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editorial magazine · vintage hardcover
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Do you ever get stressed out because there’s so much music to listen to

and so many series to follow

and so many books to read

and so many seasons to watch

What to read after Throne of Glass

If you, like me, are still going through complete Sarah J Maas withdrawal, and can’t really stand to wait for her next books, check out the list below to tide you over! Each book has many of the things I adored about both ToG and ACOMAF: strong and interesting female characters, magic, deeply beautiful writing, love stories to cry about, and an all around sense of adventure. If you have any more recommendations to add, definitely let me know!

Black Jewels: Anne Bishop

I just finished this series, and I am still amazed by how masterfully Anne Bishop weaves her stories. Welcome to the Dark Kingdom, a matriarchal realm ruled by strong queens and the males that support and serve them (Rowan and Aedion anyone?). There is a prophecy fortelling the rise of a Queen with more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself, which gives us a wonderful story full of scheming, war, adventure, and a badass court I would kill to be a part of. Prepare your heart!

Graceling by Kristian Cashore

Graceling is the best series for all you folks who couldn’t get enough of badass assassin Celaena. Katsa is an assassin Celaena would be proud of, due to her rare ability as a Graceling. She is Graced with a killing power, and has spent her life as the king’s tool in doling out his reign of terror. In waltzes Po, Graced with fighting, and here to shake everything Katsa knows about her world. Cashore definitely gives us a twist Sarah would most certainly support!

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This book aligns more with the romance and court mystique that Sarah presents so wonderfully in ToG and ACOMAF. Kestrel is the daughter of a general who helped the emperor conquer territory after territory. As she is faced with a choice, marry or join the military, Kestrel finds a friend in one of the slaves from the conquered people, and so begins one of the most interesting political schemes I have read in awhile! I haven’t finished the trilogy yet, because I am out of the country and can’t get my hands on the final book, but I would highly recommend it.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Cue another really cool empire written by an author who isn’t afraid to be inventive or go beyond the normal realms of fantasy. Vin is another Celaena-esque character, as the abandoned street child who turned thief who struggles to stay alive. When a mentor takes her under his wing, she discovers that her luck on the streets might be more than she could ever explain. Magic, mystery, and of course, a few court balls thrown in make for a wonderful mix. Warning: the last book made me cry. Like really cry. But in a good, I’m-still-mad-at-you-but-I-understand-and-respect-your-story-line type of way.

Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Raisa is everything that I have ever wanted in a princess. She is intelligent, passionate, feisty, and super compassionate. So when a war arises between the clans and the wizards, you can bet she has goals to achieve and empires to shake up. Throw Han Alister into the mix, a street wise leader, and things get tricky and fireworks explode. One of my favorite love stories in a long time, because it isn’t a story about just romantic love, but also what the love of a princess for her country can do. 

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena is set for execution for murder, but is given the choice to be the next food taster of the Commander of Ixia. As if the threat of having poison in her system wasn’t enough, she is also given a dose of Butterfly’s Dust, which she needs every day to stay alive, and can of course only get from the chief of security. Fighting for her life soon becomes more than just guessing the right poison, but also a game of magic, love, and all out war. Best kind of combo out there!

Legend by Marie Lu

This is the only book in the list to be set in a dystopian universe as opposed to a kingdom, but with a prodigy like June, no one can make any complaints. After a war tore the country apart, the Western United States is under the martial rule of the Republic, and June is their perfectly groomed soldier golden child. Day, on the other hand, is a slums boy who has become the Republic’s most wanted criminal. What happens when their paths cross is enough to make any country tremble, and to keep me hanging on to every word!

And finally:

Literally anything by Tamora Pierce!

Tamora Pierce has been my favorite author since I was a little girl. Each of her series is set in the same universe, based around the story of an interesting and kickass female character, from the first female warrior to a wild-mage. I first found these stories when my mother decided my sister and I didn’t have enough strong women in our literature and Tamora really rose to the occasion. Start with the first series, Song of the Lioness, and work your way from there! I have reread her books at least once every year since I was a little girl and they get better every time. I cannot recommend these books enough!


If you read or have read any of these books, feel free to shoot me a message; I am always ready to geek out over them. 

Most crying books worth reading!! (10-cried 1-could not breath)

10. The Selection by Kiera Cass
9. End of days by Susan ee
8. Dreams of gods and monsters by Laini Taylor
7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
7.5 Allegiant by Veronica Roth
6. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
5. Crown of midnight by Sarah J Maas
4. The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas
3. Where the Trees Sing by Laura Gallego
2. ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas
1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

This is not my favorite books list, they are books I enjoyed and I cried….
I will do my favorite books list next week ❤❤. @aagalathynius @aagalathyniis mostly the same right?!

Never Ending List of Favorite Books

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque des Rêves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”

Apparently there’s a new series of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s coming out soon? It’s a comic series called Mikro Chasers and a bunch of the main characters get turned back into kids by the Cyprian Malachai. So basically will this mean we will get to see baby Caleb? I really want to see baby Caleb that would be so adorable

Productive Self-Care Ideas
  • Make yourself posters to put up where you will see them during your day, write messages to combat the negative thoughts and feelings you have (“You are beautiful” “You deserve good things” “No one defines you but you” for example) and decorate with colours or stickers or cut out magazine pictures. Decorate your space with positivity.
  • Start a bullet journal to help you get yourself organized, put in pages with goals you want out of life and smaller goals you want to achieve in the next few months, make a list of books/tvshows/comics/whatever that you want to read/watch, make a list of fun things you would like to do in the next couple months, make achievable to-do lists to get your things organized. 
  • Plan a dinner for yourself or you and some friends. Look up a recipe that is different from what you usually make, go to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients and cook it up, maybe even with the help of friends. Be proud of yourself for achieving this small goal and add the recipe to your rotation if you like it.
  • Have a spa session with yourself, wash your body and your hair, take care of any cosmetic tasks that make you feel your best (paint your nails, shave your legs, shape your eyebrows, shave your facial hair into a cool style, whatever!) brush your teeth, wash your face, use moisturizer, use all the fancy things you save. Now that you are clean and feeling good take a nice selfie and then get to work on something productive.
  • Wash your bedding and put your favourite sheets and bedding on your bed, set it up all nice with your stuffed animals if you have them, jump up and down on it. Look forward to a nice sleep in clean sheets.
  • Buy or make a schedule board for yourself for days you are at home, find a system that works for you where you reward yourself for doing chores and productive things, challenge yourself without overwhelming yourself, try and see if you can ‘beat’ your records! If it doesnt work, try again, if it keeps not working adjust the system til it works.
  • Fill up your water bottle, load up your favourite upbeat music on your ipod and go for a walk. Walk to a corner store for a candy, or to the coffee shop, or make a goal to reach a close park or location you like to go to. Call up a friend to explore a neighbourhood or park with you. Run an errand if possible!
Wedding Planning

I got engaged on my birthday this year and we’re planning a wedding for September. It’s so soon, booking things has been very sudden and chaotic as I try to arrange things that feel right and feel like they match us as a couple. I’ve found that I’m a total control freak about it, maybe something to do with my career as a Creative Director! So far though we have a great ceremony and reception venue, a mobile bar, games and an excellent photographer. Our honeymoon is booked, and so is our wedding night hotel. Next on the list is invitations, catering and a band. OY. 

I have two people in my wedding party. I’m not calling them bridesmaids because, well, they’re not. Also one of them is a man. They’re my best friends standing up there with me like they’ve stood with me for the last 10 years. My people. I do wish they lived a bit closer to experience the pre-wedding bit with me more, but I am from the Internet and so are they, so they live a bit further away than I’d like. This is probably why I’m not super excited about wedding outfits and colour matching because I can’t do any of this with them. Oh well, I’d rather they wore what they wanted to wear anyway!

I’m nervous about so many things. I would happily elope and avoid all of the attention, but my partner would actually like to share the day with the people that have seen him grow up. I suppose he’s right, and I shouldn’t run away from all that. It’ll probably be very nice on the day. 

I get to have my dog (who turns 10 next month!) in my wedding, which is exactly how I wanted it. She’s also coming on our honeymoon - we’re going to the Scottish Highlands. I’m so thankful for how much my partner loves the dog and wants to bring her with us (although there were several moments during booking where pets weren’t allowed and he was getting a little frustrated!)

I’m really excited to go shopping for wedding shoes and to order a custom petticoat. More than the dress :x I have never understood paying so much for a dress for just one day. I suppose if you sell it on again after it’s like renting a dress. But I want to wear it again! Maybe I’ll dye mine. 

Why aren’t there more taco trucks available for hire in my part of the world???

I just want to write some of this down because the time is going to go quickly and I know I’ll look back on these moments. 

The Summer Studyblr Challenge

Now that summer is almost here and finals are nearly over, I’m taking a study break by writing up this post. So you know how over the summer, we tend to forget everything we learnt the year before? That’s the blissful part, but the scary part is when you go back to uni or school and you’ve completely forgotten how to study. So this is what I’m trying to achieve this summer. If you want to, join me in this challenge and we can motivate each other!

1. Read 5 books from reading list or for next semester. If you don’t have reading lists, then read something to do with your subject that might help you in your studies.

2. Go through last semester’s notes on subjects you will continue after summer. Obviously you can go through the others as well, if you’re that keen.

3. Write, be it a letter, a poem, a short story or a tumblr post.We all know that horrible feeling when you go back to school and somehow have forgotten how to put words on a page.

4. Plan next semester. Write a timetable, buy a planner, buy textbooks, just generally organize yourself in advance.

5. Go through the materials of last semester and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I usually keep my summaries and important theoretical texts, but tend to get rid of the rest. You’ll run out of room soon enough if you want to keep everything. If you’re unsure about something, keep it for a few months -  if you haven’t looked at it by the end of summer, you probably never will.

Finally, remember to enjoy your summer. Once you finish school you’ll never get holidays this long again. Profit from the warm weather and spend a few months not worrying, so you can start again afresh and anew.

love, wordsandblacktea.

Updated a couple of yearly book award lists

I updated the Pulitzer prize for fiction list as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. I’m going to be updating all the yearly book award lists in the next week, as well as adding some new yearly award lists I’ve found.

09/10/2016 ~ I’ve been doing some notes and reading on Mickiewicz’s Dziady, and even though the book is awful and one of the most boring polish classics, the concept and history behind it are quite interesting…
Hoping the next one of his books listed as my required reading, Pan Tadeusz, will be somewhat better…

Hello Booklr! We thought it would be a cool idea to start a travelling book project for those boolkr’s from Europe. 

So the idea is that through a poll we choose a book to read that will be sent to the first person on the list. He or She then will have 14 days to read the book, make annotations, mark your favorite quotes, doodle your favorite characters or whatever you want as long as the book remains readable. After those 14 days you will receive the shipping information of the next person on the list and send the book to them and so on. We will start off with one book and if there is enough interest we can pick up another book and keep the whole thing going like a sort of book club thing.

Some important information:

  • You have to be older than 18 to participate or have your parents permission.
  • Your shipping information will only be known to us and the person that will ship the book to you. No one else will have access to this information.
  • You will have to pay the shipping costs yourself, however we will try to organize it in a way so that it won’t become to expensive for anyone.
  • You can write and draw in the book while reading it, but it has to remain readable and also save some space for others. (If you want to write a lot put it on a piece of separate paper and add it to the book when you send it).
  • There is no deadline for signing up. If you want to join send an ask to stxrybooks or thebooklerus (not on anonymous) with your name and all your shipping information and your recommendation for what book to read. 
  • On may 31 we will open a poll with all the recommendations and the winner will be the first book we will read.
  • It would be fun to add some stuff like a postcard or something for the next person when shipping the book, but it’s not required.

If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask and please sign up! :D