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Giveaway Announcement

I hope everybody has been doing well. I have an intense three weeks. The first week was Reading Rush. I managed to finish seven books during the week. The next week was Savannah. I had an amazing time, but I had something happen that changed my entire world. In the best way possible. This week has been winding down from the two weeks before.

Anywho, I’ve been so thankful for the readers I have on my blog that I wanted to do something as a thank you. I want to try to give some things away. I’m not sure how it’s going to go, so I’m going to break it down into stages. Every Friday I will give away one item. The amount of winners will depend on how many of the item I have. So for instance, if I have two sets of a series, I will pick two winners.

Here are the items I have to give away:

There will be four different giveaways. All of the above items will be included.

I will have six winners for this giveaway.

This will have one winner. Both books are signed by the author.

I have two sets of these two give. They are personally signed, but they are really good books.

I will have two of these to give. They are not signed. The cover is beautiful though.

I’m not really sure which I will start with. I will do my best to make all of the giveaways fun. I think I will have each giveaway last a month and announce the winners a week apart like I’m doing the giveaways. I am really excited to give this a go!!!

200 Followers!!!!! Thank you!

It happened! I am so happy! I am so blessed for all the support! I want to take the time to recognize some of my biggest supporters! Please follow them if you aren’t already!

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

TheGeekishBrunette

OneBookMore

SHALINI’S BOOKS & REVIEWS

The Chiddicks Family Tree

Fazila Reads

These blogs have been amazing with support through all this time! I’m humbled that they chose to follow my blog and I’m so grateful for all of their likes. I have made a bookmark folder with their blogs so I can check on their blogs periodically. I can’t wait to see this folder grow.

Thank you again for all the support! I hope that you will continue to love my blog as you do now! Next goal: 300!!!!

Let me know if you want to see a special blog from me and your request!!!!

2020 Reading Rush TBR!!!!

I’m not sure if any of you watch a lot of Booktube, but every year they do a ReadingRush. It used to be known as BookTubeAThon. The point behind it is to spend an entire week reading as much as you can. They have seven challenges to try to complete during the week. I’ve been participating for a few years now. I can’t remember what year I started. I love it.

The Reading Rush

The 2020 Challenges

My TBR:

I would love to see your TBR pile for the Reading Rush if you’re participating!!!!

I’m Not Okay, But I’m Getting There Featuring Upcoming Plans

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Hope everybody is doing well. I’m not fully better, but I’m getting there. I’ve come up with some routines and to do lists to help me get everything taken care of. My reading slump seemed to have came back, but I think I have finally tackled it down.

I’m starting a slightly new blog routine. I’ll officially start it next week. The rest of this week will be focused on the promotional blogs I have scheduled already. Since I don’t have anything planned for Friday and Saturday, I thought I would try my hand at some writing prompts for both of those days. I sincerely hope you enjoy them.

My Upcoming Blog Routine (All times listed in EST):

Monday

12 AM: Weekly Reading And Blog Schedule
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: Murderous Mondays: Murderous Mondays
Hosted by: Macsbooks
Description: Let’s face it, Mondays are Murder! Seriously, I love murder: Crime thrillers, suspense, historical murders, sci-fi murders, cli-fi murders, cosy, paranormal, I’ll take them any way you serve them up. I find that no matter how many other genres I read, I always come back to…. Murder. join me each Monday as we follow along with our favorite culprits and their captors on Murderous Mondays.

Tuesday

12 AM: Writing Prompts
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Tuesday
Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl
Description: Starting January 16, 2018, the TTT meme has moved to a new host blog. Each Tuesday, a topic is assigned. Create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list, or feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

Wednesday

12 AM: TikTok Review Videos
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: WWW Wednesday: WWW Wednesdays
Hosted by: Taking on a World of Words(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)
Description: WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next.

Thursday

12 AM: Writing Prompts
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: Thursday Quoteables: Thursday Quotables
Hosted by: Bookshelf Fantasies
Description: Share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week! (Note: Taking a break from weekly posts at the moment, but feel free to go ahead without me! Thursday Quotables is on a spontaneous/whenever schedule right now.)

Friday

12 AM: Weekly Book And Personal Chatter: Will be just anything I feel like talking about that particular week.
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: The Friday 56: The Friday 56
Hosted by: Freda’s Voice
Description: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you. Post it. And share your link. It’s that simple.

Saturday

12 AM: Writing Prompts
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: Saturday Stars: Saturday Stars
Hosted by: Nomadic Worlds
Description: A weekly meme featuring one of your favorite characters and why you like them. Where they are the super star. To participate in this meme, link back to the host, and answer the three questions pertaining to the character. Questions: 1 – Saturday Star (Name the Character you want to feature.) 2 – Which book or series does the character live in? 3 – Why is this character among your favorites?

Sunday

12 AM: Book Photo Sunday: I loved the meme, but I really enjoyed the spin I took on it. So I’ll keep doing this, but in my own way.
10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled)
4 PM: Sundays In Bed With: Sundays In Bed With…
Hosted by: Midnight Book Girl
Description: “The meme that dares to ask, what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!”

I haven’t forgotten about book reviews. I’ve just had extreme anxiety every time I even think about reviewing books that I’ve recently finished. I’m putting consideration into writing a couple sentences for the books on Goodreads and then posting a video review on TikTok/Youtube. I can share that video here as well. I haven’t decided for sure yet.

Explanations And A Tik Tok Book Review

I’m going to start this blog to say that I have started a new schedule. I’m in the final stage of training. It will officially be over on July 7th. Then, I start my new schedule. Last week was very draining. I wasn’t expecting the overwhelming call flow that I experience on a daily basis.

When I got off work, I completely got off the computer. I had every intention to get on and schedule blogs. I was just so drained. I barely even read. I mean I got on TikTok a lot, but it’s easier to handle TikTok videos.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting blogs I had scheduled for last week and will be scheduling all posts for this week. I may start scheduling my blogs once a week from here on. I haven’t decided yet. I also may be replacing some of the blogs for something else. I haven’t decided that either. If I’m being honest, I really need help. I just don’t know how I can go about asking.

I’m very behind on reading right now. I’ll catch up. My plan is to use the rest of this week to read during my free time. One of the biggest changes I am strongly considering making is making all video book reviews. I made a video review for Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard. We’ll see how it goes. Thank you everybody for being so patient with me.

And now for the review:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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Book Review Part 2: Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard

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Addiction, RACISM, And LGBT Pride

First of all, I want to state that I will not be posting a WWW Wednesday this week. With everything that’s been going on in my life and the world around me, I really haven’t read all that much. I feel scattered. My heart is broken. I’m an Empath. I feel drained almost every day these days. The only thing keeping me together is staying in my house.

Happy Pride Month. I am bisexual. I’ve known I was bisexual half of my life. However, I didn’t come out until four years ago. My fiance helped me come out. He made me realize that I wasn’t a horrible person. He also helped me realize that those who don’t want to be around me are going to leave no matter what. My happiness with myself is worth more than my stress to be somebody else just to make them happy.

I have battled with my feelings. Mainly because I’ve never had a real girlfriend. I know what I feel though. Hoping to meet the right girl one day. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do so. I’m so blessed that people stood and keep standing up to make that possible. I’m blessed to be able to be open about who I am.

I’m going to talk about something that I really need to get off my system. I really am not going to get into too many details that would give too much away. It’s for the safety of my family. Somebody close to me has battled an addiction to drugs my entire life. When I was little, I thought if I just thought about it enough, they could stop. As I got older, I found ways to feel like I was at fault for their choices. I also started understanding the truth behind addiction. It’s a hard thing to fight. That’s why I’ve chosen to stay clean most of my life. Once I realized I was starting to get dependent on alcohol, I quit. But I digress.

My dream finally came true. The person actually quit. They seemed to be taking recovery very seriously. They even got clean for a few years! YEARS! Sadly, this person lost their battle a month or so ago. My heart felt broken. I didn’t understand. I still don’t. Especially with what we have going on right now. I spent the first part of the relapse worried that they were going to get sick. Or killed!

That worry has quickly turned to shock and anger. As time goes on, I really just want this person to be put away. For their safety and my family’s safety. They have stolen cars. They have stolen televisions. They have stolen computers. One of which hasn’t even been paid off yet. Anything to get more money for the next fix. I’ve spent so long being silent about this. For respect of those I love. I just can’t anymore. Something has got to be done. I love this person. More than I will ever explain, but at the end of the day, I have to acknowledge that isn’t enough.

Many of you know what’s going on currently in the world around us. More innocent blacks are continuing to be killed. Others and their allies are being attacked for standing up to the injustice of it. I’m ashamed that I’ve never openly spoken about it before. I’ve always felt that it’s easier to just keep the peace. Keep quiet about things. I have family that are set in their ways and they always will be. It’s a sad truth. It’s also sad that I feel embarrassed to have ever felt they were heroes in my life. I don’t anymore. I see how full of hate they are.

As usual, when Black Lives Matter comes up, everybody is quick to say All Lives Matter. Which, I’m not going to lie, is true. But somebody made a video on TikTok that helped explain it in really amazing and easy terms. We all sit at a table. Everybody gets food but Bob. Bob says he’s hungry. Somebody at the table looks at him and says that we’re all hungry. Bob says but I didn’t get any food. I deserve food. The person responds with we all deserve food. As they eat their food. Yes. Everybody does deserve food, but that doesn’t change the fact that Bob doesn’t have any in the present moment. In order for all lives to matter, black lives have to matter first.

I was raised to believe that I should sit down and shut up. I was told that my opinion didn’t mean anything and that it wasn’t warranted. Nobody wants to hear or cares about what I say. I let it drag me down for a long time. I’m not going to do that anymore. I may be 33 years old, but I don’t think it’s too late to stand up for what I believe in.

That’s all I have to really say right now. I hope that I will be able to get back into reading fully. I am even going to try to start writing more. If anybody wants to see that again. I’m sorry that I won’t be posting a WWW Wednesday. I’m not sorry about posting this though. I try not to overwhelm everybody with personal things, but now and then I feel it’s needed. Thank you for reading this all the way to the end. You have no idea how much that really means to me. I am constantly battling my depression and anxiety. Knowing I have supporters truly helps. Stay blessed.

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!

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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!

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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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You can leave a tip for me on Paypal and Ko-Fi. All contributions are welcome, but not expected.