FairyLoot October 2020 | Unboxing

FairyLoot October 2020: Wicked Hearts 

๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐—น๐˜† ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€: Crescent City inspired characters illustrated by @arz28

๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—๐—ถ๐—ด๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐˜‡๐˜‡๐—น๐—ฒ: illustrated by @sallteas

๐—™๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ featuring characters from ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—จ๐˜€, ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น, ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€, and ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€: illustrated by @arz28

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜€: designed by @jezhawk

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜ & ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: designed by @noverantale

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—˜๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ป: designed by @alchemyandink

๐—ž๐˜†๐—น๐—ผ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: illustrated by @_saintdri

My Thoughts:


This is such a gorgeous box and upon opening this I actually gasped. Everything here was so gorgeous! ๐Ÿคฉโœจ I was completely blown away with how gorgeous and cohesive the items were in this box. I honestly can’t get over how beautifully curated this box is.

Cost & Value: I believe this box really was worth the cost just alone with the book. However, the items included are not only gorgeous but useful, too. I love every item but my favourite would be the playing cards and socks. I’ll definitely use all the items.

Design: I am in awe with every item in this box. Everything is so cohesive with the theme and overall aesthetic. Also, did I mention how gorgeous the book is? Because the book is so gorgeous.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.



๐๐จ๐ญ๐ƒ: Have you read Kingdom of the Wicked? Otherwise, whatโ€™s your favourite romantic trope?

๐€๐จ๐ญ๐ƒ: I love enemies to lovers but I love it even more when they must work together begrudgingly ๐Ÿ˜ my absolute favourite is rival to lovers ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’ž

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2021 Reading Goals | Thoughts and Rambles

My 2021 Reading Goals

  1. Be more intentional with reading

What does being intentional mean for me? It means to purposely take action that is important to me. Being intentional is a personal experience. For me, rather than focus on x number of books read per year, I want to consume more books that bring me joy, inform, and challenge me.

What does that mean? I want to be more conscious of the books I choose to read and spend time and money on.

Books that bring me joy: books that make me think and feel (both positive and negative)

Books that inform me: where I learn something new and/or build upon existing knowledge

Books that challenge me: books that confront me, or is from a perspective Iโ€™m not familiar with, or aspects Iโ€™m ignorant of.

  • I want to read more backlist books (books that arenโ€™t new releases)
  • I want to finish series I liked
  • I want to read more books I own

I donโ€™t want to read or purchase books due to the hype if it doesnโ€™t genuinely interest me. ย Life is too short to fill my time and energy on books Iโ€™m not keen on. Which leads me to my next point.

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  1. Develop a regular reading routine

My next point stems from being intentional, but it still stands on its own. Everyone is busy. Reading time is limited. Reading often takes our leisure time. And with todayโ€™s society, time is our most precious currency. Iโ€™m too broke to spend my time on things that donโ€™t serve a purpose or be wasteful with it. Therefore, developing a regular reading routine may be extremely beneficial.

  • I aim to read at least 10 minutes a day. Ten minutes. In the greater scheme of things, itโ€™s not something too big but itโ€™s a realistic goal with my schedule. I can easily read in my break/time off/commuting. Plus, ten minutes doesnโ€™t put a big pressure on me to achieve such things.

Shouting to the void that I want to have a regular reading routine is all fine and dandy but I need to have tools or an approach to ensure I achieve such goals. SooOoooโ€ฆ

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  1. Keep a consistent reading journal

Reading journals donโ€™t need to be aesthetic. There, I said it! And I must continuously remind myself of this: READING GOALS DONโ€™T NEED TO BE PERFECT AND PRETTY, DAMN IT. Iโ€™ve constantly struggled with keeping a reading journal due to me wanting to make it aesthetic rather than useful. And ugh I hate being a perfectionist, but Iโ€™m working on it.

What does a Reading Journal consist of? Anything you want. Reading journals are a testament of what you want in regards to reading and books.

What I will include in my reading journal:

    • Book Log (Information such as: Title, author, publisher, etc.)
    • Bookish thoughts
    • Book review or reading response
    • Reading Challenges
    • Book lists (bucket lists, books I love, TBR, etc.)

I want to incorporate a consistent reading journal because of the many benefits. Benefits of a reading journal include (but are not limited to):

  • Greater focus on reading and being intentional with my time and reading goals
  • More meaningful and better reflection on what I read and learned

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  1. Read owned books

Of the 115 books I own (not including duplicates), I have read 26 books. 26 out of 115. Meaning, if this was a test I would fail. My reading rate is 22% of the books I currently own. I have unread almost 80% of my owned books. I need to do better.

Last year, I fell down the rabbit hole of purchasing new releases and hyped books and bought the books before having a change to read them. Whilst I love supporting authors, it was unsustainable for both my shelf space and wallet.

I want to bring my reading rate of up to at least 50% of book I own. Meaning, whatever number of books I own I will aim to read at least half of that. I want to be intentional with what I purchase and own. A books true purpose is to be read and damn it, I will fulfil my books dream!

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  1. Declutter the books

I know thereโ€™s a saying โ€œyou can never have too many booksโ€. And thatโ€™s true. However, for myself, I donโ€™t like the idea of owning books I donโ€™t plan to read. Therefore, Iโ€™d like to keep that shelf space free for a book I would like rather than owning a book just for the sake of owning it. I want to consciously curate my shelf space with books I love and am genuinely interested in.

Itโ€™s already past the middle of January and Iโ€™ve already purged 7 books I donโ€™t plan to read or have already read and didn’t love. Yay! Progress, not perfection.

I know I canโ€™t speak for everyone, and different people enjoy books differently. Thatโ€™s okay. I just need to set realistic boundaries for myself and shelf space.

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Do you have any reading goals? If so, what are they? Let me know!

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Bad Book Buying Habits Anonymous | Book Confession + Haul

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Welcome to the Bad Book Buying Habits Anonymous. When was your last bookish purchase? Iโ€™ll start. Hi, Iโ€™m Joy and itโ€™s been 0๏ธโƒฃ days since Iโ€™ve last purchased a book.

Now, I may say buying second-hand books โ€˜donโ€™t countโ€™ but that doesnโ€™t detract the fact Iโ€™m still running out of shelf space. ๐Ÿ™ˆ Anyway, rather than shame my book habits I wanted to display my latest book haul. We all know Iโ€™m always touting that I want to read more science fiction and thrillers. Well. Iโ€™ve fallen down the rabbit hole and loving it. ๐Ÿ˜

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Whatโ€™s was the last book you bought/borrowed?

Iโ€™ve pre-ordered A Deadly Education and Kingdom of the Wicked and Iโ€™m planning to buy Raybearers later this week. Iโ€™m excited for both as they all sound so promising (plus Iโ€™ve so many positive reviews about Raybearers).

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Book International Giveaway

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To celebrate my Bookstagram anniversary, I’m holding an International book giveaway where there will be two winners. One winner will win a book of their choice equivalent to $25 and another winner will be an Australian based person who will win a bookish swag pack (candles, book art, book prints, etc.).ย 

For more details, check out my Bookstagram.

For more details of my International Book Giveaway, check out my Bookstagram. Here is the post.

 

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Bookstaversary (Bookstagram Anniversary)

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Like many people, I’ve always enjoyed reading and then stumbled a little corner of the internet filled with fellow book lovers. I discovered Bookstagram, Booktube, and later, Book twitter and loved the concept of it. After many hours (possibly hours) of perusing Bookstagram and binge-watching Booktube, I decided to join the Book community. One year later, and who knows how much dollars spent, I’ve joined a beautiful community and filled the spaces of both my bookshelf and heart with amazing friends and books.ย 

I’ve made many book friends in the book community and they spark so much joy in my life. Not only do they hold bookish chats, readathons, but also go above and beyond and somehow sent me bookish candles for my birthday. How sweet and thoughtful!ย 

The candles my beautiful bookish friends gifted me included two candlesโ€”’Cardan’ and ‘Jude’. The two candles are inspired by the characters in The Folk in the Air trilogy (The Cruel Prince). The Cardan candle has a fruity aroma and smells so delicious! On the other hand, the Jude candle smells of cinnamon. Also, not only do these candles smell amazing, they are also gorgeous to look at!

Anyway, the past year has been truly amazing and I am so glad to have joined the online book community.

Bookstagram made me do it. Cruel Prince was the first book Bookstagram influenced me to read. This book is Illumicrate’s edition of The Cruel Prince. Also, look at the gorgeous candles my Bookstagram fam gifted meโ€”aren’t they so pretty?

 

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