I'm delighted to welcome Shirley from Shiirleyy's Bookshelf to the blog today for another tea party! This girlie is full of awesome and guess what? She lives in Aussie!!! I've never been there but it sounds like such a
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Hiya Shirley! *Waves from the UK like a crazy Asian* Welcome to A Reading Daydreamer and thanks so much for agreeing to be here today!!!
HEY BEV!! *waves like an even crazier Asian* Awww...thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your super amazing Valentine's event!!
What are your favourite parts of blogging?
There's so much I love about blogging! I get to share my love of books with all the book lovers around the world and I've met some incredibly awesome blogging friends as well :) I can rant on and on about how much I love a book or how much I dislike a book, and no one will think I'm strange. (Something that is impossible to do in real life since most of my friends despise books so much :S). I love getting the chance to chat with authors; especially authors of my favourite books ever! I used to think authors were quite intimidating; I mean, they're like celebrities...and chatting with them like good old friends is just unheard of. But authors are so sweet and they're like us book lovers as well :) I also have a better knowledge of old/new/upcoming books after I started blogging. The blogging community is super amazing!
Personally, reading also gives me the chance to ‘meet’ loads of guys – a very diverse range, at that – and blogging lets me gush about them and connect with other bloggers about particular swoon-worthy ones :P Anyway, do you feel boys in books are realistic or completely different to what they are like in real life?
OH YES! I love how I get to meet the hottest guys ever and also gush about them with other bloggers :) I remember I used to *attempt* to gush about certain book boyfriends to my friends in real life, and they would just stare at me like I was on drugs. Thank goodness for this fantastic blogging community!
I think many boys in books are based on real people; whether it be the author's husband/boyfriend/partner, brother, friends...or...just real people in general. Except I'm going to do that annoying thing where you're given A and B as options, but I'm going to choose C. Why? Well..I think that a lot of the characters possess a combination of a variety of traits from different guys that authors find are admirable. The flaws will be eliminated and a 'perfect' guy will be created. In a way, these characters will be 'realistic' but too 'perfect' to be real. We all have our wild imaginations and I think a lot of boys from books are a reflection of the author's own idea of an ideal guy. I mean, a guy as talented and perfect as Edward Cullen simply doesn't exist in real life...and even Noah Shaw! He's freaking PERFECT. But I've never met someone like him. Ever. And I don't *think* guys like him exist. He's WAY too perfect! But then again, books are fiction; and I like to read about things that take me away to a different world, and that includes swoon-worthy boys who *may* not exist in real life.
I haven’t forgotten that you ‘married’ Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry a few months ago… I’m not even sure if I’ve forgiven you for being so sneaky and not even inviting me to the wedding! ;) Noah definitely comes under the ‘Bad Boy’ category. So are you mainly attracted to bad boys in fiction?
*shrinks away* Well...we did get married in secret; I mean, if I'd invited you, then others would probably scream at me to invite them too...and then there would be this whole uproar at the wedding and all the girls would be protesting..and Echo would kill me, so...I just couldn't risk inviting anyone :S SORRY! But like I said a few months back, you're invited to our anniversay party :D
Hmm....in fiction, when it comes down to 'bad boy' vs. 'good boy', I would usually choose the 'bad boy'. (It's a different story in real life though!) Bad boys are always so dark, mysterious soalluring and personally, I find it so darn hard to resist them! Most of the bad boys I've read about are only 'bad' to hide things about themselves or life from everyone around them, and I think most girls just want to break down their barriers, and 'fix' them. It's a challenge for us girls and I suppose it also feels good to know something about someone that no one else is aware of. It makes us feel..*special* and loved :) And the good guys? Well...personally, I find them a little boring (don't kill me!). They're the straight A students in school, with a scholarship to some famous college; they're loved by everyone in the community and everything in their life is suppose to be 'perfect'. What's the thrill in that? So...at the end of the day, I'll always be attracted to the bad boys in fiction :)
Assuming you’ve moved on from Noah (could you really?), if you could spend Valentine’s Day with any fictional guy of your choice, who would you pick? Where would you go? What would you guys do? Spill all the details, my friend ;)
You kidding? I'd never cheat on Noah...or 'move on' from him either! You have got to get over your jealousy Bev dear :) hahaaa
But assuming I do move on from him (which I won't!) I'll probably want to spend Valentines with Ash. This mysterious and irresistible Ice Prince is my ex (haha) and I would probably go back to him. Hmm...to start off the day, Ash and I can have the time of our lives (or the time of my life at least) in the Nevernever, hiding from the deadly creatures and fighting the gremlins whilst trying to escape into the real world. Not very romantic I know, and there's probably no swoon-worthy times, but seriously, having a romantic dinner/going to the movies to see a romantic chick flick is so not Ash's style. But Ash *may* get injured and he'll have to take his shirt off and I'll have to dress his wounds...and...I'll get to see his sexy abs...and..and...drool a little too much. We'd arrive in the real world and in order for Ash to gain his strength, he would need glamour. We would decide to crash a high-class party at a 5 star hotel and after Ash regains his strength, we would dance...and dance...and dance the night away :) Oh, did I mention he would be clad in a white tuxedo? Freaking hot. Then, we'd somehow find our way to Paris (through the Nevernever), tour around Paris by ourselves and end up right before 12:00am at the Eiffel Tower. We'd make our way to the very top of the tower...and with the words "i love you" and a spine-tingling kiss, my life would be complete :)
I’m guessing, as a fellow teenage girl, you like romance to be done well in books. So what do you think about the New Adult genre? It’s definitely fired up in the romance department! Do you have any favourites?
I'm so glad you asked this questions Bev!! I've been dying to voice my thoughts about what I feel about the New Adult genre, but unfortunately, no one's been willing to be on the receiving end of my rambling. *cough*parents*cough*
ANYWAY, yes, I always want romance to be done well in books. Like well as in no insta-love, no 'oh-god-i-can't-live-without-
pretty-boy' after a week of meeting him. The New Adult genre has certainly fired up in the romance department! There's lust and an abundance of hot and steamy scenes :) I believe I've fallen head-over-heels in love with every single NA book I've read since mid-2012!
While a lot of people may think the NA genre is unnecessary, and I do understand their thoughts but I personally love the NA genre. I guess it helps that I've recently graduated high school and I'll be entering Uni in a few months, so I'm able to relate to the main characters in these books (they're usually around 18-22) as well as the events that take place in college/during the characters' transitio from a teenager to an adult. I personally think NA books are a must-read; most of them are unputdownable!!
I have HEAPS of favourites! Some include:
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire(Yes..well...I personally loved it!)
- Slammed/Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
- On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (this one's probably aimed at older NA readers...but it's still SO amazing!!)
- The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski
- Back to You by Priscilla Glenn
- The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen (Look out for her 'The Secret of Ella and Micha' published by Hachette/Sphere in mid-2013!!)
Now would you be so kind as to show us your favourite, HOTTEST covers so we can swoon over them with you? (keep to YA and NA please!)
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden ( I LOVE THIS COVER!!! This particular scene in the books is SO swoon-worthy
On Dublin Street (Yeah...everything about Jocelyn and Braden is droolworthy!)
The Dark Light (HOT GUY ALERT!!)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (You see...I've always had this thng for underwater book covers, especially with one as hot as this!)
The Vincent Boys (UK edition)
Pushing the Limits (US edition) - Not exactly too swoonworthy, but I LOVE IT!
Dare to You - Oh gosh...I can't wait to read this!
Thank you so much for joining us today! Maybe I’ll send a British husband over to Aussie for you ;)
YAYYY! Send him over ASAP :) Or maybe I'll fly over there with the excuse of visiting relatives, but actually to find a British husband :) Oh and if you want an Aussie husband..tell me and I'll bring him over :) heheee x
Be sure to head over to Shirley's blog!
What are YOUR responses to the above questions?