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Tomorrow Is My Two Year Blogiversary! | July Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.” – Lord Falkland

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It breaks my heart to realize that it is almost August. August = school = horror. But as the title of this posts says, tomorrow is my Blogiversary, so that makes this upcoming month a little better!! ✨

THE BOOKS

ANYA’S GHOST BY VERA BROSGOL

MY RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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It is no surprise that I only read one novel this month that isn’t even an ACTUAL novel, but a graphic novel. I thought this was going to take me out of my slump, but it looks like I have to read a different novel to do that. I do have a review planned for this one later on in the week so stay tuned for that! I started reading 21 Proms, which is consisted of short stories by multiple authors, so we’ll see if that novel does the trick.

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Same Old, Same Old | June Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.” – Albert Camus

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It is the start of a new month and the LAST entire month until my summer comes to an end (unfortunately). However, I still have lots planned for this month so I am going to try and make the best out of it!

As seen by the title of this post, nothing much has changed. I’ve literally been semi-lazy this past month hence the lack of posts. I haven’t been in the mood to read, type…do anything and I’m trying not to let that overtake my mind because I know I deserve a break…I think?

However throughout all this I HAVE been progressing with my ETSY SHOP!! You guys will all know when my Shop is live and I am extremely excited to start it up! With that being said I have been painting a ton, but I won’t be sharing those today since they will ALL be live soon enough. SO stay tuned!! ❤

You’d think that with me not being active that much on the internet that I’d have much more to say, but I really don’t and I guess that’s kind of sad. But anyways, I’d love to know what you guys are up to! Chat with me in the comments and let me know what you’ve been reading!! I picked up MORE HAPPY THAT NOT by Adam Silvera a few days ago but obviously I haven’t been reading it.

POSTS OF JUNE

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And that is all for the month of June! Apologies this post was kind of dull, but you can make it awesome if YOU comment down below how YOUR life has been! (:

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Where Art Thou JBelkBooks?? | May Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I know, I know, I know….I have disappeared from the blogosphere this past month and it has broken my heart. I actually don’t have many bookish or art related things to update you on so if you are here for that then I am extremely sorry. However, my unexplained hiatus will all be addressed now…

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Image result for slumped gifWell, I’ve been at school. Yes, you’ve guessed it. School has taken over my LIFE this past month and I can officially say that this has been the worst year of my high school education. The worst as in: I can never catch a break.

As you all know I am an International Baccaleurette student meaning that I am required to test out of my Standard Level classes. With that being said, I took my IB test for Math Studies earlier this month. Now, I thought all the stress would be relieved until June because that’s when finals are, but I was truly mistaken.

Week after week I was given new projects, tests, quizzes, assignments...you name it. There was never a time where I could sit down and blog like I am now. DISCLAIMER: I can only blog now since I have a 4-day weekend and even then I still have many assignments to catch up on.

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SO WHAT NOW?

I officially have about a week and half left of school, so until then I’ll be on a mini-hiatus. I’m going to try and pre-schedule a few posts but don’t hold onto my word on this one.

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Towards mid-June I will be back and active in the blogosphere so I am really excited for that. I’ve been feeling really distant from social media and WP so getting back into routine will be refreshing. My blog stats have been at its’ all time low this past month so I’m ready for new comments and new interactions!

With that being said I did reach over 800 followers on Twitter (I don’t know how) this past month so that’s pretty awesome. I do wish to be more active on IG as well, so stay tuned for that. I have a ton of emails to catch up on as well so I apologize if you’ve contacted me via email and I haven’t responded!

IF YOU HAVE ANY POSTS THAT YOU’D LIKE ME TO READ/COMMENT LINK THEM DOWN BELOW!!! It would be impossible for me to go through everyone’s posts and read them, but if have posted something that you are proud of, let me know!!

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As always, I miss you guys so much and again, I apologize for my sudden disappearance. I can’t wait to be officially back, my friends!! (:

How was your April and/or May? Any special plans this upcoming June? Did you read anything awesome this month?

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

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DST Really Messed Me Up…| March Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “Don’t let your sorrow come higher than your knees.”- Swedish Proverb

Hello sunshines! ☀ We are officially at the end March and I am already ready for April to be over with 😅 DST (Daylight Savings Time) really did mess up my sleeping patterns, but now that it is the beginning of April, I am better at waking up in the morning xD Last month was definitely an interesting one, so here’s what did and didn’t happen this March!

THE BOOKS

CANDIDE BY VOLTAIRE

MY RATING: 3 out of 5 stars

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I am super sad and disappointed that I did not get the chance to get to my March DBOTM — I was really excited to be able to get to this month’s book, however I am going to really try and read my March AND April DBOTM this upcoming month!! I’ve been assigned so much reading for school that I haven’t had time to read my DBOTM’s ☹

THE ART

Quick question: Would anyone actually consider purchasing any of my past artworks? My mom was asking why I don’t sell my artwork on Etsy and I never really considered it. But if a good amount of people say yes, then I might invest into that. So, definitely let me know! (:

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Happy Black History Month! | February

bi-weekly-wrap-up-19Random Quote of the Day: “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Hello sunshines! ☀ I hope everyone has enjoyed this year’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH 🖤!! I don’t know if I should be excited or sad that the year is progressing, just because I know March & April are going to be quite hectic because of school and such. But anyways, let’s see what I somewhat accomplished this February:

THE BOOKS

GIRL IN PIECES BY KATHLEEN GLASGOW

MY RATING:

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I know, I didn’t read much this month and I don’t intend to for a while because I’ve been busy with school, scholarships and research, etc. My main priority reading wise is to at least read my Diverse Book of the Month.

THE ART

I DID have the chance to paint earlier this month, so that was pretty awesome. I’ve been wanting to paint something like this on that wood-like canvas for a long time, so I’m glad I got the chance to do so, finally. 🏔

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A Close to January…| Monthly Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

Hello sunshines! 🔆 The first month of 2017 is coming to a close! This month has definitely been very interesting with the Presidential Election, school starting up again, etc. So, let’s see how my month was:

THE BOOKS

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENEE ADHIEH

MY RATING: 3.85 out of 5 stars

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A MONSTER CALLS BY PATRICK NESS

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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TOP POSTS OF JANUARY

Top Two With Most Views:

Top Two With Most Comments:

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SO LET’S WRAP IT UP!

WHAT’S NEW:

  • I had two amazing experiences involving my blog & I! 😊 One was a blogger & author event in Santa Cruz, and I made a post about that HERE. I also had the opportunity to speak at my first panel at my local library! (:
  • I’ve been applying and looking into various internships and scholarships for this summer and I am super excited to say that I MIGHT be applying for a 9-day internship for Media Arts!!
  • Ed Sheeran has released the date of which his newest album will drop — March 3rd!!! 😍
  • I read my first Diverse read of the year — The Wrath and The Dawn!! 📚

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And that completes this year’s FIRST Monthly Wrap-Up! Like mentioned, a lot of eventful things happened this month, so I’m excited to see what February has in store! (:

Have you read a Diverse read yet? If so, what was it? Are you excited for Ed Sheeran to FINALLY drop new music?! Chat with me in the comments!

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‘Tis The Season to Be… | December Wrap-Up!

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Random Fact of the Day: It’s the last Friday of 2016!

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Are we all ready for the END of 2016? I know I am…or mostly. 2016 was definitely an…odd year, to say the least. But without further ado, let’s get on with my last Monthly Wrap-Up of the year!

THE BOOKS

THE WOLF ROAD BY BETH LEWIS

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE BY PATRICK NESS

MY RATING: 3.85 out of 5 stars

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON

MY RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

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TOP POSTS OF DECEMBER

Top Two With Most Views:

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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!]
  • It’s almost time for me to go back to school for the remainder of second semester and it makes me so sad just thinking about it. I got so used to sleeping in and being stress-free, and now it’s back to the hell hole.
  • My Christmas was amazing and if you missed my LAST HAUL OF 2016, feel free to check it out HERE. 🎄
  • JBelkBooks got a makeover for the New Year! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my WHOLE blog has been edited, including my graphics, header, background, etc. Let me know what you guys think! Here’s a sample of my new graphics:

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And that completes my last MWU of 2016! I’m a little hesitant going into 2017, but life is unpredictable for the most part, so I guess we just have to take it as it comes. I hope you all had a great holiday season and you received everything that you wished for the most! ❄

Stay tuned for my 2016 Recap & my 2017 Goals & Challenges post! Don’t forget to test your luck and ENTER MY GIVEAWAY. ✨

How was your month of December? Have you read any of the books listed? What do you think of my new graphics? Chat with me in the comments!

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

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