Spreading the Love: Favourite Book Bloggers

 

Favourite bloggers pt 1

Hello friends!

I’ve been around for over two and a half years now and in the time I’ve been in the community, I had the chance to visit hundreds and interact with hundreds of blogs and bloggers, some of which I’ve stuck with, some of which I drifted away from (nothing personal, things happen, no hard feelings) and some I have stuck with since day one for a variation of reasons, most of which can be summer up in one sentence: Their content speaks to me. You can see here, what makes me keep coming back to a blog but the gist of it is a show of personality and content I’m interested in. So, I thought why not rave about some of those blogs and spread the love.

This list is in no way exhaustive, I have WAY more favourite blogs and I’ll probably do a second edition in the future but to keep this post readable, I’m keeping the number reasonable and talking about ten blogs I adore!

Green Tea & Paperbacks – Laura

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  • Laura is one of my favourite people in existence as well as one of my best friends.
  • She does all kinds of different posts that are equally enojoyable to read.
  • She reads and reviews great middle grade books.
  • She makes SUPER fun bookish quizzes.

Some of my favourite posts:

One Way or An Author – Aila

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  • I LOVE AILA SO MUCH, OKAY?
  • You’re looking for a book review? You’ll probably find it on her blog.
  • She reads a wide variety of genres, which… BLESS! I can always go to her for a recommendation.
  • HAVE YOU SEEN HER ART? *cries* it’s so gorgeous!!

Some of her reviews:

Drizzle and Hurricane Books – Marie

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  • Marie is the sweetest and her blog is one of the very first I followed almost 3 years ago?
  • She writes great and insightful discussions.
  • Her travel posts give me major wanderlust (as if I didn’t have enough already).
  • Also the minimalist theme is 10/10 good on the eye.

Some of my favourite posts:

Utopia State of Mind – Lili

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  • Lili is another one of my friends and she’s an absolute joy to talk to.
  • She focuses on SFF titles and I trust her recommendations an incredible lot.
  • She also reviews other genres though, and her reviews are clear and concise.
  • She hosts interviews of some really great authors.

Some of my favourite posts: 

Forever and Everly – May

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  • May is discussion posts royalty, and I don’t think anyone can disagree with me.
  • They’re also so funny??? Like? They manage to make me laugh even in the most serious posts.
  • Their reviews are always honest and they don’t shy away from telling it as it is. I appreciate that.
  • Also? The soft pink? Absolutely adorable.

Some of my favourites posts:

A Whisper of Ink – Ilsa

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  • Gotta support fellow muslim bloggers, AMIRITE?
  • She’s also another one who’s super funny and she just has a very genuine likeable voice.
  • ALL THE SNARK. I live for it not gonna lie.
  • She’s had a more chill approach to blogging lately (which is great) and I still read whenever she posts.

Some of my favourite posts:

Aimee, Always – Aimee

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  • Aimee writes super fun and varied posts.
  • Some of them have super helpful tips and resources.
  • She also does blog design for low rates, and looking at her blog, you want to hire her.
  • She organizes blog tours pretty frequently and the next one is for Mirage (AAAHH!!)

Some of my favourite posts:

The Bookish Actress – Elise

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  • Elise is both eloquent and funny and I’m here for it.
  • She has really creative post ideas that go beyond books, although, yes books are the focus.
  • She’s really honest and genuine in her posts;
  • You need sapphic recommendations? SHE GOT YOU!

Some of my favourite posts:

Vicky who Reads – Vicky

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  • Vicky writes spot on discussions about important issues.
  • She pushes for the better inclusion of international bloggers and I REALLY appreciate that.
  • She’s also super sweet!
  • Besides that, she recommends books based off of books we already know and love.

Some of my favourite posts:

Paperblots – Julianna

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  • Julianna writes a lot of great discussion posts and lists.
  • She’s actually funny too? Her post titles make me cackle!
  • Her blog is so aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. Blue is my favourite color so.
  • She hypes up Asian YA titles, especially in Fantasy, and I LOVE those!

Some of my favourite posts:


That’s it until next time.

Recommend me some of your favourite blogs to follow in the comments, please!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Hello friends!

My reading journey was a weird one. I started off just like any kid, devouring children’s books from age zero (my mom used to read to me) to age nine, then I transitioned to middle grade until age twelve. So far, so good, right? Well, from there I jumped straight into new adult and adult romance books. YEP. No young adult novels, whatsoever, those weren’t available to me so I went to the next category that I had at hand and at a reasonnable price (my mom also had a small collection at home that I read and could use later to exchange at the secondhand bookstore). I think I read hundreds of romance novels between age 12 and 16. There were days when I’d read two in one day. Continue reading

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For most of my life, I’ve been a reader. I’ve read just about everything—science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, etc. No matter which genre, there was always romance. Even if it wasn’t the focus of the story, love was never too far. Every novel described what it felt like to fall in love: the pounding of a heartbeat, desire for touch and affection, and the devastation of a heartache. While I never failed to absorb the feelings written, I’d never truly related to that heart-stopping rush of emotions these authors described so vividly. Continue reading

Pairing up Books I love with Songs I’m trash for

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Hey friends!

If there’s one thing that’s constant in my life (more like two things), it’s books and music. You all already know how much I love books because this is… you know, a book blog. But music isn’t something that I talk about a lot on here but not a day goes by when I’m not blasting something, whether I’m driving, blogging, taking bookish photos or whatever else. The only time I can’t listen to music is while reading. So I thought it would be a great idea to pair books I love with some of my favourite songs that I feel like fit either the themes, the characters, or just the general vibe of the book.
Just a warning though, this could contain spoilers to the books mentioned. (Specifically Simon vs. and Evelyn Hugo)

1- Want – Cindy Pon

Cindy pon - #1 WantFinding a song for this book was so incredibly easy. In fact, it was so easy that I had TWO songs I just couldn’t choose between. They just both scream Want to me. The first is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. You can’t tell me that after reading the book and listening to the song, you don’t think they’re a match made in heaven. They both center a world plagued by human destruction, especially this part here, which reminds me a lot of what the mei (lower class, people without protective suits to shield them from pollution) go through on a daily basis.

 

I’m waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I’m breathing in the chemicals

The the second song is Youth by Shawn Mendes and Khalid. This entire song is a whole ass mood, not only for today’s world but also for the world our characters live in and how our main squad (as well as every other young mei, I’m sure) feels in the book. I don’t really know how to put it into words, but if you listen to the song, you’ll get it.

2- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThere are so many songs I feel could apply to this book but one I personally love is When You Sleep by Mary Lambert, it’s such a soft song and just reminds me of the type of relationship Evelyn and Celia have. The tentativeness of the beginning, the part where Mary Lambert says “You politely asked to take a walk with me, I would’ve married you there underneath the trees” as well as the chorus, which can be interpreted in a way that embodies their on and off and on again relationship.

3- We are Okay – Nina Lacour

Nina Lacour - We Are OkayHeavy by Linkin Park. Need I say more? No? Well I’m a rambler so I will definitely say more. Heavy is the perfect depiction I feel of what it was like for Marin to be stuck inside her head, unable to move on or move away from spiraling thoughts. The main character in We are Okay deals with depression on her own, the best way she knows how to, and dealing with things that happened in her life that just feel like too much to carry alone but still can’t bring herself to reach out to anyone. Both the book and the song gave me similar feelings when consuming them as media.

4- When the Moon was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore

anna-marie-mclemore-when-the-moon-was-oursHow Would you Feel by Ed Sheeran IS SUCH A SAM AND MIEL SONG AND IF YOU DON’T AGREE it’s okay you’re entitled to your opinion. But I just feel like the song encompasses perfectly how much they love each other, the “How would you feel, if I told you I loved you?” IS SO THEM, especially for Sam who worships the ground Miel walks on but he struggles so much with himself that he isn’t sure he is worthy of her. And since they are best friends who fall for each other makes the “I’ll be taking my time, spending my life, falling deeper in love with you” all the more meaningful. I’m just soft for this song and this book, okay?

5- How to Make a Wish – Hold me by the Heart

Ashley Herring Blake - How to Make a WishHold me by the Heart by Kehlani is the song I’m choosing for this one. This book makes me cry. This song makes me cry. And that’s all you need to know. No, I’m just kidding. The song talks about having trauma and meeting someone who helps you heal (not someone who fixes you, obviously) or at least that’s the way I read it. And that’s an ongoing theme in How to Make a Wish as well, both Grace and Eva are dealing with their fair share of baggage, Grace with her abusive mother and Eva with the grief from her mom’s death so they meet and fall in love as well as support each other through their respective healing journeys, eventhough it’s hard and messy sometimes and they’re definitely not perfect and end up messing up.

6- The Speaker – Traci Chee

Traci Chee - #2 The SpeakerI’m Yours by The Script doesn’t remind me of the book as a whole, it rather makes me think of the romance whenever I listen to it, especially with how Archer feels toward Sefia. He’s dealing with so much trauma (that he has bad PTSD from, the rep is amazing) and was forced to do so many terrible things that he feels dirty and unworthy of her love. And the fact that she just never gives up on him makes this relationship so special to me because she just keeps on showing him that she’s there for him, for all of him, broken pieces included and that just makes me want to sob.

7- Girl Out of Water – Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman - Girl out of Water.jpgThe Letter by Kehlani is about an absent mom and what that does to a person. It’s, just like the title says ,a letter Kehlani wrote to her mom and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. That makes the song a perfect fit for Girl out of Water in which Anise deals, among other things, with the impact the fact that her mom was never in her life had on her and trying to work through behaviours and thought patterns that she adopted after her mother left. Everything about this book is just so real and beautiful but I thought this part in particular is so well done and one of the book’s strengths.

8- Like water – Rebecca Podos

Rebecca Podos - Like WaterStrangers by Halsey and Lauren Jauregui reminds me SO much of the relationship between Savannah and Leigh and I can’t…really explain why? I think it’s just the messiness of it and the fact that at one point they absolutely tear each other apart and go back to being strangers. I think that just the general vibe of the both the book and song are quite similar which is why I always relate one to the other.

9- Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli - Simon vs The homo sapiens AgendaI bet you can guess which song I’m gonna choose for this one and if you don’t, you’re going to see how obvious my choice is in one second. I’m pairing Simon vs. with Kiss the Boy by Keinan Lonsdale. First of all, it’s a gay as hell song and second Keinan is the actor who plays Bram in the movie adaptation Love, Simon. So it really can’t get any more perfect that this.

10- Mirage – Somaiya Daud

Somaiya Daud - #1 MirageThis one doesn’t take much effort on my part. If/when you read Mirage you know there’s this arabic song that Amani and Idriss talk about in the book that they both hold near and dear to their hearts and that at the very end, we get a few lyrics from it. Well, that song is called Lama Bada Yatathana by Lara Chamamyan and I adore it SO MUCH, it’s absolutely breathtaking both in lyrics and melody.


That’s it until next time.

Do you have a song that Always reminds you of a book? Or vice versa?

Do you have any songs you think I would like based on the ones I shared here?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Most Anticipated Releases of 2018: July – December

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Hello friends!

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Not the Girls You're Looking for

Publication date : June 19th, 2018

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Publisher : Feiwel and Friends | MacMillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.
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(From Goodreads)

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Hello Hello! I’m still on hiatus but this is an important blog post for AAPI month. I also wanted to mention that this post is a little different since Kav is a Booktuber and not a Book blogger but I still wanted to have them on my blog because they’re awesome.

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