My Bullet Journal – August

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to introduce you to my Bullet Journal and how much I love it. If you want to know what a Bullet Journal is, here it is.

I have been using a Bullet Journal for over two years, I found the process to be fun and very imaginative. I found diaries to be boring and plain, so when I discovered Bullet Journaling I was intrigued and started immediately.

Firstly, if you ever want to start a Bullet Journal, don’t fret over what type of stationery you need. All you need is a pen, a notebook and yourself. One of the things that I have realised about Bullet Journaling is that it is your book your creation. It took me a while for me to accept that because I tried different methods and after doing it a few times, I grew tired of it.

I wanted to show you what I had done for the month of August. The theme for August is Sailor Jupiter. I grew up watching Sailor Moon for years and I had found a planning video in which the Youtuber used her monthly theme by using the anime she had watched, and it inspired me to create my own one.

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My title pages have always been collages, I find it so much fun to put a collection of pictures altogether and it gives the impression of the theme of the month. I get most of my pictures from Pinterest and it’s also a good place to get inspiration for the next theme.

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My mood tracker has been one of the difficult things to do personally, I first started using a Mood Mandala and I loved doing it but I had struggled to do the mandala and gave up on filling it in. I loved finding different types of mood trackers on Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest and it gave me a big inspiration to do this month. I wanted to use the theme of Sailor Jupiter to contribute throughout the month and designed a mood tracker in the shape of Sailor Jupiter’s wand.

I’ve had a hit and miss when it comes to my habit tracker, much like the mood tracker I try to change things around to make it more interesting and sometimes I just like to go for the traditional style.

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When it comes to reading, I wanted to do a tracker for it. I found some trackers but not a tracker for reading. I have always liked seeing how long I’ve read the book but also see how many days that I read it and the days that I don’t.

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So when it comes to my weekly spreads I decided to do something very very minimal. Before I would make my weekly spreads by weekly (Obviously since it is called weekly spread) but I grew tired of it, I didn’t like looking back at my spreads and seeing nothing on the page. I had seen somewhere where you draw in boxes and fill them in for the days and I have to say I really liked it, I used it for the month of July and it was so much easier. It’s a good way to know what days I am in for work and for how long.

Here are a few recommended Bullet Journal Youtubers:

Thank you so much for following along and I hoped you liked it

 

Recent Reads #2

Hey Everyone,

How are you?

So I have been reading quite a bit recently but I haven’t given a review of them. So I thought I would do another recent read post.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I’ve had the book for months and I had seen the movie, so I was expecting to be really good. I think hyping myself didn’t benefit me loving it. I listened to most of it while working and Neil Gaiman is a really great Narrater. I do recommend anyone to listen to him.

Hunted by Megan Spooner

I’ve had this book on my Kindle and on Audiobook. I heard many positive views of this book and it became popular around the time when the Beauty and the Beast movie was released. While I enjoyed the book, I was reminded by other books that had similar themes, I found the premise and story to be very good and inventive but I did see ACOTAR by Sarah J.Maas and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdeih.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

I have been a longtime Dessen Fan and I was very surprised with this book. I liked Louna, a young girl working at weddings but doesn’t to open her heart to someone. Enter Ambrose, who is someone that enjoys his life and has gotten into situations which don’t please his family members. I also liked the easter egg in this book, if you have read Dessen’s other books then you would see a recurring theme of some of her characters in her books feature in her other books, in this book it was the characters from Along for the ride.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I had picked this books up because of the movie. While I am in favour of more presence of Asian characters in media, I was curious as to what the story would be about. Even though the book were about Nick and Rachel, I was mostly interested in Nick’s cousin who struggles with her home life. I am excited to see the movie but I am also interested in the rest of the series.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

This book was a re-read for me, I have always considered that this was my favourite book out of all of her other work. I just loved the story of this book, the relationship between Anne and Captain Wentworth and their interactions throughout the book, it was like an awkward encounter but I also liked how they both still felt for one another.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

I have been a fan of Ephron’s movies for years and I got this book because of it. It made me think of her movies and how it could typically be one.

Wedding Season by Katie Fforde

This was another re-read for me, I have been wanting to re-read it for a while. It’s a good chick lit book about weddings and romance, also a celebrity wedding that had to be done in two months while also doing another wedding on the same day.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I have had this book on my shelf for over a year, I got into a bit of an obsession with buying all of Shirley Jackson’s books after reading We Have Lived In The Castle (Not obsessed now, but I am still collecting). This book was very creepy although I kept insisting myself that the house wasn’t haunted but I liked the description of the house, it reminded me of a house from an Anime called Ghost Hunt.

Hawkeye Vol 2 – 4

I got Vol 1 a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Particularly the relationship between Clint and Kate, they are both the same yet there is no competition between one another. I also missed Hawkeye in Infinity War, so I got the Graphic Novels to fill the void. I have yet to get Vol 5+6 but I will soon.

Hawkeye Kate Bishop Vol 1 + 2

Kate Bishop has become one of my favourite characters in Marvel, next to Rogue and Blink. She is the female version of Clint, blunt and determined. I am glad that Marvel made a series for her because if the MCU tries to introduce Young Avengers I would love to see Kate Bishop on the screen but I would also like to see the banter between her and Clint.

The Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

This was another re-read but I got the US Edition of the books and couldn’t resist the temptation to read the series again.

Three Fates by Nora Roberts

Out of all the Nora Roberts books that I have read in the last couple of months, this book didn’t intrigue me. I think the plot was just flat and the romantic relationship was blah.

Recent Reads

Hey Everyone!

I have been reading quite a lot recently and I haven’t been able to have time to sit on my laptop and write a review for each of them. So this is me giving you a reading catch-up, I read eight books since Stalking Jack The Ripper. Most of the books are romance books but some of them have a thriller twist which is the types of books that I am getting a lot more.

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A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

I’ve had the book on my kindle for ages but I am wasn’t in the mood to pick it up. I saw the book in paperback and immediately purchase it. I have been a longtime fan of Katie Fforde for years, I started reading her books since I was 14 and have never stopped getting her new book every year. I really enjoyed the book, it was a nice fluffy read and I kept imaginning Saroise Ronan’s voice in my head because Philly is Irish, so I imagine her having a strong Irish accent.

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The Wrath & The Dawn/The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

I was in the mood to read something that I had read before. It’s been two years since I picked it up and I finished the duology in two days. I was even tempted to get the UK edition of this duology but I live the US Editions a bit more.

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The Lottery & Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

I picked this book last year and I have been slowly listening to it on Audible. I really liked We Have Always Lived In The Castle but I was enjoying this book more, It’s a collection of Jacksons Short Stories. I found some stories to be quite good and there were some that I was not interested in.

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Divine Evil by Nora Roberts

Recently I have been getting very into Nora Roberts Standalone’s and I got this book out of curiosity. I have to warn you that IF you do pick this book up, be aware of sexual assault, a cult that takes women and does some unimaginable things and also a romance between a sculptor and a Sheriff. This book follows a girl who has recurring nightmares about something dark about her hometown, she goes back home for inspiration and also gets tangled with the former bad boy turned Sheriff. I have to be honest, it not one of the greatest books by her but it was definitely memorable.

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The Villa by Nora Roberts

If you have ever seen an episode of Dallas or Dynasty then this book is slightly about that. Instead of oil or a business company, this family business is about wine. Someone has intent on harming the family business and it affects the three generation of women. I enjoyed the book a lot especially when it came to the mystery of the family’s betrayal. The romantic relationship between Sophia and Ty was really sweet and Sophia reminded me very much of Fallon from Dynasty, She is quite snarky especially towards her awful father but also she was able to sort things out by herself and struggles to open up more in her relationship with Ty.

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The Collector by Nora Roberts

I never thought you could house sit for a career which apparently you can. I found this one a mixed bag, I don’t have many feelings about it. I felt the romantic relationship was not romantic but also a little pushed together. I felt the Male character to be very overprotective which annoyed me a little bit. I felt the chance meet for the characters was a bit weird since the Male character was the brother of the man that died but also the woman was the witness of the death, to me, it seemed a very odd way to write two characters meeting and also going into a relationship.

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The Search by Nora Roberts

After reading this book I now really want to own a dog. My family don’t have a dog because my parents grew up with pets and they both didn’t really like it. Anyway, Fiona is a Dog Trainer but she is also a survivor of an event that happened when she was in her twenties. An event that scarred her old life away and shelter herself on an island where that person can never find. Out of all the Nora Roberts books that I have read in this blog post, I enjoyed this book the most. I liked the relationship between Fiona and Simon but I also liked learning more of the secret of Fiona’s past.

And that concludes my catch-up. I do have a book review coming up soon so hopefully, I will get my blogging mojo back and do some more.

I hope you are having a lovely day

Multiple Copies Of Books That I Own

Hey Everyone,

If you are a book lover or you just somehow found this page it is very common to see book lovers with multiple copies of their favourite books. I am one of those. I have quite a few books that I have multiple copies of and I thought about sharing them with you. It is not something that intentionally does some of the time it is because it has coloured pages or it’s signed by the author. Sometimes it is because I want to have the book because of the cover and sometimes it is because I want the book instead of waiting for a year for the book to be released in paperback.

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I remember seeing the cover and thinking that it was beautiful. I was mostly intrigue is getting the book because of Kerby Rosanes the illustrator who designed the cover. I love the look of the crow. I was attracted to the book because of Instagram and the fact that when you take the dust jacket off it has a beautiful design of the crow across the hardback and I love it. I may have the hardback and paperback edition but I know that I am not going to let go either of them, I also want to clarify that I haven’t got Godsgrave yet because I have still yet to read Nevernight.

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This is the reason why I decided to do this blog post because not only do I own the UK edition of the Shades of Magic series, I recently was tempted to get the US editions. It was the US edition which drew me to the series and I wished the UK edition would at least like its counterpart. I have to admit that I am not too keen on the UK editions and I was always jealous of seeing the US editions featuring in the Booktubers that I watch and wishing that I had them. They were on Book Depository and I couldn’t resist the temptation to get them. I am considering in starting the series again because of getting the US editions.

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Yes, I also got the collectors editions. DON’T JUDGE ME. But can you agree with me and say that they are both beautiful books.

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I have no shame in getting these books because this is one of my all-time favourite books. I read the book when I was still in college and I couldn’t leave it alone. I highly recommend this book to any because it is not the type of book to rush over, it’s paced very well, you get to learn about the characters. It’s dark thriller book that could get you on the edge of your seat.

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I think you already know about this book because I couldn’t stop gushing over it in my review. I got the hardback book last year and I was mostly attracted to the beautiful moth on the cover (also it is signed my Laini Taylor) I love both books and I will probably do the same thing for Muse of Nightmares when it comes out.

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I got the Collins edition years ago when I was still working at my first job which was 5 years ago and it’s strange to think it has been that long. I am also a little obsessed with the Penguin English Library editions mostly because of the beautiful covers. I have yet to pick this book up but I am unsure about reading it since I know what happens towards the end of the book (I can’t remember where or when I found out).

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Similar scenario with another Bronte. I got the clothbound edition at the end of 2016 with my Christmas money that I got and I was tempted to get the Penguin English Library edition because I wanted all the Bronte sisters to be together and be similar in editions instead of a mixture.

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I haven’t told how much I love the Millenium trilogy by Steig Larsson and I even got obsessed with the continuation of the series by David Lagercrantz. I have only read The Girl in the Spider’s Web, I have yet to pick up The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye. I got the larger paperback copy of TGITS’SW in Thailand 3 years ago, a couple days after it was released. I have even kept the price sticker on the back of the book.

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It is no surprise to me that I would have a few extra copies of Austen’s books. My most favourite one would have to be the Vintage Classics, they are really cute and very easy to hold while reading. I did get myself the anniversary edition of Persuasion because I really liked the cover and also I even got it from Amazon.com and not co.uk so it took about a couple of weeks to come to me.

I hope you are having a lovely day.

 

Let’s Catch Up

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Hey Everyone,

How are you?

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it was quite a busy month for me. I am sorry that I haven’t been posting anything, I just couldn’t find the time to do a blog post. I call it a dry spell where I leave it alone for such a long time that it becomes forgotten, and I want to get back into blogging and make a schedule every week to get one ready for the next week, we’ll see how that goes.

I know that I haven’t done a Stars Hollow Subscription box reveal yet and I said in my previous one that I was going to write one, it is mostly because of the fact that I didn’t want to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I am always excited for the next month’s box it’s just that I am not too keen on doing a blog post EVERY  single month for a subscription box, I didn’t want to be pressured every month to do it in case I forget. If you are ever curious as to what goodies are inside the box, check out their Instagram account Stars Hollow Monthly

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If you are living in the UK, I hope you enjoyed the blizzard of Storm Emma. Jesus Christ that was a lot of snow. I have to admit there was a lot more snow than I had ever seen before. I was also reading A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong which is the second book in the Casey Duncan series and strangely enough, it was snowing and it made me feel warm and cosy reading a book with the snow outside. Although going outside in the snow was probably the most challenging thing to do.

One of the things that I have done recently is setting up an account on Depop, Depop is an app where you can sell your items. Much like eBay but in an Instagram format. In my account, I am only selling books that I have no desire to read, one of the goals for my reading is cut down my TBR in half whether if it’s reading or letting go of some books and so far I am doing a really good job and I have cut down soo much. I have about 127 books on my TBR left from the 160 books when I started at the beginning of the year. Most recently I have even sold my paperback edition of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas which was also signed by the author. Here is my account if you are interested. I decided to sell some books because I didn’t want to always wait for a charity bag to come through the letterbox, at least I can earn back the money that I have spent to purchase them.

Reading wise has been ok, I haven’t been reading a lot but it’s still the beginning of the year. Even though Goodreads is telling me that I am two books behind but I don’t care. I was planning to do a book review for Poldark by Winston Graham and A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong but I decided not to because with Poldark my review on Goodreads was enough for me and the reason why I haven’t done one for A Darkness Absolute is that it’s because of I always review Armstrong’s books and my opinions are always the same, I love that woman with all my heart.

I hope that is all the things to catch-up on, what have you been doing? What book are you reading now? Let me know.

Hope you are having a lovely day and I will see you next week

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