I am honestly so so so excited to bring you today’s post which features all my nominations for the Third Annual 2019 Book Blogger Awards which is hosted by May from Forever and Everly. There are so many bloggers I deeply admire, and I’m really hyped about this year’s awards since it’s also my first year participating! I would highly recommend checking out these amazing bloggers, and if you’d like to participate in the fun, be sure to check out May’s introduction post and nominate your favorite bloggers. **coughcough me!! (just kidding but i’d be very honored)**
B E S T . O F . T H E I R. A G E
Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19)
Vicky from Vicky Who Reads. Vicky is one of the most popular teen bloggers in the book community, and it’s for good reason. She’s so thoughtful, articulate, and passionate about the work that she does and the books and people in this community. I admire her so much because she’s not afraid to be a conversation starter and encourage us to focus on important issues such as privilege in the book community or how to be inclusive of teens. At the same time, she gives amazing book recommendations, writes incredibly thought-provoking discussions, and I love how we have similar tastes in books (especially with contemporaries).
Best Adult Book Blogger (20+)
Jen from Pop Goes the Reader. Jen is a veteran blogger who I recently started following this year, and I love her creative posts and content so much. Her blog is artistically formatted with illustrative drawings of herself, and she finds fun ways to spotlight up and coming debut authors with features such as her “Do! Judge a Book By Its Cover” and author cover reveals. I really admire the work that she does because, with each post, you can really tell how much thought and care has gone into its creation.
B E S T . O F. B O O K . B L O G G I N G
Best Book Reviews
Lily from Sprinkles of Dreams. Lily *waves hi Lily* is my soul sister. 💙 Even though we’ve only known each other for a little more than a year, it feels like we’ve been close friends forever. I guess that’s why it’s so easy for me to turn to Lily for quality book opinions. If you read her reviews (and you definitely should), you would know that her rating system is tough, but that just means if she recommends a book, she loves it with all her heart. At the same time, her reviews are beautifully written because she’s eloquent with every word and carefully analyzes each part of the story for a final recommendation. ☁️ I’ve never been let down by any of her suggestions, and I promise that you won’t be too.
Melanie from Mel to the Any. Melanie is one of my favorite bloggers whose reviews I 110% trust. 💖 I actually used to read her reviews on Goodreads before I had even started blogging, and let me tell you…Melanie has such a way with words. She somehow knows how to put all your thoughts about a book onto paper or screen, and she perfectly captures all your feelings and hits all the key points which is why I love reading her reviews. She’s honest about her thoughts, yet all her tone is always respectful. If I’m ever curious about adding a book to my Goodreads’s shelf, her review is usually the first one I read.
Best Book Recommendations
CW from The Quiet Pond. I love the friends at The Quiet Pond with all my heart from the book reviews to bookish news updates. ✨ It’s easy to say that Varian the frog gives some of the best book recommendations in the entire blogosphere and that’s because you can really see the time and effort CW has put into researching up-and-coming as well as backlist books. I think what I like best about Varian’s (AKA CW’s) book recommendations is that it’s specifically tailored towards certain themes (e.g. Pride month, Asian Pacific Heritage month, etc.) yet it’s still welcoming and inclusive.
Best Discussion Posts
Ilsa from A Whisper of Ink. Ilsa is one of the sweetest people in the blogosphere, and I never fail to be impressed by her discussion posts because they’re always incredibly thought-provoking and original. She asks the hard questions and dives deep into topics that many bloggers may think about but never really fully consider such as jealousy in the book blogging community and whether or not we genuinely enjoy the content we consume. The soft pastel colors on her blog give me so much joy, and her discussion posts are always a must-read post for me.
Kal from Reader Voracious. Kal writes some of the most helpful how-to discussion posts in the blogosphere whether it’s about how to request ARCs, how to navigate and use Edelweiss, or how to organize your reading and blogging life through spreadsheets. I learn so many important tips and blogging hacks that I didn’t think I’d need to know until I read her posts. She’s incredibly passionate about helping and educating other bloggers, and her discussion posts are a reflection of her desire to help others.
Best Blog Aesthetic
CW, Joce, and Stella from The Quiet Pond. I think my friends at the pond deserve constant endless praise for their creativity in crafting the awesomeness that is The Quiet Pond. The entire blog aesthetic is original and cute with the perfect touch of magic. I have been a fan of Xiaolong, Varian, Gen, and Amina for so long that I’m even more excited now that Cuddle the sea otter, AKA Joce, and Stella the DragonFly are joining the fun. Each individual pond friend has a specific niche which makes every post particularly engaging to read!
Kat from Novels and Waffles. I think it’s so incredibly cool how Kat’s blog is breakfast (mainly waffle) themed, and it’s a constant that makes her blog so special and unique. For example, in her book reviews, instead of giving background information such as the author, publisher, genre, pages, etc. directly, she crafts them into a recipe card and uses it as a way to present her review as a recipe! 🥞 This creativity is what gives her the flexibility to explore various avenues as a blogger such as with her collaboration posts with me called Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Best Blogging/Writing Voice
Julianna from Paper Blots. Have you ever seen a blogger title a post “Books That Butter My Eggrolls?” Because I have and let me tell you…it was one of my favorite posts of all time, and I honestly could not stop smiling throughout the entire thing. As much as I love poking fun at Jules, I love being her friend and reading her posts because of her distinct, charming personality. It shines through in our conversations, and it definitely shines through in her writing. It’s something that she does exceptionally well, and it all comes naturally form her charismatic personality.
M I S C E L L A N E O U S
Most Engaged in the Community
May from Forever and Everly. Despite what she probably thinks of herself, May is someone I admire deeply for her passion and fun attitude in the community and her constant engagement and supportiveness of other bloggers. I always look forward to reading her posts, seeing her presence on Twitter, and looking at her blog comment replies because she’s so passionate and engaged with the people she interacts with. She works incredibly hard in the community to make it a welcoming, supportive, and F U N place. I mean…she’s even hosting this year’s annual book blogger awards(!!) I think May deserves a lot more credit than she gives herself because she’s such a hardworking and lovable smol bean.
Best Social Media Influencer
Alexandra from Twirling Pages. I honestly love poking fun at Xandra about being a ~social media influencer~ in real life that I really couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to nominate her for a social media category for real. This girl is really doing the most, working her hardest, and being an inspiration while balancing her YouTube, Twitter, Blog, and IG. She really is an Instagram Q U E E N with aesthetic AF photos that are actually carefully crafted behind-the-scenes with multiple camera angles and editing software. I guess you could say that I’m biased and think she’s the best social media influencer because 95% of the time I get to be her +1 to all the coolio events. 😉
Kate from Your Tita Kate. I love love love Kate(!!) She’s like the older sister/cool aunt I’ve always wanted, and despite her cool badass demeanor, she’s really a softie with a heart of gold. She’s always looking out for others, and she has a truly good moral compass where she advocates for marginalized voices in the community and lifts up those who need it. Even though we’re blogging friends, she’s been supportive of me throughout my real life endeavors, and I couldn’t love her more for it. Her blogging name is so true to who she is as a person and that’s someone you can count on and wholeheartedly support.
Friendliest Member of the Community
Evelina from Avalinah’s Books. Ever since I started my blogging journey, Evelina has been my obi wan Kenobi, welcoming new bloggers into the book community with open arms and being a constant resource and friend. She started the first new bloggers’ Discord chat which is still well and alive today, and she lifts up their voices which is so important when you’re first starting out and trying to find your place in this hobby. She’s been nothing but sweet from the beginning, and I adore how much she tries to educate newbie bloggers about all the bookish and blogging life hacks.
Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks. Who takes the cutest selfies, inspires you to be in nature, and showers you with endless love?? It’s…Laura!! Laura is one of the kindest and caring bloggers that I know, especially on Twitter. She’s always incredibly supportive of her fellow bloggers, and her presence and friendliness shine like sunshine. 🌻 Whenever there’s something exciting or sad or just important to share, she’s someone you can count on through both the good and the bad.
Kevin from Bookevin. I remember when I first came across Kevin on Twitter I was a little intimated because I thought he was super cool and fun, and I wanted to be his friend. Luckily, this wonderful fanboy and I did end up becoming friends because seeing his name pop up on my timeline or my WordPress dashboard never fails to bring a smile to my face. He’s nothing but friendly and heartwarming and kind. Having someone like him in the bookish community makes it a better place.
Best at Promoting Diverse Books
Fadwa from Word Wonders. Fadwa is an inspiration beyond words. She’s someone I look up to so much for her passion in promoting diverse reads in the community and being a constant supportive voice. She has her #DiverseBloggersDiscuss feature on her blog which spotlights guest posts from other bloggers, and she also created the Muslim Voices Rise Up feature which gives a glance at diverse Muslim experiences. She’s such an important voice in the book community and has impacted so much positive change.
Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea. When I think of champions for diversity in the book community (and also for life in general), Shealea’s name immediately comes to mind. Like Fadwa, Shealea is someone who I admire endlessly for her vocal support of diverse reads in the community, spearheading projects such as the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge with CW, Vicky, and Lily. She’s always serving as a voice to uplift marginalized and under-represented bloggers.
M O S T . I M P O R T A N T L Y
Best New Book Blogger (started blog after August 2018)
Shri from Sun and Chai. Shri started her blog earlier this year, and let me just say that she has already become a huge inspiration and a blogger that you must add to your follow list. She’s such a kindhearted and lovable person, and I absolutely love how she’s already using her platform to boost marginalized voices and advocate for more diversity in the book community. 🌟 My favorite part of her blog is her #RepresentationMatters feature where she invites bloggers and authors to share their story of how representation in media impacted them. I’m telling you…Shri is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with, and I cannot wait to see what else she accomplishes!
Best Small Book Blogger (under 1,000 followers)
Olivia from Purely Olivia. Olivia is one of the sweetest bloggers out there, and she also puts out some of my favorite content in the blogosphere. It’s sweet. It’s light, and I just love her entire aesthetic! She’s one of the most supportive bloggers that I know, and I just love interacting with her and seeing her around the blogosphere. She’s created some amazing posts such as The Wonderstruck Book tag based on Taylor Swift songs!
Taasia from Librae Paints Pages. Taasia is another small blogger who I absolutely adore. She writes some of my favorite discussion posts, and she gives great recommendations on books to read and bloggers to check out. Her writing voice flows very naturally and is super entertaining to read because you can tell she’s so passionate about what she does and the entire community in general. I’m so glad that I stumbled across her blog a while back because of her posts are so engaging and fun.
Best Overall Book Blogger
Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books. Marie is and was my biggest inspiration when I first started blogging, and I still constantly check her blog on a
weekly daily basis to read her updates and thought-provoking discussions. I feel like Marie is one of the most genuinely kind people in the world, and I’m really glad that I was able to befriend someone like her in this community. She introduced me to some of my favorite books and authors. She’s turned me into a contemporary-loving fluff ball when two years ago, I actually hated the genre. And she never fails to support every person that she comes across while blogging. 💖
Thank you so much for reading my post! 💕 I know that this one is super long, but I really enjoyed taking the time to properly acknowledge so many of my favorite bloggers. There are also definitely a bunch of bloggers who I love that I didn’t mention in this list. I hope to read your posts and nominations for the blogger awards, and I hope you enjoyed reading mine! Please let me know if there are any other bloggers you think I should also check out~