#BookBloggerHop DISCUSSION: Have I Fallen Out of Love with Blogging?

This isn't really a discussion post, it's more of a diary entry about how I feel about my blogging journey as of late. 

At the beginning of March 2014, when I had first started this blog, it was under a different name: Poetry and Book Reviews of a Young Artist. It was only supposed to support a platform for my poetry and book reviews, respectively. 

Spearcraft Book Box UNBOXING // CURSED KINGDOMS // January 2018

I received my first Spearcraft Book Box, with January 2018's theme: Cursed Kingdoms. 

I was excited about this box, not only because this is the first time I ordered from Spearcraft, but this theme centers around our favorite classic fairytales, like Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Once Upon a Time, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. 

The box has not one but two featured books: the first book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (no, it's not a Sarah J. Maas book!); and the second is a paperback fantasy novel. Here are some of my favorite items from the box. 

REVIEW: Behesians by Isaiyan Morrison | Xpresso Book Tours


From tragedy comes destiny.

Cassidy is a 17-year-old girl being raised by her father in San Diego, California. Her existence is a mixed blessing, full of life but burdened with the knowledge that her mother died while giving birth to her. Her mother’s absence constantly weighs on her mind, but she trusts her loving father to protect her like he’s always done.

Until the day that she discovers the truth.

Cassidy is a Behesian – born with dark magic and the ability to do extraordinary things – and it was her mother’s parting gift to her. She’s not the only one out there and her dark gift makes her the strongest one alive. However, her father has kept her talents a secret, but not for her peace of mind. He works for The Brotherhood, a secretive organization that tracks and studies supernatural people… and his daughter is the perfect test subject.

She finally realizes the crucial decision she faces: either stay with her father, the only family she’s ever known – or join her new Behesian brethren in the ultimate fight for survival.

Behesian is a thrilling Young Adult novel about the choices we make and who we really are. Author Isaiyan Morrison crafts this compelling tale of self-discovery against a backdrop of magic, wonder and fate. Because when the true meaning of family gets lost between the lines, sometimes the only way forward… is through your heart.

Nostalgic Ships // #T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

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 the top 5 nostalgic ships.

February 6: Nostalgic Ships-- Discuss the first fictional couples you ever got butterflies over, or couples you used to be really into when you were younger.

One-Sentence Book Reviews - January 2019

I decided to try something different with my reviews this year. Instead of doing long, elaborate book reviews that take me forever to write, edit and post back, I thought it might be better to do shorter, one-sentence reviews. 

Also, I had gotten this idea from Emma @ EmmmaBooks who had done a video on the many books she had completed in 2018. It's a fantastic video if you haven't seen it! I just wanted to expand on her idea for me to include my first sentence reactions to each book I have read. 

So without further ado, here are all of the books I read (or didn't read) in January. 

My Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge // #BOOKBLOGGERHOP Jan. 25-31

I haven't done these prompts in soo long, but since it's the new year, I decided to bring it back: Book Blogger Hop!!

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:

How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it?

Kitty from 'TO ALL THE BOYS' Deserves All the Awards // #IHEARTCHARACTERSMEME

Dani @ Perspectives of a Writer has brought back I Heart Characters Meme for the new year, with all-new prompts!

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 prompt: January 17th – A Beloved Sibling (Brother, sister or a furry sibling, this character can be a protagonist or a minor character. They would totally make the best sibling…)

Most Disappointing Reads of 2018 // #T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Since I haven't done a Top 5 Wednesday post in 2019, I'd thought now would be the perfect time to bring it back! 

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 the top 3 most disappointing reads of 2018.

January 16th: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018--These are books you read in 2018, not only ones released in 2018. 

#winterbibib I'm a Blog Host for Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2019!!

Yes, that's right! I can't believe it either, but I have been chosen to be one of the Blog Hosts for this year's Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2018 round! 

If you don't know what it is, it's a readathon that happens from January 12-18, where we get together and read, do fun challenges, reading sprints and more. I've had the pleasure of participating in last year's event and it was so much fun that I have decided to participate as a host for the first time.

Christmas 2018, Grandma's 90th Birthday Party, and So Much More | OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 WRAP-UP

Happy New Year 2019! I hope you guys had a fun and safe New Year's Day. I can't believe how fast 2018 flew by. Although I'm kind of sad to see 2018 end, I'm ready to make 2019 the best year ever!

Back at it again with the wrap-ups!! Since I haven't done one of these in a very long time, since last September, I'm just going to combine October, November and December 2018 into a huge wrap-up. 

Bookending Winter 2018 Day 31: Ring in the New Year!

🎉💗💥😍 Happy New Year's Eve!! 🎉💗💥😍

This is the last post for this amazing event, and I'm so sad that today is the last day. I've had so much fun creating new prompts and posts; to be honest, this event gave me the reason to get up and be more creative with my writing. So thank you to Sam and Clo for creating this winter event, and I hope they do this again next year. 

It's Day 31 of the Bookending Winter 2018 Event, created by Sam @ FictionallySam and Clo @ BookDragons. For more information on what the Christmas themed event is all about, visit my previous post HERE. 

My good buddy Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts is hosting this week, from December 29-31, the last week of this winter event. Her prompt of the day is:

Prompt Title: Ring in the New Year!
Explanation – Tell us about your goals, dreams, aspirations for 2019! What are you hoping for next year?