So yesterday marked my one year of blogging, which seems unreal. I really can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a year. So far, this has been a fantastic experience and I’ve gotten to do some amazing things since starting this blog. From recieving some ARCs that I would’ve never gotten otherwise to talking to authors as well as being pushed to branch out of my comfort reading zone, I’ve had a blast here. But most importantly, and the reason why I wanted to start this blog in the first place, I’ve gotten to talk about books with people who are equally as passionate about them.
The book blogging community is definitely the warmest community I’ve ever found online. Before starting it was slightly intimidating to get my foot in the door, but people here were nothing but welcoming, so here is the part where I talk about all the bloggers I’ve loved and that I’m thankful for.
Thank you Naemi for always leaving super insightful comments and for your constant support. Line, your discussion posts are always a joy to read, it’s always really exciting when I see a new one! Thanks Riddhi for being one of my first followers (if not the very first one!) and thank you Phoenix for creating a group to find other bloggers, you’re definitely the reason why I found so many amazing people so fast.
Morgan, I love reading the fun posts you always manage to come up with, and Zoë I adore that you always push me to read outside of my comfort zone with your recommendations! Thanks Sofi for the amazing work you do always trying to encourage support among bloggers. Vera and Sabrina, your posts are always fun and inspiring to read, and Caro and Saima I love browsing around your gorgeous blogs! Thank you Briana and Krysta for being a steady force in the book blogging community, and Kal for the amazing valuable knowledge you share.
I know you’re both on breaks but thanks Angele and Amy for making me feel welcome. Thanks Jan for always supporting my posts. Dini, you’re super kind and I love reading what you come up with, and Kat, your posts are always super original! Bertie, thank you writing about topics that matter to me and making me feel part of this community, and Hal, you introduced me to the world of erotic horror, so thanks.
Thanks Rania and Ritz for being some of my first followers and for staying! Ellyn, I love seeing all of the amazing books you always feature. May, your posts are always inspiring and I adore them and Lay, I love that you write about what matters to you!
I’m completely sure that I’m forgetting people that I wanted to mention. The bottom line is that I’m just basically grateful for anyone I’ve interacted with for the past year, because I’ve had nothing but positive experiences in the community this far. The book blogging community really is full of amazing people, and I can’t wait to interact more and meet new bloggers!
My Favourite Posts I’ve Written This Year
My goal when starting this blog was to have fun with it and to write about what I want to, and I’ve definitely accomplished that. Of the 88 posts I wrote, here are some that, for one reason or another, were my favourite ones to write:
Bisexual Representation in Books: There are a few posts that were the reason I wanted to start a blog, and this one was one of them. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so I love this post despite it being one of my very firsts!
On Reading Classics: This was a slightly cathartic post for me, where I got to write about something that had been bothering me for a while. Since then, I’ve dived deep into classic literature without feeling intimidated by it.
What I Read In University: This was a fun one to write, as it was a trip down memory lane. I loved thinking about the books I read for uni after a few years and seeing what I thought of them.
Book Review: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake: This was a slightly longer and different type of review! I also learnt how to make a table of contents with this post, so that was exciting.
Discussing Maurice by E.M. Forster and Its Film Adaptation: This discussion was a different type of post for me, and I loved the entire process of writing it. The essay-type post made me really squeeze my brain like I was back in uni, and I really enjoyed discussing one of my new favourites.
Young Avengers: Introducing the Team + Reading Order: If I had to choose a single post from my year of blogging, it would be this one. Compiling this reading order was a challenge but I love that this can be a resource for people looking to get into comic and, specifically, into the Young Avengers.
Recommending the Literature that Inspired the Pre-Raphaelites: You’ve probably noticed that I like mixing my interests in my posts, and this one was possibly the most self-indulgent one. I loved getting to share more about my favourite painters and talking about what inspired them.
Let’s Talk About Heartstopper: The most recent post on this list. I’m still on that Heartstopper high, so I have to add this here because I simply loved writing this. I also really enjoyed making the graphics for the post, so that’s some added value to the overall experience.