If you haven’t heard, May @ Forever and Everly recently announced that she’s hosting the THIRD ANNUAL 2019 BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS (click the link to learn more about it, including rules and alternative ways to nominate!), which was originally hosted by Joce @ Write Through the Night, a retired book blogger. I was already planning on doing a post shouting out my favorite book bloggers before May announced these awards, so this is perfect!
Needless to say, my excitement levels are through the roof about these awards because I love book bloggers so much. Book bloggers are so nice and dedicated to yelling about books. Most of us don’t get compensated for the time and hard work that goes into blogging, but we still do it anyways, because the community is so welcoming and books are great. What better way to show our love and appreciation than with these awards?
Without further ado, let’s get to me fangirling!
BEST OF THEIR AGE
Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger: Vicky Who Reads
I have no idea how Vicky was able to balance reading a bajillion arcs and review copies, posting almost everyday and always replying to comments while she was in her senior year of high school. She’s worked with so many authors and publishers and started tons of insightful discussions at just eighteen. Vicky is also a genius at design, and she even wrote a whole guide to adapting book covers into horizontal headers that was masterfully written.
Best Adult Book Blogger: Drizzle & Hurricane Books
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Marie, and its not for no reason! Her interaction skills are on another level, and she frequently updates her blog, sometimes bringing her sister along. She posts amazing author interviews, book reviews, tags, recommendations and discussions. Her discussions are so helpful to new bloggers, or just bloggers in general, with posts about how to find your blogging voice, how to stop comparing yourself to other bloggers and book blogging with anxiety. I could have nominated her for almost all of the other categories, but seeing as she’s an all-rounder and a perfect adult to look up to, I’m nominating her for best adult blogger!
BEST GENRE BLOGGERS
Young Adult: Starry Sky Books
Story time: Right when I decided to start this blog, I was posting some crappy reviews on goodreads, and I added some book bloggers on there, one of them being Xandra. Hers was one of the first book blogs I checked out, and when I decided to start my own blog, I sent this really stupid message to her on goodreads asking how to grow a platform, because as you probably know, book blogging is hard. It’s difficult to put your all into writing and formatting posts only for no one to read it, and I didn’t know how to make my voice heard. So I sent that message to Xandra, not really expecting her to reply. Well, she did, and it was an amazingly long message, with such great advice that helped me grow my blog so much. I also just found out now that I sent that message when she was about to sleep, but she promptly spent about an hour crafting that message to me, so if you’re reading this right now, Xandra, I’m so sorry and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done!
Tangent aside, I’m nominating Xandra for this category because her blog is filled with tons of reviews, fun bookish posts and discussions pertaining to YA books. Her most recent post is even a discussion on what makes a book Young Adult–you can click on her name above to read it! She’s a master at interaction, so nice to talk to, and I love the way she includes gifs in her posts!
Romance: Sapphic Library
When I saw this category, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to nominate Mahana for this. Almost all of the books she reads are adult romance books, namely queer adult romance books! Her reviews of them are stellar, and she even made a post tier-ranking all of the wlw books she’s read. If you’re out there complaining about “the lack of f/f books,” then one look at Mahana’s blog will prove you wrong.
Science Fiction / Fantasy: Hamlets & Hyperspace
Again, when I came across this category, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to nominate Sarah for this! She mostly reads, reviews and recommends adult SFF–it’s right there in her site tagline. Sarah is also so good at replying to comments and commenting on others’ blogs!
BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING
Best Book Reviews: Runaway with Dream Thieves
There is a reason Chaima is one of, or rather the, most popular reviewer on goodreads. Not only is she absolutely hilarious, but her reviews are god tier. I can’t think of anyone who can write a review like she does. She describes a book’s plot and her thoughts on it in such a beautiful and poetic way! Also, her blog has gifs of old-timey paintings as post headers–it’s amazing!
Best Book Recommendations: The Quiet Pond
I could just as easily have nominated CW and her team for best blog aesthetic–just look at their header above! CW includes drawings of the animal members of the pond in each of her posts, and opens them with y/n exploring the pond. Every book CW praises is a book that I want to read, and I’ll be the first to admit that the book community can be pretty uniform with the books it recommends, but CW always recommends books you’ve probably never heard of, but you’re gonna wanna read anyway.
Best Discussion Posts: Sun and Chai
I was debating whether to nominate Shri for best reviews or best discussions, but I think her proficiency with writing reviews ties in with her proficiency for writing discussions. Shri is a new but up and coming force in the community, and that’s because she’s such a great advocate for diverse books and voices. She always asks the hard questions and masterfully dissects them in her discussions, but sometimes her rambles are incredibly heartwarming, like when she wrote a love letter to the book community. Her writing is a delight to read, and it flows so well! If she’s planning to publish a book someday, I’d 100% read it.
Best Blog Aesthetic: Read by Tiffany
AAAAAAH—I’m screaming because Tiffany’s blog is so gorgeous! I love the images she uses for her blog post headers. And I appreciate how her blog is still simple and easy to navigate no matter how great the designs are. It’s so pleasing to the eye. Plus, she makes amazing aesthetic mood boards!
Best Blogging/Writing Voice: Novels & Waffles
I WANT “KAT’s NUMBER 1 FAN” TATTOOED ON MY FOREHEAD. Kat’s blog is breakfast—specifically, waffle—themed, and she’s the inventor of having a brand. When she reviews a book, the information on the book she’s reviewing, i.e. its pub date, genre, etc. are listed under ingredients. And then the book’s purchase links are linked under “purchase your ingredients.” Little things like that make her blog so creative! And her writing voice matches her blog, because it’s so enthusiastic, filled with tons of waffle references and puns.
Most Engaged in the Community: Forever and Everly
Doesn’t the fact that May is hosting these awards speak for itself? Besides that, May is so engaged in the community, be it when it comes to comments, twitter discourse, or other things. I love her blogging voice, and she’s so deserving of this award even if she may think otherwise!
Best Social Media Influencer: Mel to the Any
Melanie makes me feel so special when she replies to my comments–she’s so nice, and I don’t know what we did to deserve her. She makes sure to talk to all of her followers, even though her following is large on all of her platforms! Her reviews are always at the top of the page on goodreads, and her blog, booktube, twitter and bookstagram are all amazing and active. I don’t know what else screams best social media influencer more.
Best Personality: Your Tita Kate
Again, I could have easily nominated Tita Kate for best blog aesthetic because I LOVE HER BLOG’S DESIGN SO MUCH. It has a theme of coffee and plants, which seems like a completely random combination, but it works so well! She truly embodies her branding of tita, which is an older woman you can look up to. She’s always looking out for everyone, and literally no bad takes are safe from her. Plus, she’s so sophisticated and eloquent!
Friendliest Member of the Community: Me and Ink
Sophie’s so good at replying to comments with enthusiasm, and leaving just as enthusiastic comments on tons of other people’s posts. Her comments on my blog always make me want to cry because she’s so damn nice!
Best at Promoting Diverse Books: Librae Paints Pages
Taasia is one of the first friends I made through book blogging, and it’s so fun to interact with her on twitter. She’s so fitting for this award because, like, 99% of the books she recommends and reads are diverse in some way or another. She doesn’t just stop at boosting diverse books though–she also boosts diverse voices! She did a post shouting out some teen influencers a while ago, and she’s doing a part 2!
Best New Book Blogger: Laura Herondale
Laura is one of my first and best blogging friends, and I will forever be deprived by the fact that she’s on hiatus right now. She was also at her peak activity when I was in China and therefore had no time to read the posts on my reader–why does the universe do this to me? Besides the fact that it’s so easy to become friends with Laura because she leaves the most amazing long comments on people’s posts, her passion for books—namely, Cassie Clare ones—shines through in all of her posts. It’s so easy to notice that Laura puts so much care into blogging, reading and interacting. I really hope her mental health isn’t giving her too much of a hard time, and I’m ready for her to come back when she deems it right! ALSO, SHE’S SUCH A GOOD CONVERSATION PARTNER AND OUR CONVERSATIONS WOULD FLOP WITHOUT HER. (If you’re reading this, Laura, I won our argument.)
You guys—Olivia is the sweetest person ever and I love talking to her so much! We became friends when I left a long fangirl-y comment on one of her posts, and she surprisingly noticed me and my blog after that?? I was truly blessed. Also, if you’re looking for discussions that are insightful and analytical but fun to read, look no further! It’s a crime that she has less than a thousand followers!
But wait! I’ve decided to nominate someone else?? I’m breaking my original plan of just nominating one person per category because both of these people deserve the title so much. Arin was one of the first blogging friends I made, and I’m really sad that we don’t talk enough. Her reviews are amazing, and she reads and rereads tons of books a month. Her blog and personality has such a chill vibe to it, and she really deserves a larger following!
Best Overall Book Blogger: Sprinkles of Dreams
It was hard for me to think of a best overall book blogger, because, again, there are so many great book blogs out there. Choosing the best overall book blogger was like choosing my favorite book. But Lily ultimately takes the cake for me. I love reading all of her posts, be it a book review, a list of recommendations, a discussion—anything. There’s a reason her posts garner a ton of likes! Plus, she’s so nice, has the most admirable personality, and her blog design is so clean and pretty!
This post was so hard to write not just because there are so many great bloggers out there, but because every blogger could qualify for a variety of categories, so I didn’t know what specific one to nominate them for (see: my struggle with who to nominate for best blog aesthetic).
If you weren’t included in this blog post, please don’t feel bad because the blogs mentioned here don’t even come close to being a complete list of all the blogs I love. Believe me, I’ve felt the pain too, but remember that I love you and your blog!
I hope you take the time to check all of these bloggers out if you haven’t yet, because they’re all amazing! I can’t wait to see your own nominations and who will win these awards!