WWW Wednesday – Hitting 250 Followers!

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and was taken over by Taking on a World of Words.

I just want to start by thanking the 250 people who follow my little blog. While the number may not seem huge, I’m just grateful that there are 250 of you who care about my thoughts and feeling on books. I’m hoping to do a giveaway when I reach 500 followers because that’s my next big goal.

Also, just a little heads up. My laptop has been playing up for the last few days (it keeps freezing, coming up with an error page) so I may have to send it off to see what is actually wrong with it. If that is the case then I may not be able to blog as much, but if my sister is nice enough I can borrow hers for a little bit. So that’s how my week is going so far. However, I have been reading an amazing book I can’t wait to finish.

What Are You Currently Reading?

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I am currently 72% through this ARC and oh my, it has gotten so good! It was a little slow to start with but the plot is coming together and I love the characters, especially a few in particular. Our Main character, Thora (or Theo as we find out) has lived a terrible, sad and brutal life under the strict rule of the Kaiser, a tyrant who came and took over her land, killing her mother. I recently just read a scene where I found myself holding my breath because it was so tense. I can’t wait to read the rest of it!

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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The last book I finished was the novella called The Oracle Queen and you can find my review here. It was good for a novella and I really enjoyed finding out about this particular Queen. The Oracle Queen is a sad tale, but I didn’t feel it offered much to the story of the three Queens. Honestly, I just read it because I need something to fill in the time until Two Dark Reigns comes out later on this year.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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The next book I will be reading will be to finish off Nevernight, which I am currently a third of the way through. I put it to the side to finish Ash Princess as there is only two weeks lefts until it gets released and I want to get a review up soon. However, I have been enjoying Nevernight and cannot wait to dive back into the story again.

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I hope you have all been having a great week so far and that you’re enjoying whatever book you are reading!

WWW Wednesday – Different Dimensions

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and was taken over by Taking on a World of Words.

Finally we have arrived at the end of January! While the weeks have gone by quickly, the month has seemed to last forever and I am glad we are moving into February. January has been a great one for reading and I discovered some incredible authors that I am really excited about.

What Are You Currently Reading?

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As this book is being published tomorrow and I am over a third of the way done, I am trying to power my way through it tonight and tomorrow to get up a review up on NetGalley. So far it is good, definitely not my favourite read, but it is enjoyable. I feel that the writing style is more basic than I’m used to, with simple sentences and it is clearly aimed at a younger audience. I love the idea of travelling through different dimensions and the way that it works with the watches, a very clever idea. Fingers crossed it gets better later on in the book.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?

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I loved The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. It was great to read about the Faerie world again since it had been a few years since I last read a book like this. It was dark, twisted and engaging, something I am loving at the moment. You can read more of my thoughts in my review here.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

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With the UK publication date a week away (it’s already out in the US) I have to get reading The Hazel Wood so I can get a review up on NetGalley. I am really excited about this one as there have been so many people raving about it. There is a long weekend coming up (once I get two more days of work out of the way) and my plan is to have it finished before Sunday if I can.

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All of the books I will be reading in the next couple of weeks are mostly NetGalley approvals as all the publication dates are coming up, but there are some exciting ones I can’t wait to get to! What books are you reading this week?

Being Nominated For The Liebster Award

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This is the second time I have been nominated for an award and I was so surprised when this came through. Thank you to Larissa over at Book Bosomed Blonde for putting me forward. She has a great blog, so you should definitely check that out. She came up with some great questions that I can’t wait to answer below.

1. Story behind your blog name?

Believe it or not, it took me ages to come up with a good blog name. I wanted something that summed me up perfectly and I had a list of about 30 names. Daydreaming Roux was born from my love of daydreaming (obviously) because I would always be that person gazing out of the window or thinking about something other than the task at hand. It is also derived from my love of France, a country I have been to many times, and that is where Roux came from. The french word for redhead.

2. What is one of your favourite blogs? Share the love!

I love reading blog posts from The Well-Thumbed Reader. They are always so entertaining, funny (I literally laugh out loud) and I always find myself reading her blog when it pops up on my notifications. If you haven’t followed her already, you definitely need to.

3. Would you like to become an author, if so what genre would you write about?

I’ve only wanted to become an author since I was 14/15 years old (I’m now 21)! In that time I have written and completed 3 novels (although I never edited them) and they were Paranormal YA. However, I am now working on my latest WIP which is Fantasy with a MC that is 21, almost 22, so I’m not sure if it’s YA or New Adult yet. I tend to write what I’m reading and at the moment it’s all about Fantasy.

4. A book you’re most excited to FINALLY get to this year.

I finally have the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo and I can’t wait to dig into it! I hear everyone raving about the series and how much they love it, so I can only hope that I will as well.

5. If you could choose one book being released in 2018 to get for free, what would it be?

That’s a tough one because there are so many incredible books coming out this year! I would say the one I am most excited about is Furyborn by Claire Legrand. It sounds as if it is going to be an incredible, dark YA Fantasy and if I could have it for free then that would be lovely.

6. What book world would you most like to be transported to?

Ugh, this is a tough one. There are so many amazing worlds, especially in some of my most recent reads. I think that I would really like to visit the world of A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I think being able to travel between multiple worlds and discover them would be incredible, if not a little dangerous (we like a bit of danger).

7. Favourite female character?

Again, another tough question, but one I think has an easy answer because she is from the most recent series I am reading and it is none other than Celaena Sardothien. Let’s face it, she’s a badass, incredibly skilled and witty. She can stand on her own two feet and what more could you want than that? She is also extremely likeable and I connected with her instantly.

8. Favourite male character?

I really had to think about this one because I haven’t read many novels lately where the male character stands out to me. I would love to say one of the characters I’ve written into my own novel, but I can’t do that. Instead, I am going to settle on Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic. He had a great voice, was mysterious and his interactions with Lila were what sold it for me.

9. Short term goal for the year?

I think my short term goal will be to finish my novel and with 65,000 words currently, I’m sure I’ll be finished before half of the year goes by. Then it’s onto editing and we all know how difficult that can be.

10. Long term goal?

I don’t find it easy to think of long term goals as I’m one of these people who kind of wing it and only plan a few months in advance. I would like to have saved more money this year, so I guess that counts as long term. I’ll have to review this when we reach the end of December.

11. One weird thing about you.

I would like to say that I’m not weird, but I’m sure my family would disagree. I suppose I have some weird habits when it comes to food, for example I have to eat the crust of a pizza slice before the cheesy parts (save the best til last) and I like putting my curry and rice inside the naan bread so it makes a sandwich. I suppose those are slightly weird things.

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I am choosing to nominate:

Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek

Kristi @ Confession of a YA Reader

YA On My Mind

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

My questions to you are:

1. If you could choose one series to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

2. What is your favourite genre to read?

3. Who is your all time favourite main character?

4. Which do you prefer: sweet or savoury?

5. Who was your first book crush?

6. Which book world would you choose to live in forever?

7. If you could choose 3 book characters to be your best friends, who would they be?

8. Apart from reading, what else do you love to do?

9. Who is your favourite author and why?

10. What book have you loved that you read recently?

11. Finally, which series are you most looking forward to continuing in 2018?

I hope you enjoy answering these questions!

What Are You Reading Wednesday And Getting My Writing Mojo Back

We are halfway through the week already and I hope you are all having a great one so far. I know that I definitely am, as I’ve had a couple of job offers. Before I make a decision on which one I want to accept, I have to wait to hear from one more (the one I actually want). Fingers crossed that it is before Friday as that is my deadline for telling the others my choice.

My other good news is that I have my mojo back! For a little while my writing was struggling. I was rewriting my story, changing it from first person POV to third person and it was draining me. Then, the other night, all these light bulbs went off in my head and the ideas just kept coming. I managed to write a full document detailing the beginning, middle and end of my novel with a total of 2,000 words. I have to say, I felt very productive afterwards and now that I have finished the rewriting part, I can get to the fun bit.

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What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea of What Are You Reading Wednesday is to create an online space for bookworms to chat, discuss and recommend their current reads. All you have to do is answer a few questions and link up with one of the host’s sites. So easy!

THE NITTY-GRITTY

Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover, and then answer these questions for at least one of them

  1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?
  2. Who is your favourite character so far, and why?
  3. Will you finish this one?
  4. Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…)
  5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

My Current Read

Glass Sword

This is the second instalment in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book – cover or content? 

Definitely the content, as I read the first book not that long ago. Although, the covers of this series do look beautiful as well (especially the fourth book, War Storm).

2. Who is your favourite character so far, and why? 

After having read the first novel, I still think that Mare is my favourite character for lots of reasons. She is stubborn and witty, getting stronger every day even when others would have crumbled.

3. Will you finish this one?

I wasn’t so sure in the beginning because I was struggling to get into the story again. But I’m only 100 pages in and I have to give it a chance to get better. After the last chapter I read, I will definitely be trying to finish it (I have the third one of my shelf, one that a lot of people liked).

4. Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…)

In a way it reminds me of lots of dystopian books (The Hunger Games and Divergent for example) with the different factions, how people are separated and the war stricken world. They have a lot of the same features, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

I am finding the second book a little slower than the first and it definitely seems more serious to me. I don’t want to give away too much in case someone hasn’t read it, but I am hoping that there will be more action later on as it started with a couple great chapters.

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What book are you currently reading at the moment? #whatareyoureadingwednesday

Being Nominated For The Sunshine Blogger Award

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When I came on to check out some notifications I never expected to find that I would be nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Rachael @ Beach Bookworm! Thank you so much for this, it means the world to me that you love my blog. If you haven’t checked out her blog then you definitely should and her instagram page is gorgeous!

So you’re probably wonder what The Sunshine Blogger Award is.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Pretty simple and it’s a great way to tell people how much you love their blog.

It works like this…

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Here are the questions that Rachael has given me…

1. Paperbacks, hardbacks, eBooks or audio books?

Hardbacks all the way! I just love how amazing they look on my shelf and how you never have to break the spine with them so they always look in pristine condition. If I could afford to buy hardbacks all the time, trust me I would.

2. Do you prefer buying your books online or in a store?

If we’re talking about saving money then definitely online. You can find some amazing offers on sites like the Book Depository. I’m pretty much on there all the time checking out which of the books on my long list is having some money knocked off of it.

3. Are you enjoying your current read?

I am currently read Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #2) and so far it is going well. They are by no means my favourite series, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

4. Most anticipated book of 2018?

On instagram I follow both Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, so I am looking forward to reading Zenith when it comes out at the end of January. I haven’t read many sci-fi books so I am intrigued to check this one out. As for the rest of the year I’m not sure yet. I’ve only recently got back into the reading and blogging game so I have a lot to catch up on.

5. Are you part of a book club?

Unfortunately I am not, but I have always wanted to be. If anyone knows of any that would be great give them a mention in the comments below!

6. Favourite TV show?

Hands down, my favourite show I’ve ever watched is The Vampire Diaries. I feel like so many people will answer with this show, but it was so addictive. I started watching it when I was 14 years old, so I basically grew up with it and loved all the characters. I still can’t speak about the ending of the show, it’s too bittersweet and as I am re-watching it on Netflix at the moment, I am dreading watching season 8.

7. Most books you ever read in a month?

I remember one summer when I was still in school I would read a book within two days, sometimes in one day! So if we’re going by that number it would be close to maybe 14-16. Of course, back then I didn’t have to work to pay the bills and could stay up for hours. I’m lucky if I make it past midnight on a weekend!

8. Most read author?

My answer to this has got to be P. C. Cast. I was first introduced to her through the House Of Night series which I absolutely loved when I was a teenager (however, I stopped reading after book 9, Destined). I couldn’t get enough of it and from there I picked up and read all of the Partholon series and Goddess Summoning series, which are all adult novels and based off of mythology (something I have always loved).

9. First book on your wishlist?

I can’t name one book for this answer because I want to read the rest of the series, so all the books after Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I will be buying the next two as soon as I can.

10. Favourite movie?

Again, I have to name a trilogy that I adore and it is the Dark Knight Trilogy. Batman has always been my favourite superhero (although I’m not a fan of Ben Affleck’s Batman that much). Out of all three movies, the best for me is The Dark Knight. Who could forget Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker?

11. What book should everyone read?

This is a very tough question! I have so many books that have stood out for me, but if I had to choose one series it would be The Vampire Academy. Those books blew me away when I read them and will always hold a special place in my heart. I need to re-read them one day soon, maybe next year if I can. They are fun, dark, full of danger and action and a beautiful love story.

Now it’s time for my nominees!

The Orang-utan Librarian

Socially Awkward Bookworm

Kristin Kraves Books

Bridget & Books

Coffeeloving Bookoholic

Reading Sanctuary

Life Of A Literary Nerd

The Sassy Book Geek

Kyera’s Library

In Case Of Bookishness

Bionic Book worm

My Questions to you are…

1. What is your favourite season and why?

2. As it is nearly Christmas time, what is your favourite Christmas song?

3. Do you have a favourite book series and what is it?

4. If you had to eat one thing on a desert island, what would you choose?

5. Who is your favourite female book character?

6. And who is your favourite male book character?

7. Your house is burning down and you can only save ONE book, what do you save?

8. What is the best book you’ve read from this year?

9. Why do you love reading?

10. If you could go to university for free, what would you study?

11. What superhero power would you have?

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Thank you again to Rachael for nominating me and to those that I have nominated, I hope you enjoy answering these questions! It is, of course, up to you if you want to take part. You won’t hurt my feelings, I just enjoy reading all of your blogs.

What Are You Reading Wednesday #1

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I saw this on The Introverted Bookworm and just had to join in. What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea of What Are You Reading Wednesday is to create an online space for bookworms to chat, discuss and recommend their current reads. All you have to do is answer a few questions and link up with one of the host’s sites. So easy!

THE NITTY-GRITTY

Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover, and then answer these questions for at least one of them

  1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?
  2. Who is your favourite character so far, and why?
  3. Will you finish this one?
  4. Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…)
  5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

My Current Read

A Darker Shade Of Magic

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, travelling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book – cover or content? 

I actually picked up this book after watching one of Peruse Project’s videos on YouTube, where she talked about some of her favourite fantasy books. After reading a little more about the book I just knew it would be one that I’d love.

2. Who is your favourite character so far, and why? 

I would have to say Kell (the main character), although Lila is a close second. He’s very intriguing to me and the fact that he is one of the only Antari left makes him unique. I feel that he is only going to become more complex as the book goes on and he is a definite risk taker. Some of his decisions have already got him into trouble and I can only imagine what else will happen.

3. Will you finish this one?

One hundred percent yes and I will definitely have to go out and buy the rest of the trilogy.

4. Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…)

I feel like this is such a difficult question because in all honesty I’ve never read anything like it. With the magic, it is elemental magic and there are lots of books where characters can wield the elements such as the House Of Night series. Apart from that, it doesn’t mind me of anything else I’ve read or seen.

5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

In one word, captivating. From starting this book I haven’t wanted to stop reading and I want to know more about the worlds. It is so intriguing and magical, yet dark. If I had all the time in the world I could read this in one sitting.

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I have really enjoyed answering these questions and I think this will be something I take part in every Wednesday. What book are you currently reading?#whatareyoureadingwednesday

My Reading Habits

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I have seen a couple of book bloggers doing this tag before and thought it would be great to do it myself. Plus, you get to know a little bit more about me.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Normally I tend to read last thing at night in bed. It’s the cosiest place for me personally (although instead of making me more tired some books can keep me up for hours).

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

When I was younger I had way too many bookmarks, thanks to my mum creating them for me and laminating them. But, up until recently I had just been dog-earring the pages (I can just hear you all telling me off for that). You’ll be glad to know I am using the trusty Book Depository bookmarks that came with my delivery, and I even coloured in one of them, too.

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

If I have to stop reading for whatever reason, I have to finish it after a chapter is over. Either that, or I can stop if there is a break in the chapter, but that is only if I am desperate to go do something.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

When I think about it, I don’t tend to do either in all honesty. I feel like it distracts me too much from the book, but every so often I will make a coffee and have that (praying I don’t forget about it and drink cold coffee).

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I’m one of these people that prefers to read in silence. I love when I’m able to focus on just the book alone and conjure up the story in my mind. My sister is the opposite to me, she has to have something on in the background.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I have only ever tried reading one book at a time. I think I would get too distracted if I tried to read one too many.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Normally I tend to just read at home, but if I am travelling on a train or plane somewhere then you can definitely count on me packing a book in my bag.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

When I was younger I would read out loud if I was with my mum, but it is always in my head now.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I had this thing when I was younger where I would always read the last page. I have no idea why I did that because, yes, sometimes it did ruin the book for me. As for skipping pages, sometimes I am tempted to, but I resist. I could miss some important information that is crucial to the story and that wouldn’t be good.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

When it comes to breaking the spine I do this really weird thing where I have to split it into quarters or thirds, depending on how big the book is. I have always done that for as long as I can remember. Although, I do hate it when there are too many breaks in the spine, pet peeve.

11. Do you write in your books?

The only books I have ever written in have been the one that I used when I was at school for English Literature and Language. It definitely helped when it came to exams!

I really hope you enjoyed reading my answers. If you have ever done this tag then leave me the link in the comments, I would love to check it out!