#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Book List for Class on Anxiety/Anxiety Disorders

I know I haven't been on here in awhile, but I wanted to bring this weekly prompt back for the back-to-school season. Enjoy!

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. 

This week's topic: Book List for Class on (genre/trope/etc)

[NEWS] The Change of My Blog Name

I just wanted to make a quick update about my blog name. No you're not going crazy, but I changed my blog domain name from Poemsbyayoungartist to Poetrybooksya. 

I felt that after 4 years of staying within the old domain name, I was holding myself back a bit. I had changed my blog layout earlier this year but had kept the old domain name because it had been with me since the beginning. But now that my layout has been stapled in, I felt that it's time for my brand name to become its own.

The content will stay the same --- weekly memes, discussions, wrap-ups, occasional guest posts and things. So that aspect of my website will not change. I hope it'll grow and get better, so I can hope to include other things. But for now, that's all I have to update you guys on.

How do you guys like my new domain name? Did you like the old one better? Comment below! 

DISCUSSION: Is a Dream Job in Publishing Possible in 2018?

Usually for my Discussion posts, I pull ideas from Vivatramp's 100 Book Blog Post Ideas. But this time, I decided to create a post based on my current life situation. 

First, I'd like to say how much I love books. Literature has been apart of my life since before I could walk. I remember my dad reading The Bernstein Bears when I was about two and could still visualize and daydream what those bears were up to. And after that, I kept reading.

When I was about 10 years old, I read books like the Baby-Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, Animorphs. Harry Potter books were in and out of my childhood, but I watched the movies over and over. Reading became a fundamental need in my life, like I needed it to breathe. And that made me want to form my career around English literature, reading and writing.

In high school, I craved my English classes. I remember in my freshman year, me and my teacher got along not only because we had the same first name, but we both had a love and appreciation for books and writing. In my junior year, I joined the school newspaper and got to learn a lot about editing, web design, working with a crew, interviewing different people, and deadlines. There's a lot that goes behind bringing a weekly newspaper to fruition.

After high school came college, and this was where I'd had a turning point in my academic career, because my college days were untraditional. I'd went from a crazy-expensive private university my freshman year, to community college the year after, and graduated from University of Phoenix's online program last September. I chose Mass Communications in the beginning, but I'd also let too many people tell me what to do or how to feel, so I switched majors back and forth. I even have an Associate's degree in Education, but I have yet to really use it because it was never a path for me.

Last September, I swore myself I was done with school; even after achieving my Bachelor's in Communications and Journalism, I could have gone for my Master's, but I just didn't see the point. What's the point of going through the process of the academic institution if you don't know what to do with it? So now I'm at this point in my life where I don't know where I'm headed or what's next.

I've had experiences with working with other entertainment websites, but they didn't last long. I've even interned for some local publications. However, what if the dream job I'd thought I needed back in my early days is unachievable?

What if all of these setbacks are telling me that maybe publishing, writing, marketing, working with other creative types, is all in my head? What if it's not possible in today's regurgitated oversaturation?

If you don't have a certain number of followers, have those specific connections with certain publishers or authors, then what happens? What if this is all you know and all you have spent so much time on, only to find little growth and opportunity?

This identity crisis also rides into this dilemma, and it affects my personal relationships. There are people in my life who mean well, they say they support me, but don't know how to. So I have to find outside resources and things just to feel like I'm doing something right.

I know this was an odd, all-over-the-place kind of post; it's not usually what you see from me. However, I just needed a space to vent the current thoughts in my head. Anything can happen; maybe something new will come along and I'll scrap this whole post altogether haha!!

But anyway, how do you feel about the publishing industry now? Do you think it needs a redo or is it good the way it is? Comment below!

My Favorite Book Bloggers | #BOOKBLOGGERHOP (August 17-23)

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 Amber @ The Literary Phoenix:
Do you follow other book blogs and if so, who are your top 3 bloggers?

#IHeartCharactersMeme: I Want to Adopt Toothless from 'HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON'... If Hiccup Allows It!

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:  Creature You'd Want to Adopt (An animal or creature character you’d want as a companion.)