Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome to my happy little corner of the Internet also known as the Maya Speight Command center. I wanted a place where I could put all of my social media content in one convenient location, so I shifted some things around and created the site where you’ve now found yourself.

Let me show you around…

Above the Maya Speight Header (pictured below), you’ll find the menu.

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Home takes you, of course, home, meaning the main page.

About Me is a little more interesting. Click on it and you’ll find out more about me and this corner of the internet. Hover over it and you’ll see a dropdown menu which will take you to my BookTube Channel and Goodreads Profile.

Contact should be self-explanatory, but in case it isn’t, click Contact for how to get in contact with me should you want to say hi, are interested in partnering on a project, etc.

To the right of the blog post feed in the right sidebar (see picture), you’ll find all my social media.

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At the very top is me and a short blurb of who I am. If you’re here, you probably already know who I am, but if not, Hi! I’m Maya.

Next (2nd from the top) is facebook. Honestly, I’m not on there that much, but I do have followers who use only facebook so I like to keep that avenue open for them.

Third from the top is the twitter feed which consists entirely of the fun stuff I found on the internet that I’ve retweeted.

Lastly is instagram. You’ll see me most there, generally once a day, sometimes a few times a week. That feed consists of pictures of books, food and my face (not necessarily in that order.)

If you’d rather cut out the middle man and just follow me on the social media site itself, my links are below. (just click the icon and you’ll be redirected to my page on the site.)

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Thanks for visiting!

❤ Maya

Things are Changing (Again)

Things are Changing (Again)

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I’m always changing the look and content on this blog. The topics have ranged from Short Stories to Inspirational Quotes to most recently, my BookTube Channel. I love that this blog is a living, breathing thing and it grows with me and what I need from a blog. To be honest, I am no longer interested in blog posts and I don’t feel the urge to write them anymore. I don’t want you all wait forever for them (like Spongebob below) when I don’t plan on doing them anytime soon.

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Maya will post eventually…

It would seem that what I need from a blog is no longer a place for posts, but a command center. A place that holds all of my social media sites in one convenient location. A place that I don’t need to constantly update (you can probably tell by my lack of posts how much I need a place that I don’t need to constantly update.) On this blog, which is now just my name,you’ll be able to see all of my social media and what I’ve been up to. If you hover over the About Me tab above, you can be redirected to my BookTube Channel and Goodreads profile. This will be part website-part hub and I’ll still be active on my social media, I just won’t be active here. Hopefully, doing it this way will give me the free time I need to focus on what I really want to do. Which is…

BOOKTUBE

 In the last year or so, I have been loving BookTube and the platform to talk about everything I love about books. I am much more excited about that, so I’ll be pursuing that and putting my all into it and you’ll understandably be seeing less of me here (less than you already don’t see me, that is.) You’ll still have my social media updates to on the right sidebar and if you’d like to follow me on the social media site itself, you’ll find those links below (just click the icon you want to go to):

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I hope you all have enjoyed your time here in my happy little corner of the internet. I hope you will continue to follow me on all my social media and if you’re also in love with books as much as I am, then please subscribe to my channel.

Love you all!

❤ Maya

February BookTube Recap

February BookTube Recap

Have you missed my BookTube videos? Well, don’t you worry. Here they are, conveniently in one location in the order in which I uploaded them. Now you can marathon them or just watch the ones you missed. I thought I’d try out this format for sharing my videos with you all. Instead of an individual post for each video, I figured I’d put them all in one post. I hope you enjoy! And if you would like to stay up to date on my videos, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMVxL4PKW9rHkDHPO4-tdA

❤ Maya

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Wanderventures | February

Wanderventures | February

I’m back again with another Wanderventures to tell you the cool things I did in February.

Now let’s look back at February’s Wanderventures.

I got 2 Free Audiobooks!!!

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I have no idea how I got 2 free audiobooks from Audible.com. Maybe I had an audible credit or something from the things I purchased on Amazon, but I was so excited when I looked on the Amazon dashboard and I had 2 credits waiting for me. I got the Throne of Glass audiobook and the Illuminae audiobook. I cannot put into words how over the moon I am to have the Illuminae audiobook. I have heard amazing things about it and that there’s a cast of characters instead of just one voice actor and there’s sound effects and everything. An awesome start to the month!

Gravity Falls Series Finale

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Gravity Falls ended in February and when I tell you it ended with a bang, OMG, it ended with a bang. I wasn’t able to keep up with the last season, but luckily with the Series Finale, there was a marathon of the previous season so I was able to catch up. I may have cried once or twice during the finale and it was definitely a satisfying end to Mabel and Dipper’s unforgettable summer.

I watched ALOT of amazing movies.

There are no words that can describe how amazing these movies are so their movie posters will have to suffice. I highly recommend each and everyone of these movies and they’re guaranteed to make you cry, laugh and feel more than you may have ever thought possible.

He named me Malala

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Woodlawn

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The Choice

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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I embraced my artistic side.

Painting

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I made a painting inspired by my favorite quote.

Vision Board

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I made a vision board of my plans for the rest of the year and beyond.

I had a very movie-filled and wanderventorus February. I can’t wait to see what I do in March.

Until then,
❤ Maya

Happy Black History Month! | Book Recommendations

Happy Black History Month! | Book Recommendations

My name is Maya and I am a proud African American Woman. I get even more proud during Black History Month when African Americans get a front seat and being African American is celebrated. Today, I feel it is my duty to highlight some of my favorite books by African Americans. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

❤ Maya

 

 

Favorite Fictional Couples| Happy Valentine’s Day!

Favorite Fictional Couples| Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my favorite fictional couples. Read on for more…

Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Beatrice and Benedick’s romance begins as an intense battle of the sexs with neither side wanting to succumb to their affection. I love the romances that start off where the main characters hate each other because when they eventually fall for each other, it seems that much sweeter and real. When Beatrice proclaims, “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest,” you know that this confession is coming from a deep place and she is willing to be vulnerable with Benedick so that they can finally have true love.

Coco and Leslie from One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel

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Coco begins the book wary of Leslie and his super movie star world and that fear almost breaks the couple apart, but with love, patience and taking it one day at a time, they are able to overcome any obstacle. The couple is so down-to-earth which is why they are perfect for each other and I love how it shows that anyone can have their happy ever after, even movie stars and dog walkers.

Jeanette and Tam Lin from An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

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Jeanette stumbles into the forest and meets the fabled Tam Lin and so their story begins. He sees her like no other and it’s obvious that he sees her true beauty. This isn’t a damsel in distress- guy has to save the girl story. Instead, it’s one of mutual saving where Jeanette believes in herself because of Tam Lin and Tam Lin is freed from his curse because of Jeanette.

Julia and Josh from Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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Josh is the last person Julia would consider being with, but that’s exactly how love works. Josh takes Julia outside of herself and her stringent rules about what love is. Their journey is one of acceptance and mutual respect. I find it beautiful that before they’ve realized it, they’ve only showed their true selves, who they really are, to the other person who whether they like it or not, is their meant to be.

Leah and Grayson from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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Leah and Grayson probably have the second weirdest situation (see #9 for most weirdest.) Grayson wants to fix Leah up with his twin brother for reasons he refuses to reveal to Leah and he even blackmails her into doing it. What?! But even with this predicament, Leah and Grayson’s attraction is undeniable and they still manage to fall in love though they try to deny it as best they can. Leah’s I-love-him-I-hate-him feelings are in full force and make for the perfect Valentine’s Day read.

 Skylar and Josh from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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Skylar is a trailer park girl and Josh is a marine honorably discharged after losing his leg. They both want out of their small town and they bond over that need. Their romance is a slow burn with Josh dealing with a lot of demons as a result of the war. It’s only Skylar that can bring him back, but is she strong enough? Despite losing his leg, Josh is still a protector and he’s willing to protect Skylar no matter the costs even if it means he can’t be with her. It’s a tragic and beautiful romance that also sheds light an often misunderstood issue — Veterans with PTSD.

Yurara and Mei from Yurara by Chika Shiomi

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Mei is the lady’s man who’s well-liked by all, but only Yurara can see him for who he truly is. She can look past his pain and he can show her what it means to be loved. Their relationship is riddled with pitfalls and confusion, but love wins out in the end as it always does.

 Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Inej is Kaz’s right-hand and he needs her even if he won’t admit it. Kaz is not used to being vulnerable not even for the girl he loves, but he’ll have to or he’ll lose her. Though this couple doesn’t officially get together by book’s end, they clearly have a thing for each other and depend on each other greatly. They have a great relationship, flirtationship, friendship, whatever you want to call it and it’s a joy seeing it progress throughout the book.

Marak and Kate from The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle

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I will admit that this one can be viewed as a little Stockholm Syndrome-y, but barring that, it’s a beautiful romance about looking past appearances. Marak is a Goblin King and he’s looking for a bride and he’s chosen Kate who understandably doesn’t want to play along. And so the chase is on. The book follows Marak’s pursuit of Kate and the hilarity and mischief that ensues.

Ashlyn and Ronan from Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

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Ashlyn is used to being the other sister and for her sister to get all the boys’ attention, but when Ronan comes along, he sees Ashlyn and only Ashlyn. Their romance is cute and one for the hall of fame. There is someone for everyone if you know where to look, which in this case is a spirit-filled forest, but you know what I mean.

I hope you have enjoyed this look into my favorite fictional couples. Leave your favorite in the comment section below. See you next time!

❤ Maya