Review & Unboxing / Tomorrowland: The Book of Wisdom by Sarah Maria Griffin

Review & Unboxing / Tomorrowland: The Book of Wisdom by Sarah Maria Griffin

Hi guys!
I’ve got a bit of a different style of review for you all today…

Is anyone else a collector? Whether it be of different editions of the same book, every copy of a certain authors works, or bookish merch for a certain fandom, I’m definitely guilty of it. A few weeks ago, Lauren and I decided we just had to finish our almost complete Sarah Maria Griffin collections – and for us, this meant hunting down the Book of Wisdom she recently wrote for Belgian music festival Tomorrowland. These were sent out to attendees with their wristband tickets, but after a late night eBay trawl, we managed to find someone selling two of the English copies. They arrived the week before last in their gorgeous special edition boxes. So, here’s my unboxing/mini review!

(ps. this post is basically a tonne of photos of a gorgeous book)

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Co-Owning a Book Blog

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Hi guys!
So recently on Twitter we’ve seen a lot of people asking questions about co-blogging or looking into finding a co-blogger. Since it seems to be a popular topic at the moment, we thought we’d do a little FAQ on the topic. We’re not experts but we have both been blogging here together for a few years now, so we think we can definitely give you an insight into it! If you have anymore questions we don’t cover, feel free to ask in the comments.
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An Evening with Sarah Maria Griffin and Christine Lynn Herman at Waterstones Liverpool

An Evening with Sarah Maria Griffin and Christine Lynn Herman at Waterstones Liverpool

Hi guys!

This is a bit of a delayed post but still an event I wanted to talk about, so here we go!

The week before last, Lauren, Beth, Becky and I (plus Imi and Donna who we met up with at the event) took a trip to Liverpool to see two faves, Sarah Maria Griffin and Christine Lynn Herman. With it only being a few days since we’d got home from YALC, another book event seemed like the perfect way to deal with, well, a book event hangover.

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu // Mini Review

titFor me, graphic novels is a new genre I’m venturing into. I always feared that the story wouldn’t be able to come across as well with art as it does with novels but I have been proven wrong a lot lately. Although I didn’t love Mooncakes as much as everybody else, I’m still excited that books like this are being brought into the world as graphic novels about queer witches and werewolves definitely wasn’t common when I was younger.
Mooncakes follows the story of Nova Huang, a young witch working at her grandmother’s magical bookshop. In terms of rep, Nova is Chinese-American, hard of hearing (her hearing aids feature heavily in the book which was amazing) and queer. Although sexualities aren’t discussed or labelled in this book, it does feature a F/NB relationship between Nova and childhood sweetheart, Tam. Tam is a non-binary werewolf, also Chinese-American, who comes back to town after a period away. The two soon rekindle their relationship and it is very wholesome.
Screenshot 2019-08-12 at 17.15.41The art work was beautiful and even though the end few pages on the Netgalley copy were black and white, it didn’t take away from the story. That being said, the use of colour was beautiful and I loved how rich and vibrant it was. The reason I didn’t rate this book higher was purely because I felt as though the story moved too quickly and because of this, the plot wasn’t fleshed out completely. However, I do appreciate that this is a graphic novel and a fairly short one at that so it does make sense. Luckily, the representation and diverse characters make up for this and it made me excited to pick it up. Nobody’s sexualities or identities are questioned, they are just accepted without fuss which makes the story very wholesome and safe to read.
Overall, this has definitely made me want to pick up even more graphic novels so if you have any recommendations, then please let me know! For now, Mooncakes is available on Netgalley (I believe for auto-acceptance!) so do go over and check it out. The final copy will be released on October 15th!
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Lots of Love,
Angharad
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WWW Wednesday | August 2019

This is a tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words and is one I used to do a lot so I thought I’d bring it back this week! The rules are to simply answer three questions about your current books and to keep a little tab on what you’re reading next. As I’m currently taking part in my N.E.W.T’s and have an exciting little TBR next month, I’m excited to do some more of these.

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Magical Readathon – N.E.W.T’s 2019

Untitled_Panorama1So after completing and loving the Reading Rush last month, I definitely wanted to do another readathon this month as it really is the best motivation. I asked around to see which ones were being hosted and I was recommended the Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast. This is a really complex readathon inspired by Harry Potter and it’s clear how much work has been put into it. However, I hit a slight snag when I found out that I should have first completed my O.W.L’s in April. Even though I’m usually a stickler for rules, I’ve decided to swap them around and sit my N.E.W.T’s first. I’ve also picked the Librarian career to aim towards so here are the books I’ll be reading in August in order to get my qualifications.

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Review // All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Review // All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’

When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.

And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.

Huge thanks to Penguin for sending me an early copy of this book!
Trigger warnings for homophobia, abortion, suicide, rape, abuse, forced pregnancy.

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