I’ve been a bit absent in the blogging community lately, so I thought I’d make up for it with HUGE monthly favourites post! The creativity and enthusiasm throughout the blogging community is so inspiring and it’s been lovely seeing so many people achieving milestone follower counts! I say this every month, but I love writing these posts and looking back at all the amazing content you create! The blogging community has always been a place of endless support, and these little posts are just my way of spreading that love and celebrating why I love the blogging community so much.
One of my aims this month was to do more blog hopping and to discover more passionate and like-minded bloggers and I’ve done just that! I’ve gone a bit mad with this favourites list but there were so many incredible posts this month that I loved and that made me smile, I couldn’t help it! I’m always on the hunt for new blogs to follow, and I want to spread the love even further, so please leave a link in the comments to a blog I should be following!
I hope you all have a fabulous month filled with sunshine and lots of reading!
May was the month of Eurovision and the wonderful Line @First Line Reader got creative and combined this iconic music competition with some of our favourite fantasy characters, and I’m in love! My ’12 points’ would definitely go to Merry and Pippin (Lord of the Rings), they’d have everyone dancing and their performance would be full of surprises.
Found families and strong friendship groups are some of my all-time favourite bookish tropes. There’s just something so heart-warming about a group of unlikely individuals finding comfort in each other and the wonderful banter that comes with it. Veronika @Wordy and Whimsical shared a great list of books with found family tropes, and I couldn’t help but add all of these books to my TBR, whoops!
Maria @The Character Study is new to the blogging community, but they are KILLING IT with their posts! One of my favourites was their brilliant discussion on bisexual representation in books, and if you haven’t read it yet then be sure to check it out!
May also saw the highly anticipated Friend’s reunion hit our screens, and the fabulous Bryony @The Indecisive Readers got creative and recommended some books to the Friends characters, and I’m in love with all of her picks!
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Bookstagram for a while now, and after reading Estelle @The Bookish Garden’s post on how to start a Bookstagram, it’s definitely something I want to try! This post was SUPER helpful and has given me a lot of things to think about, who knew that choosing an aesthetic would be so difficult!
When I’m not falling head over heels for Greek Mythology, I’m obsessing over my zodiac sign! Hal @HD’s Reading Life matched Queer 2021 releases to your zodiac sign, and I am OBSESSED with this post! Hal’s picks were spot on, and I couldn’t be happier with the book recommendation for Libra’s!
If you’re looking for more star sign book recommendations then look no further, Ariel @A Gemini Book Nook shared her answers to the Zodiac Book Tag! I’m a Libra and Ariel recommended Years of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and as someone who is obsessed with both Grey’s Anatomy and Bridgerton, it’s definitely something I now want to pick up!
One thing I want to start doing this year is to take note of some of my favourite quotes and turn them into some creative project. Kaya @A Fictional Bookworm shared 10 quotes from her favourite books and now I’m tempted to re-read The Selection series! I’m currently reading the Clockwork series as well, and I just keep highlighting quotes
I really enjoyed Malka @Paper Procrastinators discussion on whether you need a blogging scheduled or not, and I loved reading through all the comments and learning more about other bloggers preferences. I’m someone who swears by their blogging schedule, my beautiful colour-coded spreadsheet keeps me organised and I don’t know where I’d be without it
As an English Lit graduate, I’ve read my fair share of classics but there have been a few that I’ve struggled to finish and didn’t enjoy! Jan @The Doodle Crafter shared her list of classics she didn’t finish and it’s nice to know that I wasn’t the only person who didn’t enjoy Great Expectations, however it breaks my heart to know she didn’t enjoy Little Women!
Earlier this year I fell in love with Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin and it’s great seeing other readers falling in love with this story and these characters. Katie @Melting Pages shared her brilliant review so be sure to check that out!
Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books shared some great bookish Podcast recommendations, and I can’t believe I haven’t listened to them sooner! The chances are that you’ll always find me with my headphones in, so this list is perfect and I’m excited to start listening!
Recently I’ve struggled to keep up with my TBR, I’ve got so many books that I want to read but I don’t know where to start! Mehek @The Critiques of a Fangirl shared a great discussion on whether to TBR or not to TBR, and it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one struggling! I agree with Mehek and have concluded that I’m 100% a TBR mood reader!
It’s almost SUMMER! The UK has been fortunate enough to have had some beautiful weather recently and it’s getting my all excited for the next couple of months! Aarushi @aarushireads shared some seasonal book recommendations for summer and I couldn’t help but add a few of these to my TBR!
I love my little book club with my friends, and Bianca @Your Words My Ink shared a great post on how to start your own digital bookclub! Bookclubs are the perfect opportunity to connect with other readers around the world and you never know you might find your next favourite read!
Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books is another blogger who is SMASHING it this month, I found it difficult to pick just one of her posts! I’m very tempted to start Bookstagram but I had no idea where to start! Luckily Rosina came to my rescue and shared some great Bookstagram tips and tricks that were all super helpful, so thank you!
I can’t believe that we’re almost half way through the year?! Emily @Frappes and Fiction shared her favourite books of the year so far and it was nice to see some of my favourite on the list too!
If you know me then you’ll know that I’m hopelessly and utterly obsessed with Greek Mythology so it’s no surprise that I loved Siena @Booksophobia post about Greek Myth Retellings you need to read! Ariadne by Jennifer Saint is on my June TBR and it looks like a re-read of Song of Achilles might be on the cards too!
If you’re looking for your next read then look no further! Joy @Books With Joy shared the ultimate enemies to lovers booklist and I couldn’t help but add a few of these to my ever-growing TBR! I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for an enemies to lovers trope, so this list is perfect!
Hands down my favourite post of the entire month was April Lee @Booked Till Midnight post where she replaced snakes on YA book covers With Milo the goat! This was GENIUS and had me dying with laughter, even now I can’t help but smile when I think about it!
I want to say a HUGE congratulations to Ashmita @The Fictional Journal for hitting 1000 followers! This is such an incredible achievement and they truly deserve it! If you don’t already follow Ashmita then please do, she is such a lovely person and is always posting fabulous content that I know you will all enjoy!
One of my favourite discussion posts this month was Rania @Rania’s Ramblings beautifully thoughtful post about Down Syndrome and Autistic Representation in YA Books. This is a topic I know many of us hold close to our hearts and it’s clear that we need more #ownvoices neurodivergent and accurate representation in literature. I LOVED this post so much, so be sure to check it out!
I’m an emotional wreck and it doesn’t take much to turn me into a blubbering mess (I’m that person who cries at the John Lewis Christmas advert) but it’s been a while since I cried over a book! The lovely Amber @Bibliomavens and Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger shared their picks that are guaranteed to make you cry, so be sure to have the tissues at the ready! When I saw the Hero of Ages on Jessica’s list, a wave of emotion hit me, it’s been years since I finished that series and I don’t think I’ve ever recovered!
May was AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month, and both Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant and Julia @Stormy Reads gave us some great book recommendations by Asian authors! A lot of these are already on my TBR but there were a few new ones that I can’t wait to start!
I’m enjoying Zoe @Reading by the Moonlight’s author spotlight series, this month she focused on Slyvia Plath and it was really interesting to learn more about her and her work! I studied a little of Plath at University but she’s someone I want to explore more!
Maya @Pretty Little Scribbles shared some of her favourite sibling relationships in books and on-screen, and I couldn’t agree more with her choices! The relationship between the March sisters, the Pevensie siblings and Annie and Hallie from the Parent Trap will always be some of my favourites!
Another book that completely skipped my radar was Sunkissed by Katie West! I’m a sucker for a bit of Kasie West and had no idea that she’d written another book so when Georgia @Lost in Neverland shared her review, I knew it was something I had to add to my TBR straight away!
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston is one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, this magical big-hearted romance sounds super adorable and it’s lovely seeing so many readers fall in love with this story! The wonderful Ahaana @Windows to Worlds shared her review and now I’m even more excited to read it!