The internet is a marvellous, marvellous place.
Part of the reason I pursued blogging to begin with was to interact with an audience that has shared interests. While this makes for great discussion, it got me to thinking: “Why not share some of the amazing stuff that draws you to the internet to the first place?”
“You” being me, of course.
So I’ve decided to start a series where I share the literary and book-ish blog posts I’ve been reading, twitter accounts I’ve been loving, websites that’ve brought me to tears – the whole nine yards! – and share them as well as my thoughts about them. I’ll try my hardest to make each round-up of posts from that particular month, but I may throw in the occasional throwback.
‘WHO GETS TO DECIDE WHAT BELONGS IN THE ‘CANON’ by Wesley Morris
I was going to write a short blurb about this article but it ended up being an entirely different post on its own, which can be found here. But definitely check this out if my long-winded speech hasn’t convinced you to already!
BOOKS, FEMINISM, AND WHITE FEMINISM by Rea (inkedfables)
Rea says it best herself, “[t]his is a call out post.” You’ll read it and feel the need to do something regardless of what side of the spectrum you land on.
READING HABITS (& TIPS) FROM 5 VORACIOUS READERS OF INTERNET by Resh Susan (The Book Satchel)
The intro had me feeling mad inspired – and I hadn’t even gotten to the meat of the post. Give this a read if you’re in the middle of a slump and surely the various reading perspectives will jolt some much-needed vitality into your lagging desire to read.
HOW THE HIP-HOP DUO SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS INSPIRE GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE FINALIST BILLY-RAY BELCOURT by CBC Books
I’ve been following Billy-Ray Belcourt’s awe-inspiring academic and literary journey since 2016 and he never fails to inspire said awe in me with every publication and tweet (seriously, you should follow his twitter – which I’ll definitely link below)
GET LOST IN HAPPINESS WITH THESE FIVE MAGICAL REALISM INSTAGRAMMERS by Shelbi Starnes
My oh my, the meeting of things I didn’t know would intersect so beautifully: magical realism and bookstagram. The pictures are glorious and enough to send you into an Instagram scrolling spree because the level of creativity is intense and admirable.
PEOPLE + WEBSITES
Do yourselves a favour and follow him yesterday. Your skin will clear and glow, your crops will flourish, and your mind will ascend to glorious heights. To have a creative, intelligent mind like his exploring the depths of his ability is such a gift and his various accomplishments (including being the 2018 recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, valued at a beyond impressive $65,000) are infinitely deserved and difficult not to be in awe of.
No better author on Twitter at the moment. She’s an absolute riot and her tweets will both enlighten you about current events and make you feel like you’re a part of her life as she shares quirks and honest, tender tidbits.
She’s the breath of fresh air (and very welcome source of passion for inclusion in the online book community I’m rather new to) that I needed in the beginning of my blog journey. She recently created a database for black members of the book community, such as yours truly, to input their info in order to be added to a database, which is only just the beginning. Visit her Twitter to read more about her thoughts and fantastic ideas!
Their aesthetic is CRISP and clean and absolutely lovely. Not to mention their dedication to empowering women of colour. Book Girl Magic was launched in November 2017 by Renee, who also blogs and shares her professional photography over at Noelle Gray Creative.
Take the time to appreciate the intention behind the layout of this website and the pure, honest intention in each and every word. This blog celebrates literature alongside art and media in general with a kind of curiosity that gently beckons you along as if to say, let’s explore and ponder together. Check out the very first post and stay tuned for what’s to come.
I invite you to comment either a piece of content or a person on the Internet that has contributed to your literary well-being this month.