the bookish skies turns two! | my second blogiversary!

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Hello, friends!

So, on December 18th, 2018, I posted my first ever post on The Bookish Skies. I feel like a cliché saying that “it’s surreal it’s been so long”, but it really is. I still feel like a newbie to blogging, though I have grown a lot more comfortable in the past year, and I think a lot of the insecurities I had when I first started blogging have been slowly dissipating.

For example, one of the things I was never satisfied with was my “blogging voice“. And I still don’t think I have one, but I also like my posts enough that I don’t mind? I don’t think they sound generic, but I also don’t think I have mastered the blogging voice like other people in the community, but that’s fine! I’m happy with my content regardless.

There are still some areas I struggle with, mostly related to blogging schedule. I absolutely suck in operating at a schedule, and especially since 2020 has been this dumpster fire of a year, I found myself even more easily overwhelmed and during the past few months, my blog-hopping really has been lacking. But, throughout all the up’s and down’s, I still love coming back to this place every time.

I am really glad for the people I met in this community (to name a few, though there are many more: Ruby, Caitlin, Marie, Becky, Tasya, Marta, Margaret, Sophie, Lauren, Olivia, Caro), and I am also so satisfied with how much I’ve been reading ever since I started blogging. In the past year, I was also nominated for the Book Blogger Awards, and even got an ARC for the first time ever!

Overall, I know I still have a long way to go at being better about blogging, interacting with people, growing my audience, etc, etc., but I love what I’ve taken from this experience so far and I’m so thankful for all of you that read my posts and care for what I have to say. Honestly, you’re the best part.

I also asked you guys to leave me some questions so that this post wasn’t just me rambling, so let’s go answer them!

What’s your favorite comfort book/show?

THE KING OF KAWAI

I think most of what I consume is for comfort – that’s why I mostly read YA contemporaries and watch rom-coms, because I want the media I consume to be light-hearted and fun, since the outside world is already stressful enough. But, most recently, Julie and the Phantoms definitely took the spotlight as my #1 comfort show – I rewatched it on my birthday because it’s a day of the year I struggle a lot, and plan on doing the same on Christmas.

How would your perfect day look like?

  • Rainy/gloomy weather.
  • Journaling in the morning.
  • Going out to eat with my parents.
  • Having a Caramel Frapuccino from Starbucks.
  • Rewatching a favorite rom-com at night.
  • Reading (fanfic) before bed.

What is your favorite type of blog post to read/write?

I love writing recommendation posts, they’re by far my favorite! They’re typically lengthy and I know most people probably don’t even read them all, but it makes me happy to find a topic I can find different books to recommend under, and then work on the synopsis/why do I feel like they’re worth reading, etc. It’s been a while since I last wrote one and I miss it!

What book do you MOST want to see adapted in a movie/show, and what book do you LEAST want to see adapted?

50160619. sx318 sy475 I’d really love to see You Should See Me in a Crown being adapted into a NETFLIX movie! It’s just the perfect prom-com that has just enough twists to make it refreshing compared to the other teen movies of the platform. Plus, I see so many people complaining about the lack of diversity there, and this book has plenty of rep, so it would be really cool to see.

39897323. sy475 I find hard to talk about books I wouldn’t like to see being adapted, but I feel like Sick Kids In Love, albeit refreshing compared to the other stories that have been done about sick kids falling in love, I simply don’t trust Hollywood enough to actually do this story justice and not turn it into Fault in Our Stars #17.

If you could ban one trope from existence, what would it be?

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I think every single trope can be done well, genuinely. There are some that I’m a bit tired of seeing, and I don’t want to be a cliché and answer with “love triangle”, but even that I think can be made interesting (like give me a love triangle that turns into a polyamorous relationship pls im begging). Plus, the whole thing about 43520622BIPOC authors not having the same opportunities to publishing, therefore, never having the chance to actually write these tropes before people got tired of them, which is unfair.

BUT, I genuinely find that the “you belong with me” trope can be harmful, which is why I wish it didn’t exist. It basically consists of the “nice friend” feeling like they *deserve* to get the hero, because the hero’s actual partner sucks. Not So Pure and Simple made an amazing commentary on how toxic this mindset is, and I really wish more people would read it.

Which fictional world would you want to retire in?

I don’t read a lot of fantasy, so I’m not entirely familiarized with fictional worlds, tbh. And I also feel bad answering H*gwarts.

I’d absolutely love to retire in Narnia, though! It’s a super common answer, I know, but I genuinely love Narnia and I’d live there any day.

Is there any books you’ve been saying you would read since you started blogging but you haven’t gotten to yet?

Why does this question call me out so bad? Lol.

In all seriousness, though, I do think I made decent progress in my backlist TBR this year and read a lot of titles that had been staring at me for ages. But A Thousand Perfect Notes has been on my list since it was released, along with any Morgan Matson book, and the Emily-Austin writing duo that is pretty much Marie’s brand and that I told myself I’d read literally in 2018.

What’s your advice to avoid blogging burnout?

I’ve never experienced blogging burnout (in like, I’ve ran out of ideas and don’t feel like doing this anymore), BUT that’s because earlier in 2020 I also changed my frequency of posts! Back in 2019, I was posting twice a week, and I definitely have felt more inspired since I started posting only once a week. I also don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking a break if you need to! Since I’ve started blogging, so many of my fellow bloggers have taken hiatus and I promise you that the community is not going to forget you! We’ll still be here for when you’re ready to go back!

Which book do you think is being slept on by the book blogging community?

Not So Pure and Simple is being absolutely *slept on*. Wake up, peeps! I also feel like Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporaries don’t get as much attention as I feel like they deserve (seriously some of the best YA contemporaries I’ve ever read). And Lobizona deserved to be in so many people’s list of favorites YA fantasies, and I barely heard people talking about it. Get on with it, pls.

Thank you sooooo much for the questions & for the overall support in the past two years. Like I said, you guys are the best! Let me know in the comments what advice you have for blogging burnout, which books the blogging community has been sleeping on AND what adaptation you *would not* like to see. I’d love to hear from you too!

33 comentários sobre “the bookish skies turns two! | my second blogiversary!

  1. Lois 18 de dezembro de 2020 / 19:03

    Happy 2 year blogiversary!!! I honestly thought you had been blogging for longer haha. It’s amazing how fast those two years have grown.

    You mentioned the Caramel Frapuccino from Starbucks and it has me craving that drink now. It’s been so long since I’ve had one 😭

    Narnia would be a brilliant place to retire too. Everything about those world just seems so serene.

    Here’s to many more wonderful years of blogging. 😁🎉

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 12:34

      thank you so much, lois! it definitely seems like i’ve been blogging for longer too, hahah.

      ahhh, i’ve been craving one as well! especially because it’s been so hot here lately, a caramel frappuccino would be a refresh in this weather!

      thank you so much for stopping by & for all the kind wishes!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 19:37

      thank you so much!
      oh, absolutely! i love the fact that is short enough i can watch in one day, but still develops all the characters and relationships enough. definitely a favorite!
      thanks for stopping by! 😌

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  2. beckythemothling 18 de dezembro de 2020 / 21:13

    Congratulations on your blogiversary!! I would definitely want to retire in Narnia, too, it’s one of those rare fictional worlds that’s just legitimately NICE. Aside from the occasional evil sorcerer, it’s such a chill, neat little world.

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 19:38

      EXACTLY! that’s why i find so challenging when people ask: “if you could live inside a book”, because most fantasy books have terrifying worlds i would absolutely NOT want to live in, especially because my survivor skills are nonexistent, hahah. but narnia is always a safe choice, because it really is the nicest place.
      thank you so much! and thanks for reading! 💕

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  3. Sophie @ Me & Ink 19 de dezembro de 2020 / 07:57

    Congrats on two years Lais, that is awesome!! 🥰🎉💕
    I definitely relate to feeling like a newbie still, I don’t think the feeling will go away ever now 😂😂
    I really do love your posts a lot as they have such a genuine, personal feel and I just love reading them and hearing your thoughts.
    I’m so glad I’ve gotten to meet you through blogging too 💕❤️💞 thank you for mentioning me 🥰

    I so want to watch Julie and the Phantoms. I heard it mentioned a while back and I heard music and was like yes then recently I heard it had ghosts (I don’t why it took me so long) and I was even more excited!! I’m so glad you loved it though, it makes me even more excited!!

    I love your recommendations post, you always make me want to read lots of the books. Speaking of which I do want to read Not So Pure and Simple, Lobizona and Brigid Kemmerer’s book (I think one is at my library so I’ll have to pick it up)!!

    You should see me in a crown would make such a good Netflix movie 😍 an adaptation I wouldn’t like to see… Umm.. That’s such a hard question, I genuinely can’t think of any 🙈 *thinks harder* maybe The Starless Sea as I don’t think it would translate the best on screen as it is full of different things. I think the whimsical magic in best on the page 😂

    Ahh.. NARNIA!! I’ve been meaning to rewatch them for a while and you’ve just reminded me!!

    Congratulations again 🥰🥰

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 19:44

      thank you so much, sophie! your compliments about my posts really mean the world! i always feel motivated whenever we talk and i’m really glad for your support! 💛💛💛

      i think you’ll really love julie and the phantoms. the soundtrack is 10/10 and the characters are really fun too. i’ll be looking forward to hear your thoughts whenever you get around to it!

      while i haven’t read the starless sea, i do agree it can be hard to capture whimsical atmospheres on screen. especially because of how heavily some films rely on CGI, and i think the CGI effect completely takes away the magic atmosphere of it all, idk if this makes sense, hahah.

      thank you! and thanks for reading!

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  4. Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice 19 de dezembro de 2020 / 20:32

    ahh happy 2-year blogiversary, Lais!! that is absolutely amazing and i am so happy for you + so proud of you for your growth & everything you’ve accomplished on your blog 😊 i haven’t been active in the book blogging community for a while but i always enjoy reading your posts so much 💓

    omg i would also LOVE to see You See Me in a Crown adapted into a movie, that would be so fun 😍 and i’ve been meaning to watch Julie and the Phantoms, i’m glad it’s a comfort show for you ☺️

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 19:45

      thank you so much, dezzy! i really miss reading your posts, but i’ve been keeping up with you on goodreads (your review of only mostly devastated of a few months ago literally made my day bc SAME lol). i’m super happy that you stopped by & thankful for your support!

      i highly recommend julie and the phantoms! it was a super fun time and it’s impossible not to fall in love with the characters.

      once again, thank you so much for stopping by! 😊

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      • Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 22:58

        awww Lais your comment is so sweet! you are so welcome and i’m always here to support you <3 and omg YES i absolutely loooved Only Mostly Devastated hehe, honestly so relatable and heartwarming, and i'm super excited to read Sophie Gonzales' other books 😍 and i'll let you know my thoughts on Julie and the Phantoms, i'm really looking forward to watching it ☺️

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  5. tasya @ the literary huntress 20 de dezembro de 2020 / 08:21

    Happy Blog anniversary, Lais! <3 I love reading your posts, they always so polished and genuine <3 Your perfect day sounds perfect for me too, especially since the weather has been really rainy and gloomy these past few weeks. I may have to follow your ideal day sometime next week…

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 21 de dezembro de 2020 / 19:47

      thank you so much, tasya, it means a lot! ❤️ also, i highly recommend it, hahah. take advantage of the gloomy weather for me, summer has just started today and temperatures are above the 30ºC every day 🥵 i hope you enjoy it, hahah.

      thank you so much for reading & for all the support!

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  6. Aditi 22 de dezembro de 2020 / 18:10

    HAPPY TWO YEARS LAIS!! I think I missed my two year mark this year ahh but technically I can just say my two years is in March 2021 since I only really started blogging often in March 2019. Oh well!!
    Okay, about you not having a blogging voice- that’s SO UNTRUE. Your voice actually stands out to me so much! It’s like you bolding some of the words and italicizing some of them. I started doing that too and I took inspiration from your blogging voice!! I love your blogging voice and it’s honestly one of my favorites in the book community.
    I’ve been looking for books to read and I’m absolutely adding “Not So Pure and Simple” and “Lobizona” to my immediate TBR!! I’ll let you know what I think when I read them!
    BTW, I just started Heartstopper and I was reminded of you lol.
    HAPPY TWO YEARS AGAIN! I’m so so proud of you!! <33

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 4 de janeiro de 2021 / 11:23

      Thank you so much, Aditi! Considering we’re already in January when I’m answering this, it means there’s only a couple months left for your anniversary, which is exciting. I do encourage you to make a Q&A or something of the sorts. I remember a Q&A you did a long time ago around hinduism that was a lot of fun and super informative. I think it would be nice to do something like that to celebrate your 2nd blogversary!
      And it means so much to me my blogging voice was somehow inspiring! Like I mentioned, I struggled a lot with it, and it makes me so so so happy to hear that it actually stood out for you!
      I hope you do enjoy them! And Heartstopper as well, I think it’s impossible not to enjoy it just because it’s so cute and adorable, but yeah, hahah.
      Thank you sososo much for all your kind words, Aditi! Your comment made me smile so much! 💛

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      • Aditi 11 de janeiro de 2021 / 00:14

        yess! that’s a great idea! I remember that too- it was so fun to make! :))
        I’m so happy!! I remember one time you made a comment on one of my posts back in june I think about how my post content was the perfect balance between writing about defunding the police and fluffy contemporaries and I kid you not I think about that comment every week 🥺💕 thank you so much, belatedly!
        YESS i read heartstopper in 1 day it was so good 😭
        I’m so happy!! Just repaying the favor 😂💛

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  7. Margaret @ Weird Zeal 23 de dezembro de 2020 / 02:16

    Congrats on two years of blogging!!! I’m so glad you’re happy with your content, because I always love reading your posts ☺ Ahhh thank you so much for mentioning me—I’m honored to be among so many amazing bloggers, and I’m so grateful to have met you too! <3

    Recommendation posts are my favorite too :D And YES I’d LOVE to see You Should See Me in a Crown as a movie!! I agree that the “you belong with me” trope is pretty darn harmful. Ahhh retiring in Narnia would truly be a dream ☺

    Congratulations again on making it two years <3 I'm so glad to have you as a part of this community!!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 4 de janeiro de 2021 / 11:27

      Thank you so much, Margaret! It means a lot & I am super grateful for our interactions as well!
      I think recommendation posts are also my favorite ones to read, now that I think about it. But I also love reading discussions, I am just not super eloquent to write them, hahah.
      Thank you so much once again! 💕

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  8. Olivia @ Purely Olivia 23 de dezembro de 2020 / 14:34

    Lais!! Congratulations on two years of blogging.🥳 You deserve all the confetti and cake and cheering and hugs right now so that is what I am doing, virtually. xx I’m honored that you mentioned me in this post because I admire you and your blog so much! Thank you for always being so kind, supportive, and open to conversations- you’re the best.

    Haha, my perfect day would also include rewatching a rom-com at night…and ahh, I also love writing recommendation posts! Every time I do it I feel as if I’m really living up to being a book blogger and I also just love rambling about my favorite books wayyy too much.

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 4 de janeiro de 2021 / 11:30

      Hahah, thank you, Olivia! I’m really glad for our interactions as well! I know you’ve been super busy lately, so it means a lot you took time to stop by!
      Watching rom-coms always puts me in a positive mood! And as for the posts, I think recommendations are the most interesting to write and read as well, but I do love reading discussions a lot as well, I’m just not super eloquent in writing them.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, once again, and for all the kind wishes! 😊

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  9. Marie 23 de dezembro de 2020 / 17:14

    AH HAPPY TWO YEARS OF BLOGGING! This is such a great milestone and I am so happy you’re still here after two years. I always love reading your posts and chatting about books with you! <3
    I LOVE that Austin & Emily's books are like, my brand haha this is totally true 😂😂 I really hope you'll give their books a try sometime, they're so good I love themm <3
    Happy anniversary again!!! <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 4 de janeiro de 2021 / 11:35

      Thank you, Marie!
      Hahah, every time I see their books, I’m reminded of you! I’m definitely looking forward to pick up Always Never Yours.
      Thank you so much! And thanks for reading! 😌

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  10. Caro @ bookcheshirecat 25 de dezembro de 2020 / 06:48

    Happy Blogversary!! So glad to have meet you as well 💕 Here’s to hopefully more years to come 🎉✨

    I also watched Julie and the Phantoms this year! I’ve been listening to the songs a lot recently, as they are really great and always put me in a good mood!! 🥰 I fully agree on the recommendation posts, writing them is soo much fun!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 4 de janeiro de 2021 / 11:36

      Thank you! Ahh, the soundtrack is amazing! Not only the songs are all good, but the lyrics are all so uplifting as well, it makes me smile every single time one of the songs comes up on shuffle.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Caro! And thanks for all the kind words! ❤️

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  11. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea 8 de janeiro de 2021 / 03:04

    lais i’m very late to commenting on this post, but happy blogiversary and thank you so much for mentioning me 😭😭 i think you were one of the first people to comment regularly on my blog & i started talking regularly with, so i’ll always treasure & thank you for not clicking away at the first moment when you saw my old hideous blog design dfjdfjd. and don’t worry about your blogging voice bc i think your is very distinct & i always have fun reading your posts! & lmao i’ve taken so many hiatuses lately, but like you said, the community is always ready to welcome you back with open arms 🥺 happy blogiversary again! i hope your third year of blogging is the best yet 💕 (btw sorry i wasn’t able to ask you a question i suck at coming up with questions for these things 😭)

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 20:02

      Thank you so much, Caitlin!
      Hahah, your layout was definitely NOT hideous. I think we all start out with cringe layouts, I can definitely say I did as well.
      Thank you so much! It’s true, I am really glad for the community for always being here, even when I was really caught up and couldn’t blog hop or post, etc.
      Thank you for all your kind words & for reading too! ❤️

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  12. Marta @ of waves and pages 30 de janeiro de 2021 / 15:38

    Happy blog anniversary, Lais!! How can it be two years already, time flies by so quickly!! I’m incredibly grateful for having you in my life, you’re one of the greatest friends I’ve made and reading your blog posts always puts a smile on my face 💖 You deserve everything that is good in the world!! And we’ll be here celebrating many more years to come!! 🥳🥳

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 2 de fevereiro de 2021 / 19:29

      Thank you, Marta! That’s really true, I was just recently some things I wrote in December of 2018 when I started the blog and it’s crazy to think how much has changed in just two years.
      Thank you so much! Your kind words mean soooo much to me, I am always happy to hear from you as well!
      Thanks for the comment & for all your support during these past two years! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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