Without a shadow of a doubt, the highlight of my year has been how much I fell back in love with reading. What was once my favourite hobby growing up was quickly replaced by my love of blogging (and we all know how all-consuming it can be, when you want to not only create beautiful content, but consume it too, and become part of the community), and I knew that this year I wanted to reclaim my love for books.
I kick-started the year with a delicious stack of books that I received for Christmas, which is absolutely the best way to stock yourself up for the first part of the year where we’re all a little more frugal, and with a renewed vow to use my bloody Goodreads account! I suppose it also went hand in hand with the smaller ratio of blog posts published. My Bloglovin’ feed has never seemed quieter and it’s a little tougher each day to discover blogs to follow and fresh posts to read.
All that being said, here’s a round-up of everything I’ve loved reading in 2018, from blog to book and back again…
Rebecca’s blog has always been the source of much joy to me. Her beautiful blog, From Roses, is a dependable source of stunning imagery and well-crafted copy on the topics of dog ownership, beauty that works and no-frills self-care.
She’s also recently been covering the best things to see and do in her local area, and I’ve never been more tempted to hop in the car and explore more of her county! And this year I’ve enjoyed nothing more than my afternoon coffee break with a scroll-through of her posts!
>> Visit From Roses
The Little Plum
Another long-term favourite, The Little Plum is a brilliant blog by Chloe to read through on a slow weekend. Her posts are beautifully written and always evoke further thought or reading, plus she’s brought her Ask Me Anything feature from Instagram to her blog now, and it’s like the best ever advice column you could ask for. On top of that, her wardrobe is to die for and I’m always discovering awesome petite-friendly pieces from her blog.
>> Visit The Little Plum
Although I briefly moved away from reading magazine-style blogs, one that I’ll always return to is The Everygirl. This is a truly great resource for any modern woman, full to the brim with think-pieces, columns, shopping edits, financial advice and more. You know, content that we genuinely need instead of mindlessly consume. I often take financial advice from their writers and am always in awe of the inspiring stories shared on the site.
>> Visit The Everygirl
Coco’s Tea Party
I think it was around this time last year that I rediscovered Ella’s blog, Coco’s Tea Party. It was one of the first I read ‘back in the day’, and is now one of my most-read sites through the week. Ella writes about a number of topics, but it’s her first-home and bookish posts that I’ve most enjoyed in 2018. Her posts are easy to read and are designed to be read so that you’ll still have time to get on with your day, the imagery is so bright and beautiful, and I always leave feeling inspired, motivated and energised.
>> Visit Coco’s Tea Party
Cupful of Kale
This year, I discovered Cupful of Kale and fell in love. In fact, I’d go as far as to say her delicious recipes pushed me one step further towards my eventual decision this year to follow a plant-based diet as of January.
Tamsin’s recipes are tasty, relatively simple and are filling too, which makes it a no-brainer when it comes to meal planning each week. Even if you’re not vegan, I totally recommend giving her recipes a whirl and following her Instagram for everyday food inspiration.
>> Visit Cupful of Kale
In My Sunday Best
Sade’s blog has long been a favourite of mine, but I’ve truly felt connected to her words this year. Wise beyond her years, she recounts her days on In My Sunday Best with a note of gratitude, hope, longing, faith and belief. She creates beautiful photos, always gives thought and thanks to every moment, and she is STUNNING irl too. You can bet I gave her the biggest squeeze when I finally met her at the Blogosphere Awards earlier this year!