#WWW Wednesday – 17/3/21

This one of my favourite weekly tags, so many people do it that it’s really fun. WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking On A World Of Words, go check out their site 🙂 If you’ve had a go at this tag, feel free to link your post in the comments. And here’s what I’ve been up to this week!


What I Finished Recently

I feel like I needed/deserved to treat myself with something… lighter after finishing ‘A Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire’. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it, more that I had too many problems that overwhelmed the better sections. Seriously, it had more plot holes than a sieve and it meant that all the best bits fell out. Find my review here 🙂

So, I tried ‘You Should See Me In A Crown’ by Leah Johnson. It was a very cute sapphic read that’s been on my WTR forever about a girl who needs to win prom queen to get scholarship money and I was so glad to finally get round to it. Keep an eye out for my review later this week 🙂

What I’m Currently Reading

I’m currently reading ‘The Great Gatsby’… voluntarily! And the reason for this is definitely because I feel I should try this famous piece of literature, not because I can then tell people that I’ve read it…

The language is kind of hard work so far, and I feel like I should be highlighting and analysing every other word. But other than that I’m enjoying it!

What I Want To Read Next

My next stop is a very strategic reading of ‘King of Scars’ by Leigh Bardugo. The sequel, ‘Rule Of Wolves’ comes out in less than two weeks and I want to go straight into that from ‘King Of Scars’ (so read it as late as possible) but also not get any spoilers by reading it too late (ie. read close enough to release date so meme pages can’t get to work). If my calculations are correct, I should fit inone book before ‘King Of Scars’ reread… but I picked the seemingly very complicated ‘The Great Gatsby’ so my fool-proof plan may not have been as fool-proof as I thought. It’s very complicated!


What are you reading? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!

The Umbrella Academy Book Tag

Ahh this was so fun! If you’re seen some of my other rants, you’ll know that I love the Umbrella Academy. The music, the plot, the characters – it’s hands down one of the best shows on Netflix. I still need to try the graphic novels – they’re written by the lead singer of My Chemical Romance and if you can think of a better incentive to read something, let me know. A big thanks to Madeline over at The Bookish Mutant for nominating me. Her answers are hilarious, go check them out!


THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY BOOK TAG

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HELLO: The best first book in a series

Thinking of books I’ve read recently, I’m going to go with From Blood And Ash because the sequel just wasn’t as good. And for a shameless plug, you can find my reviews of Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire here and From Blood And Ash here.

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THE HARGREEVES CHILDREN: A big book family. (Dysfunctional is optional)

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children aside (I feel like the title is a little too obvious) I really liked the atmosphere of Jam’s best friend’s big family in Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. It was also one of the most diverse I’ve ever read – you can find my review here 🙂

Also, can I just point out that Number 5 is a mood.

ODERINT DUM METUANT; — —everything's left in the ashes;

THE WORLD ENDS IN EIGHT DAYS: If you only had 8 days left, which book would you choose to be your last read?

I loved Madeline’s answer of reading Frankenstein to try and figure out a way to resurrect yourself (albeit as a shredded monster, but you can probably still eat pizza. Which is all I’m here for). I might deploy a similar tactic and read Dracula because then at least I’m undead.

Although, realistically, I’d probably end up rereading all my favourite books and living vicariously through my favourite characters one last time.

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SPACEBOY: A character who plays the leader, but may not be cut out for it.

I liked how Nikolai in King Of Scars had moments of weakness. But was still a great king and I think he’s cut out for it? I’m not sure who else to go for.

Speaking of, RULE OF WOLVES COMES OUT AT THE END OF THE MONTH AND I’M RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED 🥳

Find my review here.

THROWING KNIVES: What literary weapon would you like in your arsenal?

WANDS ARE SO COOL.

Not only would they double as a weapon, but I need summoning spells in my life right now because I am one lazy person.

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I HEARD A RUMOR: A book that has a misleading plot line.

My biggest problem with The Night Circus was the complete… absence of a plot. Which was misleading enough, as I was hoping for a read as stunning as The Starless Sea.

Find my review here.

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KLAUS: A book that involves the dead/ghosts/etc.

I was lucky enough to receive the ARC of Delicates (Sheets #2) by Brenna Thummler. It’s an graphic novel about a girl who can talk to ghosts as sheets in washing machines.

Find my review here.

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THE BOY: A book that plays with time (whether it be dual timelines, time travel, etc.)

Never World Wake by Marisha Pessl was some tricky business, but the characters basically had to keep repeating one day over and over until they voted which one of them could return to the next day while the rest of them died. Fun!

Find my review here.

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VANYA: Name a character who has buried potential.

Ummmm – Ruby in I Am Not A Number by Lisa Heathfield seemed to discover her worth by the end of the book, but I could see her going on to do great things with human rights work.

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LUTHER & ALLISON: Name a questionable book couple, and why you do or don’t like them.

I had so many problems with Jack and Libby (really? Calling the girl whose overweight ‘Libby’?) from Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven.

Find review here 🙂

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HAZEL & CHA-CHA: Pick a deadly book duo.

I’ve been rereading some of the Grisha books by Leigh Bardugo for the sequel of King of Scars (really any excuse for a reread will do!). You wouldn’t want to cross any of the crew on a dark night…

Hazel and Cha Cha’s masks give me the creeps *shudders*.

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GOODBYE: What’s the best finale?

In my experience, the quality of books in a series either
a) increases as you go along
b) decreases (significantly) as you go along
c) or the-first-one-is-amazing-second-one-is-abysmal-but-it-drags-itself-back-with-a-fantastic-finale
d) We’re not going to talk about the series that you think are complete, and pretty great but then the author runs out of cash and decides to write some more. Mortal Instruments or Midnight Sun, anyone?

But I think that Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is probably my favourite book of all time. I thought nothing could top Six Of Crows. I was wrong.

I TAG:

If you’re not a fan of The Umbrella Academy or haven’t seen it, no pressure to do it 🙂

🦁 ATYD Marauders Cross-stitch 🦁

I’m back with more cross-stitch! This week,with all the buzz surrounding it recently, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and do a peice inspired by the All The Young Dudes Marauders fanfic. Honestly, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read on Archive Of Our Own and if you’re a fan of fanfiction and the Marauders, I’d highly recommend it.

I have so much I could say about these characters; so much love for all of them. Remus Lupin was always one of my favourite charatcers reading the Harry Potter series, but I love how the fandom have taken his character and run with it. Sirius and James are just iconic (we don’t talk about Peter…). I tried to capture the 70s rock and roll/rebel teen wizards in a red and gold colour scheme and oh my god was it fun to make.

From left to right, we have:

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  • James looking fancy
  • Sirius with messy hair (possibly coming out a bit shorter than I intended, but Sirius Black is a tiny punk who thinks he’s tall and that’s ahill I will die on)
  • Tall Boi TM Remus with the marauders map
  • Peter wearing shorts and a big Gryfindor hat because he is A Child.
  • One of Remus’ letter to Grant (who is 1000% canon)
  • An attempt at recreating T Rex’s Electric Warrior album cover – I’m proud of it but it was VERY HARD! All The Young Dudes rekindled my love for the band and this album has some absolute bangers on it. I think my family are sick of me dancing to Get It On…
  • The greenhouses at Hogwarts
  • Hogwarts
  • A record player – I love how this turned out
  • THE MOOOOOOONNNNN
  • And quite possibly my favourite album of all time: a bad recreation of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie. This – I just love it so much. Even though my love of it was certainly decreased by how flipping HARD it was to freestyle stitch.

I don’t know if anyone’s going to undertand these references, but I had a lot of fun making it (as I’m sure you can tell). Whose your favourite Marauder? Have you read All The Young Dudes? Got any recommedations for characters or quotes I should try next? Let me know in the comments!

Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire: Book Review

This book has more plot holes than a sieve – and it meant that all the best bits fell out.

Name: Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire

Author: Jennifer Armentrout

Published: 2021

A Betrayal…
Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice…
Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…
But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.


That’s one chunky blurb! As I’m sure you’ve realised, Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire is the much anticipated sequel to From Blood And Ash – you can find my thoughts on FBAA here. It picks up from the very end of From Blood And Ash (quite literally the last line) which I always like in sequels. It means that you can get back into the action without a disortientating time-jump; or the struggle of figuring out what happened in the time gap. Becuase I was struggling enough as it was!

This review contains mild spoilers, but nothing severe.

In the last quarter of From Blood And Ash when everything went to pot, the truth about the Ascended was revealed. And even though I had a full 600+ pages to digest that, I still don’t really understand. It seems overly complicated? And that wasn’t helped by the introduction of a new subplot introudced every 50 pages.

Ah the subplots (aka gaping plot holes). It felt like tropes were being intrpoduced just for the sake of ticking of that tropes. Heartmates? The Guard? These were some really interesting details, but that’s drained when you get next to no information about them. I think that Armentrout should have had a bigger focus on a few central themes – although it did make me smirk sometimes when I spotted the introduction of one and thought I know where this is going… Hopefully, it will all be cleared up in the third book, but I don’t think I’ll be sticking around to find out.

On the other hand, I can see why some people prefer Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire. I’d been so excited to read it (and slightly nervous of posting this) because of lovely comments on my last review saying that I’ll enjoy this even more. But In much prefer FBAA – it feels like a massive tonal shift. There’s a lot less focus on the characters’ development and the world building to just their relationship. Which makes sense. But, I’m here for the long run and if they’re making out again… It was well written, but I did have a few moments of IT’S THE MIDDLE OF THE BATTLE, SURELY THIS CAN WAIT!

“You can’t spell dysfunctional without fun, now can you?”

– i think this pretty much sums up the whole book

Leading on from that, I have a few thoughts for Casteel. Come on man, I feel like Poppy can button up her own clothes. And while it does mean you can do a sexy run of your arms down hers, don’t you have more important things to do? I swear the book would be 20 pages shorter if Poppy could dress herself. And this was something that came up more than once! Whilst my favourite part of Poppy from book 1 was her ability to hold her own, she certainly seemed less fiery when Casteel is doing everything for her?

Also, I kind of hate that the only reason Poppy and the female soldiers were good at fighting was because of their blood. You don’t see that happening to the men – why do the women need to have an exuse for their skills? Why can’t they just be good warriors? Leading on from that, Poppy always seemed really jealous of Hawke’s ex Shea – I didn’t need her to be like #girlboss (for want of better expression) but the girl was dead! Maybe I’ve read too many books recently with painful portrays of jelousy, but I felt like Poppy had no reason to be worrying about how Hawke was with Shea.

However, there was some good monents with Poppy. I appreciate that the female warriors’ biggest trait wasn’t that they wore skin tight suits but were actually decent fighters. Also, I liked that Poppy acknowledged that Casteel wasn’t the one to change her life. She changed her own: it’s an important and interesting thing to acknowledge and one that I wasn’t really expecting with the tone of the book!

Just like I’d said at dinner, I hadn’t changed because of Casteel. I’d been in the process long before he came into my life, but he was a catalyst.

– NOT THE BEST QUOTE BUT AN IMPORTANT ONE

The lack of diversity isn’t great. I don’t think that any of the main characters are explicitly people of colour. I always like seeing how fantasy worlds treat LGBTQ charatacters (although I personally prefer the Six Of Crows approach of It’s not a big deal – do whatever you want as long as you’re making money!). But, there are no explicitly LGBTQ characters in the series so far.

My next note was literally Poppy gasps too much, people don’t actually do that as a natural reaction, this is not a pantomime. But on a more important note, I wanted… softer moments? I want bits where Poppy can be vulnerable and hurt without Casteel being like wow that’s hot. Because this girl has gone through a LOT. Being angry is a very valid response, but I feel like it was her only emotion? I want her to be more hurt (which would be realistic because her life is not great) and Casteel to suport her.

I don’t know if I wasn’t in the right mood, I was oftenstruck by how incredibly VIOLENT this series is. I might need to stick to YA fantasy for a bit… Also, is it sexy to be called a murderous little creature? Are we taking that as a compliment? Albeit stunning was before murderous, but I don’t think I’d want to be called a little creature, especially by my future spouse.

My last point (I hear you take a breath of relief) was that I found Kingdom Of Flesh And Fire quite static to read. The main reason it didn’t feel fluid was due to the big information dumps. The pace seemed so much slower than From Blood And Ash and that paired with odd dialogue structure made 600 pages… feel like 600 pages. There was too much talking in the battle scenes; then too much room between talking; and then a full page of dialogue. Poppy had so many inner monologues when she could have been doing something more interesting (*winks*).

To sum up, it wasn’t a super enjoyable read but I’m glad I tried it. The end quarter is amazing. Despite my flaws with Casteel and Poppy’s relationsip, they seem to have respect and consent? I think? But I think the page count could have been cut down significantly. Most importantly: IT’S NOT FOR YOINGER READERS THERE SHOULD BE A MASSIVE STICKER ON THIS THING! Don’t be fooled by the pretty covers ( although they are gorgeous.) Have you seen the Fairloot ones? I love them more than Casteel loves doing up Poppy’s clothes. Which is a lot 🙂

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

#TTT 9/3/21 – Cleaning Up My Goodreads WTR Pile

The question no bookworm wants to hear: ‘So, how big is your want to read pile?

As always, this great tag was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is all about Spring Cleaning and I figured it might be a good opportunity to try and attack my Goodreads Want To Read pile. I doubt this will make a dent because it’s a very big pile, but I’m having a go! There’s the ten most recent books on my WTR, and I’ll decide to either kick them off or keep them. All the images are from Goodreads too. Would you keep them? Have you read any yourself? Or want to share how massive your WTR pile is? Let me know in the comments!


1. Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue

Pros: EVERYTHING IS POSITIVES. A historical road-trip full of (from what I’ve heard) badass characters and a queer romance? The readers also enjoyed section on Goodreads is basically just my favourites shelf and the sequel is called The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy? Count me in.

Cons: I’m a bit late to the party? I remember everyone loving this book when it came out, but there’s definitely a reason it has so much hype.

Decision? KEEP. I’m 1000% buying this with my next book haul.

2. The M Word

Pros: We Come Apart by Conaghan and Sarah Crossan is one of my favourite prose books – that was what lead me to discover this one. I love the cover too.

Cons: Honestly, I don’t ever see myself ever reading it (it’s one of those…).

Decision? Ditch

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3. The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

Pros: Last year, I watched the film adaptation and it was absolutely brilliant. I don’t make a habit of reading the book second, but I’d love to see how it was translated onto the screen.

Cons: It looks REALLY depressing. I don’t think I’d expect anything else from the themes it covers, but I don’t know if I’m ready right now to tackle this.

Decision? Keep

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4. You

Pros: I still haven’t seen the tv show, so I doubt I’ll be reading the book any time soon. Books-of-serieses can be really interesting (like did you know that there’s a book of The Queen’s Gambit?).

Cons: Film covers = 🤮 You can find the full list of bookish things ever reader hates here, but covers with actors on them are always a no go for me. This is definitely a very valid reason to ditch a book! I’m also not sure if I could have Dan Humphrey staring creepily at me on my shelf *shudders*

Decision? Ditch

5. All The Light We Cannot See

Pros: The cover is beautiful. I’ve heard that that the writing is even more beautiful and it’s such an interesting premise.

Cons: Depressing books ≠ pandemic. (At least I think it’s depressing?)

Decision? Keep.

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6. They Went Left

Pros: It has a very high rating! I’m the sort of reader that will add any book to my WTR pile if it has a rating higher than 4. Plus, I love the cover.

Cons: Again, depressing books ≠ pandemic. And I’m fairly certain that this won’t be a light read.

Decision? Keep.

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7. The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Pros: I’ve always want to read a book by the icon himself… if not just so I can walk around with an Oscar Wilde book under my arm haha.

Cons: I am in no hurry to try Dorian Gray, but I’ll probably get to it one day!

Decision? Keep (I don’t know why it wasn’t on my WTR list sooner)

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8. Paper Butterflies

Pros: It looks… moving??

Cons: There is barely any information in the blurb and it took me a second to even work out what the title was! I think I’ve added it after reading I Am Not A Number by the author last year, but I had my problems with that too.

Decision? Ditch.

9. Tweet Cute

Pros: This looks either very cute or a solid one star read. But I’d be willing to give it a go!

Cons: This looks either very cute or a solid one star read. If you’ve read it and know which side of the line it falls, let me know in the comments 🙂

Decision? Keep.

Together We Caught Fire

Pros: Her life is turned upside down when her secret crush becomes her step brother… What in the Episode Wattpadness is this? Um not sure how this has ended up on my want to read list 😬

Cons: I’m just gonna repeat the premise again…
I was uncomfortable by The Mortal Instruments, there’s no way I’d be able to stomach this entire book!

Decision? DITCH DITCH DITCH

Empowering Feminist Film On Netflix: MOXIE

Did you know that today is International Women’s Day? And I thought what better way to celebrate than with sharing a brilliant film that I watched on Netflix.

Moxie is a celebration. It follows Vivian; a shy teenager sick of the way girls are treated at her school. So, inspired by her mother’s rebel teen years and a new student, she publishes an anonymous pamphlet calling out the sexism. What follows is a fiery, empowering story of how your voice can make a difference – especially when others join in.

“Keep your head down. He’ll move on and bother someone else”

“I’m going to keep my head up. High.”

– MOXIE

THE BEST BITS

  • I first saw Moxie in the Coming Soon section on Netflix. Whilst it’s a section I normally avoid, (because it’s full of the season finales of shows I’ll never watch) I couldn’t stop thinking about Moxie once I saw it. The trailer is flipping inspiring and you can find it here.
  • Moxie has the makings of a let down. I’d seen some reviews complaining that it has the potential of a cringe fest… and I see where they’re coming from. The ‘quiet girl turns rebellious and smashes stuff up’ has definitely been done before. Whilst I’m not saying that Moxie is a drastically different rendition, it’s a brilliant example of how this trope can turn out really well. There’s reason it’s done a lot!
  • The message is incredibly strong. The time flew by when watching it, and the plot is also really solid. The characters are well rounded – even if Vivian’s transgression from ’quiet child’ to ‘rebel girl’ was very abrupt, and consisted of a montage and some eyeliner!
  • I hate cringey movies. I’m that friend who will never be able to watch to the end of Notting Hill because it’s just… ugh (heavenly *shudders*). Whilst Moxie had a heavy dose of scenes that could turn into a cringe-fest… they weren’t. Not to say that I found the first date where they went to a funeral home totally normal (I-just watch it 😂), the good much outweighed the bad. It would be easy to turn all the characters backstories into emotional floods, but it was kept in check. There was a pretty big flood barrier in the way of all these pent up tears… and that was THE MUSIC.
  • My favorite part about Moxie was the soundtrack. I’m a sucker for montages, and there was SO MANY extended cuts of people doing stuff to punk rock. Love it. There was some gorgeous songs, I’m going to be listening to the playlist on repeat…
  • Also, I thought that the diversity was brilliant. It didn’t feel like the director was screaming LOOK WE’RE INCLUSVE!! *Ticks off The Kissing Booth shaped box*. There was gender, sexuality and racial diversity; plus a big push on the fact that of course men and trans women can be feminists. But these weren’t major details in the story, just… “there”. As they should be.

THE NOT SO GOOD BITS

  • On the other hand, these diverse characters weren’t major details in the story, just… “there”. I guess you can’t have it both ways, but I wanted more development of trans girl’s storyline and the sapphic relationship. Because they were too just “there”, I want to see where it went!
  • The love interest wasn’t your typical teen rom-com boyfriend – and neither was their relationship (see previous point about first date at funeral home). The first difference was that this was actually a healthy relationship!! But I was a bit uncomfortable with one scene where Vivian yells at him in front of her family, because he hadn’t done anything wrong? I also wasn’t a big fan of how the actors were no where near teenagers themselves – but you have to stick to the typical teen rom-com guidelines somehow…
  • Lastly, Vivian’s rebellious tactics deteriorate towards the end of the film. As expected. But I didn’t understand why wasn’t she punished for VANDALISING the school? That felt a bit stupid (I’d imagine straight after the credits rolled, Vivian would be expelled), but her speech whilst completing the vandalism was pretty moving. So I guess its all good!

To finish… WATCH IT WATCH IT WATCH IT! Moxie made me angry, want to make change, but also had a uplifting message. And it’s rare that those two are side by side in rebellion movies. It was super enjoyable and a brilliant film to watch to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Have you seen this film? Have opinions on it’s themes? Or got any other recommendations similar to Moxie? let me know in the comments!

🍂 ’The Cruel Prince’ Cross-stitch 🍂

I’m back with more cross-stitch! Holly Black’s Folk Of The Air series has so many amazing quotes, it seemed like a missed opportunity to not give one a go. If you’ve missed some of my other creations, I got into cross-stitch over lockdown and have been trying to recreate some of my favorite quotes and characters. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw scenes from books, but I cannot draw so I guess this is my way of doing fan art? Either way, it was fun to make.

My main inspiration for the border was ‘as many flowers as possible’ – and I think I managed to fulfill the brief! The original plan was to stitch Jude and Cardan in the centre (because they are the most badass couple) but I ran out of room. To be honest, I was short for space for even words. I may have… abridged the quote to fit it all in, but you get the gist.

What do you think? Got any ideas for quotes or characters for me to try next? What are some hobbies that you picked up in lockdown? Any cross-stitching tips would be excitedly accepted too – let me know in the comments!

How do people like us take off our armor? One piece at a time.”

– THE REAL QUOTE

Top Ten Tuesday 2/3/21: Answers

I bring the correct term for bone nuns, and answers!!

For the Top Ten Tuesday this week I created a quiz for fantasy jobs – starting with easy and heading towards very obscure. You can find the post here. Although, I’m starting to think that I went a bit too hard … I was definitely going for obscure so I feel like if you haven’t read the specific books then you might be at a loss? But thanks so much for everyone who had a go!

As promised, here are the top few answers! There was some hilarious replies, but I was very impressed with these bloggers knowledge of obscure fantasy jobs (now there’s something you can put on your CV). These are all some gorgeous blogs, check them out!

And here are the answers!

  1. Oompaloompa – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    REALLY!
  2. Auror – Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
    I still think that Harry should have become a professional quidditch player. Or just retired with loads of money.
  3. Druskelle and Squallers– The Grisha Universe by Leigh Bardugo
    I need to reread these, they make me grin so much
  4. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Witchfinder General – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    These titles could probably apply to multiple series but this is the book I was thinking of. Although any other books with Riders Of The Apocalypse
  5. Satanic Space Bone Nuns – The Locked Tomb Trilogy
    ALSO CALLED NECROMANCERS?! I dont know what I was thinking, but this vague description was probably why so many of you struggled haha.
  6. Padishah Emperor Duke of House Atreides – Dune by Frank Herbert
    Still can’t believe that this came out in 1965 and I think it’s pretty cool that I’m enjoying it nearly 60 years later
  7. President of the Algolian Chapter of the Galactic Rotary Club – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
  8. Head of the General Oblation Board – His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

How did you do? 🙂

#TTT: Guess The Fantasy Jobs (But They Get More And More Obscure)

AKA: I’ll give you ten jobs from fantasy books ranging from super easy to very obscure, and answers with the most correct answers will get a shout out!

As always, this great tag was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is about fictional jobs that you’d want… but I couldn’t think of 10 that attracted me. I’m thinking about fantasy jobs (because otherwise it would pretty much be a job application) but no I don’t want to work as a guard. Or with dragons – and then I’ve covered most fantasy jobs! So, here are 10 jobs from fantasy books… without the names of the books. There are only 8 books (ie two books have more than one job from them) so see how many you know. Depending on the success rate, either first few people to get all 8 or the people with the most correct will get a shoutout when I post the answers tomorrow. Would you want to do any of these jobs? Let me know in the comments!


10. Oomplaloompa

If you don’t get this one, you should probably give up now. This is definitely the job I’d want to do out of all of these!

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9. Auror

Quite literally one of two jobs in this world – if you’re not particularly skilled at sports then you’d be off to the Ministry Of Magic. (I’ve said too much haven’t I…)

8. Squallers

I think these were the coolest powers that you could have in this series. No pushing around boats for me, I’d be making myself fly.

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7. The Witchfinder General

There’s probably multiple books with witch hunters in them, but if you joined this witchfinder then you would become… one of two. But the General was one of my favourite characters in this book, very funny!

6. Druskelle

Ahh these fighters are fascinating. They’re a weird mix between superstition and doctrination and I’m so glad that the author decided to go into more detail on their mindset in the third series . It’s hard to go into a full rant without name dropping the book or the author, but I can’t wait for the sequel to drop at the end of this month (there’s a clue…).

5. Satanic Space Bone Nun

Not sure what the official name for these characters are, but I thought ‘bone nuns’ was pretty accurate! If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I talk about this series quite a bit… for another clue, the third book comes out in 2022. Any guesses?

4. One of the four horsemen of the apocalypse

  • Clue 1: In this book, they have motorbikes
  • Clue 2: No, it’s not the Bible

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3. Padishah Emperor Duke of House Atreides

Very high chance of being murdered, but the food always sounded nice!

2. President of the Algolian Chapter of the Galactic Rotary Club

This is some deep nerd knowledge!

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AND NUMBER ONE GOES TO

1. Head of the General Oblation Board

Arg this woman was evil (there’s a clue!).


I don’t know if this was too random or impossibly hard or too easy, but thanks for having a go! Leave your guesses in the comments and happy TTT!

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award Take 3! Or possibly 4. Thank you so much to Paperbacktomes for tagging me, you can find their gorgeous site here. I love getting nominated for this award because whilst the components are the same, the questions are different people’s takes and are consistently so fun – this is no different. Plus, there’s always the added struggle of trying to come up with three new things about myself. (It feels like it should be easy but it’s not.). Hope you enjoy!


“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

About the Mystery Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog 
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog 
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award 
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you 
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question 
  • Share the link to your best post

Three Things About Myself:

  • At the weekend, I’m currently rewatching the Harry Potter movies and it’s very fun.
  • I’ll never give up on a book. If I lent you Percy Jackson 2 years ago, I’m going to be hounding you until I get it back 🙂
  • If you’re my friend, I will make you subject to painful ramblings about the deaths of my favourite characters, ugliest book covers and why I got no sleep last night (probably reading, although procrastinating is a likely second). Most of these rants are what make up this blog, just filtered down and with pretty editing…

The Questions:

Do you read books in other language(s)?
A few years ago, I thought I’d try and test my (very limited) French knowledge and read a French book from the charity shop. It was a cool experience to almost decode the story, but I didn’t get much further than the first chapter!

Which was the last book you stayed up late to finish reading it?
This is how you know it’s a good book. Actually, it’s been happening to me quite a bit recently; I think it’s one of the best feelings to get lost in a book. (although, it’s not the best feeling the morning after…). My most recent lack of sleep was when I was rereading the Maze Runner series.

I know they say not to judge a book by its cover. But which is that one book you bought because of the cover and liked the story after reading?
GIDEON THE NINTH. I had no clue what it was about, but saw it on a friends shelf and thought that it deserved a place on mine. Worth it!

Which is your favorite season, and which type of book do you wanna read in that season?
My favourite season is summer – while I’m not the biggest fan of the Jenny Han summer-I-turned-pretty trope books, if the plot isn’t too cringey and the characters are well written, give it here!

What type of characters do you want to read more in books?
Bi characters. Trans characters. Gay parents. Neurodivergent characters. Teenagers that would be played by actual teenagers if the book was a movie, none of the you’re-clearly-27 no-teenager-would-react-like-that crap.


My Questions:

  • Do you do book photography? Got any tips?
  • Why did you start a blog?
  • What’s one book that you recommend to every person you meet?
  • Do you have strong memories of going to the library?
  • What type of characters do you want to read more in books? (I thought it was a great question)
  • What’s a series that you know you’ll never read?

I tag: