Blogger Recognition Award

I was nominated for this by Dear Kitty. Some Blog. I am truly honored! Go check her page out if you haven’t already!

The rules of this award are:

1. Post an image of the award.
2. Thank your nominator.
3. Give the story or history of your blog.
4. Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link to their blogs.
6. Comment on their blogs so they know of their nomination.

My blog is a bit of a complicated story. I’ll keep it as short and sweet as possible. I have been reading all my life. I didn’t really know many other readers. Actually, I was shamed a lot for wanting to read so much. It was a lonely life. I’ll say that.

September 2013, I discovered that I could write opinions on the books I read online! I can’t tell you how much that’s changed my life. I’ve met many amazing authors and fellow book lovers. Lately, I’ve been meeting some pretty amazing narrators as well. I am so blessed. I’ve even attended a book con (Literary Love of Savannah) the past few years.

In August of 2019, I made my blog here. I changed the name to Willow Writes And Reads. It’s stuck. I have felt more home since I made this blog than I have before. With the blog. I’ve felt at home since I joined the book community. This blog has grown so much and I can’t wait to see it grow farther. Thank you everybody who has read and followed my blog. You’re amazing.

My Advice:

  1. Follow your passions and run with it. Don’t ever make blogs that you don’t have much interest in. It will show in the blog. Don’t feel you have to follow a theme or schedule. I don’t mean don’t schedule blogs. There are people who find scheduling posts helpful. I use scheduling for the tours I do and most that I’ve planned out. Most of my blogs are spur of the moment so those aren’t scheduled. Go with your heart. Follow your passion. The rest will follow.
  2. Interact with your readers and read blogs similar to yours. It’s an amazing way to make new friends and connect with people. I have met quite a few people since starting this blog. If I could meet them in real life, I’d totally hug them. It also helps to know you’re not alone. You can help people out and seek advice from others as well!

If you’re reading this blog and you are a blogger, I’m tagging you. There’s so many great blogs that I really can’t choose just five! Please tag me or leave the link in the comments! I’d love to read your blogs! If I’m not already following you, I’ll follow you!

Thank you for Reading!

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Awesome Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by A Little Haze Book Blog. I fully recommend everybody check out her blog. I’d also suggest you follow her for terrific blogs. Thank you for the amazing nomination!

What is The Awesome Blogger Award?

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

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The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

Questions From A Little Haze Book Blog:

Who is your favourite side / supporting character in a novel?

I’d have to say Aphrodite LaFont in the House of Night series. She’s feisty and not always a likable character, but she’s fiercely loyal and intensely honest. If you have her on your side, you know you can count on her. Even if you want to strangle her.


What book do you think had the best world building?

I’m going to go with His Dark Material Trilogy here. There were multiple different worlds referenced in the book. It’s pretty creative.


You need to escape your house (for some reason) and can only bring five books with you. What books would you take?

I could be impossible here and say my Kindle and iPad, or use them as two of the five. They would probably be coming with me anyway. Picking five is hard! I guess I’d take the first five House of Night books!


Which fictional character do you most strongly identify with or feel that is most like you personality-wise?

I’m torn between Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy and Audrey Rose in Stalking Jack The Ripper. Ironically enough, both have the name Rose. They are both fierce, loyal, and dedicated. They are also both very insecure with themselves, and have the weight of the world on their shoulder.


What animal would you want as your superhero side-kick?

I would have to say a dog! It’s hard to choose. I’m an animal lover!


Which genre of books is the most unfairly under-rated in your opinion?

I would have to say sweet romance. I’d also say they are misinterpreted too. I’ve seen negative reviews on sweet romance novels for “not having enough sex or heat”. That’s the point. They don’t have sex. It’s focused on the romance entirely. A lot of them keep cursing from their books as well.


What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?

Butter Pecan!


Would you rather read a great plot with average characters or a boring plot with amazing characters?

I’ll have to go with amazing characters. If the characters are amazing enough, they will make the story great!


Do you annotate your books?

I don’t. I don’t even write notes on what I read. I should. I just get so absorbed in the story. I feel like taking notes would take the enjoyment away.


If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?

I can’t remember her name right now, but there’s a character who comes in later in the House Of Night series. She’s blind, but once she’s marked she gets her vision back. She’s also marked as a red fledgling. She sees people’s auras. I’d love to be her.

Thank you again for nominating me for this post. It makes me feel special and important to be included in things like these. Joining the book blogging community was the best thing I ever did. I feel so included.

If you are reading this and you have a blog, I nominate you. There are too many bloggers I follow to only choose a few.

My questions:

  1. When did you first find your love of reading?
  2. Where is your favorite place to read?
  3. Do you have a reading goal on Goodreads or anywhere else?
  4. When did you start your blog? Give us a brief history of your blog!
  5. If you could give advice to future book bloggers and reviewers, what would you say?
  6. What’s your favorite book snack?
  7. Do you participate in readathons?
  8. Are you a member of any book clubs? (Please give links for any online ones that are open globally!)
  9. What other things do you enjoy? Reading is great, but I’m sure you have other things you love as well!
  10. What are some of your goals for the year?

I can’t wait to see your responses! Please tag me in your blog or put your link in the comments here! I wouldn’t mind if you do both! Again, I’m nominating every blogger who reads this!!!!

Thank you for Reading!

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Overwhelmed And Weekend Plans

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It’s amazing how somebody can be progressing well and falling behind at the same time. January was an insanely productive reading week. I believe I almost managed to average a book a day. Which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. However, I was swamped all month long. And I’m the type if I don’t get things 100% done, I don’t feel I was productive enough.

My mind has also been running into overtime as well. I attempted to do some freelance, but I don’t think I was going into the right direction. Especially with the pay to work ratio. I won’t talk about that publicly. I don’t want to sound ungrateful. It’s just a lot. I made mistakes. I’m not perfect. But mistakes or not, it just wasn’t a right fit for me.

I had a lot of things going on this month. I had little to no organization whatsoever. I now get the phrase “running around like a chicken with its head cut off”. Fully. I had schedules that were great, but they weren’t working out for me. On top of all that, I’m still attempting to find a job. I’ve had some promising leads, but something has happened. I have full faith that things will be looking up soon!

This past week has been the most productive for me. I tweaked my schedule in a way that works best for me. I also made some to do lists based on priority. It’s insane how therapeutic that is. I can’t even explain it. I still have a lot to do, but I’ve made progress. I even have my February schedule set up.

I also edited my schedule for the blog as well. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, I’ll post specific topics. I have it listed in my schedule section. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I’ll post about WHATEVER. Of course, I’ll post book reviews and tags on any day, but those are the exceptions.

This weekend, I’ll be posting quite a few blogs. I’ll space them out as much as I can. I have three book award responses to post. THREE! Thank you! I feel so special! I’ll also be posting 6 book reviews. Actually, there’s a potential of 8 reviews. I have 2 books I should be finishing this weekend. We’ll see.

Another announcement to make. I’m getting back into photography. Right now, I’m just doing some reading up and studying on it. I don’t have access to my cameras at the moment. I am also planning on getting back into my drawing lessons and studying a bit of calligraphy. I’ve also found some coloring groups to get into to get back into that.

Thanks everybody for your patience with me. I’m trying to be all about positive thinking. Sometimes it’s hard with the darkness trying to take me whole! It’s strange. I feel alone sometimes, but then I also push people away. Now that I’m more organized and feel a bit more grounded, things will be back to normal on Monday.

Here are the award blogs I’ll be responding to:

The Awesome Blogger Award
Blogger Recognition Award
They Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you for Reading!

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100 Followers!!!!!

I am beyond thrilled at this milestone. I am so thankful to everybody who takes the time out of their day to read my blogs. You make me dedicated to keep on posting. I promise to get better with consistency.

I feel like I should do a top 100 post to honor this great achievement. If this is something you’d like to see, please feel free to comment the top 100 things you’d like to see. I am so thrilled. I never thought I would get so far! Fear and anxiety kept me from pursuing this. I’m glad I ignored it for once!

Thank you again for following me and reading my blogs. You are the reason I keep posting. A special shout out to those of you who read every single one of my blogs. You are seen and appreciated. You make me feel special!

Thank you for reading!

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Personal Goals For 2020

For years, I have been formulating and dismissing plans. I’ve listened to terrible advice and believed them. I believed all the negativity I was told. I’ve also been guilty of being negative about things myself. That’s one of my unofficial goals. Be more positive. Think more positive.

  1. Be more consistent with my goals. I will do my best to schedule the ones that I can schedule. Most of the blogs I make aren’t really things I plan out. I will make sure that they are posted on the day they are planned out. With the exception of book reviews.
  2. Work on expanding freelance. By the end of the year, I’d like to have at least four services to offer. I’d also ideally like to be full-time if at all possible.
  3. Interact with more bloggers. I would like to find more bloggers in the book community to interact with. Others to support. Take more time to read more blogs.
  4. Work on reducing my to read list. I have a lot of books I said I’d review for tours or just in general that I had to sideline for various reasons. This year, I’d like to significantly lower that list. If not completely clear it. I’d also like to have ARC copies read by their release date when possible. If not, as close to them as I possibly can.
  5. Find some writing, photography, and voice acting/narration training/classes. I’d like to get some training on these things. Maybe even consider making a profession of them starting next year.
  6. Get and keep a job. I’d ideally like to find something part-time so I can focus on growing my freelance. However, I’m open to a full-time job if it’s overnight. I’d also prefer a job from home since I don’t drive.

I have never really taken the time to set actual goals. It is a big relief. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me. I mean I’ve planned things. I’ve talked about ideas and dreams. I’ve never actually set it up as a goal. I have a feeling that good things are going to be coming my way!

Thank you for reading!

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Updates To Blog Schedule And Services

Before I start talking about the updates and changes, I have a small announcement to make. I’ve finally decided to take the chance and start the freelance I’ve been wanting to start for a very long time. I decided to stop listening to the people who were very negative when I brought it up. It’s been very freeing. Right now, I’m just offering one service, but as I research, I will probably grow the service list.

I am still on the hunt to find a part-time job for steady pay. Something I may maintain even after my freelance job is launched and successful. I’m fully aware that I will probably never have a day off. I’ll also probably be working most of the days from the time I get up until I go to bed. I’m fully okay with this. I will make sure I have time to do everything. Including this blog.

I’m open to any freelance suggestions anybody wants to throw out! The more detailed the better!

My services are in a post below. Please feel free to share!

Services

I’ve struggled coming up with a schedule lately. I want to find things that I can post every day that I enjoy and that my lovely readers enjoy too. I had a pretty good set up, but I needed to let the True Crime and Conspiracy go. As much as I would have loved to do that. I may even consider bringing it back in the future honestly. Right now, my focus needs to go on launching my freelance and finding a job. I don’t want to pursue the series if I can’t put my all into the research.

Here’s the new schedule:

Blog Schedule

I know that lately I’ve been really late in posting. And some weeks I haven’t posted at all. I don’t feel there’s any excuse for it. I do have an explanation. I am a very routine oriented person. Sometimes my routines aren’t exactly realistic. I’ll admit to that. Either way, when a curve ball comes in, sometimes it takes me awhile to get back into routine. I’m actively working on breaking this habit. It’s harder than I would like to admit. I’ll get there. I’m a work in progress!

Thank you for reading!

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Things Happen

I’m not going to say that my year has started horribly. It hasn’t. I won’t say that 2019 was horrible. It wasn’t. The last half of 2019 was a struggle. I won’t lie. In a way, the struggle is still there. However, things are finally looking up. There are still some things that aren’t great, but we have to pick up and move on eventually.

One of my biggest flaws is that when unexpected things happen, I kind of derail. I don’t exactly have a strict routine, but I do have some habits and goals that I like to keep at every day. When that gets derailed, I feel lost. It usually takes a few days to get back to normal.

Naturally, I’m behind. Not the way I really wanted to start the new year, but things happen. I will catch up. Especially if I let some things go. That includes the blogs for the week. I tried to keep up. I just couldn’t. I’m not even going to make excuses. I know I could easily do them. My heart wouldn’t be in them. One thing I will always be persistent on is the fact that I will never do anything half-hearted on this blog.

I’ll return to normal Monday. I may even start writing a personal blog every week that isn’t related to books, writing, or crime. I haven’t fully decided on that yet. I wouldn’t want to bore anybody. I’m hoping that I’ll have a few book reviews out before next week starts. We’ll see how things go. What I can promise is that by Monday, I’ll be in a better place. Positive thoughts!

May this be the last blog like this I have to put out. I wish that I could explain everything that has went on. It would make me sound like less of a flake. There are things that just really shouldn’t be talked about publicly in my opinion. Even if I did believe in oversharing, I don’t want anybody to feel bad for me or think that’s my intention. We all have our struggles and issues. It’s how we get past them that matters.

Thank you for reading!

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My Top Ten Books From 2019 And Reading Stats

I know this is a bit late. Don’t judge me. I have had a busy few days. I’ll start off with my top ten books. Please note that these are in no particular order. It was also very hard to choose just ten. I read so many great books in 2019.

Top 10 Books I Read in 2019:

Twisted World
The Reapers
Blood Lust
The Trouble With You
Blood Laws
Evanthia’s Gift
The Help
Ford’s Fate
The Golden Compass
Clean Sweep

My 2019 Reading Stats

The page numbers for some book aren’t accurate but I still did awesome!

Book Stats from 2013-2019:

I plan to try to read 150 books in 2020. I had an amazing reading year in 2019. I hope you all did too. Here’s to another great year and another great decade! Blessed be!

Thank you for reading! Happy New Year!

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An Impromptu Readathon (I’m Sick)

All week long I’ve been under the weather. I feel way better than I did earlier this week, but I’m still weak. I keep a reading schedule. Due to being sick and not feeling like reading, I fell behind on that. So, today I’ve been reading most of the day. It’s been a very relaxing and nice day. It occurs to me that I may have turned it into a readathon. I liked that thought so much that I may extend it to tomorrow.

For those of you who don’t know, I absolutely love readathons. I look forward to them. I used to be a part of a group that did three a month. I miss it. I just failed the group. But that’s another story. I’d honestly prefer not to talk about it.

I’d like to go ahead and look into readathons that go on next year. I’m not sure about participating in any more this year. I might if I can, but we’ll see. If anybody knows of readathons going on next year, please let me know about them. Thank you in advance!

Well, that was how my Saturday was! Is everybody ready for Christmas (that celebrates it). I’m not. I don’t have the money to buy anybody gifts. I probably won’t be able to buy the food for a special dinner. Who knows? It was a rough summer and fall, but things are finally looking up!

I might do a personal readathon for Christmas Eve and Day! Anybody is welcome to join me if they’d like to! I’ll make blogs about my progress if that’s something people would like to see. I’ll find a way to make a group if a few people show interest!

Thank you for reading.

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Where I’ve Been And What I’ve Been Reading

Training ended on Tuesday for my job. It kind of ended very suddenly. A lot of important material was rushed over. We all could have used a lot more practice. Wednesday, my training class was thrown into calls. We were all terrified. We actually lost a few people because they were so frustrated and didn’t feel they were ready. I got it. I have to be honest, I considered walking to. Three days of taking calls and things are easier. I was completely drained after calls. Two of the three days I’ve barely read at all. I did listen to audio a little one day and fully another. That counts , right?

To add to the chaos that was my week, my editor settings on my desktop computer went wonky. I’m not sure what happened. It completely stressed me out. I had my boyfriend and editor of my blog post the last review for me. Luckily, I do have my laptop. It will be my blogging computer from here on. Yeah, it’s been a pretty stressful and not so great week.

I decided to start the True Crimes and Conspiracy Theories blog series next week. I didn’t get a lot of chance to research after being so drained from calls and nerves all week. I plan to start next Friday. It will be so fun. I’m disappointed that it didn’t work out for this week, but I’m only human. I make mistakes and get overwhelmed just like anybody else.

I decided to kind of mesh all the blogs I didn’t have the energy to do this week into one. I didn’t really get a chance to read other blogs this week and didn’t post many blogs or read much. So I won’t be posting a reading wrap-up. I plan to read everybody’s though! They are so encouraging to read!

What I’m Reading:

What I’ve Finished Recently

I think I have some promotional blogs I’ll be posting that I was supposed to post this week. I’m not sure. I have to check the planner I refused to look at as I fell further behind every day. I’d fully appreciate if anybody would read my blogs on there anyways! It would make my day! it’s Willow Writes And Read Promotions.

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