january recap (Fiverr, bookstagram and fave reads)

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so shocked by how fast January went. I feel like the whole year will disappear if I blink!

January was a crazy-fast month. It was fun, sometimes stressful and an exciting start to 2019! I am so excited about February and the rest of the year to come!

Also, guys, I am so sorry about not being consistent with blogging. I always plan to write and post my posts on certain days but something always keeps me away from it! So yeah I am sorry I haven’t been blogging as frequently. Life really has been crazy (I feel like I always say that!) 

Anyways, let’s get started!

books I want to read

The Austen Escape by Katherine ReaySpinning Silver by Naomi NovikCinder by Marissa MeyerThe Brontë Plot by Katherine ReayLizzy and Jane by Katherine ReayManga Classics by Stacy King
The Selection by Kiera CassDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartMy Lady Jane by Cynthia HandLove & War by Melissa de la CruzFront Desk by Kelly YangDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReayFull Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
I feel like I read more but yeah!
 My favorite book I read I think is Darius The great is Not okay.
*sobbing* It was such a sweet relatable book! I am definitely going to review it soon! (when I am done crying in the corner)
I am trying to read 150 books this year and according to Goodreads I am five books ahead of schedule, and I think that’s good…?
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Last month I accomplished two things I really wanted to do.
One I started a bookstagram! Yes! I have been wanting to do this ever since I started book blogging and it is so much fun! If you have a bookstagram I would love if you follow me! @elysianartiste
I also have started a fiverr!
Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. I have posted some blog design gigs that I would love for you to purchase. And for a limited time, anyone who signs up to buy on Fiverr, clicking this affiliate link will get 20% off there first purchase! (this will give a small commission to me which I would really appreciate!) I would love if you buy one of my gigs!

I would really appreciate if you support me on both of those platforms!

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scrunchies- THEY ARE SO CUTE AND JUST 90s 

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clips and barrettes- Okay I am kinda turning into a 90s kid and I love these

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jumper dresses and mum jeans- 

sunflowers

stars

literally anything vintage and aesthetic

oh also I really have become a band and theatre kid. I play clarinet and I like musicals. I am trying to audition for Matilda the musical which sounds adorable because Matilda is basically every bookworm

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January was a great month! I am so excited about what February! Thanks so much for reading!

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What books did you read last month? What are your January favorites? Do you have a bookstagram or fiverr?

Thanks for reading!

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my lady jane-book review

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My Lady Jane

genre: Fantasy, Humor, Historical Fiction, Fractured retelling?

rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/5

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me”

—he pointed a finger at her—

“no horse jokes.”

He was making it too easy.

“Ah, my lord, why the long face?”
“That’s it!”

Being Queen can’t be that bad right? Well, it is for sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey. Jane prefers books over romance, and would rather be reading then kissing her groom. But little does she know that her groom is a horse. Yes, a horse. And her cousin- the king- is dying and giving the throne to her. Join Jane, her horse and her king on a humorous quest in a medieval world full of shapeshifting people.

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This was probably the funniest book I’ve ever read.

The characters, the plot, EVERYTHING was extraordinarily creative and quite hilarious.

This book is the “true story” of Lady Jane in the Tudor time period. England is divided between Verities and Eðians. Eðians can shapeshift into animals, while Verities cannot and there has been a lot of tension and war between these two. 16-year-old King Edward is dying and gets his cousin, Lady Jane, married to a stranger to secure the throne and keep peace in England. Little do they know that there are people out there plotting against Edward and trying to steal the throne for themselves.

Characters

Edward-the king. Edward is a dying sixteen-year-old king. He would rather be planning his first kiss then who to inherit his crown. I kinda like him, but, uh *cough* He’s not really my favorite. But still has an interesting character design.

Lady Jane is pretty much all of us bookish nerds. She LOVES books and treats them like her children and would rather read a book at her own wedding. I love her feistiness and she IS SO ADORABLEEEE. o my GOODNESS I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She has such a cute character design and she’s so relatable!

Gifford Dudly my horse boi. *squealing* SO GIFFORD (he prefers G) IS AN ARTSY POETIC SWEET SMOL BOY THAT I LOVE SO MUCH. HEEEEEEEELP. he writes adorable little poems. ILYSM G! he’s sad and needs hugs because his dad is mean (FITE GIFFORDS’ DAD) he spends his days in the fields as a horse and stays up at night writing sonnets as a human. please give him cookies and journals so he can keep writing poems

romance

(the whole point of the book)

Jane and G are so cute. At first, they kinda hate each other (because they were forced to marry each other) BUt as the story develops so does there love.  AWWWWWWWWWWW

my favorite quotes

( because there are so many beautiful ones)

“I love you more than I love books.”

(*claps loudly, tears dripping down my face*)

“On everyone’s lap rested a book. Any book. In case the wedding got boring.” 

“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”

“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. Oh. Sorry, G. Not you, of course.”

The authors are amazing IM CRYING EVERYTHING IS JUST so funny! I had loud outbursts of laughter while reading.

what I didn’t like

*DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN*

The story was somewhat confusing, and I had to reread certain parts over to understand it.

I didn’t like Edward that much. (IM SORRY). He just kind of…. annoyed me… (again IM SORRY) He was very sexist and boooooooooooriiiiiiiiiing (sorry and sorryyyyy)

what I did like

I loved the world the authors built. I loved how the world was created and like the cool shapeshifting part.

Jane and G. (so ship worthy! should we call it gane?) They were so cute and a perfect couple. Their character designs were amazing and I love G SO MUCH (he’s my smol poetic bean)

overall

This is a funny and great read. If you are a fan of fantasy, historical fiction, retellings or comedy then this book is for you! I recommend it to anyone who likes a fun clean read!

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Have you read My Lady Jane? Do you want to read it? What books have you recently read?

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📖recent reads📖

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welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! today’s Tuesday and you all know what that means!! RECENT READS (aka as me trying to get my blog stable and try to write a post every week and I chose books cuz I am a bookworm)

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Many of you guys know I love Anne of Green Gables! It is one of my favorite series that I will cherish forever! So when I saw this book based on the teen life of L.M MONTGOMERY  I started screaming in the library! *cough* WELLL, screaming in my head. I loved this book so much and IT GAVE ME THE FEELS! It’s so sweet and just adorable OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH AAAAAAAH!! This book gets 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐s

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I loved this book so much, it is so cute and sweet and sad. I really love how it introduces death to younger audiences in a way that’s sweet but not too sugar-coated. I really can relate to this book because I too just like the main characters has lost a family member who is quite dear to me. I love the authors writing style so much and I really recommend this book, its such an adorable book!

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Lois Lowry has done it again! I love this book so much and I love the giver quartet! Lowrys writing style is just amazing and the characters and worlds she builds are so enchanting! I felt the feels and the joys and the pains and I felt like I was there! I really recommend the giver series if you’re looking for a series to read!

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MY SMOL BOY MATT GREW UP AND NOW HE”S A TWO SYLLABLE YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. Again, LOIS LOWRY YOUR SUCH A GOOD AUTHOR! I love this book and I cannot wait to read the last book in the series! I LOVE THE PUPPY FROLIC IN THIS BOOK HE”S SUCH A SMOL LIL DOGGO! I really recommend the giver series SOOOO MUCH!!

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I loved all the books I read this week and I am sure you guys will too! I hope you check them all out!
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Have you read any of these books? What books have you read recently? Are you excited for nano?

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recent reads+ jane eyre cereal box <3

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welcome back to my isty-bitsy corner of the web! Here this week’s very delayed recent reads!

jane eyree

As you all may know I love the book, Jane Eyre. In fact, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. It is a powerful narrative featuring a bold heroine and mystery! I really recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great book to read!

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I have read the original Diary of Anne Frank and several graphic adaptations and this my favorite! The illustrations capture the story beautifully and I love the artist’s art style! I really loved this book and I recommend this book to everyone!

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Okay, so I read the Giver a while back and thought it was pretty cool, now I reread it and realized I NEED ANSWERS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!? I look it up and find out there’s a whole series and I realized that I NEED TO GET ALL THE BOOKS! So yeah, you guys may not be able to tell BUT I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK! ITSSS SOOOO GOOOOD! I was surprised by its depth, considering its a juvenile book but like always Lois Lowry always seems to impress me!! ITS SO GOOD YOU NEED TO READ IT!

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THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE! Okay, first of all, it covers every bookworm’s dream, TO JUMP INTO BOOKS!!! AM I RIGHT? Don’t you ever just want to pull out your favorite book and go in it and meet all your FICTIONAL FAM AND CRUSHES!!!-oh its just me… Ah, okay! I Have read the story thieves series before and decided to read them again and I LOVE IT SO MUCH ITS SO AWESOME AND THE CHARACTERS ARE JUST AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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The last thing I have to show you all is something that I made for my book club. For my book club, we read Jane Eyre and made Jane Eyre inspired cereal boxes! It was a lot of fun! Here are some photos I have of my process!

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What books have you read recently? Do you consider reading any of the books on my list?

 

📖recent reads📖

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welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! Today I am posting the first post of my new weekly blog post series; RECENT READS. It basically is a post I post every Tuesday featuring some books I have recently read 😀

let’s get started!

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I really loved this book and I recommend it for any girl boss that wants to learn how to be an activist! This handy guide has tons of awesome tips for any girl that wants to unleash GIRL POWER.

winnies great war

okay, let me just say this book was SOOOOOOOOO CUTE! Its a ww1 story told through the eyes of a bear and I believe it is a true story! And this bear who actually was a REAL BEAR was the inspiration of WINNIE THE POOH! I really recommend this book to anyone that loves sweet heartwarming stories! I didn’t think I would really like this book, BUT I DID AND ITS JUST SO SWEEEET and cute and just AAAAAAAAAAAAH.

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I really liked this book! Its super cute and sweet! I love the plot and the artist’s drawing style! ITSSSS SOOOO CUTEEEE!

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I was really excited when I discovered this book because pirate princesses are really cool, but the book was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay different than I anticipated and it kinda was a huge rollercoaster ride that was really confusing. I think it was an interesting plot, but written and twisted in the wrong way.

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I really love this book! Jane Austen’s works always amazes me! I really can relate to the characters and I love her writing style. It’s sometimes hard to imagine that a totally different era from ours can still have some similarities, but Austen finds a way to get me thinking maybe the eras weren’t so different after all.

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Some of you may know that I LOVE HAMILTON (the musical) And if you haven’t heard of it, it is truly amazing and you should check it out! So when I stumbled across this book at the library I thought maybe the book would be a nice read. I thought wrong. It’s not that this book was really that bad, I mean it is a biography, it just wasn’t filled with catchy songs and what I had hoped for. XD

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Which books have you read recently?

xo ava