What better way to start the New Year off, than by highlighting and celebrating some of my favourite posts from last month! During December many of us, including myself, participated in Blogmas, so there was lots of really good and fun posts to read, but that also made it really difficult to choose which ones I wanted to include this month!
Anyway, here’s a few posts I loved last month! Enjoy!
December is a month of reflection and one of my favourite posts to read is everyones ‘favourite new-to-me authors of that year’ as I love discovering new authors and seeing if any of my favourites have made it on to other readers lists! Both Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books and Mehek @ The Critiques of a Fangirl shared some of their favourites and I couldn’t resist adding a few authors and books to my TBR!
I’ve just finished Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m OBSESSED and am seriously craving some more sci-fi space adventures, so Eliza @ Dusk Angel Reads post about YA Sci-Fi Recommendations was well timed and the perfect read!
As many of you know that I’m in love with everything Sarah J Maas, so when I saw that Marta @ The Monogamist Reader had done The Throne of Glass Book Tag I knew it was tag I had to bookmark for the New Year! I can’t believe that I’ve never heard of this tag! I really enjoyed all the themed questions and reading Marta’s answers, so if your a fan of the series then go check it out!
I also really enjoyed Tilly @ The Biblioshelf’s post on the Six Books She’d Like to Spend the Holidays In! This was such a fun and creative post that got me thinking about which books I’d love to spend the festive season in, and I think I’d have to agree with Tilly and choose either Hogwarts or Narnia!
When buying Christmas presents I made it my aim to try and support small businesses, and even though Christmas is over I still enjoying scrolling through Etsy and discovering independent bookish shops! The lovely Kira @ Kira Jeanette shared some great bookish shops in her post Bookish Small Businesses to Shop From This Christmas and its the perfect read for any book lover! I think I might have to treat myself to a few bits as I don’t think I can resit!
Another book tag I loved this month was The Evermore Book Tag inspired by Taylor Swifts second surprise album! Both Becca @ Toastie Books and Georgia @ Lost in Neverland completed this tag, and as always, I really enjoyed reading their answers.
Last year I discovered the Storygraph and it’s quickly become my go-to website for tracking my reading habits. Siena @ Booksophobia shared her experience with Using The Storygraph vs Goodreads and discusses the pros and cons of using The StoryGraph in comparison to Goodreads. I agree with all of her points and I 100% recommend trying the Storygraph if you’re looking for something a little different!
Fantasy will always be my favourite genre, so when Alex @ PA Reads shared her list of 10 Memorable Fantasy Books You Should Read Today, I knew I had to give it a read! It’s nice to see that some of my go-to favourites (good-old Brandon Sanderson) made it on to her list and I’ve now added Air Awakens by Elise Kova and Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller on to my TBR, as they both some like something I’d love!
There are so many fantasy sub-genres that I’ve yet to fully dive into, and one of my reading goals this year is to explore more fantasy worlds and authors. Jess @ Jessticulates shared a wonderful post about the Desert Fantasy on Her TBR and I couldn’t resist adding pretty much all of the books mentioned on to my TBR! I remember reading The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh a couple of years ago and really enjoying it, so I’m eager to read more similar adventures soon!
On Monday, England announced it was going back into another full lockdown, so it’s fair to say that these next 6 weeks are going to be a bit of a struggle for me. BUT recently Bertie @ Luminosity Library shared 10 Comfort Reads to Beat Those Winter Blues and I definitely plan to add a couple of these feel-good reads to my monthly TBR, and hopefully they’ll help keep my spirits up!
During December there was also lots of exciting announcements!
Lila @ Hardcover Haven announced her Written in the Margins Travelling Book Club, a book club where a chosen book is sent to eleven readers during which the participant reads and annotates the book before sending it to the next person. This is such a fabulous and fun idea and I can’t wait to follow along! For more information be sure to check out Lila’s post!
And finally, Ahaana @ Windows to the Worlds and Becky @ Dusts of Magic announced the After the Story Writing Project, a collaboration of book bloggers that focuses on writing more and building the confidence to write something you enjoy, while having fun! This is such a brilliant and creative project for any aspiring writer or anyone looking for a unique creative outlet! Be sure to check out their posts for more information!