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Here you leave today 

And enter the world
Of yesterday, tomorrow
And fantasy. 

Currently reading

The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis
Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Jacob Grimm
Progress: 439/844 pages
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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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"She bade us remember that it was cowardice to succumb to the greatest misfortunes, and that with time and courage there was no evil that could not be remedied"

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I've officially given up hope that the good weather will return again, its just grey grey grey. 

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I currently about half way through Dan Browns Origin and I'm loving every second, I'm finding hard to come off my lunch break. 

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My two latest buys, do you know how excited I am to finally have my hands on Origins!! I bought it for my dad in hardback for Christmas and was very tempted to keep hold till I had read it first, but I was a good daughter. Plus Waterstones had it half price!!

 

So I've never read any of Cassandra Clares books.....honestly I don't know why, they've neem on my TBR list since the list began. I am kinda glad I waited thought seeing as I stumbled across this gorgeous cover set. 

 

 

 

 

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Infinite Days  - Rebecca Maizel Oz, the Complete Collection: Dorothy & the Wizard in Oz; The Road to Oz; The Emerald City of Oz Volume 3 - L. F. Baum The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

 

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The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

 

I stood on the edge of that abyss between man and beast and played my harp for you, checking each note, one by one, to see if it would reach you.

 

The Beast Player is the story of Elin and her bond with Beasts. For years the law between man and Beasts is simple, they will never be loyal to us, they will never be tamed, they will always be wild.

 

This book went completely in a different direction to where I thought it would go, I expected the typical political/royal secrets thing. Elin to be the girl that breaks all the rules and cause it all to come tumbling down. And this book kind of is that, but it's so much more.

 

After Elin's mum is murdered by her she is raised by a kind stranger. Before she dies her mother tells her never to control the Beasts as it's a grave sin, years later Elin finds herself in a sanctuary for Royal Beasts and question everything that her mother said and how Beasts are reared in captivity.

 

This book focuses on Elin's bond with the Beasts and the bonds she makes whilst growing which makes a welcome change to what this book could have been if it was more like the current YA books around. This is truly a beautiful book and would really recommend reading it.

 

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The Fellowship of the Ring  - J.R.R. Tolkien The Beauty and the Beast - Minalima Ltd., Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, James Robinson Planché