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.

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

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

Artemis

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!

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

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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!

 

the-dry

My rating – 4*

Find my full review here

£1.99 on Amazon

heartless-mcb

My rating – 4*

Find my full review here

£1.19 on Amazon

Ragdoll

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

Roanoke

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!

Unboxing: Owlcrate’s Castles, Courts and Kingdoms

November 24, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Owlcrate, Unboxings

We all know that I love a good bookish subscription box, you can find previous unboxing I’ve done here. I’ve long wanted to get my hands on an Owlcrate box and this month I managed to get one of their Courts, Castles and Kingdoms boxes.

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Owlcrate is a YA subscription box that ships from the US (although they are actually a Canadian company) so if you live in the UK you need to factor in their shipping costs. However right now is the PERFECT time to buy as Owlcrate have Black Friday offers running. You can buy their past boxes at a 25% – 50% discount, get money off a new subscription or gift (see codes here) and if you’re a current member they have a discount for you too (here).

Before I show you what came in my box, let me just tell you that these codes are also valid for Owlcrate Jr, their subscription service suitable for 8-12 year olds!

OK, so on to the box. As ever, I’ve put the contents in a spoiler section below. My box arrived really quickly, I was so impressed by that!

Apologies for the photo quality, my excuses are threefold – November in Scotland means terrible light, I no longer have a camera and I’m awful at photography!

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I’m so completely thrilled with this box, and am very impressed with Owlcrate and their service. This box is sold out but if you sign up with one of the Black Friday codes you’ll receive December’s box, Seize The Day.

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What do you think of the November Owlcrate?

Christmas Gift Guide For Book Lovers

November 16, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Christmas, Gifts

Every year I do a wee post with some Christmas gift ideas for book lovers. I know it’s still mid-November and some of you might not be thinking about the holiday season yet, but at least one of the items I’m going to recommend is limited in quantity so I thought it best to get this post out!

Signed Books

Let’s start with that limited item then – V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition.

ADSOM Collector

Forbidden Planet have SIGNED copies of the UK version. There are only 200 copies of this signed, special edition. I have my copy and it’s stunning! I believe all of the first edition US special editions are signed but this signed, numbered copy is perfect for Schwab fans!

Next, I have to mention Jen Campbell.

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Jen will sign, dedicate and even wrap her books for you! I posted a mini-review of her short stories collection, The Beginning of the World In The Middle of the Night, recently – it would make a gorgeous Christmas gift! Just order on Jen’s website!

In that same post, I gushed about Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns.

The Language of Thorns

Waterstones still have some signed copies available however they are in-store only. You can check on their website to see if your local store has a copy though. I had a nosey and there are definitely some still strewn across the country.

Artemis

I haven’t read this book yet, but, if you have someone in your life who loved The Martian, Waterstones have signed copies of Andy Weir’s new book Artemis available. UPDATE – these are now Click and Collect only, so check to see if your local store has a copy.

One of my favourite items to give (and receive) over the past few years has been the illustrated copies of Harry Potter. The latest edition, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released last month and Foyles still have some signed first editions available (note this is signed by the illustrator Jim Kay, not JK Rowling).

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I think they make beautiful gifts for young and old alike! They are stunning books and well worth collecting.

If you’re not so sure what signed book your loved one would like, may I recommend a voucher from Goldsboro Books?

Goldsboro

I’ve had several books from them, and receiving a parcel from them feels so special. They often offer exclusive editions as well as specialising in signed first editions and have a Book of the Month service, so a GB voucher is the perfect gift for book collectors in your life!

Subscriptions

It’s no secret that I love Illumicrate, the quarterly book subscription box. I’ve been signed up since the first box (you can see all of my unboxings here). So, obviously, I think an Illumicrate subscription would make a fantastic present!

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However, Daphne has a special, limited edition box lined up for January…

It’s The Howler Edition, curated and inspired by Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy. You could buy this one-off box for a loved one, give them a voucher telling them they are getting one for Christmas and eke out the festivities when their box arrives in January.

Sticking with the subscription box theme, there’s still time to order the December box from Book Box Club.

The theme is Winter Fairytales and will feature TWO books. I have a sneaky suspicion I know what they are and, having read one of them, I can tell you that they will make the perfect gift!! The December box will be the first box I’ve received from them so I can’t tell you much about them, but if you want to find out what their previous boxes have included you can find them here.

A final subscription idea, Fairyloot. The December edition of Fairyloot has sold out, but you could buy a loved one a subscription starting from January.

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It’s a while since I’ve managed to snag a Fairyloot box but you can find my previous unboxings here.

Bookish Goodies

My sister gave me a beautiful tote bag from Fable and Black for my birthday and I love it!

Since then I’ve been lusting over their shop and considering some Christmas purchases. They have some gorgeous items, something for everyone!

Sticking with Etsy stores, I was first introduced to Nutmeg and Arlo when they appeared in an Illumicrate box a few months ago. We received a “swish and flick” keyring which I love and use every day!

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The site is full of cute gifts – possibly my favourites are her Game of Thrones pins though!

My final recommendation is, of course, for bookish candles. This year’s suggestion is Book and Nook, a company I used earlier in the year. I received one of their monthly boxes to celebrate the publication of ACOWAR.

Sadly I don’t have a post on it, but I loved all of the scents! I’ve been savouring them and am nearly finished burning my last candle from the box.

So there’s my wee 2017 Christmas gift guide for you! I hope you’ve found it useful. If you’re interested in perusing last year’s guide you can find it here.  Happy gifting!

What are your gift suggestions for book lovers?

Top Ten Tuesday #52: Fall TBR List

September 19, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

Top 10 Tuesday Strupag

This week the topic is…

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

I have been as behind with reading as I have with blogging lately so I have a bunch of books that I haven’t read yet despite being super excited about them! Let’s try and narrow it down to ten for the autumn.

 

1

Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab 

(June 2017)

I want to savour this book. Every single word.

2

Wonder Woman Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

(August 2017)

I actually have two editions of this book, the exclusive Illumicrate version and the signed Waterstones limited edition (which you can still get here). I adore Leigh Bardugo’s writing and she just seems to be the nicest person. I can’t wait to dive into this!

3

The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

(June 2017)

I’m really excited to read this, I love a good historical novel and have heard this is excellent.

4

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

(September 2017)

This is Chaol’s book. I loved Chaol in the first two books and I feel he’s had a bit of a rough time in the more recent books so I can’t wait to read this book all about him! I’m very intrigued to see how Maas deals with Chaol’s health issues and wheelchair use. I really, really hope it doesn’t leave me with a rage!

5

The Last Namsara

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

(October 2017)

Dragons! That’s all.

6

Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

(September 2017)

I adore the Grisha Trilogy. Upon finishing it I read all of her novellas online so I’m excited to see that work and all her new stuff in this stunning book!

7

Another Day In The Death of America

Another Day In The Death of America by Gary Younge

(September 2016)

This one has been on my TBR for a year, but I really, really want to get to it soon.

8

You Don't Know Me

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood

(May 2017)

I have this on audiobook and I’m told it’s the best way to enjoy this novel, so I think it’ll be my next listen.

9

Flame In The Mist

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

(May 2017)

I’ve been meaning to read this for months. I just finished my stunning Mist candle In The Wick of Time and Fairyloot so it’s time to read the actual novel. (I need another of these candles, but the shipping is just so £).

10

Good Me Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

(January 2017)

I’ve seen this book mentioned everywhere so I need to know what all of the chat is about!

What books are on your TBR for this autumn?