March Favourites & Wrap Up

march favourites banner - aesthetic coffee in background

March was…a lot. A lot of deadlines. A lot of plans. A lot of anxiety and stress. And apparently, a lot of new favourites too. So at least something good came out of all the excess, right?

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In Defense of Audiobooks (And A Story of Anxiety…)

collection of books - the priory of the orange tree by samantha shannon, the dead house by dawn kurtagich, the graces by laure eve, the harm tree by rose edwards, state of sorrow and song of sorrow by melinda salisbury, oh my gods by alexandra sheppard

Ahhh, the audiobook argument. It comes up time and time again. “You’re not really reading if you’re listening” or “audiobooks aren’t real books!”

Yawn.

Well ladies and gentlemen (and all those between), here’s my defense.

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February Favourites & Wrap Up

february bullet journal

Time for another favourites post! Admittedly, I don’t have many favourites from February. It was a month of just getting by, juggling essays and trying not to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of plans I’ve got coming up in March. But there’s a few standout moments amongst the tedium of what felt like a weirdly long month for one that has less days…so here we are!

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Amazing Women Characters By Women Authors // Book Recommendations for International Women’s Day

Open pages of books - female fantasy authors - includes The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury, How Long Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin, Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, Cassandra by Christa Wolf

It’s International Women’s Day! And I was so unprepared. But I wanted to celebrate here on this li’l blog of mine, so what better way to shout about amazing women than by recommending some amazing women characters, written by amazing women authors?

Can I say “amazing women” any more times?

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Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) // Oh The Many Thoughts

Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies)

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Picking up this book, I had high expectations. It became an event, with me buddy reading this with my friend Jess and setting time aside in my hectic uni reading schedule to make sure I read it.

And then…eh. I don’t know what happened. I have many, many thoughts.

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The Lost Man by Jane Harper // Blog Tour

The Lost Man by Jane Harper - Blog Tour

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*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. This in no way affects my opinion.

Could you survive the desert-land of Australia? For one family, their livelihood depends on it. But when one brother is found dead with no apparent evidence as to how he came to be here, questions are raised as to whether the entire family can really be trusted…

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January Favourites & Wrap Up 2019

I’m bringing back my well beloved (beloved to me, at least) monthly favourites! I used to loooove writing these every month, and they’re without a doubt my favourite posts to read. Why did I stop? I don’t actually know. But not to dwell on the past – we’re having a revival of the favourites posts! So what did January bring…?

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Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman // Took My Breath Away

Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman. Published by And Other Stories

*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.

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A story of friendship, teenage years and a town that’s probably too small for its own good, this book follows Lorrie, unimpressed as her family move to a remote Scottish island. Thround choice or through happenstance, she becomes friends with the girl next door, Sylvie. But it doesn’t take long for her to wonder who Sylvie really is, what gift she’s hiding. and if she wants to be friends with her after all…

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How I Use My Bullet Journal

2019 Bullet Journal - title page watercolour of a queen, eyes closed, head positioned as if looking back over her shoulder. Brown tones. Above her crown is three stars, the background is spotted with gold stars

So when I began bullet journaling way back in 2017, I wrote a post all about it. Honestly, looking back on that post makes me laugh slightly – my bullet journal has had a serious glow-up since then. My excitement to share meant I wanted to chat all about it, and so I did. Now, 2 years on, I’m still very much in love with bullet journaling, and have been creating Plan With Me videos on my booktube channel for every month ever since. But in those videos you don’t get to see how I actually use my bullet journal. You see me painting, drawing, cutting and sticking away, but never see if my designs are actually practical as well as pretty. I also know a lot of fellow bloggers are trying out bullet journaling for the first time this year and so hey – why not show you how I use my bullet journal?

P.S. This will be a loooong post, but dominantly photos and broken down in small sections. Hopefully it’s not overwhelming!

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon // Everything I Didn’t Know I Wanted

ARC of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, Bloomsbury

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Everyone stay calm! I’m only reviewing my most anticipated read of the year. Cool cool cool. Yep. That’s happening.

Set in a crumbling Queendom and world plagued with draconic threats, The Priory of the Orange Tree follows numerous perspectives in this epic fantasy world. Seriously folks – this book could be in league with the likes of Game of Thrones and The Name of the Wind. Get on it.

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