Monday, May 15, 2017

May 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop

Hey guys! This month I'm participating in the monthly New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight


So I'll be giving away a book of your choice released in May 2017, worth $20 or less. The giveaway is open internationally, so long the Book Depository ships to your country. 

The Books

If you win, you may pick a book even if it's not featured in the pictures here, so long it is a May 2017 release.

Credit: It Starts at Midnight


The Giveaway

Enter here to win one of those new May book releases. This giveaway ends May 31st. Good luck ^^



Check out my latest post for a non spoiler review of A Court of Wings and Ruin



I recently uploaded my spoiler free review of ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas, which you can find and read here. In case you were wondering, I loved it!!!!! My spoiler discussion of the book is also coming up on the blog very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if you want to discuss spoilers with me ^^


Now you can go ahead and hop on to the other blogs who are also participating in this giveaway hop :)



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Non-spoiler review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Hi guys ^^ Today I'm very excited to share my non-spoiler review of ACOWAR with you. I finished the book in roughly two days and I absolutely loved it. Was it perfect? Nope. Do I love this book to bits anyway? Hell yeah! 


I'll also be posting a full spoiler discussion of the book on the 20th of May. So if you've finished the book already and want to discuss about it with me, you can look forward to my upcoming spoiler discussion. Also, please note that while this review does not spoil ACOWAR, it does spoil the first two books in the series. 

Still here? Let's start ^^

High Lady


Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that Feyre totally delivers as High Lady. The story starts with Feyre back in the Spring Court and while I can't tell you much about what happens there, I'll just say that Feyre didn't disappoint at all. You know, I didn't even like Feyre in the first book but when I look back on the trilogy and see how much she has evolved as a character, I can't help but seriously root for her. Usually, in YA and new adult fantasy stories, I tend to prefer the male lead over the female main character. But Feyre is one of those very few female leads to have totally won me over. Rhysand is still my favorite character of the entire series. Not to mention my favorite book boyfriend of all time. But Feyre is definitely my second favorite character in the series. 
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Tamlin the Tool


It was announced by Sarah J. Maas well before ACOWAR was released that Tamlin would be offered a shot at redemption of some sorts in this book and like many people, I had my reservations about that. Again, I can't give specifics without treading into spoiler territory but I'll just say that I was very happy with Tamlin's character arc in this book. He wasn't villainized, which I personally appreciated as that's something I had been dreading to see and which had kind of started to happen in ACOMAF. I feel like Sarah did justice to Tamlin in ACOWAR by giving him a character arc that isn't just realistic but which is also true to his character. Is he still a jerk? Has he redeemed himself? You'll have to wait for my spoiler discussion to learn more about that. I'll just say though, that I never considered Tamlin to be evil, not even after the shocking reveals in ACOMAF. For me, Tamlin is just as broken as Feyre and Rhysand by the events of Under the Mountain. He just didn't really do a great job getting over it unlike these two. 

I have so much stuff to say about Tamlin though. Be sure to check out my upcoming spoiler discussion if you also want to share your thoughts about him with me ^^

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The Fae Courts


Again, it was announced before the book's release that in ACOWAR we'd get to see the other Fae Courts and their High Lords. Plus, that's literally on the blurb at the back on the book. Of course however, I can't really tell you the circumstances in which we visit the courts and what happens there. I'll just say though that while we do get to see them, I feel that we didn't spend as much time there as we could have. It was fun getting to know the other High Lords, but again, we didn't really get to spend a lot of time with them. The plus side to this is that it leaves a lot of opportunity for future books to expand on the Fae Courts. That being said, the Night Court and Velaris are still my favorite places in all of Prythian <3. 

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The ships


We go into this book rooting (or not) for quite a few ships following the events at the end of ACOMAF. Feyre and Rhysand don't even count as a ship at this point because their relationship is just that great. With regards to our other ships though, mainly Nesta & Cassian, Azriel & Mor and Lucien & Elain, without actually revealing anything, I must say that overall I was very satisfied with how everything played out. And yes, Sarah did manage to pull some stunts I didn't see coming with regards to these ships. So, have all ships sailed? Hmmm, I guess I'll let you find out for yourself XD. Or you can tune in when I post my spoiler discussion because trust me, there's A LOT to discuss about!!! 
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So, what about the characters themselves?


I liked all the story arcs linked to the members of the Inner circle. Some didn't get story arcs as developed as others but since we know we're getting three more books starting from next year, I don't really mind since I know we'll see more of these characters in the future. 

With regards to the Archeron sisters, I will confess that I was a little scared to see how things would unfold after the super unexpected Fae transformation of Feyre's sisters. I was very satisfied with how things turned out though. And while Elain is fleshed out a bit more than in previous books and gets her own very promising storyline, one which is sure to be continued in future books, it was Nesta who had the best character arc in my opinion. I hated Nesta in the first two books and I still kind of have a little bit of a grudge against her for being such a bitch to Feyre. But Nesta as a Fae is, simply put, Nesta at her best. Again, I can't say much without spoiling some stuff but to put it bluntly, in ACOWAR Nesta pretty much gets her shit together and undergoes quite an interesting character evolution. Hell, by the end of the book I realized that I had even begun to like her. LOL. 

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Another character whom I was really looking forward to see was Lucien and while his storyline caught me a little by surprise, overall I was happy with it. Lucien is basically Feyre's first friend in the entire series and just like with Tamlin, I feel like Sarah really did his character justice in this book. I know we'll get to see more of him in future books and quite frankly, I'm really looking forward to seeing more of our russet-eyed Clever Fox. 

Loose ends and future books


While I liked the ending of the book, which I think rather nicely concluded this first trilogy with Feyre as our main character, ACOWAR did have quite a lot of loose ends. Now, we know we're getting three more books in this series and Sarah J. Maas has also recently announced that each of these books will be focused on a different couple. So personally, I'm quite excited to see how these loose ends are developed and resolved in future books. Personally, I feel like not only did the first trilogy come to a satisfying end, but the unresolved subplots give us some new stories to look forward to and be excited about in the upcoming books. 

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Final word and rating 


Like I said at the beginning of this review, this book is by no means a perfect one. It does have its flaws, including some that have come to be quite recurrent in Sarah J. Maas's books. And yes, I will be expanding more on these in my spoiler discussion. Overall though, I was very satisfied with the turn the story took, as well as the various character arcs. Rhys and Feyre are now two of my favorite characters of all time. Also, the sheer excitement of anticipating the book's release, the frenzy that came with finally getting the book and later participating in group chats with fellow fans... All these things, as well as the merciless roller-coaster of emotions that came from reading the actual book... All these things will make ACOWAR forever be one of my favorite books of all times. Or perhaps I should say, one of my favorite reading experiences of all time. ACOWAR was not just a book. It was an event. One that I got to share with a bunch of equally crazy and passionate fangirls. And for that alone, as well as the pure enjoyment of reading it, I can only give ACOWAR 5 stars. I might reduce that rating once my excitement over it has dampened and I finally reread it. Until then though, I'm going to keep my rating at 5 stars 💗

Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin (Open Internationally!)


I'm currently also hosting a giveaway for a free copy of ACOWAR. And yes, it's even open internationally ^^ If you haven't already done so, you can click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Awesome ACOTAR bookish goodies to fangirl about (Part Two)

Hi guys. Today I'm bringing you Part Two to my post featuring a selection of bookish items derived from Sarah J. Maas's ACOTAR series. If you haven't seen Part One yet, you can check it out here. So for this post, I'm again working with some lovely people from Etsy who have selected some really cool ACOTAR bookish goodies for you . If anything catches your eye, you can check out the links I've included below to know more about all these cool products and maybe add one or two to your wishlist... or your shopping cart ^^

And now let's begin ^^

Watercolor Print by Indigo Eleven


This gorgeous watercolor hand lettering art print, made using a brush lettering and color blending technique, features one of the most beautiful quotes of A Court of Mist and Fury. This art print comes with a signature of the artist, as well as the original date on the back. 

For more details on this print, you can visit the Etsy shop here and for more of similar awesome original artwork, you can also check out the shop's Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.

Rhysand soap by Story Scentsations 


Inspired by Rhysand, this beautiful soap is a deep midnight blue with a touch of starry violet to reflect his eyes. The soap also smells of the ocean with a splash of citrus. 

For more details on this product, you can visit the Etsy shop here. You can also follow Story Scentsations's Instagram and Facebook to check out their other bookish soaps. 

Sip and Read's ACOTAR bookmarks


All of Sip and Read's bookmarks are printed on thick matte ivory paper and each is of the size 5.5 x 17 cm. There are 4 main bookmark designs to choose from. Aside from the one based on Starfall and the one with the "To the people who look" quote, you can also choose between bookmarks inspired by the covers of the books and those inspired by the Fae Courts. And in case you weren't sure which of the 7 main courts you prefer, the shop even offers a special rainbow bookmark inspired by the Court of Dreams! 

Sip and Read's ACOTAR prints 


Sip and Reads also offers art prints featuring quotes from the books and each print come in either glossy or matte paper, as well as two size choices. While the "To the people who look" is in a similar theme as the Starfall bookmark, the "To the stars who listen" print has a dark violet and blue galactic watercolor background with the quote as its main focus.

For more details on all these cool bookmarks and prints, you can check Sip and Read's Etsy store here

SPECIAL OFFER: The store also has an ongoing special sale throughout May for the release of ACOWAR. BUY AT LEAST ANY TWO ACOTAR SERIES BOOKMARKS OR ART PRINTS OR BOTH FROM THE ETSY STORE AND GET A STARFALL BOOKMARK FREE


Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin (Open Internationally!)



I'm currently also hosting a giveaway for a free copy of ACOWAR. And yes, it's even open internationally ^^ If you haven't already done so, you can click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book. 

I can't wait to share my thoughts on ACOWAR with you guys! Up next on the blog, I'm going to be having both a non-spoiler review of the book, as well as a full spoiler discussion. Plus, with my ACOTAR event still ongoing, there are more fun stuff and giveaways in store for you. So do keep an eye open for all that fun stuff ^^

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Here are some awesome ACOTAR bookish goodies for you to fangirl about ^^ (Part One)

Hi guys ^^ As many of you probably know, today A Court of Wings and Ruin finally comes out (yehhhh!). I'll be heading to the bookstore later today to pick up my pre-ordered copy. I'm so excited!!! What about you? Do you already have your copy? I know a lot of people got theirs a bit early. Lucky people! So since many of us are super excited about this book, today I thought we could celebrate the book's release by fangirling together over some cute ACOTAR bookish goodies.

So continuing with my ACOTAR event, for today's post, I'm working with some lovely people from Etsy to bring to you a selection of bookish items derived from Sarah J. Maas's ACOTAR series. If anything catches your fancy, you can always find a link to the store under each item so that you can look it up and maybe purchase it if you want ^^

Let's start ^^

1. Jo Painter's Bookmarks 


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Jo Painter's artwork comes to life in these beautiful double sided bookmarks featuring original illustrations of Rhysand and Feyre. They are printed onto thick card with a silk finish so that the colour and details stand out to their fullest and are durable enough to be used either within the books or simply to be displayed on bookshelves or in a frame! 


There are memorable quotes on each bookmark that represent what the art was inspired by. The collection can be bought as a whole or simply pick and choose which bespoke bookmark you would like to own! There are also prints of various sizes available and much more exciting merchandise on the way later on in the year over on her Etsy.


To check out these bookmarks, visit her Etsy shop here and for more of her awesome original artwork, check out her Instagram, her Tumblr and her website

2. ACOTAR Hollow Book Safe by Secret Safe Books



Secret Safe Books sells handcrafted hollowed books which double as awesome secret safes. They come with a magnetic closure that keeps the hollowed book closed, even when it's upright.


Their ACOTAR hollow book safe comes in hardback and has the book's original dust jacket, as well as the original red endpapers lining the interior of the book. 

To check out this unique ACOTAR hollow book safe, visit the Etsy shop here. For more similar awesome products, check out their InstagramFacebook and Twitter

3. Fictional Flames's Night Court Inner Circle Candle Set



This amazing candle set comprises of 6 candles, each inspired by the members of the Night Court's Inner Circle. The candles are charcoal in color and also comprise of glitter of varying shades based on the character is was inspired by. My personal favorite is Feyre's charcoal with black and gold glitter candle <3 

Each candle also has a unique scent which is also inspired by the 6 different characters and feature a different quote on the side. For more details on the individual candles' scent and color, visit the shop here. You can also check out the shop's Instagram here to discover more of their awesome bookish candles.


Some of you might have recognized this awesome candle shop from one of my recent posts. I'm currently hosting a giveaway for another ACOMAF inspired candle from Fictional Flames. The candle being offered is their beautiful Velaris candle and you can still enter the giveaway for a chance to win it by clicking here

Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin (Open Internationally!)


I'm currently also hosting a giveaway for a free copy of ACOWAR. And yes, it's even open internationally ^^ If you haven't already done so, you can click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book. 

I can't wait to finally get my hands on ACOWAR guys! I'm planning to do both a non-spoilery review as well as a full spoilery discussion of the book as soon as I'm done reading it. So be sure to look out for that if you want to hear my thoughts on ACOWAR ^^

Friday, April 28, 2017

Giveaway: A paperback copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! (Open Internationally)

Hi guys ^^ Today I have a very exciting post for you. Yes, you read the title correctly! To celebrate the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which is coming out on the 2nd of May, I am giving away one free paperback copy of the book to one of you! 

And the giveaway is open internationally! Excited yet? Enter the giveaway below!




A celebration of all things ACOTAR/ACOMAF/ACOWAR

In case you missed my previous posts, I recently announced that I'm currently hosting a special ACOTAR event. Throughout the month of May, to celebrate the release of the third installment in Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series, I'll be hosting a bunch of fun stuff on the blog. Between book reviews, bookish goodies and yes, more giveaways, there will be plenty of fun stuff going on here on the blog for those of you who love the series as much as I do. So do drop by throughout the month to see all that fun stuff. 

The giveaway



  • I will be giving away one paperback copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. 
  • This giveaway is open internationally so long the Book Depository ships to your country.
  • This giveaway will last until May 31st.
  • Once the giveaway ends, I will randomly choose a winner and email them to let them know they have won.


Check out my latest post for a non spoiler review of A Court of Wings and Ruin



    I recently uploaded my spoiler free review of ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas, which you can find and read here. In case you were wondering, I loved it!!!!! My spoiler discussion of the book is also coming up on the blog very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if you want to discuss spoilers with me ^^

    Enter my other giveaway to win any book of your choice released in May 2017




I'm currently also participating in a May Release Giveaway Hop which you can enter here to win any book of your choice released in May, worth $20 or less. So be sure to check that out as well if you haven't already done so ^^

Good luck everyone!

Art by Charlie-Bowater, found here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Feyre & Rhysand: The Musical

Hi guys ^^ In case you missed my last posts, I'm currently hosting an ACOTAR event throughout April and May to celebrate the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

Today, I thought I would go back on Feyre and Rhysand's history together... with music! Of course, if you haven't finished A Court of Mist and Fury yet, you probably don't want to scroll down because I'm about to spoil A LOT... 

Still here? Awesome, let's begin :)

1. Rhysand meets Feyre for the first time at Calanmai


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As we eventually learn once Rhysand confesses his feelings to Feyre after she finds out that they are mates, back when he was still Amarantha's prisoner, he began to have visions of her. He would see fleeting images of her dreams and it was through one of those visions that he realized that the woman he had been dreaming about was at the Spring Court. That's why he was at the Calanmai ceremony all the way back in the early chapters of ACOTAR, where he would end up saving Feyre from the three fae that were harassing her.


2. Rhysand binds Feyre to him during Amarantha's trials


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As we later find out, it was to protect Feyre without raising the suspicions of Amarantha, Tamlin and the others that Rhysand bothered with the deal and the binding tattoo in the first place. While his intentions were solely to protect Feyre, for the longest time, Feyre only saw him as another of her tormentors.

 


3. Feyre abandons the Spring Court and joins Rhysand's Inner Circle 


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It is only when Feyre finally leaves the Spring Court behind and joins Rhysand at the Night Court, that she slowly starts to heal from the horrors of Under the Mountain. She becomes a member of Rhysand's Inner Circle and under the care and training of her new friends, Feyre begins to grow stronger.


4. Feyre and Rhysand grow closer during Starfall


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This is the scene where Feyre really starts to realize that she might actually be getting closer to Rhys than she thought she ever would. With the backdrop of the celebrations of Starfall and the brief moment of happiness for the Inner Circle before the trials that await them, this scene is full of promises and hope.


5. Feyre wakes Rhysand from his nightmare

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After seeing Rhysand try his best to save Feyre from the horrors of her past trials, this scene shows that not only has Feyre grown stronger but that she is in fact strong enough to save him in turn from his own inner demons. Plus, Rhysand wearing nothing but his ink and darkness... Come, on XD.


6. Rhysand secretly makes Feyre his High Lady and has her infiltrate the Spring Court 


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And that is ship goals people! That ship has finally sailed and I couldn't be happier. Now I can't wait to see Feyre kick some (Tamlin) ass in ACOWAR. And be reunited with Rhysand of course <3 


So that's it for this post guys. I hope you enjoyed it! If you have other music suggestions that you think would fit Feyre and Rhysand, do share them with me in the comments. Look out for more ACOTAR content in the next few days.

Giveaway Reminder


I'm currently also hosting an international giveaway for a Velaris candle, inspired by the magical City of Starlight from ACOMAF. This candle is being offered by Fictional Flames, an Etsy store that I'm currently working with and which sells amazing bookish candles. If you haven't already done so, you can enter to win this beautiful Velaris candle by clicking here.

Until next time, take care and read on 💛

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Giveaway: Enter to win a Velaris candle inspired by the ACOTAR series (Open Internationally!)


Hello guys ^^ Today I have a very exciting post for you. Indeed, today I'm launching a month's long celebration of all things ACOTAR/ACOMAF/ACOWAR! This is to celebrate the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which comes out on May 2nd. Excited yet??

What to expect of my ACOTAR Event


Art by Charlie-Bowater, found here.

Throughout the end of April and the whole month of May, I'm going to put up a bunch of fun posts based on Sarah J. Maas's ACOTAR series, my favorite by hers by the way. I'm also working with several lovely Etsy sellers throughout April and May to bring to you several giveaways and other posts featuring awesome bookish goodies inspired by Maas's books.

And to kick-start the event, today I'm hosting a special giveaway for you ^^ 

Velaris, the City of Starlight & Dreamers


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For today's post, I'm working with the lovely Melissa from the Etsy store Fictional Flames. This store offers awesome candles inspired by books and for this giveaway, Melissa has selected for you her beautiful Velaris candle, inspired by the magical city in the Night Court from A Court of Mist and Fury. Below you'll find the giveaway which you can enter to win this candle.


Product Description


The candles from Fictional Flames are made from soy wax.  Here are some additional details on the Velaris candle:

Fragrances: Juniper, Jasmin, Citrus, and Starlight

Color: Dark Purple with Silver and Gold Glitter

Burn Time: Approximately 40 hours

Quote on Side: "To the stars who listen & the dreams that are answered.”



For more information about the candle, feel free to check out the Fictional Flames store.



The Giveaway



  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • This giveaway will last until May 3rd.
  • Once the giveaway ends, I will randomly choose a winner and email them to let them know they have won.

Good luck everyone!


Cover image (left) found here

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Favorite Fairy Tales

Hi guys ^^ Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite fairy tales of all time. Fairy tales, as we know them now, can be very different from the stories our parents used to tell us as children. And more often than not, the original stories are very different from the more popular versions we know from books, movies and Disney. What sets the original stories apart from the more popular versions is often the darker, more tragic nature of those stories. Here are some of my favorite of those stories, beginning with my favorite fairy tale of all time and possibly the saddest too...


The little mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

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First published in 1837, this story is about a young mermaid who one day wanders to the surface of her father's undersea kingdom, where she meets and falls in love with a human prince. To be with him, she decides to sacrifice her mermaid tail to earn human legs and to do so, she seeks the help of the sea witch who demands her beautiful voice as payment for the spell. What follows is a story as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, as we see the now mute little mermaid reunited with her prince, but not quite in the way she wanted. The original ending is very different, and way more tragic than the Disney one and I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. Read the full story for free here

Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky (Ballet)

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The day of Prince Siegfried's birthday, his mother the queen tells him that he is now expected to soon choose a bride. Upset that he cannot marry for love, he cannot participate in the revelry around him. To cheer him up, his friends suggests they go for a hunt. There, chasing a flock of swans, Siegfried is separated from his friends. He finally manages to get an aim at the swans, only to freeze when one of them transforms into a beautiful young woman. This woman presents herself as Odette, the Swan Queen and reveals that she, along with her companions, were cursed to take the form of swans by the evil sorcerer Rothbart. Only true love can now save her. This is a ballet rather than a classic fairy tale, but it is no less beautiful with either a happy ending or a tragic one depending on the performance you are watching.


Rapunzel

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When a desperate man steals greens from the garden of a witch to bring to his pregnant wife, the witch catches him and agrees to let him take back as much greens as he wants to his wife on the condition that once their baby is born, she will be hers. Indeed, after the girl is born, the witch takes her away and names her Rapunzel, after the plant her father had stolen. The girl is locked away in a tower and over the years, she grows to be a beautiful young woman with impossibly long hair. With no way to enter or leave the tower, it is only by calling to Rapunzel to let down her long hair that the witch can climb to her. One day, as Rapunzel is singing at her window, a prince who was passing by hears her and comes to find her. The prince comes again many times, until he sees the witch using the girl's hair to climb up. The prince, who has begun to fall in love with Rapunzel, then decides to climb to her and help her escape. The ending to this story, which I won't spoil, is a rather bittersweet one. But this was one of the earliest stories my mom used to tell me, which is why it's one of my favorites.

So those were a few of my favorite fairy tales of all time. There are a few more that I love and I might do another post featuring those stories at some point.

Comment down below and let me know what your favorite fairy tale is!

Until next time, take care and read on 💛

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I don't lend out my books and here's why

Hi guys ^^ So today I thought I would talk about something that I rarely ever bring up: lending out books to other people. Or as I like to call it, my book borrowing horror stories!


People have diverging views about it here in the book community. Some people argue that books are meant to be shared and that a worn out book is just a well loved book. I agree that there is a certain beauty to old, worn out books. I have several of my mom's old books and I love their 'old book smell' and their yellow pages. But a book ruined because someone just happened to be careless with it? That's something else entirely.

Some people won't even hear about sharing their books due to a series of past nightmarish experiences. I've been through some of said nightmarish experiences myself and I thought it would be fun (and maybe even therapeutic lol) to share them with you today!

That time my friend returned my book covered in ink

Honestly, I'm not sure how you can get ink all over a book cover. Like, did you do it on purpose, or what??? So basically what happened is that at some point during early high school, I lent my copy of Eye of the Dragon by Stephen King to a classmate. She told me she loved Stephen King and asked if she could borrow my book to read. Naturally, young and innocent Sou (that's me by the way) said yes. Weeks later, yes WEEKS, I get my book back and there are ink splotches all over the cover.... My friend doesn't even bring it up. She just gives me the book and mumbles thanks before leaving. I couldn't even say anything on the spot as I was half livid with nerdy fury and half incredulous. 


That time my friend wrecked my book's spine

DO NOT WRECK THE SPINE OF MY BOOKS. Ever!!! If you do, you might as well have issued a declaration of war and chances are I'll never speak to you ever again. It was the good old Twilight days and I was one of the girls in my class (I went to an all-girls high school) who actually had the sequels. So my classmate, who was a huge Twilight fan asked me if she could borrow my copy of New Moon. I was a little short on friends at the time and she was one of the few people I was actually friends with. You guessed it, I couldn't say no. And then she returned the book many days later with the spine completely ruined. When she saw I was pissed, she just shrugged and gave me the classic 'it's just a book' line. No girl. Just no! It's never just a book!


That time someone wrecked my book's spine so bad all the pages actually came loose

Look I did try to be a reasonable person when it came to book lending. Despite horrific experiences with it, I still tried to trust other people with my books. And this is what happened. And to my copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince no less. Yes, that person wrecked my Harry Potter book. And it was so bad that all the pages came loose. If hearts could actually shatter, mine would have that day. In case you were wondering, I am still on talking terms with the person but I'm never, ever lending them my books again!


That time someone borrowed my book and never returned it

The dreaded book thief. Not the sweet German one. No, I'm talking about the one we probably all encountered at some point. The one who will tell you they are still reading it, that they haven't finished it. The one who will stall for weeks and then months before admitting that they lost your book. If you're lucky that is. Cause they might also just fall off the face of the earth, your book in tow, and you'll never hear from them again or see your book again. That happened to me only once and that was when I decided that I was done with lending out my books. 


I know that just because some people are disrespectful towards books that this is not the case with everyone. But personally, I've had too many awful experiences with it to continue letting people borrow my books. The only person who still borrows my books is my sister but that's largely because she's one of those rare, rare people I know I can always trust with my books. After all, it's not just money that builds a book collection, but also time and passion. And yes, a great deal of love. And if you're going to borrow someone's book, you must understand and respect that.

So what are your views on lending out books? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Until next time, take care and read on 💛