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Saturday 16 January 2021

Bookish Links #62

1. Our very first bookish link of the year is to Alexa's post sharing details of her gorgeous 2021 reading journal setup.

2. In this video, Jack discusses all of the literary references found on Taylor Swift’s 2020 releases folklore and evermore.

3. If you’re looking for reading recommendations based on the TV shows you binged in 2020 this post is for you. You might even find some new shows to watch too.

4. How beautiful are these little libraries? We wish we could add one to our own gardens!

5. If making more time for crafts and DIY is on your 2021 to-do list Francesca's book, due for release next month, is one to add to your list.

6. Over on Goodreads, a selection of popular authors shared a little more about some of their most loved books.

7. Get inspired by following some of the amazing artists listed in this Book Riot post.

8. It may be very cold in the UK right now but Michelle has some fantastic tips for creating your very own cosy reading nook where you can curl up with a great book.

9. We can’t wait to read Angie Thomas’ latest release The Hate U Give prequel Concrete Rose.

10. Which books do you vow to read in 2021?

This month's beautiful bookstagrams to follow:

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Friday 15 January 2021

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories | Holly Black | Review

 We're returning to the world of The Cruel Prince

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-colour art, making this the perfect collector's item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

What you get in this collection of short stories is nothing short of magical. 

Black’s faerie tales are full of creativity and whimsy, and even if you had never read the Folk of the Air Series you could enjoy this book. I don’t recommend that, of course, but I hope you see what I mean. The short stories, sitting on their own as they do, tell of tales that have morals and lessons to be learnt. They are full of characters who have been thought through, who compliment each other and clash with each other. They are strong, they are weak, but they are wonderful. 

Full of stunning illustrations by Rovina Cai, reading through this book was a joy, and such fun to go back to the world that I so loved reading about in the Folk of the Air Trilogy.

If you have read the Folk of the Air Series, then picking up How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories is a must. 

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Saturday 2 January 2021

Features | Books We Vow To Read In 2021

Happy new year everyone!

As longtime readers will know it's become tradition around here for team members to create a list every January with five titles they 'vow to read' over the next twelve months. In today's post, our very first of 2021, Anjali, Anastasia, Ria and Erin are sharing the books that they have chosen for this year. See any of your favourites? Leave us a comment and let us know. 

We'd also like to invite you to create a 2021 vow to read list of your own and share it on your blog or social media account too; don't forget to tag us @bloggersbookshelf on Instagram!


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