Unboxing | Books By Nature April 2021 | Hidden in the Shadows

If you read my blog post from February, you will know I was blown away by this new book box, and I was so excited to get the next box! This box is bi-monthly, meaning every other month in this context, so we’re about to open the next release.

This box was made in collaboration with the author, and you can follow Books By Nature on their Instagram here! I love boxes that are made in collaboration, because they feel so personally. The author also included some extra bits in the box, which made me feel pretty spoilt!

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Unboxing | Books That Matter April 2021 | Dare to be Powerful

I’m so excited to be sharing with you one of my favourite Books That Matter boxes so far! I’d like to apologise as I completely forgot to post my March unboxing – so check out my Instagram to see a full unboxing on there.

This box was a double-book unboxing and that made me super excited, especially when I saw that one was a Penguin Modern Classics edition that I don’t own! I am still collecting these books, and I think they make fantastic gifts, and great editions to any book box.

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Review | Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay

10-year-old Samkad lives with his Father and his village in the Philippines 100 years ago. Life is not always fair and is not always safe, but Samkad is awaiting the day he becomes a man. But then a new boy arrives in the village, bringing someone called an “American” with them, and war is about to come.

I read Bone Talk as I will be teaching it at school, and this book raises a lot of questions that I think will be fascinating to discuss (though they could be tricky too!).

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What is Project 10, and should I do it?

One of my “resolutions” every year since about 2016 has been “buy less books”. And I say “resolutions” in quotation marks because I almost never adhere to it.

I do only occasionally go out of my way to buy books – such as in the case of new releases, or if I’m looking for something in particular. Normally, I’m just browsing and think, “Ooh, may as well.”

With that in mind, this year I thought I would tackle it differently, and allowed myself 3 purchases a month. Well, that backfired very quickly and now I have bought over 20 in the first three months the year!

When I saw “Project 10” floating around on Instagram, I thought it might be fun to try. But what actually is it?

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My Book Cart! | what is a book cart and how to use one

Ever since Matilda pulled her cart home from the library, stuffed with books, I’ve wanted my own portable bookshelf too.

Back in the years of 2018-2019, smaller versions of Matilda’s book carts were all the rage on bookish Instagram and YouTube! And after thinking about it for a long time I decided to get one about two years ago.

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Book Review | Enola Holmes #1 (The Case of the Missing Marquess) by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes’ mother is missing. After her older brothers, the famous Sherlock and Mycroft, arrive back at Enola’s childhood home, much is destined to change. And Enola cannot let it. Her brothers do not seem concerned about her mother, so it is up to Enola to take matters into her own hands.

I read this book after watching Netflix’s film adaptation, but let me tell you: you should definitely read the book first. Why? Because it’s actually a bit disappointing in comparison to Millie Bobby Brown’s incredible adaption!

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A New Book Box! | Books By Nature February 2021 | Alternate Realities

Today I am super excited to be sharing with you an unboxing of a new UK book box called Books by Nature! I found this book box on Instagram and bought their first box which arrived in February.

This book box is bi-monthly, so releases every other month. At present, you have to buy each box individually, although I think I’ll want to get every release of this box so I hope a subscription will be added in the future!

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Book Review | The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

In 1938, Alma Fielding had a problem. Objects were being thrown; scratches were appearing on her body; her family began to fear for their lives. Alma Fielding had a poltergeist, a manic spirit that was keen to cause havoc. As war approaches and the haunting gets worse, Nandor Fodor, a Jewish-Hungarian ghost hunter, intervenes to try and help her. But is Alma Fielding all that she seems?

I am a bit fan of true crime, and as this book was advertised as a true crime/true ghost story, I snapped it up! I had also read Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher which I loved, so I had high hopes for this book. It did not disappoint.

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