|Amanda Waters||Apr 18, 2017|
It's been a while since I posted links to blogs I enjoy reading on a semi-regular basis. I kind of think of blog reading like magazine reading -- some place I can go to read short(ish) articles about things I find interesting. When I've just got a few minutes, or an attention span too short to read in whatever book I've got, magazine and blog reading is a nice option. My blog reading is kind of all over the place lately: previously, I followed and regularly read quite a few library and book-related blogs as part of my job. Naturally, that consumption has slowed down a bit in the past couple of years, and since I'm not getting paid to perform readers' advisory at the moment, my blog reading has diversified a bit (although I'm always going to gravitate toward book blogs, naturally). Plus, I switched feed readers a while back (which is my favorite way to keep up with blogs) and quite a few blogs got lost in the transition, so I'm building up my list of go-to reading again. In no particular order, here are three blogs that I'm particularly digging these days:
Monica Swanson (the "grommom") is an author, wife, and the mom of four boys. She and her family live in Hawaii, homeschool, and surf a lot. Her blog is in the genre of what I'd call "mom blogs." She writes about parenting, homeschooling, healthy eating, and life on the North Shore (which....seriously, all her gorgeous pictures are worth following by themselves!). I discovered her when she was a guest on a podcast, and stuck around her web site because I was drawn to her laid-back, friendly, conversational voice. She clearly values relationship with her kids (who range from upper elementary to teenage), and I'm always trying to soak up examples of building and maintaining family relationships.
2. The Lazy Genius
Y'all, I really feel like The Lazy Genius and I could be friends in real life. This web site and blog is run by Kendra Adachi, and the premise behind Lazy Genius, is "being genius about the things that matter, and lazy about the things that don't." Identify the things that matter most to you (TO YOU being the operative words here), and don't waste valuable energy on things that aren't really important. On this blog you'll find posts on everything from making friends to cleaning, shopping at Aldi and cooking, to books, reading, and a March Madness Bracket of Guys. It's sometimes serious, sometimes fun, and always enjoyable.
3. Forever Young Adult
Unlike the other two blogs, this a site I've been following for a while. What started out as a site that posted reviews of YA books has evolved into a site for all the best parts of YA and YA-adjacent media -- books, movies, tv. It's still a great place for book reviews, and a lot of fun too.