Illumicrate Unboxing – November 2017

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Illumicrate is a bookish subscription box based in the UK. It contains at least one book and lots of other bookish delights. It is a quarterly box that arrives in February, May, August and November.

This is the nineth illumicrate box so far and they are now beginning to do special boxes around certain series – they’ve recently done a Grisha box and their next one is a Howler (Red Rising). I think they plan on doing a ACOTAR themed box soon too!

I’m always super excited to get these not only for the books but for the amazing bookish goodies with it.

Spoilers ahead! Don’t read on if you haven’t opened yours yet…

November Box

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Artemis by Andy Weir (exclusive edition)

I wasn’t overly excited when I first pulled this book out of the box as it doesn’t really look like the sort of book I would usually choose for myself. But that’s part of the reason I subscribe to this box! When I read the blurb, it actually sounds really interesting!

My Thoughts (2)

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz’s problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself – and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.

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Bookish Tea Towel by @evannaveillustration (exclusive)

Always need a tea towel to wash up all my tea mugs. plus, the design is in my favourite colour. Win.

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“The Right Book” Print by @nutmegandarlo (exclusive)

I adore this quote! I’m putting it straight up in my classroom for all my children to see.

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Unicorn Journal by @prismofstarlings (exclusive)

This has a super cute design on the outside but my favourite part is the inside. It has the birthdays of famous literary figures, which I just love!

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Reading in Bed canle by @ Merakicandles (exclusive)

This is my favourite item in the box! It smells like chocolate and it looks gorgeous. I loved the last candle Meraki Candles did for the box too – I will definitely be ordering people presents from them!

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Moon and Stars Necklace by @ohpandaeyes (exclusive)

The description say “a little tribute to stories set in space” but my first thought was Game of Thrones. Eitherway, this is super cute!

Extras: Excerpts of The Mortal Coil and Iron Gold, and an ARC of The City of Brass by S.A.Chakraborty.

This has a beautiful cover! It’s not released until Spring 2018 so we’re very lucky 🙂

My Thoughts (2)

 

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for

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July 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

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July has been such a long month for me. I’ve finally finished work for the summer but it was a very stressful few weeks as I had to completely pack down my classroom, which took forever. Since breaking up, I’ve literally just slept. I’ve been really rubbish for blogging this month (SORRY!) – I’ve bought a load of books in anticipation of getting back into the swing of things now I have free time. So, without further ado…

Books Read in July

Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Last week of school.

Sunday Smiles – New car

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TTT – Books I’ve read due to the blogging community

TTT – Books that tackle tough issues

TTT – Favourite non-reading summer activities


Books I Bought In July.

I went a bit crazy this month…

Kindle:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabrield Garcia Marquez

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Red Queen (Red Queen 1) by Victoria Aveyard

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series #10)  by Agatha Christie

Lyrebird: An uplifting, summer read by the Sunday Times bestseller by [Ahern, Cecelia]Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Süskind, Patrick]

Books:

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Crooked Kingdoms (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Effective Transition into Year One by Alistair Bryce-Clegg


Currently Reading

1984 by George Orwell (Still…)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind 

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Looking Forward To In August…

We’ve just got a car! So we’ve planned lots of road trips all over England (post) – hopefully I’ll get round to putting up a post about some of our adventures. We’ve planned: Leeds castle, Dover castle, Cambridge, Canterbury, hopefully York or Bath, Hasting, plus more!

Hamlet starring Andrew Scott.

Family BBQ – we always do a theme, this year is Jazz themed.

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How was your July?

School’s Out For Summer!

Second year of teaching completed. Woop Woop. It went surprisingly quickly and had lots of high and low points.

High points: Seeing their progress, especially their independence. Having at least 3 hugs a day and laughing on a daily basis.

Low points: A child throwing up on the carpet and down the back of a child but helpfully trying to catch it in their hands.

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Funny points: Their drawings – I have a load of photos on my phone of their drawings that look like penis’. Equally, they can’t spell “can’t” or “country”. A child asking Vince Cable what the fastest dog in the world is. A child falling asleep in the middle of church, whilst on the stage, during the Carol Concert.

Summer 2017

We haven’t booked a holiday this year, instead we’re planning lots of day trips and days out around England. Here are our plans so far (crossed out are the ones I’ve already done):

  • Dover castle
  • Make a flower box for the balcony
  • Climb Mt. Snowdon
  • Kew Gardens

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  • Go to an open air cinema
  • Visit Cambridge
  • See Hamlet staring Andrew Scott
  • Help my friends move house
  • Go to an animal sanctuary / zoo
  • Dye my hair
  • Read at least 5 books
  • Visit Cornwall
  • Plan some of my wedding
  • Go bowling
  • Go trampolining
  • Visit Bath
  • Visit York

I had to laugh as last Summer I posted my list of books I had intended to read. A year later, here is the same list with the books I’ve read crossed out:

Maybe I’ll manage to cross a few more off by the end of summer?


What have you got planned this summer?

What do you recommend me doing this summer?

 

Ways to Organise Your Bookshelves

Since I’ve been collecting books, I’ve organised my bookshelves in a lot of ways. I’ve seen lots of pictures of other people’s gorgeous shelves. I’ve changed mine around in a lot of ways based on theirs. Some of it works for me and others don’t. I’ve learnt that just because a bookshelf is aesthetically pleasing, doesn’t mean it’s logically pleasing. Mine has ended up being a mixture of everything, it doesn’t always look the best, but it does work for me.

So this post is for you – if you think your shelves are a bit lacking or you just want a switch up.

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One of my shelves

Ways to order your shelf:

By genre

This is my favourite way because it’s so organised and makes it really easy to find a book when I’m in the mood for a certain book.

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Alphabetically by author’s last name

This isn’t one that I tend to do just because I don’t particularly like having hard back books in the middle of the shelf but it is a super easy way to find books. It is the way that I order all my reviews though (here).

By height

I use this method because it makes it easier for shelf size, or I tend to put the larger books to the side of the shelf.

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By colour

Rainbow shelves are simple gorgeous. I think they look simply amazing. The downside I find it that it means some series are split up and it’s a nightmare to find books.

By TBR and Read piles

I’ve just moved my shelves around to do this. I have 3 shelves in my bedroom with the next books on my TBR pile to pick from. Hopefully that way I might actually get through some of them!

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A favourites shelf

I love this way! I put all my favourite books/authors on the same shelf and it’s always a great shelf to go to when I’m stuck for a book. I’ve seen lots of other people’s favourite’s shelves and they look great!

By publication date

This would be a very organised way of doing it. It’s not one that I’ve ever tried, just because I like my series being put together but it could be a very interesting one to look at.

Just make it fit

This is how my shelves always end up being before I cave and buy more shelves. Most of the time I end up having some books on the side and some standing up straight or, in my current situation, on top of others.

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My favourite shelf on by book case isn’t actually books. My favourite shelf is my memory shelf. It has my scrap books and boxes full of memorabilia. I usually also have little figures and photos on my shelves too.

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How do you organise your shelves?

Do you keep yours the same or mix it around?

Are there any ways that you want to try?

Illumicrate Unboxing – May 2017

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Illumicrate is a bookish subscription box based in the UK. It contains at least one book and lots of other bookish delights. It is a quarterly box that arrives in February, May, August and November.
teaThis is my fourth Illumicrate box. I have been delighted with the last two – I have used up all the tea from the August box and almost DSC_0075finished the yummy smelling candle from the November box. I also use my socks and trio coasters regularly. March’s box just had the cutest little make up bag and lip balm.

I’m always super excited to get these. I’ve been checking my delivery code almost obsessively since it was emailed to me.

Spoilers ahead! Don’t read on if you haven’t opened yours yet…

May Box

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Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

We got a clue for this book, and I actually guessed we’d be getting something different. I can’t explain how excited I was to see this in the box! I loved Trouble (my review) and this book sounds just as great! It’s really interesting because it’s told from two sides and half way through the book you flip it upside down and start from the otherside.

How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?

To top things off, the book is also signed! and it comes with a lovely letter too.

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Feyre Mug by Merwild (exclusive)

Based on A Court of Mist and Fury – a book I am still yet to read – this mug is very pretty.

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Mermaid Lagoon Candle by Flickerink (exclusive)

We were given a clue by the supplier that there would be a candle in this box, and I was very excited. I LOVE candles. This one is delicious, it smells tropically and I just cant stop smelling it – yum!

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Swish and Flick Keychain by Nutmeg and Arlo (exclusive colour)

I freaking love this! It’s so super cute! Anything Harry Potter and I’m a happy bunny.

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Enchanted Door Hanger and Print by TJ Lubrano (exclusive)

This Beauty and the Beast inspired artwork is just gorgeous. It’s now living on my bookcase.

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Map Bookmark by Penguin Co (Exclusive)

This is by far my favourite item in the box. I’m awful when it comes to book marks as I don’t have many and just use anything I can grab as one. This is absolutely stunning, I can’t wait to start using it. I’m going to go onto Pintrest and start learning how to make them like this.

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Extras: Windfall, The Gender games, Taste of Blue Light and and ARC of The Walking Land by Callie Bates with signed bookplate and author letter.

A second book! A second book! A second book! This is why this box is so awesome!

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.

Sounds interesting, probably not going to be on the top of my TBR pile, but will be read.

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What a great haul!

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First Quarter Quell 2017 – 3 Month Wrap Up

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I set myself the following challenges at the beginning of the year: 

  • To read my pre-ordered books ( Court of Thorns and Roses + Court of Mist and Fury)
  • To get above 70% on NetGallery
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages).
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes – Nevernight, The Graces, The Diabolic.
  • To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

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To Read My Pre-Orders: These are A Court of Thorns and Roses + Court of Mist and Fury. ACoTaR has been moved onto my bedside table but that’s about it.

To get above 70% on NetGalley: 
In December it was 64%. With a bit of fluctuation it’s on 65% again. I have a few great ones that I need to get round to:

  • The newest Witcher book – The Lady of the Lake
  • Traitor to the Throne
  • You’re One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
  • This Secret We’re Keeping
  • Allegiant

I must stop requesting new books…. Also, I’ve now reached over 50 reviews!

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To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection: 
In December I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I’ve made no progress on this at all.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read  7196 pages = 45% !!!

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): I completed The Great Gatsby and I have every intention of reading 1984.

To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes: Not yet. And I’ve got two more because of the February box.

To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge. (18/52 completed)

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So far I have read:
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E” – Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi (10/1/17) 
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title – A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (5/3/17)
11. A category from another challenge – “A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read” – The Bridget Jones Omnibus The Singleton Years by Helen Fielding (23/2/17)
17. A book with illustrations – The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge (re-read 11/1/17)
18. A really long book (600+ pages) – Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K.Rowling (Re-read 17/02/17)
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling (re-read 14/02/17)
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before – The Accident Season by Moira Fowely-Doyle (2/1/17)
27. A book by one of your favorite authors – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling (re-read 13/02/17)
28. A non-fiction – The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook: How Your Students Learn More When You Teach Less by Jim Smith (19/01/17)
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  by J.K.Rowling (Re-read 18/2/17)
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle) – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (24/01/17)
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link) – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling (Re-read 16/02/17)
37. A book you choose randomly – Bridget Jones’s Baby by Helen Fielding (3/2/17)
40. A book published in 2017 – Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (10/3/17)
41. A book with an unreliable narrator – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitsgerald (16/03/17)
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far) – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling (Re-read 19/02/17)
45. A book with a one-word title –Us by David Nicholls (16/1/17)
46. A time travel novel – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling (Re-read 15/02/17)
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays) – Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes (1/2/17)

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I’ve also started a feature Sunday Smiles – Click the link, or the picture, to find out how to join in!

Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?

Illumicrate Unboxing #6

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Illumicrate is a bookish subscription box based in the UK. It contains at least one book and lots of other bookish delights. It is a quarterly box that arrives in February, Macoastersy, August and November.
teaThis is my third Illumicrate box. I have been delighted with the last two – I have used up all the tea from the August box and almost finished the yummy smelling candle from the November box. I also use my socks and trio coasters regularly.

This one is a little later than the owner expected but it was certainly worth the wait!

Spoilers ahead! Don’t read on if you haven’t opened yours yet…

February Box

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I haven’t seen this before but it sounds interesting. I came with a lovely letter from the author, a signed bookplate and a bookmark.

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen, Liesl feels that her childhood dreams are slipping away. And when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. But with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

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Bare Necessities Pouch by Literacy Lifestyle Company – Exclusive

I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this! Look how gorgeous it is! It’s based on The Jungle Book, which I love. I’m definitely going to be looking at the company’s website for more beautiful work.

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Magic and Mischief Balm by Bookish Serendipity Co – Exclusive

This was the last thing I found in my box and it’s a real treat! It’s all-natural, handmade and fairy tale-inspired. It’s every so soft on my lips and smells great. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like but its a bit like coffee.

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A Darker Shade of Magnets by Her Bookish Things – Exclusive

These are quotes from A Gather of Shadows by V.E.Schwab. I haven’t read it but spookily it is a book that I was looking at yesterday.

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Newt Scamander Bookmark by Jane’s Tiny Things – Exclusive

I love this! I had no expectations for the film and ended up loving it. When I saw this I was so excited, it was instantly recognisable. Definitely a bookmark I’ll be using straight away.

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Extras: Following Orphelia Bookmark, Flame in the Mist sample by Renee Ahdieh, Gilded Cage postcard and and ARC of Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

I was so excited to see Red Sister! Two books!  It’s very chunky but sounds amazing – it reminds me a bit of Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers.

“I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin”

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

How brilliant does that sound! There’s also a sample from Flame in the Mist which I haven’t heard of before. I love getting these sample. There’s also an Orphelia book mark and a Guilded Cage post mark which I haven’t read but may do now.

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My 2017 Reading Challenges

Last year I set myself some challenges. I met some of them but not all.

The ones I didn’t complete are going to be rolled over to 2017

Continued targets:

  • To read my pre-ordered books.
  • To get above 70% on NetGallery
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection

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My new targets:

  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total. To beat 2014 would be brilliant!
2016 – 15,715 pages (58 books)
2015 – 13,220 pages (49 books)
2014 – 17,002 pages (51 books)

I’ve decided not to set myself a number of books challenge as otherwise I feel guilty about adding children’s picture books and making it look like I’ve read more than I have – this is why I’ve set the pages challenge!

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So far the books I intend on reading next yearbased on the books I intend to read for the Around the Year in 52 Books, are:

  • Rebel of the Sands Alwyn Hamilton (own)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (own)
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (own)
  • The Graces by  Laure Eve (own)
  • The Diabolic by S.J.Kincaid (own)
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (own)
  • Game of Thrones series by George R R Martin (own)
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (own)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (own)
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (own)
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • When God Was a Rabbit
  • The Last Falcon by Colleen Ruttan
  • Spirit of Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (own)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (own)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (own)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (own)
  • Good Omens by Terry Prattchet
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (own)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (own)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (own)
  • Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson (own)
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (own)
  • The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by Geroge Orwell
  • Happy by Derren Brown (own)
  • Vampire Academyby Richelle Mead (own)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (own)
  • Dracular by Bram Stoker (own)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin  by Lionel Shriver (own)
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • It by Stephen King
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
  • Night Angel by Brent Weeks
  • The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (own)
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  •  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (own)

What are your challenges?
Can you recommend me any books I’ll enjoy?
Which book on my list should I begin with?

Final Quarter Quell 2016

The year has come to an end! So lets have a look at the reading challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year:

  • To read 45 books
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection.
  • To complete one other classic
  • To not read ALL picture books
  • To Read my pre-ordered books
  • To get about 70% on Netgallery
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    2016 READING CHALLENGE

    Congrats!

    You have read 58 books of your goal of 45!

Here’s the progress I made after 3 month6 months and 9 months.

To read 45 books
I managed to read 55 books:

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4)Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Not If I See You FirstThe Death of  Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3)The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy)

Love, RosieThe Girl on the TrainBehind Closed Doors (DCI Louisa Smith, #2)Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms, #5)Scrappy Little Nobody

Not Completed:

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – 88% complete
  • Grimm’s Fairy Stories by The Grimm Brothers – 66% complete
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) – 53% complete
  • Happy by Derren Brown – 17% Complete

To Complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
I’ve made absolutely no progress since September…  I just have The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left!

To Complete One Other Classic

I completed The Secret Garden back in January.

To Not Read ALL Picture Books
Less than 1/4 of them are picture books. I also don’t add ones that I re-read on here, just new ones, otherwise it would be a lot more!

To Read My Pre-ordered Books
Whoops. I was meant to read the two most recent Sarah J Maas books over summer. That really didn’t happen. I barely read anything. You can see the things that I did do here. Maybe next year…

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This was definitely aiming too high! Last summer it was on 50% and it’s now on 65% so I’ve done quite well! I’ve eased off requesting as many books, so I might make it by the end of next year…

My targets for next year to come soon….

House of MinaLima

I saw on Facebook a link about a pop up shop in Soho. I had no idea if it was real or not but decided while I was in London for the day I would go and see if it was real.

Imagine my delight when I saw this beautiful shop was very very real.

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Miraphora and Eduardo were designers for Harry Potter, and now Fantastic Beasts, creating lots of the graphic props, including; wanted posters, the Marauder’s map, proclamations, new papers and tapestries.

It is 4 floors of absolute delight. You climb the narrow, crooked stairs, which are decorated with Hogwarts letters and enter a room full of fantastic artwork. Each room displays the prints that you can purchase and shows some of the originals in display cabinets.
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You can buy some of the prints. They are between £39 – £350 which most around £99. You can also purchase badges and stationary.

I couldn’t help myself and I bought this gorgeous print of the Whomping Willow from the Marauder’s map. It’s a limited edition, and mine is number 522 / 1000, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

While we were there, one of the designers (Eduardo) was there signing books!

You can find MinaLima on 26 Greek Street, Soho. On the street opposite the theatre Aladdin plays in. It’s just behind The Curse Child theatre. Check out their website: http://store.minalima.com/