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Reviews Coming

So I’ve gotten a lot read in short periods of time. Instead of writing the reviews right when I’m done reading, I’ve just been making a list. It’s felt great, but I have a list of about a dozen books to review! I really don’t want to put up that many at one time. So, I’m going to start writing them tomorrow. (I’m resting today.) I’ll be scheduling them out to post right at midnight. I’ll post two a day until they are all written. If I like the way it goes, I may start scheduling my reviews to go out the midnight after I write them from here on out. We’ll see. The biggest part of success is growing and learning, right?

Meanwhile, I’m finally in a place where I can set up a routine that works for me again! Things are finally looking up. I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep it that way. I’m also hoping to have more time to start reading more blogs again. Not that my TBR list can handle that, but the blogs are so wonderful!

There are quite a few of you who read every single one of my blogs. It makes me feel so special! I want to say thank you. Thank you for being supportive of me even when I was all over the place trying to find my niche. You’ve given me the strength and courage to keep continuing to do this. You are an inspiration! You know who you are! I’d really appreciate if you’d comment on this one so anybody who isn’t following you can!

Thank you for Reading!

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Dewey’s Readathon Closing Survey

Books Finished:

Books Read:

Almost Finished:

Closing Survey:

How would you assess your reading overall?
I did fantastic! I got caught up on my reading. I finished three books! Almost finished four books! I’m so happy with that!
Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it?
I switched off every two hours. I listened to audiobook for two hours and I read for two hours. I did stray now and then when necessary. I also napped a bit. I was able to make it all work.
What was your favorite snack?
Nachos!
Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post!
I would love to. Please reach out! I wish this readathon was once a month! Okay, maybe four times a year.

Thank you for Reading!

Note: All book covers (with the exception of gallery book covers) have links embedded in them so that you can go directly to the amazon page for them. It does take you off the blog page. You can If you click ctrl before you click it, it will open in a new tab instead.

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Dewey’s Readathon Mid Event Survey

Note: This is being posted near the end of the event. I have been avoiding my computer for most of the Readathon.

Books Finished So Far:

Mid-Event Survey:

  1. What are you reading right now?
    The Sweeney Sisters and Righteous Assassin
  2. How many books have you read so far?
    3
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
    I’m looking forward to starting The Sweeney Sisters the most.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
    Had some minor interuptions, but they are things I’m used to. My dog learned how to pause audiobooks he doesn’t like. I also fell asleep for a few hours. With the audiobooks, I just hit play again making eye contact with my dog. For the sleep. I woke up and went back to reading.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
    How successful I’ve been!

Thank you for Reading!

Note: All book covers (with the exception of gallery book covers) have links embedded in them so that you can go directly to the amazon page for them. It does take you off the blog page. You can If you click ctrl before you click it, it will open in a new tab instead.

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Dewey’s Readathon Opening Survey

My TBR

Opening Survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?


Lithia Springs, Georgia


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?


I look most forward to making great progress in the Darkhaven series


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


Tortilla chips and cheese dip!


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!


My name is Nicole. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I started reviewing books in 2013. I’ve gone through a few blog names. None of them really fit me. In 2015, I developed the name Willow Star Serenity. It suited me. Willow Writes And Reads is my blog name now. I adore it. I’ve entertained changing it to The Introverted Readathoner, but I am rather fond of my current name.
I also hate talking about myself. It makes me feel very conceited.


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?


I’ll be sticking to my schedule as much as possible. The fact that I woke up with a very sore throat, congestion, and little to no voice will help this very much. I’m looking most forward to potentially making more friends and finding out if anybody is reading the same books as me.

Thank you for Reading!

Note: All book covers (with the exception of gallery book covers) have links embedded in them so that you can go directly to the amazon page for them. It does take you off the blog page. You can If you click ctrl before you click it, it will open in a new tab instead.

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My Ideal Reading Space

Once upon a time, I had a dedicated reading spot. It consisted of cushions on the floor with two make shift end tables on each side. One table for holding my books. The other for my tea and snacks. I also had a candle on each side. Sometimes on a wax warmer and sometimes to burn. I have since moved a few times and haven’t set up a new reading area. I plan to here soon. I think it would be good for me. This all got me thinking of my ideal reading area and what it would consist of.

Reading Space

Obviously the first step is a space. For me personally, I love a big cushy chair/love seat. I like to move a lot. I also like to keep table near me to hold the stuff I use while reading. I always like to have a stack of books around me so if I want to put my current down, I have something else to pick up right away.

Hot Beverage

My main go to is hot tea. I love all flavors of tea. Give me a good tea and some honey and I’m happy. However, I also love hot chocolate and coffee as well. I find a hot beverage just very soothing to have around while reading. I also keep water around as well to stay hydrated.

Snacks

I’m not sure if I’m the only one that has this thing, but I love having snacks around while I read. Even if I don’t eat any of the snacks. Just having it around is good enough. My favorites to keep around are popcorn or chips. Every now and then when I have the money to spare, I love to have nuts around and chocolates.

Candles

My favorite thing to have around is candles. I love all scents. Lately, I’ve been into sage and citrus scented candles. I alternate between burning candles and using a wax warmer. Eventually, I’d like to start making my own candles. I think it might be a bit cheaper. Especially with the way I use them.

I like to have other stuff around me, but these are the things I have to have at all times. Sometimes, I like to keep paper and pen with me on the chance that I may be inspired to write something down to talk about later. I also keep my phone around me for when I’m inspired to post to Instagram. I’d love to hear about your ideal reading space!

Thank you for Reading!

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New Blog Plan

Due to some additions to work and schedule life, I won’t be posting personal blogs on weekends. For the most part. I would ideally like to maintain posting at least once a day, so if I have no blog tour scheduled for a weekend day, I’ll come on and talk about some book related topic or update on my reading.

Monday: Weekly Reading And Blogging Plans. I’ve liked doing this. And people seem to react pretty positively to this.

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesdays. For the weeks that I don’t really want to do the assigned topic, I’ll do a top ten book topic that I choose.

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday.

Thursday: Audiobook. If I can’t think of a specific topic to talk about, I’ll post the current audiobook(s) I’m listening to

Friday: Book Haul. I’ll post the books I’ve collected and bought over the week.

I loved the Reading Wrap Up for Sundays, but having to approve all of my pingbacks got a little tedious. Especially with my schedule filling up and Sundays being my only off day now. It may be brought back.

Thank you for Reading!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award XIII

I have been honored to be nominated for this award by A Little Haze Book Blog. If you haven’t checked her blog out, please do so. I fully recommend it. Not only is she a beautiful person, but she also runs a beautiful blog.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions set by Laurel (And A Little Haze Book Blog)

Why did you start book blogging?

Because I discovered it was a thing. I moved a lot growing up, so I never really formed a lot of long term and lasting friendships. I especially never connected with anybody who loved reading as much as I did. I wanted to connect with people who loved reading as much as I did. It’s been amazing!


What are your favourite parts of book blogging?

In all honesty, connecting with people. There’s a part of me that would love to make a living doing this so that I can expand things I do. I’d eventually love to run a podcast and dab into narrating as well. But I digress. The best part of book blogging is connecting with other bloggers and readers.


What are your least favourite?

The pressure I feel sometimes. I get behind and it makes me feel like I’m less than human. I know that most of that is self inflicted. I just hate letting people down.


What advice do you have for new book bloggers?

Be authentic to what works best for you. Don’t go chasing something that works for somebody else. We all have things that work best for us and things that don’t. Pressuring yourself into trying to do something out of your comfort zone will turn your blog into a chore rather than a pleasure real fast.


What makes you want to read a book?

The cover and the hype. I don’t read blurbs. I love to go into books “blind” so to speak. I try to learn as little as human possible about the book. I tend to enjoy the element of surprise when it comes to books. But I love an eye popping cover that intrigues me to know more.


What were your favourite reads of 2019?

The Harry Potter series to start with. The Kings of Linwood Academy is another. The Stephanie Plum series. I could go on. I read quite a few great reads in 2019!


What books were your least favorite of 2019?

Married To The Alien Doctor


What books lived up to the hype? Which didn’t?

Most of the books I read I hadn’t heard of until after I’d gotten my hands on. I didn’t fully become as active in blogging as I am now. I’ve dabbed in blogging off and on since 2013, but I started taking it seriously around August of last year.


What are your favourite tropes and why?

I really like the damaged to love romances. They seem a bit more realistic to real relationships than most romances. I also really love the paranormal spats.


Who in the book world (blogger, youtuber, bookstagrammer, author, friend, etc.) inspires you the most?

There’s an author I met in 2018. She and I connected instantly. She’s gone through a lot and she still keeps going strong. She takes criticism and works out something that works best for her and for the readers. She learns and grows every day. It’s amazing.


What is one book that helped you through rough times (or taught you something valuable?)

The Help. I really related to the main character in the story so much. She didn’t really believe in the opinions of those around her, but she didn’t know if she could branch out on her own. She found herself closer to those who everybody looked down on than those she should be close with.

It’s hard to choose 11 people. Especially since most of these die with me. Not complaining. People get busy. Plus, I read a LOT of amazing blogs on a daily basis. If you read this, you are tagged. I’d love to see your answers. I’m also going to steal Laurel’s questions at all. Please comment your blogs so I can read your answers!!! Or tag me in the blog!

Why did you start book blogging?
What are your favourite parts of book blogging?
What are your least favourite?
What advice do you have for new book bloggers?
What makes you want to read a book?
What were your favourite reads of 2019?
What books were your least favorite of 2019?
What books lived up to the hype? Which didn’t?
What are your favourite tropes and why?
Who in the book world (blogger, youtuber, bookstagrammer, author, friend, etc.) inspires you the most?
What is one book that helped you through rough times (or taught you something valuable?)

Thank you for Reading!

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