Favorite Posts of the Month: May 2020 // Introducing a New Feature!!

You may have noticed that I don’t have a “favorite posts I read this month” section in my wrap-ups like many other bloggers do.

This is due to multiple reasons: my wrap-ups are long enough, sometimes I forget to save posts I like, etc. However, since I still want to promote my fellow bloggers’ content (and I’m running out of post ideas…), I’ve decided to start a new monthly feature boringly titled “Favorite posts of the month“! It’s pretty self-explanatory: at the end of each month, I’ll be dedicating an entire post to mentioning posts published in the previous month that stuck out to me, along with some commentary on why I liked them.

Also, since this post would just be a boring wall of words otherwise, I will intersperse gifs from the c-drama The Untamed throughout its entirety. 😌 (I’m actually thinking of doing a different gif theme every month lmao. I’ll probably do rainbow for June because Pride.)

Arin @ Tomes of Our Lives talks about why she will never recommend Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli and the sapphic books she’d recommend instead. This post is proof that fiction does not exist in a vacuum, and books can cause genuine harm to readers. Arin is so brave for sharing her experience with Leah, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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Vera @ Wordy and Whimsical lists her all-time favorite pieces of media. It’s fun to read about someone’s all-time favorite books, but when someones lists their all-time favorite pieces of media?? So much respect. I could never narrow that list down. πŸ˜‚ (I also may be a bit biased because one of my tweets inspired Vera to write this post…)

Emme @ A Literary Latte shares her top four tips for staying motivated and productive. As one of the most spontaneous and unorganized people ever, I really needed this post. Also, Emme has recently come back from hiatus with an absolutely beautiful new blog design, and if you haven’t followed her yet, you should. She’s one of the nicest people in the community!

Aditi @ One in a Million talks about what the show Never Have I Ever means to her and why you should watch it. This post perfectly illustrates why (good) representation in media matters. Reading about what it was like for Aditi to finally be accurately represented through this TV show—after countless instances of erasure and misrepresentation—is guaranteed to give you a burst of serotonin. πŸ₯Ί

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Sophie @ Me and Ink discusses consumerism in the book community. Sophie masterfully dissected this topic—how it shows up in the community, how it’s a good thing, and how it isn’t. I really loved engaging with this blog post, since I’ve bought into the “buy, buy, buy” mindset in the past, and as a teenage international blogger, books and bookish items are so much less accessible to me.

Jessica @ Jessica C. Writes tests recipes from books. As someone who’s extremely bad at anything related to the kitchen, I have so much respect for people who can bake/cook. πŸ˜‚ This post was so fun to read, and there are many beautiful food pictures in it too!

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd wonders if she’d read more if she didn’t blog. I often think about this as well, and I absolutely agree with everything Holly said in her post. I couldn’t have said it better myself—her blogging voice is one of the most concise and sophisticated I’ve ever come across. ❀

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Malka @ Paper Procrastinators talks about what blogging has taught her: geography edition. I love reading Malka’s discussions because she always brings up things I’d never thought about before. This time she explains why she loves looking at which countries Paper Procrastinors‘ viewers come from, and recommends books that don’t take place in the US/UK. I really appreciated that she did so, because I live in the Philippines, and I’m kinda tired of only reading books set in Western countries, especially America. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Charvi @ Not Just Fiction discusses why she doesn’t like critically analyzing books. I related to this discussion so much. I suck at critically analyzing books, and primarily rate them based on enjoyment and investment. πŸ˜‚

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Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books talks about how book blogging has changed in the past five years. I definitely haven’t been blogging for as long as Marie has, so getting an insight into what it was like in the past was so interesting. Some of the changes made me sad, but I’m glad that I’m now aware of them.

Margaret @ Weird Zeal shares things in books that don’t interest her. I love the shade in this post. πŸ˜‚ Plus, I agree with almost everything she mentioned in it.

Charis @ Charis Rae shares a two-part series on why The Hunger Games isn’t about violence. Charis is one of, if not the biggest THG stan I’ve ever met. Don’t believe me? She put together two essay-like posts on why the core theme of The Hunger Games is propaganda.

Faith @ Pages Left Unread reviews Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. Felix Ever After is a recent release by a trans Black author, and it’s perfect to pick up right now. Not only because of all the bad things happening, but also because it’s Pride! I’m so excited to pick it up this month. Plus, it’s so clear from Faith’s review that this book meant so much to them.

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Stephen @ Stephen Writes reviews Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Stephen has one of the best blogging voices ever, and it shines through the most in his reviews. I honestly can’t imagine reading his 5-star review of Where the Crawdads Sing and not wanting to pick it up.

Alex @ Whimsy Pages lists five reasons why you should read the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. Since I just recently finished the first book in this trilogy, this post was perfect for me. I’m so excited to continue Vasya and Morozko’s story!

Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies lists eight books with found families and friendship squads. Found family is one of my favorite tropes ever, and if you actively dislike it, I do not trust you as a person.

Divine @ R E A (D) I V I N E discusses her struggles in promoting diverse books. I cannot express how much this post spoke to me! I know the work I do to promote diversity is imperfect, so learning that someone else shares the same fears and struggles was so validating. πŸ₯Ί

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May @ Forever and Everly recommends 25 books by Asian authors. Read Asian books. That’s all.

Cas @ Daydreaming Ink discusses problematic content. What makes something problematic and how we should interact with problematic works are hot topics in the book community, and I’m sure not everyone shares the same views on them. I loved reading about Cas’s.

Kate @ Your Tita Kate reviews the last book in The Folk of the Air Trilogy, The Queen of Nothing. The amount of salt in this post, omg! She masterfully dissected all the reasons why QoN was a disappointing finale that ruined everything the previous books set up.

CW, Joce, and Stella @ The Quiet Pond hosted a month-long feature for Asian Heritage Month. Lastly, I’m including a whole month’s worth of posts. I couldn’t pick just one out of the numerous interviews and guest posts with Asian authors, bloggers, and creators that were published by the Pond all throughout the month of May. Though my personal faves are the interview with author Xiran Jay Zhao and conversation with fan artist Sylvia Bi (πŸ˜‰), I guarantee that every single post in this feature is worth reading. It’s a celebration of Asian voices, and each post shows you that everyone’s experience with being Asian (in the book community) is different.

I already know that dedicating an entire post to my favorite posts from other bloggers was such a good decision. I had so many posts that I wanted to feature, and I’m so glad I had the space to talk about why I liked them. But please don’t be hurt if one of your posts wasn’t included here. ❀ It doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate you, and I had to cut this post down since it was getting too long. There’s always next month!!

Also, since this feature aims to promote bloggers, feel free to comment your favorite posts that were published last month below. (Yes, you can self-promo.) I promise I’ll try my best to read and comment on them!

Do you like any of these posts too? Have you watched The Untamed?

72 thoughts on “Favorite Posts of the Month: May 2020 // Introducing a New Feature!!

  1. Ahh thanks for mentioning my post Caitlin, you’re so sweet!!<3
    Will definitely check out the posts here that I haven’t already read – you mentioned so many of my faves too! I also 100% need to remember to save my fave posts and shout them out more too so this is such a lovely post idea!

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  2. Thank you so so much for including my post and for such kind words, Caitlin! πŸ₯° In my opinion you have one of the very best blogging voices, so for you to say that was a great compliment. Excellent list and I discovered some fantastic posts here!

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  3. Ah thank you so much for including me in this πŸ™‚ There are so many incredible bloggers on this list, and lots of others that I will be sure to check out !!

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  4. I love this post so much, and I now have like ten windows open in my browser. 😭 I love so many of these bloggers, but I haven’t had the chance to blog hop a lot recently, so this post came at the perfect time. Also, the idea to do a different gif theme each month is *chef’s kiss* Thanks for highlighting my post, I’m so glad it lived up to your expectations. πŸ₯°

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    1. ahhhh, thank you, and i’m so glad!! the idea to do gif themes occurred to me when I realized that this post would be kinda boring to read if it were just made up of words πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and what do you mean? your post exceeded my expectations!

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  5. This list is a LOT and I’ll have to check these other posts from bloggers! Thank you so much for including me here as well Caitlin. Now, I just have to create more content to get featured here every month LOLJK AHAHAH But really, thank you for taking the time to read and boosting all these content.

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  6. This is a lovely idea πŸ’• I thought about doing something similar for people’s Bookstagram pages but never got around to it, partially because I went on break for so long. I’m definitely checking out the cooking link. Oddly I was thinking about doing something similar as I’ve really got back into baking recently. I doubt I will but it’ll definitely be interesting to see their cooking photos and find out what books were used.

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  7. THANK YOU SO MUCH for linking to my post!! It means a lot to me. πŸ’“ That post was kind of not-very-well-written, looking back, but it definitely was an accurate depiction of how my thoughts are all over the place πŸ˜‚
    I went to several of the links and the posts are amazing, thank you for including mine in this list!

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  8. Aw.. Caitlin, what would the book community be without you?? I’m glad I don’t have to know. πŸ’ž This is such a sweet idea to highlight your favourite posts. It is so kind and supportive so thank you for this feature (I love the title, it tells me everything I need to know πŸ˜‰ ) !!
    Also I love the idea of themed gifs (it really is the little things that make me smile) which leads to how the first gif made me smile but their smile was so pure !!
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post about consumerism. I’m so glad you liked reading it and sharing your thoughts. So thank you so much again, you’re the best !! πŸ’ž
    I also loved getting to see other people’s post that you loved and I definitely had to go look at the ones I hadn’t read so thank you for that as well !!
    Wonderful feature ! πŸ’ž

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    1. Ahhh, Sophie πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί What would the book community be like without you? I’m so glad you think so!!
      yes!! xiao zhan and wang yibo must be protected at all costs, and that gif kills me with its cuteness every time :((
      of course! it was a great post! i hope you enjoyed reading the ones you clicked on ❀
      Thank you so much ❀

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  9. Oh what a wonderful feature! I’m honoured to be a part of it, thank you so much ❀️
    I’ve bookmarked some of the posts you mentioned and do look forward to reading them 😊

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  10. Ahhh what a wonderful, wonderful feature, I love it so much ❀ I have many blog posts to read now, thank you for that ❀ and thank you for sharing my post, I'm honored you enjoyed it so much, thank you! ❀

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  11. I love this feature, Caitlin! I’m so grateful for it because I was inactive for part of May in the blogging community, and being able to go back and read some posts that were written makes me very happy. Thank you for putting this together! You’re amazingπŸ’–

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  12. I love this post so much, Caitlin! You should see all the tabs open on my browser right now, my Macbook is SCREAMING πŸ˜‚ One of my favourite things is discovering new blogs, and I love that you included posts covering lots of different discussion topics – as much as I love the book community, sometimes it’s a bit…underwhelming when I log onto WordPress & there are 10 posts in a row about this week’s TTT topic πŸ˜… What can I say, I like a bit of variety in my life πŸ™ˆ

    Thanks for sharing this! πŸ₯°

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  13. Oh, I love this new feature, Caitlin it’s such a fantastic idea to spread all the blogging love πŸ’• I always love reading about people’s favorite blog posts of the month as it highlights some of the content I might have missed and introduces me to many great new blogs I hadn’t been aware of πŸ₯° I’m going to go ahead and read all the posts now ❀

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  14. This is such a great idea! I often (more like always) forget to save my favorite posts, so this seems like a great way to keep track of them. You also just helped me find some new bloggers to follow, so thanks for that 😊

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  15. this is such a lovely feature, caitlin!!! I may or may not have opened every single one of these posts in a new tab and my laptop is slow right now but I don’t care! because I’ve read so many wonderful posts, so thank you!

    (also you probably don’t know me since I’m a new blogger, but hi! I’m sara and I’m highkey in love with your blog ❀)

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    1. thank you, Sara πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— I’m so happy you read the posts & enjoyed them 😭😭 sorry about your laptop lagging though :”) that happens to me too when i blog hop lmao

      ah, welcome to the community!! i’ll try to check out your blog when i have the time!

      whaaat πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’– i can’t believe someone’s highkey in love with my blog i’m so honored!!! thank you sara ❀ ❀

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  16. I really love this idea because sometimes I can get so overwhelmed with everyone’s wrap up posts, that I don’t get the chance to check out all the posts they loved! So having a separate post like this is awesome! Especially because it also allows you to talk a lot more about what you enjoyed about the post!

    There were so many posts on this list that I hadn’t read, but just clicked on to check out because they sound so amazing! And I’m so honored that one of my posts made it onto this list! I was so excited to write my geography discussion that I wrote it in the midst of finals during my sporadic breaks from studying! I just couldn’t wait to post it! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the result so much! πŸ’•

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    1. Yes, that’s exactly why I wanted to start this feature!! I come across SO many good posts every month, and if I crammed them into my wrap-ups then my wrap-ups would be way longer than they already are πŸ˜‚ I also like that I can talk about why I liked the posts more!

      Ah, I’m so glad you clicked—they really are amazing, hehe. And of course!! Your geography post was amazing, just like all of you and Chana’s posts ❀ (& lol, I totally get procrastinating on studying by doing blogging stuff instead. i'm on summer break right now, but I just know I'm gonna have to worry about it again when I go back to school. It's probably gonna get worse because school will be online πŸ˜…)

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  17. this is such a cute and supportive feature, caitlin!! there are so many good posts here πŸ₯Ί i really loved divine’s post about promoting diverse/POC books and related to it a lot, and she was able to put so many of my thoughts into words. faith’s review of felix ever after was so good and they definitely made me want to read the book even more than i already do 😭😭 and marie’s post was just amazing!! it made me sad reading it, but her voice when it comes to the struggles of blogging is so eloquent and well-written ❀

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    1. thank you!! ❀ ❀ yes, i was so glad to learn that someone else shares my struggles in promoting diverse books, and faith's review was just so heartfelt… you could feel how much they loved the book πŸ₯Ί & it's always amazing when Marie posts a blogging discussion!! her latest one is phenomenal 😭

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  18. Omg thank you so much for featuring my post!! I love this feature so much, I found so many interesting posts I missed / didn’t know about! I loved all of The Quiet Pond’s Asian Heritage Month posts and Aditi’s discussion on Never Have I Ever was so good 😭

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