Weekly Highlights; The One Book Week

Posted on 12 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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

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


Post Highlights

It is actually boggling my mind that it was Easter Monday last Monday, it feels like it was AGES ago as SO much has happened since then. Of course, I have, yet again, had a very busy week so I’m quite glad that I got a post on the blog everyday bar one! Go me!

I posted TWO reviews this week;
The Three by Sarah Lots (FOUR HEARTS)
The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring (GUEST REVIEW)

On Tuesday I told you all about the characters I would love to check in with, find out who they are in this post.

And on Friday, I shared my thoughts about bookmarks and dog-earing books. To find out what I said and to join the discussion click here.


Spring Clean Your TBR

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I’m really not doing so well on this challenge, I put it down to how busy I am. Hoping to get more on top of things next week though!
You can find out how much I’ve read of what here.

And you can still sign up and join us in this post.


Around The Blogosphere

This week Carly got a little ranty on a very interesting topic. Bloggers aren’t billboards. I couldn’t agree more. Check out the post here.

And to balance it out and lighten the mood, she also wrote a really fun post full of gifs about Netgalley. Click here to see that post.

This week Lucy has confessed to some bad habits she does as a book blogger. Posts like these are great reminders that we’re all still just people. Check out the post here.

On a similar wave to Carly, Amber posted this week asking the question; Should Book Bloggers get paid. See her thoughts, and the thoughts of others in the comments and add your own in this great post.

Jamie has written a great post this week about how she’s overcome some of her bookish fears and gotton two victories out of suggesting her favourite books to people she knows. To see the post, click here.

Celine has shared with you some Fantasy series that you may not have read yet. If you’re a lover of fantasy or in the mood to read it, I suggest you check out this post.


Letterbox Love

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I don’t know how I managed it but SOMEHOW I only acquired one book this week. I think we should all celebrate this achievement! (Or you know… don’t).

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Sweet by Tammara Webber; There are not enough words to describe how excited I am for this book! I cannot wait to dive into this one. I love the Contours of the Heart series SO MUCH. And Tammara is a brilliant writer and I’m just so glad I was lucky enough to get an ARC!


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 Oathbreaker's Shadow me since you


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 12 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Easter Edition

Posted on 5 April, 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

Wooo! Look at all the posts I managed to get up on the blog this week! Despite that, I still had a busy week too. But I’m glad that I seem to be back in the swing of things on the blog again – of course I’ve probably now jynxed it and the blog will be empty next week.

Anywho…

I posted ONE review this week;
Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton (FIVE HEARTS)

And I also posted my March Monthly Wrap Up. Read that post to see what I got up to last month!


Spring Clean Your TBR

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Spring Clean Your TBR kicked off this week! (There’s also still time to join in if you want! Find out how in this post.)

This week I posted my goals for the event and I posted my first update too.

You can also follow how I, and other participants are doing by following #scyTBR on twitter!


Blogger Spotlight

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I also announced my Blogger Spotlight for April!
Find out who George is and why he was chosen here.


Around the Blogosphere

Lucy has written two great posts this week. The first is about rejuvineating your blog. To read her advice, click here.

The second is about organising your review pile. Personally I just read whatever books take my fancy but in case you don’t, check out this post.

Amber has written a brilliant post about blogging safely which I would highly recommend. It’s important advice to take whether your a teen blogger or an adult blogger. You can read the post here.

Jenny Alexander wrote a post this week for Girls Heart Books about bullying that I found to be a very interesting read. To read it and add your own thoughts, click here.

Gaby & Lisa both wrote brilliant letters to their YA selves this week. You can read them here. (And find out all about the letter idea here.)

Lisa also wrote a post about DNFing books. It’s really lovely to read. You can read it by clicking here.

I basically love everything that goes up on Jamie’s blog so this week I’m just going to casually link to her March wrap up. Find out how her month went in this here.

Carly has written a great review this week of a book I am really looking forward to. Find out her thoughts on Suicide Notes for Beautiful Girls in this post.

Jess is taking a break for blogging and the reasons why can be found here. This is a time where we definitely need to be ready to support others in the community.

And I also just want to highlight the Delete blog tour! It’s been really great following all the posts. I hope you think so too! You can find them all here.


Letterbox Love

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Somehow I keep acquiring books. There must be something wrong with me!

13 days of night The Memory Hit Don't Turn Around The mystery of the clockwork sparrow

Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt; This one sounds super exciting and interesting, and the perfect book for me! Thank you to Hachette Children’s and Netgalley for this copy!

The Memory Hit by Carla Spradbery; I still need to read Carla’s first book – eeek – but I loved the sound of this one and couldn’t resist! Looking forward to reading it. Thank you to Hachette Children’s and Netgalley again for this copy!

Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell; This one sounds super thrilling and exciting! It’s been on my radar for a while so when I saw it on Netgalley, I couldn’t resist requesting it. Thanks to Bookoutre for this copy.

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine; I have heard a great many things about this book and it sounds super fun and super great. Can’t wait to dive into it! Thanks to Egmont and Netgalley for this book.

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The IT Girl by Katy Birchell; I actually have a netgalley copy of this book but this one landed on my doorstep as a surprise. I’m really excited for it though and it may get bumped up the TBR now that I have a physical copy…

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder; I was invited to the MiraINK blogger evening with Maria V Snyder but I ended up being stuck at work unable to go. Then Clara e-mailed and told me Maria had signed a book for me. It arrived yesterday and I squealed a “little” bit.

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid; I loved Adi’s first book and am so happy to have his second one in my hands. I am super excited about this one and just cannot wait to see if I like it. Many thanks to MiraINK for this review copy!

Starborn by Lucy Hounsom; I’ve already got this book in kindle format but have yet to read it – hope to do so soon! – but the Hardback is BEAUTIFUL. It looks super stunning and I cannot wait to dive into it. Thanks to Tor for this surprise 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;

Elizabeth is Missing The Oathbreaker's Shadow me since you


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 5 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The It’s Been A While Edition

Posted on 29 March, 2015 by Faye - 2 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

So I have not done one of these in a long time and I do have to apologise for that. Life got a little bit busy and hectic for a while there but it’s starting to settle down again now, so that’s good – and it’s Easter next week so I even get some time off! Yay!

Anyway…

I’ll just do the highlights of the last few weeks… *cough* month *cough*

I posted six reviews;
The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence (THREE HEARTS)
Hi So Much by Laura Dockrill (THREE HEARTS)
Full Metal Alchemist Vol. One (FOUR HEARTS)
Ways to See A Ghost by Emily Diamond (FOUR HEARTS)
Nashville Mercy by M. Maitland DeLand (FOUR HEARTS)
Trouble by Non Pratt (FOUR HEARTS)

I participated in two top tens;
Spring TBR
Books and Films about Witches & Wizards

I had the lovely D B Neilson on the blog talk about strong heroines. You can read that post here.

And I wrote a post about my thoughts on book blogging and being a book blogger. It’s had some great feedback so far so if you haven’t read it yet, I would recommend you do. Click here to do so.


Blogger Spotlight

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As my Blogger Spotlight, I interviewed the wonderful Charli from To Another World. You can read that here.


Spring Clean your TBR

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I also announced the Spring Clean Your TBR event that I’m hosting alongside Caroline at Big Book Little Book. The aim is to read some of those books that have been sitting on our shelves (or e-reader’s, or audiobook library) for so long that they’re metaphorically collecting dust.

The hashtag for the event will be #scyTBR.

To find out more info and to sign up, click here.


Around the Blogosphere

Starting off simply, have you seen my review of Salvage by Keren David. It’s posted on Big Book Little Book and you can read it here.

Jim has written a great post about a new bookshop that opened in Richmond. Click here to read it.

Sophie has told us about her most owned authors. It’s a great post and I might just do it myself soon. You can read it here.

Daphne has written a great review of Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I’m so glad she enjoyed the book and series ending. Check it out here.

This week Michelle has posted a brilliant post about Netgalley. If you use the site or are thinking of doing so, I would highly recommend reading this post.

Debbie finally posted her Finish It Feb wrap up! Read how she did here.

Michelle has done something similiar to Jim and written about a local bookshop near her (I think!) and it’s a great post. Check it out here.

And lastly, you can read another fantastic review of Trouble by the wonderful Anya, in this post.


Letterbox Love

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As it’s been so long since I’ve done a weekly highlights, I actually can’t remember which books did arrive this month so I’m just going to show the ones that came in the last week or so…

Magonia Little Black Lies under my skin

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley; This is a review copy from Harper360 and I’m very much looking forward to reading it as it sounds super intriguing. Many thanks to Harper360 for the copy.

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton; Many thanks go to Transworld for this amazing looking review copy of Little Black Lies! I’ve not read anything by Sharon Bolton yet but I have heard brilliant things so I’m very excited.

Under My Skin by James Dawson; I have come to really enjoy James’ books and this one sounds very good. Many thanks to Hot Key Books for the review copy of this one!

The Amber Crown Remix Gypsy Girl

The Amber Crown by C. J. Busby; It’s the final book in this trilogy and I cannot wait to see how it all ends! Thanks go to Hot Key Books and Templar for this review copy!

Remix by Non Pratt; Having just finished Trouble and loving it, you can tell why I’d be excited for this book right? Plus, it just sounds super amazing. Many thanks to Walker for this review copy.

Gypsy Girl by Kathryn James; I was very intrigued about this one when I first heard about it and have since had a brilliant recommendation for it so needless to say, I’m intrigued! Thanks to Walker for the review copy!

Finding Audrey The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter The It Girl

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella; I will admit, I have never read anything by Sophie Kinsella but I know that she is a very talented writer. Thus, upon hearing she was writing a YA book, I had to jump on that chance. Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the netgalley copy.

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter; This book sounds like so much fun and the perfect read for me. I’ll be on the blog tour for this book in May and cannot wait to dive into the book. Many thanks to Little Brown Books for this review copy.

The It Girl by Katy Birchall; I heard an extract of this at the Egmont Blogger Day so when I saw it up on Netgalley, I couldn’t resist. This is guaranteed to be a fun read and I cannot wait to read it. Thanks to Egmont for the 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 Rain Elizabeth is Missing Dark Triumph


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 29 March, 2015 by Faye - 2 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Electric Monkey Blogger Day Edition

Posted on 22 February, 2015 by Faye - 4 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 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.

Lastly, I also had a review go live over at Big Book, Little Book. You can read my thoughts on Drawing the Light by Julia Green, in this post.


Blogger Spotlight

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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.

Other posts by/about Michelle this month;
Interview
Announcement


Finish It February

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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.


Letterbox Love

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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 Black Dove White Raven Me and Mr J

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.

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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.


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;
deliverance Hetty Feather


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 22 February, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Valentine’s Edition

Posted on 15 February, 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 a fairly standard one for me. I’ve been pretty busy and very tired and really haven’t done much. I did, however, go out for a romantic meal on Friday… with my best friend. It was a lot of fun pretending we were madly in love, and it was the first time I’d seen her since before Christmas so it was actually really great.

On the blog this week I posted ONE review;
Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb (FOUR HEARTS)

I also had two wonderful authors on the blog this week. First of all I had Alexander Gordon Smith as part of the UKYA Extravaganza tour. He wrote a really interesting guest post about daydreaming as a writer. Read that post here.

Secondly I had the chance to interview the lovely Laura Elliot. It was great to get to know more about her and her newest book, Fragile Lies which I cannot wait to read. You can read that interview in this post.

Finally, as it was so close to Valentine’s day, I also posted a controversial post about Book Boyfriends. I sound like an old lady Havisham in it, but if you’re interested in finding out my thoughts and adding your own, check out the post here.


Finish It February

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We’re into our second week of the Finish It Feb event, with only two more weeks to go.

Thus, you can find out how I’m doing with my goals in my updates post by clicking here.


Giveaway

As there were so few entries, I have extended the current giveaway I’m hosting until this Tuesday the 17th Feb.

To enter, head on over to this post.


UKYA Book Blogger Shortlist Voting

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Voting for the shortlist ends at Midnight today! Don’t forget to vote for your favourites! You can do so here.


Around the Blogosphere

Michelle has posted an interesting discussion on Student/Teacher relationships on her blog this week. Check it out and find out about some fab books here.

I loved A Darker Shade of Magic and this review of it by Sophie is well worth a read!

Daphne is welcoming yet another new blogger to her blog! Find out more about Sara in this post.

Last week Jim posted a fab Six Degrees of Separation post, check out how he got from This Book Will Save Your Life to Arsenic for tea by clicking here.

Like diverse books? Find some great posts over on Rebecca’s blog about Diverse books that changed people’s lives. Click here for the post and the linky’s.

Sofia did a great post for Valentine’s day about Romances in YA. Read it here.


Letterbox Love

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Somehow I ended up with seven new books this week. So much for taking it slow… ooops.

Dance of Fire Murder The boy with the porcelain blade

Dance of Fire by Yelena Black; This one was a surprise from Bloomsbury that I’m really excited about. It’s the second one in this series and better yet, my quote was on the press release for number one! Yay!

Murder by Sarah Pinborough; I finished Mayhem last month and really enjoyed it (review to come tomorrow!), so when I saw Murder, the second in the series in the library, I simply couldn’t resist taking it out!

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick; This is another book from the library that I actually requested in. I heard about Den’s new book, got intrigued and then realised it was the second in this series. So I look forward to starting it with this one!

Both of Me Black Horizon Magnificent Lizzie Brown

Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen; This one was one that sort of stumbled into my lap. I know nothing about this book but the cover and synopsis drew me in and so I decided to take it out and give it a spin.

Starborn by Lucy Hounsom; This is a debut book that just has a really interesting synopsis. It sounds like the perfect book to me and I cannot wait to get started on it. Many thanks to Tor for this review copy.

Black Horizon by M. G. Harris; This one sounds really good. I asked for it a while ago and was really excited when I found out it had arrived this week. I will be reading this one very soon, hopefully. Many thanks to Orion for the review copy!

The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom by Vicki Lockwood; This one was a surprise and I’m very intrigued by it but I’m not sure I’ll read it soon. Perhaps in a few months though. Many thanks to Curious Fox for the 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;
deliverance Ensnared Heir of Fire


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 15 February, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The First Linky Edition

Posted on 8 February, 2015 by Faye - 4 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

So it’s been two weeks since my last Weekly Highlights as last week I had two posts already scheduled for that Sunday and my Monthly Highlights going up the day after too. So instead, I’m cramming the last two weeks into this post.

Also, I’ve added a linky to this post so that if you want to or already do participate in Weekly Highlights or a similar meme, you can add it to the linky and I’ll make sure to visit your blog!

But for now…

I posted TWO reviews this week;
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (FIVE HEARTS)
Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth (THREE HEARTS)

I wrapped up the month. Find out what I read and what I thought about each book, in this post.

I posted an update on blogging and on my life right now. Read what is happening, here. Alongside with this, I also have some sad news to announce in this post. Scroll down for more info.

I announced my first (sort-of) Blogger Spotlight! Find out who it is and how wonderful they are, here.

I had the wonderful Eve Ainsworth on the blog for her blog tour, telling us all where she loves to write. Read her fab post by clicking here.

And lastly, I posted my thoughts on review books and asked for your opinion. Let me know your thoughts, on this post.


Finish It Feb

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In the last two weeks I announced my goals for this event.

And I posted my first update. Find out how I’m doing, here.


Giveaway

I also posted my blog post for the #BookishWISHES blog tour. With it there is a chance to win a copy of The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black!

At the moment there isn’t much competition, so you may well be in with a chance to win.

Find out how in this post.

Giveaway ends on 10th February


UKYA Book Blogger Awards

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The SHORTLIST has been ANNOUNCED.

Voting it OPEN.

Click here to vote for your favourite book bloggers!


Letterbox Love

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This week has been fairly good for books, I only acquired three. I’m very glad about this as I really need to read more and acquire less!

The Rithmatist These Broken Stars The Butterfly Club

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson; This one sounds super intriguing and exciting. I’m very much looking forward to diving into it. Many thanks to Tor for the review copy.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner; I have heard SO MANY good things about this book so when I was offered it for review, I simply couldn’t say no! Very much looking forward to reading this one, finally.

The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson; Ahhh! Jacqueline Wilson’s newest book! I love the sound of this one and am so glad to have this copy in my hands. I look forward to reading this one next month. Many thanks to Caroline and Random House for this 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;

Obsession in Death Heir of Fire the sin eaters daughter


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 8 February, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The First of 2015

Posted on 18 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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


Post Highlights

I sometimes feel like I should change the name of this and do a fortnightly highlights post instead as I always seem to skip a week somehow BUT I won’t. Hopefully I’ll just get better at doing Highlights this year…

Anyway…

Summing up the first two weeks of January;

I’ve posted TWO reviews;
Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer (FIVE HEARTS)
Big Hero 6 (2015) (FIVE HEARTS)

In the first week of January I participated in Bout of Books and hosted a mini-challenge. I really enjoyed the read-a-thon again. I participated in one twitter chat and finished two books which completed my goal and made a few new blogging friends which is awesome. I can’t wait to do it all again in May!

I posted Ten Reasons Why You Should Read The Jessica Cole Series, which can be found here.

I admitted that there were a lot of books that came out last year that I didn’t get around to reading that I’m very ashamed of. You can see what books I missed by clicking here.

And lastly, I announced that I will not be challenging myself this year. To find out what I mean by that, head over to this post.


UKYA Book Blogger Awards

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On January 4th I announced that I needed some help in hosting the UKYA Book Blogger Awards.

Then on January 12th the nominations for the award were OPENED. You can vote for your favourite UK bloggers here.

Voting closes on January 25th.


UKYA Blogger Awards

With great minds thinking alike, Andy Robb has also announced that he is organising the UKYA Blogger Awards. You can read his announcement post here.

Then on Friday 16th January, the Longlist for these awards were announced.

Find out who made the longlist by here.
I just want to take this moment to congratulate EVERYONE who was longlisted because everyone on the list is awesome and amazing. BUT I also want to congratulate EVERY SINGLE UKYA Blogger because, let’s face it, we’re all fantastic and brilliant!


Around the Blogosphere

This week Celine has written a very lovely post about keeping the community positive. I think I missed the drama that happened last week but I just love this post. Head over here to see why.

Along the same lines, Jamie posted on Tumblr this week some of her feelings on the community. It’s an incredibly thoughtful post and one that I found very enlightening. Read the post here.

In a nicer note, Jamie also posted about her book buying habits this week. I found it a very interesting post and have to admit I have very much started buying books this way! Find out what I’m talking about in this post. What are your habits like?

Jess also posted a similar post this week but she actually wrote a post about the types of book buyers you find in shops. I thought it was such and interesting and accurate post. I have to admit though, I’m sort of a mix of them all! Find out the types by clicking here.

Books are great. They’re wonderful and they help us escape. But what happens when we get into moods where we can’t read? This week Nicole talks about reading slumps. Find out what she has to say here.

Amanda has written a fab post this week about blogs evolving as time goes along. Read what her thoughts are on this opinion and join the discussion by clicking here.

Diversity in books is such a big issue at the moment and this week Rebecca has written a brilliant and thoughtful post abot the topic, here. I definitely think that this is one post that is worth a read and shouldn’t be missed!

Shayna this week has written a very intriguing post about how to be a happier blogger. While I think that everyone blogs in their own ways and will have to find their own curve to be happy, there are some very good and valid advice points in this post that I think you should check out.

Reading is a large part of my life. But I do know that it can be hard to find the time to read. This week Caroline has blogged about when she reads and asks you to share with her. You can do so by checking out this post.

2015 is a new year and with a new year comes the chance for a new start. And this week Sophie has written a post about her resolutions for the year that I thought was really great. Head on over here to see what I mean.


Letterbox Love

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So I’m currently writing this post from my parents’ house and don’t have access to my room and my pile of “recently acquired” books and so some books may get missed but I hope I at least show you the ones that I am super happy about and cannot wait to read. I have acquired a lot of books in the past few weeks so bear with me…

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson; I’ve heard SO MANY good things about this book that I finally decided that I wanted to give it a go. Thank you SO MUCH to DFB for sending me this review copy. Intrigued to see what I think of the book.

Three Amazing Things About You by Julie Mansell; This one really caught my eye and I’ve never read a Julie Mansell book but heard lots of good things. So I’m definitely looking forward to reading this. Many thanks to Headline for the review copy.

Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens; This is the second book in the Wells and Wong series and I’m really excited to dive into it! I loved the first book and I am just really excited to see what adventures this pair of girls gets up to next. Thanks to Penguin Random House for the review copy!

Looking For Alaska 10 Hate City of Halves

Looking for Alaska by John Green; This book was a complete surprise for me! It is the 10th Anniversary edition. It is hardback with black edged pages and it is completely and utterly beautiful. Thank you so very much to HarperCollins for sending it out. I loved this book and it is great to have it in my collection again.

Hate by Alan Gibbons; This is a book that I’ve wanted to read for ages. I’m so glad I finally have my own copy now and cannot wait to dive into it and see what it is all about. Many thanks to The Bookseller for this copy.

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis; I didn’t know anything about this book until it fell into my lap but I am very intrigued by it. Looking forward to seeing if it’s any good. Thank you again to The Bookseller for this book.

Ensnared Full Metal Alchemist

Ensnared by A. G Howard; AHHHHHH. It’s FINALLY OUT. I am SO EXCITED about this book. I am also SUPER ANXIOUS about this book because it is the last one in the series and I’m just not sure that I am ready to say goodbye yet. Nonetheless, it was purchased in hardback and I hope to get to it VERY soon.

Full Metal Alchemist (Vol 1-7) by Hiromu Arakawa; On a spur of the moment I decided to read some Manga this year and after asking for some recommendations, ended up buying Full Metal Alchemist Vol 4-7. Then my friend gave me Vols 1-3. I have read the first and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to carrying on the series.


Currently Reading

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

This week I am currently reading;

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And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

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

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

Posted on 21 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

weekly highlights

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

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


Post Highlights

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

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

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

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

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


Youtube

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


Letterbox Love

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

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


Currently Reading

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

This week I am currently reading;

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And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

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

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Posted on 21 December, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Weekly Highlights; The AHHHH! Edition

Posted on 14 December, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments

weekly highlights

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

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

Post Highlights

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

Anyway…

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

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

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

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


Around the Blogosphere

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Letterbox Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Currently Reading

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

This week I am currently reading;

The Walled City 2 Opal Plumstead The Year I Met You


And there you have it, my Weekly Highlights!

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

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Posted on 14 December, 2014 by Faye - 3 Comments


Weekly Highlights; The Lot’s of Books Edition

Posted on 7 December, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

weekly highlights

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

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


Weekly Highlights

So I’ve missed a couple of these so once again, this is going to be highlighting a few weeks in one post.

I posted TWO reviews;
You Don’t Know Me by Sophia Bennett (FOUR HEARTS)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (FOUR HEARTS)

I also posted one top ten tuesday;
Sequels I Can’t Wait For

And I wrote a post about forgetting, and how frustrating it can be when it comes to books and reading. Find out what I mean and add your own thoughts, here.

And, in case you missed it, the month changed so I did a November Monthly Wrap-Up.


Youtube

I haven’t posted a video in MONTHS. Because I’ve been far too busy but I posted a video on Friday! You can watch it here.

In other news, I have filmed one more video which just needs to be edited plus I have plans to film some more today so *fingers crossed* I’ll be vlogging more regulary again soon! Yay!


Around the Blogosphere

This week Lucy wrote a post with her “Christmas Wish List”, detailing all the things she wishes she could have but aren’t attainable for whatever reason. It’s really fun. Read what she’s put here.

Michelle has written about the books she would love to find under the Christmas tree this year, find out what they are here.

Jamie has done her annual bookish survey for everyone to fill out as and when they want to. You can find it here. I will definitely be doing this in the next few weeks!

And throughout this month Jim is hosting an #indieadvent event on his blog with a different post every day for 24 days! You should definitely check it out by clicking here and having a little stroll!


Letterbox Love

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And this is where I come off as the crazy book lady!

Snow Like Ashes A Thousand Pieces of You The Oyster Catcher The Shock of the Fall

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch; I got this on Friday and I’ve already started reading it. I have been waiting for it ever since I heard about it! I think it’s going to be a very interesting read indeed. Thank you to Harper360 for this review copy!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray; I’m very intrigued by this one! It’ll be my first Claudia Gray and it just sounds so different and interesting. Thank you again to Harper360 for this one.

The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas; I’ve been in a bit of an adult kick lately and this one really caught my eye. Definitely looking forward to seeing if it’s a good one or not! Thank you to Headline for this review copy.

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer; Everyone has been talking about this one and it’s won or been nominated for a lot of awards this year and so when I saw it was on offer, I decided that I’d give it a try and see what happens!

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It Must Have Been The Mistletoe by Judy Astley; It’s Christmas and I’m in the mood to read Christmas stories so when I saw this book on offer, I thought I why not? I’ve heard good things about this book and Judy Astley so I hope it’s as good as I hope!

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell; Another one bought because I’m in a bit of an adult kick lately. It sounds like the perfect book for me so I’m looking forward to seeing if I enjoy it!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison; This book had a HUGE reservation list at the library. Everyone thinks it’s a really funny story and everyone was dying to get their hands on the second book which just came out. So I decided to buy it and see what all the fuss is about!

Feed by Mira Grant; I have actually been wanting to read this one for years but never got around to doing so. When I saw we’d bought in a new copy of it for the library, I couldn’t help myself and took it out for borrowing! Looking forward to seeing what i think.

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High & Dry by Sarah Skilton; This was a random purchase. Saw it on the shelf, thought it looked interesting and fell in love with the odd synopsis and the fact it had a male protagonist so I bought it. It was also during a 20% offer at Foyles so it was even better!

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby; I have only read one other Nick Hornby but I really liked it so when I heard about his newest book, I put my name on the reservation list at the library. Definitely looking forward to giving this book a go.

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough; I have never read anything by Sarah Pinborough before but have heard a lot of people talking about her lately and so when I saw this on a crazily great deal in The Works last week, I had to buy it. Intrigued to see what she’s like!

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon; Another book bought because of my adult kick. I’m very intrigued to see what this one is like!

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Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell; I saw this book in the bookstore and I was instantly attracted to it. I love horror stories and thought this sounded like the perfect kind of creepy. But I put it down to buy other books instead. When I saw it on Netgalley a few days later, I had to request. I cannot wait to read this. Thank you to Stripes for this copy.

All The Bright Places by Jessica Niven; I saw this and I desperately wanted to read it. So very much looking forward to diving into this. Especially as I’ve already heard some good things about it! Thank you to Random House for the Netgalley copy!

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares; I heard “author of sisterhood of travelling pants” and stopped reading the synopsis and clicked “request”. I love those books and I’m really excited to see what this book is about. Also, the cover is gorgeous. Thanks to Hachette Children’s for this Netgalley book!

One Step Closer To You by Alice Peterson; Another one for my adult kick (are you seeing a pattern, getting a hint of what the new year may bring?). This one sounded perfect for me. I am definitely intrigued and look forward to seeing what this one is really all about.

SEE. Crazy books lady!


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;

Snow Like Ashes Us Opal Plumstead The Walled City 2


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 7 December, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment