Let’s Talk (19#) Gifts for Book Lovers – Children

Sorry its a bit late, but here it is 10 bookish gifts for children who love books:

1.  Personalised Book

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This one is a classic, the personalized book, I got given one of this when I was a child and I loved that I was magically part of the story.  This one is gorgeous and comes in beautiful gift box.

2. Fairytale Bookends

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How fab are these? perfect for any book-loving kids bedroom!

3. Bookish Pillow

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I love this pillow! I think this one would make would make a great gift for adults and children!

4. Quote Print

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Who doesn’t love a quote? This site has nice selection just for children.

5. Children’s Reading Journal

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This such an awesome idea, this allows a child to record a year’s worth of books and it has lots of fun writing and drawing exercises.

6. Litographs

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This is great, I first came across the adult t-shirts they do because of Throne Of Glass. It was only while researching for this post that I discovered that they kids sizes, lots of different books too, but this Alice in Wonderland one is my favorite.

7. Personalised Bookmarks

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How cute are these? These bookmarks are one of many personalized options on Etsy.

8. Kindle for Kids

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Who knew Amazon made a kindle for kids? It’s a little more expensive than the rest of the items on this list but I thought it worth mention.

9. Reading Tent

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I would have loved one of these, so it’s not strictly a book thing, but this would make a brilliant reading nook for a child.

10. Owl Mug

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Zazzle has lots of different bookish cups to choose from, this one is so sweet.


That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed the post.

Until Next Time 😂

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Let’s Talk (18#) Gifts for Book Lovers – Adults

With only a few months until Christmas I thought it would be a good time to look at some gift ideas for the book lover in your life:

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I actually have one of these so I can vouch for the quality of the product. They are so cute, mine was part of a mystery book box that got for the release of A Court Wings and Ruin.

 


2. Book Quote Cushion Cover

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I have one of these too, it’s just the cover though and it’s beautiful!


3. Quote Mark Earrings

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I love these earrings, they are cute! I may even have to add them to my own list! Perfect someone who reads and writes!

 


4. Framed Book Page Prints

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Personally, I’m not a huge fan of these but I’ve included them because I know that they are quite popular, I’d probably have one if I could customise the quote.


 5. Book Spoon

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Ok so this is more of stocking filler rather than a full-on gift, but I thought it was so unique!


6. Hot Girls Read Cup

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I’m a sucker for a novelty cup, I mean who doesn’t love these? I think this one is pretty damn cool!


7. MacBook Case

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8. Personal Library Kit

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If you know someone who likes to loan out their books, then this would make a great gift!


9. Coffee Mugs with Definitions

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These crack me up! I think they are just so cool! Yes, this is the second cup thing I’ve put on this list, yes I do have an obsession with cups. If you’re looking for a cup for a specific then Etsy has some great ones!


10. Reading Door Mat

and to finish off my list this little beaut!

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If you want to play its safe then I suggest getting vouchers from Amazon or whatever local bookstore your book-loving friend/significant other likes to shop at!

That’s it for this week, I’d love to hear your gift suggestions so please feel free to drop them in the comments. Also, keep a lookout for the next “Let’s Talk’ post because I’m going to be sharing my bookish gift suggestions for children.

Until Next Time 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#17) – Overrated Books

Earlier in the week, I saw a post on Facebook about books that are overrated and it got  200wme thinking about the books that I would put in this category. There’s not that many that made it to the list:

Red Queen -Victoria Aveyard
I read this earlier in the year and while the story is ok, I don’t get what the fuss is about.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
I finished this one on the weekend and I’m still trying to write the review for it. I was so pumped to read this but again I felt it wasn’t as good as everyone has made it out to be.

Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Claire
So I read this series years ago before the movie and tv series came along, and back then I thought it was ok, but the way people go on about it now likes it’s the best thing since sliced bread – eh no thanks!

First Life – Gena Showalter
I have seen lots of support this on social media but it just bored me.

Fan Girl – Rainbow Rowell
Again it was ok but I didn’t think it was anything to shout about.

Me Before You – JoJo Moyes
I read this one last year, just beofre the movie came out and it left a really bad taste in my mouth. The majority of it was ok but the ending sucked.

The Fault in Our Stars
I do actually like this one but I do think its overhyped as well, I mean its good but it’s not that good.

Now I do realize that some of these are beloved by a lot of people so please don’t hate me too much, if you happen to love these books then I totally respect your opinion but they are just not for me.

Feel free to let me know of any books you think are overrated the comments.

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#16) – Book Memes

I love memes and so thought today would be cool to share some of my favorite book related ones. Also, this week is dragging its ass and I needed something to make me laugh, pulling this lot together has been hilarious fun!

So, what’s your favorite book memes? I have I missed any good ones out? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Let’s Talk (#15) Pre-Orders!

Earlier in the week, it occurred to me that I have quite a few books on pre-order. Some of them are out fairly soon, others well there feel like an age away. So I thought I share them with you:

Fallen Heir by Erin Watt– Out on 28th August 2017

Synopsis

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These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

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If there’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout – Out on 5th September 2017

Synopsis

34225450Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas– Out on 5th September 2017

Synopsis

31450852In the next installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

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Iron Gold  by Pierce Brown – Out 16th January 2018

Synopsis

29217027Ten years after their victory over the Golds of the Core Worlds, Darrow and Mustang lead the new Solar Republic, which has replaced the tyrannical Society. The government’s precarious stability is threatened by something arising in the outer regions of the solar system.

 

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch – Out 8th May 2018

Synopsis

love-luck-9781534401006_hrAddie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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Starswept by Mary Fan – Out on 28th August 2017

Synopsis

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In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas – 4th September 2018

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A couple of books on this list are ones that I have received ARCs of. If I enjoy an ARC I do like to order a copy of the book because A) I like to give something back and B) if it happens to be part of a series I need to get a published copy to go with the rest of the series.

I was going to write a paragraph about which book I’m most excited for but I can’t decide! I’m excited for them all and I’ve just noticed Tower of Dawn and If There’s No Tomorrow are both release on the same day! How the heck am I going to decide what to read first??

That’s all from me tonight.

Have you pre-ordered any of these?

Until Next Time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#14) Book Theme Songs

Hi, guys ‘n’ girls!

It has come to my attention that I have yet to music/book mash up post. So today I thought it would be fun to pick out songs that I think would make good theme songs for some of my favorite books. This turned out to be turned out to be trickier than I thought, but it was really entertaining too.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Stars by Sixx:AM

When I ever I listen to this song it always reminds me of Rhys and Feyre on Starfall

 


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers

Back when I first read the host I listened to this song on repeat so of course it always makes me think of the book. But I also think the lyrics kinda fit with the story.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars

I just think this song captures the story perfectly, particularly these lyrics:

“Into your eyes
Hopeless and taken
We stole our new lives
Through blood and name
In defense of our dreams
In defense of our dreams”

Also whilst researching for this I happened to listen to Stay by Rihanna and it really made me think of Darrow and Mustangs relationship so I’m also including this one too.


Throne of Glass Series, Heir of Fire onwards by Sarah J. Maas.

Bonfire Heart by James Blunt

I chose this one because to me it describes Aelin and Rowans relationship perfectly, especially the beginning part of the song.


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses

Ok, this is technically not my pick but I don’t think there is another song that I could even begin to associate with this series.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

This song just makes me think of forbidden love and that is the basic premise of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


And that it! This post was super fun, I’d love to hear from you if you have other songs that you associate with any of these books!

Until next time! 🤓

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Let’s Talk (#13) Bookish Confessions!

Today I thought it would be fun to share some bookish confessions.

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So let’s get started:

  • I judge books by their cover! Oh, how I try not to but I really can’t help it
  • I do almost all my reading on my Kindle app
  • Books about vampires bore me to tears and I actively avoid them at all costs.
  • I didn’t make it past the first page of The Girl on the Train

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  • I thought Me Before You was an epic let down and depressing.

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  • I prefer books being told from the first person, so much so that if I do happen to download a random book and I find it’s written in the third person I usually move it straight to the bottom of my tbr list.
  • I used to love Twilight! including Edward Cullen (vomits)

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  • I read Grey purely for research purposes not because I like the series

I think that is all of them. I’d love to hear some of yours!

Until next time! 🤓

Let’s Talk (#12) Book Covers!

I’m the first to admit that I do judge a book by its cover. I know it’s a rubbish thing to do but I just can’t help it. Covers are the first thing that draws my attention especially if I’m in a book store. So this week I present to you (in no particular order) some of my favorite book covers:

 

The thing that I love about these covers is that they are all gorgeous in their own unique way.  I’ve read all the books on this list apart from Forces of Nature which is sitting on my book shelf waiting patiently for me to get to it, and at least 70% of them made to my reading shelve simply because the cover captured my attention. Which is a definite sign that the cover did its job.

But my absolute favorite one at the moment is the cover for These Broken Stars. This is a book that I read a few years ago now, I love it because it really captures the feeling of the story is about.

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Anyways that’s all from me this week, I really like to hear one some of your favorite covers are?

Until Next Time! 🤓

 

Lets Talk (#11) DNFs

Today I shelved my 3rd DNF of the year! I’m impressed with myself that I have managed to keep my DNF list this low so far this year. I hate giving up on a book especially when I’ve paid for it.

Let’s have a look at the books that didn’t cut the mustard so to speak:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I did actually write a little review about this one. My main beef with this book was that I did not enjoy the writing style or the world building. It felt very stark and depressing, it was a real shame because the synopsis had held so much promise for me.

Hate F*@k: Part One by Ainsley Booth

In all honesty, I can’t remember exactly why I didn’t finish this one. I think it had something to do with the main characters 🤷🏻‍♀️

Bad Teacher bClarissa Wild

This is the one that stopped reading to day. My god, I don’t know where to start… honestly, it was all pretty awful. The characters were blah and pretty boring. Thomas was just gross, he made my skin crawl with all the rancid shit that was coming out of his mouth. I just found the whole thing crass and distasteful.

My main motivation for not finishing a book is, that I have a lot of books that I want to read, therefore if I’m not enjoying what I’m reading, then I’m not going to waste time by continuing with it. I usually try to get through at least 5/6 chapters before packing it in though just encase things pick up.

That’s me done.

Feel free to let me know about your DNFs in the comments.

Until Next Time 🤓

Let’s​ Talk (#10) – Summer Reads

Yesterday whilst browsing in the supermarket I discovered they had summer reads segment in their book section, which consisted of about 10 books. Yes, I did pick each one up and read the blurbs, the result, I found 1 book that I may possibly read the others didn’t really spark my interest.

The thing that I notice though was they all seemed to be from the same genre, romance, drama, chick lit… I think you get the picture – which got me to thinking, what constitutes a summer read? Normally when I think of summer it read it usually means something fairly light-hearted and easy to read which does fall into those categories. But the more I think about it, the more I feel summer reads could and should be more.

So with this in mind, here are my somewhat alternative “Summer Reads”

 

I’ve tried to include a few different genres to spice things up. I’ve  read all of these books, my personal favorites are Legend, Rhapsodic, and Till Death Hopefully, you’ll find something that sparks your interest.

Until next time!