Inspired by…House Stark

As Season 3 of Game of Thrones starts this weekend, I’ve had it on the brain a lot this week, and so I’ve decided to do a series of posts inspired by both the books and the show.  Over the next few weeks – and particularly this weekend – look for lots of Game of Thrones inspired happenings here on the blog!

Today, I’ll be focusing on fashion and accessories inspired by House Stark’s sigil and motto.  I’ve started with House Stark since so many people seem to be fans (though personally, I lean more towards the Lannisters myself).


stark jewellery

Winter is Coming necklace | Winter is coming bangle | Wolf necklace | Wolf earrings | Direwolf earrings | House Stark charm bracelet | Ghost pendant

The majority of the jewellery I found came from etsy, though I found a few ebay pieces as well.  I also had a lot of luck searching for just “wolf” earrings etc, as this brings you up a LOT of results, and can still serve as a nod to your favourite house.


stark clothingDirewolf t-shirt | Keep Calm and Be A Stark | Direwolf House stark | Winter is Coming (purple) | What would Arya do? | Direwolf hoodie | Winter is Coming | The Legend of Snow | Keep Calm for winter is coming | Hodor | House Stark | Winter is Coming bag

If you’re anything like me, you’re quite happy to show your geeky love for A Song of Ice and Fire with a slogan t-shirt and a pair of jeans. I found a whole bunch related to House Stark and it’s characters here, for a range of budgets. I also found a bag, which although not a t-shirt I couldn’t resist passing up.  I personally love the Winter is coming t-shirt with the howling wolf, and the “What would Arya do?” tee.

Phone cases

Arya Stark | Jon Snow | Bran Stark | Ned Stark | Catelyn Stark |Sansa Stark

Is it just me, or are these the most adorable iphone cases ever?! Oddly, I couldn’t find one for Robb (or Rickon, but that surprises me less), but here are the rest of the Stark family. My personal favourites are Arya and Jon, though I love the colours on Cat’s. I think I’ll personally treat myself to the Daenerys Targaryen one, though I might search for a tablet case instead, since the phone cases don’t have a front cover, and I’ve already smashed one iPhone front!

An outfit inspired by House Stark’s banner

Inspired by starks

Black cardigan | Shearling boots | House Stark charm braceletWolf necklace | Skater Dress

Here’s a casual outfit inspired by the House Stark banner from A Wiki of Ice and Fire.  The grey skater dress reflects one of the main Stark colours, and the cardigan and shearling boots give a nod to the freezing temperatures of Winterfell.  A House Stark charm bracelet and wolf necklace are a few final touches, making the outfit look inspired by rather than costume-y.  This is a casual look, that I would wear for a trip to the cinema with my other half, or a lunch out with the girls. I personally wouldn’t wear it to lectures because 99% of the time I’m too lazy to wear heels when I’m carrying books etc, but if you’re less lazy than me go for it!

Are you a loyal Stark? Which house or character would you like to see an Inspired by…post for?

Top Ten Tuesday (#29): Top Ten Books I recommend the most

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week the theme is Top Ten Books I recommend the most.

Since I predominantly read fantasy, unsurprisingly that’s what I tend to recommend. I’ve tried to include a few others as well though, since I don’t recommend fantasy to EVERYONE…..

Epic Fantasy
1. A Game of Thrones – If you can get into it, it’ll be worth it. This sat on my shelf barely touched until one day I just decided I’d keep going with it and hope it picked up…by the end of the day I was hooked!

2. Pawn of Prophecy – This and Dragons of Autumn Twilight (#4), are the books that got me into fantasy as a kid and they still make great re-reads.

3. Assassin’s Apprentice OR The Dragon Keeper – These are both great, so just pick whichever plot appeals to you most, as the series don’t link in enough to really matter which you read first.

4. Dragons of Autumn Twilight


5. Delirium – This one has to go on the list, for me, because it’s just such an interesting premise!

6. Divergent

7. Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite authors, particularly because of her characters. Poison Study is where it all starts, and it’s deinitely worth giving a go.

8. Always & Forever – Controversial opinion time: this is sort of what I expected from The Fault in Our stars. It’s heartbreakingly sad, beautifully written and has some great characters.


Historical Fiction
9. Wolf of the Plains – I’m not a big reader of historical fiction, and I knew nothing whatsoever about Genghis Khan when I picked this up. My dad kept raving about it, so I started it to shut him up, fully expecting it to be dry and boring. Turns out, it’s actually an excellent book, and I’ve been following the whole series since.


10. Bitten – A feisty journalist, who just so happens to be the only female werewolf, Elena is pretty much what makes this book for me. Elena is a kick-ass heroine, and her sarcasm, the dramatic plot, and Clay, make this a book I keep coming back to.

What’s on your list of most recommended? And does anyone else desperately want that cover of A Game of Thrones/Assassin’s Apprentice?!

TGIF & Feature & Follow (#6)

This Friday’s Feature & Follow question (hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read) is:

Q: What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?

I think honestly I’d give it a different name – I came into it thinking book blogging would only be a small part of my posting and that student-life posts would take up the majority of my time…in reality it’s more like the other way around.  I’d also network a lot more, I’m still pretty poor at it!  I don’t think I’d really want to change anything drastic though, I’m kind of loving the learning curve!

TGIF is a weekly feature hosted at Greads.

The question this week:

Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

This is a really hard question, because 9/10, if a book doesn’t reach out and grab me from the blurb, I probably just won’t read it!  The exceptions of course are a) books somebody has bought me and b) library books.

Wolf of the Plains (Also listed as Genghis: Birth of an Empire on goodreads).  I didn’t expect to enjoy this at all, but it was lying around on the shelf and my dad raved about it.  I thought I’d give it a go and ended up loving it! I’ve just ordered the latest in the series and can’t wait to start it.

Before this book I knew nothing about Genghis Khan, and had no interest in him.  I’d tried a few historical fiction novels and not really loved them – this book changed all of that!

My reservations about A Game of Thrones came mostly from the book itself – my parents bought me it for Christmas a few years ago, and I just couldn’t get into it.  It seemed so slow and long-winded that I’ll be honest – I gave up.  I put it back on the shelf, walked away, and didn’t think about again until I was bored one day and looking for something we already owned that wasn’t a re-read.  I gave it another go, and really enjoyed it once I finally got into it.

250 Word Review: A Storm of Swords, Part 1, George R.R. Martin

250 Word Review: A Storm of Swords: Steel & Snow (George R.R. Martin)

Summary (From
The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall.

Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown in the Kingdom of the North, but his defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark’s enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne.

And Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.

Title: A Storm of Swords: Steel & Snow
Author: George R.R. Martin
Length: 623 Pages

Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Readability: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★

My opinion:
This is by far my favourite book of the series so far.  As has been the case with all of the books so far (in my opinion) it takes a while to get going –the setting the scene/past book recap seems to take an awfully long time at the start of each of these books!

Once I finally got into it though, I couldn’t put it down!  There are some serious plot twists particularly involving Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister & Sansa Stark, all of which I loved.  Jaime’s plot twist makes it a little easier to understand him as a character.  Throughout the first two books I got the impression that he was supposed to seem like a shallow, twisted pretty-boy on a power kick with more hidden below the surface – unfortunately, the surface was just a little too convincing for me!  This third book reveals a little more about him, and the events surrounding his Kingslayer title, which made me appreciate the character a bit more.

The end of Clash of Kings really saw Tyrion Lannister come into his own a bit, but the trials aren’t over for him.  In this book he’s thrown such a curveball you wonder if it’s going to change him.  He’s still by far my favourite character, and the twist regarding his character is simply masterful storytelling by Martin.

Throughout Game of Thrones’ long introduction I seriously debated whether these were for me, but having read this I’m so glad I stuck it out!

Buy it? Definitely – I’ve already bought it!
In a nutshell: The best book so far, stick with it.

30 Days of books: Days 1 & 2

No one seems to know where the 30 Days of Books really originated, but I first found it on Biblioteca.  I’ll be answering a few questions at a time in each post so as to avoid clogging the whole page with responses.  Here’s Day 1 & 2.

Day 1: The best book you read last year

I struggled with this at first, since I read a lot of great books – and I wasn’t helped by the fact I didn’t record any of my reading choices last year!

Although I loved both The Hunger Games trilogy and A Clash of Kings (once I got into it!) I think my favourite would have to be Dragon Keeper.


Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times

I admit it – I have no objections to re-reading, and do it alot! I re-read when I’m likely to be interrupted a lot, like on a plane journey, or when I’m feeling crappy and want a comfort read, or when I’m bored and too broke to buy any more…you get the idea.  So there are a lot of books I’ve read more than three times! A few examples: