It’s that time again for me to share some of my favorite blog posts from the last month. I am so glad you’re all enjoying this monthly feature, and that I get to introduce you to some blogs I love, but you might not know about. As usual, it was tough narrowing down the posts I wanted to share this month, but, ultimately, I went with the ones that made me think a bit more deeply about reading in general. I hope you’ll benefit from them as well.
Discussion: For or Against Readability by Olive at The Book Olive. This one is actually not a blog post, but a video. Recently, I’ve found myself gravitating more towards adult book discussions, and Olive has quickly become one of my favorite BookTubers. I really enjoyed this discussion about readability (inspired by an article she links in the description of her video). It was enlightening, and really made me think about why I choose certain books to read, and how readability affects my perception of certain books.
Are You Allowed to Enjoy Problematic Books? ~ Are We Making a Big Deal Out of This? by A. at Going Through Books. This is actually something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Are we ‘allowed’ to enjoy problematic books? If we do, must we then accept that they’re problematic? Is this only an issue because we’re discussing books online? It’s an interesting question, and I really enjoyed this post and the approach it takes.
Jo Talks Books: Where Are All the Single Characters in YA? by Jo at BookLoversBlog. I loved this post, because it addressed one of the reasons I find myself gravitating away from YA. I have no problem with romance, but must everyone be paired up (and usually within the same group of friends)? And I do think it’s important for teenagers to relate to characters who are single, who don’t necessarily seek out romance, or make it a priority in their lives.
Kernels of Nonsense: Are ARCs Worth It? by Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense. Another question I’ve been putting more thought into lately. As my blog grows, I’ve been getting more and more ARCs – from publishers, authors, and ones I request from NetGalley. Along with them comes the pressure to read and review them, and it can get overwhelming. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for a particular book, and I end up enjoying it less because I force myself through it. ARCs are definitely enticing and a major perk to blogging, but at times, I do wonder if they’re worth it.
Let’s Talk: Do Reading Plans and Rules Work for You? by Puput at Sparkling Letters. I liked this post, because recently I’ve been moving away from ‘reading rules’ (i.e. challenges, readathons, etc.). There is a lot of pressure that comes along with blogging, and I’ve found that I enjoy reading more when I don’t feel any sort of pressure to do it, or finish books in a certain amount of time.
Why We Need More Positive Girls Portrayal in Books by Puput at Sparkling Letters. Another post I think is really important, because I have noticed a lot of books that claim ‘strong female characters’, but don’t really deliver. And that’s definitely something that needs to be addressed, particularly in YA.
Why I Like Reading Negative Reviews of Books I Loved by Kourtni at Kourtni Reads. Kourtni brings up some really great points in this post. Not everyone is going to like the same books, and reading a different perspective can help open your eyes to certain things in books. Personally, there are a lot of books I enjoyed only to later realize – with the help of a negative review – that there were actually major issues (this is particularly relevant when it comes to diversity).
Are there any blog posts you loved this month? Share them in the comments! And feel free to link your own posts if you think I might enjoy them. (Just please, please don’t copy and paste your entire post as a comment. Thanks.)