Blue Spider’s Attic Unboxing

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“The Magic of a Used Bookstore, Delivered.”

I am not a big fan of the name but I loved the concept of the company; used books, customized to you by taking a little questionnaire (about both coffee and books) choice of 1 or 3 books, fun themes! It feels personal and made me really excited for my box to come.

I was a little sad at first because my package was left in the rain and a few things got wet, but it did not ruin the overall excitement.20170412_172904.jpg

I do wish they would double package them though 😩

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“I have measured my life with coffee spoons” T.S. Eliot

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A sample from this fun company that does soup themed from books and tea, great combo! This ones
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Another little sample, whole bean medium roast, mmm mmm. Looking forward to brewing this one up.

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I had not heard of this book so I was excited to have this book be my first unveiled. Had some water damage 😩 but it will survive!

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I love that there was a science fiction/ fantasy book, it shows that they really were catering the order to me.

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Yay another  treasure!

A cute little teacup necklace, LOVE it!

Well I must say that even despite the less than desirable name (I hate spiders,) and my first package arriving soaked and therefore getting one wet book, I still loved the experience. I thought the trinkety treasures were fun and relevant. I was also impressed with the books choices. Based on what I said I enjoyed it was spot on, general/historical fiction, Classic Literature, and Science Fiction/ Fantasy. It was also nice that the prices were really reasonable. Good Job Blue Spider Attic I will be giving you another try. 

Have you every tried any relative subscription boxes? If so please
share about your experience!

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Honoring H.G. Wells

“Losing your way on a journey is unfortunate. But, losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.”h-g-wells-youngish.jpg

Prolific writer Herbert George Wells, more commonly known as H.G. Wells was born Today September 21st in 1866.

His first novel, The Time Machine was an instant success and Wells produced a series of science fiction novels which pioneered our ideas of the future. His later work included novels, history, politics, social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells was also known for satire and social criticism.
He laid out his socialist views of human history in his Outline of History.

Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is called a “father of science fiction. Here are a few of his most treasured tales:

“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams”

“Sometimes, you have to step outside of the person you’ve been and remember the person you were meant to be. The person you want to be. The person you are.”

“If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it.”

What have you learned from Wells?

H.P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft  – born today, August 20, 1890

He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, lovecraft_0.jpgbut gradually focused on the writing of horror stories. After the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, he contributed most of his fiction therein.
His relatively small corpus of fiction; three short novels and about sixty short stories, has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field. Though virtually unknown before his death, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

Forbidden, dark, esoterically veiled knowledge is a central theme in many of Lovecraft’s works. Many of his characters are driven by curiosity or scientific endeavor, and in many of his stories the knowledge they uncover proves Promethean in nature, either filling the seeker with regret for what they have learned, destroying them psychically, or completely destroying the person who holds the knowledge.

The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
collects the author’s novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft’s trademark fantastical creatures and
supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, 
that have influenced some of today’s writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman.


“I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”
-Stephen King  The Call of Ctulhu

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with
all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500
or so books I possess.” ~H.P. Lovecraft

A man after my own heart!
Who can relate?

Mid-week Meet n’ Greet

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Lets get to know each other:

Share about your love of books
and/or coffee/tea!

Source: Cafe Meet n’ Greet


Fictional Genres
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What are your Favorite Fiction Genres?

Weekly Round-up

I’ve done a lot of reading this week, so I’d like to end the week by sharing what’s been on my plate. I’ve read 2 very different classics, and just started a fairy 😉 intriguing new book.

Here’s what I’ve been sipping on:

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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I began the week finishing up this good-ole classic favorite. It’s a lovely book that has been a perfect springtime read.

An endearing and mysterious tale about an orphan girl sent to a Yorkshire mansion at the edge of a eerie lonely moor. She is frightened of the vast strange place until she meets a local boy, Dickon, who’s earned the trust of the moor’s wild animals, the invalid Colin; an unhappy boy terrified of life, and of course the secret abandoned garden…

Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

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Book Bean:
Lavender Dream Latte
Sweet Cream heated/steamed poured over lavender tea with a dollop of white chocolate, finish with lavender sprinkles. 

 


2001: a Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke
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One of Science Fiction’s most well known classics, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I would but he kept me turnin pages.


When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it’s at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it’s unearthed the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. What sort of alarm has been triggered? To find out, a manned spacecraft, the Discovery, is sent to investigate.

Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

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Start with a little coconut cream in a glass,
swirl the glass with rings of honey, add Espresso,
add steamed or frothed Golden Milk (milk with turmeric see recipe, can also be made with dairy milk) lightly drizzle top with honey.


What I just started:

Gossip From The Forest
by Sara Maitland
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I was just given this book as a gift, and how fortunate I am. I had never heard of it, but it already has me enchanted. It looks to be another perfect springtime read and I can’t wait to get into the magic this weekend!

How about you, what have you been sipping on?

Fantasy Friday

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I am a big fan of Fantasy Fiction but I am also very particular and picky about which books and series I choose to read, and eventually which books I like.


Here are the top 2 Fantasy Fiction books on my TBR:

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Outlander
 
by Diana Gabaldon 

I have nearly started this series SO many times, and I keep kicking myself for still not having started it. I have wanted to read it for so long, and have extremely high hopes for it, I just hope that I will love it as much as I anticipate.

 

 


Outlander
 is a New York Times bestseller, and has earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. The story introduces two great characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.

Rated 4.6 on amazon.com

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by Kristin Cashore

This book was recommended to me by a fellow blogger, and once I checked it out, it quickly made it to my list of books to read.
Another best seller and award winner.

 

 

 

Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. She is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace.

Rated 4.3 on amazon.com

Have you read either of these books,
what did you think?
No spoilers please 😉