So I’m thinking of making this a once a month post instead of once a week so I can free up some space in my schedule to post other things! And I know you wondering ‘for someone who wants to lessen the amount they put out this kind of post, you sure are putting it out a lot’. Yes I know, I did share one of these posts a week ago! I did have an Ancient Archive planned for today but instead, you’re getting another Shoutout Sunday on a different day for a very special reason!
Dani @ Touch My Spine is going through a really hard time at the moment. She explains it in her post, Coming Clean which talks about her financial struggles with a house filled with many people who have disabilities. A lack of money for crucial things like medication and food can mean life or death for those with disabilities or illnesses.
At the end of her post, Dani shares a Go Fund Me donation page and I really wanted to share her post along so that hopefully it’ll reach more people and have more of a chance to get to people who can afford to donate. I know that not everyone has the money to donate but if this shoutout can find at least one extra person that can, that’ll be worth it! At the very least I hope everyone reads the post and shares their well wishes to Dani and her family!
Onto the rest of my Shoutouts this week! It’s a short and sweet one since I hadn’t actually planned on posting it this week.
Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads shared her tips on writing book reviews last week. I thought it was a super helpful resource for beginners or for those looking to switch up their reviewing style!
Cam @ Camillea Reads posted a wonderful and magical post for the Top 5 Wednesday meme and OH MY GOD I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
Cam was inspired by the Ideal Mash-ups prompt and wrote two short stories that each mixed two books/movies together!
I’m not 100% sure of what they are mashups for just that What Is A Beast definitely plays with the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale and Kiss The Boy is a mix of the Little Mermaid and possibly Little Women? Also, trans boy Jo Marsh falling in love with Ariel is a beautiful thing even for someone who has never read Little Women and knows nothing of the character but whatever, I am here for it!
Avery @ Red Rocket Panda talked about non #Ownvoices reviews. They discussed how reading a review of a book with trans rep from a cis reviewer who saw the book as transphobic bothered them and what non #ownvoices reviewers should keep in mind when reviewing books that aren’t from our viewpoint.
I thought it was a great discussion topic and super important to take into consideration when reviewing books. Often times those who aren’t from the intended audience can jump the gun and declare that the representation in a book is shitty as if we have any experience to speak from. Everyone does it, I’m sure I have at least once!
And it can be super harmful, especially when it comes to books about minorities because it is hard enough for those books to be published as it is, it will only make it harder if prominent reviewers are shooting them down quickly without the knowledge and experience to guide us on whether or not it actually is. If diversity and representation matter to you, I highly suggest reading Avery’s post, like now!
Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall shares her difficulty balancing reading and blogging and how they affect each other as well.
It is super relatable and I think most will find themselves saying ‘Same‘!
That’s it for this week! Like I said, short and sweet!
From now on I will only be posting Shoutout Sunday (on actual Sundays) once a month.
Every fortnight was getting a bit much I want to free up some space to be able to post other things as well!
Just maybe expect longer Shoutout Sundays in the future as I don’t want to lessen the number of posts I share.