The Blogger Aesthetic Award

Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to take part in the Blogger Aesthetic Award! She recently hit 1,000 followers on her blog and I must say it’s very well deserved. You should definitely head over and check out her aesthetic and the rest of her brilliant posts. I’ve had a pretty sweet little hour (or two…perhaps even 3) scrolling through Tumblr and Unplash and swooning over the prettiest of book aesthetics.

This award was created by the wonderfully snarky and very talented Liam at Hey Ashers. You can check out his blog and his aesthetic by clicking here.

Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

My Aesthetic:

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I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty pleased with that. Especially the puppy because PUPPIES. ❤

Unfortunately I have no idea who created these beautiful images, but I take no credit for any of them. Check out Unplash and Tumblr for more loveliness.

I nominate the lovely:

Lauren at Wonderless Reviews, Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books, Fadwa at Word Wonders, Amanda at Cover2Cover Mom, Emma at the Bookish UnderdogKai at Black Cat Kai, Stephanie at TeacherofYA and Izzi at The Ravenclaw Book Club.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Saturday, whatever you’re doing!

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The Narnia Book Tag

Thanks to my book-twin Jess of the Mud and Stars Book Blog for nominating me to take part in this tag! Make sure you head over and check her answers out, she’s a bloody wonderful human and a very talented blogger to boot.

The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my all-time favourite children’s book series (or book series of any kind, for that matter) and I’ve been so busy with work and life and responsibility recently that I’d love nothing more than disappear into a wardrobe, emerge in Narnia covered in snow and share a cup of tea with Mr Tumnus.

Turkish Delight, anyone?


NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit

The Night Court/Velaris from A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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Can we all just take a sec to bow to the world building of SJM? Other than Hogwarts, I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather spend a weekend than Rhys’ glittering, sky-high castle in the wind. Obviously Rhys’ presence would improve the experience ten fold, but that is a conversation for another day…


THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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This quirky little gem hit me right in the feels. It’s a really intriguing blend of sci-fi, magical realism and contemporary and the way the friendship between the two protagonists, Ollie and Moritz, is written is just beautiful. If you’re looking for something a little bit different to the norm, check out Because You’ll Never Meet Me.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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You just can’t beat The Secret Garden. It’s such an evocative read for me, taking me straight back to being a kid and the infinite wonder, frustration and discovery of childhood.


THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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I had absolutely no idea what The Bone Gap  was about prior to reading it and to be honest, post-read, I’m still not sure exactly what happened. If magical realism is your thang, then The Bone Gap, with its topsy-turvy small town, beautiful writing, well-drawn characters and you will be a match made in bookish heaven.

You can check out my review, y’know, if you want to, here.


PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

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I feel like I don’t talk about The Hunger Games series enough anymore, y’know? Can we all just take a minute to re-appreciate what a great trilogy this was? I love Katniss, I love Peeta, I love the development of the world in this sequel and most importantly, I LOVE FINNICK. Oh, Finnick. On the other hand, I hate Gale, but who really cares about him anyway?


THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

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I mean who wouldn’t right? FOR NARNIA, AND FOR ASLAN!


THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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I’m still tentatively feeling my way around the magical realism genre, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d like The Accident Season when I borrowed it on a whim from my local library. Turns out, I loved it, devouring it whole in one delicious, mind-bending sitting. It’s a bit heavy on the metaphor, but it is beautifully creepy and wonderfully atmospheric. Check out my review here.


THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

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Was I ever going to pick anything else, I ask you?


THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of

The Blackthorn siblings – Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Okay so the relationship between the Blackthorn siblings is a little bit hard to keep track of sometimes purely because THERE ARE JUST SO MANY OF THEM, but I adore the way that Clare wrote them in Lady Midnight – big, complex, messy, quirky and bursting at the seams with affection, rivalry and love.

(Also I didn’t want to be cliche and copy Jess AGAIN by picking the Weasley siblings, who would obviously always be my first choice. Apart from you Percy, you’re an idiot.)


EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you

Todd from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

I had a bit of a hard time getting into The Knife of Never Letting Go when I first picked it up, and a lot of that was due to being stuck inside the head of Ness’ protagonist, Todd. I’m glad I perservered though, because this series has become one of my all time favourites, and it’s largely because of Todd’s development. He’s such a complex, intelligent, brave and vulnerable creation and I just love him. Sob.

Reviews 1, 2 and 3.


MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature

Buckbeak – the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Who doesn’t love Beaky? Any friend of Hagrid’s is a friend of mine. Also, any enemy of Malfoy’s is a friend of mine. Win, win.

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CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities

Rhysand – A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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I love Rhys as a leader. As you come to understand what makes him tick and the lengths that he’s gone to over the centuries to protect his friends, his country and his people its impossible not admire his sacrifice. Rhys is basically the monarch Westeros needs. He’s too honourable though, so he’d probably have turned up dead about 4 pages into  A Game of Thrones.

Review here. You know the drill.


THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

I can and will read anywhere and everywhere, including the car, my bed, the sofa, the bath (although I do get slight Kindle-drowning fear with that one) and most recently, my local nail salon. My favourite place to read though is on holiday – iced coffees on tap, beautiful sunshine and best of all, no work or washing up to worry about. Dreamy.


I tag:

Enjoy, loves!

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The Wine Book Tag

Hello, folks! What better way to round the festive season off than with a book tag about wine, I ask? There probably isn’t one. Grab your favourite tipple and join me as I attempt to pair my favourite books with a glass of the good stuff.

Oh, and thanks to the always-lovely Beth at Reading Every Night for tagging me. Head over and check out her blog if you haven’t already, she’s a little wonder.


Box Wine:
A book that people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

It upsets me that people still judge other people for the books that they like to read. If you have constructive criticism, that’s great. Chuck it in a comment at the end of a review and we can have an interesting, respectful discussion about it, but otherwise, just no. Hear me? No.

Sorry, had to get that one out of my system. ANYWAY. Despite the popularity of these books, I still think there’s a lot of judging in the bookish community about the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, especially in regards to how it has progressed and the choices the author has made with where to take her characters. I’m big enough to admit there are problems with aspects of the characterisation and lack of diversity, but I can’t deny that Maas is a storyteller of the highest order and I bloody love her deliciously devious plotting.

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Organic Wine:
A book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness is everything a good dystopia series could ever wish to be and more. The writing is achingly beautiful in its simplicity, the plotting sublime, the world-building engaging and the development of the characters is achingly poignant. You won’t find much better, trust me.

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Gluehwein:
A really spicy, wintry read.

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Maybe it’s something to do with the Eastern European-inspired setting, or maybe it’s just the Darkling, but the Grisha trilogy makes me think of wintry landscapes, dark magic and even darker intentions. Plus, it’s got plenty to recommend it as juicy. If you fancy injecting some romance, elemental magic and battles between morality and power into your reading in 2017, then this is the fantasy YA series for you.

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Sauvignon Blanc:
A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

I’m not sure exactly what constitutes an aggressive read, but if anything book could be described as aggressive it’s Queen of Shadows. The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, things start to take a really dark and dangerous turn for Celaena and her friends. It’s enthralling, seductive, at times very violent and darkly compelling.

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Pinot Noir:
A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away.

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

It wasn’t that I didn’t expect anything from this book, but more that I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never read a C.J. Skuse book prior to requesting this ARC, but I know for sure that I’ll be seeking out the rest of her books in the future. This was one of the very best books I read in 2017.

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Chardonnay:
A good summer read that was super-zesty.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You The Sun is a perfect summer read, featuring tingly romance, beautifully realised characters, wonderfully emotive writing and just the right amount of angst. Take it on holiday and absorb it on a gorgeously sandy beach, escape from the real world on a summer afternoon in the park or devour it in the garden with a chilled glass of wine in hand. It’ll be glorious. You’ll cry. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Rose:
A book that has a little bit of everything in it.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

You want vampires? Sweet, we have them. Mortal peril and an epic battle between good versus evil? Sure, there’s plenty of that. Forbidden romance and more couples to ship than you can shake a Stele at? Absolutely. Paranormal elements, full-throttle action scenes, magic and mystery? Check, check, check. I know not everyone is a fan of the Cassie Clare empire, but it has to be said that Mortal is pretty all-encompassing and DAMN if it isn’t one of the most fun book series around.

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Shiraz:
A full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

This book is literally everything I look for in a YA thriller and ‘dark and juicy’ is the perfect description of both the characters and the plotting. If you’re looking for a thriller for the young adult market that more than holds its own in the adult market, this is the one.

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Merlot:
A smooth easy read with a soft finish.

How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club #2) by Holly Bourne

I wouldn’t say that this is an ‘easy read’, but it was one with a satisfyigly cute ending. It made me laugh out loud with wonderfully witty writing, expertly judged Harry Potter references and utterly realistic dialogue. It’s no secret that I love Holly Bourne and out of all of the Spinster Club books, this was probably the most easily digestible and fluffy read, perfectly balancing the other two books in the series.

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Champagne:
Your favourite book.

Is there anything on earth that I hate with as much venom as I hate this bloody question? No. No there is not. I am taking a stand and refusing to answer it, because it’s like choosing between all of my perfect (admittedly unborn) children. *pokes tongue out*

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I tag:

Have fun and Happy New Year!

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