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!

 

Top Ten Tuesday June 6, 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.

Today’s post is so perfect for me! It’s about 10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List. Why is this perfect? Because I recently bought a whole bunch new books! I am actually going to blend genre’s here. Basically everything that is not a fantasy that I have recently bought lol.

I actually have no idea if this one has fantastical elements because I haven’t read it yet

What books do you guys have on your list?

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?

 

 

Reached by Ally Condie

Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Penguin/Dutton
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

Reached brings the Matched trilogy to its conclusion. I loved the first two books a lot so naturally I was very nervous to be entering in on the final part in its journey. What I found was a book worth my time with characters so wonderfully developed that it brings the “love triangle” to a close in the most natural organic way I think I’ve ever read before.
Everything has been leading up to this moment, the moment when the Society will be overthrown. Our three characters are separated when the Rising finally takes place. What’s really cool about this is that we get to see three totally different views on the uprising. Three different regions, three different people doing three different jobs. I loved it! My only complaint that I have with this is…what was Cassia doing the entire time? The two boys both had jobs assigned to them by the Rising, but Cassia spends a lot of time doing something I am pretty certain was not officially sanctioned. That just seemed odd to me.
Right away I knew there was something off about the plague…but it turned out that the book didn’t go as sinister as I was thinking in my head which was totally cool. I honestly thought for a very long time that the Rising was actually the Society and that the Society was trying to kill most of its people in a purge…yeah…not entirely what happened.
I really enjoyed Xander’s story and felt like he was really the shining star. I feel like between the three of them, Xander has the most growth in his person and in his storyline.
He sees first hand every single day the effects the plague has on people. Cassia introduces people to creative thinking, or at least gives them a venue where they can display it, and Ky flies the medicine in and out of place, but Xander is really the one on the front lines. That, to me, has got to be the hardest job, especially when the plague mutates.
I won’t spoil how the “love triangle” is dealt with, but I truly feel like the three of them don’t even have a real triangle. It’s always obvious and true that Cassia loves Ky, she loves Xander too, but not in the same way. I think all of the characters know it including Xander, even if he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. In some other books I have read one of the guys literally dies in order to force the girls hand or the guy does some terrible out of character act that makes the girl finally see what choice she needs to make. I was so happy this book did not do that and instead focused on more realistic, natural ways to bring that to a close.
Overall I really enjoyed this book!