22 Jan 2018

Best Books of 2017!

Happy Monday!

After 3 months (sheesh), I’m back on my Booktube channel with a new video. I’ve missed Booktube so much, and was a little bummed that I wasn’t able to do my “Best Books of” montage video for 2017 before January 1st. I was working on a writing project and before I knew it, it was the middle of January.

I decided to ask on both Twitter and Instagram would this still be something y’all would still want to see, and I was so glad y’all said yes! I love these montage videos because it feels like a nice recap and a good way to see all of my hairstyles from the year lol!

Speaking of YouTube videos – there’s been a little change in the way that they do their Partner program. For those of you who don’t know, if you’re a YouTube Partner, you can monetize your videos, include links and video annotations in your videos, and a bunch of other things. Initially, you had to have 10K views to become a partner, but now, YouTube has changed the rules and you have to have gained 1K subscribers and 4,000 of watch time in one year. If you (or I) don’t meet this threshold by February 28, you won’t be able to be Partner or monetize your videos.

I’ve gone on and on about how unfair this was for the smaller YouTubers who post enough to get Google checks and take the time to include video annotations and things like that, but not necessarily big enough to have 4,000 of watch time (I’ve checked – I’ve gained 1300 subscribers in the past year but only around 2300 of watch time) and how, by taking things like video annotations away you’re essentially driving away traffic from the smaller channels. It’s not even about the money, it just feels icky to target smaller YouTubers! Now, though, I’ve decided to just this new rule as motivation to get back into Booktube (and maybe knock out one of my goals while I’m at it). If you an avid YouTube watcher, take out the time and check out a couple of smaller channels. It doesn’t have to be mine!

I hope you enjoy! What were your favorite books of last year? I’d love to know!

Posted on January 22, in Books

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  • I’m hosting my FIRST 24-Hour readathon this Saturday! I thought this would be a fun way to catch up on our TBR (To Be Read) piles. The theme for this read-a-thon is Book Besties, so @thebookarcher and I will be doing our reading together! Will you join us? Even if you have to work, go to school, or sleep (because let’s face it, I’m definitely going to need a few hours to recharge) as long as you make reading the priority in your free time, you can definitely do it! I’d love if you tagged your bookish besties or shared this post to spread the word! The link to my video all about it is in my bio! 📚#booksandbighairathon
  • This was such a fun interview to do!! I’m talking about how reading builds empathy, what motivates me, why I chose to be a 3-name author, and so much more! Link in bio. Thanks @rachelmichellewrites for having me on your site! 🧡
  • Happy August!! So July was weird lol 🥴 I felt tested in one of my worst traits - indecision. I had to make a LOT of split second, important decisions and say some hard No’s. But, I’m looking ahead and I think they prepared me for a really great August. ✨ What are you looking forward to this month? P.S. I’m sharing my BookTube and Author Journey (thus far) on the newest video on my channel!! I talk about all of the decisions I’ve made (& jobs I’ve left) to make room for writing and reading books. Link in bio!! ❤️
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunately I will not be able to attend Heck YA! book fest at @mainstreetbooksdavidson today. This is incredibly hard to announce, as I have been looking forward to connecting with so many authors and readers at this amazing festival! I feel disappointed, but I hope that there will be more opportunities to connect with readers in the Davidson area in the future. If so, you will be the first to know. Thank you so much for understanding. Again, this was incredibly difficult to announce. If you are attending Heck YA! Book Fest today, have a great time for me — as amazing as this bookstore is, it won’t be hard to do at all. 💙💙💙
  • Had a fun day of meetings and phone calls wearing my new piece of jewelry gifted to me by the @novelingshop! Can you tell I like gold? Lol 🤔😂✨ it says NOVELIST and I think it’s the perfect bookish accessory — I’ll be wearing it a lot! Also, the curls are back and doing their own thing. 🌀🌀🌀
  • I had the pleasure of writing one of the most honest things I’ve ever written for @popreader’s Her Story: Ladies In Literature series. The heroine I chose to write about was Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. This book was life changing — for the first time, I saw a heroine who was equal parts introverted and sensitive + fiery with a sharp tongue 😂 Also, like me, Anne has an almost childlike wonderment and optimism that makes reading her story so easy, especially in stressful times. I feel like this essay is an introduction to who I am and what I want to accomplish with my writing. The link is the the first one in my bio! ❤️❤️
  • I’m so honored to announce that I will be the luncheon speaker for the North Carolina School Library Media Association Conference. What a blessing! I can’t wait to connect, create, and curate with all of you who will be there. 🥰📚 #ncslma
  • I’m in the latest issue of @lakenormancurrents talking about time management!! Which is so funny bc I’m easily distracted 😂 I’m talking about the techniques and materials I use to stay focused when it counts. I mention the @forest_app, my @simplified planner, and my @cultivatewhatmatters Powersheets, and my favorite pens ever - the @pilotpenusa Precise V5 pens. This was such a fun interview! You can read it at the link in my bio or if you’re local to Charlotte/Lake Norman area, you can pick up a copy in most grocery stores! 💙