500 Followers & a Q & A

Every single milestone I hit I find myself in shock. I started creating my little corner of the internet because of my love for books, hoping to share my heart with all of you. I never expected for my words to ever reach so many people and I can’t believe the growth that has come from the passion that lives inside me. 

Without all the love that has poured out from this community I truly would be just a speck of dust floating on the wind. In many ways I still am, but from all your support I feel just the tiniest bit bigger. 

From my heart to yours, Thank you! 

I can’t believe that I’ve hit 500 followers!

Last milestone I had mentioned I wanted to create a Q & A so that I could answer any questions you all may have for me. I am now happy to say it is here! 

Questions from awesome bloggers in this community

Seaweed Books asks

What’s  your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house?

According to the buzz feed sorting hat quiz I belong in Ravenclaw! However my percentages are:  32% Ravenclaw, 30% Hufflepuff, 20% Gryffindor, and 18% Slytherin! Missed Hufflepuff by just a hair! 

I am also apparently part of the Thunderbird house. I love that it represents the soul that truly is what I’m all about!

 Favourite genre?

Fantasy is what brought me into the reading world and it will be what I love most till death takes me out of the reading world. 

 A hyped book you didn’t like?

There really hasn’t been any overly hyped books that I didn’t like. The ones I know I probably wouldn’t like I don’t read. It’s saved me from the fandom hate…..

Favorite thing about the WordPress book community you love. 

Reading all your lovely posts! The blogging community is such a hardworking community and reading everyone’s posts make me so happy!

Ava the Nerd asks 
What is your favourite food?

Quesadillas! I have some almost every night and they always taste delicious to me!

Your favourite anime?

Angel Beats is so beautiful and hilarious yet at other times heartbreaking! Plus the intro music is just stunning!

What are you most afraid of?

Fire is beautiful to look at, but truly I am afraid of burning myself accidentally from my clumsiness. I am also irrationally afraid of knifes, I can hold one and I can use them, but if someone else is using one I am always afraid that they will accidentally stab me or me accidentally stabbing them from tripping or something. Which actually almost happened, my mom was holding a knife tripped with it in her hand and almost stabbed me where I was sitting in my chair… thank God for that chair! Mostly I’m afraid of accidentally hurting myself or others, but fire and knifes are the worst. 

Evy Reads Books Blog asks

How do you organise your bookshelves?

By author and genre mostly and somewhat series vs. standalones. I’m running out of shelf space so my shelves as kinda a mess right now. 

 How do you find time to read?

Well I do my best to forget about all the things I am supposed to be doing, hide, and read some glorious books! Also, this month I gave up YouTube so that helps immensely. 
Amy’s Book Corner asks 
What got you into reading?

I call Twilight my gateway drug and my 5th grade teacher Ms. Ohonion my dealer. This book was the first real book that I ever read. It began something that will be a part of my life forever. 

Why did you decide to do a blog dedicated to your love of reading? Did you find it hard?

Because books are something I love so much I never find book blogging tedious or hard. I give myself to every post I make and I love every second of it. The blogging community itself and the response I get makes any issue I would ever have completely invalid. 

If you chose one book to take to a vacation with you, which one would you choose?

Currently, I would take my signed copy of And I Darken! I need to read it and a vacation would be a lovely way to got read it. 
Write Ally Write! asks 
how would you describe yourself in three words?

Brilliantly Bookish asks
Have you sorted yourself in a camp Halfblood cabin? 

There is something about me and cabins with birds… anyway I am a daughter of Zeus! The air is my domain. Your getting all my cabins in this post!

Is there a language you would love to learn? 

All the languages! Seriously… all of them, but if I had to choose one it would be: 

French is such a beautiful language, it would be a amazing to be able to speak it. 

What is your favourite fandom?

Uhh… you can’t make me choose on this one… nope.. not happening. 

Olga’s Oddish Obsession asks 
If you could only choose one book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

It would have to be a random novel that the universe grants to me… to choose would be agonizing.. I’d rather God decide he knows what’s best for me (p.s. The Bible doesn’t count to me, Scripture doesn’t feel much like reading a book)

Have you written a story you would like to publish one day?

I’m always trying to write as much as I can and even though I have only one book finished there are many poems and little stories I would love to see published. Plus I’m on my way to writing many more books! 

Creative Minds 101 asks 
Why did you start your blog? 

My sole reason for starting this blog was my undying love for books. I always had so much to say about what I read and no place to say them and so The Book Raven was born! (Special thanks to my sister who pushed me towards this path) 

Who is your favorite author?

Julie Kagawa is not only my favorite author, but she is my idol. I don’t know how she writes so prolifically and so well, but I aspire to write at her level!

The Belgian Reviewer asks 

what’s the name of the book that everybody seems to love but you? 

I really enjoyed Divergent, but I didn’t love it. It is a fun read though. 

what’s the book that nobody seems to love, but you?

I adore this book! Most people either love it or hate it, but mostly people dislike it. Something about this book makes me love it and I am not ashamed!
Whimsically Meghan asks 
What’s your favourite colour? 

Tardis blue! This color is so beautiful and I wish I saw it as an official color!

Follow up: Do you think you read books based on your favourite colour being the on the cover?

I wish there were books with tardis blue on the cover! I don’t ever see it, but I’d definitely buy one with it! 

That’s all for the questions! 

Thank you all so much for being here. This journey has been one of so much hope and happiness for me. I hope all the best for all of you. Much love, stay safe, and stay awesome! All you do means the world to me. 

As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments!! What do you think I should do for my next milestone? Your thoughts are always very much appreciated!

-Till next time!

Celebrating The Little Things Tag

I am so excited to be doing this tag, it feels so good to celebrate some of the best parts of blogging, the people. Those bloggers in the community that have been a huge support, giving them a little bit of appreciation. 

To Birdie Book Worm, thank you for tagging me! To everyone reading this, check out her blog it’s so much fun to read and she is just all around amazing!

The Questions: 

Who is your very first follower (if you can find out) Tag them and give them a shout out! 

I feel really bad about not being able to answer this question. I am so sad that I can’t find out who my first follower was. So, for now, I am just going to thank the first person who believed in my abilities. The person who has inspired me and kept me sane. My mom, not only is she my biggest supporter, but she does her best everyday to make sure every person is taken care of. I love her so much and I am glad for the opportunity to thank her. 

What was the last milestone you reached? 

Just yesterday, I woke up to finding out that I had received 1,000 total likes on The Book Raven, which is absolutely insane. Just thinking about how much love and support I have been receiving in the short time I have been blogging has been amazing. I am so grateful, humbled, and inspired by this beautiful community. 

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! 

I am so proud of every post I create for this blog, but my first post will forever have a special place in my heart. I hope for the dreams I had at the start become a happy reality for the me of the future. Here is the link to my first post: Hello World!

Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shoutout!

My most recent follower is Book Slay who has a wonderful blog that I can’t wait to see more posts from. The posts are sweet and simple and I enjoy reading them a whole lot! 

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

The latest post I posted was I Owe My Heart to Poetry a poem that celebrates poetry and the effect it has had on my life. 

The first person to like that post was Pure Glory who has a very lovely and inspirational blog. These posts are a whole lot of food for the soul, delicious and good for you too! 

How many months have you been blogging for? 

It’s been three months and two days, which is absolute insanity for how much this blog has grown in such a short amount of time. I can’t believe how a push from my sister has turned into such an important part of my life in such a short time. I feel like I have been doing this for so much longer, but in reality it’s been basically no time at all. I love the community for this! 

Do you have any bloggers your friends with? Give them a shout out! 

There have been several bloggers I have been able to interact and learn from that I would love to shout out here. 

Ava Who has such a lovely nerdy blog who is the biggest sweetheart with the biggest heart! I love her posts and hearing about both books and anime, two of my favorite loves. 
Teacher of Ya Who is a huge support and activist for this community, her passion and advocating for ya literutre is both incredible and incredibly important. 
Ya and Wine Whose blog is so beautifully unique with wine pairings that are simply stunning to see. She is such a wonderful person and I enjoy interacting with her whenever I get the chance. 

Lia  Whose posts have made me think and whose project I am a proud to be a part of. Talking with her is wonderful and I am so happy that I found her blog. 

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last tag I participated in was the Kiss, Marry, or Kill Book Tag a tag that I am very proud of as it was so fun to create!

I do not know who created this tag, but I will give a shout out to Birdie Book Worm for doing the tag so I could find it and explore its amazingness for myself! 

Have you any social media related to your blog?

So far I have a Twitter @tiana_reads and an Instagram @the_book_raven !

Last but not least …. just say thanks to all your followers.

Thank you so much to everyone! To my followers, thank you for joining me on my bookish journey in life. To every person that I has liked and commented on one of my posts thank you so much for your continued support! To you, dear reader, thank you for being here without you these words mean nothing. 


As those who have gone before me, I will be tagging every person meantioned in this post! Thank you for supporting and inspiring me. 

-Till next time! 

Celebrating 200 followers! So Many Feels

I never could have guessed that I would have grown so much so quickly. I can’t even fully comprehend it! 200 people, 200 physical flesh and blood human beings enjoyed my posts enough to press a button and follow me. It’s one of the most unprecedented and incredible feelings I have ever had in my life. I am forever humbled by everyone’s support. 

This feeling is unreal. I couldn’t thank you all enough. I started this blog on October 14th, 2016, approximately 3 months ago. I was encouraged or rather demanded by my sister to create a blog about the things I love most books, writing, and poetry, but mostly books.  We spent several hours trying to come up with a name and I finally and happily decided upon The Book Raven (it felt right for the poetry portion) and so this blog was born. I tentatively posted my first post Hello World and fearfully let my words be heard for the first time. I told myself that if I am going to do this I am going to push myself to post everyday and with the disappointing exception of not posting for little more then two weeks in November I have stuck with it thus far. 

In this short time, I never expected how much support and love this blog would get. It has been such an important boost to my confidence and to all my hopes and dreams that this has been such a source of happiness. This community is honestly the best and most positive community I have ever had the pleausure of being a part of. There are so many people here that I have come to look up to and so many that keep me inspired. I put my entire soul into every piece that I write and it delights me to no end that fellow bloggers have been enjoying it all. 

It means so much to me, to hear this communities thoughts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a comment or a post. I simply love reading everyone’s posts. The biggest part of blogging for me is the communal sharing of thoughts. As much as I write my own, hearing others thoughts and opinions have helped me to grow most. It is so important to me that everyone’s voice is heard. Every thought is valid weither it is the same or different from my own. 

It is so crazy to think that this is all possible. That you can write your thoughts and share them with so many. The amount of good that could be done, the amount of positivity that could be shared, and the many unique possibilities are endless. It makes me so excited to wonder what the future shall hold. 

I want to thank you, dear reader, for reading my thoughts, for supporting me and all the people in your life that you support. This is not just my own celebration for me, but a celebration of you and this community. 

I may write the posts, but nothing would come of it if it weren’t for the support from you. 

I want to do something special for this celebration and I want to thank and celebrate every one of you reading this, so I want to ask you what your passion is and what you love to do most as well as your favorite quote. 

I want to create a post for you, that celebrates you. That is what would make me happiest. To celebrate every person as the wonderful individuals you all are. 

Thank you all for reading! Your support is incredible. 

-Till next time! 

Thank You For Inspiring Me

There are so many writers who have given me hope for my own future. Writers who have succeeded dispite the odds. Writers who have inspired their readers for good. Writers who have choosen to give their lives to the craft that has given me hope for the world. 

Stephen King 

This man’s word on writing. The story of his start, have given me the hope that my dream is possible. He is someone who started out small. He wrote articles for his brother’s newspaper and then kicked butt with his first novel Carrie that jump started his career. I want to thank Stephen King for his words about words. It is his story that continues to inspire me to write. 
Julie Kagawa 

I love this woman’s books so so much! Her ya fantasies filled with amazing worlds and captivating plot have inspired me to want to write ya fiction. I have always loved mystical beings, but the way she depictes characters and develops worlds gives me a whole new perspective. I want to thank Julie Kagawa for her beautiful writing. Her words built a love for fantasy inside me that I will never let go of. 
Ellen Hopkins

Ellen’s poetry drew me in. Her stories opened my eyes to whole new way of writing. Narrative poetry is now one of my favorite types of poetry. I would love to be a able to write a book in a similar poetic style as hers one day. Ellen’s writing is absolutely stunning. I want to thank her for her words of truth about suicide and addiction. Her poetic authenticity inspires my soul. 
Lois Lowry 

Her book “The Giver” is my favorite book of all time. Her words bring me to think about how the world may turn out if we do not do anything about it. Her words inspire me to write words that matter. Words that might inspire action. I thank her so so much for inspiring a light bulb in my head to say, “Hey, hey you! See these words? You love them no? You hold them dear? Write something that gives someone else the feelings that this book gives to you. Capisce?” Enough said. 
Dawn Kurtagich 

Dawn writes with such a unique voice. Her ya horror stories inspire my darker side. Her book “The Dead House” is one of the coolest novels I have ever read. Her uniqueness made me wonder about in what ways my own writing is unique. What is different about my own voice? What stories do I have to tell? I want to thank Dawn for helping me to realize that no matter what my personal voice matters. To write unapologetically. To write like me. 
For all writers out there: thank you so much for giving yourself to words. You are teachers, inspirations, and true motivators. Never stop following your heart. Keep speaking the many truths of this strange universe. Thank you! 

-Till next time!