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Top Ten Tuesday [#32]

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Random Quote of the Day: “It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.” – Dr. Howard Murphy

Hello sunshines! 🔆

TOP TEN TUESDAY is finally back with new topics! In case your forgot or aren’t aware, Top 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!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Recommendations For…I chose to talk about Ten Recommendations for Diverse Readers! Now, I haven’t read a ton of Diverse Reads, but I am going to also recommend novels that you check out as well! Let’s get to it! (:

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

This one has been streaming all over my social media feeds with promotion and rave for how awesome and well-written it is. I have yet to read this beauty even though I own it (shame on me), but I definitely recommend ALL readers to check this novel out!

WE ARE OKAY by Nina Lacour

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Happy Blogiversary To Me! + GIVEAWAY | Two Years and Counting

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Random Quote of the Day: “CELEBRATE WITH ME!” – JBelkBooks

Image result for balloon flying gifHello sunshines! 🔆 Two years ago JBelkBooks was featured on the internet so all could see and I am so excited to say that it has been an amazing experience. It simply does not feel that I’ve been blogging and interacting with all of you for over 365 days — time has flown by so fast!

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Last year, I told myself I was planning to self-host, visit Book-Expo America, and expand my knowledge. As you can tell, I did not self-host yet simply because I haven’t gotten around to actually planning out a new layout. This task probably won’t be complete until next year or the new year if I’m being honest. As for BEA, that one was a stretch since it’s not located near me and it would be pretty expensive. I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to go to BEA, but I’m hoping for the near future. The only task that I did somewhat complete is expanding my knowledge. I’ve become more active in promoting Diverse reads and doing my research before I purchased/read novels. It has been a journey for myself as I am beginning to read more #OwnVoices novels and really investing my time and money into indie authors, bookstores, and authors of color. Of course, I am still learning but I know that it’ll be an interesting and worthwhile educational opportunity.

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While I do have other favorite posts for the year, these are the two that I have poured my heart and soul into. I hope you had the chance to visit and comment on these posts when they were Live, but if not, let that be my Blogiversary gift! Feel free to visit these posts and let me know that you’ve done so!

💬A SMALL GUIDE TO DIVERSITY

Screenshot (5).pngThis has to be one of my favorite discussion posts as it’s the first time I’ve actually expressed my thoughts surrounding Diversity in our novels. Posts like these are always risky in our society and community as not everyone will agree with your thoughts, but with the interactions I gained with the post, I can say that it was successful. Everyone in our community is continuously educating each other positively and it is an honor to be surrounded by such people. YOU have helped my blog and I grow and I am forever thankful.

💬HOW/WHY TO COMMENT LIKE YOU CARE

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This is another post near and dear to my heart. This is one of my first discussion posts that had phenomenal feedback and comments. I truthfully typed from the heart with that post and it made me extremely happy to know that you guys actually read the post. I definitely recommend that you visit that post and read what I had to say because I’m sure some of you will agree with my thoughts!
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Now to what most of you are here for — yeah, I know, lol. But it’s okay because I love you guys! Today (August 1st, 2017) until September 1st, 2017 12:00 AM PST I will be giving away a $10 USD Amazon gift card! Giveaway is INT’L. You must be comfortable sending me your email address. Winner will be contacted following the end date — an additional winner will be chosen if initial winner is unresponsive for 48 hours.

✨ ALSO. If I reach 600 WP Blog Followers AND 950 Twitter Followers, I will be picking ANOTHER winner!! However, the second winner will be receiving a 5 USD Amazon gift card.✨ The more you share the giveaway, the better your chances!! ✨

A RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

I recommend that you use the giftcard for a Diverse novel, but it is not required. The book of choice can be #OwnVoices, feature mental illness, represent a culture or ethnicity, etc. If you need help in findings Diverse reads, here are a few of my favorites/anticipated:

lineThank you ALL for sticking by my blog and I! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for JBelkBooks! ❤

If you missed LAST YEAR’S Blogiversary Post, feel free to check it out HERE.

JBelkBooks is a blog for the lonely, the lovers, the readers, & anyone else willing to read what I have to say.

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

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Happy Bookaholic Tag!

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Random Quote of the Day: “Be a fountain, not a drain.” – Rex Hudler

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I actually haven’t done a tag in such a long time but I am a excited to do this one! THE HAPPY BOOKAHOLIC tag is created by about Happy Books on Youtube and it was originally posted so that we could talk about books and why/how we buy them!! This is my favorite hobby to do on my spare time and why not share it with everyone?? (:

1. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?

Image result for buying books gifI love buying books because it makes me happy. I know this is the cliche answer that you were expecting, but it definitely does make me happy. It’s something that I look forward to — visiting the bookstore, or even shopping online. Now, this may be the reason why I am extremely broke and I haven’t bought books in a while, but the idea of buying books makes me even happier!! (:

2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?

Well, when I wasn’t AS broke as I am now, I used to buy books maybe every other month? It was crazy how much I bought books but in the end it made me HAPPY and that’s all that matters!

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Which Cover Wednesday [#27]

bi-weekly-wrap-up-7Random Quote of the Day: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.” – Daniel H. Burnham

Hello sunshines! How’s your week going? If it’s not so good, don’t worry! Today’s WCW will brighten your soul and enhance some form of conversation between you and I! This week’s WCW is themed: DIVERSITY. Yes, I know, you are excited. 😊

A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB

  • Bisexual MC
  • Genderfluid MC (confirmed off-page)

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Definitely the first cover!! The typography is amazing, and the illustrations are stunning. I love the contrast between the black, red, and kind-of off-white.

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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:

Top Two With Most Likes:

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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Captivating Covers [#25]

bi-weekly-wrap-up-10Random Quote of the Day: “Freedom is still the most radical idea of all.” – Nathaniel Branden

Hello sunshines & Happy Sunday! 🔆 We are starting a new week and with this new week we will be better people — just wait and see! ❤ Captivating Covers is a meme created by me — @JBelkBooks. Every week or so, I share a cover of a novel that I find to be Captivating. It doesn’t have to be one you’ve read, just one that you enjoy! You can add your own twist to it, but I like to include the book synopsis & book details. So, I created this meme to share my findings with you all! 📚

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Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina Lacour

Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Published: February 14th, 2017

Another 2017 Diverse read that should definitely be on your TBR! I had the chance to hear Lacour talk about this novel in person AND see the ARC, and this novel sounds amazing! The cover has almost a comic-feel to it, but I love the artsy representation and the contrasting pink-ish and blue colors. If you are looking for a way to treat yourself this Valentines Day, be sure to check this one out! ❤

⬇Want to read the synopsis? Check it out below!⬇

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