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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.

Related imageBut anyways, to sum it up: my life has been a mess. I have not picked up a book for personal pleasure, I’ve barely been present on social media, and of course I haven’t even thought of having time to blog.

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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Friday Finds [Mar. 10th]

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Random Quote of the Day: “‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.” – John Sheffield

Hello sunshines!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. I don’t know how many Finds I’ll actually be sharing today just because this week has been pretty crazy and hence, I haven’t had much time to venture through GR to discover new Finds. But anyways, here’s what I HAVE found since my last Friday Finds (:

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I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

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Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her… It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com. Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder…

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1777. Albany, New York. As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton…

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Again, one of my shorter Friday Finds, but that’s okay! If you’ve posted your FF or you have some recommendations for me, feel free to let me know in the comments! I hope you all have an extravagant weekend with lots of reading and enjoying what you love most! ❤

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

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Top Ten Tuesday [#36]

bi-weekly-wrap-up-6Random Quote of the Day: “One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” – Marie Curie

Hello sunshines! ☀ Now, I know what you are probably thinking…”Jesalin, why are you posting a TTT when there isn’t a topic for today?” Well, I decided to be rebel today and use a topic of my own since the creators of TTT are on a hiatus! Yeah, I know, you are excited to hear what topic I picked. This week’s TTT is a list of the Top Ten Diverse Novels I Want To Read. However, I’m not making this easy on myself, because I will be picking two novels per genre/age-groups! The genres/AG that I read the most from include: YOUNG ADULTNEW ADULT, GRAPHIC NOVELS, MIDDLE GRADE, & POETRY!

MY YA PICKS

ANGIE THOMAS – African American author: What novel(s) do I want to read? The Hate U Give.

NINA LACOUR – LGTBQIA+: What novels(s) do I want to read? We Are Okay.

MY NA PICKS

💛 TERESA MUMMERT – LGBTQIA+: What novels(s) do I want to read? THE GOOD GIRLS

💛 COLLEEN HOOVER – Physical disabilities/Impairments: What novels(s) do I want to read? MAYBE SOMEDAY

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2017 Challenges Recap #1

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Random Quote of the Day: “A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.”-  Jonathan Swift 

Hello sunshines! ☀ Since it is the 3rd month of the year, I am here with a recap of my progress for my 2017 Blog & Reading Challenges! I’ll be posting these every 3 months or so, or whenever I feel necessary. Let’s get into the post:

🗯 Comment more! This is always a goal of mine, and because of this I will be taking part in the seasonal 2017 Commenting Challenge hosted by . I was too late in signing up for the January Challenge, but I will be signing up for February. Details here.

marchSo, I did stay true to my word for this Commenting Challenge, and I am currently taking part in the 3rd and final month of Alicia’s Winter Commenting Challenge! This Challenge was much more easy to keep track of, rather than the 365 Commenting Challenge I took part in last year. I definitely enjoyed my blogger partner last month, so here’s to another amazing month of commenting! (I just said “commenting” maybe 10,000x’s, lol)

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Goodreads Book Tag!

bi-weekly-wrap-up-12Random Quote of the Day: “Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.” – Charles Lindbergh

Hello sunshines! ☀ I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Ace @ All ‘Bout Them Books and Stuff to do the GOODREADS BOOK TAG! I think I’ve already posted this tag, but oh well — Part Two it is! (:

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?

18798983THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Adhieh — my first Diverse book of 2017!

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m actually reading a couple of books right now, which is something I would’ve never done a few years ago, lol. But anyways, I am currently reading GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow and ART AS THERAPY by Alain de Botton.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS TBR?

31556153FERAL YOUTH by Shaun David Hutchinson (and nine other Powerhouse authors).

 

 

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

Umm..I’ve actually been in the mood to reread THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky or even LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green. Plus, GR FINALLY has a reread option so that is awesome! (:

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The Opposite Books Tag!

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Random Quote of the Day: “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” – Thomas A. Edison

Hello sunshines! 🔆 You’re looking mighty beautiful today! I am kicking off the week with The Opposite Books Tag! As always, feel free to join in on the fun and consider yourself tagged! Don’t forget to link me to your posts (:

THE FIRST BOOK IN YOUR COLLECTION / LAST BOOK BOUGHT

I don’t know which is the first to my collection, so I’m just going to go with the first book on my shelves, which happens to be THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Adhieh! The last book I bought was FROST BLOOD by Elly Blake.

CHEAP BOOK / EXPENSIVE BOOK

Image result for money gifFrom what I can remember, the cheapest book I own is ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor. Let it be mentioned, I’m not counting the books I’ve gotten for free. This one was bought for about $5 because my mother wanted me to read it, lol. As for an expensive book, I can actually think of a few — TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard (around $19), THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (around $18), ANY graphic novel/comic (too expensive)… xD

BOOK WITH MALE PROTAGONIST / FEMALE PROTAGONIST

MILES HALTER from Looking For Alaska by John Green is a male protagonist that I absolutely love! A female protagonist that immediately came into mind is NATASHA from the Sun Is Also A Star; I love her character because we are so much alike! ❤

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Feature with Followers [#23]

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Random Quote of the Day: “Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.” – Matthew Prior

Hello sunshines! ☀ I am back with another Feature with Followers post to showcase yet another beautiful blogger in out community!

For those of you that are new to JBelkBooks, Feature with Followers is a 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 a chance to get their blogs out there in the community. As always, FWF is open for any bloggers to take part in, so if you are interested in spreading love & kindness for your followers, be sure to try FWF out! (:

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Right-arrow Purple Clip Art ABOUT RAE:  Hi I’m Rae. 23. I live on the east coast of the U.S. and I blog about books and feminism.

Learn more about Rae with our Q&A!

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