Warriors & Legends Fairyloot Unboxing // Ella

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Hooray! The May Fairyloot already arrived! And I am so pleased with it - so let me show you the awesome stuff it hold:
First we have an exclusive green tea blend by The Tea Leaf Co with hints of lychee and jasmine and also a 15% discount for the online shop.
The Opposing Tin Candle by In The Wick of Time was send out either as "flame" or "mist" and mine was obviously mist, which smells like warm stone and woodsmoke. Those candles were named by the author of this months book.
Next we have Celtic Socks, exclusively by Fairyloot. They are really soft and thick, so I think they are perfect for the colder season. They show a Celtic knot pattern.
Also included was World Mythology in Bite-sized Chunks by Mark Daniels. I am super excited about this, because I am really interested in mythology. I read about Greek, Nordic and Celtic mythology so far, but I am intrigued to learn about other cultures too.
Then there are an exclusive One Ring Bookmark by Ink and Wonder, a Metallic Feather Pen by Flora's Wonder Emporium and a Noandel Sampler.
I never read LoTR, but the bookmark is beautiful and still a nice item to use, even if you're not a fan, I think. The quill is absolutely cute and I already tried it: it's nice to write with.
Last but not least we got the book, which is Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. I guessed it, when the topic and hint for the may book was announced and this was the reason I wanted this box so badly. It's a retelling of Mulan set in feudal Japan "filled with action, atmosphere and romance".
Sadly, I wasn't pleased with Given to the Sea, which was the book in the April box, but I have a very good feeling about this one! So excited to read it!

The box also included a signed bookplate, the fairyscoop, a note from the author, a Flame in the Mist bookmark as well as the Spoiler card and a fairyloot bookmark with the design of the month.
Lots of bookmarks, you see :D

I am thinking about writing a review on Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis.
However, you'll hear about me.
Ella

Notebook Filling Ideas // Ella

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hi there, it's Ella!

And if you're something like me, you are an absolute victim of buying notebooks, collecting them, but you never really use them.
So I collected some ideas on how to finally start using those and want to share those with you.

Don't know what to do with these yet... The left ones were Study Books once, only a few pages filled.

Diary

Really basic. Make daily, weekly or monthly entries, write whenever you feel like or sit down by schedule. For getting things down, self reflection and clearing your mind.

Morning Pages
The concept says to sit down in the morning, let your thoughts flow and write three pages straight.
Check out this website for more information.

Reading Diary
As being a bookblogger, I had to put this in, though I don't do it myself. You could either write shorter or longer reviews and basic thoughts on every book you read or just for special ones. You could even just write a list of the books you read and if you want to, stars for rating, to track your reading over several years.

Travel Diary
Include packing lists, tickets, bills etc and write short reports on everyday of your journey. You might add photos and overall conclusions.

Dream Journal
Write down what you remember from last nights dream on an everyday basis or only when you feel like it. Might be fun, enlightening or a source of inspiration for creative work.

Gratitude Journal
Write down three things (or less or more) everyday that you are grateful for. Works also for things that made you happy.

(random) To Do Lists

List Journal
Not just random lists, but lists on movies you want to sea, destinations you want to visit, etc.
A bunge of ideas here and here.

Bullet Journal

Sketchbook

Photo album

Vocab Book

Study Book
Write summaries of your subject matter, mind maps, definitions, etc.

Collection of Poems and Quotes
Poems might be your own. Try to illustrate them.

Inspiration Book
Could also hold Poems and Quotes, but also pictures from magazines, the Internet or self-taken. Whatever inspires you, you know.

Idea Book
Blogpost ideas, book ideas, all sort of projects, ...

Questions on yourself
I got a little booklet with 1000 Questions for myself I want to start answering in a notebook soon.
You will find some on the Internet, for example those by Lavendaire.

Notes on specific topics
For example Podcasts, helpful videos, from (non-fiction) books,...
Whatever you want to learn more of.


Notebooks in use or planned:

  1. Questions on myself
  2. Random sketchbook for scribbles (I have a proper one)
  3. Current Notebook (IV) *
  4. A leporello I want to use as a Photo album. Still have to decide on what photos I want to put in there.
  5. This will be my next Notebook (V)
  6. Planning a book idea in this one
* I have a "Notebook" for several years now. It's a mixture of a lot of things.
To do lists, diary entries, sketches, lists, quotes, ... just everything. I tried bullet journaling for half a year and it was fine, but when I found a nice planner, I stopped. Maybe I will start again.
I planned on buying a Leuchttum1917 again, but I got way too much notebooks right now, so I will use one of those instead.

Of course, you can always combine the different ways of using a notebook into one.
Do you have more ideas?
What do you use your notebooks for?

See you soon,
Ella.

This was April '17 & May TBR // Ella

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Hi there, it's Ella!
And here we go with my better late than never monthly post.

Overall:

University started, Easter passed, what should I say...
I am really enjoying studying again, but I still have to figure out the right routine for me. But I think I will be able to fulfil my goal of more productivity this semester.
I also spend a weekend at Münster, which was really nice.
As I wrote in my Wrap-Up post, this was not my best reading month considering my amount of books, but they all were really good, so that's absolutely fine.

Favourites:



  1. Quality time with my family during Easter 
  2. I received my first Fairyloot box in April - and I loved it! So excited for the may one
  3. My weekend at Münster - eating great burger and watching Chinese lights at the zoo
  4. I read great books - but my favourite was Ready Player One

Looking forward:

May doesn't hold to exciting things - but I am looking forward to more warm weather and more good books + finally settling a good study routine.

TBR:


  1. At the Sign of the Sugared Plum & Petals in Ashes by Mary Hooper
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  4. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
  5. Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers
  6. Modestrecke by Jessica Weiss & Julia Knolle
Books I will reread - check out my post on this too. Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea I  just bought in Münster. I read this some years ago and posted a review on its sequel in march.

See ya,
Ella

April Wrap-Up // Ella

Friday, 5 May 2017



Hi there, it's Ella!

And there we go again....
I know, I'm a bit late, but I will start with my monthly post trio right away. Starting with my wrap-up today, followed by my monthly overview and tbr.

Let's dive right into it.

I started this month with

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ✭✭✭

and have also read Glass Sword ✭✭✭✭✩

I did enjoy both books very much, though I liked the first one a bit better. The Sequel was going slow at some points, but I am super curious for the third one, though I will wait to buy this one until there a copy of the size of my two others available.
I consider writing a review on the series after reading Kings Cage.



We Are Okay by Nina LaCour  ✭✭✭

I really loved this one. Check out my review.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline  ✭✭✭

Was probably my favourite read this month. 

My Goodreads review: This book was an awesome read!
I really enjoyed the virtual reality, the possibilities it gaves to the plot.
Action, fun and mystery, magic, 80s culture and a tiny little bit of romance.
I loved the characters (except the evil ones of course - but even they were the perfect villains you love to hate).
But I also likes the serious background of the book - it really makes one think - and we should:
Massive environmental pollution and growing relevance of living online are topics we're already dealing with and will even more in the future.


The Creeping Shadow ( Lockwood & Co #4) by Jonathan Stroud ✭✭✭✭✩

I am quite a fan of the Lockwood series, though they're middle grade reads. But the authors creates an awesome atmosphere, cosy but exciting. It makes me feel being a child again, not only because those are middle grade reads or I started the series when I was some years younger, but because the concept of ghost hunters itself is rather a more childlike. I love that.
But I have to admit, that I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous ones, mainly because we had not the regular team setup and some emotional distance between the characters.


Not on the photo but still read

The Ice Twins by S.K.Tremayne ✭✭✭✭✩

I do not usually read thrillers, but sometimes, I do.
The Ice Twins was a really quick read for me, because it was damn exciting. I absolutely didn't see the plot twist in the end coming. The concept was unique I think and the psychological concept my cup of tea, since I study psychology and that's what I am interested in.

As you see, I did not read as much as in the last months, but university started again, so that's some kind of excuse. (It's not.) 
But I really enjoyed those books I read, so that's a plus!

See you soon,
Ella

How to build a TBR // Ella

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Hit there, it's Ella.

Since I finished my tbr some weeks ago, it was finally time to get some new reads.

I was super proud to and happy I finally did it and I had absolutely no problem with my now new task: Grabbin' some books.


First, I ordered the American Hardcover of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Yes, I have to admit that at one point, this was a cover buy, but I also heard that this book is really well written, so hey, I got to got it.

Ready Player One was on my radar ever since, however, I never bought it- Until now. The concept sounded super exciting (and having it already read by now: yes, it was.)

I am a fan of the Lockwood & Co. series for some years by now and I am always in need to read that book when a new one is anounced. This is the fourth one, German edition, The Creeping Shadow in English. Though they are middle grade reads, I highly recommend them, I enjoyed every single one of them, including this one, it's already read.


I don't exactly know why I picked Thre Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, but I recently read Red Queen plus I somehow guessed it must be good because I saw one post on it on EpicReads. Don't know. I am in the mood for this I think.

We Are Okay was a cover buy but turned out as an awesome read. Did a review  on this one.

Given to the Sea was the book I got in the Aprils Fairyloot.

And last but not least: Glass Sword. I adored Red Queen, so there was no way not getting this one.

So, my upcoming monthly tbrs will feature these books (or at least those one I heven't read yet, which are three in numbers) plus some planned rereads. I did a post on those too.

I will see you soon in my monthly wrap-up and monthly overall post.

Ella.

Fairyloot Unboxing for April // Ella

Monday, 1 May 2017

Hi there, it's Ella.
And, uh, yeah, I am so behind schedule.
I wanted to upload at least two posts last week and I took the photos for them, but then, I went on a trip without posting in advance or at least preuploading the pictures so I will post everything in the next few days.



However, here we go:
On last Monday, my Fairyloot box finally arrived (though I couldn't pick it up until the day after, because my neighbours took it for me but then they weren't at home until Tuesdays afternoon.

So, let's go!


First, we have this super cute To The Stars mug with a quote from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas designed by Risa Rodil. I am following the artist on Instagram and I really love her stuff. She does awesome art with quotes from books and movies.

Next: This wonderful Reverie candle exclusively produced for Fairyloot by Meraki Candles. It smells awesome - sweet but fresh, like mint, marshmallows and candy floss. I am a huge fan of scented candles, so big love here.

Then we have a cute little Follow your dreams magnet by Fairyloot. As I said, it's cute, but I just took down my magnet board, but I putted it on my heater right now. I don't really like, that it's so huge and square. Maybe I will give it away. Don't know.

My favourite item might be the Dream Jar pin exclusively designed by House of Wonderland. I have usual buttons but this is my first pin. It's so cute, I pinned i on a beanie and wore it during the last days, when it was a bit colder. I might put it on my jeans jacket or shirt next.

The Little Dreamer tote bag featuring a quote from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon produced by Miss Phi is adorable too. The design is super pretty. And I liked it even better than I thought: I considers the handles too short, but they turned out just fine. 

Though I already have a bunge of notebooks, here I have a new one for my collection: A gemstone notebook by Portico. Mine shows a garnet for January. It has lined pages and iridescent pages like the stone on the front on the first and last two double pages.

The next picture shows the spoiler card with the design for the Dreams & Wishes theme, the matching bookmark (first time they included one I think) plus a Spindle Fire and Hunted postcard.

Aaaand of course we got the book which is Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis. | Goodreads

Ok, so in super short, it's about this girl who is meant to be immolated to the sea to prevent the Kindom against a kind of wave which once destroyed it.
The rest is hard to put in a few sentences, so check out Goodreads.
I never heard of the book before but I am quite excited and it will be my next read.

Soooo, this was my first ever Fairyloot box I ever received and I am super happy with it. It contained wonderful items and I am excited for the next one, which I already ordered.

Have you ever ordered a Fairyloot box? What do you think of the Aprils one?

See you soon,
Ella

On Saturday Evening We Are Okay // Ella

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Hi there, it's Ella!
Today I am here with a little review, just a short one, but there will be more posts coming up up next week. I am sorry I didn't manage to post more than once a week, I hope I will be able to improve.
Let me talk about We Are Okay by Nina Lacour. (Goodreads)
I actually bought this book because of the cover and luckily, I ended up liking it very much.

The story tells of Marin, who is spending winter break alone at the dorms of her university, waiting for her best friend Mabel to come. Mabel, who she hasn't talked to, like she hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. 
She never revealed what happened after her Grandfather, whom she lived with, died. What happened after she ran away. What happened in all those months since then, how she still felt the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. How everything she felt was loneliness.



      "I could say the night felt magical, but that would be embellishment. 
      That would be romanticization.
      What it actually felt like was life."


This is one of those books which are about the atmosphere, the feeling rather than the plot.
Marin doesn't just tell you how she feels, Nina LaCour makes you feel it.
Of course, there was a story, but is was a slowly told.
And I liked how it was going slow on revealing the truth, just the way Marin revealed the truth to Mabel.
I liked how their relationship was portrayed.
How homo- /bisexuality was just a normal and natural part of the story, but not a main part.
I liked how poetic it was. Not over the top, intended but not just wanted and placed.
This book just gave me a certain feeling. 
We are okay was heartbreaking in the best way possible. I loved it. 
I loved how it made me suffer aside with Marin and how it healed both of us in the end.

Thought it had only 234 pages, it took me a few days (mainly because I wasn't reading this much), but I really enjoyed taking myself time for it.

Did you read "We Are Okay"? 
What did you thought?

Until next week, 
Ella