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! 


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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

LAINI TAYLOR BOOK SIGNING: STRANGE THE DREAMER

First of all, please accept my apologies for the terrible quality photos in this post. But at the same time, I'm kind of not sorry because this was a totally awesome day! So last week I attended a very exciting book signing at Waterstones in Liverpool: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor! Despite having read none of Laini's books when I bought this ticket, I already couldn't wait to meet her because I'd heard such wonderful things. I promptly ordered the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and eagerly awaited the arrival of Strange The Dreamer which arrived in March's FairyLoot box (unboxing here)!
Admittedly, at the time of the event I was only halfway through the trilogy and a hundred pages into Strange the Dreamer thanks to working none stop on uni assignments, but I was already so in love with Laini's writing that I knew her books would creep up my favourites list.

I made my way to Liverpool with the lovely Lauren (Northern Plunder) and Beth (I Am Book Mad) who I met at the Caraval book signing, along with Bec (Two Book Thieves) who I met for the first time at the event. Despite having only met once or for the very first time, I had such a lovely time with the girls. We chatted about all sorts and I felt as if I'd known them much longer!

The event itself was amazing, just as I'd anticipated. Laini told us how Strange the Dreamer had initially been The Muse of Nightmares, a story told from Sarai's point of view, but how after writing a certain falling book scene featuring Laszlo, it quickly became his tale. Don't worry though! Laini did let it slip that the second instalment in this duology will indeed be called The Muse of Nightmares and hinted that it might be published next year.

The interview was thoughtful and funny, and Laini was a totally down to earth and funny individual, though I did still suffer the whole "omg I'm meeting an author whose books I really love and what the hell do I talk about" scenario. I actually made stupid small talk about the weather with Laini Taylor, yup. To make matters a little less embarrassing and a little more cool, Laini actually recognised me from Twitter as I'd tweeted her earlier that day! We also received two beautiful golden moth transfer tattoos, and I can't help but think what a stunning real tattoo it would make...
I had such a great day getting to know the girls over pizza and books, and then meeting the wonderful Laini Taylor! I've been reading Strange The Dreamer at every opportunity I've had and it's glorious. I'm trying to take my time and savour the book due to Laini's beautiful writing style but I'm finding that quite hard, I need to know what happens!





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