2013 Genre Variety Challenge; February Review Links

Posted on 31 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

Genre Variety

The Genre Variety Challenge is in its second month! Wahooo! :D
The sign ups will be open throughout the year and can be found by clicking here

This is where you can add your reviews for the month of February! Obviously this challenge isn’t really set out by “months” as such, so simply add all the reviews you do this month to this linky and then again in March, etc.

Remember to keep a track of your own process so you know how well you’ve done!

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me

Good Luck!



Posted on 31 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Thursday’s Special Spotlight; Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Posted on 31 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

Special Spotlight

Thursday’s Special Spotlight is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. It is inspired by her library’s “Book of the Week” and Stepping out of the Page’s From the Review Pile. It also stems from how far behind I am on writing reviews and how guilty I often feel about it!

The idea of this feature is to spotlight books that I read e-ons ago that I absolutely loved and I feel deserve the spotlight on this blog! They will be accompanied with reasons as to why I loved them and why I think you should read them.


This weeks pick is Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked

I read this book for my very first Geeks Who Read book club meeting all the way back in May and I absolutely loved it. It was a story that really managed to pull me in and got me really interested in everything that was going on. Born Wicked is set in a fictional history where having magical powers could get you killed. These types of stories have always fascinated me and I was instantly intrigued by it all. Add this setting to a killer plot, a tangible romance, and a tough heroine and you have yourself one hell of a good story. But, if you wanted to read further into it, you could really dig into feminist theory with this novel with the oppressive women living beneath men and having no “power” without them, but they are merely afraid that the witches have the power to transition the world completely.

Arguably it was a long time since I read this book and I know I’m hazy on a fair few details but I also know that this was a book that captured my heart, a book that I read incredibly quickly and one that I was really glad to have gotten a chance to read. I really felt for the main protagonist and I loved the scenes with her love interest – especially one specific bookshop scene but I won’t be spoiling it for people who haven’t read it! Just know that there are some really romantic scenes hidden within this gem of a story!

Why should you read Born Wicked
While I can’t force you to read this book, I do believe that it is one that many should read. It is interesting, full of magic (I *know*, but my descriptive words have disappeared for now), and utterly captivating. I do, however, know that this book isn’t for everyone and I’m not going to start spouting that everyone will fall in love with it, but if you like witch stories, historical fictional stories, feminist stories and some lovely romance with a heroine who is fiesty and unwilling to just be backed into a corner, then this is more than likely going to be a book that you’ll enjoy! So, if you think you’ll enjoy it, why are you still without it? ;)

Faye

Posted on 31 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Book Review; Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Posted on 30 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

Mystic City

Author: Theo Lawrence
Publisher: Corgi Books
Published: October 11th 2012
Pages: 397
Format: Paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can’t conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.


Things Aren’t Always

As soon as I heard about Mystic City I was instantly intrigued. It sounded like such an amazing read with a really interesting premise, so it was with disappointment that I finished this book feeling that it had not lived up to its potential. This was a book that I had really wanted to work out well but it, unfortunately, just really fell flat off the mark and I have to admit that I almost gave up on the book entirely part way through but decided, instead, to preserve but found that it never got any better. I can see how others may enjoy this book, but it just simply was not a book that captured all of my interests.

What They Seem

It was described in the press release as “an epic Romeo-and-Juliet style tale of a magical city divided”, which is a large reason why I was so intrigued by this book and I have to admit that this part of the book I did enjoy. I liked the divide within the city, it gave a very interesting setting for this book but that was where my enjoyment ended. The Romeo-and-Juliet style relationship didn’t quite cut it for me, and the journey that our main protagonist, Aria, goes on just was not appealing to me. There was enough action and suspense and mystery to keep me reading, and I was curious to find out where it was all going to lead eventually but by the time I reached the end, I just found I was disinterested in the story and just became annoyed with how it ultimately ended. I feel that because I like a story to be driven wholly by the protagonist, and not for the protagonist to simply be there, I struggled to fully enjoy this story.

We Must Question

One of the major reasons I really struggled with finding this book entertaining is due to how irritating and frustrating I found Aria to be. From the start she is disoriented – as you would expect her to be – but instead of really thinking and acting on her predicament, she simply seems to let things happen around her instead. I found her actions and her naivety throughout the novel to be utterly grating and while her character did grow slightly towards the end of the novel, she definitely was not the heroine I had hoped she would be. I feel like she just needed to show a bit more of her personality and she may have been an easier character to get along with but all in all, I just could not like her character.

On the other hand, Hunter was a character that I quickly found myself enjoying. He was mysterious, quirky, and incredibly protective and charming. There were many things that he did not just for himself, but to protect every one he loved and cared about. For me, he was the character that actually made small parts of this book readable. There were a few scenes that involved him that I found myself truly enjoying, so it was a shame that he couldn’t redeem the rest of the novel for me.

And Challenge

Alongside Hunter, another aspect of this story that I did actually find intriguing was the magic hidden beneath it all. I loved the city setting with the underground city beneath it, I adored the idea of the Mystics and everything that they represent and I loved the fact that they all protected one another and stood their ground. It was a really great part of the novel and another reason why I continued to read it as I really wanted to know what would happen in the end. Would it be that the world would change again? Would it be good or bad? These questions kept me turning the page and reading on. So it was disappointing when the ending finally came around and I found myself irritated, leaving me to question why I had continued reading instead of putting the book down and walking away because it really wasn’t a book that worked out for me.

All That Arises

All in all, Mystic City had a great premise, it had an amazing setting and a few interesting characters to balance it all out but the storyline just was not enough to keep my attention, and ultimately the ending just really ruined it for me. I feel I may be looking at the book in a harsher light then I should simply because I had been so very excited to read it and it is always difficult when such excitement then suddenly falls flat. However, I do still see the appeal in the book and I feel that if you like books that have a little magic, can see past a heroine that is naive and gullible, and like a little romance then this book may just be the perfect read for you. Plus, it does have a spectacular setting that may be able to redeem the book for you. I’m not sure yet if I’ll read the second book in this series when it comes out, but I do know that despite disliking it I am glad that I read Mystic City and I only hope that your experience reading it will go down better than mine did.

** 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. **

two out of five hearts

Faye

Posted on 30 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Reading Pet Peeves… or rather… grrr!

Posted on 29 January, 2013 by Faye - 24 Comments

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Last week I wrote a post on my reading habits and as it had such a great response – and I really enjoyed it – this week I thought I would take a different stance and tell you all about my top pet peeves when it comes to reading! It is highly likely that all avid readers have those small little things that make their blood boil under their skin, but I’m curious if any of you share the same irritabilities as me.


  1. Oh! What ARE you reading?; You know that moment when you’re in the middle of an epic battle and someone sits next to you and asks you what book you’re reading? Yeah, to show my irritation at THAT question I normally just lift the book closer to my face. Oddly, most people then assume you’re showing THEM the cover…
  2. Stop wasting your time reading.; This is for the people that don’t believe reading is a worthy pasttime. For those who stick their noses in the air when you tell them that you’re in the middle of a party reading a book on your phone. It is to these people that I shrug my shoulders, for they are missing out on some of the most amazing pieces of literature and I feel sorry for them.
  3. Oh! Wasn’t it great when…; SPOILERS are my BIGGEST enemy. I hate them. It’s not a case of anything else except that I just really cannot stand to know what I am about to read – what then, I ask, is the point in reading when you already know the shocking parts? If you knew how your life would turn out, would you still want to live it?
  4. The NEXT Twilight; No. Just, no. Bad marketing. Bad advertising. I hate it so much. I would rather not walk around reading a book that claims to be the next twilight. I have been put off books with this on but one I did read and I found myself loving it and it was nothing like twilight. It really worries me the lengths that have to be taken to get people to read certain books…
  5. I only read bestsellers; Close-minded readers annoy me. The ones who only read popular books, or books on Richard and Judy’s list, ones that have won awards and are spectacular. Sure, these books should be read but so do so many other hidden gems that you’re neglecting because you’re picky. Do you avoid watching certain films because they’re not Oscar-worthy?
  6. I have a new coaster; I’m not kidding. I have SEEN people use BOOKS as coasters, hell I’ve seen them used to steady tables and every time my heart dies a little bit. How can you ruin books this way? It’s so terrible, and sad, and it makes me want to hurt people. *shifty eyes*
  7. It was there a minute a go; One thing I do a LOT is lose bookmarks. I don’t understand it a lot of the time. I’ll put it down, get to reading, and then BOOM, the bookmark runs away. There really are few things that are as irritating as this. But I reckon if I were to ever move my bed away from the wall, I’d find a whole stack down there…
  8. Paperback vs Ebooks; All you supporters of ebooks who prefer them to paperbacks? Yeah, I have issues with you. I do love my kindle and I read my books from it all the time, but nothing, NOTHING will ever replace my paper copies. They are my babies, they are PREFERRED, and it will always stay that way. Ebooks may be the future but I’m sure as hell going into that future kicking and screaming.
  9. Libraries aren’t needed.; I feel strongly about this. I completely disagree. I am certain that even with this new future of ebooks and eaudiobooks, libraries will still be there, ready to HELP you in every way they can. I have a feeling they may be the last things left on the high street in the years to come. So don’t lose faith, but support yours. Anyone that thinks they’ll disappear has clearly never been inside one…
  10. Talk, Talk, Talk.; The BIG one. The one where you’re just sitting there, minding your own damn business and then someone thinks it is the PERFECT moment to start a conversation with you. The worse moment when this happens is when you take a few moments to respond and the other person gets irritated with YOU.

  11. So there we have it, some of my reading pet peeves. I’m sure I could have come up with many more but I did find that these were harder to come up with then my habits – but probably because habits are things I do everyday – but I am certain there are still more irritating things just waiting under the surface. What about you though? What things make you feel like you’re a ticking time bomb when you’re reading?

    Faye

Posted on 29 January, 2013 by Faye - 24 Comments


Review Copy Cleanup!

Posted on 28 January, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

*runs around in circle* it’s back, it’s back, it’s back! And right when I need it too :D

But what IS it I hear you ask? Aside from being a brilliant challenge hosted by two amazing bloggers, it’s also really fun and helpful!

Taken from Books, Biscuits, and Tea;
What is the Review Copy Cleanup?
RCC is a month-long event in which Celine from Nyx Book Reviews and myself challenge ourselves to read as many review books as we possibly can. We are both notorious for accepting way too many review requests and consequently, our to-be-read piles are pretty daunting. In order to get some extra motivation we invented Review Copy Cleanup. This year we are keeping things simple – no challenges or scheduled Twitter chats, just weekly updates so we can all keep track of each other’s process – and lots of reading, of course. You’re welcome to keep track of the challenge in the way that’s most convenient for you.

Interested?
*why wouldn’t you be?*
Then head over here to sign up!

Why Am I Signing Up?
I am in way over my head with review copies and I really need to try and make a better dent in them! This is the perfect opportunity for me to do so with some other awesome bloggers. Knowing I’m not the only one struggling under my TBR pile is always pretty nice! I hope that you’ll think about joining us :D

Faye

Posted on 28 January, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


Monday’s Movie Musings; Top Ten Romantic Comedies

Posted on 28 January, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments

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Monday’s Movie Musings is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. The idea of this feature is to have all of my movie things occuring in one place. Whether it is a review, article, or something else, this feature will just be all about movies.

This week I am being inspired by the Broke & the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday meme and will be listing my top ten favourite romantic comedy films. Most likely I will forget a whole bunch of absolutely great ones, but these are some of the films that I would easily watch over and over and over again!


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  1. Leap Year (2010); This is one of my ultimate favourites, it always has me laughing. There’s just something about it that just works.
  2. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011); Absolutely adored this film when I saw it in the cinema and am glad that it doesn’t lose its awesomeness after every re-watch.
  3. 27 Dresses (2008); A film I loved as soon as I saw it and is one I have watched countless times. I look forward to watching it many more.
  4. Definitely, Maybe (2008); An absolute gem of a film. This one is full of love and the complications that come with it too. Such a sweet story that I love.
  5. In Her Shoes (2005); A story that really struck home when I watched it but one that I also just really loved. It’s one that really makes me tear up but it is so worth it.
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  7. Chalet Girl (2011); A classic cheesy film with young love. Plus the setting is spectacular. How could you not love this film?
  8. The Notebook (2004); This is the ultimate romantic comedy and one of my absolute favourites. This one has to be watched with caution but is the film that really capitalizes the genre.
  9. 500 Days of Summer (2009); Quirky, different, but still packs a punch. This film instantly became one of my favourites and I love sharing it with people who haven’t watched it yet!
  10. Stranger Than Fiction (2006); This film always makes me inspired to write, it is really interesting and lovely. A true story about love and life and death.
  11. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008); I instantly fell in love with this film when I watched it. It is the perfect kind of humour for me, an amazing guy and just a brilliant story that you can’t help but enjoy. (Oh the weather outside is weather!)

And there we have it! My top ten romantic comedies. What are your favourites? Do we share any of the same ones? Are there any you think I may have missed?

Faye

Posted on 28 January, 2013 by Faye - 11 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Winters Respite Edition

Posted on 27 January, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

weekly highlights

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

I wrote one review this week;
Now Is Good by Jenny Downham (THREE HEARTS)

This week I wrote about the Oscar Nominations and highlighted who I would like to win – while also guessing who is more likely to win. Check it out and have your say here

For Top Ten Tuesday this week I listed the top settings I’d like to see more of, or rather, read more of. Check those out here and have your say!

We all have those little habits we deal with when it comes to reading so I compiled a post for you of my reading habits or, as I like to call them, quirks! Feel free to check out the post here and tell me what your habits are!

My Thursday Special Spotlight this week was Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman. Click here to see why I reckon you should pick this book up and read it as soon as possible.

The Behind the Blog topic this week was ghosts, you can find out all about my ghostly experiences as well as some of my favourite ghost-centered films and books by clicking here


Around the Blogosphere

This week Cait over at Cait Files wrote a post about gender stereotyping the YA market. Head over here to check out this really interesting, well-written post and have your say on the discussion.

New Adult is all over the place at the moment and Lucy at ChooseYA has told us all about her thoughts on the up and coming category. Head here to check it out.

If you’re looking for some entertainment this week, why not have a look at the ten worst book covers in the history of literature. I have to admit, I laughed at a few of these!

Cheryl Rainfield wrote a lovely blog post on the Insecurity of the Fiction Writer which I really agreed with. If you’re a writer, you should definitely check this out.


Letterbox Love

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Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Narratively Speaking where UK-based bloggers can highlight the books they’ve recieved each week. And here is what I got;

**photos to come later, having a few issues**

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffiths; This was a signed copy gifted to me by the lovely Jen at At Random to cheer me up when I was going through a tough patch. She is so genuinely awesome <3

The Holders by Julianna Scott; This is an advance copy from Strange Chemistry and am really looking forward to reading! It sounds like the kind of book that I’ll really enjoy :-)

Pantomime by Laura Lam; This was a surprise copy from Strange Chemistry. I have heard so much about this book though and I cannot wait to get stuck in! It sounds like just my kind of thing!

A $100 Amazon Gift Card; A giveaway win from Novel Publicity! I am very grateful for this but now need to contain myself from buying ALL the books. haha.


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

I hope to visit all posts of this manner, so feel free to link to your own IMMs, Sunday Showcase, Sunday Posts, Letterbox Loves or whatever it is you do below!

what did you get this week? what cool blog posts did you stumble upon? what are you waiting to happen this week?

Faye

Posted on 27 January, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Behind The Blog #37; Haunted Moments

Posted on 25 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 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!

The topic of ghosts is one that usually comes up when we’re children gossiping about haunted houses and freaky moments. So this week, I would like us to talk about ghosts as grown ups. Do you believe in them? Do you have any particular ghostly stories you’d like to share with us? Or is there a reason you simply don’t believe? What about any of the haunting stories you heard growing up, would you like to share it with us?
In relation to media, what are some of your favourite ghost stories?


I had an idea for this post all sorted in my head when I came up with this topic but then I got busy and now I’m sitting here not really sure what it was I wanted to say. I’m also incredibly tired and so I am certain that a lot of this post may not make sense and for that, I apologise. I will try to make myself coherent and this at least mildly entertaining but if you fear it will not be the case, you can probably just close the browser and walk away.

When it comes to ghosts, I’ve always been in a bit of two-three-mind-thought-process-thing about them. On the one hand, I love the idea of ghosts and the idea of hanging around once we’re gone and being able to haunt others. I also think their “existence” does help make fun ghostly stories, but on the other side of things, I struggle to actually believe in ghosts. In my mind, once you die that’s it. It’s over. So if it’s over, how could you possible stick around? I feel like this is a good way of thinking because the idea of being stuck as a ghost for eternity is really unpleasant, and if everyone stayed as a ghost, there would be too many to fit in the world – I’m sure! But, as mentioned above, ghosts do make for great stories and the rest of this post will be me sharing a few of the stories I heard or experience when I was younger.

The first ghost that comes to my mind whenever I think about them is the one that “lived” in my friends house. Whenever I went round hers she’d always be saying how haunted her house was but I really didn’t believe her or her stories. But then one night I was staying over and her mum was already in bed, we were downstairs in the kitchen when we both heard a floorboard creak. We looked at each other and she nodded at me. Then, we took a breath and went to go investigate but nothing was there. We both just stared at the empty hallway before running into the kitchen again and trying to calm down. It was a surreal moment but looking back I was believe the creak was probably a pipe as opposed to a floorboard and that I was just all scared by the darkness. But who knows?

This next story actually doesn’t involve any actual ghosts but rather some nasty ghost stories that led to us being scared out of our wits. It was a sleepover, it was probably three in the morning and me and a friend were sitting looking out at the eerie looking garden. We were swapping ghost stories we knew about when I decided to make one up about the very garden we were looking at. How the ghosts would be trying to get into the house, rattling windows and screaming but it was never any use. When my story was over, my friend told another featuring the things she saw in the garden as well. Lo-and-behold, we both ended up staring at the garden in horror before quickly closing the curtains and returning to the room to try and calm ourselves down. We had managed to scare ourselves with our own imaginations. It was pretty wild.

In my mind, the most horrifying depiction of a ghost are the ones that you see inside a house while you’re outside. The ones simply staring out the window either off into the distance or looking directly at you. Most ghost stories I can shrug off as some fun entertainment, but the simply idea of someone staring at something so intently like that, as though it has a purpose, just really freaks me out. Lord knows I would run a damned mile (if not more), if I ever experience anything quite so startling! Fortunately I haven’t, but I have heard a story of someone who saw something like it in an abandoned house – but my sceptic mind simply tells myself it was probably just a squatter.

So there we have it, some possibly true ghost stories and one that really wasn’t! What about you? Do you have any ghostly memories from when you grew up?


One of my favourite genres to read is paranormal and so I have read a wide range of different stories involving ghosts. Here are three YA novels; one is a romance, one a horror, and one is a lighter-romance. They’re three of my favourite YA’s with ghosts in at the moment!

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Hereafter by Tara Hudson; I loved this story from the first word until the last. It was such a lovely story. I loved the dark edginess it had to it while also just being a nice story between a girl and a boy. There were small issues with it, but none that could stop me from truly loving the story!

Unrest by Michelle Harrison; This story took my by the hook of the arm and guided me through. It was the first book I read as an audio-book and it was just absolutely fantastic. Gripping, horrifying, and just had a truly interesting storyline that had me hook and sinker.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake; I have loved Supernatural for years and this book hit the nail right on the head for me. Straight from the first chapter I was hooked and I couldn’t do anything but devour the words on the page. A truly interesting story that has a very complicated romance in it!


Just like with books, I love watching ghosts in films as well. Some ghost stories I find ridiculous and can’t find the strength to really get into them, but there have been some really great films (and television shows) to do with ghosts. Here are three films that I have actually enjoyed. One is deeply terrifying, truly invigorating stuff, one is a comedy that I adored, and the other is a more modern day horror which didn’t scare me as much as some but was still quite shocking.

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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003); Truly spectacular film. This one blew me away and made me just fall in love with Korean films all over again. They know how to make horror films. Yes they do.

Ghost Town (2008); It may not be the BEST comedy in the world, but it made me laugh and there were parts of it that I still laugh about regularly and therefore, it deserves it’s spot here as my favourite paranormal comedy – though Ghostbusters is a very close second!

Paranormal Activity (2007); I wasn’t effected by this film like some people – I wasn’t bothered enough to see the sequels for instance, but I did really like this film and found it to be entertaining. And there were a few moments that had my blood racing a little faster than normal.


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Posted on 25 January, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Thursday’s Special Spotlight; Boys Don’t Cry

Posted on 24 January, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments

Special Spotlight

Thursday’s Special Spotlight is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. It is inspired by her library’s “Book of the Week” and Stepping out of the Page’s From the Review Pile. It also stems from how far behind I am on writing reviews and how guilty I often feel about it!

The idea of this feature is to spotlight books that I read e-ons ago that I absolutely loved and I feel deserve the spotlight on this blog! They will be accompanied with reasons as to why I loved them and why I think you should read them.


This weeks spotlight is Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

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I read this book way back in July last year after going to the Blogger Brunch at Random House and being introduced to the series. I hadn’t even heard of the book before then and while just knowing it was a Malorie Blackman book should have been enough, it was the synopsis of the book that finally pulled me in and made me want to read it. When I was finished, I was so glad that I took the time to read it and have been anticipating the release of Boys Don’t Cry 2 ever since – but it still isn’t coming out for a while! This was one of those books that shows just how talented Malorie Blackman is with perfect characterisations, and emotions that hit you right in the heart due to how realistic it all feels. I could truly envision this happening to someone in the world today.

This book tells the tale of a young man who is about to have his dream answered by getting into univeristy, when his ex turns up on his doorstep and lumps him with his child – the one he had no idea even existed. I loved the premise of this book, but I also loved the journey that our main character goes on. He doesn’t want to accept this child as his own, isn’t ready to be a father and it shows so completely. There were times when I was gritting my teeth wanting to yell at him to stop being so naive. But, then there was his brother who actually made the book for me. I won’t spoil anything but it’s not outlined in the synopsis but his brother brings this story to life in such a powerful and magical way. If I didn’t already love everything that Malorie Blackman writes, then this book would have made me do so.

Why Should You Read Boys Don’t Cry
Without simply saying; because it’s a book not to miss, I would argue that you should read this book because it is so full of amazing moments that you really shouldn’t let pass you by. It makes you question so many things and really leaves you feeling happier and more warm after reading it. Malorie has written yet another gold-mine of a book and if this story doesn’t touch your heart, I’d be surprised. I had to control myself in the public setting I was in when I read one twist in this book that pulled my heart right out of its socket. If you want a book that is powerful, invigorating, and full of perfect attention to detail, then you should read Boys Don’t Cry – especially if you’ve read and loved Wonder.

Faye

Posted on 24 January, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Reading Habits… er… Quirks?

Posted on 23 January, 2013 by Faye - 26 Comments

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So, one thing that every reader in the world will be able to admit to, is having particular things they do when reading. For some, these habits will be normal things – like refusing to dog-ear pages, but for others, like myself, you will find yourself doing rather odd things when you read. Today, I am here to reveal all those weird, quirky, crazy habits that I get up to when I settle down to read.


  1. Using Anything As A Bookmark; In all honesty, since blogging and winning a few piles of swag, this has gotten better but sometimes I still manage to find myself without an actual bookmark and it is these times when really anything will do. Mostly I end up using receits or old tickets but I have been known to use an old sweet wrapper before now…
  2. Reading To The End of A Chapter; This is something that I don’t actually have a chance to do so much anymore due to reading at any spare moment on my phone or because of running out of lunch break time, but I also feel uneasy when I close a book without finishing the current chapter I’m reading. It’s almost like I’m stuck in the book world if I don’t finish it!
  3. Book Jacket Be Gone!; If I’m reading a hardback book, the very first thing I do before opening the pages is remove the jacket. I simply don’t like reading with it curled around the book – I am mostly worried about the damage but I also don’t like the feel of it so much. Of course, the only exception to this is with library books because taking the jacket off and on again isn’t exactly easy – and I should know as I cover them!
  4. Music Is Loud; Some people need to read in complete silence, some become so pulled in by the words that it doesn’t matter at all, but for me, I have to listen to music when I read and a lot of the time it also HAS to be loud. Like, I’m going deaf kind of loud. I find that the louder the music, the easier I can ignore it and simply concentrate on the words in the book. Yes, I realise this makes no sense whatsoever.
  5. Tea!; Not so much a habit as just a love. Reading and drinking tea is something I try to do all the time. I feel relaxed from tea and so adding a book to that equation is just pure genius.
  6. Simply Stare & Admire; Whether in the bookshop, at work in the library, or standing in my own room, I love to spend a few minutes staring at the shelves and just admiring books in all their glory. The knowledge that these little objects may contain words that will rip my heart to pieces before mending it again is just pure amazing, how could one NOT admire them for this ability? Besides… they’re so pretty.
  7. Piles, Piles, Piles.; I like to think that I’m one of those really organised people that has all her books on the bookshelf ALL the time. But I’m not. And I probably never will be. Instead I have random piles around the room. Books that have recently arrived. Books I’ve recently finished. Books I wish to read soon. Books I have to read soon (ARCs, etc). Books I’m currently reading. So you know… just a few…
  8. Notes Are No-No; Some people go pencil crazy in their books with underlines and comments and highlights and questions but I simply cannot stand the pages to be dismayed in this way. It really gets under my skin and so I just refuse to keep pens and pencils near any of my books. If I have a note about a book, it will go in my notebook but never in the book itself. I just can’t stomach it, you know?
  9. First Chapter Starts; If I get a new book that I’m really looking forward to or just find really interesting, I often find myself sitting there and reading the first chapter straight away. I may not read that book for another few months, if not longer, but I will almost always read that first chapter from the first moment the book is in my hands. I couldn’t answer why I do this, but I do know that it ends up meaning I read an awful lot of books at once… technically
  10. Sniff. Sniff. Sniff.; Yeap, that’s right, my final “quirk” is that I’m a book sniffer! It’s not just when I recieve a book though, it’s also while I’m reading it. I’ll just suddenly get the urge to pause, will pull the book closer to me and just SNIFF it with all I have. I love that smell of new books, it’s just so… stunning. There really is no better way to describe it.

There we have it. Some very odd reading habits that I have! I bet it was probably more than you ever wanted to know about me but then, why are you following my blog :P. I really enjoyed writing this post and was amused I managed to make it to ten without admitting some of my really awkward habits like changing positions every ten minutes while reading because I’m a fidget bum. I mean *cough*… what?

Anyway!

What are some of your reading habits? Do you share any with me? Or am I just a freak of nature? Let me know all!

Faye

Posted on 23 January, 2013 by Faye - 26 Comments