Tat Me Up!

There are some things in this world that last forever – books and tattoos are just two of those things. Some books stay with us right from the first word, until long after we’ve turned the final page.  And how do we immortalise these great works of literature? We tattoo them on our bodies.

First and foremost, there’s the Harry Potter fans – otherwise known as the biggest and best in the world. Ten years since the release of the final book, and fans are still as awesome as ever. These tattoos are evidence of just that.

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And then there’s the classic novel-inspired inkings – everything from Alice In Wonderland, to The Clockwork Orange. People really do love the classics, don’t they?

Then from there, we delve into the Young Adult inspired tattoos. Whether that be Rhysand’s knee tattoo, or Tris’ Dauntless tattoo, or even just tattoos inspired by your favourite YA book.

 

Looking at all these makes me want to get a book tattoo! So, which of these tattoos do you actually recognise? Talk to me in the comments which ones you know, and which ones are mysteries.

Happy reading!

TTT – A Rainbow of Book Covers

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Okay, so it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly book meme by The Broke and The Bookish, in case you’ve been living under a rock), but this one caught my interest, and that’s how this post idea was born.

The Prompt:

Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers….top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc.

 

 

1. A Court of Thorns And Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

3. The Elite (Kiera Cass)

 

4. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany)

5. Splintered (A.G Howard)

6. Linger (Maggie Stiefvater)

7. Knife (R.J Anderson)

8. Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

9. Evermore (Alyson Noel)

10. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

 

Happy reading!

Man Crush Monday #4 (24/04/17)

Man Crush Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Sheri, aka Read In A Flash.This is the place where I tell you every week about the bookish men I’m hopelessly devoted to. Trust me, it’s a long, and ever-growing list.

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This week’s Man Crush is Jeff Christopher from the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill.

 

 

“Verbal, this one,” Catcher said. Then quickly added, “Jeff, quit staring at her ass.”

There was throat clearing behind me before typing started again in earnest.

That meant third-shift hours for my grandfather, his admin Marjorie, Catcher, and Jeff Christopher, my grandfather’s second right-hand man, an undefined shapeshifter and computer whiz kid. Who also had a giant crush on yours truly.

The top of Jeff’s desk was taken up by a Frankenstein-esque collection of keyboards and monitors, upon which sat a stuffed toy I’d learned was a model of H.P Lovecraft’s Cthulhu.

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“Shifters are happy. They’re people; then they’re animals; then they’re people again. What’s not to be happy about? They live with their friends. They drink. They ride their Harleys. They party in Alaska. They have hot shifter sex.” 

At that revelation, Jeff winged up his eyebrows at me, an invitation in his eyes. I bit down on a grin, and shook my head sternly in response. Apparently unruffled, he shrugged, and turned back to his computer. Happily.

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“Asking about someone’s animal is the shifter equivalent of pulling a ruller and asking a guy to whip it out,” Catcher said. 

And down went toast into my trachea. I choked, had to swallow half my glass of OJ to get my breath back. “I’m okay,” I said, waving Mallory off. “I’m fine.” I gave Jeff a sheepish smile. “Sorry.”

He beamed at me. “Oh, I’m not offended. I could show you. I think you’d be pretty pleased.”

I held up a hand. “No.”

13 Reasons Why (You Should Read)… Part 2

As you probably know already, ‘13 Reasons Why’ recently premiered on Netflix (and if you didn’t know, then which rock have you been living under?!) and while I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve been inspired to start a series of posts, in which I will detail 13 reasons why you should read a certain book.51nclybserl

Here’s thirteen reasons why you should read ‘The Wheel Mages’ by Aimee Davis.

“His pleading eyes shattered the fragile walls I’d tried to construct around my feelings for him.

I glanced at Nikolai again, at his high cheekbones, kind green eyes, messy brown hair, and broad muscular body.”

 

  1. Constant plot twists – seriously, you’ll never be bored while reading this book. There’s constantly surprises tripping you up, and making you re-evaluate who’s a good character and who isn’t.
  2. Morally ambiguous characters – who doesn’t love those?
  3. High Fantasy – essentially the best genre ever, if I do say so myself. Think, along the lines of Sarah J Maas’ ‘Throne of Glass’ series – that’s how good this is.
  4. Element magic! Basically if you combined Harry Potter with The Last Airbender? Except way better! The main character is a rare water mage, and her mentor is an earth mage, and so forth. Elements are cool.
  5. Vaguely historical? It’s set in an era that’s very similar to our 1800s, so it’s fascinating to see the magic woven in these historical elements – for example, at one point in the book, two of the main characters open a tavern together.
  6. Nikolai….. Oh, Nikolai deserves a whole book just to himself. I would read that book so much. He’s sweet, and well-meaning, and genuinely cares about the people around him. In short, he’s in my top ten book boyfriends right now.
  7. LGBTQ+ representation – even though the main character isn’t queer, there are multiple references to the existence of LGBTQ people, and there’s even secondary characters who identify as queer. Unlike a lot of other fantasy books, same-sex relationships aren’t ignored in this book, nor are they portrayed as amazing and perfect. They’re portrayed as realistically emotional and complex, and I love that.
  8. An absolutely lovely author – I’ve been corresponding with Aimee ever since she first emailed me about reviewing ‘The Wheel Mages’ and that’s evolved into simply just us chatting about random things, like real friends. She’s not pretentious, or stuck-up, or rude in any way. She’s so lovely, and I encourage you to reach out, if you do happen to read and love this book as much as I do.  
  9. Girl power – the MC, Alena, is so strong in her own right, but then we have Catalina, another character, who seems frivolous and simpering at the start, but then shows her fighting edge later on, showing that girls can like dresses and makeup but also kick ass. Because, of course we can!
  10. It’s self published – we should all support self-published authors just as much as authors who are traditionally published, if not more. Go indie authors!
  11. Good pacing – the book’s action is so well paced, that it never feels rushed ( or on the flipside, too slow), and you have time to get to know the characters aside from the action scenes.
  12. World-building – it’s a universe you can feel immersed in. I know when I was reading it, I was wishing I was a mage, or a patron of Nikolai and Alena’s tavern, or a part of this world in general.
  13. Corrupt politics trope – because reading about fictional politics is a hell of a lot more enjoyable than listening to real-life politics, right?

 

Also, in case you want more proof of how awesome Aimee is, I actually got to do an interview with her, which you can go and read if you click here. Go on. Click it. I know you want to. 

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You can also go and check out Aimee’s blog right here, where she posts musings on various topics, both bookish, and otherwise.  You should especially have a dander over there, so you can keep up to date with news about her upcoming sequel – ‘The Blood Mage’ – because I know I’m DYING for it to come out already!

Happy reading!

Man Crush Monday #3 (10/4/17)

Man Crush Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Sheri, aka Read In A Flash.This is the place where I tell you every week about the bookish men I’m hopelessly devoted to. Trust me, it’s a long, and ever-growing list.

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This week’s Man Crush is Dragos Cuelebre from the Elder Races series.

 

 

The bulge, like the rest of his human form, made her eyes widen. Alrighty. As far as size went the details in the dream hadn’t been wish fulfillment in the slightest.

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“I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity,” he said. “I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch.” He cocked his head. “I used to eat people, you know.”

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He looked at the paper again.

I’m sorry I had to take your penny. Here’s another to replace it.

Yep, that’s what it said.

One corner of his mouth twitched. He gave himself a deep shock when he burst into an explosive guffaw.”

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“Yes, I know,” he said, impatient. “I am going to rend you from limb to limb. Someday. When I feel like it. In the meantime, you will not faint, you will get warm, and you will stop being distressed.” His nostrils pinched. “I don’t like how it smells.”

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“You might have noticed I’m a primitive kind of guy.”

5 Things Tag

This is just a quick little tag, that I have pulled from a post on Tumblr just because I thought it’s a really nice little idea. This is probably not an original concept, but here’s the post I got it from, and have fun with it!

5 things you’ll find in my bag

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  1. Change Purse
  2. A book (at the moment, it’s Fans of The Impossible Life)
  3. My USB drive (affectionately dubbed “Little Blue”)
  4. Deodorant
  5. A tangled mess of earbuds.

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom

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  1. Clothes spilling out of the wardrobe
  2. My little crocheted amigurumi Golden Snitch
  3. Alfie the chinchilla
  4. My yarn bucket
  5. A Coca-Cola mini-fridge.

5 things I’ve always wanted to do in life

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  1. Find a girlfriend/boyfriend
  2. Get married
  3. Learn an obscure language
  4. Live in New York (more specifically, Brooklyn)
  5. Meet a celebrity.

5 things that make me happy

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  1. Cherry blossom trees
  2. Cats!
  3. My fluffy pyjama hoodie and matching bottoms
  4. Hot chocolate with a ton of marshmallows and whipped cream on top
  5. Reading a brand new book release

 

5 things I’m currently into

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  1. Crocheting
  2. Knitting
  3. 80s/90s movies
  4. Cream of Tomato soup from Greggs, accompanied by a spicy chicken and pepperoni lattice.

 

5 Places on my to-visit list

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  1. Tokyo
  2. New York City
  3. London
  4. Paris
  5. Las Vegas

 

5 things people may not know about me

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  1. I’m a bisexual Aspie girl with glasses.
  2. I used to have my ears pierced but then they got infected and the lobes swelled up around the piercings
  3. My laptop’s called Lula
  4. My favourite Grey’s Anatomy episode is a toss-up between the musical episode (7×18) and the Sledgehammer episode where the girls get hit by a train (12×01)
  5. I watch The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, but I could never really get into watching Arrow.

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I tag:

Alicia (hashtaglovebooks) | Papercats | Whitney (brownbooksandgreentea) |Kim (By Hook or By Book) |Olivia (Heir of Glitter) | Jesse (booksatdawn)

Happy blogging!

13 Reasons Why (You Should Read….)

As you probably know already, ‘13 Reasons Why’ recently premiered on Netflix (and if you didn’t know, then which rock have you been living under?!) and while I haven’t seen it yet, I’ve been inspired to start a series of posts, in which I will detail 13 reasons why you should read a certain book.

Now – 13 Reasons Why You Should Read Fans Of The Impossible Life

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“May we live impossibly,” Sebby said when he opened his eyes. “Against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life.”

 

  1. The amazing writing style of Kate Scelsa – the book’s chapters alternate between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person POV, by Jeremy, Sebby, and Mira respectively, and while other people might not pull this off, Scelsa really does.
  2. Hint of polyamory? The tagline for the book is “The story of a girl, her gay best friend and the boy who falls in love with both of them.” And that’s basically what you get – a whole lot of love. Also, there’s one scene in particular, that will get the good kind of goosebumps popping up over your skin.
  3. Diversity – Sebby’s a foster kid with drug problems, Mira deals with serious depression and an unsupportive family, and Jeremy’s painfully shy as a result of past bullying. Mira’s also biracial, half-Jewish; one of the other characters is Korean, Jeremy has two gay dads – just….so much diversity.
  4. Complex characters – none of the characters are just one thing. They all have these really intense layers to them, and they have problems, and those problems are dealt with. They’re not shied away from.
  5. Open ending – books with open endings are always the best, because then you can imagine whatever you want to happen to the characters after that. It’s not set in stone, and your imagination can wander.
  6. Mental health issues – this is a big thing in the book, and I like that it’s something that’s dealt with, since it is a real thing that affects real people. In this book, we see Mira struggle with her issues, and Sebby with his, and Jeremy trying to handle both of their problems as well.
  7. Sebby. Literally, just Sebby. He needs to be protected at all costs, and I adore him.
  8. If you like ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower’, then I guarantee you’ll like this.
  9. Very distinct personalities – even though the chapters alternate between the trio, and the POV narratives change, each character has a very distinct voice, so at no point are you confused about whose thoughts we’re seeing.
  10. It’s just really hella intense – from page one, you’re hooked, and that’s it. You’re enveloped in these characters’ lives, and their problems, and you’re there until the last word.
  11. The slight flirtation with going against gender roles – when Jeremy wears one of Mira’s dresses and lets her put makeup on him – is freaking awesome, and I need more of that in books.
  12. A gorgeous cover – not that the cover really matters in the big picture, but still. The three sets of feet on the bed, just truly incapsulates what the book’s about. It’s wonderful.
  13. Absolutely beautiful language, and quotes that will stick in your head long after you’ve closed the book.

 

 

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“In a really good thrift store you feel like you’re in a room with all of these stories, and it’s up to you to go and find the stories that you want to bring home with you. And then when you wear the clothes, they help you tell a new story, but they’re bringing that old part with them and with you and you’re benefiting from that in a way that you can’t even really understand.”