Triple Fairyloot Unboxing: February, March and April

Hello my dear bookaholic friends ✨

Last Christmas I got a 6-month Fairyloot subscription as a gift from my partner (I might have insisted and aggressively hinted at it for at least 4 months before Christmas 🀭). Fairyloot is like a magic trunk from a fairy-land. It is a UK-based subscription box in which you get a newly released YA fantasy each month and many bookish goodies, all linked to a theme! The book as well as the goodies are a surprise but Fairyloot does leave a tempting trail of hints in their Instagram, which snoopy readers like me use to guess the book of the month 🧐

Fairyloot is pretty much sacred to me, and I make a huge ordeal of opening it! While I spend a lot of time choosing the perfect unboxing music and lighting candles for the perfect atmosphere, I have been spending way too little time sharing the goodies here in my blog! I shared the January unboxing but after that I started slacking 😱 So I am back to save the year with a massive triple Fairyloot unboxing! Let’s unbox all of them 🀩

I’ll do this chronologically, starting from February, so if you’re not interested in my ooohing and aahing at the older items, you can scroll waaay down for the newest box, April unboxing 😊

Are you ready? I’m READY

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April Wrap-up: Tome Topple and OWLs Magical Readathon

April, the Queen-Month of Readathons, has come to an end. I took part in two readathons: Tome Topple Round 8 in which the goal is to read tomes with more than 500 pages and the OWLs Magical Readathon which is a month-long readathon inspired by the magical exams that Hogwarts students take in their fifth year. Let’s see how the month of reading went!

An accurate representation of me wanting to continue reading books for the readathons even though the month has ended
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ARC Review: The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews

YA Contemporary

Goodreads page

347 pages

Published on the 7th of April

I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has not affected my opinions in any way.

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

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OWLs Magical Readathon Update & Tome Topple TBR

We’re almost halfway through April and in the middle of OWLs Magical Readathon. If you haven’t the faintest about what I’m talking about you can check out Book Roast’s announcement video here, or my TBR with info on the readathon here.

While I’m super focused on doing the best I can with OWLs, I simply could not ignore Samantha @ Thoughts on Tomes announcement of Tome Topple Readathon Round 8!! Tome Topple is one of all time favorite readathons, and the point is to read those big, intimidating tomes over 500 pages on your TBR. Tome Topple also hosts the most fabulous reading sprints I have ever seen so I simply have to take part (check their Twitter here for the sprints). But we have a problem: OWLs are about reading a crazy amount of books to reach a wizarding career while Tome Topple wants me to read a few humongous books. I’m here today to shuffle up my OWLs TBR to make room for Tome Topple!

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March Wrap-up with Mini-reviews and Delicious Stats

Hi there! Welcome to my Late As Always Reading Wrap Up ℒ️

How was March for you?

For me, it included a great deal of stress and anxiety at university, too little time to read and it finished with a bang of celebrations. Both tears and grins, pretty mixed feelings I would say.

I also have some news that I want to share with you all. 🎊 πŸŽ‰ At the end of March I got to hear that I have been granted full PhD funding to start my doctoral studies in the University of Edinburgh in September! 🎊 πŸŽ‰ I have been designing my PhD project for years now while working on my bachelors and masters degrees, and I’m still over the moon about this all! I get to study recreational reading in everyday contexts to see how reading influences our lives and how it fits into the hassle of everyday life. My partner and I will be moving to Edinburgh this Summer! 🎊 πŸŽ‰

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I have been crying from happiness non-stop since I heard the news 2 weeks ago.

I am so greatful and very excited to start my PhD. It’s surreal that I get to say that; I’ll start my PhD! EEK.

But I also read books in March!

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The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Review & Aesthetic

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samatha Shannon

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Goodreads page

Adult Fantasy

848 pages

Published on 26th Feb 2019

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, TanΓ© has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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