February Wrap-Up and Favorites

WOW. Let’s talk about February. I’ll be honest and say that my mental health plus with work stuff limited my time on here. But just to let y’all know that if you ever need a break or can’t post or whatever, it’s totally fine to not be consistent.

WHAT I READ

I read this because I re-watched Twin Peaks which I’ll go more in depth with in my monthly favorites portion. I enjoyed the information this provided on the show’s production, the stories and characters, and great analysis.

POSTS*

*actually Post because I only made 1 post this month.

Valentine’s Day Book Tag

MONTHLY FAVORITES

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

I downloaded this app at the beginning of February and I’m obsesssed! I never played an Animal Crossing game before (which I really need to get more of the games) but I love how chill and relaxing this game is. It’s so cute and easy-going.

Derry Girls


I first have to thank Aurora for talking about this amazing show on her blog. This is a hilarious coming of age comedy set in 1990s during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I love this quirky cast of characters. It’s so witty and the quotes are hilarious. Fun fact: I share a birthday with the actor who plays James.

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade attacked me so much. This about an eighth grade girl, Kayla who is dealing with social anxiety, trying to fit in, and being awkward a.k.a. me in eighth grade.

The Favourite

This deserved so much more praise from the Academy but who am I to judge? The Favourite is about the rivalry between cousins vowing to be the favourite of Queen Anne. I loved the dark comedic tones of this. Olivia Colman deserved her Oscar for her performance in this.

Twin Peaks

This was a rewatch because I always feel like February is the best month to watch this show (since it takes place during the last half of February and into March). I really adore this show no matter how meh it got in the second season. I always find myself coming back to the weird, surrealistic world of Twin Peaks.

Scribd

I started my free trial for this a week ago and I love it! I like listening to audiobooks and this gives you access to so many. I’m actually considering starting a subscription with this.


That is my lackluster monthly wrap-up. Hopefully March is more successful.

Favorite Blog Posts of January

Here’s to another year full of amazing bloggers and posts! This is somewhat late but here it is!


Savvy The Book Royal talks about reading with anxiety and depression and it felt so validating to hear from someone else who goes through the same experiences.

The Caffeinated Bookworm Life shares some blog posts ideas for a whole month of blogging. So useful and I’m so grateful for this post.

If you’re looking for anxiety rep, Reading Parental has a whole list of books with anxiety rep for you!

If you need some journal inspiration here’s a few bloggers sharing theirs:

Books, Trust, & Pixie Dust created a gorgeous moodboard for one of my favorite fantasy reads from last year, Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. She also did a fairy moodboard which is just as stunning. I adore these aesthetics.

Novels and Waffles recommends some books for 20-somethings (like me) looking for NA books written in YA style. I’m honestly just here for NA to become a much bigger thing.

Aurora Librialis talks about being a bad book blogger and why it’s ok. Number 1) I just want to say that Aurora is an AMAZING book blogger!
Number 2) This post is super validating and there’s a lot of great advice here.

Ace of Bens compares hardback and paperback covers and I love comparing different covers of a book.

2019 is not short of wonderful covers and here’s Motif by Tanya sharing some cover love. I love the diversity in this post.

Sun and Chai discusses femininity in YA in great depth and highlights many of the issues I have sometimes with female characters in YA such as weaponized femininity and the not like other girls tropes.

Starry Sky Books created The Folk of the Air Book Tag! I can’t wait to do it sometime because I am LIVING for this series.


Let me know what some of your favorite blog post were from January and feel free to share the blogger love! 😀

Favorite Blog Posts of November

Big yikes because this is a bit later than I would have liked it to be but here it finally is! I know how much people appreciate and enjoy these posts and I enjoy making them because I just like supporting other bloggers! 

Here are the previous months’s posts for y’all to check out! 🙂

April
May
June
July
August
September 
October

This month may be a bit limited but I hope you guys enjoy these and also feel free to link some amazing posts down below (including your own!) 


REVIEWS

Both Beware the Reader and Saturday Nite Reader reviewed Where the Crawdads Sings by Delia Owens and each had their own beautifully written thoughts on this book that made me instantly add it to my TBR. 

Lauren’s review of Sadie which perfectly encapsulates why I also enjoyed this book so much! 

Drizzle and Hurricanes’s review of This Is What It Feels Like and I can’t waait to read this one. 

Meaghan @ Words Gremlin reviewed Sawkill Girls and I enjoyed hearing her rave over it, especially hearing that the ace rep in this book is done very well. Can’t wait to read this one very soon. 

DISCUSSIONS

Consu @ Paper Eyed Girl discusses colorism in the Latinx community and how its used in Blanca & Roja. 

Vicky as always with her thoughtful discussions brings up the way the YA isolates teens despite them being their target audience. 

Alice @ A Reader’s Fiction helps with reading slumps and talks about the different types of reading slumps we all can get into. 

Marta @ The Cursed Books brings up a topic that is “me” and that’s about not re-reading books

Ally talks about the books that made her emotional.

Green Tea & Paperbacks talks about the struggles of being a mood reader and I relate too much. This felt like a call out post lmao. 

Amber discusses things she loves to see in books and I wholeheartedly agree with all of these things! 

Biopunk is a favorite sci-fi subgenre of mine and A Dance with Books discusses exactly that!

Camillea talks about how to make blogging friends and I’ve found this super helpful and I’m hoping I’ll be making many more blogging friends! 🙂 

RECOMMENDATIONS

Aurora made a wonderful list of books about books! How meta! 


Thanks for reading and I hope you all find some new bloggers to follow from this! 

Favorite Blog Posts of October

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Here are the previous month’s Favorite Blog Posts of the Month! 

April
May
June
July
August
September 


REVIEWS

I enjoyed this wonderful review for Undead Girl Gang from Writing Follies! Can’t wait to read it for myself!

Here’s a review of Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills from Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice. Emma Mills is one of those authors that I really need to get around to!

There’s this review for Shadow of the Fox from Utopia State of Mind which is one of my favorite reads from this month and this year! I wholeheartedly agree with this review. Protect all of those characters!!!

RECOMMENDATIONS

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads made two excellent recommendation posts. One featuring books with bi main characters and one featuring books with Asian protagonists!

Want to read about witches? Wild Heart Reads has this post for witchy books for your TBR.

For more spooky recs here’s Aurora @ Aurora Librialis with a bunch of great recommendations posts: One featuring books for scaredy cats (a.k.a. me) and some creepy reads.

DISCUSSIONS

There were a few negative articles about Bookstagram so I’m sharing these two posts that support Bookstagram: One from Camillea Reads and the other from Her Nose Stuck in a Book.

Merline @ Merline Reads wrote a very thoughtful post about blogging in general and how much effort it takes. I really like hearing from other bloggers about how much effort they put into their blogs and their experiences.

Kathy @ Books and Munches talks about self-care for Mental Health Day and I found a lot of this to be very helpful for my own mental health.

I’m including another discussion post from Kathy @ Books and Munches about peer pressure in the book community that felt very relevant to me at the moment.

Speaking of mental health, this month featured the Shattering Stigmas 4.0 event hosted by a bunch of amazing bloggers. I’m sharing Ben @ Ace of Ben’s post which has links to ALL of the bloggers who hosted and made guest posts. I appreciated this entire event because of my own mental health and seeing others help spread awareness for mental health is such a great thing to see within this community.

Ally @ Ally Writes Things discusess book ratings and why some books we rate lower than 5 can still be our favorites.

Consu @ Paper Eyed Girl talks about the essentials for Blogtober which I will definitely be using for next year when I will attempt to do Blogtober!

FUN STUFF

Here’s an awesome blogger FNM who compiled a list of 100 Book Tags!!! Such amazing work! 😀 Check that out if you’re looking for some more ideas for your blog.

Merline @ Merline Reads shares some fun ways to survive waiting for a book release!

The Cosy Reader gives tips on how to cosify your Bookstagram which has been helpful for me since I’m considering starting one very soon (maybe lol)

Meaghan @ Words Gremlin wrote this post about making your own book boxes to send to your book buddies! Such a brilliant idea that is also affordable and it sounds so much fun!

Melanie @ Mel to the Any was part of the cover reveal for Kalyn Josephson’s The Storm Crow and the COVER IS GORGEOUS and the story itself sounds so interesting! Can’t wait to read it next year!

What to find out what bookish witch you are? Aurora @ Aurora Librialis made fun little quiz! I got Mila from Undead Girl Gang! 

Jayati @ Junky Writing gives some suggestions on how to choose your next read!

Elaine shares a stunning and spooky literary look from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

If you like spooky podcasts like I do, Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks has a list for you!

Elissa @ Elissa Reads shared her Halloween costume as Belle! She even made a video with the rolling ladder!


Thanks for reading and please leave a comment down below letting me know some other bloggers out there I should check out! I’m always trying to look for some lesser known or smaller bloggers!

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Nostalgic Halloween Favorites

Here today with a non-bookish post but since it’s SPOOKY SEASON I figured I’d make some Halloween-related lists! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and ever since I was a kid I always watched a bunch Halloween movies and these are ones that have some nostalgic value to me and maybe to other people as well! Enjoy 🎃🎃🎃


Scooby Doo

Well basically anything Scooby Doo is spooky but I have a few specific Scooby Doo movies and specials I used to watch and still LOVE to this day.

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This is one of the first Scooby Doo movies I watched. This one is genuinely SCARY and DARK. Also has a lot of great twists and backstories for the monsters.

scooby doo and the witch's ghost

This is such a fall favorite and it’s perfect for Halloween! Another darker than the usual Scooby Doo It’s got that crisp fall aeshetic and WITCHY stuff and also….

THE HEX GIRLS (and they’re gonna put a spell on you!) 

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Then there’s this special that only features Scooby and Shaggy as the main characters but also has a memorable ghoulish cast of monster girls!!! How awesome is that??

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Disney Channel Movies

Of course the Disney Channel has had many iconic Halloween movies but these two in particular are my faves for life.

Casper

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There’s A LOT of Casper movies but I’ll always have fun watching this one. Granted it’s been years since I last watched this so I don’t know how well this holds up. I also used to really like the sequel that was a direct-to-VHS sequel which is one I can admit is probably not very good lmao.

The Addams Family & The Addams Family Values

*CUE THEME MUSIC*

One of the best and healthiest depictions of a family ever. Just a fact. When I can I become a member of the Addams Family??

Scary Godmother

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This is just on here mainly because of nostalgia and I also want to see who else remembers this?? Maybe no one because this movie almost feels like I just made it up. It probably doesn’t hold up but I remember enjoying this every year it came on Cartoon Network during their Halloween schedule.

Monster House

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I think this is a great, underrated film. This was a weird spooky animated film that I don’t think gets talked about much. It’s pretty dark for a kids film and has quite a lot of adult humor that definitely went over my head when I was younger. The monster house itself has a very interesting and bizarre backstory that makes this such a unique film.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Of course I had to put this one on here. The movie that gets to be placed on both Halloween and Christmas lists. It’s double awesome!

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble

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I used to be a huge Mary-Kate and Ashley fan when I was little. I owned most of their movies and TV specials. This was one of my favorites, despite the fact that it scared me and I didn’t know why until I re-watched some of it this month and WOW. I can see why because it just has a creepy vibe. It’s all in the atmosphere. Maybe I still just get spooked easily.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

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A classic that my whole family watches every year. I enjoy the Charlie Brown specials every year and this one is my personal favorite. I love the idea of The Great Pumpkin! My favorite part is when Charlie Brown is trick r treating and everyone gives him a rock instead of candy.

Hocus Pocus

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And finally…HOCUS POCUS! I don’t think I fully appreciated how wonderful this one was until I got a bit older. I think I first watched this when I was 6 or 7 and it SCARED me so much because I was watching this at night and no one else was awake and I thought that the witchy stuff was real (tbh I still do!). I watch this every year and it’s such an iconic film. I believe that this year is also it’s 25th anniversary which is cool and amazing that it’s in the minds of so many people after all those years.

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Favorite Blog Posts of September

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Wow I can’t believe September is almost over and October is tomorrow!

Here are some Favorite Blog Posts posts from the previous months:

April
May
June
July
August

This month I have MANY discussions posts to share with y’all but I there’s also plenty of excellent reviews and recommendations! Please check all of these posts and other posts from the bloggers as well! Also feel free to drop in your own posts from this month and I will go check them out!


REVIEWS

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer reviews one of my current favorites, the manga series, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Volume 3-6. Highly recommend this magical series, especially if you are wanting to get into reading manga. PLUS Dani also reviewed yet another fave manga series of mine, Yona of the Dawn!!

Becky @ Velvet Spade Reads reviewed The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, a most anticipated fall release of mine!

Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks wrote a lovely 5 star review for Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I can’t wait to read this one!

Utopia State of Mind wrote a short and eloquent review for Sawkill Girls. Another anticipated fall read! Sounds like I’ll LOVE this one.

DISCUSSIONS

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm asks if un-relatable characters affect your feelings on a book and it’s one of those questions where everyone will have a different answer and opinion on and I think discussion posts like these are so insightful and engaging!

Merline @ Merline Reads talks about book subscription boxes and her issue with them and I AGREE SO MUCH. I’m so indecisive about them and I’ve only gotten one but I’m so cautious.

Meaghan @ Words Gremlin talks about art theft, which while isn’t a book topic, its a VERY IMPORTANT discussion that needs to had. Also to go along with using FREE resources for your blog instead of stealing,

Alice @ A Reader’s Fiction discusses reading multiple books at once or one book at a time. I agree with both ways of reading and I’m honestly trying to figure out which one is still the best way for me to read, efficiently.

The Bookdragons made a very useful post for a book blogger like myself about some blogging do’s and dont’s! I think this is amazing advice for new and expert book bloggers alike!

Jayati @ Junky Writing gives tips on how to read faster! Such a helpful post! Especially since I have a big TBR coming up for October! Another post from Jayati that y’all should check out as well, discussing the importance of best friends in YA.

Elaine made a wonderful list of Bookish Websites to use to help organize your library! I discovered LibraryThing because of this post and I LOVE AND APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH.

Rachana talks about 5 things book lovers struggle with! Such a relatable post! 🙂

Here’s an informed and insightful post about the struggle of an international book blogger from Inside My Library Mind. Please check this out post out even if you aren’t an international blogger. I think its good to understand the frustration that specific book bloggers face concerning ARCs, galleys, book boxes, etc.

Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner talks about being an organized mood reader (which unfortunately I don’t fall into that category but I wish I was a more organized mood reader!) I found this post to be very helpful when it comes to my own reading “style”

FALL/AUTUMN READING RECOMMENDATIONS

There were quite a few bloggers that made some amazing recommendations lists for fall reading, so check these out if you are looking pumpkin spice up your fall TBR (oh dear god please @ me in the comments for making that awful pun, it was bad)

Kristin Kraves Books’s Fall Book Recommendations

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis shares 10 books for Autumn Reading. I picked up An Enchantment of Ravens because of this list!

Melanie @ Mel to the Any has some wonderful recs as well! I have many of these on my TBR already. They all sound so perfect for this time of year. I love that this list is a mix of magical realism and spooky stories.


Thanks to everyone who checks out these posts by fellow book bloggers! These are my favorite posts to make and I can’t wait until October to see what y’all write up next!

Sav

Favorite Blogs Posts of August

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Since August was sort of hiatus month for me I didn’t get to really explore a lot of new bloggers but I do have some great posts to share from these amazing bloggers that I follow!

Please feel free to promote your own blog down in the comments and also share some of your favorite blog posts from other bloggers!!!

This won’t be as organized as previous months but I tried lol.

Here are some previous Favorite Blog Posts from the previous months:

April 
May
June
July


Reviews

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer reviews one of my current favorite manga series The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe. This review expressed so many of my feelings about this series.

Rachana reviews Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann and it gave me so many feels. I love when people gush about books like this. I can’t wait to read this book!

Elissa @ Elissa Reads wrote a 5 star review for Emergency Contact, which moved my TBR around so I can read this ASAP.

Here’s Amanda @ The Bee-Witched Reader’s excellent review of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.

Discussions, Lists, Recs, + More

Book Allure discusses Book Buying Philosophies and I adored their flow chart. I definitely needed this in my life.

Aimee @ Aimee Always shared The Ultimate List of Book Blog Topics and Ideas! I’ve been inspired by a lot of things on this list and there will also be more added in the future.

Here’s some book recommendations from Green Tea & Paperbacks for books featuring fat main characters over watching the mess that is Netflix’s Insatiable (I cringe every time I think about the existence of that show). I HIGHLY recommend Piecing Me Together. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and its just SOOO GOOD.

Libby @ Dim Screen shares the books they’ve rated 5 stars. I always enjoy seeing which books make the cut for people to rate 5 stars for.

Amanda @ The Bee-Witched Reader discusses the book that has remained with them over time. I can think of a few books that have remained with me but sometimes its a mix of good and bad.

Meaghan @ Words Gremlin inspired me with their book tracking in their bullet journal. I love staying organized with my reading using my own bullet journal.

Here’s Never Not Reading’s post about things that they’d like to see more of in YA. I always like to see what kinds of things people want to see more of and I hope someday if I actually get my career as an author started I can write some of these things into my stories.

Ally @ Ally Writes things discusses some unique settings featured in books.

Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl talks about negative reviews and all the pressures and anxiety us reviewers face. A helpful and important post with a lot of great tips!

Unputdownable Books discusses why they write mostly positive reviews. This was so insightful and I try to take many of these into consideration when writing reviews as well.

Justine @ Bookish Wisps spotlights Filipino authors!! I’ve added so many of these to my TBR!

Aurora @ Aurora Librialis shares some of the books that Lara Jean would have in her library with very cute and very pink aesthetics!

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads is always on here with some of the most thoughtful discussion posts. Check both of these out, one about Problematic vs Plot and the other about Reading Reviews and what exactly you should think about when reading them.

Another blogger with great discussion posts is May @ Forever and Everly. Here’s one about mood reading (basically my kind of reading style) and its pros and cons and then, another post all about ARCs.