"Do not let other people decide who you are. Decide for yourself." - Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire) ➰
in honor of the recent Lord of Shadows release, here's my modest little Cassandra Clare collection. my favorite series of hers is for sure The Infernal Devices, mainly bc of Will + Tessa + Jem (name a more iconic trio, I dare ya) ➰
I want to get my hands on Lord of Shadows soon, though! I've heard that it tore people apart, so...maybe not too soon haha ➰
what's a recent release you can't wait to get your hands on? ➰
Hello @empirecrates :) My name is Aya and I'm from Misamis Oriental, PH!
I want to become one of your reps because:
1. It would be totally awesome to be one of those people who'll receive your bookboxes and be able to promote them! I love doing unboxings and receive bookish surprises!
2. As a booklover, I love to work with people who has the same passion as mine! Everything bookish to me is just heaven!
3. I love supporting businesses owned by fellow Filipinos! I hope I'll be picked to help you guys promote your products!
It would be an honor to be one of your reps! Thanks for giving us opportunity to become a rep of your store! :)
Finally purchased a copy of my friend @_sklevy's book, Reigntime. I am so looking forward to cracking into it! Go give Sam's account a peek if you don't follow her yet. Her photos are brilliant!
#grimdragon day 21 (21?! How?!): books with animals on the cover
"Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged." - Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Wings and Ruin
This will forever be one of my favorite series. I pick it up occasionally and reread just because it never ceases to give me all the feels, even on my 20th reread.😉
I am not good at writing poems but good at reading them. 😬
Sorry for my long absence here in bookstagram community! 😅 I've been really busy with school and I didn't managed to have time for bookish photoshoots as everyday I always come home exhausted from all-day school activities! 😢
Hello everyone! ❤️💛💚💙💜
❓what ship are you hesitant on sailing right now?
!! BOOKTAGS !!
📚 #julygoodbyedays - ASL (age, sex, location)
Badass Female. 👸
📚 #bookstaglamjul17 - to ship or not to ship
Sarah J. Maas sure knows how to complicate her readers' feelings 😭 because I officially ship EZRIEL 😍💕 but I still want Lucien to find love and be happy because CAULDRON KNOWS HE DESERVES IT SO MUCH. But Azriel is perfect for Elain 😭😍😭😍 AAAAAAAAAAAGH!
When @shipsperfumery sent me my full size Rumbelle perfume they also sent me this amazing little travel pack with all their other products. It’s perfect to keep in my handbag and the perfumes last really long when you use them so you don’t use this travel pack all up really quickly 👌🏻🙌🏻
Not totally happy with this picture, but I just had to show y'all a picture of these lights!! I love them😁One of my friends gave them to me for Christmas and I finally have the perfect place to put them💕
Also GUYS we reached over 300 likes on the last post!! Thanks so much for that, it was super encouraging😊📚📚
Other great news!! If you haven't heard already THE LARA JEAN BOOKS ARE BEING MADE INTO MOVIES!!! I'm so ready and excited😁😁
#qotd Any Jenny Han fans here?📖🙋🏻
"She moved like a storm someone had given steel to.” ― Alwyn Hamilton, Rebel of the Sands
Good morning! Sorry for being MIA this week.😅 I've just been busy with school stuff and our prelims next week. 😧
#bookbabesjuly :hogwarts house colors - Not enough blue in this photo.✌Sad!
#julymaiden :library or bookstore? - BOOKSTORE! 💖
#summerlovingbooks :book wave
#hamtrashjuly :strong female lead - AMANI!! #julyinbooks17 :ongoing book series - I'm not halfway through Rebel Of The Sands yet but, its great so far! 🙆
"Julia Greenfield has a problem: she’s twenty-six years old and she’s still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something’s got to change."
My favourite new adult series is definitely the 'Off Campus' series by @ellekennedy33!
I read these last September when I felt myself entering a reading slump and holy crap, I really didn't expect to love them as much as I did. I found myself reading every spare moment I got.
I definitely think it was because Elle Kennedy created a group of hilarious and loveable characters that developed brilliantly together through out the books.
These books weren't all about the romance too, the characters struggled with their own demons independently, and some of them really had my feels going, especially in 'The Score'! New adult contemporaries are not books that I usually find myself reaching for, but I can guarantee that I will be reading these again as well as checking out some other new adult contemporaries. As soon as I finished reading this series on iBooks, I purchased the paperbacks, I enjoyed it that much!
I really did love all four of these books, but the order of most enjoyed to least is definitely...
1) The Deal (Garrett is mine, mkay?)
2) The Score
3) The Goal
4) The Mistake
And let's all take a moment to appreciate these covers.
But, try not to drool on your phone please.
What other new adult series should I try?
My wonderful friend Summer from @buttermybooks has recommended Kennedy Fox's books to me which I've downloaded a few of, but if you guys have any recommendations, please let me know?
We have so many questions after reading The Quest for Z, and perhaps that’s the reason our attention was captured and held. Some of those questions… Do we only like reading stories with happy endings? What happened to explorer Percy Fawcett and his expedition companions? Can you really call ancient cities discoveries? What would another side of this story read like?
Pizzoli has made Fawcett’s story accessible to children. The design of the book and illustrations are impressive, with elements you’ll find in typical children’s non-fiction, such as maps and charts, a glossary of terms, but it flows effortlessly like a well-written tale. The “They were never seen again” page where newspaper articles are lost to the jungle, was a Da Da Daaaaaaa! Belt from The Croods moment. That was the response from my eldest two kids. Their interest was locked. Back matter and side bar info throughout the book add insight but still leave you curious. Questions pile on top of one another and next minute, you’re out on your own expedition through the pages of more books to find answers. The quest continues...
"Why are they all staring?"demanded Albus as he and Rose craned around to look at the other students. "Don't let it worry you," said Ron. "It's me, I'm extremely famous." -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I don't know why but reading that quote makes me want to cry because it feels like it's been so long since I read HP. I'm going to binge read the series soon.
Happy Friday (GIVEAWAY)! 🎉 I'm currently in Chicago and I snapped this pic in my cousins lobby because #DUNKIRK is out today and I have a GIVEAWAY for y'all!! To enter to win (3) prize packs (edit): one a DUNKIRK book with an ROE pass (will admit two via Fandango), the two others will receive just the book, all you have to do is:
Follow me & @alliedimboston
Like this photo & tag two friends below! .
Good luck!! Winners will be chosen Sunday! 🙌🏼 USA only!
Had the pleasure to take part in an interview/documentary about my story, a young entrepreneur, teacher, and author from New Orleans. This documentary was shot in the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum. Thank you Ms. Cyndell for this amazing opportunity in allowing me to be able to inspire young BE•YOU•TIFUL brown girls from my city!
Okay I couldn't pass up this opportunity! @noveleditions is a Canadian book box that I've been in love with since they started this spring! 🖤📔✉️
Hi, Alex! My name is Kenzie, I'm from a little town in Alberta and I've been reading ever since I was a little girl! I love love love how you always include such unique books and items in your boxes! You truly have a one of a kind subscription box and I really admire that! I'm currently switching my theme over to the one showcased in these three photos and I think the simplicity would be great to showcase your amazing boxes! Hope you're having a lovely day! #noveleditionsrepsearch
so i was lucky enough to be sent an arc of first we were iv by the lovely @alexandrasirowy and here are some of my thoughts on it ☺️
synopsis: It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories. A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other. We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought. But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History. We wanted revenge. We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control. What started as a secret society, ended as justice.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Revenge. Death. Rebellion.
so my initial thought was that the themes of the book were quite similar to that of the graces (minus the actual magic). the relationships interwoven between the four friends were complex and as the story continued it was interesting to see the layers unveil themselves and how the past affected the current events. there were points where i was frankly confused about their actions but in the end the cult mentality of the group was so dark and twisted that the (moderate) confusion only heightened it! the romance was cute and it didn't overwhelm the plotline but it was substantial enough that it didn't feel like cheap plot device.
the one aspect that i wasn't a fan of one of the main characters. the protagonist's (izzie) best friend, viv, seemed to just be using izzie for her own needs and wasn't likeable at all. she was so focused on getting back at another girl that she came across as petty and put the entire situation at risk because of her need for revenge. she was cast as such a special character in contrast to the protagonist's seemingly boring façade but just came across as self-centred to me 😬
final rating: 3.75⭐️
publish date: 25th july 2017
i hope this was enjoyable and once again thanks to alexandra for sending me her novel 💕
If you could have any magical power, what would it be and why?
I would love the ability to travel between worlds, like in the ADSOM trilogy. I would love to escape this world and jump into a different one with new beginnings and opportunities.
I'm currently reading A Gathering of Shadows. I just hit part 2 and I'm really excited to get back into this story and this world.
Happy book birthday to The Crowns of Croswald by @author.denight 🎉
I was so excited to get this in the mail because 1. The cover and 2. I've been hearing all about it and seeing those pretty glitter jars all over bookstagram!
Most people on goodreads have described it as similar to Harry Potter, which I LOVED, so I'm interested to see what kind of world the author created!
lately i've been feeling like doing nothing & just laying in bed??? that's why i was a little inactive some days ago but i'm hoping everything goes back to normal.
anyway, do you guys have any hobbies besides reading? i like to draw once in a while tho i almost never like my drawings😂🤦🏻♀️
@victoriavanvlear tagged me to do #bookstagramhometruths and so here are five fun facts about Kansas/ Kansas City !
1) Kansas is actually the seventh flattest state! Not the first (*waves to florida*)
2) KC has more barbeque restaurants per capita than any other US city.
3) KC ignored Prohibition during the 1920s, leading to a surge of boozy jazz clubs, brothels and gambling joints.
4) KC is nicknamed The City of Fountains because there're over 200 fountains!
5) Hallmark is headquartered in KC!
I love this tag! What's cool about your hometown?
"Meet rumor with quiet, treason with cunning, and vicious with vicious."
"Together now lives for of old, Children of our King ambitious: Daughter Meek and Daughter Bold, Daughter Brave and Daughter Vicious."
I truly appreciated this read and need the sequel ASAP 👏👏👏
In this stunning literary debut, Patrick Flanery delivers a devastating and intimate portrait of post-apartheid South Africa, and the perils of taking sides when the sides are changing around you.
Told in shifting perspectives, Absolution is centred on the mysterious character of Clare Wald, a controversial writer of great fame, haunted by the memories of a sister she fears she betrayed to her death and a daughter she fears she abandoned. Clare comes to learn that in this conflict the dead do not stay buried, and the missing return in other forms--such as the small child present in her daughter's last days who has reappeared, posing as Clare's official biographer. Sam Leroux, a South African expatriate returning to Cape Town after many years in New York, gradually earns Clare's trust, his own ghosts emerging from the histories that he and Clare begin to unravel, leading them both along a path in search of reconciliation and forgiveness.
“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you've ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn't win.” ⠀
Peter Pan is one of my all time favorites and I’m always looking for retellings and new imaginings of this well beloved story – so when I found Tiger Lily, I was overjoyed! It’s told from the perspective of Tinker Bell and as you can imagine from the title, it focuses on Tiger Lily and her life. I really enjoyed this story, 4/5 stars and would recommend it to any Peter Pan fan! ⠀
Do you have a favorite retelling of a faerie tale? Or specifically of Peter Pan? Let me know, I’m always looking for more Peter Pan retellings!⠀
Day 21 of the #grimdragon book challenge is: Wild about wildlife month- Animal book cover
Brown Bear is my 2 year old's favorite book! Speaking of my 2 year old, we dropped him and my mom off at the airport this morning- I'll be without him (for the first time ever!) for a week and a half! I miss him already. But! Me and the hubby are road tripping to Portland/Seattle as we speak! So stoked for good coffee and all the bookstores!
The Shakespeare's Head, built in 1735 and originally owned by Thomas & John Shakespeare, distant relatives of the Bard! The Bard's life-size bust gazes down at the street below; one of his hands is missing due to a World War II bomb that dropped nearby #timeforabeer
🕯AUTUMN REP SEARCH 🕯
It's that time again! I'm looking for some lovely people to represent my shop in the bookstagram community! This rep period will be between the months of September, October, and November. If you are selected, I will send you a selection of candles and goodies of your choice and you'll need to post at least 6 photos per month (minimum of 1-2 photos a week). You will receive a unique discount code to share with your friends and followers that must be shared in any Library Lights related post and displayed on your profile. Please read the following entry rules. 🍁 Must be following @librarylights
🍁Create a collage of 5 of your favourite photos that you have taken and tag it with #librarylightsrepsearch . You must include this photo in your collage or as your first photo in a slideshow.
🍁In the caption, tell me a bit about yourself (name/age/location/favourite book) and why you'd like to be a rep for Library Lights.
🍁(optional) Tag 3 people in the comments of this picture who you think would love to be a Library Lights rep!
🍁Open internationally - you can live anywhere in the world, just let me know where!
🍁Your account must be public (your photos have to be viewable by everyone).
🍁Must be over 18 or have the permission of a parent/guardian to give me your address.
🍁 This ends on the 31st of July. Announcing on the 1st of August.
Good luck everyone! I can't wait to start going through your entries! It's always so much fun!
🦋Happy Book Birthday @author.denight on The Crowns of Croswald! .
🦋I am halfway through, and let me tell you it is simply packed with magical adventure. It is out today, so be sure to get your copy! This middle-grade fantasy is perfect for readers who enjoy books with magic, a strong female main character, and tons of fun characters. .
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
"I've just finished the most wonderful story." ✨🌹
When your friend dresses up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast you just HAVE to take pictures of her and post them on your bookstagram. 😍 Belle is my favorite Disney princess (mostly because she's a bookworm haha) so it was so fun to take these! ❤️
"Look, some people prefer they," Alex said. "They’re non-binary or mid-spectrum or whatever. If they want you to use they, then that’s what you should do. But for me, personally, I don’t want to use the same pronouns all the time, because that’s not me. I change a lot. That’s sort of the point. When I’m she, I’m she. When I’m he, I’m he. I’m not they. Get it?"
Okay so, the Hammer of Thor literally further proves how much I love Rick Riordan and his writing. The book was so hilarious and fun and the characters are so wonderful.
The series has so much diversity in its characters; there's Samirah al Abbas who is a Muslim character, and whose religion is very important to her; there is Alex Fierro, a genderfluid character who is introduced in this book, and whom I love with all my heart.
And I just think it's so great because millions of people read Rick's books, millions of adults and children. And millions of these children will be introduced to a genderfluid person, and they will get to see a person who is strong, beautiful, intelligent, brave, absolutely hilarious and sarcastic, and so, so wonderful. They will read about the struggles s/he's had to face, and how despite them s/he never once stopped being true to who s/he is.
And that makes me so happy.
Anyway, long story short, Alex Fierro, shapeshifter extraordinaire and child of Loki, is the coolest person ever, Magnus is such a precious cinnamon roll who must be protected, Samirah is so strong and I know she will be able to overcome her father.
I cannot wait for the Ship of the Dead! I want Percy Jackson to become best friends with all of the einherjar.
(also, blitzstone please)
I definitely recommend the series if you haven't read it yet! 💙
“I might look like a honey-eyed school girl on the outside, in my skirt with its regulation four-inch-above-the-knee hem. But I’ll rip those tassels off your shoes, old man. just try Googling me.” Meg Cabot, Abandon
So for this prompt I went with Abandon by Meg Cabot. First page in I was hooked, it was a Hades and Persephone retelling and I loved it and Greek mythology is one of my favourites!
✨#bookiechroniclesjuly - Best Beginning
#bookfonts#leilasales#tonightthestreetsareours "“Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.
If it wasn't, what would be the point?”" Gosh, I love Leila Sales' writing and storytelling so much. I'm kind of ticked at myself that I STILL haven't read this one yet, because as I was looking up quotes for this book, what struck me so often was how much I relate and admire her writing style. She just has a way of sounding beautiful, simple and relatable all at the same time.
She made me bawl in This Song Will Save Your Life, so I'm excited to see how she effects my heart this time.
#bookbabesjuly [day 21] non fiction: I'm really enjoying 1491 by Charles C. Mann, but have really got to finish it, since it's so fascinating!
#fanaticalbirdjuly best font: see above
I was also tagged to do the #bookishfonts by @laurathebookunicorn , the #coverlove tag by @tifferbeeak_books , the #photogenicbooks tag by @archie_nelson all back in June! Thanks Laura! Thanks Tiffany! Thanks Archie! 💙💙💙 I tag:
@bookblizzard * * *
Don't forget to click the link in the bio to check out my short fiction on sale now! Available in .mobi, .epub, and .pdf for $1.29 and under.