Top 5: Bookish Shops

All the shops below are ones I have bought from and that have great products, customer service and delivery even if the shop is abroad. All sections also have a link straight to the shops so you should definitely go check out these brilliant shops!


1. Paper Flames Candle Co20171101_140122

UK Based

A few months ago my friend from Bookstagram went on an attack of gentle persuasion to convince me I needed Bookish Candles in my life. Eventually she managed to convince and the first shop I bought bookish candles from was Paper Flames Candle Co. I’d been following Jordan’s Instagram account for the shop since she announced on Bookstagram that she would be making candles and I’m so glad about it. I currently have 5 candles from her shop (Le Cirque des Reves, Daylighter, Book Dragon, Parabatai and We Are The Thirteen) which all smell amazing and I also received her October box too! One of the best things about her candles though is that every candle has a beautiful and unique label design which all look so pretty. If you love bookish candles I urge you to go and check out Jordan’s shop!

Instagram: @paperflamescandleco

Paper Flames Candle Co


2. Melvis Makes20171101_140516

UK Based

Do you like Book Buddies? I honestly think that Book Buddies are essentials to a modern day Bookworm. I currently have 5 of Melanie’s Book Buddies but there are still many more that I want. I have 3 small Book Buddies (Foxes, Zombies and Cats & Crescents), one medium Book Buddy (Dragonflies with gold detailing) and a large Book Buddy (Skull and Crossbones). All of them are amazing and fit my book snugly while protecting them from severe damage. Melanie’s designs are all so beautiful and she has designs for any kind of bookworm. They’re well made and beautiful, you can tell she puts time and care into making each one and it’s usually very fast delivery. If you haven’t got a book buddy yet then go check out her shop! Psst, she also does Fiver Fridays nearly every week if you want a book buddy for a bargain!

Instagram: @melvismkes

Melvis Makes


3. Naomi Lord20171101_140238

UK Based

Naomi is one of them shops I follow on Instagram and see all her updates and new products and wish I had the money to buy them. Okay her products aren’t dear at all but I usually need a good reason to buy things but then the opportunity came. I got a new laptop that I wanted to make my own by decorating it with stickers so of course, one of the first shops I thought of was Naomi’s. I decided to buy 4 stickers from her shop (Newt with Niffler and Bowtruckle, “I solemnly swear” quote, Gaston and a Wolf) to put on my laptop or wherever I please. Admittedly the stickers were bigger than I thought they would be (should have checked dimensions, I know) but that didn’t take away from how beautiful and well drawn they are. Honestly I’m jealous of Naomi’s skill, her designs are utterly amazing and I very much intend to buy some prints in the near future.

Instagram: @naomi_lord

Naomi Lord Art


4. Strange The Bookmarks20171117_084717

Greece Based

Strange The Bookmarks is a fairly new shop but it’s already going strong. While the bookmarks (some of mine include a Sherlock Quote, “If in doubt go to the library” and ADSOM Blood Magic Commands) are larger than I thought they would be the designs are beautiful, as well as book based bookmarks she also has seasonal ones such as Halloween, Winter and Christmas bookmarks which all look great. Apparently they are also planning to introduce smaller bookmarks for those who don’t like the current size which I think is very good because it shows the owner thinks about her customers. Really beautiful bookmarks that are good quality and many brilliant designs.

Instagram: @strangethebookmarkshop

Strange The Bookmark


5. Little Inklings Design20171101_135946

Canada Based

Little Inklings was the very first bookish shop I bought from way back in May. I was so glad I did because I got some amazingly beautiful bookmarks from it (some include, “Throw Me To The Wolves”, “Rattle The Stars”, “You Are All The Colors”, “Just One More Chapter” and “Don’t Let The Hard Days Win”). When I bought the bookmarks I got the 10 bookmark set deal (hence not writing them all down) and they are genuinely all beautiful. They’re brightly coloured with beautiful lettering and amazing quality. I’m so glad I bought them and one day I may venture back for more!

Instagram: @littleinkingsdesign

Little Inklings Design


I hope you liked this Top 5 of my favourite Bookish Shops. I still have so many shops to get products from and so many products to get things like prints and totes and mugs and one day maybe I’ll have a bit of everything and I’ll have to make another Bookish Shop list but for now, these are most definitely my favourite bookish shops and I hope you all go and check them out for yourselves!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

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Review: Filth

Filth by Irvine Welsh20170915_100224

Synopsis

With the Christmas season upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson of Edinburgh’s finest is gearing up socially—kicking things off with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam.

There are some sizable flies in the ointment, though: a missing wife and child, a nagging cocaine habit, some painful below-the-belt eczema, and a string of demanding extramarital affairs. The last thing Robertson needs is a messy, racially fraught murder, even if it means overtime—and the opportunity to clinch the promotion he craves. Then there’s that nutritionally demanding (and psychologically acute) intestinal parasite in his gut. Yes, things are going badly for this utterly corrupt tribune of the law, but in an Irvine Welsh novel nothing is ever so bad that it can’t get a whole lot worse…

My Thoughts

My thoughts are that it shouldn’t have taken me almost 2 months to read a book of less than 400 pages but alas it did. I digress, the book is actually really good as long as you like very hard hitting and gritty books that have outstanding amounts of racism, homophobia, sexism and just plain sex (not so plain, believe me DS Robertson is not vanilla in the least) all in the best possible taste of course. This book is very hard to read and not because of the subject matters or how offensive this book could come across has but more because it’s written in a very strong Scottish accent which genuinely makes it hard to understand even if you try to read it is a Scottish accent. I suppose if you are Scottish it may be easier to read but I am merely English and my own dialect is hard enough for others to understand so trying to get round all that Scottish was difficult but I carried on and pulled on through!

Over all the book it actually really good as long as you don’t take offence easily. The thing about the issues you could take offence to in this book is that there are always character’s trying to fight against the problems like homophobia, racism and sexism so it balances it out by some degree showing that Irvine Welsh isn’t just a complete arsehole with terrible views. The story also has some decent plot twists and very strange layout, okay the plot twists are easy to guess but I didn’t figure them out until the last 70 or so pages and the strange layout, well I’ll just let you figure that one out for yourself but it is bizarre and intriguing before and after you figure out the weird layout in some of the book.

I really liked this book even though it did take me so long to read it but, the story while confused sometimes really worked because it kind of shows how chaotic the life of Bruce is but if you are easily offended then I would really suggest giving this book a miss because there is a tremendous amount of racial and homophobic slurs along with a tirade of swearing and sexism. Good book, very gritty and so hard hitting it could take the breath from your lungs in one blow.

Awarded: 3.5 Stars


It took me far too long to read this book but read it I did along with a few others so at least it didn’t put me in a slump which I am very grateful for!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Stay Out Of The Basement

Stay Out Of The Basement by R L StineIMG_20171029_101514_407

Synopsis

Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they “meet” some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plant-like tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy-and seedy.

My Thoughts

Okay so this book is meant to be aimed at kids or preteens given the age of the characters themselves but yes, I, a 21 year old have only just started to read Goosebumps books and this is the one I’ve started with. Given Goosebumps books are aimed at kids I’ll try not to be too critical about it given kids rarely want complex plots or over excessive character development unless they’re a proper little bookworm so here’s what I thought of Stay Out Of The Basement.

It’s great, seriously, although the main character of Casey is a little annoying at times I didn’t expect these books to be so dark. It has great build up and tension to the big reveal and okay the plot twist is kind of obvious but I think that actually works in it’s favour because then you just want to find out how they’re going to reveal it. The kids are believable, I mean, what kid listens to their parents when they get told not to do something? Also, their dad is acting increasingly weird so obviously they’d go investigating what’s making him act so out of character. Honestly I wasn’t sure I’d like Goosebumps books with them being aimed at kids but I loved this one and I’m sure I’ll love any others I read in the future. I can’t wait to get stuck into these books properly!

Awarded: 4 Stars


So for the first time reading a Goosebumps book I had a brilliant experience, I also managed to read another Goosebumps book so a review for that will be along at some point too.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

October Book Haul and Wrap Up

Book HaulIMG_20171030_102134_937

This month I didn’t really buy that many books or at least I don’t think I did given I’ve been known to buy 30+ books in a month before. Anyway, I bought 14 books, 10 were in a box set of Goosebumps books and 4 were the first books in 4 different fantasy trilogies/duologies. I also bought a lot of Bookish Candles this month but I suspect that they won’t start arriving until tomorrow and over the next week. Although, my Candle box from Paper Flames Candle Co did arrive and it was amazing. I’m so happy I decided to order it because everything inside was brilliant. In the picture you can see one of the exclusive candles from the box along side a book from the same universe it’s inspired by and which I can’t wait to read.

So, what did I buy?

  • Box Set of 10 Goosebumps books (9 from the original series and 1 from the Goosebumps 2000 series) – R L Stine
  • A Darker Shade Of Magic – V E Schwab
  • This Savage Song – V E Schwab
  • Red Rising – Pierce Brown
  • Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

I’m really looking forward to reading these books over the coming months but first I really want to get in the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J Maas so that will be my first read of November.


Wrap UpIMG_20171031_112742_142

I’m kind of proud of myself for the reading I did this month, not really for the amount of books I’ve read in October but more because I finally managed to finish Filth by Irvine Welsh. I started reading it last month but it was so difficult for me to read continuously that I started reading other books along side it which meant it took me almost 2 months to finish it which to say it’s only 393 pages long is a long time to spend on a book but I’m glad I continued on with it nonetheless.

And what did I read?

  • The Fourth Monkey by J D Barker – 4 Stars
  • Stay Out Of The Basement by R L Stine – 4 Stars
  • The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb by R L Stine – 4 Stars
  • Filth by Irvine Welsh – 3 Stars

This month I also started on a book called Rattle by Fiona Cummins which was a Thriller about a man who collects Skeletons whether it’s owner is dead or not. Anyway, given the book was so slow and took so long on the build up to what you’d already been told was going to happen (not explicitly but it’s easily figured out) I decided to DNF the book. I may pick it up again one day when I’m more in the mood for predictable thrillers but at the moment I really want to read some Fantasy books so that’s what I intend to do in November.


I’m proud of myself for finally finishing Filth but also getting some other books read in the process because it means I can still stay on track with my Goodreads reading challenge.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

I Have Never Read A Goosebumps Book!

Goosebumps by R L StineIMG_20171025_105657_023

As we’ve established in previous posts I didn’t really start reading until I was around 15 years old which meant I basically missed out on a lot of amazing kids books while I was growing up. I missed out on Jacqueline Wilson but have read a couple of her books in the past few years, I missed out on J K Rowling but I’m now in the process of reading the Harry Potter books. But worst of all, I missed out on R L Stine, one of the best selling kids authors of all time. For a budding horror fan and writer I think the Goosebumps books are a must because they’re the books that introduce kids to something a little creepier than the average kids book. I honestly can’t believe I’ve never read a Goosebumps book! Or have I?

Yesterday I managed to find a collection of 10 Goosebumps books in a local bookshop and of course I bought them. I’ve wanted to read Goosebumps books for years, I used to eye them up (that didn’t sound as creepy in my head) in the library but something always stopped me reading them, maybe because when I was younger I didn’t really think horror was thing which is ridiculous given I’ve watched horror films from a very young age so why would I not want to read horror too? But all is well, I bought the books and me being the horror loving bookworm that I now am, I a Goosebumps book straight away to get a taste of what I missed out on when I was younger.

Even though I still have 2 books half finished I read a Goosebumps book, I mean why not? They only short so I could read them fairly quickly and continue on with my other books after. So I read Stay Out Of The Basement which was a great introduction to the Goosebumps books and I can only hope that it will get better as I read more but one things I do know is, I will most definitely be looking for more of the Goosebumps books at my local library so I can read as many as possible!


Did you read Goosebumps books when you were growing up? If not that I hope you take inspiration from this post and start to read them asap because even after only one book I can tell they are most definitely worth it. I’ll have a review of Stay Out Of The Basement for you all to read in the next few days too!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: The Fourth Monkey

The Fourth Monkey – J D Barker20170929_100201

Synopsis:

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

My Thoughts

Hear No Evil. See No Evil. Speak No Evil. DO NO EVIL. That’s the premise of this books and in a way explains why people have likened this book to the film Se7en which is based around the seven deadly sins, Gluttony, Lust, Greed, Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth. The book follows the story of a Detective who’s been hunting down a serial killer for the better part of 5 years only he kills himself by jumping in front of a bus. Or does he? Just before the supposed killer killed himself though he took another victim called Emory. So it becomes a race against time to find her before she dies of dehydration which takes around 3 days. In the process of finder her, Porter, the Detective, reads from then killer’s  own little diary that was found in the dead man’s pocket. The diary essentially tells the tale of the young boy that would one day become a serial killer and why it happened. It’s a very strange diary too but quite interesting if you have the stomach for it. I admit it’s not actually that scary but it’s also not very savoury.

In the book there are a few twists that I didn’t actually catch until just before the big reveals that were staring me in the face the entire time. The book is made up of fairly short chapters (which seems to be popular with thrillers at the moment) which keeps a steady pace through the book. It flows well going between Porter, Clair (another cop), Emory and the Diary which I didn’t expect but it works well. The story was intriguing and made me want to keep reading just find out whether the killer was actually dead or not and whether poor Emory would be found dead or alive. There was nothing particularly special about this book but it was a very decent Thriller that was easy to read and not too graphic. And that should have been graphic was more tongue in cheek because it was always with the young boy who very niave.

It’s a good Thriller with an interesting killer and concept that is easy to read simply because of how easily the writing flows. It’s not complex, maybe a little outlandish at times but still a fun read nevertheless. If you like Thrillers then definitely give a read, you may like it.

Awarded: 4 Stars


Sorry I’ve been neglecting my blog lately, my reading has been quite slow so I’ve not had much to post but now it’s picking up again so I should be okay and maybe even have another review for you by next week with any luck!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

TBR Top 5: Halloween

These books are not based around or on Halloween but are in fact the books I want to try and read this month in the countdown to Halloween! Given lately I’ve been in a bit of a slump it’s needless to say that reading has been hard for me over the last month or so but I intend to change that this month using my favourite genres. Horror and Thriller!


1: The Fourth Monkey by J D BarkerIMG_20170929_113422_171

Synopsis

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

Expectations

I’ll admit I’ve already started reading this and I’m almost a third of the way through but it’s stacking up to be a great Thriller. With a killer that followers the proverb of “Ear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do No Evil” it’s a strange and somewhat gory book, nothing to turn your stomach (unless you’re squeamish I suppose) but it has got a little graphic imagery. It’s fast paced and I’m honestly not sure how this book will end but I can bet there’ll be plenty of plot twists along the way because there already have been a couple that I didn’t really expect even though you could guess them really. It’s well written and goes at a fast but steady pace which is great because it makes me want to keep reading even if I starting thinking there may be a killer lurking in the shadows of my house!


2: The Girl Next Door by Jack KetchumIMG_20170927_105643_488

Synopsis

Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.

Expectations

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I’ve read about the truly vile True Events that this books is based on and if the real life story is anything to go by and the fact that it’s meant to be very close to them then I can only imagine that this book could turn even my stomach in disgust when I read this. It takes a lot to disgust me but it happens and I think this book may be one to do that. A girl savaged and tortured by the person who was meant to look after her. I’ve read reviews that say this book is disturbed and depraved and people say that the writer is disgusting and disturbed to be able to write something of such perversion but they seem to forget or do not know that the author simply adapted a real life event into a novel.


3: Rattle by Fiona Cummins20170924_101125

Synopsis

He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum.

Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.

Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs.

What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.

Expectations

I’ve heard that the “psychopath” in this book is even more terrifying than Hannibal Lecter but to be fair I find him more charming that terrifying, I mean I know he has the all cannibal thing and likes brains (which is great if you want Kuru) but he’s still intellectual and charming so is this antagonist? The books starts by giving you information on a disease that causes a second skeleton to grow over the original which only makes me wonder what the heck this book could be about, I assume something to do with bones but I honestly I have no idea and I can’t wait to find out.


4:  Pop Goes The Weasel by M J Arlidge20170910_102737

Synopsis

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs…

Expectations

This is the second book in the D. I. Helen Grace series so if the first book is anything to go by then I should be getting a great serial killer antagonist who commits gruesome murders. I’ll hopefully also get a fast but steady paced book with more turns that Helter Skelter! I’ve read a lot about Jack The Ripper it must be said but the idea of someone who kills the clients rather than the workers really intrigues me. But hopefully unlike Jack The Ripper we will find out who the villain is.


5: In A Cottage In A Wood by Cass GreenIMG_20171005_105827_656

Synopsis

A strange encounter
Neve comes across a troubled woman called Isabelle on Waterloo Bridge late one night. Isabelle forces a parcel into Neve’s hands and jumps to her death in the icy Thames below.

An unexpected gift
Two weeks later, as Neve’s wreck of a life in London collapses, an unexpected lifeline falls into her lap – a charming cottage in Cornwall left to her by Isabelle, the woman on the bridge. The solution to all her problems.

A Twisted secret
But when Neve arrives, alone in the dark woods late one night, she finds a sinister-looking bungalow with bars across its windows. And her dream home quickly becomes her worst nightmare – a house hiding a twisted secret that will change her life forever…

Expectations

Okay, the reason I added this was not necessarily because it sounds amazing, it’s mainly because it’s a short book which I should actually be able to finish it this month if all else fails! But to be fair to the book it does sound like a nice little thriller, the blurb intrigued me, especially with random woman leaving a stranger a house and then killing herself? As long as the actually story isn’t as annoying as the title (wood? They’re called Woods!) I should think it will be a easy little Halloween read.


This is an optimistic TBR but I hope to finish a couple at least. Wish me luck guys!

Until next time, happy reading guys!

Rachel x