International Womens Day: My Top Ten Bookish Females

So, to celebrate the today, I thought I’d name my top ten bookish females!

This isn’t by any means in order! I’m far too indecisive for that, although, my number one is definitely my number one!

Number Ten

Inej Ghafa – Six of Crows

Image found on LBardugo’s Tumblr

At just fifteen years old, this gal here is a badass, and she’s absolutely awesome! Taken hostage, sold to a pleasure house, bought out by a bunch of misfits, she’s been through a lot in her young life even before we meet her! (Whilst hanging off a roof) This girl just screams fearless and ferocious, and she demands something of the world, even though it owes her nothing.

She’s one of my favourite characters in the SOC Duology!

Did I mention she’s fifteen?

How could I not include her?

Number Nine

Sylvia Redbird (Nanna Redbird) – House of Night


This lady here is one understanding nanna! After nearly getting killed (multiple times) and losing her own daughter, she is still there for granddaughter Zoey when she needs her. Wisened by the world, this old lady here gives some of the best advice, and, continues to support her grand daughter in whatever it is she does!

I love my nanna’s, but, I’d love to have her and her cookies! And I’d love to be able to see a lavender farm too!

Number Eight

Cithrin – The Dragons Path

D&C Wiki – Grueler

Chased from her home, belittled by elders and used by men; Cithrin has come a long way from the orphaned girl who was taken in by the Medeen bank. She’s not in any way perfect, she doesn’t do all the right things, but she’s continues to grow in to this strong independent women that will do anything to get what she deserves!

I picked up The Dragons Path whilst looking for a book to read in Ibiza, and I absolutely loved it! Cithrin is amazing, as are Marcus and Yarvis!

Number Seven

Hayley Soon – Hayley Soon


Hayley Soon is a book I beta-read before it was published at the the end of February, and, she’s definitely one of those characters that you need a bit of in your life. I’m probably biased (maybe a little), but, the journey she goes through, the acceptance she has to find, for herself, and the people around her is a story people need to read. They need to see life from this different type of view point

Being a woman is hard work already; imagine how hard it is when you didn’t start out as one.

Number Six

Bonnie Bennett – The Vampire Diaries


I know bookish Bonnie and TV Bonnie aren’t completely the same, and just for this one, I’m gonna focus on the TV Bonnie! (I tried to read the books, I just couldn’t).

From the beginning to the end, I’ve loved Bonnie Bennett. I’ve loved the strength she’s showed, the things she’s done, and the way she’s held herself and kept herself so true. She’s gone through horrible things, lost so many people, and despite it all, she got to live her life the way she wanted too in the end. It wasn’t the perfect life she dreamed off, not by a long shot, but she took what she was given, and she was happy.

She got her “happy ending”, but damn it, she fought hard for it!

Number Five

Ping – Dragon Keeper


It would be a damn shame if I didn’t include Ping in this list! As well as helping me fall in love with dragons and the whole concept of them, Ping was just a little slave girl, abused by a horrible master, and turned in to this little outlaw who became a dragon keeper.

I owe a lot to these books, and to Ping!

Number Four

Hermoine Granger – Harry Potter


Of course I had to get her in here somewhere right?

There’s not much that I can say that you guys don’t already know about this lady here! Hermione is always going to be one of those women that people strive to be like, to be brave, courageous, smart and loyal. She’s going to be up there in the great list of bookish females for hundreds of years to come, and can you blame us?

Number Three

Arya Stark – Game of Thrones


I could have put a load of Game of Thrones females on this list, but out of them all, Arya is the one who stands out to me! (I love Dani, damn, I wish she wouldn’t be the way she is sometimes, because she would be here instead of Arya, but, she probably gonna die in the end, so I might as well pick someone I have hope for)

And whether its book Arya or TV Arya, she’s gone through so much, but still, she’s kept true to her roots, she’s still that person who doesn’t need a man to lead the way, she takes what she wants, she does what she wants. I think she would make a great Kings guard one day.

Number Two

Ferius Parfax – Spellslinger


So, I couldn’t not put Miss Parfax in this list! After reading Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell, I can’t imagine a life without her now! Stubborn, fearless and the most sarcastic person you may ever have the pleasure to read about, Ferius takes it upon her self to look after a little kid, who, like her, is different, and unique and not the same as everyone else.

Number One

Katniss Everdeen! – The Hunger Games


(Does anyone else say that in Effy’s voice? Cause I do)

The only reason I actually read The Hunger Games is because I knew the movie was coming out. I think I’d seen a little bit of a trailer here and there, and although I’d heard about the book before; until I saw it in WHSmiths on a stand near the door, I never thought of picking it up!

Within a week or so though, I was reading the next one, and then I’d read the third, and then had my mum read them too, and then I had to wait ages for all the movies to come out!

It quickly became a part of my teenage life obsession, and, to this day, she is my favourite bookish female ever! And, I think that despite a few drips and drabs, the movie portrayed her so perfectly that it just gave me all the feelings that I had whilst reading it!

And that one scene. That one that will probably give me chills to the day I die…


Anyway, Happy International Womens Day guys(gals?!?). I hope you enjoyed this little list! I enjoyed putting it together!

Who would you have on yours? Or, who is your number one favourite bookish female?

Until next time though,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

The Joys Of A Charity Shop Book Haul

With only ten pound in your pocket, and a charity shop or two, you can delve in to worlds you never knew existed!

Before now, I haven’t really bought books from charity shops. I bought one once whilst in uni – because it was a book on meerkats and my mum loves meerkats – but, recently,, I wanted to find a Charles Dickens Great Expectations hardback edition, and after seeing one once and not picking it up, I’ve been delving in to charity shops and hoping for the best.

I’ve still not found it, but I’ve found a whole host of other worlds I hadn’t known about, or wanted so desperately to delve in to.

It broadens your mind, and supports charities (Best of both worlds right?), and its such a good way to find older books that could cost you a fiver or so in a book shop, whilst in a charity shop, they have paperbacks four for a quid! Even the hardbacks don’t usually go over two pound, even the older leather ones!

Obviously, they aren’t always in the best of conditions. The pages are yellowed, some are dog eared and paper-backs bend and tear easily, but doesn’t that just add to the charm of it all? A books not meant to sit on your shelf and never be read, right? And you may even find yourself something pristine and new if your lucky. (You might get even luckier and find its signed inside)

Below are my four most recent hauls!

The first haul was a single book. Its one of those old hardback paper editions and I remember that I had really enjoyed the movies and some of the TV show when I was younger, and with it only being 99p, I decided to take it home with me!

This next one was a proper haul! I found Eragon in one shop, and due to the whole four for a quid offer, I ended up getting three more. This sort of offer continued, and somehow ten more books were bought!

Judith Kerr’s When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit surprised me, and I wrote a review about this wonderful book here!

This is the third haul. It was a little bit of a surprise, but I was inspired so much by the hardback that I found that it just happened!

Ive been wanting to read Peter V Bretts Demon Cycle for a little while now, and how better to start but with a Voyager First Edition hardback! It was up on the top shelf and it was almost like I was pulled to it! It’s in great condition and it’s just so beautiful!

The fourth hall wasn’t planned either, but it happened anyway!

Its significantly smaller, and the hardbacks was on offer three for £2, and after wanting the Michael Morpurgo book, I had to find two more that I liked the look off!

In another shop, I bought the Long Road Home for the reason that its one of the books that is forever there in the back of my head. I had it years ago, but moving got it lost or sent to a charity shop so I wanted a copy back. And obviously, who ever has had it before has loved it too!

I think I might re-read it and pop it back to a charity shop one day. Obviously its a book that needs to travel and keep inspiring other people.

And that’s the best thing about charity shop books, if I don’t read it, or change my mind, I don’t have to worry that I’ve spent the retail price on a book that I haven’t read, or didn’t like. It also makes it easier to give away, or to give back to the charity shop! Especially if you feel like it needs to go out and motivate more people.

These hauls also allowed me to get books from the world of John Green. Although I’ve heard of him, I’ve never read his books, and now I have Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska all in my TBR jar!

And it also gives you the chance to find local authors too! I picked these three up because I liked the concept of them, and it turned out the authors are from South Wales!

With a charity shop, you can go and look for something specific, or you can just walk in and see where it takes you – that’s definitely the best thing about it.

I hope the rest of your week is full of inspiration, books, writing and getting all those thing you need done, done! And get yourself to your closest charity shop! You might just find your next big adventure!

A Touch of This, a Touch of That’ – Spells and Remedies Unboxing

BookBoxClubs July 2017

This is my third bookboxclub and what a box it was! I was very excited by what the literaryomnivore was going to produce and I am so happy with what I received (its already up on the wall)!

So, lets get in to this, inspired by books like the raven boys

A beautiful material bunting with a spells and remedies theme by the Literary Omnisore, as well as 10% off my next purchase!

It is beautifully made, so soft and already hanging on my ball with my own ‘bookish’ bunting.


Next, I noticed this fragranced soap from Just Fribble, inspired by The Raven Cycle (which should be in my TBR pyle really, but then, so should a lot of things). It smells beautiful and I’m definitely going to use it when I need some zen time in the bath! It also has a pretty cool quote on the packaging too (I’m one of these people that will probably hang that on my wall too when it’s done with). It’s also exclusive to the bookboxclub, which makes it even better. You can check out what else – make here though!


Next was this little bookish reflective mirror from Moon Kestrel, and that little bit of personalisation there too!

The next was a BOOKMARK!!!! I keep seeing these beautiful bookmarks all over instagram, and now, I finally own one! This was designed by Holly Grace Illustration!


This month, there was also some Hocus Pocus tea from the Bluebird Tea Company! I’m not a lover of tea, but I’m gonna try it and report back to you with my findings!


This month, there was also some different type of book promotion! Aswell as a bookmark from the book After the Fire by Will Hill (which I got the arc of in last months box), there was also sample chapters of  S.T.A.G.S and It Only Happens in the Movies! Another two I’ll probably have to add to my TBR pyle – not yet though, because my book buying ban doesn’t finish until the end of the month!


And now, on to the book!



The disappearance by Emily Bain Murphy! A shimmering and magical adventure set in a strange town called Sterling where people are slowly and literally losing their senses. The author couldn’t decide between Mr.Darcy, and to help her in a zombie apocalypse, I think I would take  out of those three though!

And that was all for this months bookboxclub! Next month is Fearless Females, and it’s going to include the hardback version of a book that isn’t out yet! I think I may have guessed what it is, but we will have to wait and see!

Life Lessons in the Schoolroom – Schoolroom Scandals Unboxing

BookBoxClub June 2017

A new month means a new bookboxclub box! This is my second box of (hopefully) many more and instead of one, it had two books to add to my to be read pile! I enjoyed Sebastien de Castells Spellslinger so much (find my review here) that I have no doubt I’ll enjoy this one!
The books included was the featured read and a mystery arc copy of a 2017 release!
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So, obviously, first thing you see as you open up is the beautifully designed card teling you all about the things in this months box and where they came from! Also, this month, we got a little jar of jelly-beans because everyone needs a school yard treat! And it’s got my name on it too so my brother can’t eat them!


Followed by the signature paper strings that my dad hates finding all around the house… Oops!

The second of the bookish items I picked out once I uncovered the goodies inside was this beautiful candle! Made by Meraki Candles, this exclusive candle was made for the swoon worthy bad boy in this months featured read! I never knew rum, black lily and cedar wood could go together so well! It smells divine!


The next thing that caught my eye was this pack of 50 Remember post it notes by Paper Pipit! Great for your journal, fridge, wall, files and just about anywhere to help keep yourself ordered and organised!


Next, displayed in a lovely little cloth pocket was this Readers Ring by The Locket Library! With a 10% off voucher on my next purchase! I’ve browsed their store and am looking forward to using my code to buy me something beautiful!

I’m not all that in to rings, but as you can see… It’s useful for someone!

This month also featured a Hurricane Pencil case by the Book Box Club with a John Green quote! A perfect place to put your post-it notes and wands – ahem – pencils from last months Wizard at War Box (That unboxing can be found here).

As always, the box also featured some promotion for another book, and this month was a postcard featuring Hayley Barker’s Show Stopper! I think I’d add this to my TBR pile just for the cover!

Also, this adorable little Juniper Lemons HAPPINESS INDEX badge! I love badges and pins so this is just another one to add to my collection!


Now on to the books. This months featured book is a YA book by Karen McManus called One of us is Lying! I said this last month, but I’ll say it every month probably… I love how you get something with the authors signature on it!
And the mystery arc book that I got was After the Fire, a book released in January this year by Will Hill!

And, as always, there is a little scroll to open at the end with an invite to The Clubhouse to talk about this months featured book with the author and a little interview about the authors inspirations! This lady must be smart because she’d choose Mrs Weasley as a companion in a zombie apocalypse!


Again, I loved this box! Libby and Kate do a lovely job at putting them together every month and I’m super excited for next months theme ‘Spells and Remedies’ featuring items from The Literary Omnivore and Holly Grace Illustrations!

Thanks Bookboxclub!

And remember guys,

Just Keep Writing…

You might end up as a featured book in a book box one day!

20 Years Ago, Harry Potter Graced Our Book Shelves!

On 26th June 1997, J.K Rowling and Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Followed by six more years of school antics with the golden trio!

What house do you belong to?

This was then followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright, and the brilliant Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie series! A sure sign that the magic isn’t on the verge of ending anytime soon!

Do you have a favourite?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone introduced us to a boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs on number 4, Privet Drive! Adopted by his uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, harrassed by his cousin Diddlykins, Harry Potter is the boy who lived.

Which book is an essential in your house?

Emersed in to a world of magic by a giant who rides a motorbike, Harry Potter experiences the world his parents lived in; featuring talking hats, secret passages, poly-juice potion, hippogriffs, dragons and house elfs!

With the help and love of their newly found family and friends, Harry, Ron and Hermoine go on a journey that shows us that love conquers all things!

This post is dedicated to the woman who created this world, the womaN who never stopped trying! You are my inspiration and the worlds inspiration (probably even the universes inspiration too)!

Thank you J.K!

Little Bit Of Magic – Wizards at War Unboxing

BookBoxClub May 2017

This post contains spoilers! If you haven’t received yours yet, make sure you wait, because it will feel much more magical if you do!
So recently, I received my very first BookBoxClubUK subscription box, and what a box to start on! I’ll be honest and say I was worried I might not like the book it came with, but I was pleasantly surprised, and from looking at previous boxes, I knew I would love all the little items it comes with because I love that sort of stuff!

So, the first thing you see when you open up the Wizards at War Box is this beautiful print introducing you to the box and the contents and where it comes from! I especially liked the loose stringy paper, and thought it was a nice and simple decorative effect!


The first thing you notice though, is the beautiful smell coming from the box! A sorting hat bath bomb from Scentd – that fizzles and pops in the bath and surprises you with the colors of your house and another little gift at the end (which I almost didn’t notice) – makes the box smell magical, and makes you smell magical too. It’s even personalised with your name which I think is a lovely touch, although, I am quite offended with the house I got…


The next thing I went to was the book at the back. It was what I was most excited, and most worried about, but I’ll be honest and say that it was so beautifully wrapped, I didn’t really want to open it!  However, curiosity got the better of me.


It is a beautiful hardback book by Sebastien De Castell, and it even has a signed print inside. I think that is such a nice touch, especially for people who admire authors, but won’t ever get the chance to meet them. The box also sports four tarat cards from the book itself and I’m honestly finding it hard to put it down!

The next thing I noticed and had been looking forward to since they did a supplier reveal was the item from The Potter Emporium. I was secretly hoping it would be a pin and I was not dissapointed. The lovely Albus Dumbledor, an exclusive pin to the BookBoxClub May Box.


After that, I got drawn to this lovely Darker Shade of Magic Print by Sip And Read. The print is textured and is just beautiful.


The next is this little notebook by Neon Magpie and it is the cutest!! Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite series (Movie series, I never managed to read the books – maybe one day I will) and this scene of Gandalfs is one of my favourites! And of course, for any notebook, you need some bookishly good pencils (which I hear could also double as wands with a bit of imagination).

A rolled poster that turned out to be the map from the Court of Rose and Thorns Series caught my eye next! I’ve heard so much about this series and seen it advertised all over Instagram, but I still haven’t picked it up yet! The next time I go to WHSmith, I’ll keep an eye out for it! Maps from TV, Book and Game Series are one of my favourite thing, and I currently have four on my wall right now, hopefully with the prospects of many more being added in the future.


The box also sported a little advertisement for ‘The Girl in Between’ by Sarah Carroll, which doubles up as a bookmark I am currently using to read SpellSlinger! There is some info about the book on the back and it looks quite interesting!


The box also includes a scroll inviting you to the Clubhouse for a Wzards at War book group with the author Sebastien De Castell, and a small interview with the man on his inspirations and motivations, and who he would choose to have with him in a zombie apocalypse. The guy seems like he’s got it all figured out!

Overall, the whole essence of the box was wonderfully magical, and if you loved the sound of it and aren’t subscribed yet, go ahead and order their June Box ‘Schoolroom Scandals’, and follow their Insta (bookboxclub) for supplier and future box theme reveals. If you love books and bookish items, you will love this box!

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