Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you Greg at Book Haven for the lovely nomination! It has been a while since I participated in a tag, and this is an excellent opportunity to reintroduce myself to some new followers and share a little bit more about myself as a blogger ❤

The Rules: 

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2) Write a post to show your award
3) Give a brief story of how your blog started
4) Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
5) Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to

Then comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created (I will be opting to ping bloggers by linking back to their blogs and on Twitter, as I am not one for leaving comments on nominations).  

The Birth of Books, Vertigo & Tea:

I am pretty sure I may have participated in a similar tag at some point, but it has certainly been a while, so forgive me if I am repeating myself. Books, Vertigo & Tea was actually born out of a desire to share my love of reading and some persistent encouragement from the nonhusband. I have always enjoyed sharing reviews on Goodreads.com and retail platforms. I have even been heavily involved in the anime community (under my other identity 😉 ). So I am no stranger to posting thoughts and views on anything from books to films. However, just under 3 years ago my life began to shift when I started experiencing so crazy health symptoms. This lead to a reduced work schedule, more down time and the need to occupy myself with something positive. Long story short, the blog was formed in the hopes of not only sharing books and tea but also a bit about my journey with chronic illness in an attempt to connect with others.

My Two Cents on Blogging:

  1. There is no wrong way! I could tell you all of the very important things I have discovered since I opened this account, but I feel this has to be one of the most important. You will encounter many posts and opinions on blogger and social media etiquette. The dos and don’ts. And you may find some great guidance in between it all. But at the end of the day it is your blog and that should be reflected. Do not be afraid to try new things or explore content and topics that appeal to you on a personal. level. Try new things. Deviate from the norm. Set your own goals and work towards them in a manner that makes you happy and leaves you feeling satisfied. Believe me, when I started I had people coming out of the wood work with tips and advice. I was told I ran my social media poorly and questioned for many decisions I made. But in the end it did not matter. I found my own groove and at has been rewarding.
  2. Forget about stats! Seriously. I am repeating Greg here, but I cannot express how damaging those number will be if you stress over them. Any new venture takes time. And like all things in life, even the most successful blogs have lows and highs throughout the month. Looking at numbers obsessively will take away from the enjoyment and experience of blogging and the community. I make it a personal habit to look at stats about once a month now (when I even bother) and the only thing I look at is which posts had the highest views to better understand what my followers seem to enjoy. Just do your thing and have fun! Create an environment that you feel best represents you 🙂

Tagging (also consider yourself tagged if I missed you and you want to join in!):

Liis at Cover to Cover
Debby at Always Booking
Kim at Traveling, Gladly Beyond
Lilly at Lair of Books
Jazz at I Swoon Over Fictional Men
Lashaan & Trang at Bookidote
Nicki at The Secret Library
Chuckles at Chuckle’s Book Cave
Christina at Tomes and Tequila
Robbie at Robbie’s Inspiration
Sophie at Blame Chocolate
Nikola at Breathing Through Pages
Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer
The Captain at Captain’s Quarters
Asia at Lost Art of Reading

Happy Reading and Sharing ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up

Sunday Sum-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This past week was heavily occupied with appointments and real life events that kept me away, but I did manage a review and post. Today we are celebrating the nonhusband’s birthday before he heads back to California for several days due to fires.

We did replace our bedding this weekend and pick up a new humidifier for the bedroom. This may not sound like news, but as someone who spends a lot of time in bed, it truly is! I slept very well last night and expect this will help with symptoms (our sheets were literally hurting my skin – I know sounds ridiculous but true). Also, I picked up my hearing aids this week! I admit, I spent several hours watching tv without subtitles and thoroughly enjoying it! I am still slightly overwhelmed by all of the background noises (birds outside, etc) and adjusting to being able to hear my own voice, but I am super excited. So in spite of this cold, it has been a successful week.

(New)Recent Reviews

9781101890585The Gracekeepers

(New) Current Reads (1)(Actually starting this tomorrow)

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The Heretic’s Daughter
By Kathleen Kent

Synopsis: 

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

(New)Other Happenings

  • Once again it was a slow week on BVT. But I did manage to put together a small Tenative Fall TBR.
  • I made the difficult decision to leave a few blogging groups this week. I have a discussion post drafted for this and may share it once I am more comfortable. I am hoping to approach a topic that has been weighing heavily on me but might solicit some negative feedback.
  • I am super excited for the upcoming series Electric Dreams (Phillip K. Dick) on Amazon Prime which you can watch a trailer of here. I also just started the new podcast based series Lore. Are you familiar with the podcast or series? It is shaping up to be a perfect October show.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend. I am looking forward to a nice cuppa and some new stories and shows as we enjoy this Fall weather (aka rain) that has settled in.

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” 
― Bill Watterson

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Tentative Fall TBR & Upcoming Reads

Yes, I sort of have a “TBR” this fall. I know.. I know, I generally avoid sticking to lists and setting a schedule (hence the tentative), but I have a lot of titles I am very excited to explore over the next few months. So deviating a bit, I thought I would share a several of the books (not all inclusive) included in my stack which may very well carry over into winter reading.

Fall TBR

(Links to Goodreads info in titles)

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The Heretic’s Daughter
By Kathleen Kent

Synopsis:

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

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A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings #1)
By Kevin Hearne

Synopsis:

In the start of an enchanting new series, the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world . . . one that is forever changed when an army of giants invades. The kingdom’s only hope? The discovery of a form of magic that will call the world’s wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind.

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The Girl in the Tower (The WInternight Trilogy #2)

By Katherine Arden

Synopsis:

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingalecontinues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

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13 Minutes
By Sarah Pinborough

Synopsis:

I was dead for 13 minutes.

I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal.

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?

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Little Fires EverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere
By Celeste Ng

Synopsis:

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

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The Tethered Mage (Swords and Fire #1)
By Melissa Caruso

Synopsis:

In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. 
Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.


Have you read any of the books in my pile? I am really looking forward to exploring a few titles in various genres over the next two months. What’s in your Fall or upcoming reading stack?

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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