So this is one of those posts that I hate writing and one that I’ve been putting off and off but it’s time I finally posted it or I’m going to just stress myself out to much and that is kind of the opposite of what I want.
The truth of the matter is…
blogging is no longer fun
Ahhh. there. I said it. And it actually hurts to admit it. I love blogging and I have really enjoyed it but the last few months have just been TOO MUCH for me. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on in my life, been working more hours than I expected (which is a good thing) but all in all it left me in a blogging slump and a reading slump. I’ve finally pulled myself out of the reading slump (just), but I’m still struggling with my blog. My problem is that I’m only writing posts because I feel I have to, and not because I want to and that is not how I ever wanted my blogging to be. I feel pressurised to write reviews of books, the make sure that there are posts of some kind on my blog at least twice a week and it has just been dragging me down and giving me unneeded stress.
Here are some of the things that I want to change;
- I want to be able to read a book and not feel guilty that I don’t review it STRAIGHT AWAY
- I want to be able to NOT read for a day and not feel guilty because I’m already so behind on review books.
- I want to be able to NOT post for a few weeks and not feel horrible that I’m neglecting my blog.
- I want to WANT to post on my blog.
- I want to ENJOY blogging again.
- I want to ENJOY reading again.
Because of these things, I am going to be changing things around here.
- I am only going to post when I feel like posting. If that means I don’t post anything for a month, then so be it.
- I am only going to write reviews of review books – but I am not going to force myself to read review books.
- I am going to learn to enjoy my life, so in turn I can enjoy both reading and blogging, without feeling unknown pressure about both activities.
What this essentially means is that I may be going on a small hiatus. But then, I also may be back tomorrow with a post if I just get inspired enough to write a post. It means that I’m taking away the pressure of this blogging lark and hoping that will help me to come back into things. It also means I will have time to visit other blogs and do lots of commenting and just get back into the community of things.
But that’s not all.
This is a problem I have noticed happening for a while now and I actually told myself to give myself a month off. Thus behind the scenes I have been working with some bloggers and authors to bring you a bunch of interviews and guest reviews. These will all be posted in July which means that you actually won’t be viewing a post-less blog, there will just be a lot less ME on the blog for a month.
I will still be co-hosting the New Adult Readathon, and I will be fully commited to the read-a-thon as well. So please don’t worry about that at all!
I’ll also still be on twitter so if you want to just chat with me, please do!
In all honesty I’m really hoping that this will only last a month, and that having the time off will remind me of how much I used to love blogging and I’ll be back in full force in August, but I just wanted to post this in case that doesn’t happen. In my time away from blogging, I’m also going to be re-thinking the features I host here, having a look at my blogging schedule and just seeing if changing things up will help with anything. If there are any features you want me to keep, or would rather I never do again, please let me know! Your feedback on how I run the blog is always appreciated.
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.
So I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger lately and all my posting has been totally sporadic and it has been BAD and I really do apologise. I think, in a nutshell, it’s probably going to stay this way for a little while longer BUT I have things scheduled for the month of July and that should help to make things move properly again… hopefully… we’ll see! Anyway, moving on… here’s what you may have missed lately.
Just as I have been struggling to blog lately, I also started struggling to read and so I decided to combine the two and wrote a post on reading slumps. Check it out here
I have been to a few author events lately. One that was so fantastic I very nearly cried. To read more about them, click here.
One of the things I went to a panel about at the London Book Fair was about teen fiction needing a rating. I finally wrote a post about it here. You should definitely come by and give your opinions of the topic!
New Adult Readathon
Have you heard about the New Adult Readathon that I’m co-hosting with Laura yet? If not, you can find out all of the information on this event by just clicking here! The more the merrier! (And don’t forget to spread the word yourselves!)
Gaby is my blogger spotlight this month! You can read my interview with her here. I really hope it helps to show you how wonderful and brilliant she is. Thus, it’ll make you want to follow her blog so that you get to continue to witness her brilliance from now on!
Around the Blogosphere
Sarah wrote an interesting discussion on re-reads. You should join in the conversation here.
Carrying on a series can sometimes feel a little scary. Are you a reader who takes caution when opening the second book in a series or trilogy? Find out what Liza has to say about it all here, and add your own opinions!
Most books are always set somewhere. This week Alexa, as part of the Sizzle & Swoon feature she’s co-hosting has spoken about her favourite settings – as well as all the other co-hosts. Why not see what they are by clicking here and adding your own.
One of those things that you have to decide upon early on in your blogging career is whether or not you’ll use a rating system. Gaby has put her thoughts about this down in a post. Click here to see how she feels and let her knkow your thoughts on the subject as well.
Have you ever wondered how those gorgeous books on your shelves got their covers? If you head over to Nina’s blog, she’s hosted a lovely guest post by Levi Stack here, detailing how it happened for his book.
While she hasn’t posted in a while, it is always sad to see a blogger saying goodbye. Especially one as amazingly talented as Lisa. Head over here to read her goodbye and to say your own goodbyes to such a lovely blogger.
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?
So today I have an interview with the amazing Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads.
Hopefully this will give you a good idea as to how awesome she is.
Hope you enjoy!
Tell us a little something about yourself!
Oh dear, these are hard for me because I’m a rambler and talk a lot – not a little. But I’ll give it a go. My name is Gaby (not Ella Bee – although I think I’d respond to it by this point). I’m a 23 year old girl from New York City who loves books, baking, napping, diners and getting excited over just about everything.
How long have you had your blog?
I created my blog on November 29th, 2012, but the first post didn’t go up until November 30th, 2012. So my baby’s about 7 months old now? *pets my baby blog*
Do you enjoy running your blog?
I think there are times when I want to punch blogger in the proverbial face, but mostly YESYESYES A MILLION TIMES YES.
When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
NOPE. When I kicked off I was so self-conscious about everything from my blog name to my design to my review style to just about everything else (I still am, but the panic attacks are less frequent now). I didn’t think ANYONE would like/notice me because there are a million book bloggers out there and WHO CARES about another one with a super non-sensical blog name. But, like, I have Twitter followers and blog followers and blogging friends and support from my IRL friends who SURPRISE secretly loved YA all this time and we just never knew we had that in common. And I post A LOT. So who knew I could be so incredibly dedicated to something for so long like this?
So yeah, definitely a big fat NOPE.
Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
WHY YES. THERE IS. So when I started my blog I was like: HOW CAN I MAKE MYSELF STAND OUT? This is when I decided to get as silly as possible. This made me think of a friend of mine who’s SUPER silly and rearranged all of the letters in my name once and came up with Ella Bee (she clearly got lazy and didn’t use ALL of the letters in my full name, but whatever). So I stuck a Queen at the front (because I can’t help myself) and added a Reads at the end and here I am!
As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog, what you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc.
Oh jeeze. What do I post? Well, I do a couple of memes – Top Ten Tuesday weekly, Waiting on Wednesday every other week and Stacking the Shelves whenever I feel like I have books to show off. Then on the Wednesdays I’m not going Waiting on Wednesday, I run my original feature, WORLD OF BOOKS (http://ellabeereads.blogspot.com/p/world-of-books.html). On Fridays I do my discussion post and Monday and Thursdays are for reviewing. For now, Sundays are for my Veronica Mars Watch-Along, but that’ll end soon, so we’ll see what happens to it. I think most importantly, if I don’t have anything worth saying for a Stacking the Shelves, I’ll skip Saturday all together and take the day off (and back to the Watch-Along thing, I might make it a WEEKEND off instead of just Saturday once it’s over). Yeah. So that’s my very detailed schedule, in case you couldn’t pick up on the pattern (which is okay because, like, having a schedule doesn’t always mean sticking to it?).
Um. I think that whole paragraph answered more than I thought it was going to. But, ultimately, I guess I cater to people who like YA, lists, discussions about everything and Veronica Mars. Which, when I put it out like that, describes ME pretty well.
Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
Yeah. I just went through all of this. But SIGN UP FOR WORLD OF BOOKS. I WANT YOU ON MY BLOG. I DO. And my discussions are my favesies, so make sure to check those out!
What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I have never done a tour, hop, blitz… none of it. I don’t know if I’ll ever start participating in them. I feel like I have a lot going on as it is and I don’t totally get the whole tour/hop system so I think I’m going to wait until I have more time to work out all that stuff before I have a definitive answer.
What is the best book you read in 2012?
The If I Stay/Where She Went Gayle Forman duo of awesome. Or Seraphina. AND The Fault in Our Stars.
What about so far in 2013?
For Darkness Shows the Stars. No. Scarlet. No. OH. GRACELING. But then also Ferryman and Through the Ever Night. Yeah. I have lots of favorite things.
Has there ever been a book that you haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
I actually have a really hard time DNFing (I’m actually posting a disc post on this on Friday so feel free to link it ^_^). I know some people will stop after 80 pages or whatever if they’re not already into it, but I personally don’t feel like that’s enough because a lot of books start slow (and I happen to like A LOT of books that start slow). So I’ll keep going until page 150-200, still be unhappy, but finish it anyway because it’s only another 150-200 pages. Which I know sounds like a lot, but if I’m already half done I might as well know how the ending goes?
Basically I’m a neurotic control freak. Better you know that about me now.
What is your favourite book genre?
Either contemporary or fantasy. I also really like sci-fi and steampunk. And I REALLY like crossovers. A lot. But it’s not always done right so it’s kind of iffy for me. OH! And I love retellings (fairytale, mythology…)
So that’s not one genre, but, well, whatever. I’m always hard pressed to come up with a favorite ANYTHING.
Quick Fire Round
ebook or hardcopy?
ya or adult?
vampires or werewolves?
REMUS LUPIN – *cough* er… WEREWOLVES
chocolate or vanilla?
harry potter or twilight?
four or peeta?
series or single?
blogger or wordpress?
errr… ummm… *looks around to see if Blogger’s watching me* *sees it out of the corner of my eye* BLOGGER (for now)
And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
COME VISIT ME. ALL THE TIME. AND BE SURE TO SAY HI. I LIKE NEW FRIENDS.
Thanks for all the brilliant answers Gaby! It’s been great hosting you. If you’d like to know more about Gaby, you can follow her blog here
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada
I started reading Pantomime because it came highly recommend via a fellow blogger. Usually I agree with the books they like and so I knew that I had to pick this book up to read. Fortunately, once again, she had hit the nail on the head. This book was one that I thoroughly enjoyed and am incredibly glad that I decided to pick it up and read it. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started reading, except knowing that it was set in a circus, and I was instantly blown away by the words on the page. After just finishing Night Circus which I wasn’t too enthralled with, I wasn’t sure if this would be a book I liked but I was proven drastically wrong. This book is completely unique and is just an incredible read.
The hardest part about reviewing books is talking about them without spoiling them for other readers and Pantomime is a book that is incredibly hard to review due to a rather large twist in the book. I will not be mentioning what it is, but just know that it made the book ten times better for me and I found myself truly enjoying the read. In all honesty, there should be more books like this one on the market! The plot of this book was compelling and entertaining and is also shrouded in mystery which helps to keep the reader entertained. I enjoyed the descriptions of Ellada and the circus, and found myself sucked into this world, fully engaging with the characters and hoping that everything would be alright for them.
With A Choice
There were a lot of characters mentioned in this book but none of them felt unrealistic in any way. They seemed to all be well-written and 3D which is always a lovely thing to get with books. My favourite character was Micah. I found him to be an incredibly interesting character. He had a lot of things to work through, a lot of secrets pulling him down and just seemed to be a genuine character who was afraid of just being himself in front of people. He was a character who was strong and often unsure of himself but always willing to just put himself out there; a brave individual who just wanted to be accpeted and understood. I also liked Gene as well. She was a character who was stuck with a secret and just wanted to feel free and happy. She was loyal to her brother, loved her friends but felt like a burden to her parents and didn’t feel natural in her own skin. I found her to be a compelling character that I quickly felt emotional over.
That Could Change
It would be unworthy to finish this book without mentioning Aenea and Drystan. I really loved Aenea, she was a vibrant character who I just instantly liked. There was such a likability to her, especially with how accepting she was of Micah to the circus. It is clear that she is a very spirited individual. Drystan was also a character I liked quite early on. He was a bit more reserved, and you could tell he kept a lot of things to himself but I quite liked the mystery surrounding him. He was also friendly to Micah and I just really liked the connection that the two characters had. Definitely keep an eye on these two when you read the book.
Everything You Have
One of the things that really pulled me into this story was the way that it was written with the chapters alternating between Micah and Gene. It was really nice to get the story in this way, allowing you to quickly see the full picture by the end of it all and feeling as though you know so much about the characters completely. I really feel that Laura Lam is an incredibly talented writer and one that I am definitely going to be keeping an eye on from now on. Her writing style is simply easy to read but full of description, which allowed her to write a magnificent fantasy book with a lot of entertaining world building.
Overall, Pantomime was a book that I am really glad that I read and one that I truly enjoyed. It was a different book to those I have read recently and I really liked how fresh of a read it was. A genuinely pleasant book that I was happy to have read and have to thank Daphne for the recommendations. This is a book that will surprise you, make you smile, and ultimately make you fall in love with Ellada and all the characters living within the world. It is a wonderful book that allows you to escape this world for a little while as you escape into a magical world. If you like YA fantasy reads and want something that is unique and intriguing, then you should definitely get your hands on Pantomime.
** 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. **
So I have a short discussion post for you today! And by short, I really do mean short – for which I really do apologise for but my motivation has just been shot in half lately, but that’s a post for a different day! Today I want to talk about reading slumps.
Supposedly everyone has a period of time where they just don’t feel like reading. Maybe they just want to do something else instead. But what happens when a long period of time passes and you realise you haven’t really been reading for a few weeks now? How do you finally get yourself out of that slump?
I am asking this to all of you because I have found myself currently in a reading slump.
The problem I am having is that I’m struggling to finish books. I keep picking a book up, reading to about 10% and then finding myself bored of reading and putting the book down. Then, the thought of reading that same book just makes me not want to read at all, but then I get behind or get entised by something else so start reading that instead and then.. yeah… a loop ensues. So I want to know if YOU have some tried and tested theories to help get out of these horrible reading slumps.
I want to read, I just don’t feel like reading. So tell me, how would you/do you solve this?
I’m here today to tell you all about a new read-a-thon that I am co-hosting! And, if you haven’t guessed already from that button above, it’s the New Adult Read-a-Thon! I’ll be hosting this read-a-thon with the lovely and amazing Laura from Bookish Treasures!
So here’s some things that you need to know about it!
It’s a WEEK-LONG read-a-thon! (Yay!) That means you all get to read New Adult titles for an entire week – how cool is that?
It runs from 22nd July – 28th July! (So go pencil it in your diaries right now!)
There will be lots of activities going on throughout the week including mini-challenges, twitter chats, and giveaways! (awoohoo!)
You can sign up TODAY – and when you give us your e-mail address we’ll send you a lovely reminder e-mail closer to the date as well, and you can remove your sign up at ANY time.
TO SIGN UP; Simply link to your SIGN UP POST on the linky below. If you don’t have a blog and are joining us, just link to your tweet or status (Goodreads or FB) saying that you’re joining us!
We’re looking to YOU to help US! That’s right – we need some of you lovely bloggers to help us host some mini-challenges and giveaways! If you’re up for doing this, please fill out the form attached below!
Spread the word! We want as many people joining in the fun as possible so the further you help us spread the word, the more fun it’ll be overall. So let’s do this!
So today I am here to reveal to you on the stunning cover of Vanessa Brooke‘s Dead Run. I also have the synopsis and the first chapter for you as well! Hope that you enjoy and look forward to reading this as much as I do.
(I’m intrigued, aren’t you?)
Carly Rios was supposed to go to college, forget about her first love, and live a normal life. That was the plan until the whole world went to hell and the dead started becoming…not so dead.
Forced to live in the same quarantine as her abusive stepfather, Carly is hanging on to life by a thread, as she dreams of a normal world outside of the community. But when tragedy strikes home, Carly has no choice but to try and escape with her brother Michael. On the night that Carly plans to leave the community, chaos erupts, causing her plans to backfire, unleashing the undead inside.
Now, Carly must reach out to Joshua Tremell, a man from her past, and the one who left her heart in pieces. Trusting Joshua is one of the hardest things she’ll ever have to do, but without his help it’s only a matter of time until Carly loses her brother Michael to the undead.
Two months after returning from fighting over seas and coming home to face a world overtaken by the undead, Joshua Tremell is accustomed to death and losing the ones he loves. But when fate brings him back to his childhood sweetheart Carly Rios, Joshua realizes there are some things still worth fighting for.
Carly is the last person Joshua thought he’d ever see again, let alone in the same quarantine. Facing off shufflers isn’t easy, but the thought of losing the only girl he’s ever loved again, is even worse.
With a second chance at redemption, Joshua would give anything to save Carly and help her get her little brother back, but Joshua has more secrets than he can tell, and his past mistakes are bound to collide with the future he’s dying to earn.
For Carly and Joshua, crossing the wasteland is just the beginning…
*Mature Content Warning: 17+ for language, intense violence against the undead and adult situations.
If you want to read the first chapter of this inticing story! All you have to do is CLICK HERE
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?