Monthly Archives: May 2016

Feature with Followers [#23]

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Random Fact of the Day: There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S!

Helloooo and welcome back to another Feature with Followers post! Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

*CUES DRUM ROLL* FIND OUT WHO THIS WEEK’S FWF IS WITH THESE HINTS:

  • On her blog you sometimes see Italian and English posts.
  • Besides reading, she enjoys DIYs, playing the piano, etc.
  • This wonderful blogger loves Pokemon & Harry Potter.

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Arvenig @ Arvenig.it!!!

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ABOUT ARVENIG: Hi everyone! I’m Arvenig. I’m a blogger, a bookworm and a fangirl. I first started blogging on another blog with a friend of mine but she didn’t like it so much, so I started this blog, at the beginning it was in italian but then I decided to write everything in english (but sometimes I write about events in italian)! Hmm what else? On my blog I write about DIYs, my life experiences, how-tos, reviews and a bunch of other things. I usually post on Sunday, but sometimes I write also some bonus posts (like photos and events that are coming soon)! I love to read, make DIYs, draw, listen to music, travel, write and play the piano. I blog for two main reasons: I like it and I hope to inspire someone like you!

Check out that header, guys!! So colorful and very unique 🙂

BUM, BUUUM! Q&A TIME!


ME: When did your blogging journey begin and why did you decide to start?

ARVENIG: It all started when with my best friend I decided I wanted a blog where we could write things about us, help people (especially for school assignments), ect. But she didn’t like it as much as I did so I bought a new domain and I started this blog! At the beginning it was in italian and I think I posted once in two months. However, one year ago I wanted to get serious about it so I decided to write everything in english and force me to post at least once a week.

[Haha, this kind of sounds like me when I was in middle school — my best friend and I wanted to start blogging, but we ended up giving up on that idea after a month or so 😉 ]

ME: If there’s one thing that you’d blog about besides books, what would it be?

ARVENIG: Probably my attempts at creating something (drawing/making stuff/ jewerly tutorials…)

[Yeeeeeess, DO IT!! I love blogs that are all about DIYs or something creative like that! I would definitely follow that blog!]

ME: Besides reading and blogging, what else do you do with your spare time?

ARVENIG:  I play the piano , mainly surf the internet and  try to draw XD.

[Wowwy, why does everyone play the piano except for me?? I’ve been wanting to learn for years now, but I never had the time or courage to take lessons ._. You are awesome for that, Arvenig!!]

ME:  What are some of your worst pet peeves?

ARVENIG:  I’m arachnophobic so one of them is surely touching a spider.
 Maybe when I find gums under a table, *cringe*.
 When people fake: it annoys me so so much…
 This is stupid, but I hate when people tuch your computer screen 🙂

ME: Since it is the 5th month of the year, what are five goals that you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?

ARVENIG: ~ I’d like to learn to color with the computer (I know it sounds stupid but all my drawings are in black & white and I struggle with coloring with pens and other stuff).
    ~ Since I’m still in highschool, one of them is to go to university.
    ~ I’d like to get better in english. I’m italian, english is my second language and I want to speak it more fluently.
    ~ I’d looove to write a book. That would be a really big dream to come true for me!
    ~ Read more books! In these five months I’ve read only 10 books !(I spent one month and a half reading a book that I hated for school, infact I had to stop reading every other book I was reading…)

[I, as well, want to start doing some drawings on my laptop, however again, I haven’t gotten around to doing so. Although I must admit, I do love the traditional technique too. And yes!! I need to read more books as well — I think I’ve only read…about 5-8 this entire year?? We both need some motivation xD ]


Do you like Arvenig? I like Arvenig. I mean, why wouldn’t you like Arvenig?? She’s creative, she speaks multiple languages, she’s a fellow BLOGGER…I mean, Arvenig is awesome, guys. Lol anyways, with all the weirdness aside, definitely check out her blog when you have the chance (like now 🙂 ) — she has hosted SO many challenges, including her Reading Challenge, her Creative Challenge, and even her Half-Blood Readalong. So if you are interested in any of those, you have to swing by her blog to find more information!

If you want to follow Arvenig on other forms of media, feel free to check out her social media listed below! Just simply click on the icon and you’ll be taken straight to her!

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Thank you a thousand times to Arvenig for taking the time to chat with me and share yourself with not just me, but also with the blogging community. I am surely rooting for you to complete and succeed with those five goals! ❤

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

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Food, Books, Music..| My First YALLWest (Part 2)

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Random Fact the Day: Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Hello and Happy Friday!! If you missed Part One of this three part series, definitely check out my Sneak-Peek to YALLWest! I’ve decided that you all have waited long enough, so here I am with My YALLWest Experience Part Two 😉 [WARNING: this post will be pretty lengthy]

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FIERCE FRIDAY: YALLWEST PREVIEW NIGHT

So I started YALLWest with the Fierce Friday Preview Event. I got to my hotel, my family and I rested a little bit, and eventually we left for the Santa Monica Public Library. The weather was a little on the cold side, but it was still sunny for the most part. There was a ton of traffic on the way (which was anticipated), but we did get there in time for me to get my wrist band & get in line. I must admit it was pretty hectic getting settled, but once I was calm and realization hit me that I WAS ABOUT TO SEE RAINBOW ROWELL, my emotions were everywhere, lol. The lines were organized, the people were friendly, and there were some awesome food trucks. One thing that I really loved was their wristband system — each person had a number on their wrist band, so if you wanted to step out of line to get food or to chat with friends, you could because you were allowed to get back in line with your number. I didn’t take advantage of this because my siblings brought me food, but it was still a great idea.

After maybe a 45 minute wait in line & a taste of deep fried macaroni and cheese balls and some awesome shaved ice, we were finally let into the Public Library. The line for Rainbow Rowell was the longest that I saw, but I stuck it out and I did get to the front of the line within maybe an hour and a half or so. Must I say that library was absolutely beautiful and I’m really glad the signing was inside, for it was pretty windy outside. As I got closer to the front my heartbeat began to speed up, but once I was face to face with Rowell it felt like we were just meeting up like old friends. Rowell was so sweet and I literally told her that Eleanor & Park made me cry, lol. My mother took some pictures, and then I was on my way to David Levithan’s line.

Surprisingly, to my luck, THERE WAS NO LINE for Levithan!! (Another shoutout to Jess @ PrincessicaofBooks for texting me and letting me know) So I walked right up to him and took out my three novels and he signed them right away. We conversed for a few minutes and then we departed. At that same time there was Author Karaoke, so that was pretty funny to hear in the background, lol.

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My First MG of the Year! | George by Alex Gino

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Random Fact of the Day: Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet!

*REVIEW MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS. READ AT OWN RISK*

Title: George

Author(s): Alex Gino

Genre: Middle Grade, LGBTQ+, Realistic Fiction

Page Count: 195

Published: August 25th, 2015

Format: Hardback

Source: Purchased

BUY HERE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

“BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.”


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Not only was this my first middle grade book of the year, but it is also the first middle grade that I’ve read that features LGBTQ+ relationships. I think I first saw this novel mentioned on Booktube, and then gradually I saw it everywhere else. And then when I went to a nearby used & new bookstore, I saw George sitting on the shelves in the Used section. So, I decided to pick it up for cheap and I am very glad I did.

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|| The Feels: 4.5/5 || Emotions: Angry, Delight, Happy || Characters: 4/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 4/5 || Interest: 5/5 || Writing: 4/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 5/5 || Ending: 5/5

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Feature with Followers [#22]

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Random Fact of the Day: There are more than one million animal species on Earth.

Hello, hello!! Today I am back with another FWF post! However, I know what some of you may be thinking — “Jesalin, this is a SUNDAY post, not a MONDAY post!!?” And yes, you are completely correct. But somehow my brain was somewhere else yesterday and I ended up posting my BWWU, but that’s okay! Feature with Followers is a weekly meme created by JBelkBooks (me) in which I will be showcasing one of my AMAZING followers. This gives me an opportunity to really get to know them and give them an opportunity to get their blogs out there in the community. The way I choose my featured follower is Top Secret, so wait for your chance to be featured! [If you think there is someone out there worthy of being showcased that I haven’t shared yet, definitely shoot me something in the comments that provides the blogger’s name and URL, and I will be sure to check them out!!]

WHO’S THIS WEEK’S FEATURED FOLLOWER????

  • Harry POTTER would love her name 😉
  • Her blog seems to be a little GREENISH to me..
  • She recently posted a review for the Crown by Kiera Cass.

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Jane Potter @ Greenish Bookshelf!!

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FullSizeRender (28)ABOUT JANE: I’m Jane! I have always loved books from the first time my teacher read us Harry Potter in elementary school. Now I am constantly adding to my personal library and my TBR pile. In addition to books, I love chocolate, walks, fall leaves, and all things British (although I am American). I am lucky enough to stay home with my kids and love being a mom! Thanks for featuring me!

LET’S GET TO KNOW JANE WITH THE Q&A!! (that rhymed 😉 )


ME: When did your blogging journey begin and why did you decide to start?

JANE: I started blogging in June 2015. I had started writing reviews of books about 6 months earlier. But I wasn’t posting them anywhere. I wanted my voice to be heard, to have an audience for my reviews, and to make new blogging friends. So Greenish Bookshelf was born! I decided to call my blog Greenish Bookshelf because I love the color green and I love books. I would call myself a bookish person. So I combined the two and have loved the name. It’s unique but also simple 🙂

[Aw, so cute! I don’t know why “Greenish Bookshelf’ is cute to me, but it just is!!]

ME: Is there a talent in which you would love to have? If so, what is it? If not, give a random fact!

JANE: I love music. I have always wanted to play the cello. I play the piano and a few wind instruments but the cello has always fascinated me. Perhaps one day I will learn!

[Ooo, I’ve always wanted to play the piano! Perhaps when I am older I shall learn to play, for I don’t have any time on my hands to do so now xD]

ME: Besides reading and blogging, what else do you do with your spare time? 

JANE: We love going on family walks and watching (mostly old) TV shows. Right now we are loving The Great British Baking Show and The Middle.

ME: If you could find the cure to one disease, which would you choose?

JANE: Cancer. It affects so many lives and can take loved ones away too quickly.

ME:  Since it is the 5th month of the year, what are five places that you’d love to visit?

JANE: 

It’s hard to narrow it down to only 5! 🙂
  1. England (I love England and miss it everyday)
  2. Florence, Italy
  3. The Great Wall of China
  4. Vienna and Salzburg Austria
  5. Machu Picchu in Peru

[Yeesss, Machu Picchu looks beautifuuuulll! I haven’t been to any of those places that you listed, but I sure would love to!]


Ta-Daaaa! And there’s a snippet of Jane for you! Jane is so friendly to me and I love the overall theme of her blog — it is very neat & sophisticated! If you have a dying love for classics, definitely go check out Jane’s progress with the Classics Club! And if this is your first time seeing the Greenish Bookshelf, go over to her blog anyways to say hello! 🙂

If you want to follow Jane on other forms of media, feel free to check out her social media listed below! Just simply click on the icon and you’ll be taken straight to her!

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Thank you again to Jane for taking the time to chat with me and sharing yourself with the blogging community. I hope to continue to see your blog strive in the future!! ❤

 

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

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Bi-Weekly Wrap-Up | May

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Random Fact of the Day: There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants.

Hello and welcome to my May Bi-Weekly Wrap-Up! Okay, so before I get into the actual Wrap-up, I have to confess that I am a VERY indecisive person. And when I say VERY, I mean… VERYYYY. Why do I say this?? Well, I mentioned in an earlier post that I would start posting some type of Monthly Reads post, however let’s completely scratch that idea because I decided against it, lol. Sorry!! BUT, I will still not be posting my TBRs, and instead I’ll just stick to my BWWUs.

Anyways, you all know the drill (or should by now). But if you don’t, here’s what my Bi-Weekly Wrap-Ups are for: These are my two week updates! In these updates you should be expecting to see what I am currently reading, my progress during those two weeks, overall life updates, etc. If you wish to just check out my whole month wrap-ups, click here to view them!

Let’s get on with the post:

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  • School, school, school. I have SEVEN days of my Sophomore year of high school and I honestly cannot wait for it to end. This year has been hell and back and I just want it to be summer so I can read, paint, and do everything else that I ACTUALLY want to do!
  • Continuing from school, finals week is coming up shortly, so wish me luck!!
  • Speaking of summer, I’m planning to go on two college-related field trips during that time and I’m really excited!
  • YALLWest was soooooo good to me this year and I’ve been having serious withdrawals 😦 However, stay tuned for my Part Two YALLWest Experience post! If you missed Part One, here it is!
  • I am about 30 followers away from 300 on Twitter!! Don’t follow me on Twitter yet? Feel free to here 🙂
  • I WON MY FIRST BOOKISH GIVEAWAY VIA TWITTER!!!! I was literally jumping up and down when I saw the notification on my phone — it was the best thing ever this week! ❤

 

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  • I have yet to post my YALLWest Haul, but I will soon!
  • More reviews should be arising this month, but we shall wait and see.
  • I literally haven’t read one book this month, and again I think that’s because of my nostalgia involving my experience at YALLWest…
  • Speaking of reading, I am in the middle-ish of a review copy from Tara St. Pierre, Just a Few Inches, and I have to say it is pretty good so far.
  • I posted one book review this month and that one being about My True Love Gave to Me written by multiple authors. Check it out!
  • [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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That is all for my May Bi-Weekly Wrap-Up! Have you read any awesome books this month? Do I follow YOU on Twitter yet? How’s life going for you? Chat with me in the comments!

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

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Friday Finds [May.20th]

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Random Fact of the Day: The United kingdom eats more cans of baked beans than the rest of the world combined.

Ahhh yes, it is FINALLY Friday!! Today was SO stressful — it was ridiculous. However, I am happy to be sitting down on my living room couch, watching Netflix, and doing what I love at the same time! I hope everyone’s Friday was better than mine, and if not, there’s always the weekend!

Anyways, 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:

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Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her…

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The only thing worse than forgetting her past . . . is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe…

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Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality…

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I’m not crazy. I don’t see what the big deal is about what happened. But apparently someone does think it’s a big deal because here I am. I bet it was my mother. She always overreacts.

Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake…

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Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger…

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Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh…

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Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake…

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The Reader Problems! | Tag

IMG_0557Random Fact of the Day: No 2 cornflakes are identical.

Hello my friends! I saw awhile back that Galit @ Coffee N’ Notes  posted the Reader Problems tag & I found it to be quite intriguing. So, I decided to post this tag today! Let’s get on with the post:

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Picking my next book usually depends on if I have review copies waiting to be read or my mood at that time. Usually I have review copies lined up, but when I don’t I rely on my mood to make the final verdict 🙂

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

Depends. If it is a review copy, I usually force myself to continue reading, however that is NOT always the case. I think it just depends on my issue with the novel — when I can’t relate to the novel or if I find myself not making progress with it, I put it down and pick something else up.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

Commit! The closer I get the better, and if I don’t reach it that’s okay because there is always next year 😀

The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

I cry and slowly die in a hole until it is fixed. Lol, jkay. Not really…But anyways, if I just bought un-matching covers I’ll just buy the ones that do match. However if the company that produces the series just magically decided to ruin everyone’s lives with different covers, THEN I would definitely cry and die in a hole… xD

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Blog about it, lol. Or talk to someone who doesn’t care so they have nothing to say back and then I’ll feel somewhat better…

You’re reading a book and you’re about start crying in public. How do you deal?

Aw man, this is literally the worst. I think I’ve become like a semi-master when I have to hold back tears, however that is not always the case, lol. I’m a very sensitive person so when the waterworks start, there’s no going back!

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

I would either reread the book or find a summary on Goodreads — again, it just depends on the book.

You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

Either “I don’t have that book, sorry”,  “I’m actually in the middle of that book!”, or “I don’t share my books, lol.” 🙂

You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

I stop reading and try to focus on something else, like Netflix or painting/sketching. Who knows how long my slumps can last…

There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

If I had the money to buy ALL of them, I totally would. However, as they say “money doesn’t grow on trees”.

After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

Hahahah, this is such a funny question because I almost never read a book immediately after I’ve bought it (and that is why my TBR is amazing long) 🙂


And that is all for the Reader Problems Tag! This tag literally reminded me of how many problems a reader can have, so if you are a reader and you are interested in this tag, feel free to say that I tagged you! Be sure to pingback to this post so I can read your responses!

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

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