First things first, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who left a lovely comments on my April Wrap Up and May TBR post, I wasn’t expecting to receive so many kind and heartwarming messages of support and I even got a little emotional. The love and support that the blogging community continues to spread never fails to make me smile and all those amazing comments have given me a massive and much-needed confidence boost, so thank you again! All of you continue to make my blogging experience one that is filled with so much joy, kindness and friendship, and for that I’ll be forever grateful!
I wanted to continue spreading the love and support and celebrate some wonderful bloggers and posts that I loved this month. I always have so fun much writing these posts and they just keep getting longer and longer, I can’t help it!
Anyway, enough about me, let’s celebrate some of the AMAZING posts I read in April!
Ari @Read With Ari combined two of my favourite things and gave us some book recommendations based on some of her favourite songs! I thought this was such a fun and creative idea and I look forward to more of her recommendations!
I’ve heard so many amazing things about Manga and it’s a style that I’ve wanted to explore for a while now! @24HrYABookBlog shared the perfect starter kit and recommendations for any reader looking to read more Manga and I’m excited to add a few of these to my TBR.
If you’re looking for your next read then look no further! Sahi @My World of Books shared a brilliant compilation post of some amazing books by Asian authors and I couldn’t help but add a few off these to my ever-growing TBR!
There’s something special and magical about atmospheric books and the wonderful Veronika @Wordy and Whimsical shared some of her favourites. These books take you by the hand and guide you to incredible worlds filled with magic, mystery and wonder!
When it comes to memoirs my mind instantly jumps to Joan Didion, her books continue to destroy me emotionally but I can’t help it they’re just so beautiful and I love learning more and more about her life. The lovely Ally @Ally Writes Things shared 10 Memoir recommendations and I’ve taken this as a sign to branch out and read something different!
Sofii @A Book. A Thought shared a beautiful list of perfect books for transitioning between seasons and I’m in love with all of her picks, they’re so good and capture the mood of each season perfectly!
Growing up I loved learning French and reading French literature, but over the years my learning has taken a backseat. Alienor @A Fox’s Wanderings shared 10 French classics I need to re-read and it’s encouraged me to add a few more French classics onto my TBR!
One of my favourite posts I read last month was Amy @Golden Books Girl post on Recommending Books to Lion King Characters! I’m fully obsessed with this post and how accurate these book recommendations are, and I can’t wait for more posts in this series!
One of my favourite discussion posts this month was the incredible Ahaana @Windows to Worlds post about diversity, inclusivity and representation in YA fantasy. This was such a well-written, thought provoking and insightful post that I can’t praise enough! Ahaana also shared 13 recommendations for #OwnVoices, and Diverse SFF, so be sure to add some of these to your TBR!
Rums @Rums the Reader only read romance books for a week and I’m in love with this idea! I’m a hopeless romantic and someone who has a huge pile of romance books on her TBR, so I think it’s about time that I take a page out of Rums book dedicate an entire week of reading to romance!
Last month I only managed to read one book, so Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books post on how to read more was exactly what I needed! These tips were super helpful and this might be the month that I give audiobooks a second chance!
Another post I loved this month was Rachel @A Bookworms Paradise discussion on what makes a good book title and why they matter. I don’t know about you but I love it when a character mentions the name of the book, it’s a clever little nod to the reader and the perfect way to tie everything together.
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
I’m a big foodie so Elizabeth @An Attic Full of Paper post about the best food references in novels was the perfect post and one which made me feel a little peckish!
Naemi @A Book Owls Corner shared her fantastic review of the Shadow and Bone TV adaptation and I couldn’t agree with her more!! I’m still having trouble putting all of my thoughts and praises into coherent sentences rather than emotional ramblings and it’s been great to see so many people fall in love with this show!
One thing I really want to start doing this year is to take note of some of my favourite quotes and turn them into some creative project. Michaela @Journey into Books shared some of her favourite quotes from The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta and they make me want to re-read this book again!
“This book is a fairy tale in which I am the prince and the princess. I am the king and the queen. I am my own wicked witch and fairy godmother. This book is a fairy tale in which I’m cursed and blessed by others. But, finally, I am the fairy finding my own magic.”
Huge congratulations to Susana @Susana Loves Books who celebrated hitting 100 Follows with a Q&A! I loved reading all her answers and getting to know her a little better!
In other exciting news, the lovely Joy @ohsrslybooks revealed her beautiful bookmark and notepad designs! It makes me so happy to see her chasing her dreams and I wish her all the best with all of her projects!
I don’t think I’ll be travelling anywhere soon so it looks like I’ll just have to settle with some of my favourite fictional worlds! April Lee @BookedTillMidnight shared 8 fictional worlds she wants to travel to and my bags are packed and ready to go with her!
Another series I’m really enjoying is Catarina @Pages and Plots Under the Radar feature that highlights little-known YA books turning one year that week. I love reading books little-known books, there’s just something intimate and secret about reading book that not many others have read!
Another post that I LOVED last month was Katie @Melting Pages discussion about blogger burnout. I am no stranger to a creative burnout and at times blogging can be overwhelming, and it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in my struggles. I related to this post so much and it’s sparked a really important conversation on why I blog and my blogging journey in general. I always find that taking a break helps me and I want to let everyone know that my DM’s are always open to anyone who is struggling!
Shadow and Bone dominated my April, and it got me thinking about all the other books that I want to see adapted! The lovely Amber @Bibliomavens clearly read my mind and shared her list of fantasy books that also need to be adapted and I agree with every single one of her picks! I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed that hopefully one day we’ll get at least one of these adaptations.
Zoe @Reading by the Moonlight shared what she loves about blogging and it reminded me of why I love too blog too! The blogging community and the love everyone continues to spread is hands down my favourite part of blogging and it’s one of my biggest motivators!
One of my favourite book tags this month was The Spring Cleaning Book Tag! Alexa @Writing The Universe shared her answers and also gave me an amazing book recommendation that I really excited to read!
Two of my favourite things are books and tarot cards, and the lovely Robin @Paperbacks and Planners has combined the two to create tarot book recommendations. I love this idea so much and the recommendations are always spot on!
I love tracking my reading and and various bookish apps like Goodreads and The Storygraph, so when I saw that Angele @Adominiquereads had done the Goodreads Was Wrong Book Tag, I had to check it out! I I loved this book tag and I really enjoyed reading Angele’s answers, we’ve got very similar opinions when it comes to Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard!