Five Awesome Book-Bloggers, Instagramers and Websites.

I love to read and I love books, and recently I have been scouring the blissful abyss of the internet, hunting down blogs, Instagram feeds, and other websites about books. Of course there are the big sites, like Book Depository and Goodreads – but I was on the hunt for something more personal. I wanted to find some fellow book lovers with similar tastes where I can find some book recommendations, great images and some reviews too.

I tried to avoid google. I used social media, mostly, to guide me: Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr. I let one image lead me to others, which led me to blogs, and I have come up with a list of a few that really inspired me – that have even got me reading more lately. Here they are:


1. Blue Eyed Biblio (@blueeyedbiblio)

blueeyedbiblio-msmarvelEmily is a vivacious 18-year-old book addict. But don’t let her age fool you! She is an avid reader, and she has an stunning Instagram account with a few hundred beautiful photographs of her books and bookshelves, and a staggering 106,000 odd followers to date. She also recently started a blog over at blogspot, where she posts about books she is reading and reviews books she has read. She reads mostly YA fiction, like me, so I find most of her recommendations interesting and have enjoyed all the books I’ve read that I have seen in her feed.

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2. OwlCrate (@owlcrate)

owlcrate logoMuch like the successful Lootcrates‘ desire to share Funko pop vinyls and other such nerdy wares, OwlCrate aims to share YA fiction with avid readers around the world. It is a subscription service, that upon signing up, sends subscribers a new YA novel every month for the length of their subscription, along with a few extra goodies as well. The great thing about OwlCrate, is not only the surprise of a new book every month, delivered right i your door by owl (poastal worker), but also the community that comes with it, being able to connect with other readers who are reading the same thing as you! Just follow the hashtag #OwlCrate on Instagram.

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3. Nook & Burrow (@Lillytales)

lillytalesYou can find some lovely images of books and bookmarks on Kate’s instagram, with lots of great book recommendations, predominantly by strong female authors. Her website, while not solely centred on books, has some amazing things that book lovers will also love! Like customisable and beautiful wooden bookmarks, prints, wall-hangings and wonderful soy scented candles with magical scents such as Dusty Bookshelves and Buttery-Beer.

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4.  Book Drunk In Love Reviews

bookdrunkinlove gravityKirsten presents a nice, clean and simple tumblr blog, that has both written and video reviews of a great range of titles. Worth checking out if you want to know a decent bit about books before you read them. A range of adult and YA novels, there are some great talks from her youtube channel – complete with her amazingly cool bangs (that make me want to listen to everything she says!). Brutally honest, and very sincere with recommendations, I can honestly recommend this page to anyone looking to branch out a little and try something new.

Book drunk in love


5. Half Blood Princess (@_halfbl00dprincess)

halfbl00dprincess aliceAndie has such a stunningly beautiful feed of book photography I couldn’t leave her out of this list. I just love sitting and looking at her photos. Just another place to have a browse, read another book lovers thoughts and get some seriously good book recommendations. The way she sometimes does little themes with each photo, like Harry Potter, or Alice in Wonderland, is also inspiring in itself, to take better pictures on instagram if nothing else.

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So there you have it, some of my favourite places to find book recommendations, reviews, accessories and just stunning pictures.

Of course, you can always check my book reviews and instagram out too!

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Edit: here is an article I just found on examiner.com boasting The top ten book accounts you should be following on Instagram. Check it out!

Fitting my life into a 30kg Suitcase…

So I really need to start packing things up around here. 28 years of accumulated hoarding means I have way too much stuff and no way to move it. I mean, moving house is one thing, but moving to another country with a check-in luggage limit is something completely different.

I need to be ruthless, I need to be completely harsh and honest with myself in regard to what I’ll need and what I wont need. I know there are so many things that I want to take with me, things with sentimental value and things that were gifts, or collectables, or bought on trips. But I literally can’t take them all with me, as much as I’d like to have them all in my place once I get set up over there. So, how do you decide what to leave behind?

I think there are some pretty obvious ones, but there are some things I’m struggling with. For example – anything I can buy over there, I will obviously leave behind, i.e. My Xbox and Playstation. I don’t really use my play station anymore, but my Xbox is my baby. It has over 10 years of my gaming life on it and while I haven’t had this particular model for long, it’s going to suck to leave it beind – solution? Take out the hard drive? Maybe. Or just back it all up so I can buy a new one over there and copy everything over. Problem solved.

I guess it’s things like books, DVDs, Blu Rays and collectables that are causing me the most concern. These things are a big part of my expression of who I am, and I don’t really want to give them all away or even sell them. But the DVDs are a given – they wont even play over there because it’s a different region. The Blu Rays, however, will play, and my collection of them isn’ that huge, so I’m considering them – but where do you draw the line? This is my dilemma.

My Books are the biggest issue. I have so many and given the choice, would take them all in a heartbeat. But they are simply too heavy. I could ship some, but how much money am I really willing to throw at getting something over there that would probably be cheaper to replace? *sigh*

30kg is not a lot, regardless of how big your suitcase is. But I guess what this really is, is a chance to make an honest fresh start. Here goes!