Bookish, Unboxings

August 2018 Owlcrate Ruthless Royals

August Ruthless Royals Box

Another month has passed and of course that means another unboxing. I’m as usual super late to getting this to my blog, but here it is! This months box was themed “Ruthless Royals” and featured a lot of items from different books that featured a kingdom where the royal court might have some ruthlessness in it.

👑 A tin inspired by The Cruel Prince featuring artwork with many different quotes from the book. It was designed by @stellabookishart!👑 A s pocket mirror with pouch, inspired by The Belles! Designed by @catarinabookdesigns.
👑 A set of three magnetic bookmarks handmade by @craftedvan featuring three different evil queens from Disney, which have both their normal selves and their alter ego
👑 A kitchen towel inspired by Throne of Glass and designed by the amazing @littleinklingsdesign!
👑 An agate ring from @geocentral. We sent out a whole bunch of different color gems!
👑 Collectible monthly pin and postcard illustrated by @spykles!
👑 The book for August was Grace and Fury by @tracythewriter! It has an exclusive cover that I like a lot more than the original. I started to read it a little bit, but it just wasn’t what i wanted to read at the time.

I recorded my unboxing, which I will link here and below as well! What did you think of this box? Have you read this book?! Let me know! Until next time,

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India

Coffee Break, travel

Travel Tuesday | Bali and Gratitude

If you follow me on social media and on my youtube channel then you know that I had the most amazing experience in Bali with my mother and Craftours. We did so many amazing things from being with the elephants to learning how to make a type of fabric called Batiks, but most importantly we learned about these offering baskets that they do every morning to express gratitude and other feelings.

The beginnings of our offering baskets

I think that it is so important to remember to be grateful for the things that we have. Whether it be having a job, having supportive family, being able to travel to amazing places, or just being grateful for waking up in the morning. Taking a few moments to reflect on all of the things that you do have instead of focusing on the things that you don’t have can be mind altering.

The finished project of the offering basket!

During this trip I felt more spiritual and awakened by all the amazing people in this country. They are all kind, genuine, and their happiness spreads into you. Also being with a group of creative people helps to bring happiness as well. I know every day I’m grateful for my mother and the amazing woman that she is and what a role model she is to me. Without her I would not have been able to partake in the journey. In the video, I don’t do a good job expressing all of the things that I’m grateful for, but I would love to hear about some of the things that you’re grateful for in the comments. How do you keep track of the things that you’re grateful for? If you’re grateful for someone have you told them recently? Until next time,

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India

Book Reviews

Origin, Dan Brown

– Short Story – 

“Where do we come from, where are we going?” These are the questions that often times plague philosophers, people who practice religion, and people who often times spend time looking at the stars.  Origin follows our favorite professor, Robert Langston on a trip to Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum at the request of a friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch. Kirsch promises to share something amazing with the world that could possibly change the thought of life as we know it. During Kirsch’s life he has created technology that has already changed the world, what else could he possibly do? As everyone anxiously awaits the announcement the unexpected happens, and it is up to Langdon and a new friend and museum director, Ambra Vidal to figure out what  has happened to their friend.

– My Thoughts –

I cannot say that I liked this one as much as I have enjoyed Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol,  and The DaVinci Code. It could just be the theme of it that I did not like. It was too much “out there” for me personally. I wanted it to be even more tied in with the museum and the famous church, and it was really just a numbers crunched scenario and a really smart man who felt like he had figured everything out. I did enjoy the “villain” in it all and how he or she played a role in how things played out for our main characters. I think it touched on a some interesting ideas about population and what could happen in the future, but we had a hint of that in Inferno as well. Normally I’m a huge Dan Brown fan, but this one just missed the mark for me. Let me know what you thought about the book if you’ve read it. Do you have any Dan Brown favorites? I have a few more thoughts in youtube video, which you can click here, or play down below! Until next time,
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India
Coffee Break

Don’t Bring Books to College!!

Why do people feel the need to bring books from home to college? I know when I went to college, I was not thinking about bringing books at all. I didn’t want to move with them, I didn’t want to pack them, and I didn’t want them to take up space in my already small dorm room. Did you feel like you should bring books to college? If so, what did you bring with you? If not, why didn’t you bring those books to college? In my video I talked about some more reasons why I don’t think you should bring books to college! Make sure to check it out, and subscribe to my channel! Until next time,

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90s Born Reader

Bookish

BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Wrap-Up

I completed my first read-a-thon!! I participated in BookTube-A-Thon hosted by Ariel Bissett on YouTube. You can check out my other post with my TBR that has all the information on the read-a-thon linked in it here.

I really enjoyed doing it as it pushed me to read more books and who doesn’t love to do that?! I also was able to complete every challenge, other than finish 7 books in one week, but I was really close! I didn’t necessarily fall in love with every book that I picked up, but I was glad I was able to cross them off of my ever growing TBR! I will have individual videos of reviews for each book coming soon. Until then, take a look at what I completed!! Until next time,

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90s Born Reader