Hello beautiful people!
So … what happened to July?! Seriously, I don’t even KNOW how this month flew by. Part of me is excited since that means fall is closer … but I’m also not an advocate of wishing time away. Ah well, hopefully August doesn’t fly on by!
Thought I’d try something new and post my Instagram images … because, why not?
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Mini #bookreview : Matilda by Roald Dahl . ⭐⭐⭐ . "So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into tje world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone." . I finally completed my first of five books for @the.book.junkie.trials ! I'm so glad I picked this, since it felt like I was reading a book for the first time again. Full of childlike wonder and magic, Dahl's 'Matilda' is a powerful story showing the importance of believing in yourself and others. . Pros 💐 Resonates with book lovers on an authentic and relatable level, truly depicting book lovers. 💐 Dahl's novel addresses the importance of education and child empowerment. 💐 The story telling narrative style is compelling and engaging, making the experience more personable. 💐 Dahl tactfully addresses real issues, such as bullying and child neglect. 💐 Satisying feeling of actions have consequences. . Woes 💐 Educators and parents may need to prepare to explain a number of confusing words and phrases. 💐 Due to the amount of twists spontaneously appearing, the story felt VERY rushed. 💐 There are WAY too many "good" vs "bad" character aesthetic stereotypes. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . www.bookmarkyourthoughts.blog . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #bookdragon #instaread #book #bookaddict #bookworm #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reader #bookish #reading #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #amreading #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #childrensbooks #roalddahl #classicliterature
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Mini #bookreview : Nocturnal by @wilderpoetry . ⭐⭐⭐⭐ . "you loved me quietly, like footprints in the snow. (you were there and i wasn't expecting you.)" . As a lover of poetry, I had to get my hands on Nocturnal. This free verse style collection of poetry captivates you with every word, drawing upon themes of love and loss and self exploration through the use of the written word and nature symbolism. . As poetry is subjective in nature, this review will focus more on relatability and the flow of the collection. Again, this is my reading experience, which may differ from your own. . Pros 🌙 The structure of the poems, the title of the novel and the design of the collection is not only stunning but relatable to the poems within its pages. 🌙 The poems are very relatable, diving into a multitude of themes: loss, love, toxic relationships, self love and more. 🌙 Not only is it a fun poetry style, but Wilder Poetry accurately reflects 'free verse' style. . Woe 🌙 There are times when I had difficulty identifying when a poem ended and a new one began. 🌙 Though all beautiful themes, I found theme scattered rather than carefully flowing from one theme to the next. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . www.bookmarkyourthoughts.blog . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #bookdragon #instaread #book #bookaddict #bookworm #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reader #bookish #reading #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #amreading #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #mybookfeatures #poetry
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Mini #bookreview : Prince Charming (1) by Rachel Hawkins . ⭐⭐⭐ . "…all that matters is the truth as you know it, and as the ones who love you know it." . Book two of five complete in the @the.book.junkie.trials. Overall, made me laugh super hard and smile until the very end. . Pros 💐 Hawkins’ young adult novel’s a light and fast-paced read full of INCREDIBLE amounts hilarious dialogue and SUPER CHEESY (yet you love it) moments! 💐 Contrary to my thoughts going into this novel, Prince Charming is NOT an insta-love or love triangle story … EUREKA! 💐 Daisy, our quirky and witty main character, is an epic MC. She’s an adorable and witty nerd who's sarcastic yet charming, enjoys "geek con" festivities and is an independent thinker. 💐 There’s a lot of attention to family and understanding explored. . Woe 💐 There's a lack of research done regarding Scotland! The “medical bill” references, character names, clothing worn at ceremonies and parties — the lack of research made the novel feel less authentic. 💐 The pacing was WAY off. Everything felt SO RUSHED! Once I started getting into one part of the story, I was SWEPT off to the next! It felt as though I was reading a screenplay at points rather than a novel simply. 💐 Due to the pacing, the development between Daisy and “he who shall not be named” felt incredibly unrealistic and lack-luster. There's little interaction and development of these two, which is a shame since I do love them together. . Have a wonderful day and happy reading! . Full review on my blog. Link in bio. . www.bookmarkyourthoughts.blog . #books #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #bookobsessed #bookdragon #instaread #book #bookaddict #bookworm #bookcommunity #read #booknerd #readersofinstagram #reader #bookish #reading #bookphotography #blogger #bookblogger #bloggers #booklover #amreading #bookaholic #bookaesthetic #bookishfeature #mybookfeatures #romance #yabooks #yareads
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Synopsis: “Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!”
Prince Charming (Royals, #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Synopsis: “Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond […]”
I didn’t have AS much time to explore all of your lovely posts, but these are a few of MANY beautiful posts that spoke to me in July!
Truffle’s Literary Wonders || The Art of Blog Monetisation: Making Money From Blogging, Affiliate Links & More
Drizzle & Hurricane Books || My top 10 dream libraries around the world
Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews || Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
Reader Voracious || Paid WordPress versus Self Hosted: What I wish the guides told me
Literature and Sunshine || The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – By Mackenzi Lee
Inside My Library Mind || Reacting To Negative Reviews of Books I Love Volume 4
Number of books requested: 1
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
STILL AHEAD OF THE GAME, MY PEOPLE! MUAH HA HA HA HA!
Last month (I think), I announced how I was starting Down the TBR Hole and WWW Wednesday posts. However, I’m not really a fan of the latter … I just find it a lot of work to do the post but don’t find a use for it for me. But I AM sticking with Down the TBR Hole posts … those are a necessity! I WILL try to do them weekly, but I’m not going to make a schedule … that stuff just stresses me OUT!
I’ve also started taking more Bullet Journal requests! Alex @ Whimsy Pages suggested I do a Harry Potter theme for the N.E.W.T. reading challenge in August … and voila! It was a lot of fun. A NUMBER of people asked if I would be open to more theme based layouts, which I’m TOTALLY down for. Honestly, my go-to is floral. But if ANY of you have requests, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Don’t be shy!
Okay … real talk. I decided to participate in The Book Junkie Trials … and failed. UGH! Yes … a post WILL be coming out later this week about that. I finished 3 of 5 books. I honestly had NO time in July. Part of me wasn’t going to post about it, but I think it’s important to showcase that we don’t always finish challenges … and that’s okay! I love the challenge, but it’s A LOT! From having to post Twitter things and the micro challenges, I got REALLY overwhelmed. I URGE you all to try it, but I don’t think I will participate next year. You TOTALLY should, but my anxiety levels can’t handle it ha-ha!
Second last thing is that I’m participating in the NE.W.T.s reading challenge in August … SO EXCITED! This was is just straightforward reading, so I’m not as anxious. And the challenge allows me to participate in the following buddy reads AND read-a-long:
- Charlotte Holmes book series buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess
- Kings of the Wyld buddy read with Chaz @ Life of Chaz
- Fight Club read-a-long hosted by Zuky @ BookBum
- Check out her Instagram post for more details
Lastly, I added a “memberships, badges and rep codes” page to make things easier. I also plan to add a “book tag” list later in August, where I list ALL the book tags I’ve come across in case you’re in need of one. If you have suggestions, send me an email!
Well, I may disappear for about a week. I’m visiting my family so I won’t be as active on social media. As of July, it’s been great! I’ve been spending more time with my friends, finding fun places to blog and chill, saw Toy Story 4 (loved it but cried … what a shocker) and celebrated two of my close friends getting married … on the hottest day of the year … but that’s okay! That’s what open bar is for! Honestly though, it’s been a lovely July … so here’s to August!