“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
~ Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ~
It’s a new week, book addicts, and I’m kicking it off with this Kaz Brekker celebration post! I adore this man and really need more merch about him!
One of my prompts today was gods or monsters. I love a good book about gods (my Rick Riordan obsession has proved that) but I can’t help but be drawn to the ‘monsters’ too, like Kaz himself. I seem to enjoy a good antihero more and more these days.
QOTD: What are your feelings about anti heroes?
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Plot Twist: All the twists but one in the Six of Crows book. Kaz, you brilliant bastard
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Gods or Monsters? Both?
“Are you sure that's a real spell? Well, it's not very good, is it? I've tried a few simple spells just for practise and it's all worked for me.”
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling ~
Hello, book addicts! A magical photo for you lovely people today! I managed to snap this shot of Luna giving Rowena an impromptu magic demonstration. I think it’ll be the last time Rowena asks for a display... QOTD: What Harry Potter spell would you use the most?
AOTD: Accio! So my books come to me 😁
ROWENA: Hey, Luna! Have you learnt any new spells lately?
LUNA: Well, there was one. I can show you, if you’d like?
ROWENA: Yes please!
LUNA: Ok. How did Hermione tell me it’s to be said? Wingardium Leviosa!
ROWENA: *suddenly levitated into the air* Arrrggghh!!
LUNA: Ah, yes. You have to make the ‘gar’ long, you see. Otherwise it doesn’t work.
ROWENA: Lovely! Can you put me down now please?! ✨🐲✨
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Harry Potter spell: Accio!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Newest Favourite Series: Ooh... the Empirium Trilogy by Claire Legrand!
“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”
~ Ravenclaw ~
Hello, book addicts! I finally am feeling better! I’m not 100% yet but I’m doing so much better than before! Yay!
To celebrate, here is a Ravenclaw post! Rowena my little book dragon daughter told me she wanted to be in it - since this is her house, of course - but ignored my calls in favour of reading Truly Devious and watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Should I be worried about her new crime obsession...?
Anyways, how gorgeous is my new Ravenclaw notebook?! I bought it at the British Library: History Of Magic exhibit with the lovely @the.literary.coffee.faerie! 💙
QOTD: Which Harry Potter character/s would you invite to a tea party?
AOTD: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Fred and George, Professor McGonagall, Professor Trelawney, Hagrid and Dobby 😁
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Hogwarts House: I think that’s obvious?
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Paperback or Hardcover? I own more paperbacks because English books tend to be published in paperback - but I adore hardcovers 😍
Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time...”
~ Cinder by Marissa Meyer ~
Happy Friday, book addicts! I’m finally on the mend, I think, so here’s a princess-y post for you all today! I really need more Lunar Chronicles merch - and more merch of most things that aren’t Harry Potter, Shadowhunters or ACOTAR, really! 😂
QOTD: What fandom do you adore but totally fail with merch-wise?
AOTD: All The Fandoms 😂🙈
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Retelling: I adore the Lunar Chronicles - they’re probably my favourite fairy tale retellings! I just love that Cinderella is a cyborg - I was sold instantly!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Newest Favourite Standalone: I really don’t read many standalones! Probably Roomies by Christina Lauren or Invictus by Ryan Graudin 😁
“It’s always tea time.”
~ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ~
Anyone for a tea party? Luna and I are rather curious about what variety of tea is being served - it’s a rather unusual colour...
QOTD: Do you have a favourite variety of tea?
AOTD: I love Darjeeling, preferably with some cakes on the side. It isn’t a tea party without cakes!
Sorry, I’m just loving my random Alice photo. And I’m doing a little better today which is lovely! Just in time for the end of @love.books.and.coffee’s challenge - I’m going to miss it! It’s been so much fun! So I thought a quirky and hopefully fun photo might be a nice way to end and say thank you to Christine! 💖
#lbctolkien ~ The Shire (the comforts of home): Nothing says home to me like a pot of tea and a book or two! This tea set is very special to me because my Mum and Dad got it for my for my 21st birthday, because they know Alice in Wonderland was one of my favourite classics growing up!
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Character Quality: I like a little bit of craziness and uniqueness! I trust no one who claims to be normal. I also like snark, intelligence, witty comebacks and the ability to kick butts!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Coffee, Tea or Hot Cocoa? Well, tea of course! I am British!
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting.”
~ Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo ~
Hello, book addicts! Yes, I am still sick but today is the penultimate day of my wonderful Bookstagram friend @love.books.and.coffee’s Tolkien challenge and I’ve had so much fun with this one! Today’s prompt is Samwise - loyal friends. Thanks to the lovely Bookstagram community, I have many more Samwises than ever before and I love all of you so much! You make me laugh, you make me smile, you’re always up for a good bookish natter and I just love to fangirl like crazy with you! My Samwises know who they are and I hope they know how much they mean to me! I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without you all! ❤️❤️❤️
Also I found this photo while planning Christine’s challenge out and thought it fit perfectly - the Dregs are all so very broken but they always, always have each other’s backs. They fight together and survive together and even if they’re too broken to say they love one another (especially in Kaz’s case) it’s so clear they do. But Wylan- Wylan is such a Samwise: sweet, loyal, adorable, always underestimated.
QOTD: Which book character would totally be your Samwise?
AOTD: Luna Lovegood! My baby 💙
#lbctolkien ~ Samwise (loyal friend)
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Sqaud: The Dregs! Also the Inner Circle, the golden trio, the Raven Boys... #iamsweetjanuary ~ Newest Villain You Love to Hate: A certain character from The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton - they’re bloody terrifying!
“My mother was an oyster. And I’m the pearl.”
~ Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ~
Hello, book addicts! I am alas still sick with the plague and I apologise if this photo is a little uninspired - I am making up for it with sparkles! 😁✨ Also the gorgeousness of my @marquisdusoleil Nikolai bookmark and my adorable @nerdygrldesigns Buffy bookmark 😁
QOTD: Would anyone be interested in seeing my total bookmark collection one day? It is... extensive 🙈
#lbctolkien ~ Thorin (royal rabble rouser/hero): Nikolai Lantsov, of course!
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Chosen One: Buffy and Harry!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Next Read: Well I’m not really reading at the moment, but I’m feeling the call of a Harry Potter reread
“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.”
~ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff ~
Hello, book addicts! Once again, still plague ridden - but I had fun playing with shadows for this photo! As it’s a Nevernight Special, I just couldn’t resist embracing my inner darkin! I regret nothing!
QOTD: If you could have a shadow familiar, what shape would yours be?
AOTD: Two words: SHADOW. DRAGON.
#lbctolkien ~ Legolas (loyal companion)
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Supernatural: Witches, faeries, werewolves, Shadowhunters, dragons - I ain’t fussy! And don’t make me choose a favourite Supernatural boy - Sam, Dean, Cas and Crowley are all yummy
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Newest Side Character You Love: He maybe isn’t the newest, but I adore Mister Kindly from Nevernight - his snarky comments are everything 🖤
~ Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas ~
Hello, book addicts! Still me, still plague ridden and very grateful to @the.literary.coffee.faerie for helping me figure out which photo of the manic million I took pre-plague 😘❤️
Sorry for the short caption but I have some passing out to do 😂😷🙈
QOTD: My Little Aelin and Rhysand and nice and cosy in their armchairs, with a book and their little Roman and Feyre dolls. Where is your favourite place to read and do you like anything other than a book when you read?
AOTD: I love being curled up under a blanket, with a cup of tea and maybe a cushion or a toy to cuddle. I don’t know why but there you go! Maybe I’m just naturally five years old when I read 😂
#lbctolkien ~ Aragorn (hidden royalty/hero): For those in the know, they’ll know why I chose the bookmarks and books I did. For those not in the know, how freaking adorable are the bookmarks?!
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite couple/ship: Feysand! But I love Rowaelin too!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Current Read: The Belles - it is AMAZING! I am just blown away by this book!
“Every Shadowhunter should have a stele.”
~ City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare ~
And it’s Saturday, book addicts! I am still suffering from the plague, alas - it seems my stele doesn’t work on mundane diseases such as this.
Again, this was a photo I took in a rush over the weekend and kind of wanted to retake. But since moving seems beyond me, this shall have to do. And yes I’ve gone OTT with the sparkles again. I regret nothing.
QOTD: Is there such a thing as too many sparkles?
#lbctolkien ~ The One Ring (object of power): A stele from the Shadowhunter series!
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite mythical creature: DRAGONS. Like little Rowena - you can see a photo of her clutching Jace Wayland’s ring if you flick through. She’s eyeing him up on the bookmark - she loves him but she told me she still wants Rhysand for her birthday.
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Newest Main Character You Love: Emma Carstairs! Also Camille from The Belles 😍
"Do you trust anything?" he countered, rubbing his wrist. "Or anyone, for that matter?" The queen considered him, her pale lips curling at the edges. "The bodies in my floor all trusted someone. Now I walk on them to tea."
~ A Darker Shade Of Magic by VE Schwab ~
Hello, book addicts! It’s Friday and I’m still inflicted with the plague, alas. Me? Melodramatic? Don’t be ridiculous!
All I can say is that I’m eternally grateful I took a bunch of photos at the weekend before the plague fully grasped me. And I am also grateful for sparkles. I went a little overboard with the sparkles for this photo, but since I’ve clearly been cursed with some awful affliction, I think I’m allowed the sparkles.
QOTD: Which Royal character would you totally bow down to?! #lbctolkien ~ Sauron (really evil character): The Dane twins! Those two just chill my blood! I don’t have photos of them because I don’t tend to have photos of people who scare me. Plus, worst of all, they’re so so awful to Holland!
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Royal: Prince Rhy, Prince Nikolai, Princess Leia, Princeling Dorian, Cinder and Queen Aelin - my royals!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Last Read: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - it’s bloody amazing!
“It had become our unspoken agreement - not to let Amarantha win by acknowledging that she still tormented us in our dreams and waking hours.
It was easier to not have to explain, anyway. To not have to tell him that though I'd freed him, saved his people and all of Pythian from Amarantha... I'd broken myself apart.
And I didn't think even eternity would be long enough to fix me.”
~ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas ~
Hello, book addicts! I still feel dreadful but all you lovely people always manage to put a smile on my face! And so does my collection of ACOTAR goodies - it’s never ending, guys!
So the prompt for #lbctolkien today is Mordor (scary locations). And initially I was going to go with Under the Mountain - the hall of horror that Amarantha ruled over with unending cruelty, a place of nightmares and torture and awfulness. But then I was looking at ACOMAF quotes and I realised that the scarier place was Tamlin’s Court after they return from the Mountain. Because it was a place of silence and repression and possessive containment that was done because of ‘love’. But love isn’t cages and jails and a house with locked doors. And I feel sorry for Tamlin, I really do, but I just can’t forgive what he did in ACOMAF. I just can’t.
Sorry for the rant! I feel really ill and a little grumpy and that might be coming out in this post! 🙈
QOTD: Do you ever get so worked up about a book you just want to talk about it for hours - whether or not your audience is a willing one?! #lbctolkien ~ Mordor (scary locations)
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite cry-worthy read: ACOMAF made me cry! All the ACOTAR books do. But also Before I Die by Jenny Downham and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - they wrecked me!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ NewestFavourite Author: Hmm. Dhonielle Clayton! That lady is one to look out for!
"What we need," said Dumbledore slowly, and his light blue eyes moved from Harry to Hermione, "is more time."
~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling ~
Me again, book addicts! Just a super quick post before I pass out - the last of the #fairyphoto9 challenge! Of course Godric insisted on being involved and posed very happily with the time turner. He then refused to give it back and claimed he wanted to go back in time and be a knight of the round table. I was too tired and beginning to feel ill and just couldn’t be bothered to argue - I just distracted him with a shiny book and he forgot about the time turner and me. Like mother, like son.
QOTD: If you had the ability to go anywhere in time, past or future, where would you go?
#fairyphoto9 ~ Everless and timepieces
“I'm a business man," he'd told her. "No more, no less."
"You're a thief, Kaz."
"Isn't that what I just said?”
~ Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ~
Hello, book addicts! A fairly simple photo today of various thieves, all to showcase my gorgeous @marquisdusoleil Six of Crows bookmarks!
I still feel so ill but yesterday my prize from the lovely @wanderingfandoms’s giveaway came - thank you so much, I love everything! 💜
QOTD: Do you have a favourite of the Crows?
#lbctolkien ~ Bilbo the Burglar (thieves)
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite Bookish Merch: I am obsessed with these bookmarks! But I’m not sure if I have a favourite piece of merch - my favourite type is bookmarks and I have quite the collection now! 😂🙈
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Story Set in the Future: Invictus! It’s such a good book!
“I just don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad.”
~ The Little Mermaid ~
Happy Tuesday, book addicts! I’ve only just gathered the energy to post so I apologise for a short caption! I feel too sick to be witty lol.
QOTD: Do you have a favourite Disney song? Also I apologise for all the Disney questions but when I feel sick I watch Disney! 😂
#fairyphoto9 ~ Candke and Matching Books: Well, HP and The Huntress match colours and Aurabel has mermaids!
#lbctolkien ~ Galadriel (beacon of hope): I find Morr to be a beacon of hope in the ACOTAR books. A dreamer born in the court of nightmares, a badass girl who survived unspeakable things... #januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite genre: Fantasty!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Newest Series Obsession: I’m obsessed with the American editions of HP! And I seem to have developed an obsession for ACOTAR merch... and book boxes... I think I have problems...
“Hi, I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs!”
~ Frozen ~
Me again, book addicts! The plague hasn’t quite claimed me yet, which I’m very grateful for. Also, I’ve been told I get melodramatic when I feel ill - I really don’t see it. 😂
Anyways, here is a sparkly photo! I’m not really happy with it and I did want to retake it but due to the plague-getting I have been unable to do so. The plague really cramps my creative style. 😂
QOTD: Who’s Your favourite Disney ‘sidekick’? QOTD: I’m very fond of Olaf, Pascal, Pua and Mushu (he’s a dragon!!!) 😁
#fairyphoto9 ~ Funko and Keychain
#lbctolkien ~ Merry and Pippin (comedic relief): I love the comedic relief in Disney films, Fred and George in HP, pretty much everyone in Percy Jackson and Kami in the wonderful, soul-destroying series that is Lynburn Legacies (Sarah Rees Brennan just likes to make me cry!)
“Look! A riddle! Time for fun!
Should we use a rope or gun?
What shall we use? We can’t decide.
Just like you cannot run or hide.”
~ Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson ~
Hello, book addicts! It’s a new week and I feel awful - but luckily I took a few photos yesterday because I honestly don’t have the ability to be creative or really move.
Anyways, the lovely @bookish_world got me Stalking Jack The Ripper as a secret Santa gift and I am loving it so so much! I also read Truly Devious last year and it is bloody amazing. But OMG Maureen Johnson! That cliffhanger is insanely cruel! Truly devious indeed!
I’ll hopefully post my second photo later today - and maybe I’ll even feel better. A girl can hope 😷🤒
QOTD: Do you like crime/thrillers? If so, any recommendations? I read mysteries in between fantasies sometimes - they’re awesome palate cleansers!
#januaryfavorites18 ~ Favourite dark read: I am loving Stalking Jack The Ripper! But probably I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson at the moment - oh or The Call by Peadar O’Guilin!
#iamsweetjanuary ~ Story set in the past: Both of these are at least partially set in the past! And both are definitely recommended by me
“Blood is money. Time is power. Desire is treachery. Welcome to Everless.”
~ Everless by Sara Holland ~
Me again, book addicts! I’m here with an unboxing of December’s FairyLoot - it was wonderful and as gorgeous as ever! I adore everything in the box! I’m not sure what my favourite thing is - maybe the candle: it smells so good! ❄️ Everless by Sara Holland, a signed book plate and a letter from Sara
❄️ A Funko princess - I got Jasmine!
❄️ A prince candle from @acourtofcandles - I got Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid and it smells heavenly!
❄️ A pencilcase by @missphi ❄️ A Red Queen inspired notebook by @stellabookishart ❄️ A Books Rule keyring by @fictionteadesigns ❄️ Also a teaser from Rosemarked and a War Storm bookmark
This box seems to get better every month! I’m so excited for January’s! 😁
QOTD: Do you have a favourite Disney princess/prince?
#fairyphoto9 ~ FairyLoot unboxing!