My favourite blog posts of May 2019!

If you’ve noticed a slew of likes recently, it’s because I once again fell behind with life commitments and I wasn’t able to keep up with the all the posts popping up in my WordPress reader. However, I have been trying to catch up and I still wanted to share some of the quality content that you guys have been putting out there this month!

favourite blog posts of the month


favourite reviewsAngelica reviewed Don’t Date Rosa Santos and made me genuinely interested in this book for the first time!

Tina wrote a great review of Miracle Creek, which I’d really like to read.

Marija reviewed Burial Rites and bumped this one much higher up my TBR list!

Sara wrote a great review of The Unhoneymooners, which I’m getting a little desperate to read!

Callum wrote an informative review of Transformation, a collection of short stories by Mary Shelley.

Sissi reviewed Toffee, which you might remember was one of my May anticipated releases.

Jules drew my attention to Stone Mothers, a book I hadn’t heard of but which sounds really interesting.


favourite discussionsJulianna weighed up the pros and cons of reading challenges/readathons.

Kelly asked if engagement equals success as a blogger, in another eloquent discussion post.

Rachel shared her insightful reflections on the Women’s Prize longlist.

Marie told us why she keeps writing book reviews even though they don’t get as much love in the blogging world.

Michael opened up a fantastic discussion on why people feel compelled to spoil things.

Rita asked if historical fiction always needs to be accurate.


other fun postsSamantha and Aurora both offered up suggestions of books to fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in your life.

Kristin shared some books she loves that are under 200 pages, a number of which are on my TBR list!

Annemieke wrote a great introductory post to Grimdark, for those of you (like me) who aren’t quite sure what it is!

The Orangutan Librarian recommended some fluffy fun books for Spring.

Melanie announced herself as one of the co-hosts of the Summerathon, which sounds like it will be a fun reading challenge!


I hope you’ll find something here that you’re interested in reading! xsignature (2)

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My favourite blog posts of April 2019!

Hey everyone! You might have noticed that I skipped this blog feature last month and I’m truly sorry for that. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly; it gave me great anxiety and guilt at not being able to promote other bloggers, but I was just so overwhelmed by life and I wasn’t even up to date with all of the posts in my WordPress reader. So I had to give it a miss. But I’m back and ready to share some great posts this month!

favourite blog posts of the month


favourite reviewsJaime wrote a very passionate review of Wicked Saints.

Krysta reviewed Lovely War, which was one of the April releases that had caught my attention!

The Captain wrote a great balanced review of A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World.

Rachel wrote a great review of one of my university favourites, Maus by Art Spiegelman.

LaRonda reviewed A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares and gave it a firm shove higher up my TBR list.

Melanie wrote a fantastic review of Katrina Leno’s latest book, You Must Not Miss.

Nandini reviewed Kindred by Octavia Butler and got me excited to read this one!

Destiny reread The Hunger Games and now I want to do it too!

Hayley reviewed The Ringmaster and convinced me that I need to try Vanda Symon’s books.

Chaima wrote an incredible review of K. Ancrum’s The Weight of the Stars.

Ali reviewed Miracle Creek and I’m surprised how much I like the sound of it!


favourite discussionsAshleigh talked about audiobooks and how they’ve helped with her anxiety.

Aurora started a great new blog series that she is calling the Female Gaze Project and started by sharing some of her favourite mother/daughter stories!

Savannah opened up a discussion on elements of addiction in YA novels. Go and tell her your thoughts!

Rebekah talked about things she finds life-giving and life-draining. I definitely need to do this for myself!

Deb wrote an interesting piece on the pros and cons of writing book reviews.

Jackie raised the issue of bloggers writing reviews not for the benefit of authors or publishers, but other readers.

Ally wrote a fascinating discussion on cancel culture in the bookish community.

Alex shared what she has learned about blogging so far.

Margaret told us why she would rather write a positive book review than a negative one.

Julianna shared her favourite things about blogging that I think we can all relate to.

Marie advised us all how to stop playing the comparison game, and made me a bit emotional haha.


other fun postsSara shared her favourite graphic novels – check them out!

Callum read the entire Women’s Prize longlist and shared his thoughts and predictions!

Jenn shared some advice on requesting ARCs from publishers, which I’m sure will be valuable to so many people!

Lydia recommended some books based on her favourite musicals – I loved this post!

Asha shared her incredible reading wrap up from her trip to Japan!

Briana listed some tips for reviving old blog content.

Nicole participated in my Alphabeticals meme and shared her favourite authors, books and characters beginning with G!

Drew shared a guest post from the author of The Pale Ones and got me super intrigued!

Zuky told us about an amazing book warehouse in Hemel Hempstead and I’m now making plans to move there, ok bye.

Hannah told us the most outrageous things she’s done for the love of books and I RELATE.


Wow, I think that’s the longest favourites post I’ve ever done! You guys absolutely smashed it this month with all the quality content and I could genuinely have shared every post. Please don’t be disheartened if I haven’t shared your posts this time round; I thought I’d better stop or this post would be 5 years long haha. I also managed to blog-hop more this month so I wanted to share some of the great new-to-me bloggers that I discovered! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with next monthsignature (2)

My favourite blog posts of February 2019!

Hey everyone! It’s time for me to share some blog posts I’ve loved this month! Apologies for the shorter-than-usual list, I’ve been in the worst slump!

favourite blog posts of the month


favourite reviewsBeth wrote an eloquent review of The Luminaries, which sounds so good!

Rae reviewed the audiobook of Ghost Wall, another interesting-sounding read!

Jenna gave a stellar review of Autoboyography, a book which truly has my heart.

Aweng reviewed Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns, which was one of my favourite reads of 2018!

Beth wrote a great review of You Asked For Perfect, one of my most anticipated releases of the year!


favourite discussionsKelly talked about the value of teen voices in the blogging community and announced an exciting new project!

The Quiet Pond featured an amazing series of posts where book bloggers talked about their experiences balancing life and blogging. This was such a valuable thing to read, especially with how much I’ve felt myself struggling recently, so I highly recommend taking the time to check it out!

Drew raised a fascinating discussion about trigger warnings.

Rita discussed the wonder of BIG books and I am totally vibing with her.

Marie wrote a post about how to stay positive while book blogging and it was a golden ray of sunshine in the depths of my slump.

Wendy eloquently discussed why she doesn’t use the Goodreads star rating system.


other fun postsSamantha gave some practical advice on how to go about unhauling books.

Nandini highlighted 5 diverse anthologies coming out in 2019. These look awesome!

Ellyn shared some tips for growing your blog, from which I’m sure we could all learn something!

Ayunda wrote another ‘Behind the Blog’ post, this time interviewing the lovely Callum! You should all be following both of these bloggers.

Rachel wrote a great post full of Irish literature recommendations.

Aurora shared her original OTPs for Valentine’s Day and I was living for it. You should also check out her book recommendations for Pisces – the best of the star signs 😉

Kat shared a series of insanely helpful posts on how to make your blog look prettier. Definitely need to try some of her tips for myself!


I hope that you enjoy these posts and maybe connect with some bloggers you don’t currently know! Thanks, as always, for reading xsignature (2)

My favourite blog posts of January 2019!

Well I don’t know about anyone else but January felt like it lasted forever to me. However, let’s try to be positive about it – this means there’s been even more quality blog content from all of you!

Also, *drumroll* please… I’ve finally made some blog graphics! I think hehe. I’m trialling the first of them in this post so please let me know if there are any problems with them or they aren’t showing up properly! I’m not technically savvy at all but I’m trying my best to make my blog look prettier 😀 So they may vary as I figure out more of what I’m doing!

Ok, let’s do this!

favourite blog posts of the month


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Kristin reviewed The Radium Girls, which sounds fascinating. I’m looking to read more non-fiction this year and this title has jumped firmly into a high position on my list!

Steph wrote a lovely review of Tin Man – I’ve heard really good things about this one!

Melanie displayed her wonderful reviewing skills yet again and made me even more desperate for The Winter of the Witch!

Rae reviewed an ARC of The Night Tiger which sounds very intriguing!

Beth reviewed Convenience Store Woman. I’ve been hearing a lot about this one and it sounds really good!

Ashleigh reviewed The Priory of the Orange Tree and convinced me that I need this book in my life.

Esme wrote a lovely review of The Weight of a Piano, which sounds perfect for me!

Merline reviewed The Kingdom of Copper and got me even more hyped!

Kelly wrote a great review of Paper Girl, which I love the sound of!


favourite discussions

Nyx asked if the length of a book matters. This felt like a timely post as one of my reading goals for this year is tackle some of the bigger books on my shelf that have been intimidating me!

Melanie talked about why she feels frustrated with YA novels. I’ve noticed my own reading tastes starting to change recently so I found this an interesting post to read.

Marie raised the question of whether book bloggers need a reading schedule, which I found hugely relevant!

Rita reacted to the Marie Kondo controversy and addressed the issue of purging books.

Aurora talked about why she is a bad book blogger and made me feel so much better for how rubbish I can be too!


other fun posts

Ally wrote a great recommendation list of diverse historical fiction.

Jenna did the ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ tag. I love this idea and I’m definitely going to do this one myself!

Lorryn recommended books with bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorder rep – and you know I’m looking for more mental health reads!

Margaret asked her family to choose her TBR, which I thought was a fun idea.

Cait revealed the cover for The Boy Who Steals Houses and I am so excited!

Charleigh celebrated her birthday and listed her ultimate favourite books.


Well, there you have just a small selection of the posts I’ve loved this month! Be sure to check out any that pique your interest and spread the blogging love 🙂 

And please PLEASE leave me a comment below if you can offer any feedback on my graphics! Thanks lovelies! xsignature (2)

My favourite blog posts of December 2018!

Hey everyone! My levels of busy this month have meant that I couldn’t really blog-hop as much as usual but I still wanted to feature a few favourite posts that I’ve seen around 🙂 Everyone absolutely knocked it out of the park with all the wintery recommendations and festive blogmas posts so this list could have gone on forever! But here are a few December posts that I particularly enjoyed…


Reviews

Evelina wrote a great review of The Winter of the Witch, the final book in the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. The Bear and the Nightingale was one of my favourite books of 2017 but I never got round to reading the second book; I’m hoping to remedy that next year and finish off the series!

The Orangutan Librarian wrote a super sweet and original review of Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien! I’ve had my eye on this book for a long time; maybe Christmas 2019 will be when I finally get to it 😉

Jaime reviewed The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke. This feminist reimagining of Beowulf sounds really cool and I’m super excited to read it since I got it for Christmas!

Rita gave a wonderfully detailed review of The Happiness Passport by Megan Hayes. One of my goals for 2019 is to read more nonfiction and this sounds like a wonderful addition to my list!

Kat wrote a fantastic review, talking about the mental illness rep in Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares, something which I personally ADORED.

Melanie wrote a really interesting review of Every Tongue Got to Confess, a collection of short stories by Zora Neale Hurston.

Hayley reviewed Once Upon a River and got me really excited for this latest offering from Diane Setterfield, author of The Thirteenth Tale.


Discussions

Beth discussed the benefits of rereading, which you know is something I am all for. She raised some really great points.

Mandy started a great discussion about seasonal/holiday-themed books.

Kaleena discussed her fear of ‘sophomore’ novels, or the second book in a series, something which I definitely found relatable.

Kelly wrote an appropriately timed post about why Harry Potter is the perfect winter read.

Marie asked if book bloggers can ever avoid the hype, something I always struggle with!

Krysta talked about why The Hobbit is quite unusual for a children’s book. The Tolkien chat at Pages Unbound gives me life!


Other fun posts

Grace listed her favourite opening lines in literature, which I thought was a really cool idea for a post. Grace is a fairly new blogger so be sure to give her some support!

Charleigh talks about some scenes she wishes made it into the Harry Potter movies! As I’m currently rereading the series myself, it’s great to see someone voicing thoughts that align with my own.

Lily recommended some books with truly gorgeous writing! Three of her recommendations are on my all-time favourites list and I’m intrigued about the others, since Lily clearly has impeccable taste 😉

Merline wrote a hugely relatable post about the things bookstagram has made her do. I feel you, girl!

Aurora had the great idea to get her mum to predict her next five-star reads! Visit her post to see if it was a success 😉

Chloe took part in my ‘Alphabeticals’ meme! I promise I’m resurrecting this blog series in the new year ahaha.


Well, those were some posts I really enjoyed this December! I also have to say, I have been living for everyone’s posts recapping their 2018 reading and talking about their goals and anticipated reads for 2019. It’s all so exciting and I could have featured every single one of you! x

My favourite blog posts of November 2018!

Hey everyone! Who else is in denial that it’s December tomorrow? I’M NOT READY.

Let’s just dive straight in and take a look at some blog posts I’ve loved this month!


Reviews

Jo took part in the blog tour for M. R. Carey’s latest novel, Someone Like Me, and convinced me that I need to add this one to my TBR!

Tina accurately summarised the hilarity of Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse.

Rachel reviewed The Dreamers and compared it to Station Eleven, ensuring I’ll be waiting eagerly for this one’s release!

Deb reviewed non-fiction book Awkward, which sounds fascinating and SO relatable.

Steph wrote a great review of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, adding her voice to the multitude of bloggers I’ve heard raving about this one!

Joana reviewed Tales of the Peculiar, which has been sitting on my shelf for months now, and she has convinced me that I definitely want to read this one in the new year!

The Orangutan Librarian wrote a great review of His Bloody Project, which (you guessed it) has also been languishing on my shelves for an age and has now been bumped up onto my new year TBR!

Jenna reviewed My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry (wow, long title!) Fredrik Backman’s books have kind of passed me by until now but this one sounds really good!

Margaret wrote a glowing review of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The more I hear about this book, the more interested I get!

Krysta reviewed the new Fantastic Beasts movie, The Crimes of Grindelwald, and confirmed my complete lack of desire to see it.

 

Discussions and Recommendations

Kelly asked if diversity and representation in YA is becoming obsessive. I always love Kelly’s discussion posts!

Sim talked about her fear of big books. #relatablecontent

Callum recommended some YA books for adult readers. As an adult reader of YA myself (albeit I still consider myself young at 25), I really appreciated this post.

Aurora wrote a great list of books about books, something I’m always interested in!

Rebecca debated whether she is sick of YA books. This is something I’ve been thinking about myself recently so it’s nice to see someone else questioning their reading tastes!

Rae wrote a list of cosy books to read this winter. There are some great recommendations on this list!

 

Other fun posts

Nicole put up some posts for my ‘Alphabeticals’ meme – I’m so happy people are doing this! It’s something I just created for myself but I love that there are other people who want to participate! I suppose I should resurrect my own series as it’s been a while since I posted, oops haha.

Books and Waffles (I’m so sorry, I don’t know your name!) also joined in with the Alphabeticals and made my little heart happy 🙂 I’m definitely going to bring this series back hehe.

Fran tried to combat some of the negativity in the world by bringing together some lovely news stories.

Kristin wrote a lovely post listing 50 things that make her happy. We could all use a little happiness.

Ayunda interviewed yours truly!! I’m not great at talking about myself on this blog but Ayunda asked some great questions so if you want to know a little more about me, please give it a read!

Mandy asked some hilarious questions of bookstagrammers and gave me a good giggle. I don’t know where they get the knives either, Mandy.

Melanie listed 10 books she’s thankful for, for Top Ten Tuesday, and made me rather emotional.

Swetlana listed some great ideas for anyone taking part in Blogmas and still needing inspiration!

Drew wrote an amusing but helpful list of blogging tips.

Marie celebrated 4 years of blogging and gave me all the warm fuzzies with her blogging appreciation post.

 

I hope you all find some new blogging friends to follow from this list! I am so looking forward to seeing what everyone posts in December!! Who’s participating in Blogmas? x

My favourite blog posts of October 2018!

Seriously, guys. Where are the months going? I feel like time is absolutely racing. But I say the same thing at the end of every month haha. So without further ado, here are some blog posts I’ve loved recently!


Reviews

Kristin reviewed The Oyster Thief and featured a guest post from the book’s author! This book wasn’t really on my radar but after reading Kristin’s review, it’s definitely something I’m interested in.

Ali reviewed I Am Legend, which I read and enjoyed last October. I really liked the format of this review!

Danielle reviewed The Demonologist, a book that I don’t see around very much! I’ve been interested in the careers of Ed and Lorraine Warren for a long time, since before I even watched The Conjuring, and I’d love to try this book at some point.

Lily wrote a wonderful review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is one of my all-time favourite books and it’s always nice to find someone else who loves it as much as I do.

Jo gave a glowing review to The Other Side of Lost, which I’m really happy about because I have this one to review next month!

Ngoza reviewed my favourite book of the month (if not the year), Muse of Nightmares! I just love how much this lived up to everyone’s expectations.

Cait absolutely killed it with her posts this month but I particularly enjoyed her mini reviews. It also made me feel so much better for wanting to reread books!

Kelly reviewed Dracula and convinced me that I absolutely have to get round to reading this Gothic classic!

Zezee wrote an insightful review of The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells and made me consider some things that I hadn’t thought of when I read it.

Marta reviewed The Land of Stone Flowers which I hadn’t heard of before but which sounds awesome!

Beth reviewed Frankenstein, which I have to admit I’m a little obsessed with right now! Beth’s blog was one of my favourite discoveries in the blogging community this month.

Nicole wrote a helpful review of The Ice Twins. This book has been on my shelf for years and I’ve been considering donating it to charity as I’m not sure I’ll ever get round to it; this review might have convinced me!

 

Discussions

Ashleigh talked about how things have changed for her over the last year, and how she noticed these changes by watching her old booktube videos. I did some similar self-reflection recently looking back at old photographs so I really connected with what Ashleigh said.

Callum wrote a great book to film comparison about Frankenstein. Callum and I both love Gothic fiction so I found this post really interesting.

Marie co-hosted the Shattering Stigmas event, which was absolutely amazing and raised some really great discussions. I loved every single post and think all of the contributors were so brave for sharing their stories.

Drew wrote a fantastic post in response to the negativity towards book bloggers that happened over on Twitter recently. This one is definitely worth a read.

The Orangutan Librarian returned from travelling (yay!) and raised a great discussion post about the need for darkness in books.

 

Other fun posts

My bestie Mia wrote some tips on how to ‘cosify’ your bookstagram feed! Mia’s pictures are always gorgeous and these tips are really accessible.

Jenna created her own book tag, based on a love of words! I’m looking forward to doing this one.

Clara listed some great tips for coping with a bad day – I think we could all do with keeping these to hand!

Samantha wrote a list of tips for enjoying books on a budget. This is super relevant for me right now as I’ve just started studying again, so as well as my mortgage I’ve now got a diploma to pay for! I’ll definitely have to take some of this advice on board.

Ayunda recommended 10 books to try this Autumn! I love a good list of recommendations and this one was great.

Swetlana wrote an interesting post about annotating books. This is something I’ve always been curious about.

Melanie wrote some great recommendation posts this month; I particularly loved this list of her favourite ghostie books!

 

So those are some posts I’ve loved this October! I wish I could feature everyone – just know that I love you all 😉 

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 😉 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 was 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

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 🙂

 

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 reviewed 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. Briana asked if characters are individuals or representations of something larger, while 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 own here if you’re interested 😉

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 😉 

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 🙂 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? 😉

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