How/Why to Comment Like You Care | Chat with JBelkBooks


Random Fact of the Day: Most dust particles in your house come from dead skin. (ew?)

Hello sunshines! This discussion topic has been in my drafts for so, so, SO long, and I thought it was about time that I share my thoughts on Why You Should…

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Image result for sigh gifWhen I started blogging, the FIRST thing I did was follow & comment on a TON of blogs. Now, I must admit…I only commented on so many blogs in the beginning because I wanted to get noticed. And now that I look back on that, I regret doing so. I should’ve Commented Like I Cared. I did comment on a lot of different blogs, but I don’t think I put so much effort into them, and that’s really unfortunate. But, I HAVE learned from my mistakes, and I am very proud and happy to say that I now Comment Like I Care.

Now, you might be thinking, “Jesalin, what do you mean by ‘Comment Like You Care’???” Well, here are a few tips that will help you understand:

  • ACTUALLY READ FELLOW BLOGGER’S POSTS!!! Don’t just comment randomly and say, “hey, I like this post!” I know some people may appreciate that and I understand, but at least take the audacity to READ the post and maybe give advice or reflect on what the blogger mentioned.
  • DON’T SEND 1 SENTENCE COMMENTS!!! Comments are comments — yes, I understand this. But if the comment just says, “Great post!”, I don’t really know how to respond to that other than to say “Thank you”. And I don’t know about you guys, but I actually enjoy conversing with other people via comments, so when the comment is that short, I am kind of disappointed.

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  • RETURN THE FAVOR. People comment out of the kindness of their hearts (at least I do), so take the time and return the favor — comment on their posts…let them know that you appreciate them doing so. Commenting can be a hassle & very time consuming — believe me, I know. But again, it’s part of the blogging process, so if they take the time, so should you.
  • COMMENTS INTRODUCE FRIENDSHIPS. Commenting should not be a chore, and I know sometimes it can feel that way. But when you comment on a friend’s post or even some random blogger, you can enhance your friendship, and I think that’s pretty awesome!! I’ve met some AMAZING people because they or I decided to comment and again, that’s pretty cool if you ask me.
  • JOIN CHALLENGES/CLUBS THAT ENCOURAGE COMMENTING. Last year when my blog was more fetus than it already is, I only commented “here and there”. So this year I decided to take upon the Commenting 365 Challenge. It’s fun and also very challenging, but also WORTH the effort and time!

Image result for keeping up with the kardashians gifsSo I guess what I’m saying is that I know how time-consuming commenting/commenting back can be — any blogger can relate to that. But that’s really what this community is about and it’s a dedication that you have to be willing to make when you start blogging.*

Since I have started Commenting Like I Care, I’ve had some fantastic conversations with people that I can now call my friends, and that was all because I took the time to comment back or visit their blog and READ their posts. Everyone has something different to share in the blogging community, so GO EXPLORE. GO VISIT RANDOM BLOGS. GO FOLLOW THEM. And most importantly, LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU CARE.


Do you Comment Like You Care?? Do you agree/disagree with anything I’ve expressed? Have you joined any Commenting Challenges?? I was thinking of typing up another post relating to advice on Commenting in general, so if you guys want to see that post too, let me know! Chat with me in the comments because COMMENTING IS CARING. 💗

*I did want to mention that I am not posting this to bash on anyone — it’s your blog and it’s your time, so take the advice as you wish. This is a discussion post after all, so all opinions are welcomed!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time…




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Buzzfeed Knows What Book I Should Read This Fall | Tag

Random Fact of the Day: Goat’s milk is used more widely throughout the world than cow’s milk.

Hello sunshines! Now…this isn’t TECHNICALLY a tag, but I thought it kind of related to a tag, so let’s just call it a tag! Anyways, I found this quiz on Buzzfeed’s website, and I thought it would be fun to share my results with you all! I will be listing the questions, the options, and my answer to each! Let’s get to it😉

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  1. Southern U.S.
  2. Southern California
  3. London
  4. Seattle
  5. Berlin
  6. Poland
  7. Sri Lanka
  8. On A Road Trip Across America
  9. New Jersey

MY ANSWER: LONDON. I feel like that would be pretty cool, especially because I haven’t been to London before!! (or any of the places listed beside CA, lol)

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  1. Playing Backgammon
  2. Bonding With Your Family
  3. Inheriting a House
  4. Getting Your Life Together
  5. Meeting an Old Friend
  6. Starting a New Relationship
  7. Being Part of a Love Triangle
  8. Fighting For Your Freedom
  9. Fighting For Your Survival

MY ANSWER: Oh my goodness, the options 😂 Getting My Life Together would be the ultimate choice, however I went with Bonding With Your Family!

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Top Ten Tuesday [#32]


Random Fact of the Day: The sloth moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on it’s fur.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It has FINALLY rained here in (not-so) sunny California!! ☔️ The rain at this time of year makes me pretty happy, so I hope where you are the weather is somewhat enjoyable :) Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will post a new Top Ten List. This list includes topics such as ‘my top ten favorite authors’ or ‘my top ten books of this month’. The topics will change, so make sure you stay tuned for each week! Feel free to comment or link your Top Ten Tuesday lists below and I’ll be more than happy to check them out!

This week’s topic makes me so nostalgic but pretty happy, and that’s because I get to reflect on ALL the books I’ve read and pick out TEN Names That I Would Name a Child/Dog!! I love names, and I love naming things, so this shall be very fun! 😏

Image result for violet all the bright places[1.] VIOLET from All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: Not only is ATBP one of my favorite books of all time, but I love the name Violet. Now, I don’t think I would name a child Violet, but I DO have a succulent named Violet😉

[2.] ALASKA from Looking for Alaska by John Green: Again, what better way to remember your favorite book than by naming your dog Alaska!!

[3.] SENECA from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I think I would consider naming a child Seneca, but all together it’s a really pretty name. I don’t think I would name a male Seneca though…

[4.] JACE from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I have this slight obsession with names that start with “J”, and I don’t know why. But yeah, Jace sounds good, lol.

[5.] CHARLIE from The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Another beautiful book with beautiful characters. I would definitely name a plant/dog Charlie❤Image result for charlie perks of being a wallflower gif

[6.] ELEANOR from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Again, another definite name for a plant/dog. Eleanor (and Charlie) is so simple but I love the name so much!

[7.] ADELINA from The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Okay, even though Adelina is bit of a villain, the name, Adelina, is so…majestic? I know Adelina means “noble”, so that’s a plus!😉

Alright, those are all the names I could think of! I noticed a lot of the names are fairly simple names, but I am far from being a simple person so that’s pretty interesting 😅 I would love, love, love if you guys would link your TTT’s in the comments — I am always looking for new favorite names😉 Have a great rest of your morning/evening/night!!

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Friday Finds [Oct.14th]


Random Fact of the Day: Milk is heavier than cream.

Hello sunshines! How was everyone’s week?? I hope you had a fantabulous week, and if not, here’s to a BETTER weekend! :D Friday Finds is a meme hosted by @adailyrhythm. It is a chance for you to showcase the books you’ve ‘found’ and added to your TBR list! They do not have to be books you purchased and they could’ve been found anywhere — bookstores, online, library, etc. Here are my most recent finds:


I’m your protagonist—Reshma Kapoor—and if you have the free time to read this book, then you’re probably nothing like me.
Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all…


Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you…


Now: Sixteen-year-old Jesse is used to living with the echoes of the past. Her older brother died in the September 11th attacks, and her dad has filled their home with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The only way to make amends is to face the past, starting Jesse on a journey that will reveal the truth about how her brother died…


Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.
Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in?…


At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…

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BOO!! (Did I Scare You??) | October Bi-Weekly Wrap-Up


Random Fact of the Day: Your heart rate can rise as much as 30% during a yawn.

Hello sunshines! It is already the middle-ish of October — where did 2016 go??? I honestly can’t even remember the beginning of October because time went by so fast, but I guess that this post is a good thing then 😅

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  • I am FINALLY 16 so I can get a job!! I don’t know if I want to try and get a job while I’m in school, but I have been looking at job apps.
  • I’ve been watching the 2016 Presidential Debates and…I don’t know what to say…😶

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  • I am finally at the point where I have to double shelf my books on my bookshelf (is this bad or good??)! However, I did just go to IKEA to buy the shelves that are attached to walls, so that’ll be fun, lol. [btw, IKEA is amazing]
  • I posted a REALLY long July, August, and September Collective Book Haul (it’s my second biggest haul of the year!!) 📖
  • I posted my first book review in a LOONNGGG time, so feel free to check it out!
  • [BLOG RELATED] I reached over 350 Blog Followers recently 🎊 — HELLO TO MY NEW FOLLOWERS!!!❤
  • [BLOG RELATED] I am NOW accepting requests for YOU to be a Featured Follower in my Feature with Followers posts!! For more details, click HERE.

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And that is the end to this October BWWU! Not much has happened this month, and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing…? Are you guys dressing up for Halloween?? 👻🎃 I need some inspiration for my own costume if I do decide to dress-up this year! I hope everyone’s month is going semi-good or even better, AMAZING, and if not, we still have the rest of October to turn it around😉

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time…



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Top Ten Tuesday [#31]


Random Fact of the Day: About half of all Americans are on a diet on any given day.

Hello sunshines! I have this rare feeling that this week will be half stressful but half a good week…is anyone else feeling that way? Today’s post is dedicated to Top Ten Tuesday — Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will post a new Top Ten List. This list includes topics such as ‘my top ten favorite authors’ or ‘my top ten books of this month’. The topics will change, so make sure you stay tuned for each week!

I always, always ask for book recommendations…like, ALWAYS. Although I don’t immediately go out and buy each book someone recommends me, I do look into them via Goodreads, and most of the time, I do add them to my TBR! So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Recommended Books Added To My TBR.

[1.] Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella


[2.] This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl


[3.] Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen


[4.] Confess by Colleen Hoover


[5.] The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


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July, August, + September Book Haul!


Random Fact of the Day: I think I have an addiction and that’s okay 

Hello sunshines!! 🔆 I know September is far over already, but I still needed to post my Collective Book Haul from July to September! Now this one is a little…massive…but if it means anything, not ALL of them were purchased!! Let’s get into the haul because this post is going to be loooong:


  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • The Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Fate of Flames ARC by Sarah Raughley



  • XODUS by K.J. McPike (signed)
  • NEMESIS by K.J. McPike (signed)
  • This Is Me by C.E. Wilson (signed)
  • The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
  • Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher (signed)

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