Weekly Highlights 21/02/2016

Posted on 21 February, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Weekly Highlights is a feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts where I highlight some of the blog posts I’ve found throughout the week!

Lifestyle Posts

I stumbled across this mouthwatering post this week about celebrating the Chinese New Year at a restaurant called Ping Pong. Definitely going to be making a trip to this restaurant soon.

I also came acros this cringeworthy post about embarrassing moments!

Mel has written a really lovely post this week about five things that make her happy. You can read the post here.

Aymie has written a very similar post too about what makes her happy. You can see what she’s written about in this post.

Fitness Posts

Mike has written a great post this week about his experience volunteering for ParkRun! I keep meaning to go to one of these myself… maybe next week! You can read his post here.

This week Andreea has written this post on the foods that she never buys and how she keeps eating healthily because of it. It’s a great post!

Breanne has written this very informative and helpful post about hydration and its importance, not just for fitness but every day life. Well worth a read.

If there is one thing I am struggling with, it is getting my energy levels high enough to get my ass back to the gym. Thus I was very happy to find this post by Stephanie full of 5 tips to get your exercising mojo back!

Rhian has written a fantastic post this week about her top 7 london plays. You can read the post here.

I thought this post by Tillie was very good and very important. It’s all about personal safety tips when out and about so if you want to find out more, do give it a read.

Caitlin has written a fab Netflix guide this week, listing 13 shows you probably haven’t watched yet. I urge you to go and read it! You can find the post here.

Blogging Posts

Elle has written a great post this week about using social media for your blog. You can read it here.

Book Posts

Jenny has written this great post this week about marketing your book. If you’re struggling or need advice, do have a read. Also, don’t forget I can help, find out more here.

If you’re looking for a great giveaway, check out this post by Zarina where she is holding a giveaway for Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods.

This week Victoria has written a fab post listing five books that made her cry! You can see which books she chose in this post.

The lovely Angela has written this week about her one year mark of being an author and the incredible journey that she has taken. You can read the post here.

Tamason has written a great post this week about 10 reasons to vist the york reading festival PLUS the chance to win tickets to the event! You can read it and enter the giveaway by clicking here.

This week Amber wrote a post about the books you should read if you liked Girl Online. Check out the post here.

Charnell wrote this great post this week about things to know when dating a bookworm!

This week was the week that illumicrate arrived in people’s houses. So I want to highlight one of my favourite unboxings so far! This is from Maximum Pop. You can see it here (WARNING: SPOILERS).


Have you seen or written a post that you should be reading? Comment below!

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Posted on 21 February, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; 14/02/16

Posted on 14 February, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

weekly highlights
Weekly Highlights is a feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts where I highlight some of the blog posts I’ve found throughout the week!

Lifestyle Posts

I only just stumbled across Rebecca’s blog this week but I love it. This week she wrote this post about her nan which I thought was really lovely and think you should definitely give it a read.

In this post, Kat talks about 6 things that don’t make you a bad feminist. I thought it was a fantastic post!

Petra has shared with us this post with some of the songs she listens to to help her de-stress!

I found this post to be a very insightful, very much needed blog post about skinny-shaming. Can we just stop body shaming altogether please?

Fitness Posts

I found this post by Mike this week and thought it was a great read. I’m now intrigued to know how everyone got into running! Mine is definitely an intriguing tale – *adds to blog writing list*

Katherine has written a great post this week about how she’s only human, and it’s a great reminder to us all. We can only do as much as our body allows and that we should always listen to our bodies. You can read it here.

It can be so easy to fall off the horse and this week Gareth has reflected on this with a great post about trying to get back into running. Catch the post here.

In this post, Hannah talks about five of the things that she’s learnt from running. It’s a great post.

And finally, Lucy has written this post about why she loves sportives!

Blogging Posts

This week Sophie has written a post about what she hates about blogging. A very interesting post. I definitely think as the blogger, you should just do what you feel comfortable doing. You can find the post here

Joe has written a post about 20 things that happen to every blogger, I can certainly relate to a lot of them. Read the post here.

Book Posts

Jess wrote a post that I completely agree with. Where are the YA books without romantic interests? Read her thoughts on the topic in this post.

Alongside this topic, Jim has written a Top Ten Tuesday for Teens on Moon Lane on non-romantic relationships. Check that our here.

And, further on to that, Holly Bourne wrote a post for the Guardian about spending valentines day with friends. I thought it was a really great post and can be read here.

This week Caitlin has two great posts. The first is this one which is about which books to read if you loved Buffy and miss it. The second is about not feeling guilty about not reading, which I needed to hear, to be fair. You can read that post here.

This week the Scottish Book Trust posted this post about letting young children choose the books they want to read. I agree completely.

Another post from Teens on Moon Lane that I liked this week was this one. In it Elen Caldecott has told us her top ten twins in books!

This post from Jess is definitely worth a read. A great review of a book that I am now dying to read.

Jim has also written this great post with advice for authors on getting involved with the book community!


Have you seen or written a post that you should be reading? Comment below!

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Weekly Highlights; 07/02/2016

Posted on 7 February, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

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Weekly Highlights is a feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts where I highlight some of the blog posts I’ve found throughout the week!

Lifestyle Posts

This week Gracie has written a fantasticly relatable post on meeting famous people, escpecially authors. You can read the great post here.

A post that really struck me this week was this one by Fii. She talks about how important keeping creative subjects in the curriculum is! I agree with everything she says!

I stumbled across a great post by Michael this week on twitter. He talks about how online friendships ARE just as valid as other friendships. I happen to agree completely. Read the post here.

Are you, like myself, a wearer of glasses? If so you should definitely check out this post by Ms Mistry, I nodded along to everything. And hey, if you don’t wear glasses, maybe you’ll learn something new about your glass-wearing comrades!

This week I was fortunate enough to find this post by Grace explaining why she loves being an illustrator! It’s very informative and intriguing!

I think this post by Jenna is a really great one about surviving university with mental health and ways in which to deal with it all.

With valentine’s day around the corner, this week Jemma has written a post about the 8 things she does and doesn’t miss about dating. You can read the post here.

Fitness Posts

This week Becki has written a great post about how her running medals are more than bits of metal. You can read the post here, and I have to admit that I agree with all she said! While I don’t run as much anymore, every single point meant something to me.

Are you running a Marathon this year? Or thinking about it? Then you should definitely check out this post but Helen. It’s all about the Marathon Mindset and it is full of great advice.

Have you thought about sleep and exercise? In this post, Charlie discusses how sleep can impact your exercise performance. A very interesting and informative read!

Blogging Posts

As with everything there are good things and bad things about blogging and this week I found this post from Nic detailing five of the worst things about blogging. It’s a great read!

This post is one I found via Twitter and instantly loved. It’s not necessarily a blogging post but it also is. In this post Emma talks about how she fits within the blogging world and how she just blogs as herself. I thought it was a great read and insist you read it!

Book Posts

This week Jess has written a great post with some of her favourite swoon-worthy scenes in books! See which scenes she chose here!

You absolutely MUST check out this post by Renae. She’s highlighted six books by authors of colour that she’s looking forward to reading this year!

I was gutted that I was unable to go to Melinda Salisbury’s launch party this week, so I devoured this wrap-up post written by the lovely Gracie!

I’ve been meaning to read Beautiful Broken Things for far too long now as I have heard SO MANY good things about it and it sounds like a very “me” read. Here‘s just another fab review from Lucy about why I should be reading it.

Are you looking for some new books to read in February? Then why not read this post by Lucy where she tells you which books she thinks you should be getting your hands on this month!

Alongside Lucy’s post, you can also check out what Viv is really excited to read in this post.

This week I came across this post by Brittany and thought it seemed very helpful. It’s all about using Goodreads successfully as a blogger!

The lovely Alwyn Hamilton was on MuggleNet with an interview. You can read the great interview here.

I saw this post stumble on to my twitter feed yesterday and I simply HAD to share it. 6 Things To Never Say to a Librarian. I agree with them all!

Lastly I MUST highlight this GREAT new feature on Teens on Moon Lane written by the great Jim. It’s the six degrees of separation feature! Find out more about it, see the first book it’s starting with and then make your own from this post!


Have you seen or written a post that you should be reading? Comment below!

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Weekly Highlights; 31/01/16

Posted on 31 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

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Weekly Highlights is a feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts where I highlight some of the blog posts I’ve found throughout the week!

Lifestyle Posts

Sarah wrote a very informative and resourceful blog post this week about 5 ways to increase your savings this year. You can find the post here.

I found this post by Kelly to be so helpful and great advice. She explains the 10 things NOT to say to someone with PTSD. You can read it here.

In a similar vein, Jessie this week has written a post with 5 tips for getting through depression. You can see what she has to say in this post.

Have you ever wondered why we eat breakfast? In this post on Helen’s blog is a great infographic explaining the great health benefits of eating breakfast.

In this post Andreea talks about what can be done for physical and mental health aside from healthy food and exercise.

Fitness Posts

Something I’ve been struggling with lately is motivation to keep up with my fitness, so I was really happy to stumble across this post by Tasmin about how to get motivation.

Charlie has explained why, depsite enjoying the gym and workout classes, she is going to be focussing her blog back to the running market. With valid reasons too. It’s a very interesting read and you can catch it here.

This week Victoria has written a great post about workout classes which I had to agree on every point for! Find out what I mean by reading this post.

Book Posts

This week Soozie has written this great post about 10 good things about adult colouring books!

Bee has written a very interesting post this week about sequels. You can find it here.

In this post, Novel Cravings talks about being a book hoarder and what her book collection looks like.

Sophie has told us all 17 reasons why she loves being a book blogger. You can read why here.

This week, Tales on Moon Lane announced that they’ll be starting a new feature, taking over the Six Degrees of Separation feature. You can read more about here.


What have you posted this week? Seen anything I might have missed?

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Weekly Highlights; 24/01/16

Posted on 24 January, 2016 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hey All!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you’ll know that I used to do Weekly Highlights on Sundays where I would talk a little bit about my week, highlight posts on this blog, highlight posts from other blogs and let you all know about some of the books that I received throughout the week too. I stopped doing it a while back due to time commitments but I have found that it was one of the posts that people like the most and I did really enjoy doing, so I’ve decided to bring it back. But it’s going to be a little different. This time my Weekly Highlights is literally going to be a post that highlights blog posts that I have seen around that I love and think deserve a little bit more love.

As I haven’t done one for a long while, this weeks highlights are going to go a little further back than one week but from this week on, it’ll only be covering links from the previous week. If you’ve seen a post, or written a post, that you love and would love for me to share, please do get in touch with me either in the comments below or via social media and if I love it too, I’ll make sure to highlight it!

And onwards to the links…

Lifestyle Posts

One of my friends Gracie has written a post this week about her tiredness after her radiation. It’s a very interesting post and reminds me how much strength she has. You can check it out here, and I also just think you should check out all of her posts because she is an incredible writer and wonderful person!

Another friend of mine, Caitlin, started a new blog recently which I urge you to check out fully too. It is documenting her life more realistically with her chronic illness. This post will show you how tough she has it while also showing how incredibly strong she is. I have to admit, I’m so proud and inspired by her and everything she does.

I know I just said you should read her entire blog above, but just in case you don’t, here is another post by Caitlin that you should definitely read. Sometimes the right footwear can make a world of difference.

I wasn’t sure whether to put this post under lifestyle or fitness but I think it fits better here. Katie talks about how people comment on things when you’re trying to be healthy. I thought it was a very interesting and true post that you should all read.

This week Andrew announced that he had organised a blog tour called “What Makes Us Human”. You can find that post here, and here are the few highlights I loved from the tour:
Chelle’s story of a Grandfather and Grandchild was incredibly moving and wonderful, I loved it!.
Laura talks about silver linings and what she believes makes us all human.
And lastly, Rhys talks about how fiction helps us.

Fitness Posts

This week Lucy told us about an opportunity that she received to go to Nice, France for Kalenji’s Blog Meet for European Runners. It’s a great post that you can find here.

In this post, Helen talks about how you can turn your shopping trips into a workout – great advice here!

Leona has written a very interesting post this week about Swimming Pools and the small things that make a huge difference. It definitely made me think. You can check it out here.

This week Elle has given her six tips for getting ready for a race day. Looks like some great advice to me! You can check it out in this post.

Blogging Posts

While scrolling through Twitter on Friday, I stumbled across this post and fell in love with it! Christie has written about what she’s learnt about blogging in 6 months and if you’re new or are thinking of starting blogging, this is the post you should read!

On the other side of the fence, Joe has written a post about the 27 things he’s learnt about blogging in his first year of blogging. You can see what he’s learnt here.

Another post I found on twitter talks about blogging, marketing and social media. It’s an inspiring post about rules and breaking them. You can find what Angela and Becca have to say in this post.

In this post you will find 6 ways successful bloggers are getting traffic. The perfect post if you’re new or trying to increase your reach!

And in this post you will find 5 common blogging mistakes to avoid – and I have to admit, I’m bad at number 1!!

Book Posts

Last week Stacey started her new feature Shelf Swaps with Jim as her first blogger. You can find out more about the feature and see Jim’s answers by reading this post. I’ve admittedly only read one book from the list so I’ll probably need to read all the others mentioned too!

Last week also saw a guest post from Perdita and Honor discussing Woodhouse books on Jim’s blog. You can read the fab exchange between them in this post.

An author that I love, Laura Lam, has done a brilliant interview this week on Mugglenet. You can read it and find out more about this wonderful author by reading this post.

If you’re looking for a book to read that is full of feminisim and what it actually stands for, you should definitely read this post. Really, I just think everyone should read the post.

Now I’ve not read Am I Normal Yet? but it is a book that is high on my to-read list and after reading this review of How Hard Can Love Be?, written by Debbie, it’s gone even higher up my to-read list!

Another book I keep meaning to read is Front Lines by Michael Grant. It sounds like a very “me” book but for some reason I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. So when I stumbled across this review by Alisha, I instantly bumped Front Lines further up my to-read list because it sounds just as good as I’d hoped it would!

Graphic Novels are a type of book that I haven’t yet ventured in to reading. I’ve tried Manga but I haven’t quite mastered the courage to try graphic novels yet but when I read this post by Stacey, it definitely made me want to change that. Maybe this year will be the year I try my very first Graphic Novel.

This week Jess has started a new feature on her blog which I thought was quite cool. In the feature here, she has mini-reviews of books she’s loved listening to.

Social Media Posts

I found this post on twitter too and instantly shared it with friends so it seemed only fair to share it on here. If you’re new to Bookstagram or just want some tips, you should check out this post and follow Josephine for what are sure to be great tips!

This is just a little shout-out / reminder. The next #CountdownML will be happening tomorrow (25/01/2016)! You can find out more information about the chat in this post. And hopefully I’ll see you there!


And there you have it! Just some of the amazing posts I stumbled across this week. Are there any posts you’ve found this week that you’d like to share? Do share in the comments below – even if they’re just your own!

Hope you have a fab week!

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Posted on 24 January, 2016 by Faye - 5 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Race for Life Edition!

Posted on 28 June, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments

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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

Today is the day that I am running in the Race for Life! I’m writing this the day before and I feel very nervous and a little scared but also excited and just hoping that I do well! I’ll let you all know how it goes on my social channels, so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

Last week I asked if I should keep this feature running and I ended up with zero comments. However, I have decided that I will keep it going because I really like being able to share the links I found and enjoyed each week. Instead, I have decided to scrap my monthly wrap-ups. To replace these, I’m going to be setting up a monthly newsletter so keep your eyes peeled if you want to sign up for that!

Anyway, onto the posts…

I posted ONE review this week;
Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton (FOUR HEARTS)

I wrote a post about how I trained for the Race for Life which included some tips for anyone who is a new runner or wants to start running. You can read that post by clicking here.

Yesterday I told you all about my Food Weaknesses and shared other peoples too. To find out about my weird food loves, read this post.


LGBT Readathon 2.0

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This week was the second LGBT Readathon! (Which coincided nicely with the news on Friday that the US now allows gays to marry in every state.) It’s not been a great one for me as I’ve been super busy and also hit a bit of a reading slump – I haven’t even finished one book, but I think it’s still a success and I will definitely be hosting more.

I’ll be doing a full wrap-up post on this tomorrow. But if you want to take a look at my updates, you can do so here.


Blogger Spotlight

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I had the honour of posting a great guest post by Daniel this week. He talked about TBR’s and how we can feel/be made to feel guilty for buying new books when we already have masses of books to read at home. If you want to read all of his thoughts and join the conversation, you can click here to do so.


Around The Blogosphere

This week Michelle has written a great and powerful post on the importance of books showing economic diversity. You should definitely check out the post which is here.

Do you use Instagram? Want to make your photos pop a little more? This week the amazing Daphne, who shoots gorgeous photos, has shared one of her tips. To see how she makes amazing backgrounds, click here.

Are there any blogging things that you’re not particularly good at? Amber has told us some of hers. To read them and share your own visit this page.

This week Mel is asking when spoilers stop being spoilers by looking at Classics and recent fiction. Read her thoughts and add your own in this post.

Amy looks at “health shaming” this week. You can read her fantastic post here.

Finally, this week Kayleigh was very honest about her weight and her new weight-loss journey. To read the brave and inspiring post, click here.


Letterbox Love

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Now I normally only highlight the books I receive each week but as I’m starting to get a few products to review, I’ve decided I’ll share these with you too. And as a massive surprise – I didn’t get ANY books this week!

Jumbo Storage Bag; I was sent this bag for review and I’m excited to use it. The idea is to get creative with it and I’ve already got some good ideas. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! Thanks to Receptional for this product.

Aloe Moisturizing Lotion and Aloe Scrub; Both of these products have been provided by my sister (though this will not make my review of them bias) and I have tried the moisturizer so far but not the scrub, and I would definitely recommend it. Full review to come soon!


Currently Reading

Read Me Like A Book The Art of Being Normal Disclaimer


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 28 June, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The LGBT Readathon Edition

Posted on 31 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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

This week has been another busy one both on the blog and off the blog. I’ve also been feeling incredibly tired lately, more than I normally do and so I’m taking some steps to feel more awake. Mostly I think I’m probably not getting enough protein and carbs into my diet while I’m running for long distances so I need to rectify that. We’ll see how next week goes, eh?

As for blog…

I posted TWO reviews this week;
The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter (FOUR HEARTS)
The IT Girl by Katy Birchall (THREE HEARTS)

This week was also the LGBT Readathon week! I think it’s gone really smoothly and was really successful and I’m just really pleased and happy. I was going to keep daily updates but life got a bit busy. Instead I’ve added a few in last night, you can see them here and my wrap up will go live tomorrow.

I also posted a post about how I deal with stress. Find out some tips on Beating the Stress here.


Blogger Spotlight

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Yesterday I announced my new Blogger Spotlight. To find out why I chose Daniel and to find out why you should follow him and his blog, click here.


Around the Blogosphere

So I’ve made this blog be more of a lifestyle blog and with that transition has come a fascination in non-bookish posts. This week I really liked Sofia’s post here, which is about five things she wants to do this summer.

In a similar vein, Amber has written a post on her top five things on her bucket list. I love them all. Check it out here.

Gaby has written a wonderful post about little moments having big impacts on our life. To read her words and join the discussion, I advice you to click here.

There’s also been an interesting campaign surrounding the book, More Happy Than Not. I loved Ginger‘s post on the things that make her more happy than not. You can read it and add to the discussion by clicking here.

One of the books I am really excited to read and keep seeing everywhere is An Ember in the Ashes. (I actually hope to start this tomorrow!) So when I stumbled across this five star review, I couldn’t help but share it! Rosie clearly loves this book which has made me much more excited.

I love tags on youtube and this week Asti has done a tag on the blog which I absolutely love – and will probably end up doing myself. It’s all about the covers on the books. You can look at her stunning photography and her great commentary in this post.

If you like contemporary books than I highly recommend this post that Amanda has written this week. It’s about the popular and underrated contemp books she has read and reviewed.

This week Dragana has written a great post on five tips to review books quicker. If that sounds good to you click here to read on.


Letterbox Love

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I went a little overboard at the library this week but I couldn’t help it, so many amazing books came in.

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Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowry; Holly from Books, Music and Tea put this book on my radar. It has an incredibly long title but it sounds like such an intriguing read. Looking forward to seeing if I enjoy this book, although I am a little scared of the size – eeek.

Hamish and the World Stoppers by Danny Wallace; I’ve heard great things about this one from my good friend Daphne. It looks great and I’m interested to see if the story is as fab as she insists it is.

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman; I stumbled across this one, loved the cover and so read the synopsis and just got hooked. It sounds so fascinating and I am looking forward to reading it.

When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis; This is one of those books that I saw, read the synopsis and just thought it sounded great. I know nothing about this book and know no one who has read it so I’m intrigued to see what it is like.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt; So many people have been raving about this one and it’s a ROAD TRIP book so I am super excited to read it.

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst; Jess from Jess Hearts Books got me interested in this one! I had it on my radar already and then she told me she loved it so I couldn’t resist seeing if I felt the same way.

Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler; I loved We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen and despite this being a historical read, I’m interested to see if I enjoy this one.

Hook’s Daughter by Heidi Schulz; I saw this a while ago and I thought it looked really interesting. I love Peter Pan and Peter Pan adaptations so I’m looking forward to seeing if I like this one!

Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone; I have heard so many things about this book from many different bloggers and I’m looking forward to seeing if I like it too.

Day Four by Sarah Lotz; I really enjoyed the first book in this series and cannot wait to see what this book is all about!


Currently Reading

unspeakable Switched The Greatest Love Story of All Time


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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Weekly Highlights; The Late Edition

Posted on 24 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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

I’ve had a busy week on the blog this week and, fortunately, since changing my blog up a bit, I’ve been feeling far more motivated and happy with blogging again. I’ve had SO MANY ideas and this has just made me feel very happy about my blogging. I cannot wait to share with you all everything going on in my head!

So, this week;

I posted ONE review;
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) (FOUR HEARTS)

I told you all that I’m running the race for life in June and asked if you would be nice enough to sponsor me. You can read my story about that here.

And I posted a recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms. I love them SO MUCH. But I also just LOVE mushrooms so that would make sense. Anyway, find out how to make stuffed mushrooms that make your mouth water by clicking here.


LGBT Readathon

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The LGBT Readathon starts TOMORROW.

I am SO EXCITED.

I will also be posting up my goals tomorrow and the books that I have to select from, but really, I just cannot wait to dive into these books.

With that in mind, this week I posted my top ten LGBT reads. Find out what they are here.

And, if you haven’t signed up for the readathon yet, you can do so here.


Blogger Spotlight

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I also had the lovely Sofia on the blog again this week. She wrote a wonderful guest post about five-star reads. You should make sure you check that out here.


Letterbox Love

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I got a few books this week. Two review copies, one library book and I bought three books on kindle too. One of these days I will learn how to stop…

The Lost and the Found P.S I Still Love You The Last Summer of Us

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clark; I am very much looking forward to this book, it sounds incredible and I really enjoyed Torn so I’m looking forward to what else this author has in store. Many thanks to Hachette for this review copy.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han; I actually haven’t read the first one in this series but I do have it to read so I’ll probably get to that soon. Many thanks to Scholastic for this review copy.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt; I’ve been dying to read this one so I was very happy when this finally arrived at the library! I started reading the first chapter and got hooked instantly. Cannot wait to finish the rest of it.

All Fall Down Skullduggery Pleasant The Last Telegram

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner; This book caught my eye in the library. It sounds like the perfect book for me so when I saw it was on Kindle for less than £2 I couldn’t resist. Cannot wait to see what this book is all about.

Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; This is another book that was on Kindle for less than £2. It’s one I’ve been meaning to read for AGES so maybe I might now get around to it. Maybe?

The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow; This one was another book that caught my eye in the library. The synopsis was read and it sounded like a very ME book. Add in another kindle deal and you know you have a girl who just couldn’t stay away. Looking forward to seeing if this is as good as it sounds.


Currently Reading

The It Girl The Greatest Love Story of All Time 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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Weekly Highlights; The Future Of This Blog Edition

Posted on 18 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

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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


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.


Letterbox Love

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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