Thank you Blogging Community

I’m so appreciative of being able to be a part of this community. Sometimes it’s nice just to sit down and write a post about the love I feel for this community.

What’s brought this on at this time is my Bojack Horseman post. I haven’t been posting regularly as much recently and yesterday’s post has been really wonderfully received.

I started this blog as a book blog and as my life has shifted so has what I’ve posted about. I feel like I can be totally myself with blogging. That I don’t have to stay in one area that as my interests shift so can what I post about. It’s a really wonderful thing. I appreciate all of you reading this for that.

I don’t know what this blog will become. I don’t know how I will continue to grow and change as a person, but knowing that I will always be supported along the way is amazing.

Thanks to all of you. Blogging is such a joy for me. The response from yesterday’s post was a reminder of that. I can’t wait to keep posting and see what fresh and new things are on the horizon for me.

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What Christmas Means to Me

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It’s magic and joyous and kind. It’s as much the gifts you get as the gifts you give, yet as I’ve gotten old enough to go out and buy my own gifts for people, it’s the look on someone’s face when I give them something they really love that puts the biggest smile on my face.

Everyone on this earth wants to feel joy and happiness and to feel cared for. Christmas is the time where I really feel and see that all around me.

Then there is the romantic parts of it. Mistletoe and ice skating dates, drinking egg nog or a peppermint mocha with someone your getting to know, feeling that romantic pull in your heart. It’s a beautiful thing and it makes me feel excited, because I’ve never experienced that in person before and love during the holidays feels like it’s sprinkled with that little extra spice of magic.

People change during this time of year. There is more kindness. More remembering that we really are all in this life together and we are all deserving of being treated well. A lot of people donate time to feeding the homeless and more people give a little extra to those in need. More people are willing to give the benefit of the doubt and understand that mistakes are human.

This time of year is special. The decorations all around are gorgeous. There is a festive spirit you can feel in the energy of the people around you. I’ve seen so many guys wearing Christmas sweaters this year… so so many. More then the girls and I thought to myself, “the men really came through in terms of spirit this year and I want to hug every single one wearing one of those sweaters because I’m so proud. All of the women too while I’m at it. The Christmas cheer ends nowhere in my heart.”

But, what I’m most happy to say here is that this has been my favorite Christmas so far. It’s been happier then any other Christmas I’ve had and it’s because I’m happier now then I’ve ever been. Every single day of my life recently has been so joyful and full of life that it baffles me. I’m treating myself the way I always deserved to be treated. I follow my joy at all times. I follow my excitement at all times. Everything is working out for me. I’ve never appreciated myself or life in general more.

This Christmas feels so rich. Rich in happy moments with my family. Rich in dancing. Rich in singing until I got my annual sinus issues and even that hasn’t been bad at all. I’ve never had such a good time while my nose and throat were acting up in my entire life. I’m so deliriously and wonderfully happy and I know there is no end to it in sight. I know that my life is just going to get better and better. There is so much good to experience. So much music to fall in love with. So many books to read and movies to watch. So much to laugh about. I feel so blessed this Christmas and I know it’s a feeling I will have for the rest of my life.

Christmas is like all the best parts of life to me. I can only explain it as these visions of beautiful moments in my head. Moments like when I gave the item in my hand to a woman who was looking to buy that item and didn’t know where to find it. Then I just went back and got another one to buy myself. Moments like one of the guys that work as a janitor taking out the trash from my store so I didn’t have to do it myself. Then another time me holding the door open for the same guy when I was on my way to storage (which he didn’t want to accept at first.. which made my eyes roll, but I digress). Moments like my sister tickling me when I was trying to get her to fist bump my hand and us both ending up laughing tell we started coughing because it was all too much. Moments like picking out a free ornament from World Market with my family and finding the most beautiful animal ornaments to hang on the tree.

Christmas is a beautiful time of year. Filled with the taste of peppermint and lots of music and cheer. I love it with every fiber of my being and I appreciate so much Christmas this and every year.

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Let’s Talk: #Bookishwish

The twitter sensation that brought out some of the biggest shows of love and generosity from the bookish community has given me so much hope. Ever since it’s inception I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of love and support and it means a lot after all the financial, mental, and family struggles I’ve been dealing with for such a long time.

I put off creating this post for a while, because I wanted to make sure I could talk about this the way I wanted to and because I couldn’t quite believe the disparity between how I was feeling at work and the worry at home with my mom and dad’s health declining. It’s like now more then ever there have been people cheering me on many who never spoke to me before now and who have given me some slices of joy to hold in the middle of my stagnant situation.

For those of you who haven’t heard Bookish Wish is a hashtag where you can share your book wishlist and have your wishes granted. As for my own I had created a list of diverse books featuring various backgrounds, mental health reps, and sexualities. I figured, if I’m going to get some books they needed to be books that were supportive of the many different human beings out there, because if I could read those titles I could scream and shout my love for them on my blog and that felt right.

This is a post to thank all the bookish fairies who have graced me with some amazing titles. I have only received in the mail a few so far, but I want to share this so you all can give these people the love they deserve.

The books I’ve received in the mail:

This copy of a Frozen Heart from Alexa @pageoflovealexa

I saw a #bookishwish post from Alexa with a photo of some books she wanted to give out that was first come first serve so I asked for A Frozen Heart, because I loved frozen when I first saw it and I couldn’t help myself!

This copy of Starfish:

And this copy of Six of Crows from Soph @lif3sophi4

Soph is an amazing human being and I managed to win her bookish wish giveaway. When speaking to her she was such a sweetheart and she suprised me with SOC when she only told me she was sending Starfish (The Book I wanted to own since I read it because I am so in love with it!!!). I am so grateful to her.

Books I have not received:

They Both Die at the End & American Street from Allana @allanamanana

Talking and becoming friends with Allana has been awesome! She is super sweet and loves book with all her heart! Send love to her booktube! The Awkward Book Nerd

When the Moon was Ours from Mikee @RWMTrade

My obsession with magical realism has escalated and I need all the magical realism in my life! Mikee is an amazing Bookish Fairy who has done her fair share of wish granting so I hope everyone goes and showers her with love!

A unknown novel from The Bookish Fairy @tbookishfairy

She is granting one of my wishes to send out in October… I have no idea which one, but whichever one it is I know I will love it!!! I can’t wait!!! Also her name is literally The bookish fairy! How cool is that! She is a lovely human!

The Extra Special Cases:

Signed copy of In Sight of Stars + ???? From Gae Polishner @gaepol

So this was not for bookish wish, but this happened a few days after I first posted my wish list and I wrote an e-arc review for Gae’s In Sight of Stars. I cannot say enough how much her generosity means to me. Not only did I interview her… not only did she offer to let me Giveaway her book, but she also offered to send me a copy of this one… speaking with her has been so amazing and I had already loved her from the beautiful book she wrote, but I loved her more after seeing what a genuinely beautiful person she was. This has to be one of the best things to come from this blog. What a gorgeous and heartwarming surprise.

If you want to enter the giveaway here is the link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/92adb0f42/

E-book copy of The Darkest Part of the Forest from Andrew @Groovy Glasses

Ok so.. *calms heart*. Andrew is one of the most incredible human beings I have had the pleasure of getting to know. He first approached me on my 2,500k follower celebration. He blew me away when he offered to send me this ebook as a thank you for inspiring him to start his own blog. This was not a bookish wish gifting, but I could not create this post without mentioning him. I can’t fully describe how genuine and awesome he is. Every single time we talk there is just one more thing to love about him. The fact that the post where I mentioned that I hadn’t gotten to read Holly Black was decently far away from my 2.5k celebration post was not lost on me. I can’t say enough how grateful I am to him. All of you reading this need to sprinkle his new blog with all the love!!!! https://groovyglasses.wordpress.com

So now…

The people I have mentioned here have all been a part of a time in my life where chaos is everyday. Because of them, I have some beautiful pieces of joy to hold on to.

In essence this is what Bookish wish is all about. Community coming together sharing without asking anything for it. The kindness this has sparked especially for those who don’t have as much access to books because they live internationally is incredible. Hashtags like #bookishwishPH have given others the opportunity to read books that may be banned or unavailable. It’s an incredibly beautiful thing. I know that a website is being worked on for the tag and that bookworms everywhere are doing their best to give.

I felt extremely guilty at first when I wanted to enter. Yet it was unfounded guilt. I knew that I could not and still can’t afford to give or even buy books for myself, but I pledge that when I can I will return all this generosity ten-fold. I want to be the reason for someone’s happiness as much as all the people above have been reasons for my own. I have been feeling more positive then ever by being filled with the love and support from this community. If I could do that for others… that would mean the world.

I encourage everyone to give the tag a try on twitter. You never know what might come from it.

If you wish to support me and this blog I leave my Amazon wishlist here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3DL770B1I3VFV

I promise that every book I receive will be read and loved and shared everywhere I can.

If you have any wishes leave them below and maybe someone reading may grant your wish as well. Also, if your looking to grant wishes make sure to check out #bookishwish on twitter! There are so many people dreaming of owning some amazing books!

Thanks for reading! My heart is so full after writing this. I will forever be grateful.

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