Faye’s Thoughts on… Forgetting

Posted on 21 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 6 Comments

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Today I want to talk to you about something that I hope I’m not alone in. I also hope that you all don’t judge me and end up discarding me from the club – (please don’t, I love it here!). Joking aside, I am here to talk about a very serious problem that I have.

I keep forgetting books.

There are a few things that I mean by this. The first, quite simply, is that I forget the story in the book. I know I’ve read it and I have all these feelings about it but when I really try and think about the story and why I have the feelings, it eludes me. I find this problem is crucial during top tens and when I’m trying to recommend books. I usually have to just say, “Well, I remember that I loved it…” It is sad and worrying but usually applies to books read months or years ago. What I’d like to know is, am I alone in this or do you forget some of the stories you’ve read too?

Secondly, I keep forgetting about books I loved when I do my top ten lists. I usually read what other people listed and feel a lurch in my belly because… how did I forget to add that amazing book to my list? It got so bad at one point that I just didn’t want to do anymore top tens! I’m more picky now but sometimes I still feel sad and silly when I forget books. Does anyone else understand this agonising pain of mine or is it just me and my awful memory?

And finally, I mean I am literally forgetting books I want to read. Mostly ones that I have on my kindle because I don’t see them everyday, but also the ones that I own paper copies of. This happens when deciding my next read and I forget how much I want to read X, Y, and Z. Hence they are left unread for years. Anyone else have this problem?

Honestly, it all worries me as I read to devour stories and to be pulled into a different world. If I start to forget those worlds and wonderful words, does it make me a bad reader? What do you think?

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Posted on 21 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 6 Comments


Book Review; You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett

Posted on 20 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

You Don't Know MeAuthor: Sophia Bennett
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: 6th May 2013
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Sasha, Jodie, Nell and Rose never expected to be famous. They didn’t want to be. In fact, they wanted to keep their band a secret because it’s what they do when they’re being stupid together – dressing up and singing cheesy songs.

But someone has stolen a video they made. It’s online, and it’s been entered into a talent competition. And what’s more … it’s got 24 votes. In only a few hours it’s got 24 votes.

The girls are about to be faced with a big decision that could make them seriously famous.

Just not necessarily the way they hoped …


If Your Dream

I have never before read a Sophia Bennett book but after many people raved about her and told me that I had to read one of her books, I finally got around to doing so. The reason I chose You Don’t Know Me is simply because it sounded like it was going to be an interesting read that I thought I would enjoy. Thus I am pleased to let you all know that I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more books by this author. I found this one to be emotional, compelling, and a really interesting read.

Comes True

You Don’t Know Me is about four girls, their friendship, bullying, media, and coming-of-age. It is a story that has a complete set of sub-plots and is able to truly make the reader feel. It is compelling, gut-wrenching, and just makes you want to be able to make everything better for everyone. It paints the world so well and really manages to make everything feel so realistic. I felt so strongly for all the characters in this story which just made me love it that much more. Add to that a plot which is full of twists, turns, and surprises but also leaves no plot holes, you’ll know why I really enjoyed this book. I do enjoy reading books like this.

What Will Be

There is a brilliant set of characters in this book that really help to make this book what it is. My favourite is Sasha, the main character. She isn’t perfect and she knows it. I love her all the same. She’s such a great friend, is really caring and I just couldn’t help but feel for her. I also loved Rose. She was a really lovely character and while there were a few things I thought were odd actions to take, I still understood her and really felt for her as well. I connected with both these characters so much and felt they both went on brilliant journeys in the book.

The True Cost?

To lay it down easy for you, I really loved this book. I was instantly pulled into the story, was filled with emotion throughout and loved all the characters. A recipe of success! This story is full of depth, holds great messages and will definitely make you think. It’s a great book about friendships (which I love!) and an interesting look at music, media, and perceptions. If you loved Drummer Girl, I guarantee you’ll love this too – and vice versa! If you’ve read neither – what are you still reading this for, go read the books!

five stars

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Posted on 20 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Sequels I Can’t Wait For

Posted on 18 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 3 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 sequels I cannot wait for!


I’ve cheated a little bit on this where I’ve chosen five books I cannot wait to be released and five books I cannot wait to read. Because, let’s face it, I have sequels I can’t wait to read that I already own. Ooops.

Sequels I Cannot Wait to be Released

Ensnared Shadow Scale The Iron Traitor

Ensnared by A. G. Howard; There are not enough words to describe how much I cannot wait for the end of this trilogy. How does it end?

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman; I LOVED Seraphina and so I really need to dive back into that world. It has been a long time since it was released and so I really just want the sequel. Now please?

The Forgotten Crown by Julie Kagawa; This one hasn’t even had its cover released yet but I’ve been BEGGING to read it ever since I finished The Iron Traitor. Talk about a cliffhanger!

All That Glitters Falling To Ash

All That Glitters by Holly Smale; I love the Geek Girl books so much. I really cannot wait to see where Harriet Manners will go next!

Hunting The Dark by Karen Mahoney; Another one without a cover yet! The release date of this one keeps being pushed back but I think it’s definitely coming out next year and I really, really, cannot wait!

Sequels I Cannot Wait to Read

Heir of Fire Lady Thief

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas; How have I STILL not read this one yet? I keep seeing it on my bookshelf and kick myself for not getting to it yet but I will read it soon, I promise!

Lady Theif by A. C. Gaughen; This is one book that I was not going to live America without. It was one I was DESPERATE to read. And I will be reading it before the end of the year. I will.

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Deliverance by C. J. Redwine; It is the END of the trilogy and I should really find out what happens. But of course, I have little time and also I’m SCARED. I don’t know how I’ll deal with all the emotions this book is sure to bestow. Soon.

Delete by Kim Curran; Admittedly I put off reading this one because of the Strange Chemistry stuff and because I knew it was one book I would need to FOCUS on when reading. Now that there is a publisher for this book, I hope to get to it really soon and finally, sadly, say goodbye to all these fabulous characters.

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer; *sheds all the tears* I was desperate to get my hands on this book because I LOVE this series SO MUCH. But at the same time, I have not been strong enough to say goodbye. And thus I have yet to read it. But I will have to do so sometime. But just… *sniff*


And that’s everything! Or well, the top ten! There are still LOADS more sequels I want to read and cannot wait to be released but there we go!

What can you not wait for?

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Posted on 18 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 3 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Ill & Busy Edition

Posted on 16 November, 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.


Post Highlights

This week has been very busy and then I got ill and it meant that all those things I still hadn’t gotten around to doing it plagued my mind (including this post!). But, fortunately, I’m feeling better today and hoping to get done as many little tasks as I can – including the washing up! Being bed-bound for a few days is really not my idea of fun! Anyway, fortunately I did manage to get some posts scheduled before getting ill so I managed to post two things this week! *waves happy banner*

I posted ONE review;
Amy & Matthew by Cammie McGovern (FOUR HEARTS)

I also posted some thoughts about film trailers. Find out what I think about them, here. (I’m also hoping to have a thought/discussion post like this every friday so keep an eye out for that!


NaNoWriMo

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This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo again and aim to write 50,000 words on my WIP novel. But, because I’ve announced this, I thought I would also tell you each week how I’m actually getting on with it – and hopefully this will help me from slacking behind but who knows!

So, the target for today is 26,666

My word count is currently 10,075. This means I am 16,591 words behind. There is no way I’ll catch up today but I’m hoping that I can get a lot closer to target in the next few days. Wish me luck?

If you’re doing NaNo, how are you doing?


Around the Blogosphere

This week Luna wrote a very interesting post about 3 star reviews. I completely agree with her and believe that 3 star reviews are of books I still enjoyed but just didn’t love wholly and completely but they are not, in any way, bad. Find out what she says here.

Amber asks a very intriguing question this week as well. As a blogger, do you or should you review all the books you’re sent? Read her thoughts and add your own to the discussion here.

Do you have blogging goals? Do you have a blogging plan? This week Liza looks at how she started her own blog and where she is now. Definitely a post worth checking out. You can find it by clicking here.

I’ve recently found myself enjoying audiobooks a lot more than I used to – maybe I’ll write a post on this soon! – and so I found this post by Kimberly to be a really fascinating read. Whether you read them or not, you should give it a read.

This week Michelle would like to know… who is your Hogwarts Best Friend? A great fun, little post. Read it here.

I love fantasy books, there is no question about that. And so how could I not love this post where Alexa talks about some of the wonderful magical creatures found in fantasy books. Go have a read if you love fantasy books too!

This week, over on Jim’s blog, Robin Stevens tells you all about her favourite children’s books! Go read what they all are here.

This week Daphne’s amazing blog turned THREE. Which is amazing and awesome. And you should go and celebrate with her! You can even win things. Check out this post for more info.


Letterbox Love

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My memory is being a bit weird but I’m fairly certain I didn’t get any books in the post this week but I did get two from Netgalley that I cannot wait to read!

There Will Be Lies Blues for Zoey

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake; This one sounds really intriguing and I’m looking forward to seeing what it will all be about!

Blues For Zoey by Robert Paul Weston; I’ve been wanting to read this one for ages and I finally got accepted on Netgalley! Yay! Really looking forward to seeing what happens in this book.


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;

Us Opal Plumstead The Iron Trial 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 16 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Book Review; Amy & Matthew by Cammie McGovern

Posted on 15 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments

Amy and MatthewAuthor: Cammie McGovern
Publisher: Macmillan Childrens
Published: 27th March 2014
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Amy loves Matthew and he loves her back. This is their story.

Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can’t walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit – a girl capable of truly loving and worthy of being loved in return.

Matthew has his own set of challenges – a mind consumed by unwanted repeated thoughts, obsessive rituals and a crippling fear that he can’t explain. But underneath all of the anxiety lies a deep seed of hope for someone to come along who believes in him…

This is the story of Amy and Matthew. It may not be a fairy tale romance or set in an imagined world far from our own. But the love they share is real. And yes, there’s magic in it.


In A World

Admittedly, I wasn’t that interested in Amy and Matthew when I first heard about its release but when the first reviews started arriving, my curiosity piqued. A lot of bloggers whose opinions I respected were telling everyone how much they liked the book. Then, after further investigating into the story, I knew it was a book I now wanted to read. And boy, am I happy that I did come to that decision as I really loved this book. There were a few things that didn’t work for me but essentially this was a book that I truly enjoyed.

Full of Trials

What I really loved about this book is that while it has romance, it does it so realistically. There is no love at first sight or relationships that just work. This book shows how friendships and relationships can be incredibly hard and can be riddled with problems and obstacles to be conquered. Despite this, however, I also felt that some of the things that happened felt very unrealistic and were only there to move the plot along. This was a minor problem for me as I still found the story to be incredible but it did ruin it a little bit for me.

Can We Find

Another reason that I loved this book because of the perfect way that it dealt with diversity. Both of the main characters had reasons to be seen as “not normal” in society and I just loved the way that this book dealt with it. Their disabilities were just there, but it wasn’t what defined them. It is a great way of introducing teens to those that are different, as well as helping those who are in similar situations to feel less alone. This book looks at this topic tastefully, sensitively and creatively and I think it is a brilliant book for teenagers right now.

True Love?

Gathering all my thoughts together I will tell you that I truly loved this story. It was one that sucked me in from the very beginning and kept its reigns on me until the very end. It was emotional, gut-wrenching, awkward, and perfect in so many different ways. This book shows how the world is but also a way of making the world better. It is a really sweet story that I just enjoyed so much. I would highly recommend this one, especially if you’re looking for a highly diverse and entertaining read!

Four Stars

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Posted on 15 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments


Faye’s Thoughts on… Film Trailers

Posted on 14 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment

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As mentioned previously on this blog, I have been going to the cinema a lot recently and during this time I have seen a lot of film trailers and so today I wanted to talk about them with you.

Trailers have gotten longer.

This has been happening for a while now but I have really noticed this recently. Trailers are starting to do too much. They give away too many details on the story, share too many of the best bits, and have the power to ruin the film. Too many times I have watch a trailer and thought – ‘well, now I know the whole story so I don’t need to see the film.’ – Sometimes there are still surprises in the film but sometimes I find I just don’t want to see the film anymore. What do you think about the length of film trailers?

The duo-release trailer.

Another trend occuring, especially with these big book adaptations, is to release a very short trailer in the lead-up to the film and then later on releasing a longer, more bodied trailer. While I do understand the strategy behind this, it’s really starting to get on my nerves – mostly as the longer trailer will, as mentioned above, say too much but also because the first trailer is clearly just for the fans who already know the story behind the film, thus just frustrating and confusing those who know nothing.
What do you think about these duo-trailers? Are you a fan of them?

Book adaptation trailers.

This is more of just a personal problem of mine but if I like the book that is being adapted, I like to avoid the trailer. The reason for this is because I already know the story and already want to see the film so watching the trailer is pointless. It is also because I really want the film to surprise me but only when I see the film, not from the trailer. This is generally easy to do on the internet but often leads me to acting incredibly weird when certain trailers come on in the cinema but thus far I have only seen the trailer for The Maze Runner – woo! What are your thoughts on book adaptation trailers?

All in all, I do like trailers, they just can’t be too long or too short. Not that I’m picky or anything.

What trailers have you liked recently?

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Posted on 14 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 1 Comment


Weekly Highlights; The First In A While Edition

Posted on 9 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 3 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

Hey all!
I feel like it’s been ages since I did one of these but it probably wasn’t that long ago but as blogging as been put in the background of the things I need to do this month, it just feels like forever. Anyway, onto the blog and what’s been happening recently!

I’ve posted ONE review in the last few weeks;
Lockwood & Co; The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud (THREE HEARTS)

I’ve participated in two top ten posts;
Top Ten Halloween Reads
Top Ten Boks I Want to Re-Read

I talked about movies twice;
Must See Teen Movies
Halloween; Top Ten “Horror” Movies

And I participated in two blog tours;
Cloven by Georgeann Swiger
The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

And last, but certainly not least, I posted my October Monthly Wrap-Up.


NaNoWriMo

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This month I am participating in NaNoWriMo again and aim to write 50,000 words on my WIP novel. But, because I’ve announced this, I thought I would also tell you each week how I’m actually getting on with it – and hopefully this will help me from slacking behind but who knows!

So, the target for today is 15000

My word count is currently 8638. This means I am 6362 words behind. I can get all those words written today though, right?

If you’re doing NaNo, how are you doing?


Around the Blogosphere

This week Lucy has admitted one of her reading habits. Find out what it is and let her know if you do it too, here.

Are you someone who likes comments or pageviews? This week Amber has discussed this very topic. Find out her views and add your own on this post.

This week Jim has been doing some fab YAAtoZ posts on his blog but I just want to point to one in particular that I loved because I also love this author and think she deserves a lot more recognition. To find out the author in question and why Jim likes her, click here.

Last week (the week before?) I went to a lovely blogger tea with Zoe Marriott, but I never found the time to do a write-up of the event. Fortunately Michelle did. Read more about the event here.

If there is one thing I know about, it is the distraction of TV Shows. This week Caitlin has written a post about the top ten tv shows that have been distracting her. Read the fab post by clicking here.

Lastly I want to point to an amazing post on NaNoWriMo tips but most importantly writing tips. These are amazing points. Read them. Live Them. Learn Them. Or you know, bend them! Find them here.


Letterbox Love

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I’ve not been great at keeping a record of all the books I’ve been receiving in last few weeks so here’s just a few of the highlights that I remember!

Captive The Last Leaves Falling Love Hurts The Book of Storms

Captive by A. J. Grainger; I actually heard about this from other bloggers but it sounds really fascinating. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for this review copy!

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell; This is one that I knew I wanted to read as soon as I heard about it and now that everyone is raving about it, I really want to read it even more. Thank you to Random House for this review copy!

Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman; Whatever Malorie Blackman writes or edits will be added to my TBR pile and this book is no exception. I cannot wait to dive into this and see what it is like! Thank you again to Random House for this review copy!

The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield; This book has been raved about to me by a good friend and so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It sounds really, really good and I cannot wait to read it. Thank you to Hot Key Books for this review copy.

Prisoner of night and fog My True Love Gave To Me Rooms The Year I Met You

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman; This book has been on my radar for a while – including a book club book suggestion a while back! – so I’m really glad I finally got my hands on it and can’t wait to read it – maybe for book club! Thank you to Headline for this review copy.

My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins; This book is sooo gorgeous and I love the idea of short holiday stories – something that isn’t done a lot in YA – so I cannot wait to read this.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver; Ghosts? Lauren Oliver? YES PLEASE. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book since May so to finally have it is amazing. I really hope this book will be one I read very soon.

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern; If you don’t know by now, Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors ever, so whenever she releases a new book, I need to read it. While I haven’t read her entire collection, I have read a vast majority of it. Needless to say, I cannot wait to read this one!


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;

Us Opal Plumstead Grave Mercy 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 9 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 3 Comments


Blog Tour; The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

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

Hey Guys!
Today I am here with a very exciting post from Jen Campbell about her research for The Bookshop Book! Hope you enjoy it all and don’t forget to find out more about the book at the bottom of the post.


I’ve always loved books and bookshops. Bookshops, as one young customer once said to me, are houses for stories. There’s something magical about them.

But as well as being magical, they are also wonderfully weird. In 2012 my book ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ was published – an affectionate look at the bizarre side of bookselling, from customers asking if books conduct electricity, to someone looking for Bibles with photographs of Jesus in them.

However, the bookseller side is also weird. There are bizarre bookshops all over the world – bookshops on boats and on buses and in the middle of a rainforest. After two volumes of ‘Weird Things…’, I decided it was time to write about the flip side: weird bookshops, and the people who run them.

The Bookshop Book looks at over 300 bookshops across six continents. The smallest bookshop in the world and the most remote; amazing travelling bookshops like The Book Barge in the UK – a bookshop on a narrowboat, and the Biblioburro in Colombia (books on the back of a donkey!). Not to mention a bookshop in Tokyo in the shape of a cat! It looks at bookshop pets: Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis is the king of this; they not only have books but also chickens, a tarantula, cats, cockatiels and ferrets running around the place. I also wrote about Book Towns: remote communities who have created a dozen bookshops along one street to become a tourist destination for book lovers. There’s one in Australia in an old gold-mining town, and their first day of business was so successful that they ran out of electricity!

I got to travel to bookshops around the UK and Europe – the ones further away I skyped with, so I’d get up early in the morning and chat to booksellers in Australia, NZ and Asia (such as Ayuko who runs a sushi-making class in a bookshop!); then I’d go to the bookshop I work at – an antiquarian bookshop in north London – do a day’s shift and come home to Skype with booksellers in America and Canada. It meant I was constantly in more than one time zone in my head, but it was a lot of fun! I also interviewed authors about their favourite places and what kind of bookshop they would open if they had the chance: Ian Rankin would open a music bookshops and cafe; Tracy Chevalier would open a bookshop in a train station with chocolates hidden on the shelves; Audrey Niffenegger is actually planning on opening an art bookshop in Chicago, and Cornelia Funke said she’d open a bookshop in the middle of a forest – making it a real adventure to visit.

I loved researching and writing The Bookshop Book. Bookshops are indeed magical places, full of tales to tell. Houses for stories. So many, many stories.

And stories, afterall, want to be heard!


The Bookshop Book is OUT NOW

the bookshop book Every bookshop has a story.

We’re not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We’re talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops.

Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine.

And that’s just the beginning.

From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. The Book Depository.


Will you be reading this book?

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


Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Want to Re-Read

Posted on 4 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 7 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 Bokks I Want to Re-Read


I love re-reading books. I love how you get to reminisce all your favourite parts, how you get more emotional over certain scenes as you know what will happen next and I love learning all the new things. I also love waiting years between reads so that you only vaguely remember it so the re-read feels fresh and new in a completely different way. So this week I have listed the top ten (*cough* eleven *cough*) books I’d love to re-read – if I could ever find the time! (And, as always, these are in no particular order!)

Fangirl P S I Love You Vampire Academy

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; I read this one at the beginning of this year and just fell in love with it. I felt so in tune with this book and I just want to remember why. I want to be Cather again for a while and to just feel like someone understands.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern; I was 15 years old when I read this book and I have never read it again. That’s ten years. The story is still very vivid in my memory (so much so that I really struggled with the film adaptation!) but I would love to re-read it and re-live the magic that is this book.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead; I only read this at the beginning of the year but it’s one I want to re-read before I continue on with the series because I want to experience reading this series in quick succession because it is so good. (Well, I think it is but so far I’ve only read this one!

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Divergent by Veronica Roth; I read this book nearly three years ago now and have never read it again. I wanted to before Allegiant came out but never got around to it. But I really want to jump back into the beginning of this world and remember how it all began.

Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid; This book was so good that I found it difficult to do anything else and ended up reading it in a whole day. I really want to re-read this one and remind myself how amazing and powerful it was.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman; I remember so much about this book but I’m also vague on a lot of details. I do know I loved this book and with the second one out very soon, I really want to re-read this one and just get pulled into this magical story once more.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas; If you’ve heard me rave about Sarah J. Maas before then you’ll know that this is one book that I really, truly love. But all the small details from this book are disappearing and I’d really love to re-read this book, the novellas and the second book before I read Heir of Fire – but I’m sure it won’t happen, unfortunately.

Defiance the hunger games Lucas

Defiance by C. J. Redwine; In all honest truthness, I have forgotten a lot about this book. I know that it is a book that I am incredibly passionate about. It is one that slayed me emotionally and kept my attention and made me fall in love with the characters but once again, the smaller details have gone and I want to recapture them and remind myself why I loved this book.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; This is another book that I’ve only ever read once (are you sensing a pattern here?) and one that I really want to read again. Guiltily I have watched the film adaptation many times and this is just very sad and bad. Hopefully I’ll re-read this soon!

Lucas by Kevin Brooks; This is, and always be, my favourite ever book. It’s actually not one I talk about on the blog very often – shame on me! – but it was the first book I read that really resonated with me. It didn’t have a happy ending at a time when I was looking for books without happy endings. But I haven’t read it in years and I really need to rectify this.


What about you? What books do you really want to re-read?

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October Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 3 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments

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So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D


Monthly Highlights

Wait, wait, wait, where did October even go?

I honestly don’t know where the month went or what I did during it but I was definitely busy and just very tired throughout it. But I’m definitely looking forward to November now.

Best bookish event was an afternoon tea with fellow bloggers and the lovely Zoe Marriott!

But mostly I was busy doing non-bookish things – like going to the cinema!

My top three posts of the month were;
The Cinema Experience
Must See Teen Movies
Top Ten Tuesday; Halloween Reads

I only managed to read eight and a half books this month but it’s still more than I expected to read so that’s good – and still more than the average person my age! I did hit a reading slump as well so I’m in the middle of quite a few books but looking forward to finishing them all soon!


Favourite Book

Dream On Amber This is a book that I have been waiting to read since the beginning of the year when I first heard about it. I don’t remember what it was that attracted me to the book but I just knew it was one I really wanted to read. When I saw it in audiobook format in the library, I couldn’t resist taking it out and boy am I glad I did! This book is a really fun, light-hearted children’s book that was just a really good read. I loved listening to this book, I loved Amber, I thought her sister was cute and bossy and just felt that the story was really heart-warming and cute. I really hope that there will be more books in this series or that I’ll see Emma’s name again as this was just such an adorable little book!


Books Read

Three Stars
Whispering Skull The Children Act Small Eternities
The Forever of Ella and Micha2 Linger Seeing Other People The Girl Who Never Was

Four Stars
Dream On Amber

(And now I can see why I was probably in a reading slump!)


November TBR

I have a very busy month because of NaNoWriMo and work but I’m hoping to read these books;

The Iron Trial The Year I Met You Opal Plumstead My True Love Gave To Me


How was your October? Did you read anything amazing? Have you got any great books you want to read in November?

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Posted on 3 November, 2014 by Faye (Daydreaming_Star) - 2 Comments