JBelkBooks’ Next Step | Chat with JBelkBooks


Random Quote of the Day: “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

Hello sunshines! 🔆 HOW ARE YOU ALL? HAPPY 2018! Today I am addressing my NEXT STEP. What is there to do now? It’s a new year and I’ve decided to get back into blogging as I want to SELF-HOST.

Image result for bluehostI’m thinking of going with BLUE HOST. It’s one of the recommended services by WordPress and honestly I don’t know much about self-hosting. I do know it costs money and I do know that I have much more freedom with my blog. I’ve always wanted to expand with my site and make it officially MINE so I am super excited to get started. However, Blue Host requires that you pay your service upfront. This is only a problem for me because I had not been saving previously so I have to wait until the beginning of February to set up my account with Blue Host.

This is actually okay with me as it gives me time just to solely create posts ahead of time. It also gives me time to think of a new creative theme, along with new headers, images, schemes, etc.. This is probably my favorite part of blogging so I am super excited to start creating again.

Image result for time gifWith that being said you probably won’t be seeing much of me until February 2018. Do know am I am still alive and I am still blogging. I just need this month to plan ahead so I’m not trying to do EVERYTHING in February when I get my new site up.


If anyone has any advice or comments about Blue Host or self-hosting in general, definitely let me know! I am a newbie when it comes to self-hosting, so any information will be valuable to me!


See you all in February! ✨


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


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A Welcome Back? And Giveaway? | Chat with JBelkBooks


Random Quote of the Day: “I am back…I think…And I am ready to blog!” – JBelkBooks

Hello sunshines! 🔆 The last time I did an update was in October! That seems so far from today (and it kind of is)! I am finally on Christmas break from school and I now have some courage to sit down and actually type this post.

I guess I should start off with that I don’t know if I’m back for GOOD — I still have a few more months of my senior year and first semester definitely kicked my ass. With college applications, my jobs, numerous projects and tests…I have been a mess. But with the first semester finished I think I might want to get back into blogging. I’ve missed the interactions, being involved, and enjoying my time creating these posts. I’ve even thought of starting off the New Year with a new layout and possibly self-publishing?! I think that if I actually paid for self-publishing I’d be more willing to find time to put attention into blogging. I don’t know though,what do you guys think?? If you have any experiences/tricks and tips to self-publishing, definitely let me know! I was just going to purchase through WordPress, but if anyone has any other websites/services that are better/worth it, please feel free to share!

But anyways, I won’t go into a whole update into my life because it’s pretty much that same humble jumble — school, work, school, and more school. School has taken over my life as most of you guys know, but I did want to share that I AM, indeed, ALIVE and I have missed you all a ton.

I’ve missed you all SO MUCH that I am going to be hosting a New Years Giveaway! 🎉It’s one of the simple ones:

[1.] FOLLOW ME on Twitter [at] JBelkBooks

[2.] RETWEET this tweet and let the magic happen!

In honor of two years of blogging, TWO winners will be chosen. Each winner will be sent an Amazon E-Gift Card worth $10! This giveaway is open to US Residents and International. GIVEAWAY ENDS January 1st, 2018 PST! GOOD LUCK! 💗💗line

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


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Where Have I Been? | A Life Update


Random Quote of the Day: “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It has definitely been…a while. I can’t even remember what was the last thing I posted, lol. Anyways, I’m just going to cut right into the information and give you guys the run down of the where, when, how, why of my life since September.

Since September I have not had the will power to get up, plan out posts, and actually type them out. As you may have suspected, school has been kicking my tiny butt. If I had free time (unlikely), I was sleeping or watching Netflix. Nothing in me wanted to get up and put effort into my days if I didn’t NEED to.


Nothing much happened in September — this month always goes by so fast and I think it may be due to the angst that I have since my birthday is the last day of that month. In fact, the only fun that came out of September was my birthday. Instead of posting a haul, I’m just gonna show you guys what I got.

I visited HALF PRICED BOOKS and DICK BLICK ART MATERIALS to celebrate my birthday. Here’s the quick haul of the books:



Just like September, October hasn’t been treating me TOO well either.

  • I bought John/Hank Green tickets for their Tour surrounding John Green’s newest novel release, Turtles All the Way Down. I’m going to the San Francisco show on October 31st if anyone else is attending!
  • I’m still working everyday after school from about 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. I know it’s not A LOT of hours, but working with kids straight after school does take a toll on me.
  • As many of you may have heard, my city in Northern California has been under some natural disaster business. From the beginning of this week, there has been a ton of wildfires (AKA Atlas Fires) around my area. I went to school on Tuesday, but the sky was horrendous and the air quality was horrible. School was cancelled this entire week as the fires have not been contained. I haven’t seen many people talking about it on social media unless they live in the area which is odd. People are losing their lives, their homes, etc.. But anyways, my family and I are safe for now. If anyone would like to donate or help out, feel free to donate HERE, or use Google to look up different sources.

Besides these odd happenings, my life has been pretty dull. School has been taking over and it’s only going to get more busy. College Applications are coming up in November so that should be fun. If anyone has any tips to get through Apps, definitely let me know!

I haven’t been reading unless it’s for school. Right now, we just finished I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and now we are studying Sylvia Plath and her poetry. Let’s just say I’m not a fan of poetry every day, lol.

I’m not going to make any promises and say that I’m going to try and post because honestly, I don’t have time. I definitely miss blogging and the community, but I haven’t been active on Twitter or Instagram, either.


So that’s about it! Again, I do miss you guys and I will try and check in here and there. I probably won’t be completely active again until after November since the stress will be semi-decreased.

💬 But what about YOU guys? How are you? Did you hear about the wildfires in California? What have you been reading?? Chat with me in the comments!

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




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Random Quote of the Day: “Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” – David Lloyd George 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It is my favorite month of the year simply because it’s my birthday month! Even though this month has been pretty busy I am looking forward to the end of the month! Do you have a birthday in September? ✨

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  • MY ETSY SHOP HAS LAUNCHED!! If you haven’t seen my spam on Twitter or Instagram lately, A SKETCH OF JESS is now LIVE and ready for you! I’ve gotten several forms of support from family and friends already and it is JUST the beginning! Check out my shop HERE and possibly give it a LIKE? 🎉
  • I’M SELLING CLOTHES, BOOKS, & PAINTINGS ON MERCARI! Mercari is a marketplace app to sell your items easily! If you wanna see what I’m selling for fairly cheap, check out my Shop with my username ‘Jesalin Belk’.
  • I STARTED MY NEW JOB! I’m currently working at my local elementary school at an after school program with 1st-5th graders! They are such sweethearts and I am very pleased so far with it!

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Which Cover Wednesday [#34]


Random Quote of the Day: “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It’s been a while since I’ve posted a WCW! Let’s just skip to the debate 😉


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Both are actually really stunning so this is definitely a hard decision. I love the creativity for the SECOND cover, so I think I’m picking that one! Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the first cover!

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Top Ten Tuesday [#43]


Random Quote of the Day: “A mind too active is no mind at all.” – Theodore Roethke

Hello sunshines!🔆 It is no longer Monday which means that the week is 4 days from being OVER! For this week’s TTT post, were are chatting it up about TOP TEN NOVELS THAT HAD ALL THE HYPE!

Disclaimer: these are novels that I remember having hype since I’ve started blogging

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare

CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo



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Graze | A FREE Box for YOU!


Random Quote of the Day: “We can only learn to love by loving.” – Iris Murdoch 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I am back, back, back, again with ANOTHER food subscription box! However, this time I have TWO codes for any of you guys to use to get yourself a FREE box! Stay tuned until the end of this post to get the code (:

Today I am featuring GRAZE. GRAZE is snacking reinvented.

“Graze was started by seven friends sick of chips and candy, who wanted a better way to snack. We quit our jobs and camped out in a friend’s spare room for months and after a lot of hard work, graze.com was born – snacks that show off the tasty side of health and are delivered directly to you. From pure fruit, to wholesome treats and dips & dippers – our huge variety (100 snacks with millions of graze box combinations) means there’s always something different to try so you’ll never be left standing at the vending machine feeling glum again!”

I was able to get this GRAZE box for FREE! Lucky for you I have a code that you can use to get a free box! However, let’s take a look at what I got:

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