Saturday, April 8, 2017

FairyLoot March 2017 Unboxing

One thing I've been (unintentionally) keeping a secret here on the blog is how much I love FairyLoot. If you didn't know, FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box all about Young Adult fantasy books (i.e. perfect for me). I've ordered a couple of boxes in the past, but because they celebrated their one year anniversary in March, this box was a little special and I immediately knew I had to have it when they announced that it would be purple (don't judge). 

The theme for the March box was MYTHS & MONSTERS. As always, one brand new hardcover release (signed!) was included, as well as five awesome goodies to go along with the theme. I really like all of it and took about a thousand pictures, which I'm going to share now.

First, and most importantly, the book included in this month's box was STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so I couldn't be happier about receiving it in the March box. I was pretty sure that this would be the book included which is part of the reason I absolutely had to get this box. As mentioned, it's actually signed by Laini Taylor and it came with a letter as well as a quote postcard.

The first (and maybe my favorite) item included is this beautiful Silver Dragon Scale Scarf by GivArt (whose links I unfortunately couldn't find). I love items of clothing like these that are super nerdy on the one hand but on the other hand you can't really tell if you don't pay attention.

Next we have Unicorn Fairy Lights by Mustard. These are really cute but a little much so for me to actually put up in my room or something. But they might make nice props for pictures.

So candles are probably my favorite thing to receive from FairyLoot, and this Nephilim Candle by Geeky Clean is no exception. It's a very sweet scent (black cherry & lime) and I basically can't stop smelling it.

Then we have this gorgeous Mermaid Pocket Mirror designed by Book Otter. I really love the design of this and while pocket mirrors are super useful in theory, I never really use them. So this will probably just end up on display on my bookshelves which I'm definitely not complaining about.

Last but not least we have these adorable Dragon and Phoenix Magnetic Bookmarks by Bonitismo. These will probably end up on display rather than in use too, just because they're too pretty and I don't want to ruin them.

Of course, the March FairyScoop with an interview with Laini Taylor and more was also included in the box. And because this was the anniversary box, there was also a little booklet portraying FairyLoots story which gave some lovely background information and Anissa and Michael's journey.

That's it! Obviously, I am super happy with this box, because who wouldn't be. I'm generally just a huge fan of FairyLoot and so impressed with all the hard work Anissa and the others put into their boxes. I highly recommend subscribing to FairyLoot if you have the chance. They also offer single purchases which I love, so you can just give it a try once without any commitment.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March 2017 Wrap-Up

March started out great reading-wise, but towards the end I began slacking a little and then fell into a reading slump. Luckily, I'm still 10 books ahead in my reading challenge, so I'm not stressed out about it at all.

What I Read

I read a total of six books in March which is pretty average for me, so I'm happy with that. 
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, 5/5 ★
  • As expected, I absolutely loved this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and it didn't disappoint. The series in general is purely amazing and I highly recommend it. This third book was a little darker and more depressing than the others but it wrapped the story up nicely, the characters are still my favorite and the writing was great - basically everything I'm used to in a Victoria Schwab book.

  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson, 3/5 ★
  • I listened to the audiobook of this over the course of several months and it was a little bit of an up-and-down for me. There were parts I really enjoyed, namely the ones where Jenny actually talks about her mental illness and how she deals with it. The rest of the book wasn't really for me, mostly because it wasn't my type of humor.

  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, 5/5 ★
  • I wrote a full-length review for this one which you can read here. The short version is: I loved this book. Very much.

  • All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully by Carrie Hope Fletcher, 4/5 ★
  • I also listened to this on audiobook and that worked out great for me. I've watched Carrie's youtube videos for a few years now and listening to this audiobook felt just like watching her. Even though this is clearly aimed at a younger audience than me, I still really enjoyed it and could definitely take away a few things from it. Overall, the advice Carrie gave may be a little on the generic side but as someone who hasn't read a lot of books like this one, that didn't bother me at all.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander / J.K. Rowling, 4/5 ★
  • This is a lovely addition to my Harry Potter collection, and even though I can't say it's a must-read for anyone, I still enjoyed learning about the different beasts and flew through the book.

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, 3/5 ★
  • While I did enjoy reading this one, I never fully got into it. I don't even really know what it was but I just didn't care enough about the characters and the story to really get invested, and the ending kind of put me off from continuing with the series right away. I might still read the rest of the series at some point, but this first book was just kind of mehh for me and unfortunately didn't live up to the hype.

New Books

I got seven new books in March, which is more than I read this month but then again I have already read Before We Were Strangers so basically I only added six books to my TBR which is fine? Maybe? I'm not really on a book buying ban but I do try to only buy the books I'm really dying for and not buy more than I actually read in general. If that makes sense. But anyway, here are the books I got:

That's it. As you can see, I was a little confused when taking the pictures for this post. I forgot to include A Conjuring of Light in the first picture and then Strange the Dreamer in the second.. I hope you can forgive me!

What's your favorite book you read in March?