New Job!!!!!

I have a new job! I’m hoping it will stick. I’ve had a rough period for awhile now. It’s only going to get rougher before it gets better sadly. I will still do a post a day, but I am not going to plan things out as mucn until I adjust to my new schedule. Please bare with me. I will get there. I have plans to drop a lot of reviews that I’m behind on. I also plan to post about future readathons. I’d also like to do a weekly goals thing. I’m not sure how successful I will be with that right away. We will see. Thank ou all for your support. I really appreciate it. It motivates me to continue to post.

New Logo and Game Plan

Some of you may have noticed that I really haven’t been posting like I normally was lately. I’ve started feeling like my blogs were a chore. So, I let myself off the hook. I experimented with something, and it was successful. It not only got me out of my rut, it sparked a very big creative spark in me.

That being said, I have decided on a new strategy. I have been following the advice of somebody I trusted and putting out a schedule. I was a bit too neurotic about it and probably overdid it, but I digress. The advice was sound. I’m sure that it works for many people. The problem is, I’m discovering it doesn’t work for me, and that’s okay.

I also made a new logo. I actually made it! It’s not something I’m skilled at, but I’m proud with what I came up with! I love editing things even if I’m not the most skilled. It’s a passion of mine! It’s just so relaxaing. Especially while listening to audiobooks!

From here on, I will make a point to post one blog a day. Sometimes more. I will still be running promotional blogs when I have them to post. I believe I will still schedule those for 10 am when I have them. Those are different in my opinion. I will also post whatever it is I’m in the mood to post. Some days I will post book reviews. Some days I’ll post movie/tv reviews.

I will be posting book reviews more often. I need to catch up on the reviews I haven’t posted yet. I’ll be posting reviews individually. Until they are all caught up, I will be posting them as I write them. So there may be multiple ones in a day. I wanted to start doing video reviews, but I’m still on the fence about that.

Thank you all for supporting me. I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. It keeps me motivated to keep being creative and moving forward. I hope you enjoy the blogs that come from here. Blessed be!

April Readathons

It’s the last day of March. How is this even possible? What happened to February? January?

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t bring up readathons I’m attending in April. It’s definitely going to be action packed. I’m very excited!

April Readathons:

Seasons of Reading Readathon- April 1st-30th (Spring into Horror)
Shadow Lounge Readathon- April 8th-10th
AYearathon- April 11th-17th (Go Green- Ebooks/Audiobooks)
TBR Jar Readathon- April 22-24
Dewey’s Readathon- April 30th

Let me know if you’re attending any of these!

My TBR Jar Readathon Results

Last weekend, I hosted my monthly TBR jar readathon. It went better than I expected! It also left me drained and needing a few days to recover. I should be back to normal tomorrow! I also got my equipment today for my new job that I start next Tuesday. I’m excited! Anyways, my point of this blog was to share my progress with you all! I will share my Tiktok videos and a photo of my notes through the event!

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#Inverted My TBR Jar Readathon first picks! Sorry for the blunders! I get nervous!

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March TBR Jar Readathon

I’m so excited! I’ll be hosting our monthly readathon. I haven’t fully participated in this one in a while and I’m so excited to get back. I’d really like to see the group grow and more people join this. We don’t just do these readathons. We also post our reading progress and post about other readathons going on as well. If this is something that interests you, please consider joining by clicking here. If I get more members, I may consider making a discord server for those who don’t really care to get on Facebook. It has to be something wanted first though. Come give us a try! We start at midnight tonight your time and it’s over midnight Sunday (technically Monday) your time! If you join, please enjoy!!!!

About the TBR Jar readathon:

You put books in the jar (or hat or whatever you want). You pick from the jar. Whatever it is you pick is what you read. That’s your book until you either put it down or finish it. Then you pick again and repeat the process until the readathon is over. If you run out, you can add others! It’s a fun way to relax and read on a whim.

All are welcome! Please please please join!!!!

Mental Health Journal Update

I’ve been thinking over my schedule. I didn’t feel right removing Mental Health Journal. I just couldn’t make a choice for the Wednesday blogs. After much thought, I’ve decided to remove the Weekly Featured Book blog and replace it with Mental Health Journal. I feel like it’s an important blog that will be very missed if I let it go. Thank you all for understanding.

I am also taking the day off blogs. I’m very under the weather. My normal Tuesday blogs will take place again next week. Thank you for understanding and have a blessed day!

A Fresh Start

For a while, I’ve been assessing things I do. I’m trying to figure out how to best maximize my time to do things that I enjoy. I’ve been considering cutting my blogs down to one blog a day with the exception of the days I have promotional blogs. The problem with this becomes that I enjoy doing most of the blogs that I post. So I assessed and evaluated what I have scheduled for each day. I have decided to cut it down to two blogs a day. Sometimes I will not post both. It will depend on my schedule. Either way, I will always make sure that at least one blog is posted every day. The new plan will take place tomorrow, March 2nd.

ALL TIMES ARE IN EST

Monday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Reading Plans- 4 PM
Music Mondays- 10 PM

Tuesday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Featured Book- 4 PM
Weekly Weight Loss Journal- 10 PM

Wednesday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Colorist Project- 4 PM
WWW Wednesday- 10 PM

Thursday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Thursday Quotables- 4 PM
Thankful Thursday- 10 PM

Friday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
The Friday 56- 4 PM
On This Day- 10 PM

Saturday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Weekly Writing Prompt- 4 PM
Weekly Book Reviews- 10 PM

Sunday:
Promo Post (if any)- 10 AM
Sundays in Bed With- 4 PM
Book Photo Sundays- 10 PM

I’m appreciative to all those who have been so supportive of me no matter what. The fact that you take time out of your busy day to read my blogs is just so amazing. I’m going to work on getting better at reading more blogs. If you interact with mine, I will be interacting with yours as well. I’m here to make friends with people who have the same passions as me. Connections that will lead to wonderful bonds. I’m thankful for the ones I’ve already started making.

Blog Post Schedule

It has been a very busy month for me. I’m both surprised and not surprised that it’s almost over. I’ve been reading a lot. Working a lot on my daily job and my freelance gigs. I’ve also been planning and plotting a lot. I’ve been doing something that has really worked for me that I plan to keep doing. For those of you who have been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I post several blogs a day. I actually have a schedule for what goes out when. Sometimes these scheduled blogs won’t be posted. I will always try to get at least one a day in though. I just don’t want to force myself to do something I may not be feeling that week. In honor of this decision, I’m reposting my schedule. All times will be EST. Also note that all blogs will be scheduled the day before.

Monday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Weekly Reading Plans: I will post the books I plan to read every week. There will always be a big list because as a mood reader I like to have a lot of options so I don’t throw myself into a slump forcing myself to read when I’m not feeling a book at the moment.
6 PM- Mailbox Mondays: This will only be posted if I have gotten physical book mail that week. Whether I bought the book or got it as a gift or for a review/blog tour. The post will include the physical books and the ebooks/audiobooks I got for the week.
10 PM- Music Monday: I’ll either post a playlist that I’ve been using to read for the week or one that I typically really enjoy. I don’t listen to music as often as I should, so this may get skipped sometimes.

Tuesday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Weekly Featured Book: I’ll talk about a book that I’ve really enjoyed recently or one that I’m actively reading. Hoping to find other people who also enjoyed the books I did.
6 PM- Top Ten Tuesday: This is a meme. I sometimes skip this one if I’m not really feeling the topic for the week.
10 PM- Weekly Weight Loss Journal: I once participated in a blog thing I found called FitReaders. I haven’t found anything recent for it. I’ve not been doing this lately. I plan to start it back up on February 8th.

Wednesday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Weekly Colorist Projects: I will feature four photos I’ve colored. It will be a mix of ones I’ve actually colored and ones I’ve colored from an app I really enjoy. This used to be recent ones, but I decided to keep a backlist of them just in case I don’t color much during the week. That way I always have content to post for this.
6 PM- WWW Wednesday: I do my best to post this every week. I love sharing my reading progress. When I skip a week, the next week I post gets progress for both weeks. This is also a meme. One that I really enjoy doing.
10 PM- Mental Health Journal: I will post a brief journal from the week with the struggles and triumphs I’ve experienced dealing with mental health. For those of you who don’t know, I have PTSD, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I’m currently not able to seek help or take medications for them. It’s a goal to start finding a way to get back to a therapist.

Thursday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- All About Audiobook: I will post about audiobooks that I’ve either recently enjoyed listening to or one that I’m currently enjoying. This will be very similar to the Featured book. The only difference are these are audio.
6 PM- Thursday Quoteables: I’ll post four quotes that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve been collecting quotes for a while. I really do love collecting quotes that are meaningful to me. I also love collecting quotes I find funny or quirky. This is a meme.
10 PM- Thankful Thursday: Every day, I keep a journal of three things I’m thankful for for the day. I will post four of my favorites for the week. Sometimes I think that I dwell on the negative too much. This helps me see the positives of the day.

Friday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Writing Prompt: I will do a writing prompt where I write a story based on a prompt or words or I will do a Journal prompt where I answer a blog question that I find online. I will be open for suggestions for this post.
6 PM- The Friday 56: I got this from a meme, but I couldn’t find any details on where the meme originates from. I really enjoyed the meme very much though so I decided to adopt it. I do not claim ownership of it, but I do encourage others to join me in participating.
10 PM- On This Day: I used to get an email every day that detailed things that happened on this day in history. I missed it, so I decided to make a blog once a week where I could highlight some things that happened in history on Fridays. I really do love learning about history.

Saturday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Author Spotlight: I will highlight a different author each week. I currently have authors scheduled until mid-March. This may be skipped sometimes if the author or I have scheduling issues and it isn’t prepared in time.
6 PM- Discussion Questions: I will take a book I’ve read and answer questions about it. This blog will often contain spoilers. Please be advised of this before reading.
10 PM- Weekly Book Reviews: I’m currently behind on reviews. I haven’t really wanted to write reviews lately. However, I will get caught up. Reviews that I have written will be posted once a week. I used to post them individually. I just don’t want to overwhelm people with too many blogs, so I decided to make it once a week.

Sunday:
10 AM- Promotional Blogs: This will only be posted when I have a promotional blog scheduled for the day. These will include Release blitzes, Cover Reveals, and Blog Tours.
2 PM- Book Photo Sunday: I will feature four book-related Instagram posts every week. Some will be a mix of videos and posts. Some will be all video. Some will be all posts. It will depend on what I’ve posted during the week.
6 PM- Sundays in Bed With: This is another meme post. I really enjoy it much. I get the chance to talk about what I’m reading during the day. I like to make Sundays reading days when I can. The one day I can just relax and unwind and do nothing but read.
10 PM- Cinema Sunday: This is one that may not get posted often in all honesty. I don’t watch much television, but I just couldn’t find it in me to replace this with something else. Some weeks may be redundant because I like to watch shows from episode one to the finale. Some posts may be short if I’ve only watched one thing. I will do my best with it.

It’s a full schedule I know. I listen to audiobooks while I schedule posts for the next day. I do want to reiterate that not all posts will be posted every single week. It really just depends on how the week goes and how much I have to post. I do promise to get at least one in a day though. I sincerely thank you all for reading my blogs. I am truly honored to have you as a reader.

My 2022 Goals!

Another year has come to a close. I’m both shocked and relieved. I have met some amazing people this year. I’ve worked some amazing jobs. I’ve read some amazing books. I could go through my year, but it would almost be a novella. I am thankful for everybody that reads my blogs. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful to have the freedom to do what I love without worrying. Here’s to a wonderful 2022 for all of us!

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish to do list every day as best as I can.
  2. Exercise more often.
  3. Try to reach out to people more.
  4. Cut back on soda.
  5. Spend more time with family and friends.

Reading Goals:

  1. Make a reading list every month to stay on track.
  2. Read one nonfiction book a month.
  3. Read one LGBTQIA+ book a month.
  4. Read one Book of the Month book a month.
  5. Get my Netgalley ratio better.

Blogger Goals:

  1. Practice on making graphics.
  2. Reach out to bloggers more.
  3. Branch out and read more blogs.
  4. Learn to make eye-catching social media posts.
  5. Promote myself more.

Mental Health Goals:

  1. Keep a daily journal.
  2. Fill out gratitude journal every day.
  3. Help those in need.
  4. Stop bottling things up.
  5. Learn to express myself better.

I’d love to see some of your goals. Just know that I think you’re going to be amazing at everything you put your mind to. Happy New Year!

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Christmas Bookish Treats!

It’s Christmas Day! For those who celebrate, Merry Christmas. May you and your family have a blessed day. For those who don’t, I hope that you have a wonderful day on whatever Holiday you celebrate and every other day. I love learning about different cultures, traditions, and holidays. If you are up for sharing, please comment one of the three. I’d love to read them.

In honor of this wonderful time of the year, I’d like to share an anthology that somebody special to me is a part of. I’ve started reading it already. I’ve read a few of the short stories. They are very adorable so far! I can’t wait to read the rest!

Sweet Treats: A Limited Edition Collection of Short Holiday Romances by [Katy Rose, Sofia Aves, Anna G Berry, Pandora Snow, Natalie-Nicole Bates, RK Phillips, Monique Brasher, Sunny Abernathy, Alys Fraser, Laurie Treacy, Tracy  Broemmer, Brigitte Ann Thomas, Sunny  Abernathy, Ainsley Jaymes, Katherine Moore, Kimberly  Gray, Maya Lemaire, E.S. McMillan]

Warm the cockles of your heart, and experience the true magic of Christmas with SWEET TREATS, a Limited Edition collection of short holiday romances!

If you love sweet romance then you’re in for a treat. From snowy ranches in the United States, to the small country towns in Australia, this collection will leave you sighing dreamily, and believing in the simple, and beautiful miracles of the festive season.

So sit back, relax, and be swept away in a flurry of snowflakes, red dust, and romance; and it’s all for a good cause! Proceeds of this collection will be donated to Beyond Blue, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, to help those that need it most. Visit their website to learn more about this important organisation: http://www.beyondblue.org.au

Featured Authors:
Katy Rose
Sofia Aves
Anna G Berry
Natalie-Nicole Bates
RK Phillips
Monique Brasher
Alys Fraser
Laurie Treacy
Tracy Broemmer
Brigitte Ann Thomas
Sunny Abernathy
Ainsley Jaymes
Katherine Moore
Kimberly Gray
Pandora Snow
Maya Lemaire
E.S. McMillan

The best part is that it’s currently $0.99 and on Kindle Unlimited!

Another present for you!

Claiming the Owl Shifter by [Sofia Ann Hoffman]

My name is Ava Jensen, and I’ve been hiding out for many years. If you find this message, you need to hide as well. They are after us all. It doesn’t matter if you shift or not, you are fair game. Use your wits, keep yourself hidden as best as you can. It doesn’t matter what race or religion you are, or even where you live. Everyone on Earth is a target. But, we won’t go down easy. Prepare to fight or die trying.

This book is currently free! I believe it will be free until the 26th I believe. I know it’s at least free until the end of today! Enjoy!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and rest of the year!

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