The Mystery Blogger Tag!

I haven’t taken part in a tag in a LONG time, so thank you Tavleen from Travelling Through Words for tagging me! Be sure to check out the original creator of this tag Okoto Enigma and Tavleen!

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 have to nominate 10 – 20 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)

Three Things About Me

  1. According to Pottermore I’m a Ravenclaw? Honestly I still haven’t read this series yet so I don’t exactly know what that means!
  2. When I fall into a reading slump, it can take me literally MONTHS to get out of it!
  3. I have to listen to music when doing absolutely anything, cleaning, studying, on my way to uni. You’ll always see me with my headphones…

Questions Given From Travelling Through Words

  1. If you could kill one fictional character , who would it be?

I’m struggling with this one because it has a huge spoiler, so I’m just going to say someone from Red Queen. If you’ve read the book you can probably guess!

      2. What is an unpopular bookish opinion of yours?

I know I keep coming back to this one but it would have to be Throne of Glass, I think that’s probably one of the only books that I had such a different opinion of!

      3.Which song is your current favorite?

So John Mayer recently release his second EP, so it’s basically ALL my favourite. IF I had to choose one it would be Still Feel Like Your Man! (Listened to it about 100 times since it’s release!

      4.How many books do you want to read in 2017?

My target for last year was about 70, which I failed miserably. So this year I’m going to try and be a little more realistic and go for maybe 50? I haven’t even logged this on Goodreads yet!

     5.If you had to live in a house built from books, which books will you choose to have the roof made from? (Weird Question)

Probably Beverley Barton, she’s my favourite crime thriller author! But I just might be tempted to pick one up!

I Nominate:

Questions For My Nominees:

  1. What is your favourite book of 2017?
  2. If you had super power from a fictional character, what character would that be? And what is their power?
  3. What is one book you think everyone should read in their lifetime?
  4. You’re stuck in a lift with three fictional characters. Who would you choose to be with?
  5. What is a popular series/book that you haven’t read yet?
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Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

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Title: A Gentleman in Moscow

Author: Amor Towles

Published: February 9th 2017

Length: 480

Source: I got this copy from Hutchinson- Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

It comes as no shock that I’ve been in a reading slump for the past 2 months, so here’s my first review this year!

I love historical fiction, and so I was a big fan of the TV adaptation of War and Peace, I still haven’t gotten to the actual book yet! So when this was recommended to people who enjoyed W&P you already know I had to get a copy of this… Here’s the blurb: (taken from goodreads)

‘With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style.

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.’

This is definitely a more slow paced, self-discovery read. You follow this journey of this Count who lived such a lavish life, suddenly confined the the smallest room in the Metropol. How he manages to stay sane, and his coping mechanisms with this situation is something that really interested me! It also portrayed that a lot of things are dependent on perspective. Initially being confined to this small space gave made him feel claustrophobic, no matter what activity he tried to pursue (within the Metropol) it could never match the satisfaction he would get from freely strolling down the street! However once he changed his viewpoint, began discovering and inspecting the hotel he was trapped in, as the reader you realise that it’s all your mindset!

In honesty this was a DNF for me, not because I didn’t enjoy, but because it had a lot of world-building and character development and not much actually going on for about the first half of the book. With me already being in a reading slump I found it hard to finish it! I do know that this is a book  will definitely come back to!

Feb TBR and Update!

So I haven’t read a single book last month, and by the looks of it this month is heading the same direction… As a motivational thing I decided to post a Feb TBR, even if it’s like three books! Just so that I know that I have to write a wrap-up, which means I have to read something! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and frankly I think you’re all bored of my excuses so I’m just going to get on with the post!

I’ve actually received quite a few review books over the past month and some I’m REALLY excited for! Instead of making a haul I’m just going to list a few of them below:

  • Wayfarer by Alexander Bracken (I still can’t believe I have a copy of this and haven’t read it yet!)
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (If you’ve been following me for a while you know I LOVED Wolf by Wolf so I can’t wait to start this!).
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’ve heard quite a lot about this one so I’m interested to how it weighs up to the hype!)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is one I started last month, it’s actually quite good! But I think because I’m in a bit of a slump, this historical fiction is a little slow paced, taking me longer to get through it.

So for Feb here’s my TBR:

  1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  3. Rarity of the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.
  4. The Crystal Crux by A.M Werner

In completely unrelated news, Hamilton is coming to London and guess who got tickets! That had to be one of the most stressful experiences of my life! I knew Hamilton was quite popular in the US but I honestly underestimated their fan base in the UK, because trying to get tickets was CRAZY. Also they introduced this system, to prevent people from buying bulk tickets and reselling them. So when you buy seats, you don’t actually get admission tickets. Instead you’re asked to bring the card you paid with on the day, and you’ll be issued tickets literally right before you go in! No one probably even cares about this, but I thought it was so smart!

Anyways, thank you for bearing with me during this hiatus! I’m thinking of having a series of guest posts, I’ve always wanted to host one but just wasn’t sure if people would be interested enough to take part! Let me know in the comments if you would consider guest posting on my blog! Depending on the response, I might start organising one!

Errant Spark: Audiobook Tour

Author: Ronelle Antoinette

Narrator: Ginny Ross

Length: 10h 25m

Publisher: Ronelle Antoinette⎮2016

Series: The Elemental Trials (#1)

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Release date: Nov. 01, 2016

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In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery. Cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the peace of two thousand years.

Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth that gets him into trouble; while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. Amidst the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.

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Ronelle Antoinette was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in beautiful Colorado. She currently lives in Grand Junction with her husband, two sneaky cats, and one dog-who-believes-he’s-a-person. While she’s a mother to none, she’s an auntie to a small army…the newest recruit joined them in April 2016. Ronelle dabbled in creative writing for many years and even considered it as her major in college. (She ended up getting a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first novel, Errant Spark, in July of 2016. Dream. Come. True.

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Ginny Ross was born and raised in England where she had a passion for Musical Theatre and Fantasy books. She loved spending time in the Theatre but found that she wanted to travel. After traveling around Europe she took a job as a nanny in Canada and continued her acting. Her love of children played a huge role in her life and became her career for the next several years. She married Clarence and moved to the States where she resides today. Her life is much less hectic than it was, as she is raising her two children and works for the local school district. Ginny was very excited when she was offered the opportunity to use her acting skills once again from the comfort of her home by narrating books.

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tour-schedule

Jan. 23: The Book Junkie (Spotlight)

Jan. 24: Buried Under Books (Spotlight)

Jan. 25: The Book Junkie (Review & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 26: 2 Girls And A Book (Review)

Jan. 27: Lady With A Quill (Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 28: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight, & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 29: Hall Ways (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 30: Carly’s Cozy Corner (Review)

Jan. 31: The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight)

Feb. 1: Holed Up In A Book (Review)
Avid Book Collector (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 2: A Book Nation (Review)

Feb. 3: Gotalovebooks (Review & Spotlight)

Feb. 4: Lynn the Romance Enthusiast (Review, Spotlight, & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 5: Collector of Book Boyfriends (Review & Audio Excerpt)

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