A Small Book Blogger’s Dreams

Every once in a while my thoughts drift towards this little gem of a blog that I’m struggling to keep alive and what I’d like to do with it. Given infinite time, there are endless possibilities. But being tied down with work and the responsibilities of being a fully functioning adult equate to very little time spent doing the things I love. Here in this post I’m letting my imagination run loose and listing all the ways I’d like to see this blog grow, but can’t yet bring to fruition. Perhaps when I do finally find the time, this can become my guiding compass.

Dreams

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Top Three Thursdays #24 – Genres I Avoid

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (2/11/17) is: Genres I Don’t Prefer to Read

‘Tis the season of Halloween and pumpkin lanterns have taken over my social media feeds. However, it is not my cup of tea. Today I’m going to tell you about the kind of books that I prefer to pass over. But before you proceed, I’d just like to make it explicitly clear that just because I don’t like certain topics in books doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to like them or that I’m deriding your interests. If you’re not a fan of whatever I like to read, that is perfectly fine as well. Please remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
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Book Review – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Genre: Young adult historical fantasy

Published: By Katherine Tegen Books on June 27th, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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Top Three Thursdays #23 – Feminist Books on My TBR

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (26/10/17) is: Feminist Books on My TBR

For those of you who are new, I’ve briefly mentioned my association with feminism in my previous blog, which can be found here. As it is a topic that I have strong notions about, it is but natural to want to read books that deal with it. I plan to get to them soon because I want to make a recommendation post on this where I also want to talk about feminism in depth, so keep an eye out for that (if that’s something you would be interested in) and hold me to my promise of reading them by the year end.

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Book Review – Deathknight

Title: Deathknight

Author: Andrew J. Offutt

Genre: Adult fantasy

Published: By Venture Press on December 21st, 2016 (first published February 1st, 1990)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Falc of Risskor is feared, respected and obeyed throughout the land. Known as Deathknight, he is an infamous member of the Sons of Ashah – honour-sworn men who preserve the peace had protect the citystates of Sij. When knights of the Order start being killed, Falc must bring justice and seek revenge on the brutal murderer. With an unlikely companion and a loyal darg, Falc ventures across the land to seek vengeance, and avoid being killed himself. On the way, he will have to encounter those who know him, those who hate him, and those who want to kill him. His task is a difficult one, but will Falc uncover the truth and protect the Order?

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Discussion – How Big Is Your Bookshelf?

Often times when I state the fact that I’ve been reading since I was a kid, people tend to assume I have a great library back home. When I mumble something about e-books and using the library as a schoolgirl, I find that I myself am not convinced. I see bookworms on YouTube, the blogosphere, Twitter and Instagram (which I’m not involved in, but I see pictures shared elsewhere) and I start to feel incredibly guilty (also jealous) that I don’t have beautiful hardcover books (plus props, great backgrounds, lighting and an excellent camera) to share with the world. This post is all about me grappling with those feelings and coming to terms with being the kind of book lover who doesn’t own a ton of books.

Bookshelf Discussion

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Book Review – The House at 758

Title: The House at 758

Author: Kathryn Berla

Genre: Young adult contemporary fiction

Published: By Amberjack Publishing on October 17th, 2017

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Sixteen year old Krista is still grieving the untimely death of her mother when her father’s new girlfriend moves into their home. Distancing herself from those around her, Krista spends all of her time obsessively watching a mysterious house, the house at 758. When a fellow classmate, Jake, takes a sudden interest in her, Krista feels excited for the first time in two years, but feelings of guilt consume her. It isn’t until her grandfather makes a surprise visit from Venezuela that Krista is finally able to confront her grief and begin to let things go.

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