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.

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let’s add some more blogs to your Reader! // my nominations for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards

It is time once again to nominate some lovely and amazing bloggers for this year’s Fourth Annual Book Blogger Awards!! *cue fanfare and confetti*

First of all, many many thanks to May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books for hosting these awards again this year! The amount of time and dedication that it takes to host this is unbelievable and I just want to take a moment to appreciate you guys!! Thank you for doing this for the community πŸ’•

Now, a disclaimer: Just because you are not on this list DOES NOT mean that I don’t love or appreciate you and your blog. If I am following you, then I assure you, I really do love you and your blog. I couldn’t put you all in this, however, do keep an eye out on Saturday for a very special post πŸ™‚

To see all the categories and rules, be sure to check out May’s post here.

Let’s get started!!

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The Book Blogging Firsts Tag | ft. me sharing the cringey posts and designs from my past

Hey y’all! Hope you’re having a great week so far. Today, I’m going to be doing the Book Blogging Firsts Tag.

I was actually not tagged to do this, and like a responsible person, I should be doing all the tags that I have actually been tagged in, but I can’t resist anymore and I just really want to do this. I saw it on Charlotte @ Bewitching Books, Ravenous Reads‘s blog, and every time I see the questions, I get super excited and motivated to finish this post. I even thought that I’d been tagged in it and that maybe that was the reason why I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but no. I was not tagged in it, and I’m being totally irresponsible.

It’s also been a year and almost two months since I started this blog, so hey, it’s a great time to reflect on everything!

Be sure to check out Charlotte’s lovely blog! Without further ado, let’s get started!

First blog name and design?

My blog name has been the same from the start: Eternity Books. Honestly, I wanted to change it after a while, but then I read that if I did so, I had to change the URL, and people might not know the new URL, nor would they associate the new name with me and yadda yadda yadda, and I just got terrified and stuck with EB.

I don’t even know why I chose Eternity Books. Honestly this blog was just spontaneous and I didn’t think things through at all. Even my ex-pen name was horrible and spontaneous. If I could go back and re-do it, I think I would, so that I could think everything through properly, and choose a blog name that I truly liked and one that represented me and my books.

I sadly don’t have a snapshot of what my old design was, but I was using the Gateway theme. My initial thought was to change the design with the seasons I vaguely remember it had to do with eternal seasons or eternity?, so I started off with a gray icy mountain theme, and then in January I changed it to a pink/hot-dark-pink theme if that’s even a color.

This was my header at least, so it was that kind of peachy pink. It didn’t look good. At all.

And of course, I’ve had several changes over the past year, some big, some small, and I’ve changed things up yet again, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Did you like the old background or do you prefer this one?? And the sidebar. What do you think???

First blog post?

A Top Ten Tuesday. I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t start off with a post talking about my blog and why I created it, and I just jumped straight into a Top Ten Tuesday (that I shortened to five). It’s actually not as cringey as I thought it would be, but it’s still bad and I’m really not proud of it.

Also, my design skills? They were pretty much non-existent.

First Post

First book review?

My first book review was of Accused by Lisa Scottoline, and I’m honestly surprised that it was also not as cringey as I thought it would be. I’ve definitely grown, and my writing has improved. But I feel like I still sound the same, and I’m kind of realizing that this is my voice. That it has always been even though I wasn’t sure, and I felt like I didn’t know what it was. It was always there, and it just feels great to realize that it’s always been the same ever since I started.

First Review

First meme participated in?

Top Ten Tuesday. It was my first post and my first meme. The second meme I did after that was WWW Wednesday, and I’m still doing that to this day.

First Meme | Second Meme

First Discussion Post?

Lol. My first ever discussion post was a mini rant about Bloglovin’ and how I was upset that they were posting/sharing my posts on their website without my permission. And there was no simple way to say, “Hey Bloglovin’, stop putting my posts on your platform cause I don’t want it there!”. Anyways, it really annoyed me, and I thought it would be a great discussion that would have a lot of views and likes and all that…and it really flopped πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

I think it did worse than the rest of my posts at the time, and it kind of was the reason why I was hesitant to do another discussion. But anyways, here it is: my first discussion post.

First Book Blog I Followed?

The first blogger that I followed was Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks. I just love the design of her blog and her posts. I was also really excited to become a part of the community, so yeah, I followed a whole bunch of blogs that day. Anyways, be sure to check out her wonderful blog!

First Follower?

That was the lovely Jenn @ Jenniely. She was my first follower and also the first book blogger to follow me. I can imagine the excitement that I went through when I realized that I’d gotten my first follower. So thank you so much, Jenn for that! Be sure to check out her lovely blog!!

First Book I Read Because of Other Bloggers?

Honestly, I don’t know. There are probably a bunch of books that I’ve read because I saw them on other blogger’s blogs what a mouthful but I don’t remember the first one. The one that I do remember, that was recommended to me by a fellow book blogger, is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. And I loved it. The wonderful person who recommended this book to me is Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. You all really need to check her blog out because she’s amazing and I love her and her blog so much, even though we don’t read many similar books. But she still makes me smile, and it’s fun to just read her blog, and y’all need to go check her out. NOW. That’s an order. Go. Then come back.

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I’m going to assume that you followed my wonderful advice. Good job, and thank you. I’m such a drama diva queen.

Tagging:

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea | Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads | Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Dani @ Literary Lion | Paper Procrastinators | Miri @ The Book Dragoness

Nikki @ The Night is Dark and Full of Books | Jane @ Blogger Books

That’s it! What do you think of the new background? Do you like the new sidebar? What did your first blog design look like? What was your first discussion about? How’s your week going so far? Chat with me in the comments below!!

2019 Book Blogger Awards Nominations

Today, I’ve decided to take part in the Book Blogger Award by nominating bloggers that I know for some of the categories! I love all the blogs I follow, and at first, I didn’t want to do this because I didn’t want to leave anyone out, but I decided to just go ahead and do it to help some of you win! I LOVE all the blogs I follow and even if I don’t nominate you, know that you are still really awesome πŸ’šπŸ’š

This year, the Book Blogger Awards are being hosted by the amazing May @ Forever and Everly. You basically write your own post with your nominations for each of the categories and link back to her so that she can see them. The nomination round ends on Saturday, July 20th which means there are 8 days left so if you’d like to take part, you need to hurry!! To see all the rules and categories, visit her post here!

Without further ado, let’s get started!!!

Best YA Book Blogger

This has to go to Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. She has such a gorgeous blog and she’s constantly highlighting YA books and doing amazing author interviews/guest posts and giveaways every Wednesday! I also love her design!! It’s really stunning!

Best Mystery / Thriller Blogger

ZoΓ© @ Zooloo’s Book Diary is constantly reading and reviewing Thrillers and Mysteries. She’s usually my go to blog (and GR account lol) when I’m trying to find new thriller books to read! She also just gave her blog a really cute makeover so definitely go check her out!

I’d also like to nominate Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader because she writes amazing reviews and reads amazing thrillers. I always look out for her review when I’m deciding which books to add to my TBR and love reading her opinion!

Best Book Reviews

Christina @ A Recipe and a Read. I mean, she has recipes for delicious food at the end of many of her reviews which I absolutely love and which also make me hungry. She’s also super kind and amazing and I love her writing style!! We also both love thrillers and mystery so that’s an added bonus. She’s been a bit MIA recently, but her reviews are truly wonderful!

Best Discussion Posts

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books does amazing discussion posts that I love to read! She’s always talking about new and interesting topics and I also really like the starry theme of her blog. Some of my favorite posts are two of her most recent ones: What Makes a Novel “Young Adult & Why Are you Blogging Right Now

Best Blog Aesthetic

This is going to Kat @ Novels and Waffles because her blog is absolutely stunningly gorgeous!! She recently changed her blog’s look and even before she did, it was an amazing and gorgeous place that always made me crave waffles!! And her new mini reviews on sticky notes are just so! adorably!! gorgeous!!! She’s also amazing and really nice and it always makes me smile reading her comments!

Friendliest Member of the Community

Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads has been so supportive and so kind ever since I joined the book blogging community. She also nominated me and I’m so flattered and happy (THANK YOU!!!!). Though we don’t have the same favorite genres, I absolutely love heading over to her blog just to read her posts and drop comments. She also loves to bake (I do too!!!) and I like to read some of her recipes sometimes because she’s a better baker than me lol. She’s just an amazing and super friendly human being!!

Best New Book Blogger (started blog after August 2018)

Can I nominate myself? Lol, just kidding. I’m going to nominate Umairah @ Sereadipity for this one. Umairah started blogging in late December of 2018, and her blog and posts are amazing. I also seriously love the watercolor-ish background and she has also written a few great discussion posts.

There are still so many amazing bloggers out there that I love. I seriously appreciate every single one of you for writing such amazing content and being super welcoming and also really kind people. It’s tough being a book blogger, but because of all of you, I’m reminded of why I love blogging and it makes me want to continue. Good luck to all the nominees this year!!

Monthly Wrap-Up: March

Hello friends and fellow bookworms! I am going to start off, by apologizing for disappearing this past week, but I was swamped with school work and I couldn’t make time for blogging. Thank you so much for understanding!

March was a pretty bad month for me overall. I was gone for almost two weeks, and I managed to only read 6 books. I have two overdue book reviews to complete and one tag to do as well! I also had an announcement planned, but that’s going to have to wait.

Anyway, here are the books I managed to complete, the tags that I finished, and some amazing posts by other bloggers around the bookish blog-o-sphere.

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson // β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† One sentence summary: An okay book with an intriguing mystery, and great characters. (Reviewed)

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson // β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† One sentence summary: A great sequel with an intriguing mystery, amazing cliffhanger, and lovable characters. (Reviewed)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black // β˜…1/2 One sentence summary: A very hyped book with one-dimensional characters and a boring plot. (Reviewed)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab // β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† One sentence summary: An interesting sci-fi story with fantasy aspects, great characters, and an intriguing plot. (Review To Come)

In The Woods by Tana French // β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† One sentence summary: A meh book with an okay mystery and a disappointing ending. (Review To Come)

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline // β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† One sentence summary: Interesting plot, great characters, and an exciting legal fight.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 6

Tags:

Only one. I was tagged by the lovely Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads and Bakes to do:

The 80’s Movie Tag

Thank you so much Meeghan!

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

The Life of a Bookworm with Dyslexia – An Interview by Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

Discussions & Rambles // What do you think about spoilers? by Xandra @ Starry Sky Books

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me // Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller by Kat @ Novels and Waffles

Privilege in the YA Book Community: Discussing Ways How Some Influencers are at More of a Disadvantage Than Others by May @ Forever and Everly

‘Small Town Hearts’ Blog Tour: Recipe! by Ashley @ Bubbly Booknerd

Anything Else?

Yes! I did a re-branding (I know, I did one in January too) and changed from my pinkish theme, to this vine, flowers, and leaves theme! I hope you like it! I’m probably going to change it in a few months again, lol

That’s A Wrap!

March was not a good month, blogging and reading wise. In February, I hoped to do better, but I didn’t do anything more than I did in February. However, this time, I will hopefully be able to read more books and take less hiatus’ while blogging some more.

How was March for you? How many books did you read? Any opinions on the new theme?Let’s chat in the comments below!