An Anniversary in Books

 

 

So you’ve all heard me gush about my husband plenty of times, well, this is just another one of those times, but again, it will also involve books.

On Saturday was our two year wedding anniversary, and this time we didn’t exchange books but we did start out with books and always constantly gift each other books when we do have the chance haha.

You see…

Dun dun dun, my husband proposed to me by putting a ring at the back of ‘The Little Prince’ he knew it’s one of my favorite books and decided it was the perfect thing to use in proposing to me, on my birthday.

We then later went out to my local comic con, where I used my birthday money to have Billy Piper sign my Dr Who book, and for nearly every holiday afterwards we’ve gifted each other books.

It’s not because we love books more than other people, or that we’re a better couple because we enjoy books, it’s just because we use books to connect. Everyone connects differently and we all have books, movies, songs, something that when we love it a lot we want to share it with the people we love.

Sure we share music with each other, and movies too, but those are things we regularly partake in together, so having something like books where we both have a very set and different style, it’s really fun. I get to know more about my husband and be surprised by my husband with each book I get him or find out he wants/has read at some point.

And I think he feels the same.

We started with books, and I hope that we’ll continue to share in them together. Blogging has also connected me to other people through books, and it’s another way for me to share and love books, and it’s fantastic.

I think there’s nothing better than being able to share things you love, and to have people in my life that I can send a book to, that I can talk about books with, in my home and outside of it, well it makes me really lucky.

Is there someone you connect with, with books or anything else?

I hope to hear from you all in the comments.

Reader Voracious: Bookish Readers Choice 2019

 

Heyyyy so, nominations are open. Kal is amazing and has gotten down so many awesome categories and let’s face it…these nominations are pretty much needed.

Why?

Well, I love GR, seriously, I think it’s something I use daily and really enjoy using it but there were som failings, to say the least, with the voting for the Readers Choice Awards. I’m pretty sure all the books were super hyped and popular already, all well known authors practically, and a bit disappointing especially with the YA choices. There were so many amazing and diverse books to come out this year and they kinda seemed to have been ignored, I don’t want to sound preach-y but why were there pretty much just white writers for the nominations?

Yes, those books were good, no denying it, but, so were the others I read such as ‘Kingdom of Souls,’ ‘Girls of Storm and Shadow,’ ‘Descendant of the Crane,’ you following me here?

I just wanted to see more books, so, Kal has been the hero we all needed and allowed us to have more of a say in our reader choice awards.

 

Remember, these are open until November 30, and you have a chance to put the books down that you want, not just choose from a list. And you can fill out all of it or just the parts you feel like, it’s up to you but you’re actually given choices and it’s awesome.

So, go look at this really helpful and informative post if you’re wanting to do this and go forth and have your voice heard!

I went crazy with it myself lol.

No We Don’t Do It For The Free Books

 

Hey guys, here to spill some tea on this sunny and freakin’ freezing Friday morning.

So, no one has complained about this, it’s not like people have been throwing this accusation in my face, but it’s something I feel like talking about today because we do know people say this:

‘Book blogging means free books’

Yes. It does. But, when people say you do it for the free books, accuse us of being cheap, and so much more, it makes me super annoyed to the point where I feel like I’m in an anime.

 

So now let me roll out my rant.

There is no specific cost to being a book blogger, yes some spend more than others, yes some of use free wordpress, some of us have our own domains and self host, there’s so much variation but we tend to have one thing in common.

We love books.

Oh and another thing we have in common.

We are dedicated.

Book blogging is time consuming. There’s no lack of posts explaining just how time consuming it is either. We don’t just write posts, we think of content we revamp our sites, we do social media to some extent, and not only that but we read books, obviously.

Oh the eARCs/ARCs are free, but we also give our time for free.

Yea, I was very excited to start getting free books, I won’t lie, NetGalley is like a dangerous place for me to go because of that, but, do you know what else? I still buy books. And even if I didn’t, I write these posts and promote these books with everything I have. Sure, some of us are not as well known as others but we’re all here trying our best, FOR FREE to promote.

And it’s not the publishers and authors that accuse [not all the time or most of the time anyway lol] us of doing this for the free books, it’s people who don’t realize the effort we put in.

I’m sitting here, my house in disarray and you know what? It’s gonna stay that way because I’ve made commitments and yes sometimes we take a while to get to some of the books, and yes we will write negative reviews, but we always try.

There are graphics, twitter chat threads, bookstagram reviews, goodreads and amazon review write ups, and I sometimes get in over my head, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’m also lucky enough to be in the position to buy a physical/final copy of eARC/ARC books I really enjoy. And since book blogging I definitely buy more books in my case, and I do book subscription boxes sometimes, and guess what, you don’t need to do any of that to bookblog, and if you ‘just’ review free books, that’s just as important and valid.

We do it for a love of reading, a love of books, to support authors, and if we get some free books for it, that’s no one’s place to judge.

Probably the people that need to read this won’t, but still, I’m here for my fellow book bloggers and saying, read that free book, review to your heart’s content, and keep being awesome.

Book Ending Autumn – 13 Days of Halloween

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Day 2 of my day of hosting is a tip of my hat to the ol’ 13 Days of Halloween on ABC Family.

Now you’re welcome to pick strictly 13 Movies you think fit the festivity of Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain/Day of the Dead. But I’m going to be giving a mix of movies and books.

 

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Movie
Hocus Pocus

There was no way this wasn’t making the list lol.

 

 

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Book & Movie

Dracula

Dracula is a fave book of mine, and the classic book may not be for everyone but we’re lucky enough to have sooo many different movie adaptations.

For today I’m going to go with my old fave

The 1992 film with Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman, I love it for all its cult-loveableness! I also enjoy the older versions and newer versions, and yes, even Dracula 2000.

 

 

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Book & Movie

The Halloween Tree

I loved the movie and watch it every year, a couple of years ago my husband bought me the book, and I loved it too, so now, I just immerse myself in the goodness of Ray Bradbury, in his book and the film, which, he narrates!

 

 

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Movie

Army of Darkness

Thanks to a friend who also wrote an awesome book which I reviewed and then interviewed her…but you know, I digress, I also watched Army of Darkness and kinda pretty much fell in love with the movie. It cracks me up and it’s perfect for this spooky season.

 

 

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Book & Movie

Frankenstein

So, another classic horror movie I love but the movie …well it’s actually Young Frankenstein. I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH and I watch it every year. And the book was definitely worth a read…or three for me.

 

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Book & Movie

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

So, this isn’t a book on its own but it’s in Irving’s collection of essays and stories titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. I grew up watching the Disney cartoon version of this, but, of course, I love the Tim Burton version too!

 

 

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Movie

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Lololol like my spooky loving ass wasn’t putting this movie on here, this whole list was almost a homage to Burton.

 

 

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Movie

The Addams Family

This family is just ‘goals’ to me lol, and I love the original movie so much…there are so many movies I want to write but I’m trying to be more bookish, let’s see how this goes lol.

 

 

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Book

Hallowe’en Party

Christie is the queen of mystery so most of her books are a good choice to read for this festive season if you ask me, but, I think this one is especially appropriate! And it does have a bit of a small difference in it with its victim that sets it apart from the rest of her books!

 

 

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Book

The Best of Richard Matheson

This man was a brilliant scary story-teller, he wrote for Twilight Zone and also is known for writing I Am Legend. This collection of short stories was so much fun to read and definitely perfect for 13 Days of Halloween.

 

 

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Movie

Beetlejuice

I know, I’m sorry, totally predictable but it’s tradition.

 

 

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Book & Movie

The Witches

This book by Roald Dahl was a favorite growing up, and I may have been disillusioned by the author himself, but I am still glad I read it as a child…before I knew lol. Also, the film was super entertaining to watch as a kid.

 

 

 

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Book & Movie

Interview With The Vampire

Another where I love both the book and its movie adaptation! I mean it’s no cinematic masterpiece but it’s still something I enjoy watching ❤

 

 

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Movie

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

I love this movie, judge away lol, mini and I watch it when we carve pumpkins and after we trick or treat on Halloween.

 

Once more please feel free to use my graphics, and I can’t wait to hear what you all have on your 13 Days of Halloween lists!

BE Autumn -Study Group

Thanks to Meeghan for a really fun prompt, as she is today’s host for BE Autumn! The Featured Graphic is also by her!!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt Explanation: Fall is back to school and you need to organise a study group. Pick eight characters and discuss which subjects they bring their expertise to. (Note: You can pick any subjects, or number of subjects, you just need to tell us why each of the characters!)

 

Subject: Math
Character: Henri
Book: Angel Mage

This boy can almost sense if one coin has gone missing from a pile, not to mention just a glance at the pile and he’ll tell you how many are there and how many are missing if any. I need this in my life to help with math lol.

 

Subject: P.E./Gym
Character: Nona Grey
Book: Red Sister

I mean honestly….how could I not choose this mad skilled woman?? Nona is a boss when it comes to physical exertion and endurance, definitely need her help as just the thought of running makes me want to nap.

 

Subject: Computers/Tech
Character: Noam Álvaro
Book: The Fever King

He knows what to do with computers even before he becomes fever struck and able to have tech-amazing powers! So, good, he can help me pass this class for sure lol.

 

Subject: History
Character: Anne Lawrence
Book: The Necromancer’s Bride

Considering Anne is immortal, I feel she’ll have a lot to offer in a history study group. Do I need to stress the fact she’s immortal, lol?

 

Subject: Biology
Character: Lottie
Book: The Art of Taxidermy

Lottie’s fascination with dead things is pretty useful, she has dreams of being a taxidermist which means she’ snot squirmish with dissections…unlike me who forgot to turn in hw and refused to dissect a baby pig or turtle for extra credit to pass…so…I took the second half of biology again lol.

 

Subject: English
Character: Ken Z
Book: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart

Ken is a devout lover of Oscar Wilde and has a knack for words, so I think he would be super fun to study with!

 

Subject: Fashion
Character: Maia Tamarin
Book: Spin the Dawn

I didn’t take fashion nor am I sure if it was offered in my HS, but I know it was offered at the school where I worked as a sub! So, here we go, Maia is perfect for this!


[This Child is adorable]

 

Subject: Lunch
Character: Ron Weasley
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

…hey look, most of my subjects were music-based or I don’t really care about them, so, I’m picking lunch, damn it. And who better to join me than Ron Weasley? He and I would be the perfect eating duo.

 

Well, those are my subjects and characters, what about you all?

BEAutumn – Spell List

 

Hey everyone! Today’s BE Autumn prompt and featured image come to you from the awesome Lauren @ Northern Plunder. You can check out her cool spell list by clicking on her link!

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt:

My second day hosting a prompt for #BEAutumn2019 brings you Spell List, also it’s my 4th post of Blogtober!

So what can you expect from today’s prompt? It’s time for you to get creative and share your spells! We’re all familiar with Book Spine Poetry by now. No? Stack up your books in an order that allows the titles to create a poem.

For this prompt we’re using horror or Halloween themed books (if possible) to line up and create Book Spine Spells!

So! Now, let’s get started! I’m so excited to see what poetry I can come up with.

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War Girls, We Hunt the Flame, Impossible Causes
The Girl in the Tower, Doing Time”

 

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The Deathless Girls, The White Light of Tomorrow
The Sea without a Shore”

 

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….Damn it, didn’t realize this one was blurry until I stuck it on here, well, pfffft. It’s staying.

Dark Shores, White Lies
The Secrets we Kept”

Are you all doing this? It was so much fun!!! I wish I had done this before!

Tag Time: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Thank you Jamsu for tagging me!

I am a pretty big Buffy fan so this made my day lol

Buffy: A Character Who Lives A Double Life

June from Marie Lu’s Legend books. Is she on the side of the Republic? The Patriots? The Colonies? Haha I mean I know but still, watching her try and navigate as a double agent is awesome and so much fun.

Willow: A Badass Witch
A Badass Witch…I mean does Ead count? I mean she gets accused of it so we’re going with it, I love Ead from The Priory of The Orange Tree.
Xander: A Character who Just Provides Comic Relief

Altair from We Hunt The Flame gives me absolute life and makes me chuckle so much. I’m actually pretty hard to make laugh while reading a book but Altair’s hilarious.

Dawn: Favorite Sibling Relationship
Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter. I adored their twin relationship…pardon me while I go sob in a corner now.
Angel: An Extremely Broody Character

Alec Lightwood…I mean he grows out of it, eventually, but he was a broody little shit at times.

Cordelia: A Character Who Undergoes Major Growth

Hesina from Descendant of the Crane. She starts out as a seeker of truth, but she comes to realize sometimes the truth is more than we can handle.

Spike: A Character With A Redemption Arc

Balthazar from Bad Breed The Necromancer’s Bride/ Gaslamp Gothic series. I cannot think of a character more deserving of this atm, and he’s pretty great.

Giles: A Parental Figure

Oshe from Kingdom of Souls was such a breath of fresh air, a supportive father who loved his. daughter and had no reservations on showing affection. More of this, please?

Faith: A Character With Questionable Alliances

Draco Malfoy, I mean, let’s be real, I question even his choice in goons.

Tara: A book With LGBTQIA Romance

The Veiled Threat, a kickass female Elven Pirate Captain and a pretty awesome Princess. Need I say more?

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