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    Gollancz Preview 2019

    I was exceptionally lucky this week to be able to swindle myself into the Gollancz Preview evening for 2019. Gollancz is the SSF publishing imprint of the Orion publishing group. As the oldest specialist for SF & Fantasy publishing in the UK, you can imagine, I was ridiculously excited to find out the upcoming releases for 2019. Promising an evening of books, food and banter, I was ready for an great evening out in London, and Gollancz delivered just that. I was initially apprehensive arriving at Carmelite house, but Imogen, from Imogen’s Typewriter, kindly introduced herself and I settled into the event as we chatted. Thanks so much for enduring…

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    Wonder Crate unboxing: Wild & Free

    I’ve seen the Wonder Crate by Ink & Wonder travelling about Bookstagram accounts for a while and never ordered myself one before. I noticed recently that Ink & Wonder had uploaded a new box to the website, I knew I had to grab one for myself. The theme for this box was Wild & Free, featuring artworks inspired by characters and quotes celebrating freedom. Making you crave a little wildness. After getting my first Woodmark in January’s Fairyloot box, I knew I had to get more. The designs are beautiful and bold and the colours vibrant. Everything in the Wonder Crate’s is designed by Ink & Wonder creating a consistent…

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    Book Cover Beauties

    We all try not to judge a book by its cover. But it’s hard not to gush at some of the gorgeous designs that’s being created. Being a visual person, it’s hard not to be drawn towards incredible book cover design. I’m really enjoying the current trend towards using hand illustrated elements on book covers. The bold designs jump out from the book shelves, begging to be read. Most importantly, it’s great that book typography is being thought through, and not just squished on the front cover. Certain book covers are even becoming collectables. Being republished with special edition covers. Publishers are going to great lengths to create beautiful covers.…

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    The Binding by Bridget Collins || Book Review

    Sometimes you really can’t help but judge a book by it’s cover and this book is absolutely stunning. Both inside and out. When I first saw The Binding in Waterstones, I knew I just had to have it for my book shelf. I’m so glad that not only is the book beautiful, but so is the story within. The Binding follows the story of Emmett, a farmer’s son as he embarks, rather dispassionately, on his apprenticeship to become a Book Binder. But books in this world aren’t your standard stories, books are memories bound and trapped inside pages and leather. Forgotten to the owner and stored for safe keeping in…

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    City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab || Book Review

    I’ve been in a bit of a book slump recently after reading two mediocre books followed by a DNF. So in the need of a good book, I turned towards City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one. When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living…

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    Near Witch in Cardiff – V.E.Schwab Book Signing

    This week I went on an adventure over the bridge to Cardiff to attend a very special and exciting event in Waterstones. V.E.Schwab stopped off in Cardiff for The Near Witch book tour and I was lucky enough to get a ticket. All thanks to my little sister living in Cardiff for that one – cheers Sadie! It’s been quite a few years since I’ve attended a book signing, the last one was probably Neil Gaiman back in 2013 for his release of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. So as you can imagine, I was absolutely nervous to go, not really knowing what to expect. It didn’t…

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    Top 5: Survival tips for your Book Buying Ban

    I’ve put myself on a book buying ban, I’m not particularly happy about it, but needs must and all that. So I thought I write out a few quick tips on how to survive a book ban for other unfortunate souls. No one wants to be put on THE BAN, as I like to call it, but sometimes you’ve got to do it, whether its to save money, save your shelves or before a convention. So here’s my Top 5 tips on surviving a book buying ban. 1. Write yourself a Wish list. Spend some time writing yourself a huge wish list. Add new releases or old books you’ve had…

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    To DNF, or not to DNF

    That is the question we all face at some point. DNF for the uninitiated stands for “Did Not Finish”. Not finishing a book can be a touchy subject amongst the book community. Some die-hards will always finish a book, others are serial DNFers. I was always really proud of myself for finishing every book I ever picked up, that was until last week. I started reading a eARC book through Netgalley and really struggled through to 40%, and I mean really struggled. And I had to seriously ask myself the question, why am I truly reading this? I turn 30 next year and started realising how little I’ve achieved on…

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    Fairyloot Unboxing: FEBRUARY

    This months theme for the Fairyloot February box was Beauty and the Beast. I loved the original Disney movie but I wasn’t necessarily excited for a bunch of Beauty & the Beast merch. I was fairly sure what the book was, so I definitely didn’t want to miss it by skipping a box. February Box Contents: Ceramic trinket dish by Drop and Give me Nerdy Rose Enamel Pin by Iceydesigns Roll-on perfume, Tea & Vanilla scented by Little Heart Gifts Wall Tapestry by Sweet Squeals Art print by @amaretta_ ACOTAR Tarot Cards by Emily Haynes Sequin plastic Tumblr with designs by KDP Letters & Taratjah The Book: A Curse so…

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    Top 5 Childhood Reads – World Book Day

    It’s World Book Day today, and to celebrate I’ve collaborated with 17 UKYA book bloggers to discuss our favourite childhood reads. World Book Day is a registered charity celebrating and encouraging young readers. I always looked forward to World Book day at my school and receiving the free book token. I always had trouble choosing that one perfect book to spend it on. To help some younger readers with their Book token spending, myself and 17 other UKYA book bloggers have all decided to share our Top 5 Childhood Reads for World Book Day. So let’s start this blog-hop of worthy recommendations. Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Everyone…