Sunday, 30 March 2014

Book Lovers Tag

do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
I can't actually. As far as I know I've always loved reading. My dad isn't much of a reader at all but my mum, grandma and auntie always read books to me from being a very young age. So I can't remember a time when I haven't been passionate about books.

where do you usually read?
I tend to read in three different situations. I always read in bed before I go to sleep. Whenever I have free time - weekends/holidays etc I spend a lot of time reading on top of my bed. And as well as this, when I am travelling on the trains in Manchester I normally read books whilst on the train.
do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I'm going to be doing a post on this quite soon, but as a hint, I read more than one book.

what is your favorite genre?
YA and Contemporary

what genre will you not read?
Erotica and Horror. Not in a million years.

do you have a favorite book?
My all time favourite book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling. Second to that is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

what is the worst book you've ever read?
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Everything about it was just truly terrible.

what is the biggest book you've ever read?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 739 pages.

what was the last book you bought?
The last book I bought was If I Stay by Gayle Foreman for £1.00

which do you prefer library books or buying books?
Sadly, I don't often get opportunities to go into libraries but always borrow books when I go. I personally prefer buying books as I like the idea of having my own copy of what I read in order to create my own little library.

what are you reading now?
Currently I'm reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

what are the disadvantages of being a book lover?
It can cost you a lot of money


Holly x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Perks of Being a Bookworm: Series


I'm not going to lie and say that to be honest, I've not read too many series' of books in my life. I tend to read more stand alone's but the series that I've read have been brilliant.
Series are always that little concern with me as to whether the series is worth 4, 5 ,6 or even 7 books *clears throat* Harry Potter or whether it should just be summed up into a trilogy.

Sometimes series can be great because there is more to read about the characters you know and love but sometimes you might just want to find out the end of the story yet it continues on and on and on. I know that this is the case for me and The Mortal Instruments Series. I didn't even finish the first book I hated it that much but the more I read about what happens in each book, I just want to find out the ending of the final book. Who lives and who dies and all of that.

THE POSITIVES
  • If you really love the books, then there is more and more of them to read.
  • A series takes you on an extended adventure or a long journey and getting to the ending is the most fun part.
  • You can grow attached to the characters within the series'.
  • Film series that do the books justice!
  • An ever growing fandom is formed.
THE NEGATIVES
  • Sometimes the books can get worse as they go along and aren't as great as the first one.
  • The long, long wait for the next book in the series.
  • Sometimes series are spread out across far too many books.
  • After waiting for so long, you might not get the ending you wanted.
  • Getting hold of the final book.
So that was the second post of the Perks of Being a Bookworm Feature. Please let me know whether you agree that series' of books are a perk or if you disagree too.

I also just wanted to add that tomorrow I'm going away with a group of friends and some other pupils from my school to Belgium. I mentioned this in Saturday's post but thought I'd just bring it up again because there won't be any post's on the usual schedule, hence posting one today. I might schedule one for Saturday but if not then there will be one on Sunday.

Holly x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's DictionaryThere has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself. If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done. And if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. It stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. Sometimes it’s even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lover’s face.


This... This was interesting.

As anyone who read my February Book Haul will know, I was given this by Sabrina from I Have To Read That. We were to be talking about the book and she happened to have two copies and offered to send me one.

When I saw interesting, I mean interesting in a positive way. I read this book in two hours so that has to be a good sign. The two main characters were "You" and "I" which was very different to anything I've read before as when in first person, in someways it feels more like the events are happening to you. I liked how the what can be assumed from some of the phrases the boyfriend and girlfriend remained anonymous as it adds more mystery to this stream of thoughts and scenarios.

Each little definition was completely different and brought a completely different scenario into the relationship whether it was the girlfriend's grandmother dying or the couple meeting the boyfriends parents. Sometimes I feel like there could have been a lot better of a definitions that I think could have been matched to other words more effectively. 

This book reminded me a lot of one of my favourite films - 500 Days of Summer and the great thing about this book is that given that the story is so jumbled up, it is hard to include spoilers in a review. The reason I think it is so much like this film is that it has flashes forward and flashes back. So I remember that there is a piece of dialogue where a conversation begins and then later in the book that dialogue is repeated but is a bit longer the second time and is extended again for a third, you have no idea where the conversation is going but the way that Levithan writes this makes you want to read more.

I'd like to think that I've given this book quite a good review, but I'm not going to give it 5 stars. Don't get me wrong I did like this book, but I didn't love it like I love others, and I think that is down to the way it is wrote no matter how much I appear to like the writing style.


Holly x

Friday, 21 March 2014

Pick a Book... Any Book



I have a bit of a problem. And I need your help.

In less than a week, as part of GCSE History I'm going away to Belgium. When I moved to my school last January, my friends had already started paying for the trip and then when somebody dropped out in December, I quickly grabbed the place. 
So next Thursday for three days 35 of us - 32 girls and 3 boys are going away to visit the Battlefields of WW1.

Don't get me wrong I'm really looking forward to going however there is one big problem.
Which books do I take with me?

Bearing in mind that the 7 hour journey from Manchester to Dover and then the 2 hour Ferry from Dover to Calais, and then the journey from Calais to Ypres which is going to be a few more hours is only getting there I'm going to need substantially good reading material. Obviously this sounds like a simple task to some people but is harder than it sounds. 

I also need to stress that on our packing lists one of the things that was mentioned was "Appropriate reading material" meaning that it probably wouldn't be appropriate to take any historical WW1/ WW2 fiction along with me.

So no... I can't take the Book Thief.

Here are some of the books I've thought of:
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Matched by Allie Condie
Undone by Cat Clarke
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

I'd love it if anyone who reads this could comment below and tell me what they suggest I should take, whether it is in the picture above or if you have some recommendations. Either way I'd really appreciate your help so please let me know.

Holly x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Why I Blog

I saw that Sophie from A Day Dreamer's World had wrote a post on this and instead of commenting about my response, it gave me an idea so I've decided to do a post based on it.

I blog to escape.

When I started blogging in November 2012, in my very first post I wrote that I was blogging because I wanted someone to listen. Which is true and it still is true. Back in late 2012 I was having a difficult time at school, in the past year I had developed anxiety and now I was very ill. I was ill in a way that meant that I couldn't go into school much as I kept being violently sick, going back to Doctors and having to get medication which they thought would cure it, sleeping a lot and I sent a lot of time with very bad headaches and no real ability to anything. The people who were meant to be friends started drifting away from me and as my health began to get worse I felt more alone than I had in quite a while. 

So one day after giving it some thought, I decided to go on my laptop and start a blog called A DayDreamer's Thoughts. I write in the same why I think. The words that you read are the words of the little voice in my head. It's me, it's who I really am.

And then I discovered book blogging.

When I discovered that book blogs existed I was thrilled because finally there was a place where I could fit in. I could talk freely about books without being laughed at for it. I could fangirl about Harry Potter and all the books I love. It was suddenly okay to say that I hate make up and I don't really give a damn about fashion. I could vent about the things that were making me stressed and anxious and people would understand and occasionally comment. People would listen and that was all I have ever wanted.

Holly x

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fairytale Survey.

Pinocchio – The boy whose nose grows when he lies.
Is there are book you lie about, because you feel ashamed for liking it?
I don't lie about how I feel about books. No one should be ashamed of books that they like. Well, except unless they've read 50 Shades of Grey. Shame on you!

Beauty and the beast – The girl who fell in love with personality.
Which book do you love that has a hideous cover?
Hmm.... Torn by Cat Clarke - this was one of my favourite books last year and it was just amazing. It isn't necessarily that the cover is hideous but I just don't like the idea of a huge face dominating the cover. It kind of scares me...

Snow white – Hunted down for her beauty.
Do you ever buy a book based on the cover alone and if so, what is the last one?
Yes... The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan. Beautiful cover, terrible book.
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike. Stunning cover, stunning book.

Sleeping beauty – Cursed to sleep, awakened by true loves kiss.
 What is your favorite book couple?
Ron/Hermione. They have been my favourite book couple ever since I saw their kiss in Deathly Hallows Part 2 - that was the day I developed my love for Harry Potter. To me, they are truly perfect.
         

Little Mermaid – Gave up on her old life for love.
Do you ever branch out to new genres or do you like to stick with the ones you know and love? If you try new things out, what is the latest book?
I don't have a set genre that I always read. I like to try a bit of everything except the things that are mentioned on my review policy. There will always be a book in the genre you love with a story you hate. 

Cinderella – Who lost her shoe after midnight.
What is the last book that made you stay up all night?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn't stay up late to read it but I read it from 12pm - 4pm in the holidays just desperately wanting to find out the ending.

Rapunzel – locked up in a tower.

What is  the worst books you’ve read last month?
The Lovers Dictionary. Every book I read last month was good but that was the one I gave the lowest rating to.


PART 2. MIX-MATCH.

Aladdin – The poor boy who found a genie.
What is the latest book treasure/gem you found?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A new favourite of mine.

Alice in Wonderland – The girl who fell through a rabbit’s hole. 
Which book made you really feel like you landed in another world?
Harry Potter. For obvious reasons.

East of the sun and west of the moon – where a girl embarks on a journey to save her love.

Who is one of your favorite kick-ass heroines?
Hermione Granger from J.K Rowling's Harry Potter. She is potentially my favourite character ever. To me, although a lot of people will say this, Hermione is my definition of a heroine.

The Frog Prince – where an enchanted prince becomes human again.

What is a book you thought you would hate, but end up loving?
Anna and the French Kiss. I'm not one of those people who loves fluffy books that people would normally associate with teenagers, but this really, really impressed me.

Hansel and Gretel – left alone in the woods and captured by a witch.

Which duo (sister/sister, brother/sister) is your favourite and why?
This does mean siblings in books doesn't it? If so then obviously I have to chose Ron and Ginny. Although they don't have a lot of scenes together in the books when they do the conflict or the friendship between them is brilliant.

Little Red Riding Hood – almost eaten by a wolf dressed as her grandmother.

What book disappointed you after falling in love with the cover and blurb?
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. I think I may have another crack at it closer to Christmas  but I was just really disappointed with it on the whole.

Rumpelstilskin – nobody knows his name.

Which book do you love that doesn’t get enough attention?
Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike. How many times have I said this I wonder? It really deserves so much credit as whilst it's excruciatingly complicated the story was simply wonderful.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider

Severed Heads, Broken HeartsGolden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them - a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His own tragedy waited until he had everything to lose - in one night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra's knee, his athletic career, and his perfect life. No longer part of the popular crowd, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters Cassidy Thorpe. Intelligent, effortless and wonderfully weird, she is unlike anyone Ezra's ever met before. Together they discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings and a poodle with a questionable history. But as Ezra dives into new friendships and new love, he is forced to ask: if you've managed to survive disaster, what happens when it strikes again?

Sooo, this wasn't what I expected. 
Actually I don't know what I expected, but whatever it was was far from the end result of this supposedly brilliant book.

Severed Heads, Broken Hearts is based around Ezra, who believes that at somepoint or other in everyone's lives, a tragedy will happen. His happened not long before the books narration begins when he ended up in a car crash. Losing friends, relationships and popularity, he decides to rekindle his friendship with Toby, a geeky, unpopular boy who is on the debate team. 

The thing that made me pick up this book was the fact that I wanted to know what exactly the disaster would be and call me emotionless if you want to but to me the "disaster" that happened wasn't so much a disaster as it was an unfortunate incident. And to be honest I was really enjoyed in this book and in the most twisted way was looking forward to this tragedy happening. I thought it was going to be WOW WOW WOW and actually it was more like wo-
It seemed so perfect at first but then...

This Robin is spelt the wrong way but yes... Where's the poop, Robyn Schneider?
The poop was the elephant in the room. The poop was that I was pretty in love with this book but the ending was TERRIBLE. When you are loving a book and it seems so amazing you believe that it is going to be that good throughout but it was like the excitement in this book just jumped off a cliff.

The characters were the same. At first they were rather loveable, especially Cassidy but then they just became more and more irritating. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the way that the book was wrote. It was very similar to John Green's style of writing and made me just want to read more and more. 

This is a fairly short review as although I was fairly disappointed with this book, I feel like because for part of the book I really liked what I was reading, there isn't too much to say. The title of this book is Severed Heads, Broken Hearts and the fact that it was such a let down broke my own heart.



Holly x

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Discussion: DNF

DNF (Did Not Finish)

I don't DNF.

I don't really know why. I just never do. When you buy a book you have full intentions of reading it from cover to cover, and I personally like to stick to that policy. There are a lot of books that, if I have chosen not to read them, I will Google the ending. For example; I know the ending of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If I choose later on to then read that book then losing out on the excitement of not knowing what is going to happen is my loss. But if I have a book that I have chosen to read, then I plan to read the whole book.

It's a difficult decision. If you're not enjoying a book then why should you continue to read it? I know that if I discuss with my family what I'm reading and say that I'm not enjoying it then my mum or my auntie or someone will say "just stop reading it then". Well, it isn't always that simple. If you end a book at for example; half way through, then unless you read the last chapter or so, you will have no idea what happens at the end. Why leave the ending a mystery?

There are a few books that I haven't finished such as City of Bones, and Hush Hush. I have done reviews of both of these here at A DayDreamer's Thoughts and have decided that I only should DNF a book if I become desperate to stop reading it. 

Even if you decide that you are not enjoying a book, and you continue to read it, then at least you get some sense of closure. For all you know, the ending ironically might be the best part of the book, and could be exactly how you wanted it to be. That book won't be perfect in your eyes but it will have still at least have had it's perks. 

My conclusion on this matter is that I will always try and finish a book, if I don't then I don't. It's as simple as that however I'm not going to give up easily. If I don't like a book then it will simply have a lower rating - it might also say if I have DNF'd it but it will just be rated like any other book would have been. 

Holly x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Published in March

Half Bad (Half Life, #1)
Half Bad
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Author: Sally Green
Date: 4th March 2014
                                             416 Pages (Viking Juvenille)
                                             First in a Trilogy
Panic
Panic
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. 
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Author: Lauren Oliver
Date: 4th March 2014
416 Pages (Harper Collins)
Stand Alone Novel.
Side Effects May Vary
Side Effects May Vary
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission. Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people                                                       around her, and to the one person who matters most? 
Author: Julie Murphy
Date: 18th March 2014
336 pages (Balzer-Bray)
Stand Alone Novel

Holly x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Infographic: Series

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Oh dear....
I think I ought to provide an explanation as to what this is. It is a really bad infographic, I know, but this is the first time I've ever done one and I feel surprisingly proud of myself. 
From this, I wanted to show that the majority of the biggest fictional series are set in America, with a few taking place in the UK. These are mainly Dystopian and Fantasy and it is somewhat clear from this that America may be a little more likely to have a horrifying future than the UK.

So, what do you think? Please let me know in the comment box below.

Holly x