Shadow & Bone Trilogy | Character Mood Boards

I just recently finished the Shadow & Bone trilogy in anticipation for the upcoming Netflix series based on the books, so I thought it’d be fun commemorate that by creating some character mood boards from the books!

I did this before for Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda as well, which you can find here if you’d like to check that out. 🙂

Alina Starkov:

Alina, otherwise known as Sankta (Saint) Alina, is the protagonist of this series. At the beginning, she is described as a quiet, odd, and pale girl – almost sickly. Once she realizes she has magical Grisha powers, the colour returns to her face as she’s no longer suppressing the power she was born to exhibit, and she really grows into a strong character who sees her worth.

The Darkling:

As the name suggests, The Darkling is the antagonist of the series. I thought he really had potential in the first book to be that evil character that I couldn’t get enough of, but as time went on, he got worse and worse, to the point where I didn’t really like him anymore. He and Alina had that like, one steamy scene in Shadow & Bone, but in the other two books that kind of faded. Part of me wishes that continued though because I found it so thrilling.

Mal Oretzev:

Mal is a childhood friend of Alina’s as they grew up in an orphanage together, and later, he is her love interest. He is also a tracker and Soldier of the First Army. Personally, I didn’t like Mal that much because I found him to be really boring, and at times, possessive. I feel like if they had better communication skills, so many problems in these books could have been avoided!

Overall, I enjoyed the series, though if I am being honest, I think book twitter really hyped it up a lot so I think my expectations were much higher. However, I’m excited for it to become a T.V. show – I’m curious as to what the similarities and differences will be!

Have you read the Shadow & Bone trilogy? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

– Catherine

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Outstanding Blogger Award! 📚🎉

Today I will be posting about the Outstanding Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Maya @HerBookishDesires for the nomination! I’m really honored to have been thought of for this, it completely made my day. Please go check out Maya’s blog, it’s one of my favourites! 😊

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Maya’s Questions:

1. If you could live in one bookish setting, where would you live?

I would love to live in Frell where Ella from Ella Enchanted is from, mostly because I like the idea of there being fairies and other mythical creatures living amongst humans in the world.

2. Favorite book cover of 2020 (the book does not have to be published in 2020, you just had to read it!)

I love this cover, and I loved the book too!

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3. What have you learned (about yourself, blogging, reading) since you started blogging?

Blogging and reading has strengthened my value of friendships. There are so many kind, thoughtful people in this community, and it felt good to be so welcomed right off the bat. I feel like the older you get, the less faith you start to have in humanity, but being here makes me believe that there are lots of wonderful people out there. It is just a huge bonus that they happen to share in my hobby!

4. What gets you out of a reading and/or blogging slump?

Taking a break from reading/ blogging is really the only thing that works for me! Then eventually I get bored or curious as to what books are out there, or I get inspired after reading someone else’s blog posts to start back up again. I think the biggest challenge though is realizing that it’s okay to take a break if I need to. Reading and blogging are my hobbies, not part of a checklist of things I have to get done every week, so if I need to take a break, I need to remind myself that it’s totally okay!

5. Why did you start book blogging?

I had recently fallen back in love with reading and wanted an outlet to share all my bookish thoughts, since my friends IRL didn’t share in that passion as much as I did. Sometimes you just need to scream into the void about something you love, you know? 😇

6. What is your most hated book trope? Most loved?

I don’t really hate any book tropes enough to use the word hate, but I would say one of my least favourite is insta-love. One of my most favourite is lovers to sorta-enemies to lovers (as you might be able to tell from my love of You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle above)! 🙌

7. If you could only pick 3 books to read for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nominees:

  1. Kaya @AFictionalBookworm
  2. Kristin @KristinKravesBooks
  3. Aoife @PrettyPurplePolkadots
  4. Kira @KiraJeanette
  5. Mandy @DevouringBooks
  6. Sofia @BookishWanderess
  7. Mayeesha @HeadOverBooks
  8. Ashmita @TheFictionalJournal
  9. Leelynn @SometimesLeelynnReads
  10. Sofii @ABookAThought

My Questions:

  1. Describe yourself in a single word.
  2. What are three random facts about yourself?
  3. If you came back in your next life as an animal, which would you be?
  4. If you could turn any book into a movie, which would it be and why?
  5. What’s your favorite thing about your book blog?
  6. What do you like the most about the country you are living in now?
  7. Are you in any fandoms? If so, what are they?

Thank you again to Maya for the nomination, and as always do not feel pressured to do the tag! ❤️

– Catherine

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Joy of Christmas Book Tag 🎅❄️

I found this tag over at Jennzah and Erin’s blog, but it was originally created by Samantha on her booktube @ Novels & Nonsense.

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

Admittedly, I haven’t done much research into all the new releases coming out soon and in to 2021, but I do have my eye out for Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle. I loved her debut novel, You Deserve Each Other, so I’m really excited for this one set to come out April 6, 2021.

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2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her so far.

3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

I only read the first book of the series, but The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss has excellent world building!

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4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read

A classic that I really want to read soon is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’ve had it on my TBR forever, but I’m going to use this post as a promise to myself to get to it next year. 🤞

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5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas?

To be honest, I would be happy to get any book for Christmas that someone thought I might like!

6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

Even just the thought of City of Girls gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. It was one of the best books I read in 2020.

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7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

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8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I love the time with my family; the baking; watching the snow fall; Christmas movies; egg nog; and hot chocolate!

I’m not going to actually tag anyone to do this, but if you’d like to participate in the tag, feel free to go for it!

– Catherine

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Ideal Inspiration Award💫

Thank you so much to Alicia @colorfulbibliophile for tagging me in this award! Go check out her blog and her Etsy store that has the cutest greeting cards!

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from: https://idealinspiration.blog

Alicia’s Questions:

  1. Who would you rather live with the three little pigs or the three brown bears?
    I would rather live with the three pigs. The three bears made dinner and then for some reason immediately left the house without eating it – that’s not the kind of household I want to be in.
  2. You’ve stumbled upon an ancient city that was thought to be lost and want to see if the legends are true. What is the legend?
    This is a tough one! The only thing coming to mind right now is Legend of Zelda, and that’s probably because I’ve been playing Breath of the Wild a lot lately. So, it would probably be a legend about a princess in trouble, and I’d like to see a woman save a princess for once!
  3. You’ve been gifted access to the Universe’s library, what are you going to look up?
    I know this is going to sound crazy, but a part of me wouldn’t want to look anything up! It’s frustrating at times, not knowing all the answers, and I often find myself thinking “why” about a lot of things, but at the end of the day, those “why’s” are what make life interesting 🙂
  4. A Celestial being has befriended you but they can’t look like their true self, what do they look like to you?
    They’d look like a small fairy, the size of a finger – just like from the Danish fairytale Thumbelina. I always did think that movie was underrated.
  5. What would you do if an alien crashed landed in your backyard?
    I would do what Elliot did in E.T – befriend it!

My Questions:

  1. What other hobbies do you have besides blogging?
  2. If you had to compare yourself to one fictional character, who would it be?
  3. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  4. If you got to name a new country in the world, what would you decide to call it?
  5. If you came back in your next life as an animal, which would you be?

I Nominate:

Maya @herbookishdesires

Richa @unshelvedly

Siena @booksophobias

No pressure to do the tag if you don’t want to! 🙂

-Cat


Library Series | 3 of the Most Beautiful Libraries Around the World

2020. What a year. Despite everything that’s changed in the last 9 months, at least one thing has remained the same: I am a sucker for aesthetically pleasing libraries and I will continue this series posting about different libraries around the globe. I’m not sure when it will be safe to travel to all of the beautiful places I’ve found these libraries in again, but at least daydreaming isn’t cancelled!

Admont Abbey Library – Admont, Austria

The first library that I’ve had my eye on is the Adamont Abbey Library in Austria. When I look at this photograph, I almost can’t believe that it’s real. This library was built on Adamont Abbey monastery, designed by architect Joseph Hueber in 1776 and has over 200,000 volumes today. In April 1865, there was a fire that caused considerable damage to the monastery, but the library remained unharmed.

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Vennesla Library and Culture House – Vennesla, Norway

This library is very aesthetically pleasing to me, but in an entirely different way than Adamont Abbey’s is. I love how symmetrical the shelves here are; everything looks really clean and orderly, and as someone who appreciates order, this is very satisfying. It serves not only as a library, but as a cultural center where people are encouraged to gather. This library has a more modern feel, which is no surprise as it was built in 2011, and has won several architectural awards.

ARCHITECTURE TODAY: Norway Vennesla Library and Culture House

Klementinum National Library – Prague, Czech Republic

This library was built in 1772 for the Jesuit University; they have 20,000 volumes and some books are still there from that time. The ceiling frescoes depict Jesuit saints and allegorical motifs of education. According to Tripadvisor reviews, if you do visit this one, in order to preserve it, guests are not permitted to enter the library or take pictures of it, but there is a bell tower with a 360 degree aerial view of Prague that you are permitted to climb.

Is This the Most Beautiful Library in Europe?

If anyone knows of any other beautiful libraries around the world, or counties they would be interested in seeing featured in this series, please let me know!

-Catherine 🙂

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