Monday, 28 November 2016

NOVEMBER 2016 FAIRYLOOT BOX

This month I received my first ever bookish subscription box. Eek! I've been wanting to post about the box since the minute I received it, but I know not everyone received it as quickly as I did so I didn't want to ruin the surprise for anyone!

I know I'm waaaay behind the times with these, but it took me a while to find one that I thought I would really love, and then I found FairyLoot. If you haven't heard of FairyLoot, they describe themselves as "a fantasy focused monthly subscription box containing a Young Adult book and some hand selected bookish goodies". I love that you can purchase 'one off' boxes, instead of having to commit to a six or twelve monthly subscription.

November's theme was Royals & Rogues. When I was looking for a bookish subscription box and came across this, I was hooked from the second I read "for fans of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series", (aka my absolutely most favourite fave ever). The box was packaged so well and it even had a super cute quote on the side - I was genuinely excited to work my way through the layers to all the bookish bits, and let me say, there were a lot of them! One of my issues with subscription boxes is that you could end up paying a fair amount for not a lot, or for things of low quality. This definitely isn't the case with FairyLoot!



So, one of my favourite pieces from this month's box is the Queen of Books mug, which was designed exclusively by Read At Midnight just for this box! I have a little collection of mugs going on. Not for drinking out of, just cute mugs that look good on my shelves - this isn't just me, right? Anyway, I love this mug and I feel that it sums up my life pretty well. Another favourite of mine is the Queen of Terrasen notepad which was hand designed by Alex Lampley exclusively for the Royals & Rogues box. I'm pretty sure I squealed when I saw this. Sarah J Maas fills my heart with such joy and breaks it into a million pieces in the same minute, but I love her so it's ok.

To go with the mug (if you use them like a normal person, unlike me) was a packet of Royals & Rogues tea and disposable tea leaf filters from The Tea Leaf Company. I was pretty excited about these. I'm not a massive tea drinker and I've no idea how to use filters but I'm excited to try them out!

Another (!) exclusive is the Calipha Pocket Mirror created by Bookworm Boutique, inspired by the Wrath & The Dawn duology. It's so cute, and the perfect size to fit inside your makeup bag! There were some gorgeous art prints included in the box too, inspired by Red Queen and created by LovelyOwlsBooks and Bookotter. I can't wait to get these up on my wall.

The next item I was a little confused by at first. Is it a crystal? Is it a candle? Well, it's soap! A scented Spectorium Soap Crystal by CraftyRagamuffin to be precise. Inspired by the book in November's box, I'm so excited to use it. I just can't bring myself to tear open the packaging just yet. There was also an amazing A Court of Mist and Fury (did I mention it's my favourite?) themed bag included in the box too, but I can't find the lovely person who created it anywhere! 

Finally, the book. I was so excited to find out what this month's book would be, and I'm not disappointed: Nemesis by Anna Banks. I have to admit that I'd heard of neither the book nor the author before, but I'm so intrigued by the plot. Described as having "the perfect amount of magic, mystery, romance and action", it sounds right up my street. The book also came with a signed bookplate, bookmark author letter and a Parani sketch which I love! 

I'm so, so happy with the November Royals & Rogues FairyLoot box, I don't think I'll be able to resist buying future boxes either, which is great for me but not so great for my shelves or bank account. Ah well!


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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

TEN REASONS WHY I LOVE TO READ


Reading is one of, if not my most, favourite thing to do. It's been a huge part of my life ever since I can remember, and because I spend so much of my time devoted to it, I thought it was about time I share ten reasons why I love to read!

1. To escape. With all the stresses of university, work or just life in general, getting stuck into a good book can provide a fab escape. You can put yourself in someone else's shoes for a little bit, get sucked into a new world and just let yourself run wild.

2. Educational. I wholeheartedly attribute my writing skills to my years of reading. For as long as I can remember, reading has been my go to activity. My family and I frequented the library and book shops pretty often, and the book loving bug definitely got passed down from generation to generation. Without it, I don't think I'd possess the skills or knowledge that I do today!

3. The people. The book loving community really is awesome. It's full of like minded people who you can have endless discussions with who totally understand your undying love for Rhysand (heh heh). I've also met three of the most amazing people through book blogging this year, Aisling of Aisling's Beauty Bytes, Emily of Bambi's Blogs and Emma of Emma's Bookery. Not only do we spend a lot of time fangirling, they're also the most supportive and understanding group of girls and I've spoken to them every day for almost two months now!

4. Creativity and imagination. I think without reading, my dreams and ideas would be pretty dull. I don't know about you, but after I've read a particularly good book, I can replay scenes in my head like I've just watched a film. I love it.

5. Improves moods. There's just nothing quite like reading to really cheer me up. Especially after you read an amazing scene that you just want to scream about and tell everyone, or when that couple FINALLY get together.

6. Booktube. Who else finds themselves hours deep into watching somebody organise their book shelves - hands up? I owe a lot to Booktube, without it I would never have come across some of the amazing books I own, and I'm sad it took me so long to find it.

7. The comfort. Books + bed/sofa/chair + blanket + hot drink = bliss. Need I say more?

8. The aesthetics. Sometimes I like to just sit and stare at my bookcase lovingly. Other times I want to fling all of the books off the shelves into a (carefully arranged of course) pile and re-organise it from scratch. One thing is for sure though, books look bloody great.

9. Fangirling. Ah, the Fangirl. Defined by Urban Dictionary as "a rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with a fictional character". Hard to disagree really. I spend 80% of my life fangirling. Whether it's through buying book related merch, sending fan art back and forth in an aptly named "Rhysand and Cats" Whatsapp group chat or simply declaring "I JUST CAN'T" at every book related tweet I see, I am a Fangirl. And proud.

10. The book hangovers. I've suffered a fair few of these in my life, and each and every time they are devastating... but oh so worth it. The bittersweet feeling of loving a book so much, that nothing else will ever compare. A Court of Mist and Fury, I'm looking at you!