Thursday, October 30, 2014

Looking Back on October

This was the first month of proper Fall. It's getting colder. In fact, I don't find myself spending time outside for fun anymore. The season of impromptu walks is definitely over. But in it's place come cozy days at home.

  • reviewed a wonderful Kawaii Box!
  • And am giving one away. Yes, you can still join!
  • Tracked down a book I almost missed out on. (I'm sure I'll elaborate soon.)
  • Went to Stephen Fry's live cinema event.
  • Attended a local animal charity fundraiser.
  • Had a lot of medical appointments, for both me and the cat.
  • Got a quirky plushie in the mail.
  • Tried out a cute little lunchroom to celebrate a friend's birthday.
  • And received some amazing Autumnal gifts myself, from another dear friend. (More on that very soon!)

How are you handling the change of the seasons? Any exciting/cozy plans for Fall?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sponsor Call: November

November will be here very soon. Winter is creeping up on us, as are the holidays. If you'd like to get a couple more Christmas shoppers in, or have some fun winter posts planned, an ad on this blog might be just the thing for you!

Here's the basic info:

-Large ad: $20 - includes interview, tutorial or guest post ONLY 1 AVAILABLE!
-Regular ads: $8 or $20 for 3 months
-Small ads: $5 or $12 for 3 months

Or if you have a product that fits the blog, giveaways and reviews are nice options to showcase your items as well.

Read more about it here. Or Email Me if you're ready to reserve a spot or discuss a giveaway/review.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Owl Things Considered

ModCloth will soon release a bag that combines two of my favorite things: owls and books! Granted, the purse is probably too small to be a practical everyday bag -and the owl is small too!-, but it would be perfect for special occasions.
Or it might come in handy for a quick trip to the bookstore! I also love that you can use it either as a shoulder bag or as a clutch. You could probably even put the strap inside and store the purse on your bookshelf!

The brand it came from seems really cool too. They also have a make-up bag that looks like a vintage sewing pattern. Check out all the other products by Disaster Designs by clicking this link.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Back Then, Baby, It Didn't Seem So Strange…"

My favorite song of this whole entire year is definitely Dearly Departed by Shakey Graves and Esme Patterson. I found it somewhere during the summer and have been coming back to it again and again. It's just amazing!

The album version of the song is good too, but nothing beats this live version! Apart from it being a wonderful song, I love how you can see they're really having fun with it! Also, on a more shallow note, her hair is super cool.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mixed Shelf #17

Rainy Fall days always get me in the mood for middle grade fantasy books. There's something extra cozy about that combination. Throw in a purring cat, a warm blanket and a good cup of tea and I am content for hours on end!

Wanting: Fire Spell by Laura Amy Schlitz
Was it the cover that drew me in? Absolutely! …but I am also curious about the story. It does sound quite sinister, but it's a children's book, so it might still be doable. It involves orphans, magic and an evil puppeteer that turns one of the protagonists into a marionette by controlling her body and mind. Creepy, right? Halloween read, maybe.

Reading: Wild Magic by Cat Weatherill
Where I live, we have "children's book week" each year. If you buy any children's books then, you also get a gift. I liked the gift book, so I browsed my favorite bookstore and happened upon Wild Magic. It seemed interesting, and the cover is gorgeous! It even has silver specks! Anyway, it's a retelling of the Pied Piper and I'm quite liking it so far.

Waiting: The Chronicles of the Chrestomanci Vol.1 by Diana Wynne Jones
This book has been sitting on my shelf for probably about a decade. I have read two other Diana Wynne Jones-books, and I did like them. They're not my favorite books, but quite enjoyable. I also got stuck in another one, twice. And I just never got round to reading this book, something else always distracted me. Perhaps I'll still squeeze it into 2014...

How about you? What are your favorite Fall reads? Or can you recommend any good middle grade fantasy?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lovely Movies: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

My expectations pretty much ruined this movie for me. It was still a good movie, I was just prepared for something that would blow my mind and instantly knock all my other favorites down a notch in my top 10, which it didn't...

I love the special look of the animations! They were a bit eerie, breathtaking, and exactly my up of tea. However, the story, and even more so, the pacing, left a lot to be desired. It had plenty of amazing moments, but something was off.

Anyway, I'll definitely rewatch this some time. Perhaps the French version is better… And I'm also very much interested in reading the book it was based off. I'm guessing that something might have gotten lost in the movie.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Giveaway Time! -> Kawaii Box

You might have seen the Kawaii Box review I did on Friday. I was over the moon when my Kawaii Box came in, so I'm really excited I can make someone else happy with one too... because it's time for a Kawaii Box giveaway!

In case you've been living under a rock without wifi and have totally missed the hype…
Kawaii Box is the cutest subscription service! Worldwide shipping is absolutely free, so anyone on the planet can subscribe and find one of these adorable boxes on their doorstep. Every box is filled with 10-12 original/licensed Japanese or Korean products and the contents vary each month. All boxes get sent out at the beginning of the month, so if you subscribe now, you'll get the November box.

To join in on my giveaway all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!


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