21 blogs and why I love them || Introducing The Serotonin Monthly

in spectacular Rukky fashion, this post is three days late. aren’t I amazing? no, i most certainly am not

Well hello there!! Welcome to a wonderfully long post where I hope to spread some happiness and appreciation to all the bloggers out there who spend so much time and effort bringing us all content that we love.

I’ve vaguely had this idea for a while. I knew that I wanted to do something to shout-out and appreciate the bloggers that I loved, however, I’ve been procrastinating for such a long time and haven’t actually done anything with this idea for months.

And then the Book Blogger Awards came around once again and I knew I had to do this now, especially since I couldn’t nominate every blogger that I know for the awards. I had to do another post talking about all the other blogs that I love and support.

Enter The Serotonin Monthly (shout-out to Caitlin and May for introducing me to the word!!) a monthly feature where I will do a post that promotes and supports bloggers. Every month, I will make a post that features some of my favorite posts or bloggers that I’ve discovered in that month. Who knows, maybe I’ll do guest posts or blogger interviews as well!

This has all been really a spur of the moment decision, and I have really not thought this out at all. But hey, I think all my best ideas have been spur of the moment ones so hopefully this will not be a major flop.

And if it is, well, I think it would be a good kind of flop.

So, just to help you understand this post: I am going to be talking and linking to 21 bloggers. This seems like an incredibly long post, but there are also ~21 blog headers in here just to break things up and not make it unending text, so it adds to the length.

I’ve ordered this post based on blog name, and we’ll be going through letters A-N. The second half of this post will be through blog names starting from O-Z.

The format is simple & looks like this:

Rukky @ Eternity Books – Teen blogger. Incredibly annoying. Likes to bake. Prefers mysteries and historical fiction. Writes really long posts (& comments) at times that can honestly be shortened into a reasonable 2 paragraphs.

Favorite posts: Well, they’re all rambly and terrible, but I like my discussion on historical fiction and also my reacting to my old writing series.

I’ll have the blog header on top, then the name of the blogger @ blog name, then about two sentences talking about why I love the blogger & their blog. I’ve limited myself to 2 sentences (or keywords that are about 3-4 lines long as I did with the example) because if I didn’t, we’d probably be here until the end of the month. I’m also going to link to two of that blogger’s recent posts that I liked and hope you will check out.

So, that’s how it’s going to look like, and I don’t want to make this intro too long. I hope you guys use this to find new bloggers to follow, and I can’t wait to hear your feedback in the comments! Let’s do this!!

The “A”s:

Dedra @ A Book Wander – She leaves lovely and kind comments, has such a calming and aesthetically pleasing blog, and she writes short but informative reviews. She reviews books from multiple genres, so you can always find a nice variety!

Favorite post: Her review of The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones and her TTT post about the authors that she has most read.

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. – She writes fantastic discussions, is incredibly kind and supportive, and leaves amazing comments!! She also reads from a variety of genres and age groups, so I’m sure you’ll find a bit of everything!

Favorite posts: Her discussion on reading slumps and her June book blogger appreciation post.

Emme @ A Literary Latte – I love her blogging voice and her discussion posts! Her graphics are also so pretty and I really love that shade of greenish-blue!!

Favorite posts: Emme talks about the pros and cons of mood reading and shares her 4 less than ideal reading habits (both are so interesting!).

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink – Absolutely hilarious. Amazing blogging voice. Loves ATLA so YES!! Love her comments! It’s so fun to talk to her about books, and her reviews are awesome!!

Favorite posts: Her recent June wrap-up and 2020 edition of the mid-year book freak-out tag.

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall – Writes really amazing and thoughtful discussions. Lovely and eloquent reviews. Super kind and supportive in the community. Reads primarily YA, and it’s so much fun to chat with her in the comments!

Favorite posts: Her discussions giving tips on what to post about if you haven’t read anything new and whether contemporaries ever get outdated.

The “B”s:

Belle @ Belle Can Read – She writes amazing and funny posts, reviews, and discussions. I absolutely love her gifs because they add an extra dose of humor every time (and more often than not, I’ll spend like 5 minutes watching the same gif over and over πŸ˜‚).

Favorite posts: Her discussion about following the hype train and her reviews of Sadie and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

Cielo @ Bellerose Reads – She has an absolutely gorgeous and calming blog, and I love reading her reviews and blogger interviews! She’s just an absolutely kind and supportive person!!

Favorite posts: Her review of Mexican Gothic (one of my most anticipated books!!) and her blogger shout-out + interview of Rose @ White Rose Stories.

Blogger Books

Jane @ Blogger Books – Jane is incredible and I love reading her posts even if we don’t have that many similar books. She loves food and baking and all her food related posts and discussions are awesome!!

Favorite posts: Her LTB discussion on foods that remind her of books and her mid year book freak out tag.

Aria @ Book Nook Bits – She’s a really lovely and amazing blogger! As we are both fans of historical fiction, it’s always awesome to go to her blog and find a new and interesting book to read!

Favorite posts: Her mid year book freak out and the I should have read that book tags

The “C”s:

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea – A dear friend. Really fun to chat with. Funny yet eloquent and inspirational posts. Absolutely amazing discussions. Super kind and lovely and very supportive. Basically, she’s a fantastic blogger with a wonderful blog!

Favorite posts: Her hilarious post reacting to twitter’s bookish unpopular opinions and her discussion on what makes her rate a book 5 stars.

Cooking Without Limits

Gabi @ Cooking Without Limits – I actually just started to follow her recently, but I’m already in love!! All the food and amazing recipes are making me so excited, and I can’t wait to try some!!!

Favorite posts: Her mom’s donut recipe and her post on diets vs. healthy eating.

The “D”, “E”, & “F”:

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books – She’s very kind, supportive, and super welcoming! She also puts so much time and effort into her posts, and I really love her discussions.

Favorite posts: Her discussions on whether book blogger’s work is actually valued and why trigger warnings matter to her.

Evelyn Reads

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads – She’s so active in the community and always leaves a nice comment! She also reviews and talks about a variety of books, so there’s always a bit of everything on her blog.

Favorite posts: Her 3rd take on the Real Neat Blog Award and her mini reviews of The Turn of the Key and An Anonymous Girl.

May @ Forever and Everly – Super passionate about the books she loves which is so uplifting. Really kind and funny. Amazing blogging voice! Her salty reviews are the. best. She really puts so much time and effort into her posts which is amazing!

Favorite posts: Her review of The Poppy War and her judging us all based on our favorite books (that was a very funny and amazing post, guys!).

The “H”, “J”, & “L”:

Kay @ Hammock of Books – So down to earth. Funny. Wonderful blog. Amazing discussions and creative posts. Loves to bake. Really kind and an amazing friend!

Favorite posts: Her discussion on separating art from the artist and her hilarious post roasting the Percy Jackson movie.

Dani @ Literary Lion – Awesome friend and LTB partner! Love her discussions. Super supportive. And though I’m terrible at keeping up, she talks about and reviews some amazing books!

Favorite posts: Her May wrap-up and discussion on what makes a book YA (that was a really amazing discussion).

The “M”s & “N”s:

Many Things (Not Just) Bookish

Ruqs @ Many Things (Not Just) Bookish – I love chatting with her, and it’s nice to find someone who feels the same way as me on certain topics. She also writes really amazing discussions!

Favorite posts: She talks about why she hasn’t read for pleasure in 11 months and why she doesn’t want to read YA anymore.

Sophie @ Me & Ink – She writes wonderful, funny, but also serious and informative discussions. And she loves ATLA so yess! She’s just a really kind and amazing person.

Favorite posts: Her discussion on consumerism in the book community and small tropes she loves in books.

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads – She’s a wonderful friend and supporter, and she writes lovely posts!! Fantasy and Romance are her genres, and you can always find new books and awesome recommendations!

Favorite posts: Her pop-culture readathon TBR and her May wrap-up.

May @ My 1st Chapter – May is a gem, and I love her and her blog so much! A very gifted artist. Amazing book recommendations. Reads from a variety of genres. Super fun to chat with, and also really kind!

Favorite posts: Her “if you loved this, then read that” recommendation post and her post recreating the covers of the Lunar Chronicles (sheer awesome unbelievable talent guys!)

Kat @ Novels & Waffles – Absolutely gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing blog and posts. WAFFLES!!! (really, need I say more??) Writes interesting, fun, and creative posts. Very kind and gives a lot of design and blogging tips which is amazing.

Favorite posts: Her totally cute mini review of Rebel and discussion explaining how to make your posts SEO friendly.

This took a lot longer than I anticipated because some things came up and time was definitely not my friend. But this post is finally here! I can’t wait to do part 2 of this next month!

So, who are some of your favorite bloggers? Do you know what “serotonin” means (i didn’t lol)? Is there any kind of post that you’d like to see me do? I’m currently reading The Poppy War; what are you reading? Chat with me in the comments below!


66 thoughts on “21 blogs and why I love them || Introducing The Serotonin Monthly

  1. Don’t mind me sobbing in a corner okay 😭😭😭 THANKYOU ahh thank you so, so much for this wonderful post and for mentioning me, I’m so happy you enjoy my work and blog and thank you, this just made me so so happy 😭
    I love these kind of posts highlighting book bloggers ahh, I can’t wait to find new bloggers to follow ❀ ❀

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  2. (i’m so sorry for being so late to this, but RUKKY!!! this truly made my day, my week, my month. very happy to have introduced you to the word serotonin and i can’t wait to see the rest of this series!! and i am so happy that you enjoyed my tpw review πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–)

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  3. !!! Thank you so much for mentioning me, Rukky πŸ₯ΊπŸ’›! I’m so glad you enjoy my posts – and the gifs πŸ˜‚!! (to be honest, i resisted using gifs in my posts for so long for really no good reason hahaha.) I’ve been really in and out of blogging this past few months, but please know that I love your posts (especially your weekly discussions!) and your blogging voice, and your blog is one of my favorites hahaha πŸ˜„πŸ’›. I hope you’ve been well!

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  4. This is such a lovely series idea, I think it is great to share new blogs as it can be hard to find new ones at times so this is a great resource. I think when I come back from my hiatus I would like to share some blogs as well. I look forward to seeing more from this series and I love the name πŸ˜‰
    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. It always mean the world and I’m so happy you enjoy my content. Honestly it made me smile so much and to be among so many great blogs as well. πŸ’•
    Thank you again for doing this. You are amazing !! I love your blog as well. I hope you are well and loving The Poppy War, I really liked that one !! πŸ’› I just picked up Children of Blood and Bone !!

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    1. Yeah, I always end up finding new bloggers if they comment, or if someone else mentions them in a shout-out etc. So I’m glad I could help you all find new amazing bloggers to follow too! Haha, thank you ❀
      I’m really happy that it made you smile! You defintiely deserve it πŸ’–
      Thank you!! Yes, I finished The Poppy War (in a day lol) and it was actually really good! Didn’t shatter me as much as I was expecting, but I did really enjoy it. Ooh, I hope you enjoy CoBaB! I’ve heard so much about it but haven’t read it πŸ™‚

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  5. Great post πŸ™‚ It is so kind and supportive of you ! I am following you but I don’t know why recently your posts are not on my reader . I saw this post when I was trying to link my post for Let’s Talk Bookish. Maybe I should try unfollowing you and following you again
    Once again Lovely post

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    1. Thank you Krisha!! Yeah, WP has been a little weird lately. I’ve not been getting some notifs of new posts from other bloggers as well so I’m hoping it’s just a glitch or something and that it’ll pass. I hope the follow+unfollow thing worked! I posted something new today so it’ll be a good test lol

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  6. Oh my goodness, Rukky!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for including my little blog here on such a list full of greats! It means a lot to me…gosh, I’m just one big puddle of emotions right now. This literally made my week so much brighter. So thank you, once again. You are amazing!

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  7. Awww, that is super sweet and a great way for me to find new blogs. I don’t think it’s not thought-through at all, it looks very organised and I am gonna go back take another look.

    B definitely still needs Sammie @The Bookwyrm’s Den though. She is incredibly funny and kind and writes the most amazing and insightful discussion posts and reviews. ❀

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    1. Yay, I hope you find new friends!! Haha thank you! I just feel like next month, I’ll be super disappointed that I hadn’t thought about/done something πŸ˜‚

      Yes, I just discovered Sammie’s blog recently and I haven’t had a chance to take a proper look, but thank you for reminding me ❀✨

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  8. Ahh, Rukky!! thank you so much for the shoutout and all the kind words 😭πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— you’re really doing the most when it comes to blog hopping, haha. I don’t comment on a lot of posts, yet blog hopping already takes up a lot of my time. how do you visit so many blogs and leave wonderful comments on all of them?? Anyways, this is such a great series (I love the name!), and I can’t wait to see more!!

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    1. You most defintiely deserve it love πŸ’– Haha, don’t be fooled! I’m terrible and I still haven’t gone through those tabs (i actually have three browsers filled with tabs now smh) from my goals update that I did 2 weeks ago 😭 And well, sometimes I’ll just have these bursts of energy (usually when I have homework that I don’t want to do lol) where I spend like 2 or 3 hours going through all the posts that I have open. Sometimes, you don’t have to leave a long comment, or you can get away with just liking the post. And sometimes, if I’ve been doing a lot of blog hopping on that blogger’s blog recently…i’ll…just…kind of…”like” the post and move on πŸ™ˆ Not because I don’t love the post or I don’t have thoughts on it, (I definitely do!) but because I have more blogs to get to, and time is an issue, and for some of the other blogs, I haven’t blog hopped on their site in…months 😌
      But after that burst of energy, I’ll not really blog hop for another month-ish and it’ll pile up again. I highly do NOT recommend my methods 😩
      Haha, thank you! I’m super excited to see what I’ll do with it πŸ’•

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  9. OMG, Rukky!!!! This is a wonderful idea, I LOVE that there are more and more bloggers highlighting other bloggers, I think it’s such a powerful and kind gesture.πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»
    I’m absolutely honored to be part of this incredible list, thank you SO much from my heart and thank you for your beautiful words as well πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ίβ€οΈβœ¨

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  10. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog πŸ₯° I think that this is such a great idea for a series, and I am definitely going to be checking out the blogs that you mentioned here.

    I am currently reading a few books, including Becoming by Michelle Obama and The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. I just got a copy of The Poppy War and I really want to read it next. Are you enjoying it? I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the book.

    I agree that Kay is an amazing blogger, and her post roasting the Percy Jackson movie is so great πŸ˜‚

    Anyway, I loved reading this, and I love the idea for this series that you’re going to do πŸ™‚ Happy reading! πŸ’•

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    1. Hope you find some new friends πŸ’•βœ¨

      Ooh, I hope you enjoy Becoming and The Hidden Oracle!! Yes, I finished The Poppy War actually, and it was really good! I would say maybe to lower your expectations just a bit, because it didn’t hurt as much as I expected it to? Idk, maybe my expectactions were too high, but it is a really great book and I can’t wait to read the next! It is graphic and very morally grey though πŸ™‚

      I know, I loved it so so much!! Thank you!! Happy reading to you too πŸ’–

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      1. So far, Becoming is so amazing! I finished rereading The Hidden Oracle and it was just as good as I remembered it to be! Yeah, I really just want to read The Poppy War and find out what it’s about and stuff πŸ™‚


  11. breaking my blogging hiatus to SHOWER YOU WITH LOVE!!!! omg Rukky!!!!! 😭😭😭😭 thank you so much for the kind words, you got me right in the feels!! i love chatting with you too!!! and your constant support and sweet words always have me πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί love youuu!!!

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  12. Aaah so many amazing blogs! I am already following some of them and will be following many more now🀩
    Also, this is such a great way to hype up fellow bloggers!! We need more of this community loveπŸ₯°

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