Monday, 1 May 2017

FAIRYLOOT UNBOXING APRIL 2017

It's that time again! One of my favourite days of the month is when I finally get my hands on the latest FairyLoot box. I've never opened a box and been disappointed, in fact they just seem to get better and better so I knew I was in for a treat!

FairyLoot is a "fantasy focused monthly subscription box containing a Young Adult book and some hand selected bookish goodies" as described on their website. You can commit to six or twelve month subscriptions or if you're fast enough, you can get your hands on their single purchase boxes! The April theme was "Dreams and Wishes" and I couldn't contain my excitement when I saw that the box would include an item related to A Court of Mist and Fury (which if you didn't know is my FAVOURITE BOOK EVER!!! Ahem, sorry about that).
Upon opening the box the first thing I saw was... another box! Curiosity got the better of me and I couldn't resist opening it straight away. When I saw this beautiful ACOMAF mug I might have actually squealed. Designed by Risa Rodil, it's an exclusive item which makes it even more exciting!

Another exclusive item and one of my regular FairyLoot favourites is a scented candle, Reverie by Meraki Candles. Smelling of mint, marshmallows and candyfloss, it both looks and smells delicious.
Stationery is one of my favourite things. I mean, who doesn't love stationery? I was so pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful Gemstone Notebook by Portico in this month's FairyLoot box. Even more surprised when I saw that it was the Sapphire notebook, the correct one for my birth month! It's so lovely and shiny inside with lots of pages for writing and doodles.

This year I finally read the first three books in The Bone Season series and loved them. So I'm so happy that this month FairyLoot included this Little Dreamer Tote Bag by Miss Phi. It's just the right size for carrying a couple of books around and also looks good hanging off the corner of my bookcase!

This month there were two items that I've never received in a FairyLoot box before and I absolutely love them! The Dream Jar Pin by House of Wonderland is so so cute. I've been wanting to start adding pins to my jackets recently and this is the perfect one to start off with. The Follow Your Dreams magnet, created by FairyLoot themselves, is another perfect addition to this box and I can't wait to use it.
So, this month's book * drumroll* is Given To The Sea by Mindy McGinnis. While for the past few months (and next month) I've been able to work out what the book was, I really had no idea what to expect when unboxing this! The first thing I noticed was just how beautiful the book is, both the dust jacket and the hardcover itself.

"Khosa was born to be fed to the sea, to prevent the kind of wave that once destroyed the Kingdom of Stille. She can’t be sacrificed until she produces an heir, but human touch repulses her…except for the touch of the Indiri.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race with magic that’s seductive—a force of nature—but dwindling since the Pietra slaughtered their people.

Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who are now marching on the Kingdom of Stille. The stone shores of Witt’s kingdom harbor a secret threat, and to ensure the survival of his people, he’s prepared to conquer every speck of Stille’s soil.

Vincent stands to inherit the throne of Stille, but has no wife to share it with. When the beautiful and mysterious Khosa arrives without an heir, Vincent knows that his father will stop at nothing to make sure she fulfills her duty. Torn between protecting his kingdom and protecting the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is soon at odds with his heart.

While royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the Indiri struggle to survive, the rising sea calls for its Given, and Khosa is destined to answer."

So this book sounds a lot different than the kind of book I would usually pick up (and I'm not going to lie, I'm kinda scared of the sea already) but after seeing some reviews on Goodreads I'm interested to reading it! Seriously, if you're thinking of trying FairyLoot out, please do it. You won't regret it!



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Monday, 24 April 2017

FAIRYLOOT UNBOXING MARCH 2017

Each month I eagerly await the arrival of my FairyLoot month, and March was definitely no different! This month FairyLoot are celebrating their one year anniversary, so I was even more excited than usual to receive the box, and they really did not disappoint. It featured items that are a little different to the usual offering, which I really liked!

FairyLoot is a "fantasy focused monthly subscription box containing a Young Adult book and some hand selected bookish goodies" as described on their website. You can commit to six or twelve month subscriptions or if you're fast enough, you can get your hands on their single purchase boxes! The February theme was "Myths and Monsters".

For the first time every, FairyLoot included a scarf in one of their boxes. Exclusively made by GivArt, this silvery dragon scale scarf is so cute! It's super soft and lightweight, making it the perfect accessory for the good weather we are hoping for here in the UK. Or, it could make a great addition to a bookcase or act as a lovely little decorative piece!

Next is an item that I'm absolutely in love with - the Unicorn Fairy Lights by Mustard! Who doesn't love a good set of fairy lights? The fact that these are made up of lots of little unicorns and clouds makes them even better and I can't wait to decorate my bookcase with them.
Now a FairyLoot box wouldn't be the same without a candle, would it? This Nephilim candle by GeekyClean smells of black cherry and lime, which really reminds me of the cherry cola bottle sweets! It actually smells good enough to eat so I'll be burning it pretty soon!

The Mermaid Pocket Mirror by Book Otter is so cute and will be a lovely little addition to my everyday makeup bag, and just look at the adorable Dragon and Phoenix magnetic bookmarks by Bonitismo! I don't have any magnetic bookmarks with my bookish merch yet so I'm really happy to have received these.
So, the item that I was most excited for, the March book of the month! I'd had a few thoughts as to what it might be, so when I finally pulled it out of the book bag and saw I'd been right I may possibly have squealed: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. "A whimsical tale of  Gods, myths and monsters", Strange the Dreamer is the first in a new duology, and this edition comes with sprayed blue edges (so pretty) and artwork by Laini Taylor herself. It's even signed! As always, the book came with a letter from the author and even an exclusive postcard. I cannot wait to sink into this story; I've heard such incredible things about this book and as I'm just over halfway through her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, I know I'm going to love her latest story too.

As this month is celebrating FairyLoot's one year anniversary, the box also came with a special booklet which told us the history of FairyLoot which I thought was really cool. A chapter sampler of Fallen was also included, and I do love a good Angel story. This is another awesome box from FairyLoot. I'm honestly blown away each and every month by the incredible items included and the hard work that Anissa and Michael put in. If you're thinking about buying one, go ahead and do it! You won't regret it - promise. 



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Friday, 21 April 2017

MY READING ROUTINE

Confession: I'm a little bit nosey. I love watching routine videos on YouTube; morning routines, planning routines, self care routines, allll of the routines. After watching and reading everybody else's, I thought I'd finally write my own: my reading routine.
Now I'm the kind of person who can usually read anywhere. I sometimes read in the car if I'm early for uni and sat in the car park, or in the cafe at uni between lectures, sometimes I've even read in a lecture before (oops). But without doubt my favourite place to read is at home, in my bed. 

The first thing I do is fluff up all my pillows (my boyfriend may say too many pillows) and sort out my little reading corner. My favourite pillows have to be my ACOMAF themed ones from Evie SEO. They're so cute, super good quality and how could I resist anything that's related to my favourite series?

We've been having some unusually good weather here in Manchester recently, so I've been loving having the curtains pulled back and the window open, letting in all that good sunshine and fresh air. However in the winter, I much prefer the dark and snuggly aesthetic, with just my bedside lamp on, covered in a heap of blankets.
While this is usually the part where people say "and then I brew a strong and sweet cup of tea in my favourite mug", that's just not me. I actually think it'd result in me scalding myself while reading! I do however have some water or sugar free juice (because I'm actually seven years old) and occasionally a snack or two, typically a chocolate digestive.

While I can read in total silence, I often like to listen to some music or have the television on in the background as sometimes I find that the silence can be a bit intimidating if I'm trying to get into a particularly difficult book. I usually find a playlist on Spotify, either like a soft jazz or acoustic playlist and play that on my phone or laptop. I've been really getting back into listening to music recently. 

One of my favourite things to do when I wake up in a morning is to stick on my own "Miracle Morning" playlist and sing and dance along while I get ready to start my day. Because of this I've been looking into investing in some new equipment, like these Panasonic Wireless Speakers*. My dad's always been into his tech, especially surround sound equipment and televisions, so I know that sometimes spending a little more does result in better quality and longer lasting gadgets! I'll definitely be adding these to my wishlist, and 'cause they're bluetooth I'll be able to sing along in the shower even better.

So I've chosen my book, sorted out my space, got myself some refreshments and chosen my music. Now it's time to sit back, get comfy and cosy and get lost in another great book. Recently I've been really loving reading self help and personal development books again as I want to work on being my better self and just becoming a happier and more positive person. I've got a self help TBR coming up very soon so make sure to check that out if you want any book inspo! 


*This post has been sponsored by Panasonic.