Moving to fictionalthoughts.com!

I did it!

Finally I bought a domain name and some hosting.

 

So whYAnot will be no more and I’m moving over to fictionalthoughts.com

Why the move?

I’ve had this blog for 2 years in a few weeks and to be honest I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I do. I want to now be able to see what I can do with it by trying new things.

Why the name change?

A few reasons. My dad has trouble completely understanding why I decided to go with whYAnot. He doesn’t quite get it and I don’t want to confuse my followers. Also – I feel with the name Fictional Thoughts I can branch out a little more. Do the occasional non-YA review or review other media under the fictional realm of things.

 

What does this mean?

If you’re a follower – I’ll be transferring all my followers from whYAnot to Fictional Thoughts and you don’t need to do a thing ūüėÄ
I’ve been able to change my twitter and goodreads to my new username of @FictThoughts so you won’t miss anything during this time of change.

I’ve moved all 400+ posts from this blog over and until the 1st of April 2014 I will be dual posting on both blogs. After that all new content will only be available on Fictional Thoughts.

 

Thank you all so much for the support over the past two years. I’m very excited about the move and hope to see you over at my new blog!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic is:¬†Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List (to be read list)

I’m enjoying the start of Autumn down here in Australia. The weather is starting to cool off slightly so going outside is almost bearable! ūüėõ

Autumn 2014 Releases I Can’t Wait To Read:

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3) The Geography of You and Me Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (April 17th, 2014) –¬†I love this series and can’t wait to find out what happens next. It’s beautifully written and a series I recommend to adult sand young adults alike.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith (April 10th, 2014 ) –¬†This is What Happy Looks Like and The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight were both lovely reads and I’m looking forward to this next book by Jennifer E Smith

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (April 8th, 2014 ) –¬†I’ve been on a bit of a Kelley Armstrong kick lately. It might because Bitten was turned into a TV show or it might just be that I discovered my Women of the Otherworld books in a box a few months ago… but she’s a great writer and I enjoy the worlds and characters she creates.

 

Books On My Bedside Table

These are the books I have gotten for review that I’m reading in the next few weeks.

YA

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas –¬†A set of short stories which show just how Celaena Sardothien became the legend assassin that we’ve come to know and love from the Throne of Glass series. This book can be read without prior knowledge of the series.

Emnity by CJ Andrews – A new dystopia novel by a debut New Zealand author.

Dangerous by Shannon Hale – A teen goes off to space camp and finds herself changed in ways she never expected.

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman – This is a book of short stories selected by Neil Gaiman. It’s lovely. Before each story, Neil gives a little introduction as to why he selected the story and it makes the compliation that extra special.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M Valante – A lovely middle grade book about a girl named September and her journeys to Fairyland

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton – This book is gorgeous. I love the cover and it sounds equal parts emotional and beautiful.

Adult (Non-YA)

Reviews for these books will be posted on my goodreads and The Reading Room accounts but not on this blog.

The Word Exchange & The Tea Chest

 

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon – This is a dystopian along the same lines of 1984. It’s not set in a post apocalyptic world but the world is changing. People over reliant on their smartphone type accessories are losing words and books are becoming extinct. There’s a mystery involving a missing person and secret society. Sounds incredible.

The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon – This is a story about a woman who gets inherited a unique tea store and along with others, she has to try to keep it afloat whilst maintaining her own life.

 

Forever and Always on my TBR List

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Randbecause I’ve been trying to finish this book for over ten years… and that alone makes me feel old ūüėõ

I can’t wait to see what books everyone else plans on reading in the next few months. And I have no doubt that I’ll be finding all sorts of brilliant sounding books and adding them to my own TBR list!

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Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Books in X Genre (Children’s Books)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in X Genre

I normally go with young adult for these kinds of lists but I wanted to do something different. So¬†the genre I’m choosing is¬†Children’s Books.¬†This is a list of the ten books that I read over and over (and over again!) when I was a child.¬†

Green Eggs and Ham The Eleventh Hour The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle Madeline The Paperbag Princess (Story Corner S.)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss – I memorized this book and recited it all the time. Part of the appeal may have been annoying my older brothers but this book was always a fun one for me.

The Eleventh Hour by¬†Graeme Base – If you’ve ever seen a Graeme Base book then I think you can understand why this book is on my list. The Eleventh Hour and Animalia have the most gorgeous illustrations. The story is entertaining too.

The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter РThe magical world of Peter Rabbit was always a favourite of mine. Great pictures and a funny story about animals and their secret lives. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle was always the one I wanted my mum to read to me the most. 

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans –¬†‚ÄúIn an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline” ¬†¬†

I think that’s all I need to say about Madeline….¬†

The Paperbag Princess by¬†Robert Munsch – This book always made me a little sad… but I read it over and over anyway. I think it’s one of the first stories I remember reading with a kick-arse heroine. And plus – I think I would have preferred wearing a paperbag rather than a fancy dress any day!¬†

 

 

A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) Charlotte's Web Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) The BFG 1153709

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond – He’s from deepest, darkest Peru! And he wears wellingtons. Enough said.¬†

Charlotte’s Web by EB White – The ending might be a little devastating but I love this book and love the friendship.¬†

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montomery РI adored Anne. And her relationships with all the people she comes in contact with. Diana the best friend, Gilbert the boy who calls her Carrots and puts her pigtails in inkwells, her foster parents the Cuthberts and even Mrs Rachel Linde. I read the first few books over and over and would read them again now because they are lovely. 

Anything by Roald Dahl. Matilda, The BFG and the Witches – these were staples of my childhood. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was amazing too.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd – I have a niece who is almost two and she loves being read to. I’ve read her so many books but my favourite ones to read to her are the Hairy Maclary ones. They are fun to read with great pictures and a fantastic rhythm.¬†

There you have it. Ten of my favourite children’s books. Some you may have heard of, others maybe not. But they are all books I enjoyed and still enjoy as an adult. (Oh! And I just finished my list but anything by Enid Blyton goes on here too. From Noddy to the Faraway Tree to the Famous Five. My childhood was defined by her books and I can’t believe I forgot her!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read…

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read…¬†

I found this week‚Äôs list hard to compile. Most popular authors that I‚Äôve heard of I endeavour to read. I like seeing what is out there and if people are talking about a book ‚Äď I want to read it too so I can compare my opinions!

Here are ten popular Young/New Adult authors that I‚Äôve not read ‚Äď yet. (Links take you to the author’s page on goodreads and I’ve put the titles of some of these authors books/series just incase you’re unfamiliar with them too)

  1. Garth Nix РThe Abhorsen series, The Keys to the Kingdom series
  2. Libba Bray – The Gemma Doyle trilogy, Beauty Queens, The Diviners
  3. Alexandra Bracken РThe Darkest Minds series
  4. Veronica Rossi РUnder the Never Sky series
  5. Simone Elkeles РPerfect Chemistry series, Wild Cards series, How to Ruin series
  6. Ann Aguirre РThe Samantha Jax series, Razorland series
  7. Abbi Glines РToo Far series, The Vincent Boys series
  8. Ransom Riggs¬†–¬†Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series
  9. Jennifer Echols РGoing too far, Forget You, Such A Rush
  10. Ellen Hopkins РCrank, Impulse, Burned

After thinking about this topic for a while, I was on a roll. It wasn’t as hard as I first thought… but my to-read list is now a little heavier now than when I started!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Words

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND! (Pick from previous topics that you want to do again or may have missed)

I’ve decided to pick a topic that I have never done before and share with you ten of my favourite words.

There are certain things that make me like a word. I love words with Q’s, X’s and Z’s. Words which are fun to say is also something that could put a word on my favourite list. And also – when the meaning seems to fit the word even if you didn’t know the definition.

All of the definitions for my list this week came from dictionary.com

scha·den·freu·de

[shahd-n-froi-duh]

noun

satisfaction¬†or¬†pleasure¬†felt¬†at¬†someone¬†else’s¬†misfortune.

Origin: 
1890‚Äď95;¬†¬†<¬†German,¬†¬†equivalent¬†to¬†Schaden¬†¬†harm¬†+¬†Freude¬†¬†joy

u·biq·ui·tous

[yoo-bik-wi-tuhs]

adjective

existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.

Also, u·biq·ui·tar·y  [yoo-bik-wi-ter-ee]

Origin: 
1830‚Äď40;¬†ubiquit(y)¬†+¬†-ous

 ty·ran·ni·cal

[ti-ran-i-kuhl, tahy-]

adjective

1. of or characteristic of a tyrant.

2. unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic: a tyrannical ruler.

Also, ty·ran·nic.

Origin: 
1530‚Äď40;¬†¬†<¬†Latin¬†tyrannic¬†(¬†us¬†) (<¬†Greek¬†tyrannik√≥s,¬†¬†equivalent¬†to¬†t√Ĺrann¬†(¬†os¬†)¬†tyrant¬†+¬†-ikos¬†-ic) +¬†-al1

flum·mox

[fluhm-uhks]

verb (used with object) Informal.

to bewilder; confound; confuse.

Origin: 
1830‚Äď40;¬†¬†origin¬†uncertain

non·sen·si·cal

[non-sen-si-kuhl]

adjective

1. (of¬†words¬†or¬†language)¬†having¬†little¬†or¬†no¬†meaning;making¬†little¬†or¬†no¬†sense:¬†A¬†baby’s¬†babbling¬†isappealingly¬†nonsensical.

2. (of behavior, conduct, actions, etc.) foolish, senseless, fatuous, or absurd: His nonsensical behaviorwas unusual for such a serious person.

3. objectionable, impudent, insubordinate: I refuse to listen to that nonsensical gossip.

4. of¬†trifling¬†importance¬†or¬†of¬†little¬†or¬†no¬†use:¬†I’ve¬†had¬†more¬†than¬†enough¬†of¬†your¬†nonsensical¬†advice!

Origin: 
nonsense + -ical

ser·en·dip·i·ty

[ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]

noun

1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

Origin: 
1754; Serendip + -ity; Horace Walpole so named a faculty possessed by the heroes of a fairy tale calledThe Three Princes of Serendip

be·spoke

[bih-spohk]

verb

1. a simple past tense and past participle of bespeak.

adjective

2. British .

a. (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket.

b. making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor.

3. Older Use. engaged to be married; spoken for.

Origin: 
1745‚Äď55¬†for¬†def¬†2

moist

[moist]

adjective, moist·er, moist·est.

1. moderately or slightly wet; damp.

2. (of the eyes) tearful.

3. accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.

4. (of the air) having high humidity.

Origin: 
1325‚Äď75;¬†Middle¬†English¬†moiste¬†¬†<¬†Middle¬†French;¬†¬†connected¬†with¬†Latin¬†mŇęcidus¬†mucid

she·nan·i·gan

[shuh-nan-i-guhn]

noun Informal.

1. Usually, shenanigans.

a. mischief; prankishness: Halloween shenanigans.

b. deceit; trickery.

2. a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.

Origin: 
1850‚Äď55,¬†¬†Americanism;¬†of¬†obscure¬†origin

quix·ot·ic

[kwik-sot-ik]

adjective

1. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.

2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.

3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

Also, quix·ot·i·cal.

Origin: 
1805‚Äď15;¬†¬†(¬†Don)¬†Quixote¬†+¬†-ic

So there you go ūüôā
Here are ten of my favourite words – I think Quixotic is my favourite of the lot as it uses two of my favourite letters, it’s fairly uncommon and I like the idea of something being extravagantly impractical.

I hope you’ve all had a great list. Please leave me a comment linking back to your TTT – I love checking out what people have and I’m interested to see what topics everyone chose for this week!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love to Read/Blog

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Reasons I Love to Read/Blog

1. I love getting to know like-minded people from completely different backgrounds. Before I found goodreads and book blogs, I often felt like there was no one I could talk to about the books I liked to read. But I have found so many people and so many more books than I even knew existed now that I blog about books. It’s amazing.

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2. The things I’ve learned. I feel like I learn something new – either some kind of fact or something about myself – from every book I read. It’s not always something big or profound but I love learning new things.

3 I’m thinking more in-depth about the books that I’m reading. I like writing reviews (which is something I’ve learned about myself since blogging) and writing them makes me think about a book in a different way than before. It’s a semi-organized way to get my feelings out on the page and a way for me to really stop and think about how I felt about events and characters.

4. Blogging and Reading both improve writing skills. I think I’m becoming a better writer and better and converting my thoughts into words on a page. Reading certainly improves my vocabulary.

5. Apparently there are studies that find reading literary fiction improves empathy. Whilst I don’t read much Dickens, I do like to think that reading is improving myself.

6. Reading is the easiest and cheapest way to travel and live multiple lives.

7. Blogging gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. My blog may not be the biggest or most read out there – but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I like getting the opportunities that blogging has given me and getting to know people who are passionate about books and reading like I am. There may be days when it seems like a bit too much work but overall I’m really happy with what I’ve done.

8. Reading is getting me fit! I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately whilst I’ve been going for my daily exercise. I’m not the most fitness happy person but when I’m in the middle of an exciting part of the book and it’s time for me to finish my run – it just gives me the motivation I need to get up early tomorrow just to find out what’s going to happen next!

9. It makes me happy. I love getting to experience things for the first times with characters – despite having gone though that myself or conversely NEVER going to have those opportunities. It makes me happy to fall in love a thousand times and the times when I’m so proud of characters for their decisions and actions that I feel my heart burst. It’s happy.

10. It gives me an excuse to drink lots of tea…

I love reading. And I also love blogging. I can’t see either of those things changing any time soon. I love to hear from all of you so feel free to leave me a comment. What do you love about reading? What about Blogging? What are your thoughts about tea? Hope you all have a great week ahead.

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