Stationery Swap - Shopping list [+ DISCOUNT CODES!]


Dear swappers! Here are our favourite stationery shops in case you need some ideas or you are just shopping for Christmas presents. A big thanks to all these independent shops who have supported the swap! Please give them a follow and check out their wonderful goodies.


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10% off all orders between 24th Nov - 6th Dec with the code STATIONERYLOVERS

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15% off orders placed before 10th Dec with the code STATIONERYLOVERS

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10% off orders placed before 6th Dec with the code tggswap10

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10% off all orders placed before 6th Dec with the code STATIONERYLOVERS1

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Caren is offering 15% off in her Etsy shop when you sign up to her newsletter

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Happy stationery shopping everyone!


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The Prophecy of Bees by R S Pateman - review

“The buzz within reverberated... The hive walls shook."  

Title: The Prophecy of Bees
Author: R S Pateman

Publisher: Orion
Source: ARC vis Netgalley
Available: November 20th 2014
Buy it: Here

Synopsis

Izzy and her mother are moving to Stagcote Manor, a large manor house in the very quaint and traditional village of Stagcote. Running away from London, and the troubles that has driven a wedge between them, they find themselves transplanted into a world of claustrophobic superstition and curses. Is it all just "country tales" as Izzy's mum says, or is there something more to the rituals the villagers swear by?

Review

I found The Prophecy of Bees to be a very hit and miss novel. On the one hand, there is the excellent build up of mystery and creepy characters, and on the other there is a narrator that feels so out of place it was hard to overlook.

I've never really experienced before what I felt for the narrator, Izzy, reading The Prophecy Of Bees. I mean, why couldn't any type of person end up in any situation? There's no reason why they shouldn't! But, that said, I completely struggled to align myself with Izzy. She seemed to be all "too much" in an otherwise subtle and slowly building narrative. Hers was an alternative YA "dilemmas of the heart" story planted in an adult gothic. It was just weird. Separately these things could have been brilliant, but together they were strange.

That said, the surrounding story of Stagcote and its "little ways" was absolutely enthralling. I love a creepy tale and I was certainly eager to know what it all would amount to. The surprises were well paced and unpredictable, and the ending was fitting. I got a real feel of The Wicker Man while reading The Prophecy of Bees.

Overall

I loved the scene-setting and atmospheric build up of The Prophecy of Bees. It all felt very "Wicker man" and creepy, but my disconnect with the narrator severely impacted my overall enjoyment of the book. That said, I would definitely recommend to fans of mysterious old house novels!

Score
 

★★
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Weekly Reflection #59 - Hyper Japan!

This weekend was Hyper Japan Xmas Market weekend - and I've been looking forward to it since the summer event! Here's what I got up to:


Hyper Japan is an event that celebrates "today's Japan" which means there is a lot of food, sake, sweets, kawaii, anime, manga and fashion and art to be explored! It was held at Olympia in London, and I really preferred it to previous times at Earls Court as it had a balcony which was perfect for stall-spotting!

Tofu Cute ran a Candy Festival which was great - but OMG sugar high! My boyfriend and I shared this huuuge tasting selection and then promptly found the Tofu Cute stall to stock up on Pocky! I wasn't so keen on "soda balls" They felt like plastic balls and bubbled really crazily on your tongue! Other things I ate included a chicken katsu bento box and mango shaved ice - mmmm.

The Christmas Tree at Hyper Japan was covered in "ema" - wooden messages of wishes, good luck and love. I had a particular soft spot for this one ;)

I went to visit the Cakes With Faces stand as I have been lusting over a few items on the website for a while. I picked up a cute strawberry cat charm and almost bought an "all the best stuff comes from Japan" t-shirt hehe. I also want to also say a big thank you to them for rifling through their stock to find me a charm too!

My boyfriend and I are geeks at heart - so we couldn't pass up the chance to buy some retro Nintendo wall art for our home!


Of course, a Japanese experience wouldn't be complete without some J-Pop! I can't remember who this artist was (shame on me!) but she was ridiculously tiny and bouncy and every bit "kawaii" haha

I *may* have been bought a giant alpaccasso for Xmas... (shh!)

There were loads of minion themed things at Hyper Japan this year, which seemed a bit odd as they were created by an American film company, but there you go... they're cute and I'm not complaining ;)

And this is my little haul! Bulbasaur chopping board FTW!

I rounded off a great and tiring day at home with my Polar Bear Lush bath bomb. The perfect end!

I've already got Hyper Japan 2015 in my diary - will you be going?!

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