Glaze Blog Tour Wrap-Up!

Posted on 30 June, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
I know this is going up a little late as the tour finished AGES ago but life got in the way but better late than never, right?
Anywho, I’m here today with a wrap-up of the Glaze blog tour with a list of all the posts and the blogs they were on, some great review quotes and the announcing of the winner of the giveaway!


Tour Posts

Word to Dreams – Review
Making It Up – Guest Post
Nut Press – Review
Death, Books, and Tea – Guest Post
Blog of Erised – Guest Post
Nyx Book Reviews – Guest Post
Big Book Little Book – Author Interview
Snuggling on the Sofa – Review & Guest Post
Much Loved Books – Review
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Review
Bookish Outsider – Review
I Hate 00 Critics – Release Day Blitz – Exclusive Excerpt!
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Release Day Blitz – Exclusive Excerpt!
Ya Yeah Yeah – Guest Post
Kirstyes – Character and Author Interview
Uncorked Thoughts – Author Interview
Under The Mountain – Review
Kool Kat Kitty – Review
Over The Effing Rainbow – Review
Choose YA – Guest Post
Curiosity Killed The Bookworm – Author Interview
The Man of Words – Review
Adam Christopher – Guest Post
To Another World – Author Interview


Review Quotes

“A unique story that makes one think about the possibilities out there.” – Marni at Word to Dreams

“Kim Curran’s latest book is a clever, yet disturbing, fast-paced chase through not only a dystopian London of the near future but the omnipotent social network that is GLAZE.” – Kath at Nut Press

“Glaze was a real page turner for me.” – Michelle at Much Loved Books

“Full of mayhem and intrigue, Glaze is a unique story about the dangers of social media and whether ultimately it can be good or bad.” – Fi at The Bookish Outsider

“I zoomed through it, and enjoyed the mix of action along with character development and the detail about technology.” – Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa

“The world felt new and different, in a sea of books that all feel the same after a while.” – Vickie at Under The Mountain

“It’s fresh, it’s energetic, it’s exciting.” – Lisa at Over The Effing Rainbow

“It’s an intensely clever, uniquely sweet and completely involving story and one that feels uniquely timely in a way that won’t date.” – Alasdair at Man of Words


Giveaway Winner

The winner of the amazing tour-wide giveaway was

Meredith

Congratulations! Hope you enjoy your prizes!


A Big Thank You

Finally, to wrap up, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of the bloggers who took part and for everyone who followed the tour and to Kim for being such an amazing author to work alongside. I think the tour was brilliant and ran really smoothly and I’m just really proud of everyone who took part! So thank you all. Really, really appreciate the time you put in to make this tour so great!

*and on a final note, if you have reviewed Glaze (even if it wasn’t for the tour), don’t forget to cross post on Goodreads and Amazon as it really helps the author!*

See you next time!

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Posted on 30 June, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The #YALCReadathon Edition

Posted on 29 June, 2014 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

Another busy week but I did manage to get you some posts, yay! Next week shouldn’t be quite so busy but I can’t make any guarentees as I usually make plans in the moment! Hoping I’ll have some posts for you all though! Including my monthly wrap-up being on time!

This week I posted two reviews;
I Predict a Riot by Catherine Bruton (FIVE HEARTS)
Flashes by Tim O’Rourke (THREE HEARTS)

I also had the lovely Catherine Bruton on the blog talking about beginnings and endings. Check it out here.

Finally, I also had the talented Tim O’Rourke on the blog as well with a q&a with one of his characters from Flashes. You can read that interview, here.


YALC Readathon

So I set out the beginning of this readathon hoping to read three or four books for the readathon. Thus, I was slightly disappointed when I didn’t manage to do it but I was busy so I’m still glad I did get some books read. I ended up reading one full book and got half way through two other books and almost finished my audiobook.

I finished;

Zom-b

I started;

Take Back the Skies Torn

I almost finished;

Landline

I really enjoyed Zom-B, it was such an interesting book and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this series! I’m also really enjoying Take Back the Skies but just wasn’t in the right mood for it for the read-a-thon, I needed more time to concentrate on it. I’m also loving Torn but just didn’t have enough time to finish it! I am sooo close to finish Landline and I plan to drive to work everyday until I have because gah! It’s sooo good!! I hope to finish all of these books very soon, in plenty of time for YALC!
How did your YALC Readathon go?


Letterbox Love

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I’ve had a fairly busy book week, mostly just got a big bag of graphic novels to borrow from a colleague that I’m really looking forward to reading!

Graduation DayFinnikin of the Rock Fables

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau; I loved the first two books in this trilogy and cannot wait to see how it ends!

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta; This one is our book club read in August and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman; Really looking forward to reading this one! I’ve had my eye on it for ages and I think it’s the perfect graphic novel to try! Thanks to my colleague for this one!

Fables by Bill Willingham; Don’t know much about this one but my colleague lent it to me and I’m interested to see if it’ll be any good!

Death Note Vol 1-4; I’ve been wanting to read this series for ages and so I’m now really glad I’ve got the chance to do exactly that! Thanks again to my colleague for loaning me these!


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 29 June, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Book Review; Flashes by Tim O’Rourke

Posted on 27 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

FLASHES cropAuthor: Tim O’Rourke
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: 5th June 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Flashes is the first in a new series of YA paranormal crime novels in which a 17-year-old girl cannot help seeing glimpses of dead people who seem to want her aid – much to the consternation of her boyfriend, who has just started work for the local CID.


When You

As soon as my eyes fell upon the synopsis of Flashes, I was instantly intrigued and knew that it was a book I wanted to read. Paranormal and crime? Yes please! I had not read anything by Tim O’Rourke before so aside from this, I had no expectations as I went into the story. Fortunately this turned out to be an entertaining read and I definitely think that I’ll be picking up the next book, or even just another Tim O’Rourke book! Saying that, I also wasn’t blown away by this book and it isn’t likely to win awards but it is enjoyable and well worth the read, especially if you just want to escape for a few hours.

Can See

Charley has been seeing flashes of how certain people die for as long as she can remember. It is something that causes her physical pain and so it was hard to hide meaning that all her friends pushed her away, considering her a complete freak. Then Natalie arrives and Charley finds in her a true best friend. Until she dies. Now Charley is alone again, with no one truly believing in her flashes, so she decides to get some proof. Upon finding the rigt location, she stumbles into Tom, the new CID in town. A connection between them is made and thus ensues them working together to find out who the murderer is, if there even is one. One of the biggest issues I have with this book, and why it just didn’t blow me away, is because the plot is very generic. It followed the structure of the genre simply and there were just no surprises, at least not for me! I was also hoping that there would have been some explanation about the flashes but that also never came. However, fortunately, the storyline was bearable due to great characters and intense writing.

People Die

Charley was a stronog character in this story. She had been through an awful lot and while there were times when she was quite naive, I felt this just added to her character and made her feel more realistic. Tom, however, was an even stronger character. He wanted to do what was right, even if it meant bending the rulebook slightly and he wasn’t afraid to stick up for what he believed in, which was something that I just really enjoyed reading about. There were a few times when the relationship between these two characters didn’t feel quite right but fortunately this was just few and far between. Aside from that, they worked really well together and I’m looking forward to reading more about their relationship in the rest of the series.

Do You

What really helped this book was the writing style. It was fast-paced and exciting, really pulling your attention in to the book. It was also full of tension that caused your heartbeat to race. It was thrilling and slightly scary in a few places as well, truly managing to make you feel an array of emotions as you read the book. Tim O’Rourke managed to make this book exciting, and, like all crime books I read, I still wanted to know if I was right about the mystery unfolding on the pages. So even though I was right and it didn’t have a major twist, I still found myself enjoying the story for what it was, which is a great sign of writing a book well – it kept the reader wanting to know!

Do Something

All in all, Flashes is a decent book that hits all the right spots. It’s an entertaining read, makes your blood race and your guesses go wild. It was thrilling and exciting even though it was also generic and easy to guess who the murderer was. I do still wish there had been more on the flashes themselves as I feel this would have brought extra mystery into the book and would make it seem less like a plot ploy, however, it does work as it is. I’m definitely going to read the next one and look forward to seeing where this duo will go. If you like Paranormal, Thrillers and Crimes then I am sure you’ll enjoy this book and should definitely give it a try. It may not be the next big thing, but it’s still a great way to spend a fair few hours!

Three 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 27 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blog Tour; I Predict a Riot by Catherine Bruton

Posted on 26 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hi Guys!
Today I have for you the lovely Catherine Bruton on the blog telling you all a little bit about endings and beginnings. This is for her final stop in the I Predict a Riot tour! I loved this book so much and it’s an honour to have Catherine on the blog for you all today! Hope that you like what she has to say and you should definitely give her book a read if you haven’t already!


I Predict a Riot Welcome to Coronation Road – a kaleidoscope of clashing cultures and parallel lives. There’s Maggie and her politician mum in their big house. There’s Tokes and his mum in a tiny bedsit, running from trouble. And there’s the ruthless Starfish gang, breeding fear through the neighbourhood.

Amateur film-maker Maggie prefers to watch life through the lens of her camera. In Tokes, she finds a great subject for her new film. And when violence erupts, led by the Starfish gang, Maggie has the perfect backdrop. But as the world explodes around her, Maggie can’t hide behind the lens anymore . . .

Goodreads. Amazon UK. The Book Depository.


Beginnings … and endings

To mark the final leg on my blog tour, I thought I’d say a little bit about beginnings … and endings.

I’m rubbish at writing the openings of my novels. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever written the beginning first. I need to know what direction the novel is going before I can write the opening lines. And I Predict a Riot was no exception.

I Predict a Riot starts at the end. It opens with Maggie the narrator telling us that she still has bad dreams, ‘Dreams of last summer – of me and Tokes and Little Pea – in the park, under the arches, racing through burning streets on the night the city was in flames. Then I wake up and I remember how the story ends.’

I even give away the final twist on page one when Maggie tells us, ‘One of my friends is dead and the other might as well be. All because of me.’ So from the first chapter, you know someone is going to die in this novel (and if you want to know more about the trauma of my first on-page murder, read my blog on ‘Killing your Darlings’) but you don’t know who, or how, or why, or when.

And I hope I’ll keep you guessing right to the very end. In fact, I hope I’ll make you fall so deeply in love with both Tokes and Little Pea, that you don’t want either to die, make you hope that Maggie might have got it wrong somehow – that things will work out OK in the end.

And the ending comes full circle. Back to the beginning again. Except that something is different. And Maggie has got something wrong. ‘Everything has changed, but nothing has changed,’ says Maggie, at the start of the opening chapter. But she’s wrong. Something isn’t finished yet.

Maggie and Tokes and Little Pea had been making a film last summer – in fact it was making the film that got them dragged into the riots, got one of Maggie’s friends killed, and the other dragged into witness protection to keep him safe from the Starfish Gang – and the film isn’t finished yet.

‘I watched it, Maggie.’
My head shoots up. ‘What?’
‘Your film. I watched it.’
I’m speechless for a moment then the anger explodes out of me. ‘You had no right to do that.’
‘I know I shouldn’t have, but I wanted to understand.’
My face is aflame. ‘It was private,’ I stammer. ‘Like a diary.’
Mum’s eyes are shining with tears. My mum who never cries. ‘Your film is beautiful, Maggie … and I know that your friend would love it.’
‘Well, he’ll never see it now, will he,’ I say, looking away before my own eyes betray me. ‘And besides, it’s not finished.’

Maggie can’t finish the film on her own – and she can’t get on with her life until it’s finished.

And then, right at the end, one of the friends Maggie thought she’d lost reappears. But which one?

‘He’s facing the sea, with his back to me. And he’s skimming pebbles. He’s grown taller. His shoulders are broader and for a second I want to turn back. I wasn’t supposed to see him again. Ever. That was the deal.’

But Maggie needs him. Because she needs an ending before she can get on with her life.

‘It’s not finished,’ I say. ‘I can’t think how to end it.’
‘I’ve got an idea,’ he says, with a faraway smile that I recognise from the boy I knew a year ago.

So there are two endings to this novel – the one Maggie thinks is the ending, and the other one, that comes as a surprise – a kiss, or a revelation, or a resurrection, or redemption? I’m not telling you. All I’ll say is that when the screen fades to black, and the words ‘The End’ appear on Maggie’s movie, I hope you’ll be sobbing your heart out.

As Maggie found, endings are harder to write than openings. I wrote the opening of this novel at four o’clock in the morning after my son had been sick in my hair. And I wrote the final chapters in the car park outside my daughter’s gymnastic club. Which goes to show that you can’t wait for ideal circumstances for inspiration to hit – you just have to write in the spare spaces of life.

And it also shows that beginnings and endings don’t always crop up where you think. So this might be the end of my blog tour – with the most massive thanks to all the incredible bloggers who have been kind enough to host me, and who keep the book conversations alive and well all year round – but I hope it’s only the beginning of the journey for I Predict a Riot. Oh dear, I’m sounding like a presenter on a reality TV show now … definitely time to bring this blog tour to an end before I disgrace myself!

So, thank you for having me!

Fade To: Black

The End


And there you have it.
Do you think you’ll be picking up I Predict A Riot to read?

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Posted on 26 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; I Predict A Riot by Catherine Bruton

Posted on 25 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

I Predict a RiotAuthor: Catherine Bruton
Publisher: Egmont
Published: June 5th 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Explosive, emotional drama, perfect for fans of Meg Rosoff and Annabel Pitcher.

Welcome to Coronation Road – a kaleidoscope of clashing cultures and parallel lives. There’s Maggie and her politician mum in their big house. There’s Tokes and his mum in a tiny bedsit, running from trouble. And there’s the ruthless Starfish gang, breeding fear through the neighbourhood.

Amateur film-maker Maggie prefers to watch life through the lens of her camera. In Tokes, she finds a great subject for her new film. And when violence erupts, led by the Starfish gang, Maggie has the perfect backdrop. But as the world explodes around her, Maggie can’t hide behind the lens anymore . . .


When It All

Even though Catherine Bruton has written books before, I have never read one, so when I was given the chance to read I Predict a Riot, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try one of Catherine’s books. I was also really excited about it as the synopsis really caught my attention. It is, then, with great happiness that I can report to you all that I truly loved this book. It blew me away and is a book I believe I will remember for a long time.

Kicks Off

This book was set with the backdrop of the London Riots and follows the lives of three very distinct and unique characters. All of which I just loved! This backdrop really pulled me into the story because I couldn’t help but remember the riots, adding a further dimension to the story. I remembered where I was and what I felt, and I feel that this book captured the riots so well, really making the book that much better for me. But essentially it is the story that Catherine has written that kept me hooked on the page. It was the journey the characters took and how it finally concluded that made this book the masterpiece I felt it was.

Will You Stand

I have so much love for every character in this book. Maggie was such an amazing character. I loved that she was someone with real flaws and seemingly no sense of danger; it made her so realistic and easy to read. It also showed how much she changed during this book, and how much, essentially, she grew up. Tokes was also an interesting character who I adored reading about. I loved the strength of his character and just how well he dealt with everything that life threw at him and how, despite that, he still made mistakes. Little Pea is also worth mentioning. I truly admired him and thought he was a wonderful character who just had so much life in him. I found myself laughing along with him and just loved reading about his parts in the story. Catherine really knows how to write characters you’ll love!

On The Sidelines

I Predict a Riot, as mentioned above, deals with very serious subject matter but one thing that Catherine does well is deal with it sensitively. This book doesn’t make a joke of the situation but also manages to look at both sides of the story. It is just really well done and I feel that it is a book that people should read. Catherine also manages to pull many emotions out of the reader with this book. There were times when I was laughing, times I felt tense and on edge, and then there were times when I felt tears on my cheeks. It is a book that is just written exceedingly well.

Or Get Involved

This book is exciting, emotional, fast-paced, and enthralling. It will keep you hooked, tug on your heart, and just cause you to think. It is a book that I devoured, and one that I would happily re-read. It also made me want to read more of Catherine’s books as well. This book also starts at the end, something which I love in books and just helped to make it more gripping and intense. I worry that this review may make this book seem better than it is but I’m struggling to think of anything I disliked about it. It’s a strong book that I just really enjoyed and would recommend over and over. So, if you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?

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 25 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blog Tour; Flashes by Tim O’Rourke

Posted on 23 June, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Hi Guys!
Today I am pleased to announce that I am posting an interview with one of the characters from Flashes by Tim O’Rourke as part of the online blog tour!
Hope that you enjoy all of the questions and answers and it helps you get intrigued about this book! (review will follow later on).


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Flashes is the first in a new series of YA paranormal crime novels in which a 17-year-old girl cannot help seeing glimpses of dead people who seem to want her aid – much to the consternation of her boyfriend, who has just started work for the local CID.

Goodreads. Amazon UK. The Book Depository.


Q&A with Tom Henson

Why did you want to become a police officer?
Because my father didn’t want me to. My father is a defence barrister and he would rather defend those accused of crimes whereas I would rather lock them up.

What was your favourite memory of being at police training school?
Solving mysteries with my college Kiera Hudson.

You seem to form so kind of romantic connection with Charley Shepard in the novel ‘Flashes’. Is Charley your first girlfriend?
I don’t know if Charley is my girlfriend. I like her a lot but it is still early days. As for Charley being my first girlfriend, there has been on other special person in my life.

Who was that?
I promised her I would never say.

You and Charley seem to hit it off straight away. Was it love at first sight?
Love? Who said anything about love? (Smiles).

Now I can see that grin of yours that Charley talks about. You never answered my question.
Okay. So I don’t know about the how whole love thing, I think it’s too early to say. But one thing I do know is that I love being with Charley. She is great fun to be around. We make a great team so we’ll just have to see what happens it book two.

Do you have any idea what yours and Charley’s next case might be about?
I txt the author, Tim O’Rourke, the other day and all he would say was that our next investigation is going to be a lot darker than the first.

Talking of texting and mobile phones, your phone was a bit of a brick in book one, have you upgraded yet?
No. I like my brick. It’s cheap. (Smiles)

Charley claimed to have received text messages from dead people in ‘Flashes’. Did you see those messages?
No, I never saw them.

Charley has flashes in which she sees dead people. So do you believe in the paranormal world?
I’m still not totally convinced in some kind of paranormal world being out there, but I believe Charley believes there is so that’s good enough for me.

Where did your love for cheeseburgers come from?
Through my inability to cook for myself. I can be kinda lazy when it comes to cooking. My flat does sometimes resemble something close to a rubbish dump at rimes. I do enjoy a nice take out.

You also seem to have a love of killing zombies in computer games, why is that?
Killing zombies helps me unwind. I like to pretend I’m shooting my boss and my colleague Detective Constable Jackson who can be a real arrogant jerk at times. I find playing computer games relaxes me.

How would you describe your first case you investigated in Marsh bay?
Weird! It’s opened my eyes to perhaps there being more than what you can see with our eyes. Perhaps there is another dimension that Charley can see into. Some of the stuff she claimed to see was pretty accurate and I can’t explain how she managed to know stuff that only the dead would know.


Flashes by Tim O’Rourke is out now, £7.99 paperback/eBook, published by Chicken House.

Are you intrigued?
What do you think about Tom?

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Posted on 23 June, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Slow Blog Week Edition

Posted on 22 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

weekly highlights

Weekly Highlights is a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and will be a post highlighting things that happened on and off the blog. It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love.

In the feature I won’t mention everything I received, nor every post I wrote during the week but will simply feature a selection of things I wish to spotlight a second time around.


Post Highlights

It was only as I sat down to write this post that I realised I only posted ONE thing this week. It was an incredibly busy week for me this week and I barely got a chance to breathe, let alone blog and then I felt really ill on Friday and into some of Saturday as well. I’m hoping next week will be better for me though so let’s cross our fingers for that!

I posted my Top Ten Summer TBR Reads on tuesday! Run over to the post to find out what I hope to read this summer!

Over on Bookish Brits I posted my Buddy Review of Breakable by Tammara Webber. Head on over to here to view it! We did, unfortunately, end up spoling a little bit of Easy in the review but we found it impossible not to!

Then on my own youtube channel, A Daydreamer’s Ramblings, I finally got around to posting my May Wrap Up! If you want to find out what books I read in May, Click Here.


Upcoming

So last week all of the posts I promised, or told you would be coming up didn’t happen! (well, one did!) But here’s a little look into some more posts that should be up this week or next.

Blog tour for Flashes by Tim O’Rourke.

Blog tour for I Predict a Riot by Catherine Bruton.

One or two reviews.

Possibly a new discussion-type post.


YALC Readathon

Next week is also the YALC Readathon! I’m super excited for this and looking forward to taking part! I’ll probably use twitter to update everyone on my status throughout the week and then just have a wrap up post on the Monday after the week with all that happened so keep an eye on my twitter to see how I’m progressing!
Are you joining in? Would love to follow your progress if you are, so link me to your posts and things in the comments or on twitter!


Around the Blogosphere

Are you an eclectic reader? Or are you someone who just reads one genre? This week Jamie discusses how she used to read lots of different things but has recently been reading lots of contemporary YA. Check out the post here and let her know how you read and/or give her some tips on reading!

There have been some amazing posts for Mental Health Awareness Month and one that I really think you should read is this one.

Another post that I thought is worth a read, is this one, where Asti tells us about her Past with Depression.

This post was posted a couple of weeks ago but I just stumbled across it this week so feel it is appropiate to add into this. It is the cutest post I’ve seen in a while and one that really shows how close these two co-bloggers are.

There was also some very sad news revealed this week and that is the news that Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A are stopping trade, effective immedietly. This has affected many amazing authors such as Kim Curran, Laura Lam, and Cassandra Rose Clarke (Among many others!). Here’s Kim’s post about the news. And the lovely Leah also posted this which was lovely!

How do you feel about used books? This week, Asti tells us how she struggles to read them. Check out the great post, here and let her know your thoughts on used books!


Letterbox Love

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I was really good this week! I only got three books! Yay!
Check out which ones they were in the 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 22 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Summer TBR Reads

Posted on 17 June, 2014 by Faye - 7 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 Summer TBR Reads


So I’ve decided that instead of just listing the next ten books I hope to read, I’m going to list ten books that I really want to read this summer. BUT I’ve also decided not to include books that come out after summer, even if I already own them. I’ve done this because I wanted to highlight some books that may not ordinarily get space on the blog because they’re not as big as say, Heir of Fire and Talon.
I also chose a mix of actual summer/beach reads and just other books that I’m just really excited to finally dive into!

In no particular order;

Open Road Summer Let's Get Lost Dream Boy

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord; Had this one on my wishlist for a LONG time and now I finally have a copy, I cannot wait to just get around to reading it!

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid; A book I heard about at BEA and just instantly wanted to read. It sounds like such a great read!

Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg; Another I saw at BEA and instantly wanted to read so I’m super excited to get around to starting this.

Delete murder most unladylike The Rain second chance summer

Delete by Kim Curran; IT IS THE FINAL BOOK IN THE TRILOGY. THE FINAL BOOK. I want to read this book so bad because I NEED to KNOW. But also, I don’t want to read because then it will be OVER.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens; Heard about this from my friends and after they all raved about it, decided I really want to see what it’s all about! Plus, Robin is lovely!

The Rain by Virginia Bergin; This one sounds super thrilling and exciting and just one that I think I’ll really enjoy so I’m looking forward to reading.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson; After finishing Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, I became a hardcore Morgan Matson fan and I cannot wait to catch up on all of her books by reading this one!

broken hearts, fences and other things Maybe One Day Memoirs of Neurotic Zombie

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn; One of my New York purchases! Cannot wait to read this and see if it’s as good as it sounds!

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor; This book just seems like the epitome of everything I love in a book and so I am really looking forward to seeing if it is right for me.

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton; This one just sounds so funny and as I was already in stitches after the first chapter, cannot wait to find out if it continues that way throughout the book!

I obviously have a large pile of other books I really want to read in the next few months but these are all high on the list!
What books are on your summer TBR?
And which of the books above would you recommend I start with?

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Posted on 17 June, 2014 by Faye - 7 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Post-BEA, Very Busy Edition

Posted on 15 June, 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

Oh. I just realised I haven’t done a weekly highlights post in almost two months. This just goes to show how busy and un-motivated I have been when it comes to blogging and I just want to apologise to you all for the lack of posts (and weekly highlights!) and hope that you all can forgive me and will stick around! I’m hoping that I’ll be back on my feet soon enough. I’m going to try and just catch up but also I’m trying not to stress so much when I only post once or twice a week but I’ll talk more about this below. *nods*

Now… as I haven’t done one of these in a while, I thought I’d do a sort of wrap up of the last few weeks.

This month I posted THREE reviews;
Glaze by Kim Curran (FOUR HEARTS)
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mylnowski (FOUR HEARTS)
The History Keepers: Nightship to China by Damian Dibben (FOUR HEARTS)

Things you may have missed;
I interviewed the lovely Nigel McDowell for Countdown to 5th June. Check that out here

I helped reveal the cover of Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton, with an exclusive excerpt! Click here to see it in all its glory!

And finally I signed up for the YALC Readathon! Find out what books I will be choosing from and how many I plan to read (and also more info on the readathon) in this post.


Upcoming

I know I haven’t been around a lot and I’m not promising these things will go up next week because life may get in the way but if all goes to plan you should see these things happening!

Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR

A hopefully fun post about something I’ve been noticing recently!

And, if all goes well, I’ll also have two reviews go up.

And maybe I’ll even have time to treat you all to some BEA things! Like more info on what happened, things that happened in NYC and possibly some tips and tricks as well!


But First…

As you may have noticed above, I haven’t posted in a while and I mentioned that I have been unmotivated to post. This is something that has been stirring within me for a while and I have unofficially been declaring myself in a blogging slump. Even when I have time to blog, I end up turning on the television or picking up a book instead of actually sitting down and writing and that is because I just haven’t had the right kind of energy for blogging. Being busy, moving house, going on BEA, have all seemed to wipe my energy but I also feel like these things are just excuses and I don’t want to make excuses anymore.

Blogging stopped being fun.

There, I said it.

I often go through small phases like this but this has been going on for a while and it’s time I just told you all how I’ve been feeling because it’s something I need to deal with. Every time I watch TV instead of blog or read, I feel guilty. Whenever I read instead of blog or vlog, I feel guilty. Whenever I just fall asleep instead of blogging or reading, I feel guilty. And it needs to stop. I can’t go around feeling guilty anymore because it is no way to live.

I’m not saying I can change my attitude in a day but what I am saying is that I am going to try and stop putting my blogging and vlogging so high in my “to-do” list. If I don’t feel like blogging, so what? It is not the end of the world. It is a hobby and I really want it to stay that way. So I’m going to do everything I can to keep it that way but I still just want to apologise for what will likely be a very sporadic schedule on this blog. I hope that you can forgive me for it and still stick by me, but I totally understand if you can’t.

I am, by no means, going to stop blogging, but I am going to be stepping back until I can get my rhythm back.


Around The Blogosphere

Ever wondered what Blogging is like from a non-blogger’s perspective? Now you can find out on Lucy’s blog here where she had a lovely guest post from Becky!

I have always had friends on the internet. From the minute we finally got dial-up and I was allowed thirty minutes every evening to spend on it, I found people to talk to online. In a way, speaking to people online was safer. I could tell them anything and they wouldn’t judge me because they didn’t know me. Never did my thirteen year old self think I would ever MEET anyone from online but now I have and it is just… amazing. Lucy wrote a blog post about internet friends and discusses whether or not they can be seen as real friends. I definitely think they can be (I met my flatmate online!) but what do you think? Read the post here.

Do you think Young Adult books can be funny? This fab guest post from Rachel Hamilton on YA Contemporary explains how they can be and lists recommendations! Check it out.

Personally I’m usually quite honest about being a book blogger and generally okay with handing out my URL to people who ask but I also know there are still some people I wouldn’t hand my blog URL to. This week Amber is asking, why do we hide our book blogs? Check out the post here and let me know if you take her up on her dare!

Do you own an android phone? Do you love books? If so, you should check out this post which tells you about some great bookish apps!

Have you seen all the #bookaday tweets lately? Are you joining in? If there is one person to highlight for this it is Stacey’s wrap up posts of these photos. All I can say is that I LOVE her photography and seeing all the books together is just so lovely! Check out week one, here, and week two, here.

And finally, you need to check out this website. It is called Dear Bully, and is a website created by a lot of authors to help combat bullying. There are also ways in which you can help so please, visit this site and share it on because it is so, so important.


Letterbox Love

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These are all the books I got in the last two weeks! I don’t know how I’ll get to read them all with all the BEA books I got but there we go! Hopefully I’ll get fewer books in the next few weeks…


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 15 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


YALC Readathon Sign Up!

Posted on 14 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!
Today I’m just writing a small post to let you all know that I plan on joining the YALC Readathon!
This readathon is a chance to read as many books by the authors attending YALC as you can!
Personally I have a LARGE list of books I want to read before the convention (but I doubt I’ll read them all!) so I love that this is a chance to read as many as I can.

But what will I do to make sure I read more?

I’m going to get the train every day I can (the only exception being my late evening because no one wants to get home at 9pm without food) and on my day off I’m going to just read. Or I hope to, anyway – although I may also go and see TFIOS :D

What do I hope to read?

I will never get through all of these, but I want to at least try and read three, if not four of these titles!

Which ones would you recommend I start with?

Are you joining the read-a-thon? What do you plan to read?
And lastly… will I see you at YALC?

faye1

Posted on 14 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment