Note: I apparently use the word "genuine" a lot. I like genuine people. Don't we all?
398rva: Ame is an awesome IRL friend of mine, and she recently started blogging again. She talks about reading and library things, and becoming a sudden Down Syndrome advocate. Her latest post, Don't be a Debbie Downer about DS, Dammit! is worth reading, regardless of whether your child has DS or not. In fact it's good reading for ANYBODY who might come into contact with a parent of a child with a disability. AKA, everyone should read it and take note.
Fancy Librarian: She's just so positive all the time! She's got quotes galore, links to helpful professional librarian advice, and cute pictures of hedgehogs are in there too.
The Library is Infinity Under One Roof / Librarylydia: Whether it's a picture or a quote or a thought-piece, this Tumblr is a nice scroll when I'm feeling down. It's such a pick-me-up!
The Magpie Librarian: Ingrid rules! She's sassy, has Opinions, and gives no apologies for either.
Life, The Universe, and Everything
Better in Real Life: Lauren writes honestly about life with her nearly-year-old son and husband (err, her husband is more than a year old, I should clarify) -- she seems very *real*, although apparently she's better in real life. ;)
A Safe Mooring: Uhhhh so in addition to being delightful she has a whole tag for Dogs Wearing Clothes. So, she's pretty much perfect.
Children & Family-Building
Documenting Delight: This is such a dang lovely blog. Basically, she takes a photo a day of her children enjoying the heck out of life. It's really beautiful. Also, Australia! A lot of "mommy" blogs might come across as a little too perfect, but this one just is so darn genuine and, well, delightful. I love it to bits.
Girl's Gone Child: Feminist mom of four. Her tagline/book, From Wild to Child, encapsulates a lot of her life, and I enjoy reading her perspectives on, you know, stuff.
Poppies and Ice-cream: Amanda and I found each other through APW, and have been following each other's IF stories for a while. She just had her baby girl. But wait! She's also a vet, and a Mexican expat living in the Netherlands. Her "Delicacies of the World" posts are a delight (even when they're in Spanish, as they sometimes are, I drool over the photos).
The Best Remedy: Just look at the dinner tag. ... Okay, are you back? No? Still bookmarking every one of those for later? Mhmm. You're welcome! (Those puffy corn pancakes with tomato + blackberry sauce = OM NOM NOM.)
My Drunk Kitchen: Okay, so everyone surely knows about Hannah Hart by now, but just in case you don't, stop everything and watch Butter Yo Shit right now. Her book, My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking and Going with Your Gut comes out later this year. I love her, and she seems like a genuinely Good Person, with capital letters and everything.
Prettiness (& Life)
Lauren McGlynn Photography: Even if you're not in the UK & looking for a wedding photographer (although if you are, here, let me match you up!) Lauren's work is simply stunning. Also, she is pretty much the Nicest Person Ever, holy cow. Also, did I mention stunning?
Peonies and Polaroids: Apparently I just love UK photographers. I've been following her blog for a while, I think since I read her post about having her twins/going through the infertility medical process that brought her and her husband to that point, and I haven't stopped reading since. She seems lovely and sane. (Though perhaps, what with having twins, it's just an elaborate illusion, the sanity. ? )
I'm always on the lookout for new blogs to add to my Feedly lists, so feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
*This is not a definitive list of blogs I love and follow! If you weren't featured here but I follow your blog, please don't be hurt! I hope to do more of these so I can fit more of my reading list in. :)