Saturday, 26 July 2014

The J.K.Rowling Law

As a Potterhead, who's obsession has been going strong for exactly 3 years now (yay!), I'm constantly on the lookout for anything remotely related to Harry Potter. A bit like an owl really. Hedwig perhaps? You may be aware of the fact that a few weeks ago J K Rowling herself realeased some new material on Pottermore. Yes, that's right, EVEN MORE POTTER!!!

The material was in a form of a newspaper article written by Rita Skeeter set around the time that Harry, Ron and Hermione are aged 33 and are attending the Quidditch World Cup. There were a lot of things that Rowling brought up in the article surrounding the characters which had never been mentioned before, and that got me thinking.


Is it law with any author though really? But here I want to focus on Ms Rowling. In the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, Rowling set some things straight. For example; Ron and Hermione got married - they had two children called Rose and Hugo. In my eyes, whilst people can imagine all they want about what happened, Rowling set those things in concrete. Those things are kind of Potter Law - they happened. These characters belong to her. They are from inside her head and therefore, Rowling has the right to tell us what happened to those characters.

But then something crept up that slightly contradicts this argument. In the article, it is stated that Hugo's hair is brown. Brown. I have spent the past three years under the impression that Hugo Weasley has ginger hair, and so that is how I picture him. Even though J.K R has stated this minor fact, I want to keep things as they are in my head. 

So that's where Fanfiction comes in. 
I'm a Harry Potter fanfiction author on Writing fanfiction is something that though at first sounds ridiculous, is one of the things I'm most proud of due to reaching such a great audience. I keep to the facts that Rowling has stated, but I put my own interpretation of events into my work as well and I don't have a problem with that. Everyone, no matter what book it is should be allowed to imagine their perfect ending.

Overall I believe that whilst what J.K Rowling (or any author) writes is the law of the story, the mind should be allowed to wander and you should be able to believe what you want to surrounding the plot and characters.

Where do you sit with this?
Please let me know in the comments.
Holly x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the DeadIt begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person - any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain - he died young, and so did Laurel's sister May - so maybe he'll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people - Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart... it's like she can't stop. And she'd certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it's like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time - and how her family has shattered since May died.

Sometimes, you can chose a book completely based off somebody else's opinion of it. One person's thoughts can control your decisions. In this case, I'm so, so glad that I read that tweet (Thank you Emma Watson).

I read Love Letters to the Dead over the course of a week in May whilst ill and stranded in a constantly exhausted state of mind. Needless to say, in the most ironic of ways, Ava Dellaira's debut novel really cheered me up. Words captivated me, their poetic, entrancing style made the plot elegant and heartbreaking. As a skeptic who had been told this was too similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be original, I believe this was an incredibly unique book that will stick with me for a long time. Every time I glance at this book on my bookshelves, I smile because I'm so glad that I came across such a wonderful journey.

Laurel was without a doubt had an interesting perspective on things and mirrored a slightly two sided personality. The exterior of bold, intelligent and daring, and the interior of a shy, certainly naive teenager who was in some ways lying to herself. I loved how all of the characters in were at one point or another slightly twisted in Laurel's mind; for example; the complex relationship between two of her friends, the manipulative side to Tristan and Kristen - the two hippies who smoke in an alleyway at Laurel's school, and of course, how May really died.

Such a variety of subplots also ran through the course of the book and so there was never a dull moment. Something was always happening and I think that was what kept me interested - I grew to care about the characters and so I wanted to find out how their stories ended. Additionally, so many Laurel wrote to so many interesting people and I loved how all of their tragic stories linked to her or May somehow, every chapter shattered my heart a little bit more and by the end of the book I was genuinely incredibly pleased with how the story had panned out.

Yes there were some bits that dragged, and there were some extremely similar details to The Perks of Being a Wallflower e.g. the Illuminaria, and the theme of LGBT surrounding her two friends, but that didn't matter in the end.

Holly x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Bucket List

Yesterday I finally finished school for the summer! So after much deliberation on twitter about today's post, I've decided to show you what's on my summer bucket list.

Holly x

Friday, 18 July 2014

The Reading Habits Tag

I was tagged to do this by Holly from Hollyquillsandivy. Here are my answers;

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I always read in my bedroom, normally lying/sitting on my bed, or the pile of cushions by my bookshelves. It's alot easier to read in my room because I loose concentration when I'm surrounded by others. 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Always a bookmark. Over the years I've accumulated quite a few and it's so much easier than just normal paper. (And they're so prettyyyyyyy).

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?

Generally speaking, I always try to reach a certain number of pages before I stop. So I'll try 50 or 100 per day depending on how I feel. Sometimes if I'm in love with the book I'll just read as much as possible and then stop when I've run out of time to read.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

I try to read for about 3 hours at a time (sounds crazy I know, but it's the only way I get a lot of reading done) so I'll normally take up water or fruit juice with me. I never eat when reading though.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?

I'd never watch TV whilst reading as I'd just lose my concentration. Sometimes I put very quiet music on, but otherwise I'd rather just read in peace and quiet.

6. One book at a time or several at once?
Until recently, I read two books at a time. Then my reading pace started to pick up and so I now just focus on one book at a time.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer to read at home, but I'd be more than happy to read on a train or public transport. Not specifically "everywhere."

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Usually I read silently in my head, because I read quicker that way. However, I suffer from a stutter and have a lot of difficulty when I have to read something out loud in front of people, so sometimes I do read passages from books out loud to help improve that.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

Yep. I'm the type that "occasionally" turns to the back and reads the last page. If I'm desperate I will skip pages, but other than that, I don't.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Can't bring myself to breaking the spine. A part of me dies when the covers get creased on the books become battered. Sometimes I don't mind like with my Harry Potter's because they look well loved - AS THEY ARE. I'd rather they looked new and neat though.

11. Do you write in your books?

A while ago my mum persuaded me to write my name in my books, so that if I ever loose them then people know that they're mine. But I don't tend to write anything else in as it feels like graffiti.

12. What are you currently reading?
Nick and Norah's Inifinite Playlist by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

I tag;
Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf
Rita from Weaving Pages
Cat from Through A Cat's Eyes.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

#Feels - Hollyquillsandivy Guest Post


*Disclaimer - These are just my opinions, It is fine if you disagree, I just wanted to express how I feel.

Feels. Everyone seems to know this word now, when last year they didn't. But what is it? For many of us it just expresses our emotions at a certain times or at a certain thing. We learnt this word to express immense and heart wrenching emotions about things we love deeply and have a lot of emotions about, such as books, movies and music.

However when you try and explain this to non-internety people they look at us a bit weirdly, like they are thinking " why do you care so much?" and to be perfectly I don't know why we care so much, but that's irrelevant because we do care a lot. We care because whatever the thing is has left a mark on our hearts that will never leave us, we care because we have found parts of ourselves in it, we care because they made us feel, and that is one of the most magnificent feeling in the whole world, nothing can take that away from us, and even if they tried, they would fail miserably because they are a part of us, they are seared onto the very core of our hearts and can never disappear.

I know many of us will react this way whenever we read books, because we become so attached to characters that when they feel heartache we feel brokenhearted, whenever they feel happy we are elated, whenever they feel brave we feel fearless, because they teach us so much and make us feel so much that we cannot help but pour our hearts and souls out whenever something happens to them. This, I am sure has happened a lot of times to any lover of books, so much that there have been times where you are in your room at 2am crying  because of the ending of a book or because of a character you love, trust me we have all been, and God knows I have multiple times.

Sometimes even the mention of a character's name will set of the feels, such as  : Augustus Water, Tris Prior, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and so many more that I could honestly go on for hours but I haven't got that long so I cant. We spend so much time on these characters that they feel like our family and best friends, and when we have our "feels" it just shows ourselves our compassion for those we love even if they are not real no matter how much we wish they were. 

Feels are the most magnificent feeling a person can have, it shows that not only are we loving, caring and compassionate in the real world but that our hearts are so filled with love that we can adopt all of these characters and sear them into our hearts without a second glance. We go through everything they do and we even have to deal with having the read the final page even though we never want to, and just because the story is over doesn't ever mean that they leave us, they always stay with us in our hearts. Because that's what feels are, and they will never leave us.

If you know what I mean, please comment about what books have gave you feels, Id love to know 

Write again soon
Holly x (hollyquillsandivy)

Thank you so much to Holly for doing this wonderful guest post. I also did one on her blog about Fan Loyalty which you can see HERE. Please take a look at her blog Hollyquillsandivy as it is just starting out and is truly wonderful.

Holly x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

This is a book blog.

This is a book blog. I am a book blogger. 

As a book blogger, I have really enjoyed becoming a part of the book blogging community, I feel like I've finally found a place where I fit in and that means a lot to someone like me. I can't thank some of you enough for making me feel welcome in this little corner of the internet. 

However, there are some people who have made me feel not so welcome, and have kind of shunned me away. I don't really know why this is and I'm not going to mention any names, but I think that if those people read this post then they'll know who they are. The main reason I think is because people often don't acknowledge this as a book blog. 

This blog originally started off with some very random posts but then by the time August came around I had transformed this completely into a book blog. Since then all of the posts have been about books. There is the occasional more personal posts and I did some Christmassy posts around Christmas but the reason I did those posts is because I'd like you to get to know me better as a blogger. I feel that because I started off not knowing that book blogs actually existed and then turning this into a book blog that I have been pushed away.

This is the part where I'm worried that I might loose friends that I've made through blogging, but I feel that what I say in the next few paragraphs are things that I NEED to say. 

I'm not one who particularly cares whether A DayDreamer's Thoughts isn't someone else's favourite blog. But there is a point when I do feel fairly cut off and here is an example of this point.

About a eight months ago I sent a message to a fellow book blogger asking them if they'd be interested in doing a button swap. They later messaged back saying that they only did button swaps with friends or if they thought the blog was good. I found that kind of rude given that I communicated very frequently with them (and still do) and I hugely admired them as a book blogger. This has happened with a few other bloggers as well. Then a few months ago they created a page with all the blogs they'd recommend and every book blogger that I communicate with was on that list, every book blogger I know, except me and that really, really hurt. 

This has happened many times - people creating lists of bloggers, and I honestly don't think it's right. Button swaps yes - but listing blogs that you claim are "amazing", whilst those are your opinions - and I appreciate that - I know I'm not planning to make one anytime soon as I know what it feels like to be on the receiving end of this.  There are a lot of times where I just feel like I'm very excluded and isolated in this world, and it feels horrible.

I'm not saying that another book blogger has to like my blog, but I'd really appreciate it if they didn't go out of their way to project the fact that they don't respect me as a book blogger and don't respect my blog as a book blog. Time and time again I've been excluded from things or not even been asked about being included in something and I get the impression that it's because those bloggers don't think this is a book blog. 

Another thing I want to point out is tweets. Seriously, I love twitter, as it has helped me get to know other bloggers. Recently I noticed, there are some bloggers that if you tweet them, they COMPLETELY ignore you, and it's probably not always a case of not seeing the tweet, it's that they don't even want to try to get to know you.

I'm sick of it. Honestly, I've always said how grateful I am to the book blogging community and I've made some great friends through blogging but I've truly had enough of feeling so cut off. The reality is that I've grown up being excluded from things and was bullied for 7 consecutive years. I now suffer from severe anxiety and feel very depressed at times as a result of what has happened. I've not been bullied through blogging but that sort of negativity from other bloggers has been projected onto me and for those who haven't experienced that; you have no idea how much it hurts. To me, book blogging has given me a place where I belong, but the attitude and rudeness that I've experienced with some bloggers; not accepting this blog, and ignore has made me feel like once again I don't belong anywhere.

So here is what I propose:

  • New blog name: I'm stuck between two at the moment but I'll hopefully decide soon. Obviously along with this will come a new blog button.
If anyone has any ideas for blog names then please let me know.

  • Deleting old posts: This is going to be a painful process as it shows how far I've come, but I need to get rid of all non-book related posts. Maybe with a bit of blogging magic I'll be able to transform those old posts into bookish ones.
  • Talking more to bloggers: There are some bloggers that I'd like to talk to more but I feel like they're some of the people who really ignore me. So I'm going to try, I really am but there is a point where it just feels too much.
That's what I wanted to say, and I'm sorry if anyone feels differently about me now that I've said this, but this is how I feel and I'm fed up of feeling alone. I really recommend that you also read Amber's survey results on what people think of the book blogging community. I know that at least 2 comments there are mine, and there are some others that are very similar and highlight how I feel.

Holly x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Published in July

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Date: 3rd July 2014 (UK)
320 Pages (Orion)
Let's Get Lost
Let's Get Lost
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Author: Adi Alsaid
Date: 29th July 2014
352 pages (HarlequinTeen)
On the FenceOn the Fence
When it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chi-chi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and bedazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pick-up game. To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Author: Kasie West
Date: 1st July 2014
320 Pages (HaperTeen)

Holly x

Friday, 4 July 2014

June Book Haul

I can explain...

I think before I go any further into June's Book Haul that I just need to put something out there. All the books I got in June I got on the same day. It is just purely coincidental that this is the way that it worked out. Before you skip onto the next blog or close this page thinking that this is going to be pretty boring, there are different reasons that I received these books, and I think I can explain.

To make life slightly easier, this is going to be done in time order, as oppose to going down the pile. The first book I received in June was Requiem by Lauren Oliver. If you regularly read this blog, you'll know that recently I posted a discussion between myself and Amy from Amy Bookworm surrounding the Delirium trilogy. I adored Delirium and Pandemonium and so had to buy Requiem as soon as possible. So I ordered it off Amazon with a "9-12 day wait". And then, on that 12th day, an email popped up saying that my order had been cancelled (very long story) and if you saw my twitter rant with @AmazonHelp then you'll know I wasn't very happy. As soon as I could get out to Waterstones, I went and bought it, read it the same day, and loved it. Hopefully if things go to plan a review of each book in the trilogy should be posted sometime soon.

Upon arriving home I found a package from Electric Monkey at Egmont. I was sent I Predict A Riot by Catherine Bruton for review. I'm yet to read this, let alone review it and so that is a book that I'm planning on reading in the next few weeks.

The next four books need explaining together which is great for you because you don't have to listen to me ramble on for so long - YAY. My Dad bought something for my brother and so he said that I could use his amazon account to buy as many books as I wanted to up to the price of £20.00 which was great for me because I love books *you may have guessed that already*. So I bought the top 4 books that are on my wishlist that weren't on my Ninja Book Swap wishlist - I can't buy anything off there until I know what my book swap partner has bought for me. These books are My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I've read Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Hate List already, both of which were amazing. Has anybody noticed how American books are significantly larger than books here in the UK? It's causing a lot of trouble whilst sorting my bookshelves.

So I sort of told a little bit of a lie...unintentionally. I wrote this post on Sunday and it just so happened that on Monday, my Ninja Book Swap parcel arrived. There will be a post on that soon but lets just say I was very pleased when I received The Diviners by Libba Bray in the parcel. 

Anyway, that's June's Book Haul! Please let me know in the comments if you've read any of the books mentioned and your thoughts on them.

Holly x