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Kelowna/unceded Syilx land πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ πŸ“–: The Shadow in the North by Pullman πŸ”Š: Harry Potter 6 Rep code for @vibookcrate - howls10

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She had suddenly realized something about people like this -- whether they were businessmen, policemen, civil servants, hotel proprietors, landlords, or what: it was that they didn't mean what they said. What they seemed to be doing -- catching criminals, buying and selling, banking, administering, making things -- wasn't the real business of their lives at all. It was a cover. The real, secret business of their lives lay in keeping power for people like themselves." 🧐 QOTD: Who would you want to solve a mystery with? 🧐 This is book two in the Sally Lockhart series! I'm reading these with the ever lovely @meetmeatthelamppost_ ! Set in Victorian England, they follow Sally as she solves mysterious cases of murder, theft, and secret identities with friends Fred, Jim, and her dog Chaka! It's my first go through and I'm definitely recommending them so far. While the pacing is a little slow at parts, I really do think the writing and cleverness of Pullman's craft makes up for it. And this one totally won me over to the whole series! 🧐 I finished this one yesterday (sorry Janean πŸ˜‚) because the second half just was so exciting! I'm really enjoying trying out another series by my beloved Philip Pullman. After falling in forever love with His Dark Materials, I was wary to start another series that he'd written. While Sally isn't Lyra and this England isn't daemonic Oxford, I still am heartily enjoying these mysteries! 🧐 To answer my own question, NOT SHERLOCK πŸ˜‚ I love watching/reading about his work, but he'd annoy me too much. I'd take Sally, the Mystery Machine gang, or Beka Cooper over him any day πŸ˜‚ 🧐 #sallylockhart #philippullman #theshadowinthenorth #shadowinthenorth #teenfiction #mysteries #britlit #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"One foot in winter and one in spring. One foot with the living and one with the dead." πŸ‘» QOTD: If you could meet a ghost, would you want to? πŸ‘» City of Ghosts! The perfect recommendation for under two weeks before Halloween. If you're looking for a ghost book, look no further than this charming and creepy middle grade novel by V.E. Schwab! She's incredible and this book was a real source of enjoyment for me. πŸ‘» I was lucky enough to have an arc of it and I loved forming an opinion of it before all the hype. While it wasn't a forever favourite, it was really entertaining and surprisingly emotional. And after meeting the protagonist's best friend, I'd love my own ghost bud πŸ˜‚ πŸ‘» #cityofghosts #veschwab #victoriaschwab #middlegrade #middlegradefiction #middlegradereads #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #spookyreads #ghoststories
"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs." πŸ“š QOTD: Do you ever host or participate in reading groups/book clubs? πŸ“š Starting today, I'm going to be reading Jane Eyre for the first time! This is pretty exciting for me. It's one I've heard such good things about but don't really know too much of the plot. Have you read it? Would you recommend it? I picked up this Wordsworth Classics edition for free, so hopefully it'll be serviceable alongside the Serial Reader App! πŸ“š @theartfulelle @glenjenreads and @literarianlife are hosting this Jane Eyre reading group for the month of October and November, with only one discussion at the end of November! It'll be my classic of the month and I'm glad I'll be checking it off for 2018! I'll be starting it today to give myself about a month and a half to leisurely read it alongside my other tbr books. I do host a bunch too so if you're interested, keep your eyes out! I usually advertise them in my story a few weeks ahead of time! πŸ“š #janeeyre #charlottebronte #charlottebrontΓ« #classics #classicbooks #brontesisters #brontΓ«sisters #thebrontesisters #thebrontΓ«sisters #wordsworthclassics #currentlyreading #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"I kill where I wish and none dare resist." πŸ’ QOTD: What objects of value do you most desire? πŸ’ I've got a bit of a game for you! Swipe over to find your dragon name! Then, using the lofty tones of your newly smoky breath, comment below telling me your weak spot for expensive goods! πŸ’ Are you a lover of fine jewelry? Do you collect currency from different countries? Or maybe it's that boutique makeup you're always coveting! Fancy cars? Tell me below. I, Tuvreog the Careful, demand my denizens provide me with signed first editions of all my favourite books, fancy teacups and those tea pots that look like English cottages, and the finest cheese for the rest of my days in exchange for their lives! πŸ’ Features @gunndeancandle.co Dragon's Gold candle! This one smells of amber, pear, and smoke and is truly magical 🐲 πŸ’ #TolkienTuesday #tolkientribe #tolkien #jrrtolkien #thehobbit #hobbit #gunndeancandleco #dragonsgold #smaug #smaugthedragon #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"The Patronus is a kind of positive force, a projection of the very things that the Dementor feeds upon – hope, happiness, the desire to survive – but it cannot feel despair, as real humans can, so the Dementors can’t hurt it." πŸ“ QOTD: What is your patronus? Do you take the word of Pottermore as law or do you chart your own magical alter ego? πŸ“ Hi guys! Send the Canadian postal workers your best wishes for the speedy delivery of my UK edition of Muse of Nightmares! I've seen tons of Americans get theirs and we're still part of the Commonwealth πŸ™„ come on, Brits! Gimme some priority πŸ˜‚ πŸ“ Well, Pottermore says my patronus is either a dun stallion or a rat πŸ˜‚ personally, I think it's a lynx or a leopard or something. But I'm not really sure. It's so hard to pin down what your core essence would be animalistically! Do you agree with your Pottermore test or do you have other ideas of your patronus? I'm still on the fence. Do you think I'm more a cat type or a horse/rat type person? πŸ˜‚ πŸ“ #diocandleco #expectopatronum #patronus #harrypotter #jkrowling #harrypotterandtheprisonerofazkaban #bookishcandle #adorablesizecandle #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #MuggleMonday
"It was too late, of course, for California. But California has always been a place where dreams go to live or die." πŸ› οΈ QOTD: Some books sell us because they're by beloved authors, some are cover buys. What's a book you want to read because the premise is just SO INTRIGUING? πŸ› οΈ Company Town by Madeline Ashby, a book high up on my tbr! Since it's so unknown on here, I'm going to include the description down here πŸ‘‡πŸ» Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline. Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse...? πŸ›  So it sounds seriously cool, right? What books sell you by their premise? I really think the idea of The Golden Compass was what sold me on it, the image of everyone with an animal companion. And of course the fantastical elements and epic size of The Name of the Wind, which I haven't read. πŸ› οΈ #companytown #madelineashby #canlit #canadianlit #canadianbookstagram #bookishcanadians #socksunday #tbr #tbrlist #canadareads #cbc #torbooks #torpublishing
"I'm sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now." πŸ’œ QOTD: Share an unpopular bookish opinion of yours! πŸ’œ Here are a few unpopular bookish opinions of mine! I really like Mal x Alina and don't find Nikolai or The Darkling good pairs for her at all! I really liked Alina's character and Mal's and think that their history and friendship makes them perfect for each other. πŸ’œ I also didn't like the ship from The Cruel Prince, love the idea of Sirius and Remus ending up together, and thought The Hobbit movies sucked πŸ˜‚ I don't know how unpopular those opinions truly are but I know not everyone feels the same way. πŸ’œ Just a reminder β€” my giveaway is now live and it's easy to enter! Tell me what book you'd pick from the list and tag a friend with a compliment! πŸ’œ Features: @lemoncakescandleco Sun Summoner candle which is probably my third favourite candle of all time πŸ˜‚ πŸ’œ #shadowandbone #siegeandstorm #ruinandrising #leighbardugo #grisha #grishatrilogy #grishaverse #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"Farther west than west / beyond the land / my people are dancing / on the other wind." 🧑 QOTD: Are you affected by the deaths of authors? Which loss of an author author affected/would affect you most? 🧑 Am I finally ready to talk about Ursula Le Guin? Probably not. Have you ever felt personally attached to an author, at least as much as you are to their books? Well, I felt like I lost a relative when Le Guin passed away in January. And reading through her Earthsea Cycle with some friends really helped me get my emotions out. I really admire her careful, honest prose and the restrained but epic stories she tells with it. 🧑 This book, The Other Wind, is the final book in the series and deals, more than any of the books before it, with death and grief. What a remarkable way to wrap up a series and comfort a reader from the grave. Thanks Ursula. For all the work you did for feminism and fantasy, and for the characters whom I love. 🧑 And thanks once again to the lovely people who read this series all the way from A Wizard of Earthsea to this with me. We stuck it out and I think it was amazing 😍 🧑 #ursulakleguin #ursulaleguin #theotherwind #otherwind #earthsea #theearthseacycle #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"'Cup of tea?' Lupin said, looking around for his kettle. 'I was just thinking of making one.' 'All right,' said Harry, awkwardly. Lupin tapped the kettle with his wand and a blast of steam issued suddenly from the spout." 😴 QOTD: What time of day do you feel most tired? 😴 Good morning! I'm up early today to attend a charity breakfast at around 7am. I'm guessing when I get home, I'll be in great need of a cup of Enchanting Raventea, this delicious Lady Earl Grey blend from @booksnleaf ! Especially if Remus is making it for me 😍 Swipe over to see a more clear image of the label. So cute, right?! She has one for every Hogwarts house! I usually feel most tired and needing a nap around 3-4pm but when I get so little sleep, the whole day feels hazy πŸ˜‚ 😴 I hope you all caught my chat on Monkey Beach in my stories and that my love of it was aptly channelled by my words πŸ˜‚ today is the Ms. Marvel graphic novel. I'm meeting a lovely friend for coffee this afternoon but should be home later to do my book chat with all of you πŸ’• 😴 #booksnleaf #bookishtea #harrypotter #ravenclaw #earlgrey #ladyearlgrey #jkrowling #hogwarts #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"The names are the first things to go, after the breath has gone, and the beating of the heart. We keep our memories longer than our names." πŸ—οΈ QOTD: Spooky book recommendation? πŸ— Hi guys πŸ’€ today I'm thinking of the ultimate spooky reads! First of all, do you like mild to seriously scary stories? I really do! The scarier the better to me. Coraline is mild level terrifying but has the creepy factor down pat. Plus I love the heroine and the writing of Neil Gaiman sells the whole thing. πŸ—οΈ While I have a Halloween post lined up of my favourite scary books, I wanted to take the time to talk about one before the actual day. I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker right now and I've already read all Joe Hill (and don't love Stephen King, though if you have one I just MUST read, let me know!), but I'm looking for more classic and modern scary books. πŸ—οΈ Necklace from @owlcrate #coraline #neilgaiman #kidslit #juniorfic #juniorfiction #middlegrade #middlegradefiction #middlegradereads #fallreads #autumnreading #spookyreads #scaryreads #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"'Hello, Feyre darling,' he purred." πŸ’– QOTD: What's your Prythian court? Or if you haven't read this series, what is your zodiac sign? πŸ’– Hi everyone! Yesterday was so awesome, thank you to everyone who sent me kind messages and birthday wishes πŸŽ‚ you're all so sweet! I had a nice time with familt, ate lovely food, got lots of nice presents, and watched Jeopardy πŸ˜‚ and who knows my zodiac sign if my bday was yesterday? πŸ˜‰ πŸ’– I'm a Spring Court girl but I want it fully cleared out of Lucien and Tamlin πŸ˜‚ I just wanna sit in a garden of flowers drinking tea with my Night Court friends. Is that too much to ask? πŸ˜… Although I'm kind of sick of the trope of allegiences/houses in YA (Harry Potter, Divergent, Percy Jackson, Children of Blood and Bone just to name a few), I do like the concept of the different courts of Prythian. πŸ’– #acourtofthornsandroses #acourtofmistandfury #acourtofwingsandruin #sarahjmaas #feyredarling #hellofeyredarling #acourtofcandles #courtofcandles #bookishcandle #prythian #springcourt #nightcourt #feyrearcheron #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." β€” C. S. Lewis πŸŽ‚ QOTD: How many from this stack have you read? Which of these is your favourite? Which one is the next on your tbr? πŸŽ‚ Hi! Good morning πŸ€— it's my birthday today so I thought to celebrate, I'd do this stack of my favourite books of all time. Do you spot a fave of yours in this pile? I'd love to hear which ones you've read down below! Of course there are some that didn't make it in this stack (Six of Crows was just too big compared to these πŸ˜‚) but this is a pretty core example of my favourite books of all time. πŸŽ‚ Today I'm taking it easy since it's a crummy day for weather. Rain all day makes for bad walking conditions so maybe it'll be a tea and movies kind of afternoon. I'm 23 now for those wondering! How old are you? I think lots of us are between 16-25 on here but I love knowing that the community extends further than that too! I hope you all have an amazing day! πŸ’– πŸŽ‚ #harrypotterandthephilosophersstone #jkrowling #thomasking #truthandbrightwater #thesongofachilles #madelinemiller #wakeofvultures #awizardofearthsea #ursulaleguin #lilabowen #thegoldencompass #philippullman #thescorpioraces #maggiestiefvater #howlsmovingcastle #dianawynnejones #thegirlwhocircumnavigatedfairylandinashipofherownmaking #catherynnemvalente #warriorsintothewild #erinhunter #thehobbit #jrrtolkien #favouritebooks #favoritebooks #bookishcanadians
"Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist. And a devil knelt over him and smiled." πŸ’™ QOTD: Tell me a protagonist you love who has major cool vibes/is a literary badass? πŸ’™ Having finished Muse of Nightmares, it's reminding me how awesome Laini Taylor's other series is too! Daughter of Smoke and Bone isn't perfect, but it's so fun that I can't help but have heart eyes 😍 πŸ’™ Karou is such a cool protagonist. She really fits in with the whole angels and demons world and has total badass status because of her tattoos, blue hair, and teeth collecting. Tell me some of your favourite badass protagonists in the comments below? πŸ’™ #karou #daughterofsmokeandboke #daysofbloodandstarlight #dreamsofgodsandmonsters #lainitaylor #flickthewick #yafantasy #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"'Knowledge is a thing that one cannot have enough of. It is the fruit of wisdom, to be eaten carefully and digested fully, unlike that lunch you are bolting down, little friend.'" πŸ€ QOTD: Are you afraid of mice? πŸ€ Hello! It's Saturday, the first full day of our Thanksgiving long weekend here in Canada! I took some more photos again yesterday so expect my theme to continue on for at least a short while longer. I've really been enjoying this spot and hope you guys are too. πŸ€ For the record, all the mice and rats I've seen have been SUPER cute and fluffy and I've loved them and felt bad for putting them out in fields πŸ˜… I'd definitely have one for a pet! πŸ€ This is Redwall, a series I'm sort of ashamed to have not tried yet. There's only so much time in a day and so many days in a year. πŸ˜… I usually adore talking animals books and I love the cartoon show that was on in my childhood. One day! πŸ€ #redwall #brianjacques #martinthewarrior #kidslit #juniorfic #juniorfiction #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #middlegradefiction #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"She smiled then, her cheeks red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to see again." ⏳ QOTD: Are you a sucker for romance or not? ⏳ Hello all! I hope you're having a fantastic weekend, my friends πŸ’˜ I'm really looking forward to this weekend since on Monday, it's my birthday πŸŽ‚ I love birthdays so I'm excited πŸŽ‰πŸ˜… ⏳ I'm not usually someone who seeks out romance and I definitely don't like the genre itself. But... I do like ships and when I read a book with a cute couple, it's really fun 😊 so I'm not exactly a sucker for romance but when a nice one stumbles onto my path, I don't complain πŸ˜… ⏳ #sixofcrows #crookedkingdom #sixofcrowsduology #leighbardugo #grishaverse #kazbrekker #bibliophile #mustreads #bookmark #heyatlas #heyatlascreative #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
"You speak of destiny as if it was fixed." ❄ QOTD: What are your thoughts/beliefs on destiny? ❄️ This is my all time favourite series and the one I'm talking about later today in my stories! The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (also known as Northern Lights) is one that first enchanted me when I was in high school and I've never stopped loving it since. ❄️ I featured one of the bookmarks in this set a little while ago and here's another one! They're my favourites so I just keep them tucked away and never use them πŸ˜‚ do you do that with bookmarks? ❄️ I don't personally believe in destiny, but I do sometimes get a sense of foreboding and worry over things that feel inevitable. ❄️ #lyrabelaqua #lyrasilvertongue #hisdarkmaterials #thegoldencompass #goldencompass #northernlights #thesubtleknife #subtleknife #amberspyglass #theamberspyglass #philippullman #hisdarkmaterials #fallreads #autumnreading #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram
My 2K followers giveaway is finally here! I want to thank all of you for joining me on my way to this milestone, liking my photos, commenting on them and answering my questions of the day. Every single one counts. 🌱 So, what are the prizes? BOOKS! I have selected my top 18 books to offer up for the winners' choice. You might remember I did this before for my 500 and 1500 follower giveaways! Well, here's a new and improved list to choose from. There will be TWO winners, and each will get to pick one book from the list. πŸ’™ 🌱 How to enter! 1. Like this post. 2. Comment which from the list you think you'd pick (if you win, you'll be able to change your mind!) 3. Tag a friend and leave them a heartfelt compliment for them. *this gets you one 1 entry! You must complete this to qualify.* 🌱 Additional entries: 1. Give compliments for up to 2 more friends! You'll get +1 entry for each compliment you leave. 2. Share this first photo in your story for 24 hours and tag me in the post! You can do this on a different day up to 2 more times. You'll get +2 entries for each share. 3. Answer my questions of the day on my photos posted AFTER this giveaway for one additional +1 entry each time. Comment using a plant emoji of some kind (πŸŒ»πŸŒ·πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸƒ etc.) so I know you're doing it for extra entries! The posts before are still awesome to check out, but they won't count for extra entries πŸ˜‰ 4. I might do some fun trivia in my story as well! 🌱 With all these ways to enter, it's really up to you how good your odds are! 🌱 Rules: 1. You must be following me, and follow to unfollow people will be banned. 2. No giveaway accounts! This to me means more giveaway entries than actual ORIGINAL (photographed or made by you) posts. I'm really strict on this. 3. Must be an active bookish account. Lifestyle/bookish is okay, but I want these prizes to go to readers! 4. 🌎 THIS GIVEAWAY IS INTERNATIONAL as long as Book Depository ships to your country for free. Giveaway will run for three weeks, until the 24 October, and the winner will be announced within a week.
"Hope is stronger than fear. It is stronger than hate." βš”οΈ QOTD: If you've read this series, sort the three main characters into Hogwarts houses. Or if you haven't, sort your current read's main character into their Hogwarts house! βš” For Reaper at the Gates, I'd say Elias is a definite Gryffindor, he loves saving people πŸ˜‚ and Helene is probably a Slytherin while Laia is a Hufflepuff? πŸ˜‚ They're a lot harder to sort! I'm currently reading The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and I'm thinking that all the main characters seem like Gryffindors since it's a fairy tale and they're the heroes. βš”οΈ The maps in these books are gorgeous! Each one has two different maps and I love plotting the characters around them as they journey across the fantasy world. Do you follow the progress of novels on the map or do you just look at them occasionally? βš”οΈ #anemberintheashes #emberintheashes #atorchagainstthenight #torchagainstthenight #reaperatthegates #areaperatthegates #sabaatahir #yafantasy #favouritebooks #fallreads #canadianbookstagram #bookishcanadians
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