adore.

Storybook Cosmetics Gunmetal Wizard Wands Makeup Brush Set

Well, what makeup lover doesn’t want these Beauty Bay storybook cosmetics brush set?

Which HP/fandom things do you want to buy?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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How to read for less. #36

Hey everyone!

Today I wanted to write a quick blog post giving my three best tips on how to read books and not spend so much money doing it.

The idea of having to pay £7 on average for a book is perfectly ok with me because I understand that that is a fairly low cost to get hours of enjoyment and support literary craftspeople whilst I’m at it!

However I also know that feeling you get when you really want to just buy every book in Waterstones but you know that your bank account just can’t take it.

Thats why I took it upon myself to think of 3 semi-inventive ways of making reading cheaper.

#1 Start a Book-Swap

I’m sure you’ve already seen these at hipster cafés and cute cornish book stores but if not, I am here to enlighten you on the concept.

At your local school, college or even workplace simply proceed to round up a flock of like-minded bibliophiles, ask them each to bring in a book they enjoyed and then SWAP them with each other! It’s that easy, really.

If you can keep the swap up and make it a regular monthly thing then BINGO! You’ve got yourself a free new book every month.

You’re welcome.

#2 Speak to Authors

I don’t need to introduce you to Goodreads (If I do, who even are you?). As well as reviewing and finding out about new books this platform is a great way to read free literature from up and coming authors.

The method is simple: go to one of your favourite books’ goodreads page, look for similar choices, choose one of these similar choices that has far less ratings and then contact the author and find out whether they are giving away review copies! Usually you will, of course, actually have to review the book in payment for the free copy but who doesn’t love reviewing books anyway?

I have said before that often, indie authors’ work is of a lower quality. This isn’t because they are bad writers but instead because they lack editors and all the behind the scenes people that you get when your actually being published. Take this into account but don’t let it spoil your experience! There are loads of great free indie books out there waiting to be read.

#3 Form a Book Circle

I am coining the phrase ‘Book Circle’. It is mine now!

No, this is not the same thing as a book club although it does posses some of the same traits as one.

In fact, a Book Circle is a really social way of spending way less on books whilst still getting all the satisfaction of a good published novel.

Here is how it’s going to work:

  1. Round up three of your bookwormiest pals
  2. Convene in a safe alcove of your local bookstore
  3. Choose one book that you all want to read
  4. Proceed to argue about which book this will be for at least 25 minutes.
  5. Buy the agreed book but only buy one copy: each put an equal amount of money towards the book at the checkout!
  6. Form a rota of who is going to read the book first, second, third and fourth
  7. Allow one week of reading time for each of the four readers!
  8. Convene again at an agreed date by the end of the fourth week.
  9. Discuss opinions on the book and then allow whoever is first on the rota to keep the book for good: Next month’s book goes to person number two for good and so on!
  10. Enjoy reading cheap literature forever more!!

Those were my three tips on reading for less! I hope they help and I hope they give your bank account a well needed rest.

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.

Surprising Reads of 2017

We’re getting deeper into the new year by the day and I’d like to make sure I talk about my 2017 reads before I run out of time! As well as having disappointments of 2017 (which I’d like to talk about as well!), I had a lot of surprises and positives. So today I’m going to discuss them.

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I read Seed early in the year and I really didn’t know what to expect! But I’m happy to say I was incredibly pleasantly surprised and I loved it.

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I thought I would find this book so cheesy – so the shock came when I actually found it not so cliche at all! This book was so well written and I loved the charatcers so much.

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I will never be a massive John Green fan, so this one surprised me as I didn’t think I would like a John Green book as much as I enjoyed this one.

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I don’t think surprising reads have to be a complete change around – I just didn’t expect this one to become a favourite of mine. I didn’t expect so much, and I have to say I really underestimated it!

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Caraval is very unlike anything I’d usually read, but I really love the world Stephanie Garber created. The enthralling writing gave me a pleasant shock!

Which books did you find surprising in 2017?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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12 Days of Bookmas – Book 1

It’s finally Christmas Day and time to reveal my favourite book of 2017! I’m so excited to tell you all which book I enjoyed most this year. Before I start, I’d like to wish all of my lovely followers an amazing Christmas and I hope all that celebrate have had a great day today!

Over the past week or two, I’ve been counting down to Christmas with my favourite 12 books of the year. You can find out my 12th-2nd favourites with the links below:

Book 12: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Book 11: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Book 10: The Next Together by Lauren James
Book 9: Wing Jones Katherine Webber
Book 8: One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus
Book 7: Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
Book 6: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Book 5: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Book 4: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Book 3: Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai
Book 2: Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

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I knew which book was my favourite as soon as I started this list. One jumped out above the rest, even though I absolutely adored Your Name. and Everything Leads To You. It was hard to chose my top 3, but I have always known my heart lies with Alex, Approximately. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry. It made me feel everything alongside every character and leave the book with memories for months afterwards.

So there we are! It’s Christmas Day and this is my favourite book of the year. Merry Christmas everyone!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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