Yay! We did it everyone. The blog made it to 3,000 total followers and I beat my most important goal for June! Thank you to my followers new and old!

Dear Followers, Be Safe

I held my son in my arms today and watched the world catch on fire as we protested the horrible killing of George Floyd. Curfews have been put in place across the nation to prevent protestors from being heard, and our citizens have been gassed and shot with rubber bullets. It’s been a sad couple days in history, and I can only say that I’m standing with the people of this wonderful country, and Black lives will always matter to me.

So please, my lovely followers, be safe. If you’re protesting do everything you can to stay in one piece. I intend on protesting in 2 days and I’m already worried, but this is something I have to do, we have to do.

Let’s make history.

No Regular Post Again

Hey everyone. I’m not feeling very good today and I think it’s best if I take the weekend and spend it with my family. I’m really feeling the woes of the world and I’m just not in it.

If you have been affected by the pandemic or if you’ve been hurt by the riots in Minneapolis my heart goes out to you. I hope that the US is able to figure it out before protestors are needlessly killed. Be strong and stand up for what you believe in.

I tried to at least stick with a book theme and I found an article: The Power of the People: 9 Protest Books You Have to Read Right Now. I’ve not read any of these so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but if you’re in a protesting type of mood they might be for you.

Blog Updates

So, I just wanted to give a quick rundown on all the differences my blog has been adjusting to for the last 2-3 months.

Firstly, I have completely revamped my blog theme. I upgraded my blog plan and unlocked better WordPress themes and I’m now able to monetize my blog. I went with the “bloggy” theme and decided to tweak everything about it. I have switched my blog to mostly sunflower inspired with modern elements and watercolor. I chose yellows to give my blog a sunny personality, looking at it makes me happy, and I hope everyone likes it.

I have also implemented more permanent weekly events. I do a Movie Review Monday and a Fave Five Friday. I chose these because I wanted to be able to have recurring discussions each week, and also I’m very passionate about movies.

I’ve also completely updated my contact page. The update introduces instructions for review submissions, which sadly I’m temporarily not accepting, but it’s also good because I’ve received a ton of books to review from awesome authors. The page feels more cohesive and authors will know what to send me when they inquire.

Have you noticed the changes here at Sav’s Review? Let me know what you think, especially of the new theme, in the comments.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day

Dear followers,

Today is a very important day for indigenous women. Today we remember Missing and Murdered indigenous women. Native women go missing in startlingly high numbers across North America. Today is the day to remember and honor the lives of those that are gone.

For more information visit this link.

Thank you and I hope I was able to help spread awareness on this sensitive subject.

Hospital Visit Follow-Up

For anyone who read about my wonderful hospital experience yesterday, I just wanted to give you an update.

My boyfriends foot is NOT broken, thank goodness. But, they think he “over extended“ the ligaments in his foot, if that makes sense. They sent him home with a foot wrap and crutches, so he’s going to hobble around for a few days while the bruises and swelling subside.

Thanks to anyone who was thinking about him, we’re so happy it wasn’t worse.

Another Hospital Visit

Sorry for the late post everyone! Last night my boyfriend was riding his dirt bike and ran into a fence, we think his foot might be broken. I’m currently sitting in my car outside the hospital waiting for a text to let me know what’s going on.

So no regular post today, just a long day on the Oregon coast. Stay safe everyone and have a good Wednesday.

Achieved 100 WordPress Followers

I finally reached 100 WordPress followers today and I’m so proud, it’s been a long blogging road but I’ve finally found my groove. I have 598 Twitter followers, 92 Instagram (Bookstagram) followers, and 101 on WordPress.

I’m celebrating small victories today. A huge thank you to all of the wonderful people who hit that follow button ❤️

Hospital Visit

So yesterday was a rough one. My son developed a horrible wheeze and cough. We were trying to wait to see his primary care provider, but they told us they couldn’t help us. So we waited until we couldn’t wait anymore. His poor little lungs were working so hard and he was so raspy, so we made the decision to go to the ER.

The ER right now is scary. My son went in with his dad because they only allow one chaperone for minors. It was absolutely terrifying sitting in the car not knowing what was going on. They have a tent set up in front of the entrance to take temperatures and distribute masks.

My boyfriend FaceTimed me when they were settled into their room. My poor baby cried when he saw me 💔

It was a quick trip luckily. My son has an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection. We have antibiotics and we’re back home under quarantine.

Stay safe everyone! And if I don’t post as much it’s because I have a sick baby to take care of.

My favorite books from my childhood

As a kid I spent a lot of time reading to escape how boring reality was. For me, every book was a new adventure and as a kid living in a small town that was all I needed.

The very first chapter book that I read was “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo. I actually found this book while I was camping with my family at Moonshine park here on the Oregon coast. The book was down by the river, I picked it up and read the back. I was intrigued but afraid to take it because I didn’t want to steal it. So I left it there and when we went back the next day I picked it up and read a little bit. I repeated that process every day until we left. I then decided that the owner probably wasn’t coming back for it, so, I brought it home with me and finished it. To this day I am extremely fond of that book. I’ve always loved dogs and something about Winn-Dixie and his little smile won me over.

As a kid I also loved “The Hobbit” by the great J.R.R. Tolkien. I didn’t so much read this book but had it read to me. My grandmother read this book to my dad, then he read it to my brother and I, and I have every intention of reading it to Finn. It’s a family tradition at this point and it’s such a magical book, I feel like it really opened my mind to the fantasy genre. “The Hobbit” is like a really long and intense fairy-tale that embodies friendship, family, and adventure. I think it is an excellent novel to read to a child or read to yourself. I reread this book about once a year.

This next one is a little bit different, but I absolutely adored the “Young James Bond” series by Charlie Higson. I have always loved James Bond, my dad and I go see all of the Bond movies together. Higson wrote young Bond in a way that doesn’t come off as a cheesy, but very believable for the beloved spy. I honestly read those books so frequently that my copy of Silverfin, book one in the series, is absolutely wrecked. I actually got my copy of Silverfin on a whim while visiting the spy museum in Washington D.C., best souvenir I ever bought.

I couldn’t possibly leave out the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I actually struggled with these books growing up. I had a hard time finishing The Order of The Phoenix because it was so long, it took three tries before I finished it. I read the last two books later in life mostly because I was tired of the bullying I received for reading Harry Potter at school. Luckily, times are a bit different and kids can like stuff like Harry Potter, Pokémon, and Star Wars without being bullied. Harry Potter will forever be my favorite kids series.

These are my all-time faves without a doubt in my mind. What did you read as a kid? Do you reread them often like I do? Let me know in the comments!