My favourite blog posts of September 2018!

Hello my lovelies! I’m here again with my monthly post detailing content you guys have put out that I have loved! I really wanted to blog hop more this month but, unfortunately, life got in the way. But I’m going to try really hard in October so that I can present you guys with some different blogs to follow πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, I hope you love all of these posts!

 

Reviews

Becky wrote a great review of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. This is one of the first reviews I’ve seen for this book and it’s nice that Becky gave a balanced opinion.

The Captain reviewed The Singer’s Gun, a book by the author of Station Eleven. I have been wanting to read another book by Emily St John Mandel since falling in love with Station Eleven 3 years ago, but I never hear anyone talking about her other books – so it was great to find this review!

Heather wrote a fantastic review of Toil and Trouble: 16 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. It was great to read Heather’s thoughts on each story in this anthology and I was especially pleased to see that she didn’t rate any of the stories less than 3 stars!

Becky wrote a lovely review of The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Kate Morton’s books have been on my TBR for years and I’m ashamed that she’s just released a new one and I still haven’t tried any! But I’ve never heard a bad word said so I’m still hopeful that I will get to them at some point.

Joana reviewed Tash Hearts Tolstoy, a contemporary that I love the sound of! Joanna’s review has definitely bumped this one higher up my wishlist.

Rachel wrote another fantastically eloquent review, this one for Normal People, which made it onto the Man Booker 2018 Longlist. I love that, even though Rachel and I read totally different kinds of books, she can always pique my interest in books I might not have otherwise considered.

Tess reviewed My Best Friend’s Exorcism which I’m really excited to read this October! This book sounds seriously awesome.

Melanie wrote a wonderful review of Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. I loved The Bear and the Nightingale by this author but I’ve been unsure whether to take a chance on this, her middle-grade offering. Melanie’s review decided it for me; I’m looking forward to reading this one in October.

Zuky recommended some short stories, complete with mini reviews! I’ve been really enjoying short stories lately so I’m glad to have added some more to my list to try.

Mandy reviewed Ten After Closing, a book I hadn’t heard of but have definitely added to my wishlist!

Cait reviewed Blackbird of the Gallows in her usual witty way and brought to my attention a great-sounding book!

 

Discussions

Kristilyn discussed how her feelings towards blogging have changed over the years and it is so refreshing to read an honest account about how much pressure there is on bloggers!

Callum outlined what makes a 5-star read for him and we have so many things in common!

Marie asked why book tags and memes are so popular – something I’ve often wondered myself! This was a great discussion post.

Krysta asked where all the realistic male characters are in YA novels, generating an interesting discussion.

Inside My Library Mind gave some great advice on how to blog when you aren’t necessarily getting much reading done. I always welcome blogging tips.

 

Other fun posts

Swetlana described a day in the life of a bookworm and gave me a really good giggle! Definitely relate.

Sim talked about some of her weird reading habits and it was nice to find out that other people do strange things too!

Kelly usually features in my posts based on her discussions but this month, she created her very own book tag! It’s based on high school stereotypes and you should all try it out!

Someone else that created an original tag this month wasΒ Nandini. This one is based on The Fellowship of the Ring so you all know I will be trying it very soon!

Rachel wrote an A-Z list of YA releases coming up September-November. The concept for this post is seriously cool and I look forward to more of them in the future!

Cat made a list of books you can read in one day and added yet more titles to my growing wishlist. Anyone know the secret to immortality?!

 

Thanks, as always, to all of you lovely bloggers who put in so much effort every month (and not just the ones I’ve featured here). I love this community. x

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My favourite blog posts of August 2018!

Hi everyone! It’s time for my favourites of the month – I’m really enjoying doing this series and spreading some love in the blogging community! I haven’t had as much time to blog hop this month but I hope you still find some great posts/bloggers that you maybe weren’t already following πŸ™‚

 

Reviews

Melanie reviewed Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton and called it her favourite book of 2018! Quite the claim. But I always trust Melanie’s opinions so the fact that she loved this one has made me 100x more likely to buy it when it comes out.

Inside My Library Mind wrote a great review of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I read this book earlier in the year and I always love seeing other people reviewing one of my favourite authors.

Steph wrote a detailed review of The Poppy War and also linked up to other bloggers’ reviews! I’ve heard so many great things about this book.

La Ronda wrote a very emotive review of Summer Bird Blue! I really want to read Starfish by this author but I don’t know if this one might be too sad for me? Either way, it sounds like Akemi Dawn Bowman has real talent.

Tina reviewed The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain, which I hadn’t heard of before but which sounds great! Thanks Tina for bringing this one to my attention.

Ayunda wrote a lovely review of Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper. It’s always nice to see other bloggers’ thoughts on books I’ve read and reviewedΒ myself. And we both seemed to agree on this one!

Sissi wrote a concise review of The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley, which is on my immediate TBR. Seeing such a glowing review makes me more likely to pick this one up soon!

Rachel reviewed The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, which is a modern reimagining of The Iliad. Given that I’m expecting a copy of this myself, I’m now even more excited to read it!

Gaby wrote a gushing review of Sweet Pea and emphasised further how much I want to read this book! Can’t get enough reviews of this one right now.

Kristin wrote a balanced review of Vox, which I have been seeing around non-stop! I’m definitely intrigued by this book but it was nice to see a review that wasn’t all flailing about the awesomeness!

Heather shared a similar opinion of Heart of Thorns as I had, which made me feel much better about my negative review! A little solidarity among bloggers is always nice.

Hayley wrote a great review of Overkill by Vanda Symon. I was meant to be on the blog tour for this book but, for some reason, I was forgotten about 😦 and I’m gutted because it sounds like a great book!

 

Discussions

Angelica wrote a great discussion post about negative reviews. I’ve mentioned before how much I hate being negative about a book but that I feel it’s important to be honest, so it was really nice to get some validation from this post. Negative reviews are still useful!

Kelly talked about the impact a book’s conclusion can have and made some really insightful points about the way cliffhangers can be used.

Pages Unbound killed it this month with their discussion posts.Β Briana asked if characters are individuals or representations of something larger, whileΒ Krysta questioned the ambivalent ages of YA protagonists.

 

Other fun posts

Jo wrote about the problem of mismatched book sizes and it was the most relatable thing ever!

Mandy wrote a great post about things that are practically guaranteed to make her love a book. I always enjoy seeing people do posts like this, outlining recurring themes they love. I have one of my ownΒ here if you’re interested πŸ˜‰

Swetlana listed 7 reasons why you’re not reading enough and damn, she got me. I always wonder where my time is going and how other readers can get through so many more books than me – this might explain why!

Callum did the ‘This is my Genre’ tag and I really enjoyed reading his answers since we both love Gothic literature!

Zuky hosted a Q&A with C. J. Skuse, the author of Sweet Pea. I recently bought this book because of how much Zuky recommended it and I can’t wait to get to it after reading this fun interview!

Jenna put together a great list of feel-good books for when you’re feeling down! You guys know I love a comfort read.

 

Once again, thank you to everyone for creating such great content this month! And as usual, please don’t feel bad if you weren’t featured this time, I love you all πŸ˜‰Β 

My favourite blog posts of July 2018!

Hi friends! My ‘favourites’ post last month went down really well so I’m definitely going to continue spreading the love πŸ™‚ Here are some posts I loved this month!

 

Reviews

Rachel wrote a great review of Sadie by Courtney Summers. I haven’t seen this book around much but it sounds like a dark and intriguing read – added to the wishlist!

Steph reviewed The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, which has been on my radar for a while. Another YA on the darker side, I’ve heard great things about this one and would love to try it!

Briana wrote a super cute review of a sweet-sounding middle-grade, Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney. It’s all in lists!

Ali reviewed Goodnight Mister Tom, a classic I’ve never read but definitely want to try now!

Sim wrote a wonderful in-depth review of Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I loved this book last year and it makes me so happy to see someone else embarking on their own Bardugo journey!

Melanie got her hands on an ARC of Muse of Nightmares (lucky duck!) and her review has made me even more excited for this highly anticipated sequel. I am dying over here waiting for this book! Melanie is a reviewer whose opinion I rate highly so it fills me with joy to know that she loved this sequel – that means it’s likely to meet my high expectations!

Mandy wrote a great review of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (wow, that’s a long title!) I added this one to my wishlist yeeears ago but still haven’t got round to it – maybe this lovely review will make it more of a priority for me!

Tara reviewed Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen and got me even more hyped for this sequel!

 

Discussion posts

Samantha wrote a post about why unhauling books can be a good thing. I definitely need to keep this one bookmarked as I always struggle to get rid of books!

Kelly always writes great discussion posts but I particularly enjoyed this one about family values and whether they are absent in YA books.

Marie raised the question of new releases and whether we place too much importance on them. I found this post very relevant; since I began blogging, I get seduced much more regularly by new releases!

Justine shared some things she has learned from months of blogging. I always enjoy reading about other bloggers’ experiences and Justine gives some great advice in this post.

Heather listed some plot concepts she wants to see more of and I am totally with her on these!

 

Other fun posts

Krysta created a list of books set in every state in the USA! This was a great post for Independence Day and has me wanting to challenge myself to read a book for each state! Who’s interested? πŸ˜‰

Zuky made a list of films she wishes were books – I thought this was such a cool idea for a post and I loved Zuky’s choices. It’s definitely got me thinking about some films that I’d like to see in book form.

Nyx made a post for the ‘Book Aesthetics’ tag and it was gorgeous! I’m definitely going to be trying this one myself!

Kristin did the ‘Literary Dinner Party’ tag and I loved her choices! This is another tag I really want to do soon.

LaRonda recommended some lesser-known fairytale retellings she enjoyed. Fairytale retellings are some of my favourite books to read so I’m always on the lookout for more! These five are now all on my wishlist.

Swetlana compiled a great post about her bookstagram process. As a bookstagrammer myself, I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve and I think this post would be a great guide for beginners wanting to break into the book photography scene.

Cait wrote a list of books that have misleading titles and (as her posts always are) it was a delight to read.

Tina did an amazing job in the 24in48 Readathon, completing a full 24 hours reading! I am a frequent participant in the readathon but have never managed to hit a full 24 hours so I am in awe of Tina’s achievement!

Callum shared some photographs of his time in Copenhagen and added a new destination to my travel wishlist!

 

Thank you to everyone mentioned in this post for creating such great content! (If you weren’t featured, please don’t feel bad – I could have made a post twice as long but I’m only human!) I hope you all discover some new favourites from this and make some new friends in the blogging community! x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favourite blog posts of June 2018!

I’ve seen a few people doing posts like this recently and I really like the idea of showing some love for fellow bloggers so I wanted to make a contribution too! I won’t be able to keep up with a weekly post like many of you amazing bloggers do but I will try to do a round-up at the end of each month, highlighting blog posts I’ve loved that month!

So here’s what I hope will be the first of many ‘favourites’ posts! πŸ™‚

 

Reviews

Joanna @ Bookneeders gave a glowing review to The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for some months now but still haven’t got my hands on – Joanna’s review makes me want to go out and buy it tomorrow!

Cat @ Tack Fiction wrote a wonderful review of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (you guys know how I love him). She raises some really interesting points and now has me itching to reread this one!

Rachel @ Pace Amore Libri wrote a great balanced review of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Rachel’s reviews are always so eloquent but I particularly enjoyed this one focusing on a book I’ve been interested in for a while.

Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts wrote a fantastically detailed review of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, a YA Viking-inspired tale that I would love to read!

Tina @ Reading Between the Pages gave a great, succinct review of Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot more thrillers than usual and I like the sound of this one with its multiple perspectives.

Zuky @ Book Bum brought to my attention a book I had not heard of but which sounds fantastic! The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley seems like a book I would really enjoy.

Melanie @ Mel To The Any wrote a stunning review of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. In all honesty, I could have picked any one of Melanie’s posts to feature because she writes with such obvious passion; every time she uploads a glowing review, I add another book to my wishlist! But in this case, her review was so powerful that I ordered the book right then and there.

Wendy @ What The Log Had To Say reviewed All Out, an anthology of queer YA short stories which I’m really interested in reading. I particularly liked the way Wendy was able to outline what the stories were about while not falling into the trap of making her review too lengthy.

LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks reviewed When the Moon was Ours and made me question yet again why I still have not read an Anna-Marie McLemore book. They sound perfect for me!

 

Discussion posts

Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall wrote a really interesting post about why she loves anti-heroes. Some of my favourite books are about anti-heroes but I sometimes struggle to articulate why; Kelly’s post perfectly puts into words why I find these kinds of stories so fascinating.

Krysta @ Pages Unbound wrote a post about how rereading can boost your blog. As I’ve been rereading a lot of books lately, I found this post really helpful for giving me some ideas of how to incorporate these rereads into my blogging schedule!

 

Other fun posts

Becky Wright wrote a delightful post about the basis of all books being like an onion. If you want to know more, you’ll have to read her post πŸ˜‰

The Orangutan Librarian wrote a list of bookish dreams and it made me crazy happy! Gotta dream big, right? πŸ˜‰

Jodie @ Read the Write Act provided some great advice on how to get review copies. This is something I’m starting to think about since I’ve been blogging for a good while now (while I obviously blog because I’m passionate about it, I’d be lying if I said the free books weren’t a huge bonus.) I love being able to promote debut authors and new titles so I’m sure I will find Jodie’s post hugely helpful!

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews completed the Bookish Academy Awards tag and caused me to add a ton of books to my wishlist!

Callum wrote a piece comparing the movie adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby to the book. Callum’s writing is always intelligent and insightful, and I thought he raised some great points here.

 

Bonus travel posts!

A couple of the book bloggers I follow also post about their travels and they give me serious wanderlust every time!

Marie @ Drizzle Hurricane Books wrote an online travel diary of her time in Berlin and I loved the feel of the whole post. Marie’s combination of words and pictures have definitely made me interested in visiting Germany!

Rachel @ What Rachel Did has been chronicling her travels in New York and this post about Greenwich Village was great. I loved reading about all the places she visited (especially as a fellow F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan!)

 

So those were my favourite blog posts of June 2018! Thank you everyone for providing such high quality content and for keeping me entertained πŸ˜‰ Here’s to another great month of blogging in July!