Loot Crate | Dream Crate: It feels like fantasy to me!

Hello my lovely readers! I was challenged by Loot Crate, a monthly geek subscription box to put together a Dream Crate. This means that I had to put all my neurons to work and come up with an original crate with things I would love to receive. They are also challenging all their fans to do the same so if you want to you can put your own Dream Crate together.
Firstly, I had to think of a good theme so I (not surprisingly) chose: It feels like fantasy to me. I tried to put something together that would appeal to both tv and book fans.

  • Game of Thrones Funko Pop
If there is a thing that both book lovers and tv addicts would love is a Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) Funko. At least I've been dreaming of getting one for years.
  • A Shakespearean Insult Mug
Hot beverages combine perfectly with our favorite movie, series or book and have it covered in Sakespearen insults only makes it better. You could simply wave the mug on the direction of the person(s) bothering you.
  • A "Throne of Glass" (by Sarah J. Maas) Coloring Book

Resultado de imagem para throne of glass coloring book
Painting, coloring and drawing are things that hel us relax! What better to do that than a coloring book of our favorite stories. Also this could prep all of those who don't know this series since it's being adapted to a tv show (screams of joy).

  • A Court of Terrasen tote bag
Terrasen Tote Bag
The "Throne of Glass" vibes continue but jut look at how pretty and utilitarian this tote bag is! We all want to be queens/kings of something.

I hope you liked this post and that it has inspired you to come up with your own Dream Crate! If you want to know more details about this amazing company you can check their site at:

Loot Crate, the monthly geek subscription box, is looking for fans to get creative share what they would do if they were able to box up their own Dream Crate.

Book Blitz | Excerpt | Giveaway: Light in My Dark by Jean Gilbert & William Dresden

Light in My Dark
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: October 21st 2016
Rogue House Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:
Two boys love her. Two worlds need her. Only she can save them both.Sixteen-year-old Harper Deveraux has longed for an adventure ever since her mother died of cancer four years ago. Much to her dismay, she is stuck in Glen Eden, a small mountain town in upstate New York that does little to fuel her hopes and dreams.Another year of high school has begun, and with the Moon Dance only a few weeks away, Harper suddenly finds herself torn between the affections of two boys: her best friend Jack, and a new boy from the City named Knes who might not be from this world.Strange things begin to happen in Glen Eden when Harper uncovers a mystery that involved her mother and a realm shrouded in darkness that lies beyond the wall... A realm that Knes intends to take her to. Only Jack stands in his way.Light In My Dark, is an action-packed modern YA fantasy, filled with dark forces, love, and self-discovery.

On sale for $1.99 for a limited time!

Buy Links:


The heat under Harper's sweater disappeared the longer she stared at the house. Goose bumps tickled her flesh. She wrapped her arms around her body, but the chill remained. Even so, her eyes refused to look away from the house.
     "Well," she said," in the real world it is said that she fell through the floor in a part of the house that was still under construction at the time. No mystery there. Just an accident."
     Jack raised an eyebrow at her. "In the middle of the night? Who goes walking around a construction site in the middle of the night? That's just stupid. What gets me is that's what all the tourists come to see, not the lake or the mountains or anything else that Glen Eden has to offer. Give the house a ghost, and they come running."
     "Maybe it deserves a ghost. At least then it would be lived in."
     Neither one said anything for a moment as they stared at the mansion.
     Finally, Jack spoke again. "There must be over a hundred rooms in there. It'd take days to explore them all."
     "It'd be an adventure."
     "You'd like that, wouldn't you?"

About the Authors

William Dresden is an author and award-winning screenwriting. He spent several years as a script doctor and pursued the dream of writing hollywood blockbusters. Now he mostly writes fiction and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. William currently lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

Author Links: 

Jean Gilbert is an award winning speculative fiction writer from New Zealand. She is a Core member of SpecFicNZ, and is also the coordinator for SpecFicNZ Central. Jean's novels include the Vault Agency Series: Shifters, Ardus, and The Vault. You can find her short stories Blonde Obsession in Baby Teeth: Bite Size Tales of Terror, and Pride in the Contact Light Anthology. 

Author Links:

Publisher Links:


Opinion: Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers

So you have been putting off going out and buying the tones of christmas gifts we all spend so much money on every year... I'm sure you're not the only one and I'm here to help (as much as I can) with the gifts for the bookish people in your life.
Before I give any tips I just want to remind you that the presentes are not the most important thing during Christmas time. What is really important is to be with your loved ones and enjoy all the happiness and bliss that you can. If don not have money to buy gifts for your loved ones I'm sure that they will understand, do not feel bad or guilty about it!

note: to go to the site click on the pictures!

  • Most readers love to drink something warm while reading, or studying or even working! These mugas are just an example of how a very common object of our day to day lives can be transformed into a statement piece!

Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland Quotation Mug
Lewis Carrol Mug - 10.95£ / 13.62$ / 13.05

Book Lover Mug
Book Lover Mug - 9.99£ / 12.42$ / 11.90

  • I don't know about all the readers all over the world bu mainly for female readers fandom jewelry is the bomb! It's a subtle way to make tastes know or just to feel connected to something they love.
Rhys' Ring
Rhys's Ring - 49.84£  / 62 $ / 59.45 

Beta Quartz Pendant
Beta Quartz Necklace (Lux Series) - 24.12£ / 30 $ / 28.76

  • A reading light is something handy for your loved one that lives in a dorm or shares a room! This is a very good way for them to be able to read without waking up their roomate! (Believe me... I need this)
Led Clip Reading Light - 13.66£ / 16,99$ / 16.29

  • As a reader, my kindle is my treasure, I couldn't read half the books I read without it. This is the perfect way for readers to protect their beloved reading devices and if they don't have a kindle there are also kobo and nook (and other) covers.

Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite - 15.27£ / 18,99$ /  18.21

  • A Reader's Journal is a perfect way to keep track of all the books a person reads! It's just like a mini notebook that is ready for all your comments and annotations!
Well-Read Women: A Reader's Journal -$12,69

  • This is the solution for someone whose books keep not getting returned! Gift this to your innocent and poor friend who keeps borrowing his/her books and almost no one returns them!
Knock Knock Personal Library Kit - $18,50

  • And if your friend has more ideas than space to write them down a cute note book is also a very good gift!
Shadow Tapestry Journal - $3.99

Thank you for reading this post!
Merry Christmas

Love, Ana
Imagem relacionada

The Reader Diaries #8 : Exhausted University Student Syndrome

Hello, my beautiful readers!
Today I come to you while suffering from something that I have been noticing is a general condition of university students all around the world: exhaustion! The crazy amount of work and study that you're expected to do in such a short time is mostly unrealistic. Still, I find myself struggling to keep it together and going trough the rest of the semester.
Coming from a mostly scientific background in high school I never expected to have so much literature to study and review or to have 6 hours of classes without any time off. While it's not easy I'm starting to enjoy myself as I start to find my place in the world and make friends.
Coming to university was a big change for me, I started living alone (with three friends) in a different and new city (Lisbon). Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and as a result of that, it is a very big and metropolitan city, which I'm not used to, coming from a more rural background.
I'm happy that even if lately I don't have much time to read I still find some time to do it and I even found some time to go to the "Baixa" and see the Christmas lights which turned me into an 18-year-old complete child. This is the last week of school and I have and Italian test tomorrow, so I should be studying and not writing but I really don not like not being able to produce as much content for you as I used to.
I've been updating the blog and I'm planning a new set of posts ( that I should be starting to post next week) such as a University Book Haul and a Christmas Book Haul. In my plans, there is also a readathon that should be called "Ana Reads a Thousand Books So She's Able to Post Good Things on Her Blog (a.k.a. Baby)" since I have at least 30 books destined to be reviewed on this blog. This way I must be able to post more regularly during exam time (January and June) and the rest of the semester. At least I hope so.
After this lengthy post, I'm going to study Italian irregular verbs and leave you with some photos I took when I went for a walk in Lisbon last week (during the holiday).

Love, Ana

Previously on "The Reader Diaries":