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Buying Books From Charity Shops

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There seems to be a lot of judgement toward those who shop in charity shops, especially from people around my age group. This is something that I don’t understand. Do people not realise how cheap the books are in there?! And a lot of the time, there are some amazing finds, a lot of the time I’m really shocked about what I find.

What inspired this post is my most recent trip to the charity shop to see what books I could discover. I haven’t been for a few months, which is just pure laziness on my end, plus I’ve been a little bit busy with exams, my birthday, and Rome. I brought three books, and they came to £5.50, and I’m really excited to read them.

Book Number 1 – Twilight – £1.50

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I read the Twilight Saga years ago now, but I was only about 11 or 12 years old, so I’ve been meaning to re-read the books and refresh my memory for a few months now. So when I saw the first book in the charity shop for only £1.50, I couldn’t resist.

Book Number 2 – Red Queen – £2.00

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I couldn’t resist this one, either. (When can I resist a good book, though?!) I’ve heard so many people from Bookstagram and the Book Blogging community say how amazing this series is, so I decided quite some time ago I was going to read it. I had planned to wait until I’d finished some more books on my TBR, but seeing it for only £2.00 definitely put a stop to that plan.

Book Number 1 – Matched – £2.00

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My English teacher mentioned this book a while back, and it intrigued me then, but I sort of just… forgot about it. So I’m happy I saw it in the charity shop and brought it because it does look very interesting!

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I’m also going to mention the book my sister brought from the same shop. I dragged her along with me because someone needs to hold my stuff while I browse. She kept nagging at me to hurry up, but she quickly stopped that when I found her this book. Whilst she’s not a big reader, she loves Michael Morpurgo, and has since she was about 8. (She’s 12 now!)

Running Wild – £4.00

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This one was a tiny bit more expensive, but I’m guessing that it’s because it’s a hardback rather than a paperback. As soon as I saw it on the shelf, I knew my sister would want it, and it stopped her whinging, so it was a win-win situation.

So, there it is, my mini book haul from the charity shop. If you don’t already buy books from charity shops, I definitely recommend it. We looked in Waterstones before and it was £7.99 for one book! From the charity shop, I got three books for three pounds less than that!

If you’ve found any amazing finds in charity shops I’d love to hear about them!

_Books&Belle xx

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The Harry Potter Tag

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Okay, so I was tagged by Britt to do the Harry Potter Tag, which I was very happy about as I’m a massive HP fan so I was pretty sure I’d enjoy doing this tag! On Britt’s post, she explained that Cassie at Zombie Goddess Beauty created this one, so I just wanted to credit her.

The general idea is to answer 18 Harry Potter themed questions, and then tag some fellow Peterhead’s to do the tag, too.

THE QUESTIONS:

1. What house are you in?

Proud Slytherin right here! When I was taking the test on Pottermore I was hoping for either Slytherin or Gryffindor, not that there’s anything wrong with the other houses mind you, I just felt that I’d fit into one of these two quite well, and I wasn’t disappointed with my result.

2. What is your patronus?

A rag doll cat! I was also really happy when I got my patronus on Pottermore, not only because it is really cute, but because I love cats.

3. What is your wand?

Hazel wood, unicorn hair core, 11 ¾” in length, and reasonably supple flexibility is what Pottermore tells me.

4. What would your boggart be?

I expect mine would be the same as Molly Weasley’s. I’m absolutely terrified of losing the ones I love, and I always found her boggart awful.

5. What position would you play in Quidditch?

Seeker, I think. But who knows?! Perhaps that’s another Pottermore test J.K. Rowling could come up with!

6. Would you be a pureblood, half-blood or muggleborn?

So, like Britt who tagged me, and Cassie who created the tag, I’m going to go with your familiarity with the series being the deciding factor for your blood status:

Muggles: People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books

Muggle-borns: People who have only seen the movies

Half-bloods: People who have only read the books

Pure Bloods: People who have read the books and seen the movies

Deatheaters: Pure Bloods that look down on Muggle-borns

So, according to this, I’d be a pureblood.

7. What job would you want to have after graduating Hogwarts?

I’m going to saw an Auror, or at least something to do with magical law, as it’s law I’m interested in in real life, so I expect it would be the same in the Wizarding World.

8. Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

The invisibility cloak, of course.

9. Favourite book?

I hate being asked this because I love every single book. However, if I did have to choose, I’d go with The Goblet of Fire.

10. Least favourite book?

As I said, I love them all, so this doesn’t mean that I don’t like this one, it just means I prefer the others a tad more. Order of Phoenix. It just took me a bit longer to read compared to the rest, it could be the length, I’m not sure. I still love it though!

11. Favourite film?

Again, Goblet of Fire.

12. Least favourite film?

Love them all, but Prisoner of Azkaban.

13. Favourite character?

Hermione Granger, 100000%. I think that she’s a wonderful role model, she teaches girls to be themselves and I think that’s great. There is a whole blog post on my blog about why she is my fictional role model, so you can check that out if you’re interested!

14. Least favourite/most hated character?

I don’t even think I can answer this. There’s plenty of characters I really hate. Dolores Umbridge, because ew. Peter Pettigrew, because he betrayed his friends. Lucius Malfoy, because for several reasons, he was an awful parent, a racist and a pretty selfish character. Cornelius Fudge, for trying to turn a blind eye to something that was so obvious. Bellatrix Lestrange, for torturing Neville’s parents and Hermione, plus murdering Sirius. I just can’t choose one, I’m afraid.

15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

I’m torn between Lupin and Mcgonagall here.

16. Least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

I’m going to go with Snape. I don’t hate him, but I can’t bring myself to like him, either. I think his cruelty towards his students was unnecessary. Neville was so scared of him, that Snape was his boggart. In my opinion, it’s just not right for a student to be terrified of their teacher. He redeemed himself somewhat, but I he’s still my least favourite teacher.

17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

I don’t think I do. Could be wrong, though!

18. If you could save one character from the final battle, who would it be?

I’ve considered this before, and have always been stuck between Tonks, Lupin and Fred. Tonks and Lupin because they left a baby behind, and Fred because he was just so young and had so much life ahead of him. After reading Britt’s answer and thinking about it some more, I’d save Fred. Teddy still had family left to raise him, and I think it would break either of their hearts if they survived and their partner didn’t. Fred wasn’t finished in this world, so I’d bring him back. Plus, I imagine it would have been awful for George to loose a twin.

The Questions:

  1. What house are you in?
  2. What is your patronus?
  3. What is your wand?
  4. What would your boggart be?
  5. What position would you play in Quidditch?
  6. Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?
  7. What job would you want after to have after graduating Hogwarts?
  8. Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?
  9. Favourite book?
  10. Least favourite book?
  11. Favourite film?
  12. Least favourite film?
  13. Favourite character?
  14. Least favourite/most hated character?
  15. Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?
  16. Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
  17. Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?
  18. If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?

I Tag:

Raven – The Life Of A Raven

Linda – Linda’s Little Library

Megs – Between The Pages

Bianca – White Brittle Bird

Annina – Blattzirkus

Katie – Queen of Teen Fiction

Maggie – The Caramel Files

Gem and Han – The Queens Of Geekdom

Hannah – A Cup of Wonderland

Sarah Elizabeth – Xpectopatronerd

Jemima – Drinking Books

Simant Verma – Flipping Thru The Pages

I can’t wait to read everyones answers!

-Books&Belle xx

 

 

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When In Rome…

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So, it was my 18th birthday on Saturday, and because it’s a ‘big’ birthday, my mum paid for me to go to Rome as a present! I went with my friend, and we had an amazing time. We saw so much and loved everything about it. This post isn’t strictly about books, but I wanted to explain why I have been so inactive recently!

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I was obviously very busy exploring Rome, so I didn’t have any time to get any blogging done, unfortunately. I did get to finish reading Odd & True by Cat Winters, though, so the review for that will be up in the next few days! It was really lovely reading it whilst sat on the beach, despite the fact that I felt like I was going to melt!

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Odd & True is an ARC that was sent to me that I was very excited to read, and it didn’t disappoint, but like I said, the review will be up shortly.

Sorry that this has been such a short post, but I only just got back from Rome so I’m shattered!

-Books&Belle xx

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Bookmarks – A Collab Post 

Today’s post is a little different. I tweeted out about a week ago asking if anyone was interested in a collab post, and the lovely Penny at PebblePen.blogspot.com got back to me with a wonderful idea… Free printable bookmarks! It was then decided that we should get some more people on board so that we’d have a range of genres and different bloggers favourite books from their chosen genre. 

The idea was that we’d choose a genre, and then four of our favourite book from that genre would feature on the bookmarks.

I chose Thriller and Fantasy, my two favourite genres. Fantasy was also a choice of Penny’s, so we decided which books would go on that bookmark together.

                 My Printable Bookmarks



I’d like to thank Penny for taking the time to make these bookmarks for me and all of the bloggers involved in this project!

    Here are all of the other bookmarks:


            The other bloggers involved:

Fiction – Bookish Betsy (Betsy) – http://bookishbetsy.wordpress.com 
Classics – Love Serially (Christine) – http://loveserially.wordpress.com 

Poetry – Fables and Tea (Hannah) – http://fablesandteawriting.wordpress.com 

LGBTQIA – Magical Reader (Lori) – https://majesticreadingblog.wordpress.com/ 

Fantasy – Books and Belle (Paige) – https://booksandbelleblog.wordpress.com/ & Pebblepen (Penny) – https://pebblepen.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Magical Realism – The Introverted Book Nerd (Danielle) – https://theintrovertedbooknerd.wordpress.com/ 

Romance – Little thoughts from little people (Eleanor) – …http://littlethoughtsfromlittlepeople.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Sci-fi – Pebblepen (Penny) – https://pebblepen.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Thriller – Books and Belle (Paige) – https://booksandbelleblog.wordpress.com/ 

Historical – The Introverted Book Nerd (Danielle) https://theintrovertedbooknerd.wordpress.com/ & Pebblepen (Penny) – https://booksandbelleblog.wordpress.com/ 

Horror– All the Bright Places Blog (Beth) – http://allthebrightplaces.co.uk 

I’ve read over this post, and not seen any spelling mistakes, but if you spot any please excuse them. I’ve had my nails done today for the first time in 2 years and I’m struggling to type. It’s very annoying!

-Books&Belle xx

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Top Ten Fictional Characters

There are lots of fictional characters that I adore. So many that I can’t even begin to count them, however, in this post I’m going to talk about just 10 of them.

Hermione Granger

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I’ve done a whole blog post about why I love her character, so I won’t say anything more about Hermione!

Feyre Archerson

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Klaus Mikaelson

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So, I know that he’s a villain in The Vampire Diaries, and definitely has many flaws, I still love him. If you’ve watched The Originals, you’ll see why.

Caroline Forbes

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Another character from TVD! I like Caroline mostly because you can really see how much she changes for the better throughout the seasons. She also makes me laugh with her sassiness.

Elizabeth Bennet

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Elizabeth Bennet, to me, is a very inspiring character. She didn’t just conform to what was expected of her as a woman in the time that the book is set, instead she is just herself. She’s an admirable character who I’ve loved since reading Pride and Prejudice.

Harry Potter

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How could I not have The Boy Who Lived on this list? Not only is he the main character in my favourite series of books and movies, but he is also a great character. Oh, and it’s his (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday today, so Happy Birthday! I’d also like to give Ron Weasley a little mention here, can’t leave him out.

Spencer Reid

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Spencer is funny without meaning to be, which makes whatever he’s said even more funny. Plus, have you seen how fast he can read? Super jealous.

Belle

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I love Belle enough to name my blog after her, and have done since I was little and first watched the movie. I had the dress-up dress of hers that according to my parents, I adored. I’ve always been able to relate to Belle, and she’s another character, along with Hermione, who if they were real would definitely be a part of the book blogging community! My love for her grew even more when I watched my favourite actress do her wonderful justice in the live action version.

Rhysand

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Again, credit goes to the artist. If anyone know who said artist is, please leave a comment! I think that anyone who has ever read the ACOTAR series loves Rhys. He’s the opposite of Tamlin, who SUCKS, and he and Feyre compliment eachother so well. He sacrificed SO much for those he loves, and has my respect for it.

Luna Lovegood

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Do you have any favourite characters?

-Books&Belle xx

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Books From Bookstagram

I reached 6,000 Instagram followers today, which is a massive achievement in my eyes, so I’m very happy! I thought about the different posts I could do in celebration of this, and came up with ‘Books From Bookstagram’. The general idea is that I am going to list a few books that I brought because I saw them on Bookstagram and either liked the look of them, or read great reviews about them.

The ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas

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I thought I’d mention this series first, because it is 100% the one I’m most thankful to Bookstagram for helping me to discover. I hadn’t even heard of it before Instagram, and now it’s one of my favourites!  The reviews were great, and I just saw so many other bookworms raving about it that I couldn’t not give it a try.

Everything Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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I loved the covers to both of these books, so seeing them in the pretty pictures posted by Bookstagrammers really did encourage me to go and buy them both. I haven’t read The Sun Is Also A Star yet, but I have read Everything Everything and I enjoyed it very much, it was a quick read too, which was nice.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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After seeing this, the title intrigued me a little, but I didn’t really plan on buying it. Then, I was browsing on Depop, and I saw someone selling it for only one pound and I recognised it and couldn’t resist!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I’ve mentioned this series several times since starting my blog, so I won’t go into it too much. Lots of Bookstagrammers told me how amazing this series was, so I brought it for only 15 pounds in The Works!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I only had to see this one mentioned once to know I wanted it. It seems as if it covers a lot of important issues and I’m excited to read it.

So, there we go, just a few of the books I have brought because of Bookstagram! There are definitely more I have brought, and there’s so many in my ‘saved’ area on IG that I can’t even count them.

For those of you who don’t know, my Instagram is http://www.instagram.com/books.and.belle

-Books&Belle xx

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Poetry Favourites

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So, I love poetry. I love reading it, but I wouldn’t even attempt to write it, as I can assure you it would suck. I find when reading it, a lot of the time you can really feel what the reader was feeling at the time they wrote it. It can be raw, funny, heartbreaking, but I can’t get enough of it. I have three favourite poets who I’m going to talk about in this post.

1. Ari Eastman

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I discovered Ari’s poetry through Twitter, and thank god I did, because I fell in love with it. After reading a few of her poems, I ordered ‘Green Eyes’ and ‘I Promised You I Wouldn’t Write This’. She also has two other books of poems called ‘Everything Sucks, But I’m Still Happy’ and ‘Bloodline’ that I plan to buy sooner or later. Her poems are very personal and when reading them, you feel as if you’re being invited in to share her experiences. The poems are beautiful, and Ari is my favourite poet. Oh, she re-posted one of my pictures once, and it was great. Just thought you should all know that.

2. Amanda Lovelace

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When I was buying Ari Eastman’s poems on Amazon, this one popped up in the recommended section, and the title intrigued me. I loved the idea of poetry about a woman lifting herself up and saving herself, rather than needing someone to fix her. When it arrived in the post, I began reading right away and was not disappointed. The poems were very moving and I’m so happy I discovered them.

3. Rupi Kaur

IMG_4874Rupi Kaur’s work is very well-known, so it was social media that caused me to discover it. I put it on my birthday list last year, and my mum brought it for me, which I was happy about. Her poems are empowering and I definitely recommend them. I can’t wait to read her next collection of poems, ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ on October 3rd.

-Books&Belle xx

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Several Series of Books

This blog post is going to be about several series of books, as the title says. Some I’ve read every single book in the series, some I’ve started, and some I haven’t.  In no particular order of favourites, (I’ve always wanted to say/write that…) here they are.

The Night World series by L.J Smith

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This is one of the series that I haven’t yet picked up. f I’m being honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at all if my mum’s fiancé hadn’t seen it in a bookstore and brought it for me. It does seem like my sort of book, so well done to him for knowing me so well, but I didn’t really like L.J Smith’s other series, The Vampire Diaries, but I’ll get to that later. I will read it, eventually… My TBR is just soooo long!

Harry Potter

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This is my all time favourite series, I absolutely love it! I think that J.K Rowling is a genius, and she created some of my most loved characters, such as Hermione Granger, so she’s great. Although, she did kill a few of them, too… (*cough* FRED WEASLEY *cough*) So there is always that to remember.

The House of Night by P.C and Kirsten Cast

IMG_4855I started this series nearly six years ago now, when I was 12 years old. I didn’t know what a lot of the words meant, and couldn’t pronounce Aphrodite to save my life, but I loved it anyway. I’m slowly on my way to having read the whole series… I’ll get there.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith

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As I mentioned before, I didn’t really like this series. I found Elena really annoying and selfish and I just don’t think that the characters were written very well. However, I really like the TV series, and Elena’s character is so much better in it. My favourite is Caroline Forbes, though. There is just so many differences between the books and the TV series, and this is the only time I’ve ever thought this, but the TV adaption is much better than the books, in my opinion. The plot makes more sense and more effort went into the development of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

IMG_4811I haven’t read this series yet, but it’s on my Summer TBR to at least read two of the books. I’ve heard brilliant things about it, and although I didn’t see what the fuss was about when I watched the first episode of the TV adaption of it, I’m looking forward to it, and hoping that the books are better than the show!

Do you have a favourite book series?

-Books&Belle xx

 

 

 

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TBR – This Summer

So, it is officially Summer for me! I had my last day of Sixth Form today, and now I have six weeks off. I have a pretty busy schedule, it’s my 18th birthday in 2 weeks, I’m visiting Rome for a week, I’m going to the theatre several times, and have plans with a lot of my friends who I don’t see very often. However, I’m still hoping to read at least two books a week. I probably won’t stick to it, but that is the plan!

A Court Of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

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I started this a while ago, and I’m usually a really fast reader, but I’ve been dragging it out as I don’t want the series to finish! It’s amazing, and I don’t want to not know what’s going on in their world anymore. I do plan on finishing it by Monday, though!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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It was the cover that encouraged me to buy this book, I just think that it is really interesting. I brought it on Depop for only a pound, which I thought was great. I’m really excited to read it. If anyone knows of any spoiler-free reviews, feel free to link me to them!

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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This one is a mystery, which is definitely my type of book. A lot of the time I predict the ending though, so hopefully this one will shock me. The plot line is definitely interesting!

A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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We started reading this in my English Lang and Lit class, and we’ve gotten about half way through and broken up for Summer. I cant wait that long to find out what happens, so I’ll definitely be reading this in the next few weeks!

Never Assume by J. Joseph, K. Joseph

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@GoForGriffs on Instagram kindly sent me a copy of this all the way from Australia! It’s a short story about Mr. Griffs and his neighbour. I’ll be reviewing this on my blog once I’ve read it, so look out for that!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

IMG_4811I’m not even going to attempt to kid myself by saying I’ll read this whole series in the next 6 weeks. I’m planning to read at least the first two, but we’ll see. I’ve seen so many people saying how great this series is, so when I saw it in The Works for only 15 pounds, I couldn’t not buy it!

Saving June by Hannah Harrington

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I think that this one is a bit of a sad one, which I usually avoid as I can’t stop thinking about the plot for absolutely ages after I’ve read a sad book, but it’s been on my shelf for a while, so I’m determined to read it this summer!

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

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This one was also only a pound from the same seller on Depop, which was great! I didn’t realise, but after I posted this picture on my Bookstagram, my friend saw it and messaged me saying it was a book Emma Watson recommended a few years ago. I love Emma Watson and am a part of her book club, Our Shared Shelf, and her recommendations have always been great, so it’s made me even more excited to read it!

Hopefully I’ll read more than this, but these books are the ones that I am going to try my absolute hardest to read before returning to Sixth Form in September.

Have you read any of these books? Or are any of them on your TBR?

– Books&Belle xx

 

 

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

The lovely Rachel tagged me on Twitter and her blog for this award, so a big thank you to her! I am very very grateful. You can find here blog here: Rachel’s Rambling Reviews.
I need to tag 15 other bloggers for this award, which I shall do at the bottom of this post and on Twitter. Some of you may have already been nominated, so double congratulations! 😊

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

 

How My Blog Started:

I’m a very new blog at the moment, not even a week old yet, so still a newbie. However, I’ve been a Bookstagrammer for several months now, and I saw lots of my bookish friends had book blogs and BookTubes, and I enjoyed reading the blogs and watching the videos. Originally, I was going to start a BookTube channel but decided against it in favour of a book blog instead. I think the reason was because I’m decent at writing and not-so-decent at editing videos together, like BookTubers have to do! I received lots of encouragement from my followers on Bookstagram for both the blog and BookTube, so decided to go for it!

Advice For New Bloggers:

I’m not sure how great this advice is going to be, because as I said, I’m not an experienced blogger, but this is what I have learnt in the week that I’ve been blogging so far.
  1. Use social media lots. I’ve met a lot of new blogger friends, and I’ve learnt quickly that having friends in this community is not only a good way to grow your blog, but it also makes blogging so much more fun and helps grow your confidence.
  2. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for opportunities, rather than waiting for them to be give to you, because they most likely won’t be. For example, I’ve reached out and made friends with other bloggers, I’ve joined NetGalley, I’m always searching the #BloggersWanted hashtag and I’ve put out my own #BloggersWanted to see if anyone is interesting in collabing with me!

Here are the bloggers that I nominate for this award:

If you’ve already been nominated or just don’t want to do the blog post, I won’t be at all offended. I just thought that this was a great way to share some amazing bloggers, and obviously thank Rachel for nominating me.
Books&Belle xx