Happy afternoon, bloggers and awesome people of all sorts! At the end of May, I created a series called Blogsphere Highlights, where I highlighted content that I created for the month, as well as some of the fabulous content I came across in my blog-hopping journey. This month, I decided to make it a bimonthly gig as there are just too many hard-working bloggers creating piles of superb content. I want to make sure that I can spread the love and appreciation, and once a month just won’t cut it.
SO! Since we have reached the halfway point for June (slightly late), and Sundays are all about self-care and the care of others (on this blog at least, with Self-Care Sundays), I thought it would be neat to share posts that I have read thus far that are positively brilliant in one form or another. I hope that you will check out this list and discover some new blogs to follow and people to get to know.
Everything that is listed shall be broken down roughly by blog type (i.e.: books, anime, comics, etc.). If you have a favourite blogger, or bloggers, that you adore, please share them in the comments section so we can keep on spreading the love and respect.
Books & Comics:
- The Comic Vault: 4 Complex Fantasy Characters Worth Reading About – This is an exceptional post highlighting some multi-faceted, imperfect characters in the fantasy genre that all lovers of said genre should check out! It’s well-written, concise, and insightful.
- Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads: Privilege in Publishing, Blogging, and the Book Community – One of the best posts that I have read that insightfully talks about the issues of biases and prejudice within bookish communities/publishing and representation of marginalised people, as well as how much more impactful it can be for marginalised people to be able to provide #OwnVoices reviews for diverse books. A MUST read.
- Nandini @ Unputdownable Books: The Challenges of Being an Indian Bibliophile + Indian Readathon Announcement! – This post takes a page out of the post above but goes more in depth of how prejudices affect international readers and authors within the publishing spectrum. It also announces a bitchin’ awesome new readathon in July.
- Charvi @ Not Just Fiction: Why Book Blurbs Are Important – YES!! Someone shares my frustration of searching for a synopsis on a book only to find reviews and other irrelevant information. This neat post talks about why blurbs are important. It’s simple, but necessary.
- Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Audiobook Review) – I loved this review so much! Carrie takes the time to talk about the quality of the audiobook and the narrator, as well as her thoughts on the book itself. I think it’s vital to discuss other aspects of a book, especially audiobooks and graphic novels, when they are a huge part of said book. ♥
Anime & Manga:
- Rokutsu @ Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers: 6 Strange and Amazing Types of Transportation in Anime – A fun, nicely written look at some creative ways to get around in anime!
- Takuto @ Takuto’s Anime Café: Granblue Fantasy: Endless Blue Skies, But Not Enough Time to Explore Them All – Review – I loved reading this review! It talks about all of the things that worked for Granblue Fantasy as a fantasy anime, and where it fell short.
- Scott @ Mechanical Anime Reviews: In Between Generations of Fandoms and Loving It – Scott does a remarkable job of examining how people who began watching anime in different generations are more likely to enjoy or attract to certain types of qualities in anime. It’s an excellent post everyone should check out.
- Karandi @ 100 Word Anime: Friday’s Feature: How Does Sailor Moon Avoid the Label of Overpowered MC? – Karandi does a phenomenal job of dissecting the use of power in Sailor Moon. It’s contemplative and extremely well-crafted.
- Irina @ Drunken Anime Blog: Van Hohenheim and the Beauty of the Ordinary Life – Irina does a spectacular character examination of Hohenheim from Fullmetal Alchemist It’s ingeniously discerning and really puts so many things about this glorious series into perspective.
- Mei @ Treasure Box: All Eyes on Soo Won – Mei does a brilliant character examination of one of the most intricate characters in manga that I’ve read about in a long time, from the series Yona of the Dawn. It’s in-depth and marvellously articulated.
Mental Health & Blogging:
- The Comic Vault: How Wrestling Has Helped to Improve My Mental Health – I love stories about where people share what has helped them on their journey to coping with mental health, and this one is a great one. Sir Betrothed also was helped immensely by wrestling, and I feel it definitely deserves more attention and respect.
- Jenn @ AniRambles: A Note to Bloggers and to Myself: You Don’t Have to Feel Sorry for Needing a Break – I think as bloggers, sometimes we become accustomed to expectation. Whether from our readers, other bloggers, or just shit we place on ourselves. Jenn does a really superb job of explaining how it’s okay to take a break and you don’t need to apologise for it. It’s comforting and uplifting.
- Wendy @ What the Log Had to Say: I’m Scared of Therapy – As someone who had a lot of trial and error with therapy, I think Wendy’s candid post about their fears regarding it is something that many people can relate to.
Alrighty, those are most of the amazing posts that I came across so far in June. I have a small list of more posts to share at the end of the month, plus whatever awesomeness blooms between now and then! So, definitely keep an eye out for it.