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Hi, I'm Carolyn / Howl! πŸ‘‹πŸ»

Kelowna/unceded Syilx land πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ πŸ“–: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.. πŸ”Š: Lady of the Lake Rep code for @vibookcrate - howls10

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"β€˜Password?’ she said. β€˜Caput Draconis,’ said Percy, and the portrait swung forward to reveal a round hole in the wall." ❀️ QOTD: What would your Hogwarts common room smell like? ❀️ This is a candle based on the Gryffindor common room! It smells fantastic, like warm wood and a little spicy. I just love it and won't burn it for a long time πŸ˜‚ it's from @mlc_co and I'd recommend checking out her current selection because all of my candles from her are amazing. ❀️ I'm a Ravenclaw and to me, our common room would smell of books, a light and airy perfume, black current tea, and shortbread cookies. I just think Ravenclaws would be into reading snacks πŸ˜‚ and since we're so smart, we know caffeine before bed is a bad idea so we'd go with a caffeine-free tea option πŸ˜‰ ❀️ #harrypotter #jkrowling #harrypotterandthephilosophersstone #harrypotterandthechamberofsecrets #harrypotterandtheprisonerofazkaban #harrypotterandthegobletoffire #harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix #harrypotterandthehalfbloodprince #harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows #MuggleMonday #mugglelibrarycandles #mlcco #bookishcandle #gryffindor #gryffindorcommonroom #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles
"To be neutral does not mean to be indifferent or insensitive. You don't have to kill your feelings. It's enough to kill hatred within yourself." 🎧 QOTD: What are you currently reading and who would you get to narrate the audiobook? 🎧 I'm currently listening to this book, The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski, on audiobook right now! It's good so far, book 7 (I know it says 5 on the spine, but their tally doesn't include the very important short story collections) of The Witcher series. That's the final book and in really excited to see how the original story of Geralt of Rivia, Ciri, and the other incredible characters winds down and transitions into the video game story lines. 🎧 However, I don't recommend the audiobooks πŸ˜‚ the narrator says a lot of words and names wrong? Like Dandelion (pronounced like the weed) is pronounced dand-ill-eon... πŸ™ˆ Whyyyy πŸ˜‚ instead, I'd pick Richard Armitage or Cillian Murphy to narrate these. I'm really hoping I can finish it in time to include it in my 2018 reads! 🀞🏻 Wish me luck! 🎧 #theladyofthelake #ladyofthelake #witcher #thewitcher #andrzejsapkowski #cdprojektred #witcherseries #geraltofrivia #ciri #cirillaofcintra #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #currentlyreading
"I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death." 🦊 QOTD: Who's a character you don't like but feel like everyone else loves? 🦊 That's Snape for me. I really don't like that guy πŸ˜‚ I know there are a lot of people who do like him and think of him as a hero. It's not that he doesn't save the wizarding world in his own way, it's just that he does it for such selfish and jerky reasons. 🦊 Someone pointed out recently a good way to think of Snape. Yes, he's a hero. But if Voldemort had gone for Neville's parents instead of Harry's, he would have been the most loyal Death Eater to the end. And that's why I don't like the guy. 🦊 #harrypotter #jkrowling #harrypotterandthephilosophersstone #harrypotterandthesorcerersstone #harrypotterandthechamberofsecrets #harrypotterandtheprisonerofazkaban #kidslit #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #winterreads #funkopop #severussnape
"I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me." 🎊 QOTD: Do you read series all at once, or do you take your time? 🎊 I usually take my time with a series. For instance, my first time reading through the Earthsea Cycle, I just read the first. And then a year or two later, the next three. And then I took a break. When Ursula Le Guin passed away, I started a book club to read the series and over 2018, we read the whole series. Thanks for keeping me motivated, guys! πŸ˜ƒ 🎊 Other series I took forever to finish were Shades of Magic, The Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce, and Howl's Moving Castle. They really took me years from when I first read one to when I finished them all. I usually will even reread the first one(s) so I'm prepared, and then still not finish it πŸ˜‚ 🎊 #earthsea #theearthseacycle #earthseaCycle #awizardofearthsea #wizardofearthsea #tombsofatuan #thetombsofatuan #thefarthestshore #farthestshore #tehanu #ursulaleguin #ursulakleguin #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #winterreads #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles
"The past is another land, and we cannot go to visit. So, if I say there were dragons, and men who rode upon their backs, who alive has been there and can tell me that I'm wrong?" 🐳 QOTD: What series do you think gets better with every book? 🐳 The How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell just gets better every book. The first one is good, but they just really improve and enrich the story and the world every book further into this twelve book series. I'd highly recommend them! They're fast paced, hilarious, illustrated, and emotional. 🐳 This series is the inspiration for the popular Dreamworks movies! Though just an inspiration, since otherwise the plots see quite different. In this world of Berk, the dragons are friends with the humans from the start and the other tribes are more the antagonists, at least until later in the series. 🐳 #howtotrainyourdragon #howtobeapirate #cressidacowell #kidslit #juniorfic #juniorfiction #middlegrade #middlegradefiction #middlegradereads #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #favouritebooks #favoritebooks
"I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve." πŸ’ QOTD: Give me a cheesy tagline for a favourite book of yours! πŸ’ This is the really cool edition of Pride and Prejudice that I was hunting for πŸ˜‚ it took me a while, and I swear I saw every other Pulp! The Classics edition three times over, but I did finally find this on Better World Books. Yay! It's so cool how it looks like a pulp edition from decades ago, complete with fake coffee rings and battered edges. But I swear it's brand new and in mint condition. πŸ’ Okay, here goes! "It's got everything! Airships, mouthy kids, and polar bears! Coming soon to a bookshelf near you, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman! What's a little Dust between friends?" how was that? I think I'm terrible at this, but I know some of you will knock this outta the park ⚾ πŸ’ #prideandprejudice #janeausten #pulptheclassics #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #classicbooks #classics #georgianliterature #mrdarcy
"No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice." πŸ¦„ QOTD: Middle-earth or Narnia? πŸ¦„ To answer my own question, Middle-earth! But at this time of year, I really want to return to Narnia where it's always winter (except can it also be always Christmas?πŸ˜‚β„οΈ) it just gives off wintery vibes and enchants me with its seasonal vibes. Especially Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. πŸ¦„ Otherwise, Middle-earth is my fave for the epic scale of the world and the adventure of the pilgrimage the Fellowship (both together and fractured) go on. The Chronicles of Narnia has that, but it's just so much more stunted by the length of the book and the episodic nature of switching characters every few books. πŸ¦„ #themagiciansnephew #magiciansnephew #chroniclesofnarnia #narnia #cslewis #kidslit #juniorfic #juniorfiction #middlegrade #middlegradefiction #middlegradereads #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #britlit
"What's comin' will come an' we'll meet it when it does." πŸŽƒ QOTD: Favourite Hagrid moment? πŸŽƒ This @inkandwonder.designs woodmark makes me so happy! I love Hagrid, he's seriously such a good friend and advisor to Harry. He doesn't always keep them safe from his misguided kindness and animal interest, but he's always trying his best πŸ’• πŸŽƒ Do you have any woodmarks? Do you use them at all? I do occasionally, but they're too nice to risk losing πŸ˜… so I usually use random bookmarks and keep my nice ones for photos and displaying ❀️ πŸŽƒ #harrypotter #jkrowling #harrypotterandthephilosophersstone #harrypotterandthechamberofsecrets #harrypotterandtheprisonerofazkaban #harrypotterandthegobletoffire #harrypotterandtheorderofthephoenix #harrypotterandthehalfbloodprince #harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows #hagrid #rubeushagrid #hogwarts #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #favouritebooks #favoritebooks
"He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn't sleep at all." πŸ¦† QOTD: Favourite kind/gentle character? πŸ¦† Our Lazlo is so kind and compassionate. I really love his character development from wide eyed librarian and dreamer to the brave man we know and love in Muse. In other news, who's read these books?! Have you finished Muse? What did you think of the ending? Spoiler-free comments for others, spoilers in DMs okay, please! πŸ¦† This candle is from the Laini Taylor inspired Flick the Wick from months ago. This was the 4oz candle and it smells just awesome. Inspired by Lazlo of course, it's fruity and soft and gentle. I can't wait for the January box 😍 they're on sale now! πŸ˜ƒ And I love these UK editions, I'm so glad I decided to get the matching Muse with the sprayed edges ❀️ πŸ¦† #lainitaylor #strangethedreamer #museofnightmares #godspawn #lazlostrange #museofnightmares #sarai #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #flickthewick
"Love, however, cannot be forbidden. The more that flame is covered up, the hotter it burns. Also love can always find a way. It was impossible that these two whose hearts were on fire should be kept apart." πŸ—ΊοΈ QOTD: The Odyssey or The Iliad? πŸ—Ί I love this edition of Greek Myths! Edith Hamilton is a known expert of all things Ancient Greece and this 75th anniversary copy of her classic book is stunning. Illustrated by Jim Tierney in four-colour prints, the inserts truly match the majesty of the myths. Swipe to see a map of Odysseus' journey from Calypso home to Penelope and all his stops in between. πŸ—ΊοΈ I prefer the story of The Odyssey more than The Iliad, but partly because I've read the original of the former but not the latter. I'm thinking of hosting a classics read along in spring 2019 to read both of them and discuss/compare their style and form. Would you like to join? I'll mention it more in the future, but I'm just trying to gauge the interest on here first. πŸ—ΊοΈ #greekmythology #greekmyths #edithhamilton #ancientgreece #theodyssey #odysseus #jimtierney #blackdogandleventhal #littlebrown #littlebrownandcompany #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles #favouritebooks #favoritebooks
"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! β€” I have as much soul as you β€” and full as much heart!" 🌬️ QOTD: What's the weather like today where you live? 🌬️ Reader, I finished. It was an interesting experience! I'm glad I took the time to read this well-known and well-loved book, even though it didn't end up being special for me. I liked Jane and the beginning and end of the book was good, but I think the middle wasn't for me πŸ˜‚ thanks to hosts @theliterarian @theartfulelle and @glenjenreads for hosting this two-month reading group ❀️ 🌬️ Have you read Jane Eyre? What are some of your favourite classics? I'm at home reading today unless I get called in to work so I'll be starting me new classic of the month soon! πŸ˜ƒ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens πŸŽ„ today it's cloudy, the perfect weather to reminisce about Jane Eyre and her gloomy moors. 🌬️ #janeeyre #charlottebronte #charlottebrontΓ« #brontesisters #brontΓ«sisters #classicbooks #classics #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #canadianbibliophiles
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can." 🐯 QOTD: What were your reading habits like when you were a kid? 🐯 I read a lot of adult books when I was a kid, always craving that more challenging content. When I was in my tweens, I was assessed at a grade 11 reading level. πŸ˜‚ All thanks to reading books like The Road and Life of Pi young, I think I've always looked for quality books. 🐯 This is a gorgeous illustrated copy of Yann Martel's Life of Pi. A popular book some years ago, I really wish I still saw it around. It's so interesting and magical, a definite favourite of mine. Plus he's Canadian! πŸ˜ƒ 🐯 #lifeofpi #yannmartel #tomislavtorjanac #illustrations #illustratededition #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #bookerprize #manbookerprize #randomhouse #randomhousecanada #knopfcanada
"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not." πŸŽͺ QOTD: Recommend me a great standalone? πŸŽͺ I love The Night Circus! I know it's a book that gets mixed reviews, but for me, it's really worth trying. Magical, breathtakingly romantic, and sweeping. That's how I would describe it. Some people find it boring or slow, but if you like literary fiction and magic realism, this is so for you! Plus, Erin Morgenstern had announced a new book (YAY! FINALLY!), so now's the time to dip into her previous work and test her out. πŸŽͺ This copy is actually an arc! And I know @so_chaotic is a huge collector of NC, so don't worry, I haven't forgotten you've got your eye on it. πŸ˜‚ Isn't it pretty? I love that it says "not for sale β€” violators will be exsanguinated", isn't that funny? πŸ§›πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ πŸŽͺ #thenightcircus #nightcircus #erinmorgenstern #magicrealism #adultfantasy #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #doubleday #advancedreadingcopy #advancedreaderscopy
"A robber who steals a knife and cuts himself cannot cry out against the woman who kept it sharp." πŸ’° QOTD: Favourite read of the year so far? πŸ’° I love the way the gold on this cover matches the leaves 😍 I didn't realize until I'd taken and edited the photo but I love it! Do you ever have those little surprises in your photos? Usually they're bad surprises, like noticing a cat hair on the book cover 😣 πŸ’° Spinning Silver is my favourite standalone read this year so far. I also adored Muse of Nightmares, but that's a sequel so it's harder to recommend to people. Other good ones I've read in 2018 are I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. Check those out if you're interested πŸ’– πŸ’° #spinningsilver #naominovik #yafantasy #rumplestiltskin #fairytales #fairytaleretelling #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"Three turns should do it." ⏳ QOTD: What would you use a time-turner for? ⏳ I'd use it to go back in time to get more reading done πŸ˜… I find myself wanting to read but having to go to bed at a reasonable time, and being able to whizz from midnight to 9:00pm would be wonderful! Free hours 😍 ⏳ If I'd had a time turner in my school days, I'd use it to attend more classes just like Hermione πŸ˜‚ she's so clever to do that and it truly speaks to the nature of her determination and how willing and eager she is to learn and critically think. ⏳ #harrypotter #jkrowling #harrypotterandtheprisonerofazkaban #timeturner #thetimeturner #hermionegranger #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #hogwarts #hpmerch
"There are no good men in this game." πŸ¦– QOTD: What book this year just didn't live up to the hype? πŸ¦– I finished Vicious a week or two ago and really did enjoy it. However, it wasn't magic to me like a lot of people feel it is, so that sucked. Don't get me wrong β€” it's definitely overhyped in my opinion, but beyond the hype, it was quite good. But I was expecting to ADORE it. What I did enjoy was Victor's ambition and apathy and besides, I thought the premise was really intriguing. I'm waiting for Vengeful to come in to the library so I can finish the series off. πŸ¦– Other books this year that I'd say are overhyped are Sky in the Deep and The Cruel Prince. Both were just not what I thought they would be. Based on early reviews, they had such potential. But for me, they fell flatter than I hoped and anticipated. When has that happened to you this year? How much does it let you down? πŸ¦– #vicious #victorvale #veschwab #victoriaschwab #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #schwabstagram #favouriteauthor #favoriteauthor #torbooks #adultfantasy
"You are the Protector of the Small. You see real people in the humans and animals overlooked by your peers. There will always be work for you." πŸŽ† QOTD: What charity causes feel especially close to your heart? πŸŽ† Is it no-kill animal shelters? Refugee support? Camp for underprivileged kids? A local foodbank? What's the charity or cause you tend to gravitate towards? While every cause is great and desperately in need of funds and volunteers, the ones particularly important to me are disaster relief and indigenous cultural revitalization / other social justice causes. πŸŽ† This book is all about helping others. Keladry of Mindelan is the Protector of the Small and her whole life she attracts the downtrodden to her side, both fellow people and animals that are wounded or orphaned. She's really a fantastic hero and role model for readers. πŸŽ† #squirebook #keladryofmindelan #protectorofthesmall #theprotectorofthesmall #tamorapierce #tortall #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #teenfantasy #laurelleafbooks
"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple." 🌟 QOTD What books remind you of certain seasons? I'll go first! 🌟 🐰Spring β€” The Secret Garden and Pride and Prejudice 🍹Summer β€” The Raven Cycle and The Great Gatsby 🍁Autumn β€” Harry Potter and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland ❄️Winter β€” Spinning Silver and Jane Eyre 🌟 Do you agree with mine? I can't wait to see yours! This page in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition really reminds me of autumn and all those firey sunsets we get ❀️ hopefully you guys are really enjoying this theme and will be happy to see more interiors from the HP x Jim Kay books. 🌟 #harrypotter #jkrowling #harrypotterandthephilosophersstone #harrypotterandthechamberofsecrets #jimkay #jimkayillustrations #illustratededition #bloomsbury #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #favouritebooks #favoritebooks
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