Weekly Highlights; The Amazing Events Week

Posted on 6 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

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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

So this week has been one of those busy ones again guys! But this is because of GOOD things! I ended up going to three different book events this week (two on one night!), and I went and saw a film as well! And I went to the gym and went jogging and crazily decided to run 6miles for charity in March! (eeek). So yes, busy, busy, busy!

But now onto the posts…

I wrote ONE review this week;
The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher (FOUR HEARTS)

So in case you missed it, I revealed the Scavenger Hunt answers! Find out what they were here!

It was the end of the month, so naturally I posted my monthly wrap up! See how the month went for me by clicking here.

On Tuesday I posted my top ten book turn-offs! Check out what stops me reading a book here.


Netgalley November

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If you’re anything like me, you may have a massive pile of netgalley books to get on with reading! Thus I am co-hosting Netgalley November to help get through that TBR pile. To find out more about this event and to join us, click here!


Giveaway

There’s still time to enter my blogoversary giveaway boasting of 33 different prizes and winners – with the chance to win more than once! To enter just go here! Ends 12th Oct.

I will be choosing the winners of the scavenger hunt soon and contacting them so if you entered, keep an eye on your inboxes!


Around The Blogosphere

This week Sophie-Louise has discussed how important reading is and tries to discuss if it has “competition”. Read this great post here and add your thoughts!

Reading books we’re excited for should be easy. We just sit down and read them, right? But it’s not always that simple. This is what Gaby has spoken about this week. Find out what she says here.

If you’re looking for a truly inspirational post, I recommened having a look at this post. Yes, that is all I will tell you about it!

Finally… have you HEARD the NEWS? There will a YA convention in the UK! To find out more about this awesome news, Raimy has written a great post on her blog, here. Are you as excited about this as I am?


Letterbox Love

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After last week, I knew I needed to try and cut back a little bit so I didn’t get too many books this week… in fact, I only got one!

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Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve; I got this book on Thursday at the book launch where I celebrated with Laure! It was a great night and I’m so happy to have a signed copy of this book. I cannot wait to start reading it as it sounds amazing!


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 6 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Announcement; Netgalley November

Posted on 4 October, 2013 by Faye - 41 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here to tell you all about an event I will be hosting, Netgalley November!


So I have a large pile of netgalley books that I simply forget to read because they’re on my kindle and so I can’t physically see them everyday. But this is something that I want to try and sort out because I feel eleven times of guilty when I realise how many netgalley books I have to read and review. But, when I decided that I needed to get on with reading them, I realised that I may not be the only one in this position and there may be others who are in needed of giving their netgalley lists some TLC as well, hence, I came up with Netgalley November.

What is Netgalley November?
The idea is to read as many Netgalley books that month as possible. I, personally, will only be reading Netgalley books but you may feel it better to just read more netgalley books than you normally read in a month. It’s completely up to you!

How does it work?
At the end of this post is a linky list, just add your url to that list and you’ll officially be entered as a participant. I will then e-mail everyone on the list a few days before November to remind you all about the challenge/task you have entered, at which point you can always pull out if you feel you can no longer participate.
Once November begins, I will be posting a goals post and then I will post weekly updates about what books I’ve read, how I’m doing, etc, and will always include a linky for you to add up your own goals and updates – but this is not mandatory! By doing this together, we have the chance to cheer each other on and remind ourselves why bloggers are so freaking awesome!

What else?
I am also hoping to host one or two twitter chats during the event but dates are TBC at the moment! This will be sorted out closer to the date!

What if I only read one netgalley book?
That’s okay! Because at least you’ve read even one! The idea of this event is that it is a challenge to try and read as many netgalley books as we can, but there’s no such thing as losing! You simply join in the event to give it a go and have some fun while you’re at it!

Do I need to write a post to sign up?
Definitely not! But, if you wanted to help spread the word by writing an “I’m in” post on your blog, I certainly won’t stop you! And there’s always Facebook and Twitter as well!
And to make things easier for you, here’s the grab code for the button! (if you want it a different size, don’t hesitate to ask!)

**EDIT**

This event is now being co-hosted with Kayleigh at K Books and Laura at Bookish Treasures! There won’t be many changes but there is an introduction of goal levels and a new banner to choose from!

Levels
Easy: 1-4
Medium: 5-10
Hard: 11-15
Difficult: 16-20
Netgalley Superstar: 21+

New Banner & Grab Code
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Kayleigh’s Sign-Up Post.

If you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask!
Also, if there is already a Netgalley November, please let me know! I’m not trying to steal someone else’s ideas!

Will you be joining me?

Posted on 4 October, 2013 by Faye - 41 Comments


Book Review; The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Posted on 3 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

Author: Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Published: 3rd October 2013
Pages: 369
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.


When Everyone

Lucy Christopher is an author that I haven’t read before so when I started reading this book I went in without many expectations. I had heard that the book was incredible from other bloggers who had already read it, but aside from that I had no idea what to expect. In that respect, I think that made this book incredibly enjoyable. I was fully immersed into the words on the page and found it difficult to put the book down and continue on with the rest of my life. I read it really quickly and am just incredibly glad that I was given the opportunity to do so. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially if you love mysterious crime novels.

Doesn’t Believe You

From the very beginning I was pulled into this book and I was instantly wondering what had actually happened. I felt like I knew it wasn’t her dad and I was certain I knew who did do it (I did!) but I just couldn’t work out what had happened. I feel like the plot of this was really well plotted out. You’re given just enough information to keep you going and wanting to know so much more. Lucy really managed to use the characters to drive the narrative and I really enjoyed that about this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the odd reveal in the middle of the book, but it is something that I can see someone people doing but it was just odd. Felt a little bit like some bizarre episodes of CSI. But I still enjoyed the book despite all of that.

Are You

As mentioned above, the characters in this book really drove the narrative and I really liked how Lucy managed to really bring their emotions to the forefront. This book felt rich and raw with emotions from the actions and reactions of the people in the village. I wanted to hurt a lot of the people for the way they were treating the main protagonist but I could also see it happening in real life (which is just upsetting). Emily is a strong character who is determind to prove that her dad didn’t murder the girl but as the book carries on and things start cropping up, you can see her really come into her character and I think it was incredible. She had all the flaws you like to see in protagonists to help make them feel real. I was conflicted when it came to Damon. I wasn’t sure I particularly liked him. There were times when I thought he was okay but overall I think he just irritated me. I can’t really pinpoint why that was but he just didn’t seem like the kind of guy I could get along with. I feel that the person he was by the end of the book, however, is someone I could get along with and like more.

Stubborn Or

As this was the first time I had read one of Lucy Christopher’s novel, I had no idea what to expect from her writing and I was pleasantly surprised by her style. I found it to be incredibly easy to read and she had a way of making me really able to picture what was happening while still keeping the action and emotions flowing well. I am certain that I will now be going out and reading more books by Lucy to see if her style is just as enjoyable elsewhere. Another thing to mention was that I feel the setting for this book was really well thought-out as it is very likely this wouldn’t have worked anywhere else. It was a place where everyone knew everyone and that just made the book feel more intimate, mysterious, and heavy on the emotions. I really enjoyed that about it.

Do They Win

Overall, this was a book that I sped-read through. I struggled to put it down because this was a book that just captivated my attention and wouldn’t take it away again. It was mysterious, full of action, full of emotions, and just incredibly intense and intriguing. I really enjoyed reading this book and would easily recommend it to other people. If you’re looking for a crime book that is a little bit unique, feels incredibly real and just captures you, then you should definitely pick up this book. If you’re someone who doesn’t often read crime novels, I also think this is the perfect novel to ease you into the genre as it has a lot of different vines twisting throughout the book and it is really focussed more on the characters rather than the crime itself – although the crime does still play a large part! This is a book I would easily read again.

Four 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 3 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Book Turn-Offs

Posted on 1 October, 2013 by Faye - 5 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 Book Turn-Offs


Some of these are turn-offs just from reading the synopsis, unless someone has highly recommended the book, and others are while I’m reading them. But, as with everything, I’m certain there are exceptions to these!

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Seriously? Especially if it’s the protagonist doing this. Why would I want to read that? How could I ever emphasize with that character?

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I know it is terrible, especially as the few historical fiction novels I have read I have enjoyed but as soon as I see those numbers, or even older, I just lose interest.

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I am not a religous person. I’ve tried reading the bible, going to church and letting faith take over but it was all just too hard for me to get my head around and so when God or religous things creep up too much it can really ruin a book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against religons – each to their own – but sometimes I just find it hard to read about.

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Oh? That person who was dead is now alive? And it just so happened that actually they only pretended to be dead? Yeah, just no. That, for me, is the biggest writing cop-out ever! Though, honestly, this happens more in films than books!

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Bypassing the triangles and going straight to a choice between three or even four different guys or girls. I’ve read a few books like this that just made me want to pull my hair out. A big no-no for me.

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I’ve known you for a day but now I can’t live without you! Er… no. Just, no. Insta-love is a real irritance for me but I am likely to continue reading if the author gives a valid reason for it (i.e. fate, past lives, instigating circumstances…), but when there is no real reason at all, I will likely put that book down!

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So, this one is a real nit-picky one, and something that is really down to style and personal preference but if the conversations don’t seem to flow as they would in real life, I struggle to read it and am very likely to give up. I want to submerge myself into the book and I can’t do that if I’m constantly reminded I’m reading!

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This is for the same reason as above – it just pulls me back into the surface and I can’t appreciate the story for what it is. 2D characters that seem to have no substance, characters that don’t have a set personality and seem to be all over the place, or a horrible personality (like thinking it is okay to cheat!).

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Those books that really remind you of your life, the one that you’re trying to forget about by reading in the first place! Whenever I feel that way I do stop reading but do also plan to go back later to see if I’ve changed the way I feel about it.

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This should really go without saying but all of those things will quickly cause me to put the book down. Books need to be edited correctly, and thoroughly, or it’s just unfair to readers and could be unfair to authors as well who may well have a gem hidden beneath all the slush!


And there you have it! Ten things that put me off the books I’m reading!
Do you agree or disagree with any of these? What are some things that turn you off books?

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Posted on 1 October, 2013 by Faye - 5 Comments


2013 Genre Variety Challenge; October Review Links

Posted on 1 October, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

Genre Variety

The Genre Variety Challenge is in its tenth 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 October! 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 October, 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 October, 2013 by Faye - No Comments