#BOOKBLOGGERHOP (May 25-31): Books I Read by Myself as a Child






I haven't done this prompt in awhile, so I thought to bring it back before I go on vacation to my niece's high school graduation in Texas next week. This week's question revolves around books I remember reading by myself for the first time. 

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week's question submitted by LaLa @ LaLa in the Library:
Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?


DISCUSSION: New #ReadSoulLit Picks | Why I Don't Read Much Black Literature


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I'll admit that I don't read a lot of black literature, and as a young, black woman of color who wants to expand my reading tastes, I needed an outlet to help guide me. I grew up reading books that had predominantly straight white characters, with easygoing plotlines, characters that didn't really go anywhere. But I never questioned my reading because just the fact that I was reading whatever I wanted stood above me reading about white characters.

With that being said, I still read books with primarily white storylines. But then, this tag on social media called #ReadSoulLit captured my eye to see about opening my reading tastes to include black reads. Created by Didi Borie of Brown Girl Reading, she made this tag event to promote black contemporary writers of color during Black History Month in February 2015. Even though it's clearly not February today, I still wanted to share my appreciation for celebrating underrated writers and stories of color. 

#IHeartCharactersMeme: My Name-Twin Has a New Weekly Meme for Characters!


In case the title of this post didn't catch your attention, my new friend and name-twin, Dani from Perspective of a Writer, has created a new weekly meme to share our favorite characters. 

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so YOU and others can blog hop and share the character love. ♡
This week's topic is  God or Goddess BFF. (Mythological character you want as a friend).


TOP TEN TUESDAY #45: Favorite Character Names

Formerly hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes. Since BrokeandBookish.com had officially shut down in January 2018, Jana from ThatArtsyReaderGirl has offered to continue the series on her blog. 


How it works:

I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
This week's topic:  Best Character Names


#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY REWIND: (July 2017) Series That Got Better


For those who don't know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it's a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week. 


Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes our top 5 favorite fandom items. 

Sam is having a busy personal month, so instead of creating new topics, she gave participants a chance to catch up on previous T5W's we missed out on. 



As many of you know, April and May have been extremely busy months for me. So much so that I haven't even been able to devote the time to reading, books, T5W, etc like I usually do. As such, and as suggested by quite a few people on twitter, this month is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind Month! Have some topics you missed or that happened before you joined the Top 5 Wednesday family? Now is the time to do them! 
 Pick whichever topics you want each week and be sure to label your posts Top 5 Wednesday (or T5W) Rewind so everyone can find them.  
 This week is a throwback to July 2017's topic: Series that got Better.


#BOOKBLOGGERHOP (May 11-17): Favorite Books or Favorite Child




This week's question is about choosing your favorite book or your favorite child. 

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week's question submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews:
Could you ever pick a favorite book or is it like choosing your favorite child?  


DISCUSSION: My Half-Year 2018 Reading Challenge TBR Jar


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Since I've become so terrible with keeping up with my overflowing TBR list for the year, I've decided to create a reading challenge TBR Jar. Thanks to Vivatramp for the 100 Book Blog Post Ideas, this jar will be used for me to decide the descriptions of books I want to read for the month. I realize I should have created this earlier in the year, but seeing as though the idea just came to me, we'll just go with it! Just go with it and see what happens! 

Creating this jar was a lot of fun! Since I haven't used colored paper since middle school, I used another method to gather all the prompts together. I used the Fill Paper function in Word 2013 to create individual colored pages, printed them out and cut them into strips to be placed in a bowl. I didn't have a jar, so I used this pretty, red bowl. 


BLITZ TOUR POST: Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson | Xpresso Book Tours


I'm so excited to share this re-release of Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson! I talk about this book non-stop, probably in every list post I have, and it's mostly because this story is so cute! I've done a full review back in 2014, even interviewed Hutchinson in 2016; and I'll tell you, she's the real deal. 

If you've never heard of Discovering April, it's a contemporary dramedy about a young girl who's trying to figure her life out, living in a house she can't afford, going to school undecided, and has a huge crush on the Boy Next Door, who she used to be best friends with. I must have read this at least several times; it's also the first in Hutchinson's Discovering Trilogy, so if you like this one, pick up some of Hutchinson's other works. 

Also, Hutchinson recently got married, so I'd like to congratulate her on her nuptials! 


#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY REWIND: (Nov. 2017) Books I'm Thankful For


For those who don't know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it's a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week. 

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes our top 5 favorite fandom items. 

Sam is having a busy personal month, so instead of creating new topics, she gave participants a chance to catch up on previous T5W's we missed out on. 


As many of you know, April and May have been extremely busy months for me. So much so that I haven't even been able to devote the time to reading, books, T5W, etc like I usually do. As such, and as suggested by quite a few people on twitter, this month is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind Month! Have some topics you missed or that happened before you joined the Top 5 Wednesday family? Now is the time to do them! 
Pick whichever topics you want each week and be sure to label your posts Top 5 Wednesday (or T5W) Rewind so everyone can find them.  


This week is a throwback to November 2017's prompt: Books I'm Thankful For.


#BOUTOFBOOKS 22 Sign-Up Post


Don't mind me, I'm just signing up for Bout of Books 22! Yes, it's that special time of the year yet again, one filled with reading huge books, reading sprints, Twitter chats and more for the week.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
My TBR:
  • Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope
  • Breakthrough by Kris Bryant
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (maybe!)

#BOOKBLOGGERHOP (April 27-May 3): Fans' Attachments to Character Deaths




This week's question is about writing angry fan letters to authors after reading a favorite character's death! 

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books:
Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel?  


New Babies, Dewey's 24 Hour #Readathon, Visiting NYC on Easter and More | APRIL 2018 WRAP-UP

In Real Life (IRL)

It's been kind of a wild month for me, personally! My older sister just recently had her third child, a daughter, another girl to add to her already huge family, on April 18. But before then, I met my sister's fiancé for the first time; they live in Texas and flew to NJ for their baby shower during the weekend. I was pretty nervous to meet him because I'm sure he's been told much about me, and I know nothing about him, other than what my mom has told me on the phone. But he was so nice, really funny and a down-to-earth, chill guy. Considering how dramatic my sister can get, it helps that she's found someone who can help balance that out. 

The baby shower almost didn't happen because my sister, her fiancé, and my mother got into a car accident the night before, on the way home! It's a very long story, but basically, this drunk idiot literally rammed into my mother's car and skid them into a Quick-Chek parking lot. It wasn't a hit-and-run, but I could only imagine how that could have felt. No one was seriously injured or died, but my mom had chest pains, mostly due to the airbags deploying in the car and her seatbelt contracting into her body. I was on my way home from work when I'd gotten the calls from my mom and sister and I was so worried on how they were doing, how the baby was doing. I stayed on the phone with them all night until morning; they all came out ok. My mom is still having chest pains, she can't carry anything over a certain amount of weight, but other than that, she's doing better. My sister and her then-unborn baby were okay, as was her fiancé.

TOP TEN TUESDAY #44: Books I'd Slay a Lion to Get Early!!

Formerly hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes. Since BrokeandBookish.com had officially shut down in January 2018, Jana from ThatArtsyReaderGirl has offered to continue the series on her blog. 
How it works:
I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
This week's topic:  Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early


3. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis -  The story behind this book sounds hella interesting! You move in with your father after time and time again in the foster system, only to find out that he is not your real father?! Another man claims he's your daddy?! Who do you believe? Who can you tell? What can you do? This is like the YA version of Maury and The People's Court, and I love it!! 


2. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan -  Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. When you start a synopsis like that, you're bound to catch my attention! Also, this reminds me a little of Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, the mix of Asian contemporary drama with art. 


1. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles -  This reminds me a lot of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which roots in the Black-Lives-Matter, I'm still reading and really liking. But I feel like this will be different because it's in a young black male's perspective, which isn't seen much in YA, at least for me. 

Which books would you slay a lion (or any dangerous animal!) for? Comment below!


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