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Reading Vlog 4 | June 2018 | Falling For a Dancer & Asking For It Stage Adaption

In this months vlog I chat about going to see the stage adaption of Asking For It by Louise O’Neill, I’m reading Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell and Reap The Wind by Karen Chance, and I’m watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix.

Falling For A Dancer by Deirdre Purcell TowerHouse Dublin MacMillan publishers

I set myself a reading goal of 400 pages for the weekend I recorded. Not a huge goal but I’m a slow reader so it is a good bit for me to read.

Reader Problems Tag

 

Reader Problems Book Tag

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

The covers of a series you love do.not.match. How do you cope?

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

There are so many books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?


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TEDEd – Why You Should Read The Handmaid’s Tale

How have you not read The Handmaid’s Tale yet? You need to read it and if you don’t believe me check out this video by Naomi R. Mercer for TEDEd.

Get The Handmaid’s Tale now on Book Depository.

Seriously, read the book. Its message is so valuable if a little bit terrifying…


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Blood-Spattered Bingo

Blood-Spattered Bingo is a month-long readathon for October created by Quill’s Corner.

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The aim is to complete an entire row of tasks, it can be left, right, up, down, or diagonal. So to complete the challenge you only need to read 5 books in the month which should be pretty doable. The readathon starts October 1st and ends on Halloween 🎃 yay!


Since I’m a mood reader I’m going to pick out a couple of books that I might read for some of the topics. Check out the video for my picks 🙂

 

Happy Beltane

It’s the first day of summer woohoo!!! The sun is even shining today if you can believe it after the miserable weather we’ve had all bank holiday weekend. It’s even a whopping 12°c!

Beltane is an ancient Celtic festival celebrating purification and transition with FIRE!!! Bonfires are lit, May bushes decorated, and feasts attended by some anyway. Personally, I don’t celebrate it, though I LOVED May bushes when I was little and I think I’ll start celebrating it because fire and ribbons are a great combination.

I think nowadays the day is more often celebrated by Wiccans in a way similar to the English and German May Pole style.

I was in Bavaria a few years ago for the May Pole celebration. It was a much bigger affair than I expected. There was even a bouncy castle, lads. You know it’s serious then.


Since it’s a witchy day I decided to share a witchy book.

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The Occult, Witchcraft, and Magic: An Illustrated History by Christopher Dell

The curious history of magic and the powers of the occult, witchcraft, ritual, and the imagination, from their earliest appearances to modern times

From the days of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret words, spells, and incantations lie at the heart of nearly every mythological tradition. But for every genuine magus there is an impostor.

During the Middle Ages, religion, science, and magic were difficult to set apart. The Middle Ages also saw the pursuit of alchemy―the magical transformation of base materials―which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.

The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; “magic” also stretches to include the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.

400+ illustrations, 300+ in color – amazon.com


Take a peek at some of the illustrations in this super snazzy video I made.

It’s a very interesting book, though, I haven’t read the full thing yet. I usually pick it up and read whatever section interests me at that moment.

My favourite section so far is the one on Enlightenment Magic, when the world is in that tenuous stage between magic and science.

It’s great for looking up themes and historical figures from paranormal novels I’ve read as well.

Get the book on Book Depository