Manga Review: Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP (Omnibus 1, Volume 1, 2, 3)

Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 1 by CLAMP

7947676Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Published By: Dark Horse Manga
Publication Date: 2010 
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Pages: 576
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: July 2018
Links: Goodreads

Fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto finds a strange book in her father’s library — a book made by the wizard Clow to store dangerous spirits sealed within a set of magical cards. But when Sakura opens it up, there is nothing left inside but Kero-chan, the book’s cute little guardian beast . . . who informs Sakura that since the Clow cards seem to have escaped while he was asleep, it’s now her job to capture them!

I loved the anime years ago when I was younger and I totally fell in love with the story, so now that I kind of forgot the details I decided to actually pick up the manga and get into them. I grew up with this anime, and I could say it’s one of my favourites. It just reminds me of all the things that I love about being a kid.  This manga is aimed at younger readers, generally not my preferred level. But it’s an earlier work which includes a lot of the CLAMP trope-and-character formations recycled into later works aimed at older readers. I flicked through a couple of pages and quickly found myself hooked, whether it was nostalgia or what, I don’t know, I couldn’t put this down.

Cardcaptor Sakura follows the story of Magical-girl Sakura. She’s an elementary student who stumbled upon a magical book; her mission will be about collecting all the missing enchanted cards; Clow Cards. If she fails, the world will be in chaos. The Clow Cards have all become scattered and lost; with the aid of the magical creature – Cerberus – who guards the book, she is off on a quest to retrieve all of the cards.

The Dark Horse reprints have excellent graphic reproduction, very fine and clear. The art is the usual CLAMP. Sometimes the action/magic scenes are a little hard to follow, but nothing too crazy.

My main issue is some of the relationships that are presented from the start. Sakura’s parents got married when her Dad was 25 and her Mum was 16 and he was her teacher. One of Sakura’s classmates – 10 Years Old “has an older boyfriend,” as in, their teacher, who buys her an engagement ring and tells her to take care of it until it can be a wedding ring.

One thing that I didn’t really catch when I was younger is the positive queer nod. Per instance, Tomoyo, who’s the best friend of Sakura, clearly has a crush on her. Tomoyo’s mother also has a canon crush on Sakura’s mum. Additionally, the main male character Syaoran Li likes Yukito. Yukito and Touyo (Sakura’s brother) are subtext dating. This is not just a fan speculation. The manga and anime accentuated those certain attractions. For me, the fact that the queer representation was crafted in a cute and natural way made it valid. Like, I cannot believe my childhood did that.

I read through this whole series in less than a day, it was just really fun to read. I also plan to read Tsubasa.

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That’s it for this review! I haven’t done a Manga Review for a while! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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Review: 500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday

500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday

500 Kisses

500 Kisses by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: June 8th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 75
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: August 8th, 2018
Links: Goodreads Amazon

“Five hundred kisses are all it takes to steal a heart.”

Chris Montgomery doesn’t believe it, and he’d know. He’s met— and had— many a man. None of whom he’d want to share five hundred kisses with. If you don’t like someone, you just don’t like them. End of story.

No amount of kissing will change that.

Dylan Halsworth doesn’t believe it either. But Chris and his arrogant, always right, dare I be wrong attitude has Dylan challenging him to try it. And who knows, maybe watching his most loathed neighbor suffer through five hundred kisses with the same man is worth it. He’d sit back, crack open a Mountain Dew, and have a good laugh . . .

But … there is one slight snag in his plan.

Chris has chosen Dylan with whom to prove his point . . .

This is both a friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers story. Dylan needs his neighbour Chris’s help when the kitchen at the summer camp Dylan runs is destroyed in a storm. This book is billed as enemies to lovers, but really it’s friends to enemies to lovers. 

Dylan Halsworth runs a summer camp. one day the kitchen’s camp gets destroyed in a storm. Dylan has one option to move the kids to a better place is to go to his neighbour’s help. When one of the camp kids says that 

“Five hundred kisses are all it takes” 

“To steal someone’s heart. Anyone’s heart”…. 

Chris, never believes in stuff like that. BUT when Dylan challenges him to have “five hundred kisses” and of-course Chris won’t say no to a dare and a kiss with Dylan… What starts out as a challenge, forces two ex friends to face their past and discover each other again.

Anyta Sunday’s 500 Kisses was adorable. Anyta Sunday always brings the cute in a big way. Now, it’s still a far from perfect 75-page short story. But it’s fresh and sweet, and there’s an endearing, amusing quality to it that made my heart happy. I didn’t expect to love this novella so much.

This is adorable. Because even though the premise may sound kind of strange, and even though the triple combo of misunderstandings, resentment and sudden forgiveness is taken a little too far, there are banter and kissing for the sake of kissing (and for the sake of proving a point) and thunderstorms, so it’s a win. 

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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Etsy Update – 7/08/2018 – Beauty and The Beast Inspired 2 oz Candles


I am coming to you today with another Etsy Update. I wanted to give you guys a quick update on my Etsy Shop. I’ve been Updating my Shop again, and added some new listings and I’m really excited to share these with you. I been working on some candles, I’ve finally finished them and tested them, they are now ready to sell.

Belle’s Rose Garden Handmade Soy Candle | 100% Soy Wax | Vegan | Beauty and the Beast – Inspired 2 oz Mini Bookish Soy Candle – AU$6.50

Fragrance: Rose Garden, Golden Rose, Garden Path, Green Tea & Lemongrass, Lavender. Dusted with Red Glitter. 

A Belle to Remember Handmade Soy Candle | 100% Soy Wax | Vegan | Beauty and the Beast – Inspired 2 oz Mini Bookish Soy Candle – AU$6.50

Fragrance: Golden Rose, Vanilla, Lemon Zest, Green Tea & Lemongrass, Musk. Dusted with Gold Glitter. 

All Items are made with Soy Wax and all 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free. Each one of my fragrances are mixed by me and are not available anywhere else! My candles & Melts are richly scented. Extra fragrance is added to every hand poured batch to provide scent throw. All melts & candles are made to order, and hand poured by me in my kitchen and ships from Adelaide, Australia.

Also available is a Gift Set of both Candles for AU$10. This is a good option if you would like both Beauty and The Beast Inspired Candles and It will come in a Gift Box. 

Set of 2 Handmade Soy Candle Inspired by Beauty & The Beast | 100% Soy Wax | Vegan | 2 oz Mini Bookish Soy Candles – Gift Set

Every month 10% of the profits will go to organisations to help Animals. Each Month I will be donating some of the Profits to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), which will go towards Protecting Our Port River Dolphins in Adelaide. Some of the Profits will also go towards other Animal Organisations too!

Click on the Links to go to the my Etsy Shop to find out more about the Items or Click HereIf you’re interested, I’ll be keeping you guys updated, so stay tuned for that. What would you like to see? If you have any Ideas or Suggestions, Let me know in the Comments or Email me at: Also, follow my shop for updates, as I am always releasing new Products. I’m also working on some Dr. Seuss Candles at the moment, which I’m really excited for. 

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TBR Unwrapping #1

Wrapping my TBR Books

I’d written a previous post where I talked about wrapping up my books in wrapping paper, and selecting titles randomly to read over the year, which you can find HERE. So this is my first Unwrapping. This Month I unwrapped 11 of them. The goal is to keep unwrapping 1-5 books every month, although this month is a bit ambitious, and to read at least 3 of the books before moving on to the next unwrapping. But since I’ve chosen 11 Books this month I’d like to try to read 5 of these. I have quite a few books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet. So, I’m making an attempt to clear some of that up.

The Gold Heart Paper Represents Romance/Contemporary. The Colourful Stars Paper represents Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction. The White Flamingo Paper represents Thriller/Horror/Crime/Mystery. The White Flower Paper represents Classics/Historical Fiction. The Colourful ZigZag Paper represents Non-Fiction. The Silver Paper represents ARC’S/Review Copies. The Gold Floral Vines Paper Represents my Most Anticipated books. And the Happy Birthday Paper represents Recently Bought/Received.



IMG_2120The Complete Fairytales by Brothers Grimm

I’m interested in reading this. These are all the Fairytales by The Brothers Grimm. I already knew what this one was, as it’s the only Classic I have that is this size. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, but It’s massive, and it will take me a while to read through. 

IMG_2121The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. I’ve read a couple of her other books and really enjoyed them, but I was hoping I wouldn’t unwrap any of these yet, I have a lot of her books, but I had some that I didn’t wrap because I wanted to read those ones first, so I’ll see how I go, Although, I don’t think I will be reading this one this month.



IMG_2124Follow me by Ricky Dillon

I only had two non-fictions that I haven’t read, so I unwrapped both of them, and I already knew what they both were, as they are both very different sizes. I have been putting off this book, I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy this, but I think that I should read it this month and get it out of the way. 

IMG_2123From This Moment On by Shania Twain 

This is another one I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it much. I don’t really like reading autobiographies about celebrities, I did before, but not anymore. It is so interesting to read about someone who is famous but has had a life that is so different from what you would expect.



IMG_2134Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand

This one has been on my TBR for over a year, it’s also been in my Book Haul/TBR Revisits for a while as well. I also just realised that this is actually Non-Fiction. I didn’t know that before. This is set in Paris, as you can tell by the Title. I really like Paris stories and books set in Paris. At least reading about it is one way to get there.

Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction:


IMG_2132Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz

This is another book I’ve had for so long, so hopefully I can read this one soon. I’ve recently read a lot of Negative Review about this one though. But I would like to read it and see what I think of it, I just don’t know if I’ll get around to it this month, I’m not really in much of a fantasy mood. I read too much fantasy anyway.


Valentine by Jodi McAlister 

I’m quite excited to read this one, and it’s set in Australia, I love reading books set in Australia, as that’s where I’m from, and there aren’t many books set here, but I don’t think I’ll be reading much fantasy this month, so I don’t know If I will read it this one or not. This set in a small-town Australian location in with a contemporary spin.



IMG_2129She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick 

I’ve already read this book, I just finished it. I’ll be doing a full review soon. This one Explores obsessions, coincidences, blindness and what it means to be family. Having never read a Marcus Sedgwick book, I didn’t have any expectations going in, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. I was immediately sucked into the story of Laureth and her 7 year old brother, running away to New York to find her dad who she believes has gone missing. I also didn’t know going into this book that the main Character is Blind, so that was a surprise, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before that features a Blind Protagonist. Although the book was quite slow and I felt that not much actually happened. After the build up of the whole book, and so many loose ends, I felt like the ending was anti-climactic and kind of pointless. I enjoyed the book at the start, got a bit lost in the middle, and was disappointed in the end.

IMG_2143Creepers by David Morrell

I’m excited to read this book. The concept of urban explorers sounds right up my alley. I’ve never read anything by David Morrell and I’ve heard pretty good things about this one. “Creepers” is a slang term for urban archaeologists who explore abandoned buildings that are banned from the public or awaiting demolition.

Recently Bought/Received: 



The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I am so excited to read this one! I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys Series, and I love her writing style. I might make this one my next read. I’ve heard fantastic things about it. Not sure why I’ve put off reading this book so long, I really think I’m going to enjoy it.


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I still have no idea what I’ll end up reading. I’m just going to put them on my nightstand and see what I feel like reading throughout this month. But I’m going to try to read at least 5 of these. Have you read any of these? What did you think of it? Is there a title you’d recommend I start with? 

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Manga Madness Readathon TBR (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

Manga Madness Readathonn (2)

From August 10th – 18th, I’m hosting the Third Round of Manga Madness Readathon, If you’re Interested in participating check out the Announcement and Sign up post, if you are planning on participating, check out the Recommendations  from round 1 if you need help finding something to read for some of the challenges, I’ve covered most of the challenges there with some suggestions. Or you could check out Manga Series I’ve Read from Start to Finish for more suggestions.

Anyway this is my TBR, I’ve Chosen Option 3: Stick to One Series. I have the Ouran High School Host Club Box Set, so I’ll be reading through that series, but I’ll also be listing some other options for when I finish that one.

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That’s it for this post! I will be tweeting and hosting reading Sprints on the official twitter account @MMReadathon. If you are participating – tag #MangaMadnessReadathon   and @MMReadathon throughout the readathon! Will you be Participating? What will you be reading? Don’t forget to tag me in your posts & TBR’s so I can see them all and Sign Up HERE.

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July 2018 Reading Wrap Up

October TBR

Today I’m going to be sharing my July Wrap up and all the readathons I participated in. So this month I read a total of 39 Books. That’s a lot of books, but that was to make up for my lack of reading last month. I probably need a bit of a break from reading anyway. I read some really good books and Manga this month, I’ll try to write up the reviews for a lot of them in August. Anyway, let’s get into the wrap up. I’ve also included my July Favourite at the end of this post.

Tome Topple (#TomeTopple)

(Friday, June 29th – Thursday, July 12th)

This Round started on June 29th and ended July 12th. Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. You can find the post I did for my Tome Topple TBR HERE. Here are the books I read, and I will be doing reviews for them later on.

I aimed to complete most of the challenges, and I have succeeded in doing that. The only challenge I didn’t complete was to Buddy Read a Tome.

Sci-Fi July (#SciFiJulyBM)

(Sunday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 31st)

This challenge was hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and is all about reading Sci-Fi, I don’t usually read Sci-fi books, but I had a few that I wanted to read. I only read one Science Fiction book this month, but that’s still more than I usually read. 

In the Present Tense

Alphabethon (#Alphabethon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 31st)

This was the Summer Round of Alphabethon, which consisted of reading 26 books that start with a letter of the alphabet and you have to read in alphabetical order. So I read 10 Books and managed to read up to Letter K.

Road Trip Readathon (#RoadTripReadathon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 31st)

This is a month long ReadAThon based on taking a road trip and I completely failed this one, I didn’t read a single book for this, unless the count the half a book I actually read. I was going to read my way through part of Europe, starting in Ireland and ending in Finland. I love this idea, so in August I’m going to unofficially complete this, as I would like to read more books in set in other locations anyway. 

Astrothon (#Astrothon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Sunday, July 8th)

This one is an 8 day long ReadAThon that has reading challenges! The goal is to finish 4 books and you’re allowed to use 1 book for 2 challenges. I completed 8 Challenges and Read 7 Books in total. 

Reading challenges:

Sun: Finish a book in 24 hours- One Piece Volume 67, 68, 69 by Eiichiro Oda
Mercury: A book with an important message – Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
Venus: A book by a female author – The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
Earth: A book you see yourself represented in
Mars: A book about someone/something lost – As dead as it gets by Katie Alender
Jupiter: A book you can finish in one sitting – One Piece Volume 70, 71, 72 by Eiichiro Oda
Saturn: A book with an eye-catching cover
Uranus: a character with a cold demeanour
Neptune: A book with blue on the cover – Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Pluto: A book written in a non-traditional format – Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Moon: A book in a series – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

BecauseDragonsRAT (#BecauseDragonRAT)

(Sunday, July 1st – Saturday, July 7th)

This read is all about reading Fantasy Books, For this readathon I read 4 Books. Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, but this month I haven’t felt in the mood for reading much fantasy. So I think In august I’ll probably try to steer clear from much a bit. 

Read Your Face Off 24 Hour Readathon (#ReadYourFaceOff )

(Saturday, July 14th – Sunday, July 15th)

Read You Face Off is a Goodreads group that does monthly reads and discussions. However, they also do 24 Hour ReadAThons as well. There are no rules, just read as much as you can in 24 hours! So for this one I only read 1 book. 

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24 in 48 Readathon (#24in48)

(Saturday, July 21st – Sunday, July 22nd)

This one you aim to read for 24 hours within a 48 hour time block. I set myself quite a lot of options to see how many I could get through. I read 15 books with 48 hours, although a lot of them where Manga Volumes, but that’s still a very impressive number.

Grinchathon (Grinchathon)

(Sunday, July 22nd – Saturday, July 28th)

Here’s the books I read for Grinchathon. I absolutely love this readathon. I managed to complete 6 Challenges and read 6 books. 

Here are the Challenges:
1. A cool down – A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
2. Travel – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
3. Dark – Trust in Me by Sophie McKenzie 
4. Immigrants
5. LGBTQIA+ – A Light Amongst Shadows by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
6. Hard topic – Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick
7. Random – Little Witch Academia Volume 1 

Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon (#Readathon, #ReverseReadathon)

(Saturday, July 28th – Sunday, July 29th)

This is one of my Favourite Readathons, I just love being able to spend a whole day reading, so for this one I managed to read a whooping 9 books! These are the books I ended up reading. 

This is a really long post, I mentioned a lot of books, but I promise I almost done. I read a lot of books this month, I had trouble keeping up with it all, some of these were really good, so seeing as I read some Amazing books this month I also wanted to list some of my favourite below.

July Favourites:

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What about you guys? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What Books did you read in July? Did you participate in any of these Readathons/Reading Challenges this month? Let me know in the Comments! Also, I am Hosting the 3rd round of Manga Madness Readathon in August, so if you’re interested in Reading Manga with me, you check that out, I’ll have my August TBR up soon, as well as my TBR for Manga Madness Readathon. 

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July 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul

August Wrap-Up & Haul

This month I tore through a lot of books! I read some really good ones this month! I didn’t get to write reviews for all the books I’ve read this month yet, but I will get to them I promise! But for now this is my Blogging Wrap Up and I’ll hopefully have my Reading Wrap Up tomorrow. If you would like to see something on here or see me talk about a specific topic/Subject, please let me know. Or if you would like me to do another Q&A, leave some questions in the comments. I love doing Q&A’s and answering your questions. 

Reviews Finished this Month:

eARC Review: In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack

TBRs & Wrap ups:

June 2018 Reading Wrap Up 
June 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul 
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #7 
July 2018 TBR

Other Posts done this Month:

Gift Wrapping my TBR Books! 
Etsy Shop Update – 26/07/2018

Book Haul:

So this month I only bought 2 Books. I didn’t buy too many books, which was mostly because I couldn’t really afford to buy many books. This month I was mostly focusing on my Etsy Shop, you can check that out HERE

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That’s it for this post! What books did you Acquire in July? Any July Blog Posts you would like me to check out? I would love to know. If you have your own Book Haul or Wrap-Up post(s), leave them down below as well.

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eARC Review: In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack

In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack

In the Present TenseIn the Present Tense by Carrie Pack
Published by:
 Interlude Press

Publication Date:  May 19th 2016 
Series: In the Present Tense, #1
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: 29/06/2018
Links: Goodreads Netgalley | BooktopiaB & N | Book Depository

Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time travelling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love.

Travelling more frequently, Miles assembles the puzzle pieces of his life and, in doing so, alienates his wife. As he loses control, Miles must realise that sometimes fixing your past mistakes means changing your future. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?

I received a copy of In the Present Tense from Netgalley for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

In the Present Tense tells the story of Miles, a 17-year-old guy who is completely in love with his boyfriend Adam, when he suddenly wakes up and finds himself in his 25-year-old body and married to a girl called Ana. When he finds out he can time-travel, he goes on the search for a cure, and his first love, Adam. 

I loved the premise of this book and the blurb really intrigued me. However, around 25% of the way through, I was thoroughly confused and wondered what I was reading. This was an interesting idea. I was immediately enticed upon reading the description. I think this was overall very creative, and it remained so throughout. I did like the writing style. It wasn’t absurdly special, but it was fairly nice with some great descriptions thrown about. 

I thought the Characters were the weak point, it really impacted how much I enjoyed the story. All the characters just seemed hollow and didn’t have much personality. I had a good understanding of who they were on surface level, but it never really went beyond that.

The relationships between the character also seemed a bit ‘planned’; you just knew what was going to happen between them, and it felt like the author made you root for the characters that were going to end up together, by giving them a lot of backstory, and not telling you much about the other characters and their relationship with our main character. 

There just something off with the pacing in this book, and I think it was due to the fact the characters talk about everything! Seriously, I love dialogue, but these characters talked about every emotion they’d ever had and every single detail of their plans.

So, in conclusion, while I didn’t enjoy some parts of the book, I still enjoyed reading it, but I just wish there would’ve been more to the characters. This is the first book in a series, and I don’t think I’ll be reading the next one. I’m not really interested in seeing where this story goes. However, I don’t usually like science fiction or Time Travel books, so that I might’ve had an impact on my enjoyment of this book.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion. 

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Etsy Shop Update – 26/07/2018


Today I wanted to give you guys a quick update on my Etsy Shop. Recently I’ve Updated my Etsy Shop, and added some new listings. I’ve had a lot of ideas for candles, which I finally done and tested, they are now ready to sell. I’ve added them all the Etsy, I’m really happy with the way they came out.

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And I have Wax Melts now Available as well. All Items are made with Soy Wax and all 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free. Each one of my fragrances are mixed by me and are not available anywhere else! My candles & Melts are richly scented. Extra fragrance is added to every hand poured batch to provide scent throw.

All of these candles & Melts are made with 100% Soy Wax are non-toxic, biodegradable, & environmentally safe. All melts & candles are made to order, and hand poured by me in my kitchen and ships from Adelaide, Australia.

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Every month 10% of the profits will go to organisations to help Animals. Each Month I will be donating some of the Profits to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), which will go towards Protecting Our Port River Dolphins in Adelaide, this will help to protect the whole population and give them a safer future. Some of the Profits will also go towards other Animal Organisations too!

Click on the Covers to go to the my Etsy Shop to find out more about the Items or Click Here. If you’re interested, I’ll be keeping you guys updated, so stay tuned for that. What would you like to see? If you have any Ideas or Suggestions, Let me know in the Comments or Email me at: Also, follow my shop for updates, as I am always releasing new Products. 

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Gift Wrapping my TBR Books!

Wrapping my TBR Books

Today, I’m here to talk about my decisions to Gift Wrap my TBR Books. I’ve seen many Booktubers do this. So, I went through my TBR shelves, pulled out about some books and wrapped them in different wrapping papers. Each paper indicates a different category. I am going to unwrap books to read randomly. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to unwrap monthly, but, I think it will be a fun way to read some of the books I’m still very interested to read — or finally give up on certain titles. I’ve wrapped most of my TBR books in wrapping paper, so I don’t know what they are before the month begins!

My intention is to read at least half of what I select. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I also want to encourage myself to actually pick up the books I’ve had on my shelf since forever. Or unhaul some of them that I’m no longer interested in reading.

After seeing a few of Wish Fulfilment TBR unwrapping videos I’ve been wondering about whether to do this myself. Here’s a link to the one of the videos. Basically you wrap up all the books you own that you have yet to read and then at the beginning of the month or whenever you finish a book you pick the wrapping paper for the genre that matches your mood and unwrap it.

I think for me personally this is a great idea. Firstly because I get so distracted by my new books when I have old ones on my shelf that have been there well over a year. Not being able to see what I’m picking up will help me get around to some of those older books since I’m sure I have a few gems gathering dust!

Second is that I tend to get intimidated by books, usually ones with a lot of hype around them, and this again will help me get around to those a lot quicker. I feel like I am missing out on some really popular books just because I’m worried they won’t live up to the hype. The third main reason I’d love to do this is because who doesn’t love unwrapping things that look like presents! Especially when there’s a book inside!

There are some negatives to this but they don’t seem to outweigh the positives for me personally. I guess it would make it harder to do readathons with certain challenges and it will make it near on impossible if I decide I really want to read a certain book. So I bought some wrapping paper and organised my TBR books into different piles. Which I’ll be going through here.




Classics/Historical Fiction:


ARC’s/Review Copies:

Most Anticipated: 

Recently Bought/Received: 

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That’s all for now! This isn’t all the books, there are still some that I didn’t wrap. But this is all for now. I’d love to know what you all think of this idea. Have you done this?How many categories would you have / what would they be? Do you think you would be able to stick to this?

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