Looking at my calender, I am concerned because I feel like I did very little this month and yet I was also incredibly busy so I’m just sitting here wondering WHAT I spent my time doing! I think what it boils down to is spending time with my family, getting more exercise in, being ill, going to the cinema and just work, work, work!
Bookish event wise, I did two bookish things this month!
The first was book club which was really fun, as it always is, even though I didn’t get around to finishing the book!
The second was the Oxford Literary Festival where I went to see Lucy (Queen of Contemporary), Daphne (Winged Reviews), Ben (Benjaminoftomes) and Casey (Dark Readers) talk at a panel about book blogging. It was really interesting hearing about their perspectives on blogging and I loved that they all had different views. It was a great day.
And I, of course, also saw the film adaptation of Insurgent and I loved it! It was a great film and really worked well with what I remember of the book too.
Blogging has taken a back seat this month (hence my confusion on lack of things in my calender!) but my top posts this month were;
My reading also hasn’t been great this month, I have only managed to finish seven books – but I think that’s because I’m no longer taking the bus but walking and it’s not so easy reading and walking at the same time!
For the month of March, I had the wonderful Charli as my Blogger Spotlight.
Check out this fabulous interview with her!
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how much I loved this book. (But you can see my full and lengthy and gushing review of it tomorrow!) This book was a book that blew me away. It was quick, addictive, beautiful, emotional, heart-warming and just super lovely and hope-fulfilling. It is the kind of book that just makes you feel everything and then leaves you feeling good about life at the end of it – kind of like those brilliant family movies! It was everything I needed it to be and more. It is a truly inspiring book written by someone with exceptional talent. I don’t want to gush too much or you’ll probably by-pass it but if you haven’t read this book, I really, really recommend you change that!
Queen Sardine and Princess Persia by Kate Willis-Crowley; I thought the first book in this series was really cute and I feel very much the same way about this book as well. It was a quick and entertaining read, great for younger readers! (And cat-lovers!)
Trouble by Non Pratt; I should have read this book months ago! It was one that I truly enjoyed from start to finish and I cannot wait to dive into Remix next! It was a very entertaining and heart-warming story.
Nashville Mercy by M. Maitland DeLand; This book was a complete surprise to me. I’d never read anything by the author before but the synopsis caught my attention and I was glad. This book was very well written and very addictive!
Solitaire by Alice Oseman; I loved this book so much. I loved the main characters. I loved the plot. I loved the relationships. I loved it all SO much. I had one minor issue with something that happened at the end that put me off a little but aside from that, I loved everything about this book.
Dragon Amber by C. J. Busby; The second book in this trilogy was one that I really enjoyed. It was entertaining, fun, and had a very cool plot hidden at its centre. I love all the characters in this series and cannot wait to see how it all comes together in the end!
The Three by Sarah Lotz; I knew this book was going to be good, I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy it though. It was a completely new style to me
Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton; For all the reasons above and many, many more. It’s obvious now to see why this is my favourite book of the month, right?
How Was Your February? Did You Read Anything Amazing? Have You Got Any Great Books You Want To Read In March?
GEORGE! (George Lester Writes!)
Every month I choose a new Blogger to spotlight on my blog. This blogger is usually someone who I have come to know through blogging, someone who I admire and whose blog should be getting a lot more traffic! Being a part of this means that the blogger gets their website “stickied” to the top of my blog *points to left-hand corner*, they get an interview and a few other things here and there throughout the month! It’s a way for me to share my love of them to you, and for you to find a new and amazing blog!
Got that? Good.
So, this month’s Blogger Spotlight is George from George Lester Writes!
Why is George Chosen?
I met George almost a year ago now at London Book Fair and I’m really glad that I did. George is enthusiastic and has an overwhelming passion for books. He’s super friendly, super fun, and just an over-all brilliant guy. He’s someone that I very much enjoy seeing at events and I have enjoyed getting to know him better over the past year – and getting to celebrate victories with him too like getting an agent! So it seemed natural to choose George as my Blogger Spotlight because he’s someone that I think everyone should know.
And if his personality isn’t enough, he both blogs and booktubes. He’s both a writer and an editorial assistant for picture books and his passion and enthusiasm for books is just contagious. He writes incredibly well – both fiction stories and blog posts and his videos are great fun to watch as he just doesn’t take himself seriously – in the best kind of way. So if you’re looking for someone who will make you smile, remind you why you love books and will just be a great person to know, you should definitely find out more about George!
To see what I mean, go follow him now!
So the Spring Clean Your TBR starts on Wednesday! I’m excited to read some of the books I’ve been meaning to read for ages, are you?
This post is my goals and my mini-TBR. At the bottom of the post you can link to your own goals for the month!
And before I forget, there is now a Twitter Hashtag, this is
April is looking like a bit of a busy month BUT I do have a lot of train journeys and some days off so I’m hoping that in that busy month, I’ll get a fair bit of reading done. Therefore I’m going to have my goal pretty high to begin with. If, halfway through the month I’m not halfway through my goal, I will definitely change it.
With that in mind, for this challenge I am aiming to read eight books that have been sitting on my shelf/on my kindle for over a year.
See, a high goal as I’ve not been reading as many books as normal recently but lets just see how it goes!
Because I like choice I have actually chosen sixteen books to choose from. There are eight hardcopies and eight e-copies. We’ll see how well it goes – knowing me I’ll probably end up reading books not on my mini-TBR at all! (But that’s totally okay!)
So as you can see, I have a lot of good choices to pick from! I’ve decided to start with The Oathbreaker’s Curse by Amy McCullogh as this was also in my Finish It Feb list and I didn’t get to it – and still haven’t! But after that… who knows!
Would you recommend any of the books above?
You can add a link to your goal posts here;
Weekly Highlights is a feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.
In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.
So I have not done one of these in a long time and I do have to apologise for that. Life got a little bit busy and hectic for a while there but it’s starting to settle down again now, so that’s good – and it’s Easter next week so I even get some time off! Yay!
I’ll just do the highlights of the last few weeks… *cough* month *cough*
I posted six reviews;
The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence (THREE HEARTS)
Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill (THREE HEARTS)
Full Metal Alchemist Vol. One (FOUR HEARTS)
Ways to See A Ghost by Emily Diamond (FOUR HEARTS)
Nashville Mercy by M. Maitland DeLand (FOUR HEARTS)
Trouble by Non Pratt (FOUR HEARTS)
I had the lovely D B Neilson on the blog talk about strong heroines. You can read that post here.
And I wrote a post about my thoughts on book blogging and being a book blogger. It’s had some great feedback so far so if you haven’t read it yet, I would recommend you do. Click here to do so.
Spring Clean your TBR
I also announced the Spring Clean Your TBR event that I’m hosting alongside Caroline at Big Book Little Book. The aim is to read some of those books that have been sitting on our shelves (or e-reader’s, or audiobook library) for so long that they’re metaphorically collecting dust.
The hashtag for the event will be #scyTBR.
To find out more info and to sign up, click here.
Around the Blogosphere
Starting off simply, have you seen my review of Salvage by Keren David. It’s posted on Big Book Little Book and you can read it here.
Jim has written a great post about a new bookshop that opened in Richmond. Click here to read it.
Sophie has told us about her most owned authors. It’s a great post and I might just do it myself soon. You can read it here.
Daphne has written a great review of Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I’m so glad she enjoyed the book and series ending. Check it out here.
This week Michelle has posted a brilliant post about Netgalley. If you use the site or are thinking of doing so, I would highly recommend reading this post.
Debbie finally posted her Finish It Feb wrap up! Read how she did here.
Michelle has done something similiar to Jim and written about a local bookshop near her (I think!) and it’s a great post. Check it out here.
And lastly, you can read another fantastic review of Trouble by the wonderful Anya, in this post.
As it’s been so long since I’ve done a weekly highlights, I actually can’t remember which books did arrive this month so I’m just going to show the ones that came in the last week or so…
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley; This is a review copy from Harper360 and I’m very much looking forward to reading it as it sounds super intriguing. Many thanks to Harper360 for the copy.
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton; Many thanks go to Transworld for this amazing looking review copy of Little Black Lies! I’ve not read anything by Sharon Bolton yet but I have heard brilliant things so I’m very excited.
Under My Skin by James Dawson; I have come to really enjoy James’ books and this one sounds very good. Many thanks to Hot Key Books for the review copy of this one!
The Amber Crown by C. J. Busby; It’s the final book in this trilogy and I cannot wait to see how it all ends! Thanks go to Hot Key Books and Templar for this review copy!
Remix by Non Pratt; Having just finished Trouble and loving it, you can tell why I’d be excited for this book right? Plus, it just sounds super amazing. Many thanks to Walker for this review copy.
Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James; I was very intrigued about this one when I first heard about it and have since had a brilliant recommendation for it so needless to say, I’m intrigued! Thanks to Walker for the review copy!
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella; I will admit, I have never read anything by Sophie Kinsella but I know that she is a very talented writer. Thus, upon hearing she was writing a YA book, I had to jump on that chance. Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the netgalley copy.
The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter; This book sounds like so much fun and the perfect read for me. I’ll be on the blog tour for this book in May and cannot wait to dive into the book. Many thanks to Little Brown Books for this review copy.
The It Girl by Katy Birchall; I heard an extract of this at the Egmont Blogger Day so when I saw it up on Netgalley, I couldn’t resist. This is guaranteed to be a fun read and I cannot wait to read it. Thanks to Egmont for the review copy.
I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)
This week I am currently reading;
And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!
What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?
In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.
When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”
Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.
What Is On
I should have read this book a year ago. I had ample opportunity too but other books and life just got in the way. However, I am very glad that I finally got around to reading this book as I really enjoyed it – which was something I was worried I wouldn’t do! This book had a lovely, heart-warming feel to it that I couldn’t help but savour as I read it. There were moments of hilarity and moments of sadness, all of which created a wonderful and entertaining book.
Essentially I both love and was fearful of the topic of this book when I heard about it but Non executed it incredibly well and made it all feel very realistic. While I didn’t personally know anyone who got pregnant during school, I did know of one girl who did so after she dropped out. I was initially expecting the book to be set with more lower-class characters, like those I grew up with, as it may have felt more believable but I actually really liked that Non didn’t do this – and was glad it worked so well. The best thing about this book is that it wasn’t just about the pregnancy.
What made this book work so well was the characters. It can be so hard not to write stereotypical characters in a story like this but fortunately Non has managed to avoid this. At first, I didn’t particularly like Hannah but I could see that she was troubled and likely to grow on me, which she did. By the end of the book, I loved her. Aaron, on the other hand, I loved straight away. There’s something mysterious about him and he’s also really kind and decent, caring and protective. He has a secret but that just makes him more interesting. I loved getting to read about both Hannah and Aaron.
The Whole Story
Overall, Trouble was an entertaining read that I found both funny and sad. It was full of engaging and lovable characters, fantastic plots and subplots and was just a book that really pulled me in. I guessed the twists but still thought they were very interesting and really added to the story. Non truly fleshes out her characters and plot lines. Basically, I did really like this book, think you should read it, and am definitely going to read more from Non Pratt in the future.
Faye’s Thoughts on… Book Blogging
So I was supposed to have this post go live around the time of the awards but then LIFE HAPPENED and I just never got around to posting it. Now, though, I feel like this post still has a lot of relevance, especially after Lucy from Queen of Contemporary announced she was no longer writing reviews on her blog. (You can read that post here).
The reason for this is that today I want to discuss Book Blogging and all the views surrounding it.
It’s All About Reviews
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers feel that they are not proper book bloggers unless they post reviews. That when they don’t post reviews for a while, they feel like they’re failing and letting people down and it’s been upsetting me. Because I don’t think this is right or fair. If you talk about books on your blog, either through reviews, discussions, memes or anything else then you are writing a book blog and you are a book blogger. You are doing this as a hobby and thus are not required to do what everyone else is doing.
It’s got to be books
Another thing I’ve seen is that book bloggers feel that they can only blog about books on their blogs and writing posts about anything else would seem wrong in some way. Stop. Really, just stop. I’m not trying to push my opinions on people but your blog is your blog. If that means you only want to blog about books, that’s fine. Or if you want to add in posts about music, films, art, TV or personal posts – or literally anything else, that is totally okay! But please do not believe that all your followers will abandon you for suddenly changing your content. Blogging is supposed to be a fun hobby, don’t stress about it – or try not to anyway!
I Need the stats…
A lot of blogging lately seems to be about follower counts, comment numbers, and page views, and I think it is dragging people down and making them wonder why they bother. This is definitely something that has happened to me lately. So if this is true for you, what I will say is that you need to look at why you are blogging. Is it to gain followers? To be popular? Or is it to share your love of books with whoever is willing to listen? Once you know that, then you can decide if stats are something to fret over. Personally I’m here because I love doing this and couldn’t imagine not, and will probably continue even if I had no followers. Upon realizing that, I felt much better about blogging again.
But I’ll lose people if…
Lastly, if after all this you still don’t have the motivation or still just feel unsure, take a break. Step away from the blogosphere for a while and just have a breather. Don’t worry about your followers, if they’re truly dedicated to your posts, they’ll be there when you come back. The main priority is always you and your well-being.
Hopefully you’ve read to here and don’t think I’m some evil, mean, crazy lady. All I’m trying to say is that your blog is your own to do with as you like and to categorize however you wish.
Do you agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
You know how at the end of Finish It February I said that I had another event to announce? This is the announcement!
Spring Clean Your TBR
Once again I have teamed up with the wonderful Caroline from Big Book Little Book to bring you a fun-filled event!
The aim of Spring Clean Your TBR is to read some of those books on your TBR piles that have been gathering “dust”. Figuratively speaking, of course – we wouldn’t allow our books to get dusty, would we?
It will happen in April and is a month-long event that will be full of exciting things!
As well as the event taking place, we’ll also be holding a Twitter Chat on Friday 17th April. More information on that will come later.
And on top of all of THAT, at the end of the event we are also organising a book swap. There will be one meet-up in London where books can be swapped and drinks can be had. And also the chance to put a list of the books you’re willing to swap up on your blog which you can either swap like for like or have those who want them pay postage. More information will come later for this too.
So… now you know what the event is. Here are some details about what will happen.
- Anyone can enter. You can sign up with your blog, twitter, facebook, google+, pinterest… etc.
- To enter just add your “I’m joining” post to the linky below
- The event will run from 1st April – 30th April
- There will be a chance to make goals but they’re not mandatory
- There will be a chance to do weekly updates but they’re not mandatory
- There will be a twitter chat on Friday 17th April
- You can read ANY book on your TBR but the ones that have been neglected will be better. They can be ARCs, library books, bought books, borrowed books, e-books, audiobooks, manga, graphic novels…
- There will be a book-swap at the end of it all
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Spring TBR
There are a LOT of books that I want to read this Spring, but these are just ten that I desparately want to or know I will be reading. If you can help me decide what to start with, that would be brilliant!
This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David; After finishing Salvage, I knew that I wasn’t done with reading Keren’s wonderful work. With this book in my possession and after hearing some great things about it, I cannot wait to get on with reading it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas; I have heard some brilliant things about this book and I do love Sarah J Maas’ writing so I’m very much looking forward to finally diving into this book and starting a new book by her. Plus, it’s a Beauty and the Beast adaptation, what’s not to love?
Under My Skin by James Dawson; I have come to love James Dawson‘s books. I think he is a very talented writer and I always enjoy his books. I very much look forward to seeing what happens in this one.
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey; This is actually my book club book for March, to be read by the beginning of April and I am actually really looking forward to it.
Ensnared by A G Howard; I keep telling myself that I AM going to read this book soon and it never happens. I’ve had it since January. I WILL read it before June.
The Death House by Sarah Pinborough; This is a new book in my possession but one I have been wanting to read for a while now. I was fortunate enough to listen to Sarah read the first chapter of this and so I know I’ll be reading this soon!
Starborn by Lucy Hounsom; Doesn’t this just look and sound amazing? I certainly think so! I’m actually hoping to read this one VERY soon.
Remix by Non Pratt; I was a little late to the Trouble party (but not the Non Pratt party) but now I have my hands on this book, I refuse to be late to the Remix party!
Seed by Lisa Heathfield; The cover of this book caught my eye but since then I have heard some wonderful things about the book which have made me very curious. I am going to try my hardest to read this one before it turns to Summer!
The Amber Crown by C. J. Busby; Not going to lie, I’ve been a bit of a C. J. Busby fan for years now. I loved her Frog Spell series and have been hooked on this series for a year too. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all finally comes to fruition.
Other gems that I want to read are; Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James, The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson, These Broken Stars by Kaufman, Beautiful Notes from Suicide Girls by BLANK and The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, among many, many others.
What books are on your spring TBR?
When a promising country music singer on the verge of stardom mysteriously dies after undergoing a routine medical procedure, Kate Katelinson, an investigative reporter for the Nashville Herald, becomes personally tied to the case. After sources connected to the reporter’s investigation start dying, Kate finds herself thrust into a twisted labyrinth of betrayal, corruption, and murder. Armed with only her investigative instincts and an unlikely alliance of friends, the reporter enters a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse with a mastermind more powerful than she could have ever anticipated.
To complicate matters, Kate finds herself torn between her brilliant ex fiancé, and a charismatic hospital executive who both may be after more than her heart.
In her debut novel, Dr. M. Maitland DeLand takes readers through a rollercoaster ride of suspense while touching upon some of the most pressing social and healthcare issues of the 21st century.
If You Found
When I heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. I loved the sound of the summary and how mysterious it all sounded. I already wanted to know what was going on and thus I couldn’t help but make sure I read this book. I’ve never read anything by M. Maitland DeLand before so I had no idea what to expect with the writing. Fortunately, this book blew me away. It was an addictive, well-thought-out, brilliantly written novel that completely captured my attention. I read it in just two days – which is no easy feat this days – as I just simply couldn’t stop reading or thinking about it.
What made this book compelling was the plot. Throughout the book, you’re kept on the edge of your toes as the main protagonist tries to work out what the hell is going on. There is a lot of tension, a lot of character development and everything just ties together so unexpectedly. I loved the way that you are trying to work out what’s going on and as you do so, you end up double-guessing yourself and just wondering if everyone is the enemy. The plot is enticing and full of mystery that really made the book very entertaining.
There was something so wonderful about all the characters in this book but what helped my enjoyment of this book immensely was the powerful main protagonist; Kate. She was driven, stubborn, loyal, protective and just really grew throughout the book. I instantly connected with her and her narrative voice – third person but in Kate’s POV. I thought she was a strong character and I couldn’t help but find myself emotionally invested in her life. I also enjoyed all of the character relationships in this book. In a way it reads like a book in the middle of a series but it isn’t. What I mean by that is that all the relationships – and characters – felt well-developed and it felt like you had been reading them for years. The only small issue I had with the characters was the slight insta-love plot but that did eventually grow on me by the end.
Make It Right
I very much enjoyed this book and am very glad that I got a chance to read it. It was captivating and powerful and was just a brilliant piece of entertainment. I instantly got hooked on the story and the characters and just had to know what was going to happen next and how it was all going to end. And the ending I did really enjoy. I loved how it all came together and how much all of the characters had grown throughout the story. The writing style of this book was easy but also in-depth and I just found it to be a fantastic book. I would highly recommend this book and will definitely be keeping an eye out for more books by this author.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **
Isis, the daughter of a charlatan psychic, can see ghosts – including that of her dead little sister, Angel. Gray is the son of a UFO-chasing conspiracy theorist. The two teenagers are forced together when their parents start dating. After a reluctant start, a friendship develops and Isis confesses her secret ability to Gray. But when Isis’ mum is inducted into an elite psychic society, run by charismatic Philip Syndal, Isis discovers there are sinister intentions beneath Philip’s charm. She and Gray find themselves in grave danger and Isis is forced to use her considerable powers to save them both.
If Only You
I have a bit of a weird obssession with books that involve ghosts in some way and so when I heard about this book, I knew it was one that I was interested in reading. I was also sure that I would more than likely enjoy it but I certainly didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. This book, which I listened to the audiobook for, was riveting, intense and just truly entertaining and fascinating. I loved all the characters and Emily’s depiction and imagination of ghosts was so very interesting.
See The Evil
Ways to See a Ghost grabbed me from the very first sentence with an overwhelming intrigue. As the story progressed, I soon found myself hooked and engrossed – often wishing my journey’s would last longer so I could listen to more of the story. There is a twisting and captivating plot in this story with such an interesting and heart-stopping villain. With many layers to this story, it is no wonder that it works so well. Emily Diamond manages to successfully build tension and, in turn, pull hard on your heart-strings throughout it all.
How Do You
What helped to make this book so entertaining was the characters. I thought both Gray and Isis were well-developed and interesting to read about. On top of that you had cute and charming Angel, protective and worried Callie, and the brilliantly written psychic Phillip Syndal. All of the characters made this book brilliant but my favourite character was Isis. She’s so intriguing as a character. Strong, powerful and at the same time, still jsut a young teen trying to make it through life feeling alive.
I definitely adored this book. It pulled me in and played with my emotions and then sadly chucked my back out again when it finished. It was a fascinating read that was full of some really creative moments that are sure to take your breath away. This book is fast-paced, full of tension and will stay with you for days after it has finished. If you like ghost stories that are unique, definitely try this one. And if you like character-based stories, you really don’t want to miss this.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **