Highlights from the Book Blogging Community | December & January


I introduced this monthly feature on my blog in November. And then December got away from me. But I still want to spotlight some of the posts I loved from December and January, so I thought I’d throw them all in one nice long post. I love doing these, because they’re my way of showing some appreciation for my fellow book bloggers, and exposing my readers to new topics and blogs. (These are in no particular order and don’t cover all the posts I liked in the past two months, but I had to draw the line somewhere or this post would never end.) I hope you enjoy!

Let’s Talk: Can being a book reviewer ruin the overall enjoyment of reading? by Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction. I’d been thinking a lot about this for a while, and when Ashleigh published this post it was like she’d read my mind. I do feel like reviewing books takes some of the enjoyment out of reading, and I think Ashleigh makes some excellent points in this post.

5 Different Ways We Buy Books by Larkin at Wonderfilled Reads. I think every bookworm can relate to this post! It is fun and funny, and oh so relatable.

Hufflepuff, RavenclawSlytherin, and Gryffindor Reading Lists by Larkin at Wonderfilled Reads. These reading lists are so clever! They’re really well thought out, and go a little deeper than what you might expect. There is also a wide range of genres in each post, which is great!

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging by Kourtni at Kourtni Reads. I completely agree with everything in this post! If you’re knew to blogging, or thinking about starting a blog, read it. You’ll get so much more out of it if you follow these tips.

Bookish Thought: Current Event Books to Read by Nicole at Sorry, I’m Booked. I’d actually been working on my own version of this (which will go up eventually) when Nicole published hers. And it’s perfect! I added a lot of books to my TBR. If you’re concerned about the state of current events (i.e. politics), this is a great post to check out.

Discussion | Blogging Stats and Validation by Emma at The Terror of Knowing. I swear, it’s like all my blogger friends have been reading my mind lately. This is another topic I’ve been thinking about a lot (and wrote down as an idea for a future discussion post). It’s a great post, and gives bloggers something to think about.

Recommendations: Translated Fiction by Pippa at The Little Book Owl. I’ve read two of the books on this list, both of which I loved. The others went on my TBR. If you’re looking to read more translated literature, this is an excellent place to start!

Discussion Post: (The Great Debate) E-Readers vs Physical Books, What Side Are You On? by Heather at The Sassy Book Geek. Yet another topic that’s been hanging out in my blog ideas notebook for months. Heather makes some really great points in this post! I definitely think there are pros and cons to both sides, and I’m not sure if I can commit myself 100% to either one. What do you think?

Jo Talks Books: Does The Season Affect What You Read? by Jo at bookloversblog. I thought this post was very interesting, because I am somewhat of a seasonal reader. I tend to read lighter, more fun, contemporary books in the summer months, and then gravitate towards heavy topics, thrillers, and classics when it starts to get cooler. It’s interesting to think about, and because I’m aware of this, I can save books for when I’m more likely to be in the mood to read and appreciate them.

Dear YA, We Need to Leave it in 2016 by Meleika at The Aus. Library. I love this post, because, now that I (and many of you) are paying more attention to diversity in literature, we are more aware of things that are offensive in both books and the conversations about books. Posts like these are great, because they act like a guide to spotting things you might not normally notice, but need to stand up to. Or maybe even things you might say or feel that might be offensive to others.

Things in books that should be left behind in 2016 by Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch (bonus points for the awesome blog name!). Similar to the previous post, but more broad, with a lot of points that go beyond diversity – like abusive relationships that are portrayed as romantic. I also like that this post was a bit more generalized, and therefore relevant to readers who don’t participate in the book blogging community or don’t read young adult books. (Though you should read both posts if this is a topic you’re interested in.)

Why Your Excuse for Not Reading Diverse is Bullshit by Liselle at Lunch-Time Librarian. Because no matter what your excuse is, it is bullshit. Enough said.

Have you read any great bookish (or not) blog posts in the past few months? Share them in the comments!

18 thoughts

  1. Aww, thank you very much for including my post here! I’m incredibly humbled and I appreciate the thought. I just went through almost all the posts you mentioned here and yep, you’re right. They are worth sharing! I’m always up for gaining more insight, so I hope this feature of yours sticks. Looking forward to the next one! 😊

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