Meraki Candles: Anime Quarterly #1

I am obsessed with Meraki Candles, so I totally freaked out when I saw that Heather (The owner of Meraki Candles) created a quarterly anime subscription box BECAUSE I LOVE ANIME, CANDLES AND ANIME MERCH ♥️

The theme for the very first anime quarterly box was ..

🌿 Studio Ghibli 🌿

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The box was packed full with amazing and useful goodies ✨

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The first two items are:

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I love the details of the notebook in the inside, also having blank pages is very useful for drawing and designing 🖌️ I am really happy that I got this postcard because it matches the notebook 💙

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  • A gorgeous Calcifer pin from Hannah Hitchman 🔥 There were several pins sent out, which one did you get?

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  • A Beautiful Arietty print by @Tjlubrano ☕

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  • Yubaba’s Bath House soap from BehindthePages and the scent of this soap is AMAZING 🛀

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  • The box also included a gorgeous unboxing guide and a fun leaflet with recommendations and fun facts

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THE CANDLES 🕯️ The first candle is Totoro and it has a sweet pea scent that is delicious.

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The second candle is Howl’s Castle From Howl’s Moving Castle. This candle has a floral scent; a mixture of kumpquat, rose, jasmine and patchouli that transports you to a magical place 🌼

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this box and I am looking forward to the SECOND anime quarterly box which ships on July and the theme is going to be .. Yuri On Ice ❄️ The box will go on sale on the 27th at 12pm British time so watch out and DON’T forget to use my code HAYA10 to get 10% off your order ‼️

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💌 Laptop Stickers 💌

MISS ME? It’s been a while, I know. Life can get the upper hand sometimes and you just do what you have to do because, in the end, it is what it is. I’M ON A ROLL TODAY 😂 You are amazing if you got all of the references 🏆 Okay okay I am not going to make this draggy and long, we all know why you are here and that it is certainly not to hear me blabber.

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Let’s start with the stickers from the right side to the left:

  • At the top, I have my favorite soot! If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli then you might appreciate this sticker.
  • Underneath it is the fancy 221B door sticker which I got in a medium size and it turned out bigger than expected, but it is gorgeous so I don’t mind.
  • FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 🎀 because girls are fierce and awesome!
  • At the bottom, I have this very cute long sticker with different types of coffees on it.
  • YER A WIZARD” Still waiting desperately to hear those words 😥.
  • A very delicious, mouthwatering waffle because why not?
  • My baby Newt Scamander
  • Felix Felicous was actually included in a Fairyloot box. However, you can still get this design although it is a bit different from Bookotter’s (Liza!) Society6 shop.
  • I am big on tea so I had to get this CUTE TEA BAG ☕.
  • This Hogwarts sticker is also from a subscription box and it is called Nerdy Post. Don’t worry if you missed it, each theme has a different sticker in the box so you might actually get something you will love more!
  • I love the moon, especially the magic of moon phases so I got this sticker that could fit even in the tiniest spaces 🌕.

If you thought that I am done then you are VERY wrong! I still have more stickers in other places on my laptop and some that I couldn’t find a space to put them on.

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🎶 Here’s to the ones
who dream
Foolish, as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts
that ache
Here’s to the mess
we make 🎶 (That is what I call the stickers that did not fit on my laptop)

Making choices is a very hard thing to do, especially if it concerns stickers .. so I very foolishly bought more than my laptop can handle. Don’t do that, it’s heartbreaking and stupid.

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  • Stars Hollow sign because it is the cutest!
  • Another Sherlock sticker because I am obsessed 🚬.
  • Fruit Basket which I have already talked about on my favorite anime post.
  • Luke’s Dinner and that is where I want to spend the rest of my life ☕.
  • I don’t know why I got this heart sticker but it is cute and I could probably use it as a photo prop.
  • I got a Caaaaaaaaaaarl sticker so when my laptop starts glitching I will have a reason to scream CAAAAAAAARL.
  • Card Captor Sakura is a childhood favorite so I am really sad I don’t have a place on my laptop to stick it on.
  • The most relaxing sticker ever, I really wish that I could LIVE in this sticker 😍.
  • As a young girl Princess Peach was my favorite princess and I really love the artist, his paintings are mind blowing! I totally recommend that you check them out.
  • Lastly, cacti sticker because it’s so prickly adorable!

This is it, folks. I hope that I was able to shed some sticker light on your life 💕 Which one is your FAVORITE sticker?

The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 💢

5/5 🌟’s

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Synopsis from Goodreads:”Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.”
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This is one of (if not THE) best books I’ve read this year!! ❤️ It was absolutely fun and hilarious and throughout the whole book I felt myself being more cheerful and happy .. It’s been a while since a book have done that to me and I’m very grateful because it reminded of why I enjoy reading so much
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Everything about this book is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing about it and I’ve nothing to dislike or complain about ✨ The characters are amazing and getting to know them is an amazing experience .. I really, truly loved everything ❤️ I really don’t want to say spoil anything BUT YOU HAVE TO GET A COPY AND START READING IT! I can’t wait for Sally Thorne to release another book! I’ve a feeling that she’ll be one of my favorite authors EVER!
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The Season

The Season by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa 💄

4.5/5 ⭐️’s

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.”
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This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I didn’t know that till I was halfway through the book!! The whole time I was like THIS CHARACTER REMINDS ME OF MR.DARCY! And this whole situation reminds me of P&P .. I guess that’s the whole point of a retelling 😂

It was absolutely fun and delightful to read 💖 I really needed a fun, pick me up book that I could read in one sitting and this book definitely delivered that it’s not just fun it also deliverers a couple of important messages about family, love and society. It talks about some serious social problems and I honestly wasn’t expecting that from this book because fun books like that tend to avoid talking about serious problems but not this book
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The characters are a bit older than the usual YA books. Their age range starts from 21 and up, that’s the only thing that I found odd. I wouldn’t say it’s a NA book or a YA book .. It’s RIGHT there in between both 🤔 at least that’s what I think 😅

Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 👑

5/5 🌟’s

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Book description: “In 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.”
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We have books that are meant to be read and then we have books that are meant to be devoured and this is one of them 📖 Three Dark Crowns is a unique YA book that you won’t be able to put down. This book is dark, emotional and definitely not what you’re expecting.

The story is being told from different POVs, mainly the three sisters. It’s a bit hard to grasp “who’s who” and “what’s happening” at the beginning but once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to enjoy the book ❤️ The three sisters were raised together till the age of 6 and they got separated and raised by different families in different cities so it’s really interesting to see how that plays in their personalities and their living conditions 🌏 Since it’s the first book in the series the world building was intelligent and I really enjoyed it ✨

I didn’t have any sort of trouble with this book in fact I really enjoyed reading it and the ending was AMAZING!

Distruption

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington 🔦

5/5 🌟’s

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This is the first book in a new YA duology that will be released on October 4, 2016. It’s a mixture of sci-fic, dystopian and romance ✨basically all of the good stuff!! And it was packed with action that put you at the edge of your seat. Trust me, you really need to pick up your copy once it gets released. I LOVED this book, I loved the characters, I loved the plot twist .. I loved everything about it and I seriously had a hard time putting this book down.
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Synopsis: “What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life with their pheromone technology. But instead—they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as her own father was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready to fight back. And Quentin Mercer—the very heir to the M-Corp empire—has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.”
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This book was interesting right from the beginning and it never stopped being interesting throughout the whole book. The main heroine Maggie is probably one of my favorite characters because she’s a badass that you will instantly adore.
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Roman Crazy

  • Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci 🇮🇹

    4.5/5 ⭐️’s

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    Synopsis from Goodreads:”Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

    Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

    Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?”
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    This book is like a perfect dish of pasta 🍝 it’s a mixture of everything good and organic 🌿 it’s hot and satisfying and you simply can’t help but enjoy it ❤️ and the reason why I said pasta is because I AM INSANELY CRAVING ITALIAN FOOD NOW
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    It was absolutely fun and delightful and I really enjoyed reading it ✨ i loved the attention to details in describing the food, art and the people .. Everything is just so heart warming and beautiful ❤️ and now I really need to go to Italy ✈️ If you’re looking for a fun, pick me up romantic book then this is the perfect one
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    The release date of this book is September 13th so mark that date 🗓 Thanks to@authoraliceclayton @ninapolitan &@gallerybooks for sending me an ARC! And I actually received TWO copies so I’m givingaway the second copy soon ✨

The Nerdy Bookworm August Box 💙

The Nerdy Bookworm Box is a monthly UK based bookish subscription box that ships internationally 🌏 Inside the box you will find a new Fantasy or Sci-fi novel, their monthly mini-magazine and 4-6 (mostly) exclusive bookish items and goodies!! What’s so special about this subscription box is that the novels they send are awesome pick-me up books and sometimes they send some books even before the release date (HOW COOL IS THAT?). Beside that, the items they send are AMAZING and like i said before they’re usually exclusive and they’re from incredible shops. If you thought that i was done then you’re wrong. They also gift-wrap every book they send out so beautifully ✨ Their boxes are truly and utterly beautiful.

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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate this quote on the box 💙

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The theme for the August box was …

🔱 DYSTOPIAN 🔱

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If you’re a fan of The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games and Divergent then this box was a gift from heaven to you.

 

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The first item we’ve got here is this gorgeous HUNGER GAMES themed mug that was designed exclusively by the awesome Nerdy Bookworm Box 🔥 I will be using that a lot for my late night hot cup of tea.

 

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This Arrows & Anarchy coffee goes perfectly with the “Fire is catching” mug. This coffee sachet was created by Cracked Blank Inc. I feel like this is the perfect coffee to drink during Autumn because there’s some pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and many other delicious spices 🎃.

 

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Next, we have those awesome wax melts 🕯 This warm/outdoorsy scent was made exclusively for this box by Owlchemy. I love the color of the ribbon and wax melts together .. it just looks and smells so good!! I’m definitely going to melt those tarts next time i watch The Maze Runner 🍃.

 

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How cool is this keychain that was designed by Fable and Black? I LOVE IT ✨

 

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From New Leaf created these cute Factions magnetic bookmarks! They sent out different ones, so which one did you get? I got Candor and Abnegation!

 

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THERE IS A POSTER, I REPEAT THERE IS A POSTER! AND IT’S GORGEOUS. This tiny owl lent me a helping .. body? to showcase this beautiful poster that was designed by Nerdy Bookworm Box.
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LOOK AT THE WAY THE BOOK IS WRAPPED UP!!!

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Every single detail counts.

The blue string? YES.

The “Happy Reading” blue sticker? YES.

THE FREAKIN ARROW CHARM? HECK YEAH!!!!!!!

 

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And the book of the month is … UNPLUGGED BY DONNA FREITAS. This a YA dystopian novel and it’s the perfect book for fans of The UGLIES series ✨

 

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I saved the best for last .. so one of my favorite things about this subscription box is that they send out a mini-magazine instead of a card and it’s just so entertaining and creative.

 

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Inside this month’s mini-magazine is an interview with the author, dystopian quiz, featured bookworms and many other awesome things ✨ I am seriously looking forward to those mini magazines!!

 

Here’s a full unboxing:

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That was one of my favorite boxes that i have ever received and I’m looking forward to the September “Queens” box 👑 It’s sold out already BUT the October “Dopplegangers” box is going to be live soon so make sure to use my code HAYA10 when you’re subscribing so you could get 10% the full price!

Fairyloot’s August box unboxing 💜

You have probably heard of Fairyloot by now (if not you can check out this blog post where i explain what Fairyloot is) and you also know that their themes are AWESOME!!! So when i read that the theme for the August box is Dark Deeds i freaked out because I’m that person who is constantly falling in love with the villain instead of the hero (unless he is a clown then I’m out) and i knew that i was gonna love it and love it i did 😈

💀 Dark Deeds 💀

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Let’s all take moment to appreciate this gorgeous unboxing guide/card .. it’s hauntingly beautiful minus that spiders ofc .. unless you really like spiders 🕷

 

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The first item is THE DARK SIDE candle that was made exclusively by Geeky Clean for this month’s box. It smells evilly delicious (Just like fruit loops) ❤️.

 

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Moving on to this lovely evil coaster that was designed by the amazing Bookotter 🐍 As you can tell already my boy Malfoy said that and damn him and his big mouth .. you gotta love him though 💚.

 

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Who can say no to a hot steamy shower with Rhysand? I’m pretty sure that nobody is complaining .. 🔪. The scent of this soap bar is so good to the point where it must be a illegal! I love it and i totally freaked out when i saw it in my box. You can still mange to snatch a Rhysand soap bar by Behind The Pages even if you missed out the chance of getting this box 💙.

 

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Next we have this BEAUTIFUL coloring notebook .. it’s enchanting! I’m pretty sure you will lose yourself while gazing at the breathtaking art work in this notebook ✴️.

 

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Mwahahahaha now my nails can look deadly too with those assassin nail decals that were made exclusively for this box by House of Wonderland  🔫.

 

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And last but not least THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK ❤️ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is one of my most anticipated books of the year because this book sounds INCREDIBLE! The book came with a signed bookplate, art poster, bookmark and a very special letter from the author.

I’m genuinely so happy with this box (like always) and i can’t wait for the upcoming boxes✨

My Reading Nook ✨

Some of you might be wondering what’s a “reading nook”? For me, a reading nook is a place in your room (or house) that you specifically read in. I know most of you are like BUT I READ ON MY BED well so do i but i also have a reading nook because every reader needs a place where your mind kinda registers that you have to sit your ass down and read.

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I know some rooms are smaller than others and you really don’t have to go all out when you’re creating your reading nook, you can simply put a comfy chair in front of your bookcase and BAAM you got your self a reading nook.I’m going to show you my reading nook and the items that are in it and from where i got everything and hopefully that will inspire you to create your very own reading nook where you get to finish many books 📚

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My reading nook consists of a sofa, table, pillows, lamp and a clock. I rarely ever show the clock in my pictures although it’s one of my favorite things in my room. I got the sticker from Ikea (I looked for a link but i don’t think it’s available anymore!) and a vintage fair clock that is super cute and i kinda love it because it reminds me of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 🎪 My floor lamp is also from Ikea and it matches my old nightstand lamp and ceiling lights.

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The size of this sofa is perfect because it doesn’t take that much space yet it’s comfy and big enough for you to lie down on it. That’s not all, it’s also a sofa bed!! The two pillows at the back are from ikea as well (no surprise there, lol). “I Read Past My Bedtime” & “The World Belongs to Those Who Read” pillows are from Bookwormboutique store in Society6, and there’s absolutely nothing like bookish pillows to make your reading nook comfy and cute and Lauren has one of the best designs ever. The Throw is from Pottery Barn and it’s really cozy and warm .. plus the knitting is gorgeous.

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If this table had a mouth it wouldn’t stop complaining and whining about all of the stuff that i pile on it 😂 You can clearly see that I’m not the most organized person on earth (I try my best) and i tend to stuff random bits and bobs on that shelf but this table is great, the size fits the sofa perfectly and i use the surface of this table as a backdrop for my pictures.

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I usually change the items on my table depending on the season and as you can see I’m pretty excited for Fall 🍂 This table is where i place my bookmark or cup of tea while reading. This round wooden plate like thing is from ikea.

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Inside it i have my planner, pen, candle and some baby breath and fairy-lights placed in a mason jar.

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You thought I’d miss out on the chance of talking about my planner? that aint happenin. So i started wanting a planner around March and then i was like “Uhh it’s too late already” and then in July i went to Scotland and i visited a paperchase shop and i found this awesome planner. So it’s a 2016/2017 planner that starts from the last week of June 2016 and ends around the same time on 2017 .. so if you thought it’s too late to get a planner then you’re wrong! it’s pretty awesome from the inside too and i love it 💛.

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In case you’re wondering what’s the candle that is in the round wooden plate thingy, it’s “Brave Wizards” from FrostBeard .. It smells AMAZING! and i had to show some house pride because Gryffindors are the best 🦁

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Since we already talking about Harry Potter i thought that i could show-off this amazing sticker that i got from the Nerdy Post June box!

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I love this mug! It’s adorable and it makes life much easier for me because with this mug i don’t have to get up and throw the tea bag away after it brewed whilst I’m reading .. i can simply put the tea bag in the compartment that is in the front! Amazing, I know. Plus who can say no to a cute cat mug?

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You might have noticed a box that’s filled with books and it’s pushed against the farthest wall in my reading nook .. This is my box of shame AKA the box that is filled with my TBR books, at least it’s not a bookcase anymore 🙊

 

I hope that this blog post has helped you in case you were thinking about creating a reading nook or simply if you’re looking for cute/bookish things ❤️  I have a question: Where do you do most of your reading?