[Lets Have A Chit-Chat] Life Sucks Sometimes – Let’s Talk Mental Health


***Just want to put this a forewarning that I will be speaking about my mental health, there’s mentions of depression and dark places that I know some people will struggle to read. So please don’t put yourself through reading this if you believe it will negatively affect you. The intent of this post was for me to open up and offer an explanation as to my on and off activity on this blog and to simply get some stuff off my chest.***

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[Review] ‘The Beholder’ by Anna Bright || Want To See Me Confused…

41716689Title – ‘The Beholder’
Author – Anna Bright
Publishing –  June 4th 2019 by HarperTeen
Pages – 435
Format – Hardback (Fairyloot Exclusive)

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Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] 3 Years With MediaShadowReads!


I officially registered with WordPress 3 years ago… that means the initial format and setup of MediaShadowReads happened 3 years ago. As is it I deleted a lot of my original posts from those initial first few weeks but even so… my blog is 3 years old.

I feel like a proud parent! 😂

I just wanted to put up a short post thanking everyone who has been on this journey with me, whether you have simply watched from afar or have been in the thick of things.. thank you. Whether you were my first subscriber, my latest subscriber or haven’t subscribed at all but simply passed by thank you. Honestly thank you. 💜

I appreciate everything, I know I’m only a little blog but everyone’s support has been fantastic throughout my journey. I hope to continue on strongly, I know I’ve got some work to do in keeping my motivation up and running and I know at times I falter. But… my love of this blog and reading and the community is strong, strong enough that none of you are getting rid of me anytime soon ok?!! 😂

But yeah… here’s to 3 years and counting! 😀


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[Unboxing] Telling The Tale Of ‘Unlikely Romances’ by Fairyloot


It’s unboxing time! Whoooo! I haven’t done a Fairyloot unboxing post in a while despite the fact I have been getting all the boxes… whoops! I have to be in the mood to take photos of everything and then to get them on my computer and to make a big ol’ post about them all… basically I’ve been lazy! 😂

But as it is I was feeling productive and needed something to post today so ta-da… here is Fairyloot’s May ‘Unlikely Romances’ box.

I don’t think I need to say it cause we’re all smart cookies here but obviously… if you haven’t gotten your box yet or something or other and don’t want to be spoiled then please look no further!!!!

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] 5 Books That Would Make Awesome Video Games!


I am a video game lover.

I’ve mentioned it before briefly and I’ve even changed my twitter to reflect both my love of books and gaming *making separate twitters for everything is too tiresome!*. I basically spend a lot of time playing games. And yes, I do even play Fortnite…

But whilst many of us have thought about which books would be incredible movies or TV shows… what books would make awesome video games?! I’ve recently started watching a walk through of a game called ‘A Plague Tale Innocence‘ by theRadBrad *who is an absolutely awesome down to earth gamer who you should definitely check out if you like watching people do a walk through of a game!!* and it’s the kind of game I could see as a book.

And basically that then got me thinking in the opposite direction about which books would translate into the video game world really well! So here’s 5 books I think would make awesome video games! 

*will probably be me for the next 5 days whilst I’ve got time off*


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[Review] ‘To Best the Boys’ by Mary Weber

44663949Title – ‘To Best the Boys’
Author – Mary Weber
Publishing – March 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Pages – 322
Format – Hardback (Fairyloot Exclusive)

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Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] The ’50 Bookish Questions’ Tag


*don’t ask me how I’ve kept up with Sunday posts thus far but I have and I’m proud of myself for it!!*

I did not know what to post today. So I did a quick google search for bookish tags and long and behold this one popped up. Unfortunately the person who’s post I read didn’t mention if it was their tag or a tag created by another so I can’t properly credit the creator. Let me know if you know who it is though! Then I can give credit where credit is due!

So… let us begin with the 50 Bookish Questions tag! Also.. not going to ‘tag‘ anyone so feel free to do this tag if you so wish!


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[Let’s Have A chit-Chat] Mini Discussions: ARC Drama, Why Book Bloggers ARE Important & Why Failing At Reading Is Ok!


*apologies for the long as hell title but as it was I couldn’t find one topic I could talk about for a WHOLE post by itself so have 3 mini ones instead!*

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There’s been a lot of discussions going on in the world of books at the moment and if I’m being completely honest… I’ve pretty much ignored all of them.. thus far. BUT NO LONGER! I shall now share my 2 cents on these topics and probably not really actually add to the discussion… but hey my opinion is important too! Kinda. Plus the third one if more of an reading update on my end but… hey ho I wanted to include it anyway!

Therefore today I will be sharing with my take on the whole ARC Drama, why book bloggers should be treated with more respect and why it’s ok to not feel like a failure if you’re behind on your reading goals!inbetween

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[Review] ‘The Wicked King’ by Holly Black

26032887Title – ‘The Wicked King’
Author – Holly Black
Publishing – January 8th 2019 by Hot Key Books
Pages – 326
Format – Hardback

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

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[Let’s Have A Chit-Chat] 5 Books That I’d Love To See Adapted Into A Movie/TV Show


*Would you look at that… this is the 9th Sunday in a row I’ve posted! Woop Woop! Not going to lie when you work in a library by yourself for 6 hours on a Sunday you find ways to pass the time and writing a blog post is one of them!*

So I’ve always seen this post around but I’ve never actually comprised my own list of books I’d love to see made into either movies or TV shows. Now.. whats funny is that the amount of TV and movies I watch these past 2-3 years has dramatically reduced… I mean… I’m not even watching them on Netflix or anything. Obviously there are some exceptions, for example all the How To Train Your Dragon items on Netflix I’ve watched at least 4-5 times.. and the Great British Bake-off I’ve just started my 3rd rerun, but in general I just don’t watch a lot of TV anymore and even movies I only really get excited about Marvel…

So this will be an interesting one for me. 

You may also notice a slight theme, I would like to say I would choose from a variety of different genres but we know that won’t happen because I barely read different genres! But anyway.. I shall now get on with my top 5 picks of books I’d love to see become a movie or TV show!

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