Saturday, September 26, 2020

Five on Saturday - September 26, 2020

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you all had a great week - I was feeling a little blah all week and then I decided to take Friday off for a day to myself and it was very refreshing! 


Books that are Fairytale Retellings
Unbirthday was sent as an ARC - this post contains affiliate links

I'm starting up my Fall Reading list and I'm getting started with a big list of Fairytale Retellings! I love a good fairytale, so who wouldn't enjoy a little spin on the classics?! (If you are a bookworm too and are on Goodreads, I would love to connect - you can find my Goodreads here!) I really love seeing what everyone is reading - I will read every genre and am always looking for more recommendations!

The Fairytale Retellings I'm planning on reading soon are:
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ~ I think this book is a spin on Beauty and the Beast - there is a huge following of Sarah J. Maas and I've never read one of her books, so I'm certainly intrigued to read it! This is the start of a series. 
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi ~ This is a pretty loose retelling of Snow White and I think it's got some race issues it addresses as well. I've heard some mixed reviews about this book, but it certainly sounds unique and I like that! 
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer ~ This is described as a lush, contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast - it also sounds like it's set in Autumn and it just sounds like the perfect Fall read! 
  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning ~ This is a sort of origin story of the sea's most iconic villain - I love a good mermaid fantasy story, so this sounds dark and interesting! 
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik ~ I think this fairytale has some hints at Beauty and the Beast, but it also is inspired by Slavic fairytales. I haven't read a Naomi Novik story yet either, but they are so highly reviewed and I love the idea of corrupted woods and dragons in a Fall book! 
  • Briar Rose by Jane Yolen ~ I just sort of stumbled across this book and it sounded very unique - it's described as "a historically sensitive retelling of Sleeping Beauty set amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II" and it sounds like a very interesting blend of history and fairytales.
  • Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer ~ This is a Sleeping Beauty story, but it has a little spin with Aurora having a sister and there is two strong heroines in a "corrupt world of the fae"! 
  • The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman ~ This is a beautiful illustrated retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a little dash of Snow White - I liked this short story, but I definitely wanted a little bit more out of it! It was too short and I wanted more development, but the actual story was an interesting spin! 
  • Unbirthday: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell ~ The Twisted Tales series is each Disney story with a spin on it - this one's spin is "What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?" and it takes place 11 years after the original story - I'm almost done reading this right now and enjoying it. It is certainly a fun idea and I want to read more of them! 
  • Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim ~ This is a Mulan retelling but with a fashion spin where the main character has to pose as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars! I love the sounds of this take on Mulan! 
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust ~ This has a hint of Sleeping Beauty-esque but is also based on Persian fairytales. This was a really enjoyable read and I loved the elements of each character having a good and evil and the setting was really beautiful! 
I'm not quite ready for dark or creepy books, but these all sound like good Fall reads - I'm ready to cozy up with a blanket and a fall candle and a fairytale read! 


Last weekend we took a short drive out to Drumheller to take the boys to the Dinosaur Museum - it's always a favourite spot for us and we have to go at least once a year! My older son still wants to be a palaeontologist and my little guy is rather in love with skeletons right now, so they both really enjoyed themselves! We also go for a walk around after too - the badlands of Drumheller are just amazing to see! 


Joe Fresh x Jilly jacket

Woo hoo - I managed to get one of the beautiful Joe Fresh x Jilly jackets when they were released on Thursday! It is the leopard print jacket in the middle and the website crashed in the morning, so I stopped by my Superstore on my way to work and got there about 10 minutes after they opened and there was only a few left, but I managed to get one in my size! (Good thing too, when they were released online they sold out in minutes!)

I also picked up this adorable Long Bomber Jacket in two colours because it's so cute (and also, I got rid of all my Fall and Winter jackets when I did a huge closet clear out, so I needed some new ones!) These are basically gone in stores too and were just released online so pick them up soon if you are interested! 


I recently finished another year of digital scrapbooking (2014) yes I'm behind, but I've managed to get a lot done this year since I've been focusing on some other hobbies and I'm happy with the progress I've made! I scan everything from the year (including that adorable school work that you don't need huge stacks of) and then it all prints in to a small book! I also order special vacation books and I love them! 


I went on a bit of a declutter spree last week and just cleared out some palettes I wasn't using (nothing wrong with them, just have others I use more!), except the Just Peachy Mattes and I have never really gotten along! Also, a cream blush I bought months ago and haven't touched, and a night serum that I just won't get to before it goes bad. Then, I went through my fragrances and I will be honest that I don't wear a ton of perfume so I just wanted to get rid of what I wasn't going to use! 

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

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