Captivating Covers [#23]

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Random Fact of the Day: It takes 17 muscles to smile, 43 to frown. (so, smile more!!)

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It’s been SO long since I’ve shared a Captivating Cover! I think it’s partially because of all the giveaway/promo posts I’ve been doing. But besides that, today I am here to share another cover in our book community that is just a pure beauty. As always, feel free to recommend some in the comments! (:

Captivating Covers is a meme created by me — @JBelkBooks. I don’t know if it’s just me, but sometimes I buy books just because of the cover. So, I created this meme to share my findings! 📚

Once a week, you can showcase ‘captivating’ book covers that you came across! They do not have to be purchased by you and they could’ve been found anywhere — bookstores, libraries, online, etc. Have fun with this and make sure to comment a link below to your own Captivating Covers!

💭 IMAGINE THIS: A watercolor-ish cover with such a great color scheme. A cover that makes you think of something…magical? Almost like a dream. Two lifestyles coming together in one cover — urban & rural. Just to think that the cover has SO much to do with the synopsis of the book itself (my favorite type of covers)! What book am I referring to?

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Title: All We Have Left

Author: Wendy Mills

Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Historical Fiction

Published: August 9th, 2016

WHAT DID I TELL YOU??! I would love to buy this book just for the cover, but I actually found the book itself to be pretty intriguing! This book currently has 4.39 stars on Goodreads! And in case contemporary is a turn-off for you, it is about historical fiction, so feel free to read the synopsis below to find out if this book is for you!😉

Check out the synopsis below for ALL WE HAVE LEFT!

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Top Ten Tuesday [#33]

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Random Fact of the Day: Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy!

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Top Ten Tuesday, so here I am today attempting to make a list of Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016Top 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!

[1.] JESSE ANDREWS: What book(s) did I read? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Why do I enjoy Andrews? His writing is fairly similar to John Green’s in my opinion, and I love John Green. So, I definitely want to read more of his works.

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[2.] COLLEEN HOOVER: What book(s) did I read? Never, Never Part 1 & 2

Why do I enjoy Hoover? HER WRITING IS SO DANG BEAUTIFUL and I always get so attached to her characters!

[3.] JENNIFER NIVEN: What book(s) did I read? All The Bright Places & Holding Up The Universe

Why do I enjoy Niven? I love, LOVE, ATBP and even though it made me cry, it was such an amazing novel with great characters and a great message. Definitely recommend Niven to everyone!

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[4.] AMY ZHANG: What book(s) did I read? Falling Into Place

Why do I enjoy Zhang? Another author in which the writing is great — Zhang has this way with words that made me want to keep reading, along with the ideas behind her novels.

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Ringing in the New Year Book Tag!

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Random Fact of the Day: Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I hope everyone’s weekend is going/was swell! I was tagged by Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles for the Ringing In The New Year Book Tag, so thank you, Rae! It’s technically close-ish to the New Year, so heck, let’s get on with the tag. (:

RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best Book and/or Series That You’ve Read In 2016

Now that I think about it, I didn’t read ANY series this 2016 (although I’m not THAT surprised)! However, I have WAY more than one “best book”, but if I had to pick one, it would have to be All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. She is now on my Queen List.👑

Authors That You’ve Recently Found & Would Like To Read More of In The New Year

My next Top Ten Tuesday post talks further about this topic, but a few are: Rainbow Rowell, Colleen Hoover, and Jesse Andrews.

Most Anticipated Book Turned Movie/TV Show?

Image result for series of unfortunate events netflixDefinitely A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle, and possibly Looking For Alaska by John Green? I think he might’ve cancelled that one, but I can’t remember.

 

 

Name a Character That You Wouldn’t Mind Sharing a Kiss With at Midnight (if there is one)

Hmmm…so many!! Theodore Finch from ATBP is a must, though 😊💓

What’s On Your TBR For 2017? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

Way too many to list, and I feel bad listing only FIVE of them! Therefore, I am linking my Goodreads TBR, lol.

How Many Books Do You Hope To Read In 2016?

Image result for im ashamed gifLol, well, I did have to set goal of 50, but that didn’t turn out so well. So I’m hoping for at LEAST 30 by the end of 2016…😬

 

 

Will You Participate In The Goodreads Reading Challenge or Any Others (PopSugar, Read the Books You Buy, etc.)

Yes! Definitely GR Reading Challenge, and I am planning on continuing Read The Books Your Buy & maybe the Commenting 365 Challenge, again! (even though I am failing at ALL of those currently)

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

A ton, actually. But I think I’ll be leaving that list for my legit 2016 End of The Year post xD



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Doing this tag actually made me really anxious and nervous for the end of this year, but oh well — it’s bound to happen, lol. If YOU want to join in on this tag and the fun, please feel free to consider yourself tagged! I’ve been tagging a bunch of people lately and I think I need to give it a rest xD But anyways, I hope you all have an AMAZING upcoming week!❤


🎈DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!🎈

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

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1 Month ‘Till A New Year! [GIVEAWAY!!!] | November Wrap-Up

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Random Fact of the Day: The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Happy December 1st! It is slowly but surely reaching the end of 2016 and I’m really not sure how to feel about that! I honestly felt like just yesterday I started my 2016-2017 year of high school…But anyways, enough of the reminiscing, let’s break down what I accomplished (or didn’t accomplish) in the month of November!

THE BOOKS

THE GREAT GATSBY BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL BY JESSE ANDREWS

MY RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES BY RACHEL COHN & DAVID LEVITHAN

MY RATING: 3.85 out of 5 stars

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THE ART

I had lots of time this Thanksgiving break to really paint, and it was refreshing to be able to do so! The very top painting is actually a painting over a painting — originally there was something else on that canvas, but then I covered it with white paint and created a new painting! As for the other two paintings, those are new editions 🎨

TOP POSTS OF NOVEMBER

Top Two With Most Views:

Top Two With Most Comments:

Top Two With Most Likes:

SO LET’S WRAP IT UP!

WHAT’S NEW:

  • In spirit of the holidays, I am hosting a HUGE GIVEAWAY via Twitter!! 🎉💝🎁 All you have to do is Follow my Twitter Account and Retweet THIS tweet!! Ends December 31st! The giveaway is only open to residents of the United States, though! I’m so sorry to all my favorite Internationals; I promise one day I WILL host an INTL!! 😞 [Below is everything included in the giveaway — (1) one winner will be chosen!]
  • 3-ish weeks until my first semester of Junior year is over! (thankfully)
  • I exceeded 600 followers on Twitter! (:

And that is all for the month of November! November actually went by pretty fast, but I think that’s only because of Thanksgiving and the horrible fact that I was sick during the first half xD But anyways, here’s to an even BETTER December and a fantastic end to the year! 💘😌

How was your month? Planning anything exciting for the LAST month of 2016? Chat with me in the comments! ⬇️

🎈DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!🎈

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

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Disease & Comedy? | Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by J. Andrews

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Random Fact of the Day: Diet Pepsi was originally called Patio Diet Cola.

Title: Me And Earl and the Dying Girl

Author(s): Jesse Andrews

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Page Count: 295

Published: March 1st, 2012

Format: Hardback

Source: Purchased

BUY HERE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.”

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I don’t even remember where I discovered this book (it was probably from Booktube), but I randomly decided to read it this month because I was in need of a good laugh! If there’s one thing about this book that I’ve heard continuously, it’s the fact that it’s hilarious (which it was!!!).

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|| The Feels: 2.5/5 || Emotions: Humour, Bored, Confused || Characters: 3/5 || Character Development: 2/5 || Plot: 3/5 || Interest: 4/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 ||Ending: 3/5

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The Mystery Blogger Award!

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Random Fact of the Day: Over 50% of lottery players go back to work after winning the jackpot.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It’s been a while since I’ve been nominated for a NEW award, so thank you to VIVIAN @ VIVIANPARKINDEROSA for thinking of me! Make sure you guys go check out her blog (:

RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

ABOUT THE AWARD:

“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. The award was created by Okoto Enigma.

THREE THINGS ABOUT JBELKBOOKS

[1.] I really, really enjoy macaroni & cheese. It may not be my FAVORITE food, but it’s definitely top 5!!

[2.] My most-read reading genre is Contemporary!

[3.] I am completely failing my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2016 *sigh*

MY A’S TO THE Q’S

[1.] What is your favorite place to visit?

Umm..besides my grandparents’ house, I really love visiting San Francisco! The weather is always great and there’s so much to do! 🌇

[2.] Where do you like to read/write?

I enjoy reading in my cozy bed, but sometimes I find it soothing to read outside depending on the weather. As for writing (although I don’t write a ton), I typically am at my desk.

[3.] What’s your favorite book?

Well, I have a couple and I feel like I express this a lot. But, my top two would be Looking For Alaska by John Green and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

[4.] Cats or dogs?

Dogs most definitely!! 🐶

Silly Question:

[5.] What makes a better fort? Pillows or blankets?

Hard question! I would say blankets just because I think they are easier to assemble for a fort! But I use both for the ultimate fort!

I NOMINATE:

Your Questions:

  1. What’s the last book that you did not enjoy?
  2. If you could pick one season (fall, summer, spring, etc.) to live in forever, which would it be?
  3. What is your “go-to” movie/show that makes you happy/laugh?
  4. How is your 2016 going? (feel free to rant!)
  5. (the supposed-to-be weird question) What was the first thought you had when you woke up this morning?

Of course it is not mandatory that you complete and post this award, but if you do decide to taken upon the fun, definitely pingback to this post so I can read your post!! If you weren’t tagged and you would love to answer those questions, just let me know & you’ll be considered tagged! Have fun…:)

➡️My Favorite Post That May Not Necessarily Be My Best Post⬅️

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Celebrating the Little Things! | Tag

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Random Fact of the Day: Half of all Americans over the age of 55 have no teeth.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 In spirit of today’s holiday, I decided to Celebrate the Little Things! I saw this tag posted on Cristina’s blog, and I thought it looked really fun yet a very good idea, so here I am today posting the Celebrating the Little Things Tag! 🎉

WHO WAS YOUR VERY FIRST FOLLOWER (IF YOU CAN FIND OUT) TAG THEM AND GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!

Aneta @ Sincerely Aneta was my FIRST ever follower, so thank you, Aneta, for making my whole blogging experience — you are completely awesome!

WHAT WAS THE LAST MILESTONE YOU REACHED?

Image result for time change gifI think my latest milestone was my 1 Year Blogiversary!! Celebrating my Blogiversary was one of my favorite days of the year, especially because of all the kind comments and love sent my way!❤

WHAT WAS THE VERY FIRST POST YOU POSTED ON YOUR BLOG? SHARE IT WITH US! IF YOU CAN FIND OUT.

My very first post that I posted was an introduction posted on August 1st, 2015 —Hello!. A lot has changed since that first post, but it’s always funny to look back at how weird (and still am) I was 😄

WHO WAS YOUR MOST RECENT FOLLOWER, TAG THEM AND GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!

Image result for welcome gifFrom November 22nd (the day I am typing this up), my most recent follower would be Ishita @ Bookmyopia !! Thank you for following and I hope you enjoy your time visiting my blog!❤

 

WHAT WAS THE LAST POST YOU POSTED AND WHO WAS THE VERY FIRST PERSON WHO TOOK THEIR TIME TO CLICK THE LIKE BUTTON? GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!

Image result for i like you gifAgain, from Nov. 22nd, my last post was Eden’s Escape by M. Tara Crowl | Q&A + GIVEAWAY!!! and the first person to like was Megan @ bookslayerReads !! THANK YOU, MEGAN!!❤

 

HOW MANY MONTHS HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING FOR?

14 months and 22 days! Or, 1 year and 3 months approximately. 💁

DO YOU HAVE ANY BLOGGERS YOU’RE FRIENDS WITH? GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT.

I talk to a few people outside of blog comments, and I’d like to consider us to be friends! Shoutouts to my favorites in the whole wide world:

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books // Fadwa @ Word Wonders  // Lashaan & Trang @ Bookidote // Yasmin @ Read Books and Drink Coffee // Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

(and YOU!!! You are now my friend and you are stuck with me 😌)

WHO ORIGINALLY CREATED THE LAST MEME OR TAG YOU PARTICIPATED IN? GIVE THEM A SHOUT OUT!

Does this tag count…?? Anyways, the last meme I particpated in was Friday Finds and that was created by @adailyrhythm! (:

HAVE YOU ANY SOCIAL MEDIA RELATED TO YOUR BLOG? 

Yes!! Click on the icons and you can follow me on any/all of those social media sites!

TwitterGoodreadsBloglovinRSS

LAST BUT NOT LEAST …. JUST GIVE THANKS TO ALL YOUR FOLLOWERS.

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And that completes this Thanksgiving themed post! If I haven’t said it enough, I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU! Thank you for taking the time to read this post, comment, follow, and even just visit my blog. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday and make sure to eat until your tummy is full and enjoy the presence of your family & friends on this special day! 💝🍴🎊

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

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