How To; TBR Jar

Posted on 14 August, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

Hey Guys!
If you watched my most recent Book Haul video you would have seen that at the end of the video I chose my next two books to read from two TBR Jars and today I am here to tell you a bit about them and to show how you can make your own as well!

First things first, what IS a TBR jar?
I would like to take this moment to say that I did NOT think up this idea. I got the idea from this video by Rincey Reads who got the idea from mothereffingbooks.
The idea of the TBR jar is to write out every book you need to read, fold them all up and put them in a jar in a random order so you can blindly choose what book to read next.

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As you can see, I had so many books to read that I actually had to make a second jar. One is for my hard-copies and the other for me e-books.

Let’s Get Started
writing So, the very first thing you need to do is write down all the books that you own. You can either do this with pen and paper – see photo – or you can write it out on the computer and then print them all off. I did it on the computer the first time around but wrote out the extra books that I’ve recieved recently just to make it nice and quick to add them into the jar.

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Cutting and Folding
cutting Once you have all the books written down somewhere, you need to get out a handy pair of scissors – I would recommend a big pair like in the photo if you have a lot of cutting to do because if not your hand might hurt quite a bit at the end! Then you need to cut the books out in long strips across the page. I did this a page at a time to save stopping and starting. I also did it while watching TV because I found that it was an incredibly long job!
foldingAs soon as you have a page worth of slips, you just need to start folding them. For this I folded them in half and then in half again but of course, you can fold them however you want. Once the piece of paper has been folded I put it straight into the jar to save me losing it, just remember to keep shuffling them around while you do it so you don’t know all the books that are at the bottom, middle, and top!

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Then, once you’ve finished all the pages you’ve written on, and placed them all in the jar. You have a fully functioning TBR jar! But before you can pick one out of the jar you should probably think up so guidelines. These will be personal to you. For example, my guidelines are;

1. If you pull out a third or fourth book in the series you haven’t read the second book of, read the second book and put the slip back.
2. If you’re REALLY not in the mood to read the book that comes out, you may re-pick but only ONCE.
3. Once you’ve read the book, feel happy and pick another choice!

But of course, you may have different rules to give yourself when it comes to your TBR jar. And once you’ve sorted those out, you can pick your first read!

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Hope that you all have fun if you make one!
Enjoy.

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Posted on 14 August, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Small Edition

Posted on 11 August, 2013 by Faye - No 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

So today marked the first week of blogging again after a long break and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Saying that, I am now ill and didn’t manage to schedule in any posts for next week so I’m hoping that it doesn’t last too long so that I can get some good posts up for you all. It is also why this highlights post is going to be nice and quick, and why there was no vlog this week! Hopefully be back to posting normally again soon.

However, next week I also start working full time so it may be harder to post because of that as well but I’m going to do everything I can. Just try not to hate me if I don’t post much in the upcoming weeks!

Moving on…

This week I posted a discussion about books-to-movies. Find out what I think about it all here

I also released a teaser video, check that out by clicking here

Finally, I did a quick post to you all what I’ll be reading this weekend – which all went out the window because I’m ill but I will continue to read these books during the week. Check those reads out here


Giveaways

I have one final giveaway going on which ends TOMORROW so enter before it’s too late!
Do so here


Two-Year Blogoversary

It is just over a month until my two-year blogoversary – which I’m still struggling to believe! – but I have absolutely no idea what to do for it. I have some books I’ve been saving for a giveaway but I want to do something more than just give things away and I was wondering if there was anything you wanted to see? Maybe you want me to talk about the blog, or to discuss how the blog has changed me or maybe you’re bored of all that and want something different? Just let me know!


Letterbox Love

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I got a nice little pile of books this week, including a few I’ve REALLY been looking forward to but I want to share them all with you in a video so as soon as I feel well enough I’ll make a vlog to show you all and will post it as soon as I do.

But do let me know what you got!


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 11 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Friday Reads!

Posted on 9 August, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments

Hey Guys!
Bit of a new post for me today as I am currently on holiday and thought it would be nice to have a simple post scheduled for you all to enjoy!
I have really enjoyed watching the Friday Reads videos on YouTube and it’s fun to see them all on twitter as well so I thought I would just add them all to my blog so you can see what you’re reading and let me know what you’re reading too!

So, this weekend I plan to read;

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Dreams by Daniela Sacrodoti; Halfway through this one so looking forward to seeing how it ends!

OMG! Is This Actually My Life? by Rae Earl; Looking forward to starting this one, it sounds fun.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas; Halfway through this one, scared to finish it as I’ve heard it’s devastating but also… it’s sooo good!

Dracula by Bram Stoker; Intrigued to finally getting around to reading this one!

Obviously there are a lot of books to get through and I probably won’t finish them all but I’m going to try! So… what are you reading this weekend?

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Posted on 9 August, 2013 by Faye - 6 Comments


Lockwood & Co

Posted on 6 August, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!
So a while back I read em>Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud and I absolutely loved it. Fell head over heels for the book and even got so inspired as to write a short story – something I haven’t done since I was sixteen!

Now my review of this amazing book will be posted on the blog at some point in the next few weeks but this is not the reason for this post. The reason is because Lockwood & Co has once again inspired me and so today I am revealing a teaser video for you all with the promise that something (hopefully) exciting will be following in the next few weeks!

Posted on 6 August, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Monday’s Movie Musings; Books to Movies

Posted on 5 August, 2013 by Faye - 5 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 have a discussion post for you all about Books to Movies.


This is a subject that actually really strikes close to the bone with me as I actually studied Screenplay Adaptation at university so I know all about the issues that the screenwriters face, as well as knowing how important it is to keep the heart of the book in the film. But the one thing that I learnt, and have always essentially known, is that books and films are two very different mediums and that the act of comparing the two is actually unfair on both the books and the films.

Yet we all do it, especially when it is a book that we have absolutely loved.

my sisters keeperAnd I am certainly to blame for these things. When I watched My Sister’s Keeper, I was so irritated with the new ending that I threw my sweets across the room – they really butchered it in my opinion. It was only when I re-watched the film and put the book out of my mind that I realised why they did what they did and how much it worked brilliantly for the film. It made everything flow nicely in the film, it got the main themes and messages across and while it didn’t have the dramatic impact that the book had, it still made the film whole, exactly as it should have done.

The biggest problem I have with book-to-movie adaptations are the amount of people who ask, “but did you read the book first?” This is a problem for me because a lot of time I will see a film and not even realise it was a book adaptation until it starts because so many books have been adapted recently. But what really irks me about this question is that it shouldn’t matter. Film’s are an entity all on their own and I really think that they should be looked at in that way. I know that sometimes this really isn’t possible, due to the fans of the books being adapted (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, City of Bones) but I firmly believe that they should only be looked at as films, not as film adaptations.

Why do I think that?

The Fault In Our StarsBecause everyone will want something different from the film due to their experience reading the book. Have you ever heard of the expression that the reader is the author? This was coined by Roland Barthes in his essay “Death of the Author”. By this he means that every reader will take a different message or experience from the story they read due to their own experiences. Someone who reads The Fault in Our Stars who knows someone with cancer or who has cancer will read it differently from someone who has never known anyone with cancer. Therefore those people will get a different experience from the book and will each expect something different from the film and will likely be disappointed when they do watch the film – just like I was when I watched My Sister’s Keeper for the first time.

Going along the lines that everyone experiences books differently, so will the screenwriter. They will then take all the best things about the book, maybe themes and messages they wish to convey and will then create a screenplay from that. It is why you could give three different people the same book and they will come up with three very different films. Take, for example, all of the different Romeo and Juliet adaptations. They’re all from the very same playscript, but they’re all incredibly different films because each screenwriter (and everyone else who helped collaborate on the film) had their own items that they wanted to incorporate into the film.

So, what I’m getting to here, is that the next time you watch a film adaptation, try to take a step away from the book and just appreciate the film for what it is, not what you wish it to be. Difficult, I know, but it could just make your experience ten times better.

What films have you watched recently that you couldn’t seperate from the book? Are they any film adaptations that you prefer from the book? What comments do you have to say about my thoughts on film adaptations, do you agree or disagree? Are they any film adaptations that you’re looking forward to at the moment?

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Posted on 5 August, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The “I’m Back” Edition

Posted on 4 August, 2013 by Faye - 2 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

So, as you may have noticed, I gave myself a month off in July. I posted like a storm during the NA Read-a-thon but aside from that the blog was just filled with guest posts and interviews. But, now that we’re in the month of August, I am happy to reveal that I will be back to posting as I once did. =]

I have posted ONE review this week;
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (FIVE HEARTS)

On Friday I did a Faye’s Thoughtful Friday and wrote a post about my move to WordPress to help other bloggers to make the decision to switch or stay with Blogger. Check it out here.

Bout of Books is almost here again! My sign up for it can be found here


Giveaways

I currently have three giveaways on-going!

For a chance to win Snapshots by Patrcia Lynne, click here.

There’s a large bundle of NA books to win in the NA Read-a-thon giveaway. To enter go here.

And finally, for a chance to win Cruentus by L. S. Bloomfield, click here.


Bloggish Events

So the month of July has actually been a bit crazy busy for me and half the reason for this is because I went to quite a few blogging events – and celebrated my birthday with some bloggers too – and it’s been really great! The events I went to were;

Cassandra Clare Signing
This was a really fun event that I went to with Caroline, Jess and Debbie.

Young Movella’s Award Ceremony
A beautiful ceremony and it was great to catch up with some publishing people.

My Birthday
Went for a dinner with a few book bloggers and it was just a really great night. Loved getting to know them all a bit more!

RHCP Blogger Brunch
Loved hearing about all of the upcoming titles, being a part of the Lauren Kate UK trailer, and chatting with bloggers and publicists!

James Dawson Launch
A great evening with authors and bloggers alike, lovely to see so much support for James’ new book!


Letterbox Love

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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?

faye1

Posted on 4 August, 2013 by Faye - 2 Comments


Bout of Books 8.0 Sign Up Post!

Posted on 3 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

It is almost time again! Yaaay! *does little dance*
I don’t know what it is about the bout of books read-a-thon but I just absolutely love joining in so I cannot wait for it to start once more!

I’m not sure what my goals will be yet so I will do another post closer to the time. For now this is just my official sign-up post! I may also make a sign-up video! :D

Are you joining in the fun?

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Posted on 3 August, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


My Story; Moving to WordPress from Blogger

Posted on 2 August, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am writing a post about my experience of moving from Blogger to WordPress which I did in January this year. I’m writing it because lately a lot of book bloggers have been contemplating the move and I want to outline why I would highly recommend it but also allowing everyone to see the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

So, around June 2012, I was seriously considering switching over from Blogger to WordPress. Already I had stopped using Blogger Compose simply because it had started to make my life a living hell and had been using Windows Live Writer (A program I would HIGHLY recommend if you plan on staying with Blogger and have a PC – not mac), but I still wasn’t sure I liked the idea that Blogger were still fully in control of my blog and had the power to remove it when they felt like it.

Add to that the issues I had formatting posts, uploading images, scheduling posts without it posting it early, blogger just deleting random posts altogether… and I realised it was hightime that I took myself off Blogger entirely and made the switch that many others before me had and go to WordPress.

But, being that I need to think things through a lot, I also had to do a lot of weighing things up. I searched around the subject. Worked out the best way to do it, and just simply tried to work out if the move would actually be right for me. After all, I had only been blogging for nine months, would moving be too much hassle? Was I willing to pay for a hosting platform simply for a hobby?

Essentially, I did a lot of thinking, and life got in the way a bit as well. I graduated uni, I didn’t have a job and as irritating as blogger was still being, I didn’t feel ready to move to WordPress. In my mind, it was going to be an incredibly large job and I just wasn’t sure that I was ready for the added stress of it all. While all of this was going on, however, I also signed up for wordpress.com and started a new blog to get an idea for how it all worked and how different it actually was to Blogger. I did like wordpress.com, it was easy to use, did what I wanted it to do and the notification of comments, people liking posts, and following my blog were all really handy and things that I really liked about it. But I still wasn’t sure I’d want to pay for wordpress.org.

Six months later, my mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I had no answer for her and so she suggested that she paid for my first year of self-hosting for the blog. It was a really nice gesture and I accepted gratefully – I have since upgraded my space but that’s a different story altogether. Thus, the decision of moving was half taken out of my hands, and half, the perfect way to start the new year on a new blogging platform that I had full and complete control of. But I also knew I had absolutely no idea what I needed to do to move my blog, and thus I started doing a lot of research.

From that research I found two amazing blogs that helped me completely;
Move from Blogger to WordPress by After Bed Time Blog
Blogger to WordPress Redirection Plugin by r t Camp

If you’re thinking of moving, I can only recommend that you definitely have a look at these two posts to get an idea of what is involved. I know there are a LOT more blog posts out there on the subject but these two saved my neck entirely.

Then it came to deciding who I wanted to go with to host my blog. There are so many different web hosts out there so trying to decide which one would work best for me was going to take a while. There are the ones known internationally, like GoDaddy, but then there are smaller ones that have prizes that seem unbelievable. Eventually, after speaking to my step-brother who runs his own company with two websites, he recommened VidaHost. Turns out that both my dad and my step mum also use this host, which I didn’t know at the time, and all three of them have never had any issues. Thus, I decided to use this host. I only had one issue with the host when I ran out of bandwith (but I easily upgraded and haven’t had any problems since!) and the team were incredibly helpful when that happened so I would definitely recommend them to you. They’re also a UK-Based company and so are more likely to be around when you need to talk to them (if you’re a UK blogger!).

The best thing about VidaHost is the fact that when you buy your hosting space, they have the wordpress application already set up for you, so all that is needed is to simply login with the details you send you and you can get straight to re-designing and sorting out your blog.

This is where the tricky bit comes in. While the move was essentially painless, the problem I had with the move was the formatting of my posts. This is more likely to be just connected to me because I used Windows Live Writer which used some odd HTML codes in the posts which left a few of them looking very odd – and they still do because I didn’t have time to re-format 300+ posts! – So it took me a while to deal with the formatting of some posts to fit my new theme okay. So I would seriously consider your posts when you think about moving over, if you’re a perfectionist who needs every post to be perfect and you have a lot of posts, it may take you a long time to move over but then you have to weigh up whether that work will be worth it.

For me, the answer to that question will always be yes. While the move was stressful, took me a long time to actually decide to do, and I probably made things harder for myself with some formatting, moving to WordPress was by far the best decision I have ever made.

Posting is now ten times easier with a compose that doesn’t make me want to pull my hair out.
Uploading images – including all of my theme images – is incredibly easy and all my own images will always be linked back to this blog.
Scheduling posts is effective, easy, and I can publicize it on twitter straight away, changing the text to say whatever I want it to say!
It is possible to sticky posts to the top of the blog, use the “Read More” tag effectively, and people can comment just by giving a name and e-mail address.
Formatting posts has helped me learn a LOT of HTML and now I feel more techy and feel I know how to fix a problem with any formatting when I’m making posts
The available plugins are incredible and amazing and I don’t know how I lived without them.

All in all, in my opinion, WordPress trumps Blogger every single day. But it still comes down to you. Are you willing to pay for a hobby? Are you willing to put in the work it may take to move the blog over? Are you sure that the benefits of WordPress are right for you?

At the end of the day, it is YOUR blog, so no matter how much I tell you how amazing WordPress is, it HAS to be your decision. I just hope that I have at least helped in some way. If you have any questions about moving, or need any help at all, I am definitely happy to help out! Feel free to contact me.

And don’t forget, I am also happy to help with graphics for your blogs! Just click here for more info!

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Posted on 2 August, 2013 by Faye - 9 Comments


Book Review; All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Posted on 1 August, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments

All Our YesterdaysAuthor: Cristin Terrill
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 1st August 2013
Pages: 362
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time – All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.


With Only One
When I first heard about All Our Yesterdays I was instantly intrigued. Not only was I hooked in with a stunning cover and an interesting synopsis, the hype for this book had already started. Intrigued, I quickly started reading the book and found myself well and truly pulled into the story. I finished the book a few weeks ago and have since begged my blogger friends who had ARCs to read it, and since then the hype for this book has tripled. Thus I realise that some people may fear reading this book, worrying that they will be the only one not to like it but all I can say is to ignore all of the hype and to just read it. I can almost certainly guarantee that you will not regret the experience. This is a book that is incredibly powerful, absolutely stunning, and full of a unique and intense story that will leave you feeling suitably satisfied. Just as every book you read should.

Way To Save

Time travel is actually a concept that I wouldn’t normally read about in books. I love watching it in films, seeing how it all comes together and falls apart but it isn’t a subject that would normally entice me to pick up a book. So when I picked up All Our Yesterdays, I have to admit to starting it with a little bit of caution. But within instants of starting, all of my worries were thrown out of the window as I was abducted into the story, the real world around me blurring into nothing. While I was expecting the plot to be complicated due to the nature of the story, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case at all. I knew who everyone was, what was happening and why, and it was simply incredibly easy to follow the story along – and to get fully sucked into it at the same time! I’m not going into too much detail with the plot so as not to spoil it, but know that it was an exceptional plot handled extremely well.

The Future

From the very first moment, it was easily noticeable how well Cristin Terrill is at writing believable and realistic characters. These characters had deep thoughts, powerful personalities, and a tonne of flaws that shaped them into interesting characters to read about, and easy characters to fall in love with hard and fast. My favourite character – by far – was Finn. He was an easily likeable character who was friendly, had a lot hidden within him, was protective and caring and just a truly amazing person that you just wished was alive in real life. I loved reading about him and seeing his journey and everything that happened with him. The book was made ten times better simply by having him within the book. Em was also a character that I loved from the first moment. She was strong, but also worried and panicked, she had feelings that cut you to the very core and was just a character that I could easily connect with. I wanted so many things for her and I just adored reading all about her and the journey that she was taking. The connection between these two characters really made this book worthwhile. In all honesty, I could probably mention every character in the book here as characters that I enjoyed as that was simply the power of Cristin’s writing.

Could You

After finishing this book, it is still incredibly difficult for me to comprehend the fact that Cristin Terrill is a debut author. She is so immensely talented that as I was reading this book, the real world simply vanished around me – (and at one point I nearly missed my stop on the train!) – I found it difficult to put the book down, and harder still to continue living without picking it back up to find out what happened next! The writing style flowed easily, it was informative and entertaining all at the same time and it made me feel so many different emotions throughout the story that it is a book that will stay in my mind as one I truly connected with. If this is how talented Cristin Terrill is after just her first book, it is only fair to say that I cannot wait to see how much better she gets as the years go by.

Change The Past

If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, I absolutely loved All Our Yesterdays. This was a book that simply blew me away from the minute that I started reading it until the minute until I put it down again. It was a book that I found so good that I really struggled to write this review as I didn’t want to over-hype it. I didn’t want to use too many superlatives that made you roll your eyes and question my honesty, but it would be impossible to review this book without them. This book was just one that took my breath away and quickly made its way into my top ten of 2013. If you’re a reader who likes YA with a twist, if you’re a reader who likes unique stories that pull you in, ones that promise to be full of action, intrigue, and mystery, then I can only highly recommend that you pick this book up and give it a go as I am positive that you will thoroughly enjoy this book, just as I have.

five stars

** 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. **

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Posted on 1 August, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


2013 Genre Variety Challenge; August Review Links

Posted on 1 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

Genre Variety

The Genre Variety Challenge is in its eighth 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 August! 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 September, etc.
** As suggested, this linky is now going to stay open throughout the YEAR, I will still have these posts each month but you can add all your reviews here easily without any worry of missing the month. (There is no need to re-add any reviews that are on previous linkys.) **

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 1 August, 2013 by Faye - No Comments