Top Ten Book Bloggers I Give My Love To
It’s time for a SOPPY post! Yay!
OK, in all seriousness, I try to show appreciation for the blogs I follow (366 in Bloglovin’ alone) in my Sharing the Bloggy Love posts; we all know this is a time-consuming (but rewarding) hobby, and without the enthusiasm, support and kindness from so many, I doubt we’d stick at it. But, sometimes book bloggers go above and beyond the call of duty, sometimes they offer a welcoming hand to a newbie, and sometimes you just click with certain bloggers and BAM. Insta-friendship, just add
water books. I’ve seen a lot of posts talking about “being the change we want to see in the community” (or something similar), so I’m trying that today. Here are ten bloggers I want to say “thank you” to (in no particular order):
1. Brandie from Brandie is a Book Junkie: Brandie is fabulous (and her little girl is adorable). She loves wine, she loves men *ahem – I mean romance novels* and she fan-girls like the best of us! She introduced me to Colleen Hoover, for which I will be eternally grateful, and I know if I ever need to run an idea past someone, or squeal with excitement, she’ll be right there with me. She was also one of the top commenters on my blog in 2014.
2. Stefani from Caught Read Handed: I love this girl. She’s artistic, creative, a reading power-house and a super kind soul (she was my Secret Santa in the Belle’s EBE 2014, and she spoiled me). Stef’s bursting with enthusiasm that is kind of infectious, and she was also one of my top blog commenters of 2014.
3. Asti from Oh, The Books!: When I first started blogging, Oh, The Books! seemed like one of those “big” book blogs (you know the type!), but Asti was really welcoming, and over time I’ve seen just how much she (and Kelley) contribute to the community with their (multiple) impressive original features and constantly fresh and on-the-point posts. Asti also shares quite a bit about her personal life, which I admire, and it means I feel like I kind-of know her.
4. Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts: My male blogger! (Yes, I’ve declared you as mine). He’s my partner in crime for (S)He Said and is guaranteed to do complex, rambly and wonderfully word-vomitty posts because he just can’t contain himself! He’s my main point of reference for a male perspective in the sea of female book bloggers.
5. Lindsey from Bring My Books: There’s no doubt about it. Lindsey needs more love. She’s a bonafide book-seller, she owns 10 copies of Jane Eyre, she is ridiculously enthusiastic to the point where I question my own Book Geek status, and she’s genuinely lovely. Her posts are worth checking out, I especially love ones that read more like stories she’d tell you over a coffee.
6. Tara from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!: As her blog title suggests, Tara is a librarian (I don’t spend much time at my local library *slaps wrist* but this way I don’t have to!!). I love getting her perspective on books and bookish things as it often has an academic twist, which my inner Geek grins at, and I love that she takes us on her studying and traveling journeys with her.
7. Ashley from Nose Graze: A book blogger and a web-designer, what more could our community need? She’s outspoken and I love Ashley’s personal posts (pictures of her wedding, details on what it’s like freelancing…) and she has seriously helped me figure out how to do things on this blog with basic coding skills through her more technical posts. A lot of bloggers use her custom Book Blogger Plug-In, and from what I’ve heard it’s amazing.
8. Charnell from Reviews from a Bookworm: We bonded over our love for Diane Chamberlain and Jodi Picoult, I drool over her haul posts and I love that she loves Disney. But more than all of that it was so, so refreshing to find a blogger who I could also disagree with in a really productive way (we didn’t take offense and actually had an engaging conversation!), which led to me loving her blog. The book in question is Beautiful Disaster 😉
9. Trish from Between My Lines: Shout-out for an Irish blogger! Trish’s reviews are usually pretty spot-on for me, and I love her Green Giants feature that showcases Irish authors (I definitely need to read more of these!). She’s very genuine and is always willing to engage me in bookish-related conversations!
10. Amanda from Beautiful Bookish Butterflies: Amanda previously blogged at Book Badger but has now joined forces with Stacie to co-blog. Amanda was really welcoming when I first joined the community, and she has opened up a lot about her personal life on her blog, which I definitely respect. I love her ranty discussion posts, and her sheer commitment and dedication to reading and blogging!
I was so hesitant about posting this because I feel there are SO many of you I’m leaving out (I follow 366 of you guys, getting it down to ten was just plain hard). Feel free to leave links for bloggers you really appreciate in the comments! And for anyone who has commented on my blog, follows me or gets ridiculously excited about books with me, you get an Honorable Mention. Thank you!