The Mystery Blogger Award

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I’m so chuffed to have been nominated for this. A great big thank you to Book Huntress for my nomination!! Be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t already.

About the “Mystery Blogger Award”

 “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog

RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You nominate people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Me:

1. I love to stargaze!

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2. Watching movies is my second favorite thing to do (reading is obviously first!)

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3. I’m a lifelong introvert, to the point that some days it’s a real chore having to interact with people.

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Book Huntress Questions:  

1. Can you say that you are addicted to books?

Yes! and I can say this with confidence because my TBR list is going way up, despite the fact that I’m 6 books ahead on GoodReads reading challenge!

2. What do you do to the books you didn’t like? Do you keep them? Throw them? Give them away?

If it’s on my Kindle then I remove the book from my device. If it’s a physical book I give them away.

3. If you’ll be a writer, what genre will your books be categorized?

Either Young Adult or New Adult.

4. Have you ever tried talking to some stranger because of books?

On the internet, yes, all the time. Real life no not ever.

5. Funny/Crazy question) Have you ever tried looking funny outside (mostly on public places) whenever you read a book and a particular scene makes you angry that it made you rant loudly? If yes, can you tell a short story about it?

Hmm, ok so I do a big chunk of my reading on my commute to work, the thing that happens to me the most is when I’m reading really sad or a happy ending part of the story I almost always tear up! Which is majorly awkward. I end up sitting there blinking like my eyes like a lunatic!


I Nominate:

Mad Tea Party Book Reviews

 Never Not Reading

Where Book Addicts Meet


My Questions:

  1. 1.What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a blogger?
  2. If you could choose to be any character from any book, who would you be?
  3. What book have you re-read the most?
  4. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
  5. Where is the strangest place you’ve read a book?

My Best Post

This has to be my discussion post I did a few weeks ago: Let’s Talk (#4) Tamlin the Man Behind the Mask

and that’s all from me. Until next time! 🤓

 

 

Rapid Fire Book Tag!

Summer has officially arrived! It’s warm and humid out but I’m not complaining too much because sunshine! Yay!! Anyways it’s Sunday and for some reason, I do quite liking doing a tag on this day! Not sure why but let’s just go with it!

I found this tag on Going Through Books, which a pretty cool blog make sure you check it out and it was originally created by GirlReading.  This tag is a series of random book-related questions.

E-Book or Physical Book? 

E-books and this is purely for convenience because it allows me to carry almost my entire book library around with me.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback – because I find them more comfortable to read than a hefty hardback.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both – I probably do more online book shopping but I do love browsing book shops.

Trilogies or Series?

Depends on my mood, I enjoy both.

Heroes or Villains?

I’m a sucker for a hero!

A book you want everyone to read?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas– I’m obsessed with this entire series!

Recommend an underrated book?

With This Heart by R.S Grey – This book totally took me by surprise with how good it is.

The last book you finished?

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Last Book You Bought? 

I bought these together: Forces of Nature by Brian Cox and Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A lollypop stick

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes

Top Three Favourite Genres?

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal

Borrow or Buy?

Buy

Characters or Plot?

I kinda feel you need both for a book to be really good.

Long or Short Books?

In general Long but if the story is good I don’t really mind

Long or Short Chapters?

Both – depending on the story and writing style

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

The Foxe and the Hound (R.S. Grey) really made me laugh there were so many funny moments!

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional Worlds

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes I have and I do this quite often which is really bad and it’s a habit I’m trying to break

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? 

Defiantly Book to TV Adaptations.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? 

The Vampire Diaries and PS I Love You.

Series or Standalones?

I’d don’t have a preference, it usually depends on my mood.


That’s it, please feel free to have a go and link back to me so I can see your answers!

Update & New Post Announcement

Update: A new look for Books & Other Pursuits!

Hi, I hope you are all having a great weekend.

As you may have noticed over the last month or so I have given this blog a brand new look. It’s running a new theme: Toujours. I have designed a brand new header image along with new feature image templates for each post. Basically, all the big things have been replaced. I have also changed the color scheme and fonts that I’m using.

Here are some before and after photos:

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Overall I’m pretty happy with how it has turned out, I think it looks like a proper blog now. I’m hoping this is it in terms of big changes. I’m still working on smaller things like page dividers and add an “add to GoodReads” graphic etc.


New Post Announcement.

When I first decided I wanted to start a blog I knew I wanted it to be mainly focused on books but I also wanted to leave it open so that if I did want to discuss other things I could, hence the name “Books & Other pursuits.” Now that I have a rhythm with the bookish it part of this blog I feel it’s time to expand a little.

So I’m super excited to announce that I will be posting a monthly post called “Other Pursuits” in which I will be giving you a round up of everything else I have been up to during the last month. Things that will feature are; what I’ve been watching on TV, Movies that I’ve enjoyed and anything else I think might be interesting or significant that it needs a mention.

These posts will be scheduled to go live either on the last day or the first day of the month depending on what day it happens to fall on because I don’t want it to interfere too much with the other things I post weekly.


That’s all from me, this should be the last update a do for awhile!

– See you on the flipside! 🤓

R.S. Grey’s THE FOXE & THE HOUND is out TODAY!

Find my Review Here 

R.S. Grey’s THE FOXE & THE HOUND is available today! You don’t want to miss getting your hands on this sexy and hilarious new read from R.S. Grey. Find out more about THE FOXE & THE HOUND below and grab your copy today!


 About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

Add THE FOXE & THE HOUND to your Goodreads list here!

Get your hands on THE FOXE & THE HOUND by R.S. Grey now!


 

Get a Sneak Peek of THE FOXE & THE HOUND

I follow his gaze to where my dress has ridden up. When I’m standing, it’s a modest length, but the leather seats in his Audi have hiked up the skirt and a few inches of my thighs are now on perfect display.

His gaze drags down, pausing on my lips for a moment before he trails down my neck and chest. He’s studying my dress—no, he’s studying my body beneath the fabric. His smile is slow to spread, a little haunting…sexual.

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Website | Twitter | Facebook | R.S. Grey’s Little Reds Facebook GroupNewsletter | Instagram 

Book Blog – Newbie Tag

newbie TagI wish I had found this earlier! I found this tag on Love and Other Bookish Things blog. As my blog is still only 6months old I consider myself to still be a bit of a newbie!

So let us being!

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1. Why did you start this blog?

Like my about page says I began this blog to share my love of reading!

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I like to think that my reviews are pretty unique.  I am very blunt about what I like and don’t like. I also like to think that although I do have some sort of posting schedule I do to pepper this blog with other random posts which hopefully keeps it fresh.

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Connecting with people who also share my love of books and learning all there is to know about blogging!

4. Why do you love reading?

For me reading is the ultimate escapism, I love that I can take time out of my real life and disappear into a magical world with endless possibilities!

5. What book or series got you into reading?

Hmm, that’s a hard one to pinpoint. I’ve always loved books from a young age but I think my love of reading was cemented after I read the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

Where do you get your inspirations from?
Have you always known you wanted to write?
What’s your favorite book?

Not super original but hey! Lol

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

So far it’s been creating a schedule that works for me, making time for to actually get posts written and to make them as engaging as possible.

8. When did you start reading?

I started properly around the age of 14/15

9. Where do you read?

On my Commute to work, my sofa (which is one of my favorite places) and in bed.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi and Paranormal


That’s it feel free to try it yourself and leave a link in the comments so I can read your answers! 🙂

Let’s Talk (#3) –  Top 5 book Turn On’s

Last week I talked about all the things that put me off reading a book. To balance this out I thought it would be good to list the things I enjoy the most.

  1. If the story is written in the first person. This is my preferred narrative because I feel like I can connect to the story better when it’s written this way and, I just get find more enjoyment reading from this perspective.
  2. Retellings of Fairytales – I adore these, the more creative the better!
  3. Slow building romance, when this is done well it’s a joy to read!
  4. Stories that take place in space or on another planet hugely fascinate me.
  5. A strong female lead – I love nothing more when reading than having the lead female character be strong independent women who don’t need a man to save the day!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment

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The Secret Life Of a Book Blogger

Happy Monday!

I have zero motivation to write a review today so instead, I thought I’d do another tag. I found this on Sammie’s blog Bookshelves and Biros be sure to check her answers when you’re done here.


Let’s get started:

How long have you been a blogger?

I started this one just over 5 months ago. I did smaller things in the past but I don’t really count that as it was personal diary type thing that never had any public posts.

At what point do you think you will stop?

I don’t think anytime soon, I’m kind of addicted now. As long as I’m enjoying it I’ll keep posting. I think like most things once it stops being fun its time to move on.

What is the best part?

All the positivity I have had from my posts has been really nice, it does make my day each and every time someone likes or comments, I was really apprehensive starting out as this is my first proper blog and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.

What is the worst part?

The sheer amount of time it takes to prepare each post. This is probably because I’m a total perfectionist so everything has to be just so.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Depends on what type of images I need, it probably takes an hour or so in general.

Who’s your book crush?
This is a tough one! I’ll give you my current ones as it changes all the time!
Book:
A Court of Mist and Fury – I could gush about this book all day! It’s just perfection!
Fictional Character: 
This is a tie between Rowan (Empire of Storms) and Rhysand (A Court of Mist and Fury)
Auther:
Jennifer L.Armentrout – I love everything that she has written! She can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus she writes incredible love interests, Daemon, Roth, Seth and Cam to name just a few!

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I would love to have Sarah J. Maas. Her writing is so special and I would be so honored to have her on here!

What do you wear when you write your blog?

I usually do all my writing in the evening so pajamas

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

Anything from 30 mins to 2-hours depending on the type and length of post.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Everyone has been super nice so far 🙂

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

I’m still a newbie but I would say the most important thing is to put the work in and persevere.


 

That’s it! Hope you all have an amazing week! 🙂  

Let’s Talk (#2) –  Top 5 book turn offs!

This is something that I have been thinking about a lot this week, generally, there isn’t much that puts me off reading a book, but here are 5 things that annoy me the most from least annoying to the most:

  1. Repetitive use of the same word over and over again – I mean just why? When I come across this my first thought is “who the heck edited this?” so yeah it really annoys me when the same words or phrases are used to describe a multitude of things.
  2. Really really really slow intros – I find it really off-putting when it feels like nothing is happening fast enough but at the same time I’ve read half a book.
  3. Little or no character development – I find it so frustrating when you come to the end of the book and the main character is still the same whiny brat that they were at the beginning.
  4. Insta-Love!! – seriously it’s so unrealistic, insta- attraction yeah I get that but loving someone after like 10 secs of knowing them….. Nah I don’t think so!
  5. Unhealthy relationships that are portrayed as normal – this is at the top of my list because it’s the thing that really makes my blood boil when I’m reading. It usually goes something like this: male love interest treats the female main character like utter shit, she thinks it’s normal and her friends go along with as it’s seen as him just loving her. I’ve read a few books where this is the case i.e. Beautiful Disaster and Belong to You and each time I’m left dumbfounded.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment 😊