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Hiatus – with hopes of returning

Hello friends. I hope all of you are well, and, as always, that you are reading a delightful book.

Starting today, I will be going on an indefinite hiatus.

There are several reasons for this, so, without making this a terribly long post, I thought I would share them with you:

1. I need to focus on university and my research.

I think everyone can relate to this. I’m also conducting research, which is really cool and something I’m really excited about. As I enter June, I’ll be bringing all the data together and will be running analyses and writing up my results (which sounds like oodles of fun). I’ve also been let on that this research may¬†offer great opportunities for me and team, so I want to do the best I can.

2. I want to revamp my blog.

I think my blog can be so much better than it currently is, so I am going to revamp it. I’ve talked to a few bloggers (you know who you are; thank you) and have come to the decision that revamping my blog will give me the energy that I need. However, because of #1, revamping won’t be in the cards for awhile or it will be a very slow process.

3. I want to focus more on my art.

I’ve started drawing more frequently now, and I’m really enjoying it and¬†it has been very rewarding. I recently started an Instagram, and I’m going to be more active there! Follow me there if you’d like to see more of my art, follow me!

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January Recap: Recentering on diverse reviews, on love, and Happy Lunar New Year!

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Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening friends.¬†ūüėä

I hope all of you have had a splendid start to 2017. My January has been filled with a lot of relaxing, a little bit of working, and a few adventures! But it’s the end of January and my time to go back to university is fast approaching, which¬†means that there will be some small changes to¬†Read Think Ponder…¬†read on to find out more.¬†ūüíē

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December Recap: My Blog Levels Up and… I Level Up(?)

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Hi friends! How are we all?

You may have noticed – or I hope you’ve noticed! – that my blog looks a little different… hopefully a little better! I’ll discuss the changes in my recap for December! This recap will be a little shorter today because we’re in the heart of the festive season, so I’ll keep it short-ish for everyone!

However, I want to highlight that I am inviting book bloggers to recommend four books to commemorate a cultural festival that is important to them! It’ll be a¬†Festive Book Recs¬†guest post, so if you are interested, see the details below!

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My Promise as a Diverse Book Blogger

Hello my dearest friends.

I feel like the last few weeks have been rough. With the election results and all the subsequent events that have followed, there has been such an oppressive atmosphere of anger, fear, grief, and confusion – and justifiably so. I’m not in the US, but for the last few weeks, I’ve felt so much fear and worry for all my friends there. My time lately¬†has involved quite a bit of self-care and checking up on my friends who have been affected – some afar and some closer to home. We live in such uncertain times. And I want all of you to know that I am always here for you – email me or DM me on Twitter if you ever need to talk.¬†‚̧

I have done a lot of reflection over the last few weeks. I have asked myself what I, as an individual, can do.¬†And I’ve come to this: I may not be able to do a lot of things, but I can do small, little things to help create a safe and inclusive space that is welcoming to everyone that visits and interacts with my blog. I¬†value¬†you as individuals and fellow readers, I¬†value¬†your sense of safety. I care, and I will care always.

And so, as a diverse book blogger, I want to make some promises to you.

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I’m (finally!) back – and hopefully for good.

Hi friends! It’s with great relief and joy to say that I am now back from my hiatus!

It’s¬†confession time. During my hiatus, I took more time off my blog, sure, but… *whispers* I actually caught up on my 20+ review backlog. I’ve planned all my posts and I have a posts lined up until November. BUT, I did have¬†a lot of fun and I got to relax. (I also got more sleep, was more patient with my other hobbies, and I read more.) Now I’m ready to get back into the grind!

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Yaaaaay, new theme!

Hi everyone!

I have been working on a banner for a long time now, and I’m excited to finally show it to you guys!

I’ve always wanted to make my blog more personal to Shingie and I.¬†After all, it is our blog – but how do we¬†distinguish ourselves¬†from other bloggers? My answer¬†came to me when I was showering (as do most of my good ideas): a bookshelf. When I thought of this idea, I knew I had to¬†draw¬†the bookshelf, and it had to be spines. There’s something incredibly beautiful about looking at book spines, and I wanted to incorporate book covers into the book spines. Also art is important to us. I love digital illustration; it used to be a big part of my life– but that’s a story for another day.

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