The Book Blogger Insider Tag

I first saw this book tag on Jenny’s blog and I enjoyed reading it so much, I had to answer it myself. You can find her awesome post here. So, here we go!

Top three book pet peeves

1. Like Jenny – I don’t like when people are offensively snobby about books. For example if you mention that you read on kindle/audiobooks/like YA/enjoy genre fiction/only manage one book a year etc etc etc. It’s fine to say you hate x, y or z, it’s fine to be proud of how much you read but don’t diss people for being different to you.

2. When halfway through a book series they change the design of the books. It’s genuinely so evil. I know for series that get published over decades it’s probably impossible to keep them the same but UGH. If they could at least keep them the same shape!

3. Random penis descriptions. If you’ve watched my instagram stories you’ve seen this hatred grow but seriously if (male) authors could stop just chatting about penis’ that would be awesome. Thanks.

Your perfect reading spot

On the sofa with the fairy lights on, it’s so cosy and comfortable! Otherwise out in the sun, preferably on a sun lounger by a pool.

3 Bookish Confessions

I’m one of the 5 people in the world who didn’t love Harry Potter. I prefer reading on kindle to a physical book. I find bookstores can be intimidating and prefer libraries.

Last time you cried whilst reading a book

I actually haven’t properly cried whilst reading in a while! I’m not counting a few tears. So it was probably at the beginning of May bawling my face off reading The Illuminae Files series. SO good guys.

Number of books on my bedside table

Currently none because I tend to take whatever I’m reading around the house with me. So all the books that would be there are currently on the sitting room table in front of me! It’s usually between 1 and 3 though. Or between my kindle and audible app on my phone, about 300+…

Favourite reading snack

Candy kittens or M&S veggie gummy sweets! Or the Aldi pretend twister ice lollies. I like things I can eat without getting my hands oily/messy.

3 books you’d recommend to anyone

Wild Swans by Jung Chang, Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe and A Change is Gonna Come from Stripes Publishing.

A picture of your favourite bookshelf

It’s not the best photo ever and I haven’t got it exactly how I want it yet but I’m in love with my rainbow bookshelf!

How much books mean to you in three words

They’re my escape.

Biggest reading secret

Um, I don’t know that I have one? I mean, I kept it a secret that I didn’t love Harry Potter for years but that’s kind of out in the open now 😂 maybe that I love the occasional romance?

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag and if you want to answer it too, definitely do! I love reading and watching tags.

xo Fleur xo

 

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Random Questions Answered!

When I saw Jenny’s post (Jenny in Neverland) using a random question generator to choose questions to answer I thought it was SUCH a fun idea! So of course I wanted to do it myself… so let’s see what questions I get.

Would you rather be stuck in a house with someone you hate or be stuck in a house alone?

Initially I immediately thought alone because I’m pretty happy being by myself BUT then I realised there wasn’t a time frame. I don’t know if that really changes things because imagine being stuck in a house with someone you hate for the rest of your life?! Then again you might learn to find a way to appreciate them, or just appreciate shouting matches haha plus being alone for the rest of my life sounds horrendous.

What position do you usually sleep in?

So I generally start trying to fall asleep curled up on my right hand side. However, throughout the night I’m a very restless sleeper, so I move around a LOT.

Would you prefer to live in an urban area or rural area?

I think as long as there were enough parks to escape to, I much prefer an urban area. As much as I love the countryside, I love the options living in an urban area brings! Sadly I now live in neither a particularly rural or urban area, so I get the worst of both options?

Do you like to dance or sing?

I enjoy both so long as no-one is watching me! If I had to choose one it would definitely be singing because it’s just so enjoyable whether singing alone at home, or with other people.

What do you carry in your purse/wallet?

Ummm, money? I have my loyalty cards, money (sometimes haha), loads of old receipts, a card from the Coca-Cola tower thing at the London 2012 Olympics and a cute but cheesy photo of my mum and I in Switzerland from when I was 16.

What is the worst movie that you’ve seen?

Ever? I’ve seen a lot of terrible movies, hasn’t everyone? I think the worst one I’ve seen at the cinema is I, Frankenstein.

What is your biggest fear?

Spiders. I cannot deal with spiders at all, ever. Okay, I can cope with most of the ones I’ve found in my house recently, so long as they’re not a surprise spider. However, the other day I threw my phone across the table at work during lunch because there was a tarantula on my twitter feed.

If you had to give yourself a new name, what name would you pick?

So, I randomly enjoy the name Christabel because it sounds like the name you’d give a big fluffy old cat. I’d probably choose a name from a fantasy book though, something like Liandrin (even though she’s evil) or Alanna (which is a relatively normal name). I do like my name though, so I’d rather not change it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A duck? Also, a fashion designer, a model or a makeup artist (I think all of these were the influence of reading Vogue). I also really wanted a job that paid me to read books, which I’m now realising could actually be a possibility if I wanted it to be? Who knew?

What is your favourite food?

Pizzaaaaaaaaaa. I love pizza so much. I’m sure I used to make my mum want to stab me by answering every single question with ‘pizza’ and tbh I could still answer most questions with that in the hope someone will give me pizza.

I had so much fun answering these questions! I might have to do a part 2 later on in the year and answer some more random questions.

What is your favourite food? Do you love pizza as much as I do?

xo Fleur xo

Blogger Book Nook: Magic Kingdom

This is going to be my last Blogger Book Nook post because this is going to be the final month of prompts! So a massive thank you to Abbey and Tabitha for making it happen, it’s been fun!

So, this month the prompt was to read a fantasy book! Fantasy is my most read genre, so this should be easy, right? Except I think it’s harder because I’ve got too many options to choose from…

So, we’ll start with the Q&A section and then you can see which book I chose.

1. Fantasy books create amazing worlds in our minds, from Narnia to Terabithia. Which fantasy realm from a novel would you most like to visit and why?

How am I supposed to choose? Obviously I want to visit Hobbiton and Rivendell. A newer place I NEED to visit is Velaris because it sounds like the absolute dream. Also, Ketterdam, so that I can hook up with Nina and go for waffles. Also, who could resist the appeal of Weep or Godsgrave, if just to explore the incredible landscape.

2. Do you prefer fantasy books that are set in a fictional realm or ones that have links to the real world?

I definitely prefer high fantasy, set in a completely new world. There are a few books that I love which have links to our world, like the A Darker Shade of Magic series and the The Raven Cycle series but those are very special books.

3. Popular fantasy series include Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones, and His Dark Materials. If you had to wave your magic wand and obliterate one of these from existence, which would it be and why?

Oh hey, it’s me hating on Harry Potter again. Of course I would get rid of Harry Potter. On that note, I saw a panel at YALC at the weekend where two of the authors hadn’t read HP and I almost whooped with happiness. I also didn’t enjoy A Game of Thrones but I feel like people are less offensive with their love of GoT and are willing to take criticisms, so it can stay.

4. Imagine that you’re a character in a fantasy novel and that you get to design your own magic power or super weapon – what would you choose and why?

I mean, the concept in Roar by Cora Carmack of storm magic where they take the heart of the storm is pretty awesome. I cannot wait for the next book, Rage, I need it now – not next year.

5. Which sub-genre of fantasy appeals to you most? Mythical? Paranormal? Quest fantasy? Magic? Or something else?

All of it? Genuinely I love ALL the genres. Obviously dependant on the author and the actual story but I love all the types of fantasy. If I had to choose two it would definitely be the high fantasy epic battles between good and evil AND then the assassin/criminal books like Six of Crows and The Lies of Locke Lamora.

nevernight

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight follows Mia Corvere who is the daughter of an executed traitor, living in a world with three suns. She vows revenge and is trying to become an assassin of the Red Church. The story is told with the story of Mia’s childhood, alongside her present, which allows you to slowly learn more and more about her. I think this is such an interesting way of telling the story. It doesn’t feel like it’s jumping around as the two stories do follow consecutive events, so it’s just the two timelines that interweave, giving you more information about Mia as you need it.

Despite people tagging this book as YA on Goodreads and talking about it as if it is YA, it is definitely adult fiction. I listened to the audiobook and within the first 30 minutes there is a graphic murder and a paid for sex scene. This doesn’t mean a teenager couldn’t read it. I think reading sex positive books is really important – which I’d say this book is. Plus, lets be honest, what teenager who reads isn’t seeking out the books with SEX in.

There is magic, murder, ballgowns, sex, blood pools, ridiculously terrifying creatures, betrayal and SO much more. I’ve also read the follow up book, Godsgrave and it was just as incredible, so I can’t recommend this series enough. If you enjoy an assassin book and want to read incredible world building, you might love this.

Do you love fantasy as much as I do? Or do you prefer to stay in the real world?

xo Fleur xo

Crystal & Candle Box Unboxing and Review – July

Not too late, unlike some of my unboxings recently, I thought I would unbox the July Crystal and Candle box from Tumble and Rose for you!

The Crystal & Candle box is a themed monthly subscription box where for £25 including shipping to the UK you receive a naturally scented soy wax candle and a selection of crystals and crystal items. You can also create your own box as well as buying past boxes.

In the July box the candle was jasmine and mint scented which initially I wasn’t sure about but the more I smell it, the more I like it! It’s also a soy wax candle which is supposed to be better for your health when burning it as well as the environment. This one gives off so much scent and I’m really enjoying burning it!

Next up was an opalite beaded bracelet which I absolutely adore. It’s a magical almost holographic bracelet that I love looking at and wearing.

The main crystal was a selenite wand which I’m really enjoying holding. There were two raw quartz clusters and a quartz point – I will definitely be putting these on my bookshelf where they will reflect light and look gorgeous,

Finally there were two fluorite stones which are lovely to hold and the colours are just perfect.

Like I said in my review of the June box, I think this box would make such a lovely present, or you could easily separate it out to add a lovely touch to peoples gifts.

What is your favourite kind of subscription box?

xo Fleur xo

Book Box Club Unboxing and Review – June

Ohhhh hello it’s another late post! Once again though, I’m going to be reviewing a book – so it’s not completely irrelevant. It’s also a book I thought was awesome, so feel free to skip to the review if you’ve already seen what was in the June Book Box Club.

If you didn’t know, the Book Box Club is a monthly subscription box where for £28.99 you get a newly release book and a selection of bookish items. Otherwise, you can always get their purely books subscription where you pay £40 for three months and just get the book. They also have a book club every month where you can talk to other members and the author.

The June theme was Bad Girls and was possibly my favourite box yet!

First up there was a shower gel that I’ve literally just finished yesterday, it smelled like coconuts and holidays and was absolutely gorgeous. It was from Soul and Soap.

Next up was the amazing Queen of Hearts art print by Kate Louise Copsey. I am SO in love with this print! I don’t know where I want it yet but it’s definitely one I want to display, especially as it’s one where people will know the character.

Then there was a Maleficent pencil. As always, I can’t complain when I get something useful.

There was also a notepad with a quote from And I Darken, which I haven’t actually read. However, the print on the notepad is really pretty so I will definitely get use out of this for writing notes.

Finally there was a Bellatrix Lestrange pencil tin full of jelly beans! I probably won’t keep the pencil tin once I’ve eaten the jelly beans but yay jelly beans!

The item I squealed most about was this ARC of The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke. I was SO excited to read this book! It’s a feminist retelling of Beowulf and I will definitely be reviewing this book closer to it’s publication date and the hardcover US edition is already on my Christmas list.

There were also two postcards, a bookmark and the book club invitation.

All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

This book is told in such a unique way; in the form of diary entries, interview transcripts, novel excerpts and text messages. I LOVE this way of telling stories and now I’ve read a few books like this I just want more!

All of This is True follows Miri, Soleil and Penny as they look back on how they became friends with their favourite author, Fatima, and what happened as a result. As you read the book, more and more of the layers of each girls personality gets revealed and I think it’s so interesting to see how different people deal with the same event. It reminded me of Pretty Little Liars meets Gossip Girl meets a psychologial kind of mystery. I think if you enjoyed PLL and GG (xoxo) you’d enjoy this book haha.

There are a fair number of negative reviews for this book but for me it’s a solid 4 out of 5 star read. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I read it in two sittings. I don’t want to say much more because I think it’s a good book to go into without knowing too much about the plot.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day!

xo Fleur xo

FairyLoot Unboxing and Review – May

Oh look it’s another late unboxing! Again, I’ll pop in the review of Onyx & Ivory first, so you can read that if you’ve already seen what was inside the May FairyLoot box.

FairyLoot is a monthly subscription service that includes a newly released YA fantasy book and bookish items relating to a theme. It costs £32.95 including shipping within the UK. If you’re interested in previous FairyLoot boxes, I reviewed the April box here.

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Initially, from the blurb and cover, I wasn’t excited by this book. However, once I started reading it, I FELL in love with the writing and characters. I read it on one sitting, YES all 500 pages.

Onyx & Ivory is the story of Kate Brighton, or Traitor Kate. Her father attacked the king and left him very ill, she doesn’t know why but this meant she had to leave her childhood home and she has become a member of the Relay – essentially the badass fantasy postal service. Kate is also a wilder and can communicate with animals, usually perfect for her job riding horses all over the kingdom but she has to keep this secret as being a wilder is punishable by exile or death. However, things get interesting when Corwin Tormane, one of the two princes, is in the same city as her.

There are so many twists and turns in this book both as information from the past gets discovered and revealed and with the present Kate and Corwin. I really enjoyed this book and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good fantasy journey with dragonssssss! Okay, they’re actually drakes but shh, it’s close enough.

My favourite item in this box was the book sleeve designed by Reverie and Ink. The quote is from An Ember in the Ashes which I’m looking forward to reading, everyone seems to have loved it and it sounds like a book I’d love. I’ve already been using the sleeve for when I want to carry books in my rucksack.

There was an Onyx & Ivory Pyrist sticker, as well as a themed FairyLoot bookmark, a letter from the author with a character illustration on the reverse, the Fairy Scoop newsletter, a Smoke in the Sun bookmark and a Legendary tarot card.

Next up was a castle shaped bath bomb from Little Hearts Gifts. As I don’t have a bath honestly I’m kind of getting a little tired of receiving bath items… Like, it’s cute and it’s themed with the book but eh.

Then there were page flags designed by Fictiontea designs. These are definitely cute but I don’t know if I’ll use them. It’s rare for me to annotate or even put in page flags but we shall see, I would like to start making more notes of my favourite quotes.

Next up was a Dalbreck lip scrub from Geeky Clean which is a cool item to receive but having tried it, I don’t think I actually like it! I’ll have to give it another few tries before I dismiss it though.

The coaster designed by Evie Bookish is my second favourite item. I have another FairyLoot coaster that I absolutely adore and this one is a similar style, so they look good together.

Finally there was a Save The Kingdom tea from The Tea Leaf Co that does sound good and the packaging is super cute. I’ll use it when I have a day where I really need a pick me up.

Overall I was a bit underwhelmed with the May FairyLoot box, I know it’s like that sometimes but it did mean that I was happy to have unsubscribed for the June and July boxes. I have ordered the August box but I’ll be ordering them as single purchase boxes now, just choosing the boxes I like the sound of.

Do you find you have a kind of time limit for when subscription boxes start to get boring for you? I feel like I might be reaching that point with bookish subscription boxes?

xo Fleur xo

Crystal & Candle Box Unboxing and Review – June

When I saw that the lovely Helen who’s shop is Tumble & Rose was going to make a crystal and candle subscription box I knew I had to try it! I think crystals are absolutely gorgeous and I grew up with a mum who 100% believed in the power of crystals at the time. Whilst I don’t know whether I necessarily do myself, I also feel like they can’t hurt you and they definitely make me happy to look at and hold.

The Crystal & Candle box is a themed monthly subscription box where for £25 including shipping to the UK you receive a naturally scented soy wax candle and a selection of crystals and crystal items. You can also create your own box as well as buying past boxes.

The June box was lavender/amethyst themed, which as I love purple and my birth stone is amethyst – I obviously loved.

The lavender candle is beautifully scented and I’ve had it burning for a while now and it looks like it’ll last for a decent length of time! I don’t think it gives out the most scent but sometimes it’s nice not to be completely overwhelmed. I think it’ll be the perfect candle to burn in the evening before bed, to relax.

I’m obsessed with the raw amethyst cluster, I love holding it and seeing all the colours and how the light reflects and refracts off it. It also looks gorgeous on my bookshelf.

The little piece of quartz is also lovely and I feel like it’ll look cute in Instagram photos, that’s important too, right?

I think the necklace is really pretty and simple and the bracelet is simple but classic. I can definitely see myself wearing both but especially the bracelet!

I think overall, that this is such a lovely subscription box and it would make a great gift! What are your favourite kinds of subscription boxes?

xo Fleur xo