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Here you leave today 

And enter the world
Of yesterday, tomorrow
And fantasy. 

Currently reading

The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien
Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Jacob Grimm
Progress: 439/844 pages
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As much as I love summer, I have been counting down the days till I can crack out my favourite jumper. 

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Day 3:

Sweater weather #bookishspookshelf

Green witch (nature on the cover) #witchyreadsoctober

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Haven't don't one of these tags in SO long!! So thank you @bookshelf.to.neverland for tagging me in #spellthedayinbooks

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(W)icked

(E)verless

(D)estined

(N)ight circus

(E)ternal dawn

(S)tardust

(D)arkangel

(A)s old as time

(Y)oung elites

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I managed to complete this with books actually on my bookshelf, all expect for Y

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Reading progress update: I've read 315 out of 384 pages.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

Holy. Shit. 

 

Like the previous series, Half Bad, The Smoke Thieves is still an adult themed book. Although Half Bad was adult on a different level, more emotional and physical...to this day I still can't get over that torture scene.
 
It was nice to have a book from so many multiple points of view, and from both sexes. We have Catherine a Princess, Tash a hunter, Ambrose the soldier, March the traitor and Edyon the thief. Some of characters cross paths early in the book and some don't meet till much later on.
 
For most of this story it definitely feels like there are multiple plots, I found this worked. Instead of them all involved in the same obvious main plot in different ways, there are separate plots which, somehow, eventually will come together. I prefer this type of story telling, trying to figure how it will all piece together.
 
This is a strong first book and will be interesting to see where it goes next, if you haven't read this or Greens other series I would really recommend you pick them up.

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Illustrated books are a weakness of mine, especially when I see Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell collaborate. 
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Without meaning to I fee like this post is giving off a very autumn vibe, it may have something to do with the massive pumpkin and fox sitting in the woods...

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Day 21:

Open books #iamsweetseptember

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Q: What's your favourite illustrated book??
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There's something about white books, so so so pretty, sparkling and precious......yet so dangerous.

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I am, however, the type of person who could be wearing an all white outfit stood in the middle of a room not moving and still get dirty....this is why I can't have nice things.

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Day 19:

White books #imperfectlyperfectsept18

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Out of these six books I've only read one or them!!Can you guess which one??

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Aaaand just like that I'm back home, my trip to London was over in a blink of an eye. I had the best time seeing Mamma Mia!! So much singing and dancing at the end. 

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Day 14:

Funko Friday #fangirlinginseptember

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I'll definitely be having a chilled weekend, hoping I can pop down to the beach tomorrow to check out a light installation hosted by locals from my town

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Who's got plans for the week??

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Question, do I need multiple copies of the same book?? Probably not.

Am I completelty obsessed with these editions?? Heck yes!!

Did I buy mum two books in these designs just as an excuse to have there?? No comment. 

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Guys you don't understand how beautiful these are, even the feel of them!!

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Day 12:

Book spine beauty #iamsweetseptember

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So excited, I'm off to London tomorrow after work to go an see Mumma Mia!!!

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Aaaaaand the weekend is upon us, just one more early start and come 1 o'clock I get to veg out, any weekend plans??

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Day 7:

▪️Chapter headings #iamsweetseptember

▪️Book & coffee (in my case tea) #fangirlinginseptember

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Hands down this is my favourite cuppa!! Whilst away in the Cotswolds I may or may not have insisted we take a trip out to Bath just so I could get my hands on this amazing Juicy raspberry blend.

 

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I've decided to get back into challenges again!! I've been meaning to do this for ages, but kinda lacked motivation. I'm terrible what can I say....

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Day5:

  • Book you want to reread #bookscoasttocoastsept
  • 5 star reads #readwithusseptember

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Can you believe I read these books back in 2012?! I knew it was a while ago but blimey. These books were so unlike anything I had read the time, and I've bee thinking a lot that I want to revisit them.

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It's hard to sum up these, but crazy is a good word. Bleeding Violet centers around Violet enter the crazy world of Portero and A slice of cherry follows sisters who live in said crazy down. They're daughters of a serial killer and they're not the full ticket either....oh and there is all sorts of weirdness lurking in the town. I told you not easy.

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What book do you want to reread??

 

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"I believe I met a girl in the rain, who had lost her mother's earrings. And I killed her. Now I stand here in a time I know nothing about. I watched the death of kings far greater than any man living now. And I am still here."
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I'm starting to lose my sense of time again. June and July became one short month and for the last two weeks I've been sure it's September, that's how long we've been in August!!
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I somehow managed to finish this book in three days which is unheard of. It's a huge achievement for me, between work, going to the gym and needing a mid afternoon nap to keep me going
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Origin  - Dan Brown

 

“Remember death. Even for those who wield great power, life is brief. There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces. We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully.”

 

When you pick up a Dan Brown Robert Langdon book you know what you're in for. For me this book was a little different, the theme of this book is religion and science. Where do we come from and where are we going??

 

The previous books have a very standard formula to them, following clues and breadcrumbs to either save someone or mankind itself. This book is a little different, it reminded me more of Da Vinci Code. In Origin, Robert and his companion Ambra Vidal must race across Barcelona to find a password to ensure that the worlds greatest discovery see's the light of day.

 

There is much less code deciphering than we're used to, and I don't think that is a bad thing, instead they're trying to find a password hidden in a book that could be literally anything. For me it made a slight changes, and I liked it. This book has a much more modern feel, even though still grounded in the rich historical background of Spanish art, religion and royal family. The previous books are more classical art orientated, it makes a nice change.

 

Everything else you come to expect is still there, the fast paced writing, short chapters, multiple POVs, drip fed information, historical facts and art. For me, this is the ultimate guilty pleasure read. I kept flip flopping with the rating, I can easily settled on 4.5 but for the pure enjoyment and excitement I have to bump it up to a 5. 

 

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