It is the LAST day of February!
This month has really flown by and I am actually quite sad that this event ends today. (But don’t worry, we’re planning something new and exciting for April so keep your eyes peeled!)
As it’s the last day and I’m going to be out ALL day, (Because UKYA Extravaganza!) I’ve decided to do my full wrap-up today.
I wanted to try and finish three half-read books, and finish three series.
How I Did
I didn’t make my goal, that’s for sure but I’m still pleased that I managed to read something. I hit a bit of a snag this month where I kind of hit a reading slump and found I wanted to be doing everything BUT reading. So, the fact I still managed to read a handful of books is great to me.
I managed to complete one series, finish one half-read book and get part way through the last book in a second series. (Yes, I did end up with another half-read book by the end of it, ooops)
What I Read
So… how did you do? Let us know in the comments and/or link to your updates in the linky!
CHARLI! (To Another World!)
Every month I choose a new Blogger to spotlight on my blog. This blogger is usually someone who I have come to know through blogging, someone who I admire and whose blog should be getting a lot more traffic! Being a part of this means that the blogger gets their website “stickied” to the top of my blog *points to left-hand corner*, they get an interview and a few other things here and there throughout the month! It’s a way for me to share my love of them to you, and for you to find a new and amazing blog!
Got that? Good.
So, this month’s Blogger Spotlight is Charli from To Another World!
Why is Charli Chosen?
Charli is one of those rare and precious teen bloggers, but that’s only a small part of her. She is an enthusiastic blogger who is super sweet and lovely. She’s fun to talk to and is a really great person to know. She has a co-blogger but she is also hard-working and a brilliant champion for some fantastic books. Charli is passionate about books, especially those that she loves, and always makes me smile when I see her tweeting in crazy capitals. She can, quite easily, be the life and soul of the party.
Off of twitter and away from her personality a little bit, To Another World is also a brilliant blog. It is full of interesting posts, amazingly written reviews and just shows how wonderful Charli (and her co-blogger) are! I know they’ve both been quiet on the blog lately due to schoolwork and stress but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still follow them. They’ve both written some fab posts including but not limited to this post about what YA needs.
To see what I mean, go follow her now!
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
I had been dying to read this book ever since I finished the second book, Crown of Midnight. Then raving reviews came in and I got both more excited and worried all at the same time. I think, unfortunately, that all the hype around this book made my expectations too high and this impacted my enjoyment. The book itself was good. It was well-written and entertaining but it wasn’t as fantastic as I had been led to believe and it made me feel like I had missed something.
One of the biggest problems I had with this book is that it honestly felt like nothing was happening. I know that a lot of stuff did happen and a lot of things occurred but while reading it felt a little too tell and not enough show. It’s hard to put in words what I mean aside from saying that I wish there had been more action going on. On top of all of that, I had a problem where I didn’t feel emotionally connected to the story. I did not get the “feels” and it has made me wary of the next book.
You Have To
We are introduced to a lot of new characters in this book but instead of telling you what I thought about them all, I want to tell you a little about my favourite new character. Her name is Manon and she was such a fascinating character to me. I loved how she was with Abraxos – who was also super awesome! I just thought she was a truly well-developed character and for her, I will definitely read more of the series as I want to learn more about her. I think the vast array of characters may be why I didn’t feel so many emotions while reading this.
Despite how my review seems to come across, I did really enjoy reading Heir of Fire. It was full of complexities and complications and there was a lot of tension thrown in as well. But it just wasn’t as good as the previous books in the series, and certainly didn’t feel like it warranted the hype – unfortunately. I really do wish I loved this book more. As it is, it was an okay read and has left just enough curiosity to leave me certain I will read book number four, I just may not jump around for it.
** 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. **
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 Heroines
For this topic I have chosen five heroines from Books and five heroines from Films.
Hermione Granger; Bookworm + kick-ass. What’s not to love?
Caelena Sardothian; She kicks ass and cares about how she looks. Talk about awesome.
Harriett Manners; She’s a geek. She’s a model. She often makes a mess of herself and is a perfect portrayal of females.
Rachel; She is smart. She is resourceful. She lets emotions affect her like every human would.
Cather; She’s an introvert. She has anxieties. She’s smart, creative and fascinating to read about.
Veronica Mars; Sassy, fun, spy, intuitive – what’s not to love!
Buffy; I’m sure she’s the epitome of awesome. She kicks demon butt, is still feminine and is just super cool.
Becca (Pitch Peferct); She is a creative. She stands her ground and knows who she is. And is even willing to admit when she’s wrong. Perfect.
Kim (Chalet Girl); Maybe not your usual heroine but I like Kim. She’s shown as being human.
Mindy Macready / Hit Girl; What a strong and fantastic character! Hit Girl is such a fun, powerful, brilliant heroine that I think is just so great to see in film.
There are so many amazing heroines out there though which is always great to see.
Who are your favourite heroines?
Today I’m here on the Blog Tour for Teeth by Chele Cooke, and I’m here to give you ten reasons why you should read this book!
Spencer thinks being a vampire is better than any teen movie made it out to be. Now he must train Thomas and make his mentor proud.
One mistake risks more than either are willing to lose, and a single broken law could turn them from predators to prey.
Ten Reasons to read Teeth by Chele Cooke
It’ll hook you from the very first sentence, and you really won’t want to put it down.
You’ll know straight away if it’ll be too gory for you.
It is full of gore, violent depictions and horror moments that will stay with you in the best way.
It is intense, riveting and addictive.
Chele keeps your curiosity throughout the book with an intricate plot.
All the characters are interesting and well-developed.
Chele’s take on vampire’s is unique, fascinating and incredibly interesting. There are certainly no sparkly vampires here!
There is action. There is sub-plot. There is emotion. – It just has it all.
This book is incredibly well-written and therefore easy to read and so full of tension that you’ll be incensed to read it quickly too.
Every fan of vampire novels that are dark and horrifying will definitely enjoy this book!
While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.
With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.
Have I Persuaded You Yet?
If not, you can follow the rest of the tour here!
During the tour, you can enter a fantastic giveaway! Chele is giving away;
Three sets of all her books as e-books AND
Seven e-books of Teeth
To enter, use the rafflecopter below!
Weekly Highlights is a 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.
This week has been a really good one, if I do say so myself. I’ve still been busy and rushed off my feet but my mood has ultimately lifted, I’ve been organizing and planning and have some new things coming around the corner that could change things, so I’m all very excited and scared all at once! Plus it was the Electric Monkey Blogger Day which was so much fun!
As for the blog…
I posted ONE review this week;
Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough (FOUR HEARTS)
I told you about my top ten book related problems. To see what I wrote, click here.
And I sat down and told you my thoughts about amazing books and mediocre books and how, essentially, I think all books are equally important. Even those really bad ones! To hear the rest of my thoughts read this post.
This week I was honoured to share with you all a very personal post written by Michelle. She has told us an amazing story about her life and how her life has changed from it. To see how absolutely brilliant and strong she is, click here.
Finish It February
We’re into our third week of the Finish It Feb event, with only one more week to go.
Thus, you can find out how I’m doing with my goals in my updates post by clicking here.
Around the Blogosphere
The fantastic V. E. Schwab visited Sophie’s blog this week and wrote her post on her top fighting tips. It’s a really fun post. Read it here.
Michelle has admitted to some UKYA series that she hasn’t started yet but would love to. Find out what she would like to read in this post.
Melinda Salisbury participated in Daphne’s Bookish Firsts feature and choose some fab books. Check it our here.
Have you seen that there’s a read-a-thon of His Dark Materials happening soon? Find out more info on Michelle’s blog, here.
Amber has posted a very interesting discussion on YA and comments about it. You can read her thoughts by clicking here.
Hollie had some fab top ten book related problems. Do you relate to any of them? Check them out in this post.
Lina has written a very interesting post about what people did before book blogging. You can read it here.
Nemo has written a fantastic post on how much time it takes to blog. She meticulously worked out how long she takes on each task and it is just such a fascinating read. You can read it too by clicking here.
I am an introvert. And I’m proud of it. So when I stumbled upon this great post about blogging as an introvert, I had to read it and share it. If you want to know more about what it is like, read this post.
This is a really fun post from Kat about the daily life of a book blogger. Definitely check it out here.
And lastly, Kim is asking what your genre is. Let her know by clicking here.
I don’t think a week has ever gone by without me acquiring at least one book… is there something wrong with me? This week the majority of my books have come from the Electric Monkey Blogger Day!
Seed by Lisa Heathfield; This was acquired at the Electric Monkey Blogger Day and I have to admit I am super intrigued by it. It sounds really interesting and the cover is truly stunning – especially in the flesh – it sparkles in the sun!
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarton; This one sounds like the perfect book for me. Like, well and truly intriguing. I got this from the blogger day and am really looking forward to diving into it. The UK cover is also AMAZING but I can’t find a good image of it!
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein; I’ve not read anything by Elizabeth yet (hold your fire!) but I really want to. I’m not sure I’ll start with this one but I’m very intrigued by it none the less. This is another Blogger day copy.
Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre; The final book from the blogger day. I’m not sure I’ll read this one. It doesn’t appeal to me as much as the others. Instead, you may find this one will end up in a giveaway at some point, so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled. Many thanks to Electric Monkey at Egmont for all of these review copies.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson; I’ve been seeing this one everywhere and have heard great things about Jandy Nelson so I cannot wait to start this one. Many thanks to Jim and Walker Books for this copy.
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey; This is a book club read for April so I borrowed a copy from the library. It sounds pretty interesting. It’s not something I’d normally read so I’d be intrigued to know if I like it or not!
The Copper Promise by Jen Williams; This one looked really interesting and definitely my kind of read so I borrowed it from the library when I saw it on the shelf. Looking forward to seeing what it is like in time for the second one being released soon.
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!)
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?
We’re at the end of the third week of February and only have one week to go. I’m still not sure how that happened but there we go!
I want to try and finish three half-read books, and finish three series.
How I’m Doing
I have finished one series and completed one half-read book. I am in the middle of the last book of a second series.
I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped – my reading mojo has sort of left me this month BUT I’m okay with that as I’ve just been really busy. I would be happy if I finish two series and one half-read book so let’s see how I go next week!
Read so Far
So… how are you getting on? Let me know in the comments and/or link to your updates in the linky!
As a reviewer, you’re almost always thinking about the rating of books as you read them. Is this book a five star read to you? Four? Three? Two? One? As you continue the story, you’re continually thinking about this and how you feel about the story you’re reading. On top of that there seems to be this atmosphere and craving for five star reads. So today I want to talk to you about amazing books and some of my thoughts surrounding them.
The Five-Star Read
I love stumbling onto a five-star read. I love being immersed in a book. I love the feeling of true inability to stop reading; and to always have the book on my mind when I’m not. There is something so unique and special about these five-star reads. For me, they have to have that spark. That feeling that erupts inside of me and makes me exclaim – usually from the start – YES. THIS. When you find a five-star read, you remember why you bother reading in the first place. You’re reminded that reading is something that can, and often does, make you feel more alive. But do all the books we read need to be five stars?
The Comfy-Easy Read
There seems to be a lot of ice around three-star reviews. If someone you know has given a book three stars, you may be put off and think it’s not worth your time and this has left me very curious. Personally, I really enjoy three-star reads. I enjoy the feeling that while I may not be feeling that spark and alive-ness I get from a five-star read, I know that I am still enjoying reading more than anything else at the moment. I like knowing that I can open a book and know that it won’t be anything spectacular but that I will enjoy myself for a few hours. It will be a nice escape for a little while. So is it okay to just like a book sometimes?
Why I Read
All of this has made me question why I read and I think that is the key here. If you read only so you can feel alive and crave books that hook you from the get-go, then you may only want to read five-star books and nothing else. But for me, I read for enjoyment. I read to escape for a little while. I read to feel less alone and to feel, ironically, like I really do belong in the world. So for me, it doesn’t matter if the book is riveting and amazing, as long as the book helps me with the above reasons, then I’m glad I picked it up. I no longer want to feel guilty for putting up a three-star review because a three-star review to me means that it has been a successful read – and I think this is the most important part of it all.
The Balance of It All
Lastly, I think that reading a wide spectrum of books, ones that are easy, comfortable three-star reads, exciting and intense four-star reads and mind-blowing five star reads makes reading more enjoyable. It makes those five-star reads more special because you’ve waited for them for so long. They’re treasured more because they’re so much better than everything else you’ve read in a while. But we can only know this feeling, can only know to put it above all the rest, if first we know books that are only okay. Therefore, to me, every book, even those pesky one and two star reads are important. They help to make me realise the potential of all the amazing books. Afterall, one doesn’t know happiness until they’ve experienced sadness.
But what do you think? Would you rather only read five-star reads? Do you ignore three-star books? Do you love reading the spectrum?
I’m really pleased to introduce Michelle onto the blog today. She’s written a very personal post for you all that I think truly shows her strength and just how wonderful she really is. But, in case you don’t believe me… read on for her words.
Sight. Eyes. Seeing. Reading. Something that maybe without thinking we take for granted? Picking up a book up and reading is second nature to some of us, but what would happen if our sight was taken away from us?
Towards the end of 2013 I suddenly, without warning, lost my sight in my right eye. To begin with I was in a lot of pain and could not focus at all on things, especially books, and my left eye struggled to properly gain focus. I was worried. My family were worried. What if my sight didn’t come back? What if the same happened to my left eye? I would never actually be able to see my son or family again and I will never be able to read or write again.
Fortunately, so far my left eye has not been affected, but my right eye sight did not return and will never return. The doctors have found no rhyme or reason as to why this happened which in itself is scary as there is a niggle in the back of my mind about what if’s. All they really know is that the optic nerve is dead and therefore meaning no operation can fix it and it will never return.
After struggling initially I swore to not let the loss of my sight affect my life as life is too short and have ploughed on through. At first, once the left eye had started to focus and compensate and my body adjusted to the sensation of just having one eye, it was a little strange (try covering your one eye over for a few hours – it throws your balance and co-ordination off). I struggled to watch TV without feeling sick and to pick up a book I could only read one page without feeling tired. With the help of my Mom I gained the confidence to get back into my car and drive although it felt a little surreal (You can still drive with one eye as long as it is above a certain level). It took me a long time to even start to wear any form of makeup again due to worrying about what I put near my eyes. There are still a few things I struggle with because of my sight like stairs (they look like a giant helter skelter that I can slide down….weeeeeeeeeeee) and I find driving at night time very stressful and tiring.
Now those of you who have met me have probably never been able to tell I am half blind and it’s not something I talk about a lot as I like to feel that I do not let it stop me from doing anything so therefore I do not highlight the fact. And to look at me you would never be able to tell due to the nerves around my eye still functioning. In a way I feel I am lucky. But if I do ever bump into you or you stand to my right side and I completely ignore you (this has happened before lol) then you know why.
I am also lucky that as time has passed I have gradually got used to having one eye. I can still see. Therefore I am lucky. I can still drive. Therefore I am lucky. I can now read more than one page a day. Therefore I am lucky. I can read to and enjoy watching my son grow up. I am lucky. I get to see my family or go out and see spectacular views. Lucky. But what if all of this was taken away from us? How would we cope? How would we read?
My love for YA came very much after I lost my sight with the first book I fully read being Hollow Pike by James Dawson. This book got me out of a very severe reading slump and head space and in a way brought me back to life in terms of reading. Last year I was touched by a strong female blind character in She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick which I thoroughly enjoyed as Laureth, the main character, never let anything hold her back. My favourite character in the Fault In Our Stars was Issac (severely underused in the film though), he had to cope with going blind and would have loved to have read more about him. I would love to read more books, especially YA books, with characters who are blind or losing their sight. Any suggestions?
In terms of thinking about reading and with the rise in audio books the blind have great books readily available, however nothing is the same as holding a book in your hands and this made me think what is available out there for partially sighted or blind people in terms of reading? I have done some research on the internet and found some brilliant websites and information and support.
The RNIB offers several reading choices, giving you access to books, newspapers and magazines in a variety of different formats. Like:
• RNIB Reading Libraries (formerly National Library Service) – offering fiction and non-fiction books in Braille and Giant print for adults and children.
• RNIB Talking Books – the first of our Listening Libraries, offering the UK’s largest collection of unabridged audio books for people with sight loss on DAISY CD or USB.
• RNIB Overdrive – our second Listening Library is a digital download service for Talking Books, Talking Magazines and podcasts, which can be downloaded and listened to on a variety of devices including computers, smartphones and tablets.
• Buy books from RNIB – audio, braille and large print books to suit every taste available in our online shop.
The RNIB are a great support and have found a lot of stories and information on their website so useful and encouraging. They are such a fantastic organisation who fully support any one who needs help however little or large.
My family and friends were a mountain of support for me at the time of losing my sight and for that I shall be ever thankful – Thank you.
Reading back this blog post to myself I hope that maybe someone will read this and find a little strength and encouragement from my journey and ramblings no matter what is sent to test you in your life and remember that you are you everyone is different and unique in their own ways..
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”
- Roald Dahl
For help, information and support with loss of sight or losing your sight please visit http://www.rnib.org.uk/.
Don’t miss her interview with me in this post.
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 Book Related Problems I Have
I love this weeks topic and had a lot of fun coming up with my top ten. Hope you enjoy the post as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Too Much Choice
Seriously. I own so many books and I want to read them all as soon as possible – that makes it very hard to choose sometimes!
I’m a Slow Reader
This wouldn’t normally be a problem but with all those books I want to read… it definitely doesn’t help to keep on top of it all.
I don’t have enough bookshelves
I own too many books and not enough bookshelves. I now have piles of books and no idea what to do with them.
I’m a Mood Reader
Again, shouldn’t be a problem, but means I need to be in the right mood to even consider reading, let alone knowing what books I even want to read.
This goes with being a mood reader. I am in the middle of so many books, some that I stopped reading before I started blogging over three years ago… (good thing I have Finish it February!)
I can remember what happens in so many books, I could even pick up those half-read books and just continue BUT when it comes to books I’ve read? Sometimes I forget the end, sometimes character names, sometimes I just forget the story and plot altogether…
The Chapter Habit
I find it very difficult to stop reading a book if I’m in the middle of a chapter. This makes journey’s by public transport very risky – and I often have to wait on the platform or bus stop after getting off to finsih the chapter before I continue my journey.
I Work in a Library
Wow. What a dream job! Yes, yes it is. But also, I’m surrounded by tempting books that I can’t read. It’s a little torturous when you think about it this way. I also have a full library ticket so I can’t even take more out…
I’d Rather be Reading
Really, one of the biggest problems is when you’re out with friends or family or at work and all you can think about it your current read and how much you just wish you were reading it instead.
All Books End
I mean, really, isn’t that just so rude? Right when you’re enjoying it so much and then BOOM, it’s over.