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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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The Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged in this by A Little Haze Book Blog. Thank you. It’s a true honor to be included in these things. I welcome all book tags and awards. If I miss any, please feel free to let me know!

If you read this and enjoy it, feel free to include yourself tagged. Please tag me in your blog or put your link in the comments.

The reason and story behind this blog is a mystery! There are some basic rules though!

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (@OkotoEnigmasBlog)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three things about myself:

  1. I’m a very avid reader. Since I started actively reviewing and interacting with authors and other readers more frequently, my reading has doubled. Actually, I think it’s tripled! I used to average reading 50-60 books a year. This past year I read a little over 200!
  2. I’ve suspected that I was born left handed. I write with my right hand, but I do everything else with my left hand. For the past few months, I’ve passively practiced writing and drawing with my left hand.
  3. I love coloring. I’ve loved coloring before adult coloring became a thing. I used to get children’s coloring books from dollar stores. I’m glad there’s options for adult coloring books. Though they can be overwhelming sometimes. I also am addicted to word searches. I used to get those at the dollar store as well. I love getting both coloring books and word search books as gifts. I also love getting art supplies.

Emer’s Questions:

Do you think there is a place for one star reviews in the blogging community?

While I have never made a one-star review, I do understand that there are people who use them for books they didn’t really enjoy that much. Personally, if I proclaim any book one or two stars, it’s a book I don’t finish. I absolutely refuse to review a book I did not finish. If I’m asked to review the book, I will privately reach out to the author or person who requested it and explain why I won’t be reviewing. I do like reading the one-star reviews. The constructive ones anyways.


How do you feel about audiobooks?

Audiobooks have changed my life completely. It has literally maximized my reading so much! I can read even when I’m not able to actually read. I listen when working out and cleaning. I listen when playing games and scrolling the internet. Anything where I can listen to the book while doing the activity (even blogging), I am listening! I even color and do word searches while listening. It’s amazing!


Have you ever emotionally identified with a character or plot in a book that you felt the author was writing the words that are etched on your soul?

Zoey Redbird at the very beginning of the House Of Night series. I know how it feels to have family want nothing to do with you for who you are and for standing up for what you believe in. There are things she does later in the series that I don’t fully connect with, but at the beginning of the series, I felt like I was almost reading about myself.


What was the last book (or film) that made you cry?

The book that comes to mind is called My Life As A Country Album. It’s a really amazingly beautiful book. It’s tragic though. I fully recommend it for those who haven’t read it. If memory serves, I believe it’s on KU. Even if it’s not, it’s more than worth the price. I want to reread it now just thinking about it!


What ice cream flavour do you think best represents your personality? E.g. are you vanilla with sprinkles? Maybe you’re a decadent salted caramel? Or maybe you’re a scoop of rocky road?

I’m not really sure. I really feel like it would have rainbows in it somewhere. Probably vanilla with rainbow sprinkles. I’ve never thought of this kind of question. It’s brilliant really!

Just a reminder, I’m tagging anybody who reads this who wants to join!

My Questions:

  1. What are your thoughts on Audiobooks?
  2. What was the best book to movie adaptation? The worst? Have you ever watched an adaptation that was actually better than the book?
  3. What’s your book rating system?
  4. I’ve been considering doing video book reviews. Do you do any book related videos? Or watch them? What are your thoughts?
  5. What is a book that you read that has stuck with you forever?

Thank you for Reading!

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Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for this by Dear Kitty. Some Blog. I am truly honored! Go check her page out if you haven’t already!

The rules of this award are:

1. Post an image of the award.
2. Thank your nominator.
3. Give the story or history of your blog.
4. Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link to their blogs.
6. Comment on their blogs so they know of their nomination.

My blog is a bit of a complicated story. I’ll keep it as short and sweet as possible. I have been reading all my life. I didn’t really know many other readers. Actually, I was shamed a lot for wanting to read so much. It was a lonely life. I’ll say that.

September 2013, I discovered that I could write opinions on the books I read online! I can’t tell you how much that’s changed my life. I’ve met many amazing authors and fellow book lovers. Lately, I’ve been meeting some pretty amazing narrators as well. I am so blessed. I’ve even attended a book con (Literary Love of Savannah) the past few years.

In August of 2019, I made my blog here. I changed the name to Willow Writes And Reads. It’s stuck. I have felt more home since I made this blog than I have before. With the blog. I’ve felt at home since I joined the book community. This blog has grown so much and I can’t wait to see it grow farther. Thank you everybody who has read and followed my blog. You’re amazing.

My Advice:

  1. Follow your passions and run with it. Don’t ever make blogs that you don’t have much interest in. It will show in the blog. Don’t feel you have to follow a theme or schedule. I don’t mean don’t schedule blogs. There are people who find scheduling posts helpful. I use scheduling for the tours I do and most that I’ve planned out. Most of my blogs are spur of the moment so those aren’t scheduled. Go with your heart. Follow your passion. The rest will follow.
  2. Interact with your readers and read blogs similar to yours. It’s an amazing way to make new friends and connect with people. I have met quite a few people since starting this blog. If I could meet them in real life, I’d totally hug them. It also helps to know you’re not alone. You can help people out and seek advice from others as well!

If you’re reading this blog and you are a blogger, I’m tagging you. There’s so many great blogs that I really can’t choose just five! Please tag me or leave the link in the comments! I’d love to read your blogs! If I’m not already following you, I’ll follow you!

Thank you for Reading!

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Awesome Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by A Little Haze Book Blog. I fully recommend everybody check out her blog. I’d also suggest you follow her for terrific blogs. Thank you for the amazing nomination!

What is The Awesome Blogger Award?

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

Questions From A Little Haze Book Blog:

Who is your favourite side / supporting character in a novel?

I’d have to say Aphrodite LaFont in the House of Night series. She’s feisty and not always a likable character, but she’s fiercely loyal and intensely honest. If you have her on your side, you know you can count on her. Even if you want to strangle her.


What book do you think had the best world building?

I’m going to go with His Dark Material Trilogy here. There were multiple different worlds referenced in the book. It’s pretty creative.


You need to escape your house (for some reason) and can only bring five books with you. What books would you take?

I could be impossible here and say my Kindle and iPad, or use them as two of the five. They would probably be coming with me anyway. Picking five is hard! I guess I’d take the first five House of Night books!


Which fictional character do you most strongly identify with or feel that is most like you personality-wise?

I’m torn between Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy and Audrey Rose in Stalking Jack The Ripper. Ironically enough, both have the name Rose. They are both fierce, loyal, and dedicated. They are also both very insecure with themselves, and have the weight of the world on their shoulder.


What animal would you want as your superhero side-kick?

I would have to say a dog! It’s hard to choose. I’m an animal lover!


Which genre of books is the most unfairly under-rated in your opinion?

I would have to say sweet romance. I’d also say they are misinterpreted too. I’ve seen negative reviews on sweet romance novels for “not having enough sex or heat”. That’s the point. They don’t have sex. It’s focused on the romance entirely. A lot of them keep cursing from their books as well.


What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

Butter Pecan!


Would you rather read a great plot with average characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?

I’ll have to go with amazing characters. If the characters are amazing enough, they will make the story great!


Do you annotate your books?

I don’t. I don’t even write notes on what I read. I should. I just get so absorbed in the story. I feel like taking notes would take the enjoyment away.


If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?

I can’t remember her name right now, but there’s a character who comes in later in the House Of Night series. She’s blind, but once she’s marked she gets her vision back. She’s also marked as a red fledgling. She sees people’s auras. I’d love to be her.

Thank you again for nominating me for this post. It makes me feel special and important to be included in things like these. Joining the book blogging community was the best thing I ever did. I feel so included.

If you are reading this and you have a blog, I nominate you. There are too many bloggers I follow to only choose a few.

My questions:

  1. When did you first find your love of reading?
  2. Where is your favorite place to read?
  3. Do you have a reading goal on Goodreads or anywhere else?
  4. When did you start your blog? Give us a brief history of your blog!
  5. If you could give advice to future book bloggers and reviewers, what would you say?
  6. What’s your favorite book snack?
  7. Do you participate in readathons?
  8. Are you a member of any book clubs? (Please give links for any online ones that are open globally!)
  9. What other things do you enjoy? Reading is great, but I’m sure you have other things you love as well!
  10. What are some of your goals for the year?

I can’t wait to see your responses! Please tag me in your blog or put your link in the comments here! I wouldn’t mind if you do both! Again, I’m nominating every blogger who reads this!!!!

Thank you for Reading!

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Overwhelmed And Weekend Plans

IMVU: TwilightStarShadow

It’s amazing how somebody can be progressing well and falling behind at the same time. January was an insanely productive reading week. I believe I almost managed to average a book a day. Which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. However, I was swamped all month long. And I’m the type if I don’t get things 100% done, I don’t feel I was productive enough.

My mind has also been running into overtime as well. I attempted to do some freelance, but I don’t think I was going into the right direction. Especially with the pay to work ratio. I won’t talk about that publicly. I don’t want to sound ungrateful. It’s just a lot. I made mistakes. I’m not perfect. But mistakes or not, it just wasn’t a right fit for me.

I had a lot of things going on this month. I had little to no organization whatsoever. I now get the phrase “running around like a chicken with its head cut off”. Fully. I had schedules that were great, but they weren’t working out for me. On top of all that, I’m still attempting to find a job. I’ve had some promising leads, but something has happened. I have full faith that things will be looking up soon!

This past week has been the most productive for me. I tweaked my schedule in a way that works best for me. I also made some to do lists based on priority. It’s insane how therapeutic that is. I can’t even explain it. I still have a lot to do, but I’ve made progress. I even have my February schedule set up.

I also edited my schedule for the blog as well. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, I’ll post specific topics. I have it listed in my schedule section. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I’ll post about WHATEVER. Of course, I’ll post book reviews and tags on any day, but those are the exceptions.

This weekend, I’ll be posting quite a few blogs. I’ll space them out as much as I can. I have three book award responses to post. THREE! Thank you! I feel so special! I’ll also be posting 6 book reviews. Actually, there’s a potential of 8 reviews. I have 2 books I should be finishing this weekend. We’ll see.

Another announcement to make. I’m getting back into photography. Right now, I’m just doing some reading up and studying on it. I don’t have access to my cameras at the moment. I am also planning on getting back into my drawing lessons and studying a bit of calligraphy. I’ve also found some coloring groups to get into to get back into that.

Thanks everybody for your patience with me. I’m trying to be all about positive thinking. Sometimes it’s hard with the darkness trying to take me whole! It’s strange. I feel alone sometimes, but then I also push people away. Now that I’m more organized and feel a bit more grounded, things will be back to normal on Monday.

Here are the award blogs I’ll be responding to:

The Awesome Blogger Award
Blogger Recognition Award
They Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you for Reading!

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100 Followers!!!!!

I am beyond thrilled at this milestone. I am so thankful to everybody who takes the time out of their day to read my blogs. You make me dedicated to keep on posting. I promise to get better with consistency.

I feel like I should do a top 100 post to honor this great achievement. If this is something you’d like to see, please feel free to comment the top 100 things you’d like to see. I am so thrilled. I never thought I would get so far! Fear and anxiety kept me from pursuing this. I’m glad I ignored it for once!

Thank you again for following me and reading my blogs. You are the reason I keep posting. A special shout out to those of you who read every single one of my blogs. You are seen and appreciated. You make me feel special!

Thank you for reading!

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Personal Goals For 2020

For years, I have been formulating and dismissing plans. I’ve listened to terrible advice and believed them. I believed all the negativity I was told. I’ve also been guilty of being negative about things myself. That’s one of my unofficial goals. Be more positive. Think more positive.

  1. Be more consistent with my goals. I will do my best to schedule the ones that I can schedule. Most of the blogs I make aren’t really things I plan out. I will make sure that they are posted on the day they are planned out. With the exception of book reviews.
  2. Work on expanding freelance. By the end of the year, I’d like to have at least four services to offer. I’d also ideally like to be full-time if at all possible.
  3. Interact with more bloggers. I would like to find more bloggers in the book community to interact with. Others to support. Take more time to read more blogs.
  4. Work on reducing my to read list. I have a lot of books I said I’d review for tours or just in general that I had to sideline for various reasons. This year, I’d like to significantly lower that list. If not completely clear it. I’d also like to have ARC copies read by their release date when possible. If not, as close to them as I possibly can.
  5. Find some writing, photography, and voice acting/narration training/classes. I’d like to get some training on these things. Maybe even consider making a profession of them starting next year.
  6. Get and keep a job. I’d ideally like to find something part-time so I can focus on growing my freelance. However, I’m open to a full-time job if it’s overnight. I’d also prefer a job from home since I don’t drive.

I have never really taken the time to set actual goals. It is a big relief. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me. I mean I’ve planned things. I’ve talked about ideas and dreams. I’ve never actually set it up as a goal. I have a feeling that good things are going to be coming my way!

Thank you for reading!

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Updates To Blog Schedule And Services

Before I start talking about the updates and changes, I have a small announcement to make. I’ve finally decided to take the chance and start the freelance I’ve been wanting to start for a very long time. I decided to stop listening to the people who were very negative when I brought it up. It’s been very freeing. Right now, I’m just offering one service, but as I research, I will probably grow the service list.

I am still on the hunt to find a part-time job for steady pay. Something I may maintain even after my freelance job is launched and successful. I’m fully aware that I will probably never have a day off. I’ll also probably be working most of the days from the time I get up until I go to bed. I’m fully okay with this. I will make sure I have time to do everything. Including this blog.

I’m open to any freelance suggestions anybody wants to throw out! The more detailed the better!

My services are in a post below. Please feel free to share!

Services

I’ve struggled coming up with a schedule lately. I want to find things that I can post every day that I enjoy and that my lovely readers enjoy too. I had a pretty good set up, but I needed to let the True Crime and Conspiracy go. As much as I would have loved to do that. I may even consider bringing it back in the future honestly. Right now, my focus needs to go on launching my freelance and finding a job. I don’t want to pursue the series if I can’t put my all into the research.

Here’s the new schedule:

Blog Schedule

I know that lately I’ve been really late in posting. And some weeks I haven’t posted at all. I don’t feel there’s any excuse for it. I do have an explanation. I am a very routine oriented person. Sometimes my routines aren’t exactly realistic. I’ll admit to that. Either way, when a curve ball comes in, sometimes it takes me awhile to get back into routine. I’m actively working on breaking this habit. It’s harder than I would like to admit. I’ll get there. I’m a work in progress!

Thank you for reading!

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Things Happen

I’m not going to say that my year has started horribly. It hasn’t. I won’t say that 2019 was horrible. It wasn’t. The last half of 2019 was a struggle. I won’t lie. In a way, the struggle is still there. However, things are finally looking up. There are still some things that aren’t great, but we have to pick up and move on eventually.

One of my biggest flaws is that when unexpected things happen, I kind of derail. I don’t exactly have a strict routine, but I do have some habits and goals that I like to keep at every day. When that gets derailed, I feel lost. It usually takes a few days to get back to normal.

Naturally, I’m behind. Not the way I really wanted to start the new year, but things happen. I will catch up. Especially if I let some things go. That includes the blogs for the week. I tried to keep up. I just couldn’t. I’m not even going to make excuses. I know I could easily do them. My heart wouldn’t be in them. One thing I will always be persistent on is the fact that I will never do anything half-hearted on this blog.

I’ll return to normal Monday. I may even start writing a personal blog every week that isn’t related to books, writing, or crime. I haven’t fully decided on that yet. I wouldn’t want to bore anybody. I’m hoping that I’ll have a few book reviews out before next week starts. We’ll see how things go. What I can promise is that by Monday, I’ll be in a better place. Positive thoughts!

May this be the last blog like this I have to put out. I wish that I could explain everything that has went on. It would make me sound like less of a flake. There are things that just really shouldn’t be talked about publicly in my opinion. Even if I did believe in oversharing, I don’t want anybody to feel bad for me or think that’s my intention. We all have our struggles and issues. It’s how we get past them that matters.

Thank you for reading!

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My Top Ten Books From 2019 And Reading Stats

I know this is a bit late. Don’t judge me. I have had a busy few days. I’ll start off with my top ten books. Please note that these are in no particular order. It was also very hard to choose just ten. I read so many great books in 2019.

Top 10 Books I Read in 2019:

Twisted World
The Reapers
Blood Lust
The Trouble With You
Blood Laws
Evanthia’s Gift
The Help
Ford’s Fate
The Golden Compass
Clean Sweep

My 2019 Reading Stats

The page numbers for some book aren’t accurate but I still did awesome!

Book Stats from 2013-2019:

I plan to try to read 150 books in 2020. I had an amazing reading year in 2019. I hope you all did too. Here’s to another great year and another great decade! Blessed be!

Thank you for reading! Happy New Year!

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