Cleaning out…

Currently, I’m sitting on the floor of my library and trying and failing at sorting my bookish stuff.

Before, I was very hesitant to use a lot of stuff because I kept thinking ‘what if I’m going to need it for a picture someday?’

It turns out, I don’t even know what I own anymore. Like, I don’t want to throw out stuff because I might need it for that day I’m finally going to take up scrapbooking. Or for that bullet journal I keep dreaming about.

And I know that technically this post is just me procrastinating, but let’s say it was for a good reason πŸ˜€

What’s been up? I’ve gotten some boxes but I haven’t really been feeling uo to unboxing them. Which is a shame for all the great boxes that you could be buying. Trust me, though. There are a lot of grwat unboxings out there.

Maybe my slump is just an annual thing. I think it was last year I struggled to bookstagram and blog as well.

Oh well.

I should probably get back to cleaning out now. But let me leave you with my february boxes.

A year with BookBoxClub

Obviously, I like book subscription boxes. In fact, I’ve tried quite a few of them so far. I only subscribe to two every month, though.

So, because I really liked compiling the last 7 months of fairyloot unboxings, I wanted to do something similar for my other monthly subscription box: bookboxclub.

It won’t be exactly the same format as last time, but I hope you’ll like it anyway.

Note: if you just want to see the contents of the September 2017 bookboxclub, simply scroll down to see an unboxing.

September 2016

Theme: Enchanted Forest

Featured Book: The Call by Peadar O’guilin

Fandoms: A Court of Mist and Fury, Harry Potter,

Items:

  • Spring Court necklace from Oh Panda Eyes
  • Enchanted Forest Notebook by Nikki Strange
  • Expecto Patronum Print from The Paper Trade
  • Founding Member badge from Book Box Club
  • Bookish extra: Samplers and badges

Opinion: I was pleasantly surprised to see the contents of this box. It was a strong debut, and the book it self was mysteriously creepy.

Furthermore, the online book club was amazing. We got inside scoops and was able to ask questions directly to Peadar.

October 2016

Theme: Freedom Squad

Featured Book: The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

Fandoms: Hunger Games, An Ember in the Ashes, Hypnotist,

Items:

  • I have a dream-catcher web from DIY Blonde
  • Book Brooch by Lucie-Ellen
  • Elias candle from MerakiCandles
  • Fire is Catching print from Always Yesterday
  • Bookish Extras: Shadowhunter totebag, SJM promotional bookmark, postcard.

Opinion:

I wasn’t able to finish reading the book, but the bookclub meeting still provided exclusive reveals, tips on research and lots of fun with the author.

November 2016

Theme: Secrets & Sisterhood

Featured Book: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

Fandoms: Sherlock, Classic Lit, Anne of Green Gables,

Items:

  • Water paint bookmarks from Till & Dill
  • Believe in Sherlock necklace by MadeByGoLightLyx
  • Sister-Lit Lipbalm from MedusaBijouxShop
  • Anne of Green Gables coloring print by Carror Top Paper Shop
  • Shelfie Bunting from Book Box Club Team
  • Bookish Extra: Diabolic badges, Stealing Snow mirror, The One promo postcards.

Opinion:

This book was easy to read, which kinda made the subject a bit more creepy. It was easy to connect with the characters, a feat that surprised me since I have a sister, as well. Bookclub provided fun facts on inspiration and cover making, plus Cylin was amazing.

December 2016

Theme: Magic by Night

Featured Book: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Fandoms: Throne of Glass, Unicorns, J. K. Rowling,

Items:

  • Magical notebook by Fable & Black.
  • Magical iron-on patch by Rosie Wonders
  • Throne of Glass Wish Bracelet from The Woodland Folk
  • Unicorn Pencil by Lucy Made Me
  • Washi Tape from Unwrap Colour
  • Bookish Extras: Arc of The Memory Book, samplers and postcard.

Opinion:

Oh, Finn πŸ’™

Book club was every bit of magical and fun as you’d expect from this theme. With insights on inspiration and research, this bookclub meeting was one of my favourites.

January 2017

Theme: Immortal Stories

Featured Book: Ink by Alice Broadway

Fandoms: The Wrath and the Dawn, BookBoxClub,

Items:

  • Immortalitea by Spice Kitchen UK
  • Unashamedly Bookish Mug by The Book Box Club Team
  • INK’D (con)temporary tattoos by U Studio
  • The Wrath and The Dawn sticker from Chelley Reads Designs
  • Reading Resolution Card from The Book Box Club Team
  • Bookish Extras: samplers + promo postcard

Opinion:

Apart from being ridiculously stunning, the book also made me think about art, life and stories. It was fun to participate in the bookclub and see how the book affected the other members. Plus, I believe I got permission to write a Fanfic. πŸ˜†

February 2017

Theme: Troublemakers

Featured Book: All About Mia by Lisa Williamson

Fandoms: Six of Crows, Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby,

Items:

  • Kaz candle from Bookworm Candles & Craft
  • Cherry Kisses Soap from The Little Essex Soap Shop
  • Harry Potter earrings from BunnyBeadsUk
  • Great Gatsby Print from Little Tiger Designs
  • It’s all about me badge from BookBoxClub
  • Bookish Extras: Lord of Shadows Sample, Mortal Instruments coloring sheet, Adam Silvera Bookmark

Opinion:

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME! πŸ˜ƒ β€” At least, that’s how it feels when I get a personalised gift in the box. It amazing to feel like I’m such a part of everything. Plus Lisa Williamson was a star.

March 2017

Theme: Time Travel

Featured Book: Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

Fandoms: Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Doctor Who,

Items:

  • Time Turner Print from Goodnight Boutique
  • Tardis Suede Twist bracelet from Starlight May
  • Alice in Wonder bookmarks from Infinite and Darling
  • Floral To-Do pad from Papio Press
  • Reading Time magnet from BookBoxClub
  • Bookish Extras: Melinda Salisbury short story prequel, the circus bookmark,

Opinion:

Before I flail about the book and bookclub, let me just, once more, squeal about that short story. I’m a huge fan of Salisbury, and I was so sad that the short story only was handed out at book con. But now I have it πŸ’™

The book was super cute with some suspense as we revealed the mystery, but also because of a bad case of feels for the leads. Of course Bookclub was a blast.

April 2017

Theme: Belles & Beasts

Featured Book: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Fandoms: Beauty and the beast,

Items:

  • Beauty and The Beast Quote Flag by Fox + Lilly
  • Belle Coaster by Bird Illustration
  • Mrs Potts & Chip Chocolate Lollies by Maple Molly’s
  • Beast Sticker by Cirtolthioel
  • Book Box Club Postcard set by Haxahmet Films
  • Bookish Extras: Promo postcards

Opinion:

It’s rare that I’ve been able to guess the books that were chosen for the box, but with this one, I pretty much hoped and prayed. It was a lovely retelling, and even more special for me, since I was asked to do the super special reading for the bookclub due to Meagan being sick.

May 2017

Theme: Wizards at War

Featured Book: Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, A Darker Shade of Magic,

Items:

  • Dumbledore Pin by The Potter Emporium
  • Sorting Hat Bathbomb by Scento
  • Darker Shade of Magic Print by Sip and Read
  • Unicorn Gandalf Notebook by Neon Magpie
  • Bookish pencils by Book Box Club
  • Bookish Extras: Spellslinger Swag, promo Bookmark, ACOWAR preorder print
  • + a wooden wand I won from bookboxclub (YAY)

Opinion:

Spellslinger was probably one of my favorite reads of 2017 (And I’m eagerly waiting for my Shadowblack to arrive). Sebastien revealed some insights about sequels, publishing and even some earlier ideas for a character I adored. The book club was definitely one of my favorites.

June 2017

Theme: Schoolroom Scandals

Featured Book: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Fandoms: Looking For Alaska, One of Us is Lying

Items:

  • Reader’s Ring by The Locket Library
  • Stylish Sticky Notes by Paper Pipit
  • Hurricane Pencil Case by Book Box Club
  • Bayview Bad Boy Candle from Meraki Candles
  • Jelly Beans from Book Box Club
  • Extra Goodies: Promo Postcard, Badge, Mystery Bonus Book

Opinion:

I… Did not see that twist coming. Like, I suspected a thousand different things, but… wow. Amazing book and amazing book club. Talking about the good bad boys, and the really awful ones. Yikes.

July 2017

Theme: Spells & Remedies

Featured Book: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Fandoms: Shakespeare, The Raven Boys,

Items:

  • Spells and Remedies Bunting by The Literary Omnistore
  • Wonders Bookmark by Holly Grace Illustration
  • Hocus Focus Tea by The Bluebird Tea Company
  • Raven Boys Soap by Just Fribble
  • Unashamedly Bookish Mirror by Moon Kestrel
  • Bookish Extras: Promo Bookmark, Samplers,

Opinion:

One of the things I often wonder when I read, is whether the plot or the characters came first. In The Disappearances there’s a mystery interwoven in the plot and I was baffled by the way it wrapped up. Book Club provided me with a way to ask the author directly, and it was fun to see how the book came to be. Plus, it was nice to share the thoughts that this book brought forth.

August 2017

Theme: Fearless Females

Featured Book: Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Fandoms: Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Six of Crows,

Items:

  • Hermione Candle by Meraki Candles
  • Girl Boss Notebook by Nikki Strange
  • Girl Gang Necklace by Compton Four
  • Fight Like A Girl Coaster by Munky Make
  • Heir of Fire Magnet by Book Box Club
  • Bookish Extras: Badges, promo postcard

Opinion:

I’m not usually a fan of Historical Fiction, but with Book Box Club I’ve come to appreciate it a bit more. Not only does the book provide insight, but also the book club meetings reveal fun facts about our history.

September 2017

Theme: Outlaws

Featured Book: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Six of Crows, Robin Hood,

Items:

  • Sante Socks by Book Box Club
  • Marauders Postcards by The Imaginative Illustrator
  • Inej Lipbalm by Oriandle
  • Robin Hood Magnetic Bookmark by Marked by Hephaestus
  • Birthday Cookie by Nila Holden
  • Bookish Extras: John Green Pencils, Samplers, Witchborn ARC
I am genuinely surprised at how much time it took to write this post. Happy birthday, Book Box Club. πŸ‡©πŸ‡° πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

If you’re interested in a subscription you can use my referral code MAJA17 for a discount on your first box. The october box is all out, but the November “Haunted Minds” is on sale now!

I hope to see you in book club!

Yalc Haul? YALC HAUL!

Some of you may share this particular dreadful fate where you live in a country where you can only watch through Social Media as our bookish friends enjoy several Literary Conventions.

It quite sucks, to be honest. Alas, not much we can do about it. You know, except save our money and go next year. And while that sounds easy in theory, not everyone has that opportunity.

This is why the bookish community is the absolute BEST, though.

In August there was the Young Adult Literature Convention in the UK. (Aka YALC) I couldn’t go, but my very lovely and fantastic friend Moon, decided to go, and she was so sweet to snag a ton of amazing swag and goodies for me ❀

Here’s my (very long) unboxing video:

THANK YOU MOON. I love you so much, you’re the best. ❀

When life gives you books…

Okay, so… My life technically didn’t give me books. I kinda sorta maybe happened to order them myself.

Alas, despite the increasingly lack of space, I’ve concluded that I probably won’t want to stop any time soon. Yeah. #SorryNotSorry πŸ˜†

So what’s been going on over here? Well…

Apart from the 21 books I’ve hauled in the first week of September (I know, right? The restraint I have is astonishing), I’ve also finally gotten my August Fairyloot box. It was kinda late, but I’m certain they’ve learned from this experience.

What else…?

Right! πŸ˜ƒ I also got my hands on the GORGEOUS UK harback of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I’m so ready for the Mark.the.page box to arrive so I can properly celebrate.

Speaking of boxes… I’M SO EXCITED, because both my very first book loot and my very first owlcrate has shipped. Unfortunately, one of them is stuck in customs so… That sucks. But I’m sure it’ll be worth it. ❀️

And how am I doing with the reading challenge? SO glad you asked. I’ve just now finished Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which means that next up: Hero by Perry Moore.

Have you read it? I found it on a list of LGBTQA+ reads, so how could I resist? Excited is an understandment.

Oh. And also: MY TILL & DILL BOOKMARK COLLECTION IS COMPLETE. I now claim the title of their Über fan. πŸ‘‘

I will show it to you soon enough.

So… That’s what’s been going on here. I’m still waiting for a ton of bookmail, including signed Julie Esbaugh books that I bid on in an auction. Exciting, right? πŸ™ƒ

How’s you? Any hauls? Latest read? A recommendation? Don’t be a stranger. ❀️