Attack of the UK Book Box

I recently wrote a post on building your own book box but there are plenty out there to choose from. I’d love to get some of the U.S ones but looking at the cost of shipping makes me cry so I’ve been working through the UK ones.

I’ve tried what I’d consider the main 4 boxes for UK YA book boxes – the ones that often if not always feature fantasy books – and I thought I’d share the good things about them and which I think is most worth the money.

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How to Build a Book Box


The world is a nightmare right now and all we can do is try to ride this wave out. But birthdays and special occasions are still happening and you may feel bad about not doing something as special for your loved ones and friends. Especially if you can’t spend time with them.

But something I’ve been doing for a while is making makeshift book boxes as gifts. You don’t need to spend a lot of time and money to make one. As long as you know where to shop and make sure everything is clean you could have a nice little gift to mail or leave outside of their houses.

With everything going on this can be a good way to support the small businesses that are still open and there’s plenty of cheap options if you’re worried about money too.

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Review: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Review: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett

Why didn’t I know about Harper360’s blogger emails sooner? Seriously. I signed up for them after hearing about the hardback email and was so excited when the paperback one reached my inbox. Obviously I requested a few things but the one book I got was a sequel: Shadow and Flame by Mindee Arnett.

This is a book that has a gorgeous cover, an interesting sounding plot and is the conclusion in a duology. The first book is Onyx and Ivory which you can get in e-book, paperback and hardback now.

Shadow and Flame is set months after the events of the first book. The wilders have their own city and council but Kate has changed. This book starts you in the thick of it before skipping ahead and the losses she faces in between mean she’s harder and no longer so trusting. But she still wants to do good for the wilders.

I won’t lie; as fascinating as the world building in these books is I didn’t hugely care for this book. Mindee Arnett has this skill with writing worlds and characters. She weaves them in this way that allows you to hear their voices and clearly visualize but I still just…didn’t care. Which is a shame as I was really excited for this book.

But I’m also not having much luck with liking sequels recently.

This duology is interesting though and if you like series where you clearly see the effects of war on the characters then this is definitely one for you.

2/5 stars

My Friends (and Family) Pick my TBR!

I’ve been doing the ole’ TBR box and pile for a while and it’s done me well. When I started it, I finally got through the books I’d had for years. And since then I’ve been getting through books only a few months after getting them.

Whenever I get a new book, it goes in the TBR box and then when I only have a few books in my current pile left, I pick out a few I’m really excited for and some I aren’t and have to read through that pile.

It’s pretty simple and after watching so mnay TBR games I wanted to change it up a little.

Hence showing my friends, brother and mum all my books and asking them to pick what I should read. This was mostly judged via the cover so I had some good variety.

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Review: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

It’s not a secret that though I’m not a huge fan of romance novels, I adore chick-lit. There’s something so easy to read and fun. I love losing myself in these women’s lives.

Would Like to Meet was a book that I’ve had an arc of for a while but it took me ages to get to. But when I did, I devoured it. It follows Evie Summers, a publishing assistant who had always wanted to be a screenwriter. When a famous screenwriter refuses to write a rom-com until he believes they’re realistic, Evie has to recreate famous movie meet cutes to prove they can lead to love.

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Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character


Hinata is a curious little wolf who may spend most of his time running about exploring. But when the darkness arrived he was determined to make things right. He might seem like a troublemaker but he would do anything to protect his home and friends.

My Pondathon TBR

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

A fantasy book that I got for christmas and have been dying to read. It’s about a girl who’s job it is to clear up after death.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

A contemporary with an ace MC that I’ve been needing to read for a while. It’s about a girl who runs a fancomic based on Tolstoy’s work/

Bookish Resolutions

So maybe this is a little late. It’s mid-January but better late than never, right?

One of the things I want to do this year is get more involved with the bookish community. I read a lot anyway but there’s other things I want to do that are related to books. Chatting more about them, blogging more and getting the chance to share my love for books and bookish goodies.

So I thought up some things I’d like to do this year and I want to share them with you all!

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Just Keep Writing – My Nanowrimo Declaration

Just Keep Writing – My Nanowrimo Declaration

Nanowrimo is just around the corner and I’m going to get my butt into gear and win it!

You might know that I started a novel – YA Irish fairy tale retelling – earlier this year but it quickly fizzled out. I still love the idea but I don’t have the inspiration. So for a few months this has been an excuse for my lazy self not to write much of anything other than the odd short fanfic.

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