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May TBR

We’re already a third of the way through the year, the sun is finally starting to shine more regularly and the temperatures are warming up. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about sitting with a book in the park, or by the river, on an afternoon stroll. I just finished writing my wrap up post, and wasn’t too impressed at the amount I read, so I am aiming high with an ambitious May TBR that should be useful when it comes to writing a TBR for Bout of Books 22 (you should all sign up!).  Continue reading “May TBR”

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Lootcrate Unboxing | March 2018

On this Tuesday evening that kinda feels like a Monday, I bring you this month’s edition of Lootcrate Unboxing. And look, it’s on time(ish)! I know that I’ve moaned over the last 2 posts about about the late arrivals of the boxes, and that last time I decided to cancel my subscription, so this week I am going to do nothing but praise this pretty good crate. This month’s theme is Enchanting Essentials, and unlike the past 2 crates, I did have a spy at the contents on Instagram to see if there was anything I could put on my wall as part of my gallery collection (spoiler: there was). There were lots of Lootcrate exclusives in this box, and lots of things I really liked!

Loot crate is a monthly subscription box full of exclusive collectables, apparel and gear delivered to your door. I am currently subscribed to receive the Wizarding World crate, a bi-monthly subscription that brings the magic of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts right to your doorstep.

Let’s check out this month’s box: Continue reading “Lootcrate Unboxing | March 2018”

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T5W: Teachers and Mentors in Literature

I was thinking about my blogging schedule over the coming weeks, looking at the things I like to post at this time of year, and was checking Goodreads to see what books I’ve read this month when I remembered that I hadn’t actually checked this week’s Top 5 Wednesday post. I have learnt a lot from books, I’ve been reading for, well, as long as I can remember, I don’t remember a life before books and words, so a lot of my knowledge has come from the world of literature, so I was really excited about this week’s topic.

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page. Continue reading “T5W: Teachers and Mentors in Literature”

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The Feminist Book Tag

This week saw the world celebrate International Women’s Day. I have to admit, I let it fly by relatively under the radar. The reason, I don’t think I could possibly begin to thank everyone who has had an influence in making me who I am today, or all of the women (and men) who have made me a stronger woman. I would undoubtedly classify myself as a feminist. I definitely want equality for everyone, and so when I saw a feminist book tag @ Karis Books I definitely thought it was perfect timing.

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T5W: Freebie – Magical Items

This week, after a world of wind and snow and busy work days, it’s nice to think about all things freebie and all things magical. There are no topic ideas or restraints on this week’s prompt, other than to go crazy with your own thoughts and ideas. I decided to have a look back through the Top 5 Wednesday Archives for topics that I liked but never got the chance to do. There are lots as it turns out, so I think over the coming months I may do this more often if that week’s topic doesn’t suit me!

If you want to find out more, or take part in, Top 5 Wednesday, click here to find Lainey and Samantha’s Goodreads page. Continue reading “T5W: Freebie – Magical Items”

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Lootcrate Unboxing | January 2018

Hi-de-hi campers. This Sunday I bring you another edition of Lootcrate unboxing! Yep, you’re probably wondering why it says January in the title, and probably want to nudge me to tell me it’s March. It was late, again (but more on that later). This month’s theme was The Ties That Bind Us, and just like last month, I decided to stay away from looking on Instagram and Twitter for Spoiler’s. The postman handed me this as I walked out of the door on the way to work, I literally tore into it as soon as I was in the driver’s seat!! I have to say, the more crates I receive, the more and more impressed I become with the packaging/crate itself. This month, when the box was dismantled and refolded, it created the Weasley Family Clock, which given the theme could not have been more appropriate. Pretty awesome, eh?!

Once again though, I have going to have to have a little bit of a complain, which is a huge shame. Just like November’s crate, this one arrived substantially late. We all received an email back in mid-January stating that there would be a delay. I was pretty annoyed and upset, as the excuse was feeble and thin at best (again) and the apology was made with the aid of a Loot Vault credit. You’re probably thinking that’s great, and it is if you live in America, but the colossal amount they charge in postage makes the credit fairly useless for a UK customer. C’mon guys, think of the global fan-base here!! I was quite annoyed by the responses (or lack there of on Twitter), the ones I did get were short, defensive, and lacking any form of apology. The messages on the chat reply, in the gentleman’s defence, were understanding, but if I am brutally honest, I don’t care if he is also a fan who receives the box, I want a good reason why it’s delayed, and a valid reason as to why UK customers are at a disadvantage with the Loot Vault apology when we pay more to receive out crate in the first place.

Finally, we get to the crate itself. Once again, I know without a doubt it has been curated with care and thought, however, throughout the marketing, payment stages, it states clearly to expect 5-7 items, many of which are exclusives, and this month didn’t seem to meet those criteria. I do love the crate, but it’s a bit of a kick in the teeth to pay so much, have it delivered nearly two months late, receive poor customer service, to then actually receive less items that promised.

So, before I actually introduce this month’s items, I just wanted to tell you something. I have a 3 box subscription, of which this is the first of this cycle. I’ve paid up front for the next two boxes, but I have come to the sad decision to end my subscription. Prior to receiving these crates, I was signed up to receive Loot Wearables for over a year, so I’ve been a loyal customer for quite a while, but don’t feel like they offer a service that is value for money, or of good enough quality to maintain such an expenditure. Please, enjoy this and the next two unboxings, and if you have any other suggestions of subscriptions to sign up to, I’d appreciate it!

Loot crate is a monthly subscription box full of exclusive collectables, apparel and gear delivered to your door. I am currently subscribed to receive the Wizarding World crate, a bi-monthly subscription that brings the magic of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts right to your doorstep.

Let’s check out this month’s box: Continue reading “Lootcrate Unboxing | January 2018”