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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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…

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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

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Readathon Attempt #1 24in48

This weekend, I took part in my first readathon! It’s called the 24in48 readathon, and challenges its readers to read for 24 hours over two days (27th – 28th)!

I also had my bujo help me along on the ride! This was the spread I created to help me keep track (not too fancy or anything, but I liked it)!

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I had every intention of reading for said 24 hours, but managed 14 and 1/2 instead, but, I did manage to finish some books!

My TBR for the challenge included:

  • The Ancient Sacred Tree: Birthing a Hero – Dawnette Brenner
  • Death & the lit Chick – GM Mallet
  • Arc: Breaking the Gladiator – Nicole Rose
  • Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo

But, what I read was slightly different:

I started off by finishing AST: Birthing a hero! This MG novel follows young Josh Creed as he adventures over to abother dimension to save the sacred tree and the land of the ice plants! It’s a fun little adventure which looks in to the mind of kids who are dealing with mental illness, divorce, school and life in general!

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Secondly, I found myself heading to this roman romance arc by Nicola Rose – Breaking the Gladiator.

It was stunning, and hot, and breath-taking! There’s not many books that make me flush red, but this one did! I would happily give it five stars, for content, style and overall, everything. This little novella was amazing! It isn’t out yet, but it gets released on the 20th February, so make sure you keep your eyes wide-open for it!

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Thirdly, I attempted to read Death and the Lit Chick by GM Mallert

I only had to get to page 19 – in which they had told me all about the melodrmatic front that is literary agents and publishing – when I put it down! I thought that perhaps I would go back to it one day, but the more I look at it, the more I think I’ll just pop it back in to the free library at work and act like I never had it!

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Fourthly, I read Farryn!

Over on Mary Conways blog, she’s been doing a week long blog series of teen author interviews, and Joy Chappel was featured on Saturday 27th! You can check the blog post out here!

For just that weekend, her self-published book, Farryn, was on offer for 99p on kindle and I just thought, why not!

I’ll be honest, it’s not one of my favourite reads of the year, and I feel like there could have been so much more, but I did enjoy it none the less! The characters made me laugh, and it was one of those sit and read till your finished kind of reads, you know!!

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Fifthly, I picked up Looking for Alaska off my bookcase, and damn it, it made me cry and it broke my heart in to pieces – and then sort of patched it up, but not really! I read The Fault In Our Stars late last year, and, if somebody dies in all of his books, I don’t think I want to read any more of them…

Papertowns is still on my shelf though!

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The last book that I started, but didn’t finish was Crooked Kingdom! (I sort of started it in between Farryn and Looking For Alaska)

I’ve been waiting to read it forever, and finish off the adventure that is the Six of Crows Duology!

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In between, I also created something brought to us by the heavens!

A Cadbury Creme Egg Cheesecake!

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It tasted delicious! And definitely encouraged me to read a bit more! (But obviously not Death & the Lit Chick)

In the end though, despite not reaching the twenty-four hour mark, I had a lot of fun, read some great books and next time, I’ll do even better!

Did anyone else take part? How did you fare?

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Until next time,

Just keep reading!

Jade x

Life Lessons in Ness’ A Monster Calls

My first journey in to the world of Patrick Ness broke my heart and then patched it back together again…

Following young Connor, plagued by his mothers illness (and read in four hours), this kid is this sassy little guy who I loved as soon as the first words came out of his mouth! The attitude, the sass, it makes you want to root for this kid from the very beginning!

Which is good, because this book, it takes something really real, and really hard to talk about, and think about, and it makes it easier for people to understand. It took this horribly dark situation and made it so that it was okay! It sort of assures you that the things you may think when your in a similar (or the same) situation as young Connor, are completely natural, and you’re not being as selfish as you think you are.

It also let’s you know that you’re not the only one who’s thought it!

It portrays really well how someone feels when, in this case, someone is terminally ill, happens! People have no idea how to act, or what to say, and you’re not treated the same as before. It can anger a lot of people, but it’s not the subject we allow ourselves to talk about in day-to-day life – because it’s too hard – so how can we really, criticise all the sorry for your troubles – when, we honestly don’t know ourselves how we really want to be treated – or how we would act eve.

You may want to be treated as normal, but, is that really the best way to go?

I, myself, was able to catch on to the monsters coming a bit before Conner did, or before he admitted it out loud anyway. I also think that sort of shows the difference between an adult and a child, and how they sometimes need a bit more time to process these things, especially at Conners tender age!

This book makes you think, whether it’s something menial or really important, it makes you think about the things you need to admit to yourself. Is a job not working for you? Is a relationship not working for you? Is something you’ve wrote, or created, not really getting anywhere? Is there something you’re keeping deep down because you’re worried about other people?

It could be something minor, or major, but you just have to take a step back, think about it, and then admit it. You don’t have to do anything about it straight away, maybe not at all if the circumstances don’t permit it, but if you admit it to yourself, you’re one step closer to being wherever you want to be!

During this little reading binge (which took place last year and now, I’m finally posting this), I was reading quite a lot of middlegrade books, and even though, they all have dark connotations floating about, they’ve all been able to teach these valuable lessons that both children and adults need.

Some of the suspected MG books I’ve read have been a little long-winded, but, you don’t have to worry about that when it comes to Ness! He’s so simple with his words, and I honestly think that a child could learn one or two things from his writing!

I’m gonna just get out there and give him 5*. There was nothing I didn’t like about it!


So, the second posts of the week are, honestly, just going to be all about books! And, because I have no idea whether I want to post these on a Saturday or Sunday, I’m just gonna give the name Weekend Reading, and post when I want to! Although, the weekday post might be changing, but, we’ll experiment and see how things go!

Until Wednesday,

Just keep on reading,

Jade x

Top Ten Reads Of My 2017

So, I read quite a lot of books last year, and probably found some that I’m not gonna forget any time soon!

And, as I’m hoping that my regular Friday books will focus on all things bookish, I thought, to set the tone, I’d tell you about my top ten read from 2017! (Better late, than never, right?)

Number one, is ultimately, my number one. Without a doubt. The rest to follow are in no order at all!

1. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

I honestly didn’t think I’d like this book, but damn it, I did! I loved it, and it’s happily up there with my favourite books of all time! The humor he uses is just up my street, and he had me belly-laughing at some points! As did the second book, Shadowblack!I wrote a review all about the first one here. The second one is on it’s way!

2. Wonder by R.J.Palacio

I only read this book because I knew it was coming out in the cinema soon, but, it was one of those reads that stay with you forever! It was so heart-breakingly sweet that I recommend everyone read it! My personal review can be found here.

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3. HON Otherworld: Loved by P.C and Kristin Cast

I couldn’t not read this book and love it. The writing really get’s on my nerves, even more now I’m a bit older, but I love the #Nerdherd too much not to love the book anyway! A review/discussion on this book can be found here.

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4. Secret Of Souls by Aubrie Nixox

Aubrie was one of the first people that I followed on instagram, and, I was lucky enough to watch the final moments of her publication process! And even get in on some pre-order swag! SOS was different and unique, and she made me love the lover-boy sidekick and then wham! Broke my heart! But, still, I loved it, and I can’t wait to see what happened next! A review for that can also be found here.

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5. A Dogs Purpose by Bruce Cameron

How can anyone not like this book? Like Wonder, I read the book because the movie was out soon, and I loved it! But, how can you not like a talking/thinking dog? You can’t? So, yeah! A comparison review of the movie and the book can be found here.

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6. Six of Crows by Leigh Budargo

Six of Crows was one of those hype reads, and, I’ll be honest, in the first hundred pages, I thought it would be a book that I DNF’d. I could easily put it down and not pick it back up, but, somehow, I found the motivation to keep going, and I’m so glad I did! It is a really great book, and the world-building is phenomenal! Man, if I could world-build like Leigh does, I’d be on to a gold-mine! I have a review coming soon!

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7. Traitors Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Another thanks to BookBoxClub, because, obviously, I never would have found this guy without them, and I never would have found my own three musketeers, known as Falcio, Brasti and Kest! The humor used is consistent with Spellslinger, and it made it such an easy read because of it! The stories something I love too, so, all in all, another great book by, my top favourite author of 2017! The review will be coming soon!

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8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Like Wonder, it’s one of those books that really pull on your heart-strings, and it made me wonder why I’d never read anything by Ness before! I loved the style and the story, and just everything about this book!

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9. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Another BookBoxClub read, OOUIL took a spot in the top ten just because it made me fall in love with mystery again! I really enjoy watching all the cop shows, and the detective shows, and I can’t wait for Lethal Weapon to start tonight, but, reading it was something else! I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but I did, and I now have a whole array of mystery books in my TBR, and some local authors there too, which is awesome! My review for OOUISL can be found here.

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10. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I don’t think this is really a surprise. It was the first book I’ve read by Mr. Green, and again, I loved it! I’d already watched the movie about three years ago, and I couldn’t believe that it made me cry again, and again, and again. Like, I think it would make me cry every time I re-read it!!!

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This year, I’m hoping to read more books, experience more authors, and more genres, and just watch the bookish community grow! There are some awesome books coming out this year, and I can’t wait to read them (and review them)!

I have so many reviews back-logged though, and, most are the books I’ve mentioned here. I need to get on that!

What were your favourite books of 2017? I’d love to know! (Because I obviously need more recommendations to add to my TBR pile!)

Anyway, T.G.I.F! I have a busy-ish weekend due to the little brothers 21st birthday celebrations, but, I’m hoping to get a bit of reading and writing in there somewhere!

I’ll see you guys on Wednesday!

Jade!

Quest Worthy Box For A Legendary Subscription!

I recently got the Quests and Legends BookBoxClub October 2017 box and I’m so happy that I can share it with you guys! It was full of mythical things (as it always is) and some tiny baby legendary beasts!

The first thing I picked out was the beautiful spoiler card. The designs are always gorgeous and make a beautiful print to put up on your wall! (Mine are currently hiding on my book shelf, I really need to find a way to display them in all their glory).20171018_111327-11711351266.jpgThe second thing, which you couldn’t not notice, was this bundle of pink bubble wrap surrounding one of the most gorgeous mugs I’ve ever seen! It goes perfect with the fearless females coaster! And was designed by Four Seasons Fox and inspired by the featured read!

Next to come out of this box was something every October night needs, or afternoon as it turned out for me! That was a gorgeous hot chocolate kit designed by Maple Molly’s and inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia!

I had to try it straight away, and it was heavenly guys, like wow, I wish I could just have one-a-day for the rest of my life! I’d die a happy woman! It was that good!

The next too items were crafted from wood, with one featuring a quote from one of my favourite TV shows ever, and the other just a beautiful little thing(s) inspired by the featured read!

I’ve never had a wooden bookmark before, and in my opinion, it has one of the best quotes you could have! What reader could say it was wrong? It was crafted by the team at Hughes Lazer Design. And, these lovely little earrings by Kate Rowland make me want to get my ears re-pierced! They look like slices of Pizza a bit (I like them too so I don’t care), but they’re actually mountains and they are adorable!

And before I show off what we got as the featured read this month, here are all the little extras that the BookBoxClub included in the box. Some promo for some books (which sound awesome and have beautiful covers that I can display on my wall) and the cutest little Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion sticker you have ever seen! They were designed by the obviously talented Spanish Graphic Designer Wild Sally! And they now reside on my laptop, and I’m in love with them!

This month, the featured read is:

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Red, red, the lights glow red
Beware the danger up ahead…
On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way.
And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning.
Seventeen years ago, the sky turned red just as Ósa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover how to stop the onslaught before so many lives are lost again.

It sounds like a tale full of adventure, myths, legends and just the book to cozy up with a hot chocolate on a cold night! I’ll be honest and say I’m a bit behind on BookBoxClub books, but, it’s more because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t have the time to read them, but their all books I would like, and whatever happens, I’m hoping I get the majority of them read by Christmas!

To sign up for the November box Haunted Minds, or, if you just fancy the book without all the bookish goodies, press here!

Birthday Celebrations Outlaws Unboxing

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This month, its BookBoxClubs Birthday, and to celebrate, they packed us a box full of goodies and treats, and, it was full to the brim! And, most of the items you’ll find here are exclusive to the bookboxclub and just made it all that much better!

The first thing I seen after I hid the info card so the box wasn’t spoilt for me, was this bookish tote bag! I love a good old bag, and the design is so pretty! It’s perfect for taking your books with you wherever you go, or buying more, and even my puppy decided he liked it enough to taste it!

The next thing to emerge from this lovely box of blue was a little note from Libby and Kate, and a little shortbread cookie, made by Nila Holden. It’s safe to say that the puppy didn’t get a taste of this, it was far too delicious to share, and went perfectly with my hot chocolate!

The next thing was a pair of Sante socks in honor of the heroine of Septembers featured read! Their so comfy and soft, and I don’t think they’ll last until the new year because I’ll wear them to death! And are the first pair of bookish socks I’ve ever had, so that’s gonna add a whole new concept to my bookish #SockSunday!

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Next, was this gorgeous little magnetic bookmark by Marked by Hephaestus and it is so adorable, and such good quality! It’s in the shape of the most outlawish outlaw of all, Robin Hood! I’ve been waiting to get one of these, and it’s just wonderful! It’s also one of this months exclusive items!

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The next bookish goodie to catch my eye was this little letter set inspired by four of our favourite bookish outlaws of all time – the marauders! It comes with three different prints x 2 with some gorgeous little orange envelopes so you have three to put up on your wall and three to send off to your friends! They’d make great little postcards!

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This box also featured a second book, and I got ‘How to hang a witch by Adirana Mather’, an arc that doesn’t come out until January 2018! It’s a perfect book to read for October, and I’m looking forward to it so much! The cover is also very glossy, so trying to get a photo was a bit of a hinderance!

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I took the featured book out next, but before I unwrapped it, I looked in the back of the box and found a few more things!

Hidden among the crinkled blue paper was this little lip balm inspired by Inej, one of the characters from Six of Crows that I still haven’t read yet! Its on the TBB list, don’t worry! I’ve heard too much about it not to get it! It was designed by Oriandle and was another exclusive to this box! It smells so good, you want to eat it!

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Next was a pencil set inspired by John Green! I can add them in to my John Green pencil case now!

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And, as always, some book promo! This month there were two samplers, which I think is great that they include, and a beautiful postcard! I’ve not heard of any of the books, but they all sound amazing and are books I would love to see on my shelves!

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Lastly, I unwrapped this months featured book, a signed hardback called A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe!

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The story goes: Sante was just a baby when she was ashore, seemingly the only survivor of a tragic sinking of  ship carrying migrants and refugees. Fourteen years on, she’s a member of Mama Rose’s unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, Sante’s people call her to avenge them!

It sounds like an interesting book, and Sante is a younger protagonist, sort of a between middle-grade and YA that I haven’t seen much of so I’m excited to delve in to her world and see how her journey changes her!

And obviously, included was an invite to the book club meeting where you get to meet the author and talk about everything and anything Sante! I wasn’t able to participate much in this months book club chat, but can I just say, it got a bit saucy at times and had me belly laughing some times! These group of people could have their own talk show!

Again, like every other month, this box was wonderful, and although I still deeply love my first book box ‘Wizards at War‘, this may be my new favourite, but I’ll wait to see how the book pans out first! I also can’t thank Libby and Kate enough for what they do!

Next months box is Legands and Myths, so if you love Narnia and Game of Thrones, this is the book box you need to be subscribed too! But, be quick! Their almost sold out!

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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!