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!

National Writing Day

Hello Everyone!

I woke up this morning to the wonderful surprise that today is National Writing Day! I hadn’t realized that there was a national writing day and stumbling upon it first thing in the morning made me feel like today is going to be a great day.

Today I hope to get in a longer writing session 1 to 2 hours instead of the usual 30 mins. I hope to take a look at a lot of writerly resources that are being offered such as the free Author Masterclass being offered by Authorfy for six weeks.

I have been loosing track in my writing for the past few days and really I’ve been off the rails in general, but I have a feeling that I’m going to be able to tackle today with confidence for once.

I’m going to think of today as a day or writing not only for myself, but as a day of appreciation of all the amazing writers out there published and not published who are struggling to make it in this really difficult, but really beautiful industry.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day writing. Weather it’s a short story, poem, continuing a novel, or writing a blog post. We should all spend this day writing with the thought that one day our voices may be heard.

Thanks for reading! What will you write today?

-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! 

Father’s Day, An Emotional post, and 900 FOLLOWERS!

I don’t quite feel right that the day I’m meant to be celebrating my dad is the same day I hit 900 followers on my blog. So as happy as I am I am going to make a completely separate post tomorrow to express my sincerest gratitude and excitement. 

Today is about my dad: 

This goofy and wonderful humanbeing depicted next to me. I was always daddy’s little girl and I feel like I don’t take time to appreciate him and the person he has always been for me enough. As he always tells me, “You live inside my heart.” 

The following is a piece I wrote about a year ago to express how I felt about my dad and how he inspired me to be a writer (though he will never truly love books like I do). 

I never thought I wanted to be a writer. In fact, I despised it when I was young, especially because I related it to handwriting and mine has always been terrible. In fact, I attributed writing to a forced task that was a nuisance keeping me away from going outside and looking for rolly pollys and other creepy crawlies with my dad.
As a kid that’s what I lived for, walking behind my dad, hearing him tell me “follow the charge.” To which I would run ahead and say, “follow me.” I loved helping him. I loved scraping the dirt and finding weird pupas to hold in my tiny hands. I loved picking up a worm and yelling “look daddy, it’s a worm.” I was a queen of the obvious as most children are, yet bugs amazed me and my dad was the reason I never minded their sometimes slimy skin.
I feel like I owe a lot of my love for writing thanks to these moments I shared with my father. Watering plants and learning about life from him built a wonder and compassion that has created a huge part of who I am. Feeling so at home in nature gave me the curiosity to look a little deeper, to give myself to what I felt, and feel the need to record the beauty of days spent idle yet full of wonder.
My dad was never much for books, but he always told me stories, stories that sharpened my mind, created a believer in me, made me think, made me wonder. Those days under the sun, spending my time, listening to his tender voice, sparked a love for words in me that I never realized was so important.

Thanks for reading! No matter what whoever that father figure is in your life (he doesn’t have to be blood to be a father to you) please give him some love today. No matter how simple the gesture just show him a little extra kindness. 

-Till next time!


Who am I? The Blogger Behind The Book Raven + 600 Followers!

Hello everyone! 

I say this during every milestone, but this is absolutely insane! 600 followers is something that I could only dream about and I never ever in a million years expected for this to happen so soon! Thank you so very much for your continued support and I am so proud to be something that I love so much every single day. I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community and every single one of you makes me feel so humbled to think that you would enjoy my content and comment and converse with me regularly. It is such an amazing feeling that has made me so happy these past few months.

It has been a bit more then 5 months since I started blogging and a much as I feel like many of you know little tid bits and things about me I feel like its time I shared a little bit more and have you all get to know me a bit better,

So, my name is Tiana Wolfe I am 18 years old and I have the compasity to love most everything. Seriously you could talk to me about pretty much anything and I can find a way to see the positives of it. Of course their are things I dislike (a.k.a seafood and anything that hurts anything else) but I see things as there is a reason for everything and I have no reason to judge anyone else for their beliefs. 

I am also pretty calm most of the time. I go with the flow with pretty much everything. I don’t believe in planning out anything. I find that planning stresses me out especially because nothing ever goes according to plan. I think of life as when things happen they will happen and it’s how you react that matters and not much else. 

A story I tell to pretty much everyone I meet: 

When I wass about 8 years old my grandmother took me to Arizona to her friends house for a couple of days. On the day before we left I woke up and went to the kitchen to eat and hugged the beautiful Boarder Collie my grandma’s friend had. The other dog, a Rottweiler, in the house walked into the kitchen and the Border Collie tensed and all of a sudden I was being pulled back by grandmother and all of a sudden I see blood and my grandma freaks out. When my grandma pulled me back the Border Collie’s teeth just caught my eyelid and it tore just grazing my eye. I ended up having to get stitches and now all I have to show for it is one missing eyelashes, I can never forget how lucky I was. I could have lost my sight so easily that day and I am so fortunate that I didn’t. Also, being in the middle of nowhere was a disaster. We went to an medical center on a reservation that cleaned it up and forty minutes later we arrived at the hospital. 

However, my first concern after I got the bite was not for myself. My grandmother has a tendency to get really upset when animals act differently from the way she wants them too and I was afraid that she would have the collie put down. So everywhere we went from the reservation, to the hospital, on the way back to the house in the car I made sure to keep saying it wasn’t the dogs fault. Thankfully, my grandmother didn’t do anything to the dog. My insistence about it being a total accident just might have saved the dogs life. 

Things I love most:

Animals of every shape and form. I watched Animal Planet a lot as a kid and I fell in love with the beautiful creatures that God put on this earth. I have 0 fear of a majority of animals and I know that there are so many creatures that have the ability to cause major harm so I give those animals the respect they deserve and admire them from afar. 

Stories! Of course you all know of my love for stories. They are the very reason for the existence of this blog. No matter if it’s a movie, book, or painting I love how everything is their to tell you a story about life in someway. 

I love art, but mostly I love watching people create art. There is something mesmerizing and beautiful about seeing something that comes directly from someone’s heart form exactly they want it to in whatever medium they choose. I find it all fascinating. I’m terrible at art so I find others with artistic ability to be amazing human beings. 

Culture is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me. The way different people act with one another is so amazing to me and I love how unique everyone is. Diversity is so important and accurate representation in all things helps make the world a better place. 

I love nature in general. Walking outside when the air is fresh or enjoying lying on the grass under the shade of a tree is so relaxing to me. Often if I’m walking anywhere with plants nearby I will reach out and touch the leaves. It helps me stay connected to myself and to what’s around me, it makes me feel calm. 

Music, I love pretty much all types of music. Anything that has a nice beat to it that I can dance to I enjoy. I can find a way to dance to most everything so I’m usually content with most things I hear. I especially love Edm though, Electronic Dance Music holds a special place in my heart. 

I love God. I don’t talk about it too much, but I am religious. I don’t go to church or anything like that, but I do believe in God and I feel his presence in my life everyday. 

My family. My family comes first for absolutely everything. We have fought so hard to stay together over these past 18 years that our bond has grown stronger then it ever could have otherwise. Their love has shaped me to be the person I am today and I could never thank them for their presence in my life enough. 

So that’s about it! This certainly isn’t everything, but I think I got out all the most important parts. I hope you got a clearer insight into who I am and what my passions are. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

My question for you is: What things in this world make you happy? 

-Till next time!

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The Luck of the Irish: Books Set in Scotland and Ireland 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

  1. I couldn’t get through this day without making a Saint Patrick’s day post and so this evergreen mini-piece was born! I hope you enjoy these wonderful ya novels that take place in Scotland and Ireland. These are definitely all novels I hope to read in the future!

A Swift and Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

Ireland 1984.
After Shell’s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, who is charming, eloquent, and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the center of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.
This is a story of love and loss, religious belief and spirituality—it will move the hearts of any who read it.

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

“Everywhere I go, I leave a trail of dead bodies. My parents died fighting to stop the darkness. I’ll keep fighting too, even if it means I have to die. Dying’s not half as hard as being left behind, anyway…
Evil is real. We are at war. Anyone you tells you differently is lying.”
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

Hush: an Irish Princesses Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland — but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country’s laws regarded as less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference. 
Based on an ancient Icelandic saga, award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli has crafted a heartbreaking story of a young girl who must learn to forget all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world — all without speaking a word.

Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon 

Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes?

When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation.

Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for… or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

The New Policeman by Kate Thompson 

Who knows where the time goes?
There never seems to be enough time in Kinvara, or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter. When J.J.’s mother says time’s what she really wants for her birthday, J.J. decides to find her some. He’s set himself up for an impossible task . . . until a neighbor reveals a secret. There’s a place where time stands still—at least, it’s supposed to. J.J. can make the journey there, but he’ll have to vanish from his own life to do so. Can J.J. find the leak between the two worlds? Will a shocking rumor about his family’s past come back to haunt him? And what does it all have to do with the village’s new policeman . . . ?

The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

That’s a wrap! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. I hope you all have had a wonderful and safe Saint Patrick’s day and that you will have a wonderful rest of the week. There seems to be a major lack of ya novels set in Ireland, let me know if you have read any that I didn’t get to mention in this list. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

-Till next time!

Ohh My Goodness!!! I’m a Book Depository Affiliate!

Ohh my goodness gracious! This is so amazing! I am now a Book Depository Affiliate! 

I wasn’t sure I was going to be approved or not, but I was and I couldn’t be happier about it! 

To help me out and to purchase some awesome books, please click the link here: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=Thebookraventw

Thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me from the very start! I wouldn’t have half the opportunities that have presented themselves to me in recent months without all of the love I have been given through this blog that I put all of my heart into, The Book Raven. 

You are all amazing. Stay awesome, Stay Beautiful and Handsome, and most importantly, Stay you!

-Till next time!

Blogger Appreciation: Celebrating 300 lovely followers!

I didn’t think I would be making this post so soon, but today I hit 300 followers! Thank you to each individual being who has chosen to take a look at my blog, every kind word, every like, and every read means so much to me. Thank you!

In celebration of the fact of how grateful for everyone’s support I have complied favorite quotes and passions from many of you who have both supported and inspired me! Thank you all! I wanted to do something for everyone I could to show how much I appreciate everyone’s beauty as individuals. I was touched by the responses. 

This is….

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.  

Sofii’s Passion: 

My answer would be, first. What impassions me? I suppose I could say books and reading, but that would be very obvious ajaja. I would also say my family, because I’m very close to them and it’s something that I think I’m very passionate about, I would give anything for each one of them and Dance! , I’ve done it since I was little and I love it , more specifically Caribbean rhythms. 🙂

Sofii’s Favorite Quote:

On the other hand my favorite phrase: It’s difficult to choose only one but it would be this: “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. XOXO 😀

Ava @ Reads, Rhythms, and Ruminations

Ava’s Passion: 

I’m most passionate about music, books and anime.

Ava’s Favorite Quote: 

I think I’ll have to go with this beautiful quote from I’ll give you the sun – “You have to see the miracles for the there to be miracles.” It is such a positive and encouraging quote that always warms my heart no matter how many times I read it. It is indeed something to live by. 

Teacher of Ya (an inspiration) 

Teacher of Ya’s Passion: 

I am passionate about YA literature! I wrote my thesis about it. I find it’s incredibly important to make sure classrooms use it and have access to it, because though “classic” literature is great, sometimes students need to read books that they can identify with, with characters that mirror them. So I’m big on that…that’s why I named my blog TeacherofYA. I try to help as much as I can!

Teacher of Ya’s Favorite Quote: 

Second…what is my favorite quote? Hmmm…that’s a tough one. Let me see…

I think you’re going to think it’s weird…but it’s “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I use this quote all the time. Basically, it means that even though we think we are doing something with good intent behind it, if it’s bad, it’s still bad. For example, you can steal something because you have no money for a gift…and the intent is good, but the act is bad. Hence, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I say it a lot when people say, “but I meant well.”

I’m not really judgy, so that’s not why I like that particular quote. Mainly it’s because it reminds me that though I might think I’m doing something good, I really need to weigh the risk against the possible benefits. Ok…I know, weird quote, right?

(Note from Tiana @ The Book Raven: this quote is definitely not weird, at least to me anyway, carry on) 

Krysti @ Ya and Wine

Krysti’s Passion: 

I am passionate about supporting my local indie bookshop and local authors. 

Krysti’s Favorite Quote: 

My favorite quote is: “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” By Dumbledore of course 😁
Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Sophie’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about writing, mostly, and reading, of course. But I guess you could say all types of art speak to me on a deep level.

Sophie’s Favorite Quote: 

My favorite quote is probably “Well-behaved women seldom make history” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But there are many great ones!

Asiya and Marcela @ Inked Epiphanies

Asiya on behalf of them both, Passions: 

Well, Marcela is away right now, so I guess I will answer for both of us and hope she won’t strangle me at sleep ahah

I think we are passionate about what we do, really. In terms of career and life in general. Also, we are very passionate about singing One Direction songs out loud until our throats hurt but shhh, I never told you that!

Favorite Quote: 

As for the quote, well, it’s hard to pick! I was actually gonna go and check my Goodreads quotes but then figured, there is always one I remember right off the top of my head.

“When you love someone, its never over. You move on, because you have to but you take them with you in your heart” ― Elizabeth Chandler.
Anna @ My Bookish Dream

Anna’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about many things, most of them are nerdy: books, games, anime, tv shows etc. But I’m also very passionate about art, both my own (mostly drawing and painting from time to time) and art history as well – which I’m actually studying in university. 

Anna’s Favorite Quote: 

There are many quotes I love and choosing one is very hard. One of my all time favourite is: “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Jane Eyre.
Ice Breaker694 (Aka, awesome and lovely human being) 

IceBreaker’s Passion: 

I’m really passionate about meeting new bloggers and sharing amazing reads with them! I’ve had a lot of fun blogging, and I want to inspire them to keep reading new books!

Icebreaker’s Favorite Quote:

My favorite quote is “Never trust a duck.” 😀 It’s a funny quote from Cassie Clare’s The Infernal Devices series (maybe you’ve read it) that I use a lot.

(Note from Tiana: Hello again! You may shame me, but I have not read The Infernal Devices yet. Onward once more!) 

Nicki @ Secret Library

Nicki’s Passion: 

Besides reading and books of course, I’m passionate about amateur photography. I’ve been a member of blipfoto.com a photo a day site. It’s a wonderful online community of amateur and professional photographers. I’m heading towards my 1000th photo but there are members on there who have been posting for over seven years!

Nicki’s Favorite Quote: 

One of my favourite quotes is “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” by C.S. Lewis

Azia @ The Uncharted Word

Azia’s Passion: 

One of the things I am very passionate about is storytelling. Of course I’m very passionate about books, but I think it’s the story that holds everything together. I love storytelling in all forms, especially the verbal and written kind. Stories are powerful and help build connections among individuals. They inspire people to imagine, to learn, and to see.

Azia’s Favorite Quote: 

One of my favorite quotes is “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” by Casey Kasem!

Ashley @ Inside My Minds

Ashley’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about a lot of different things, like reading and writing, and baseball.

Ashley’s Favorite Quote: 

 I have a lot of favorite quotes that mean so many different things to me, so it’s really difficult to pick just one.
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Raven’s Passion: 

I’m passionate about books and music.

Raven’s Favorite Quote: 

I have lots of favorite quotes but If I had to pick one then I’d pick the following. “The human touch is that little snippet of physical affection that brings a bit of comfort, support, and kindness. It doesn’t take much from the one who gives it, but can make a huge difference in the one who receives it.” It’s a quote from V girl by Mya Roberts.
Kim @ By Hook or by Book

Kim’s Passion: 

Hmm. Okay. I know this is going to sound like I’m taking an easy way out, but my answer to you first question would be books. They take us places where we may otherwise never go. We meet the most fascinating figures in them. And, they’re a never ending source of inspiration.

Kim’s Favorite Quote: 

I have so many quotes I love, but this one by G.K. Chesterton has always been a particular favorite of mine: “Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

The Orangutan Librarian (full of books and Satire) 
Orangutan’s Passions: 

I’m passionate about all things books related! 

Orangutan’s Favorite Quote: 

I don’t really have a favourite, but I like this Pratchett one: “Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” 
Lia @ Lost in a Story

Lia’s Passion: 

What I’m passionate about is a lot, I am always busy and I love doing everything. However, it turns out doing everything is impossible. So right now I’m passionate about books (of course), blogging (it’s like a sacred place for my thoughts), and I am passionate about psychology (I want to know how and why we do the things we do, and how we could improve ourselves by knowing how we work).

Lia’s Favorite Quote:

My favourite quote used to be “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” by Oscar Wilde, but now it is: “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.” by Nikita Gill.
Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Gretchen’s Passion:

I’m passionate about writing, reading, women empowerment, having a voice, just simply being yourself, and helping others.

Gretchen’s Favorite Quote: 

It’s what I have tattooed on my ribcage “I was reborn when I was broken”
Birdie BookWorm (As sweet as can be)

Birdie’s Passion:

What am I passionate about… well there’s the obvious, reading. I’m a pusher of books and have gotten into many debates about why books bring people joy and why I think non-readers just haven’t found the right book to spark themselves. But, if you want something not book related, I would say my parrots, who were the inspiration behind my blog and the artwork. I don’t think people realize just how intelligent and affectionate birds are. They have the intelligence of a 3-4 year old, and they act like toddlers too. 🙂

Birdie’s Favorite Quotes:

My favorite quote of all time is probably, because I think the words and the rhythm leads to the melancholy sense of what she’s saying. –

“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.

I counted.

It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of miles away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, ‘What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?’ and my father said, ‘Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,’ and that was the last thing he ever said.” – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Or, I like this one by John Green:

“Human existence is temporary and all the knowledge of the universe we acquire will in time be forgotten because there will be no humans left to benefit from any of the stuff we learned. And yet, this doesn’t invalidate scientific exploration to me. We seek to understand the universe because it makes our lives better and more rich. Similarly, we tell stories (and think about why and how to tell stories) because it makes human existence richer. Made-up stories matter. They bring us pleasure and solace and nurture empathy by letting us see the world through others’ eyes. They also help us to feel unalone, to understand that our grief and joy is shared not just by those around us but by all those who came before us and all those still yet to come.”
It’s amazing to me that this doesn’t even scratch the serfice of how many fellow bloggers have touched my heart. Every one of you is truly special. Thank you all for joining me on the amazing journey, let us go on to improve, create, and inspire for the rest of our lives! 

Thank you all for reading. Keep continuing to be the amazing individuals that you are. The world awaits, go and touch it, create happiness, and live free. 
As always, let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below. 
-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!