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3 Months Until 2018?! | August Wrap-Up

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Random Quote of the Day: “Laughter is by definition healthy.” – Doris Lessing

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I know, I am a few days late for my August Wrap-Up, but better late than never!!

THE BOOKS

No books have been completed this month, but I have started I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou for school! Surprisingly, I am really enjoying this novel so there will definitely be an update on this! (:

THE ART

Again, no actual art has been made this month, but I am taking Visual Arts SL for my IB course this year, so I might start posting pics of my sketches/practices…? (:

TOP POSTS OF JULY

Top Two With Most Views:

Top Two With Most Comments:

Top Two With Most Likes:

As you can tell my Blogiversary post was very famous in August and I am super grateful for that! My Blogiversary GIVEAWAY has ENDED, so THANK YOU to everyone that entered — a winner will be chosen soon! 🎉💗

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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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Happy Black History Month! | February

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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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Another Year & Counting…| 2016 Recap + Survey

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Random Fact of the Day: 2016 is coming to a close!

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It fills me with the greatest nostalgia to be typing this post here, today. I know everyone says this every single year, but I seriously cannot believe that 2016 is coming to an end. But, to remind myself of all my achievements and yes, failures happy accidents, I am here to share my 2016 Recap.

text587519515👓 2016 BLOG GOALS:

  • Reach 300 WordPress followers! ✔️
  • Comment more! ✔️ (I did not complete the Comment 365 Challenge, but I did comment MORE)
  • Blog at least 2-3 times a week. ✔️
  • Use my Twitter for JBelkBooks more often! ✔️

👓 STATS*:

* as of 12/30/16 — only for 2016

👓 2016 FAVORITES :

❤ TOP 3 POSTS – 

Most of my favorites are my discussions, even though they do take the longest to type and post. My review of George is only one of my favorite reviews, but I only love that one so much because the read was one outside of my comfort zone and I really did enjoy Gino’s work.

❤ NEW FRIENDS  – 

I feel like I mention the same people, but it’s okay because they deserve to be recognized. Although, I hope you guys consider me a friend as well! Thank you all for making my 2016 Blogging Experience so wonderful ❤

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📖 2016 READING GOALS:

  • Read 65 books. ❌
  • Escape my comfort zone and start reading other genres (fantasy, horror, science fiction, etc.) ✔
  • Read more series. ❌
  • Complete the Read The Books You Buy Reading Challenge hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Details here. ❌

As you can see, I didn’t do so well in the reading compartment, but I did end up reading 23 books instead of my original goal, 65. I changed my goal at least twice (?) this entire year. I also didn’t necessarily complete the Read The Books You Buy Reading Challenge — I read about 25% of the books that I bought this year…Don’t scold me, okay. I definitely didn’t read any series this year…or at least finish any, lol. BUT, I did read outside of my comfort zone a little bit — I read a Middle Grade, New Adult, and even some more Graphic Novels!

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2 Months Until 2017! | October Wrap-Up!

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Random Fact of the Day: An elephant trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles.

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It is officially the first day of November! Here’s to a (maybe) amazing month!! 😀

THE BOOKS

A DOLL’S HOUSE BY HENRIK IBSEN

MY RATING: 4 out 5 stars

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HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE BY JENNNIFER NIVEN

MY RATING: 4.85 out of 5 stars

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TOP POSTS OF OCTOBER

Top Two With Most Views:

Top Two With Most Comments:

Top Two With Most Likes:

And PLEASE don’t forget this month’s Feature with Followers:

  1. Aradhna @ Open Pages | October 30th, 2016

SO LET’S WRAP IT UP!

WHAT’S NEW:

  • Jennifer Niven noticed me on Twitter!!
  • I am planning to attend two blogger/author related events! (both in 2017!)
  • I took the PSAT (again!)
  • First semester of my Junior year of high school is almost over 😳

Okay, so this isn’t the FIRST time Niven has noticed me, but this IS the first time that she has commented on one of my tweets!! 😍

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And that concludes the month of October! October was kind of an ‘eh’ month for me, so I’m hoping November is a little better? HAPPY NOVEMBER 1st!!! 💕

What did you read this month? Have you read HUTU? When’s the last time you treated yourself with some amazing hot chocolate?? ☕️ Chat with me in the comments!!

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

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Happy Birthday To Me! | Aug. & Sept. Wrap-Up!

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Random Fact of the Day: Pain travels through the body at 350 feet per second.

Image result for balloons gifHello sunshines!! 🔆 GUESS WHAT??! It’s my birthday!!! Yes, I AM FINALLY of age to be able to get a job (at some places) *starts applying to all bookstores* I’m not planning to do anything special just because I need to finish some homework before the weekend, but I did eat some donuts today because TREAT YO SELF!!! Anyways, let’s get on with the post! 😀

THE BOOKS

THIS IS ME BY C.E. WILSON

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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F*CK THAT: AN HONEST MEDITATION BY JASON HEADLEY

MY RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

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GRACIE’S SONG BY MICHELLE SCHLICHER

MY RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES

MY RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Semi-Hiatus for JBelkBooks? | July Wrap-Up!

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Random Fact of the Day: The Bible is the most-shoplifted book in the world.

Hello sunshines! I know I usually post my Monthly Wrap-Ups at the complete end of the month, but since my One Year Blogiversary is tomorrow, I decided to post this ahead of time!

July went by way too fast for my likings just because that means school is just around the corner! I’m excited to go school shopping & such (because who doesn’t like clean notebooks & new pencils???), but just the thought of doing homework and stressing all over again makes me a complete goop.

But anyways, instead of my normal Monthly Wrap-Ups, I decided I would change it up a bit because I have some other topics to discuss with you all today (towards the bottom)!

 

THE BOOKS

THE BOYFRIEND BACKTRACK BY DAWN LANUZA

MY RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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THROUGH THE WOODS BY EMILY CARROLL

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

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EIGHTEEN YEARS BY MADISEN KUHN

MY RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

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