Tips to protect your pretty books

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This post is for all of you who want to keep your books in TOP condition while reading!

When I read hardcovers, I take off the jacket and leave it on my shelves. I do not like reading with it as it’s so awkward to hold when you open your book.

Because of this though, I used to always get my hardcovers dirty or damaged. Not BAD though, but you know… still a tiny spot that will bug me forever *looks at my Queen of Shadow copy with pain in my heart*

I had enough of it and started a research on how I could prevent damaging my beautiful (and expensive) books. Here are my three to-go tips!

#1 Wrapping paper

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Golden wrapping paper looks damn fine!

This is in my opinion the best tip for those paperbacks that come in all different sizes!

Especially now, stores are bursting with school supplies. Take advantage of it and buy a bunch of colored or patterned paper. When starting a book, wrap it the same way you would do with a schoolbook (but with more love😀 )

Simple, though the paper can only be used once. Personally, I don’t think this is a 100% safe tip, but it would be useful in a bookish emergency. And if you still have rolls of unused wrapping paper, why not use it for a good cause?

#2 Use a bookish bag

Okay, minor spoiler alert if you haven’t received the September Fairyloot box, but included was a small (sort of) ‘tote bag’ just big enough to put a book in it. This is AMAZING to protect them from possible scratches of objects in your handbag (like keys).

Didn’t order this bookbox and can’t find a mini bag online in the right size? No problem! Get those sewing supplies out and make one yourself!

Is sewing not your thing? Buy a cheap laptop sleeve. They are often made from a thick and soft material which is perfect for a book!

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3. (BEST TIP) Buy book sleeves

Okay, this tip is not recommended for paperbacks, but it’s still the BEST thing EVER.

Book sleeves/jackets are life savers!! You should be able to find them in stores with school supplies or maybe even on Amazon. There are plastic versions, but I recommend the stretchy kind.

Remove the dust jacket of your hardcover and slip it around your book. It’s easy, reusable and super cheap!

Like in tip two, if you can sew, then definitely try to make one yourself. I’ve already seen plenty of tutorials on YouTube! Go with a matching color or go crazy with the patterns😀

Which one do you think it’s the best tip?

Do you have some personal recommendations too? Feel free to tell me in the comments! 😉

Recent Release #80

Recent Release

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

23203252Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, historical
Release date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Length: 416 pages

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

“Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean.”
—Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

“Pure enchantment. I love how Cluess turned the ‘chosen one’ archetype on its head. With the emotional intensity of my favorite fantasy books, this is the kind of story that makes you forget yourself.”
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Coloring books recommendations

Coloring books are very popular these past few months. That’s why I made you a little list of  some to add to your wishlist! Enjoy!😉

Love Between the Lines by Christina Collie

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Fall in love all over again with this adult coloring book featuring 45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers Colleen Hoover, Anna Todd, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Jodi Ellen Malpas and more. Sit back, grab your pens and markers, and get ready to explore LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES.

Illustrations inspired by the works of:

Anna Todd, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Colleen Hoover, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Claire Contreras, Jillian Dodd, Amy Harmon, Tiffany King, R.K. Lilley, Molly McAdams, Tara Sivec, Alessandra Torre, Mia Sheridan, J. Sterling, Katy Evans, Emma Chase, S.L. Jennings, K.A. Linde, Beth Ehemann, Tarryn Fisher, Karina Halle, Helena Hunting, Leisa Rayven, Madeline Sheehan, and K. A. Tucker

Add to Goodreads.

The Throne of Glass Coloring Book by Sarah J. Maas

color-book-us-coverExperience the vivid imagery of Sarah J. Maas’s expansive world in her breathtaking New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass saga. Celaena on the rooftops of Rifthold, Chaol in the gardens of the glass castle, Manon riding her wyvern through the Crossing, and many other favorite moments, characters, and objects from the vibrantly detailed realm of Throne of Glass come to life. With stunning original black-and-white drawings, The Throne of Glass Coloring Book is a must-have companion for any reader looking to be swept up in the adventure of a lifetime.

Add to Goodreads.

Harry Potter Colouring Book by Scholastic, Warner Brothers

26727264Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this deluxe coloring book gives fans the chance to color in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this coloring book includes fan-favorite scenes, creatures, and characters: from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.

Unique and interactive, Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book is a perfect collector’s item for all fans of the blockbuster saga–whether it’s for those who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or those who are discovering the magic for the very first time.

Check out all the other HP coloring books here.

Bookish: Adult Coloring Book by Martha Sweeney

29600801Amazon Best-Selling Author Martha Sweeney is pleased to present to you, the reader, your very own bookish themed adult coloring book. That’s right. It’s a coloring book dedicated to reading and books. With over 40 different designs and fun games, this coloring book is perfect for the book lover in you.

Find some of your favorite book terms and phrases to color: book lover, so many books so little time, once upon a time, and much more.

Each page is single-sided, allowing those who prefer markers to color also. (Note: A divider is recommended when using markers.)

Add to Goodreads.

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

9781780674889_p0_v1_s1200x630This magical coloring book by Johanna Basford takes colorists through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle. Similarly interactive like SECRET GARDEN, ENCHANTED FOREST also features hidden objects and fun mazes. Beginning at the entrance to a fairy-tale forest, the journey progresses through highly embellished woods and through intricate flora. Castles, treasure chests, and other magical elements add a fairy tale narrative to the designs. Special features include a gate-folded two-page spread, and a colorable jacket.

Upcoming coloring books to add to your wishlist

The Selection coloring book by Kiera Cass (releases: December 27th 2016)

A Court of Thorns and Roses Coloring book by Sarah J. Maas (releases: June 27th 2017)

Is there one you already have that’s not included in this list, but worth a buy? Let it know in the comments!

 

Recent Release #79: Three Dark Crowns

Recent Release

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

23207027Series: Three Dark Crowns #1
Genre: YA, fantasy,
Release date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 416 pages

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Fairyloot Unboxing: August “Dark Deeds” box

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FairyLoot is a monthly subscription box (single purchase is also available) that contains one hardcover of a new YA release, 3-4 bookish items and some signed swag if possible. They’re located in the UK and ship WORLDWIDE! A single purchase is £26 and shipping cost are really reasonable, so we have finally a bookish box that’s affordable for Europeans!  #YES

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Theme of the month: DARK DEEDS

The theme is said to be perfect for fans of people who love bad guys!

Dark bad boys with a (somewhat?😀 ) golden heart are my fav. I say YES to Draco, Rhysand and many others! ♥ ♥

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ITEM #1: Malfoy Quote coaster designed exclusively by @bookotter

Like, I said before: YES TO DRACO! And I love this quote!

ITEM #2: Animorphia Colouring Notebook which was by @kerbyrosanes and @omarabooks

CAN I FREAK OUT FOR A BIT?! This notebook/coloring book is damn gorgeous! Yesterday I actually wanted to color a bit, but I was scared to use it haha😀 It’s so pretty that I don’t want to ruin it with my lack of coloring/writing talent! :p

ITEM #3: Rhysand soap from @behindthe_pages

I was actually hoping this would be a Rowan soap, because I already own the Rhys soap (th full size though). But it’s okay, I think this cute little sample will be perfect for my friend who’s jut finished the book and slightly obsessing haha😀

ITEM #4: The Dark Side exclusive candle by @geekyclean

Okay, Anissa said it smelled like Fruitloops. I have never tasted Fruitloops, but the smell of the candle is AMAZING! I cannot wait to lit it on dark and rainy days!

ITEM #5: Assassin Nail Decals made exclusively by @howstoreofficial

Sadly, this is my least favorite thing of the box… I’m 100% I will never use it…

THE BOOK: Nevernight by @misterkristoff with swag

THIS BOOK THO! Oh my god. It’s beautiful inside and out!😮 I think it’s one of the most beautiful design I’ve ever seen! I will have to make time for a full photoshoot of this book for Instagram😀 It’s THAT beautiful! 😍😍

And the book itself! Oh my god, it looks so good. I had heard of it before, but it wasn’t on my tbr yet. I didn’t think it was for me. Boy, I was wrong. I will have to read this book ASAP!

Incuded as swag was a letter from the author, a bookplate, a bookmark (forgot to include it in the picture below…) and a postcard from the cover. Just stunning!!

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knipselThis is it for this unboxing! What did you think of it? What’s your favorite item?😉 (Mine is obviously the book!)

Next month’s theme is Magic & Mayhem and I’m SO excited!!! It will include six goodies and a book which is perfect for fans of the Grisha series and A Darker Shade of Magic. I’m so curious for the book already :D

See you then for another unboxing!