Film Review; Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Posted on 20 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Title: Pitch Perfect 2
Director(s): Elizabeth Banks
Writer(s): Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin
Main Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Country:: US
Release Date: 15th May 2015
Source: Cinema
More Info: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

Summary:
The Bellas are back, and they are better than ever. After being humiliated in front of none other than the President of the United States of America, the Bellas are taken out of the Aca-Circuit. In order to clear their name and regain their status, the Bellas take on a seemingly impossible task: winning an International competition no American team has ever won. In order to accomplish this monumental task, they need to strengthen the bonds of friendship and sisterhood, and blow away the competition with their amazing aca-magic! With all new friends and old rivals tagging along for the trip, the Bellas can hopefully accomplish their dreams once again.


When You’re Faced

Pitch Perfect is one of those films that I could watch over and over and over again (and I do). So when it was announced that there was going to be Pitch Perfect 2, I was overjoyed. Naturally I had my doubts but essentially, I didn’t care. I loved the first film so much that nothing was going to stop me from watching the sequel. While, as I did expect, the second wasn’t anywhere near as amazing and brilliant as the first, Pitch Perfect 2 was a film that I thoroughly enjoyed and is one that I would easily be able to watch over and over and over again.

With A Battle

After years of success, the Bardon Bellas start the film with the honour of performing live in front of President Obama before it all goes wrong. This film is the story of how they plan to get back to the top and re-instate their reputation. But underneath that, it is also a story of friendship, the terrifying last year of university and not backing down when life continues to kick your backside. I loved the storyline of the film. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me feel hopeful. I loved that it showed all of the scary things we go through, and how strong true friendships can be. I think it had a solid plot, even when you knew exactly how it was all going to turn out in the end.

Do You Fight

One of the reasons I love Pitch Perfect is because I loved the vast majority of characters. It has a great ensemble cast and the major characters all go through really life-affirming journey’s. Pitch Perfect 2 is no different. The characters are all just at a different stage of their lives with something else to confront and overcome. I thought this was all done really well and I very much enjoyed watching it. My favourite character, in both films was Becca. I just think she is such a solid and sound character and I would so want to be her friend. I also adore Benji. He is super cute and I think he is incredible in this film, I was definitely having a mini-cheer just for him.

Or Back Down?

Both the Pitch Perfect films have a tendency to go a little OTT but I think what makes both of them so incredible is the story and characters. The films make you laugh, cringe, snort and cry and I think it’s wonderful that a film manages to evoke all of these emotions. I love that you get so emotionally invested in the story and the characters, even going so far as to feel victorious for the characters when things go there way. It is for this reason that I highly recommend both of these films. They’re fun, full of flair, and not ashamed to just let themselves go. If you want a film that is essentially cheesy but also full of heart, definitely watch Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

Four Stars

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Posted on 20 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; LGBT Reads

Posted on 19 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 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 a freebie so I have chosen LGBT Reads


With my LGBT Readathon starting next week, I thought today was the perfect day to tell you about my top ten favourite LGBT Reads. These are all wonderfully written and entertaining books that I would highly recommend. I am also (sneakily) going to let you know the top three LGBT reads that I cannot wait to read.

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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; This book blew me away. It was really well-written, fun, interesting and just a book that I really enjoyed. I loved the way it portrayed many different sexualities (even if they were slightly stereotypical!)

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan; I have to admit, when I saw the US cover of this book, I wasn’t so sure it was one I wanted to read. Not because of the two boys kissing, but simply because I hate text on faces. So when the UK version was released, I was very happy. I ended up reading this book in a day. It was incredibly good, incredibly moving and just a fantastic book.

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman; I love Malorie Blackman SO MUCH. Thus, it was inevitable that as soon as I heard about this book, I was going to read it. And I loved it. It is beautifully written, incredibly realistic, and very emotional. Really, really well done.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam; This book is so incredible. It is guaranteed to blow you away. I loved everything about this book and I am so glad that Laura recently announced that it has found a new publisher in Tor. If you haven’t read this book, you should rectify that soon!

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton; This is such a lovely book. I only read it recently but I just fell in love with it. It’s short, wonderful and holds such a cute and lovely story in the middle of it. You are definitely missing out if you haven’t read this book.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; I finished this book quickly because I loved it so much. It was a wonderful story that I just really enjoyed and couldn’t help but squee over a little.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green; This one wasn’t my favourite LGBT book ever as it did get a bit confusing at times BUT it was still very entertaining, very enjoyable and I did, ultimately love it. When I look back on it, I do look back with sentimental and lovely feelings.

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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; It is no secret that I love everything Brigid Kemmerer writes but this book is probably my favourite book she has ever written. It’s so emotional, so powerful and ultimately, incredibly wonderful and heart-warming. I would suggest reading the whole series but if not this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer; Alongside Secret, we have this novella. It is the beginning of Nick’s journey and it is such a cute and wonderful story. If you’re looking for a beautiful and heart-warming romance novella, definitely read this book.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; I got hooked onto this book very soon into it. It’s a very Perks of Being a Wallflower but SO much better. It’s relatable, emotional and just such a wonderful book. I know there have been some people not enjoying it but I loved it and would highly recommend it.

To-Read

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This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David; I loved Salvage and so when I heard about this book, I was dying to read it. Then finding out it had a bi character in it too, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it even more. I have heard brilliant things about this book and I so expect to love it.

Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler; I am dying to read this book. It has an amazing cover, an incredible sounding synopsis and I just cannot wait to finally dive into it.

Unspeakable by Abby Rushton; I heard about this book a year before it was released and could not wait to get my hands on it. It sounds incredible. I will definitely be making sure that I read this book soon because it sounds like the perfect book for me!


What LGBT books would you recommend?

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Posted on 19 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Future Of This Blog Edition

Posted on 18 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

weekly highlights
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.


Post Highlights

It’s been fairly busy on my blog this week, which I’m happy about with a post on nearly every day! Yay! I also posted a very important update.

I posted TWO reviews;
Scorch by Gina Damico (FIVE HEARTS)
Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell (FOUR HEARTS)

I also told you about some changes happening on this blog, you can find out what they are here.

On Saturday I posted a recipe of one of my favourite dishes; Aubergine Parmigiana. To know how to make it yourself, click here.


Blogger Spotlight

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This week I also posted an interview with the lovely Sofia at The Reading Fangirl. You can read it here.

Also, Sofia participated in Vivienne’s Blogger Island Books this week. You should definitely check out which books she would need with her if she was stranded on an island.


LGBT Readathon

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I also announced the LGBT Readathon this week! This will be running from May 25th – May 31st. The idea is simply to read as many LGBT (LGBTQ, QUILTBAG, etc) books as possible in that week. There will also be a twitter chat on the Sunday.

For more info and to sign up, click here.


Around the Blogosphere

Daphne revealed the cover of the wonderful The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. You can see it here.

Amber has written a great post about dealing with exam stress. If you’re one of the millions currently sitting or about to sit exams, you should read this post.

My jealousy knows no bounds upon stumbling across this post by Jim. An author interview with none other than the amazing Morgan Matson. Check it out here.

This week Sophie discusses how reading classics changed for her while she was studying her English Lit degree and has now changed again now it’s over. For a fascinating and intriguing post, click here.

Anya has written about books that make her laugh out loud. I think she has chosen some great books and some others I definitely need to invest in. To see the books chosen you can go to the post here.

Karen McCombie, one of my ultimate favourite childhood authors, wrote a post about ideas this week that I loved. You can read that here.

And because it’s also Mental Health Awareness week, here are a few posts I loved reading this week that I definitely think you should read;

OCD: My Glasses and Me
MentalHealthYA Chat
Charli – Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Five Eating Disorder Misconceptions


Letterbox Love

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I actually only got one book this week! I’m rather proud of this feat. I do, however, have three books waiting for me to collect at the library but umm… we’re ignoring those for now…

Uprooted by Naomi Novik; I don’t really know anything about this book and it turned up as a surprise as I don’t remember requesting it. It does sound quite interesting though. Many thanks to Macmillan for this copy.


Currently Reading

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter Switched


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 18 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Recipe: Aubergine Parmigiana

Posted on 16 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

(*Please note* I do not like food that has too much flavour and thus my recipes are likely to be more bland/basic to some recipes you see but trust me when I say they still taste amazing.)

Aubergine Parmigiana

Today I am here to give you a step-by-step recipe of what has become one of my favourite vegetarian and low-carb meals. This can be made as a side dish or it can be made in a larger quantity as a main dish. Of course, quantities should be played around with and spices mixed until you find what works perfectly for you but this is how I like it.

A while ago I walked into Pizza Express and saw a dish on their menu that caused me to steer away from the lasagna I usually order. This was Aubergine Parmigiana. It was also during my trial gluten-free phase so it just seemed completely perfect. I had never imagined how much I would fall in love with this dish. It tasted of perfection. So much so, that I was determined to re-create the dish at home to eat at my leisure time and time again. A feat I am now glad I did as Pizza Express have sadly removed this dish from their menu (my hopes are that this is only for Spring and they’ll soon bring it back).

However, I had no idea how to go about making this dish, so I knew I had to look for a recipe. There are quite a few out there but then I stumbled on this one by Jamie Oliver. It looked easy enough and affordable, too very good things. So I took a list of what I needed (changing some quantities as I was cooking for me, not for six people) and went shopping. Then I started cooking. The recipe below is very similar to Jamie’s but it isn’t as full of spices and it uses different tomatoes and a different way of cooking the aubergines. This recipe is for beginner cookers, it’s easy to make and trust me when I say that it tastes delicious. It’s not quite Pizza Express standard, but it is still amazing.

Ingredients

(for a main for one /
side dish for two to three people)

1 Large Aubergine
1 Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
1 x 400g Chopped Tomatoes
Sprinkling of Parmesan Cheese
Breadcrumbs (home-made or bought)
Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
Teaspoon of Dried Basil
Olive Oil

What You’ll Need

Chopping Board
1 Sharp Knife
Garlic Crusher (But not necessary)
Pastry Brush (But not necessary)
1 Fishslice
1 Wooden Spoon (or equivalent stirring spoon)
1 Saucepan
1 Frying Pan
1 Oven Dish
1 Blender (if creating own breadcrumbs)


Method
  1. Turn the oven on to about 190 degrees Celsius/gas mark 5.
  2. Chop the aubergine into thin slices (roughly 1cm in width). Then brush a little oil onto each side of each slice. (I didn’t have a pastry brush to do this so I put a small bit of Olive oil in a bowl and quickly dipped each slice in, covering both sides). Put to one side.
  3. Next, chop the onions and garlic. (I diced my onions and finely chopped my garlic but I would also suggest crushing the garlic if you have the tool for it)
  4. Next you want to turn on a hob and place your empty frying pan onto it because it needs to be hot to cook the aubergine on later.
  5. Pour a small amount of olive oil into the saucepan and allow it a few moments to heat. Add the onions, garlic and oregano.
  6. Allow these to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is soft and the onions slightly browned.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes to the onions and garlic, stirring it all in thoroughly. Leave to simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  8. While it’s simmering, add as many aubergines into the frying pan as will fit comfortably and fry both sides until lightly charred. Leave the completed aubergines on a spare plate/baking tray. (see image below) If you can’t fit all the aubergines in the frying pan at once, you can do this in batches.
  9. With the aubergines finished, if you’re making your own breadcrumbs, place the bread into the blender and blend until you have a good consistency.
  10. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and a small sprinkling of Oregano to your breadcrumbs and mix well. Leave to one side.
  11. Once the sauce is finished cooking, mix in the basil.
  12. Now we need to put it all together. First up layer your oven dish with the tomato sauce.
  13. Sprinkle the layer with a light dusting of Parmesan
  14. Add a layer of aubergine
  15. Continue this process until you have no ingredients left but make sure your last layer is a tomato layer.
  16. Sprinkle more Parmesan onto the last tomato layer.
  17. Finally very generously sprinkle your breadcrumbs on top of the cheese until the bake is fully covered. (like in image below)
  18. Place the dish into the oven for 30 minutes, ensuring that it is a nice golden brown colour. (like the image at top)
Voila!
That is how to make an awesome Aubergine Parmigiana.
I hope that you love this dish as much as I do. If you do make it, I’d love to hear what you thought too.

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Posted on 16 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


LGBT Readathon Announcement; 25th-31st May

Posted on 15 May, 2015 by Faye - 10 Comments

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Hey All!
I’m here today to announce that I’m hosting another LGBT Readathon!
This year the readathon will run from 25th May – 31st May.

The idea is to read a selection of LGBT reads with a bunch of other awesome readers. You can read as little or as many books as you wish, so long as they are somehow related to LGBT either through theme, characters or story line.

At the end of the readathon I will also be hosting the very first (hopefully of many) UK LGBT Chat. This will occur on the 31st May at 8pm, and will include a selection of authors too. The hashtag for it will be…

#UKLGBTChat

To sign up for this week-long readathon, all you need to do is add a link to your blog/youtube/twitter/facebook/instagram, etc that you’ll be using to participate in the chat to the linky below.

A sign up post is not required.

The hashtag for the event will be #LGBTReadathon.

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Posted on 15 May, 2015 by Faye - 10 Comments


Book Review; Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

Posted on 14 May, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments

Title: Don’t Turn Around (Detective Jennifer Knight #1)
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Publisher: Bookouture
Published: 24th April 2015
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary: You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.

As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …

With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.


Someone Is

Recently I have found myself become more and more fascinated with thriller novels. I have always been fond of them but they’re not the books that I would normally choose over another but this is slowly changing as the thriller novels become more addictive and intense. This is no exception for Don’t Turn Around. This book really brings out your curiosity and claws its way into your brain. Just when you think you know, it changes the rules completely. It’s a very different and unique book that I very much enjoyed reading.

Coming To

It will be hard to dive into this plot without spoilers but what I will say is that it was a very thrilling, twisty plot that kept you on the edge of your seat. It was also full of little surprises and shocks that will make you very curious throughout. I thought the execution of this book was very well done and it definitely kept me interested completely. I do believe that this book may not be for everyone but for me, it was riveting and very engrossing. I loved how it ended too and cannot wait to see what is next in store for Jennifer Knight!

Teach You

There were a fair few characters mentioned and visited in this book but I think they were all done so exceptionally well. My favourite character was probably Frank. I found that he was written so well, had a very intriguing background and was just the most interesting character in the novel. As well as Frank, I also quite liked Jennifer Knight. At times I thought she acted a little strangely and she had a very dark deep secret in her past but overall she was a good character and definitely grew by the end of the novel. As mentioned above, I definitely want to see what will happen in the next book and can’t wait to read more about her.

A Lesson

All in all this book was a good one that kept me entertained – which is everything you want in a book. It was dark, mysterious and very much pulled you into the story. I thought it was a brilliant story with a creepy but fascinating plot, a wonderful array of characters and just really worked for what it was. If you’re a fan of thrillers and want to read something that’s a little bit different but still very good, you should definitely read Don’t Turn Around. While you do, don’t forget that there’s not always somewhere to hide…

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 14 May, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments


Going Through Some Changes

Posted on 13 May, 2015 by Faye - 6 Comments

Hey Guys!

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Woah. Sorry. Didn’t mean to shout there but I’ve got a rather important thing to tell you today that will affect the future of this blog.

So for a long while now I’ve been feeling a little deflated when it comes to this blog and I’ve tried SO MANY different things to try and spice up my enthusiasm and motivation and it never seems to stick.

WAIT. DON’T PANIC.

I didn’t, however, ever want to just stop this blog and so I’ve been trying to come up with a solution that might actually work and I think I’ve finally worked out what will work for me.

I am going to change this into a

Lifestyle Blog

This means that this blog will still have a high focus on books – because lets face it, I love them to the ends of the earth and back. But it will also contain lots of other different types of posts. I hope to bring you recipes, fitness tips, movie reviews, restaurant reviews, day out information… just anything that’s going on in my life that I want to talk about will be found right here on this blog.

So all I really want to say now is…

I hope you’ll stay

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Posted on 13 May, 2015 by Faye - 6 Comments


Book Review; Scorch by Gina Damico

Posted on 12 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

ScorchTitle: Scorch (Croak #2)
Author: Gina Damico
Publisher: Graphia Books
Published: 25th Sept 2012
Pages: 332
Format: Paperback
Source:: Bought
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?


With The

The first book in this series, Croak, was a book that very much surprised me. While I had expected to like the book, I hadn’t realised that I would completely love it. The book was the perfect balance between action and humour, and it enraptured me. Thus, I had high hopes for the second book in the series, Scorch. When it comes to books in a series, I never read the synopsis – I already know I’m going to read it – so I had no idea what to expect with this book. And that worked out fine as this book completely blew me away. It was intense, emotional, fast-paced and a truly scorching read.

Help of

Now it’s hard to talk about what happened in this book without ruining the first book but what I will say is that the plot of this book book was really gripping. The action never slowed down and you continuously felt like you were on edge. Add to that a feeling of injustice and rage and you can almost imagine how the characters must have felt throughout the entire book. There were some big plot twists in this book too which I loved but it was the ending that really got me. It was just as explosive as the ending of Croak and I must know more.

Friends and Family

One of the reasons I fell in love with Croak was because of the characters and I am glad to say that they are all just as vibrant and fun in this book too. They all really have their own journey’s to go through in this books well, which helps them grow. It definitely made the reading of the book more enjoyable as you realise that every body will always grow as time goes on. And because I normally mention it, my favourite character of the book was Lex. I think she has so much going on and I loved how she dealt with it all. Showing that along with her strengths, she also had those inevitable weaknesses, further demonstrating the strength of her character.

We Will Survive

It is not often that you find a book that is the second book in a series and is as fantastic as the first book but I certainly feel that way about Scorch. Gina Damico has managed not to lose anything between the two books by writing a stunning and captivating plot, wonderful and loveable characters, and using her writing talent to mix the dark and the light perfectly. This book was a great read that I struggled to put down, would read again and has me itching to find out what happens next. I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

five stars

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Posted on 12 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blogger Spotlight – Interview!

Posted on 11 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here to let Sofia introduce herself to you a little bit more in the interview that I did with her.
Hope that you enjoy it!


Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hey everyone! My name is Sofia and I’m a 16 year old blogger who is obviously obsessed with reading but I also really love watching various TV shows(especially The Flash) and I’m slightly obsessed with McBusted. Only slightly…

How long have you had your blog?
My current blog has been up for just over a year now but I had many blogs before that, all of which I hated so I took them down.

Do you enjoy running your blog?
Of course I do! I love to blog because it means that I can get my opinion about various things across to a wide range of people and it gives me a creative outlet.

When you started, did you ever think it would end up the way it has?
Definitely not. Last year, I had my blog but I was too scared to talk to anyone so it was read by basically no one. However, this year I decided to branch out and now my blog is growing and I’m so proud of that.

Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog?
Not really. My blog used to be called fifisofa but I decided to change it in January because I absolutely despise that name now. I thought the reading fangirl was my appropriate and it suited my blog perfectly.

As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog? What you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc
My blog has a wide range of posts(I like to think!). I post reviews, lists and a monthly wrap up. I also post non bookish things for example I’ve made posts about Bollywood movies, McBusted and a discussion post about e- books. I like to vary what I put on my blog so that it appeals to a wide range of people but it is mainly catered to YA readers. I post at least once a week(usually more) and I schedule a lot of posts over the weekend.

Do you participate or host blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
The only blog meme that I participate in is Top Ten Tuesday and I’ve been doing it every week in 2015. I love participating in TTT because it allows me to recommend a wide range of books and making lists is one of my favourite things to do.

What about blog tours? Have you ever or do you ever participate in them?
I’ve only ever participated in the UKYA extravaganza blog tour and I would really love to participate in more. Recently, I’ve been overcome with work and revision because of my upcoming exams and I don’t have time to promise to read a book by a particular point. However from June onwards, I would love to start actually accepting blog tour requests because I always feel really bad saying no.

What is the best book you read in 2014?
This is a hard question! I think I will have to go with Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead which is the 5th book in the bloodlines series(a spin off series from Vampire Academy). It had everything I could possibly want in a book from badass action scenes to swoonworthy romantic scenes.

What about so far in 2015?
I’ve read many amazing books so far this year including A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven but my favourite book of the year so far has to be The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. It was just such an amazing books that I loved! I feel like I need to stop boosting Mel’s ego though…

Has there ever been a book that haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
There are many books that I haven’t finished. The one that comes to mind first is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve had this book for 2 years and I’ve tried reading it about 7 times but I could not get past 60 pages. Everyone says that the first 100 pages are slow but after that it’s great. I own all three books in the series and this year I am determined to finish it!

What is your favourite book genre?
I read a wide range of books but the main genre I read from is probably YA Romance. I just can’t resist a good swoonworthy book.

Quick Fire Round

ebook or hardcopy?
E-book….. I find it easier to read!

YA or Adult?
Definitely YA(I do read a little bit of adult novels too)

Vampires or Werewolves?
Vampires simply because of Adrian Ivashkov from Bloodlines <3

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla. I’m a simple girl.

Harry Potter or Twilight?
Definitely Harry Potter. I never got into Twilight.

Four or Peeta?
I love the adorable shy guys so Peeta.

Series or Single?
Single. I like a book to wrap up in one instead of waiting for the next one.

Blogger or WordPress?
Wordpress though I’ve never tried blogger.

And finally, is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
Well, I like to think that I’m a nice and welcoming person so please don’t hesitate to come talk to me on twitter(@SofiaSTRF). I can’t tell you how happy I am to see my little blog growing since it started off as just a simple thing that I wrote simply because I had to get my opinion out there. I hope you all like reading my blog. :)


Isn’t she lovely? If you want to find out more about her, you can follow her here.

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Weekly Highlights; The First In A While Edition

Posted on 10 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

weekly highlights
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.


Post Highlights

It’s been a while since I did one of these, sorry about that but I have been insanely busy and also just got a little bit addicted to the TV show Suits, cooking from scratch and doing more exercise while the sun is here. But I finally got some time to sit down and do some writing, so here’s what’s been happening on this blog lately, just in case you’ve missed it!

I posted FOUR reviews;
The Rain by Virginia Bergin (THREE STARS)
Me Since You by Laura Weiss (FOUR STARS)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (FOUR STARS)
Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton (FIVE STARS)

I gave you ten reasons to read The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring. You can read them here.

I was honoured to host the amazing Keren David on the blog with a brilliant blog post about the LGBT themes in her new book, This Is Not A Love Story. You can read it by clicking here.

There are many different chatacters in books so I wrote a post aboout some of them. Find out my thoughts on characters here.


Blogger Spotlight

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I also announced my newest Blogger Spotlight. Click here to find out why Sofia has been chosen this month!


Around the Blogopshere

There have been a lot of amazing posts going live in the world in the last few weeks but here are just a few that went up this week that I really enjoyed reading.

Lucy wrote a great post recommending some brilliant books that include diversity. To see which books she chose, click here.

Vivienne has a great feature going on at the moment where bloggers choose eight books they would be happy to have with them if they were deserted on an island. This week Rosy has listed hers. You can read her choices here.

And on the other side of things, Rosy has a great feature on her blog where bloggers talk about some of the darker sides of blogging. This week she hosted the fab Rhys. To see his answers to her questions, click here.

Sophie wrote a great post this week about her April Favourites. Find out what they were here.

One book I’m really excited to read is This Is Not A Love Story so today I wanted to share with you Debbie‘s fantastic review of it which is here.

Carly has written a great post with some great recommendations too. To see what books she thinks you should be reading click here.

Finally, another book I cannot wait to read is A Court of Thorns and Roses and while there are a pile of reviews out there. I loved this one by Kelley. You can read it here.


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I’ve recieved, borrowed and purchased a selection of books in the last few weeks but I can’t remember all of them so here’s just a small sample of the ones I was the most excited about and cannot wait to dive into.

An Ember In The Ashes One Read Me Like A Book Voices in Stone

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir; I am so excited for this one. I’ve heard a million great things and cannot wait to dive into it!

One by Sarah Crossan; I have yet to be disappointed by Sarah and this book sounds amazing and already has raving reviews. I need to read this soon.

Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler; This book sounds amazing, is already hyped and is just likely to be a book I will love. I cannot wait to read it.

Voices in Stone by Emily Diamand; I loved the first book in this series so as soon as I saw this book come into the library, I instantly picked it up to take it out again!

Weightless Where Things Come Back We All Looked Up The Day We Disappeared

Weightless by Sarah Bannan; This one keeps popping up on my radar so when it came into the library, I decided to take it out and give it a try!

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley; Another book I keep seeing around and have heard great things about. Took it out of the library straight away. Can’t wait to read it!

We All Looked Up By Tommy Wallach; This has been getting lots of good reviews and is my book club book for the month. I’ve borrowed it from the library and am very interested to see if I like it too!

The Day we Disappeared by Lucy Robinson; I have recently discovered Lucy and I think her books all sound really good, but I somehow haven’t read one yet. I hope to rectify that very soon and I think this one sounds fab so I had to borrow it!

We Should Hang Out Sometime Because You'll Never Meet me Spelled The Escape

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sandquist; This is a book I’ve seen everywhere and it sounds like a really great read. Thus when I saw that my housemate was trying to get rid of it, I very happily took it off her hands.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas; I actually requested this book on Netgalley and got declined so when my housemate had a spare copy, I was quite excited. I cannot wait to see if this story is as good as it sounds.

Spelled by Betsy Schow; This book came onto my radar thanks to Sourcefire books and it sounds like a book I’m really going to enjoy. And just look at that stunning cover! I love fairytale adaption books and this sounds fascinating.

The Escape by Hannah Jane; Just like everyone else at the moment, I’m getting a bit obssessed with thrillers and mysteries, thus when I heard about this book I couldn’t help but want to read it. Thank you to Sourcefire books for this review copy!

The Other Me The Potion Diaries Any Way You Slice It Every Last Word

The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson; I really enjoyed Saskia’s first book and this one sounds really interesting so I couldn’t help but request it. Many thanks to Little Brown for this review copy.

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward; I have read Amy’s first book and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading her second soon too but as soon as I heard about this, I knew I wanted to read it. It sounds fantastic. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy.

Any Way You Slice It by Kristine Carlson Asselin; As soon as I saw this on Netgalley, I couldn’t help but request it. It sounds really interesting and a book that I’m sure to enjoy. I am very much looking forward to diving into it. Thanks to Bloomsbury for this review copy.

Every Last Word by Tammara Ireland Stone; I have heard so many amazing things about this book and I think I’m going to love it so I cannot wait to dive into it. Many thanks to Disney-Hyperion for this review copy.


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;

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter Switched


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 10 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment