what’s the buzz: weekly round-up and book haul
I really didn’t mean to take an almost month-long hiatus from my blog but sometimes life just gets in the way. If I’m being totally honest though, I’ve developed an addiction to watching The Untamed and at 50 episodes, it definitely is something you need to commit to! I’ve already watched it once and I’m currently on my second re-watch. It’s so good (like, probably one of the best things I’ve ever watched) and I’m so glad that Netflix picked it up for us international viewers!
I just can’t get enough of Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji (all the characters really but especially those two) and their relationship is just so sweet and pure. The show-makers have done a great job of getting round Chinese censorship to depict their connection (lots of longing looks and subtext – which actually makes it the ultimate slow-burn and just that much more satisfying). I’m definitely a fan!! Seriously, if you haven’t watched it yet you are really missing out… it’s amazingly brilliant and it’s pretty much taken over my life (in a good way!)
I was hoping to catch up with things last weekend but I ended up spending all of the weekend clearing up and sorting out my ‘library’ aka my spare room which houses all of my books! Took ages but it’s finally starting to shape up a bit more.
It’s still a work in progress but at least my books are no longer piled up on the floor! I’m seriously running out of space though…
It’s not just my books either – I’ve got way too many Funko Pops, Funko Rock Candy’s and various other collectibles to try and find room for.
The struggle is real folks. Think I need to buy a new house just to house my books and merchandise haha (I actually wish I was joking!)
Of course, that really hasn’t stopped me buying more books and more merch – I think I have a hoarding problem, for real…
Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian Nendoroids from Korekuta and Collector’s Den UK: Since I have become a super-fan of The Untamed I just had to track down these Nendoroids (wasn’t the easiest task since the pre-order actually went up ages ago and they were sold out practically everywhere even though they were only due out in November).
Book Sleeves from Book Besties UK, Pre-order goodies for The Queen of Nothing from Hot Key Books, Print from Owlcrate (purchased via Facebook B/S/T), Carry On and Wayward Son buttons (purchased via Facebook B/S/T): Some more stunning book sleeves and I can never resist swag for the Folk of the Air series and anything to do with Simon Snow (and Baz! Cannot ever forget Baz!)
Warner Tapestry from Moonlight Crate (bought via Facebook B/S/T): I was gutted to miss out on this tapestry so was over-joyed to find a seller willing to part with it on Facebook. Isn’t it lush?
Book Sleeves from Book Besties UK, Prints from Noverantale, Pin from Illumicrate Pin Club with design by Fable and Black: Yet more book sleeves (I just cannot resist the pretties) and some gorgeous prints from one of my all-time favourite artists. I also adore the pin I got in November’s pin club package.
On the blog:
weekly bookish purchases (for the last 4 weeks so bear with me!)
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski | The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski | Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young | Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston | Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore | Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore | Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore | The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis | These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch | Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao | The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Starsight by Brandon Sanderson | The Hobbit Sketchbook by Alan Lee
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy | The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern | The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
(Yep, that’s Blood Heir again. No, I haven’t accidentally taken a photo of the same book twice. One of the copies I got from Goldboro Books and the other from Illumicrate!)
Hands Off, He’s Mine by Eileen Goudge | Forbidden Kisses by Eileen Goudge | A Touch of Ginger by Eileen Goudge | Presenting Superhunk by Eileen Goudge | Bad Girl by Eileen Goudge | Don’t Say Good-bye by Eileen Goudge | Too Much Too Soon by Eileen Goudge | Smart Enough to Know by Eileen Goudge | Winner all the Way by Eileen Goudge | Afraid to Love by Eileen Goudge | Before it’s too Late by Eileen Goudge | Too Hot to Handle by Eileen Goudge
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar | Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong | Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder | The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Final Play by Eden Finley | The Rational Faculty by Gregory Ashe | The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen | The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson | Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco | The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco | After by Anna Todd | Conclave by Penelope Douglas | The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
Running With Scissors by L.A. Witt | Is It Over Yet? by L.A. Witt | Eve by Patti Larsen | Flirt by Arden Steele | The Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt
Paper Dolls by Emma Chamberlain and Bythe Stone | Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday | Spark & Blaze by Brenda Cothern | Our Rhythm by Cody Ryder | Ethan & Rhett by L.A. Witt
If the Seas Catch Fire by L.A. Witt | Almost But Not Quite by Amy Spector | Ryker by Geri Glenn | Steel Maiden by Kim Richardson | Bare-Knuckle Love by K.A. Merikan
The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert | Finding Him by Chad Lane | My Partner the Wolf by Hollis Shiloh | Mr Jaguar by K.A. Merikan | The Sentinel by Eden Winters
Enticed by Ginger Voight | Hello, Gorgeous by Tom Hilker | Finch’s Song by Mathias Harding | Push the Envelope by Rochelle Paige | Ptolemy’s Tablet by L.J.K. Oliva
A World Apart by L.J.K. Oliva | Season of the Witch by L.J.K. Oliva | Prior Commitment by Raven De Hart | Bouncing Back by L.A. Witt | Baby Daddy, Everything I Want by Kelli Walker
Kingdom of Thorns & Dreams by .A. Armitage et al. | Steal My Heart by Brandon Stokes | Equinox by Charlie Godwyne | The Truth About Love by Emma Nichols | The Successor by Shane Brown
The Ghost of You by Emrys Apollo | After all these Years by Van Cole | Winter Wonderland Romance by Addison Moore | Just This Once by Roxanne Riley | Cold Malice by Toni Anderson
Top Shelf by Allison Temple | The Duke & The Dandy by Zakarrie C. | The Metals Collection by L.A. Witt | Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey | Blood & Bitcoin by L.A. Witt
Steps by Bea Paige | Sword of Destiny by James Hockley | My Life Without Garlic by Bailey Bradford | Adrift by L.A. Witt | It Was Always You by L.A. Witt
Running from Empty by Aria Grace | Love & Leather by L.A. Witt | Aki & Jamie by Charlie Winters | Forbidden Blood by Anna Wineheart | Chances Are by Mathias Harding
Prey by Kaye Blue | The Wanderer by Dahlia Donovan | Catching Fox by Aimee McNeil | His by Chloe Lynn Ellis | The Left Hand of Calvus by Ann Gallagher
Summer Heat by Sky McCoy | Summer Burn by Sky McCoy | Summer fire by Sky McCoy | Summer Love by Sky McCoy | Awkward Hearts by Ian Finn
The Sudden World by Brian Olsen | The Floating Room by Brian Olsen | Next August by Kelly Moore | This August by Kelly Moore | Seeing Sam by Kelly Moore
The Greatest Gift by Jamieson Wolf | Yours for the Holiday by D.J. Jamison | One Indecent Night by A.M. Hargrove | Love’s Magic by Betty McLain | Because You Protected Me by Ian Finn
To Be Continued by S.M. James | My Christmas Wish by Gem Frost | From the Darkness by H.M. Wolfe & E.L. Nelson | Free to Rejoice by Tracey Jerald | The Other Half by Jess Whitecroft
For the Win by S.M. James | Arrivals by Ellen Kushner | Convocation by Ellen Kushner | Ambition by Ellen Kushner | Love and Two Keys by Jamieson Wolf
Mr Frosty Pants by Leta Blake | Christmas Homecoming by L.A. Witt | Return for Me by Ian Finn | Pretend for Me by Ian Finn | Ravenous by R.G. Alexander
Clara’s Soldier by Brittany Fichter | Stepping Out in Faith by Hudson Lin | Free to Dream by Tracey Jerald | #1 Lie by T. Gephart | Jaynell’s Wolf by Amber Kell
received for review
Dark Secret by Danielle Rose | Camp Lenape by Timothy R. Baldwin | Wounded Martyr by Courtney Maguire | Even Wilder by Bria Leigh | I Know You’re Going to Die by Michael J. Bowler
The Language of Cherries by Jen Marie Hawkins | We Still Live by Sara Dobie Bauer | Midwinter Folk by Rebekah Clayton | A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr | Sweet Revenge by Jennifer Hanks
Merged by Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl | Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson | What It Seems by Emily Bleeker | Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed | Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke
Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine | Someday Someday by Emma Scott | Life Happens on the Stairs by Amy J. Markstahler | City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler | The 410 Club by Victor Loun