Bullet Journal | October 2018

Recs

This month I was a bit more relaxed with my spreads and my theme. Normally I pick one and just stick to it, but this time I decided to not be as strict with myself and just doodle what I pleased. I really love how it turned out and I love how effect the spreads are this time around. I did end up leaving off a few spreads that I have been using such as a sleep tracker because I realized that I wasn’t really keeping up with them anymore.

Supplies I Used

Tombow 0912, 992, 098, 977, 993, 946

Pigma Micron 05 & 01

Pentel Mechanical Pencil

Ruler

Stickers from SunShineStickerCoFourCatStickerCo, and frannielambstickers 

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My Spreads!

This month I felt like my dashboard should be a doodlefest and I loved very min. of creating this. It was fun to just take some me time and doodle instead of picking just one or two items to focus on. What came out is something I am happy to look at often. It mixes fall and halloween, candy and vegetables, and other seasonal treats.

This is my monthly calendar page, I normally add in my buddy reads, due dates, and other things I need to put into my weekly spreads later in the month. I love the way this spread looks now. I used to jam it into one page and I didn’t really have a ton of space to add things in so I would abandon it. Now that it is larger I use it all the time. Also, I wanted to add that I got the days of the weeks headers from an etsy shop called SunShineStickerCo and the month name stickers are from FourCatStickerCo. I am never good with calligraphy so I wanted to get some stickers to make my bullet journal less messy. So far I am loving them so much.

Here are two spreads which I do every month, monthly overview and to be read. My monthly overview is just the blog posts I plan on writing or I have already written and my TBR is the books I plan on reading, but I also add some books in if I end up starting to read them. At this point you can see I finished reading Salem’s Witch House and I started East of Eden.

Here are my more fun bookish trackers. On the left is a book stack of 12 books where I write in the title of a book and color when I have finished one. I love this visual tracker and I love how it gets more colorful as the month goes on. On the right are the books I am planning on reading or have started to read broken up into chapters. As you can see I finished all of Salem’s Witch House and I read 3 chapters of East of Eden.

I wanted to give you guys a little peak into my weekly spreads, I know you can’t see too much but I am breaking my weeks into 6 sections. Each day of the week has their own devoted box and the weekend has one as well. I have really been loving these for to do lists and appointments. I also like having the stickers for my daily chore there as well. These stickers are from frannielambstickers. These are great as well.

Also, it would not be blogoween without some preplanning for my posts. Because I am writing this much content I am not really posting or coming up with blog post ideas on a whim. So I wrote down a weeks worth of prompts and I am preplanning a bit. Now you may notice that I never posted the prompt for the first, that is because I decided to post my TBR that day.

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#Blogoween | Creepy Crawlies

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Prompt: Friday 5th: Creepy Crawlies
What fictional monsters/creatures would you hate to encounter?

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Alright, I thought long and hard about this and I think the worst fictional creature or monster, one that I would really hate to meet and it would have to be a Dementor from Harry Potter. I mean it is a faceless creature shrouded in torn and eerie black cloak, if you can even call it that. It makes everything cold, I absolutely hate the cold. It takes all of the happiness and makes you feel like it will never come back. It is a horrid creature even if you are passing by it on the street. If you happen to get its attention it can give you a “kiss” and steal your soul. I don’t know about you, but I want nothing what so ever to do with a dementor.

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#Blogoween | Top 5 Books about Witches

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Prompt: Thursday 4th: Top 5 Books about Witches
List your five favourite books about witches.

This prompt is just wonderful! I love sharing books about witches, I don’t know what it is but I love reading about them all the time and throughout the year. I don’t know if it is because of my early love of the movies Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus, or just who I am and my beliefs. But, I just feel at home reading about witches. So I am here to share some of my favorite books that surround witches.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

So, this first book I always rave about. It is an amazingly written nonfiction account of the Salem Witch Trials. While this book does not deal with “real” witches, the theme and historical beliefs of what a witch are throughout this novel. This historical book is written in a manner that it makes you feel like you are reading a novel and I think it is perfect for people who are afraid to dive into nonfiction or have difficulties getting into the books they have tried.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Many Authors and Editors

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

This is a great anthology dealing with witches stories. What I love most about this collection is the fact that each author either approached the idea of a witch from a different culture or different time period. Due to this it was a fast read that I loved. If you want more details I did write a full review here. I will add that I was given a copy by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People

Now, this is not a typical witch book, but I think it deserves a place here. It is a mixture of  a thriller, paranormal, and horror. It really just depends on how you perceive it. I read this novel in one day and I really loved it. It went in a direction I did not think it was going to go at all.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Now, I know I only mentioned this book a few days ago, but it is the perfect fall book. The cover has fall colors and the book followed a family of witches, specifically two sisters who descend from a long line of witches. This story is heart follows twists and turns and the growth of these two sisters that is heart warming and filled with twists and magic.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

Now I cannot make a list about books involving witches and not talk about the original witch according to greek mythology, Circe. This is a wonderful story that follows the life of Circle that is mentioned in Odyssey. I loved this book because it give humanity and life to this character I previously had no idea excited. It showed you the court of the gods and what happens when you are banished for something you cannot truly help. I really loved this novel and I can easily see myself rereading it in the future.

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#Blogoween | Trick of Treat!

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Prompt: Wednesday 3rd: Trick of Treat!
Woo, you get to go Trick or Treating! Choose who and/or where you would love to go trick or treating.

While I find this prompt to be really fun and festive, I don’t know why I had such a hard time thinking of who and where I would go trick of treating with. I would have to say the where was the really difficult part for a few reasons, but I will go more into that later.

If I could go trick or treating with anyone I think I would have to go with Fred and George Weasley. They are fun, and lets be honest, their tricks would be amazing! I think it would be fun following them around and seeing the fun they would have hiding behind some really awesome costumes and a few original tricks to try out on muggles.

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Now, you may have noticed I said trying these tricks out on muggles, that is because I don’t think there is any trick or treating going on in the wizarding world, but maybe I am wrong? But, if there does happen to be trick or treating in the wizarding world I would have to pick Godrics Hallow.

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The reason I ended up picking this location was for a few reasons. The significance of the location to the books is founded. Not only did Harry Potter first meet Voldmort here, but also those scenes of Harry at the graveyard was so emotional. But, apart from it being a significant place I also think it would be a great place to get into the spirit. There are a bunch of homes owned by witches and wizards, there is a large cemetery, and if the movies are anything to go off of, it is a beautiful town.

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Blogoween | Fall Colored Covers

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Prompt: Tuesday 2nd: Favourite Halloween/Fall Coloured Covers
Gather your favourite covers with Halloween/Fall colours (Orange, Black, Yellow, Red, Brown) and share them in a post. You can also use books from your bookshelves to photograph and share on Instagram if you want

Todays prompt is something I am very excited about. I absolutely adore fall colors, plus it is a great way to jump into the month and really set the tone. So without more rambling, here are my favorite fall colored books!

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Not only does this book have an amazingly fall cover, it is a great book. I highly suggest reading this witch filled book even if you have watched the movie. It is very different and I love both the book and the movie.

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

Irena’s Children is a perfectly yellow book that tells both a heart warming and heart breaking story of a women who travels into Nazi Germany to save young Jewish children from the horrible fate that seems to be inevitable. This is one of the best stories I have read of this kind. I vividly remember refusing to move from where I was to finish it even with others asking me to.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina not only looks liked a fall book, but it is great to read during the fall because the nights are getting longer and colder. I feel like this classic is best read during a cold evening with a blanket and a nice up of tea. This book is a timeless classic that tells a story of not only Anna, but those who meet and are related to her. I was very surprised to see that it held up so well so many years after publication.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

This red, orange and yellow book is a short and wonderful read. It is thought provoking and tells a wonderful and mysterious story. For me this book led to a lot of self reflection and throughly enjoyed it.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard T. Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box

This is a wonderful horror novel that is actually very short. I think it is a great one to pick up this month that will put you into a Halloween moon. I loved the concept of this book I really enjoyed these two writing together.

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October TBR | 2018

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Welcome to a month full of blog posts from yours truly. I am going to be starting off this month already ignoring the prompts, don’t worry most days I will be following those. Today I am starting with my October TBR. It would not be my blog if I did not share my TBR for the month and then end up for the most part ignoring it. Anyway, here are the books I am hoping to get to this month.

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

I have had this book on my TBR for the last few months and I recently talked to my Uncle about all the books I need to read and he needs to read. I happened to bright this one up and he said it was one of his favorites. So of course I need to now read it ASAP. I also got him to read the Shining next and possibly Doctor Sleep after words.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

This month I know I need to read Hank Green’s book. I have taken part in the BN bookclub the last two books that they have had and I really enjoyed the conversations that have sprung up from them. So I am picking this up even though it is not something I normally would. I am curious to see if I end up liking it or not. I am also curious to see if those who are older than I am think about the youtube aspect.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

This month my I am buddy reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman with Jenna, Reg, and Amy. I would not have picked this up if it was not for Reg picking it as our book this month, but I am really intrigued to see if I end up liking it. I will say I find the description interesting and all, but I have not been in the mood for YA in such a long time. I read The Sun is Also a Star in September to see if I am in more of a mood, but I thought it was only okay. But, I have high hopes for this one because it is not a contemporary.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I feel like it would not be a reading month without a Shirley Jackson novel. This month I am going to try to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I think this one is going to be a bit more twisted and eerie than Hangsaman was last month.

Salem’s Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity by John Goff

Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

This past Summer I went on vacation and stopped in Salem, M.A. to get some of the history of the town and see the sites I have read about a bunch of times over the years. While there I picked up a few books, I mean it would not be a booklovers weekend without getting a few books as keepsakes right? Anyway, this is one of the books I picked up. I have heard about this house before, but I did not get a chance to visit it so I wanted to read a book dedicated just to it. I will say outright, that the name of the house is VERY misleading. Witches never lived here. Anyway, I am excited to experience the town again.

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A Week in Review | September 23th-30th

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This month has been a roller coaster of reading. Some weeks I read next to nothing and other weeks I finished  more than one book. I am happy to say that I feel like I am ending this month on a good note. If you want to go through all of the wrap ups for this month I will link them for you to explore.

A Week in Review | September 16th-22ndA Week in Review | September 9th-15th, and A Week in Review | September 1st-8th

Books I Finished

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

This book was so beautiful and yet so heart breaking. I think this is going to be a book I think about from time to time in the future and it may even be one of my favorites from this year. This novel brings you through a very interesting time of history through the eyes of a man and his mother. There were references to WWII, the AIDS epidemic and the stigma that came with it, and much more. I felt raw emotions while reading this and I really cannot recommend it enough. I truly wanted to take the main character in and take care of him.

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

HangsamanShirley Jackson is one of my favorite writers, she wrote one of my all times favorite books, The Haunting of Hill House. This book is very different from that. It follows a young lady that is a very unreliable narrator during her first few months of college. Now I will say I was not blown away by this book and I cannot pin point the exact reason. I don’t know if it was due to the story line not living up to the description or is it just not a great story written. All authors have a book here and there that is not as great as their others. I will admit I did really enjoy the fact I felt that at times I was reading something akin to The Yellow Wallpaper and the atmosphere at times. I also found myself really disliking a character so much I wanted someone to throw an encyclopedia at them, ahem Jenna.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I found myself enjoying this book for the most part, but I also felt that a lot more could have been done. I am not sure if this is because I was mad at a particular character, I may have yelled a bit, or because I just did not like the insta love so much. I have not read YA in a long time and I think that is part of the reason why I don’t. A lot of YA has a lot of tropes I just am sick of. But, I will say that the over arching or underlying, depending on how you look it, theme is an important one to have seen.

The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2)

Now, I don’t want to go into too much detail here because I wrote an entire review, REVIEW | The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember. But, I will say that I really enjoyed this retelling that pulled from Norse mythology and Peter Pan. It was unique, had flawed unreliable characters, and the world that Ember created had just the right amount of magic. Also, I want to add that I received this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. DividerI am Still Reading

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

I have 50 pages left and I need to type this and then go to sleep. So be prepared to see this book cover one more time with my full thoughts. I will say I am loving this book so much more than I thought it would. I loved seeing past characters from King’s other books pop up and the mixture of our world with a little bit other is just great in this one.

 

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REVIEW | The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

BookReview12:17The Navigator's Touch (The Seafarer's Kiss, #2)
Description

After invaders destroyed her village, murdered her family, and took her prisoner, shield-maiden Ragna is hungry for revenge. A trained warrior, she is ready to fight for her home, but with only a mermaid and a crew of disloyal mercenaries to aid her, Ragna knows she needs new allies. Guided by the magical maps on her skin, battling storms and mutiny, Ragna sets sail across the Northern Sea.

She petitions the Jarl in Skjordal for aid, but despite Ragna’s rank and fighting ability, the Jarl sees only a young girl, too inexperienced to lead, unworthy of help. To prove herself to the Jarl and win her crew’s respect, Ragna undertakes a dangerous expedition. But when forced to decide between her own freedom and the fate of her crew, what will she sacrifice to save what’s left of her home?

Inspired by Norse mythology and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, this companion novel to The Seafarer’s Kiss is a tale of vengeance, valor, honor, and redemption.

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What I Liked

While I really enjoyed the first book in this companion series, The Seafarer’s Kiss, I found this retelling to be just as imaginative and interesting. This time around Julia Ember pulled from Norse mythology to aid in creating a retelling of Peterpan in a way. I find that Ember does a wonderful job in keeping to the characters she is has drawn inspiration from, but also makes them something new and her own. I know that sounds contradictory, but it is true.

I also really liked about this novel was the fact that it has flawed characters. For me when I see a flawed characters, even with a bit of magic and mythology surrounding them, it makes them more real, more tangible. Throughout the book Ragna is making mistakes, unreliable, and can just be rude. But, this makes her seem more human. I also did enjoy the sense of tension between her and her crew. I though it was an interesting way to go with their relationship since she rely on them and they rely so much on her as a leader. It also makes some of the issues “internal” in a sense and not just us against others.

Another thing I really liked was the fact that this novel the focus was not on romance. While I really enjoyed the previous book, I was glad to see more than just a romance. It allowed the world to become bigger, more vibrant, and the characters to shine on their own a bit more. Also, can I just say the mixture of mythology and elements from Peter Pan made such an interesting world and story. This combination was unique and I have not read anything similar to it.

What I Didn’t Like

One thing I was not overly thrilled with was the fact that were are times of violence that was pushing my limits at times. I do not think the violence in any way was prolonged, but it is there.  Now, this is personal and I do want to point out that I am pretty sure Interlude, the publishing house that oversees Duet Books does post warning about their books. I did not look at these before hand. If this is something you think will bother you I highly suggest you look up the warning. But, I will be honest I would have read it anyway because I enjoyed Ember’s previous book and I enjoyed this one as well even though it had moments of violence.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I thought this was a unique book. The combination of Embers world building, characters, and tension create a very good read. I also think that this is something that can be read on its own or the books can be easily read out of order and the reader wont miss out on anything. If you are looking for an interesting retelling I highly suggest this book.

4stars

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Book Information

Publisher: Duet Books

Publication Date: September 13th 2018

List Price: $16.99

ISBN: 9781945053702

Pages: 256 pages

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Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter September 2018

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Hello everyone, as of late I have been getting more and more uninterested in the books on my TBR. I am not sure if it is because I am more excited about the new edition to my shelf, my tastes are changing once again, or I wasn’t actually as  interested as I once thought. So, because I want me TBR to be filled with books I am actually excited about I want to do another Try a Chapter where I read the first chapter of a few books and decide if I want to keep them on my TBR or unhaul them. I hope you enjoy!

Previous Posts: Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018Try a Chapter | August 2017, and Try a Chapter | June 2017.

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The Books

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

The Honey Farm

  • goodreads rating: 3.23
  • pages: 328
  • genre: Fiction/Thriller

Outcome: I previously tried to pick up this book for the original OWLs readathon back in April. I only made it to page 24 before I changed it out for another book. I didn’t unhaul this book at the time because I just thought it was a slow read because I was in such a rush to read… if that makes any sense. Anyway, after giving this book another try I am still not totally thrilled. So I am going to be unhauling this book.

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

  • goodreads rating: 3.79
  • pages: 376
  • genre: Fantasy/Fiction

Outcome: This is a story that is dedicated to the evil step-mother in Cinderella. I have always loved the story of cinderella. Mainly due to the Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella movie from 1997, that cast was just amazing. Anyway, I picked up this book because I thought it would be interesting to have another option of the evil step mother. Well, as it turns out I am not as interested as I thought. So I am going to unhaul this book.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man

  • goodreads rating: 4.02
  • pages: 214
  • genre: Fiction/Contemporary

Outcome: While I really wanted to like this book, the first 15 pages I found to be a bit dull. I don’t know, I just was not feeling it too much. It pains me because the description has so much promise and the cover is beautiful. Anyway, I am going to unhaul this book.

The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

The Dutch Wife

  • goodreads rating: 3.8
  • pages: 384
  • genre: Historical Fiction

Outcome: While I do love historical fiction and I do enjoy hearing different views and the possible different experiences individuals had during the war. I was not to thrilled with this one. There was no real build and then wham big things happened without real explanation. I didn’t like being thrown into it like that and not really knowing more about the backgrounds of the characters. I am deciding to unhaul this book.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory

  • goodreads rating: 3.92
  • pages: 416
  • genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Outcome: I originally picked this book up because it was on sale on Amazon and I heard from a few people that this an emotional and powerful read. For these types of book, I have a hard time picking them up mainly because I read as an escape and why would I want to escape into an emotional roller coaster? Even with this I picked the book up, but it has been months and I have had no thought about it since. Since reading the first chapter I can say the writing is well, but I don’t think this book is something I will read any time soon even though it is interesting. So I am going to unhaul this novel.

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

  • goodreads rating: 3.71
  • pages: 318
  • genre: Fiction/Classic

Outcome: I got this book from my aunt, she said she wanted to know my thoughts about it and she did not share  hers. I feel like this is an experiment on me for some reason. Anyway, I decided to throw this book in her because I wanted to make the decision now if I was ever going to read it or let it turn to dust on my shelf. Well, I have to admit that this novel is just all over the place. It is overly descriptive, yet talks in circles and all over the place at once. Because of this I am going to keep it because I am very intrigued. What is this book?!

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More Than Books | Wild Crystal Box September 2018

More Than BooksSo as of late I have found myself wanting to share more and more of my non-bookish hobbies and interests. All around I have found I have been wanting to share more of myself with everyone. While I have previously shared myself trying to find a new hobby in my Find A Hobby Series I wanted to expand more. I wanted to share more about things I enjoy in my life, how I love to cook and create things, and my love of nature. I figured I would start with an unboxing of a subscription box I really enjoy.

Since I was a young girl I really loved crystals. My uncle used to go away and go to mines for fun and always bring me back a crystal when he found any. I have really find memories attached to them. To this day I enjoy having them with my for their beauty as well as the affect they have on me. I personally find it relaxing to have rocks, crystals, and other gem stones around me. I feel a connection with nature and I find it soothing. While you may say this is just be a bunch of hoopla, well it may be, but it still makes me feel better and it hurts no one.

Anyway, I wanted to share this unboxing. This subscription box sends various crystals every month and explains their significance. I enjoy it not only because I learn about new minerals and crystals, and I get to add to my collection. If you want to know more I will link their website here. I would also like to point out that this is NOT sponsored, I pay for this box with my own money.

Here is the box on the outside, I wish I could write in this font. I always want to learn calligraphy, but I never follow through… why?

Here is what you are greeted with when you open the box. This sheet is the information sheet about the characteristics of stones in the box. I didn’t want to take a picture of the entire sheet and infringe on their stuff. But, I will say that what they write is very detailed and an entire 8 1/2 x 11 page is always filled with information.

When you remove the bubble wrap and information sheet this is what you are greeted with.

Once you rip open the wrapping you are met with a jam packed box. This month I saw 3 pouches with a different item in each and bunch of sage.

I never burn sage, but I have a friend who does. I am not sure if it is the proper kind or not so I will run it by her if this is the type she uses. If it is not I will keep it because it does smell nice without it being burned.

This month each subscriber got a different necklace. I ended up getting sodalite. I will be doing some research into this stone as well as replace the chain. I don’t tend to mix well with fabric based chains. I do very much like the metal that is holding the stone.

In this box I was sent two pieces of Carnelian. These two stones are is very nice shape. They are tumbled well, with no edges. I liked that they added a little history to the fact sheet by sharing that in Egypt it used to be referred to The Setting Sun. The picture does not do the color justice, but I can say I can see why they called the stone this.

The last item in my box with month was a large and beautiful piece of Amethyst. I love the color of this stone and the angles. When the light hits this one it reminds me of the purple version of the Philosophers Stone in harry potter, the light just dances on its surface.

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