Wednesday, 23 August 2017

How to nerdify your home

When Havenly - online interior design company who offers their customers a unique and personal experience to help them get the room of their dreams - contacted me about writing a post on my favourite bookish decor I thought it was a fabulous idea! As a book lover, I adore anything to do with literature and there are so many incredible products we can purchase these days to proudly display our love of all things bookish!

I thought I'd create a post on how we can nerdify our homes. From pillows to candles to utterly magical bookshelves - there are so many incredible, creative ways we can turn our home into one that celebrates the beauty of books!

So, here are my top tips on how to show your love of reading in ways other than your bookcases!

How to Nerdify Your Home:

1. In the kitchen
You might think this is a hard place to display your bookish pride but FEAR NOT, I am here! There is a myriad of wonderful utensils that will show any one who visits your kitchen that books > people.

  • Spoons - who doesn't love a pretty spoon? I have a favourite spoon. His name is Wallace. Nothing extremely special about him but he's got a wonderful shape. However, you get some pretty magical spoons that will express your love for a certain type of story featuring a boy with a wand and a scar on his forehead...

How wonderfully Harry Potter-y are these spoons? VERY. If you had these in your kitchen you might actually want to slave over a hot stove every day. Also, if you had visitors and these were not-so-subtlely displayed in the background I'm pretty sure you'd have a cracking conversation flowing in no time at all. 

  • MUGS - I am obsessed with bookish mugs. I don't actually own any (cry for me) but it's definitely something I need for my kitchen! There are so many exquisite bookish mugs that if you had some in your kitchen, people would not only admire your impeccable decor taste but they might be so awestruck by the designs that they'd want to become a reader themselves just so they could drink out of a cup that pretty (without feeling like a fraud, ya know). 

Book Dragon Mug

Paperfury has some stunning designs on her Society6 shop that you should check out! (No, she's not forcing me to say that or maybe I should say she is to maintain her image as evil overlord?...)

  • Book lunch boxes - I didn't know this existed until I wrote this post but I have been B.L.E.S.S.E.D. LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS. Look. I would've loved taking this to school with me when I was younger! Maybe I'll get it for myself, I've been needing a lunch box whilst volunteering so this will most definitely come in handy! You could get three and line up all the different versions on your kitchen countertop - IT'S LIKE A LIBRARY IN YOUR KITCHEN. 
Book Lunch Box

2. The bathroom 

I'm only realising now how much potential a house holds to be filled with literary-themed objects. There's nothing even slightly bookish in my bathroom. SACRILEGE. I'd quite like to add the following to my abode...
  • Literary soaps - I love baths and I love deliciously scented soap but you know what's even better? Baths that feature bookish soaps. I didn't even know such a thing has existed but it does. Can today get any better? Look how pretty these Harry Potter soaps are, I don't think I'd ever want to get out the bath if I had these!

  • Bath/hand towels - THESE ARE SO CUTE (and almost too pretty to use, if I'm being honest!). I think having bookish towels hanging up in your bathroom is the perfect way to display your book pride! 

One More Chapter -Baby Blue Hand & Bath Towel

  • Bookish soap dispenser and toothbrush holder - How cute is this? It says "read a book" on it! So whenever someone uses your bathroom they might subconsciously store this very important suggestion and turn to the nerd side which is the best side! *evil cackling ensues*

3. Living Room 

Ah, the living room. A place brimming with opportunity. A place where all your visitors have no choice but to be bombarded with all things nerdy, how lucky are they? Very. I agree with you.

  • Tables - One of my best friends' dad has a coffee table made of books! A+ for his interior design skills. Not only can it give your home such a unique, warm look and subtly flaunt that you are, indeed, very well-read but it's also a perfect conversation topic for pesky, awkward silences! It's a win-win situation!

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  • Chairs - To make sure you're adequately expressing your love for books, a table might not be enough. Behold CHAIRS. CHAIRS MADE OF BOOKS, to be specific. We read books, we write books, we photograph books, we buy books and we collect books...why not sit on your bookish throne and rule your books to take it just a small step further?

And if you think that design is too subtle...let me grace your eyes with the actual book chair. You're literally in a book. LIFE GOALS = ACHIEVED.

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  • Lamps - It's always a good idea to have some objects in your house that enlighten (ha, I made a pun) your family and friends on what your favourite books are. I mean, you're keeping them in mind, right? You're making gift-giving so much less stressful. Look at you, you considerate bean. 

Harry Potter Snape's Patronus Lamp Additional Image

  • Pillows - There are so many gorgeous bookish pillows to buy! Perhaps you don't have space or you can't afford to deck your place out with new furniture but FEAR NOT, THE PILLOWS ARE HERE. There are so many gorgeous designs that will not only spruce up your place but also make your Instagram very aesthetically pleasing! Evie Seo's designs are stunning and they would definitely improve my living room by 103%

ACOMAF - Torn Apart The World by eviebookish

  • Candles - who doesn't love candles?! Not only are bookish candles a) super pretty, they also b) smell really good and c) have super cute titles that give you all the feels.

  • Bookshelves - Ah, the perfect place to have bookcases (aside from your own personal library complete with floor to ceiling shelves and ladders, Beauty and the Beast style). I love bookcases in a living room. It immediately shows people that you love reading, your visitors might be enticed into a conversation about one of the books on your shelves and lastly, it's just so aesthetically pleasing. You might be tempted to stare at your shelves for a somewhat worrying about of time. Not that I speak from experience or anything...

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So, if you were looking for some ideas (or perhaps you weren't but you've been inspired by this post 🙆) then HERE THEY ARE! Which of these are your favourite? Which room would you like to nerdify more? What's your favourite bookish item?
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ten books to read when you don't have a lot of time!

The title of this post may have you thinking that I'm about to recommend several books that are under three hundred pages that you can fly through but (plot twist) it's not

Ooh, the suspense.

 It's about books that are so fast-paced/adorable/magnificent that you can't bear to put them down for a mere five seconds because that would be literal torture. It's about books that you can finish in a few hours because they're just SO GOOD.

I've read several books this year that I've absolutely flown through! Now, I'm not a super fast reader and I don't generally read a book in a day but all the books below are books I've finished in a day.


I got this book out of the library last week because a) It had sprayed edges and b) it was a newish release that I'd been wanting to read and I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did but boy, I flew through it. I didn't finish this in one day but I read over half of it the day I got it, I stayed up late reading it and I didn't stop at one more chapter. It's gripping, it's dark and it's eerily real. I recommend you pick it up. Now, preferably. 

I WILL NEVER FORGET MY READING EXPERIENCE WITH THIS BOOK. Three years ago, a rainy day in Cape Town, South Africa. I had picked up Boy Nobody at the library, mainly because of the sprayed edges (I didn't realise this post was going to have a theme but I'm clearly a basic bookworm. I see sprayed edges. I must have sprayed edges) and I started reading it the following morning whilst eating my breakfast...and I stayed like that for the next three hours whilst I finished it. I couldn't put it down and I doubt you'll be able to either. Also, THAT ENDING.

I really wasn't expecting to finish this book in one day...but I did. I think I finished it in around 3-4 hours and holy schnitzels, I should have listened to the hype sooner because this book was INCREDIBLE. Like, the plot and the world-building and the characters and EVERYTHING, BASICALLY. I couldn't put it down, I felt all the feels and V.E. Schwab is on my auto-buy authors list.

I didn't exactly read this book in a day BUT I read almost 400 pages of it in one day and then finished the other 100 pages the next day so I'm counting it. I LOVED this book. It was rich and it was complex and it was slow-paced. If you're looking for a high-action fantasy (I thought this was a fantasy but it's not, it's historical fiction and it's INCREDIBLE) this isn't it. The author takes time introducing us to the characters, setting the scene, introducing the politics. This book was developed slowly and intricately yet I flew through it. One of my other favourite books also was quite intricate and slower-paced and I've realised I will almost always love books like that because it provides such an in depth reading experience. 

One of the things that really stands out for me when I think of this book is a) how utterly unique it is and b) how the ending made me ugly cry. I remember just chilling in the lounge, reading my book, reaching the last few pages and then NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE BECAUSE MY EMOTIONS WERE ATTACKING MY EYES. My parents were staring at me like

 I still haven't recovered. BUT SERIOUSLY, this book is amazing and I also read it in a day (I think) and if you want to read my thoughts on it, you can click here. It's an amazing book that you'll fly through. Now go. Go read my review. Then buy the book. GOOO.

THIS BOOK WAS SO ADORABLE AND I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE MOVIE!!! I read this book in one day and I was so invested in the story. I cried, I laughed, I felt le was such a wonderful story with wonderful characters and a wonderful romance. READ IT! If you haven't already. Read my thoughts here!

Whenever I think of the summer of being sixteen, I think of this series. I marathoned the entire series the August of '15 after getting the first three books from a charity store (the first books I bought in England, if you were wondering, which you probably weren't but FUN FACT) and I fell completely in love with them and proceeded to spend my summer reading the whole series. IT WAS GREAT. I think most of them took me a day or two to read. They're fast-paced, they're witty, they're brilliant and SO PRECIOUS TO ME.

THIS SERIES IS MY LIFE. I read Pushing the Limits when I was 13 (it was one of my first e-ARCs!) but I didn't love it because I think it was slightly too mature for me BUT I read Dare You To, Crash Into You and Take Me On two years ago during my holidays and I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. They're pretty thick books (over 400 pages) and I read them in a day. Katie McGarry is hands down one of the best YA contemporary writers out there.

The Skulduggery Pleasant series is incredibly close to my heart and it's one of my all-time favourites. These books are thick, the last few are over 600 pages (if I recall correctly) but I read them over a 24 hour period. They're fast-paced, they're filled with plot twists, the characters are incredible and they play like a movie in your head. PLEASE READ THEM. I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

This book was SO CUTE! The characters are amazing, I LOVED the premise, the writing was gorgeous, the family and friendship dynamics were beautiful, too! This book is also over 400 pages but I read this in one sitting. I couldn't put this book down and it's so easy to fly through! Here are more of my thoughts, if you need more convincing! PLEASE READ IT, KTHXBAI. 

SO, I hope you like my list! I devoured all of these so quickly and I couldn't put them down. If you're looking for a book to read in a short amount of you go. You're welcome.

Have you read any of these and what did you think? Which books have you read in a few hours? Are you a fast reader or a slow one? LET'S DISCUSS! 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

What I've Been Reading #19


I hope you all are well! 

I had a good weekend. I went to Nando's on Friday with a friend which was a lot of fun. I spent Saturday morning volunteering and then on Sunday I attended my church's morning and evening service which was great! I'm so happy we found a church and I'm learning so much about the Bible during the services, which is always good! I also went to the park on Sunday with my parents and we had tortilla chips, chocolate buttons and cherries. The sun was shining, a brass band was playing and I read some of Carve the Mark - it was a lovely day!

I didn't read as much as I would've liked last week as it was quite a busy week. We were out a lot and I was volunteering a lot so I didn't get to read much. However, I did finish two books! GO, ME! 

I also started my final year of school today and it was quite relaxed. I started at 8:30 and I finished before 14:00 which was awesome! It probably won't be like that again so I enjoyed it while it lasted. 😂 I wasn't really able to do physics though as I realised I'd ordered the wrong textbook but my new one should be here tomorrow! I'm so excited for this year's physics because although it looks SO HARD, there's an astrophysics unit and the topics look amazing! I'll write a post about it once I get the book so I can show you what I'll be learning! 

I'm also getting my maths exam results on Thursday and I'm so nervous because I'm pretty sure I messed up the first exam. I had two other maths exams and I think those went quite well but I don't know if I did well enough in them to make up for the first exam. I'M SO SCARED FOR MY RESULTS.

ANYWAY, I have tomorrow off from school (yay!) and every Tuesday for the next three weeks because I'm volunteering so I'll hopefully spend the morning reading and blogging and then, if work is quiet, I can read there too! YAY! 

Contagion (Dark Matter, #1)How to Fly with Broken Wings

Contagion - ⭐.5 | How to Fly with Broken Wings - ⭐.5

Contagion was SO GOOD. I absolutely flew through it. It was addictive, gripping, horrifying...I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I need the next book so badly. You should all read it, like, now.

How to Fly with Broken Wings is a cute middle-grade novel and although I enjoyed it I didn't absolutely love it. My review will be up this week! 

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

I LOVE THIS BOOK. The characters are wonderful, the world building is wonderful, the writing is wonderful and I love it a lot. I'm so happy that Veronica Roth still remains one of my favourite authors! I've been reading this for a week and I'm not sure why it's taking me so long? All I know is that I don't want it to end! 

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)Since You've Been Gone

Same as last week! I'm hoping to finish Carve the Mark tonight or tomorrow morning (I have 142 pages left) and then read Ink and Bone tomorrow during volunteering (provided the library isn't too busy!) as Wednesday is book club and I haven't read it yet. I'm not the most organised person when it comes to reading, clearly.

What did you read last week? Did you enjoy it? Have you read Carve the Mark and what did you think?

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Stacking the Shelves #106 - In which I splurge on books before going on my book buying ban

Hi everybody!

How are you all doing? How has your week been? I've had a pretty good week which I'm so happy about after having a rough few weeks towards the end of July. Why was it a good week? LET ME TELL YOU.

So the main reason why it was a good week is because I got my English exam results back yesterday and I was SO NERVOUS for them because it's very hard to get a high mark in the Cambridge International Exams English syllabus and I was sure I got 80% at most but I got 92%!!! I'm so, so incredibly happy that all my hard work paid off! To celebrate, my dad bought me a copy of Carve the Mark (THANKS, DAD!) and my parents got us this really nice pizza. THURSDAY WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY.

I then went to Nando's tonight with my friend I met at volunteering and we had such a lovely time chatting about so many different things and eating wonderful food! I get along so well with her and I'm so happy I met her!

I'm also starting school next week (MY FINAL YEAR - WHAT?!) and I'm equal parts excited and sad. I've always loved school and it's (obviously) been a huge part of my life and it's going to be quite disorientating not being homeschooled anymore as for the past five years that's what I've done and I've gotten into quite a nice routine now, I don't really want it to be over! 

I'm probably going to be quite scarce this year (unfortunately each year I seem to grow more scarce the more hectic school becomes) but I hope you can understand, as I need to get my grades so that universities will accept me. It's a very important year...which makes it quite stressful. HOWEVER, I'm going to be taking a gap year (or two) because I need to have my indefinite leave to remain to qualify for the UK university fees (the international fees are almost £20k a year which I definitely can't afford) so although I'm hoping to work/tutor/do online courses during that time, I'll definitely have a lot more time for blogging, reading and writing so I'm hoping to really throw myself into my blog before I go to university! 

I also created a poll on Twitter asking what content you'd like to see more of on my blog and the winning answer was homeschooling/study posts so I'll definitely be including more of that! I might turn it into a fortnightly/monthly feature where I post various study tips, how I plan my revision, what it's like being homeschooled etc! 

If you visited my blog last week you might've seen that I'm now officially on a strict book buying, borrowing and requesting ban in attempts to tame that towering TBR! This was all bought and borrowed and requested before the ban - just a disclaimer. 😉

SO, I was kind of naughty and I bought TWO BOXSETS. Both by the same author whose books I've never read before - was that optimistic or stupid? A bit of both, I suppose haha! They were on sale each for £6 - how could I say no to that?! 

I've been wanting to read The Young Elites trilogy forever as well as the Legend trilogy! I actually started reading Legend in the library and I thought to myself well, darn it, this book is fan-freakin-tastic. So I went on Ebay to see if anyone was selling the first book and then I saw that The Works was selling the boxset for £6. So I bought it. With not much thought. I still don't regret it and it's been over a week so it was a good decision! 😂

I also purchased Nerve, The Last Star, Nightshade, The Potion Diaries, The Moonstone and The Woman in White. I've been wanting to read Nerve before I watch the movie (the movie looks so good!) and I've heard the movie is better than the book which is quite rare so we'll see how it goes. I also FINALLY got The Last Star which I'm SO EXCITED ABOUT. I absolutely loved the first two books and I'm so excited to read the conclusion! Nightshade looks like your typical YA paranormal book but, let me be real with you guys, I love those books. They're generally full of cliches and tropes (hello, love triangle) but there's something so addictive and enjoyable about them, isn't there? I'm really looking forward to reading it! 

I also purchased The Potion Diaries as it looks so cute and I absolutely love the cover (there needs to be more pink on books. I LOVE PINK). I'm also trying to read more classics so when I went to Whole Foods (one of the best shops food shops ever) and I was looking at their little book sale collection they have at the exit my eyes strayed towards The Woman in White which I've heard is a definite must read and The Moonstone which sounds SO INTRIGUING. I've been wanting to delve into mystery books lately but mystery books without gore and murder and stuff and - correct me if I'm wrong - although these are gothic mysteries they're not that horrifying, or so I've heard? Anyway, I'm SO EXCITED TO READ THEM! 

I got one review book this week and it's one I'm SO EXCITED FOR I COULD PRACTICALLY DIE. 
Are you ready?! 
Are you?
I think you're going to be...wonderstruck...


I'll be reading this next week so look out for my review which will probably be up a week prior to publication (31st of August)! 


 *heavy breathing*

I'M SO FRIKKIN EXCITED FOR THESE. I read Shatter Me back when I was an ickle 15-year-old and I fell completely in love with it so I'm VERY excited to reread it and read the next two books! 

Also, when I saw Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index I'm pretty sure I let out an audible squeak. I've been wanting to read this book forever and I had actually reserved it ages ago but then cancelled it because I had a lot of books out. However, as I volunteer at the library four times a week and I'm generally there on days I don't volunteer as well, I was leaving my shift at the library when I saw this sitting on the shelf. I think it had probably just arrived as I was about to leave and I was SO HAPPY to see it there! I love YA contemporaries and I have a feeling I'm going to love this one, too! 

Do you love libraries? Do you ever find yourself needing to go on buying bans? What are your top tips for sticking to it?
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