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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The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman

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The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1)
By Alison Goodman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN13: 9780670785476
Pages: 482
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Paranormal

Synopsis:

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

(New) Thoughts

The Dark Days Club was an accidental find that landed on my shelves after browsing Book Outlet. The promise of a  story involving the paranormal and Regency London begged to be read. And this first book delivered a solid and satisfying introduction to Lady Helen.

Set in 1812 London, we are introduced to 18-year-old Lady Helen on the night before her presentation in court as a young, eligible woman. Feelings are apprehensive as she struggles to deal with the weight of her deceased mother’s questionable past and the pressure to keep appearances. When a housemaid has suddenly vanished without explanation, Lady Helen finds herself thrown into a mystery that will take her deep into the underbelly of London among supernatural creatures and many lurking dangers.  But it is quite possible that hidden within, she may uncover the truth to her own elusive past.

Some books are just fun! With an incredible ensemble of characters and its elaborate setting, The Dark Days Club falls effortlessly into this category. Lady Helen is strong-headed and intelligent. She also plays a mean political game as she understands exactly what is expected of her and the consequences of not meeting those expectations. I found her wit and curiosity to be well-balanced with her charm, strengths and occasional weaknesses. She is the sort of individual you find yourself drawn to and wanting to befriend. I simply adored her in terms of female protagonist. Lord Carlston and the many supporting characters supplied a nice air of mystery the accompanied our lead well and brought great depth and variety to the story.

The world building is lavish and inviting. Clever use of details easily paint a clear setting that expands on the story-line and fully immerses the reader into Regency London.  I cannot recall reading a Regency setting that felt so picturesque and atmospheric before now. I thoroughly enjoyed every scene and found myself lost within the pages.

Goodman’s writing is clever and well-timed, creating a steady paced read that carries the reader through nearly 500 pages with incredible ease. Character development unfolds at a rewarding pace and allows for future growth. Elements of London and the paranormal come together beautifully, offering a very distinct experience that is not without action. And hidden underneath all of the wonder still lies a story of loyalty, friendship and honor.

I think I am taking the plunge and 5 starring this one on Goodreads. Anyone who enjoys rich historical fiction and the paranormal will find entertainment and value in The Dark Days Club. I will be continuing with this series.

Untitled designEnjoyed with a cup of vanilla chai, a splash of milk and a dash of cinnamon.

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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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