DIY: Bookmarks

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So if you’re like me, I never have enough bookmarks! Here one day, gone the next… literally! Like hair ties, I don’t know where they disappear to, and when I’m in need of one, there’s no chance I’m going to find one anywhere around the house.

I have resorted to many things… from sticky notes, to scrap paper, to coasters. But the one thing I refuse to do is fold the page corner in a book!! Gasp! All my books are too precious to me, even if they are in not so great second-hand condition. I just can’t bring myself to bookmark a page by folding it. Can anyone else relate??

I thought I’d start a little section on my blog dedicated to bookish DIY’s 🙂 It probably won’t be weekly, but will pop up occasionally when I have an idea that I want to share with everyone!

My first DIY is the paperclip bookmark! Or bookmark-men

  • So first, buy a pack of paper clips! I got mine from my local dollar store, so it was really cheap. This whole “project” cost only $1. Plus I get 10 little bookmarks out of the pack.

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  • This is the little guy out of the package. You can choose any type of cute paperclip you’d like… hearts, stars, unicorns, etc. I gave the back of him a few little tugs to loosen up the actual paperclip part, so it can slide onto the page easily. I recommend doing this so there is little force or friction when you use it to bookmark a page in your book. Nobody wants a tear in their delicate book pages! Also feel around for any shape edges on the paperclip as well.

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  • Next step: Grab a book and start reading! I chose the little person paperclip because I like how it’s head sticks out of the book. It’s tiny and I can keep all the extras in a little dish on my desk.

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  • A few are bound to go missing, knowing myself. But it feels good to know I have extras around!

Hope you guys enjoyed my little DIY. Let me know if you like the idea and/or gave it a try!   As you all might have guessed the book I used in this post is “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Also if you have any bookmark ideas of your own that you wanna share, feel free to comment or add links to your blog posts.

Much love,

Shantel ♡

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Anticipated read – July 2017

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.


So growing up my favourite show/cartoon has always been Scooby-Doo! I loved all the mysteries that the gang had to solve, the array of characters, and just the scary element of each episode.

Expected to come out this month on July 11th is a novel titled: “Meddling Kids” by Edgar Cantero! It’s based on a Scooby-Doo type story but the kids are now older, and the names are different from the characters in the original show. It is a mix of mystery, horror, and fantasy!

I adore the cover! The colours and illustration is so eye-catching, and I love how it uses the memorable purple and green shades from the cartoon. So stoked to read this! I hope to pick up a copy this July when it is released. I could probably pre-order it from Amazon but I think I’ll just wait till it comes out and look for it in my local Chapters store.

Image and synopsis from Goodreads 🙂

Much love,

Shantel ♡

George Orwell Animal Farm – A Review

Hello all, so I’m back at it with George Orwell again 🙂 I had Animal Farm sitting on my shelf and I knew I had to just give it a read as soon as I could. I really enjoyed Orwell’s writing in 1984, and was ready to give one of his other most popular works a try.


Book: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Published: 08/17/1945
Genre: Classic, Political, Fiction, Satire, fable or fantasy, dystopian

Rating

★★★★★

Likes

  • Short read
  • Theme of the book
  • How George Orwell uses animals to parallel a human society

Dislikes

  • I actually don’t have any dislikes to write down! I thought about it for quite a while and nothing major stood out to me personally

I know for a lot of people this is sometimes a required read in school, and if you are like me I never liked being forced to read and dissect a certain piece of writing. It took the enjoyment out of reading the book entirely. So I can understand those who don’t necessarily like the book or don’t want to read it again. I fortunately had the enjoyment of reading it on my own and did really like it. I suggest going into it with an open mind, I know there is a lot of symbolism and political themes presented in the story, but knowing a bit of the back story to the Russian Revolution and the time when Orwell wrote this, really makes it an interesting read.

I’m not usually one for satires or straight up political writing, but the simplicity in the language and the way George Orwell chooses to tell this story as an animal fable, makes it really easy to follow and grasp the parallels to a power-hungry dystopian society.

The novella is an allegory, basically an extended metaphor about two things… the Russian Revolution/the corruption of socialist ideals in the Soviet Union, and also a forewarning on a larger scale of a society moving towards totalitarianism.

Again Orwell address the issue of language and how those in power can manipulate words to their benefit. 1984 was written in ’49 so actually after Animal Farm, and you can see the similarities in both stories having a focus on language and how it’s used to keep power over the people or working class within the society. Both stories also depict life under an oppressive government.

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

Animal farm explores the theme of political corruption, and shows a political leader’s lust for power, their ability to manipulate others, and how they can rise and take control of a situation when the time is right. It depicts the road of revolution to tyranny, and it shows how people or “animals” can turn a blind eye to whats happening in front of them, how a person can become blindly devoted to a leader that promises equality but who doesn’t keep their initial promise and doesn’t demonstrate it at all.

Extras

For anyone doing a book report on this novella or if you want more explanations of major themes and characters in the novel I suggest checking out: CliffsnotesSparknotes

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

“Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.”


I will definitely be revisiting Orwell’s writing again in the future, possibly picking up “Keep the Aspidistra Flying” or perhaps “Down and Out in Paris and London”. If you have any other suggestions or have read any one of his other works let me know in the comments!

Much love,

Shantel ♡

June 2017 Book Haul

Hello everyone, this is my first book haul post! I thought I’d share what books I purchased in this past month of June. I definitely hit up the second-hand bookstores hard this June. There’s a little area of where I live called Steveston Village, and they have a few old bookstores in town. One of them is really cute and is now combined with a cafe, so you can get coffee or snacks and also donate old books there. My family and I cleaned out our storage unit last month as well, so frequent trips were made to Value Village, and of course I had to sneak in and look at the book section. 🙂

So here we go… Oh!- I was also thinking of doing a colour system so you know which books I bought new, which are second-hand, borrowed, or from the library. Also just wanted to add that all of the book summaries are from Goodreads

♥New♥

♥Secondhand♥

♥Borrowed/Library♥


♥Room – Emma Donoghue♥ 

Found at: Village Books & Coffee House

Synopsis: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

  • I watched the movie, then heard it was based on a book. Now I have to read it!

♥Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton♥

Found at: Value Village

Synopsis: A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

  • One of my favourite movies when I was little, re-watched it many of times. I have a friend that has read a few of Michael Crichton’s books and recommended them to me, so when I saw this on the shelf I had to grab it. Nostalgia!

♥Hiroshima – John Hersey♥

Found at: Village Books & Coffee House

Synopsis: On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times).

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

  • I’ve always had an interest in history growing up, and learning/hearing about the tragic event that happened at Hiroshima really struck me. It scared me but at the same time I’ve always been curious to learn more about the personal accounts from it. I was surprised to find this book, and love the old feel of it.

♥The Road – Cormac McCarthy♥ 

Found at: Value Village

Synopsis: A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

  • I’ve heard about the movie based off of this book, but have yet to see it. I don’t know much about the story, but I’m definitely drawn to the setting and I’m curious as to how it will play out.

♥The Diary of A Young Girl – Anne Frank♥ 

Found at: Village Books & Coffee House

Synopsis: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

  • I borrowed this book from a friend, started it, and then misplaced it. 😦 Fortunately I just found it again recently and I’m giving it back to her right away since I’ve had it for quite a while! Anyways I do really want to read this book, and have for a long time, and now I finally have a copy of my own.

♥Peter & Max: A Fables Novel – Bill Willingham♥

Found at: Village Books & Coffee House

Synopsis: The critically acclaimed first-ever prose novel published by DC/Vertigo — now in trade paperback.Set in the imaginative realm of the award-winning comic book series FABLES, the book takes place long ago, in the deepest dark of The Black Forest. Two brothers — Peter Piper and his older brother Max — encounter ominous forces that change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day, when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern day Fabletown.

PETER & MAX: A FABLES NOVEL features the prose of award-winning comic book writer Bill Willingham and the lush ink drawings of FABLES artist Steve Leialoha. The novel also reveals secrets of some of the regular FABLES series cast members including Bigby Wolf, Frau Totenkinder and Bo Peep. Also included is an 8-page sequential story by Willingham and Leialoha that serves as a bridge to the FABLES titles.

  • So Fables is probably one of my favourite comic book or graphic novel series. A friend introduced the comics to me, and I remember reading through the first volume super fast. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to like it at first, but as soon as I started reading it, I instantly loved the series. I’m sill searching for the second volume because my local hobby/comic store has all of the other volumes except the second one. ugh. I’ll probably have to venture downtown and see if I can find a copy there. Anyways when I saw that there was a novel based off the comic series that even included some of the reoccurring characters, I had a mini oh my gosh moment! eek.

♥Dark Places – Gillian Flynn♥ 

Found at: Value Village

Synopsis: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

  • Loved this movie! When I found out that it was a book, I knew I had to get a copy and read it. I love scary thrillers, mysteries, horror, and psychological mystery/crime, but I tend to not read a lot of crime/mystery books for some reason. The story has to have a twist or be different somehow, I personally cannot just sit down to any detective based book. The writing easily loses my interest even though I love the genre. I’m hoping that I will enjoy this book though!

♥Otherland – Tad Williams Volumes: 1, 2, 3, & 4♥

Found at: Value Village

Synopsis: City of Golden Shadow – Renie Sulaweyo, a teacher in the South Africa of tomorrow, realizes something is wrong on the network. Kids, including her brother Stephen, have logged into the net, and cannot escape. Clues point to a mysterious golden city called Otherland, but investigators all end up dead.

  • I’ve heard about this series for a while. One of my best friends used to own a few older copies back in the day, and she said that I’d love the story. The premise has always interested me, but I forgot the title for the longest time and who wrote it, so it wasn’t all too easy to find. Finally came across it last week, and was super stoked that all the volumes were there! I’m not super big on book series, but I will definitely be reading this one. I hope to crack into these bad boys soon.

Much love,

Shantel ♡

 

Daniel Woodrell Winter’s Bone- A Review

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in posts, I wanted to finish this book before I added to the blog. It wasn’t a very long story, but I’ve just been so busy these days that I found it hard to sit down and actually get a good amount of reading in. I’m finally done, and I hope you enjoy this review. 🙂


Book: Winter’s Bone
Author: Daniel Woodrell
Published: 07/15/2006
Genre: Fiction, drama, country noir, mystery/crime, contemporary

Rating

★★★★

Likes

  • Short, compartmental chapters
  • Descriptive writing style
  • The setting
  • The main character

Dislikes

  • Didn’t keep my attention as much as I’d like

I don’t often read a book after I watch the movie adaptation, but I knew I naturally wouldn’t have picked up this title if I hadn’t. It’s not a story that I normally gravitate to, but I am really happy I read it. It’s also been awhile since I saw the dark & dramatic movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, so I only vaguely remembered what the storyline was when I started reading this book.

This is definitely a story with a lot of dysfunctional characters throughout it. The pages plunge into how deep family ties really go, from looking out for one’s blood, to keeping dark secrets, and abiding to tradition and hard rules within the mountain community. It was my first time reading a book set in the Ozarks, and I really enjoyed the way Daniel Woodrell described the setting and characters. Daniel Woodrell was born in the Missouri Ozarks and you can feel the realistic portrayal of the area through his writing. I felt as if I was living where Ree Dolly did, her discomfort and hard lifestyle seeped through the pages, and it was able to make me empathize and image in great deal her hardships. It made me appreciate my current living situation even more while reading this story. Daniel Woodrell writes in a way that’s easy to follow, and cuts up the book into short chapters that makes you feel like you’re reading a different scene in each one. The mix of simple dialog and brutal scenarios, gives the story a unique rhythm that uncontrollably pulls you in while reading.

The main character Ree Dolly, has a strong personality, she is incredibly tough, and is definitely a person you root for though the entire novel. She manages to hang on to a sense of dignity and responsibility in a rural world full of poverty, hard living conditions, and counterproductive family members. 

You got to be ready to die every day – then you got a chance.”

Overall it was a good read! The story didn’t captivate me as much though, because I did remember how it was going to play out. Reading this book for the first time, and not knowing the story, would definitely make for an even more gripping read. The book goes into much greater detail than the movie, and I recommend reading it first and then setting out to watch the film. I recall being a little lost in parts of the movie and after reading the book, it helped me fully understand the story more in-depth, and dug deeper into some of the motives and characters better.

The icy cold winter paints a perfect setting for a story filled with rugged diligence, and focuses on a steadfast character who keeps on enduring through harsh conditions even when all hope seems lost.


Thanks for reading my second book review! I had fun writing it, and I hope that it was helpful. I’m not sure which adventure I’m on to next, as I have too many different books that I want to read! I’ll hopefully settle on one soon, and get to my next review in a short while. Stay tuned!

Much Love,

Shantel ♡

Why I read…

I honestly didn’t like reading at all when I was younger! I found it difficult, and hard to focus on, and I was a very slow reader. I remember at elementary school during quiet time I would pick up a book like “The Babysitters Club” or “Goosebumps” and just pretend to read. I’d skim the writing, and flip the pages, but would never understand the story.

I did love being read to though! My mother would always read me bedtime stories from different picture books, and made sure to do it regularly. I always wanted her to read more than one, and would never fall asleep before the ending.

My love of reading probably started when I got my first library card! I now had the freedom to explore the huge building with its many bookshelves, read at my own pace, and pick out all the topics that interested me. I would literally check out as many as I could, and made sure to read them all before I had to return them!

Over time it was less about books with pictures in them and more about what was written. (Though I still have a special place in my heart for children’s stories)

I also read a lot of Archie comic books growing up too. heh.

But it was back during our family trip to Europe, which during it had launched me into reading more novels. We were staying in a castle in Germany and I picked up a book from the library room that was surprisingly in english. They had a pile of books that you could choose from and take. I hadn’t brought anything with me to entertain myself on our trip besides my writing journal, so it gave me something to do before bed. I became so engrossed in the story, and I remember every time before I went to sleep I’d enter this amazing new world. I just had to find out what happened next, and I hated putting the book down. I finished it quite quickly, and I remember being sad when it was over because I had enjoyed reading it so much.

My passion for books has grown greatly, the more I read, the more I want to read, and the more diverse my interest and reading gets. I love diving into a world that’s not my own, and learning about new things, and different characters. I lose myself in books, and each book seems to have a different take on life, which I feel gives me new empathy towards a variety of people and situations, past or present. I gain new experiences through reading, and I now read not just for entertainment but for insight.

My curiosity has grabbed ahold of me and I now have a new appreciation for a writer’s style and choice of words, how things are written, as well as why a person chooses to write a certain story.

I can say that the best feeling is when I read a book that I end up loving, a story that touches me and stays with me forever! One that I will want to re-read in the future and recommend to others 🙂 

So that’s my reading experience. How did your love of reading start? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear your story!

Much love,

Shantel ♡

 

George Orwell 1984- A Review

Hello!

This is going to be my very first book review! 🙂 Still figuring out the best way to format it, but I guess that will come once I’ve completed a few more.


Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Author: George Orwell
Published: 06/08/1949
Genre: Science-fiction, classic

Rating

★★★★★

Likes

  • The flow of the story and how the book is divided into three parts
  • Style of writing
  • George Orwell’s description of a chilling life-like dystopian future
  • The main character’s thoughts

Dislikes

  • The ending, or final outcome
  • Appendix was a bit long

I did really enjoy reading this as I am a fan of sci-fi novels, and have been wanting to dive into this classic for awhile now. My mother studied this book while at school and I remember her describing aspects of it to me, and it peaking my interest intensely. George Orwell descries his world of 1984 quite well, and really brings the entire society to life. I was never bored during the book and I was always waiting to find out more about the life which Winston Smith lives in.

I recommend this to anyone who’s interested in science fiction, the future world, political views, and dystopia. 

The book focuses on the subject of totalitarianism, and has a strong focus on control of the psychological and physical aspects of ones entirety.

I’m not sure if the appendix is in all editions of the book, and I’m not saying that it was useless. I thought it was really neat that early on in the story it referred you to turn to the appendix to read more about the principles of ‘Newspeak’. It gives you a grasp of the futuristic language and a back story. It is really thorough and to be honest I don’t think one needs to even read the whole thing. You really learn enough within the context of the first half, even the first few pages, and there’s really not that much ‘Newspeak” words or sentences throughout the entire book that the main character doesn’t explain to the reader.

You might wonder why I put the final outcome of the book on my dislike list. It’s not that I hated the ending, I thought the story was really good over all! I think it’s easy to understand what Orwell wants the reader to grasp from his story, and he doesn’t over complicate things. It’s just that for me at least, the twist in the story wasn’t really that much of a twist. And I think Orwell intended it that way. I felt like I always knew all along while reading, what was going to happen. What the outcome was destined to be. He lays it all out for you and it seems that the main character knows it all along as well. But there’s still a false sense of hope that you want to read into and want to believe in. I just felt after reading the book, that the main character or his story wasn’t all that special in the end. That I could have been following anyone’s life from the ‘Inner Party’.

The best books… are those that tell you what you already know.”

For those of you haven’t read the book yet my review ends here! It’s a book definitely worth picking up! The feel & theme of 1984 will stick, even if you can’t remember every detail in the book, the world which Orwell creates feels like an eerie warning or reminder of what a society could become.

*Warning- Spoilers may lie ahead*

For those of you who have read the book, I thought I’d share a bit more of my thoughts…

I know Winston’s character is special and he stands out because of his unorthodox feelings towards the party. How he disobeys and how he wants change, not even for himself but for the future. It also takes more effort to break him and his thoughts in the ‘Ministry of Love’. But in the end he does fall for O’Brien’s trickery, going about the same course of possibly many others that have believed in the existence of “The Brotherhood”. Finally cracking in room 101 and finally giving over the last piece of himself. Truly loving ‘Big Brother’ at the end and losing his identity. I guess I had too much hope… even in the last few pages I was waiting for Winston to be unique. That the story would show how he never gave up the last piece of himself, proving that a society could not fully manage to get away with brainwashing all of its people. That Winston would prove that resilience is possible. That even in the face of torture, one could die knowing that they still had a piece of them that was true, that they would not give up what they most valued. For some reason it makes me think about that 1963 historical photo of the Vietnamese monk that is just sitting there protesting, engulfed with flames, silent and unmoving.

But really, I’m just being sour. When I think about it now a week later, I don’t think the book would have left such a sharp feeling in me if it hadn’t played out the way it did. I felt slightly unsatisfied at the end and its due to the fact that I always knew what the outcome had to be.

Note to self, don’t compare a modern-day movie to a classic work of literature while reading! Was anyone else waiting for the same plot twist that happened in “V for Vendetta”? I was secretly hoping that the movie might have based some of their story on 1984. The portion of the movie where Natalie Portman’s character is locked up, and the test she undergoes.

Can someone please tell me if Mr. Charrington was one of the ‘thought-police’ the entire time?? This was the one part in the story that I wasn’t totally clear on.

Extras

Link to SparkNotes if you are studying this in school and want some extra help. Also good place for clarification on different aspects and themes of the book.

Shout out to AlternateHistoryHub on youtube and all his cool videos! He explains the dystopian world of 1984, and has a bunch of other neat videos of alternate history timelines. Click here to watch

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

“2+2= 5”

“war is peace
freedom is slavery
ignorance is strength”

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood”

“Big Brother is Watching You”


Hopefully you all enjoy what I have written. If you have any tips for improvement or want to leave a comment of what you liked, let me know down below! Also If you have already read the book let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!

Much love,

Shantel ♡

The adventure begins…

Hello everyone,

I’m welcoming myself to the blogging world as this is my very first post! I am quite excited to be starting this blog and to see over time how it develops and what becomes of it, if anything. I enjoy expressing myself, my feelings, and opinions through writing, and I’m excited to be giving myself a place to lay down words and thoughts. I hope others will stumble upon this and ultimately enjoy and find useful it’s contents!

I plan on writing reviews, comments, ratings and thoughts on books I have read. I’ll talk about books I want to read, and discuss different styles and genres. I hope to include pictures and other multimedia to make everything as lively as I can. I’ll share links, discuss bookish topics and pop culture. Maybe review what I have in my bookcase, as well as book purchases? I enjoy graphic novels and comics and could include some content on that as well!

I also love poetry & prose and will occasionally share some of my own creations ❤

Anyways, I have a lot in store!

Much love,

Shantel ♡