Deleting TikTok

I’m really considering deleting TikTok from my phone. It’s just become so toxic. There’s too much of an us vs them mentality. A one extreme or the other and no in between. I fully agree people should be held accountable for their actions. I also fully believe that if they acknowledge and understand where they went wrong and improve from it, they should be forgiven. I will never say I understand people’s struggles and triumphs. I only live my life. I only know what I’ve been through. I do think that we should all start remembering the golden rule though. Treat others how you want to be treated.

That’s as much of my feedback as I’m going to speak on the TikTok matter. I have a limited time in my day after work. I’m going to use it to get caught up on my reading and blog work. I’m not going to waste it anymore on things that are toxic and draining. I haven’t fully decided about TikTok yet, but I am leaning on deleting it though. It’s just too much.

Today Is My Birthday

Note: Posting this late. I have finally had the time to catch up on posts and I’m taking advantage.

Today (August 15th) is my 36th birthday! I thought in honor of it I would share 36 facts about me! I hope you enjoy!

  1. I love reading
  2. I love coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  3. I love taking photos and have a camera obsession
  4. I love to color
  5. I am part of the LGBTQIA+ community
  6. I love playing games
  7. I have been blogging since 2013
  8. I graduated high school in 2004
  9. I have three beautiful puppies. Two are seven and one is four months 
  10. I prefer to keep my hair black. I feel like I look prettiest with black hair
  11. I love readathons
  12. Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite tv shows
  13. I was obsessed with Jurassic Park as a kid. I’ve seen the movie series multiple times
  14. I have also seen A Walk to Remember multiple times 
  15. I have a problem choosing things
  16. My favorite book genre is horror
  17. My favorite color is purple
  18. I love all things cheese and potato
  19. I’m 92.9% British & Irish (According to 23 & Me)
  20. I lost a sister when I was 19 (She was 14)
  21. Mario Kart and Mario Party are my favorite video games to play
  22. I once wanted to be a journalist
  23. I’ve moved many times in life and don’t really have any friends I’ve grown up with
  24. I am demisexual
  25. I wear glasses, but not a strong prescription
  26. I’m a tech geek
  27. I’d like to find a job to settle down with. Preferably not customer facing
  28. I have an amazing partner who I adore with all my heart
  29. I was born and raised in Georgia
  30. I have Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD
  31. I never finished college
  32. I want to own my own library
  33. I love criminal shows like Criminal Minds, CSI, and NCIS
  34. I’m very introverted
  35. I’ve seen every episode of Buffy, Charmed, and Gilmore Girls
  36. I am obsessed with candles and incense

My Reading Challenge Update

  1. Hair of the Dog by MK Mancos & Cara North with Roxy Sterling – Almost done with this
  2. Between the Moon by P.L Porter- About to start this
  3. The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker- Completed
  4. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman- Completed
  5. Dracos Anthology- In progress
  6. Fortune And Glory by Janet Evanovich- Completed
  7. Buried Beneath by Debbie Baldwin- Completed (Technically I read all books with them)
  8. Cupcakes and Catastrophe- Hope to start soon
  9. Mythical Creatures Anthology- Starting soon
  10. Murder and Grits by Karen McSpade- Hope to start soon

This has been kind of fun. I’ve been considering doing it more often. Maybe make something every month. Would anybody want to join me on this?

I’d Like To Visit

I’ve been thinking about how little I get out and explore. People like to tell me how much of my life I’m wasting and how I will regret it in the end. I get that. What they don’t get is that not everybody has the resources to just drop everything and travel. I digress. I decided to make a list of the top ten places I’d like to visit around the world. They won’t be in order.

  1. Denmark
  2. Iceland
  3. Puerto Rico
  4. Philippines
  5. Ireland
  6. England
  7. Sweeden
  8. Hawaii
  9. Holland
  10. Greece

What are places you’d like to visit?

My Birth Month!

So, tomorrow starts the month of August. I’m convinced I slept through June and July, but I digress. August is my birth month! My birthday is August 15th! I’m trying to get better on being excited for my birthday. Enjoy the moment if you will. So here we are!

I thought of trying something fun. I don’t know how this is going to pan out. I’m excited for it though. I’m going to make a list of ten reading challenges. They can be completed anytime in the month of August. Anybody is welcome to participate. Please include #BirthdayBookChallenge2022 on your posts so that I have a chance to see them all!

Challenges:

  1. Read a book with a friend.
  2. Read a book recommended to you.
  3. Blindfold yourself and pick a book from your TBR.
  4. Read a graphic novel.
  5. Read a book with a purple cover.
  6. Read a book gifted to you.
  7. Read a book with your pet.
  8. Read a book with cake on the cover.
  9. Read an anthology story. (Or the whole thing!)
  10. Read a book from your favorite genre.

This is just completely for fun. Sadly I don’t have the funding to offer a giveaway or anything. I really would love if you joined in anyway. Challenges and readathons are two of my favorite things! It will be like you’re celebrating with me! Don’t forget #BirthdayBookChallenge2022

Hi! I’m Nikkie And An Explanation/Apology

Hello! My name is Nikkie! I’m an avid reader! I’m also a gamer!

For quite a while, I’ve been feeling like blogging was a chore. I thought if I revamped it that it would help. Then I took a health hit. My mental health took a hit too. I took the time to really reflect upon myself. There are things that I want to start doing, and there are things that I want to stop doing.

One of the biggest mistakes I feel like I made was trying to turn the blog into a full-time income. I know that there are people that have made it. I just realize now that I’m not cut out for it. Would it be amazing if I could? Yes. Do I have the experience and drive to push it to that point? I don’t really think so. I would like to think of something that I can do to earn an income that puts me more in charge of my work. I just don’t know what to look into. I’m willing to put in the training to make it happen. I just need a starting point and I’m good to go. I’ll get there.

The other biggest mistake I made is posting what I felt others wanted to see. Some of the posts I’ve made I’ve really enjoyed, but there are some that I only posted because I thought I had to. I even posted three blogs a day at one point. It was a lot. I started to realize while I was down that if I’m not enjoying making the blogs, it’s going to fall flat.

So enough about the negatives. Let’s focus on the positive. What will be changed from here? How will I find my love for blogging again? To start with, I’m focusing on what’s important to me. Reading and connecting with people. The number of views are great. Don’t get me wrong. My priority is to make friends here that I have things in common with. Another thing I did was a makeover to my blog. I tried to use something that fit my personality a bit more. I probably would have chosen something Avril Lavinge related. I’m so obsessed with her. LOL!

My Goals:

  1. I will still post every day. It will just be things I’m in the mood to talk about rather than something scheduled. And it won’t all be book related. For instance, next week, I’ll be in Savannah for the yearly convention I go to. I’ll probably do a post every day about how the day before was. Maybe share my goodies I got as well. Just whatever topic is on my mind that day.
  2. I plan to get better at posting my book reviews right away. I am strongly considering giving myself a day or so to reflect on the book before I review it though. I still have reviews I need to get written and posted. That will happen!
  3. I’m going to start getting better at visiting and interacting with other blogs. I also plan to follow anybody who follows me back. As long as I can tell it’s a real account and not a bot or suspicious blog.
  4. Enjoy the books I read. One of the things I’ve really done that I wish I could take back is that I said yes to every single request and signed up for every blog tour with a review. I didn’t respect my lack of time to read. Working a full-time job makes reading time precious. I was expecting to read 3-5 books a week. When in reality, I was lucky to get 1-3 in. I felt like I’ve let so many people down when I’m constantly falling behind. That’s weighed heavily on me. I do plan on getting the books I promised read and reviewed, but I’m going to do it on my terms so reading doesn’t become a chore again.

I’m not going to share my reading progress anymore. It started making me feel certain ways. I’m not trying to compete with other readers. I’m trying to share my love of reading and connect with people who read books similar to what I read. I think that the reviews I post will be good enough on sharing my progress.

That’s all I can think of to include in this blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. You are amazing to me. You take time out of your busy day to read my blog. I am grateful to you and want to interact with you! If you have a blog, I want to follow it if I’m not already. I’ll do my best to start reading blogs and interacting with them soon. I’m turning over a new leaf and looking forward to seeing how things go!

A New Routine

I thought I would attempt freestyle. I was falling into a rut and wanted to do something that would help drag me out if it. It really did help. But quite frankly, I love my routine. I think that has a lot to do with my ADHD. But anyways. This is an announcement! I’m bringing back the daily themes! I’m not going to schedule anything but promo blogs. I’ll most likely make and post them after work as I’ll be working night shift. Also, until I’ve caught up on all reviews, I’m going to be attempting to post one book review a day starting tomorrow. After I’m caught up, I’ll be posting reviews once I’m finished with book.

Okay I’ve rambled enough. Here’s the weekly schedule!

Manic Monday– This will be a free for all. Anything I want to post about. Book or not book related. I find that I’m pretty creative on Mondays, so I thought this might be a good thing to do.

Top Ten Tuesday– This is actually not mine. It’s a meme that a lot of bloggers do. I haven’t done one in a long time. I plan to start doing it again.

WWW Wednesday– This is another blog meme. This one I’ve really missed and am really excited to start up again!

Book Thoughts– This will be any random book thought. Most likely it will be from a topic I picked up on TikTok if I’m being honest. There’s a chance that I will probably also talk about topics more than once.

Social Media Posts– I’ll share four of my favorite Instagram or TikTok posts that I’ve made throughout the week. I’m hoping this holds me accountable for posting more.

What I Wish For– I’ll highlight a book that I really hope to own one day and why I want to own it.

My Reading Stats– I will highlight my reading progress for the week. I’ll also share what I hope to read the next week. I also may highlight some comments I got on my blog that I loved throughout the week as well.

Just writing it out has excited me so much! I will be officially starting this on Monday. I sincerely hope you enjoy! I’d love to start making more connections. More book friends if you will!

Book Recommendation Requests

I made a video requesting book recommendations for a certain kind. I didn’t really get any response. I’m going to try again. I’m hoping that I will have better luck with it in writing. I’ll make a list of recommendations I’d like here. Please comment or message here with any recommendations you have. Links would be preferred, but if you give title and author that would be fine too.

  1. Nonbinary/Gender Neutral rep. This can be fiction or nonfiction. I’d like to learn more about them. What better way to do it than reading about it.
  2. Polyamory rep. Spice level doesn’t matter. I’d prefer the plot to hold firm with or without the spice.
  3. LitRPG. I’m finding I’m really liking these. I’d really love to start reading more.

That’s all I can think of right now. I’d appreciate any recommendation. I’ll add them to my wishlist until I’m able to get a copy of them. Thank you in advance!

My Week

I’ve officially completed the third week of training! I really feel with everything in my being that this is going to be a job I stick with for a long time. I have five more weeks of training and then I move on to production!

It has been an intense week though. I took on too much that was due in a limited time! So I basically had work mode and then deadline mode all week long. I was go go go until I fell asleep!!!! I’m looking forward to doing nothing tomorrow. Well, I do plan to read, but yeah!

Now that I’m finally in the groove of things, my blogs will balance out a bit more. I’ll have a personal post every day. On days I have scheduled promos, you’ll see two blogs from me. This will start on Monday. Until I’m caught up on reviews, you may see that as my personal blog for the foreseeable future. I won’t lie. I am excited though!

I think I’ve talked myself out of things to say! Thank you for following my blog! I appreciate you! I’m going to get better about reading and commenting on blogs again! Have a great rest of your weekend!!!