what’s the buzz: weekly round-up and book haul
Well, howdy folks! I disappeared off the face of the earth there for awhile, huh? Well sort-of, I was still somewhat active on social media (though not nearly as active as usual). I didn’t plan to take a such a long break from my blog (like, a month and a half!) but sometimes you need to recharge your batteries and get away from everything for a bit.
I was trying to balance my work-home life and it all got a bit too much so something had to give (and it’s not like I can just decide not to work haha!) I also couldn’t take an actual holiday so a virtual one was the only real option. 😉
I’m feeling loads better (despite having picked up a nasty cold – who the hell knows where – I’ve barely left the house in months!) so it is well past time to get back into the blogging life!!
I’ve been trying to catch up with reading etc. and getting into all kinds of Chinese web novels – I blame The Untamed for that (except not, because these novels are awesome!) I’ve got all the MXTX novels lined up to read/re-read (I have already read MDZS and TGCF but I blasted through them so quickly I feel a re-read is necessary). I’ve also been (slowly!) reading 2HA (or Dumb Husky and his White Cat Shizun) by Meatbun Doesn’t Eat Meat and it is fantastic (but very angsty and long – think it will take me a while to get through).
I’ve also been having a lot of Netflix and chill days when I have time off from work. I’ve just about finished watching Teen Wolf (on season 6 right now) and have started watching The Haunting of Bly Manor (which looks really promising). I think I will probably watch Cursed next…
Gaming-wise, I’ve been replaying Dragon Age: Origins (going to play through DA: Origins, DA 2, and DA: Inquisition again), and also played an awesome game called Tell Me Why by the same people who did Life is Strange. It was a really amazing game with great representation (a trans MC and mlm love interest). I would highly recommend it!
I’ve also found the time to buy plenty of bookish and other related merch too (of course!):
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- MDZS themed pins from eBay and Aliexpress: I debated about the first pin for ages because it was kinda pricey (and coming from the US so postage was killer too) but eventually I decided that I had to have it!
- Dragon Age and Mass Effect pins from Sartizan: I couldn’t resist these beauties! I’m slowly building a collection of BioWare themed pins and these are just the perfect addition!
- All for the Game prints by RosieThorns88: I haven’t been buying much in the way of bookish merch lately (aside from pins) but these prints were just too awesome and I had to add them to my collection.
- Wei Wuxian Yiling Lazou Nendoroid from Dekai Anime: He finally came!!! He is just awesome and I’m so glad to add him to my other MDZS Nendoroid collection!
- Cloud Final Fantasy 7 pin from Fiveonthe: He is simply stunning and I will definitely be buying the rest in this series when I have some spare cash!
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- Final Fantasy 7 Remake ‘Lilies of Midgar’ set by FunfettiGetti: I love these pins so much!! I can’t wait for their second set ‘Saints and Sinners’ (The Turks! Rufus! Vincent Valentine! Reeve!)
- MDZS themed pins and Wang Yibo pin from eBay and Aliexpress: I can never resist MDZS merch! I’ve had my eye on these for ages and I finally caved. 😉
- Two pairs of earrings from One Dotty Duck: I love this shop so it’s never a surprise to find myself ordering some jewellery from them every so often…
- MDZS acrylic stand from eBay: I also love acrylic stands, especially MDZS ones!
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- Hualian pins from Kwaaru, Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan pin from eBay, Wangxian bunnies lantern keychain from DaisyYHB: I love these so much – I don’t think I’ll ever tire of MDZS and TGCF merch!
- Mass Effect Wrex and TGCF pins from Sartizan: OMG, I love these so much!! I was so happy to be able to snag a Wrex (I love that Krogan!) and the TGCF pins are so beautiful…
- MDZS keychains from Amazon: these are super-cute!
- MDZS pins from BogigrellAnimeArt: These are absolutely adorable! So happy I was able to obtain a set.
- Wangxian bunny pin from Cytaoplasm: This pin is seriously so, so pretty… I just can’t help but gaze at it in awe…
- Dragon Age pins from HauntYourHouse: I finally have Zevran! And Dorian too! So happy with these. 🙂
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- MDZS pins from Aliexpress: I was so happy to track down these pins as they were very limited!
- Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan acrylic keychains with stands from eBay, MDZS pin from Aliexpress: These keychains are super-adorable and I’m so chuffed with the stunning pin!
- MDZS and TGCF acrylic stands from Aliexpress: I love these – they are just so cute!!
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- MDZS pins from Kouzi Studio, Wang Yibo pin from eBay, Wangxian pin from BeYourEuphoria, Wangxian bunnies from Happipop, MDZS bunnies from Aliexpress, Wang Yibo pin from eBay: I am so happy with my little Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian from Kouzi Studios and the Wangxian pin from BeYourEuphoria is stunning! I was also super-happy to snag the Wangxian bunnies from Happipop in their recent restock since I missed them the first time around.
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- Postcards from Redbubble: mostly MDZS and 2HA themed – I recently got into 2HA (as mentioned above) and now I’m hoovering up all the available merch (which there isn’t nearly enough of… boo!)
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- Stranger Things and Serpent and Dove book sleeves from Book Besties UK: These designs are gorgeous and the sleeves well-made and sturdy as always! So happy with them!
- Final Fantasy 7 Remake pins from Tea No Sugar Art: How awesome are these pins? I’m so happy I was able to get them when they were restocked – I would have been gutted to miss them!
- Yuri on Ice pin from The Painted Doodles: This pin is so adorable! I’m so planning to buy more of their YOI pins!!
- MDZS and Wang Yibo acrylic stands from eBay (with a few extras including MXTX postcards and pin, Leo Boys sticker from SerenityMoonBluesStudio: I am loving these acrylic stands and the sticker is just too cute for words!!
- Necklace from Shikku Shikku: I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile so I snapped it right up when it went on sale!! It’s so beautiful…
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- Hua Cheng from TGCF plush purchased on Aliexpress: I love him so much! I can’t wait to get his other half.
- Squall pin (from Final Fantasy 8) by Polymernai, Zack pin (Final Fantasy 7) from Ginger Pins and Designs: I love these two boys so much! Can’t wait to buy more FF pins!
- Wang Yibo and Xiao Zhan pin, Wang Yibo pins from eBay and Aliexpress: I am so happy with these pretty pins!
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- Bichen and Suibian (MDZS) pins, Cloud Recesses and Burial Mounds (MDZS) pins, Dragon Age Warrior and Rogue pins from Sartizan: I finally was able to get the weapon pins! I was so gutted to miss them first time round as I missed the P4P and was always too late when the extras went up! I also got the new P4P MDZS pins which are so pretty and a couple of DA pins to round out my collection! Not a bad haul, if I do say so myself. 😉
- MDZS keychains from Billacookie: These are so cute! I am so happy to be able to add them to my collection.
- ACOTAR pins from Po Jainter: I missed the Feyre pin when it was released last year so happy to have gotten a second chance to buy! I also love the Night Court pin – the photo doesn’t do it justice!
- Wei Wuxian (MDZS) pin from Foxipins: I just had to get this one – Jiang Cheng finally has his sibling to keep him company!!
On the blog:
- [2 Sep] Wolfsong by T.J. Klune ★★★★★
- [3 Sep] Ravensong by T.J. Klune ★★★★★
- [3 Sep] Heartsong by T.J. Klune ★★★★★
- [5 Sep] Brothersong by T.J. Klune ★★★★★
Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam | The Charming by Jane Polcovar | The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson | The Bone Shard’s Daughter by Andrea Stewart | The Angel of Crows by Katherine Addison | Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar | A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab | A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier | The Haunted Mountain by Mollie Hunter | Fable by Adrienne Young | Wranglestone by Darren Charlton | Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell | Deadly Education by Naomi Novik | The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin | The Switch by Beth O’Leary | The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon | Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan | How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
Darkling by Brooklyn Ray | Undertow by Brooklyn Ray | Predatory by Brooklyn Ray | Unbroken by Brooklyn Ray | Red Heir by Lisa Henry & Sarah Honey
Taboo For You by Anyta Sunday | Made For You by Anyta Sunday | Happy For You by Anyta Sunday | A Dance Too Far by H.L. Day | A Step Too Far by H.L. Day
Off Duty Vol 2 by Gregory Ashe | Ember Boys by Gregory Ashe | The Same Breath by Gregory Ashe | Friend in the Dark by Gregory Ashe & C.S. Poe | A Surplus of Light by Chase Connor
Unwritten Law by Eden Finley | Unspoken Vow by Eden Finley | Locked Heart by Eden Finley | Face Offs by Eden Finley & Saxon James | Never Do A Wrong Thing by Marcus Herzig
The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb | The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang | Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko | The Sorcerer Of The Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson | A Taste Of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon | If You Lived Here, You’d Be Perfect By Now by Robin Hardwick | Son Of The Sea by N.K. Mook | The Sky Eternal by N.K. Mook | Islands by N.K. Mook
Long Live The King by N.K. Mook | The Whole Of The Universe by N.K. Mook | For The King Will Never Die by N.K. Mook | Thirsting For More by Claire Cray | Faggit by Tedd Hawks
Gatemaker by Jeremiah L. Schwennen | A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews | Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake | The Two Gentlemen Of Altona by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock | Ben’s Beginning by Leona Windwalker
The Hit List by Anne Brooke | The Cult by Richard Devlin | With My Whole Heart by MariaLisa deMora | Bet On Us MariaLisa deMora | The Education of Ryan Gregori by Gregory Josephs
Laws Of Attraction by Celia Fay | The Honest Change by Celia Fay | Cops, Cakes, & Coffee by Sara York | Candy Games & Mistletoe by Alice Ashes | My Cravings by Alice Ashes
The Peer And The Puppet by B.B. Reid | Honey From The Lion by Jackie North | Course Correction by Mia West | Shattered Past by Anne Pine | The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones
Air Kiss by L.H. Cosway | Fighters by N.K. Mook | How To Catch A Prince by Ana Ashley | The Practice Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin | Rabi And Matthew by L.A. Witt
Love Bites by Ann-Katrin Byrde | Love Bleeds by Ann-Katrin Byrde | Love Heals by Ann-Katrin Byrde | Room-Maid by Sariah Wilson | A Pizza My Heart by Teagan Hunter
The Haunting Of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb | Temptation by E.M. Lindsey | The Dividing by Devin Downing | The Queen’s Alpha Books 1 to 3 by W.J. May | Rosewood by A.J. Lange
The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado | Arcana by Jess Whitecroft | Knocking Boots by Willow Winters | Little In The Woods by Ruby Keller | Hearts On Lockdown by Ian Finn
Isle Of Where by Sue Brown | Kissing Daisy Parker by Michael Milton | Make Me by Alexandra Caluen | Song Of Oestend by Marie Sexton | Moment Of Truth by Emrys Apollo
Otherworld by Emrys Apollo | Bloodline by Emrys Apollo | Crimson White by Emrys Apollo | The Blue Hart by J.L. Coswold | Until After The Rain by Javier Martinez
The Life We Have by Kelsey Kingsley | Stitcher by Geoffrey Chassen | Blood Runs Cold by Adriena Temple | The Piano Man by Z.A. Kenworthy | The Nocturne Chronicles by River Hamilton
received for review
Lava Red Feather Blue by Molly Ringle | Echoes Of The Storm by Charlene Newcomb | The Poppy And The Rose by Ashlee Cowles | Born For Leaving by Mia Kerick (writing as Jude Munro) | Soldiers by Tom Remiger