Monday, 28 October 2013

TFIOS Signed Copy!

Firstly, I do think that I need to explain this title. I FOUND A SIGNED COPY OF THE FAULT IN OUR STARS! On my way to school go down Deansgate which is the road that goes straight through central Manchester. On Deansgate there is a very large Waterstones and in the window last week I kept seeing a red version of The Fault in Our Stars. So when I went out on Saturday, I went into another Waterstones closer to home to see if it was true. Turns out there were red copies of TFiOS but they were limited edition hardbacks that were signed!

I actually already own a copy of TFiOS but when I saw this I knew it wasn't something that you come across every day.When I had gone in the shop I had had no intention of spending any money and so didn't know whether to buy it or not. Then I was enlisted with the help of Charli from To Another World, Lisa Forester who is the author of upcoming book Freaks, and Fionnuala from Books For Birds and also my friend Gabrielle - who all insisted that I bought it and so I did and I am really glad that I've done so. I remember seeing Cat's post from when she pre -ordered a signed copy and I sort of felt quite jealous, but now I feel really proud to say that I own one of John Green's signatures. It isn't exactly something you come across everyday and so I'm very pleased that with the help of some really great people, I made the decision to buy it.

Charli - To Another World
Lisa - Lisa M Forester
Fionnuala - Books For Birds
Gabrielle - DMA Radio (please follow her radio station on Spreaker!)

Holly x



Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Liebster Award #2

Thank you very much to Erika from The Red Bookmark for nominating me, here are my answers for the Liebster Award.

1. What is your biggest book peeve?

That's a really difficult question. Probably having stupid, naive and weak female characters which overtime have become very stereotypical. Also when in a series of books, the author recaps on what happened in the previous book, because everybody already knows what happened there and wants to continue on with the story. 

2. What is your most favourite thing about book blogging?

I chose to do book blogging because out of all topics (apart from Harry Potter) books are the thing I am most passionate about. So my favourite thing to do is writing the reviews because I get to spend a lot of time reading and also have my say on books in a place where people respect one another's views.

3. Can you read if there is constant noise around?

No. I find it really difficult, even with music on to read. Silent reading at school is very difficult because out of my entire form, I am one of the only people who is actually silently reading so it is very hard to concentrate and focus on what is happening so I tend to chose a book that I know I don't need to give much attention, therefore, I don't lose what's going on.

4. Who is your favourite book character?

My favourite character will always be Hermione Granger. This is because I remember being eight or nine and watching the films and my parents always telling me that I was like her. I'm not saying I'm like her in every single way, but she is very similar to the way I am and is a character I have understood better than any other.

5. What is your opinion on book-to-film adaptations?

I think it is a great idea, so long as they don't change the plot or cut characters out of the story completely e.g - Charlie Weasley in Harry Potter. I'm really looking forward to seeing The Fault in Our Stars next June though!

6. Have you ever seen the film before reading the book?
A lot of people won't like this but I don't feel ashamed to say that I saw the Harry Potter films before I began reading the books. I saw the final film in July 2011, having not seen any of the other films apart from PS and CoS. Watching that film is the reason I became obsessed and fell in love with Harry Potter and I honestly don't think that would have happened if I had read the books first.

Thanks Erika once again.


Here are my questions:

What is your favourite book?
What is the worst book you have read?
If you could be any character, who would it be?
If you could live in any fictional place, where would it be?
Are you going to see any upcoming book - film adaptations?
Why are you a book blogger?

I nominate...

Fionnuala - Books for Birds
Emma - EmmaIsWriting
Cate - Reading Until Proven Innocent

Holly x

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Interview with Erika

Erika (Blogger)
Erika 
Today I would like to welcome Erika who is also a book blogger to A DayDreamer's Thoughts. Erika blogs at The Red Bookmark and in an interview exchange she answered some questions that I asked her:

1) Why did you start blogging?
First of all, thanks for having me Holly! I actually started blogging when I was 7 or 8 years old and that didn't really work out. It was all very random and I never actually knew what to blog about. Around the same time I started wanting to blog ‘properly’,  I found out what a book blog was and I was really excited looking around. I decided to make my own!

2) Why The Red Bookmark?
You mean why the name? Well, if that’s the case, if you read The Red Bookmark, ‘red’ sounds like I ‘read’ something yesterday. At the time when I was actually creating the blog, I was brainstorming and looking at other blog names for inspiration. I just randomly thought of the name!

3)  What is your favourite book?
Ouch! This is going to be hard! I really want to choose Amber by Julie Sykes. But I love the Geek Girl series.

4) What is the worst book you reviewed and why?
I don’t think I've ever actually given a book 1/5. The lowest I've ever given was 2/5 and that was for Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf. I didn't find it very captivating.

5)  Did you always intend on vlogging as well?
Not in the beginning, no. I started vlogging to see how it’ll work out in the beginning but I found it very hard to edit, produce, film the video and I found it much easier to write it all down. I plan on vlogging again sometime soon though.

6) If you could be any famous person dead or alive, who would you be?
I don’t know how to answer this question... Ermmm..

7) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I. DO. NOT. KNOW. I would love to live in a really exotic place. But I’m not sure where exactly ;)

8) In your opinion, is there a downside to blogging?
I don’t think so. I mean, maybe it’s because it takes up a lot of time.

9) Who are your favourite bloggers?
I'm going to feel awful if I forgot anyone here. But here it goes!
- It Was Lovely Reading You (www.itwaslovelyreadingyou.blogspot.com)
- Introducing Sophie (www.introducingsophie.blogspot.com)
- Books For Birds (www.booksforbirdsblog.blogspot.com)
- A Sunny Spot Blog (www.asupersunnyspot.blogspot.com)
- And yours!

10) What advice do you have to new bloggers?
I’m a pretty new blogger as well! So, I don’t know much about it! But, I’ll give it my best shot. I would say, during the first few months, don’t worry about stats or how many page views you get. Use your energy to really write properly not just for the sake of ‘you-need-to-write-another-post-today’. Also, get social media such as Facebook and Twitter. It brings lots of new visitors to your blog!

Thank you Erika, for your great answers! I had never interviewed another blogger before and so was very nervous about doing so but it turned out great. Remember to follow Erika on Twitter and check out The Red Bookmark. Hopefully my interview on her blog will be up soon.

Holly x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

TBR Jar



1) List all of the books on your bookshelf that you haven't read yet. Leave a gap between each one for a later step.

2) Colour the list in different colours if you want. (This is optional)



3) Cut out each book title from the paper, making them into similar sized rectangles.



4) Roll up each rectangle into a small circle.


5) Don't lose the rolls, turns out they are easier to lose than you would think.

6) Put the names in the jar.


7) You now have your TBR (To Be Read) Jar, if you can't decide on a book to read, then you can use this to select one at random.


I got the idea for this on YouTube by the way, it wasn't my creation. However, the wording and photo's are all mine. I have now found use for that cute little tin that I got in a set of three last Christmas. 

Holly x

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Cover Reveal: The Hunger Games Trilogy

Katniss, 16, takes her sister's place in the televised annual Hunger Games, competing against Peeta, the boy who gave them bread to survive after their father died. The cruel Capitol forces each of 12 districts to submit a boy and girl 12-18, to fight to the death. Only one can survive and be rewarded. President Snow manipulates behind the scenes.

I don't know if these covers have been around too long but they have only just arrived in the book shops (Waterstones and W H Smith's) where I live in Manchester and so I thought I would show them to you.

PRO's
These books are absolutely beautiful. I know I have not said this before but there have been times when I have bought a book essentially down to the fact that along with the blurb, the main reason it has been purchased is because of the cover being eye catching and appealing. This sounds really obvious but that is probably why publishers make such amazing covers, to instantly suck you in and persuade you to buy it. However, as much as I am a victim of this, I disagree with it because that is not the point of a book. But anyhow, I digress. The covers are so shiny and catch the light. One thing that is really clever is that as the books reach their inevitable climax, the colours of the covers get angrier. So on Catching Fire, the cover is red and then as it calms down again (only slightly from what I gather from reviews) the covers are colder - Mockingjay is blue.

Con's
I only actually have two cons. Firstly, they are very bright. I know that you get a lot of covers that are bright but magpies would come searching for these, as if they were shiny bits of metal. I think if I were to have these additions on my bookshelf, they would divert a lot of attention from any other books - and I really don't want that. Secondly, the shininess. I think the only other thing is that I would be worried that they would get scratched, because then the marks or scratches would really show up and be noticable.

Holly x

Friday, 11 October 2013

Upcoming Book Adaptations

Catching Fire - November 2013
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Opinions:
I have quite mixed opinions of this film despite the fact that it hasn't been released yet. If you have read my review of The Hunger Games, then you will know that I really wasn't that impressed by the book and I said that I had no intention of going on to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay. However, I remember in a drama lesson at my old school we watched the majority of the film of The Hunger Games and I absolutely loved it. So I'm going to go against my previous statement and I'm going to read Catching Fire. 


The trailer for this film is incredible and it looks ironically beautiful from the way it has been filmed, so hopefully it will be just as good as the prequel.
UK Release Date: 22nd November 2013

Divergent - March 2014
Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society.

Opinions:
Sadly, I haven't read Divergent yet. Well... only about the first forty pages over about a months worth of visits to Waterstones once a week. From what I have read, it is incredible and such a gripping Dystopian where people are divided based on their traits and personalities. However, a Divergent is someone who doesn't fit into just one division and sometimes could fit into all of them. The film features Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Kate Winslet and I think hopefully it will live up to the huge expectations.

UK Release Date: 21st March 2014

The Fault In Our Stars - June 2014
The Fault in Our StarsDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Opinions:
Oh boy... where do I begin. I haven't got much to say about this film as I know if I don't make it brief I could go on forever. Like Divergent, the film's main cast includes Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel and Augustus. John Green wrote the script for the film and he has also overseen a great deal of the filming. So what I'm trying to put lightly is that IF THIS FILM IS ANYTHING LESS THAT AMAZING THEN I WILL BE HEART BROKEN. 

UK Release Date: Unannounced 
US Release Date: 6th June 2014
Photos from IMDB and Goodreads. 

Holly x