5 Book Cover Redesigned Into Vintage Book Cover

Hello friends! Happy Friday ✨ I’m excited about posting this blog post for today. It has two of my favorites thing combined together. Books and design. As a Graphic Designer, my day consist of doing design’s for other people and I was thinking of ‘what can I do as a side project?’ and I came up with this idea. Redesigning some of my favorite book’s cover into a vintage looking cover. I love a worn out copy of an old used book and wanted to re-imagine some of my favorite reads.

These are the 5 book covers that I’ve redesigned:

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

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I had so much fun doing this and definitely will be making more 😆.  Maybe design series? or redesign to different book genre? 👀

YOUR TURN!

Which is your favorite? I’d love to know! and suggestion me some book to redesign.
Thanks for reading!

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April 2020 Wrap Up + O.W.L.s Wrap-up

Hi friends, I hope yall doing okay!

As of today, we’re 45 days into Movement Control Order (MCO). I’m feeling much better now. I’ve stopped looking at the news every single second, which has helped tremendously. I dyed my hair, cause ain’t nobody is gonna see me and now is the time to experiment 😅.  Let’s start with the wrap-up, I’ve got a lot of things to say!

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Blogging Slump

I’m in a blogging slump. I haven’t been posting much. I can’t seem to even write. I have soo many draft saved and I don’t feeling continuing any of them. I also contemplated in abandoning blogging for few months 😓. But I’ve decide to not put soo much pressure on myself to churn out 4/5 post in a month.

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O.W.L.s Readathon Wrap-up

This was my first time participating in a month long readathon rather than 1 week readathon. I found myself procrastinating a lot, saying excuses like ‘well, there’s still time’😆.

I choose the career of Wandmaker, and that requires of 5 prompt to be completed. I only read 2 books from my planned TBR, but those two fit’s all five of the prompts lol! 🤗

books wrap up_elsieartland~Ancient Runes / Arithmancy / Care of Magical Creatures
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

~Charms / Herbology
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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All the books I’ve read (from March to April)

Since I missed March wrap-up, I’ll add them here too.
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1/ A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, E.G. Keller | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2/ Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar | ⭐⭐

3/ The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/ The Running Man by Stephen King | ⭐
5/ So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wowza! I’ve never read this much in 1 month! A total of 9 books. 😱
April wrap up:

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1/ Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney | ⭐
2/ What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About by Michele Filgate | ⭐⭐⭐
3/ Foe by Iain Reid | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/ Lock Every Door by Riley Sager | ⭐⭐
5/ I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
6/ My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell| ⭐⭐⭐⭐
7/ Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle | ⭐⭐
8/ The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
9/ Us by Curtis Wiklund | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Currently Reading

Some books that I’m in the middle of at the moment.

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What’s next? 

My company’s CEO emailed saying that we will still be working from home and only return to the office on Monday the 18th of May. So, hopefully I can get more reading done!

I’m also planing on writing some recommendation blogpost, so that the task doesn’t seem very daunting to me. So be on the look-out for that!

Stay safe and stay well.

YOUR TURN!

How was your April? What books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

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O.W.L.s MAGICAL READATHON 2020 – TBR

Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast. It will be running for an entire month of April. This is my first time participating in this readathon and I’m soo excited. There are 2 parts for this readathon; O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s. Check out the announcement video for more info:

 

Reading Challenges + TBR:

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I am going to choose the career of a Wandmaker.
There’s a 5 prompts for this and here’s my TBR’s:

Ancient Runes
Heart Rune: Heart on the cover or title of book
Book: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – This will be my first by this authors and I really need some feel-good reads in my life now.

Arithmancy
Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites –
read something outside your favorite genre
Book: The Martian by Andy Weir – I haven’t read Sci-Fi in a very very long time. I might watch the movie after.

Care of Magical Creatures
Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover
Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – I need to catch up yall 😬

Charms
Lumos maxima: white cover
Book: Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow – ok hear me out, The prompt said white cover, and there is some white on the cover 😅. I just really want to read this book!!

Herbology
Mimbulus mimbletonia: title stars with an M
Book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – My highly anticipated book of the year!!

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I will be posting daily updates over at twitter so make sure to follow me there: @elsieartland

 

YOUR TURN!

Are you joining? If you are, let me know you’re TBR or just link your post below!

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Friday Update

Hi everyone.

I haven’t been updating here, because I don’t know what to say. None of my problem’s seems very big or important when there’s a global epidemic happening. I thought I won’t mentioned anything on this blog, so that this place can be an escapism. But Its hard to ignore when there are people dying. There’s no glossing over it.

In a week, over 2k positive cases were detected and there’s been over 20 deaths. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling. It’s not only the isolation that hard for me, but its the not knowing whats coming next. I was supposed to have a session with my psychiatrist this week but she has postponed it until JUNE. Oh well.

I’ve been working from home since 18th and has been reading a lot too, so I thought I’ll make a quick update post on letting y’all know what going on.

Backlist Readathon – Wrap up

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You can read my TBR here.

I completed only one book. And that was So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. And I read 10 ish pages of Animal Farm by George Orwell before giving up 😬

Scribd is giving FREE 1 month for NEW MEMBER

Scribd has been my saving grace 🙏. I’ve already read 4 books!

What I’ve read so far in March? 🤔

  1. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  2. The Running Man by Stephen King
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King
  5. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, E.G. Keller (Illustrator)

What’s next?

  1. I will be posting a mini-reviews for these books.
  2. I am participating in Magical Readathon 2020. Will be posting TBR soon.
  3. I’m buddy reading The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay with my friend Zee.

 

Stay safe.

YOUR TURN!

How are you doing? I’m sending love your way 💙

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The Backlist Readathon 2020 TBR!

G’day readers!

I’m so excited to be starting my first readathon of 2020! I first found out about this readathon over at Twitter @backlistreads. It will be running from the 9th – 15th March.

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So, what are backlisted books? According to definitions.net, a backlist means ‘A list of older books available from a publisher, as opposed to the frontlist of more recent titles.’

The way I’m gonna make this readathon work for me is I’m gonna choose my TBR from my shelf only. I don’t know if the books on my shelf are still being printed, but I’m just gonna assume they do.

TBR:

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1/ Animal Farm by George Orwell – 141 pages
2/ So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – 310 pages
3/ My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson  – 52 pages

TOTAL PAGES: 503
TOTAL BOOKS: 3

I will be posting daily updates over at twitter so make sure to follow me there: @elsieartland

YOUR TURN!

Are you joining? If you are, let me know you’re TBR or just link your post below!

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February 2020 Wrap Up|An unexpected somersault in the air

Hi beautiful readers!

February went by soo quickly! It feels like it only lasted for 2 weeks 😂 The weather has been brutal, and I’m thirsty all the time. A lot of difficult decisions regarding my future were made this month. But on the plus side, this anxious decisions put me to a night of good sleep because my brain is so exhausted from all the thinking.

Other than that, February has been peachy. I’ve discovered a favorite TV Show and that affected my reading a bit!

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Yay of the month:

1/ My promotion got through!! 😝😝😝

2/   69  Nice 😏.

3/ I finally got a freelance job after a very long hiatus. Which is great! I put the money to my savings.

4/ I posted THREE book reviews this month. Wow who am I?? 😝 Four more to go.

5/ Decided to re-listening Melodrama randomly and damn, that is one hell of a good alum. It is a CRIME that Homemade Dynamite wasn’t made into a single.

Nay of the month:

1/ The next day after my promotion, early in the morning as I was descending the staircase at my home to go to work, I slipped and fell clutching my right ankle. I was on bed rest for 4 days. (check out the dramatic re-enactment below)

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2/ The political climate in Malaysia is making me SWEAT.

Books I’ve Read

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1/ American Predator by Maureen Callahan | ⭐⭐⭐

2/ The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware | ⭐⭐

3/ Mindhunter by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

*I’ll link the book reviews, once its up!

Blog Posts

Jan2020wrapup_elsieartland  Book-review-lean-in
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What I’ve watched

TV shows

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Lucifer is the kind of show, that I never thought that I would like. I’ve watched the first episode a couple of years ago, but the tone didn’t hit right for me, so I stopped. But then, Lucifer had a cameo on Crisis On Infinite Earths, and I was interested to watch it again. I.AM.OBSESSED!! I loveeeee this show soo much.😍 I literally felt an emptiness in my heart after I finished season 4. I can’t wait for Season 5!!!😭😭

LOOK at my precious babies!!! 😭😭😭😭

The Good Place has come to an end. It was THE most satisfying ending. No cliffhanger

Crisis on Infinite Earths was EPIC. These 5 episode crossover delivered everything. They got Tom Welling and Brandon Routh to play Clark Kent again!! I almost choked up 😆. I appreciate all the risks they took. I’ll give it a 4 star!

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow started right after the Crisis. I loved seeing the gang back again. Also, the new intro title sequence looks so cool and fun.

Movies

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Miss Americana was a self-serving celebrity documentary. Nothing special. I loved the song-writing session that we got to see tho.

PSYCHO is a Tamil thriller movie that I went to the cinema with my mom. It was a bit illogical and over the top. I mean, a blind guy catches a serial killer 😑.

Parasite was fucking AMAZING. I watched this right before the Oscars, and my jaw was on the floor. It’s been soo long since a movie had me at the edge of my seat. The acting was incredible.

Charlie’s Angels were meh. No excitement, none of the jokes land and I don’t believe any of them could beat my ass 🤷‍♀️.

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YOUR TURN!

How was your February? What books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review : Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire

173 pages
Published 2016
Fantasy

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

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“Now I know that if you open the right door at the right time,
you might finally find a place where you belong.”

Oh man, where do I even begin. This is gonna be a negative review, so if you love this book, please skip reading this review.

I think the concept is genius. It’s an angle that’s never been explored before. But this whole book was just not enough for me. It had a grand idea with a thinly veiled plot. The whole pacing was a rush. It was predictable. I found the magical lands very gimmicky. I couldn’t take it seriously.

oh wow. Now I have to care about a murder mystery??

The writing felt confusing. I just can’t put my finger on it as in what made it that way tho. AllI know is that, I’m not going to continue the series.

RATING : ⭐

 

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YOUR TURN!

Did you feel the same way about it? Let me know below!

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Book Review : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling

 309 pages
Published 1997
Fantasy

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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“Harry — yer a wizard.”

Hi readers! Welcome to my very biased review. I read this book along with Harry Potter and the Virgin read-along for the very first time. I’m a BIG fan of the Harry Potter movies, they mean soo much to me, they shaped my childhood but I’ve just never read any of the books. So I resolved to read this series this year.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of reading. It was an easy read. I didn’t have to use all of my brain cells, because the world is already imprinted in my brain.

I had minor issues tho. The writing style was quite choppy. Everything is told rather than shown. I had a big problem with Harry becoming a pro in quidditch the moment he touched the broom. Like seriously?

Objectively this is a 3 star book, but the nostalgia was hard on this that I’m giving it 5 star 😚. I can’t wait to continue the series.

RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

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YOUR TURN!

Have you read this book? Which is better? Movie or book? Let me know below!

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Book Review : Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg, Nell Scovell (Co-Writer)

 217 pages
Published 2013
Nonfiction

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership. Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in. The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

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“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.”

My first read and reread of 2020. I first read this book when I was in college, but I found this more enlightening this time around. I guess that’s because I related to it more as a working person.

This book touched on speaking up your worth and being confident at work. I struggle a lot, cause I always think I’m a fraud and I’m always insecure. And weirdly this book helped me. I love how honest and forthcoming she was.

Of course, not all part spoke to me. I skimmed the entire ‘relationship/kids’ section. But I didn’t feel like I missed out or anything. This book can definitely be read out of order but you would still find it useful.

A lot of people categories this as a feminist book, but I disagree. It is just a self-help business book.

RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

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YOUR TURN!

Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let me know below!

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January 2020 Wrap Up|I love this journey for me 😘

Wow we got through the first month of 2020 already?? Whew! This month was a roller coaster, it went by so quickly for me. i have a pretty good feeling about this decade.

Here’s my (late) January wrap-up, hopefully i’ll be much more prepared for Feb.

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Yay of the month

1/ Had an awesome Chinese New Year celebration at work. We get to toss Yee Sang with the team and who doesn’t love free buffet eh? 🤩

2/ I posted 5 blog post this month!! Which is hugee for me. I worked really hard on them and I had soo much fun writing them up and it really motivated me to post more.

3/ I jumped the gun booked an Airbnb at Melaka for my birthday, which is all the way on August. I don’t celebrate birthdays at all, but I felt like I truly deserve to celebrate me this year.

4/ Looks at these cute enamel pins that I got!

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Nay of the month

1/ The promotion that I was expecting at work got put on hold. I’m super bummed about this and hopefully I’ll hear some good news on Feb.

2/ Granted I had 5 blog post this month but none of them were book reviews 🙈. My February priority is to churn out all the backlogged book reviews ASAP!

Books I’ve Read

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I read 4 books on January, which is a pretty good start. I hope I can keep this momentum going.

1/ Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

2/ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

3/ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire | ⭐

4/ Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

*I’ll link the book reviews, once its up!

Blog Posts

2020- New year, new hustle  My Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2020
Most Disappointing Books of 2019  Best Books of 2019
Book Series I want to complete in 2020

What I’ve watched

TV shows

the bachelor
The new season of The Bachelor is here! I’m so happy!! I love this trashy show with all of my heart. It is a satisfying thing to watch after a long day at work. Do I believe in it? Of course no but it’s pretty entertaining. This season, we are following pilot Pete and a bunch of 24 year old women. Currently we are five episodes in and there is so much drama. But we haven’t seen any genuine connection yet so I don’t really have my pick so far.

schitt's creek
After listening to Karen Kilgariff brave about schitt’s Creek on her podcast, I decided to give it a go. The first 3 episodes kinda threw me off a bit but I say kept watching and it got do much better! I just couldn’t stop watching, I finished the entire five season in a week. It is so funny, the character development are so good. Season 6, their final season is currently airing and I am so sad that is going to be over 😭.

Movies

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YOUR TURN!

How was your January? What books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

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