London Book Haul!

I visited London this August, and made a pretty impressive book haul. My best friend, Natalie, is a terrible influence, and I ended up with quite a few new stories to enjoy.

Waterstones Piccadilly is the biggest bookshop not just in London; or the UK; but Europe. In total we must have spent about 10 hours in bookshops over just three days! Waterstones Piccadilly has five floors of tomes, with some amazing editions you can purchase. My mum and I once walked in to discover that John Le Carré had just visited and signed some novels. It’s reputation precedes it.

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700 Bookish Posts!

I cannot believe that yesterday’s publication was my 700th published blog post on this little site!

I set up Sprinkled With Words in 2013 to talk about my love of books and literature, and writing. When I first started blogging, I posted dozens of writing advice posts, including a long grammar series! I poured hours and hours into my blog, spending every night after school and college typing on my laptop and pressing “upload” instantly, barely without a proofread.

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Monthly Reading Wrap Up | August 2021

How do the summer holidays always go by so fast?! Even though I am now a teacher, not a student, it still feels like the last day of school was just yesterday!

In August, I did not read as many books as I wanted to. Thought I thought it was going to be a relatively quiet month, August turned out to actually be rather hectic and busy. I did a lot of adventuring and day trips, as well as a couple of overnight trips; I finished my Masters, and my first edited novel; and I had a good time! Maybe August wasn’t as productive and book-filled as I’d expected, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

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Unboxing | Books By Nature: “Into the Wilderness” | August 2021

It’s an even month, which means it’s time to unbox my favourite book box!

Books By Matter has quickly become my favourite box, because they use eco-conscious products, choose well-themed books and items, and even plant a tree every time you purchase a book from them. I think they are soon going to be a very competitive book box on the market.

This month’s theme was “Into the Wilderness”, and the items were so well catered to the book and the theme of the box! But what were the items?! Let’s have a look inside…

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Book Review | Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Trigger warnings: transphobia, cyberbullying

Transgender, gay teen Felix Love has never been in love, and he is aware of the irony. When someone begins posting his old, pre-transition pictures, and sending him transphobic messages on Instagram, Felix devises a plan of revenge. Along the way, he learns about one of the most important relationships in his life: the one with himself.

Felix Ever After is a YA book that should be on every library’s shelves. At the fundamental core of the novel, we have a teenager who is learning about themselves, and how to navigate the world around them.

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Book Review | Bunny by Mona Awad

Trigger Warnings for this book: bestiality, murder, rape, assault, mental health, self harm.

Samantha is not the typical student you would on the famous Warren Creative Writing MFA, especially as a scholarship student. She is ostracised by the rest of her all-female cohort, a group of women who call one another “Bunny” and hug for too long. Then Samantha receives an invitation to their “smut salon”. As Samantha is dragged deeper into their sanctimonious world, the edges of fantasy and reality begin to blur, and the Bunnies push her to the edge.

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Unboxing | Books That Matter: “Hot Book Summer” | August 2021

Another Books That Matter book box arrived on my doorstep a few days ago, and I’m very excited to share what was inside with you!

The theme for this month was “Hot Book Summer“, and we had four great items to help celebrate the summer months. I enjoyed 3/4 of the items -and I’ll talk about why in a minute…

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Books I Would Like to Read in August!

I stopped doing TBRs a while ago, simply because I wasn’t reading the books I listed! Now, I write down 3 books I would like to get to each month in my reading journal, and most months I get to at least 2!

However, I thought I’d share some of the books I would like to read this August. As a teacher, August is my summer holiday, and even though I have things to do and a book to edit (!!), I’m hoping to have a couple of hours a day to read.

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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | July 2021

Another month is over in 2021, and I can’t quite believe how fast it’s going! The first four months of the year crawled by at a snail’s pace, and now they’ve flown by!

July was quite a busy month for me. I finished my first year of teaching (my training year, but it was also a full year!), went to stay with my partner, had a mini-break, and attended my first wedding reception as an adult! It was a blast, and I had a really lovely month, especially the last few weeks of it.

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