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With Christmas just over a month away, it’s time to start thinking about gifts.
No no, I’m not saying that you need to get out and shop yet, but you need to start planning. Especially if you’re looking to buy something handmade for that special someone this year. Some of these wonderful gift ideas take a few weeks processing time and it will get worse as we get closer to Christmas, so you might want to place that order soon!
I compiled a list of some of my favorite book-ish goods that I’ve found all over and thought you may like as well!
Candles are incredibly popular this year and seem to be on the rise, especially in the amount of shops that are out there! So I pulled a few together that make some wonderful products! Some of them do have discount codes but they change with time. You can access them if you check out these wonderful stores Instagram pages or send me an
email/tweet and I’ll find one for you (you can get between 5-20% off an order!)
A Court of Candles – very well priced candles with a wonderful array of fandoms!
Wick and Fable – I’ve ordered from them before and love their products!
Canterbury Road Co – The candles come gorgeously wrapped!
Spidey Scents Candles – 100% soy candles!
I mean if you’re a book lover, you’re bound to need some nice bookmarks, right? Here are a few places to check out!
Emies Nook – Jewelry!
Book Lovers Coffee – It’s coffee….so it’s a no brainer!
Magical Tea – TEA!
“Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.
Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.
Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.”
This was a gift from my mum when she came back from the U.K. this year and I was immediately drawn in from the cover. Yes, I’m one of those who chooses books based off covers. Only because there are so many out there and whatever catches my attention by cover or name wins! I really liked that it was a simple cover, color wise, with this skull in the middle. But it did slightly mislead me in a way. It gave me a Mexican Day of the Dead kind of vibe. But that wasn’t what the book was about at all. I mean first off, it was set in Essex (U.K. for those of you who don’t know where that is).
Now the story itself was interesting. It was simple, not too far out there. It was based around the witch trials that happened in the past and how someone came back to the present and all that kind of good stuff! It kept me captivated and curious as to what was going to happen next!
You got that feeling from the reading that you really were along for the journey. And I truly did feel like I was in Essex with the weather and all of that stuff!
Main character was slightly annoying.
Only thing that I didn’t like about the book was some of the characteristics of the main character, Rosie. She honestly was obnoxious as hell. She kept getting at the other protagonist, Sam, in the book. She was very stubborn and not open to what was going on and it really annoyed me sometimes how out of line and rude she was in the book. I’m not sure if that was the point of her, but she really did get on my nerves a few times and I just wanted to slap some sense into her. She always had that ‘Essex Girl’ kind of attitude, all the way up to the very end!
Overall a fantastic read.
However, annoying main character to the side, the book itself was fantastic. It was simple so not terribly full of action (except towards the end a bunch of stuff happened). But it didn’t detract from the book. I noticed that Sarah Perry, the author of The Essex Serpent, really enjoyed the book and that was also what made me want to read it too! I do recommend it as it’s a good read and I think it’s a fantastic gift for someone who is into those magical kind of books!
For all of that, I give it 4/5 teacups!
Purchase the book here at Barnes & Noble.
“The long-beleaguered detective Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes, is back―and about to face off against his formidable and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by Barker’s horror, which will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories.
The Gospels are coming.
Are you ready?”
This book was a lot to read and took me much longer than it should have, not because of the length but because of how dark the book was. I mean it was REALLY dark to read. Within the first few chapters, abortions were talked of, people were degraded to animals, chains ripped people apart….like man. It was like a supernatural SAW movie. So getting past the first few chapters was difficult because it was pretty gruesome, but I kept wanting to know what was going to happen and refused to give up.
As the story progressed, it got more and more complex – and more and more out there. By the end of the book, these humans were literally wandering around hell and watching the Cenobite mess stuff up. Wasn’t expecting that at all.
As for the Cenobite, also known as Pinhead (you probably know him by that if you’re familiar with Hell Raiser or read The Hellbound Heart), I had mixed feelings about him. You’re supposed to hate him, and for most of the book I did, but there were moments that you felt bad for him. Like he was doing this all for a reason because he was ostracized and wanted to get back at his makers and leaders for what they did for him. So of course you hated him and knew he was a bad guy, you just sometimes were able to understand why he did what did, or was able to slightly understand it instead of it being senseless violence (like…really violent violence).
This is the third book by Clive Barker that I have read and I love all of his work. He’s a master at writing these stories and making you question what you think you know. His books are terrifying and gruesome and make you want to keep reading. They’re absolutely perfect for this wonderful Halloween season. If you don’t mind a horror book, then this is perfect. I just highly recommend not reading this book before you go to bed because I honestly would have trouble sleeping after reading it too late at night. It messed with your head that much.
But it’s a fantastic book. It was scary and messed with you but that means that the author did an amazing job and I really do recommend reading it.
I give it a 4 out of 5 tea cups. I would have given it a 5 out of 5 but I felt that sometimes the violence was just a little too much and I’m not a massive violence book reader. I don’t mind ass kicking and stuff like that..but this was torture and that’s not my cup of tea exactly.
Does you have a kid in your life who loves books and isn’t sure what they want to dress up as for Halloween yet?
Real Simple came up with a list of 5 Literary Halloween Costumes for Book-Loving Kids.
They’re absolutely adorable!