what’s the buzz: weekly round-up and book haul
I’ve been really terrible at keeping up with blogging this not just this week but all month (I’m obviously counting July in this)! I really need to start compiling posts and scheduling them ahead of time but I just can’t seem to properly knuckle down and get cracking.
It’s been a bit of a crazy week, lot’s of stuff going on re work etc. so I have an excuse this week (but that doesn’t get me off the hook for any other week prior to this haha!)
What else have I been up to? Well, I’ve gotten a fair bit of merch (this is a surprise to no one!) and have been keeping up with my favourite fandoms (The Untamed, Final Fantasy etc.) I am also super-excited by the trailer for the upcoming Legend of Fei a cdrama which might just be able to fill the hole that The Untamed left in my heart.
Xie Yun sounds kinda familiar huh? The voice actor dubbing for Wang Yibo’s character is none other than Lu Zhixing who also dubbed Wei Wuxian in The Untamed! I am going to be so confused as I’m used to that specific voice linked to Xiao Zhan as Wei Wuxian but I suppose I will get used to it!!
- The Untamed pins from DaisyYHB: I pre-ordered these a while back and they finally arrived! I love them so much (they are SO BIG!!) and I’ve already just bought the keychain as well!
- MDZS mystery box and additional pins from Billacookie: I am so over the moon with all the items in the mystery box and I always love finding merch for the side characters from MDZS (Nie Huaisang!)
- HuaLian pins from Foxipins: I missed out on the first set so was super-happy to be able to snag the new editions! They are so pretty I can’t even…
- Joker pin (Persona 5) from Ginger Pins & Designs: I am so excited about this pin – it’s totally awesome! I missed out on the gold edition but I was able to snag the black variant (and I have since been able to order a B-grade gold Joker – whoop!!)
- Landscape and Rowaelin book sleeves from Books Breathe Magic, Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian book sleeve from Book Besties UK: These sleeves are amazing! I just can’t stop looking at them all.
- Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian pins from eBay: I love the Lan Wangji pin so much (I’ve also bought the matching Wei Wuxian pin – see further down).
- Wang Yibo poster set, MDZS acrylic stands from eBay: I already have some of these posters (it’s random what you get so just my luck!) but I’m happy with the non-duplicates! I am also loving both of these acrylic stands.
- Mor and Amren pins from Po Jainter, Connor pin from Sartizan, Cloud pin from Pindiegamer: I’m very happy to add these ACOTAR ladies to my collection! I was also super-lucky to win this awesome Connor pin (I love him!!!) and the Cloud pin is amazing!
- The Untamed sticker sets from Amazon, Cloud Recesses necklace and keychain from RainyDayStyles: Another set of awesome stickers! I was also so happy with this Cloud Recesses necklace (there was a mix-up and the keychain was sent out instead but the shop owner immediately sent out the correct item when I contacted them and said I could keep the keychain! Wasn’t that awesome of them?
- Lotus Pond pin from Nandemo Pins, Hualian and Wangxian pins (plus bonus keychain!) from Tiredly Sighing: Isn’t this Lotus Pond pin stunning? I am so happy I was able get one when the shop was restocked. I am also really blown away by these Wangxian and Hualian pins – they are gorgeous! Plus, the shop threw in a free keychain when they found out it was my birthday which was really sweet of them.
- Wei Wuxian plush from eBay: Lan Wangji finally has his soulmate! I couldn’t leave him alone, could I?
- Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan posters from Aliexpress: These are awesome! I love the Harper’s Bazaar photoshoot so much which made these a must-buy!
- Bryce print from Po Jainter: This was actually a freebie with the above Mor and Amren pins! I think this might just be my favourite artwork from this artist – it’s stunning!!
- Photo album from Amazon: I’ve been meaning to buy a photo album for all of my MDZS postcards from Redbubble – and I still have room for more!!
- The Untamed pin from Rey Pins, Hualian collar pin set from MidTier Art: I pre-ordered The Untamed pin ages ago and it finally arrive (woohoo!) I also was very happy to receive the Hualian pins – they are super-cute.
- Mass Effect pins from Sartizan: I am slowly but surely collecting the set lol. I love these pins – ME is my jam!!
- Wangxian, Cullen, Hard in Hightown, A Writ from the Divine, and Wee Cinnamon Roll pins from Sartizan, Animaniacs pins from Forbidden Planet: An eclectic set of pins, for sure, but I love them all!!
- MDZS pins and keychains from Billacookie: I couldn’t resist another wee order (especially since the keychains were not going to be restocked!!)
- Wang Yibo pillow and tote bag from eBay: These are so cute!! I waited about 4 months for them but they were so worth it in the end!!
- MXTX bookmarks from Aliexpress: These are really cute!!
- Wang Yibo acrylic stands from Aliexpress, Hualian acrylic stand from eBay, Wangxian keychain from eBay: I do love a wee acrylic stand haha!
- Wall Market ladies pins from Tea No Sugar: I love these Final Fantasy 7: Remake pins so much!! I’ve just treated myself to some more from this shop – can’t wait to get them!!
- Animaniacs pins from Forbidden Planet, Persona 5 pins from Ohayou! Clothing: I’m loving these Animaniacs pins and the Persona pins are just awesome!
- MDZS pins/keychains from eBay: I’m loving all of these beauties – I just can’t get enough MDZS merch!!
- Unrestrained and Soulmate pins from Windly Studio, Dragon Age 2: Companions pin from Haunt Your House, Lan Zhan custom Sartyfig from Sartizan: These MDZS pins are just so pretty! I’m also loving the DA2 pins (my favourite DA game!) and the Lan Zhan Sartyfig is everything I could have hoped for and more! I just couldn’t resist getting a custom of my favourite MDZS character and he is just perfect!!
On the blog:
Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy | The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black | The Wicked King by Holly Black | The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune | The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
The Two Worlds of Jill by Patricia Aks | Mother, Where Are You? by Dorothy Woolfolk | Alone in the Dark by Daniel Parker | Prom Dress by Lael Littke | Twisted by R.L. Stine
The Scottish Boy by Alex De Campi | Camp by L.C. Rosen | The Keeper of Bees by Gregory Ashe | Power Plays by Eden Finley & Saxon James | Spotlight by Eden Finley
Wyldingwode by J. Tullos Hennig | The Highlander by Kasia Bacon | Twenty-One Arrow Salute by Kasia Bacon | Don’t Fight the Spark by Kasia Bacon | When I First Saw Red by Kasia Bacon
One Hot Italian Summer by Karina Halle | Hood River Rat by K. Webster | Off the Air by L.H. Cosway | Something in the Air by L.H. Cosway | Nightfall by Penelope Douglas
Broken Silence by Felice Stevens | There Will Be Darkness by Katy Rose Pool | You Had Me At Hello / Here’s Looking At You / It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane | Edinburgh Midnight by Carole Lawrence | Bonfires by Amy Lane
The Wedding Date by N. Casey | Lost Love by N. Casey | Love to Hate by N. Casey | Breaking Point Point by Shane Brown | Breaking Down by Shane Brown
Trust Me by Avery Ford | Believe Me by Avery Ford | Chose Me by Avery Ford | Keep Me by Avery Ford | Exposé by Paul Ilett
Reckless Pursuit by Emrys Apollo | False Start by Emrys Apollo | Out of Sight by Emrys Apollo | Sound of Silence by Emrys Apollo | The Wild Heart by Emrys Apollo
Let There be Light by Susanna Evans | Ashes Fall by Susanna Evans | Skeletons by Robert Innes | Atmosphere by Robert Innes | Harte by Robert Innes
Nerdiver by H.D.A. Pratt | Flighty by H.D.A. Pratt | Sam Dreams of Dragons by T.S. Arbor | The Princes of Passion by T.S. Arbor | Jay’s Epiphany by T.S. Arbor
Syzygy by Charlie Godwyne | Hiraeth by Charlie Godwyne | Nine-Tenths of the Law by L.A. Witt | Something New Under the Sun by L.A. Witt | Noble Metals by L.A. Witt
Copycat Killer: Jack Knight by Richard Manley | A Marshal and His Witness by Kaydee Robins | Bravado by Jaylen Florian | The Secret of the Sacred Four by E.J. Elwin | Beloved by X. Aratare
Stick and Poke by E.M. Lindsey | Cold Pressed by Allison Temple | Fated by Sara C. Roethle | Handsome Death by Sara Dobie Bauer | The Other Girl by C.D. Major
Murder At Pirate’s Cove by Josh Lanyon | The Source by C.S. Luis | Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan | Deep is the Heart by A.V. Zeppa | The Life of Him by Kris Sawyer
Cowboy Seeks Husband by Leta Blake & Indra Vaughn | Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh | Wayfare by J. Snow | Welcome to Lake Cliff by K. Sterling | Would it Be Okay to Love You by Amy Tasukada
Survivor by T.M. Smith | Twilight Gigolo by Kurokoneko Kamen | Never Doubt by Mathias Harding | Coming Darkness by Susan-Alia Terry
received for review
Crowning Soul by Sahira Javaid | To Be Alive by B. Rourke | Ancient Dreams by J.P. Roth | Brimstone Bound by Helen Harper | The Conductors by Nicole Glover
Falling for the Tycoon by Aurora Russell | In My Attic by Lina Hansen | How it all Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi | The Burning God by R.F. Kuang | Lost Girl by Holly Kammier