Today is National Book Lovers Day!

Today is National Book Lovers Day!!!!

‘Book Lovers Day is celebrated on August 9 every year. This is an unofficial holiday observed to encourage bibliophiles to celebrate reading and literature. People are advised to put away their smartphones and every possible technological distraction and pick up a book to read.’

I am participating, are you?!!!

ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH: Reasons why you should read romance!

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August is romance awareness month so move over February and Valentines day because romance celebration is here!

Sophie, Trisy and I have teamed up for a series of collab posts to guide you through all that is romance!

Top Reasons Why You Should Read Romance!

The romance genre is often looked down on and thought to be full of Mummy Porn or Bodice Rippers (thanks for that term Sophie!) But you know what, so what if it is?! I like what I like so let us tell you why (and why you should read it too!)

Caro

Escapismget lost, figuratively!

When you’ve finished a hard days work, battled through traffic, made food, washed up, put the washing on and put the kids to bed, you can lose yourself in a dramatic and romantic read!

It means I can escape the humdrum of normal life and get lost in someone’s else’s! Experience things that would never happen in my life in probably a million years….but I can escape and read it for others!

Different types of love

M/F, M/M, F/F, menage, harem, historical, dark, paranormal, billionaires, motorcycle clubs, step brothers, enemies to lovers, werewolves, people with secret powers…..I could go on and on but it’s all out there and the best thing…….everyone falls in love!

Spice up your life!

Borrowing that term from the Spice Girls, we can’t leave this post without mentioning ‘sexy times’ can we?! My friend (and yes, not me, my actual friend!) gets, ermm, ideas to spice things up in the bedroom from romance books which thankfully have never led to any hospitalisations!


Sophie

I need HEA! And in romance you always get the HEA. Life is hard enough and with bumps and hole so let me dream of a happy ever after.

It’s better than prozac and cheaper.

Romance is cathartic! I get to cry, snicker and swoon with the best excuse : “Sorry! It’s the book! It’s so sad/funny/romantic …”

I feel way better after I have read “the end” and that’s not thanks to a pricey shrink!

Romance is sneaky! Under the pretense of a light read because it’s “only” romance, you can learn tons of new things! And not only the best moves between the sheets like Caro said above (even if, yes, that’s something you can always get inspired by ;-)) but you can learn about mind manipulation (dark romance); old cooking recipe (historical romance); what being gay/bi/trans etc really entails (LGBTQ) ; PTSD (military romance or) etc. Depending on the author’s choice of sub topic you will be even more educated.

It’s an ice breaker! Romance is the genre making the most money, thriller being a close second. That means that there are tons of romance readers around the world and that it must be easy to find other like minded people to talk about your favorite books! At worst, you’ll have people looking at you funny and condescendingly and you’ll be able to unleash your inner beast to put them in their place and you’ll feel way better after! Again, without medication or costly health professionals!

I came to the conclusion that it’s not “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but “a romance a day keeps the doctor away”.


Hey y’all! This is Trisy and here’s 5 reasons why I read romance (and why you should give it a chance too!)💜

1. I LOVE…LOVE!

Ok, I realize this sounds hokey or cheeky but honestly, this my #1 reason to read romance! We’re all human and most people, whether they be man or woman, old or young, yearn for…long for love. That fleeting touch from another person, the basic need to be acknowledged, to be hugged, to be understood, to be respected…the CONNECTION that you make with someone else. I adore reading about that!

2. The Happily Ever After!

I’m sure Caro and Sophie and every other romance reader would agree that having that happy ending is so darn satisfying. Like having a present all wrapped up in a big, fat bow!

3. The Giddy Tingle!

I’m 45 and I got married to Mr. A. 25 years ago but I still remember the rush I felt, the butterflies in the pit of my belly when I met and then fell in love. Romance allows me to capture that feeling time and time again!

4. The Daydream!

I may be 45 but I’m not dead! When I read a romance novel, in my mind, I can become the heroine or the hero. I can be the nurse who falls for a smart doctor or a princess who falls for a thief. I can be tall, short, blonde, redheaded, young, old and I can be romanced by a tattooed biker, a regal king, a stalwart lawyer…the possibilities are endless!

5. Cheap Therapy!

Call it escapism or whatever but I’ll tell you that after my hubby passed, I spent 3 full months buried in romance books. I turned to my favorite authors and titles and re-read entire series. Reading about the characters and their various escapades was like talking to old and dear friends. It gave me hope, it gave me comfort and I’m not sure that I can get “all the feels” from any other genre!

Well….have we convinced you?!

Fairyloot Unboxing – July 2020: Resilient Royals

Fairyloot – July 2020

Theme = RESILIENT ROYALS!

‘Prepare your crown, and don’t forget to sharpen your sword − you might need it! This month is all about royals that always hold their ground and are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their kingdom and the ones that they love.’

Items inspired by Crescent City, The Lunar Chronicles, Ash Princess, The Queen’s Rising, Woven in Moonlight and The Bear and the Nightingale.

The cushion cover is just beautiful, the candle smells amazing, the art print is out of this world and the card holder is something I really needed.

Included was:

🖤 Food Tray – artwork from @eviebookish

🖤 Royal Card Holder designed by @jezhawk

🖤 Magnetic Bookmarks (Woven in Moonlight)

🖤 Ash Princess Candle handpoured by @inthewickoftime

🖤 Crescent City Cushion Cover designed by @chattynora

🖤 Art Print by @dominiquewesson (Vasya and Morozko from The Bear and Nightingale

Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders

EXCLUSIVE COVER ✔

SPRAYED EDGES ✔

SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ✔

Top 10 Tuesday: Books with Colours in the Title

I thought I would change it up this month and do a Top 10 Tuesday which is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl go check her blog out, you will love it.

For me 10 might be a struggle but I promise to do the best I can!

Topic = Books with Colours In the Title

These are all books I own and had fun combing my shelves!

The Silver Swan by Amo Jones

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

 

What books would be on your list?

Review: Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Title: Mirage

Series: Mirage #1

Author: Somaiya Daud

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

‘There is no escape from what they want. Only survival.’

Loved it! This was such a great read. I was so interested in the characters, their pull, the way they were and why, just everything! I am literally kicking myself for not reading this when I first got it at release!

Amani is taken from her family and world because she looks uncannily like the hated Vathek, Princess Maram who is being targeted by a rebel group and the cruel Vathek want to use Amani to impersonate Maram.

The writing was a joy to read, I really enjoyed the world, it sort of reminded me of the world in the Lunar Chronicles, so good.

But what I really loved were the relationships. The author did a top job here. The relationship between Amani and Maram fascinated me and tore at my heart. Then there was Tala. And then Idris. Oh Idris, how I loved thee! Now I’m not a cutsey, warm girl but Idris and Amani together were so cute together I thought I might combust!

It was perfect. So good. I really need book 2!

August – Theme Reads: Fairyloot

In the spirit of me not making a reading list, I’m not making one, well not really!

I’ve decided that August is going to be a theme month for me…….Fairyloot reads month!

I am behind on 9 books (how did that happen?!) I’m under no illusion that I’ll be able to read them all in a month….but I’m going to have a good go!

Without further ado these are the books I have…….

 

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

 


 

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli


 

Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova


The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

 


 

Bone Criers Moon by Kathryn Purdie

 

 


 

Forest of Souls by Lori M Lee


 

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

 


 

Viper by Bex Hogan

 


 

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

 


 

Have you read any of these?

Which would you recommend to read first?

Happy Birthday Harry!

I know there has been contraversary about this authors very wrong views lately and please know I totally disagree with her.

I love this series, it has bought me so much joy over the years and I can’t let it go. I saw that someone said you can separate author from work so this is what I decided to do.

I couldn’t let this day pass without wishing Harry a Happy Birthday.

Of course to celebrate you could do a reread:

You could also find your house (Ravenclaw here!):

https://www.wizardingworld.com/news/discover-your-hogwarts-house-on-wizarding-world

If you want to splash out you can buy tons of stuff on Etsy and support local sellers.

I ordered this for my son from WeLove3D on Etsy:


PS, this isn’t my sons name!

Closing the Chapter – July 2020

Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?

Firstly, can you believe July is nearly over? Here things have started to open up again but it just feels really strange being out the house. Does anyone else feel like that? It sort of feels like another world. So strange and so surreal.

After my slump at the end of June I had to have a word with myself and pull myself together…..and I did just that with the help of some great books!

I knew I wasn’t going to hit the dizzy heights of reading 12 books like I did in May and June but I did manage 6 and a dnf!

 

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread to kick out my slump and I won’t bore you with yet another reread review for this!)

A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting

See my review here.

A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

See my review here.

The Beginning of Everything by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

The Plan Commences by Kristen Ashley

See my review here.

Audio

Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

See my review here.

 

Unfortunately The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson was a DNF for me.

What did you read in July?

My Book Haul! (I have been very bad!)

I have been very bad. Very. Very. Bad.

I set myself a goal.

To buy 3 books a month only.

I’ve trampled all over that.

Trampled until my goal was a mere memory.

And then I got 3 months free Kindle Unlimited……..(my tbr is sobbing)…..

📚

 

The Beginning of Everything by Kristen Ashley

The Plan Commences by Kristen Ashley

The Dawn of the End by Kristen Ashley

The Rising by Kristen Ashley

 

Nightfall by Penelope Douglas

 

🎧 Audio



Stain by AG Howard

Final Empire: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

 

City of Brass by SA Chakraborty

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

 

 

🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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The Forest of Souls by Lori M Lee

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Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

 

Pray for me and my tbr……

What books did you haul in July?