Texas’s winter storm update

Hello! I thought I’d pop in again to update you guys on my family’s situation. The weather is warming up, and the snow is melting (thank goodness). However, the damage caused by this super cold weather still needs to be dealt with, even though it’s not freezing anymore. While my family was very lucky to not get the brunt of the effects, there are still many people out there with no electricity/WiFi/working water. There are a ton of places you can donate to from food banks, mental health centers, mutual aids, to shelters for animals if you are able to chip in a dollar or two (simply look up “Texas winter storm donations” and a lot of articles with lists of places that you can donate to will pop up).

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It’s really cold outside (I’m doing alright)

Hello! I thought I’d quickly come on here (while I still have WiFi) to say that my family and I are doing okay. Texas right now is experiencing some really cold weather that we’re not used to, and pretty much the whole state is shut down. While a lot of people are experiencing trouble with their electricity and WiFi, my family has been very fortunate enough to have fairly consistent access to electricity. On the flip side, our WiFi has been spotty at best, which is why I’m trying to write and get this out ASAP.

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2021 Goals

New Year Resolutions

2020 was not it. I think we all get a free pass from our goals because last year was not anyone’s year. However, that is not going to stop me from making goals for this year. I like to make resolutions that I’ll promptly forget by the end of January, but it’s still fun to think of what I did well the year before and what I can improve.

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Merry Christmas! (I’m back!)

Hi heya hello!

I wanted to make a short post to wish everyone a happy holidays and say that I’m back from my break! I have nothing super exciting to share other than I’m finally done with the semester and finals, and I’m feeling much better than before. I’m super excited to be back into the swing of things!

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My Fifth Blogiversary! (+ small update) | The Awkward Book Blogger

I normally don’t post on Sundays, but today is slightly special. It marks the day I have officially been book blogging for FIVE YEARS. My goodness, how time flies! I didn’t think I could ever keep up a personal project for that long yet here we are.

In honor of today, I decided to do a little something….

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North Texas Teen Book Festival 2020 Recap | #NTTBF


Hello, world! I’m finally out of my cave after holing myself up to study for the midterm season! Although I’m not entirely done with testing just yet, I’ve decided to rejoin the land of the living to bring you this recap of one of my favorite events of the whole entire year: the North Texas Teen Book Festival!

In the past, I lived within relative driving distance to the convention center it is always held at, but now that I’ve moved, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attend this year. When I saw that John Green was attending as one of the authors, I couldn’t say no. I’ve been a fan of his for years. First, it was discovering his YouTube channel that he hosts with his brother, Hank. Then, I fell in love with his books (I didn’t even know he was an author when I first stumbled across Vlogbrothers). Then I respected the heck out of him because he is one of the sole reasons I survived my high school classes with Crash Course. And more recently, I’ve been falling in love with the podcast that he does called Dear Hank & John.  Basically, I appreciate all the work he has done and continues do to. I booked a bus ticket to visit my parents back home and that was that.

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North Texas Teen Book Festival ‘19 Recap

Happy April, everyone! A week or so ago I went to NTTBF for the third year in a row. The last two years I focused on the panels. This year, I decided to expand my horizons and see what other events were happening outside the panels. Turns out, there’s a lot that goes on.

Also, if you’re expecting a lot of pictures, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. I sort of got swept up from the excitement and forgot to take pictures. Sorry.

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Happy 2019! (I’m back!)

Happy New Years everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic 2018 and are having a great start to this new year!

I had been very on and off on this platform in 2018, especially where I disappeared in November and December. My goal this year is to post more consistently, but I don’t think I’ll have a set schedule yet. I’m hoping to get at least one post a week in, but I’m aiming for at least two.

For those who have joined me while I was M.I.A., welcome! Sorry I haven’t been here for a while.

As for the reason why I disappeared for the past two months….

A lot of bad things occurred all at the same time to me and my family at the beginning of November, and I just couldn’t handle more responsibility and stress than I already had on my plate at the time. So I had to drop blogging for a while to make sure I could sleep at a decent time and my mental health was stable enough. Frankly, I didn’t have the time to read, so it’s not like I could’ve reviewed many books anyway. On top of all the bad news that we’ve received, I had been working on my next step to my future aka college apps (insert massive, tired groan here). With all that was going on, I wanted to get my college apps out the way as soon as possible, so I dedicated the last couple months to applying to some universities. (Just for the record, no, I do not have a dream school. I would be very happy to be accepted into any of the colleges I’ve applied to.)

It’s the start of 2019, and with a new year comes new resolutions. I already mentioned my goal to post more consistently and another one of my goals for this blog is to have a more positive attitude in my posts. Looking back, I complained a lot. Whether it was about my state of health or everything that was going on, I felt as though I was rather negative. So, starting from this day forward, this blog will (hopefully) be negativity free.

Speaking of state of health, I’ve been getting sick less frequently, which is good. Not saying that I don’t get sick anymore (I was sick just last week), but it’s improving. A personal goal of mine this year is to improve my immune system, because everyone and their mother knows I need to. Wish me luck.

As always, I want to read more books. I read a whopping total of 31 books in 2018 (an all time low), so my goal this year is to read at least 32 books. Baby steps.

Another reading goal of mine is to read most of the books that I own but but haven’t read. Most of them have been sitting on my shelf for over a year now, and I honestly need to get to it because the number of unread books I have is getting ridiculous. One of the first books I plan to read is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas because I recently finished Tower of Dawn (review coming soon) and I NEED to know what happens next.

Also, I recently had to get rid of a lot of the books I own, because my family will be moving soon and can’t afford to lug around the amount of books I’ve accumulated over the years. Now that I think about it, I can officially make my first un-haul post. Wow, now I’m excited!

Anywho, I hope this post finds you guys in good health and I can’t wait to start this year with a bang!


What are some of your goals for this new year? (bookish or personal)

What was your favorite memory of 2018?


Until next time….