Meeting Cassandra Clare and Holly Black!

Hey guys! Happy first of the month! I recently had one of the happiest moments in my life because I met one of my all-time favourite authors! As you can tell from the title, I met Cassandra Clare and Holly Black! Cassie and Holly recently went on tour in the UK and I managed to bag tickets to one of their stops! I got the ticket that included the books, an exclusive tote bag and a tour print (lots of goodies!!). There was also some posters, bookmarks, pins and a sample for Cassie’s next book.

Advance warning: this will be a really long post as I just blabber on about all my feelings and excitement when meeting Cassie! My heart was so full and looking at the pictures when I met her, I have a ridiculous smile plastered on my face and I’m practically making heart eyes at her. Seriously she is one of my favourite authors and I cannot get over finally being able to meet her.

Now I’ll actually show you what I got and pictures from the event! First up, here’s the double sided tote bag (it’s so pretty!):

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Illumicrate Saints & Scars: The Grishaverse Edition volume 2 Unboxing!

Hey guys! I have a different but awesome unboxing for you today! You might have already seen pictures floating about by now as boxes start to arrive but I’m really excited to share my thoughts on this box with you all! This is my first Illumicrate box and even though it was expensive, I really loved it and I’m very pleased with some of the items.

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Before we get into the unboxing, I would just like to apologise for the horrendous pictures you are about to see. Unfortunately I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark, it sucks for things like this so I hope you don’t mind the quality of them!

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Fantasy Book Series Recommendations!

Hey guys! It has been way too long since I did a recommended reads post so today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite fantasy series! I absolutely love fantasy books and I love talking about them. Some of these I just talk about so much on my blog anyway, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are on this list! Here’s my top recommendations:

Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell:

I cannot stop recommending this series! It’s one of my top fantasy series at the moment, it’s fantastic! It’s a very interesting story as it’s filled with both magic and non-magic. Every child has six tattooed bands on their arm for Iron, Silk, Sand, Breath, Blood, and Ember. Depending on which band they spark, they will then be able to wield that type of magic. Then there is a seventh called Shadow that is the deadly kind of magic and is supposedly cursed! Kellen, the main character, struggles to spark any of his bands. Instead of being given an incredibly rare magical gift, he ends up with none of those six bands and thus has to rely on cheap tricks to best his magical foes. He meets some pretty cool people who give him tips and tricks to avoid him instantly dying in fights with powerful magicians. It’s a series that is filled with many entertaining scenes and lots of twists! It’s pretty much a series of unfortunate events for Kellen! If you’re looking for a series that has magic with a twist, I highly recommend this one!

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Shortest Books On My TBR

Hey guys! A few months ago I listed the six largest books on my TBR so I thought it’d be good to look at the shorter ones and I’m hoping it will give me the kick I need to read them. Realistically, it shouldn’t take me long to read them because some are really short and I know I can easily read them in a day! So without further ado, let’s get into it!

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs: I bought this when it first came out, started it but then just never finished it! I am a disappointment. I need to read it before I read A Map of Days and since it’s just lots of short stories, I don’t see why I couldn’t read this in a day. I don’t know what to expect as normally this isn’t my kind of thing. I hope it’s good!

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Most Anticipated 2019 Releases!

Hey guys! I feel like 2019 is going to be the year for YA books because there’s so many great ones coming out! These are only the ones I’m excited about so far but I’m pretty certain I’ll find some more intriguing ones throughout 2019.

Chains of Gold, The Red Scrolls of Magic & Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

Cassie is releasing THREE books this year which is insane and they all sound amazing! I can’t decide which I am most excited for because I love all of the characters so much and I’m so glad we get to see even more of them! I really loved The Infernal Devices so I have high hopes for Chain of Gold! Also all of the covers look so pretty!

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2019 Reading/Blogging Resolutions!

Hey guys! I thought it would be a good idea to set myself some reading goals for 2019 and hopefully come back to midway through the year to see how I’m doing! I’ve set myself five goals and I’m feeling pretty confident I can stick to them. Here’s my goals for 2019:

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Even though I did really well in 2018, I’m still going to aim for a low number this year just incase. I don’t want to struggle to hit my target and end up stressing trying to read anything and everything. I think 40 is a nice chill number and it’ll let me relax with my reading! I don’t want reading to become a chore so a target of 40 books is fine with me.

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Review of 2018!

Hey guys! I hope everyone is enjoying the first day of 2019! Today I thought I’d review 2018 as I had a pretty great year for reading. I was definitely not expecting to read as much as I did and even though it was a pretty rubbish year, I’m pleased it didn’t affect my reading. So here’s my review of 2018:

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So I set a goal of 30 books at the start of the year then I gradually upped it each time I surpassed my challenge. I capped it at 60 but then ended up reading 71 books which is amazing. I am delighted with that and hoping I can manage to read the same, if not more, in 2019!

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