Blog Post – Book Blogger Appreciation Week Roundup

As this week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week (which I didn’t actually realise until Sunday), I was originally going to post a Top 5 Friday feature of some of my favourite bloggers in the book community. However, it quickly became apparent that a top 5 was nowhere near enough so instead, this is me rambling and shouting out a group of wonderful people that you should definitely go and follow if you’re not already!

Alex @ Spells & Spaceships

For anyone that is in the SFF sphere of blogging, it won’t come as a surprise to see Alex mentioned on yet another appreciation list. He does so much for the community from hosting readalongs, creating reading challenges and, of course, introducing Norsevember which has been generating excitement since May and this is all on top of his brilliantly insightful and thoughtful reviews (seriously, dude, get some sleep!). However, what I love the most is how he champions self published books and authors, regularly doing what he can to ensure everyone hears about novels they may not otherwise, which I know is immensely appreciated by authors and readers. 

Cara @ The Tattooed Book

Now, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working in a bookshop with Cara and she is as lovely, welcoming and friendly offline as she is online. Her reviews are so articulate and really grasp the heart of the book which makes you compelled to read it (I’ve personally picked up a couple because of her reviews!). I also greatly appreciate being able to dissect darker reads with her knowing that she won’t judge as she enjoys disturbing reads as much as I do! I’m looking forward to our next buddy read! She also runs a cute bookish business – The Cosy Book Cult which you should definitely check out too.

Charlotte @ Sapphistication

Some of you may remember my post regarding ‘own voices in LGBTQIA+ novels’, and if you do then this blogger will sound familiar to you! Charlotte reads a whole host of fiction but if you’re looking for LGBTQIA+ recommendations, particularly featuring gothic themes and lesbians, then her blog is for you! It isn’t just book reviews that she provides, but Charlotte also has some fantastic resources on LGBTQIA+ friendly spaces online! Also, fun fact, Charlotte and I met at university (even if she did temporarily forget that fact when I reached out to her about the post back in February…!).

Dan @ Dan the Man

I couldn’t write this list without mentioning the wonderful, bubbly, Bookstagrammer Dan. By now I’m pretty sure the entire book community is familiar with Dan’s gorgeous photos, which you immediately know are his due to his signature style which always blows me away. When I first joined Twitter and came across Dan I was in awe (and actually a bit intimidated) by his following and the immense respect he has from the blogging community and as well as the publishing industry. I’m so happy I’ve got to know Dan and get to chat to him as he is an absolute delight and, as I’m sure many would agree, the most fabulous of us all. 

Isabelle @ The Shaggy Shepherd

I want to start by saying that Isabelle is lovely and I love that we’re in so many of the same communities and discord servers together! She is genuinely one of the most kind people that I have met online, I always love to read her thoughts about books – whether it be a full review or just a chat on Twitter as they’re always insightful. Even her cover reveals are incredibly enthusiastic which really builds my excitement for books I’ve normally not come across! Also, for an added bonus, if you follow Isabelle you frequently get adorable pet pictures which are guaranteed to make your day!

John @ Tales from Absurdia

I have only been following John’s reviews and content for a shorter space of time and yet I can’t imagine my timeline without him now. In fact, for any new bloggers I highly recommend checking out John’s resources as he has some guides (like The Bookish Glossary which is still helpful to me now after my time blogging) which are invaluable! Not only this but I love how unique and refreshing his reviews are and his love of philosophical books.

Lily @ Literary Lily

Despite promising that I will get better at watching BookTube, I’m still not completely there, someone I always have time to watch is Lily. I love her chill style which is informative as well as entertaining! Additionally, it’s really interesting to me to learn more about autism and autistic representation. Lily is incredibly open and fearless which I greatly admire, she’s not afraid to be herself and I love her for it. As an aside, Lily is a Mario Kart Master and I also love watching her cat, Maggie, launch herself at Lily whilst hosting reading sprints, even if that does mean I don’t get a lot of actual reading done…!

Livy @ Shelves of Starlight

Not only is Livy a wonderful human, she is also a wonderful blogger with a passion for history and mythology as well as books. Both of which she writes about with such enthusiasm and knowledge it’s difficult to not be impressed. Livy was actually one of the first friends I made on book Twitter after both joining at similar times and yet she feels like a pro at it. She’s also a pro at Mario Kart (even if her choice of Daisy as her main is questionable) and is a delight to talk to over discord calls which turns an hour chat into three hours of gushing over books, Marvel and mythology! 

Stephen @ Stephen Writes

The support I got from Stephen early on through comments and shares was incredibly motivating and something I’m very grateful for. It’s also something I’ve noticed he does a lot for bloggers both new and old which makes it so much easier to feel part of a community. He writes brilliant reviews for a whole host of different books but he also writes insightful discussion posts which are always fascinating to read. It isn’t just thoughts on other people’s work he writes, but his own poetry too!

Zoe @ Zoe’s Book Nook

Zoe is an absolute machine when it comes to reviews and blog tours and the rest, I have no idea how she does it! I love the chatty style of her reviews and her unique rating system. Her reviews grab you and instantly make you feel like you’re just getting a recommendation from a friend. She has also been incredibly supportive since I joined, always the first one to like my posts which always puts a smile on my face. Zoe is also incredibly connected and in the know, most of the time I only hear about things because she’s tagged me on Twitter, I would struggle without her!

There are so many people that I could include in this list but, if I did, you would probably still be here reading until next August! I’m so happy to have met such lovely and kind people and to have made such good friends over this last year, I couldn’t ask to be involved in a more wonderful community.

Who are your favourite bloggers? Give them a shout out in the comments!

Monthly Wrap Up – October 2020

Firstly in non-book news, this month I got a new addition to my family! After several years I have finally adopted a kitten – Yuki! He’s three months old and 90% fluff, he loves attention and sleep. He also makes an excellent alarm clock as he demands breakfast from 5am every morning.

This month I changed things up a bit on my blog with a fresh new theme and I have dropped the WordPress from my domain! I’m so happy with the changes that I have made and feel this blog is much more me and what I envisioned the site to be when I first started up again. 

I also joined the ‘bookstagram’ community, so you can now find me over there too! Whilst I’m not new to Instagram, I am new to bookstagram so if you have any tips, then please let me know!

You’ll notice that this month I did endeavour to read spookier novels to get into the spirit of things. It was quite refreshing to change up genres for a bit and I’ll be sure to sprinkle in some of these reads throughout my year in future. 

Books read this month

This month I read a total of 14 books (8 physical books and 6 ebooks).

  1. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  2. The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey (ARC)
  3. The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett (ARC)
  4. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  5. Letters From the Dead by Sam Hurcom (ARC)
  6. Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (ARC)
  7. Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda
  8. Dracula’s Child by J.S. Barnes
  9. A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden (Review request)
  10. The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
  11. Mango Bay by Serena Fairfax (Blog tour)
  12. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  13. The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson (Blog tour)
  14. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Favourite books read this month

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
This is one of the most unique novels that I’ve read in a long time. It’s so mysterious and magical that it’s difficult to describe. For risk of saying anything that could be remotely deemed a spoiler, all I can do is urge you to check this novel out for yourselves – there’s nothing quite like it! 

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata
Whilst this is only a short novel, so much is packed into it and it left me speechless by the end. I had no idea what to expect and as each page passed I became more and more surprised and gripped. I loved how complex the characters were and their situations, it was a very refreshing read. 

Dracula’s Child by J.S. Barnes
This spiritual successor of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula could easily have been a sequel that Bram Stoker had written himself. Barnes captures everything that makes Dracula great and creates a sensational story. I loved how this novel didn’t feel like a contemporary novel at all and how it was just as gripping, perhaps more so, than its predecessor. 

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
The Ghost Tree feels like a classic dark fairytale, despite it being set in 1980s America. When two girls are found brutally murdered the most shocking thing about this novel is how the town reacts to the fact. In this novel Henry has created a wonderfully unsettling community which leaves you feeling intensely uneasy. 

On Earth Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 
This novel is a beautifully written letter from the protagonist to his mother. It is a brutally honest letter which covers many important topics that should be spoken about. Covering the Vietnam war, sexuality and racism, this novel doesn’t shy away from the difficulties some people faced and still face to this day. 

How was your October? Did you focus on spooky reads too or do you read them throughout the year? Let me know in the comments!