3,000 Followers Celebration!!

Every time I reach a major milestone it surprises me. This one is no exception. This one in particular is surprising because my blogging has been super sporadic and in general different. Mostly because I haven’t been reading as much or writing as much due to many different things. I’m working on changing that, but right now I’m a work in progress so I’m taking things one day at a time.

This is the first time I’ve ever felt like I don’t deserve this. Just because as much I’ve wanted to return to blogging and move forward positively something inside always blocks me. But, I’m going to keep trying. Because this blog has brought a lot of good in my life and I have to get back to where things are going well again.

I have so many books to read and movies to talk about and ventures to pursue. I’m tired of feeling stuck. But, I can choose to not be stuck. So that’s what I’m going to choose. So hopefully over the next few days, weeks, and months I’ll feel less like an imposter and more like myself. I have the means to turn things around for myself and so that’s what I’m going to do.

Thanks so much for being on this journey with me. I’m sorry that my blog has been so sporadic lately. I’m going to do my best in the coming days, weeks, and months to bring my blog back to what it once was.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

2nd Year Blogoversery Celebration!!!

I don’t really have words. I have been blogging for only two years and yet it feels like I’ve been a part of this community since forever. Over time this blog has evolved and had growing pains and has been as much of a rollercoaster as my life has been. I am so proud of this little piece of the Internet I have carved out for myself. For the love I have received from this community. For the joy and opportunity this has brought into my life.

Blogging truly has saved my life. Without blogging some of the things that have come to pass in the past two years would have been unbearable. I never imagined just what was in store for me thanks to this incredible decision I was so unsure of at first and was basically forced to take by my sister. I owe this all to her. She might not realize it, but because of her getting me to create this blog I’ve had the most beautiful things come into my life unexpectedly. I wouldn’t have made connections with fellow bloggers. I wouldn’t have made connections with authors. I wouldn’t have found the person who holds my heart.

I feel so incredibly lucky because this blog though I may not receive any financial support from it has given me things that are beyond anything of monetary value. I have no words for the peace it’s given me. The love it’s gifted to me. The friendships it’s allowed me to have. In two very short years my life looks nothing like it once did and I know in the next two years things will change further in even more beautiful ways.

In two years I’ve written over 500 posts.. accumulated over 2,700 followers.. had my posts viewed over 50,000 times… that’s absolutely insane!!! I don’t have words for this. I’m just a simple bookworm who loves books and is now starting to write about all the things I love. I’m so eternally grateful. If your reading this THANK YOU!!! This is one of my proudest achievements.

So I can’t finish this off without one last very special thing.. to link back to the very first post I ever wrote. I had no idea the kind of ride I was in for back then. https://thebookravenblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/hello-world/ What’s crazy is that post has 14 likes.. which is the amount of likes I used to get crazy happy over. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter if only one person was engaging with my content. This world of writing and books has always been my greatest passion. I’m so full of joy to be able to share that with all of you every day. If I made one person happy I consider that a great success.

Thanks so much for reading! Thanks to each and everyone of you for making this journey amazing. I have so much love for this community. Thank you!

Till next time!

2.5k Follower Celebration!

For some reason this milestone in particular is bringing tears to my eyes. Maybe it’s because while I’ve had all the love and support I could ever wish for from this community these past almost 2 years have been filled with some of the best and worst events of my life.

During this time I had to wonder for the first time of me and my family were really going to make it. I was at the lowest point emotionally that I’ve ever been and yet I also found some of the most freedom.

In the past few months alone I was denied my ability to go to college, my mom suddenly showed signs of fibromyalgia and now deals with chronic pain every single day, my dad went to the hospital where they saved his kidneys, and I had to submit to this reality that at 19 I had to become responsible enough to put myself to work harder then ever before and give up watching videos and fun things I loved because there is simply no longer time for those things (except in very small moderation).

As of late my life has been chaos. Yet I have a lot to be proud of. Because of all these challenges, financially, emotionally, even sometimes from complete physical exhaustion, I have pushed myself more then I ever have and written more then I ever have. All my pain and doubts had found its place in storytelling. In less then 3 months I have 26k towards a novel when for so many years I never made it past 6k.

As Undertale says I have become a person who is determined. Determined to live my life and live it well. Determined to share my every ache in words because I know that everyone has their own burdens that threaten to cave them in. I know that I don’t even remotely have the worst of it.

So to all of you out there who have supported me I want to thank you for being a part of the thing that keeps me taking a step forward every single day. I had many a hiatus during these hard times and still you have stuck with me. I am a better person because of all of you. Each and every one of you is a bright light in my dark sky. It amazes me that there are so many stars to see now.

There isn’t anything special I can offer to you all now, but I promise when my life undergoes changes for the better I won’t forget to give to the many of you have shared with me their love.

Thanks so much for reading and simply being here! All my love goes out to all of you.

-Till next time!

Life Update: Duolingo Spanish Tree Complete!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to write this post for all of you today, because I finally finished a goal of mine that has been years in the making. Completing the Duolingo Spanish Tree!!!

This little digital trophy means a lot to me. It commemorates the fact that I finally committed myself to learning Spanish and that I have made some significant progress! This is definitely just a stepping stone on my journey, but I hope that it will only get easier from here.

Duolingo has a different interface from what it once had, but the one thing that I hope to achieve now is a Golden Spanish Tree. It’s going to take a long time to get there as skills now have 5 levels each and it will take a long time, but eventually I know I can do it! Right now, I have 4 Golden skills and a few that are at level 3 and level 2. Each level is harder to complete and takes more time so I know that it might take a year or more to get my tree Golden. For now, I will dedicate myself to get skills to level 2 and three and get the easiest skills to be Golden.

For now, I am just excited that one of the things I never thought I would complete got completed! Plus, the one other thing I’m proud of… my 86 day streak!

Whatever it is you want to accomplish, don’t give it up. If you continue working slowly towards your goals you never know that it could be closer to completion then you think. I know I’m going to be applying this to as many things as I possibly can in the future. Who knows? Maybe all the dreams I once had will be a reality!

Thanks for reading! Do you have something you are slowly working towards each day? What are some of your goals?

-Till next time!

Q & A

For my 2000 follower celebration I announced I was going to be doing a Q and A. So here it is!

These were your questions:

Life of Angela

Asks:

What book genre do you tend to avoid (if any)?

I am always happy to read anything within the ya sphere of reading. Young adult fiction no matter the genre it takes fascinates me and I don’t really know of any genres inside it that I could say I avoid. However I don’t ever read much adult fiction. It’s a world that I don’t yet connect to and while I have enjoyed a few adult novels I like the scope of ya and the themes and how they are dealt with feel really authentic to me. Adult fiction feels like a really broad place that deals with subjects that I’m not quite ready for, but I hope to read more adult fiction in the future.

Ignited Moth

Asks:

What’s your favorite time of day to do most of your reading?

I honestly don’t have a favorite time. I love reading whenever I can so anytime is a good time for me. I love reading in the morning or before going to bed. Even while I’m eating or just have a few minutes in the car before work. Reading is a special part of my day and I try and I try to do it as much as I can.

Have you read any books where you found yourself enjoying the antagonist more than the protagonist?

The only instance of this that I could think of is And I Darken, but really it isn’t a matter of me enjoying any antagonist more it’s more that no one in that book is perfectly moral. In a way everyone is an antagonist to someone else and I live for it. Everyone is morally ambiguous and has their own agenda. It’s what makes the series so delicious.

Fanatic Girl 6

Asks:

If you had to choose a romance book type, would it be more of an angsty one or a lighthearted fluffy one?

I think there are times where I would pick up either, but for the most part the fluffy kind is what I’d pick up because I want something lighthearted to balance out a lot of the darker stuff I read in other genres. Sometimes I just want to feel warm and fluffy.

Laura Beth

Asks:

1. What was the first book you remember reading?

The first book I remember reading was this little children’s book about The Ugly Duckling along with some Dr. Seuss books. However, the book that got me into reading for fun was Twilight in 5th grade and I haven’t looked back since.

2. Is there any book that you think should be burned / banished forever?

I wish Mein Kampf by Hitler never existed. Books that inspire hatred in one group towards another should never exist.

3. Is there a book that you dream of reading, but haven’t yet?

I can’t help it but to say I dream of reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I am really drawn to it’s over and I love Laini Taylor’s writing so I hope to have a copy of it someday soon!

Thanks so much for reading! Thank you to everyone who asked questions I really enjoyed answering these! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

-Till next time!

2,000 Followers! Thank You! + Q and A Announcement

It’s the last day of March and I’m proud to say I am ending this month off with a bang!

Tonight I opened up my WordPress app to see this:

My 2,000th follower has deemed my content worthy of their readership and I couldn’t be more thankful. The decision for me to blog has been one of the best decisions of my life.

I love the people that I’ve discovered because of this journey and I love the opportunity that this has opened up for me. There are so many books that I never would have read if it wasn’t for the blogging community. This has given me so much hope for a wonderful future.

My life has taken so many turns and ups and downs recently that I don’t know what to expect. The one thing I know is that the Book blogging community is one that I want to be a part of always. The people here are amazing and I’ve learned so much from all of you over this past year.

For this milestone I want to do something I haven’t done in a long time. A Q + A!

Ask me anything you like bookish related or not. I want to answer anything you are curious about!

I owe so much to all of you. Thank you for every time you’ve commented or liked one of my posts. Thank you for every single time you though one of my posts was interesting enough to read. Thank you for sticking with me as I have grown. Just Thank you!

As always, Thanks so much for reading!

-Till next time!

1,500 FOLLOWERS! Appreciation Post

Yesterday I reached over 1,500 followers and just the thought of so many people enjoying my posts and all that I have to say feels incredible.

So I want to say thank you to all the bloggers and all the people who have encouraged me and been a part of this amazing journey in my life. I really can’t do enough to thank you for the joys that you have all brought to my life.

At this point, I am definitely reevaluating how I am doing posts and I’m thinking of switching things up real soon. I have been trying really hard to find a good balance for all things in my life with all that I want to accomplish and I simply have not yet found that balance.

I will be doing something special for all of you really soon for my 1st year anniversary in October to show my gratitude for this amazing community.

As always, Thanks for reading!

-Till next time!

Celebrating 1000 Followers!! + A Giveaway 


The time has come and I always felt that I would never get to this point, but now that I’m here I am forever grateful. I don’t have words for how much this community means to me. How much the friendships and discussions I’ve had with so many fellow readers and writers have made my heart soar. 

These past 9 months of blogging have been some of the best months of my life even though so many things have happened to put a damper on the sheer amount of good it all is worth it. 

I want to share with you all on of my favorite pieces of my own writing. This piece is very personal and completely true. It means a lot to me to share it with you on such a momentous occasion. 

It was written in response to a prompt about signposts and movement in our own lives. Somehow that transferred into colors to me. 

Here are the colors of my beginnings: 

In my mind’s eye I go back to the place where I began. I see the street where I grew up, the green expanse of the trees that surrounded my home. Then, finally, the interior that housed my family. The people I owe all my love and gratitude to. That is where my true journey began, in that apartment surrounded by trees and plants grown by my Godfather. My signposts were the color changes in the carpet, walls, and curtains. A beautiful psychedelic flash that marked my growth. 

There were also signs that I remember in a grey dullness that matches the gloom I felt during my short passages through. Flashes of roads and mileage signs to Sacramento, Vegas, and places closer to my colorful true home. Grey memories of driving from new house to new house, new school to new school, each a new prison to keep me from the color I longed for. 

The moving was constant. Every two years like clockwork. Every time my mother saw I was getting too attached it would be time to pack up, leave, and move on. We always came back, but every time we left was a new crack in my heart. I was too young to understand then why she kept taking me away, all I knew was that it hurt, and I wished it would stop. 

Jealousy and want of control should never be in a mother’s heart. 

That is what a journey is, a passage in which you change irrevocably, hardening and softening to the point that the person you were and who you are is so different that the only thing you can do is look back, but never touch those memories of how you used to be, even, how you used to think. 

For me, even the light colors of the home I grew up in tinted off to a grey at the loss of it. So much warmth, love, and life that came to an end cumulating to a short travel to an apartment one city over. That travel is remembered in blue. The road leading up to the for­rent sign tinged in the sadness of losing the one home in my life that had always been stable. 

Now my life in that new apartment has gained a new color, the color of hope. Colors of travels to the zoo, walking serenely with my God Mom and sister, reading the various signs to the exhibits 

leading up to the chimpanzees; this is where we would sit enjoying the astonishing similarity of the play of the young chimps, and the play of the children that were always there. 

That is where my journey is now. In happy colors full of life and happy joys shared with the family that raised me. 

The places and roads may change, but the people are the signs that I hold the most dear. They are those that lead me, changing me as they themselves change. They are the colors of my memory, their hands I hold into the light of my future. 

Also it wouldn’t be a 1,000 celebration without a Giveaway so here is what you could receive: 

$15 to spend on Book Depository and A unique poem written by me about a topic of your choice.

Really it’s all about your choice in this Giveaway. 

The Specifics:

This Giveaway is international so long as The Book Depository ships to you. 

Must be 18 or have parents permission to enter.

This giveaway is not endorsed in any way by rafflecopter or WordPress.

Click the link here to enter. 

Thank you all for reading! Also thank you all for being here. I wish you all the best and I hope to speak with you all down in the comments. What an amazing day this was. 

-Till next time!