Film Review; Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Posted on 30 November, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Directed By: David O’Russell
Written By: David O’Russell (Screenplay) & Matthew Quick (Novel)
Production Co: Weinsten Co.
Main Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro, Jack Weaver and Christ Tucker
Format: Cinema
Add It: IMDB

Summary: (From IMBD)

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Intriguing Premise
As soon as I heard that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were going to be in a film together, I was instantly intrigued. Jennifer Lawrence has been on my radar ever since The Hunger Games, and I really liked her performance in House At the End of the Street. I have liked Bradley Cooper for a very long time, with my favourite performance of his being in The Hangover. As soon as I saw the trailer for this film, I was even more interested in seeing this but I was also worried. What if the film doesn’t live up to my expectations? Fortunately, however, this film reached those expectations and was one that I found myself truly enjoying. A film that I would be very happy to purchase on DVD and watch over and over again. What was it that was so great about this film? Read on to find out!

Interesting, Interesting
The premise of this film is your typical boy meets girl, and yet, it is also so much more than that. Underneath it all is the serious topic of mental illnesses and the unstable lives that a lot of people have to deal with day in and day out. We start the film with Pat, an ex-teacher who has just been released from the mental hospital where he was admitted when he pleaded insanity in the court, after brutally attacking a fellow teacher – who happened to be sleeping with his wife. Pat has been living with undiagnosed bi-polar disorder. When he returns home, it is easy to see the unstable life that he has been living as his own father has a bad case of OCD and his brother isn’t exactly brilliant with the social niceties either. In a delusional way, Pat is certain that, even with a restraining order against him, his wife will see that he is a more stable and reliable man and will want to get back with him. And thus starts his journey; to get his wife back. I loved the plot of this story, the way it all came together and just the entire journey that Pat took. There were so many great moments in this film that touch your heart and a many more that have you laughing hysterically.

They Are Everything
What really makes this film memorable and so brilliant are the characters. Pat is a strong character who will make you laugh and who it is impossible not to admire. It is clear from the very beginning that he has a problem fully adjusting to social situations when he simply says whatever is on his mind. For example, when he is told, “Don’t ask how he died.”, a minute later, he does exactly that. Throughout the film his character grows and by the end of the film, I was so happy for him and glad with the way things turned out. But really it is the performance of Bradley Cooper that really makes Pat’s character shine through. I have known Bradley to be a grand actor before but with the serious topics that this film deals with, it was really great to see him act in a more serious and damaging role. He played the role with perfection.

On the other side of the spectrum we have Tiffany. She has just lost her husband and because of his death became emotionally unstable herself. Like Pat, she says whatever is on her mind without worrying about the consequences. She is eccentric, passionate, but also manipulative and an attention seeker. But I adored her. She grew so much through the film and you could really see her strengths shine through. She is a girl who has been through so much and just wants to know that she can continue her life without always thinking about her late husband. Personally, this may be Jennifer Lawrence’s best performance so far. With amazing, and crucial scenes that could have gone entirely wrong if acted too much or too little, Jennifer shows that she can take a role on board and play it just as it should be. You could really feel the emotions of the character making it that much easier to connect with her.

Beautiful, Beautiful
Touching on such a deep issue and managing to create a dramatic comedy is not an easy thing to do and yet David O’Russell (Screenplay) and Matthew Quick (Novel) have mastered it beautifully. There is the perfect mix of drama and comedy in this film to make it a film to remember. I found myself laughing a lot throughout this film, and yet I also felt the realness of this film. It is easy to see that David O’Russell did a brilliant job of directing this film as well. With a brilliant cast of actors all performing to an excellent standard, cinematography that was simplistic yet worked well, and editing that was creative and interesting, O’Russell certainly knew what he wanted and how to achieve it.

It Is Said
Overall, this film was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was touching, emotional and at the same time completely hilarious. It had some really memorable moments within it and some remarkable scenes that were really full of emotion that made you squirm slightly in your seats. This film held nothing back, it was in your face and it had something to say and I really loved it. It was entertaining and deep, a film that I would urge many people to go and watch because it deserves all the spotlight it can get. I am so glad that I chose to go and see this film and hope that I am not the only one that truly appreciates this film.

** I paid for a full admission to see this film. I was not required to write a review, positive or negative. All views expressed are my own. **

Four Stars
four out of five hearts

Faye

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Posted on 30 November, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments


Behind The Blog #29 – Gratitude

Posted on 30 November, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

With Thanksgiving having been just last week in the US, and Christmas approaching, I thought it might be nice to take a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle for a  moment and reflect on the things that we are all thankful for this year. What are you most thankful for? Are there any particular events that have made you particularly thankful or appreciative of anyone or anything?
In relation to books and media: What are some books and movies that teach good lessons about being thankful? Who are some characters who learn to be thankful and appreciate what they have?


When it came to writing this post, I actually struggled to know what to write. Not because I’m not thankful, but because I’m thankful for so much and so many people. It may sound extremely corny but there are so many things that I have done this year that I would not have done if someone hadn’t encouraged me, or supported me, or guided me through. So, instead of using this post to thank any individuals, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone and to highlight why being kind and generous, and giving more of yourself to others is a good thing. How simply just smiling at a stranger could make their day better and while they may never actually be able to say “thank you” to you, they will forever be grateful.

Taking risks is a large part of life, or it should be a large part of life. Stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that is completely and utterly scary, is something that people should try to do as regularly as they can. For we can never know what the outcome will be if we never do it. This year I have taken so many risks and while some have fallen flat and not taken me anywhere, some have changed my life dramatically. The largest example, and easiest, is this blog. While, technically I started it last year, it was only in the beginning of the new year that it really started to take off. It was a risk to start one, but it was one that has had me reaping benefits ever since. I love blogging and I am struggling to remember how I functioned without it in my life.

But taking that step, of starting my blog, would not have been possible without other people supporting me and encouraging me. Essentially, it was one person who really encouraged me, but it was everyone else that started following, tweeting and commenting that kept me going. It was the support and welcoming of the community that made me so grateful that I had taken the risk of starting my blog. Of course, over the course of the year I have continuously thanked everyone for helping to make my blog what is today, but I still mean it. Every new follower, every new comment, every new like or tweet, still brings a smile to my face and makes me know that all I do is worth it. So thank you.

There have been other risks I have taken this year, some as small as choosing a dissertation topic, to bigger ones like volunteering in the summer, but they have all shaped who I am now, a year later. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to take risks because of the people around me. Thankful that the opportunities arose because of the circumstances I am in. Because just being able to sit here typing on this very laptop is a fortunate thing for me, for in January I did not have that luxury, until I was given this new laptop from my insurance provider – and needless to say I was very thankful for them!

So if you have a chance to take a risk, feel you have the support and encouragement you need, then I would fully advice you to take it. Because even if it doesn’t turn out the way you planned, at least you tried, right? You took that step in the right direction, you were brave enough to conquer your own fears and go outside of your comfort zone. And if you’re not thankful to yourself for taking that chance, then I’d be worried. Because I know that even when things went wrong, I was glad to have tried because at least then I knew where I stood, and everyone who supported me was still there, ready to help me pick up the pieces too.

Really, the point of this post, I suppose, isn’t about taking risks – despite what that last paragraph seemed – it’s about being thankful, above all else, for humanity. And I am thankful for that. I am thankful that we’re alive, that there are people out there who care, people out there who are kind, and selfless. I’m thankful that when times are tough, we band together and fight together and never let the world bring us down. Even when nature is bashing out our doors, pulling down our houses, power and running water through our subways, there are always those amazing people who are out there helping each other, supporting each other, and that, is why I am thankful. Humanity has shown itself to be the best thing that has ever grown on this planet, and I hope it continues to exist that way.


I know that there are many books that have this in, especially of the YA variety where people are growing up and learning to live with a little more freedom. But I am struggling to think of just a few to mention here. I could, for example, gush about Harry Potter, and how thankful he is for his new friends at Hogwarts. Or I could talk about The Hunger Games and how thankful Katniss is that she was able to volunteer as tribute over her sister. Then I could move on and talk about The Kite Runner and how thankful Amir is that he gets away from the Taliban. But really, I think that in every book there is someone who is thankful of something. And if I was to tell you about all of them, we’d be here for a really long time. So instead, I think that just trying to think about why people are thankful in books is a nice activity to do.

What are you thankful for?


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Posted on 30 November, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney

Posted on 29 November, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

Falling To Ash

Author: Karen Mahoney
Publisher: Random House
Published: September 27th 2012
Pages: 341
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC from publishers
Category: YA
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, TBD

Summary:

You can’t choose your family… living or dead.
Trapped between two very different worlds, newly made vampire Moth is struggling to find her place in either. Not only does she have to answer to her strict Irish-Catholic Dad, but her over-protective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful Boston vampire clan. Moth will have to pull off the double-act of the century to please both of them…
Adding to her problems is the dangerously attractive Jason Murdoch, a trainee vampire hunter who loves to play cat and mouse in his spare time (Jace = cat; Moth = mouse). But when the teenagers of Boston’s wealthiest families start to disappear, it forces Moth and Jace into an uneasy truce. Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the disappearances—before someone winds up undead?

Something Stirs
There has been an influx in vampire stories lately, audiences craving to read about more of them and it is due to this that there is a danger that most vampire stories become stereotypical, following the pattern of so many before them. It is also the reason that I now tread lightly when it comes to vampire stories. I love them, but I’ve been fixated on them for a long time and I am now starting to branch out and find other stories, creatures, to enjoy. But then every now and again a new vampire book may capture my attention, just as Falling to Ash did. I have not read Karen’s other series, The Iron Witch, and so I had no idea what to expect of her writing but I am pleased to admit that I truly enjoyed reading this book and was glad that I took a chance on it. This book is one that I would highly recommend as it was a read that I found extremely entertaining and quickly became a book I’d happily read over and over again.

It’s Different
One of the things that makes Falling to Ash a book that I favour, is the way that Karen hasn’t made being a vampire a sexually alluring concept. There are moments in the book where we see Moth’s maker as someone who enticed her and uses his powers and charms to get people to allow him to willingly take their blood, along with some other moments of humans handing themselves over to vampires, but through the protagonist, Karen makes it known that being a vampire isn’t all it seems. The depiction of vampires in this novel is gruesome and vivid, it leaves nothing out about how dangerous it is to create a vampire, or how terrifying the concept of forever can become. It truly encapsulates the real, rawness of being a vampire, and in the case of Moth, of being a new vampire.

It is as she is dealing with being such a new vampire, of not just adjusting to being a new adult but also now a vampire, that Moth becomes entangled in the middle of something bigger than she could have ever realised. Trying to uncover the truth behind the death of an old classmate, Moth runs into the hunter Jace, and it soon becomes apparent that being a vampire is the least of Moth’s worries. I was truly entranced by the plot of this book. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, I needed to know how things were eventually going to end, and while some bits were predictable, they never made the book any less enjoyable. It had a fast pace, was full of action, and continuously had me turning the page.

Changes People
It probably goes without saying that the characters in this book were all really well written. No one was weak, stereotypical, or just annoying. Karen has managed to grasp her characters and truly allow the reader to feel and understand everything that they deal with and go through. Moth was probably my favourite character in the story. She had so much to deal with, and yet she was still rebellious and defiant. She was strong but she knew her limitations but she was also fierce and loyal and had an extremely large heart. I loved feeling how torn she was between her two families, she needed to be loyal to both but she didn’t know how to do it because one way or another, she would ended up betraying someone. I loved reading her story and witnessing how she dealt with everything.

I also adored Jace. He was fun to read about but he also had a lot going on in that little head of his. A father that trusted him but just left when he felt necessary, a strong forbidden attraction to Moth and an even stronger desire to do what was right. He was the perfect guy to have in this story, the kind of hunter that I always imagine when writing my own stories or read other ones like it. He was just as conflicted at Moth, and that helped to make him a more lovable character. It would be hard if Moth had been conflicted but Jace just strolled through the story without a care. I also adored the two of them together. I’m always very picky when it comes to romance but these two felt so right together, it wasn’t ever going to be an easy journey and I am really interested in finding out what will happen with them.

Until It Goes
Despite all of the dark, dreary feel this review is painting Falling to Ash to be, it is also a book full of humour and comedy and one that will have you laughing quite often. With Moth’s narrative at the forefront, Karen has brought comedy into this dark world and this really brought the story alive for me. Already on the first page I was giggling softly to myself, enjoying the world view that Moth was presenting to me. If anything, I feel that it is this that sets this book apart from the rest. This isn’t a sexy vampire novel, but it isn’t a truly dark vampire novel either, nor a fully comedic vampire novel, it’s a combination of the three altogether; a unique and compelling style that made this book truly captivating and fascinating.

Ending It All
All in all, this novel was one that I found myself really enjoying. It had all the elements of a decent novel that keeps you entertained, from dark and gruesome creatures, a forbidden romance, a complicated twisty plot, and a bit of light humour to bring it all back down again. It was interesting and held a depth that a lot of books struggle to reach. This book is a YA story that would probably be enjoyed by a lot of adults and is probably better for those on the older end of the YA as I feel that younger audiences wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy the full extent of this story as a lot of the issues and themes that creep up would not be applicable to them. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes vampire stories, or anyone who just wants something different, but really, I would just urge everyone I knew to go out and try this book because it’s a really great one that deserves to be read.

Four Stars
four out of five hearts

** I received this copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Faye

Posted on 29 November, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments


Blog Tour; Kiss Off by Sarah Billington! (+ Giveaway!)

Posted on 28 November, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am the tour stop for the Kiss Off book tour! I am very happy to be telling you all about this book and the author.
It all sounds absolutely stunning and I hope that you guys end up looking forward to it!
And at the end of the post, there is also a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!
Enjoy :)

Kiss Off cover FINALWhen sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.

A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped.

Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

Add The Kiss Off to your TBR list on Goodreads!


But the story doesn’t end there! Sarah Billington is writing a second Kiss Off book as well! The cover hasn’t yet been created, but here’s some information on the book, along with some teasers of what to expect.

The money’s in! Poppy’s royalties for penning the accidental hit song The Kiss Off that shot her boyfriend’s band to super-stardom are in and she knows EXACTLY what she’s doing with it.

THE KISS OFF 2 will include:
A road trip with an unexpected passenger.
Camping.
The realization too late that she doesn’t actually like camping.
Sunburns.
A concussion.
Accidental topless swimming.
Paparazzi punch ups.
A news-worthy (yet totally false) love triangle.
Obsessed fan girls.
A stalker.
And an overwhelming request from someone super-famous.

THE KISS OFF 2 is coming 2013.

Add The Kiss Off 2 to your TBR list on Goodreads!


Sarah Billington Author Photo

Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story. Her favouritest thing to write about are those horrendously awkward moments that come with being a teenager. Or a human being. Sarah was extremely accident-prone and klutzy as a kid and teen, so her cup runneth over with experiences of horrendously awkward moments to draw from in her writing. Thankfully, she has grown out of her klutziness. Mostly. She is, however, still an embarrassment.

She loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.

Facebook. Twitter. Goodreads. Official Website. Official Blog.

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US. Amazon UK. Smashwords. Book Depository.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

The Kiss Off

by Sarah Billington

Giveaway ends December 07, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Posted on 28 November, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads of 2013

Posted on 27 November, 2012 by Faye - 16 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the most anticipated reads of 2013. Mine are in no particular order and I have probably forgotten something I’m really looking forward to because my memory is like a goldfish!

Scarlet       Spirit      Ferryman

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I loved, loved, loved, Cinder and so I am really looking forward to the sequel to the story. I need to know what happens next and I cannot believe that the wait is almost over!

2. Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
Talk about one of the best series I have ever read! I have become totally hooked and I am so desperate to get me hands on the next one in line. Brigid needs to write, write, write! Not sure I can wait till next summer!

3. Ferryman by Claire McFall
I actually only heard of this one recently but as soon as I heard about it, I was hooked. I am so excited for this and am hoping that the book is as good as the synopsis and cover makes it out to be!!

Splintered      The Archived

4. Splintered by A. G. Howard
Alice in Wonderland has always been my favourite fairy tale and so this story immediately caught my eye. Add in the gorgeous cover, astounding synopsis and you have one blogger craving to get their hands on this book!

5. Untitled by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)
My favourite books of 2012 – I read both this year – I am waiting on tender hooks for the next instalment. I am so curious as to what is going to happen and how will it all fold? And I just want more of Veronica Roth’s writing to be devoured by my eyes. Capiche?

6. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Yes. Yes. Yes. I saw this, read the synopsis and found myself begging for more. It sounds so intense and exciting and simply stunning. Why do I have to keep on waiting for such a brilliant sounds book?

Taken        Prophecy

7. Taken by Erin Bowman
I have had this book on my radar for too long now. The cover is gorgeous, the synopsis is inviting, and the author is stunning. This book is one that I desperately need in my life so I cannot wait for 2013 to finally reach us!

8. Prophecy by Ellen Oh
This was highlighted on Brodie’s blog a while back and ever since then I have been waiting in full anticipation for this book. It sounds absolutely amazing and one of those books that I would probably devour in only a few days. It is right up my alley and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

9. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
One of my favourite books of 2012 was The Immortal Rules, and so I am definitely looking forward to reading this book on and finding out what happens! I am currently in the middle of reading a prequel to the Dark of Eden series, and this taster is just making me ache to have the second book in my hands now!

10. Dracomachia by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina was a book that I read quickly and absolutely adored and the idea that there is more just waiting to be read (when it’s written) next year makes my heart thump. I need to have this in my life as soon as I can because I just have to know what happens next. Besides, how could I ever get enough of Rachel Hartman’s amazing writing style and creativity?

What books are you most looking forward to in 2013?

Faye

Posted on 27 November, 2012 by Faye - 16 Comments


Cover Reveal; Breaking Waves by Danielle Sibarium

Posted on 26 November, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today am I revealing to you all the lovely new cover in Danielle Sibarium’s series, Heart Waves. I will shortly be reading the first book in this series and am really intrigued by it, so it’s with pleasure to reveal the cover of the second book, Breaking Waves, which promises to be just as exciting as the first one sounds!

And if you haven’t yet had a chance to hear about Heart Waves, I would definitely go ahead and add it to your piles now!
And you can buy it from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Without making you “wait” any longer, here is the glorious cover in all it’s glory!

Breaking Waves Final

From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?

Aren’t you just aching to get your hands on this book now?
Fortunately, the wait for this isn’t long as the book is scheduled for release on January 10th 2013

In the meantime, why not head over to the author’s website, check out her other books on goodreads and like Heart Waves on facebook for a chance to read some teasers!

Faye

Posted on 26 November, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Ready, Set, Review-A-Thon; Updates #3!

Posted on 25 November, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Hello fellow Review-A-Thon-ers!
Welcome to the third update post.
This is basically just a post where I will let you all know how it’s going so far for me and then there is a linky list at the bottom for you to add your updates too! Feel free to just update your goal posts and link them below :-)

What was my target?
20 reviews

How many have I written this week?
2 reviews

How many have I written altogether?
8 reviews

What reviews?
Crusher by Niall Leonard
Flesh by Khanh Ha
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
Spook House by Michael West
Undertow by Callie Kingston
The Traitors by Tom Becker
Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney
Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Reviews Left?
12 reviews

I am totally annoyed with myself this week, I’ve had more than enough opportunities to write some reviews but just kept putting it off and off. So I ended up only writing two reviews which is really poor and depressing, but there we go!
Needless to say, I do not expect to write 12 reviews in only 5 days, especially with the NaNoWriMo deadline looming as well, but I am still going to try and write as many as I can!

Don’t forget, the Twitter Chat is scheduled for tonight at 8-9pm GMT. I’ll send a tweet around before hand using the #RSReviewathon hashtag! Hope to see some of you joining me :-)

There were two RS related posts on the blog this week. First we had Hollie who wrote a post about her motivation, or lack thereof, and how to get it back. This can be found here.
And secondly, I wrote a post on how to stay on top of our review piles once we got there which can be located here.

As always, hope you had a good week of reviewing!
Leave your links below

Faye

Posted on 25 November, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment


2013 Genre Variety Reading Challenge

Posted on 24 November, 2012 by Faye - 69 Comments

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Genre Variety

This is the first year that I will be hosting the Genre Variety Reading Challenge. If there is already a challenge similar to this, please can you let me know as I don’t want to encroach on anyone’s ideas. This is just something that came to me that I hope will be fun and that others will enjoy.

But what is it?

The challenge is to read books from different genres throughout the year. I have found that blogging has opened my eyes to so many genres that I would never have tried before, simply from recommendations, and the idea of this challenge is to keep that going. The challenge is to read a large variety of genres within one year.

Other Important Info;

  • Runs from January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. Sign ups will be open until December 1st 2013.
  • There are five levels to challenge yourself too. You may move up a level but not go down a level. These are all outlined below. Please mention in your sign up post which level you will aim for.
  • The genres you choose to read are up to you. As long as every book is different, whichever genre you wish to read you can.
  • Every month there will be a post on this blog to link up to your update post / review(s)
  • There will be a giveaway at the end of the challenge, and maybe a few within the year but these are TBD.
  • To sign up, you will need to write a post saying which level you are challenging yourself too and then use the linky list. Non-Bloggers may post in the comments of this post.
  • Any book formats are accepted.
  • Novellas and Novels are all accepted for this challenge.
  • YA, NA and Adult books all count towards this challenge.
  • New sub-genres are accepted. (for example, paranormal-romance, or historical-romance)

Levels;

  • Careful; 6 different genres, 6 books
  • Cautious; 12 different genres, 12 books
  • Branching; 18 different genres, 18 books
  • Avid Reader; 24 different genres, 24 books
  • Champion; 30 different genres, 30 books

Categories;
This is just a list of the vast variety of genres you have to choose from. I have probably missed a lot, so feel free to branch off from this. These are just suggestions.

Contemporary
Historical
Paranormal
Fantasy
Romance
Sci-Fi
Crime
Thriller
Adventure
Non-Fiction
Women’s Fiction
Chick-Lit
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Western
Comedy
Horror
MANfiction
Self-Help
Biography
Auto-biography
Religious
Fairy Tales
Classics
Erotica
Short Stories
Travel Guides
Mystery
Suspence


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Posted on 24 November, 2012 by Faye - 69 Comments


Magnificently Magic Read-A-Thon! Dec 13th – 16th.

Posted on 24 November, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

MMReadathon

Hi Guys!

A month back I announced the Magnificently Magic Read-A-Thon that I will be hosting in December, but the dates hadn’t been fully set in stone but now they have! This read-a-thon will officially happen on Dec 13th – 16th (Which is thurs-sun).

This means there should be enough time to read a fair amount of books, without work and other things getting in the way!
So if you’re joining us, go put it in the diary now and keep it free :-)

Mini-Challenges
With it now being a four-day read-a-thon, I would also love to have a mini-challenge each day but for that, I need some hosts! Each mini-challenge should have a giveaway, but if you can’t provide anything to give away, don’t worry, I have some things already for it!
If you can’t think of a challenge but would like to host, let me know, I’m sure I can think of something.
If this appeals to you, please enter this form here

Giveaways!
There will be, as mentioned above, plenty of prizes throughout the read-a-thon, but if you are an author who has a magical (and I’m really quite lenient on the word magical) story that you’d be happy to donate, I’d love to hear from you.
I’ll also be happy to accept swag giveaways!
Please enter this form here

Twitter Chat
The date of this is undecided yet, but I am thinking that it is likely to be on the Saturday or the Sunday, if you have a preference on the day, please do not hesitate to comment below or e-mail me. When it’s all finalised, I will make sure everyone knows when the chat will be.

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I think that’s everything!
Are you collecting your christmassy, wintry, magical books yet? I am!

Faye

Posted on 24 November, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Behind The Blog #28 – Driving to Nowhere

Posted on 23 November, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

Travelling is something that happens a lot as we get nearer to Christmas. Relatives going all over the place to stay in touch. So this week we’re talking about Road Trips. Are you someone that likes road trips? Do you have any great road trip stories to tell us all about? What about disaster stories? Do you prefer driving or being the passenger? Is music a must-have accompaniment for your drives? If yes, do you have any specific road trip playlists? Take this wide subject on its journey, and make it your own.
In relation to media; What books or films do you know and like that have road trips in them? Any that you want to watch or read but haven’t yet?


Driving is one of those tasks that I would struggle to live without. Ever since I was old enough to get a licence (which was 17 as I live in the UK), I got my provisional licence and learnt to drive. Less than a year later I had a full licence and my very own first car. Ever since then, I’ve been inseparable from my vehicle… or not that particular car as it turned out to be a money guzzler with the amount of times it broke down, but simply inseparable from driving in general. To me, driving means freedom to go where I want to go, when I want to go. No waiting on lifts from others or using public transport which is rarely reliable. But really, what I like about driving is the simple act of doing it. It has a way of just making me feel complete – as corny as that sounds. Therefore, it is no surprise that road trips are one of the things I love most. Me, driving my car for hours on end? It is extremely amazing.

When I was at university, I would often come home for the holidays or for other reasons, and that meant I would jump into my car and drive for three and a half hours straight. It was just me, the road, and my music blaring out full blast and I loved every minute of it! It was great to feel so at one with the road, and to just peter along at the speed limit to get to my final destination. No cares in the world except for keeping an eye on the other vehicles around me and not driving dangerously myself. But road trips alone, while extremely fun, sometimes hold nothing against road trips travelled with others.

My dream is that one day I will fly over to America with a few of my girl pals and we’ll rent a car and road trip across and around the states of America until we’ve all seen what we want to or have time for. We’d have the music blaring, the windows down, and we’d simply have a blast together. Unfortunately, this has not happened yet, but I have been on a few great road trips in my life. The one that sticks out most was one that I took with my best friend, Louise. We were travelling to Cardiff for the weekend and it was a journey that took us seven hours, which may not seem like a lot to some of you Americans who travel for days, but it was my longest car journey – that I was physically driving – and it was also the best. For the entire journey we had music blaring, we sung to each other, we had issues with the AC in the car, we missed our exit, we got lost when we reached Cardiff and we basically just had a lot of laughs. It is one road trip that I think will always stick in my mind.

On the other side of things, when I was younger, our holiday’s were also taken within the UK and that meant long road trips. When we went with our mum it would always be my little sister nabbing the front seat and me and my older sister sharing the back. At first there would be arguments but as the journey got on its way, me and my older sister would actually lie down on the back seat until our little sister would moan that we were more comfortable then she was – bearing in mind, we had all of our sleeping bags and pillows in the back with us too. We also sang, most likely off tune, the entire journey too until mum would turn the music on to “concentrate” on the road. It’s possible she may have had to concentrate, or more likely, she was fed up with our singing. And then, of course, there was always the chorus of “Are we there yet?”. But I also liked the road trips, even if by the end we were all tired, cranky and stressed!

Generally speaking, the best songs to listen to when driving fast down the motorway are fast-paced, loud singing, known songs. They’re usually pop songs or songs you know all the words too that you can belt out. There can be no quiet melodic songs that put you to sleep and certainly no classical ones! While I never have a specific playlist when I go on road trips, I always make sure I stick to these rules when turning on my iPod. The few singers that always happens to end up playing at some point on the journey are Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne. They are the kind of artists that you can belt out, and everyone just knows. They’re loud, fun, and just go so well when you’re driving for long periods of time.


Despite being a lover of road trips, I haven’t actually read many stories that have road trips in. I would love any suggestions that you can give me though!

Saving June    Harry Potter 2

Saving June by Hannah Harrington; I loved this book, it’s been mentioned in a few other BTB topics but the road trip part of this book was really great, I loved it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling; I couldn’t go through this topic without mentioning the fun road trip that Ron and Harry take in their second year. After all, a car that flies? That’s totally worth mentioning!


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Posted on 23 November, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments