Faye’s Thoughts on… Recommendations

Posted on 19 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

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It’s that time of the year where everyone is recommending books. In part to ease Christmas shopping and in part simply by wrapping up all the books read in the year and describing favourites. So today I wanted to talk to you all about recommendations.

The General Recommendation

There are some books you read and finish and believe that everyone should read. These are what I’m coining as general recommendations. They’re good on a basic level, perfect for presents to people you don’t know well and are often books that get or are hyped. This may not be my favourite kind of recommendation but they do come in handy!

The Gender Recommendation

As a library assisstant, I am often asked to give a recommendation that an x-age boy or girl will like without anymore information. Personally, I hate these kinds of recommendations but I do know that they can be helpful for parents, autnts, uncles and grandparents who really don’t know what the child reads or because they don’t read themselves.

The Personality Recommendation

These are the recommendations that are given upon knowing some things about a person. Like they enjoy adventure books or really liked x book. With these recommendations you can go for books in the same genre or by similar authors. It also means you can recommend books on say horses to someone who has admitted to loving that animal. These are great recommendations when you know a little about the person but not a lot.

The Personal Recommendation

And then you have my favourite recommendation, the truly personal one. It’s the kind of recommendation you give to someone you truly know. Upon hearing the recommendation and reading said book, that person knows you know them completely. This is the friend recommendation. The kind that is perfected by getting to know someone and what they generally like to read. I love giving these kinds of recommendations, as I just think it’s the perfect way of showing how much you listen and care.

With all recommendations, there is that innate worry that the person will dislike it and wonder what planet you were on when you thought they’d like it. I like the personal recommendation best, but essentially, I love being able to recommend all books. Especially if I’m in the position to hear what they thought about it all at the end!

But what about you? Do you like recommending books to people? What’s your favourite kind of recommendation?

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Posted on 19 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


You Know You Have Too Many Books When…

Posted on 17 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 6 Comments

Hey Guys!
Here’s a fun post for you all. Please feel free to add your own in the comments! :D


You literally have no space left on the four bookcases you own and no more space for a fifth bookcase.

Despite full bookcases, you still have books in piles on the floor, on the table, on chairs, in the tv cabinet…

You buy a book and then realise you have to return it as you actually already have it sitting unread on your shelf.

You know there is no way you will ever find the time to read them all … but you still buy more.

You can literally spend hours staring at all the pretties … when, you know, you could be reading them.

It can take you a few days to decide what to read next because there are SO MANY CHOICES.

Your friends come over and not only marvel at your collection but say “Wow. It’s like a library/bookshop in here.”

You know you’ve lent books to people but you don’t know what to whom but you’re not too worried as you won’t run out of reading material anytime soon…

“Spending a night in a bookshop” isn’t a cool prize to win because you basically do that everyday anyway.

Your non-booksih friends and family members refuse to buy you books for presents because they do not believe you need any more.

Your bookish friends don’t buy you books because they have no idea what books you already own and don’t know how to check.

Your most common phrase is “I have that, I just haven’t read it yet.”


Do you agree?
Is it even possible to have too many books?
Anything else to add?

Tell me in the comments!

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Posted on 17 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 6 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Amazing Books of 2014!

Posted on 16 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 9 Comments

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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 Top Ten Books Read in 2014.


For this week I have chosen to (somehow) choose my top ten books overall this year. There were SO MANY amazing books to choose from and if I could have a top twenty, then I would! Instead… here are my top ten…

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Cross my Heart by Carmen Reid; This book really blew me away. It was much better than I thought it was going to be. It was action-packed, intense, thrilling, and packed a full emotional punch.

Bird by Crystal Chan; I had no idea what to expect with this book but I definitely didn’t expect it to pull me in so much. This book is powerful, heart-warming and is just such a brilliantly written book.

Unhinged by A. G. Howard; I knew I was going to love this one because Splintered was sooo good. This book was beautifully written, held a capitvating story and pulled your emotions all over the place!

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Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler; When it comes to this book, I was a little wary because I found the cover to be bland and I disliked the pink edged pages but it had been highly recommended so I read it. And I loved it. The story was so very different from the shell it came in. This story is dark, powerful, emotional, and held a lot of very interesting messages. It was truly great.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab; This is another book I was wary about trying but it turned out I needn’t have been. This book was incredible. It is unique in the best way. Has a fascinating story at the centre and just really managed to draw me in to the story!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson; This is such a fun story to read. I love that it’s a friendship story and is all about finding yourself and becomming a better person and I just loved everything about it. What a brilliantly written and superb book!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell; This book was super cute. A magical realism book that I really enjoyed reading. I loved all the characters and the way it all came together in the end. It was such a nice, lovely book!

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Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen; This book is so different to what I thought it was going to be. I loved where it went in the end and thought it was such a beautiful story. Incredibly scary in places but also really, really, cute and emotional and intense. Just, truly wonderful.

Little Lies by Liane Moriarty; This book is amazingly well written and structured. It blew me away. Pulled me in at the start and made it very difficult for me to stop reading. It was fascinating and intriguing and just full of wonderful characters. An amazing book all around!

Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid; I have loved Louisa Reid’s books since I first read Black Heart Blue two years ago in one sitting. This book is just as powerful, intense, and great as that first one. It has a different twist to it but I still love that Louisa takes dark topics and turns them into beautiful flowing stories. I think this book is incredible.


And there you have them! Other books worth mentioning are;
Bombmaker by Claire McFall
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGowen
You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
and many, many more!

But what about you? What books of 2014 did you love?

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Posted on 16 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 9 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The AHHHH! Edition

Posted on 14 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments

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Weekly Highlights is a new 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.

Post Highlights

It’s been a busy week on the blog this week! It’s been great! Also… have you noticed that it’s snowing on here? Yay!

Anyway…

I posted TWO reviews;
The Look by Sophia Bennett (FOUR HEARTS)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I also participated in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday which was top ten new-to-me authors.

On Wednesday I had the lovely Melissa Brown on the blog who really needs your help! Click Here to see why.

And lastly on Friday I posted about Movie Marathons. Find out my thoughts here.


Around the Blogosphere

Amber wrote a very interesting post this week about Zoella and ghostwriting. Read it here.

Amber also posted a great bookish Christmas list. You can see it here.

Sophie posted her own Christmas wishlist which is very interesting. Find it here.

Over on Bookish Broads, Lisa has posted about her christmas traditions. Clicik here to read what they are.

Megan and Estelle have posted a great post about Christmas music. Read it here.

Jamie posted a great post inspired by a book she read on how she lives. Go here to read it!

And lastly, don’t forget to keep up with Indie Advent on Jm’s blog! Ya Yeah Yeah.


Letterbox Love

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I was super excited this week as I got some really exciting books and THEN I got a Christmas surprise from Bloomsbury to top it off which was awesome!

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Han; Perfect time of the year for this book. I’ve already started it and really loving it so far! Thanks to Bookouture for the review copy.

Pearshaped by Stella Newman; This looks funny, cute, and just what I need to read right now. Looking forward to diving into it. Thanks Bookouture for the copy!

Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot; This sounds really good an I’m really excited to start reading it! Thanks to Bookouture for the review copy!

Now That I’ve Found You by Ciara Gerarghty; This one sounds really fun and cute and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for the review copy!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black; This one sounds fab and I’ve heard great things about it. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks to Indigo for this copy.

Gone by Rebecca Muddiman; Got this one from Hodder as a review copy. It sounds super intriguing and I cannot wait to read it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas; AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE! Definitely going to try and fit it in before the end of the year! Thank you Bloomsbury!!

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan; I loved Sarah Crossan’s Breathe series so looking forward to reading this one too! Thank you Bloomsbury!

The Sleeper and the Spindle; Very intrigued by this one, thank you Bloomsbury!


Currently Reading

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;

The Walled City 2 Opal Plumstead The Year I Met You


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?

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Posted on 14 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments


Book Review; Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Posted on 13 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

Snow Like AshesAuthor: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Harper 360
Published: 4th December 2012
Pages: 422
Format: Hardcover
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.


Sometimes You

I don’t remember when I heard about this book bit I do remember being incredibly excited about it. And then all the raving reviews appeared and I got even more intrigued about it. Thus, when I finally wrapped my hands around it, I had to start it straight away. Now that I’ve finished it, I am so glad that I read it as it is a book that I truly loved. In fact, it is a book that gave me a book hangover as I keep wanting to return to the world and read more about what will happen. Therefore, I am excited to hear there will be a sequel. Lord knows the wait will be difficult but I’m sure I’ll manage it.

Have To

I loved the concept of this book. In this world there are eight kingdoms all with a ruler (four male, four female). Four of the kingdoms are called Rhythm kingdoms, the other four are Season kingdoms. Those in the Season kingdoms have the traits of their kingdom (i.e. Winterians have white hair and feel most comfortable and relaxed in Winter). Those in the Rhythms also have their own traits, such as artistic. It is such an interesting world that Sara Raasch has created and I really just want to return. I also found the plot to be really compelling. I was captivated by how the events occurred and I constantly wanted to know what would happen next. It was quite difficult to put the book down and carry on with life knowing that the book was just waiting for me.

Fight For

I’m starting to think I feel this about every book I read but my favourite character in the book was the protagonist; Meira. At the beginning of the book she read as a very naive character, but as the story progressed, she definitely came into her own. She was strong, caring, protective, fierce and loyal and I just loved everything about her. I admired watching her journey and I really want to read more about her. I also loved Mather. He was very intense and interesting but I have to admit that when Theron was introduced, I had to re-think my thoughts on Mather. But aside from these, my second favourite character was Neeva. You don’t get to see a lot of her so I’m really hoping she crops up in the next book. All of the characters in the book were well thought out and great to read about.

Your Kingdom

While so far my review reads like this book was glorious and fantastic, there were a few issues that I had with the book. As such some of the writing style irked on me. There were quite a few repetitions of things that I didn’t think were necessary and it bugged me but, fortunately, the story was strong enough to skim over it. This wasn’t the only issue for me but I don’t want this review to get too negative but I will say that despite the problems, I still really enjoyed this story, would read it again and definitely cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. All in all this book is one that surprised me in the best way and reminded me why I love reading so much. It is one that is full of interesting things, amazing characters, and will make it very difficult for you to put the book down.

Four Stars

** 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. **

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Posted on 13 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Faye’s Thoughts on… Movie Marathons

Posted on 12 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

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I don’t know who first thought watching lots of films in one go would be a good idea or how it became a global phenomenon but today I am here, thankful for them, as I discuss my thoughts on movie marathons.

The Joy of Lot’s Together

I have always enjoyed watching movies at home. But one of my favourite things to do is to dedicate more than just a couple of hours by watching lots of movies back to back. There’s just something so fun about sitting down with friends and just watching lots of films together or sitting alone and re-watching films that you love. It can be the perfect way to wile a way a day or two.

Series Marathons

This is also the perfect way to watch and entire collection of films together. Like before watching Mockingjay in the cinema, I was able to watch the first two back-to-back with a friend. The same can be down with other similar films like LOTR, Back to the Future, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, Harry Potter, or even just similar films like all the Marvel Comic Book films!

Pausing For Breaks

Unlike in the cinema, the best part about a movie marathon is the possibily to pause the films for toilet breaks and food breaks – essential things for movie marathons!

All the Discussions

There is also room to talk when watching in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes even in the middle of the films, sometimes between films. It certainly helps to make the entire experience easier to bond over. It’s essentially a lot more social than heading to the cinema!

Sharing Your Favourites

Ultimately, movie marathons are perfect for sharing your favourite films with your friends. If there’s four of you, you can all bring one film, or two wach if there’s just two, and so on. It allows you the chance to see if they love the films too and is much better than just letting them borrow your DVD. I think this is a great way to share movies with others.

So these are my thoughts. Essentially I always enjoy a good marathon – and even have a Christmas one planned soon! But what about you? Do you love them, never tried them or are they just not your thing? Let me know in the comments!

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Posted on 12 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Guest Post; Melissa Brown and her Kickstarter

Posted on 10 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am here to introduce you to my friend Melissa Brown. She’s currently trying to fund her very first novel and she needs your help! Find out more info below in her wonderful guest post!


I am a creative writing teacher seeking public support to crowd fund my YA novel, Becoming Death. Using Kickstarter, I have until December 17th to convince friends, family and members of the public to raise £1,250 to fund production of my debut novel. The primary costs of the campaign are cover design, professional editing and printing.

Becoming Death is a tale of family secrets, falling in love and questioning your destiny, told from the perspective of a supernatural protagonist. When Madison Clark turns eighteen, she is ushered into the secretive family business. Little does she know, her family are Grim Reapers, custodians of souls on their journey to the beyond. Will she be able to carry out her new duties when she finds out that her next victim is her best friend?

Becoming Death was born as a National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), project in 2014. For the last five years, I have led this online challenge that encourages entrants to write a 50,000 word novel in November for the Norfolk, UK region. Through Nanowrimo, I have helped other authors successfully publish work and I feel that now is my turn. I have been successfully writing and posting my fan fiction under the name lonegungal17 for years; but writing and self-publishing my own book is a new challenge.

I have always been interested in the supernatural but I wanted a new take on it. I started researching different types of creatures and one that stood out to me was the Grim Reaper. After researching the Grim Reaper, I found this creature was very rarely portrayed as female, thus my main character was born. Madison is a typical teenage fangirl: she writes fanfiction about her OTP (one true pairing), is addicted to her favourite comic book series and doesn’t really know how to be an adult yet.

The book sets up a new back story of how Grim Reapers might function in the modern world, past traditions like wearing robes and carrying scythes are reserved for ceremonies. Instead they attend evening classes to learn how to use their powers, use an app to track their victims and scroll through social media to learn more about them

It was the challenge of completing a project within a tight timescale that helped me decide that crowdfunding was the right option for me, and I believe crowdfunding offers an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming novelists to break into the market. I welcome donations of any amount. Rewards for donating include advance copies of my book, bespoke jewellery, writing courses, writing advice sessions, and opportunities to have a character created in your appearance or with your name. For more information, I can be contacted at Twitter at @MRBrown_author.

You can find more information about my book here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melissabrownauthor/becoming-death-a-ya-novel


Sound like something you’d want to read and back? Please do!

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Posted on 10 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - No Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; New-To-Me Authors Read in 2014

Posted on 9 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

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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 New-To-Me Authors read in 2014


I didn’t actually read that many new authors this year, which I find a little bit sad but these are all the ones I read that truly wow-ed me and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of their books in the future! (As always, no particular order)

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Victoria Schwab; This year I read Vicious and fell in love. It was such an incredible book, written exceptionally well. I already have two more books written by Victoria and I cannot wait to read them.

Sophia Bennett; I read Sophia’s books because I heard how good she was and I wanted a “wow” book. And I definitely got one! Really enjoyed my first experience of Sophia Bennett and have since read another of hers and liked that one too!

Cammie McGovern; I only read Cammie’s book because I’d been hearing some good things about it but it ended up being a truly fantastic read and Cammie became an author that I will be keeping an eye on!

little lies Where Love Lies amy and roger's epic detour Love Letters to the Dead

Liane Moriarty; I had been hearing lots of good things about Liane’s books and they were constantly being taken out of the library so I gave in and read one of them to see what the fuss was all about. And I loved it. The book was incredibly brilliant and I cannot wait to read more by her.

Julie Cohen; I read Where Love Lies randomly. I saw the cover, read the synopsis and thought it sounded good. And it was good. It was amazing. The book blew me away and I’ll be reading some more of Julie Cohen soon, I’m sure!

Morgan Matson; This is another author that was new to me this year and I’ve already two books by her. I loved Amy & Roger so much, so when I got my hands on her new release of the year, I simply had to read it. I also own her third book and plan to read that very soon!

Ava Dellaira; I got this book as a review copy but I know I had been anticipating it beforehand. It had sounded like a book I would love. And I did love it. It was such a great book and I’m definitely keeping my eye out for more by this author.

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Bridget Tyler; Looking at the cover of this book, I wouldn’t have given it a go. But then I did it as a buddy read with Caroline and I was glad we did because I loved this book so much. It was a lot more than I thought it was going to be. I would definitely read more by Bridget in a heartbeat.

Carmen Reid; I don’t generally like reading historical fiction books but there is something about war books that always pulls me in, and this book did exactly that. I knew it would work for me but I had no idea it would be such an amazingly brilliant book. I truly enjoyed this book and will read anything else by Cameron straightaway.

Crystal Chan; One of the first books I read this year was Bird and it was a book that quite literally flew me away. It took me out of this world and into the world of the book and I became entranced. I loved it so much and wish that more people appreciated the brilliance of this small, cute, lovely story.


And that’s everything! But what about you? What are some of your favourite new-to-you authors of this year?

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Posted on 9 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Book Review: The Look by Sophia Bennett

Posted on 8 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments

The LookAuthor: Sophia Bennett
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: March 1st 2012
Pages: 328
Format: Audiobook
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Ted doesn’t think of herself as glamorous. But her gorgeous sister Ava is. So when it’s Ted who spotted by a model agency, at the same time that Ava is diagnosed with cancer, things have clearly gone very wrong. Ted isn’t interested in modelling but Ava wants her to give it a try. Just how far will Ted go to please her sister? And what sacrifices will she have to make?


What If

When I first read the synopsis of this book I thought that it sounded very similar to Geek Girl by Holly Smale. However, similar premises is the end of all comparisons to that book as The Look is very, very different. And is just as good in it’s own unique and serious way. This was my second Sophia Bennett book and while I didn’t love it as much as You Don’t Know Me, I still really enjoyed it and it has made me want to read more books by her.

There Is More

One thing that Sophia Bennett is good at, is writing novels centering around important, sensitive topics and making sure her characters are at the forefront of the novel. I especially love this about her books andd feel that this worked well with The Look. This book looks at the modelling industry, cancer, and the struggles of simply being a teenager in the recession. And it did it all in ann entertaining, albeit emotional, way. Sophia manages to touch on these topics sensitively and I just couldn’t help but devour this book.

To You

As mentioned above, Sophia is very good with characters by creating character-driven plots and she definitely did that in this book. I instantly connected with Ted. I found her to be a relatable character and I really enjoyed following her on her journey in this book. She is caring, sensitive, loyal, and every bit as naive as a fifteen year old should be. But, also, the minor characters are incredibly well-written too. Like Ava and Jesse, and I loved that you were able to see their journey’s too. And Nick too, obviously!

Than You Know

While I may not have enjoyed this as much as You Don’t Know Me, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yet again Sophia has written a book that is emotionally moving, holds fascinating and lovable characters, and brings topics to light in a sensitive way. It is an entertaining read that you won’t want to put down and will be sad to finish. I can definitely see myself re-reading this in the future and reading more from Sophia Bennett soon!

Four Stars

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Posted on 8 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Lot’s of Books Edition

Posted on 7 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

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Weekly Highlights is a new 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.


Weekly Highlights

So I’ve missed a couple of these so once again, this is going to be highlighting a few weeks in one post.

I posted TWO reviews;
You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett (FOUR HEARTS)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (FOUR HEARTS)

I also posted one top ten tuesday;
Sequels I Can’t Wait For

And I wrote a post about forgetting, and how frustrating it can be when it comes to books and reading. Find out what I mean and add your own thoughts, here.

And, in case you missed it, the month changed so I did a November Monthly Wrap-Up.


Youtube

I haven’t posted a video in MONTHS. Because I’ve been far too busy but I posted a video on Friday! You can watch it here.

In other news, I have filmed one more video which just needs to be edited plus I have plans to film some more today so *fingers crossed* I’ll be vlogging more regulary again soon! Yay!


Around the Blogosphere

This week Lucy wrote a post with her “Christmas Wish List”, detailing all the things she wishes she could have but aren’t attainable for whatever reason. It’s really fun. Read what she’s put here.

Michelle has written about the books she would love to find under the Christmas tree this year, find out what they are here.

Jamie has done her annual bookish survey for everyone to fill out as and when they want to. You can find it here. I will definitely be doing this in the next few weeks!

And throughout this month Jim is hosting an #indieadvent event on his blog with a different post every day for 24 days! You should definitely check it out by clicking here and having a little stroll!


Letterbox Love

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And this is where I come off as the crazy book lady!

Snow Like Ashes A Thousand Pieces of You The Oyster Catcher The Shock of the Fall

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch; I got this on Friday and I’ve already started reading it. I have been waiting for it ever since I heard about it! I think it’s going to be a very interesting read indeed. Thank you to Harper360 for this review copy!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray; I’m very intrigued by this one! It’ll be my first Claudia Gray and it just sounds so different and interesting. Thank you again to Harper360 for this one.

The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas; I’ve been in a bit of an adult kick lately and this one really caught my eye. Definitely looking forward to seeing if it’s a good one or not! Thank you to Headline for this review copy.

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer; Everyone has been talking about this one and it’s won or been nominated for a lot of awards this year and so when I saw it was on offer, I decided that I’d give it a try and see what happens!

It Must Have Been THe Mistletoe The House We Grew Up In The Rosie Project Feed

It Must Have Been The Mistletoe by Judy Astley; It’s Christmas and I’m in the mood to read Christmas stories so when I saw this book on offer, I thought I why not? I’ve heard good things about this book and Judy Astley so I hope it’s as good as I hope!

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell; Another one bought because I’m in a bit of an adult kick lately. It sounds like the perfect book for me so I’m looking forward to seeing if I enjoy it!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison; This book had a HUGE reservation list at the library. Everyone thinks it’s a really funny story and everyone was dying to get their hands on the second book which just came out. So I decided to buy it and see what all the fuss is about!

Feed by Mira Grant; I have actually been wanting to read this one for years but never got around to doing so. When I saw we’d bought in a new copy of it for the library, I couldn’t help myself and took it out for borrowing! Looking forward to seeing what i think.

High and Dry Funny Girl Mayhem Lost dogs and lonely hearts

High & Dry by Sarah Skilton; This was a random purchase. Saw it on the shelf, thought it looked interesting and fell in love with the odd synopsis and the fact it had a male protagonist so I bought it. It was also during a 20% offer at Foyles so it was even better!

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby; I have only read one other Nick Hornby but I really liked it so when I heard about his newest book, I put my name on the reservation list at the library. Definitely looking forward to giving this book a go.

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough; I have never read anything by Sarah Pinborough before but have heard a lot of people talking about her lately and so when I saw this on a crazily great deal in The Works last week, I had to buy it. Intrigued to see what she’s like!

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon; Another book bought because of my adult kick. I’m very intrigued to see what this one is like!

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Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell; I saw this book in the bookstore and I was instantly attracted to it. I love horror stories and thought this sounded like the perfect kind of creepy. But I put it down to buy other books instead. When I saw it on Netgalley a few days later, I had to request. I cannot wait to read this. Thank you to Stripes for this copy.

All The Bright Places by Jessica Niven; I saw this and I desperately wanted to read it. So very much looking forward to diving into this. Especially as I’ve already heard some good things about it! Thank you to Random House for the Netgalley copy!

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares; I heard “author of sisterhood of travelling pants” and stopped reading the synopsis and clicked “request”. I love those books and I’m really excited to see what this book is about. Also, the cover is gorgeous. Thanks to Hachette Children’s for this Netgalley book!

One Step Closer To You by Alice Peterson; Another one for my adult kick (are you seeing a pattern, getting a hint of what the new year may bring?). This one sounded perfect for me. I am definitely intrigued and look forward to seeing what this one is really all about.

SEE. Crazy books lady!


Currently Reading

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;

Snow Like Ashes Us Opal Plumstead The Walled City 2


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?

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Posted on 7 December, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment