Let’s Discuss! New Designs in my Etsy Shop

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, I’ve owned an Etsy shop since earlier this year where I design and print bookmarks. These range from quotes, to fandom, to TV shows! Due to me moving house, starting a new job and finishing up my first year of uni, I unfortunately haven’t been working on the shop or keeping up with it as much as I’d like. But recently, I finally got around to having a lot of new designs printed and I thought today I could show you a few!

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I didn’t have any generic, non fandom bookmarks and I thought these would make perfect gifts for the bookworm you don’t know which fandoms they’re part of! You can find it here for just £1/$1.30.

I just had to make some Anna and the French Kiss inspired designs, and I’m so happy with how my little hand drawn icons (the heart, rose and star) turned out. You can buy the set here for £2.90/$3.76.

How could I make new designs without including some Harry Potter ones? The pattern one might be my favourite so far! This set is also just £2.90/$3.47. Or if you just want one, they’re £1/$1.30 each and can be found on: Hogwarts is my Home, pattern and always.

I used to have a bookmark I could use in bookstagram photos that I’d hand painted myself, and loved it. I thought I’d take inspiration from that and make some #bookstagram designs! You can buy both here for £1.90/$2.47, the watercolour one here for £1/$1.30 or the galaxy one here for £1/$1.30.

This set was the first of my new designs, and I spent so much time trying to get each one unique to the colours of the books! The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite series ever, so it meant a lot to make these. You can buy the full set here for £3.20/$4.15.

You may or may not know that I’m a massive fan of the TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, so I jumped on the chance to make a bookworm crossover! This set is just £1.90/$2.47.

Love, Simon has some great quotes, and I wanted to try my hand at making one in this style. The quote reads ‘Everyone should have to declare one way or another, & it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, whatever’. This two bookmark set is also £1.90/$2.47. Just want one? Find the Love, Simon design here for £1/$1.30 and the quote design here for the same price.

And last but not least, my boyfriend Josh has also pitched in and joined me this time! We both watched and loved The Umbrella Academy, and he wanted to take his own style to make this gorgeous 3 bookmark set for my shop. You can find them here for £2.90/$3.76.

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-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #131 / Call It What You Want

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!

Hi all! It’s been a tiring week but we’re back on track now and back in routine hopefully. It’s also been a weird week for me reading wise as I was trying to slog through A Darker Shade of Magic and it just wasn’t working for me. You can read more on my post from yesterday called DNFing books!

So here’s a (small) throwback to a book I really enjoyed, Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer. I read it as an ARC and thought it’d be perfect to post about now it’s actually out in stores 🙂

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“Other people don’t have the challenges we have… but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own.” 
― Brigid Kemmerer, Call It What You Want

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! DNF’ing Books

Hi all! You might be sat there wondering what on earth this title means. Well, for those of you who don’t know, DNF stands for Did Not Finish in the book community. And I’m here to talk about it!

What is DNF’ing?

Marking a book as DNF’d means you decided to put it down part the way through without completing the book.

Why would this happen?

For example, someone could DNF a book because they decide they didn’t like it, or the writing style isn’t for them, they don’t understand what’s going on, or maybe it just isn’t the right time for them to read it right now. I’ve definitely put books down before knowing it’s not for me right now but I’ll probably pick it up again in the future!

Why is this important?

It really depends on the reader to whether you DNF a book or not. I spent a long time never, ever DNF’ing books under any circumstance, determined to see it all the way through. It’s only in recent times that I’ve decided it’s not worth my time anymore.

And I think it all comes down to that – sometimes it’s just not worth your time to carry on reading a book you just know isn’t for you. Sometimes that could be temporary, sometimes forever.

When do I, personally, DNF a book?

I’ve been thinking about this subject because I recently decided to mark A Darker Shade of Magic as DNF’d. This was for a number of reasons:

  • I didn’t understand the full extent of the book
  • I decided I didn’t much care for the characters
  • I didn’t want to pick the book up at this particular time
  • I didn’t have any intrigue to the outcome of the story

This was a really hard thing for me to do, as obviously this is a very hyped read. But personally, it definitely wasn’t the right time for me. I’ve put it aside for now with the intention of maybe trying it again at some point in the future.

Where do you stand on DNF’ing books? Do you ever do it?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #98

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 all! Sometimes, isn’t it great to buy books knowing you’re not adding to your TBR? I have around 70 unread books, so it’s a relief sometimes to know I won’t be adding to it!

Today’s books are one’s I’ve already read because they’re the illustrated editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. They’re both so beautiful and I’m excited to meet the illustrator in a few weeks at YALC.

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Have you bought any books this week?

-Beth

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Blog Tour & Review: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Hello readers! I was lucky enough to be selected by Source Books Fire through Midas Public Relations to take part in this blog tour. It was such an exciting tour to be a part of and I’m really grateful for the ARC copy they sent me in exchange for this honest review. Thank you again, Source Books Fire!

I’m finishing up this tour alongside DMCI Reads and The Library Looter. Go check them out!

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In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

I fell in love with this book the moment I saw it. I mean, the beautiful cover is a pretty good start, right? As soon as I started reading, I felt somehow comforted, in the sense I just knew I was going to enjoy this one.

It felt so lovely to read a good fantasy. I recently read The Last Namsara, and even though I liked it, The Storm Crow just seemed to add the things I missed in that one. For a start, the world was beautiful and so well described – I felt enveloped in the rich, lush description of the lands and kingdoms. The writing was poetic and lovely.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the first chapter. It was full of action and intrigue, and kept me intrigued for the lulls and slower parts. And unfortunately, the only downside for me was that this book did lull. Although the writing was great, the pacing unfortunately wasn’t. The action was very sporadic and I felt left for the majority of the book without any. Part of me understands due to Thia’s mental health, and the slow plot did make me sympathise with her personal struggles.

But that’s where my complaints end – I adored everything else about The Storm Crow. Thia resonated deeply with me in a way characters in fantasy don’t usually. I find with fantasy there can be some disconnect if the characters seem unattainable or unrealistic. With Thia, things are different. She struggles openly with grief and depression, and the way this was discussed felt so important. She was still a badass, passionate and heroic woman, but she was also struggling and surviving day by day. It made her so much more real.

My love for the characters doesn’t end there. This book had a great cast of side characters too, and I loved them all for their own roles. Thia’s relationship with her sister felt well written, and so did her friendship with Kiva, who I loved. Her friendship with Caylus and difficult friendship with her husband-to-be also offered interesting, dynamic relationships I became quickly invested in. And I can’t write this review without giving a shoutout to a villain I absolutely loved to hate, Razal.

The whole crow element to this book is something I’ve not really seen before in YA, and I loved it. Having such a strong connection to the magic and animals gave the story a whole different dynamic and focus, rather than just the politics. Instead, the story flickered between politics and magic and Thia’s passionate love for the crows, which kept me on my toes and interested.

Overall, this book encompassed me in such a love for a rich world, diverse (in all ways), lovable characters, magic and passionate writing. All in all, the only reason this didn’t quite get 5 full stars from me is unfortunately the pacing – everything else was there and I loved it.

★★★★★ 
5 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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Blog Tour: The Storm Crow Q&A

Hi all! I’m honoured to be taking part in the blog tour for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. I have a review coming a little later and for now we have a Q&A with the author herself!

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a proof copy and making this interview possible. Before we begin let’s see a little about the book itself!

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In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

And now for the interview with Kalyn. Thank you for being with us Kalyn!

1. For those who don’t know, can you sum up The Storm Crow in a sentence or two?

a. The Storm Crow is a young adult fantasy about a princess who ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical, elemental crows that were taken from her people in order to protect her kingdom from an enemy empire.

2. What inspired you to write The Storm Crow?

a. I read an article about a little girl who fed her neighborhood crows. They brought her gifts in return, which inspired a short story I wrote about a princess trapped in a tower and the crows that brought her pieces of the world. The idea stuck with me and later evolved into a kingdom whose entire way of life was based on magical crows.

3. The Storm Crow is your debut novel – how does it feel having your first book out there in the world?

a. It’s incredibly surreal! Most the time it doesn’t feel real, and then every once in a while something will really drive it home, like seeing my final copies or doing a signing for people who have actually read it.

4. Do you relate to any of your characters? If so, which?

a. I relate to all of them in different ways. Thia’s depression, Kiva’s loyalty, Caylus’s love of baking. I’d say I’m closest to Kiva though!

5. How did you find writing about depression/mental illness? It must have been an emotional journey!

a. It definitely wasn’t easy. I had to take a lot of breaks from writing and editing those scenes, but in the end, it was very cathartic.

6. And finally, what’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt while writing a debut novel? Any advice for budding writers?

a. Write the story you love! Don’t worry about trends or doing what you think readers want. Write your story

-Beth

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Review: Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

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Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.
Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

Well, that was a rollercoaster.

I know, I’m so late to the party with this one! I’ve seen it around and heard about it all of my life, yet somehow never picked it up myself. I thought at 19 it may be a little young and irrelevant for me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

With Callum being a Nought (seen as a lower member of society) and Sephy being a Cross (more privileged), they defied normal expectations by falling in love. Noughts and Crosses just don’t mix. Of course we’ve seen this trope many times before (Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, hello), but bringing race into the mix made this book turbulent, upsetting and frankly heartbreaking.

‘I used to comfort myself with the belief that it was only certain individuals and their peculiar notions that spoilt things for the rest of us.’

Even though this book is almost 20 years old, I could still see it relating to today’s society. I’m proud to say I think the UK is far past the racial divide we see in Noughts & Crosses, but I was constantly reminded that the actions taken throughout this book have very probably happened to real people. It is so sad and hard hitting to read and ponder.

Noughts & Crosses carries weight. It was the early noughties The Hate U Give, and it crushes my heart into pieces that even when The Hate U Give came out, stories like this still need to be told. But much like with THUG, I’m very glad they are being put out into the world, for us to reconsider how we treat one another.

I found this book very character driven, but I actually really enjoyed it. Callum and Sephy have very upsetting lives for completely different reasons (due to their class divide and differences), and seeing the world and racial struggles from their PsOV really related to me, even being much older than them. Due to feeling so close to them both, I felt so gripped to the story and ended up finishing it in a couple of long sittings. The short chapters and younger language ensured I read over 100 pages at a time, which is unlike me!

‘But how many individuals does it take before it’s not the individuals who are prejudiced but society itself?’

Talking of the language, it’s a tricky one to define. Yes, it’s young, but that I expected and didn’t mind. It’s also over dramatic and includes way too many exclamation marks. Like damn girl, those were overused. Personally, I do believe it was more common in writing around the time, and for that I forgave the language quickly. Only in that way does this book show it’s age, but it would have been more enjoyable with more contemporary writing.

It’s very hard to describe how else Noughts & Crosses let me down. In some ways, I found Callum and Sephy felt a little…forced? In a way, it’s very obvious their romance is a big plot point, and because of that I missed a natural connection between them both. And although the ending was incredibly gripping, it was also a little over the top for me personally.

Even with these small criticisms, this book is still very enjoyable and I can see why it has so much love and attention. It’s definitely worth a read!

★★★★ 
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

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