Book Haul: Come Book Shopping with Me (+OOTD, MOTD and Book Porn)

This is a blog idea I have been dwelling on for a while. What if I combined my love of books, fashion, makeup and taking general pretty pictures into one big post? It would be like taking you all with me in a way. So, lets go book shopping.

Every month I go book shopping after I get paid. It is a heavy duty operation with lots of planning. I set a budget, decide on what secondhand bookshops I will be visiting and write out a list of every book I am looking for, usually I print two copies so if anyone comes with me they can help. A lot of work goes into one book shopping trip.

The Haul

I only bought 6 books on this months book hunt. I usually shop in second hand bookshops so I usually get larger book hauls for my budget.

I bought:

Soulless and Heartless by Gail Carriger

This is a steampunk, Victorian paranormal series. It kept popping up on my recommended lists online so I bought the first two books in the series.

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I have been searching for this book for years. My dad has been harassing me to read it, so I am glad to finally own a copy so I can shut him up.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

All I know about this book is that it contains Dracula and people keep telling me it is good, so naturally I snatched it up when I saw it on a shelf.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

An Irish horror written by an Irish person about Irish fairies, sign me the hell up! I have seen books with similar ideas written by Americans and they always miss the mark when it comes to Irish folklore. So as a Irish person this book has me excited. Fairies have proper horror potential.

Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis

This is a slight sequel to American Psycho. This was recommended to me by a friend and she has awesome book taste so I am excited to finally own a copy of this.

Makeup of the Day and Outfit of the Day

My everyday style is usually described as alternative or “goth”. I wear black 90% of the time and listen to goth bands like The Cure and Souixse and the Banshees, so maybe there is something behind what people label me. I dunno. Anyway, lets talk makeup.

It was a hot day on Saturday so I toned down my usual makeup look. Normally I am a fan of dark lips, contouring and lots of eyeshadow, but on a hot day most of that stuff will run down my face, especially if I am walking around a lot. NYX has only became available in Belfast so I am a little addicted at the moment and a lot of my makeup is from there.

The makeup I wear:

NYX eyeshadow in “Raven”.
NYX eyeshadow in “Diamond Dust”
Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner
Max Factor 3-in-1 foundation in the palest shade possible. (I dont try to look pale, this just matches my corpse coloured skin tone)
Collection 2000 pressed powder in “porcelain”
NXY liquid cream matte lipstick in “Rome”.

The clothes:

Since it was a hot day I went for my current favourite dress which is my new plain black maxi dress. Outside of this blog I write about affording alternative clothing on a budget, so since I planned to snap a photo for those posts I wore an outfit I bought almost entirely from Primark.
Black Maxi dress: Primark
Corset Belt: Primark
Black Lace Shawl: Primark
Boots: New Look.

My entire outfit cost almost £20 since I managed to get my boots for FREE a few months ago.

On Saturday I visited two of my favourite secondhand bookshops: Oxfam Books and Keats and Chapman. The latter I have written a few blog posts about on here. I love both of the shops in their own way. Keats and Chapman is beautiful and a perfect place to go if you want to hunt through lots of books for a long time. Oxfam Books is better at organising their books so things are easier to find and they have recently reduced all of their book prices.

I snapped a few pretty pictures for you while I was out so enjoy some book porn.

So, do you like this type of blog post and would like to see more in the future? This might be a book blog but I don’t see why I can’t include the occasional other interest, especially if it is some way book related. Also let me know if you have read any of the book I bought.


Want to Smell Like a Library?

Paperback-LOF-Hero-_2_1024x1024I know my last post was about book related items and it is probably a little late for you to be ordering anything for Christmas but I just had to share this little gem I found with everyone.

I LOVE the smell of old books, I love the smell of new books, actually I just love the smell of books in general, and I was over the moon when I found this book scented perfume by The Library of Fragrance. It smells exactly like a secondhand bookshop. It is gorgeous.

Sadly The Library of Fragrance only ships to people living in the UK at the moment. It costs around £18 per bottle of perfume and that includes the postage costs. If you want to check it out see the link below. So far everything I have ordered from them smells exactly like it says on the bottle, and their range even includes strange scents like pizza and leather.

So if you want to smell like a book or pizza or marshmallows and live in the UK you should check this out.


Bookish Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is a month away and you if you are like me you like to do most of your Christmas shopping online so you need to get your things ordered early before all of the Christmas post craziness sets in. I thought I would share a few websites that are brilliant for book related gifts, whether they be for someone you love or a present for yourself, you will probably find something on these sites.

1. The Literary Gift Company

book-stack-earringsThe Literary Gift Company is a website that is entirely dedicated to book related gifts. These range from scarves, bags and jewlery to mugs and t-shirts. I love this website but it can be a little pricey, especially if you live in the UK like I do and the postage can cost a little extra. It had some beautiful items that are definitely worth forking out the cash for. And where else are you going to find an Edgar Allan Poe cuddly toy? 

2. Etsy

il_570xN.552214056_shtkA lot of you probably already know what Etsy is, but if you don’t, it is a website that people use to sell homemade items. It is a great site for custom made clothing, bookmarks and handbags.

I was surprised by the amount of book related items I found on it. You can buy scarves and skirts with book related patterns printed on them.  You can also get handbags that have been designed to look like hardback books, you can even pick what book and cover you want the bag to have. Sadly the custom made element to this site means that items are more likely to be a bit pricey and once again postage can be expensive depending on where the seller lives. I have bought items from this site before and I would say that it is worth the money.

3. Look Human

394triblk-w800h800z1-62945-true-happiness-comes-from-good-booksThis is probably one of my favourite websites at the moment. Look Human is a website that sells hundreds of t-shirts, sweaters and tank tops. It also has a range of cushions, phone covers and tablet covers.

It has general book related designs as well as specific fandom related designs. So if you are looking for a shirt with something Hunger Games, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings related on it this is where you want to go.

They are having a sale on a lot of their items at the moment and postage is set at $8 for anywhere in the world, and postage is free when you spend $50 or more.

I’m currently waiting on two sweaters from it.

4. Ebay

Time-TurnerI feel like I am stating the obvious by listing this one  but you never know what people might not have thought of. Amazon is an obvious place for books as gifts but Ebay is brilliant for fandom related bits and pieces. You can buy tons of Harry Potter merchandise, including wands, timeturners and t-shirts. I once ordered a wand from it and the seller was so detailed that the package even told me what house elf packed my wand for me. You can also buy mockingjay pins and clockwork angel necklaces.

It is also great for cheap gifts and socking fillers for those friends you don’t want to spend a lot of money on. (Don’t lie to yourself, everyone has a friend like that)

I feel like it is a little silly to give a link to ebay but I’m going to do it anyway: