Unboxing: Illumicrate #11

June 4, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate

It’s that time again – ILLUMICRATE! As you probably know by now, Illumicrate is a quarterly bookish subscription box. You can find out all the details on their website, and if you fancy a look inside previous boxes then you’ll find all my posts here.

This quarter the theme is “Hidden Talents”. It’s only the second themed quarterly box that Illumicrate have done, so I was intrigued to see what it contained.

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To be honest, I’m still not completely convinced by this latest themed format of boxes – but maybe I’m just grumpy and hate change? That said, I still can’t wait to see what Illumicrate has in store for us with the August box!

Did you get this box? What did you think of it?

Unboxing: Illumicrate #10

March 8, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate

I love receiving my Illumicrate box, it’s always such a treat! (You can find all of my previous unboxings here.) This quarter is the first time that Daphne has curated a themed box (outwith the one-off giant limited edition boxes she does) and she selected the theme of “Rise Up!” to align with her choice of book for February. So, obviously, I was excited to see what she’d include!

Since I’m unusually early in posting my unboxing, I’m going to put it all in the spoiler section below.


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If you like what you see and want to sign up for Illumicrate you can find all of the details on their website. It costs £29.99 plus shipping per quarter and ships internationally too.

I’m off to make a coffee in my new mug now!

What do you think of the tenth (!!!) Illumicrate box?

Giveaway: Win a Copy of Scythe

February 23, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Closed Giveaways

It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway on the blog, and since I have a spare copy of Scythe by Neal Shusterman (I’m reading my copy right now – it’s so good) I thought it was about time!

I’m afraid that due to postage costs this is a UK only giveaway – sorry international friends. I do hope to do another international giveaway in the near future though!


Scythe has been available in the US for a while and I’ve been hearing great things about it. So naturally, when it was published here by Walker Books earlier this month, I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. Such was my desperation I ended up with two copies! So I just want to say thank you to Walker Books for sending me one.

Ok, the giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning just use the rafflecopter entry form below. You can do as many or as few of the entries as you wish.

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Good luck!

I’m off to continue reading my copy now 😀


Unboxing: Illumicrate #9

January 12, 2018 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate

I was just thinking about how excited I am for the February Illumicrate box when I realised I hadn’t posted the contents of my November box. So here it is. Please forgive the photography skills!

First of all, I love this print from Nutmeg and Arlo. It’s actually now framed and up on my bedroom wall.

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Sadly, Meraki Candles are now closed so this is my last candle from them. Reading in Bed has a hot chocolate scent and smells good enough to eat!

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I really like this exclusive moon and stars necklace from Oh Panda Eyes, it’s a tribute to stories set in space but it makes me think of Khaleesi!

necklace collage

I’m going to be totally organised in 2018 with this unicorn journal created by Prism of Starlings.


I’m a weirdo who loves funky tea towels so this bookish tea towel from Evannave Illustration made me very happy!

tea towel

As for our November book, we received an exclusive Illumicrate edition of Artemis by Andy Weir, complete with black sprayed edges!


But it didn’t stop there. Daphne also included a second book! An exclusive edition advanced reader copy of The City of Brass! I’ve heard so many good things about this book; I can’t wait to read it!


As always, there were some other extras, with samples of This Mortal Coil and IRON GOLD!!!!!


Once again, I loved my Illumicrate box!

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If you can’t wait until February and you’re a Pierce Brown fan (who isn’t?) then make sure you check out the limited Howler Edition box  Daphne has curated. There are still some boxes available!

Kindle Deals: 2017 Reviews

December 20, 2017 in Bookish Posts

I was flicking through the Kindle deals on Amazon today when I realised that quite a few of the books that I reviewed on the blog this year are bargains at the moment. So, if you’ve read one of my 2017 reviews and fancy giving the book ago then now’s the time!

I’ve gathered and linked a range of titles below (no affiliate links).  Everything I’ve mentioned is currently under £2!



My rating – 4*

Find my full review here

£1.99 on Amazon


My rating – 4*

Find my full review here

£1.19 on Amazon


My rating – 4.5*

Find my full review here

99p on Amazon

All The Wicked Girls

My rating – 4*

Find my full review here

99p on Amazon

Good Me Bad Me

My rating – 4*

Find my full review here 

£1.99 on Amazon

The Alice Network

My rating – 4.5*

Find my full review here

99p on Amazon


My rating – 4*

Find my full review here

£1.99 on Amazon

Strange The Dreamer

My rating – 4.5*

Find my full review here

£1.99 on Amazon

Finally, I know this isn’t a 2017 review BUT with Iron Gold coming out next month now is the time to read Red Rising if you haven’t done so already!

Red Rising

My rating – 5*

Find my full review here

99p on Amazon

Happy reading!