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Meraki Candles Haul: Part 2

I had to do another order when Meraki Candles put up a buy one get one half price offer and it  included a candle I really wanted that had sold out, Draco (Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter who also happens to be one of my favourite characters!). I also picked up Reading by the Fireside which I’m really looking forward to lighting during Christmas.

Draco is described as smelling of chocolate and peppermint while Reading by the fire is described as smelling of white chocolate cookies.

I was really excited to try the Draco candle and I’m so happy with how it smells in real life. I’m a huge fan of mint chocolate and this smells heavenly! Reading by the fire is one I am looking forward to burning while literally reading by the fire. It smells sweet and reminds me of when I bake cookies. I’m very happy with both of these!

I will be burning these over the holidays so keep an eye out on my instagram for posts about how well they burn. I’m really excited!

I’m pretty obsessed with bookish merchandise in case you couldn’t tell! What are some of your favourite types of bookish merch that you’ve bought or even have in your wishlist?

I also love mugs, bookmarks and Funko Pops!

 

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Forbidden Planet Dublin Haul!

I was up in Dublin recently and of course had to make my stop at Forbidden Planet. They’ve had a lot of work done to the store and it’s looking great! Highly recommend that you check it out if haven’t!

I love going to comic book stores! I don’t get the chance to do it as often as I’d like since I live primarily in the South and we really don’t have any (Cork does but Tipperary and Limerick are where I am and we don’t). I also much prefer buying comics and merchandise when I can in comic book stores over book stores when I can afford to. My favourite stores that I’ve been to so far are Forbidden Planet in Dublin (the Belfast store wasn’t quite the same) and of course The Big Bang in Dundrum. I do really need to make another visit there at some point. They are so lovely and if I lived in Dublin I would go so often.

On with the haul!

I do like picking up manga when I’m in Forbidden Planet since they do a 3 for 2 all year round making it just as cheap as when I order online. I collect a lot of manga so I’m always happy to get it at a cheaper price.

The volumes that I picked up were Honey so Sweet volume 7 and 8 along with a new Black Butler volume (24). I was so happy to see Honey so Sweet as it finished just about 2 months ago in English at 8 volumes. It’s such a cute and adorable series. It’s also so nice to buy a series that doesn’t go on and on (looking at you forever Naruto). Funnily enough I posted about this on twitter recently and got given out to for mentioning it finished at that volume, even though it’s been finished in Japan for about 2 years now!

The art was one of the main reasons I picked up this series in the first place. It’s one I really recommend and I can’t wait to finish reading this over the holidays!

I picked up volume 24 of Black Butler too, a series I need to catch up on reading soon. I adore this manga though. The art is so beautiful (can you tell I’m a sucker for art?) and the story line changes up keeping it interesting with different arcs. I do recommend you check this out and the anime is quite good. The Atlantic arc just came out as a movie and I loved it!

I was so excited when I found this next item! Funko released a new wave of Disney Princess pops and finally released a new Aurora! (Still want a Briar Rose one!). I missed out on the original (and still regret not picking it up when I randomly found her in a store in Dublin) and she costs too much second hand so I was delighted when Funko brought out a new one! I’m just hoping I can find the chase version of her in the blue dress as she’s mostly marketed in the pink. They’ve also released a Merida, Snow White and Mulan in this line. I’m really hoping to get Snow White at some point!

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Book Mail!

I just got a 10 per cent discount from the book depository and I was overdue in getting the new volume of Food Wars so here we are!

I picked up a couple of new books that I wanted to read!

Food Wars is one of my favourite manga series and I’m so excited that the anime is back with a new season! I tend to wait for the new volume to go down in price before I buy it and I also had a 10 per cent discount so I had to get it! I’m really hyped to see where this series is going. I so wish the English volumes didn’t take so long to come out!

Honey So Sweet 5 and 6 were the next volumes I added to my order. I’m so in love with this series, the art and the story are so adorable! I really do recommend this if you love shoujo manga as much as I do! There are only 2 more volumes left in the series after this and I’m hoping to get them sometime soon. It’s nice to be able to complete a series!

My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is a comic that I’ve heard really good things about. I’ve been trying to expand my comic collection with more titles and stuff other than just superheroes recently. I’m really looking forward to reading this!

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Book Haul!

So I’ve noticed when catching up with posts there are some books that I got recently that I never blogged about! So here’s a random mash of books that I bought that I really want to share! I’m also hoping to do a mini haul once Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card volume 1 comes out!

 

On with the books!

The first book that I’m going to mention first is Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas! I’m a huge fan of her and the Throne of Glass books so I’m really excited for this! This is technically a novella of sorts with the POV being Chaols. I really liked his character and I’m hoping to reread Throne of Glass over the holidays during some sort of readathon as I’m behind in the series. I never finished Heir of Fire and I do own Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms so it’s time to marathon them. Especially with the last book of this series coming out at the start of next year. Isn’t the cover so beautiful though? I even saw the hardback version while I was in Limerick and it was even more stunning but a bit too pricey, especially for a book I already had!

I’ve been wanting to get more into comics so I also recently picked up more volumes from the DC Rebirth range! I got the first volumes of The Flash and Batman. I’m really excited to give this  a read! I’m a huge fan of superhero comics and I’ve been reading some of the Rebirth series through single issues. I’d love more recommendations by the way! I’m hoping to get more from the DC Rebirth series. I have some of the Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad single issues, and I regularly get Batgirl and Batgirl and the birds of prey monthly!

One of my most anticipated reads from DC Rebirth though is the next on my haul here! I bought the first issue digitally to see how I’d like it and I loved it! I actually bought this through the comic book store I get my single issues from! Super Sons is such a fun read and I love how the sons of Batman and Superman interact with each other.

I’m super excited for this next title! John Green recently released a new book and even if I wasn’t interested in the story I couldn’t pass it up for the cover alone. Yes I do judge books by their cover! It’s so beautiful and I’ve heard really good things about the story too. I’m building up a rather large tbr for Christmas.

The next title had some mixed reviews and I can understand that being from a youtuber can do that. I mostly bought it as it sounded like a cute read and the cover was so damn cute. I do have a problem with cute covers clearly! Even if I don’t like this I got some cute photos out of it! I will be posting a review once I read this just due to the mixed reviews I’m interested in seeing how I’ll like it. I think it might end up being a title that I would have loved as a teenager though!

 

That’s it for right now! I plan on blogging a lot more during the holidays so if there’s anything you’d like to see more of let me know! Or if there’s posts I haven’t done and you’re interested in them leave some suggestions below! Thanks!

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Meraki Candles Haul: Part 1

I finally decided to buy some bookish candles! I see these pop up on Instagram quite a lot and love how they look in photos. A lot of these companies are actually American but I came across Meraki Candles on etsy and they ship from Scotland. I had to buy some. I had these shipped to my addresspal (kinda like a PO box) but I think with the wait time I may just ship them to my actual Irish address in the future.

The candles that I bought were Chaol and The Burrow. Chaol being one of my favourite characters from the Throne of Glass books and The Burrow being the home of the Weasly family from Harry Potter.

Chaol is described as smelling of books and hazelnut coffee while The Burrow smells of Banana nut bread. They both smell amazing. I’m not very good at describing scents but they both are exactly what they offer. Chaol reminds me of being in a coffee shop with a good book and The Burrow smells exactly like freshly baked banana bread. I’m so excited to burn them over the holidays. Especially as I have a lot of reading I want to do and these will be perfect to burn in the background. I would so recommend these candles. Keep an eye out on instagram for when I burn them and I will let you know how they compare then!

I also included some bookish photos I took including the candles below!

Are bookish candles something you like? I’d love to know if you’ve tried them before!

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Book Mail!

I recently did a book order online once I realised that new manga had come out! Hoping to do another one soon as Food Wars volume 20 is out and I do need it!

Book mail is one of my favourite types of mail, in case you couldn’t tell from my instagram. It reminds me of being a kid and ordering books from school. We used to get this small catalogue that we could buy books from and they would arrive in school. I remember how excited I got when the huge box would arrive and I knew that I had books in it! So thanks to my mom for letting me buy way too many. We never had that much money but I’m always grateful to her for supporting my reading habit!

Princess Jellyfish was a fantastic anime,I really do recommend it if you haven’t seen it. And I’m so happy that Kodansha not only printed it in English but recently announced that they will be doing the whole series! The manga recently finished in Japan so it will be fully printed in English early next year! They also recently announced they are doing a print version of Tokyo Tararba Girls! They have a kindle version and I’m loving the live action tv show so I’m super happy that I can get it in print version!

It’s by the same author of Princess Jellyfish btw!

I also picked up this comic memoir called Spinning. It’s about a time in the authors life when she used to ice skate and when she discovered she was gay. It was a really good read! I read it pretty much straight away. The art is really good and works really well with the storyline. It’s sad in parts for sure but you really feel something while reading it. As someone who still is unsure about her sexuality it was interesting to read from a perspective of someone who seems more sure.

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Boruto is a really fun series! I really enjoyed the movie and I’m currently watching the anime on crunchyroll. As someone who spent about 10 years collecting Naruto (yes I own 72 volumes of that) it’s so weird still to see a series out about his son. It makes me feel old and oddly proud. This is volume 2 of hopefully not another 72 volumes!

And finally for this haul the newest volume of Kimi ni Todoke! This is volume 27! I really liked the anime and love the manga so far. I do need to catch up a little bit but I had to get the newest volume. Am I the only one who feels oddly satisfied when you are up to date on a series? It’s such a cute story and I highly recommend checking out either the anime or manga if you can!

 

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Any recent book mail that you’ve received? Or are there any books coming out soon that you are excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book-Tube-a-Thon 2017/Biannual Bibliothon

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I’m really excited to be taking part in another year of Book-tube-a-thon. They just announced the challenges so it’s time to come up with another TBR! I’ve also done a very small haul from the book depository which will feature in my tbr! And I’ll also be taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon too which also has some challenges! That starts a day before Book-Tube-a-Thon!

First up are the challenges!

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover (Honey so Sweet vol 1 and 2)
  2. Read a hyped book (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  3. Finish a book in one day (Honey so sweet)
  4. Read about a character very different from you (Night Circus)
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover (In Real Life)
  7. Read 7 books

You can merge up to two challenges but no more than that. My goal is to read at least 7 books but I’m including more than that in my tbr to give me some more options. There are some of these books that are new and some that have been sitting on my tbr for way too long! I’m going to start with books that I know I will 100 per cent read and then add some at the end that I’d like to get to if I have the time.

One of the first books that I’ve picked for this can work for more than one challenge and I’m using it for the first one. It’s also part of my mini haul! It’s the first two volumes of Honey so Sweet. I fell in love with the cover and as a person who’s very into cute manga with cute female characters I had to get it. I picked up the first two volumes as I tend to get through manga really quickly.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what this series is like and it’ll count towards my manga reading challenge for this year.

One book that I’m really looking forward to reading is The Court of Thorns and Roses (I’ll also be reading the two other books in the series!). I’ve had this book on my tbr for ages and I kept putting it off waiting for the others to come out. It’s a bad habit! But now that I have the first three books (which I’ve heard work together as a trilogy) I’ve decided to finally just do it and read them!

I also finally bought the graphic novel In Real Life and used the Book-Tube-a-Thon discount on this! The art is super cute and it’s been on my tbr for so long!

Two of the books on this list are anthologies, and contain a mix of written stories and comics. The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and So Pretty/Very Rotten are these books.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a mix of stories (prose, comics and illustrated stories) written by women who love geek culture. They are all true stories and reflect the lives and loves of the women who wrote them. It was released on Kickstarter and then published by Dark Horse Comics later.

So Pretty/Very Rotten is a book of prose and comics written by and about Lolita Fashion from Japan. A friend of mine bought this herself and when I saw her mention it in a group chat I had to get it! One of the authors in this wrote one of my favourite books that also starred a Lolita (Kamikaze Girls). I’m really excited to delve into this!

I’ve included Princess Jellyfish as it’s the newest volume and a series that I love! I’ve also just found out that it will be finishing up in Japanese this year so I’m excited to hopefully get the finished collection once it’s translated and published in English!

Night Circus is another book that has been sitting on my tbr pile for way too long so I decided to finally pick it up and it fills the character that is different from you challenge. I was unsure about this challenge but really since their is magic involved she is quite different from me!

Jenny Colgan writes the cutest romance books! I loved her Cupcake Cafe series and I’m excited to give this one a try!

And finally (for now) I have the first two volumes of The Girl from the Other Side, a manga with influences from my own culture( I’m Irish) and from our myths. I’m really excited about these as I love manga and seeing my own culture reflected in that is really cool!

There are a couple of challenges that I’ll also be taking part in for Biannual Bibliothon !

They have a book for the first challenge picked so I wasn’t able to do that one but here are the rest of the challenges!

 

2. Read a fave genre of one of the hosts

3. Book to movie adaptation (read and watch)

I decided to pick Wolf Children for this as I have both the book and the movie on dvd!

4. Read a book you’ve heard about through the book community

I’m using one of my books from above for this! A Court of Thorns and Roses. I saw this a lot on booktube and in the book community in general so I’m excited to finally get to it. I’ve read and loved Throne of Glass.

5. Throwback (An older challenge from a previous year)

I decided to go with a challenge from Summer of last year which was read a book that you’ve been putting off reading. Which I’ll be using Night Circus for! It’s been on my tbr for too long now!

The last two challenges I’m unsure about so will have to come back to later on in the week! I’m considering rereading Harry Potter or Eleanor and Park or even Animal Farm but I’ll see! I also haven’t got many LGBTQA+ books which is insane! I’ve read them all so any new recommendations please send them my way!

6. Been/Still banned

7. LGBTQA+

 

And that’s it for now! I will be merging with the other readathon too! I’ll be posting my updates on my social media sites (Instagram and twitter) so keep an eye out there!

Is there anyone else taking part in either or both readathons this week? I’d love to know what you plan on reading!