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
I love Lacour and her writing! And if the cover of this one doesn’t draw you in as well then you are missing out! This novel has LGBTQIA+ representation so if you are interested in venturing into that topic, this one is for you!
Random 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)
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.
Random 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:
GIRL IN PIECES BY KATHLEEN GLASGOW
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.
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. 🏔
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 WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENEE ADHIEH
MY RATING: 3.85 out of 5 stars
A MONSTER CALLS BY PATRICK NESS
MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
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!
- 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! (:
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- 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!! 📚
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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Random 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!
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!