BOOKISH FINDS: Frida

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It’s not a book, but my new Frida Kahlo print is too wonderful not to share. I handed in another dreaded assignment at uni yesterday, and this popped through my letterbox at the perfect time. Sarah’s Chapter recently launched her etsy shop, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy this print. It’s giving me some serious typography envy. It’s also giving me flashbacks to my glory days in art school. I find Frida Kahlo such a deeply fascinating person and I think this quote perfectly captures the essence of her work. I can’t wait to get it framed and sprucing up my wall!

BOOKISH FINDS: Tea & Paper

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Does anyone remember that self-inflicted book ban I imposed a few months ago? No? Probably not- I put very little effort into staying away from the book stores. Over the last few weeks I’ve come to the decision to embrace my book-buying nature. There are worse things to be addicted to, and I honestly don’t buy financially crippling amounts of paperbacks, so I’m probably not hurting my back account too much. Right?

So I went on a shopping trip to buy some much needed clothes last week, and then came back without any. But I did find some new teas in TK Maxx to try out and two books. They may not have been essential, but they definitely made the torturous journey into town feel worthwhile. I’m also a tea-hoarder. I have several hundred loose leaf tins all waiting to be drunk. Anyway, here are the books I bought:

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I have been coveting this book for a while now, particularly after reading The Girls. I’ve been enjoying reading more complex female characters recently,  more complex characters in general really. There’s something about a character you can have a conflicted relationship with. It makes a story so much more interesting to read.  I’m looking forward to peeking behind the wallpaper and uncovering the family’s secrets.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I felt like I couldn’t really walk past this book without picking it up. The blogging community has so much love for this book, there are so many strong reviews. Its a story that is so relevant to current issues and has encouraged people to talk about what’s going on in the world. I think any book that can do that is worth reading.

 

Bought any books recently? On a self-imposed book ban, or failing in your book banning?

BOOKISH FINDS: Animals & Absence

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‘Where have you been?’ no one actually asked, but I shall tell you anyway! Easter and summer might mean the holidays, but they also mean final university deadlines. The big ones. The last few weeks I’ve spent desperately scrambling a story together and today is the day that I handed it in, which means freedom for a few days before I start frantically compiling an essay, and then you know, it just a short 15,000 words until I’m officially done. But, in my writer’s panic I let the blog slide. So I’m using these few days of respite to write up some lovely posts ahead of time, so I won’t go missing for too long again! Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Animals & Absence”

BOOKISH FINDS: Fantasy Fiction

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DSC_0219My grandmother is one of those rare creatures that doesn’t like fantasy fiction. She watched the Harry Potter films under duress and although she did develop a soft spot for Dobby (which she pronounces Doh-bee) she couldn’t get along with ‘all that flying broomstick nonsense’. Not a woman easily convinced, I knew I wouldn’t be able to change her mind. So I let it slide. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Fantasy Fiction”

BOOKISH FINDS: Borrowed Books

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dsc_01531I’m not even pretending that my book-relate impulses can be controlled any more. I’m always going to be excitedly fumbling for the next book I can get my hands on, regardless of my TBR pile and it’s embarrasing size. ‘Don’t you have, like, a stack of books under your bed that you haven’t read yet?‘ I was asked when I came home from the library a few days ago. Yes, I do, but I didn’t have these books. I like knowing that my TBR pile is there, waiting to be read when I’m ready. At least if I’m borrowing books then I’m not splurging too much. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Borrowed Books”

BOOKISH FINDS: Post-Christmas Splurge

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It happened; I fell of the literary wagon and bought more books. I think we all knew this would happen really. It was only a matter of time. Christmas money and festive withdrawal were bound to lead me into the comfort of a new read. I was in such a feverish state of need that I don’t actually remember when or where I bought Holding up the Universe. That’s bad, isn’t it? Anyway, the good thing is that now my pockets are lighter I can re-impose the book ban and we need never speak of this again. But before that, here are the books I bought while my will was weak: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Post-Christmas Splurge”

BOOKISH FINDS: Christmas Gifts

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So my To Be Read pile has gotten bigger again… but it’s not my fault if people buy me books. Although, I did ask for some of them. It’s hard to be a bibliophile and not ask for at least on book related item for Christmas. What else are you supposed to ask for? You just can’t go wrong with a book (in my eyes anyway). This year, I got a super-exciting bookish gift from my long-suffering family: my mother is taking me to Hay-on-Wye festival in May! She might not survive two nights with me dribbling over all the bookshops and poor, unsuspecting authors. It will be a full time job trying to rein me in. The scent of a thousand books might push me over the edge. I can’t wait for the event programme to be released in April. As if that wasn’t enough, I got more literary delights in the form of books: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Christmas Gifts”