Monday Videos: September 13th

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#duet with @starsbooksandtea I felt the urge to see how long love been on TikTok. I felt the urge to duet my first video to show how I’ve changed.

♬ original sound – eyezcosplay
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I’m my haste to show it all in three minutes or less I left off the pin and bookmark. 🙈 I’ll post pictures of everything on Instagram. #booktok

♬ original sound – Star’s Books & Tea

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September 11th, 2001: 20 Years Later

I can not believe it’s been twenty years since this horrible day. They say you will remember exactly what you were doing on this tragic day. I can agree with this to an extent. I know that I was a sophomore in high school. I was in class when the teacher turned the tv on so we could all watch what was happening. I can’t tell you what class I was in. I can’t even tell you I fully comprehended what was going on. The rest of the day was a blur to me. I understand now that I’m an Empath. I didn’t know that at the time. I felt so overwhelmed with pain and emotions that I couldn’t think straight. I watched the news obsessively until the events stopped being talked about nonstop. To this day, I still can’t watch the news.

I asked some friends to share their stories with me. I am fortunate to have been given three beautiful stories. I hope you enjoy them.

Michelle Hoffman:

I was up and having breakfast with my dad because his car was in the shop, so I was giving him a ride. We were watching TV and saw the first plane hit. Thinking it was an accident, we left the house and started on our way. By the time we stopped to get his morning paper, the second plane had hit and we knew it wasn’t an accident. My mom was terrified and didn’t want him going to work because his job was right next to LAX and she thought more attacks might happen. He insisted, so I took him the rest of the way. It was amazing to see how people pulled together to get things accomplished that day and though I didn’t like what made it happen, it gave me hope that people can be good, regardless of who they are helping.

Roxy Sterling:

Do I remember where I was at the moment the horrible injustice hit our country? No. I was in college and I believe I was studying away and not near any sort of media outlets. I remember finding out later that afternoon as I was leaving to drive somewhere. I remember what happened the rest of the day and the days following. I remember people coming together to help each other. I remember our country mourning together the lost loved ones even if we didn’t know anyone directly. I remember how it didn’t matter who we were or our beliefs because we were united. That is what I remember. I just thought about and time has changed and there are very few people in my life now that was in my life 20 years ago. I hope today of all days we can forget about all of our differences and remember what brought us together 20 years ago on this day and the following ones.

Dreama from TikTok.

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To honor the ones we lost, we talk about how we lost them. We continue trying to heal through the pain. #wwywtwst #alanjackson #nineelevenmemory

♬ original sound – Dreama’s TikTok

Death and tragedy are a part of life. It’s a sad reality that we face. Just remember that together we can heal. Together we can overcome hatred. Together we are not alone. I’m sending you all hugs and love and positive vibes.

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Monday Videos: Debut

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I don’t know if I should count the top of the page or the first actual paragraph.

♬ original sound – luttewrites
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My ebook and audiobook tbr for September. Actively listening to Dynasty and The Omen Machine. September TBR part 2. #booktok #amreading

♬ Lazy Sunday – Official Sound Studio
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My August Fairyloot box! Well except for the monthly pin. It fell behind my bed 🙈#booktok #bookmail

♬ Lazy Sunday – Official Sound Studio

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Thoughts With Star: Travel

Last week was a pretty intense week. I’ve been preparing to have company over and then tomorrow I will be leaving for Texas for an entire month and a half. This leads me to my topic for this week. Travelling. Last time I went to Texas, I went by bus. It wasn’t a very fun adventure for me. I felt uncomfortable and overly cautious. It didn’t help that I was travelling alone. Add the fact that I wore a mask for eighteen hours straight. Needless to say, I was so grateful to be off the bus. But I digress. Travelling is really interesting to me. There are so many methods to travel and so many reasons to travel. Sometimes we go to see our family. Sometimes we go on vacation. There’s business conferences and conventions. I could go on forever. Sometimes we are only gone for a few days and sometimes we are gone for months. What are your thoughts on travel? How often do you travel?

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Thoughts With Star: Pride Month

I don’t really have anything to talk about this week. Other than the fact that I’m so shocked that we are halfway through the month. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s Pride month! I have always been interested in Pride month. If I’m being honest, I’ve also been afraid of it as well. I always knew I wasn’t normal. My very first crush was a girl. I was nine years old. I was so ashamed of myself. It took many long years to realize it wasn’t a bad thing to be attracted to the same sex. The shame of waiting so long weighed heavily on me for a long time. I still question a lot of things about myself. I still face a lot of guilt. I’m getting better. Slowly. While I face a battle every day, I’m becoming more and more comfortable in my skin all the time. If anybody is struggling with their identity or who they are attracted to, I’m here for you. Anything you say to me will stay with me. It’s a terrifying feeling and I know I’m not the only one who goes through it. Just remember. You are loved. You are blessed. You are amazing.

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Confessions About Burnout and New Plans

I think this blog has been a long time coming if I’m being honest with you all and myself. I’m posting things that don’t really matter to me because I feel I have to. I’m attempting to force myself to write when writing doesn’t really bring me joy or excitement. I love writing, but sporadically. I don’t really care about writing on an every day basis. I don’t want to make writing a living. That being said, I’m officially changing up my schedule. Thank you all for your understanding. I will post some past blogs I miss that I actually enjoy. My reset starts completely over tomorrow.

Blog Schedule (All Times in EST):

10 AM: Promo Posts. I don’t get these as often as I used to, but I still get them and I’m still willing to post them. So this section will remain on the schedule indefinitely. Even if there are weeks or months in between an actual event.

2 PM: Personal Blogs. I’ll be posting personal things. Things I enjoy. Answering questions. Photos I took. Coloring projects I made. You name it. I really hope you enjoy. (Note: These posts will be both book and non book related.)

6 PM: Book Meme: This will be exclusively for blog related memes. I’ll be picking the ones I love the most.

10 PM: Non Bookish Content: This will be anything non book related things. It was originally going to be memes, but I decided to just make it Non bookish content entirely.

Schedule (some things are still the same and will be only copied and pasted):

Mondays:

Readathon News: I’ll discuss the readathons going on during the week and ow I feel about them. I will also list my TBR for the readathon or each readathon. If none are scheduled or I’m not hosting my own, this blog will be skipped for the week.
Mailbox Mondays: I absolutely love book mail. It’s my favorite type of mail to get. I may not always post for this. It depends on if I get mail during the week or not.
Monday Videos: I’ll share videos I really enjoyed over the previous week. Some will be my own videos and some will be videos I enjoyed from TikTok or YouTube.

Tuesdays:

Weekly Featured Book: I’ll discuss a book that is really important to me at the moment. Whether I recently read and loved it or I found out about it and am excited to get my hands on it and read it.
Top Ten Tuesdays: This one is one of my favorites to do every week. They have a topic every week and we post about our top ten favorite books involving the topic.
FitReaders: From what I gather from this one, you do a recap of your exercise from the week before and discuss your goals for the upcoming week. It looks like you can also add if you’ve gained or lost weight as well. It seems like just the blog I need to light a fire under me!

Wednesday:

Weekly Colorist Projects: I’ll highlight four coloring projects I’ve worked on during the week before. This will be skipped if I hadn’t worked on coloring at all for the week. I’ve skipped this a lot lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into coloring more soon.
WWW Wednesdays: This right here is definitely my favorite meme to do every week. You discuss the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you’ve recently finished. It’s one of the easiest and most time consuming to build. I love it!
Top 5 Wednesday: A weekly challenge for book bloggers, vloggers, and book lovers, hosted by Lainey and Sam. The goal is to choose their top 5 picks for the week’s given challenge. Find out more on the  Goodreads group page!

Thursdays:

All About Audiobooks: I’ll be spotlighting an audiobook that I listened to during the week that I’ve really been adoring. There may or may not be repeats with this blog.
Thursday Quoteables: I’m recently getting into highlighting quotes more. I add them to my reviews and so on. So every week, I’ll pick a book and share about four quotes from it. On Holidays, I’ll try to do more themed quotes from multiple books. There will always be four quotes total.
Thankful Thursday: I was originally going to do a meme I found, but I just couldn’t find any excitement in doing so. Instead I want to do something different. I’m going to talk about the things I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll choose up to four things I’m thankful for every week. I’ll do this every week even if I only write one thing.

Fridays:

Weekly Game Chat: I’ll post my gaming progress for the week every week. This may not be posted some weeks if I didn’t do a lot of gaming. It really just depends on how packed my schedule is for that week.
The Friday 56: I can’t remember where I found this meme. I couldn’t find enough information to run on to credit them. I also made it my own and kind of ran with it. I really enjoy doing it. Go to page 56 or 56% into a book and write a sentence or a few sentences on that page and write your thoughts on it.
On This Day: I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix as well.

Saturdays:

Author Spotlight: This blog segment will begin on June 5th. I’ll pick an author out every week and give a run down of their books, their upcoming books, and who they are as a person. If they allow me to, I’ll also include a chapter of one of the books of their choice. First author on deck is RK Phillips.
Saturday Stars: This is a very fun meme to do. You showcase a character from a book and tell the book or series they are from and why they are your star for the week.
Weekly Book Reviews: I will give a brief review over the books I finished over the week and my rating on them. Most will be short reviews, but some may be longer than others.

Sundays:

Book Photo Sunday: This is where I share four Instagram photos I’ve taken during the week of books or promo posts. There are some weeks that I won’t have anything posted. I’ve had weeks I don’t take any photos and don’t have any promos that I’ve posted.
Sundays In Bed With: I’ll post about the book I plan on reading that day or one that I’m already reading for the day. I include a paragraph on my thoughts on the book I’m reading. Whether it be about the book itself or the part of the book I’m reading.
Cinema Sunday: This meme doesn’t look like it’s active anymore. I’d like to pick it back up as well. It doesn’t like there’s anywhere I can tag. I’m not intending to steal the idea from whoever created it. I just want to run with it. I think you talk about your favorites. What I plan to do is just talk about any television show or movie I’ve watched during the week instead. This may be skipped if I haven’t watched anything.


Thank you again for all your support and encouragement. The comments on my blog make me feel amazing and important. I look forward to many more interactions with all of you. Side note, I’m also considering letting TikTok goes as well. I’m not fully sure on that.

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Official Blog Schedule

Note: This was originally posted January 4th. I’ve tweaked it a little and decided to repost it. I also want to remind everybody that I put everything in categories. If you prefer a certain blog series, they are easy to find! Finally getting reviews written. You’ll see them posted sporadically until I’ve written them all. Recent ones will be posted right away instead of going on the list to write.

New Blog Schedule (All in EST):

10 AM: Promo Posts (If there are any scheduled for the day)
2 PM: Personal Blogs (There’s a different blog for every day of the week)
6 PM: Book Meme (A bookish meme that I am fond of)
10 PM: Non Bookish Memes (A meme I found that doesn’t always involve books that I think are fun.)

Mondays:

Weekly Reading And Blogging: I’ll write a couple of paragraphs about my upcoming week and post about the books I’m reading and planning to start during the week.
Mailbox Mondays: I absolutely love book mail. It’s my favorite type of mail to get. I may not always post for this. It depends on if I get mail during the week or not.
Music Mondays: So this one seems really fun. I choose a song every week and post about it. From the look of it, I post a link of the music, the lyrics, and any credits. I think I may also add my thoughts on why I posted that song every week. We will see.

Tuesdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Top Ten Tuesdays: This one is one of my favorites to do every week. They have a topic every week and we post about our top ten favorite books involving the topic.
FitReaders: From what I gather from this one, you do a recap of your exercise from the week before and discuss your goals for the upcoming week. It looks like you can also add if you’ve gained or lost weight as well. It seems like just the blog I need to light a fire under me!

Wednesday:

Weekly Colorist Projects: I’ll highlight four coloring projects I’ve worked on during the week before. This will be skipped if I hadn’t worked on coloring at all for the week. I’ve skipped this a lot lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into coloring more soon.
WWW Wednesdays: This right here is definitely my favorite meme to do every week. You discuss the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you’ve recently finished. It’s one of the easiest and most time consuming to build. I love it!
Wonderous Words Wednesday: This one doesn’t look really active anymore, but I really enjoyed the concept behind it so I’m going to bring it back. From the looks of it, you highlight a few words that you learned or find really fascinating with their definitions. I know that I didn’t create this. I plan to credit the original content creator every week even if it’s no longer active.

Thursdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Thursday Quoteables: I’m recently getting into highlighting quotes more. I add them to my reviews and so on. So every week, I’ll pick a book and share about four quotes from it. On Holidays, I’ll try to do more themed quotes from multiple books. There will always be four quotes total.
Thankful Thursday: I was originally going to do a meme I found, but I just couldn’t find any excitement in doing so. Instead I want to do something different. I’m going to talk about the things I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll choose up to four things I’m thankful for every week. I’ll do this every week even if I only write one thing.

Fridays:

Weekly Game Chat: I’ll post my gaming progress for the week every week. This may not be posted some weeks if I didn’t do a lot of gaming. It really just depends on how packed my schedule is for that week.
The Friday 56: I can’t remember where I found this meme. I couldn’t find enough information to run on to credit them. I also made it my own and kind of ran with it. I really enjoy doing it. Go to page 56 or 56% into a book and write a sentence or a few sentences on that page and write your thoughts on it.
On This Day: I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix as well.

Saturdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Saturday Stars: This is a very fun meme to do. You showcase a character from a book and tell the book or series they are from and why they are your star for the week.
Weekend Cooking: It looks like recipes are shared. I may run this a little differently. Some weeks I may share a recipe that I found that I think might be amazing (crediting where I found it of course). I also may just discuss the things I cooked during the week. I will probably go by my mood every week. I try to cook once a week and have meals on the ready during the week for when I don’t feel like cooking. Key word is try.

Sundays:

Book Photo Sunday: This is where I share four Instagram photos I’ve taken during the week of books or promo posts. There are some weeks that I won’t have anything posted. I’ve had weeks I don’t take any photos and don’t have any promos that I’ve posted.
Sundays In Bed With: I’ll post about the book I plan on reading that day or one that I’m already reading for the day. I include a paragraph on my thoughts on the book I’m reading. Whether it be about the book itself or the part of the book I’m reading.
Cinema Sunday: This meme doesn’t look like it’s active anymore. I’d like to pick it back up as well. It doesn’t like there’s anywhere I can tag. I’m not intending to steal the idea from whoever created it. I just want to run with it. I think you talk about your favorites. What I plan to do is just talk about any television show or movie I’ve watched during the week instead. This may be skipped if I haven’t watched anything.

#NaNoWriMo Begins And News!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to push myself and find out how far I can go. I’ve participated every year since 2015, and 2015 is the only year I succeeded. I fully plan to change that this year. I’d like to do a blog on my progress. I’m just not sure how often I should post. Every day? Every other day? Let me know your preferences!

I also apologize for my absence. I’ve been doing my best to get everything done. I put in a lot of overtime lately. That and my living situation is a little hectic. I am not in my office with my cushy chair like I was. I’ll be going back home soon, but yeah. The 12-hour shifts have made me wanting to be on the computer outside of work a chore. Especially in the chair I’m using.

I start a new shift tomorrow. I’ve already set up a routine. I’m hoping that it will work for me. We shall see. I’m very excited for it regardless! Thank you all for being so patient with me. I truly appreciate it!

Be prepared to see some back posts from me in the coming week. Also be prepared to see some reviews. I’m finally going to start writing them again. I’ve been keeping a list of all the books that need reviewed. Hope you enjoy the journey with me!!!!

A Fresh Start

I’ve been going through a funk. I’ve had a few life changes in my life. Some I’d rather not really talk about. I also have had some routine changes as well. Between all that and trying to put in as many hours at work as I can, I’ve barely been able to read much. I’m so thankful for audiobooks. I wouldn’t have gotten through any books at all lately.

Anyways, enough babbling. I just wanted to put up the blog schedule. It’s tweaked a little due to some things I’ve been self reflecting on. I’ve also included my latest Instagram posts above. Hope you enjoy

Weekly Schedule (All times EST)

Monday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Murderous Mondays (Will start next Monday. No back posts.)
10 PM: Weekly Reading And Blog Plans

Tuesday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Top Ten Tuesday
10 PM: Writing Prompt

Wednesday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: WWW Wednesday (Next post will be for two weeks)
10 PM: Weekly Coloring Projects

Thursday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Thursday Quoteables (Starting from this Thursday)
10 PM: Writing Prompt

Friday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Friday 56 (To Start Friday. No back posts)
10 PM: Gaming Chat (Previously was going to be True Crime And Conspiracy Theories, but I’ve been gaming a lot lately.)

Saturday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Saturday Star (To start Saturday. No back posts)
10 PM: Writing Prompt

Sunday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Sundays In Bed With…. (To start Sunday. No back posts)
10 PM: Book Photo Sunday (Same as Sundays in bed with)

Hello!

I know that I have been absent for awhile. I’ve had a lot going on. I’ve been overwhelmed. Wasn’t sure what to do. I decided it would be best to just take a break. Starting Monday, I’m getting back into a routine. Which means I will be back to posting regularly again. I’ll be slowly posting blogs that were supposed to have been scheduled as well. Some I will skip over. Such as any WWW Wednesday. I’ll just double up on that this coming up Wednesday. Thank you everybody who have been completely loyal to reading my blogs no matter what. I really appreciate you. I will spend from here on making you proud.

I’ve been in such a funk lately. I’ve mentioned in a few blogs before that I don’t do well with change. I’ve had several changes hit me at once. Including having to temporarily stay in another place while the place I live undergoes some remodeling to prepare for my Uncle to move in. I’m also temporarily separated from my fur babies. That’s been really painful for me. Especially when I’m having moments of high anxiety.

I’m still reading. I know I haven’t put out a review in awhile. I have a big list of books I need to review. It’s just that I started feeling like reviews were a chore. It put me in a bit of a depressive funk. So I decided to just set it aside and clear my mind. I also tweaked my format a bit too. I know I don’t have to do a format, but it keeps me sane.

I can’t think of anything else to say. Keep an eye out for blogs. They will be coming soon. I’ll start with scheduling Tuesday’s blogs for the week and then going back and posting a few back blogs. I also plan to try to get all my reviews written up and posted as well. If you’re still reading this, I’d love to know what you’re reading. Are you reading anything Halloween related for the season? Have you started drinking some tea, cocoa or coffee with your books? Have a wonderful Sunday!