Illumicrate, May: A Big Box of Happy Yellow Greatness!

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetMy Illumicrate box arrived exactly one week ago!

(I wanted to leave it a week so as to not spoil it for anyone who was still waiting for theirs to arrive)

It seriously brightened my day – what an amazing box! There was so much packed into it and the choice of book is great too (I almost bought this book on my several trips to the bookstore this month, but for whatever reason didn’t, and now I am so glad!)

If yours hasn’t arrived yet, you’re in for a treat! Just don’t read on any further if you don’t want to spoil it for yourself. Everyone else, read on to discover what goodies were awaiting me…

Inside The Box:

1. When We Collided by Emery Lord:ย “an unforgettable summer as Vivi collides with small town local Jonah in this beautifully written contemporary story about family, food, and first love. Enjoy the signed bookplate and postcards.” – I am SO pleased with this book! I’ve been wanting to buy it for the past month, but put it off, and now I’ve got it; yippee! ๐Ÿ’ƒ The postcards are cute too, I love the designs and quotes they’ve used, and as a bonus, the book has a signed bookplate – winner!

2. To Be Read List Notepad by Goodnight Boutique (exclusive): “keep track of your TBR pile and other bookish to-dos with this specially designed notepad” – okay, this item is super cute! I just love it! Each little page has a section to write TBR’s, to-dos and notes.

3. Ex Libris Stamp by Little Stamp Store (exclusive): “mark books from your library or create cards and tags with this gorgeous, versatile stamp” – I’ll be using this stamp a lot. It has a fox and books on it. It’s great. That’s all.

4. Book Club Mug by The Art of Escapism (exclusive): “great for indoor and outdoor use when discussing your latest reads” – I love me a bookish mug. This one reads ‘What Happens in Book Club Stays in Book Club’. And it’s plastic, so it won’t break if I drop it. Bonus.

5. Readers Gonna Read Pin by Literary Emporium: “display your reader status proudly with this adorable enamel pin” – I think this is my favourite item out of everything in this box. It is soooo lovely ๐Ÿ˜

6. Bookworm Clips by My Bookish Mark (exclusive): “use these little cuties to mark your place in books or planners” – It’s a worm reading a book! Adorable!

Extras: An extract from “Strange The Dreamer“, a Cinnamon Muffin recipe inspired by “The Square Root of Summer“, a “Mystery and Mayhem” postcard, and some pin badges from the Ladybirds Series.

All in all, this is an absolute triumph of a box (I actually struggled to fit everything in the picture, there’s that much stuff!) – well done Illumicrate!

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Now I have to wait 3 months for the next one… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

In the meantime, I’ll be spending much of my time picking up the bits of yellow shredded paper that I threw around my room in all of my excitement.

Illumicrate Rep Search

I’ve also just entered the #illumicraterep search! Here’s my entry post, which can also be found on my Instagram page:

Okay, so the fact of the matter is that I love yellow. Yellow makes me happy, and so does @illumicrate – THE greatest subscription box around. And what makes it better? It’s one of the very limited UK subscription boxes (which makes me even HAPPIER) And what’s even greater yet, is that they’re looking for reps! So, this is my extremely yellow photo entry ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’›

Why Do I Want To Be aย Rep for Illumicrate?

I want more people to know about it, and how great it is! I think there is a serious lack of subscription box options for those of us living in the UK, particularly if we don’t have the money to spend extortionate amounts on shipping prices just to get one from the US. Illumicrate accommodates for this. Not only is it a UK subscription box, but they also ship internationally, making it available to everyone. I want more people to know about it, as it took me hours of Internet browsing to find one, and when I finally came across #illumicrate, I was thrilled. I received my first box this month, and I couldn’t have been more satisfied by its contents! The sheer amount of stuff packed into it, and most of all, the QUALITY of all of the items were incredible. I loved it.


#T5W – Summer Reads…

I absolutely LOVE summer. It is by far my favourite season, and when it’s warm and sunny I just end up being 100x times happier than the rest of the year!

So the Top 5 Wednesday topic for this week is:

“Summer Reads”

The description for this one outlines that these can be anything from beach reads to books that just remind you of summer.

Here are my top 5:

1. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – I distinctly remember reading this on a beach in Majorca on my last family holiday nearly 9 years ago. It had just been released so it was the book I took in holiday with me, and I just remember lying on a towel on the beach reading whilst the rest of my family (excluding my mum) went on a banana boat in the sea. I was too scared to go, I still hate the sea even now!

2. The Book Thiefย – I feel like I mention this book far too often, but I read this last summer. It quickly became my favourite book and put me in a slump for the rest of the summer, so I feel it deserves a mention here!

3. The Notebook – The setting of this book, particularly when they go on the canoe, just reminds me of summer. It gives me those sunny summer vibes. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Until of course it makes me cry…

4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower“and in that moment, I swear we were infinite”. That feeling of being in the sun, care free and happy. That what summer is about for me. It’s my favourite season and I wish it could last forever.

5. I’ll Give You The Sun – I haven’t actually read this yet, it’s on my TBR, but ‘sun’ย and the cover is bright yellow… It couldn’t be more summery if it tried!

What books remind you of summer? โ˜€๏ธ

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Jill @ RantAndRaveAboutBooks for nominating me for “The Versatile Blogger” award! It’s my first award nomination since starting my blog up in March this year.

When I first started blogging, I knew nothing, if very little, about it. It’s thanks to the many bloggers here on WordPress that I’ve somehow managed to stumble my way through to this point 3 months later, and I really am grateful for everyone’s support. I can now only hope to continue to grow!

The Rules:the-versatile-blogger-award

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate fifteen blogs.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

  1. When I’m not reading, I’m usually singing, dancing and pretending to be someone else (or working, but we tend not to think about that…) I’m an actor, trying to catch my break.
  2. I find myself really funny. I’m one of those people that everyone hates because I laugh at my own jokes. They would be funnier to other people if I didn’t laugh. But I do. I’m a joke killer.ย Sorry.
  3. I have an irrational fear of Spiders. They are the devil and they have 8 legs which is just freaky and unnecessary, not to mention greedy; give some to snakes!
  4. My favourite film is “About Time”, starring Rachael McAdams. It’s beautiful and makes me cry every time. I’ve seen it at least 20 times now, and that’s a lot of tears…
  5. Iย procrastinate ALL OF THE TIME. Right now I should be writing my final essay for uni, and learning audition material. I had all day. I did nothing…
  6. I’m horrifically sarcastic. Don’t take me seriously. Sometimes people do and it’s not good. Just know that I’m not being serious 99% of the time. You’ll know when it’s the 1%. Trust me.
  7. I’m a really bad loser. I don’t like it. I want to win. What’s the point in playing if you don’t want to be a winner?!

My nominees are:

  1. GenieReads
  2. BooksAndAllSpooks
  3. MuggleBoooks
  4. TheBrokenShelfBlog
  5. TheClumsyBookworm
  6. MorrisaReads
  7. BookAlmighty
  8. TheSFFBookshelf
  9. TheBookWormWhoLived
  10. ThePaperbackCollective
  11. APieceOfParadis
  12. DeerTalesBlog
  13. BookWormHay
  14. InAReadingWorld
  15. TheReadingBelle

If anyone has already been nominated, I apologise, and feel free to ignore it – just know that I think you’re great ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks again โค

P.S. Every time I went to write “blogger”, I typed “BLOOGER” instead…

#T5W – Book Characters I Am Most Like…

There are characters I’d really like to be. Obviously. But realistically, I’m not like most of them. I tend to be the “supporting character” in the story. The one who helps people achieve their goals.

This week’s topic for Top 5 Wednesday is “Characters You Are Most Like”.

Here are 5 characters (I think) that have the most similarities to myself:

1. Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter. Sometimes I say stupid things, but little do people know that I’m actually in fact talking a lot of sense. They realise later on that I was right. 

2. Hermionie Granger also in Harry Potter. I have a tendency to be a bit of a know-it-all, I like to be right and really don’t like to be wrong.

3. Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Not to sound like I’m blowing my own trumpet, but I’m the sister in my family that is seen to be the “golden child”. Really, it’s actually annoying…

4. Leisl Meminger in The Book Thief. Okay, so this is naughty, and I don’t like to admit this, but when I was younger I used to steal books from the school library! My mum always had to take them back and apologise to the school… I just had this unbelievable fascination with books, and I wanted lots at epithet same time. A bit like Leisl.

5. Charlie Kelmekis in The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Not so much now, but definitely when I was younger up until a few years ago, I was very quiet. I had a few friends whom I trusted and spent time with, and I tended to get ignored a bit at school. Except for when people called me a know-it-all… Back to number 2! ๐Ÿค“

What character would you most compare yourself to? ๐Ÿ’•

Book Tag: 3 Quotes, 3 Days (Day 3)

I’ve got a suitably bookish quote for the final day of three for this wonderful book tag. It comes from a novel I read recently, which I would recommend to anyone who wants a book that will bring a breath of fresh air and an appreciation for the importance of family, into their lives:

โ€œWhen I run the world, librarians will be exempt from tragedy. Even their smaller sorrows will last only for as long as you can take out a book.โ€
โ€• Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

My final 3 blogs to tag are:

  1. Morgan @ HappilyEverBookish
  2. C.C @ CharmedBookHavenReviews
  3. Emma @ AmongThePages

I hope you’ve enjoyed the quotes I selected for my 3 days and if I’ve tagged you, that you’ll join in too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Tag: 3 Quotes, 3 Days (Day 2)

Today brings a quote from my favourite classics: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. I studied this novel a few years ago for my A Level English Literature course, and absolutely fell in love with it. Although at times very wordy and slow, there are some beautiful moments and the language just draws you in, as well as the voice of Jane being wonderfully feminist.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

I also want to say that the BBC adaptation series with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens is the best adaptation of the book, in my opinion. It is so closely followed and the acting is fantastic!

Today I am tagging:

  1. Trang/Lashaan @ Bookidote
  2. Halle @ BookWormHay
  3. Dover @ TheReadingDove

Continue the tag guys, let’s see your favourite quotes! โค๏ธ

Book Tag: 3 Quotes, 3 Days (Day 1)

Thanks to Cara @ LittleMisssBookWorm for tagging me to do this!

The aim of this book tag is to post a quote a day, for three days. I usually post a quote every Sunday anyway, so what a perfect day to start this on!

My first quote comes from my favourite book. This book is full of so many beautiful words that it is nearly impossible just to pick one, but I’m feeling sentimental today, so I’ll just leave you with this…

“Sometimes people are beautiful. 
Not in looks. 
Not in what they say. 
Just in what they are.” – The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

I also have to tag 3 bookish blogs to do this each day, so today I am tagging:

  1. Klinta @ BookOwly
  2. Sophie @ StoriesForSophie
  3. Poppy @ PoppysBestOfBooks

In other news, it was my birthday yesterday. I didn’t really do much to celebrate as I was working all weekend. However, I did receive some money from my grandparents, so I intend on going to the bookstore tomorrow and buying some new books ๐Ÿ˜