Book Review; A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale

Posted on 31 December, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

wpid-wp-1418567777125.jpegAuthor: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Published: October 10th 2014
Pages: 316
Format: ebook
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
A beautiful story about the magic of childhood Christmas memories, the strength of family and falling in love when you least expect it.

Everyone loves Christmas – don’t they?

Carrie Blake loves her job as a nanny but, while her friends are settling down, all of Carrie’s spare time is spent with other people’s families. Though it breaks her heart, her New Year’s resolution is to embark on a new career and fix her love life.

As Carrie starts her last job, she’s sure she’ll be going out on a high – the house is amazing , the kids are adorable, and she’s in charge of decorating the tree!

The only problem could be her boss… single-dad Adam Fletcher might be both handsome and successful, but he’s always working. Doesn’t he realise he’s missing out on precious moments with his son and daughter?

As Adam’s family arrive for Christmas including his sensitive sister, Sharon, and his fun-loving elderly Grandpa, Walter, Carrie realises that she might just have found the perfect allies in her quest to persuade Adam to loosen up. There’s still time for Carrie to make this the best Christmas ever… after all, Christmas is the time for miracles, isn’t it? Let the festivities begin!


When Snow

I very rarely read Christmas-themed books, usually preferring to watch Christmas movies to soak up the spirit of the time of year but this year, I decided that I would try one and when I heard about A Christmas to Remember it sounded like the perfect book for me. And, admittedly, I really enjoyed this book. I did have a few issues with it but essentially I connected with the book instantly and really managed to feel the Christmas spirit of the book. It felt like the perfect book to snuggle down with in front of the fire while snow falls. (I have neither a fireplace, nor have had any snow but there we go!)

Is Falling

This is a book that has a very typical plot. But it still managed to surprise me, which is what I really enjoyed about it. With so many books and just stories floating around it can be difficult to be different and unique but Jenny Hale has created a story that is just a little different. It had a warm feel while I was reading it and I really enjoyed following all of the characters’ stories. However, one of the issues I had was that the book repeated a lot of the characters’ insecurities. I get that these things do come up in our heads over and over again but as a reader, it got a little irritating to constantly hear how much the main character wanted a family. But, fortunately, it wasn’t enough to put me off the story all together!

All Around

I really loved all of the characters in this book. I thought everyone was so interesting and unique and I just wanted to read so much more about them all. Personally though, Carrie was by far my favourite. She was insecure (mentioned above) but she was still confident about things, caring, and stood up for what she believed in – even if the consequences wouldn’t be great! I loved how she was around the children and I really felt that she made a great role model for them. I also thought Adam was a very interesting character. He was complex, strong, but also vulnerable and sensitive. I enjoyed how much he came out of his shell as the story progressed.

Everything Changes

This is the perfect festive read. It was fun, endearing, heart-warming, and really captured the spirit of Christmas. It was a story that I fell into and one that I am sure I’ll go back to from time to time – and probably want to re-read eventually. If you’re a fan of romances, festive reads, and books that make you feel warm inside while it’s incredibly cold outside, then I would highly recommend this book. I would also recommend it if you love family stories that will set your spirits high. It’s a well-written book that I wish didn’t have to end.

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 31 December, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Bookish Resolutions for 2015

Posted on 30 December, 2014 by Faye - 2 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 resolutions


I don’t often set resolutions because I very rarely follow though and kind of like the way I live as it is BUT I like doing blogging/book resolutions to see if I can change things for the better in here. So here’s what I’m hoping I’ll change next year…

1. Continue reading what I want, when I want.
No pressure to read books by their release date. No feeling guilty about not reading books when everyone else does. Simply deciding to read whatever the hell I feel like reading.

2. Read more unknown books.
In this world of blogging, it seems there are few books that people have never heard of and everyone has an opinion on all the big books. I want to read more books that don’t have opinions on them already. I want to be able to make up my own mind.

3. Try and blog at least three times a week.
Not sure if this will ever work but we’ll see.

4. But do not stress about blogging.
Seriously. I need to STOP. NOW. It is not the end of the world if X post doesn’t go live.

5. Rate books on Goodreads after finishing them.
I’ve already started doing this but want to continue to do so. I often forget these days to cross post reviews but this way the books don’t just sit as “read” but also “rated” and it’s easier for me and better for the author!

6. Stop buying quite so many books.
It’ll be hard but I really need to. Maybe limit myself to one new purchase a month.

7. Get rid of some books I own but will never read.
This will be hard but I’m running out of space and it’s starting to feel silly…

8. Request less books for review.
I want to read ALL the books before release but I NEVER do. So I need to just STOP, or cut back at least.

9. Try and schedule the blog in advance.
I want to always be at least two weeks ahead. But we’ll see…

10. Quite simply, stop stressing and feeling guilty about blogging and reading.
The ultimate goal.


What are your bookish resolutions?

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Posted on 30 December, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Top Ten Movies of 2014!

Posted on 29 December, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey All!
Below is a list of my top ten movies that I watched and were released in 2014. I was planning to do a non-2014 list too but I realised I didn’t make a note of the films I watched this year but I hope to do this next year at least!

Anyway…. here are the ones that I really loved for many different reasons…

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Pride; I almost didn’t see this movie becuase I was so unsure whether I’d enjoy it but I am SO GLAD I changed my mind as this was one of my very favourite films of the year. (And I ended up seeing it twice in the cinema!)

Lego Movie; It boggles my miind that this film came out this year but it did and I loved it straight away. It was fun, cheeky, and just had a very upbeat feel to it all. Definitely looking forward to the next one!

The Judge; The trailer of this film did not do justice to the actual film. I was certain I’d be going to see a regular blockbuster but instead I watched a film that was thoughtful, intense, and incredibly good.

The Fault In Our Stars How to train your dragon 2 Divergent mockingjay

The Fault in Our Stars; I was super nervous about seeing this one as I wanted it to be so good so badly. When it was, I was overcome by emotion. I ended up seeing this film three times. And everytime I laughed and cried until it was over.

How to Train Your Dragon 2; I thought this film was going to be good. I wasn’t expecting it to blow me away completely. I didn’t think it was possible to be better than How To Train Your Dragon but this is what happened. Just. Maybe… It’s definitely close!

Divergent; Another adaptation that I was worried about but was ultimately surprised and happy with the result. While it was no comparison to the film, I still really loved it and so it made it on here!

Mockingjay: Part One; Another one that I was worried about (Are you sensing a theme?) but was essentially blown away. I loved it so much. I have heard people say that they dislike it for so many reasons including having no investment left in the story to watch the last bit BUT I really enjoyed it and thought it made the book so much BETTER.

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Guardians of the Galaxy; There were a lot of comic book films that came out this year. Films that were serious, full of CGI and bravado but it is Guardians of the Galaxy that has made this list because it was different. This was a fun, cute, superhero movie that I couldn’t help but really enjoy.

A Long Way Down; This is a British movie. Through and through. It is funny, heart-breaking, heart-warming, and is just a really great film all around. I have now read the book and would even go so far as to say the film is better than the book. It’s just got a lot more life (ironically).

Love, Rosie; This was a film I was super excited for and was actually lucky enough to win tickets to the premiere and it turned out to be a brilliant film! I loved the kookiness of the film, the British humour and how well it was adapted from the book. My only problem was how little it was in cinemas!


So yes, these are the standout films of 2014 for me. There were many other films I saw that didn’t quite make the cut but these were all unique and wonderful in their own ways!

What about you? What were your top films this year?

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Posted on 29 December, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


The Night Before A Book Lover’s Christmas

Posted on 24 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Merry Christmas Everyone!

(Seasons Greetings!)

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Posted on 24 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Top Ten Movies I Want To See in 2015

Posted on 22 December, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hey Guys!

There has already been so many GREAT movie annoucements for next year so I thought I would share with you all the top ten movies that I cannot wait to see!

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Pitch Perfect 2; I loved the first film so much. I have re-watched it more times than I count and I really cannot wait to see what will happen next. I know the second movies are usually never as good but I don’t care, it looks great!

Avengers: Age of Ultron; Okay, I admit it. I love the Avenger movies. I know they’re full of CGI and bravado but I think they’re great entertainment and I cannot wait to see what happens in this next one.

Furious 7; It gets worse, right? Because I LOVE this series. Essentially I think they were good with four, but I won’t lie and say I’m super excited for the new one. Although, it’ll be sad without Paul Walker. *sniffs*

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Insurgent; I have not seen the trailer to this film and I hope to keep it this way until the film. But, regardless, I am super excited for this one and I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle it. I am, also, a little worried but here’s hoping they don’t ruin it too much!

Mockingjay Part Two; I really enjoyed part one so I’m super incensed to see how it all ends. While Mockingjay is actually my least favourite book of the trilogy, I am intrigued to see how they’re going to end it all!

The DUFF; I have not read this book (but hope to before the film) but I’m definitely intrigued by the movie. It’d be intriguing to see if it is a cool fun teen movie like recent adaptations have been!

Paper Towns; Again, I haven’t yet read this book (eek! don’t hurt me!) but I plan to before the movie finally hits cinemas. But, despite that, I still really want to see this film as it sounds like it’s going to be very interesting and hopefully very good.

Jurassic World Testament of youth The Theory of Everything

Jurassic World; I’m a little worried about this one. A little scared that it won’t be great BUT I also really want to see it just to find out if I’m right or wrong. It could, after all, be absolutely amazing!

Testament of Youth; You know how I love War books? I also love war films and this one looks set out to be a truly intriguing film! I am definitely looking forward to finding out what it is all about.

The Theory of Everything; This film is all about the life of Stephen Hawkings and the trailer did a good job of making it look incredibly good. Really looking forward to watching this one and seeing if it is any good or not!


I am waiting on more films and I’m sure as the year progresses there’ll be even more films to get excited about but these are the ones I’m really looking forward to at the moment!

But what about you? What films are you anticipating?

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Posted on 22 December, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The “it’s almost Christmas!” Edition

Posted on 21 December, 2014 by Faye - No 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

I’ve had a rather good week this week. A few little bumps but generally it’s been a good one and I’m really glad I had a few posts go up as well. I have a few more planned for next week but the blog will mostly be incredibly quiet until after the Christmas holidays, just as a small warning!

I wrote ONE review this week (over on Big Book Little Book!)
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

I posted my top ten books of 2014! Come see which books made the list, here.

And hopefully you didn’t miss this post… You know you have too many books when….

Finally, I also posted my thoughts on recommendations. Find out what I think here


Youtube

And also this week I posted a new video for Bookish Brits! You can check it out below!


Letterbox Love

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I’ve had a much better week this week in that I have only acquired ONE book. Wooo! Go me!

Marly's Ghost

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan; Thank you so much to Egmont for this review copy! I’m really looking forward to reading it!


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

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And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 21 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Faye’s Thoughts on… Recommendations

Posted on 19 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

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It’s that time of the year where everyone is recommending books. In part to ease Christmas shopping and in part simply by wrapping up all the books read in the year and describing favourites. So today I wanted to talk to you all about recommendations.

The General Recommendation

There are some books you read and finish and believe that everyone should read. These are what I’m coining as general recommendations. They’re good on a basic level, perfect for presents to people you don’t know well and are often books that get or are hyped. This may not be my favourite kind of recommendation but they do come in handy!

The Gender Recommendation

As a library assisstant, I am often asked to give a recommendation that an x-age boy or girl will like without anymore information. Personally, I hate these kinds of recommendations but I do know that they can be helpful for parents, autnts, uncles and grandparents who really don’t know what the child reads or because they don’t read themselves.

The Personality Recommendation

These are the recommendations that are given upon knowing some things about a person. Like they enjoy adventure books or really liked x book. With these recommendations you can go for books in the same genre or by similar authors. It also means you can recommend books on say horses to someone who has admitted to loving that animal. These are great recommendations when you know a little about the person but not a lot.

The Personal Recommendation

And then you have my favourite recommendation, the truly personal one. It’s the kind of recommendation you give to someone you truly know. Upon hearing the recommendation and reading said book, that person knows you know them completely. This is the friend recommendation. The kind that is perfected by getting to know someone and what they generally like to read. I love giving these kinds of recommendations, as I just think it’s the perfect way of showing how much you listen and care.

With all recommendations, there is that innate worry that the person will dislike it and wonder what planet you were on when you thought they’d like it. I like the personal recommendation best, but essentially, I love being able to recommend all books. Especially if I’m in the position to hear what they thought about it all at the end!

But what about you? Do you like recommending books to people? What’s your favourite kind of recommendation?

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Posted on 19 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


You Know You Have Too Many Books When…

Posted on 17 December, 2014 by Faye - 9 Comments

Hey Guys!
Here’s a fun post for you all. Please feel free to add your own in the comments! :D


You literally have no space left on the four bookcases you own and no more space for a fifth bookcase.

Despite full bookcases, you still have books in piles on the floor, on the table, on chairs, in the tv cabinet…

You buy a book and then realise you have to return it as you actually already have it sitting unread on your shelf.

You know there is no way you will ever find the time to read them all … but you still buy more.

You can literally spend hours staring at all the pretties … when, you know, you could be reading them.

It can take you a few days to decide what to read next because there are SO MANY CHOICES.

Your friends come over and not only marvel at your collection but say “Wow. It’s like a library/bookshop in here.”

You know you’ve lent books to people but you don’t know what to whom but you’re not too worried as you won’t run out of reading material anytime soon…

“Spending a night in a bookshop” isn’t a cool prize to win because you basically do that everyday anyway.

Your non-booksih friends and family members refuse to buy you books for presents because they do not believe you need any more.

Your bookish friends don’t buy you books because they have no idea what books you already own and don’t know how to check.

Your most common phrase is “I have that, I just haven’t read it yet.”


Do you agree?
Is it even possible to have too many books?
Anything else to add?

Tell me in the comments!

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Posted on 17 December, 2014 by Faye - 9 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; Amazing Books of 2014!

Posted on 16 December, 2014 by Faye - 12 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 Top Ten Books Read in 2014.


For this week I have chosen to (somehow) choose my top ten books overall this year. There were SO MANY amazing books to choose from and if I could have a top twenty, then I would! Instead… here are my top ten…

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Cross my Heart by Carmen Reid; This book really blew me away. It was much better than I thought it was going to be. It was action-packed, intense, thrilling, and packed a full emotional punch.

Bird by Crystal Chan; I had no idea what to expect with this book but I definitely didn’t expect it to pull me in so much. This book is powerful, heart-warming and is just such a brilliantly written book.

Unhinged by A. G. Howard; I knew I was going to love this one because Splintered was sooo good. This book was beautifully written, held a capitvating story and pulled your emotions all over the place!

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Drummer Girl by Bridget Tyler; When it comes to this book, I was a little wary because I found the cover to be bland and I disliked the pink edged pages but it had been highly recommended so I read it. And I loved it. The story was so very different from the shell it came in. This story is dark, powerful, emotional, and held a lot of very interesting messages. It was truly great.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab; This is another book I was wary about trying but it turned out I needn’t have been. This book was incredible. It is unique in the best way. Has a fascinating story at the centre and just really managed to draw me in to the story!

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson; This is such a fun story to read. I love that it’s a friendship story and is all about finding yourself and becomming a better person and I just loved everything about it. What a brilliantly written and superb book!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell; This book was super cute. A magical realism book that I really enjoyed reading. I loved all the characters and the way it all came together in the end. It was such a nice, lovely book!

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Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen; This book is so different to what I thought it was going to be. I loved where it went in the end and thought it was such a beautiful story. Incredibly scary in places but also really, really, cute and emotional and intense. Just, truly wonderful.

Little Lies by Liane Moriarty; This book is amazingly well written and structured. It blew me away. Pulled me in at the start and made it very difficult for me to stop reading. It was fascinating and intriguing and just full of wonderful characters. An amazing book all around!

Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid; I have loved Louisa Reid’s books since I first read Black Heart Blue two years ago in one sitting. This book is just as powerful, intense, and great as that first one. It has a different twist to it but I still love that Louisa takes dark topics and turns them into beautiful flowing stories. I think this book is incredible.


And there you have them! Other books worth mentioning are;
Bombmaker by Claire McFall
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Amy and Matthew by Cammie McGowen
You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
and many, many more!

But what about you? What books of 2014 did you love?

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Posted on 16 December, 2014 by Faye - 12 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The AHHHH! Edition

Posted on 14 December, 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

It’s been a busy week on the blog this week! It’s been great! Also… have you noticed that it’s snowing on here? Yay!

Anyway…

I posted TWO reviews;
The Look by Sophia Bennett (FOUR HEARTS)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I also participated in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday which was top ten new-to-me authors.

On Wednesday I had the lovely Melissa Brown on the blog who really needs your help! Click Here to see why.

And lastly on Friday I posted about Movie Marathons. Find out my thoughts here.


Around the Blogosphere

Amber wrote a very interesting post this week about Zoella and ghostwriting. Read it here.

Amber also posted a great bookish Christmas list. You can see it here.

Sophie posted her own Christmas wishlist which is very interesting. Find it here.

Over on Bookish Broads, Lisa has posted about her christmas traditions. Clicik here to read what they are.

Megan and Estelle have posted a great post about Christmas music. Read it here.

Jamie posted a great post inspired by a book she read on how she lives. Go here to read it!

And lastly, don’t forget to keep up with Indie Advent on Jm’s blog! Ya Yeah Yeah.


Letterbox Love

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I was super excited this week as I got some really exciting books and THEN I got a Christmas surprise from Bloomsbury to top it off which was awesome!

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Han; Perfect time of the year for this book. I’ve already started it and really loving it so far! Thanks to Bookouture for the review copy.

Pearshaped by Stella Newman; This looks funny, cute, and just what I need to read right now. Looking forward to diving into it. Thanks Bookouture for the copy!

Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot; This sounds really good an I’m really excited to start reading it! Thanks to Bookouture for the review copy!

Now That I’ve Found You by Ciara Gerarghty; This one sounds really fun and cute and I can’t wait to read it. Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for the review copy!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black; This one sounds fab and I’ve heard great things about it. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks to Indigo for this copy.

Gone by Rebecca Muddiman; Got this one from Hodder as a review copy. It sounds super intriguing and I cannot wait to read it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas; AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE! Definitely going to try and fit it in before the end of the year! Thank you Bloomsbury!!

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan; I loved Sarah Crossan’s Breathe series so looking forward to reading this one too! Thank you Bloomsbury!

The Sleeper and the Spindle; Very intrigued by this one, thank you Bloomsbury!


Currently Reading

I read a few books at a time so I have decided that I want to showcase them a little on the blog and so from now on I thought I would tell you all what I’m currently reading (on Saturday/Sunday!)

This week I am currently reading;

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And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Stumble Upon? What Are You Reading This Week?

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Posted on 14 December, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments