Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Special

I don’t know if anybody else has made this a thing. I also don’t know if anybody else will do this with me. If not, it’s completely fine. It’s something I want to do every week. I’m going to think of at least one thing I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll try to do up to four a week, but at least one. I think this will be very therapeutic. We shall see in time.

Note: There may be some things that get repeated now and then. My intention is to talk about things I’m thankful for that week. So some things may pop up a few times. I’m not attempting to be redundant or repetitive. Just trying to be genuine.

Special Note: Today is Thanksgiving. To me, it’s a day we embrace everything we are thankful for. Normally, I highlight four thankful things I’m thankful for that week. This week, I’m going to post ten things I’m thankful for in general.

  1. Being alive. Some days I struggle with my worth. I think that I am a waste of space and want to do everybody a favor and disappear. The fact that I’m fighting it every day is amazing to me.
  2. Family. My family has drastically dwindled down over the years. Some are estranged and some have passed away. I remember a time where I would go to at least four Thanksgiving dinners. I had leftovers sent home from every one. I think I was good on food for a week or two after! In a way, I miss those days. I’m thankful for the family I have left though.
  3. Choosing Holidays. I have the freedom to get to choose what holidays I want to celebrate and what I don’t. I have the ability to learn about other cultures and understand them better. I have the power to hear everything and determine my viewpoint without others telling me what I should think or celebrate.
  4. Freedom. I’ve read a lot of books where women didn’t really have a lot of freedom or say in what went on in their lives. They were married off when they had barely staretd puberty. Some were sold off to be servants. That’s something I will never have to worry about.
  5. Learning. One of my favorite things to do is learn about things. My favorite topics are history and true crime. I guess the easiest way to explain it is I like to know the whys of things that have happened.
  6. Writing. I’m not an author. I will never claim to be one. I do love writing though. I love getting my thoughts out. I guess that’s why I love blogging so much. I have a great space to get my thoughts out any time I want.
  7. Furbabies. Recently, I lost one of my three beautiful furbabies. He’s been gone long enough to where I feel like the chances of him coming home are slim to none. I’m so blessed I had him in my life. He was three when he disappeared. I’ve had him since he was nine weeks old. I’ve had my other two babies since they were six weeks and they will be seven next year. They are as close to children as I’m ever going to get.
  8. Friends. One of the things I didn’t have a lot growing up is friends. I moved a lot and it was really hard to keep up with people back then. It’s amazing how much social media has changed that. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances now. I have people in my life that love to read almost as much as I do. It’s amazing!
  9. Reading. Reading is one of my biggest passions. If I could get paid enough to read and promote authors to make it a full time income, I’d work every waking moment and be okay. I’d probably even allow myself more freedom with creativity. Make more attention grabbing photos and videos. Maybe even start getting more serious about graphics.
  10. You. I’m so thankful that out of all the blogs in the world you took the time to come to my page and read mine. I never expected for my blog to go anywhere. I expected maybe five people to read it at best. I am now sitting at 303 followers. Most people may not see that as a lot, but to me it’s so much. Thank you. You mean so much to me!

What are some things you’re thankful for?

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Veterans Day 2021

What Veterans Day means | Henry Ford College

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

I wanted to take the time away from the planned out to honor this wonderful day. I also want to remind everybody that Veterans Day is different than Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, we honor those who were killed in action. On Veterans Day, we honor those who served. There are many veterans out there who are homeless and struggling. Those who never fully adapted back into normal life. They deserve our thanks and they deserve our honor. Today and every day, they are in my thoughts.

Mental health is important. Click here for a link to a VA Suicide Prevention Page.

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Monday Videos: September 20th

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Progress for High Mountain Court, Wizards First Rule, and Barbie B*tch. #booktok #amreading #starsbooksandtea

♬ Lazy Sunday – Official Sound Studio

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.
Music Mondays: I’ll be sharing music I’ve been vibing with over the week or just random music facts I’ve learned through the week. It will be switched up depending on how much music I’ve heard. Or what has inspired me.

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!
Mental Health Wednesdays: I’ll talk about some of the struggles or triumphs I go through during the week and how my mental health played a part.

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.
True Cirme and Conspiracy Theories: I’m going to talk about a true crime or conspiracy theory that I’ve read up on every week. I’m open to taking requests on this blog.
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.