T5W: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

T5W: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

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!

This week’s T5W is officially Books to Give ______ as Gifts. I could have gone for purely books to give a Harry Potter fan, but I thought general gifts could be more interesting!

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I adore this book has a Harry Potter fan! It’s just so gorgeous and you can see my full thoughts and many pictures in my review here.

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Okay this is my absolute dream. How incredible is this Lego set? And if, like me, this might be a little out of your price range…they have many other cute sets available!

I couldn’t write this post without including WANDS! It’s the only thing I’m seriously considering buying when I visit the Studio in January.

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Aren’t these just the cutest? I also might be lucky enough to find these babies in my stocking 😉 

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I had to include food in here somewhere! I love the idea of food from fictional worlds – here’s a whole post about it.

What would you recommend for Harry Potter fans?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Christmas Wish List

T5W: Christmas Wish List

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!

This topic is always a dangerous one – because I’ll just find more and more books I want to add to my wishlist! But isn’t this just the perfect time to start thinking about things you’d like for Christmas?

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The first book on my list is permanently this one. I’m deadly serious when I say if any of my readers have this edition of Lady Midnight and are willing to let it go for a price…please drop me an email or comment below!

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Onto a lighter note, who wouldn’t want a cuddly niffler?

 

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I have the UK special edition of Throne of Glass, but the US slipcased edition is still on my to-buy list.

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Yet another collectors edition that is simply gorgeous! But I need to re-read the series first and see if I enjoy them enough 🙂

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This book is the only one I might actually be getting for Christmas 🙂 Isn’t it beautiful?

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Fictional Food

T5W: Fictional Food

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 my lovelies! This week is such an exciting topic – fictional food I want to eat this festive season. There’s so many times I feel like I want to pick something up out of a game, book or movie and take a bite! Here’s just a few 🙂

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How cute would an Alice in Wonderland tea party be? It looks absolutely beautiful and I’m sure things would be interesting.

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I love Stardew Valley and it’s currently my favourite game. A lot of the food looks  delicious, but the one I’m most curious about is this Strange Bun!

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I loved food from Breath of the Wild when I played it, and honestly how incredibly is this real-life replica? It really makes me want a taste!

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I saw another blog mention Wonka Chocolate Bars, but my dream is to be let loose in this beautiful place.

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Obviously I had to include at least one thing from Harry Potter! I’ve been really craving trying a chocolate frog recently, so maybe that’s what I’ll buy when I visit the studios in the New Year 🙂

What food did you pick?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Characters I’d Invite to Friendsgiving

T5W: Characters I’d Invite to Friendsgiving

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!

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Hi readers and Happy Thanksgiving for my neighbours across the pond! I don’t celebrate here in the UK, but it’s so fun to think about who I’d invite to my Friendsgiving.

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I’ve just finished A Map of Days (review here!), and the first person I thought of was Jacob and his Peculiar friends.

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I love groups of friends in books, especially the Night Court. Wouldn’t it be so awesome to be able to hang out with this group?

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

If I had to choose anyone out of the Harry Potter group, I’d love to talk books with Hermione.

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It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Sorry everyone, all of these include groups of friends I want to join :p I can definitely pick someone from this group though, Noah is my favourite!

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I’m sure this group would have some very interesting stories to tell. If I could chose one, I think it’d be Nina!

Who did you pick?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Books I Want To Read Before 2019

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

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #69

Stacking the Shelves #69

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!

This week is all about Sarah J Maas and I’m so excited and happy about it!

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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

My lovely friend Chloe (who I can’t thank enough), gave me the entire of Throne of Glass! Including Kingdom of Ash! I haven’t read the series yet but I can’t wait to get started as I adored A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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I also bought this gorgeous collectors edition of Throne of Glass even though I haven’t read the series yet!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Longest Books on My TBR

T5W: Longest Books on My TBR

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 months T5W topics and it’s made me so excited for November! Today we’re talking about something a little daunting…the longest books on my TBR. I have over 70 books on my physical TBR so I chose to go for that instead of my general TBR which has almost 300 books on.

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The last book in Throne of Glass comes in at an impressive 980 pages! When I do get round to reading this series, it’s going to take me a while.

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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer. 
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

I’m not quite sure about the page count on this book as I think 780~ includes both Twilight and Life and Death. But it’s hopefully coming up soon on my TBR either way.

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City of Heavenly Fire comes in at 733 pages – and I’ll be reading this series over my Christmas break from uni! I’m so excited.

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Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Lady Midnight is 720 pages long, but my edition is a very large paperback so I’m sure the word count is through the roof!

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And not far behind at 699, my edition of Lord of Shadows. I bet my copies of Queen of Air and Darkness will be similar!

I’m not going to lie, I always find big books daunting and leave them to the back of my TBR which is so bad of me! But I definitely need to fight my fear and pick some of these up soon.

-Beth

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