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I always kind of pictured Darrow as looking like Thor.. the red rising series has become one of my favorite series... it reminds me of the Manchurian candidate... the characterization was fantastic I liked how Darrow gravitated to Lorne and Dancer as a father figure... my favorite was Sevro... that character, the goblin I couldn’t help but love him... that and I saw some of my personality in him...this series has more meaning after what @piercebrownofficial said during the signing write what you want to read and that is what I doing for my WIP
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Currently trying to come to terms with the fact that tomorrow is Monday. Again. It just keeps on coming around. The good news is this day next week we will be in Italy and I’ll be spending a week eating all the cheese. I haven’t had cheese in 2 weeks! TWO WHOLE WEEKS!!!
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Anyways, I’ve spent the weekend in a historical romance rabbit hole. Bloody Lisa Kleypas. I’ve not read a bodice ripper in a few years and my last binge was all of her books. Last I heard she was giving up the historicals and going contemporary. Well she didn’t stick to it. Thank goodness. The Ravenels is her new series and there are 4 books out already! Addictive!
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#MindforBooksJune day 16: #RainbowBooks


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“What good is beauty when it strips you of a choice?
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#BrideofDreams is releasing on the 26 June from @wonderheartsociety and is available for pre-order now! .
It's got:
🔮#fiercefemalesinlit
🔮river demons
🔮and a childhood friends romance
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The main character, Diya, accidentally gets her groom (aka the childhood friend) cursed and then has to embark on a quest to save him from the gods! 💞
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Aaaand... if you pre-order using the link in my bio or the link in @wonderheartsociety 's bio, you could enter yourself in to win some AMAZING prizes. The lovely folks at #WonderHeartBooks are giving away the following in a single epic INTERNATIONAL prize pack:
🔮copies of The Star-Touched Queen & Crown of Wishes by @roshanichokshi (may be signed if @amaraauthoress can hunt down Rosh at book con or a signed copy in the wild)
🔮signed copy of Reign the Earth by @acgaughen
🔮Bride of Dreams e-book for a friend (it's an e-release btw)
🔮a custom Belle & co. candle featuring Diya! @belleandcocandlemakers
🔮signed bookmarks and book plates
🔮an exclusive art print of the god of nightmares.
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Synopsis:
What good is beauty when it strips you of a choice? What good are the gods when they promise you to a man you don’t want?
Diya’s face was nearly scarred as a child. Thanks to her too-beautiful mother’s history of starting a war between villages, Diya hides behind her hair and daydreams of a life where she gets to choose her next adventure.
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There’s just one problem:
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Her husband-to-be. Arien.
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In Diya’s world, marriage can bring even the most hostile of villages together. Truces suddenly become possible. So when her short trip to the altar ends in a curse on Arien’s soul by a vengeful god, their homes are once again fixed on the point of death and destruction.
Rescuing her groom in the company of his hateful brother is not the adventure Diya had always imagined. The path to Arien’s soul is littered with the gods’ monstrous cast-offs. The fate of the borderlands hangs in the balance.
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How can Diya find peace in a world she has set on fire?
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#FandomFriday or this might be more #FeministFriday or maybe #LetUsAllRememberCharactersInMoviesAreNotRealSoStopBeingAssholesToTheActorFriday!
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So I’m not going to rant because it’s pointless when it comes to these people, unfortunately one Instagram post isn’t going to fix toxic masculinity.
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I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was little and I’ve always loved being a Star Wars fan because I love Star Wars but now I have to add a disclaimer to all conversations about Star Wars. ‘Oh I love Star Wars and I loved such and such a thing but don’t worry I’m not a bully who trolls random actors etc’! 🙄 I can’t even begin to understand these people and I frankly do not bloody want to. I will say this. Personally, I loved Rose, I get why some people didn’t like the CHARACTER but 6 year old me was never a Princess Leia and today me is not not a Princess Leia and I loved Rose because she ended up in the middle of something huge the only way I’d end up in the middle of something huge, by accident and maybe blundering about a bit but ultimately trying to do the right thing.
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I’d also like to say that I think that Kelly Marie Tran was fantastic, she seems utterly lovely and beautiful and sweet and I’m sorry that the haters hate. As a long time Star Wars fan I wish I could tell her that these idiots are an embarrassment to the fandom.
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It’s taken me a week to be calm enough about this to post and that is all probably still not coherent but I’ll just roll with it. 🙈
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#MindforBooksJune day 15: Fandom Friday


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Gory books!
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I love me some romance and hearts and flowers and all the lovely things but I do often forget how much I love lashings of blood until I pick something up that’s a blood bath. I haven’t read this particular blood bath since I was about 17 but I’m pretty sure it caused the fear I already had of rats to become a phobia. Typing the word has made me queasy. 😵 That’s some powerful writing right there! 😂
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#MindforBooksJune day 14: #GoryBooks


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I knew sitting out in my garden and drinking Spritz all weekend was a great idea. Storm Hector is incoming and that’s probably the end of the summer. 💨 My flowers are in the shed, that one Rose probably won’t make it and we are bracing. Happy hump day! 😂
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#MindforBooksJune day 14: #NakedBooks


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I’ve been fighting an overwhelming urge to reread Dracula for about two months now. My reasoning is kind of ridiculous. We are going to Romania and Bran Castle for Halloween and I want to save my reread for closer to the trip.
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This urge to reread I have? I’m pretty sure not reading it is what’s responsible for my last book slump and the meh mood I’m in now. I mean I can reread it twice in one year. I’ve already read the bloody thing however many times. Why am I like this? 😂
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#MindforBooksJune day 12: #FavouriteQuote


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Bookstagram has made me buy a lot of things that I really don’t need but wonder how I ever did without! 🙈
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#MindforBooksJune day 11: #BookstagramMadeMeDoIt


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Hope to finish up Onyx & Ivory today. I’m pretty sure it will be a 4 star read for me. I’ve enjoyed it and it’s definitely kept me engaged and intrigued.
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Something that’s bothered me a bit more than it probably should is that the name of the place Dal comes from is called Thornewall but on the map it’s called Thorne Hall. These are the kinds of details my brain refuses to let got of! 🙈
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Anywho, final #fairyphoto14 #bookandbathbomb and #MindforBooksJune day 10: #SpineSunday
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My full unboxing and book review will be live on the blog sometime tomorrow! Link in the bio! 😘


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I hope everyone is having or has had a fabulous Saturday. We are having a lovely relaxing evening in the garden. We just opened a bottle of wine we got in Italy the last time we were there and I’m sipping on a glass while reading my book. I wish it could be like this every Saturday! ❤️
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#MindforBooksJune day 9: #BookStack #BookstackSaturday #BookstackinFavouriteColour


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If you’ve seen my stories you’ll see I’m slightly obsessed with my garden at the moment. IT’S SO SUNNY!! 😎
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My garden has exploded in colour and I’m spending as much time in it as possible. No bookstagram photos were taken today and this is a blatant showing off of my Violas and Snapdragons. I planted the Snapdragons especially for the bees! 🖤🐝💛I also have a bee obsession. They are so important and the rate they are disappearing is terrifying and I try to do my best to keep them going in my little corner of ‘nature’ but we all need to do our bit.
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Anyway, moving away from the conservation of bees. 😂 I absolutely love these @eviebookish coasters. I hope @fairyloot give us more. 💞
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#fairyphoto14


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Almost forgot my @fairyloot post for today. I’m sooooo relaxed. I should water my flowers but I’m sitting in front of the chimenea in the back garden and drinking wine and listening to music with the boy and it’s so lovely and I’ll just water in the morning. 💞
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Tomorrow I’ll read all the day (these are my #currentreads) and nap. What plans are ahead for all you lovelies?
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HAPPY FRIYAY!!! 🎉
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What. A. Week.
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I’ve barely had a chance to read and I’ve been working over 12 hours a day some days and I’m not cut out for this nonsense. I have one more mini event next week and then I’m coasting until my holiday. How do people do 60 hour weeks?
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I have lots of comments and likes to catch up on over the next few days but right now it’s book time and then sleep. I need a good nights sleep! 😴
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#MindforBooksJune day 8: #BooksAndWater


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Two posts in one day and really close together but I have some downtime right now so just banging them out before it goes crazy again. May @fairyloot #unboxing. I’m only 80 pages into the book and so far really liking it. I was late starting this book because the facility where my box gets delivered had a power cut and it was delayed 3 days because they had to try catch up on getting all the other parcels out. 😏 #Fairyloot should always be the priority!! The wait was worth it though. I’ll be doing an unboxing blog post with all the shops tagged as soon as I finish the book.
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#fairyphoto14


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This is kind of easy. I’m a total hardback ‘ho! I will always buy the hardback where possible and I’ve been known to go hunting when only the paperback is available. It’s almost impossible to get a hardback, especially YA, in bookshops anymore and I totally get it because they are EXPENSIVE, but I’m a slave to them and will forgo three books just so I can get my one hardback. I do most of my book shopping online as a result. Charity shops always have a good selection of hardbacks though so I do get instant gratification every now and again. 😂
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So hardback or paperback?
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#MindforBooksJune day 7: #HardbackOrPaperback


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Pounding down the peppermint tea lately. I love all my tea super strong and I found an Eastern European shop that does a great peppermint one but I moved offices and now that shop is 30 minutes away. I’ve been steeping two bags of some sappy Irish brand until I get the good stuff again. The good stuff is also a third of the price so that makes sense. 🙄 On Saturday I’m just going to get a ball of mint and boil it up. I find peppermint comforting when I’m anxious so my house smells mostly of peppermint and lavender! 😂
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So question for you all, weak or strong tea?
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#MindforBooksJune day 6: #TeaAndBooks


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So today I have some epic anxiety. You know the one when you find it hard to breathe and every ache and pain in your body causes you to overthink and convince yourself that you have some incurable disease and that sets you off on the not being able to breathe again and round and round and round we go?
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Usually routine helps and I’ve been out of routine for a few weeks now with another two on the horizon and then holidays. I’m hoping the holiday helps and doesn’t hinder. The key really is not to feel sorry for myself because when I do that all hell usually breaks loose!
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Anxiety blows. 😏
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#MindforBooksJune day 5: #HogwartsHousePride #HousePride #slytherin


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Today I spent my bank holiday Monday reading, napping, snoozing and drinking Spritz. This all took place in my back garden which is currently in the middle of exploding into a riot of colour. I love this time of year! 💐
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The problem I have now though is the massive FEAR I have after 3 days off and a mental week in work to look forward to. I can’t wait until the 14th of June when I’ll be back to normal in work. Being this busy is great and all but I’m tired. 😂
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I LOVED this book so much and I cannot wait for Vengeful!! I feel I need to buy the American edition of this as well. 🙈
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#MindforBooksJune day 4: #FirstInSeries


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#SockSunday and I’m on an outing with the mother. We’ve climbed the Daniel O’Connell monument and wondered around a graveyard. Visiting the Botanic gardens now and taking photos of books. She was mortified at first but she is after getting into it and pointing out places a picture could work. I’ll reform them all! 😂
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#MindforBooksJune day 3: #SockSunday #flowersandbooks


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Happy Republic Day to one of my most favourite places in the world. My first trip to Italy was to the Cinque Terre 7 years ago, we have taken a trip to Italy almost every year since. The Cinque Terre has been hit up more than once as it’s our favourite but Venice is number 2 and probably my number 1 city in the world.
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My favourite thing about Venice is getting lost in it. It’s a total labyrinth and if I could give one piece of advice to anyone visiting, it would be take one day where you make no plans to see anything specific and just get lost. I guarantee you’ll see more on that day than any other.
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I still haven’t read this book. I bought it for my holiday last year but I ended up reading Gemina instead so this book is coming with me to Minori on the Amalfi Coast at the end of the month.
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My very good friend @giuliabo67 recommended Minori to me and I’m so excited about going. She is in the know on where to go in Italy. One day I will go to Rome with her so she can show me her city through the eyes of a Roman and not just the touristy places we saw the last time we were there. Translated this means she can bring me all the places with all the good food. 😂
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#MindforBooksJune day 2: #BooksFeaturingItaly #RepublicDayItaly


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My most highly anticipated read for June and it’s non fiction! 😱
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I’m off to Italy at the end of the month and we are doing Pompeii and Vesuvius. I’m excited about Pompeii but I have wanted to see and walk on Vesuvius since I learned about Pompeii in school so I’m freaking out! 🤣
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@marybeardofficial is my new favourite and this book is fascinating. It arrived yesterday and I knew it was going to be the first book of June because I’m dying to find out what she can teach me. She is a beautiful writer and it’s joyful learning.
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It’s a bank holiday here this weekend and I’m out waiting for himself to join me so I’m having a glass of wine and underlining history! 😂
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#MindforBooksJune day 1: #HighlyAnticipatedRead


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Goodbye to May! What a month!!!
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I’ve been soooooo busy this month and I’m wrecked after it. It’s also been a highly emotional month and to be honest I’m looking forward to a month that will include lots of rest and holidays. I have 2 work things coming up and once they are over I’m ignoring everything and I’m just going to chill out.
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Shockingly I have my #MayWrapUp blog post up already (link in bio). This is very unlike me so I’m totally going to brag about it. Good reading month but it was a little slow, that’s because I was never home and went to what felt like 6 million author events but was only 3! 😂
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I hope everyone has a great Thursday! It’s almost the weekend, you are almost there. 💞
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Tell me your May highlights! Give me nice stories!!!!
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#MindforBooksMay day 31: #BookHaul #BookWrap


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Comment your Hogwarts house‼️House with the most votes wins. 😉 Inspired by @the.book.talk 🌸
This photo features two of my June TBR books: “Children of Blood and Bone” by @tadeyemibooks and “The Art of Feeling” by @marko.dacosta 🙌💕 I cannot wait to finish these gems!
Being an early bird today, I’m taking a jump start to a few June #bookchallenges. Nominating this photo to
#bwsbookishchallenge (June TBR)
#mindforbooks (Highly anticipated TBR)
#lillyricalmashup (TBR)
#junebookstagram18 (TBR)
#rfabjune18 (TBR)
#BGjune2018 (June TBR)
#readwritegram (TBR)
#readingresolutions (TBR)
#fantasychezaesthetic (on my TBR) 💕
Lots of love to the hosts of these challenges! 🙌 Happy June! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#bookstagram #poetry #bookworm #booknerd #reading #bookphotography #minimalism #fantasy #inspiration #lovebooks #readingissexy #booklover #reader #booknerdigans #booknow 😉


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It’s that time again!
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#MindforBooksJune is ready and this is an exciting month because HOLIBOPS!!
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I was very lax with #MindforBooksMay but I hope to do some shoutouts and some other stuff for June. These challenges are really just so I know what I’m doing for the month and I share in the off chance that other people see prompts that appeal to them. Thanks to all that participate and I hope you can join in again. I’m hoping there are less mistakes on this months! 🙈
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#bookstragramchallenge


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Happy #MapMonday!
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I know lots of people on here are having a holiday weekend and I hope you are having a fabulous one. I’m also off today and have had a busy but nice day. I’m reading in the garden right now and think I need a nap soon. I will then have Spritz and barbecue because it’s a scorcher here today so it would be rude not to. 😂
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For everyone not off today I hope you are getting through Monday! 💞
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#MindforBooksMay day 28: #MapMonday


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Not been posting this week. It’s been a tough week. We voted for #repealthe8th here this week. Lots of emotions running high and lots of feelings. For myself personally one of the most important issues throughout this is that women in my country lose any say in what happens to their body once they become pregnant. #repealthe8th passed today at 66.4%. It’s much higher than I ever thought.
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So I’m emotional. 😭
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Pretty sure I didn’t plan this prompt to coincide with result day. Maybe I did and don’t remember but Mor is a favourite of mine and I’m hoping we get some fabulous story arcs for her.
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#mindforbooksmay : day 26 #strongfemalecharacter
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Will tag artist tomorrow as I’m away although if anyone can recall let me know and I’ll tag. They are the tarot cards in the Starfall @illumicrate box. I’m out being empowered! 😂
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Giveaway coming. #ACOTAR featured. 💞


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Any Jane Austen fans here?
I love most things Jane Austen! And this book by @scatteredjules is a perfect fit! 💖
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"Jane Austen is a horrific liar." Isn't that The Best opening line?? 💖
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*Quote - #yadiscordmay *Pink books - #rfabmay18 *HEA - #allthebooksmay *Strong female - #mindforbooks,may
*Recent favorite - #lilgettingtoknowyou


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I can’t wait to get to this book. I’m so excited for it.
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I’m out tonight. On a Monday. 😱Off to a book event for #Repeal but wine and dinner first. I’ll regret this tomorrow but right now it’s lovely.
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Hope you are all having a fabulous Monday! 💞
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#MindforBooksMay day 21: #Retellings


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I was supposed to take a photo for this post yesterday when I was drinking Spritz in the back garden. I was too busy enjoying the Spritz and I forgot. This is homemade lemonade, just pretend it’s hard lemonade! 😂
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So next weekend I have another family event and it was looking like I was going to miss out on @neilhimself at @ilfdublin . There was some negotiations this week and as a result of them I got my ticket. Now it’s just fingers crossed that all will go to plan next Sunday.
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#MindforBooksMay day 20: #worldwhiskeyday


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Another stunning day here. This is exciting, we just don’t get good weather and now we’ve had like 5 and it’s only May! 😱 We might get an actual summer. Should I cancel my holiday? 😂
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In celebration of the good day we are grilling. Well the boy is grilling. He splashed out on a Weber grill this week and I’ve never seen him so excited. 😂
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I’m heading off to a book sale that’s part of a local festival and then it’s Spritz, book and back garden lounging! ☀️
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#MindforBooksMay day 19: #StackSaturday


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I can’t believe I still haven’t read this. I was so excited when I got it and just haven’t been able to find the time to get to it. @evu_kim has been wonderful for my @fairyloot reading. Prior to her buddy reading with me I hadn’t managed to read any of the books that I’d gotten. 🙈
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Thank goodness it’s Friday!! Today I did my first 8am to 4pm Friday and I was home with my feet up in the garden after a full day and the gym by 6.15pm. I’m absolutely exhausted but I’m loving this feeling of being done so early on a Friday. It’s possible I’ll be in bed in a hour though! 😂
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What’s everyone reading this weekend?
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I’m all over Peter Grant and I’m on Moon Over Soho and I can’t wait to really get stuck in! I may have also bought some of the graphic novels this week! 🙈
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#MindforBooksMay day 18: #FantasyFriday


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What book series have you come to love? I have so many! But my most recent one is THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN series by @emily_r_king
Have you read it yet? Kalinda is AWEsome!
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He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary.
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Do you find yourself drawn to sci-fi or fantasy? This series pulls me more toward fantasy...
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#bookworm #bookstagram #twilightreader1 #booklover #yalit #yareader #bibliophile #reader #librarylover #books #bookstagramchallenge
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I’ve just about recovered from my absolutely awful book. I hate to be completely negative about books but I actually hated it. My favourite part was that historical facts weren’t checked. We live in an age where I honestly don’t think that’s acceptable. Brian Boru showing up in a book 21 years after he died is a pretty big issue but maybe it doesn’t matter. It’s only Irish history after all. 😤
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It’s possible I’m going to harp on about this in other posts so I apologise in advance. Thanks @evu_kim for reading said book with me and ensuring I didn’t lose my mind. Laughing over how bad it was is much better than raging like I was tempted to do. 😂
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Moving on, I still need to read The Name of the Wind. My plan is to get to it before the end of the summer, it is a monster so is a little intimidating but just look at that illustration!! 😍
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#MindforBooksMay day 17: #500+Pages


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@marybeardofficial is my new favourite. 💞This tiny little book packs a punch and mostly made me angry but I think it’s a positive type of anger, an anger that makes you want to help bring about change and helps us understand the reality that is the silencing of women throughout the ages.
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This is probably not a book that can be read in one sitting though as the anger may become too much. Henry James is now forever on my sh*tlist.
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Mary Beard is a fabulous writer and presents you with the facts (not in a boring or mundane way) and lets you draw your own conclusions. She is really wonderful to read and Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town will be my next book of hers as I’ll be there in June so would like the inside track. And let me tell you, Mary has the inside track on stuff. 😂
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#MindforBooksMay day 16: #BooksintheWild
#ReadforWomen


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One of my favourite reads in April. Deliciously gory and filled with the kind of vampires I think are proper vampires, this made me want to read things with lots of blood and reread Dracula. I’m saving my Dracula reread for my Romania trip and can’t find anything suitably gory. ☹️
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#MindforBooksMay day 15: #5StarRead


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Monday. Again. Mondays and Tuesdays are sucky and make me sad. 🙈
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All of these books were gifts from my boyfriends sister and her husband. People who give me books are my favourite people. So easy to win my affections! 😂
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I’m finally catching up on things and managed to get out my April wrap up blog post today. I need to do one on my trip to Oxford and my Fairyloot unboxing and I’ll be back on track. I’m going to aim to do both this week. Link for blog in bio.
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Also having great fun with my @mindforbooks Pinterest. Link also in bio if you are curious. I’m not really enjoying Beyond a Darkened Shore but I’m really enjoying creating a Pinterest board for it! 😂
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Anyone else have a bookish Pinterest or have a blog for that matter? If you do drop me a comment so I can check them out.
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#MindforBooksMay day 14: #SeaofBooks


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I didn’t post yesterday! 😱The day completely ran away from me and I just didn’t have time. I also didn’t love the picture I had planned so I decided to skip it. 🤷‍♀️ I need to actually do that more often, I sometimes become obsessed about posting and it can take the fun out of what it is I’m doing here. I don’t need to post every single day and it’s okay if I skip. New mantra. 😂
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So 13 is my favourite number. It’s my birthday day and my nephews and that’s enough of a reason for it to be the best number. 😂 Also I just like the number 13.
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What’s your favourite number and do you have any reason as to why?
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#MindforBooksMay day 13: #Chapter13


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#FanArtFriday and what’s even better is this is #SignedFanArtFriday!
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I can’t tag the artist right this second because I’m not at home to check and I forgot to take note of it before I left for the weekend so I’ll tag tomorrow.
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Today will be a super busy day, I’m tired already but hopefully it will be fun. There will be bowling which I’m excited for. I’m terrible at bowling but I love it. Going to be playing with all my nieces and nephews, my sister and brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, my parents and himself. What could possibly go wrong? 😂
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Hope everyone is having a lovely Friday!! 💞
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#MindforBooksMay day 11: FanartFriday


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Heading to the stay with my family for the weekend. My nephew has a thing and I’m his godmother so I’m required for the event. This means I have to do stuff tomorrow morning at stupid o’clock on my day off but it’s also a big family day and a fancy meal so I’ll not complain! 😂
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On the train now which means reading and even though I’m STILL reading Rivers of London I’m absolutely loving it. Like stupid excited about all the other books I have to read excited! I needed this. My slump felt never ending so I’m over the moon.
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#MindforBooksMay day 10: #BlueBooks


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Happy Europe Day! 🇪🇺
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We don’t do anything for it but I wanted to add it in order to see what European authors people chose so I could check them out. 😂
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My choice is the fabulous @aleksvoinov who is not only a wonderful author but I’m lucky enough to also call him a wonderful friend. 💞
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Scorpions is one of my favourite series. It’s currently out of publication but Aleks is at this moment in time working on it and doing some tweaking and hopefully it will be updated and republished in December/January/February respectively. He has also mentioned the possibility of more books in this world. I’m always tempted to hound him about what and how and when this will happen but I’m trying to be cool. 🤪
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His Witches of London series, Return on Investment series and Skybound are all worth checking out.
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#MindforBooksMay day 9: #FavouriteEuropeanAuthor


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I really hope I’ll get round to reading Truthwitch this month. I purposely avoided a lot of the books I was looking forward to the last few weeks because of my slump but I’m in a really good reading place right now so I think I’ll get to this in May.
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#MindforBooksMay day 8: #TBR


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Really in need of more funny books but Simon gave me lots of laughs, it also made me bawl my eyes out though! 😂
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Currently reading Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and that’s making me laugh a lot as well. I love Peter’s dry wit.
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It’s a bank holiday here today and it’s an absolute scorcher. I spent most of the day planting flowers in the garden. This was followed by a nap and now I’m back in the garden drinking prosecco and reading. Not happy about the idea of going to work tomorrow that’s for sure. We get so few good days here that I think they should be public holidays when they happen. 😂
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#MindforBooksMay day 7: #BooksThatMakeYouLaugh


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So after a week where I had the pleasure of hearing @veschwab speak and do it so beautifully, there was only one trilogy that I could post for today’s prompt. I will admit that I may have had this in mind when I planned the challenge. 😬
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If you haven’t watched the lecture given in Oxford I urge you to have a look. It was outstanding and on my second time meeting her, Victoria was no less lovely. I love when authors are as fabulous as their books. 💞
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#MindforBooksMay day 6: #Trilogy


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#ShelfieSunday? 🙈
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This is what happens when you don’t get your usual proof reader to proof the challenge before you post. And I didn’t just do it for today. Oh no, I did it for day 27 as well. A #MapMonday on a Sunday. 🤦‍♀️
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So happy ShelfieSunday! 😂
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I need to do a huge shelf overhaul again, I did one a little while ago to make room for incoming Funkos and created lots of room. Now I need to get my actual books is order as they are a bit of a mess.
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#MindforBooksMay day 5: ShefieSunday #ShelfieSaturday


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No books in this post but it’s #StarWarsDay so 🤷‍♀️
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It’s also Friday and it’s also a bank holiday here. 💞 I’m absolutely fooked but tonight we are going to rewatch The Last Jedi and drink wine. 🍷
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I have lots of posts and comments to reply to and I’m so sorry I’ve been lax the last few days. I’ve 5 hours in the hairdresser chair tomorrow and will catch up with you all. 😘 I had such an amazing week but it was so busy and now I’m so tired. 😴
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#MindforBooksMay day 4: #maythe4thbewithyou


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Super late post. I’m dead on my feet. Posting and running to my bed.
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I defaced a The Cruel Prince chapter art. I’ve never marked a book. I don’t bend pages and rarely crack spines. This was both horrifying and freeing.
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Do you mind marking your books?
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#MindforBooksMay day 3: #ChapterArt


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What a wonderful few days!
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Sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home after having a lovely time in Oxford. Obviously the highlight was attending @veschwab lecture in Pembroke College last night. It was riveting and passionate and I may have gotten a bit teary. 😬 I also ran into Victoria in the toilets and gushed at her. I’m waiting for that time in my life where I’ll be cool. 🙈 But she was so lovely and our brief chat was also a total highlight.
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Today we brunched and museum’d and relaxed. Oxford is so fabulous and I’ll definitely be back. We are thinking of making the Tolkien lecture a yearly event.
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#MindforBooksMay day 2: #SignedBooks


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Hello May! 💞
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So new challenge for May. The problem with this months challenge is that even though I checked it a million times there are two errors and those two errors are in relation to actual days. A #ShelfieSunday on a Saturday and a #MapMonday on a Sunday. 🤦‍♀️
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I was going to change it but I don’t want to mess around with it so all I can do now is call it embarrassing and move on. My apologies to anyone who is taking part. I didn’t have my proof reader run his eye over it and now look where we are. 🙈
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I’m currently in a taxi on the way to the airport. Heading to Oxford for the night. Off to see the fabulous @veschwab give a lecture on Tolkien so that calls for a #TolkienTuesday. The hardest thing about this trip was narrowing down the books to take with me for Bookstagram purposes. 😂
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#MindforBooksMay day 1: Tolkien Tuesday


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Today has not gone well. I had plans but the day decided my plans were stupid and crapped all over everything. *le sigh*
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And also I noticed that I have TWO day errors in my #MindforBooksMay challenge and now I don’t know what to do. Should I change it and repost or should just leave it? 😩
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I was also supposed to finish my April wrap up blog post today but I didn’t get a lunch break so I couldn’t do it and now I have to pack and do my hair and nails because I’m off to Oxford tomorrow and I have NOTHING READY!
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I’m glad to see the back of April to be honest. I’ve been in a slump and I’ve moved offices and it’s just been very stressful. Two books are to blame for the slump though. I adored Children of Blood and Bone and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and I’m finding it hard to pick up anything else. I’m rereading Guild Hunter though. Slowly mind you but it’s helping a bit.
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#MindforBooksApril day 30: #AprilWrap


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I hope everyone is having a fabulous Sunday. I’m having picture day today and managed to get most of my pictures for the month of May taken so it’s been a most successful Sunday here. Time to do some reading now and maybe work on a blog post and definitely watch some more Gilmore Girls.
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#MindforBooksApril day 29: #BookCrown


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I was productive this morning but I offset all that productivity by napping for the rest of the day. So lazy. It was kind of wonderful.
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Still in a slump though. Tell me all your getting out of a reading slump secrets?
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Favourite series will always be Harry Potter!
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#MindforBooksApril day 28: #FavouriteSeries


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New challenge time. #MindforBooksMay is ready. How on earth is it May already? 😱
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#BookstagramChallenge


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Happy King’s Day to The Netherlands. 🇳🇱
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#FavouriteRoyal is actually hard as there is so many but I’m going to go with a recent read and pick Amari from Children of Blood and Bone by @tadeyemibooks
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So yay it’s Friday! I’m going to work on my book slump this weekend but first I’m going to do a Gilmore Girls marathon cause today was hard and I need it. First season Rory is just so adorable I want to smush her face! 😂
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#MindforBooksApril day 27: #KingsDay


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I still need to start The Belles, this slump is killing me. ☹️ I love this actual book though. The cover is so whimsical and THAT PINK FOILING!!!!! 💞
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I’m off to a comedy gig tonight and I’m very much looking forward to it. I’m hoping going out on a Thursday night will make the weekend seem a bit longer. Work is hard. I did the Euromillions on Tuesday, it’s €120 million and I’m not going to check it until Saturday. My imagination is having a great time spending it so I’m delaying disappointment. Y’all want to see my library. It. Is. Epic. 😂
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#MindforBooksApril day 26: #BooksandFlowers


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I should probably look at mixing up the book boyfriend/girlfriend posts. I have loads of both but Sirius! 😍
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Anyhoots it’s hump day, we are almost there, I can taste the weekend and I have such plans. I’m going to get out of my book slump this weekend. I am determined! 📚
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#MindforBooksApril day 25: #BookBoyfriend


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I recently received my @inkandwonder.designs crate after either DHL or Irish customs held it hostage for over a month. It was so worth the wait. So many beautiful things and my favourite beautiful thing was this particular woodmark. I loved them all but I love this quote and I love this wood. 💞
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#MindforBooksApril day 24: #Bookmark


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Happy birthday to the Bard! 🎂
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I have always genuinely loved Shakespeare. King Lear, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew are some of my favourite plays. I still think that King Lear is my most favourite but I’ve been known to change my mind. 😂
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I do struggle with the language at times and I don’t always know what’s being said, I’m also not a huge fan on the ‘King’ plays, but one of my favourite things to do when I was in school was wait until there was nobody in the house and just boom it out. Reciting Shakespeare out loud and with conviction is ridiculously fun. It’s something I haven’t done in years and really should do again. Just blast it out like you know what you’re doing and it does start to come together in your mind or at least it did for me way back when! 🤷‍♀️
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I hope everyone is having a great start to your week. I’m still in a bit of a reading slump but I am reading a gorgeous work of poetry called Rocket Fantastic by @gabbat that’s a wonderful find and I’m savouring it. .
#MindforBooksApril day 23: #ShakespearesBirthday


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What’s everyone up to this #EarthDay? 🌍
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How amazing is today’s Google Doodle for Earth Day? I love Jane Goodall.💞 🦍
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I like to think that today I’m helping the environment by minimal movement and energy saving by spending the day napping and reading. 🙈
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But seriously, I personally think that Earth Day is a great opportunity for us to remember this is the only planet we are going to get and how important it is for us to do something that can help slow down or reverse some of the damage we’ve already done.
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One of the things we are trying to do this year is cut down on the plastic we use. When you start to really focus on the amount of plastic you use it’s kind of horrifying. What is encouraging though is that there are a lot of alternatives available for the everyday plastic items that we use such as biodegradable toothbrushes and paperstick q-tips. It’s the tip of the iceberg but it’s a start and maybe if we all start doing the small things we’ll slow down the rate those icebergs are melting. I can’t even talk about the polar bears. Google starving polar bear and watch the National Geographic video of a starving polar bear. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. 😔
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#MindforBooksApril day 22: #MiddleEarthDay


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I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday! The weather here is still glorious so we have spent the entire morning clearing up our gardens and we are now ready for planting and sitting out. I’m feeling very accomplished but I also can tell that I’m going to be in some serious pain tomorrow! I go to the gym 5 to 6 times a week and no workout equals the garden workout. 😂
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I’d love a nap right now but it think we might need to take ourselves out for a nice boozy lunch first. There is a Spritz out there with my name on it.
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Black books prompt for #mindforbooksapril and this black book is my favourite April read so far and has made it on to my favourites shelf. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by @blackholly was so good. I’d love more of these books. I just adored it.
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#MindforBooksApril day 21: #BlackBooks


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#FRIYAY!!!!!
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I’ve had barely any reading time this week. Real life is very inconsiderate at times. I’d like to spend the weekend catching up but the weather here is glorious so I think we are going to get started on getting our garden setup for summer. I’m broken from moving stuff all week so I might as well keep going! 😂
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So is anyone else getting a taste of summer yet?
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#MindforBooksApril day 20: #FlatLayFriday #TheCruelPrince


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Have you watched any of Stanley Kubrick's movies? #theshining #clockworkorange #spartacus
My son thinks he is the best director so when I saw this book coming out about the making of #2001aspaceodyssey I knew I had to buy it for him. It was a very interesting look at how this movie happened from beginning to end. 👩🚀
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#bookishapr18 - #scifi recommendations
#mindforbooks - #openbooks
#bookreadhappyhour - #longtitle

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece


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Moving offices is great fun. I’ve managed to hurt my neck so I’ve come home early. I was an idiot really. 🙈
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Anyways, I’m going to have a little nap and hopefully it will sort itself out. 🤷‍♀️
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It’s a glorious day here and I’d love to nap in the back garden but I’m too sore to be dragging stuff about. Also too lazy. 😂
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Hope everyone is having a great Thursday.
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#MindforBooksApril day 19: #OpenBook


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Love to hate! 💚
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It’s hard not to love him. Also he is one of my favourite funkos and probably the one I post most often. He is so cute! 😂
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My office move is underway. The stress is mighty. I may have to skip the gym this evening and go for a drink! 🙈
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#MindforBooksApril day 18: #LoveToHate


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I was going to do a book which contains a journey, of which there are many, for this prompt but decided on posting book pictures while on an actual journey. My trip to The Netherlands in March was very book focused. I travelled there to meet my friend who I met on Goodreads and went to visit book places when I got to Amsterdam so I’m sharing those.
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I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. I’m moving offices tomorrow so I’m a ball of anxiety. I don’t do well with change. So much so I’ve been getting phone calls from my family and worrying looks from colleagues all week. Which is lovely but kind of makes me worse! 🙈 I just wish it was June already so I could be used to it all. Plus side is that I’ve cleared out over 10 years worth of stuff I don’t need and I’ll be working around to corner from my friend and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. I’m trying really hard to concentrate on the positive! 😂
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#MindforBooksApril day 17: #Journey
#bookshelfies


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#MapMonday and just look at this deliciousness! 💞
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I haven’t read The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton yet but I hope to get to it this month. If the slump continues though I’ll roll it over to May.
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This is another book I know almost nothing about. It was a cover buy! 🙈It’s such a pretty cover though, I couldn’t not get it. I know many people have issues with pink and I used to be one of those people but I actually love it and I now fully embrace all things pink. So much so that my hair is pink and this book has all the pink. All that pink and the lovely font and the absolutely beautiful cover model and 💞! I’m so weak when it comes to covers. I might need an intervention or something! 😂
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#MindforBooksApril day 16: #MapMonday


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This Stack Saturday was supposed to be yesterday’s post and yesterday’s post was supposed to be today and this is the second time this month that I’ve posted the wrong photo for my own damn challenge!! 🙈I have no idea what’s wrong with me!!!!
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So happy #StackSunday? 😂
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I had been kind of planning a hike but it’s raining here so I’m going to read all day and do the staying in bed with the windows open thing instead. What’s your plans for the day?
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#MindforBooksApril day 14: #StackSaturday


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Saturday’s are the best days and I’ve got all my jobs done so I have the rest of the day to read and nap (shocking I know) and read some more. I’m making cosmopolitans (proper cosmopolitans, not the vodka and cranberry that places often try to pass as a cosmopolitan) tonight and I’m going to have a few glasses of wine and I’m just going to relax and prepare for what’s going to be a tough week physically and mentally next week. I’m not thinking about that today though! 🙈
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Today I’m going to continue reading The Wicked Deep. I’m just over 100 pages and I’m enjoying it. It’s very atmospheric and mysterious. The town of Sparrow is kind of freaking me out though as it’s very like the village I grew up in. We didn’t call people outsiders though, we called them Blow-ins. And no singing sisters. 😂
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#MindforBooksApril day 15: #CurrentlyReading


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I’m so late posting today. What a day. So busy but now it’s the weekend so YAY!!!
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I’m planning to settle in with my book, candles and tea this evening and even though I’d love a glass of wine I’m on a week day ban for the foreseeable future so I can be virtuous on Saturdays. Also because I drank all the wine in March! 😂
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What’s everyone reading this weekend? My copy of The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw arrived today and I can’t wait to start!
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#MindforBooksApril day 13: #BookandCandles


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“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain.”
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I’m just not feeling myself this week, really looking forward to the weekend. I was planning on doing lots of things but I have decided that the furthest I’ll get is the gym on Saturday morning and then I’m not leaving the house until Monday.
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I do want to catch up on all things Bookstagram as well so having nothing planned will work out well for that. 💞
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Anyone have any feel good book recommendations? I want something that will make me laugh and won’t take too much brain power.
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#MindforBooksApril day 12: #HighlyQuotable


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I’m all about equal opportunity when it comes to tea and coffee. I love both. I don’t drink as much coffee as I used to though as it definitely doesn’t help my anxiety so I’ve limited myself to one cup a day and I have it in the morning. Currently back on a peppermint obsession with my tea. I go through phases and I’ve been on a peppermint one since my trip to Holland.
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So tea or coffee? And what way do you take it? I drink both black, no sweetener and as strong as I can get. The brand of coffee I drink is called Fucking Strong Coffee from @wearefirebox and one cup is more than enough! 😂
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Another new obsession is this book. I read it for the first time at the end of March after having it on my tbr for 3 years. I adored it. How long is long enough to wait before a reread? 💞
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#MindforBooksApril day 11: #TeaOrCoffee


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