Hello and happy almost August! (I can’t believe I just typed that, why is Time moving faster?!). After participating in the first round of the Blogger Awards for the first time, I realized that I’m not as engaged as I thought I was (or want to be be) with this amazing community as I thought. After realizing this, I decided to start a monthly post series where I list and link the posts that I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of these will be book related, however, I do hope to share some non-book related posts or even news stories. Doing this series will also create an archive of sorts for me too as well as share the blogger love every chance I can get!
Warning that this list is long.
The Blog Posts
Katie at Never Not Reading talked about how she tries to comment on every post she reads and we all should try too. Which I totally agree, even I too fail from time to time. After reading this, I try really hard to come up with something other than ‘great post’ to comment. It’s been great to comment more!
In light of the American Independence Day, Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile gave American History book recommendations. I had no idea that we technically celebrate on the wrong day (although it does sound vaguely familiar).
Breanna at Paws and Paperbacks discussed what makes a book YA. I mostly go with the age of the main characters in the book. I also really enjoyed reading her thoughts on how some books are unfairly categorized YA – like SFF books with female authors.
Ash at Starlight Strands gave book recommendations based off of songs. While I haven’t listened to any of the songs she lists, I just love the concept and give her all the kudos for executing this idea so well.
Holly at Nut Free Nerd continues her classics recommendation series by giving July-esque classic recommendations. I’ve read two of her list; I’m so happy to see she’s enjoying Monte Cristo as this already on my classics list to read and it’s quite intimidating. She also posted a great discussion about whether our bookshelves are a reflection of us.
Nyx at Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about song lyrics that she would love to turn into books. I wish I could execute creative blog posts like this one as well as she does.
Noura at The Perks of Being Noura gave book recommendations based on reading mood. I really enjoyed this post because I’ve discovered that I’m definitely a mood reader and several of her recs were already on my list, which is great!
Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books discussed trigger warnings in books and why she finds them important. I never really thought about trigger (or content warnings) before besides ones for assault, which is a warning that I’m in tune with for books. I agree with Marie that it’s important we include them (and I will definitely start). I mean we have a rating system for TV shows and movies, why not books?
CW at The Quiet Pond gave 20 book recommendations with 20 Books with Trans, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer Rep. Which is awesome! I have several friends who are a part of this community. I’m also excited to see several of my TBR books on this list.
Naty at Naty’s Bookshelf provided a list of fun and light-hearted reads for anxious times. A few of these are completely new to me .. I did end up adding a couple to my TBR.
The Orangutan Librarian talked about books that they think would be great film adaptations plus ones they’re excited for! The list is a great one – includes The Diviners, Shadow and Bone, and The Secret History (and more!).
Sofii at A Book A Thought gave book recs to help you get out of a reading slump. Her recs are great – there are a several on her list that are either on my TBR or ones that I’ve read.
Nicole at Half Wild Books provided a list of light YA Fantasy series perfect for summer. I haven’t ready any of them yet, but a couple are on my TBR list … maybe I’ll finally pick one of them up!
Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek provided a guest post that looks at which generation reads the most via Infographic. It was really interesting … I’m glad to see that reading is still a huge part of most people’s lives, regardless of age!
The News Articles
inc.com wrote up TED’s annual summer reading list for 2020. Out of the 20 books, I’ve already read three of them. I will definitely check out what’s on the rest of the list.
phys.org wrote Children’s books must be diverse, or kids will grow up believing white is superior. This is a very important topic I think.
Tor gives us a list of Five SFF Books Set in Contemporary African Locales. I added a couple of them.
Forbes wrote about a retired teacher who started The Book Bus. If I could do anything, I think it would be this. Bringing books to anyone and everyone.
The New York Times published ‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing. Though I’m not sure if everyone will be able to read it, the Times is finicky if you don’t have an account. But it was a really good read.
wbur published A Reading List On Race For Allies Who Want To Do Better. A few are ones that I know and some of them are already on my list. While it’s not on the list, I’m currently listening to Stamped From the Beginning.
Gamespot (and many other sites) post that George RR Martin hopes that we’ll have Winds of Winter in 2021. Fingers crossed!
Book Riot published the article WHEN YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR SAYS THE WRONG THING. I’ve only been able to skim it, but from what I read, it’s a good read.