Top Ten Tuesday; Books That Deal with Tough Subjects

Posted on 14 May, 2013 by Faye - 8 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 books that deal with tough subjects.


This week I have done things a little differently by doing a vlog of my top ten! Hope you enjoy.
(As a side note, I realised afterwards that I missed Easy by Tammara Webber, so think of that book as my cheeky number 11. It is an absolutely FANTASTIC read.)


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Posted on 14 May, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Cover Reveal; Eversea by Natasha Boyd

Posted on 13 May, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am here to reveal to you on the stunning cover of Natasha Boyd‘s Eversea. I also have the synopsis and an excerpt for you as well! Hope that you enjoy and look forward to reading this as much as I do.

(Isn’t it pretty?)

Blurb:
What if your book boyfriend was real?

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Jack Eversea is AWOL. Just weeks before scheduled promotion for the third and last installment of a book-to-movie global phenomenon, the Hollywood hottie’s onscreen and real life girlfriend is photographed cheating on him. Already disillusioned with his vapid life and tired of trading on his looks, Jack runs clear across the country to a tiny southern coastal town to hide and wait it out. He doesn’t count on having to reveal his identity the first night he’s there.

Keri Ann Butler has dealt with enough pain in her life. Orphaned twice over, first her parents, then her beloved Nana, she is singlehandedly trying to maintain the Butler family home–a beautiful, old southern mansion that she works hard to keep up while her brother finishes med school. And when he does it will be HER turn to live her life, go to college and leave the tiny coastal tourist town. That was the deal they made. Boys? There ARE no eligible boys, certainly none that live up to the fantasy she has created from the many books she’s read. But suddenly she’s face to face with the man who played her fictional hero. Normally sensible Keri Ann struggles not to fall for Jack’s easy charm, and to separate out real Jack from his character, Max. But Jack, against everything he knows is good for him and his career, is inexplicably drawn to this sweet, sassy, southern girl who seems to see straight through his act. When he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, their increased proximity has them fighting an explosive attraction that will lead to them making decisions that could alter the course of both their lives.


Teaser:
Jack stepped toward me. If it was possible, he suddenly looked predatory.
Pressing my back further against the cool wall at his approach, I held my breath. He planted his palms flat against the wall behind me, his body hovering a scant inch from mine and his head ducking straight down to my neck.
“I’m glad we have our reasons laid out, Keri Ann,” he said quietly, breathing words into my ear in a torrent of snapping electricity. “But that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen.”
My stomach flipped over, and my breath whooshed out into a deep and embarrassing pant. Placing my hands against his hard chest, I pushed him away to arms length. “Wow, did anyone ever tell you how arrogant you are?”
“Not arrogant. Confident. There’s a difference.”


I don’t know about you but I am definitely intrigued by this New Adult novel! What are your thoughts on the cover/blurb/teaser?

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Posted on 13 May, 2013 by Faye - 7 Comments


Bout of Books 7.0 Goals & Updates!

Posted on 12 May, 2013 by Faye - 21 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.


Goals

  • Read at least four books; I think this may not be possible but I hope I can do it nonetheless!
  • Participate in at least two challenges; I have always loved the challenges for this.
  • Participate in at least one twitter chat; Definitely one of my favourite things about read-a-thons so looking forward to this.
  • Comment on blogs & make new blogger friends; Who doesn’t like doing this?

Books


Updates

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: two halves
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (finished) and Absent by Kate Williams (started)

Tuesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 3/4
Total number of books I’ve read: 1 3/4
Books: Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (finished), Absent by Kate Williams (finished) and Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer (started).
thoughts: I really loved Absent. It made me cry and it was only 180pages long but it killed me and I just found it really great! I struggled to put Spirit down as I am SO drawn in. I actually think I’d faint if I ever met Brigid Kemmerer! Hoping to finish this one today, if not to just get very far through it!

Wednesday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1/2
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 1/4
Books: Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (finished), Absent by Kate Williams (finished) and Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer (continued)

Thursday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1/2
Total number of books I’ve read: 2 3/4
Books: Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (finished), Absent by Kate Williams (finished), Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer (finished) and Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore (started)
thoughts: I LOVED Spirit. Like, really, really, really, LOVED IT. I had a major book hangover when I finished it and had to do lots of different things before I could start Evanescent. I’m still thinking about it as well which is just… interesting! I am also really liking Evanescent so far! I’m about 10% into the book and am finding it really compelling and interesting and great. Looking forward to hopefully finishing it today or early on tomrrow. I also did a mini-challenge yesterday meaning I’m really going through my goals, yay!

Friday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 3 3/4
Books: Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (finished), Absent by Kate Williams (finished), Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer (finished), Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore (finished) and Screaming Staircase; Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud (started)
Thoughts: I really enjoyed Evanescent! It was really fast-paced, had a really great plot and just reminded me why I really like Gabriella Lepore! I have only just started Screaming Staircase but I am thoroughly enjoying it already and I really can’t wait to read on and see where this book takes me! I also realised I haven’t quite read 4 books yet so if I want to hit 5, I have to finish this one and half of another so as I have work today and will be travelling by bus and my ARC is huge and heavy, I’m going to take a different book with me to work. I just haven’t decided which yet!

Saturday
Number of books I’ve read today: 3/4
Total number of books I’ve read: 4 1/2
Books: Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (finished), Absent by Kate Williams (finished), Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer (finished), Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore (finished), Screaming Staircase; Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud (started) and One Seriously Messed-Up Week in the otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson (started).
thoughts: I was supposed to only start One Seriously Messed-Up Week on the bus to and from work but as soon as I started reading this story, I realised that I was completely and utterly hooked and there was nothing I could do except continue to read. I ended up reaching to about 75% before the day ended! I now hope to finish the last of it today and hopefully finish Lockwood & Co as well but I also have household chores to do so I’m not sure I’ll accomplish both but I hope I do! On the other hand, I have completed THREE of my FOUR goals. I feel very proud of this :D

Sunday
Number of books I’ve read today:
Total number of books I’ve read:
Books:


Mini-Challenges

Acrostic Poem!
This mini-challenge was hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog and I stumbled across the challenge just after finishing the simply stunning Spirit! Thus… my poem is kind of um… gushing :D.
Spirit Acrostic Poem

Book Spine Poetry!
Hosted by Smash Attack Reads! I didn’t realise this was a genre specific spine poetry until AFTER I’d made my poem but on reflection could say that they’re all YA and could all (kind of) be described as Fantasy so wooo! It works… hopefully. :P
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Hidden Among Us, Inside Out;
The Lost Girl.
The Girl with the Iron Touch.
Gone. Forever.

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Posted on 12 May, 2013 by Faye - 21 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Small Edition

Posted on 12 May, 2013 by Faye - 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

It’s been a bad week blog-wise for me this week. I got really busy offline and just couldn’t find the time to write any posts. Fortunately next week is less busy but it is also Bout of Books so I may not post much because of that but we will see!

I wrote ONE review this week;
Whisper by Michael Bray (FOUR HEARTS)

I also had the lovely Andrew Toy on the blog with a guest post about his book, The Man in the Box. You can see what he had to say here

I really enjoyed the LGBT read-a-thon I hosted last weekend! To read my wrap-up post of the read-a-thon, Click Here


Giveaways

There are two giveaways going on, on the blog at the moment!
One is being run as part of a blog tour and can be found here.
The other is being run by me and is the chance to win an LGBT book of choice. Find out more by clicking here.


Bout of Books

As mentioned above, I’ll be participating in Bout of Books 7.0 next week! I will be posting a goal post this evening and will be updating that throughout the week but if I participate in any mini-challenges I MAY create a new post for each, depending on how I feel so this is just a warning that my blog may be a little overrun next week!
Are you participating too? Let me know as I’d love to keep updated with how you’re going on and to chat with you throughout the week as well!


Letterbox Love

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A slow week with books which I’m grateful for as I keep looking at my TBR pile and wanting to cry, so you know… good to cut back a little bit!

Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble; Bought for kindle after high recommendations from Sarah and Brigid! Looking forward to reading this.
Where You Are by J. H. Trumble; Bought for kindle for the same reason as above! What can I say? My LGBT read-a-thon inspired me!


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?

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Posted on 12 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Tour Review; Whisper by Michael Bray

Posted on 12 May, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

Author: Michael Bray
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 19th April 2013
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Summary:
It was supposed to be a fresh start, a place for Steve & Melody Samson to start their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home – an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the local villagers, who are desperate to keep their sleepy town free from potential media attention. As Steve and Melody begin to notice the strange and bizarre things that are happening to them, they begin to unravel the complex web of lies and deceit perpetrated by the locals. Told both in a modern day narrative and flashbacks to the Buildings construction in the 1800s, we learn of the terrible things that reside within Hope House, and the reasons for the history of murder, suicide and insanity for the previous owners of the house. As Steve and Melody delve ever deeper, they are plagued not only the malevolent forces that reside within the house, but also the very real attention of the increasingly unstable realtor Donovan, who has horrific secrets of his own that he will go to any lengths to keep a secret.

Everything Will

While I don’t read them very often, I do love reading horror stories. I find that movies are hard to endure as the tricks are often easy to see through and it’s all just a pile of gimmicks, which is great at first but gets a bit boring eventually. Whereas books have a tendency to dive a little deeper, to get into the nitty and gritty of emotions and to really build the tension through sentence structure and hidden mysteries. Whisper by Michael Bray has everything needed for a good horror story and while it wasn’t one that completely gave me a wow factor, it was a book that I did really enjoy and one that I’m glad I read. It’s just unfortunate that there were a few issues I found with this book, but more likely than anything else these issues are more personal then anything else – especially as a lover of horror books!

Be Fine

The one thing that Michael Bray has achieved is a deep, dark, twisty plot that gets your heart racing. With lots of different things on the horizon, he manages to pull the reader and makes them eager to keep turning the pages. Where you’re taken in one direction for one thing, at the same time you’re being pulled elsewhere which was a really interesting way of doing things. The only problem I had with the plot was that it often got a little bit repetitive. While the scenes of the history were different, they were also the same and it just got a bit irritating to keep reading the same thing. But I also read it on its own (whereas I normally read more than one book at once) and so I was probably just noticing it more than I would have. I can definitely see why it was useful in the book, but it was just something that I struggled with. The rest of the plot was really good though and made up for this small bit of repetitiveness.

As Long As

As mentioned above, one of the best things about horror novels is the way that they can dig deeper into emotions, especially with well-written characters and Michael has achieved this quite well. These characters have depth, they have flaws, but they’re also not the kind of characters who have inhumane strength. They don’t intentionally run into danger and are often seen to struggle getting out of it and I liked that about the book. It helped to make it more real, really bringing a horrifying aspect to the novel. Despite this, I really wasn’t a fan of the main protagonist Melody. But, this was more of a personality crash for me, if I met her in person I would probably roll my eyes and refuse to be friends with her, but that doesn’t mean that she wasn’t a well written character, she just wasn’t for me. Steve, on the other hand, was a great character who was protective, charming, stubborn, and a little obssessed but he almost always had his wife at the forefront of his mind and I liked being able to see that.

You Leave

The very first thing that captured me about this book is the set up of the chapters. This book jolts you throughout the history of the house and the woods and it instantly had me hooked and wanting to read on. I found it to be exhilariting to capture all of the different moments. When it started to settle on Melody and Steve, I was grateful and looked forward to staying in the presence. Which is probably another reason why when it went back into the history, I didn’t particularly enjoy it. But it can be said that the style really works in the books favour as it makes you eager to continue reading to know what is actually going on and how it will all end up in the end. It is finally worth mentioning Michael Bray’s writing which was the real clincher for me. It was compelling, interesting, and shows that he has a lot of talent. I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more of his work.

Before It Whispers

All in all, Whisper is a book that aims to set your teeth on edge and to pull you out of your safety zone and it does a good job at it. If you’re looking for a read that is dark, scary, and fully of spiritual and physical horror, then this is definitely the book for you. It is great at building the tension, of keeping the reader entertained, and of just bringing a very unique and good story to life. It is a book that I am really glad that I got a chance to read and would easily recommend to others. While there were a few things that I struggled to enjoy within the book, it is definitely a book that I liked and one that I am certain others will enjoy as well. Especially readers who are less nit-picky then I am! Michael Bray is an author I’ll be keeping an eye on from now on.

Four Stars

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

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Posted on 12 May, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Bout of Books 7.0!

Posted on 8 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

It’s that time again! Time for another Bout of Books! Last time I didn’t get as much reading done as I hoped so I’m really hoping I get the chance to get a fair chunk done this time round and a chance to join in on the twitter chats as well! I don’t yet have a clue what books I’m going to be reading yet, but I’ll be posting my goal post in the next couple of days so I guess I better think about it.

Are you participating in Bout of Books 7.0?
If you’re only just hearing about it for the first time, I would definitely recommend checking it out, it’s a great read-a-thon as everyone is so friendly and welcoming! It’s a great way of realising how great the book blogging community is!

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Posted on 8 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Tour Guest Post; Storytelling Magic by Andrew Toy

Posted on 7 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I have for you all the lovely Andrew Toy on the blog for you all with a guest post about his novel, The Man in the Box. Hope you enjoy his words and hope that it may even make you want to pick up his book!
And there’s also a tour-wide contest going on as well! You can enter at the bottom of this post.


Storytelling Magic
By Andrew Toy

Many people who read The Man in the Box told me that it was like watching a movie. I take that as a great compliment, because I was very intentional about writing it so it would be read that way.

Here’s the thing. When I was younger, I wanted desperately to be a movie maker. I dreamed of attending the Oscars and fantasized about Tom Hanks handing me over my award for Best Director.

But let’s be real, here. Yes, even as a semi-fantasy writer, I can be real. Even though I grew up just outside the walls of Hollywood, there was no way I had the tenacity to be a Hollywood celebrity figure. I lacked the swag and bling required to glitz down Sunset Boulevard in style.

I still dressed like Zack Morris well into the twenty-first century.

So, having missed that opportunity, I chose a new piece of equipment as my camera – my pen. Literally, my pen; I do most of my writing in longhand. With my pen I can zoom in on people’s emotions, capture the mood of a particular setting, and reveal over-the-top action scenes that otherwise would be too expensive to produce in real life.

People ask me who has influenced me as an author and expect me to list other authors as influences. To be sure, I am an avid reader just as all writers should be, and I have my favorites, as well as those whose style and word-forming I adopt and am continually learning from. But my influences often times come from the guys behind the silver screens.

Spielberg, Howard, Shyamalan, and all the brilliant filmmakers at Pixar Studios. These are my influences. Because they show me how to tell a story. Anyone can write a few sentences and string them together to write notes, emails, articles – and, if persistent enough – books. But few have the talent for telling stories.

And the crazy thing about filmmakers is, they’re telling stories without saying a word, or writing a sentence. If you think about it, they’re pulling off that magical stunt we all wish we could – speaking their mind. They’re literally showing us what’s in their minds. Telling a story by stinging visuals together, their absence not even brought to our attention. That’s storytelling magic.

And that’s what I tried to do here with The Man in the Box. I didn’t want any person feel like they were reading a book, but rather, that they were watching a movie with their mind’s eye. I want them to see the emotion on Robbie’s face when he can’t choose between his fantasy world inside the box or spending time with his family. I want the reader to laugh at Robbie’s arguments with his daughter, to actually experience the dinosaurs nipping at them from behind, to feel the hot breath of the ghosts breathing down their neck.

I want The Man in the Box to be a movie-reading experience no one will forget. And so far, to hear readers say it, it’s accomplished just that.


TheManintheBoxCover Work provided Robbie Lake the perfect escape from his family. But his life is turned upside down when he is unexpectedly fired.
When he finds a new way of escape through a cardboard box, everything changes. The imaginary world of his childhood has evolved in his absence and is now more savage and hostile than even he could have dreamed. Robbie is drawn in by the excitement of his secret world, but will the cost of abandoning his family prove too high?


AndrewToyAndrew Toy lives with his wife and dachshunds
in Louisville, KY. He is currently editing books of nearly every genre and is a writing coach for aspiring authors. He
and his wife are trying to adopt their first child, and he is using the means of writing and editing to accomplish the
goal of enlarging his family. Check out some more of his writing and upcoming books on his popular blog: adoptingjames.wordpress.com.

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Posted on 7 May, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


LGBT Read-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Posted on 7 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Alas, The LGBT Read-a-Thon is over! I am starting this post by thanking each and every person who participated in this read-a-thon and I really hope that you had a great time!

If you did participate and felt that it was something you’d happily participate in again, please let me know! (via twitter, e-mail, contact-form, comments, etc). Or, if you didn’t participate but would like to if the opportunity arose, do get in touch!


Highlight

In case you missed it. The twitter chat on sunday was absolutely amazing and if you get a chance to read through the jungle of tweets, go look at the hashtag; #LGBTRead!
But, to know how amazing it was, take a look at this print screen;
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That’s right! We were trending!


LGBT Reviews!

Have you written an LGBT review? Why not link up to it here. It’s only open for one more day!


Giveaway!

Don’t forget to check out the Giveaway! You could win an LGBT book of choice or a bundle of swag! As a participant you get FIVE extra entries! And it’s open for two weeks so you have plenty of time to enter.


Goal Wrap-Up

Unfortunately for me, I ended up having a much busier weekend then I had first thought I would, so I actually only ended up reading one book; Pantomime by Laura Lam. It was absolutely amazing and I kicked myself that it took me so long to read! I hope to continue reading some more LGBT books as the week progresses though!
How did your goals go? Link up to them below!



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Posted on 7 May, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


LGBT Giveaway!

Posted on 6 May, 2013 by Faye - 13 Comments

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This weekend I’ve been hosting the LGBT Read-A-Thon and after such an amazing tweet chat yesterday – where #LGBTRead started trending worldwide! – I have decided that my giveaway today will be an LGBT one!


Prizes

- One winner will win an LGBT book of choice from TBD up to value of £10 ($15)
- One winner will win a bundle of swag (though unfortunately NOT LGBT themed)


Guidelines

  1. Open INTERNATIONALLY
  2. Winners will be E-mailed
  3. Winners will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen
  4. Following the blog is NOT required
  5. Full Terms & Conditions on Rafflecoptr widget. My Giveaway Policy can be found here
  6. Ends 20th May
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Weekly Highlights; LGBT Read-a-thon Edition

Posted on 5 May, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

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 TWO reviews this week;
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (FIVE HEARTS)
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (FOUR HEARTS)

Laura, my blogger spotlight for last month, wrote a post on her favourite New Adult reads. Have you read any of them? Check them out here


Blogger Spotlight

I announced my new Blogger Spotlight this week! Find out who it is and why they were chosen, here


LGBT Read-A-Thon

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This weekend I’m hosting the LGBT readathon! There’s still time to join us for the last two days if you want to. Just sign up here

If you’re signed up and missed it, here’s the welcome post!

Yesterday I posted a review Boy Meets Boy with a link to add reviews of LGBT books you’ve read here


Letterbox Love

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Had some good new books come through the letterbox this week that I’m super excited for!

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Lockwood & Co by Jonathon Stroud; I am SO EXCITED for this book. Like… really excited! And I was already giggling just from reading the press release that came with it so I am CERTAIN that I am going to really enjoy it!


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?

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Posted on 5 May, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment