Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Cookies, Book Content and Friends

Hello! In this vlog I made cookies and discussed book blogging and online friends. I hope that you enjoy this vlog!



Cooking, Bookstagram and Clothes

Hello! Today I am sharing my vlog where I did some cooking, talked about bookstagram and showed you some of my wardrobe. I hope that you enjoy this vlog!

All of My Unread Books: My TBR!

Hello! So I've been making regular videos on YouTube and I thought that I would start to share some of them with you. Here is all of the unread books on my TBR!

The Connelly Boys Book Reveal!

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The Connelly Boys
Lily Velez
(Celtic Witches, #1)
Publication date: September 13th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
The Connelly boys are practically royalty at St. Andrew’s Prep. Popular, wealthy, and devastatingly beautiful, the four brothers have long cast a spell over their classmates and over the sleepy seaport town of Rosalyn Bay, Ireland.
There’s only one problem: they’re also cursed.
…Or so the rumors say.
Seventeen-year-old newcomer Scarlet Monroe has never been one for rumors, but when she inadvertently banishes a demon while trying to help eldest brother Jack Connelly, the most breathtaking of the boys and the one to whom she feels inexplicably drawn, she quickly discovers there may be more to the local superstitions and folklore than she originally thought.
Before long, she’s pulled into a dark and mysterious world filled with ancient magic, powerful spells, kidnapped souls, and deadly enemies. But none of it compares to discovering the truth of who she really is…or what she’ll have to become to defeat a rising evil older than humankind itself before she loses everyone she loves—that is, of course, if she can survive the world of the Connellys long enough.
Don’t miss this first installment in the new dark fantasy series by Lily Velez, which features Irish folklore, Celtic mythology, mystery and light romance, and an engrossing world of witches and magic that will keep you reading long into the night!

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Author Bio:
Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books at www.lilyvelezbooks.com.


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Guest Post!

Today we have a guest post from Melissa! Trigger warnings for death and suicide. -- I am an avid reader. I don’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t have a book in my hand. Growing up, the library was my favorite place to be, and then when I managed to save some money, I traded the library for bookstores. To this day, I can’t walk past a bookstore without going in, looking at all the books I want to read, and wondering where my books (once I finish writing them!) would end up.

But throughout all the books that I’ve read, there are some that just stuck out and changed my life. Here are four of them:

  1. Goodnight Moon - okay I know that this is a children’s book and doesn’t have a deep rooted meaning to it, but this book means a lot to me because it is a book that my mother used to read to me when I was a child. I used to curl up in her lap, resting my head on her shoulder, and listen to her voice as she read the words out loud. She would read to me until I was asleep and then do it all over again the next night.
  2. The Devil’s Arithmetic - This book approaches the subject of the holocaust, a horrific event in history, in a way that a child would understand. It doesn’t sugar coat the scenes, or use kid gloves through the story, but shows what really happened during that time and how it affects everyone’s lives, past and present. It’s a heart-wrenching story with a deep routed lesson that every child should be taught.
  3. Where the Red Fern Grows - Truth time, this made me cry. This whole story is about a child’s love for his dogs. There is nothing more important a child’s relationship with their pets and how they grow up together. This book illustrated that so clearly, as well as the pain that comes from a pet dying after being in their life for so long. I read this book in school and was hooked from the very beginning. I had to buy my own copy right away, and now it is sitting on my bookshelf with all my other favorite books.
  4. The Pact - This hits close to home because I had a friend who committed suicide as well. This books centers around the aftermath of a botched suicide pact where one person died and the other lived. The aftermath is heartbreaking and keeps you on your toes from the very beginning to the very end. You don’t know who to believe, how to feel, and what to think. Everyone's a suspect and also a victim. This books shows what happens to the families when someone takes their lives, and it sheds light to a situation that most people might not think about.

So these are the four books that’ve changed my life forever. No matter how many other books I read, these will always stick in my mind and in my soul.

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Friday, 20 July 2018

Beautiful Classics: Different Editions of Classic Books!

I love looking at beautiful editions of classics, there are so many! I have read a few classics, including Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein but there are a lot more that I would like to read. Here are some beautiful classics that I found:


The first book is a lovely vintage classic of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love how the cover illustrates two women and the colours reflect the tone of the social class topic of the book.

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Next we have an aptly creepy looking cover for Dracula by Bram Stoker. I haven't read this book yet but a friend of mine loved it and I used to love watching Young Dracula so I am interested to check this book out.

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The next edition I found was an absolutely beautiful Alma Classics Evergreen edition of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I love the colours and how the image takes me right back to the moors and the emotions of the characters.

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I have never read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens but this Evergreen Classic edition cover is so pretty!

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This is still my favourite edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It is in the Barnes & Noble Flexibound Edition.

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I found a few beautiful covers for Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne which is another book that I really want to read after seeing the movie. First we have the Barnes & Noble Collectible Edition which features dinosaurs!

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I also really like this edition which is reminiscent of a scene in the film!

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I really don't understand what a lion has to do with The Night Manager by John Le Carre but this Penguin Modern Classics edition really stands out.

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I don't know why but the simplicity of this Vintage Classics edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte would look great on my shelf!

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Which classics do you want to read and which classics would you recommend?



Friday, 13 July 2018

What I’ve Been Up to #4: I Love Vlogging

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Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I wrote a what I have been up to post and I wanted to update you all on a passion that I have recently discovered: vlogging. I started making YouTube videos last year after falling in love with booktube and having enough courage to start. Towards the end of the year I started making reading vlogs. However, my views weren’t great and I wanted to spend more time writing- insert blogging! I discovered the book blogging community and I started my blog, something that I am so grateful I did. In the last six months I have really grown my blog and I enjoy blogging so much.

I’ve been watching a lot of reading vlogs lately and my friend, Eleanor May started vlogging, I also watch EeveeEmmyVlog but I never thought that I could vlog because I don’t go out a ton. However, after seeing Eleanor start vlogging, that finally gave me the push to try and I am so glad that I did! I absolutely love vlogging, it is so much fun to record clips and talk to everyone through a different format. I even made a new book video, a TBR for booktubeathon. Whilst I am going to be keeping most book content on my blog, I will be talking about books within my vlogs. I am still going to be discussing other topics on my blog too so if there is anything you would like to see please let me know!

Although filming, editing and uploading is taking more of my time, I am really enjoying it and I am so glad to be back on YouTube. You can check out my channel here

What have you been up to lately?


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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Hello! Today I am here with a readathon TBR! I am participating in a few readathons this month and the first one is the Summer Biannual Bibliothon which runs from 14th July to 20th July. This readathon comprises of optional reading challenges, video challenges and Instagram challenges. Here is my TBR for the reading challenges:

1.       Group book:

So the first challenge is to read the group book which is The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. This is a book that I was planning on reading at some point. In this book, three witches are said to come back every year and lure boys to die by drowning.

2.       Choose from someone else’s TBR:

The second challenge is to read a book from someone else’s TBR. I researched the TBRs of booktubers, book bloggers and bookstagrammers and decided to read Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire which is on Little Red Reader’s TBR. This is a short book that I have wanted to read for a while. This book series follows children who have come back from other worlds such as Narnia.

3.       Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1:  

I have already read part of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch so I am going to take those as two try a chapters and I am going to also read a chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist volume 5 because I read volume 4 a while ago and I want to get back into the series. I might end up finishing Dark Matter or Jurassic Park before the readathon but I am trying to cut down my TBR shelf here so I am going to allow it!

4.       Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year:

There are quite a few books that I could have chosen for this challenge but I have decided to read The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I have actually already started this book and I am near the end of the first novella. This book is a bind up of five novellas set before the Throne of Glass novels. I wanted to read this book before reading the Throne of Glass series.

5.       Read a predicted 5 star read:

For this challenge I have chosen Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I love the concept of this story and I enjoyed the Studio Ghibli film of the book. This is a fantasy book that follows Sophie, a girl who seems to have a lot of bad luck. She is cursed by a witch and meets a wizard called Howl. The series follows their adventures.

6.       Own voices - different than YOU:  

For this challenge I am choosing The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as I feel that it is an important book to read. If you haven’t heard of this book, it follows a black teenage who watched her friend get shot by the police and she is the only one who knows what truly happened. I think this one is going to be emotional but it is definitely a book that everyone needs to read.

7.       Read the last book you bought:

The last book that I bought was The Surface Breaks by Louise O’ Neill, a dark reimagining of The Little Mermaid.


I probably won’t get through all of these books but I am excited to try! I have recently started making vlogs for my YouTube channel so if you’re interested in a behind the scenes look at my planning my TBR and blogging etc. then you can check it out here.

Are you participating in the biannual bibliothon? If so, what is on your TBR?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Lucy's Reading Diary: July 10th

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Hi everyone! I absolutely love watching reading vlogs and I wondered if I could translate this to writing somehow. I came up with the idea of an ongoing blog diary, writing about my thoughts whilst reading and my progress. I hope that you like these posts!

I started reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and I was really enjoying it. You can definitely tell that the author has a scientific background but I actually like the technical speak. It isn’t too overwhelming and as someone who enjoyed studying biology, it is a welcome return and it is about dinosaurs which I find interesting too! I won’t write too much about the book because I will be describing it in my review. I have been making slow progress. I find that when I start a book, I am really excited about it but if I don’t get too much time to read my excitement wanes and it takes me longer to read.

Yesterday I felt like reading but I didn’t want to read Jurassic Park. I thought of a few books that I would like to read and posted a poll on Twitter. I ended up picking up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I’m not very far into it but so far I really like it. It is a fast-paced mystery (although at the moment I feel like I have figured out the mystery but we’ll see). This book also has a scientific element but how heavy that is, I cannot yet say.

What are you currently reading?

Monday, 9 July 2018

The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag

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I am really enjoying doing book tags so whilst I am making slow progress in my current read I thought I would do another one! Here is the fifty bookish questions tag:

1.       What was the last book you read?

I’m currently reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. The last book I finished was Fairy Tail volume 1. 


2.       Was it a good one?

Yes, I reviewed it here.


3.       What made it good?

Comedy, fantasy, magic.


4.       Would you recommend it to other people?

I would recommend it to those who like fantasy/magic but beware of the sexism.


5.       How often do you read?

It depends. At the moment I’m reading every day.


6.       Do you like to read?

I love to read! It is one of my favourite things, it makes me feel relaxed and so many emotions.


7.       What was the last bad book you read?

The last book I read that I didn’t like was The Graces by Laure Eve.


8.       What made you dislike it?

I didn’t like really any of the characters or the story. I reviewed it here.


9.       Do you wish to be a writer?

Anyone who writes is a writer! Alongside my blog I also write creatively. I hope to be a published author one day.


10.   Has any book every influenced you greatly?

The first book that comes to mind is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It showed me that any type of writing is valid.


11.   Do you read fan fiction?

Not really. I’ve only read a little fan fiction.


12.   Do you write fan fiction?

No, I actually find it harder to write fan fiction than my own ideas!


13.   What’s your favourite book?

I have three: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


14.   What’s your least favourite book?

I don’t really have a least favourite. There are a few books that I haven’t enjoyed this year so far. My least favourite book that I still currently own would be The Graces by Laure Eve.


15.   Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

I don’t really mind but I do love kindle because they do some great deals.


16.   When did you learn to read?

I don’t remember! 


17.   What is your favourite book you had to read in school?

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.


18.   What is your favourite book series?

Death Note!


19.   Who is your favourite author?

I will read anything that Maria V. Snyder writes.


20.   What is your favourite genre?

Fantasy.


21.   Who is your favourite character in a book series?

There are so many! A few of my favourites from Harry Potter are Hermione, Ron and Snape.


22.   Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

All the time. But magically? No, I have never suddenly been somewhere else in real-life, although that would be very cool.


23.   Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!


24.   Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

None that I can think of.


25.   How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends on the book, between a couple of days and a lot longer.


26.   Do you like when books become movies?

If they’re done right.


27.   Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

I wouldn’t say ‘ruined’ but I feel that the Beautiful Creatures movie has made the books seem less appealing when the books are absolutely amazing. The concept is just something that was difficult to portray on screen which led the film to be confusing.


28.   Which movie has done a book justice?

The Hunger Games movies or The Harry Potter ones.


29.   Do you read newspapers?

I haven’t read a newspaper in years, I tend to watch the news on television.


       30: Do you read magazines?

              Sometimes, I used to get Official Nintendo Magazine and Neo (a manga/anime magazine) a lot but I don’t really get any magazines now.


31.   Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines.


32.   Do you read while in bed?

Yes, it is my favourite place to read and where I get most of my reading done.


33.   Do you read while on the toilet?

No.


34.   Do you read while in the car?

Not really because I get nauseous.


35.   Do you read while in the bath?

No.


36.   Are you a fast reader?

It depends on the book. When I get really into a book I will read through it quite quickly but I’m not a fast reader compared to a lot of people.


37.   Are you a slow reader?

Sometimes.


38.   Where is your favourite place to read?

                My bed.


39.   Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Yes, my mind finds it really difficult to concentrate apart from sometimes when I get really into a book but it takes a while for that to happen.


40.   Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

At home, yes but when I am out, no surprisingly, I can tune it out.


41.   Who gave you your love for reading?

My dad!


42.   What book is next on your list to read?

Possibly Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.


43.   When did you start to read chapter books?

When I was a child sometime.


44.   Who is your favourite children’s book author?

I used to love the rainbow magic books by Daisy Meadows.


45.   Which author would you most want to interview?

Probably J. K. Rowling.


46.   Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

I have no idea.


       47.What book have you reread the most?

             I don’t really re-read books but I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter series with the illustrated editions.


      48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

             Popular books that describe society in some way but they can be old or more recent.


     49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

            I think that there should be some sections for YA books because they face contemporary issues and they can sometimes be more enjoyable to read than some traditional texts.


     50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

           None. 

I tag anyone who would like to do this tag and please link me to your answers!