A Bookish Candle Haul 💗

Welcome! How is everyone today? I'm spending today relaxing and then I'm off to a rehearsal tonight. I feel like recently my organisation skills are SHOCKING! I'm so behind in my photography for my instagram and I'm finding it hard to find time to sit down and read! Hopefully when I finish work in the next few weeks and I'm back at uni I will be able to get back to my organised self again!

Since moving in with Matt, I can FINALLY burn candles. When living with my mum, I'm not allowed to burn candles due to having a younger sister and my mum also gets a little nervous having a lit candle in our rooms and then when I'm at uni, we shouldn't be burning candles as it is in our contracts not to! So I'm over the moon that I can finally burn candles as their are so many brands that I want to try out! I recently made a purchase on Book Worm Candles and I'm SO excited to burn these beautiful candles and smell their beautiful scents! I thought I would share with you what candles I ordered.
I decided to purchase a bulk set as I just couldn't decide what candles to go for! I was especially intrigued by the 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' collection as that book is one of my all time favourite books. The overall gist of this set is that each candle is a different court and they all smell divine! There are 7 candles in total and what I love most about them is that they are all different and have their own little quirk about them that relates to the court that they are based on!

Winter Court - Snowflakes, Peppermint & Cranberry
Spring Court - Musks, Bluebells & Spring Grass
Summer Court - Turquoise, Sea Breezes & Hidden Things
Autumn Court - Fallen Leaves, Cedar & Pumpkin
Dawn Court - Sunrise, Morning Dew & Peach
Night Court - Darkness, Answering Stars & Spirit
Day Court - Sunlight, Warmth & Renewed Strength

I have only burned Spring Court so far and it smells so fresh and beautiful it makes me excited to burn the others. From burning Spring Court I have learnt that they are quite slow burners which is great as it means the scent will last longer. For the whole set it was £16 and even though they are only 2oz pots, I'm impressed with how much product is in the actual tin!
I love these candles so far and I will definetly be buying more candles from this brand! I have my eyes on their Harry Potter candles, so maybe I will purchase one or two in the future! If you haven't checked this brand out then you definitely should! Have you bought any book themed candles? Do you have a go-to brand you purchase from? 

Until next time, Tabitha ☕️📖🎠 


Book Haul 💗 #1

Welcome! How is everyone today? I have a day off and so I'm going to be spending it with my boyfriend as he luckily has a day off too! I also have show rehearsals tonight too so I'm looking forward to getting my dancing on, hehe.

As a book lover, I buy a LOT of books, far more than I should buy but hey ho, I love them! I thought that after I have accumulated a fair amount of books I would write a post and share them with you as a book haul. I would do these posts monthly but some months I buy lots of books and other months I will only buy 1! It really does depend on what mood I'm in. During this book haul I will be sharing with you 7 books that I have recently bought and I can't wait to read all of them!

'Save The Date' (goodreads link)'The Unexpected Everything' by Morgan Matson (goodreads link)
After watching Regan's (PeruseProject) resent vlogs and seeing her rave about 'Save The Date' & 'The Unexpected Everything' I just knew I had to pick them up. I have already read one of Matson's books (Since You've Been Gone) and I loved it! 'Save The Date' is about a girl named Charlie who is pining for an upcoming weekend to be perfect. It's been ages since all of her siblings and herself have been in the same house and so she wan't it be perfect before the house is sold and everything changes. However, not everything is going to plan, causing definite problems for Charlie.

'The Unexpected Everything' follows Andie, a politicians daughter who has everything planned out. However that soon changes after a scandal leaves her living with her dad and gaining a job as a dog walker. Now everything that she expected in her summer is not what she expected at all! But is that a bad thing?

I can't wait to read both of these books. Definitely a pair of great summer reads! (hopefully...)

'Scythe' by Neal Shusterman (goodreads link)
Another book Regan has raved about on her book vlogs recently is 'Scythe', which is the first book in the 'Arc of a Scythe' series. This book is about a world where humanity have conquered death and so Scythes are there to control the balance by executing citizens so that the population doesn't get out of hand. The story follows Citra and Rowan who have recently been chosen to train to become Scythes, however neither of them want to be Scythes but if they refuse they face death themselves. 

This book sounds great and really up my street as I just love fantasy books. So I can't wait to get to this book soon and see whether this book is as great as everyone says it is! 

'Uprooted' by Naomi Novik (goodreads link)
I have seen this book so much around the book blogging world for quite a while now and because the second book in the series has recently been released I have finally decided to purchase this book as it's been on my TBR for quite some time. 'Uprooted' follows a village girl named Agnieszka who's village relies on a wizard to keep his powers at bay who lives in the forest. This wizard however demands a terrible price in return of keeping his powers at bay and that is the request of a young women to be handed over to serve him for ten years. Everyone fears that the next girl he will choose is a young women named Kasia, who is also Agnieszka's best friend however, when the wizard comes to the village to request the young women, it is not Kasia who he decides to take. 

Again, I have heard so much great things about this book and now that the second book has been released I just know I need to get to this one soon. It sounds so magical and dangerous that I just know it will be something I will thoroughly enjoy. 

'The Winners Crime' (goodreads link) & 'The Winners Kiss' by Marie Rutkoski (goodreads link)
As you probably all know from my latest review, read it here, you will know that I LOVED 'The Winners Curse', the first book in the 'Winners Trilogy' and so I NEEDED to get the second and third book to this series. As you can see, I have already started reading 'The Winners Crime' and so far my heart is aching and I am still loving Kestrel and Arin. I can't wait to see where this story will go and I'm sure I will update you all on how I felt about this final two books in one of my future wrap ups. 

'A Darker Shade of Magic' by V.E. Schwab (goodreads link)
Finally, I picked up the first book in the 'Shades of Magic Trilogy', 'A Darker Shade of Magic'. If you know your books then you will know that V.E. Schwab is such a well known author for her amazing fantasy books. So many people love her as an author and I have been wanting to pick up her books for a while and so when I heard that there was going to be a 'Shades of Magic' read-a-long during the months August, September & October, I just knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to pick these books up and I can't wait to start reading this book! 

If you don't know what 'A Darker Shade of Magic' is about, it follows Kell, one of the last Antari. Kell is a magician with the rare ability to travel between parallel Londons (Red, Grey, White and once, upon a time, Black). Kell however, is also a smuggler, smuggling all sorts of different things to the individuals willing to pay but when an exchange goes awry, Kell is forced to flee. 

I can't wait to get into this book and I also can't wait to get involved with the read-a-long that is taking place! If you're interested and would like to join in, then watch Spencer's video to get all the details!

So they are all the books I have recently bought (a lot, I know!). I can't wait to get to them all and hopefully you will see some in my future wrap ups! Have you read any of these books?

Until next time, Tabitha ☕️📖🎠

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski 💗

Book Reviews With Tabitha #1
Good morning all! I hope you are all well. I have a full day at work, which to be honest I'm gutted about as Matt's family is meeting up for a big family meal and it sucks that I can't be there! Today, I'm going to be sharing with you my thoughts and opinions on a book I have recently read. This is my first book review I have written in a while so sorry if it's not the best but hopefully over time my reviews will become a little more in depth. However, I'm really excited to share with you my opinions on this book so let's begin! 

BOOK PROFILE
THOUGHTS & OPINIONS 💭
Well, firstly, what a book! I have been in a reading slump for quite a while but this book definitely got me out of that! It was so good, I loved every minute of it and I can't wait to continue on with the trilogy. This story follows a general's daughter in an empire that conquers in war and enslaves who they conquer. This young girl is called Kestrel and she has a choice to make, get married or join the army. Kestrel however doesn't want to do either but play music. One day she accidentally stumbles across a slave auction and she ends up buying a slave and this slave changes everything. However Arin (the slave) has other plans. 

Kestrel and Arin at first are very cold with one another however as the story goes along you witness them warming to one another. I absolutely love the friendship between Kestrel and Arin as even though you can clearly tell that they both care for one another, there is an underlining tension which just makes their relationship so real and believable when considering their circumstances. I also loved the whole slave and master love trope as it creates a kind of danger and uneasiness to the relationship. Marie Rutkoski did a fantastic job with this trope as she made it quite subtle and didn't make the relationship seem really unrealistic. I can't wait to see where Kestrel's and Arin's relationship goes in the nest two books. I am definitely a shipper of this pair!
This book wasn't heavily filled with world building however I didn't mind that. It had enough for me to be able to visualise the setting. Sometimes I really don't like overly detailed settings as it can be a little boring and I can occasionally loose interest. What I especially loved was seeing Herran through Arin's eyes as he once lived their freely, so I enjoyed seeing his views throughout the book, especially when they visited different buildings and areas of Herran. It gave the book an even more emotional feel to it, as you feel sad that Arin lost his home. This conflicts with your feelings towards Kestrel though, as she's such a bright character but her people our the ones who stole away Arin's home. It definitely gave the book more depth as you were dealing with two different characters but love them equally.
I RATED THIS BOOK 5 STARS ⭐️
Overall, I absolutely loved reading this story and I can't wait to pick up 'The Winners Crime' to see where Arin and Kestrels story goes. I hope it ends happy but somehow I have a feeling that it won't be so cheery! But lets keep our fingers crossed! Have you read 'The Winners Curse'?

I'm not sure if I will review the second or third book like I did with this one as I think I would struggle to not give any spoilers away! However, I will let you know my brief thoughts on them in future wrap ups, which I hope you will enjoy equally! 

I have really enjoyed writing this review. Hopefully over time my ability to review books will improve and I can't wait to review more books. I have started to annotate my books so hopefully my reviews will become more in depth and I will be able to share with you my favourite quotes and moments more often! 

Until next time, Tabitha ☕️📖🎠 

Starting a Fresh 💗

Welcome back! I know it's been a while but I have finally sat down and sorted my life out(ish). To be honest, I needed that break as I just wasn't in the right head space at all. I have had some time to think and reevaluate what I want from my blog, and I finally feel happy enough to sit down and start blogging again. Now that I'm back, I'm so excited to get back on it, in regards to writing posts and sharing content. I also can't wait to rekindle and make new blogging friends as I really do miss this part of my life.

Firstly, I have decided to go back to my roots and make this blog primarily a book blog. When I first started my blog I wrote reviews and shared my monthly wrap-ups and TBRs and I miss that terribly. I think it's probably because I LOVE reading and so I want to focus on that more. I will occasionally post the odd life or Disney post as I love that side of blogging as well, I just want to focus on reading as that's what I've been doing a lot recently and I want to share my love of books once again.

I'm also going to take a more relaxed approach and not stress myself out about getting my posts up on a certain day. I may post once a week or twice but that all depends on my mood and creativity. I just want blogging to be fun again and not something I stress about. If I somehow fall in to a pattern then great but if I don't it won't be the end of the world.
I'm so excited to start writing new posts for you all to read and I do hope you don't mind my little changes to my blog. I have already got one post almost ready so keep an eye on my twitter, instagram or bloglovin' for that!

Please leave a comment down below if you're as excited as I am and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on my new blog ideas! All the support would be great!

Until next time, Tabitha ☕️📖🎠

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