Weekly Highlights; The Slow-Reading Week Edition

Posted on 16 February, 2014 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

This week has been a busy one on and off the blog but I have to admit at being a little proud of how busy my blog has been lately. I love getting back to posting every single day and I am letting you know now that I have every day scheduled on this blog for the next two weeks as well which is super exciting for me! I just hope I can schedule the posts enough in advance that they actually go live :P.

Anyway, what happened this week;

I posted THREE reviews this week;
The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook (FOUR HEARTS)
The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth by Mackenzie Crook (THREE HEARTS)
Bombmaker by Claire McFall (FIVE HEARTS)

I also posted TWO cover reveals today for two books I’m excited for!
Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer – Not enough words to describe how excited I am for this book and for the reveal of the UK cover when it comes!
All Lined Up by Cora Carmack – I loved the Losing It series by Cora and I’m looking forward to seeing what these new books will all be about!

As it’s so close to valentine’s day, the top ten topic was books that make us swoon! I realised I missed SO MANY from this list but here are my choices. Do you agree with them or disagree? What would you choose?

We’re into the third week of Finish It February and my second week of reading just wasn’t as strong as the first, unfortunately! But you can catch my updates here.


Review Copy Cleanup

This is my updates for this event!
I set out with a goal that half of the books I read this month be review copies.

This week I read TWO books. One was a review copy and one wasn’t.

So I’m still good on my goal! Wooo!

Review Copies Read;
The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth by Mackenzie Crook
Unhinged by A. G. Howard
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler


Around The Blogosphere

There’s always a lot of thoughts on ARCs and some I’ve been having over the past year or so. I really liked this post by Nicole on ARCs. Does it ever become too much? Is it better not to get ARCs? What are your thoughts?

Forbidden love is everywhere! But why? Sophie’s post on this topic was a really interesting one and I loved Non and Simone’s responses to it! What do you think about Forbidden love?

Do you think the wait of a year between books by the same author is too long? This post by Jen is definitely an interesting one with some good pros and cons. Personally, I feel having to wait can be a good thing, because books that are rushed to be published can be full of errors, or may not be polished in the best possible way. And some writers just simply can’t write that fast. If the wait is worth it, why does it matter?

Did you see what Robert Muchamore posted on Facebook on Monday on libraries? It seemed to be a very opinionated status that caused a lot of upset. Debbie wrote this post in response to it all and I think you should definitely check it out.

Why is YA important? What is the purpose of YA fiction? This week Luna hosted Alexia Casale on her blog who wrote this incredible post that you should all go read!

And because food and books is always amazing, you should check out this post on Jesse’s blog where he shows you how to make Chocolate Chip Cookies inspired by Confessions of an Angry Girl.


Letterbox Love

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Fortunately I didn’t get quite as many books this week, wooo! :D Check out what I got in my video below!


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 16 February, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Finish It February; Updates #2

Posted on 14 February, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

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How has two weeks of February already gone? That is crazy, is it not?
Anyway! Welcome to my updates for the second week of Finish It Feb!

Now last week I completed all of my goals and so I set myself some new ones;

New Goals
- Catch up with two more series
- Finish three unfinished reads
- Finish another series

Unfortunately, I have been SO BUSY this week that I only managed to read one book and it wasn’t for this challenge! I am, however, about to start an unfinished book today though so hopefully next week will go a little bit better for me.

How are you doing with your goals this week?

Posted on 14 February, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Cover Reveal; All Lined Up by Cora Carmack!

Posted on 13 February, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am super excited to share with you all the wonderful cover of Cora Carmack‘s brand new NA series!


We’re extremely excited to bring you the cover for ALL LINED UP, the first book in Cora Carmack’s highly anticipated Rusk University Series! ALL LINED UP is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel published by William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins). It is due to be released on May 13, 2014!!

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

“Laughter + heartache + hot sexual tension = the perfect Cora Carmack book.”
—Monica Murphy

Amazon. Barnes & Noble. iTunes.


Headshot Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Website. Twitter. Facebook. Author Goodreads.
ALL LINED UP Goodreads.


So there it is!
What do you think?
Are you as excited as I am?

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Posted on 13 February, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Buddy Review; Bombmaker by Claire McFall

Posted on 13 February, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Bombmaker Author: Claire McFall
Publisher: Templar
Published: February 1st 2014
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
The English government have closed the borders with their Celtic neighbours. Any Celt found in England is branded with a tattoo, found twice they are executed. Scottish Lizzie is the ‘property’ of psychopathic London gang boss Alexander. Can Lizzie escape Alexander’s deadly grip and at what price her betrayal?


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 13 February, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Series Review; The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook

Posted on 12 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

the windvale sprites Author: Mackenzie Crook
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: November 1st 2011
Pages: 208
Format: Hardback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
When a storm sweeps through the country, Asa wakes up the next day to find that his town is almost unrecognisable – trees have fallen down, roofs have collapsed and debris lies everywhere. But amongst the debris in his back garden Asa makes an astounding discovery – the body of a small winged creature. A creature that looks very like a fairy. Do fairies really exist? Asa embarks on a mission to find out. A mission that leads him to the lost journals of local eccentric Benjamin Tooth who, two hundred years earlier, claimed to have discovered the existence of fairies. What Asa reads in those journals takes him on a secret trip to Windvale Moor, where he discovers much more than he’d hoped to…


This book is a lovely, light-hearted read that I am certain children of many ages would really enjoy. It is shrouded in mystery and magic and is simply a cute tale that was hard not to find entertaining. There was humour laced with the story as well and I just believe it was a lovely and wonderful book, which is good when you just want to escape for a little while.

After reading just the first page of this book, I was hooked. I could actually tell that this book had a flair of life that I would enjoy. As the story progressed, I found myself pleasantly surprised. I was enjoying the story more than I expected. I admired the description of the Sprites and the journey that our main character takes. I love how much it took me into a completely new world. Alas, before too long the story was over and I had to return to my every day life. Thus, when I heard there was another book, I was excited to be able to return to such a lovely world.

Four Stars


The Lost Journals of Benjamin ToothAuthor: Mackenzie Crook
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: November 7th 2013
Pages: 272
Format: Hardback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
These are the recently discovered journals of Benjamin Tooth: alchemist, inventor and discoverer of the Windvale sprites. They chronicle his journey of scientific discovery from pompous boy to mad old man in his pursuit of the sprites on Windvale Moor. The sprites hold the key to eternal life, and Tooth is determined to capture it.

A companion volume to The Windvale Sprites, The Lost Journals will be published with an exciting treasure hunt campaign to find Benjamin Tooth’s lost statue. With clues ingeniously placed throughout the book, readers will love to follow the adventure beyond the written page.Monday 18th April 1768.


Unfortunately, this book simply did not have the same magic touch that The Windvale Sprites had. It is due to this that it took me a while to get into this book. I was, admittedly, a little disappointed in this book and I fear that ruined some of the enjoyment I could have gotten from it. This book is the prequel to Windvale Sprites and tells the tale of how Benjamin Tooth found the fairies and their powers to stay alive for many, many years. It could very well have been just as light-hearted and lovely as the first book but instead I found it just a little too slow for my tastes.

The book starts with Benjamin at eleven and describes his life until he discovers the fairies. But it was only in Part Three that I really started to enjoy this book, and then it was over before I really had a chance to appreciate it. I believe that younger children would definitely enjoy every aspect of this book, as there was humour laced in all of the chapters as before but I just personally struggled with it. I did still like the book, it just wasn’t exactly what I had been expecting. Definitely happy to recommend this entire series though, especially if you want some light-hearted, entertaining, and humorous books to help you escape the mundanities of everyday life. Or, you know, if you’re a child.

Three Stars

** I received these copies 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 12 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Books That Will Make You Swoon

Posted on 11 February, 2014 by Faye - 3 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 Will Make You Swoon.


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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; This book has a lot of threads going through it and while it may not be the most romantic book in this series, I think the romance in this one is just super sweet. I love the relationship that Nick is dealing with and how he feels about it all. I admire the whole romantic element of this book!

Ferryman by Claire McFall; This is such a unique book, but I couldn’t help but love the romance aspect of it. I love how this relationship started, how it was rocky and indifferent to begin with and then suddenly things flipped without the characters even realising anything had changed. It was just such a lovely look at love and romance.

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The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen; There was something so beautiful about the romance in this book. It was really rich and raw and I just really found the connection between the two main protagonists to be really intriguing and powerful.

Faking It by Cora Carmack; I have so much love for this book. It is my favourite book written by Cora and the romance in it is just so brilliant. I love the couple in this book and all of the things they go through and I just feel like you can see that these two just work so well together.

Easy by Tammara Webber; Ahhh. Lucas. What an amazing guy. And he is just so perfect with Jacqueline. I love this couple and all the things they go through. There is such a lovely element of romance in this book and it just flows so well within it.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; I absolutely adore the romance in this book! It feels so real and realistic, which isn’t that common in books like this. It wasn’t a fall-in-love on first sight book, it wasn’t even a fall in love gradually. It was just… life. Levi liked Cath. Cath liked Levi as a friend. But then he was always there, he went above and beyond and got her thinking. It was cute beyond all cuteness.

Boy meets Boy by David Levithan; I think I just love every relationship in this book. It is full of everything and it is just fun and interesting and just romance that will make you swoon! (did you see what I did there?)

Speechless by Hannah Harrington; I love the romance in this book. Especially because of Sam who knows he probably shouldn’t even be talking to Chelsea but he can’t help it. Their friendship that just grows into something more was just so cute and lovely and really made my heart ache!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Admittedly it has been a long while since I read this book, but I still can’t get over how much I adored the romance in this book. It’s got that risky forbidden-ness to it that really makes your heart thump but I just loved the real-ness of it all. I still really want to know what will be happening next!

Falling to Ash by Karen Mahoney; Talking of forbidden love, the relationship in this book is so great because at first the two main characters cannot stand each other. They are, after all, enemies. But then they work together towards a common goal and it seems that they are starting to realise there’s more behind their hatred of each other. It’s just a brilliant look at romance!


There are so many great romantic couples out there that have made me swoon but these were the ones that came into my mind for this top ten. What couples and/or books have made you swoon?

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Posted on 11 February, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Cover Reveal; Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer!

Posted on 10 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
I am here today to reveal to you the US and AU/NZ covers for Sacrifice. The FINAL book in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer.
I, for one, am super excited for this book and I love both of these covers but think I love the AU/NZ one more! What about you?

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AU (left) / US (right)

Sacrifice: Book 5 in the Elemental Series
Author: Brigid Kemmerer

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…


You can add this book to Goodreads.

You can get the rest of the Elemental Series books here;
Amazon. Barnes & Noble. The Book Depository. iBooks. IndieBound.


Catch my reviews of the whole series here;
Elemental (0.5)
Storm (1)
Fearless (1.5)
Spark (2)
Breathless (2.5)
Spirit (3)
Secret (4)


Connect with Brigid!

Website. Facebook. Twitter.


So, what do you think?
Are you as excited about this final book as I am?? Ahhhh!!!!

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Posted on 10 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Two-Week Edition

Posted on 9 February, 2014 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

This week has been a fairly good one if I do say so myself! I’ve felt a little more normal this week, having finally shaken off my cold! This has meant I’ve been able to exercise again and have to admit I’ve felt much better because of this! I’ve also been scheduling a LOT of posts on the blog in advance which has been great and I’m just so happy to see every day on here being filled with something!

As I missed last weeks’ Weekly Highlights, all the posts mentioned will cover the last two weeks!

This week I posted TWO reviews;
Bird by Crystal Chan (FIVE HEARTS)
Never Ending by Martyn Bedford (FOUR HEARTS)

Last week I posted ONE review;
Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid (FOUR HEARTS)

Last week I also hosted the lovely Denise Grover Swank on the blog for a vlog about how she writes. Trust me when I say you really want to watch this! You can do so here

This week, Caroline and I announced a new month long event we’re hosting this month. Finish It February! It’s the chance to finish all your unfinished books and series! Sign up and find out more here. And to catch up on my updates, Click Here.

I’m a cry baby when it comes to books. Every one usually tears me to pieces. Here’s a list of my top ten books to make me cry!

In the last two weeks I also posted two cover reveals. See the cover of Retribution by Virginia Brasch; here, and the cover of Play by Kylie Scott; here.


Review Copy Cleanup

This is my updates for this event!
I set out with a goal that half of the books I read this month be review copies.

Thus far I have four books. Three were review copies and one wasn’t. Thus I am so far on track with my goal! Yay!

Review Copies read;
The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth by Mackenzie Crook
Unhinged by A. G. Howard
Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler


Noughts and Crosses Read-a-Long

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In case you missed my announcement yesterday, I am hosting a Noughts and Crosses read-a-long in March! It’s going to last all month and you can either read just the first book throughout the month or join me in completing the whole series!

Find out more about it all here.


Around The Blogosphere

Have you ever had a moment when everything you read just doesn’t seem to be good enough? This post by Jamie is really interesting, and you should definitely read it.

One book that I am super excited to read is A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson (Came out on Thursday!) and this review of it from Debbie has just made me want to read it even mooore!

Although I haven’t posted about them in a while, I love movies and I especially adore teen movies. This week Sophie wrote a post about her favourite teen movies. I agree with them all. See what they are here.

Ever wondered about unrealistic representations in books? What about when books give people unrealistic expectations? Charli has discussed this on her blog this week with a look at book boyfriends. Go here to read this great post!

If you want a post that may make you INCREDIBLY jealous, then head over here to read Alexa’s tales about her time on the set of Gossip Girl!

Events are always great fun. Events that create a love of reading are ten times more amazing. Read this post for a look at how one event did exactly that!

Guys. This is a cover reveal that you simply HAVE to see. It is so amazing and brilliant and just wooow. Find out what the cover is here – and don’t forget to tell me your thoughts!

Are you looking for some new contemporary novels to dive in to? This week Lucy has started a new feature where she recommends books and for her first genre she has chosen contemporary. To find out what she has recommended, click here.


Letterbox Love

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Fortunately this week I had the chance to go on a book shopping spree! I ended up going to The Works and buying these books and am happy that I have now completed my collection.

Storm Glass, Sea Glass, and Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder; I haven’t yet read this series but it was on a great deal so I couldn’t resist! Have heard sooo many great things about it though!

Bought

School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani; I have heard a fair bit about this book and I think it just looks really interesting so I thought I would buy it to give it a go.

How They Met by David Levithan; I am really enjoying reading books by David Levithan and so I’m really excited to add another book to my collection!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare; Having been told time and time again that the Infernal Devices series is better than The Mortal Instruments, I finally caved and bought the book. Looking forward to reading it and finding out if I also enjoy it!

Books With Bite

Riot by Sarah Mussi; I received at the Books with Bite website launch. I’m really looking forward to reading this one as I’ve heard some great things.

Between Lives by Jessica Shirvington; This one looks really intringing and interesting. Definitely cannot wait to get started on it.

The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson; Ahhh, this one I’m sooo excited for! I’ve heard amazing things about this author and I really think this book is going to be amazing.

Tease by Amanda Maciel; So incredibly intrigued about this one. It sounds so unique and different and I just want to read it NOW.

Rock War by Robert Muchamore; Have you heard about this one yet? Because I think it’s going to be a fun read and I’m really excited for it!

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Question Mark Notepad; At the OUP blogger brunch they gave us a notebook each and I love this one so much.

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davies; A book about blogging? You KNOW I’m excited about this one!

Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling; I have yet to read a Joss Stirling book but this one sounds super exciting and right up my street!

Who Framed Klaris Cliff by Nikki Sheehan; Another book that I have heard good things about and am interested to start reading.

Replica by Jack Heath; Definitely a little intrigued about this one and looking forward to seeing what it is all about.

Review

Deeper by Robin York; This is a review copy that I got from Little Brown and one that I’m really excited for.

A Room full of Chocolate by Jane Elson; This I am borrowing from Debbie and is one that I am REALLY excited for. Debbie really loved it so I’m hoping that I feel the same way about it.

Banished by Liz de Jager; I have been wanting to read this for AGES so I am sooo happy that I finally got a copy. This is a review copy from Macmillan and I will be participating in the blog tour for this book at the end of the month as well, yay!

The Glass Bird Girl by Esme Kerr; Ever since I heard about this one I was super excited for it and so when a review copy arrived, I was really happy and pleased! This came from Chicken House!

Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Phillip Webb; This one sounds intriguing and I’m definitely interested in reading it. This was a review copy from Chicken House as well.


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 9 February, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Noughts and Crosses Read-A-Long!

Posted on 8 February, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hello All!
Today I am here with another announcement! Woooo!
In the month of March, I will be hosting a Noughts and Crosses read-a-long! I plan to read the entire series in the month (one a week) but I’m totally happy for all you lovely participants to only read the first book in the series!

When
All throughout March.

Timeframe
March 1st – 7th; Read Noughts and Crosses
March 8th – 14th; Read Knife Edge
March 15th – 22nd; Read Checkmate
March 23rd – 31st; Read Double Cross

Discussions
On the last day of the books being read (7th, 14th, 22nd, 31st), I’ll be posting discussion questions (and answers) for all the participants to talk about the books – if they wish! It is not a mandatory aspect of joining the read-a-long.

Twitter
Throughout the month, we can all communicate with each other via the hashtag; #readosandxs

Sign Up
To join this read-a-long, you don’t need to do anything but add your name and link (blog or twitter or goodreads or facebook, etc) to the linky below!
And that’s ALL.
Yaaay!

Advertise
While I’m not making it a requirement to do anything to join, I’d really love lots of people involved in this so if you agree, please help me to advertise this read-a-long by tweeting, facebooking, blogging, goodreads statuses… etc. I’d be incredibly grateful if you did!

Potential Giveaway
If all goes well, I may even host a giveaway with a prize of a Malorie Blackman book! (The winner can choose). But that’ll depend on participation, so if you want a giveaway, grab so people to join us!

Hope to see you all reading Noughts and Crosses in March!

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Posted on 8 February, 2014 by Faye - 4 Comments


Finish It February; Updates #1!

Posted on 7 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

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How has a week of February already gone? That is crazy, is it not?
Anyway! Welcome to my updates for the first week of Finish It Feb!

Goals
- Finish one series completely
- Catch up with one series
- Finish two unfinished books

Well.. this is a little embarrassing…

because I’ve COMPLETED all of my goals already.

I read;

The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth
Which I was part-way through and the last book in the series.

and

Unhinged
Which I was part-way through and has caught me up on that series.

Did you see what I did there? Thus I have concluded that I need to make some NEW goals.

New Goals
- Catch up with two more series
- Finish three unfinished reads
- Finish another series

Wish me luck?

And now add your updates to our linky – or just let me know how you did in the comments!

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Posted on 7 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments