The Aesthete Blogger Award

I was tagged for this by Books Are the New Black. I am so thankful for her! This is amazing!


About the Award

“This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire! Just wow!” -Ashmita


Rules

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita @ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • Answer the questions from your nominator.
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

Something in the world I admire:

Nature. No matter how chaotic things get in the world you will still find beautiful and peaceful places in nature. It’s awe inspiring. It’s also a wonderful way to renew energy. To cleanse out the negative energy so to speak.

What is your favorite form of creativity?

Writing. It helps put out stories into the world. Fictional and nonfictional alike. Without writers, we wouldn’t have the wonderful books we have in the world.

Questions From Nominator

Do you have a guilty pleasure show/book series?

I’d have to say either the House of Night series or the Pretty Little Liars series. I’m not really sure which one fits more here.

Do you watch the Olympics? If so, what’s your favorite sport to watch?

Normally, I do. It’s a family tradition. I didn’t this year. I just had a lot going on at the time. I did hear about it from my family. It’s a toss up between volleyball and swimming.

What’s your most anticipated release for the rest of the year?

The third book in the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series by Holly Jackson

Do you have any mail subscription boxes? Doesn’t just have to be a book sub!

Once Upon a Book Club, OwlCrate, and FairyLoot.

I’m not going to tag anybody. Normally the people I pick for these don’t really have the time to do them. Which is fine. I’d also like to keep this open. If you read this and want to participate, please do. Please tag me so I can see your responses!

My Questions:

  1. Do you listen to audiobooks?
  2. Who are three authors you’d instantly buy books from without a second thought?
  3. Do you have an Instagram?
  4. Do you attend any conventions?

As far as creations go, I’m not really a majorly creative person. I’ve written some and edited some photos. I’ve also made some friendship bracelet bookmarks. Maybe one day.

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The Zodiac Sign Book Tag

It’s been a long time since I have been tagged in a book tag. I’m very honored to have been included in this one. I also want to reiterate that I am open to doing any book tag that that is available. I love them. They are so very fun! But I digress. thank you so much to Hundreds and Thousands of Books for tagging me in this wonderful book tag!

RULES:

  • Link back to the creator, Just Dreamland
  • Link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Answer all the prompts.
  • Use the original graphics and credit the creator 
  • Tag at least 5 bloggers and provide links to their blogs.
  • Name your Zodiac sign!
  • Don’t forget to add #ItsAZodiacThing tag.
  • You can either do the zodiac book tag /the zodiac music tag or both of them. Graphics for separate tags should be given at the end.
  • Enjoy!

The Prompts:

Aries: A wild and powerful book, compelling from start to finish. Every page intoxicated your heart with incredible imagery.
Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Taurus: A heart-wrenching story of a forbidden love that could tear a family apart.
The Help by Callie Rose

Cancer: A bittersweet book that spoke to your sensitive heart.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Gemini: A book that is cheeky, quippy, and witty.
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Leo: A book with drama, love, fancy wear, and hope.
The Paranormals of Avynwood series by Michelle Dare

Virgo: A tender story of self-love, self-determination, self-discovery, perseverance, romance, friendship, and family.
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Scorpio: A book with a good plot twist. A book that is psychologically thrilling and emotionally chilling, and haunted you from the first page to the last.
Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind

Libra: A book that has a remarkably refreshing and frank outlook on life. One of the realist books you’ve ever read.
Every Last Drop by Sarah Robinson

Sagittarius: An adventurous summer read.
The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou

Capricorn: A book that has everything to do with friendship
House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Pisces: A book that bewitched and enchanted you with its lyrical words, and transmuted your imaginative mind.
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Aquarius: A quirky and unique book.
The Complications of Pi by RK Phillips

I Tag:

One Book More
The Geekish Brunette
A Little Haze Book Blog
Alison in Bookland
Confessions of a YA Reader

If you read this and enjoy the idea behind the blog, please feel free to participate. All I ask is that you tag me so that I can see your responses! This was really fun! I’m glad I was tagged in it! Enjoy!

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The Reread Book Tag

This is the first book tag I’ve done in a very long time. Thank you Leslie from Books Are The New Black for tagging me! You have no idea how honored I feel that you thought of me.

From what I gather, this is a book tag about rereading books. I used to reread books all the time. I’m not as bad about rereading books as I was. I still have a few books that I will go back and reread once a year or once every few years. I also read some series from the beginning when there’s a new release on it. Depends on the series though.

Rules:

For this one, I ad to really put a lot of thought into it. I read a lot as a child. Nowhere near as much as I do now though. I also read more mature books for my age. There was this one book that always had previews in American Girl (I think) of this diary thing. The whole book was quirky and funny and looked like you were actually reading a diary. It even had great pictures! I can’t remember the name of it. So for the sake of being simple, I’ll choose Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

This one is hard for me to read. I’ll translate it here: A book you DNFed but would be wiling to give a second chance.

This one is difficult for me because I barely put a book down because I didn’t like it. Most o the books I set down are because I ran out of time and couldn’t finish them at that time. I always plan to read them again later. For this question, I would have to say The Darkest Legacy. I was so disappointed in it that I set it down. I may give it another chance.

This one is easy for me because I relate to it so so much! I will definitely reread it. Probably VERY soon!

Another easy one. Very easy.

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t read a lot of classics in school that I liked. I might read them again as an adult with a different way of thinking. But one definitely sticks out in my mind for this one.

Just one? I’m cheating here. Richelle Mead, Meg Cabot, P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Charlie N Holmberg, and James Patterson.That’s just off the top of my head.

I don’t know if I’m going to shock anybody with this but:

Dark Materials Trilogy. Hands Down. Would probably even reread it with every new season of the show!

I’m majorly on the fence about this one. And normally it’s the opposite for me. It’s books I listened to but want to actually read. However, one comes to mind. The House of Night series. I already have the image for another question.

This has been really fun! I used to really love doing tags! Maybe I will get tagged in more!

If you read this blog, I tag you to complete this tag. It’s really fun to do!

I also tag:

The Geekish Brunette
One Book More
Past Midnight
Mom’s Book Collection
Amanja Reads Too Much

Also, if you aren’t following the tagged blogs, I fully suggest you do. All of them are amazing and talented. They are also wonderful supporters!

The Quick Fire Fantasy Tag

I got tagged by Nen & Jen. If you aren’t aware of these two lovely bloggers, you’re missing out greatly. They are fun and witty! Their content is AMAZING and very eye-catching. You can count on their blogs to be honest and fully authentic. I love their blog and their personalities so much! I’m so glad I found them!

The Rules:

-Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
-Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer) in your post
-Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
-Tag 5 others to take part
Enjoy!

FIVE STAR BOOK

I’ve loved this series since the very first sentence. It’s witty and fun. It’s angsty. All the characters are sassy and have such character. I can never get enough of it. I’ve read most of the series at least twice. I will willingly read them again as well.

ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

This book is about a society that believes that love is a disease. I was floored by the unique feel behind this trilogy. I have major plans to read them again.

OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ IT YET

I bought the series last year sometime. I started to read it, but I never got around to finishing it. Not because I don’t like it. I just had to set it down. I’ve been wanting to read it so badly!

WOULD READ AGAIN

I can’t get over how fun this book is! The main character is just so sassy. Want to back talk her? You’re going to have to put up with the reaction you get. Want to mess with her? You’re gonna get it back. This book was amazing! Very unique too!

IN ANOTHER WORLD

There were so many that I could talk about with this one. Game Of Thrones is where I’ll go though. I’m still afraid to watch the television show! The books were pretty decent. If not super long and packed with activity!

BACK ON EARTH

My knee jerk reaction was to choose House Of Night. It takes place in Oklahoma. I’ve already used it for another question though. So the next perfect option is Vampire Academy. Which takes place in Montana! Another sassy main character. I think it’s obvious how I like my women. Just saying. HAHA

I Tag:

Read By Tiffany
Sometimes Leelynn Reads
A Little Haze Book Blog
One Book More
Mom’s Book Collection

You don’t have to respond, but I’d really appreciate if you do. I can’t wait to see the answers!

I fully encourage anybody who reads these to follow these lovely blogs. They are amazing. If anybody else wants to participate in this, I fully encourage it!

Thank you for Reading!

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The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

I wasn’t exactly tagged in this post. I saw a post on nen & jen. After the five, they said “You”. That’s good enough for me! You can find thier beautiful blog on the tag here.

The Rules
  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of Tiffany’s graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them. 

Can’t say this was one of my favorite books of all times, but it was interesting to say the least. Without giving too much away, I strongly encourage people to read about it. For more information, click here.

This whole series has shaken me to the core. It’s insane and mind blowing. I fully recommend keeping the next book on hand so you can grab it immediately when finishing the current one. To experience the best of two worlds, click here.

This series was amazing. And the journey the trio goes on in this book is one of the best book journies ever. And there are QUITE a few out there! Visit the world of Harry Potter here!

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. The whole series has me in it’s trap. If you haven’t read this series, I strongly recommend you give it a chance. The story is just as beautiful as the cover! Live the life of a Reaper here!

I read this entire book in one sitting. I was tempting to take it and re-reading it. I can’t wait to devour the rest of the series. If they are as fast-paced and unique as this one, I’m going to be hooked! Travel back in time here!

This was a beautiful story. The whole trilogy was amazing. I didn’t want it to end. This author doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. This trilogy doesn’t either! Fall in love with a new trilogy by clicking here.

This book is where this series started picking back up for me. I almost set the series down because I felt the author was getting bored with the series. That changed with this one. That’s why I consider it a breath of fresh air. For more Stephanie shenanigans click here.

There’s only so much I can say about this book without giving too much away. But if there’s a character who fits this more, it’s her. She decided to do something that everybody told her was impossible. She risked everything for what she believed in to conquer this challenge. And she made it awesome! Read and see!!! Continue following the Reaper’s life here!

If I tell you that this book would be a happy read, I would be lying. It is very sad. Don’t get me wrong. There are happy moments, but the author definitely makes you work for them. The book is sprinkled with all kinds of Greek recipes. It’s beautiful! To learn to love again and grow with this family, press here.

I know this is going to be insane. But it’s true. This book and the author inspired me. It Gets Worse was inspiring too. Shane Dawson struggled with some of the same things I did in life. And it’s nice to know that I’m not alone and there will always be a positive. I especially love that he can find humor in anything. Especially the most horrible moments of his life. Get inside Shane’s life in small doses here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this tag! If you’ve read any of these, let me know. The five people I choose are:

Traveling Trailer Trash

TheGeekishBrunette

Confessions of a YA Reader

My Books-My World

A Little Haze Book Blog

YOU!!!!

The Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner. I’m not too familiar with this award since I am fairly new to the serious blogging world. But it seems to be a project for bloggers to help lift up other bloggers. I am all for that.

Thank you Kitty for the amazing nomination. I’m truly humbled. You are a far more advanced blogger than I am, but I appreciate that she sees me as worthy of a Blogger Award.

THE RULES

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How I Got Started

Back in 2013, I was feeling very lonely. There wasn’t a lot of readers in my area I could talk to. That I knew of anyways. I met some readers online and they changed my life forever. I discovered online parties all about books. And reviews! I could share my thoughts of books online! It was amazing! I was empowered. I wrote my first ever book review in September of 2013.

I’ve had many blog names before this trying to find one that fit perfectly. In 2015, I created the pen name for myself Willow Star Serenity. It was one of my best decisions. At one point I had a blog called Willow’s Thoughts And Book Obsessions. I wasn’t ever fully happy with this blog name. It was wordy and not really fun.

A couple months ago the name Willow Writes and reads just hit me. And I knew it was the name for me. I did what it took to make my blog official. I’m not branching out and attempting to network with other blogs. Every day I learn and grow. I’m not advanced, but I’m doing what I love. Talking about books!

My Advice To New Bloggers

  1. If I can advise ANYTHING, it’s to be yourself. Post about what you love. I know it seems easier to follow the fad or the latest “viral” things. But unless it’s something that makes you happy, this won’t make you happy for long. Personally, I love to post about authors and books. I love to write reviews. It’s what keeps me happy and keeps me posting! Some people may want to blog about traveling or cooking or anything! The point of the matter is it has to make you happy in the end of the day. If that shows in your blog, the readers will follow.
  2. Interact with other bloggers. Interact with the community that you’re wanting to blog about. If you want to gain interest, you have to show the people that you’re there. You don’t have to be totally extroverted to do this. It may make the process a lot easier. But in time, it will come.
  3. I know I’m only supposed to post two pieces of advice, but I feel this one is important. Please be patient. Things take time. You’ll learn and you’ll grow. The readers will follow. Circling back to Tip #1, be yourself. If you are true to yourself and your blogs, your readers will be true to you. Give it time.

This is the part where I’m supposed to nominate 15 people. As I’m new to the blogging world, I don’t know 15 people to nominate. Maybe one day I will. Until then, if you are reading this and you are a blogger, feel free to tag yourself! All I ask is that you put the link to your blog in my comments so that I can read and share it! I’ll also follow your blog if I’m not doing so already!