Spotlight Saturday #18 // IT’S BEEN A WHILE

Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner [aka, moi], dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc.

Hello bookworms and welcome back! Oh my, it’s been awhile since my last Spotlight Saturday post, hasn’t it? I’ve missed it! BUT HOORAY, because I am back at it again and I’ve got some blogger love to share, some book love and some life events that I’ve loved over the past few weeks that I’ve been M.I.A of this weekly feature! 

So shall we get started? I think we should! 



This week and for the past few weeks I have been fangirling over the beauty of this lovely lady’s blog: her name is Alexandra Ling and she owns the blog Twirling Pages which IS THE CUTEST BLOG I’VE EVER SEEN. Her overall blog scheme is feminine, simplistic and so aesthetically pleasing that I could scroll through it for hours without getting bored. My eyes LOVE IT. 

Alexandra also takes the most gorgeous photos that correspond perfectly with the theme of her blog and it creates for her, a style that can only be described as her own. 


Summer @ Xing Sings summed up her month of January, which was full of many lovely things! 

Shannelle @ The Art of Escapism shared her lettering process for quote graphics online which, is divine and she has the most beautiful written print (eek, so jealous!)

Giselle @ A Book and a Cup of Coffee gave us a real talk on book borrowing

Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner mused the developing accessibility we have to our ‘heroes’ AKA authors, and the upsides and downsides to increased accessibility through things such as social media

Jess @ Princessica of Books got together with the blogging community to share why we all love book blogging – a beautiful way to spread blogger positivity! 

Arshia @ YA Bookmark shared a few of her non-fiction faves

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions gave us a list of her favourite female best friends – YAY FOR FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS.



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I’m spotlighting this book this week because initially I was pulled in by the beautiful cover. From there, I ventured to the beloved Goodreads page where I proceeded to read the blurb and do a bit of research on the general gist of the story. I was excited to see that it is based off of the classic Romeo and Juliet story and there’s MENTION OF ZOMBIES – or so, I think. I mean, what else does it mean when they say “the living died and the dead rose”? YAAAAAS, ZOMBIES.

Here’s the blurb, because I think you all need to read it for yourselves:

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .
Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is a darkly romantic and atmospheric fantasy from acclaimed author Rosamund Hodge.


Oh my lovely bookworms, it’s been so LONG since I last told you of the happenings in my life! I’ve got a lot to share, so get ready! (actually, my memory is so bad, so I’m not sure how much I have to share, in all honesty. OOPS) 

I went to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the movies this week: It shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you now, but I LOVE ZOMBIES. I daydream of the impending zombie apocalypse to come, I watch or am attracted to any movie or book that mentions zombies, I even DREAM ABOUT ZOMBIES. That’s right, folks – I’m obsessed. Slightly. THE MOVIE WAS FANTASTIC. Pride and Prejudice is originally a love story, and this movie did an amazing job of translating the original love story in with the gore and awesomeness of zombies! AGH IT WAS GOOD. I RECOMMEND IT.

It was orientation week for my university this week: Orientation week. The time before university begins where you have to opportunity to roam around campus and explore. This week I had a wonderful time exploring the campus. On Tuesday, I got there are 7:45am (why did I get there so early? I don’t know, I’m crazy) and had a small breakfast and a coffee on campus. I happened to stumble across a friend from high school who was also going to my university and we stayed together for the day, enjoying the day and exploring all the bookstores. We came across the most heavenly store in existence: A STATIONERY STORE. My heart melted as I walked in and saw the perfectly colour coded and aligned PENS. AGH. And the notebooks, highlighters, folders – my heart could’ve exploded. 



This is one of Hillsong Young & Free’s newest songs, and it’s a great dance track with an upbeat sound and it instantly lifts your spirits when you listen to it. 


Eeep! I don’t have a quote! Give me some of your favourite quotes in the comments! 

That is all for this week’s Spotlight Saturday. I’m so happy that I am finally back doing this again, because I missed it so much – I hope you all missed it too!

What are YOUR spotlights this week?

18 responses to “Spotlight Saturday #18 // IT’S BEEN A WHILE”

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  2. My heart melted too at your description of the stationary store haha. I hope you’re having fun at uni Josie! 🙂 I really want to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies too, but I’m going to wait a bit since I need to save money this month haha

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    1. Oh man, my heart melts every time I THINK about it! I am definitely having fun and you must go see P&P&Z! It’s great!

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  3. Thank you so much for the mention, Josie! Glad to see you’re back and good luck with Uni next week! I love Xan’s blog too, her content is amazing and her blog design is honestly one of the best out there.

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    1. You’re so very welcome, Jess! It’s a pleasure, in fact!
      Thank you, I’m so excited for uni.
      It is seriously such a good blog! I am quite frankly jealous! Hehe.


  4. Aww, thank you for featuring my January wrap up/favorites post in this week’s SS, Josie! ❤

    Hehe, all the zombie love! To be honest, I don't think I've read/watched any zombie related entertainment. I did read Strange Angels, which had a misleading premise making me think it was about zombies but it was just another disappointing paranormal read with a bunch of supernatural races… But I did want to see P&P&Z after seeing the really cool trailer last year. So glad to hear you loved it! And that Rosamund Hodge story sounds intriguing. I don't know if I care for the R&J inspiration though since I don't have a great appreciation for Shakespeare… but I like how diverse the characters sound (at least according to their names). And "the living died and the dead rose" could also mean vampires perhaps? That entire premise was confusing, lol. XD

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    1. You’re more than welcome, Summer! 😄

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    2. Oh my gosh WordPress totally didn’t show the rest of your comment, OOPS! 😱
      I haven’t read anything zombie related as of yet *shame on me* but I’ve watched quite a few zombie related movies.
      Oh you’re right about the premise, it is a little confusing as it could mean vampires… Agh, I hope it’s zombies rather than vampires! Fingers crossed!

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      1. Hehe, WordPress does that all the time to me. So no worries! And oh my gosh, haha! I don’t know why I assumed that you read a lot of zombie stuff… XD

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  5. Ahh, thank you so much, Josie! I’m really glad you liked it. XD And oh yes, stationery stores are the best. I could just go browse Muji forever

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    1. You’re very welcome!
      I’ve never been to Muji *sobs* BUT ONE DAY. I vow that one day I will visit it!


  6. Hi Josie, I love your blogger spotlights. I will be clicking on some of your links now. A quote for today….. “If you make your mind up that you will enjoy something, you almost certainly will” Anne Shirley.
    Amanda. x

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    1. Thank you so much!
      That’s a great quote, I really love it! It’s such a motivating quote.
      Thank you for sharing, Amanda.

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  7. Yayyyy hi Josie! ❤ I've missed you in the blogosphere for a while. I'm so jealous you got to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! I had been wanting to see it—I'm glad you liked it! Also, omg Bright Smoke, Cold Fire seems soooo good. Why is it taking so long for it to be released?! XD

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    1. You MUST go and see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. PLEASEEEE. And agh, I hope it comes out sooner, because I really want to know what it’s about, and if the story is as good as it sounds.

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  8. Wow, Alexandra Ling really does take beautiful book pictures!

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