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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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

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Spring YA Reads

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!

Hi readers! This Top 5 Wednesday we’re talking about Spring books. For me, spring reads are contemporaries or romance, YA, and light and fluffy after the winter gloom. I definitely transition between more contemporary in the summer, and fantasy in the winter.

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Honestly, all Matson books would be perfect for the warmer seasons – but I think Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer are vacation/summer reads, so I went with this one.

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My Life Next Door was one of my favourite reads of 2018, when I was starting to find contemporary a little predictable. However, this one still stood out for me as a really great read, and that’s why I’m including it!

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This book is definitely one of my favourites of all time – and it’s perfect for spring.

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I’ve heard very mixed reviews about Alex, Approximately, but I loved it. It’s definitely cheesy and predictable, but the setting and story embody summer romance.

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Of course spring is very much about new beginnings and blossoming starts. I think both Nicola Yoon’s books are perfect – but I wanted to include The Sun is Also a Star to celebrate it becoming a movie!

Which books do you love to read in spring?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Hufflepuff Characters

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 is such a fun and inventive topic idea! I’m not going to lie, it was hard to think of at first, but such fun when I got going. I’m a Hufflepuff, so I started hunting for characters that are kind, accepting, empathetic, soft, gentle, patient and animal lovers!

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Steffi in this book is such an animal lover – and if I remember rightly then there is definitely a dog in this book. How could she not be a Hufflepuff?

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I was thinking about which houses the boys would belong to from The Raven Cycle, and I definitely think gentle, soft Noah would belong to Hufflepuff house.

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Ty was the first Hufflepuff I thought of when I saw this post topic, as I’m currently reading Queen of Air and Darkness.

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I was also reminded of Jacob – he definitely has the empathetic traits of a Hufflepuff.

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I couldn’t not include Matthias and his wolf, Trassel. *softly cries*

Which characters fit your Hogwarts House?

-Beth

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T5W: Underrated Fantasy and Sci-Fi

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 all! So I’m definitely going off-topic with this one as we were meant to be talking about creatures from sci-fi and fantasy books. But that’s a topic I struggle with and we did a similar one late last year, so I’m going to do underrated fantasy and sci-fi instead!

All of these books (aside from the last one, which has just over 20,000), have under 10,000 ratings on Goodreads.

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I loved this book so much when I read it. It’s an underrated dystopia, and is about a cult/religious group. Such a unique concept, and one I loved so much!

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I cannot even tell you how much I adored this book. It blew my mind, and I can’t wait to hopefully re-read it soon as it’s been too long!

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Lauren James is by far my favourite sci-fi author, so she deserves to have 2 books on this list, okay? Okay.

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A romance book that includes time travel? Hell yes. Another one I’m due for a re-read soon.

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Of course this one might not be quite so underrated, it’s Leigh Bardugo for gods sakes, but I had to mention it. If you love fantasy and short stories, this is the book for you. It was one of my favourite reads of 2018!

Which underrated fantasy and sci-fi books do you love?

-Beth

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T5W: Top of 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!

Hi everyone! There are many, many books on my TBR to get through, but I’m slowly winning at getting my physical tbr pile down! These are just a few of the next books I’d like to read.

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It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions… Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

After I’ve finished The Mortal Instruments, I want to pick up this series! I’m almost done with City of Fallen Angels, so it shouldn’t be too long.

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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

This book comes out next week and I’m so excited for it. It’ll be one of the next reads after all of my Cassandra Clare books!

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“Harry Potter: Page to Screen” opens the doors to Hogwarts castle and the wizarding world of Harry Potter to reveal the complete behind-the-scenes secrets, techniques, and over-the-top artistry that brought J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed novels to cinematic life. Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, “Page to Screen” is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere.

I bought this with some Christmas money, and I’m so excited to pick it up soon.

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I definitely want to finish this series this year! It’s been a while since I read the first 5, but I’m determined to carry on.

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Last but not least I’m also looking forward to Dumplin’! I committed a bookish crime by watching the movie first, but it made me even more excited to pick the book up.

What’s on your physical TBR?

-Beth

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T5W: 2019 Reading Resolutions

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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Happy New Year everyone! I’m honestly not one to set New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t think it’s personally healthy to me if I don’t achieve them. However, I do loosely follow bookish one’s and I always attempt a reading challenge! So here are some of my 2019 reading (and blogging) resolutions.

Read 50 Books
I’ve just set my Goodreads goal of the year and it is 50 books again! I managed to read around 15 more than that in 2018, but I like to keep things realistic.

Read a Classic. Any Classic.
I’m sorry to say that the only classic I’ve ever read is Jane Eyre. And I loved it, but whenever I go to read a classic now, I think back to the standalone YA books I have on my TBR and find them too daunting. So instead of making a big goal to read a number of classics, in 2019 I’d just like to start.

Read More Series
I was actually very proud of myself in 2018 for the amount of series I managed to read and get off my physical TBR! I’ve always been more of a standalones kind of reader, but I’m definitely getting more into series. In 2019 I’d at least like to tackle The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices, Divergent and Throne of Glass.

Lessen My Physical TBR
Honestly, this is probably my most important rule on this list. I’m not certain, but I think I’m starting this year with around the same unread books as last year, and I’m not going to let that happen again. I’m going to be stronger, and try and control my book-buying urges! So far, being in a joint book-buying-ban with my best friend is definitely helping that 🙂

Blog Most Days
I couldn’t do this list without including at least one blog related resolution. I’d like to continue blogging most days in 2019 whenever I can.

What are you attempting in 2019?

-Beth

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