In Real Life (IRL)

I've been avoiding doing February's wrap-up for awhile, because I've felt like I've failed in some aspects, but achieved in different ones. After about a month of taking a break from one blog I've spent the past 3 years working with, I've decided not to continue working with them. I'm glad they gave me the time off to take a break, but now that I'm gone completely, I miss them. I really miss the people there, because even though the work was hard and overwhelming a lot of the time, the sweet, dedicated, hardworking people had kept me going every other day. And they had so many responsibilities that made the whole business run as smooth as it could. 

However, I knew I couldn't continue further once my day job's work schedule kept interfering with my work on the website. I had pushed my day job's limitations to where I even felt like quitting that job for the website! It wasn't like I was happy there but that's another story for another time... anyway, I avoided the reality of being a creative vs. a worker, and quitting the website woke me up. It made me realize that maybe I don't need to split myself into many versions of myself, that maybe one version is good enough. 

In happier news, I took my mom to see Black Panther and we thought it was fantastic! There's so much I can say about this movie that meant so much to me. The sheer, unadulterated blackness, the colors, technology, social issues between Africans and African-Americans, the action, the writing, everything about this movie made me proud to be a young black woman living in America! The fact that the movie raised more money than all the more recent THOR and Avengers movies is astounding! I know T'Challa will come back in The Avengers: Infinity War, but I need another Black Panther 2 or spin-off or something before we go back to the white-boy superheroes.


Weekly Prompts

Book Blogger Hop - Here are all of my BBH posts from this month. 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.

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY - I didn't do many T5W posts this month, but I did participate in some. Most were in conjunction with the 2018 Booktube SFF Awards Babble. 

TOP TEN TUESDAY - Original host Jamie from Broke and Bookish brought it back for awhile one last time, before ending her blog as a whole and passing the torch to Lana from That Artsy Reader Girl to continue the series.

books I'm no longer interested in
favorite romantic kisses  This entry was really cute and swoon-worthy!
books still on my tbr since forever

DOWN THE TBR - Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you're scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

 The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


Book Reviews and Blog Tours

My first book review of the year was Enigma by Tonya Kuper! I wrote a lot of thoughts about this second and final installment in the Schrodinger's Consortium series. Tonya also read it and gave me a shoutout on social media! 

I also participated in Rich in Variety's blog tour for The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wan. This tour was particularly interesting because the book was a graphic novel about a crossdressing young boy and his seamstress, his best friend who accepts him for who he is.

DISCUSSION POSTS - I decided to try something different with my blog and added a new discussion segment, discussing things within the book community that I don't normally write about on a daily basis. For my first post, I wrote about why my favorite booktubers are my favorites. Some booktubers even responded to them on Twitter, which I was really grateful for! 

How was your February? Leave comments below!

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