Heyyyy Blogging World!

Heyyyy everyone! I really wanted to write this post because so much has changed since last time I was a full time blogger! I know there are some of you out there (I’m looking at you Danie @ Danie Reads Books) were around with me last time, took that hiatus at the same time as me, and then somehow came back at the same time as me. LOL! I have no idea how that all worked out, but it is cool to have other people whose minds are blown just like mine.

October 31, 2011 was the first post ever on this website. The first post went a little something like this:

Welcome to The Book Vortex thanks so much for stopping by to see what this place is all about. For the next few days we are going to be doing a lot of construction and work on the site but I promise in the end its going to look awesome.
The Book Vortex is a site dedicated to whats going on in the writing world including what books are coming out and author news. There are going to be a few different sections that I will keep to myself until we can get them going but I promise that they are going to be worth the wait.
For those who are unaware my name is Hannah and I am going to be running the site, although my dad will be doing most of the technical work (thanks dad). Feel free to leave comments or message me about anything you would like to see on the site, things you want me to look into or talk about.
Thanks again for stopping by and please be patient as we get everything going here.

What a way to introduce myself to the blogging world. Looking back now I definitely would have tried to make more of a meaningful post! For a few years after that I blogged ALL the time and didn’t understand how people wouldn’t make time for blogging. And then….I became one of those people and took some time off. Since coming back there are a lot of things that have changed:

Instagram Tours:

Okay these things did not exist last time I was blogging. I come back to blogging check out Twitter and there are these links to Instagrams. I didn’t even know how these things work so I had to ask! I use to organize blog tours before I left so I happened myself in the know for publicity and then suddenly there’s this entire thing that I’ve never even heard of!

Book Photography:

Listen I don’t even know exactly what this thing is called. Bookstagram may be a better term. People taking really pretty pictures of their books. I tried to do it you guys, I really did…but I am just not on the skill level everyone else is so I might continue it in the future but who knows. I don’t know who thought of this, but I love the idea. It’s definitely a great marketing ploy. Who doesn’t want to look at pretty pictures of books the love so much?

 

Giveaways:

 

Now I know what you’re thinking. There were giveaways before you left blogging. Yes, yes there were, but I just feel like the format has changed a little bit. I’ve seen a lot more Twitter giveaways. I don’t even know how these work, but you follow someone and then retweet that person’s tweet and somehow that enters you into the drawing. I have won two of these giveaways in the two months since I’ve been back which is pretty cool. I know for the future that maybe Raflecopter isn’t the most popular way to host giveaways anymore.

 

The People:

There are so many people from before that are still blogging and it’s so exciting to see how they have grown and changed over the past two years. A sad truth about blogging is that for a lot of people it’s temporary, mostly because it takes such a huge amount of time and effort. That’s probably why I struggled for two years, but I am so glad I am back.

Last year when I was doing publicity for Andromeda I reached out to all the bloggers I used to work with and was shocked to find that more than half of them were gone. For some other people it was cool because way back when they were just starting out and now they had a large following and actively posted all the time.

 

 

So it’s a bright new world in blogging and that exciting! I am looking forward to seeing where the blogging world goes and how I fit into it this time around. I have already made some new friends and I love that! It’s like I get to experience this world all over again from the beginning and how many times do you get to say that happens? It’s like reading your favorite novel again for the first time and falling in love all over again!

 

I appreciate all of you! New readers and old and I am happy you are all here!

 

June 2017 Reads

I have TONS of books that I need to read you guys! But instead of making a huge goal to read them all this month, I am going to aim to read four books. Take a look at what I’ll be up to this month!

 

Book One: I got this book on recommendation from a fellow blogger Christy @ The Reader Bee. She’s a fellow area blogger whose option I trust! Fun fact. Her and I live in the same city, but we haven’t met yet! This needs to change at some point in the future!

Since I’ve really been on that contemporary kick I asked for recommendations and she instantly tweeted this book at me. I have already started it and it is unlike any book that I’ve read before in terms of character personality and realism.

I am hoping I continue to enjoy it!

 

Book Two: This book wasn’t recommended to me by anyone, but I actually spent a few hours with this author at the conference last year having no idea that she was an author. :/ I have heard wonderful things about this book and the author is respected within the Nashville community so I am looking forward to giving it a try. I’ve read through 16% of this so far according to my Kindle and I am really enjoying it. It’s telling the story of a complicated situation where these young adults lives were changed forever based on the choices others made for them.

 

 

Book Three: So I’ve actually been reading this book for a while now. It’s not that I haven’t been able to get into it, it’s just that all these other books came into my life and distracted me. I am only 13% into the book and already I am enjoying it, although I did not realize when I started reading it that it actually takes place modern day and not in the time period we are used to seeing Alice in.

The book definitely starts off with a bang though and I feel like (hopefully) it can only continue with that awesome pacing and attention grabbing scenes.

 

 

 

Book Four: I am so excited to get to read this book! That may be why I put it at the end of the list. Get through all the other ones and this will be my desert for the month! I loved the first book so much and after the contemporary books I’ve been reading and the zombie book, I am really looking forward to get back into fantasy!

 

 

This month Our Dark Duet  by Victoria Schwab is being released and I LOVED the first one so much to to be honest that book might be squeezed in-between these other ones.

 

What books are you guys going to be reading this month?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week our topic is top ten things that will instantly make us not want to read books. I am going to do this list based on books I never picked up and books I did pick up but couldn’t finish.

An Unbelievable Premise.

The most important thing in any book is for it to be grounded in reality. If your book doesn’t have realistic characters with real struggles, even if it’s a high fantasy, then it will not work out.

Weak Writing

You know right away when the writing isn’t strong. The story the author is trying to tell us could be really amazing, but if the writing isn’t there then the story isn’t going to come together in the right way.

When Characters are Juvenile

Yes, this is young adult fiction but that doesn’t mean that this needs to be written for a young comprehension level or with characters who don’t match. I recently read a book that felt like the author was giving her view on teenagers (whiny, emotional, not good enough struggles or ability to comprehend the world around them) instead of writing teenagers as actual human beings. When you are an adult writing about teenagers you should be writing them as if you’re right in the middle of them, not someone who is so far removed from being a young adult that the entire story comes out mutated. Young adults are young, but they are also strong and are going through so many things and should be written strongly and not as if they are being scolded.

When Multiple Narration Doesn’t Work

When there are multiple points of view, but the voices don’t change with the different characters. If you’re going to do multiple narrations, then I should be able to tell each time it shifts and be able to tell distinctly who is speaking to me.

Social Commentary Fails

When it’s too obvious someone is trying to make a social commentary and it fails. You all know these books are going to be terrible and probably offensive just by the description. Someone tries to make a comment on something and they think it’s a great idea and somehow in the string of people who touched this book on its way to getting published no one else noticed this.

When the Point is too Preachy

This one goes with number five, but books that are trying to make a point and it’s really obvious. Your book should make a point and when I’m done reading it I should know what it is, but it shouldn’t be shoved in my face the entire book. There needs to be a point to YOUR point. You need to show me why this thing you want to teach us is important and show how it comes into play in everyday life. Books that teach a lesson are fine, but there should be a good story with it and not just be a scolding the entire book.

Terrible Cover

They tell you not to judge a book by its cover, but I think many of us are guilty. The cover is really the first thing we see of a book. Most of the books I read are ones I’ve heard about from other people, but don’t know much about. I usually purchase books solely on recommendation and good word from bloggers on Twitter or from authors I know I’ve loved in the past. Really with the exception of books I request from Netgalley I do not read any of the description of the books. I want to be completely surprised when I read books so unless it’s something I’m searching for to request then I don’t read anything on the book. Understandably covers have become really important to me. If a cover is really low quality (you know the ones I’m talking about) then I feel like the quality of the book itself would be low. As much effort needs to go into creating these covers as writing the book. The cover should show how amazing the book is.

Bad Plot Points

When a plot point just doesn’t make sense. This one calls back to number one, but there are some books that make sense in every single way except for one. I DNF’d a book last year that started off so well but about 1/3 of the way through the book something really weird happened. I tried to continue on in the story, but I just could not get over what she was trying to get us to believe and had to stop reading it. You can have an amazing book (and that book had favorable reviews) and one thing can ruin it for people. Unfortunately, it’s really hit or miss at that point though because some people are going to love it and think it’s brilliant and some people just aren’t going to get it.

Too Long

When a book is too long. Young adult books over the past few years have been getting progressively longer. For most of the books that’s great! But for some it just means the first 300 or so pages are so slow! I read these books and I get to that 200-300 page mark and wonder why things aren’t happening yet. Yes, I love the fact that you’re spending time setting up your world, but I need more action. I know the climax is going to come in that last 100 pages at some point, but I still need some sort of action in the first 300-400 pages.

When It’s Just Bad.

Sometimes a book has so many things wrong with it you wonder how it was published or why you decided to accept a review request from that self-published author. We live in a publishing world today where self-publishing is so accessible and easy for people. I have read some absolutely fantastic self-published books. Most of those authors spent time and money having it professionally edited and marketed and actually put in the effort the story deserved. Then there are people who wrote a book, decided to ignore the advice of all the beta readers (or maybe those people were liars) and publish their book without putting in the effort to edit it or make sure it made sense. These are the books that turn people off from self-publishing and it’s sad that there are so many of them that they ruin it for the people who actually tried and have talent. This doesn’t only happen in self-publishing though; it happens with traditionally published books. I finished a book recently that I purchased solely on the recommendation of a publisher’s tweet and it was a terrible book.

 

What are some things that drive you guys nuts in books?

 

 

 

Dating the It Guy Tour Blitz


Dating the It Guy

Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

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EXCERPT:

“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,”Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket.

 

Author Bio:

Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

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