Dec 30, 2016

2016 End of the Year Survey

One more day to the end of 2016! Once again, I've failed my GR challenge, read some equally amazing and meh books, and it's that time to do Jamie's end of the year survey take a look at how my bookish year has been!

Dec 27, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Steampunk jewellery from Cogs and Curiosities

Hey bookworms!

I am back with another merch store today! Today, we're featuring a store that makes and sells the coolest jewellery, all steampunk themed! Their stuff is so amazing, and I am so happy to share it with you all!

Dec 21, 2016


Hello bookworms!!!

Guess what's special about today??? It's been two years since Chasing Faerytales was created! YES, MY BABY IS TWO YEARS OLD! This is so exciting, plus I am extremely sappy, so beware of all the feels below!

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Dec 14, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Mason's Custom Funkos

I am pretty excited about today's store! :) Funkos are a popular trend these days, and I've always wanted to buy myself some, even though shipping has always made me sob! Well, today we're featuring Mason, who makes and sells custom funkos inspired by books!

Dec 13, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Bookmarks from Read and Wonder

Another day, another book merch store, and today we are featuring a store which sells stickers, bookmarks - both magnetic and normal - which you wouldn't want to miss! 

Say hi to Jess the owner of Read and Wonder, a store which sells the most adorable products!

Dec 12, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Magnetic bookmarks from Jane's Tiny Things

Hi bookworms!

Today I bring to you yet another store which sells bookmarks, but this time, of the magnetic kind! Say hello to Jane, the owner of Jane's Tiny Things, who makes and sells the most adorable pop culture and books inspired magnetic bookmarks and stickers!

Dec 11, 2016

Announcing the 2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge!

Hi bookworms!

It's that time of the year! Shelly and I are once again joining forces to bring to you a year long reading challenge for diverse books! With certain new aspects, we're resuming the challenge we created last year, and let us present to you Diverse Reads 2017!

For newbies to the challenge - what is it all about? Well, we want to encourage the reading and support of diverse books and marginalized voices, and therefore this challenge hopes to help you read more diversely in 2017!

How do we classify a book as diverse?

The main character - or one of the leads, who preferably has a POV - has to belong to a diverse group. According to the definition of We Need Diverse Books
"We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization."
Furthermore if you have any doubt regarding whether a book is diverse or not, feel free to ask either Shelly or Me via twitter. I am @chasingfaes and Shelly is @shellysrambles.

Certain things to know

  • The books you read can be MG/YA/NA or adult, as well as in any format - paperback, hardcover, ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, anthologies, short stories etc.
  • The books you read can be released at any time, can be ARCs and can be rereads. And it can coincide with another challenge you're taking part in.
  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, and you can join in at any time you want.
  • You don't have to have a blog in order to participate, but we'd prefer if you review or talk about book in some platform, namely twitter, instagram or goodreads
  • We don't have levels or points, as we're trying to promote the reading of diversity, and we want you to set your own goals!

What's new this year?

We have created mini challenges for each month! We have designated a theme for each month, and while you are not required to read a book that falls in that particular category, this is something we created for those who like to challenge themselves a bit. 

January - Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology
February - POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead
March - Disability
April - Mental Health 
May - Religious Diversity
June and July - Sexuality and Gender Identity
August - Non Western Setting
September - Ownvoices
October - Intersectionality
November - Diverse Retelling
December - 2017 Releases

We have created a reading list to help you with choosing your reads for the challenge. It's categorized according the monthly themes, and it's in Read Only mode, so if you have more recommendations or links/resources, do let us know in the comments or via twitter so we can add them to the list.
And that's not it! We want to celebrate diverse books that are being released in 2017 and their authors, so if you have a book coming out next year which is diverse, we want to feature you! Please sign up using the google form below, and you'll be interviewed and your book will be spotlighted in either one of our blogs during the course of the year!

Sign up and start reading!

All you have to do to sign up is to create a post saying that you're joining the challenge! A challenge TBR is optional, but we'd love to see your reading choices! You can also join with a sign up tweet or instagram post, just make sure to include the link of this post, use the hashtag #DiverseReads2017 and let everyone know that you're joining in the challenge!

Dec 9, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Soaps,lip balms and bookmarks from Behind the Pages

Hi bookworms!

Today we're featuring one of my favourite book merch stores! Say hi to Gina, the owner of Behind the Pages, who sells the most amazing book inspired soaps and lip balms!

Dec 7, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Jewellery from Feather Project

Hi everyone!

Today's store is kinda extra special, as it's not only an outlet for gorgeous accessories, charms and fandom inspired merch, it's also a local store!!! Yep, let me present to you Feather Project, a 
handmade store based in Sri Lanka, which I am proud to feature on the blog today!

Dec 6, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Bookmarks from Ink and Wonder

Today's post is for lovers of bookmarks!!

Whether you use bookmarks to mark your pages, or just love to collect them like me, this particular type of book merch is something that all of us bookworms adore! So today on the blog, we're featuring Ink and Wonder, a store which sells beautiful wooden bookmarks, which you don't want to miss!

Dec 5, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Candles from Novelly Yours

Hi bookworms!

Today we bring to you the second store we're featuring during this season. Novelly Yours is a store that sells candles inspired by books, characters and fandoms, and say hi to its owner, Brittany!

You might know Brittany as the blogger behind The Book Addict's Guide and one of the masterminds behind OTSP  Secret Sister, but today, it's time to get to know her as a store owner, while taking a look at the amazing store that is Novelly Yours!

Dec 2, 2016

A Very Bookish Christmas || Bookmarks from Skinny Hues

Hi bookworms!

Today you get to meet the first store we're highlighting during A Very Bookish Christmas! Say hi to Crini, the owner of one of my favourite Etsy stores, Skinny Hues - who makes gorgeous watercolour bookmarks that you don't want to miss!

Dec 1, 2016

Announcing A Very Bookish Christmas - A book merch store feature

Hello bookworms!

It's December! First of all, can you even believe that we are in the last month of the year? And the second thing is, are you all getting your Christmas wish lists ready? I am extremely excited to curate mine, which is going to be 85% bookish stuff, so I thought of doing something that might help you out a bit with your book merch shopping!

Throughout this month, I will feature a bookish merchandise store on the blog, complete with an interview of the store owner (s), spotlights of the products, details, links and some stores are even giving some of their products away, while some will be revealing an exclusive discount code!

So, from today, we'll be starting "A Very Bookish Christmas", and you'll get to know about different book merch stores throughout the month!

Nov 28, 2016

Dahlia Adler's Thanksgiving || The Thanks U Give

Hi bookworms!

Okay, technically, The Thanks U Give ended yesterday, but I only got the chance to properly wrap up today! I really didn't expect the hashtag to get this big, and I was overwhelmed and awed by the love and gratitude it brought on. Thank you to everyone who posted or tweeted during #TheThanksUGive!

Today we have a special guest over, who will say her thank you's. Let's welcome Dahlia Adler, the amazing author, diversity advocate and overall cool kid of the twitter! Without further ado, over to you Dahlia!

Nov 21, 2016

Kicking off The Thanks U Give - a bookish thanksgiving celebration! (+ Giveaway)

Hi bookworms!

We've officially stepped into Thanksgiving week, which in turn starts off The Thanks U Give, our bookish thanksgiving celebration!

In case you missed it, I joined hands with Hazel from Stay Bookish, to put together a blog hop, inviting authors and bloggers alike to share their gratitude to the book community! Today we're officially kicking it off, and I am so excited about this whole week!

Nov 17, 2016

Announcing The Thanks U Give - a thanksgiving project

Hello bookworms!

Today, I am beyond excited to share with you all a project I've been working on! It is called The Thanks U Give and it's all about saying thank you to the wonderful people in the book community!

The project is inspired by Thanksgiving, and will take place during the Thanksgiving week - which is from the 21st to the 27th of November! The feature will be in a form of a blog hop, and all of you are invited to join in and say your thank yous!

And on top of all of that, I have an amazing co host for the event! The wonderful Hazel will be joining me, and we are excited to present to you The Thanks U Give!

P.S - If you're wondering about the name, it's inspired by the upcoming book The Hate U Give! :D

Nov 5, 2016

So, what exactly is the deal with The Continent? ( Review + Discussion )

If you are on twitter, and follow bookish people, you wouldn't have missed the intense discussion that The Continent has brought on. It has been called out for containing racism, for its use of offensive racial slurs, and problematic rep overall. People who have read it, came up with their opinions, while some who haven't read it yet, decided to boycott it. I myself, had an ARC of The Continent at my disposal from BEA, and decided to read the book and see it all for myself, as I firmly believe that I can only judge a book after I've read it. So I did it, read it, in fact, read it ultra carefully, dissecting it as a critic and not a reader, and here are my thoughts about The Continent by Keira Drake.

Title : The Continent
Author: Keira Drake
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

Nov 3, 2016

5 Things I want to see in YA as a Disable Reader - Lara @ Another Teen Reader || Diverse Reads 2016

Hi bookworms!

It's been a long time since we had a #DiverseReads2016 guest post, so let's remedy that today! As we are currently in the mental health and disabilities phase of the challenge, today we have Lara from Another Teen Reader who shares what she expects from YA as a disabled reader.

Oct 31, 2016

A non scary reading list for Halloween!

Happy Halloween folks!

Despite it not being so big here in SL, I absolutely adore Halloween! I just love looking all the decor and costumes, and sitting down to watch my regular playlist of Halloween movies!!!

Halloween also means ghost stories, spooky reads and creepy vibes in general. When it comes to books, the mainstream halloween reads tends to be horror and thriller, but I am a scared cat, and try to avoid them as much as possible. And today, I wanted to share a Halloween reading list, which is a toned down version, where I share non scary books, for fellow Courage the Cowardly Lions.

Also, I have shared such a list last year during Halloween time, so make sure to check that one out as well! 

Oct 29, 2016

9 times books understood me so well, that they made me cry

They say that books are portable magic. Those written words can make people laugh, teach life lessons, cause tears, and move readers. And sometimes we read stories, and about characters, who are so much like us, who have gone through the exact same thing as we have, and there can be nothing more moving or personal than reading such a story, and finding yourself reflected in the pages of a book.

All avid readers would have, at one point in their life, felt this. I myself, in my journey with books, have come across stories and characters who reminded me of myself a tad bit too much, enough to make those floodgates open by default. So today, my lovely readers, I want to share 9 times, books and characters understood and reflected me so well, that they made me sob uncontrollably.

P.S - This post is obviously going to get personal. Plus, all these 9 books, reflect a darker, sadder side of me, so don't expect sunny experiences, and I've warned you about the possible dirty laundry.

Oct 25, 2016

Fixing the threads of time || Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Title : Timekeeper
Author: Tara Sim
Release Date: November 8th 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

Oct 15, 2016

For an authentic representation of diversity in your book || A reader's guide for writers

The need and call for diversity is so high and very much acknowledged in the book community - especially in recent times. While the inclusion of diversity - whether it's in the form of main characters of different ethnicities and religions, stories set in foreign countries, characters of different sexualities and orientations and addressing disabilities and mental health - is something that's greatly appreciated, it's also important to note the authenticity of that inclusion and representation. After all, no one would want a stereotypical, unrealistic and purely wrong portrayal of their own minority. It takes away the entire point of having diversity at all.

So that made me think. How can one achieve authenticity in their representation? Unless it's the case of #ownvoices - writers who belong to the minority they're portraying in their book - it is quite hard to be entirely true to the subject matter the author has chosen to embark on. But at the same time, there are certain things a writer can - and sometimes should - do in order to pull off an authentic representation of diversity.

So today, I thought of listing them down for you. I am no writer, but as a reader, a diversity advocate, a person who has befriended enough authors and an aspiring writer, I believe I have some knowledge to offer. Of course, everything might not be relevant for you, or there might be more important things, but here's what I could compile, and let me present to you a guide for featuring authentic representation of your diverse subject matter.

Oct 11, 2016

Top Ten Highly Recommended books I still haven't read

Hi bookworms!

I know, I know, I just disappeared for a long time without a word. Blame goes to school again, as I was stuck with yet another event organizing, which just finished this Friday. So I am back! Kind of. Hopefully, I'll be free for some time before being hauled into something else.

Being part of the book community means that there's never a shortage of recommendations. Whether a book is personally recommended to you, or a title is ever present in twitter, creating a alot of hype in its wake, these neverending recs are a reason to my never reducing TBR pile. So today, I am going to list the top ten highly recommended books, which for some reason I still haven't read.

  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The book community keeps throwing this book on my face! :) My love for violence and brutality is not a secret, and this book seems to be the first title that comes to everyone's mind, when I ask for recs. I relly don't know why I haven't picked this book up though. Hopefully, I will, soon.

2. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is one of those popular authors, I wish I can read at least one book by, just to satisfy my curiosity. I shall tackle you one day Steelheart, wait for me.

3. Game of Thrones by George R.R.Martin

Honestly, I am scared to start this book. Or the TV series. It's just a bit too much, and I wonder whether I can handle it.

4. Splintered by A.G.Howard

To my credit, I actually started this book. And read atleast half of it. And then, for reasons I can't remember I didn't continue. And that's not because I didn't like it either, I actually enjoyed the story a lot. Heaven knows what was running in my mind then. Sigh. Well, hopefully I will take this up the second time, and continue it this time around.

5. Bone Gap by Lauren Ruby

This book sounds amazing. And my curiosity has been raised by Cait's ravings. I shall experience the wonders of this book soon, I hope.

6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

War fascinates me a lot. And I have a soft corner for fiction based on World War 2, so Code Name Verity is a recommendation which has piqued my curiosity greatly. I just hope I can find a copy soon, since that's the only barrier between this story and me. 

7. Captive Prince by C.S.Pascat

Again, a book I am afriad of. This time regarding the amount of feels it will drown me in, and its intensity. That and the fact that I yet have to find a copy of this one as well.

8. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman

Another popular title I abandoned halfway for no reason. Actually I think my wary-of-scifi-brain was a bit scared and overwhelmed. I hope to give this one another try though. It sounds too amazing for me to miss out.

9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Mass

This is probably the only book from this list, which I am sure, and vow that I won't read. There's no love lost between Sarah J.Mass and me, and I have bitter feelings about the turn ToG took, and I am mentally not ready for another series. Sorry Mass fans.

10. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Why in the world haven't I read this yet? I can't find a copy, that's all. I probably won't find one in Sri Lankan bookstores and shelves - we still have to go a long way regarding LGBT fiction - but I deeply desire I can get my hands on one soon.

What books have you been recommended often, but yet haven't read?

Sep 30, 2016

An important tale on identity || If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Title : If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Release Date: June 1st 2016
Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school.

Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in love with.

Amanda has a secret.

At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

A book about loving yourself and being loved for who you really are.

Sep 24, 2016

Hosting successful twitter chats - Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles || LITHW16

Hey book worms!

Before we start the post, I'd like to remind you all that the #LITHW16 twitter chat will be today at 12 PM EST! It's the last chat for this year's event, so don't forget to join in!!!

That being said, let's focus on the topic at hand, which coincidentally is twitter chats! :D Twitter chats have always been a really amazing way to learn, connect and have fun. Hosting them is definitely a new experience. Some pull it off so effortlessly, but there's so much going inside hosting a chat. So today, we have Brittany who hosts the super exciting #BBTC, to share some tips and insider info.

Sep 20, 2016

Tips on creating blog graphics - Aentee @ Read at Midnight || LITHW16

Sometimes writing the content is not the hardest part of  publishing a new blog post. Finding the rights images to go with it can be a huge task - especially if you're as hopeless at designing stuff as me. Pretty graphics and headers never fail to grab attention, and can be a crucial part of the success of a blog post. So today, we have Aentee - whose graphics are just plain gorgeous - to share a few tips on creating blog graphics. Honestly I can't think of a better person for this post, and I hope all of you learn something new and helpful.

Sep 18, 2016

Yours truly is 18 and it's time to celebrate!!!!

Hi bookworms!

Guess, what day it is??? Yes, it's my birthday! I am turning 18 and have officially become legal, and it's time to celebrate!

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Last year, I shared 17 things about myself, so I decided to make it a tradition and share 18 random facts about myself in honour of me turning 18!

Sep 16, 2016

Booktube and Blogging - Alex @ The Book's Buzz || LITHW16

Hi bookworms!

Booktube has become a major book pushing platform in recent times. The allure hasn't escaped bloggers either, as we see a lot of bloggers doing vlogs and starting a booktube channel. Personally I am camera shy and wouldn't attempt it, but booktube fascinates me quite a lot. So today, we're talking about booktube, and how it feels like to start a channel while being a blogger. To break it all down, we have Alex from The Book's Buzz, who juggles both her channel and blog efficiently and is here to share some of the knowledge!

Sep 12, 2016

The Art of Twitter - Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 || LITHW16

Hi bookworms!

Social media has become a vital platform to promote blog posts and build relationships, when it comes to blogging. Probably the most prominent one of them all would be twitter, with its popularity among users and the awesome experience and opportunities it delivers. For a starter, learning the art of twitter might be tricky, so today we have Nori to tell you all about it! When I thought about this post idea, Nori was the first person to pop into my head, as she's the ever present soul on twitter and often known as the head blogger cheerleader! Without further ado, let me present the floor to the expert!

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Sep 8, 2016

Introduction to Copy-Editing - Alicia @ Awesome Book Assessment || LITHW 16

Hello bookworms! This is Jillian, and I am really grateful to have with me here today a close blogging buddy whom I've known for quite some time now. Alicia does an online editing service over at her blog, and she's here today to share with you all information on copy-editing.

Hello everyone! First of all, thanks so much to Jillie and Mishma for having me on their blog.
I’m Alicia, and I blog over at Awesome Book Assessment. I also have a craft website and editing services offered through my blog. The latter is what I’ll be talking about today. So without further ado, here’s some advice on freelance editing!

Sep 6, 2016

A sequel to keep you on edge || A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: August 30th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison - to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. 
And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias's former friend and the Empire's newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus's will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own - one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape... and kill them both.

Sep 1, 2016

All about review requests - Kaitlin @ Next Page Please || LITHW16

Handling review requests, both received and sent is not as easy as it seems sometimes. Despite the availability of hundred posts on there how to send, I feel like there's not much on how to handle requests you receive. So today, we have Kaitlin from Next Page Please who gives a complete breakdown on how to deal with review requests, from the time you send or receive one to the aftermath of reading the book!

Aug 28, 2016

On beta reading and beta reading services - Inge @ Of Wonderland || LITHW16

Hey bookworms!

There's so much work put in the process between writing a book and publishing it! One of the best people out there to aid a writer is a beta reader - someone who reads through a manuscript and gives honest opinion - and bloggers excel as this job! Today Inge from Of Wonderland is here to explain the process and how you can build it up as a service offered to writers looking for some critique and opinion!

Aug 26, 2016

Be prepared to drown in feels || History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Title: History Is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Release Date: January 17th 2017
Publisher: Soho Teen

OCD-afflicted Griffin has just lost his first love, Theo, in a drowning accident. In an attempt to hold onto every piece of the past, he forges a friendship with Theo's last boyfriend, Jackson. When Jackson begins to exhibit signs of guilt, Griffin suspects he's hiding something, and will stop at nothing to get to the truth about Theo's death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth both in terms of what he's willing to hide and what true love means.

Aug 24, 2016

Religion in YA - JM Cabral @ Book Freak Revelations || Diverse Reads 2016

Hi Bookworms!

It's been ages since we had a #DiverseReads2016 post here on the blog! We are currently in the religious diversity phase of the challenge, so today we have a guest post on religion in YA! The inclusion of religion in YA and its role in the plot has always been a rather sensitive matter. So today, we have JM Cabral from Book Freak Revelations to give his thoughts on religion in YA.

Aug 21, 2016

How to Plan a Blog Event - Claire @ Cover to Cover || LITHW16

Hey Bookworms! 

Blog events are awesome! I might be biased, as right now, I am running one myself, but still, creative and fun blog events are the best! And as bloggers, hosting a memorable blog event is a nice dream, but it also takes a lot of planning! So today, we have Claire from Cover to Cover, who has hosted Project Serendipity - a wonderful project which included bloggers exchanging notes and compliments to one another.

Aug 18, 2016

The book of my dreams || The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

Aug 16, 2016

Mastering the art of Bookstagram - Lisa @ Lost in Literature || LITHW16

Hi bookworms!

Today's #LITHW16 post is one of my own favs! :) Instagram - or rather bookstagram to be specific - has become a huge platform for book promoting and a major player in the publishing game these days! While on the surface, the secret to have a successful account might seem to be good photography alone, but in reality, there's so much more. Like all social media, instagram has its secrets and tips, and today we have Lisa from Lost in Literature to explain all about it!

I honestly couldn't think of a better person for this post! Lisa's feed is gorgeous, but what I love most is the connection and interaction she has built up with her followers! Without further ado, let me hand over the floor to Lisa, and before that, don't forget to check out her bookstagram!

Learnt It The Hard Way_ 

Aug 14, 2016

Kaitlin and Mish do the Harry Potter Spell Tag! || SPBT 2016

Hi guys!

Today's the last day of Summer Blogger Promo Tour! It was amazing to be part of the event again this year, and today, we have our last guest blogger of the event over at Chasing Faerytales!

Say hi to Kaitlin from Next Page Please! She's one of my bestest blogger buddies, and today, we both decided to do the Harry Potter Spell Tag!

Aug 12, 2016

BBCP #2 || Currently Reading

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Hi guys!

Today's the second day of  Gray Team's meme for BBCP - Classic Friday!

Today's prompt is Currently Reading, and if you wish to join us with the meme, feel free to grab the questions! :)

Aug 10, 2016

Running a successful design business - Hazel @ Stay Bookish || LITHW16

Hi everyone!

Before we start off with the post, I want to remind you all that the #LITHW16 twitter chat will be happening on Saturday, at 12 PM EST! Don't forget to grab the hashtag and join in!

That being said, let's shift the focus to today's post! Despite a blog being all about writing posts and sharing thoughts, it is vital to maintain it visually and aesthetically pleasing as well. Hence, the popularity of design businesses. If you are a skilled designer, chances are that you have at least flirted with the idea of running one at some point. So today, we have Hazel from Stay Bookish to explain how design businesses to work, and some tips to be successful at it!

Before I hand over the floor to Hazel, I'd also recommend her design shop wholeheartedly! She excels in creating beautiful designs with the most amazing colour palettes! I never regret choosing her to do my design! Check out her store here!

Aug 8, 2016

Building Author - Blogger Relationships - Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books || #LITHW16

Hi everyone!

It's time for the second post of Learnt it the Hard Way and today we have Rachel from A Perfection Called Books to talk about author blogger relationships!

Building relationships with authors is exciting and vital in a blogger's journey. There are never hard and fast rules on how to make friends, of course, but there can be certain things to consider when it comes to the diplomatic relationships between authors and bloggers. So, today, Rachel will be breaking it all down for you!