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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. As the title suggests, this week is all about those books we bought and totally meant to read them and still haven’t. Oops!

In no particular order, here’s the ten books that have been sitting unread on my shelves for the longest.

The Time in Between by Nancy Tucker
Thanks to an Instagram pic of a bookhaul I can tell you when this book came in my possession – August 2015! And I still haven’t read it. it’s a non-fiction book and I’m not always in the mood for that so I think that’s one of the reasons I just haven’t got to it yet.

Truthwitch by Susan Denard
I got this in an Illumicrate box in early 2016 and I still haven’t read it. I did try it when I first got it, but I didn’t make it past the first 20 pages. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for it? I do want to give Truthwitch another go as I’ve heard nothing but great things about the series.

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
I’ve got Uprooted in the hardback, and I think I got it for either my birthday or Christmas so that means it came to me late 2015. I think this was another book I wanted because everyone was talking about it and then because of the hype I put off reading it.     (more…)

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. As the title suggests, these are ten books I hope to get to over the next few months. Pretty much all of my books are currently packed in boxes as we’re moving house next week so these chosen few (plus my kindle) are to see me through until we’re all unpacked in the new place in a months’ time.

The Secret Fire by C. J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
This is like a supernatural/mystery/end of the world type book and it’s been ages since I’ve read anything like that and I got to say the cover is one of the first things that drew me to this book – I love it!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This one is getting all the buzz at the moment so I’m intrigued to see what I make of it. I might wait a while to read it though as I read A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston in January and I’m slightly worried they’ll be very similar and then I’ll get bored/be biased.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
I got this in the Illumicrate box and I’m interested to see what I think of it. While I like fantasy books I have very rarely read any book centred on witches so it will be new territory for me. (more…)

My First Illumicrate Box

My first Illumicrate box arrived the other day which was rather exciting. It’s a quarterly subscription box for YA book lovers based in the UK. Previously I’ve had a Book Riot Quarterly Box but that ended up being quite expensive because it came from America and you had to pay a big shipping cost. (The Book Riot box is still pretty cool though and I would recommend it – you can check out my post where I talk all about my first box here.)

Anyway. Back to the Illumicrate box! The book that came in the box was Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I’ve seen this book all over social media over the past month and I have been intrigued by it. While it is a fantasy book (which I do like) it’s about witches and I have to say I can’t think of any books I read that have witches. There was the Wicca series which I devoured from my local library when I was a young teenager but I can’t think of any witch-related books I’ve read since. With Truthwitch came a signed bookplate, a postcard and a bookmark.

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The goodies in the box were really cute. I love the A Darker Scent of Magic candle made by the Simple Candle Co especially for the box. I got the Black London candle and I love the smell even though I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like – there’s definitely some lavender in there but that’s not just it.

There were a couple of cute magnetic bookmarks from BeeDoo that were all about love and shipping, three bookish quote pencil and a lovely pouch made by Elena Illustration. In the box was also a tote bag inspired by The It Girl and a couple of badges related to The Dark Days Club.

I think I will definitely get the Illumicrate box again, the books in the box is usually a new YA release and I’m someone who pretty much never gets books as soon as they come out unless it’s a series or an author I’m already into.

Have you had the Illumicrate box before or any other bookish subscription boxes? I would love to hear about what other subscription boxes are out there.