Monthly Archives: March 2017

My Top Art Supplies! | Chat with JBelkBooks

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Random Quote of the Day: “Nature made him, and then broke the mold.” – Ludovico Ariosto

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I know I rarely talk about anything art-related on my blog, but I’ve been asked a few times in the comments what my all time favorite art supplies are. So today I am sharing MY TOP 5 FAVORITE ART SUPPLIES!

✏️ PRISMACOLOR PREMIER: SET OF 79 ✏️

These were my most expensive investment early in my artist hobby and I do not regret it! I love these Prismacolors — they are really easy to use, suitable for any sketchbook, and there are such a variety of colors! I’m really happy that it came with other supplies besides Prismacolors; they included a few watercolor pencils, artist chalk pastels, & Verithin Colored Pencils! I don’t use them too often because I am primarily a painter, but here are a few works that I’ve created using the Prismacolors.

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Top Ten Tuesday [#38]

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Random Quote of the Day: “If all the world’s a stage, I want to operate the trap door.” – Paul Beatty

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I am super excited for this week’s TTT just because it allows me to sort of reminisce on the good times that I’ve experienced! Because this topic is so awesome, PLEASE feel free to link your TTT’s in the comments so we can share the excitement together! Without a further ado, this week’s TTT topic is Authors I Can’t Believe I Have/Haven’t Met.

AUTHORS I’VE MET

Now that I’ve thought about it, I’ve had the greatest pleasure of meeting so many great authors. I am super appreciative of these experiences, and I wish that you ALL have the opportunity to meet your favorite authors one day!

Rainbow Rowell – I met her at YALLWest 2016 and I had the chance to chat with her and get Eleanor & Park signed!

David Levithan – Again, I met him at YALLWest last year as well, and I was able to get a few books signed by him including Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Every You, Every Me, and some others!

Erin Bowman – Another author I met at YALLWest and I got Taken signed!

Alexandra Sirowy In case you didn’t see my post, I recently met the author of The Creeping AND had the opportunity to interview her! She was such a bright individual and it was honestly a very great time.

Jennifer Niven – OMG THIS WAS SO AMAZING AND I’VE NEVER BEEN MORE HAPPY!!! I, again, met Niven at YALLWest (THANK YOU, YALLWEST) and she was so amazing and beautiful!! If you haven’t been on my blog before, NIVEN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS so I was extremely starstruck 😍

Rahul Kanakia // Traci Chee // Christy Lenzi // Sonya Mukherjee // Jessica Taylor // Kelly Gilbert // Parker Peevyhouse // Tim Floreen // Nina LaCour // Tara Sim // Tricia Stirling –  YES, I have met ALL of these beauties at an event this 2017 and it was definitely worthwhile. If you’ve missed that discussion post, you can check it out HERE.

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Now, I know that was a little bit over 10 authors, but…yeah…ANYWAYS, this post was really fun for me as I was able to remember what I’ve had the honor of doing. If you went to YALLWest last year or if you are planning to go this 2017, definitely let me know!! ❤

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My First Book Haul of 2017!

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Random Quote of the Day: “An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” – Bonnie Friedman

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I am super proud of myself so far this 2017 as I have barely purchased any novels for the past 3 months. However, I was sent a few for review, won a couple via giveaways, and received some from Uppercase, so that is what I will be sharing with you all today! None of the novels today were technically “purchased” outside of my norm (subscription boxes), so that was pretty awesome (: Let’s get to it!

UPPERCASE BOX

JANUARYFROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake // FEBRUARYBY YOUR SIDE by Kasie West // MARCHHUNTED by Megan Spooner

SENT FOR REVIEW

PUCK by Kim Askew and Amy Holmes // GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow

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Friday Finds [Mar. 24th]

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Random Quote of the Day: “It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Two more days until my Spring Break is over and let’s just say I’m not the happiest person in the world, but that’s okay. I know I have a few Finds to share with you all this week, so here they are:

20873172Alone at home, twelve-year-old Grayson Sender glows, immersed in beautiful thoughts and dreams. But at school, Grayson grasps at shadows, determined to fly under the radar. Because Grayson has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but leaving it behind would mean facing ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Despite these dangers, Grayson’s true self itches to break free…

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One hundred poems. One hundred voices. One hundred different points of view. Here is a cross-section of American poetry as it is right now—full of grit and love, sparkling with humor, searing the heart, smashing through boundaries on every page. Please Excuse This Poem features one hundred acclaimed younger poets from truly diverse backgrounds and points of view, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New Yorker to Twitter, tackling a startling range of subjects in a startling range of poetic forms

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The Who Am I Tag!

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Random Quote of the Day: “One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Hello sunshines! 🔆 How are you all doing today? Thanks to Lia @ Lost In A Story, I found this really fun tag! It’s a pretty quick and simple one, so here it is:

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF NAME?

I never looked into this, so let’s a look! The first link that came up when typing in “meaning of Jesalin” said:

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It is very scary and extremely weird how accurate that description is…and now I am questioning my whole life, lol. What did I get myself into…

WHAT IS MY MYER-BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPE?

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“The Advocate personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As members of the Diplomat Role group, Advocates have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is that they are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.

Advocates tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all…”
I semi-agree with this…there was a more in-depth explanation, but I doubt you guys wanna know about what kind of person I am in detail, lol.

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Top Ten Tuesday [#37]

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Random Quote of the Day: “Promote yourself, but do not demote another.” – Israel Salanter

Hello sunshines!🔆I am officially on Spring Break which means that I am going to be blogging like crazy, trying to get as many posts as possible pre-scheduled. I’ll go more into this with my March Wrap-Up! (: Anyways, this week’s TTT is definitely a way in which i could promote my favorite books of all time 😏. Today’s topic is Books You Can Probably Read In One Sitting.

While not everyone reads at the same pace, I think these novels (at least for me) will be extremely difficult to put down! I doubt I have 10 to list, but here’s what I do recommend:

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green: if you’ve been here for a while you would know that this is one of my ALL TIME favorite novels — it’s actually a quick, short read and John Green is such a beautiful writer. I know Green is controversial, but…

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven: Another favorite in case this is your first time venturing my blog. Niven has amazing character development and there is ALWAYS an underlying message of her novels. It’s not the SMALLEST novel ever, but I ended up reading it in about…2 days?

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon: THIS NOVEL HAD ME IN SO MANY FEELS!!! There is so much going on in this novel emotionally and I love the entire premise. Diversity for the win!!!

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Book Review | Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

bi-weekly-wrap-up-21Random Quote of the Day: “First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” – Thomas a Kempis

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Title: Girl in Pieces

Author(s): Kathleen Glasgow

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Page Count: 416

Published: August 30th, 2016

Format: Hardback

Source: Sent in Exchange for Honest Review via Blogging for Books

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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.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.”

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I was really excited to read GIP because I had heard pretty good things about it, and how it has been compared with Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (a novel I thoroughly enjoyed). So when I saw it on BFB I had to request it! (:

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|| The Feels: 4/5 || Characters: 3.5/5 || Character Development: 4/5 || Plot: 3.5/5 || Interest: 3.85/5 || Writing: 4.5/5 || Narration: 4/5 || Flow of Reading: 4.5/5 ||Ending: 4/5

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