Let’s Talk (#8) – Favourite Book Genres

Today I’m talking favourite book genres. I’m going to take you through my top three.

#1: Young Adult.

I’m trying really hard to pinpoint one exact reason why love Y/A but it’s a bit more complex than that. Characters in Y/A are at the starting point in their life where anything is possible, I think it’s the journey that these characters go on (no matter what their story is) that really appeals to me. Another reason is that as a teenager I always wanted to experience going to an American high school, for some reason I’m fascinated by them, so reading Y/A novels that are set there full fills that. I also like the huge verity of subjects that Y/A can cover.

My top 3 Y/A Novels:

 


#2: New Adult.

In particular, New Adult Romance. I do love a good romance novel and I usually find the best ones in this category. The romance in this category are usually a lot more intense (and let’s be honest steamy) than Y/A because the characters are that much older.

My Top 3 New Adult Books:

 


#3: Fantasy

It’s only been in the last year and a half that I have really gotten into fantasy. I’ve dabbled before but I never used to actively seek them out.  Now though I can’t get enough, I love emerging myself into a world that is vastly different to ours. Places where all types of magical things can happen.

My top 3 Fantasy books:

 


That’s all from me, I’d love to hear what your favorite genres are so please feel free leave a comment.

Until next time! 🤓

Let’s Talk (#7) – Rating Systems

When I write a review, I liked to give each book a rating out of 5. I like to think that this system is straight forward and easy to understand.

I have a brief explanation for each rating on my Review policy but I thought I’d take you through each one a little bit more in depth, with a little help from Dean Winchester! 


🌟 1 STAR  – This is the lowest mark  I give a book. Although there are times where I have wanted to give a 0 I try not to. So, what does 1/5 really mean? Well to put it simply: I didn’t like your book. It wasn’t to my taste, it made me roll my eyes and it just wasn’t for me, I wouldn’t recommend! Yadda, yadda, yadda I think you get me point.

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🌟🌟 2 STARS – Only slightly better than then a 1/5. Usually, means that I didn’t completely hate the story, but there was probably something that ticked me off.

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🌟🌟🌟 3 STARS – This is what I was when a book was just OK. It’s probably an entertaining and enjoyable read but nothing to really shout about.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 STARS – This is awarded to books that I have enjoyed a lot. Books that get these marks because although I’ve enjoyed 95% of the story something about them doesn’t make the 5/5 mark. For example, if the story is really good but the writing style is a bit meh or if the ending of a book was a bit wtf but the rest of it was amazing then yeah I’ll usually give it this rating. Some of these books also make my recommended reading list

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 STARS – DING DING DING!! JACKPOT BABY!! If I give a book 5/5 it’s because its blown my mind with it’s epicenes!!

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5 Star rating books don’t happen that much, but when the do it’s the best. I will usually promote and rave on social media too, as well as adding to my recommended reading list. I usually recommend these books on the many Facebook groups that I’m member of.

 

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And there you have it a low down on my rating system. Hopefully this has been somewhat of an entertain reading.


See you on the flipside!

Let’s​ Talk (#6) – Bookish Problems

This week I thought it would be fun to look my top 10 bookish problems. These are in no particular order:

  1. The feeling when you can’t wait to read a book but at the same time never want it to end
  2. When your minding your own business reading and you are interrupted
  3. Book hangovers
  4. When someone asks you what your favorite book is
  5. When your reading a book series and you have to wait a year for the next book
  6. Having a huge TBR list and not being able to find anything to read
  7. Having to resist the temptation of slapping someone when they say it’s just a book
  8. That empty feeling when you finish a book series
  9. When your favorite book is made into a movie/tv series and it absolutely butchered
  10. When the author kills off an important character

And that’s it. Let me know you have any different ones!

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A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) – Laura Thalassa

Blurb

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.


Stats

Page Length: 324
Publication Year:
2017
Genre: 
Fantasy
Characters:  Callie, Des, Temper


Thoughts

I thought this was a very good follow-up to Rhapsodic. I liked how the story carried on right where the other one left off.

Story

The story begins with Callie still trying to accept her physical changes from her time spent with Karnon. Des begins to train Callie in combat and in a bid to make her feel more at home in his world he takes her on a tour of his kingdom.

After visiting many islands in the Kingdom of Night Des and Callie are called to a solstice celebration at the Kingdom of Flora, this where the story really starts to get interesting.

I thought the storyline of this book was very clever, it did keep me guessing until the end, I was not expecting the Thief of Souls to be who he was.

Characters

The shining light of this book was the chemistry and understanding between Des and Callie. I loved reading the banter between them.

I like to take a moment here and talk about Desmond Flynn, this guy is so swoon worthy it’s ridiculous! For a character who is so dark and badass, he says the most romantic things to Callie. I loved that he treats Callie like an equal and actively trains her himself so that she can defend herself. I also like that he embraced her wings and scales even when she herself couldn’t.

“Seven years apart,” he continues, “and the woman you became was a world away from the girl I met.” He tilts my head so that he can look me in the eye. “That only made me want you more. You were both old and new, familiar and exotic, within reach and forbidden. And I wanted you so badly for so long I was sure it would kill me. “And when I look at you even now—especially now—I see one simple truth.” He stops speaking. I sit up a little. “What was the truth?” In the darkness, I can see him staring back down at me. “You are magic, love.”

I really liked Callie’s character development in that she learned to accept herself. Her Siren side is also an absolute pleasure to read. I like how fearless and independent she is. She doesn’t feel the need to hid behind Des, the way she stood up to Mara (The Queen of Flora) was brilliant! This quote right here is a prime example of what I love about her:

“I wrap my own towel the best I can around myself, accidentally plucking a few of my feathers in the process, my eyes fixed on the Bargainer. I am absolutely creeping on this man right now and I have zero regrets.”

I also loved that we got to see more of Temper (Callie’s BFF) in this book. I really enjoy the fierceness of her character.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

This was a very enjoyable read. If you loved Rhapsodic than this is a must read. I’m super excited that the last book is set to be released this year!

My Rating:  5/5  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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! 🤓

Let’s Talk (#5) – Benefits of Reading

Happy Thursday! Although it’s been a short week I’m feeling exhausted already. So this week I’m going to cheat a little bit for this post and use an infographic that I found on The Expert Editor which I think just about sums up all the Mind and Body benefits of reading:

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Personally, I find that reading helps my concentration and focus on other things that I’m doing during the day. I would atribute my good memory to reading too.

I agree with the reducing stress part, I only have to walk into a book shop and I immidiatly feel calmer. I used to do this a lot when I was at college.

That’s all from me, if you feel there is anything missing feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

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

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 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.

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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

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