Ringing in the New Year Book Tag!

My good friend Rae from Bookmark Chronicles just tagged me for the Ringing in the New Year Book Tag! Thanks so much, Rae! I’m going to make the post colorful like Rae did (plus she was the one to show me how to get color text!).

The Rules:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016:

I read Cradle and All by James Patterson and man, was it good!

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Authors that you’ve recently found and would like to read more of in the new year

None, honestly. 😦

Most anticipated book turned movie/tv show?

Hmmm….I just found out from Rae that they’re supposed to make a show out of A Series of Unfortunate Events. That might be interesting. Other than that, I’m not sure.

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

I know this is a book challenge, but I’m going to go with Michael from Prison Break. He’s such an amazing character and he’s gorgeous! As for a book, I’m not sure.

What’s on your TBR for 2016? (Top 5 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list!)

Is this supposed to be 2017?

1.) Woman of God by James Patterson – I started reading it but took so long I had to take it back to the library!

2.) More Harlan Coben books

3.) More James Patterson books

How many books do you hope to read in 2017?

No specific amount. I read what I read. At least two or three would be nice.

Will you participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge or any others (PopSugar, Read the Books You Buy, etc.)

No. I’m honestly not really a fan of reading challenges. I think you should read whatever and whenever you want.

Any New Year’s Resolutions? (Bookish, blogging, and otherwise)

Bookish – Just read more in general. I love reading and I think sometimes I just kind of stop.

Blogging – Continue blogging when I want and what I’m passionate about. Continue trying to help people through my writing

Otherwise – Practice getting through my anxiety, exercise more, and work on a story I want to start writing!

Tag you’re it:

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise

Tori’s Stories

Mary’s Average Adventures

The Bookish Underdog

Anyone who wants to participate!

 

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Fighting the Mental Health Stigma on College Campuses

Rae shares this fantastic post on attending college with mental health issues and how to be successful! Please check out her wonderful blog!

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I didn’t realize that there was such a huge stigma around mental health until I got to college. It was almost as if everyone believed that if you had any sort of mental health issue, it meant that there was something wrong with you or that you had something to be ashamed of.

This is not true.

What people fail to realize is that everyone has to take care of themselves mentally. Just as they do physically, emotionally, socially, etc.  Your mental health can be affected in a million different ways, especially in college. You’re starting the next chapter of your life and that’s a big deal. It can also be scary. It’s okay to be scared! In fact, it’s normal and much more common than people realize.

Every single person that I know (and that you know) has dealt with some sort anxiety. But it’s important to remember that…

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Serenity: Available at a Blog Near You!

Hey everyone! I have some great news to share! Some of my good blog friends and I have created a new blog! Ariel (Writing Radiation), Carla (The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise), Rae (Bookmark Chronicles) and I have created a place where one can discuss “a whole range of topics, including but not exclusive to: intersectional feminism, mental health, physical health, health and well-being, friendship, loyalty, and social justice topics.” As our blog name suggests, we are all about spreading peace and calmness. We’d love to hear from you guys and we welcome contributions! To learn more about this wonderful blog, click here! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself, Ariel, Carla, or Rae.

 

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Guest Post by B.G. @ Getting Through Anxiety – The Truth About Writing: It’s Not That Simple

Rae from Bookmark Chronicles was kind enough to feature this guest post of mine! Thanks Rae!

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Hi all,

B.G. from Getting Through Anxiety has written another wonderful guest post. If you aren’t familiar with her yet make sure you check out her blog!


THE TRUTH ABOUT WRITING: IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE

“Everyone can write.”

I hate when people say this. While I understand that many people can yes, literally write, that’s not what people mean when they say this. No. What people usually mean when they say this is that anyone can write a good story. I’m sorry, but I don’t think that’s true.

Writing takes talent and practice. While anyone can string words together and write about their experiences, not everyone can do it well. I remember telling this woman once that I wanted to be a writer and she made some comment about how anyone could do it. Now she wasn’t saying that writing wasn’t important or that true authors didn’t need much skill…

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#HeterosexualPrideDay

A great post by Rae at Bookmark Chronicles! Please check out her wonderful blog! Today’s also her one year blogiversary!

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This morning I woke up and found that #HeterosexualPrideDay was the number one trending hashtag on Twitter….I just checked and it still is. At this point it’s people talking about how ridiculous it is but when I first saw it this morning I was livid. As a straight person and an ally, I’m disappointed that someone was dumb enough to start this hashtag in the first place and during Pride Month.

Why is this an issue? Well because as members of the majority we need to learn how to check our privilege. We don’t need a Heterosexual Pride Day because that’s literally every day out side of Pride Month. That’s like asking “Why isn’t there a white history month” despite the fact that we are taught European history from kindergarten to 12th grade as a requirement and everything else (Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, etc.) is only offered…

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Guest Post by B.G @ Getting Through Anxiety

Rae was kind enough to post something I wrote! Please check out her wonderful blog! 🙂

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Hi friends! As most of you know I host a weekly meme called This or That? where I pose a question every Monday asking booklovers to choose between two scenarios and then I share the results on Friday. Today I have a guest post from B.G. @ Getting Through Anxiety who was kind enough let me share her view on the question posed in This or That? #4!

If you are unfamiliar with B.G.’s blog then you should definitely click the link and give her a follow! She shares her experiences dealing with anxiety and gives really great advice for anyone who may be going through the same thing. She’s also super creative and invents fun tags and monthly blog challenges!


Tangible Books in All Their Glory

               iPads, Kindles, Nooks. All of these pieces of technology have a major thing in common: you…

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Rae’s Rules to Remember #20: Double Standards

A great post on equality written by Rae! Please check out her wonderful blog!

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As you know by now, I am a feminist and I believe in gender equality. Naturally, some of the things that I hate most are double standards.

I am an African-American woman who is exactly five feet tall. People expect me to be soft spoken if not just quite. However, because I constantly speak my mind and make it known that I don’t care what other people think, people try to claim that I’m “aggressive,” “emotional,” and I often get stereotyped as the “angry black girl.”

Trust me, if I’m angry, you will know that I am angry. I’ll make sure of it. Calling me that just because I disagree with you, prove you wrong, or challenge what you say  is bullshit. Don’t try to shut me up because you don’t have a valid argument.

If I were a man who always spoke his mind and challenged people, I would…

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Get To Know Me Tag

I was just nominated by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles for the Get To Know Me Tag! Thank you so much, Rae! I won’t be answering all the questions due to some being too personal, but I will answer some of them!

Vital Stats

  • Name: B.G.
  • Nickname: B. , B.G.
  • Birthday: 
  • Star Sign: 
  • Occupation: N/A

Appearance

  • Hair color: 
  • Hair length: mid length
  • Eye color: 
  • Best feature: eyes
  • Piercings: None
  • Tattoos: Nope
  • Right or Left: Not sure what this is referring to.

Firsts

  • Best Friend: Amy, in the first grade.
  • Award: Not sure.
  • Sport: I played softball when I was younger. I wasn’t very good!
  • Real Holiday: Easter?
  • Concert: Jewel 🙂

Favorites

  • Film: Back to the Future
  • TV Show: Friends
  • Color: Blue
  • Song: Lyrically speaking – New Wild West by Jewel
  • Restaurant: Chili’s!
  • Shop: Forever 21
  • Book: Dead Lines by Greg Bear

Currently

  • Feeling: A little tired
  • Single/Taken: : N/A
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Thinking About: This post and watching TV!
  • Watching: Limitless
  • Wearing: Clothes

Future

  • Want children: I think so
  • Want to be married: Eventually, yes
  • Careers in Mind: Professional writer
  • Where you want to live: I don’t know.

Do You Believe in…

  • God: Yes
  • Miracles: Yes
  • Love at First Sight: Not really
  • Ghosts: Nope
  • Aliens: Nope
  • Soul Mates: Yes
  • Heaven: Yes
  • Hell: Yes
  • Kissing on the First Date: If I really like the person, then yes
  • Yourself: Yes

I tag:

You’re Not Alone In This World

In Becky’s Head

*Please be safe while filling these questions out and remember that you don’t have to answer any questions that you don’t feel safe answering!

 

Fem(+Me) Friday Book Tag!

I just got tagged by Rae over at Bookmark Chronicles for the Fem(+Me) Friday Book Tag! Thank you so much, Rae!

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The rules:

-Post this tag post on a Friday.

-Tag three to five other bloggers (female or male, doesn’t matter).

-Post the Tag image with this.

-If you’re going to start doing the meme on your blog please link back so there’s a pingback in the comments section for others (me) to check out

1. What’s the ratio of female:male authors in your shelves? You don’t have to give an exact amount, just approximately

Okay this may sound awful since I’m a female, but the female to male ratio of authors on my book shelves is 25:75. I’m honestly not a huge fan of female writers (I know – horrible, especially since I want to be a writer!). Then again, some of James Patterson books are co-written with female authors and they’re great books!

2. Do you have any preconceived notions about female authors? EG: they only write YA or chicklit?

Well I know that it’s not true, but for the most part the books I’ve read that are written by females are for young adults. However, I’ve also read a lot of books that are meant for adults that are written by women too. I guess though that for the most part, I feel like they lack something. Again, I know that sounds awful.

3.) Who’s your favorite female author?

I’m not honestly sure that I have one. Let’s say Cornelia Funke though. When I was younger, I liked The Thief Lord and Ink Heart by her.

4. Have you ever read a comic or a graphic novel written and illustrated by a woman? 

I don’t believe so. I used to read Rave Master but that was written by a male. Man, I’m not doing well here!

5. Have you read any LGBT books?

Nope

6. Have you read a book by a female author of colour?

Yes, many. I took an African American Lit. class in college. I can’t remember all of the authors’ names but I do know that I liked some of the stories. I believe I read some of Toni Morrison’s work.

7. Have you read any feminist Non fiction books? 

I don’t read nonfiction.

8. Who is your favourite female character? Someone strong and role model-ish 

Maybe Jane Margaux from Sunday’s at Tiffany’s? The book is by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. Jane has to deal with a lot of negativity from her mother, but she’s tough and successful. Also a lot of characters that I’ve read about in my African American Literature course were admirable.

9. Is there a really popular female author that you haven’t read at all?

Ha, tons! Veronica Roth and Daniel Steele are just a couple. I don’t know, I’ve always just read more books written by males.

10. Is there a popular non feminist book that you really enjoyed? 

I’m not sure how to answer this.

 

I tag:

Kendra at Reads and Treats

Lizzy at Anxious Ramblings of a Fragile Mind

The Bookish Underdog