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OMG She’s Indigenous | July Pick

Daโ€™anzho (pronounced dah-ahn-zho)! If you didn’t know, Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter and I have come together to bring you, OMG She’s Indigenous, where we read or watch Indigenous literature or films then discuss it in a live show. And I’m so happy to finally be announcing our July Pick! A side note: we’ll be discussing the book as well as the movie! You can get the movie HERE!

If you’re not following us on the OMG She’s Indigenous social media, check out our Twitter and IG!

And if you haven’t followed Michelle yet, find her on Twitter, IG, and YouTube!


Our July pick is:

๐Ÿ”ฅ Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

๐Ÿ”ฅ Dates & Breakdown:

July 18th: Chapters 1 – 4
July 19th: Chapters 5 – 8
July 20th: Chapters 9 – 12
July 21st: Chapters 13 – 16
July 22nd: Chapters 17 – 20
July 23rd: Chapters 21 – 24
July 24th: Chapters 25 – 29

Content/Trigger Warnings: Loss of a loved one, suicide, grief, depression, cheating, homophobia, drugs/drug dealing, violence/gun violence, underage drinking, mentions of rape/pedophilia

Liveshow: July 26th, 2020 | 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST


And that’s our July pick! Don’t forget to watch the movie as well! We’ll be discussing both book and movie in our live show. You’ll hear us discuss the things we loved, the things that weren’t as good, and most importantly, talking about the Indigenous representation. If you have followed the OMG She’s Indigenous social media or Michelle’s social media, make sure you go change that right now. Of course, if you’re here on this blog then you’re already following me, but if you’re new here, check out my links below if you want connect with me. Until next time (or at least until the live show), stay safe, remember to hydrate, I love you! ๐Ÿงก

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The Real Neat Blog Award II

๐ŸŒธ The Real Neat Blog Award I

It’s no surprise that Emer from A Little Haze Book Blog has nominated me for this award! This is the second time I’ve been nominated by Emer and if you haven’t seen her blog yet, definitely check it out! She has some great articles and she’s such a caring friend.

๐ŸŒธ The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award ๐ŸŒธ

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

๐ŸŒธ The Rules ๐ŸŒธ

๐ŸŒธ Display the Award Logo.

๐ŸŒธ Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

๐ŸŒธ Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

๐ŸŒธ Nominate some bloggers.

๐ŸŒธ Ask them seven questions.

๐ŸŒธ Questions from Emer ๐ŸŒธ

๐ŸŒธ Time for some self love. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

I could say a few things, but I think the biggest thing that I love about myself would be my empathy and sympathy. I don’t often talk about, but if you’ve been following me or this blog for a while then you probably picked up on a few things. My life hasn’t been an easy one and I learn just how cruel life can be at a very young age, younger than I should have been to learn about these things. If a friend were to come to me with a problem or they’re distress, or perhaps something traumatic happened to them, I would have a very deep understanding. Nothing really surprises me anymore because I have so much terrible experience, but those experiences have allowed me to help friends and understand what they’re going through on a much deeper level. It’s those experiences that have crafted me into being loyal to my friends, making them my ride or die, and defending them if they need it. I often don’t acknowledge the level of my sympathy and empathy, but it deserves the credit where it’s due.

๐ŸŒธ Itโ€™s late. Youโ€™ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go to quick meal?

๐ŸŒธ List the best five books that you have read in the last 12 months.

๐Ÿ“– Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa

๐Ÿ“– Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1) by Anyta Sunday

๐Ÿ“– The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint McElroy

๐Ÿ“– Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

๐Ÿ“– Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles

๐ŸŒธ Would you rather be an oak tree or a butterfly?

๐ŸŒธ What book have you reread more than any other, or if you do not reread then why is that?

๐Ÿ“– The Next Always (InnBoonsBoro Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

๐Ÿ“– The Last Boyfriend (InnBoonsBoro Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts

๐Ÿ“– The Perfect Hope (InnBoonsBoro Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts

I reread these three books whenever I miss my family, my hometown, and when I just need to be reminded of a sense of love and community.

๐ŸŒธ If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be? I am a kettle for sure, always getting boiled up about somethingโ€ฆ

I’m probably the favorite mug that someone always uses. I know that sounds weird or even bad, but hear me out. Coming home to your favorite mug filled with your favorite drink, always there when you need it, comforting you when the stress is too much… I am the favorite mug in your cupboard or sitting on your mug rack.

๐ŸŒธ Would you rather win an Oscar (award for acting) or a Grammy (award for music)?

Oh jeez, this is hard. Music would be the obvious one, but the problem with that is it’s something that would expected of me. I already have a binder full of awards for being a singer. Honestly, I would love to win an award for acting. I’ve only done drama a few times which strangely enough I was always playing a dragon, but I would love to win an award for acting.

And those are all the questions Emer had in store for me! Dang, some of them were hard! Once again, if you haven’t checked pout Emer’s blog, go give her some love. She is a wonderful, caring friend who puts out great content.

Next up I am going to tag some blogs to receive this award:

๐ŸŒธ Kayla from Books and Blends

๐ŸŒธ Ren from A Bookish Balance

๐ŸŒธ Lauren from Lala’s Book Reviews

๐ŸŒธ Robin from Paperbacks and Planners

๐ŸŒธ Destiny from Howling Libraries

๐ŸŒธ Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books

๐ŸŒธ Sue from BeautyBookCorner

Itโ€™s okay if tags and awards arenโ€™t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

๐ŸŒธ My Seven Questions ๐ŸŒธ

๐ŸŒธ What’s one book that you can relate to the most and why?

๐ŸŒธ Aside from reading, what’s you’re favorite activity to do in self-isolation?

๐ŸŒธ You just inherited a house, you have one room left to remodel into the dream library. Describe what your dream library looks like and what the crown jewel of this library is.

๐ŸŒธ Besides being a collector of books, what are some of the other things you collect?

๐ŸŒธ Real talk, what’s one topic that you’ve been wanting to discuss on your blog, but haven’t and why?

๐ŸŒธ What are the top five books you’re planning to buy from your local bookstore this year?

๐ŸŒธ Feel good time! What are five songs that have been keeping your spirits high?

Okay, friends! I think that covers everything thing! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me. I hope the ones who’ve been tagged end up participating, but if not, check out their blogs anyway. They all offer some amazing content and it never hurts to follow more diverse bloggers. Until next time, may your tbr be large, you continue to stay safe and healthy, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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A Few Things I’m Enjoying in Self-Isolation

Salutations fellow readers! It’s hard to imagine that we’re almost half-way through the month of April and being in self-isolation. I haven’t talked about it much, but we did have a huge scare here and thankfully, everything is fine now. However, at the time I can honestly say that my mental health took a nose-dive. It was terrifying and as careful as my spouse and I are, the reality was a force that shook my core. We’re all fine now and we’re both in better mental states, but those two and a half weeks were scary. Otherwise, we’re doing exercising when we can, eating lots of salads and possibly have a fridge full of ice cream, and we have been power watching Star Trek together. I dance around in the kitchen listening to The Midnight and my spouse deep dives into playing The Forest. It’s a win, win for the both of us. But I wanted to talk about some of the things that have been keeping me happy, sane, and just some things that have really helped bring my mental health back from the wild trip it nearly went on. I also want to say that there is one item on this list that was a gift and I am in no means telling anyone to go and purchase this item. This item is something my spouse had purchased for me because my mental health declined so rapidly and they hated watching me unravel and being unable to do anything about it. So I just wanted to make you aware of that before you come across it. Anyway, I think I jabbered long enough. So lets’ get into the little things I’m enjoying during isolation!

๐ŸŒธ Miracle Forest ASMR videos ๐ŸŒธ

You can also find more of my favorite ASMR rooms and more of Miracle Forest on my Favorite ASMR Playlist!

๐ŸŒธ The Forest ๐ŸŒธ

I mentioned this up top about my spouse, but I’d be lying if I said it was just my spouse. My spouse, one of my dear friends, and I have been playing The Forest. It’s a survivalist game and it’s pretty intense. Regardless, we’ve been having a lot of fun, we just started a new game, and we finally established a base. If you’re a gamer, like myself, and you enjoy survivalist games then you definitely want to check this out. The atmosphere is amazing, the overall story makes you crave knowledge, and the battling can be really intense. I do caution those who have anxiety when playing this game because it really heightens the anxiety and yes, I have stepped away from this game a few times due to my anxiety spiraling. But I truly enjoy the game and I think many will. If you haven’t heard of this game yet.

๐ŸŒธ Spirithoods Faux Fur Galaxy Tiger Throw ๐ŸŒธ

Remember when I told you about that gift my spouse got me? Yeah, this is the gift. I have been a huge supporter of SpiritHoods for a long time and I have a few specific pieces of their’s that I use as part of my LARPing costumes. I have even been supporting the non-profits that they donate to for longer than I’ve know SpiritHoods. If you want to know more about them then I will refer you to the About SpiritHoods page. And that’s where I leave that! But I am truly grateful for my spouse and them recognizing when I was in turmoil because I didn’t even know it until they had said something. So this is just a really special gift and I’ve kind of been a burrito inside this blanket since it arrived.

๐ŸŒธ Obviously Books ๐ŸŒธ

My reading has had weird fluxes as of recently, but I’m reading a lot more than I anticipated. And since we’re in April, I have to admit that I have a lot going on in April reading wise. Firstly, I have a buddy read starting this week. Secondly, I am participating in the Stay Home Reading Rush that’s taking place from April 16th-19th. So we’ll see how well that goes! I’ve also been vlogging…A LOT. I’m very surprised with how big a desire there is to vlog and read right now. It’s insane and I’m genuinely shocked that I want to. So it’s an interesting time for me right now. With how busy I am in my personal life, the desire to read and vlog is just at a high right now. I’m also reading an arc of Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles and I am loving it so far! So if you have NetGalley, I believe this is a free read and you should go snag it!

๐ŸŒธ One special corgi ๐ŸŒธ

For those who don’t know, I have a corgi and he is the goodest bean. He’s also been a really great comfort and has been my reading, blogging, and napping buddy. He’s actually snuggled up with me right now as I type this post. He’s just the best and he deserved his own mention!

๐ŸŒธ Book Sleeves ๐ŸŒธ

I always say how much I love supporting small businesses. Well, I have been and my recent obsession has been book sleeves. I get my book sleeves from three small businesses and so I’m going to list them here in case you need a new book sleeve too!

๐ŸŒธ Cluttergirl Designs

๐ŸŒธ EnchantedExtrasbyBri

๐ŸŒธ CreatedbyRae


Okay, friends! Those are just a few of the things I’ve been enjoying in isolation recently. I’m sure there’s more, but these are the only ones I can think of at the moment. I hope you all enjoyed this list! I know I had a lot of fun putting this all together and sharing it with all of you. Please feel free to tell me in the comments below some of the things you’re loving in isolation right now! Until next time, I hope you’re staying happy, healthy, drinking lots of water, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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1 Year Blogiversary Q&A Part Two: Heavy Topics, Mental Health, and Unpopular Opinions

Salutations Chapterlings! Welcome to Part Two of this Q&A! If you haven’t read Part One yet then please make sure you do so. This article is going to be a lot heavier and addressing a lot more personal questions. I will be answering these questions as best as I can without going into too great of details. These are a lot more personal and as much as I like to be open with all of you, I have my limits and boundaries. Now, without any further delays, let’s get into the questions!

Have you had any negative experiences in the book or blogging community?

We’re hitting hard right from the start, huh? The answer is yes. Normally I don’t like to dwell on negative things because it’s really bad for my mental health and I don’t want to keep a space for that kind of negativity. I got into pretty decent detail in my Life Update post, if you haven’t seen that then I recommend checking that out. In short, I was basically being harassed and bullied because I received an arc of a certain 2020 release. These people felt that it was unfair for a small book reviewer/content creator to receive such a highly sought after arc and they made that very clear by making me feel unsafe on all my social media platforms. I took a step back after that.

Why do you put content warnings at the beginning of your reviews?

That’s just a personal preference of mine and I have done since my first experience of reading a book that had no content or trigger warnings. It really messed up my mental health and it took two and a half weeks to feel okay again. When someone reads my review, I want them to know what this book involves and some of the things that will most likely be discussed in my review. The best example I have of this is my review for Sadie.

I’ve noticed when you talk about mental health in your reviews, it comes from a place of knowing. Do you have mental health struggles or just have a wide knowledge of it?

I knew someone was going to ask this question. *Warning, I will be talking about various mental health topics like depression, eating disorders, suicide, etc… Please be aware of that when reading my answer to this question.*

Yes. I actually have mental health struggles. I have quiet a few actually. I guess the best place to start with all of this is I grew up around people who struggled with mental health, severely. As I got older, I developed a lot of mental health challenges. I developed bulimia nervosa at the age of eight because I was constantly surrounded by those who hated my body. So I started to hate my body too. I developed severe anxiety at the age of eight, as well. This was due to a toxic and abusive home life. When I hit my early preteens, I battled depression, self-harm, and attempted suicide. By this time, I also had a drug addiction and an alcohol problem due to trying to find a way to cope with everything happening in my life (those things being people dying all around me and severe abuse). After all of this, I ended up in the hospital from losing weight too fast and my lowest weight being 96 lbs and dropping. Eventually, I was sent to a mental health facility where I learned I have Bipolar Disorder I and PTSD which explained a lot of the things that were happening.

After all of that, I finally started living better to help manage my mental struggles (like my severe anxiety) and to better handle them. Even now, I still have disordered eating, I still have to take medication to manage the Bipolar, and I’m still trying to understand my PTSD to the fullest. And I’m thankful to have a partner who understands the importance of mental health. So when I talk about mental health in my reviews, it comes from a deep knowledge, of having experiencing it, living with it, and experiencing so many things at a young age that no one that young should have to go through. So understand, I take that content very seriously especially when I review a book and if I find that material is doing more harm than good, I will address it in my reviews.

Do you have any recommendations for coping with mental health while reading?

It all depends on the person, in all honesty. Something that may be triggering for me may be entirely different for someone else. For myself, I will have an asmr video or an instrumental video playing on my phone or television when I start reading a book. However, if I feel content is becoming too triggering then I will step away from the book. I won’t force myself to read past that. When I step away, sometimes it’s a few hours and sometimes it’s days. Ultimately, I do what’s best for me and if my mental state is responding really negatively to the content I’m reading, I will ‘dnf’ that book. The best example I have is my review of Things We Lost in the Fire. I will also list one of my favorite asmr rooms as well.

You’re not feminist enough to review books

Originally I wasn’t going to post this comment because it truly is a negative comment and I don’t like inviting that into my space. However, I saw an opportunity with this comment that was just too important to ignore. So this is all I have to say about this.

Misogyny is just as bad as misandry.

If you’re bisexual, how can you be married?

Would you be surprised if I told you that I get this question all the time and on Pride I get bombarded with this question, consistently? Yes, I am married, but that doesn’t change my sexual orientation. The way I always explain it, if I were to get a divorce today or tomorrow, that wouldn’t stop me from being attracted to men, women, or non-binary people. It’s just a part of who I am, it will never change no matter where I go in life, and I will always be very open about that.

What was the hardest part of coming out as bisexual?

I think the hardest part was dealing with the backlash that came from having my relationships with the girls I dated out in the open. It was extremely hard while is school and even harder on those I dated. There were many things that were hard with coming out, but that was the toughest to really go through and watching my partners having to suffer was the worst of it.

How do you respond to negativity or negative comments?

My approach is usually to ignore and delete. I say it all the time, I don’t like negativity in the spaces that bring me joy. I think it’s fine for people to have different opinions and have constructive conversation. However, when things start to turn into heated arguing, saying nasty things to one another, etc… I tend to erase that stuff immediately. If this somehow finds it’s way into my messages, I will report that person and delete the message. I don’t like negativity in my spaces.

How do you cope with your anxiety?

I think this ties in with a previous question, but it varies for everyone. For myself, I listen to a lot of asmr to help keep me calm and relaxed during reading. When I’m at home or out in public and I start to get anxious, I have to do something with my hands. So I usually keep things on me that allows me to keep my hands busy. At home it might be video games or using a stress ball. Out in public I might have a fidget spinner or rubik’s cube. I also tend to keep items with soft textures near by as they help calm my anxiety. If I’m lucky, one of my pets may be nearby and I may go pet them for a while. If you do like asmr, I will leave another link for another favorite asmr video.

Do you have an unpopular opinions?

Yes. Yes I do and it’s a lot.

๐ŸŒธ Women can play football, backyard or otherwise.

๐ŸŒธ Mountains are better than beaches. Take a trip to New Hampshire sometime, you’ll thank me later!

๐ŸŒธ ASMR is amazing and I don’t care what you say!

๐ŸŒธ Personally, I think Night is better than Day.

๐ŸŒธ Although I like tea, very much, coffee is better.

๐ŸŒธ ACOFAS wasn’t terrible and a nice pace changer. I WILL FIGHT YOU ON THIS.

๐ŸŒธ I will always choose Andriod over Iphones. Stop trying to convince me they’re better, I will list so many reasons why they’re not.


Okay, I really had to stop myself there before I just spent a really long time doing that list. Just know that I have many unpopular opinions, those are the ones that I could think of on the fly. Alright, those are all the personal questions. There are actually a few I didn’t answer because they were just far too personal and I really didn’t feel comfortable answering them. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed Part One and Part Two of this wild Q&A! It truly means the world that you would stick around to read both parts. I truly appreciate all the love and support that each and every one of you give to me. I hope you know how grateful I am and that I hope I can continue to show how much it means to me by the content I put out. Until next time, stay safe, thank you for the love and support, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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1 Year Blogiversary Q&A Part One: Bookish Questions, Getting Personal and Nerdy

Salutations friends! I can’t believe my blog has officially hit one year old! This wouldn’t be possible without all of you! For believing in me, wanting all of this to succeed, and for loving me the way that I am. You all have made this all possible, inspire me each and every day to create content, and I love you all!

And apparently you all are very, very curious about the person behind the screen! A while ago I put out ways for you to tell me the questions you wanted to ask, literally ask anything, and I was shocked with the amount of messages. So many questions that I actually divided these into two parts. Most of these questions were able to be categorized as something book related and nerdy or something personal and heavy.

So if you’re reading this, welcome to part one of this two parted Q&A! I hope I don’t disappoint with my answers! Just sit back, relax, and let’s answer some of your questions!

Have you learned anything new about yourself?

The short answer is yes. The more specific response is I need a thorough schedule to do everything that I do. I balance my personal life and the things I do for my blog, for Bookstagram, etc… I keep them separate, but I realized I have to stay on a constant schedule otherwise my whole momentum gets thrown off. I’ve learned that there are many people who appreciate the content I create and I have made some truly wonderful friends that I never thought I would have made.

What are your favorite bookish posts that you’ve written?

One of my most favorite posts is my review of Sadie. It was one of the hardest reviews I ever wrote, I get very emotional and personal in that review. I’m extremely proud of that post. My second favorite would be my Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco Blog Tour and Review. Talking back and forth with Rin, I left our conversation with a very deep appreciation for her and the other authors who recognize the smaller bloggers and content creators. It truly was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I got to be a part of her street team for Wicked As You Wish.

Do you review every book you read or just arcs?

I usually review every book that I read. I take extensive notes. If I have multiple copies of a book, I will use one for my own library and then the others for taking notes, annotating, and discussions. The only time I don’t review a book is a ‘dnf’ book. It’s rare when I ‘dnf’ a book, but it does happen.

What are some of the things that you accomplished because of your blog or being in the book community in general?

I feel like I have come a lot farther compared to when I first started out in the book community. I have been a part of the book community for a long time. I believe 2014 was the year I dipped my toes into getting involved, but I think I truly started feeling accomplished as I started to branch out and develop my skills. I became more of a critical reviewer, I found an aesthetic that makes me happy (which I have a new background that I’ll be testing out on my IG soon), and I really started to carve a space for myself, that’s something I’ve never done before because I never knew how to make a place for myself to exist (that last bit will tie into a on part two of this Q&A). There’s many things I accomplished because of books and I’m very grateful to be where I am right now.

I know your birthday is coming up in May, what are three books you’re hoping to get or do you have a wishlist?

I think I know who this is, May is still a ways off, and yes, I have a wishlist which you can find HERE, but please don’t feel obligated to get me anything. I am very blessed with the books that I have right now and with tbr carts that are overflowing, I shouldn’t be getting more, for now. If I absolutely had to pick three books to receive for my birthday, it would be the ones below.


Overall most anticipated 2020 book release?

In no specific order so you too can check them out too! You can also check out some of my posts that hint to authors I’m supporting and check out my anticipated 2020 shelf!

Do you have a favorite tea?

I drink a lot of Harney & Sons tea, but I also drink a lot of the Yogi Tea as well.

You mention that you game a lot, what are your top five favorite games?

Okay, okay! You’re now a very precious bean and I will protect you at all cost! I love talking shop about games and that’s one of the hardest questions to answer. So all my favorite games will be shown below!

How do you find inspiration to write your articles?

Everywhere and from everyone. Sometimes I get asked a lot to do specific articles like my Sekaiichi Hatsukoi series review. Sometimes I end up with something right on the dot and then I’ll write it down so I don’t forget. Other times it’s usually a lot of coffee.

I read your ‘About Me’ section. You do LARPING?! Can you tell us about your character?!

My main character is an elf mage named Malliumpkin. I play a few side characters with my group, as well. Usually those side characters are healers or temporary encounters. We have even done a few side quests where I have been random creatures such a fauns, spirits, and animal shapeshifters or shamans. Most of my gear was crafted by a dear friend. Other pieces I invested in myself. And that’s all you need to know! Aside from the fact that the next event we do will be our 100th LARPing quest. If you’re looking to get started, I highly recommend checking this article out!

How do you manage to read and blog on top of everything else?

I have a giant calendar hanging on my wall where I write down all my buddy reads, my readathons, when blog posts need to go up, etc… I also use Google Calendar to communicate to my spouse important information like appointments, personal events, etc… With those two tools at my disposal, I can keep track of where my time and energy is being spent. Did I mention I write down the times for all of things? I include the time with everything I do. My days are usually planned to the very last minute before I need sleep. That’s usually how I stay on top of managing my life and then everything with reading and blogging.

What are some books you could put in anyone’s hands right now?

How do you take notes and do thorough reviews?

Oh jeez… My process is very chaotic and all over the place, if I’m being honest. I use a sketch book to take notes for my reviews, I use sticky notes to make side notes inside my books, then I have colored tabs to indicate important information, and then I have pastel highlighters for going back through and narrowing down the information sections. It’s a really chaotic mess and usually when I’m like that my spouse will have to bring me snacks and drinks because I will go at it for hours with annotating, drafting, narrowing things down, etc… It’s just wild and I come out looking like a wildling every time.

A mythical creature you would want to turn into?

Do you have any best friends?

I’m pretty sure I know who sent this and yes I do, I love each and every one very dearly!

Do you have any pets?

Yes I do! I have three cats and a corgi! If you follow my IG then you will occasionally see them pop up in my feed and they even have their own dedicated story header!

Is there anything you want right now?

I feel like this another one of my friends asking for birthday purposes. So please read the question above asking about my birthday and wishlist. If it’s not, I could really go for some sushi and some starfruit right about now!

What color are your eyes?

Many people think my eyes are brown, but they’re actually hazel. My eyes can turn all the way to the brightest shade of topaz all the way to a dark, dark brown, almost black.

How long have you been gaming and reading?

I have been reading and gaming since I was a kid. Six years old is how far I can remember being really focused on reading and gaming. Years later and I’m still focused on gaming and reading!

What would you tell someone who wants to start their own book blog?

I would tell you to just start. My biggest fear was just getting started and I think it helps to hear from someone who was really nervous about starting their bookstagram, starting this blog, and just being more involved in the book community than what they were. It took me a while to work up the courage to start, but once I started, I couldn’t stop and I found some of the most amazing people who I now get to call friends. This community is very welcoming and if you’re looking for someplace to carve out your own space, the book community is a lovely place to start.

What are the top three songs you’re listening to right now?

๐ŸŒธ The Midnight – Sunset

๐ŸŒธ PENTAGON – Shine

๐ŸŒธ Skrux – Devotion


Okay, friends! Those are all the personal questions that were book related, very nerdy, and just stole every part of my heart! If you have any other question, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. I do like to be as open as I can be with all of you, so don’t hesitate. Part Two of this Q&A should be happening shortly after this article is posted and this article is going to be much heavier, more personal, and so many hard topics are going to be talked about in that article. So I hope you’re still able to join for Part Two! Until next time, thank you for all you love and support, I truly appreciate you! ๐Ÿ’•

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Small Bookish Businesses to Support during Self-Isolation

Before I start, I just want to say a gentle reminder; your feelings are valid and I see you, I hope youโ€™re staying safe, youโ€™re eating well, drinking lots of water, and of course, I love you!

Salutations Chapterlings! Usually I’m not super active on the weekends, but I felt very compelled to get these articles up. If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I made a similar post for Authors to Support during Self-Isolation. On that article I talk about seasoned and debut authors who need support during these difficult times, which include links to not only preorder the books, but also to help support your local book stores . I also mention the book fest I’m helping out with and providing links so you can join in on the bookish magic happening on April 25th. With all of that being said, I’ve gotten so many messages and such an overwhelming amount of support that I thought it was only practically to share the small businesses I’m supporting during self-isolation.

Many, many small businesses are being hit hard. Some to the point of having to close their stores entirely. This ranges from small restaurants all the way to small book stores, even small businesses run from home. I have heard from family friends how hard their small shops struggling, I have been watching some of my favorite shops continue to push out products despite all the challenges they are facing. I say this all the time, I love supporting small businesses and they’re some of my favorite places to go to when I want very specific gifts for friends and family. So let me introduce you to some of the shops I have been supporting for a while now, but shops that I have really come to love and appreciate.


๐ŸŒธ Candles by Wick and Jane ๐ŸŒธ

Her candles have amazing throw and she has some of the best scents! She’s also total sweetheart!


๐ŸŒธ Bookmarks by JemlinCreations ๐ŸŒธ

She brings all your fictional characters to life with her art! I was one of her reps and she is just a true treasure! Check out Cluttergirl Designs and EnchantedExtras for Jemlin’s book sleeves!


๐ŸŒธ Booksleeves by ACOBAF ๐ŸŒธ

Alex and her family team up some amazing artists to bring stunning booksleeves to your doorstep! She also does mugs!


๐ŸŒธ Book Bands and Sleeves by CreatedbyRae ๐ŸŒธ

Rae is absolutely the sweetest and has the most adorable kitties! She is a kind soul and has amazing pieces!


๐ŸŒธ Nerdy and Bookish Mugs by CreativeLeighCrafts ๐ŸŒธ

She does all sorts of mugs, enamel pins, and decals! She is a super sweet soul and she is my go to shop for nerdy mug gifts!


๐ŸŒธ Bookmarks, Bookmark Holders, and Giant Wine Glasses by CreativeChaotics ๐ŸŒธ

I get so much from Heather! I get my K-Pop bookmarks from her, my giant wine glasses, and due to my obsession with her’s and Jemlin’s bookmarks, I have a lot of her bookmark holders! She is a hard working lady with a sweet soul who has had some rough patches and I love to send everyone her way because she truly deserves lots of love!


๐ŸŒธ Booksleeves by Book Gizmo ๐ŸŒธ

If this is any indication, I buy A LOT of book sleeves and Book Gizmo is one of the many shops where I get said book sleeves from!


๐ŸŒธ Bookish Mugs and Merch by Enchanted Fandom ๐ŸŒธ

Another amazing shop where I get all my bookish mugs and presents for friends and family! Jess is absolutely amazing and she even does a drinking vessel subscription so you can get unique mugs each month!


Okay, friends! Those are all the shops that I have and will continue to support through these difficult times! Please check some of these shops out and support them if you can. I can’t even begin to express how important it is to make sure you support small businesses during this time. Now is the time where we need to spread love more than ever and in any way we can. So please check these ladies out, show your support on their social media, or even send them a kind message. Every small business owner needs a little kindness sprinkled in their life right now. Please let me know down in the comments below some of your favorite small businesses or small shops you’ll be supporting during self-isolation. Until next time, remember to love yourself today, take that nap, drink some water, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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Authors to Support during Self-Isolation

Before I start, I just want to say a gentle reminder; your feelings are valid and I see you, I hope you’re staying safe, you’re eating well, drinking lots of water, and of course, I love you!

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m going to do a post that’s a little different compared to what I usually do. If you haven’t heard, I’m currently helping out with the Social Distance Book Fest and we’re putting together amazing panels with authors who have been affected by everything going on in the world, authors who just want to get involved or help out, and some wonderful people in the book community who are helping bring everything together. Bethany from Beautifully Bookish Bethany, the founder and creator of this event, has an official video out stating all the details of the event. It’s going to be amazing, if you haven’t checked the event out yet then please check it out and join us on April 25th!

Okay, I got off topic a little bit, but it ties in with the point of this article. With all the authors and small businesses being affected by everything happening, I wanted to take the time to show some of the authors you can support during these challenging times. There are many authors (debut and more seasoned) that are releasing books in the coming months. So I figured I would show some of the authors that you can support in the months to come. And depending on how much you loved this list, I might end up showing you some of the small businesses I’m supporting right now, as well. Now without any further delays, lets jump into the books!


๐ŸŒธ A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Lobizona (Wolves of No World) by Romina Garber ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) Janella Angeles ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas ๐ŸŒธ


๐ŸŒธ Forest of Souls (Shamanborn, #1) by Lori M. Lee ๐ŸŒธ


Okay, friends! I know that was a super long list and I’m so grateful that you checked out all of these amazing books! In case you didn’t notice, each book has a link that allows you to not only support the authors, but support your local books stores as well. I love supporting small businesses whenever I can and this is a great way to spread the love during these hard times. There are even more books coming out this year that aren’t even listed. So don’t forget about those books, those authors, or your local book stores when you’re shopping during self-isolation. Feel free to tell me some of the upcoming releases that you have pre-ordered in the comments below. Until next time, remember to treat yourself kindly, drink plenty of water, eat some yummy fruit, and as always, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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Life Update | My Struggles with Mental Health and Feeling Safe in the Book Community

I feel almost foolish that I have to post something like this on my blog, but I always like to be open with all of you, as open as I can be. And as of recently, I’ve realized that keeping this secret and not saying anything is doing more harm than good especially to my mental health and my mindset. March is becoming the month where I’m taking a step back to feel safe again and find my happiness once more.

The start of 2020 just hit in the worst way possible. It started with my rapist trying to re-friend me on my social media. Every three years this person has tried to come in contact with me by making new accounts and re-adding me on my social media platforms. While it has been years since that time of my life happened, this person has continued to try to enter my space and my brain has kind of flipped a switch of survival mode to protect the people I care about most and who I allow in my inner circle. Blocking them, reporting them, etc… It got to a point that at the first last week of January I kind of snapped and sent this person a message telling them to leave me alone or I would be forced to get the police and my lawyer involved. The last few days of January I wasn’t sleeping and I was having traumatic flashbacks.

Then we moved into February and this was the month that kind of broke a piece of me. It felt like someone had taken a piece of my soul and broke it in half. And I know that sounds a little absurd because there’s so many people in my life especially from the book community who support me, love me, see how hard I work, and truly value the content I put out. But February truly was the first time I truly didn’t feel safe in a long, long time. The first week of February I posted a photo of an arc I had received by a publishing company. This is an arc of one of my anticipated reads for 2020. When I posted this photo I received a lot of love in the book community and then the next day on all of my social medias platforms I was receiving messages by a group of people in the book community. These people were saying how I didn’t deserve the arc, how there were better people out there to review the book, that my content wasn’t good enough, how a small reviewer shouldn’t be allowed to get arcs, and many cruel things that I don’t even want to repeat on here. They were blowing up my Instagram, my Twitter, my GoodReads, and even on this blog (thankfully, comments have to be approved by me before they can be posted to my articles) with terrible things. And I know it’s silly to let these people have such an affect on me, but the things they were saying found their way inside my head and it hit a certain way with me. I became so filled with guilt, self-doubt, and a swelling sadness every time I looked at this arc. It hit my mental health so badly that I cancelled my preorder of this book and I hid the arc away. I almost deleted my photo of this arc because I didn’t want to be harassed about it anymore. These people have since been blocked and reported because no one should feel backed into a corner and harassed about things they love.

Two weeks after the events of the incident with that arc, my abusive ex-fiance had tracked me down while I was out with friends. It was very clear that this person was stalking my spouse and I, from their appearance to the very place we chose to eat at, they had been watching us for a long time. A lot of things happened that day and I’m very grateful that a few close friends were there to make sure I was able to leave as quickly and as safely as possible. This person also chose to blow up my social media, harassing me and trying to mentally manipulate me into meeting one on one. After all the events of this day, that night I called my childhood best friend and told him about what had happened, that I wasn’t okay, and he booked tickets to leave from Japan to be in my state the next day. He rallied his family and his brothers flew down from New York so we could all go out to get coffee and go get sushi together. After I told them what was happening, they were very supportive and willing to offer whatever help they could. For the first time since the year has started, it felt like I could take a moment to come up for air because it felt like I was suffocating. I wasn’t sleeping well, I was barely eating, and it was to the point that I got really, really sick.

The end of February came and things finally felt like things are finally settling, the chaos has passed, but the aftermath of everything back to back has left me feeling drained emotionally, mentally, even physically. The things I love like reading and playing video games, they just feel so unsafe and bring me so much sadness right now. These are spaces I have carved out with my heart and soul, hard work and dedication, and it feels like it’s not enough. I feel like I’m not good enough, that my productivity is lacking, and my head keeps thinking maybe, just maybe if I push myself harder then things will be perfect. I’m human, I’m a perfectionist at heart and devote my all to the things I really love, even though I know I will never be perfect. I love the book community with my whole heart, I have met some amazing friends, but I think many people forget that everyone who is a content creator is a human being and that they have feelings, emotions, they struggle with mental health and things happening in the offline world.

The truth is I’m barely sleeping, I’m still hardly eating, I’m behind in my reading schedule, behind in taking photos… I’m just behind in so many things. I don’t know how to move forward because all of these spaces feel tainted and unsafe. From anticipated books, to favorite artists, to favorite places, to favorite games. I keep putting this wall up of “I’m okay,” all the while I’m falling down a rabbit hole with this crack in my soul that keeps getting bigger and bigger.

I love everyone who supports me, I love this community, I love the friends that I have made. I always hear those voices of love and support, I feel that constantly encompassing my heart and myself. I know I’m very privileged, very blessed for many, many things that happen to me. I’m always eternally grateful for everything I get to be a part of and the things that happen to me. However, the fact is these things don’t stop me from being heartbroken over the many things I love and enjoy while putting on a happy face to constantly say “I’m here,” “I’m okay,” “I’m fine, everything is fine.” I’m truly sorry if this wasn’t the kind of update you were expecting. But the weight of the first two months of this year are so heavy that I can’t keep up with the charade that everything is fine. I promise I will get better, and I promise that when April comes around I will be in a clearer, healthier, happier head space. March is the month where I will be taking the time to catch my breath, find joy in the things I love, and finally get to the point where I can honestly say, “I’m okay.” I’m taking a step back to reignite and relearn my passions. Don’t worry, I will still be active on my platforms, but there are personal platforms that I’m locking down with privacy and cleansing of negative sources that I don’t need in my life. Hopefully this month I will be able to be kinder to myself and feel safe in my space once again.

Also, thank you for sticking around through this chaotic life update. I know this wasn’t the update many of you were expecting. Since writing this post, I have talked with my spouse, my inner circle, and this whole process has been very cathartic for me. My hope is that by April, I will be stronger, happier, healthier, and fuller with life. I love you all so much and I’m very grateful for the continued love and support you provided me. Thank you so much! I love you! ๐Ÿ’œ

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Malli’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | Ten Last Minute Gifts for Book Lovers

Salutations Chapterlings! Today is Valentine’s Day in the US and I thought I would just drop in with a few gift ideas for those who are looking for gifts for their friend or partner, but possibly a gift to show themselves some love. Now I know some of you eye rolled, but you can also use this day to be kind to yourself and treat yourself. We all need a break sometimes and we all deserve to show some love. Whether we do that by spreading it to those closest to us or taking the time to truly be kind and loving to ourselves. Now, without any further delays, enjoy these bookish gift ideas!


๐ŸŒน Pick up one or two they’ve been wanting! ๐ŸŒน

All book lovers have books, but what’s better than the books they already have? New books especially books that were picked out by someone they care deeply about! This is the perfect opportunity to ask your partner/best friend the top books they’ve been wanting to buy, but haven’t gotten the chance to. This also gives you future gift ideas for their birthday, anniversaries, and other holidays.


๐ŸŒน Get their favorite drink and surprise them at work! ๐ŸŒน

Now I realize not everyone can do this because of transportation, but if you are able to safely commute to your partner/friend then this is a great way to show your endearment to them. This is also a really great way to impact the rest of their day especially if they’ve sent you messages saying how rough the day has been. Many things fade over time, but the way you make a person feel is something they’ll remember forever. Plus, they have a tasty treat to drink while on their lunch break reading!


๐ŸŒน Mugs and Wine glasses! ๐ŸŒน

You can never go wrong with mugs or wine glasses for a book lover! I can’t begin to tell you how many mugs I keep by my side when I’m reading. Plus, if they have a new favorite cup then they’re sure to put their favorite drinks in it and curl up with their favorite book!


๐ŸŒน Candles! ๐ŸŒน

Some readers like to set a relaxing mood before they dive into their book. And what better gift for your partner/friend than getting them a few new candles to light while they read! There’s so many amazing and unique scents out there now and almost every store carries candles. I know one of my favorite scents is sandalwood!


๐ŸŒน Give them a gift card! ๐ŸŒน

What is better than watching the person you care about have their eyes light up then run into a book store trying to decide what books to buy with their new gift card? Nothing because it’s priceless! Every book dragon wants the opportunity to go into a book store with a gift card in their hand and the other a basket full of book goodies. Of course, you can make this a gift card for any place you can get books like BookOutlet, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and many more!


๐ŸŒน New books ends! ๐ŸŒน

Whether it’s for a new TBR or just books on display, you can never go wrong with getting some new books ends. Not only will they add a little something to your shelf, but they’ll compliment your books in more ways than one!


๐ŸŒน Snuggly and cozy blanket! ๐ŸŒน

Who doesn’t like to be comfy, cozy, and super snuggly? Nothing is better for this than a fuzzy, soft blanket! They can burrito and read books! Ah, that’s the dream isn’t it?!


๐ŸŒน Bookmarks! ๐ŸŒน

Bookmarks! Bookmark galore! These can be paired with gift idea one or gift idea three! They’re simple, but they’re one of the most useful things all book dragons need!


๐ŸŒน Headphones or Earbuds? That is the question! ๐ŸŒน

There are many readers out there who listen to a lot of audiobooks or even listen to music, asmr, while they read. That can be a challenge if you don’t have a good set of headphones or earbuds. They might just need a new pair in general. Either way, this is a great way to show that you’re paying attention and you want your partner/friend to have a good reading experience.


๐ŸŒน Stay organized with a journal! ๐ŸŒน

Journals are a great gifts for the book lover who likes to stay organized! Whether they’re tacking the books they read in a month or perhaps they’re planning a month full of readathons, journals are a great way to stay organized and plan out your schedule for the month.


Okay, friends! Those are my top ten last minute gift ideas! I know this is coming in a bit late itself, but I hope you enjoyed nonetheless. Let me know down in the comments below if you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or how you show love this time of year! Until next time, I hope you all stay safe and maybe read a book or two, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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The Mystery Blogger Award II

Salutations once again! I recently got nominated for a second time for The Mystery Blogger Award by the one and only Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog! You can find my first article for this award right HERE as the questions and answers will be different this time around! I say this all the time, but let me tell you all again, Emer is one of my lovely friends, fellow blogger, and just a beautiful ray of light in the book community! Emer has amazing articles on her blog that are fun like The Bedtime Book Tag and more serious topics/discussions like The Relationship Between Reviewer and Author, either way I adore Emer with my whole heart and soul so please make sure you check out her blog!

โ„๏ธ What is The Mystery Blogger Award? โ„๏ธ

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

โ„๏ธ The Rules โ„๏ธ

โ„๏ธ Put the award logo/image on your blog.

โ„๏ธ List the rules.

โ„๏ธ Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

โ„๏ธ Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

โ„๏ธ Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

โ„๏ธ You have to nominate 10 โ€“ 20 people.

โ„๏ธ Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

โ„๏ธ Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.

โ„๏ธ Share a link to your best post(s).

Also, a huge thanks to Okoto from Okoto Enigmaโ€™s Blog for creating this award to bring light to wonderful bloggers!

โ„๏ธ Three Facts About Me โ„๏ธ

โ„๏ธ There are a few times that I mention this, but my mother provided new information for me and I wanted to do something that reflected my acknowledgement and appreciation for that information. I have this listed on all my social media and I have talked about my Native American heritage in a few posts. I always say very proudly that I am Apache and proud to be half Apache. However, the second week of December when I took a vacation, some of my family was visiting and I found out from my mother that I am also Cherokee on her side of the family. She had been tracing through our family tree and genetics (and still is) when she made this discovery. So I can now say that I am a proud Cherokee as well as Apache. And I say this all the time because I’m fully aware of my privilege compared to my family members who live on the reservations; even though I am very white passing I am very proud of my heritage, I am eternally grateful and blessed for the opportunities that I am given by living the life that I have, and (gosh I’m getting a bit emotional) I love my family and I’m extremely grateful that they remind me all the time how much they love me and that I don’t need to have darker skin for them to love me (because I agonize over this so much and so often), that they accept me just the way I am. This is a part of me that I’m very proud of, but it’s so bitter sweet at times as well. I like to keep my doors open and this is a part of me, a very soft and vulnerable part of me that agonize and love with an incredible force. And I really wanted to say this for the longest time and really honor the information my mother passed on to me.

โ„๏ธ I can officially announce this as well! If you have been following my Instagram then you may already know this, but in case you haven’t then let me officially announce the arrival of little Cresswell! Cresswell is my rescue kitten that my coworker has recently bestowed upon me. This has been in motion since December 2019 and this wasn’t a decision I made lightly or impulsively. I had to really analyze my home life, the dynamic with all my other fur babies, his age and the ages of my other pets, my spouse, and many other factors. I just recently agreed to bring this little guy home and for a while I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him (my coworker was pretty attached to him). However, things have all worked itself out and Cresswell has officially been brought home. As for right now, he is currently kept in my Spouse’s personal cave so he can build trust with us, not get overwhelmed by all the sights and smells, get his confidence, and take his time before we let him to his curiosity and explore our home. So you may see photos or videos of him surfacing on my social media in upcoming weeks!

โ„๏ธ That last one was more like an update, but I still think it counts. Anyway, this last fact about me is about my reading habits and that habit is I love listening to music while I read. While I do like ASMR, I find that ASMR relaxes me too much to the point of falling asleep doing whatever I’m doing. So as of recently I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental mixes and most recently stumbled upon BLUME and Chillout Deer. Both of these creators have amazing mixes and they have been helping me focus on reading, taking notes, typing up articles, and just getting stuff done around the house. I will always love ASMR, but these two amazing channels have been killing it for me in 2020!

โ„๏ธ Questions by Emer โ„๏ธ

โ„๏ธ Do you think there is a place for one star reviews in the blogging community?

Well damn, jumping into the hard stuff right off the bat huh? I will always be honest and upfront about everything especially my own opinions. So I’m just going to say this now, if this offends anyone, I’m sorry.
Absolutely, one hundred percent, yes a million times. This is such a polarizing question and everyone and their mother has an opinion on this topic, including the creators, authors, or whoever is involved with the product. If we’re looking at just the book community, my answer still won’t change because a book can be just as bad as a product you buy in a store. The part that bothers me the most are those who feel the need (whether you’re someone in the community or you’re the creator of the product) to attack the people who give the one star reviews. I’m sorry, I must have missed the memo that said we’re all robots instead of human beings with souls, emotions, and feelings and that it’s a free for all to attack someone over their own opinions. Their own opinions. We all have opinions and we all perceive things differently. On that note, I also believe there is a way of writing a one star review without completely dragging the creator or being cruel to the creator to the point of emotionally or mentally hurting them. There is always a fine line to walk and it can be done. However, everyone involved in the outcome is responsible with their actions and the things they say.

โ„๏ธHow do you feel about audiobooks?

I don’t hate them, but I don’t love them. I’m a sentimental soul and I love the feel , the weight, the smell of a physical book in my hand. However, I’m slowly adapting and trying to branch out into the more virtual format of books just to save of space and to try new things.

โ„๏ธ Have you ever emotionally identified with a character or plot in a book that you felt the author was writing the words that are etched on your soul?

Funny you should ask. I just had a moment like this with The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. This has also happened with a few other books as well. With these type of books I will either get emotional or I’ll get emotional. And there is a difference between the two. The first one is usually a book that pulls on my heart strings, reminds me of something I’ve experienced, etc… The second one is full blown factory melt down, sobbing with snot dipping everywhere, flapping my hands around, flailing or shaking the book relentlessly, usually animals are fleeing the scene and my spouse looking in bewilderment of what just happened. So yeah, it happens every once in a blue moon.

โ„๏ธ What was the last book (or film) that made you cry?

Oh look, The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum…AGAIN!

โ„๏ธ What ice cream flavour do you think best represents your personality? E.g. are you vanilla with sprinkles? Maybe youโ€™re a decadent salted caramel? Or maybe youโ€™re a scoop of rocky road?

Mint chocolate chip trio’politan. It’s not just my favorite ice cream, it’s something I felt personally attached to since I was a child, something that just represents my soul and so many wonderful memories.

โ„๏ธ The People I’m Tagging โ„๏ธ

โ„๏ธ Donna

โ„๏ธ Kayla

โ„๏ธ Lauren

โ„๏ธ Robin

โ„๏ธ Marie

โ„๏ธ Kat

โ„๏ธ Amanda

โ„๏ธ Blair

โ„๏ธ Sabreena

โ„๏ธ Emer

Itโ€™s okay if tags and awards arenโ€™t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to. Also, if you weren’t tagged then feel free to tag yourself!

โ„๏ธ My Questions for Those Tagged โ„๏ธ

โ„๏ธ As a reader, what is the biggest challenge you face when you’re reading and why?

โ„๏ธ What are your five favorite things to keep you out of a reading slump?

โ„๏ธ 2019 went by so fast, so what are your top five books you believe are five star predictions that you want to read before the end of 2020 that you didn’t get to read in 2019?!

โ„๏ธ You finally get the chance to design your dream reading nook! How would you design it and what would you include?

โ„๏ธ Your TBR has gotten so large that it’s out of control, what are some fun ways to help encourage you to read the books on your TBR or build your TBR for the month?


Okay, friends! Those are all the questions Emer has asked and once again, please check out Emer because she is a delight and I love her to pieces! As always, I’m incredibly grateful Emer thought about me to tag me in this for my second round of the Mystery Blogger Award. It means so, so much and it makes my heart so full. Anyway, until next time Chapterlings, may the end of January bring you many new additions to your shelves, I love you! ๐Ÿ’™

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