It’s that time of year where all the book bloggers in the community find out whether or not they have been nominated for the Book Blogger Awards! I remember seeing this last year, and I was so hoping that I was known enough to be nominated, but it wasn’t in the cards this year. However, I think I’m okay with that because this year, I finally get the chance to do the nominating and I’m hoping that some of the bloggers that I do end up nominating win!
Thank you to this year’s hosts: May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books for putting all of this together and being just amazing people all around! Both of the links that I included here give you a better idea of what you need to do to nominate your favorite bloggers this year. Make sure you read it in its entirety! There are new rules from last year so keep your eyes peeled for those changes.
My nomination for the Best Pre-Teen/Teen Blogger (13-19 years of age) is Luxe @ Mind of Luxe. I am absolutely in love with her blog, both aesthetically and content wise, and she is such an amazing person to have in my life. Seeing that she has been blogging since 2016 as well is just so impressive to me and you can see that she takes the utmost care into everything involved with her blog. Her reviews are engaging and critical, and I appreciate that she’s one of the bloggers that includes content & trigger warnings in her reviews. To me, this is super important in helping other readers being aware of what they are expecting when they read a novel, and helping fellow readers from preventing any triggering experiences when they are reading. So Luxe, I nominate you for this award and I am so glad to know you!
I of course need to nominate one of the best people in the community that I know for this one – Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den! She is one of the bloggers that I look up to as a sister figure and I love her so much for it. Her reviews are super informative, nuanced and give me such a great idea of what to expect in a book. She’s also introduced me to a lot of books that I don’t think I would have picked up without her recommendation. I really love all of her posts so I hope she wins!
I’d love to nominate Alexia @ BookishEnds for this award! While she does occasionally review other books outside of the YA age range, her blog focuses more on YA. The amount of care and attention to detail that she puts in her reviews and photos on her Bookstagram are just awe-inspiring! I love reading her reviews and also learning about some other books that I wouldn’t have known about if I didn’t see it on her page! I definitely recommend her blog if you haven’t seen it already.
Xandra @ Starry Sky Books definitely gets my nomination for MG books! I love that she reads mostly YA and MG books and says that on her blog, and I also love everything about her blog in general! Ugh I’m so glad that we are able to nominate the same blogger for three different categories because I know I have more to put Xandra in. Thank you for also giving me more MG recommendations to check out! MG hasn’t been my niche and sometimes I feel like I’m the worst at reading them, but seeing that there are some great ones out there that she has recommended makes me feel so much better to try more MG books in the future.
I mean, Rameela @ Star Is All Booked Up is just an amazing all around blogger in general and her content is absolutely breathtaking, but I want to include her in the SFF category because her book reviews lately have been phenomenal! Plus, have you seen the books that have been on her blog lately as well? The perfect mix of sci-fi and fantasy for just about anyone to read. I love the choices that she has as well, so definitely going with Rameela for this category!
I’d love to nominate one of my friends Jen @ JenJen Reviews! Not only did we find out that we are both Chamorro (like seriously, how rare is that in the book community?!?! I was floored and so happy!) but I love her reviews and how friendly she is throughout the community. I see that she reads a lot more adult novels on her blog – and a lot of them were romance related – so I wanted to have her in this section.
I had to make sure that I put Susan @ Novel Lives in the correct category, so I asked her which genre she reads the most of. She said psychological thrillers, so here she is! If you haven’t read any of Susan’s reviews yet, I highly recommend you take a look. Her reviews are always so detailed, and it feels like she’s just talking to you directly about a book she just read. Something about that kind of writing just feels so fun and it makes it seem like I’m getting a personal recommendation.
So the first thing I want to say is that I love everyone’s reviews because we all write differently, and we all bring up points that are important to us, so we can bring different points of views to the same book. I feel like this category can be pretty hard because reviews are so subjective, but I’m going to nominate Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense here because her reviews absolutely blow it out the park! I hope that she is able to enjoy her hiatus right now, because I can’t wait for her to come back and bless us with more reviews. I adore how much effort she puts into her reviews, and I never feel like any of her reviews aren’t as detailed as other ones. If that makes sense? She puts the same amount of care and effort into all of her reviews to make sure that we can have a thorough idea of what to expect from a novel.
Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. is such a well-rounded blogger that honestly it’s hard to keep her in only three categories. The first one that I want to nominate her for is her book recommendations. She has really unique book recommendation posts that honestly I wouldn’t even have thought about! Like the one that I linked here is Atmospheric Book Recommendations. I didn’t even think to recommend books that were atmospheric?! And it looks like this is her second rec post for that topic, so it’s clear that she can give multiple recs for the same topic and it isn’t all the same books that everyone talks about. I love it so much!
I am so in love with Em/Zainab @ Em’s Bookish Musings and all of her discussion posts! I love that she also created her own mini discussion series as well, and man she is just amazing! The most recent series on her blog is “It’s Queer Here” and wow. I’m so glad that she was able to get a bunch of queer content creators to partner with her to give their experiences about being queer and in the book community, as well as discussing other marginalized identities they may have also. It was such a great mini-series and I can’t wait to see what the next series is!
Have you seen Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea‘s Blogging Advice series? Seriously some of the most helpful posts that I’ve ever seen in my life and I am so glad that she continues to add to that series when she can. She is so real with her advice and I feel like even though she doesn’t have to give out advice to us, she still makes sure that her posts are informative and easy for bloggers of any level to utilize any tips and tricks she gives. Plus, a lot of her blogging advice posts come from her personal experience being a new blogger so she wants to make sure that we don’t make any mistakes that she may have made, and it just means so much. I love her posts so much!
Cielo @ Bellerose Reads is seriously one of the kindest and most supportive bloggers in the community that I’ve ever met. I always see her throughout my Twitter feed giving positive feedback and good vibes to so many different bloggers and book lovers out there. It makes you feel like she’s rooting for you personally, and that is such a special feeling. I highly recommend checking out her blog too, because she has a little bit of everything for you! Reviews, discussion posts, blogging tips, the works.
I honestly feel like Mel @ TBR & Beyond is everywhere in the community and I absolutely love. She is great, super helpful, and just all around amazing. I personally love her so much and I am so glad that we are friends. She is one of the bloggers that I look up to as well, and I only hope that I can grow as a blogger, and be even on her level one day.
I feel like if you have ever had the pleasure of talking with Astrid @ Book Lover Book Reviews, you would feel so great afterwards. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her come off as mean or standoffish to anyone, and she’s just so kind to everyone that she deals with. It’s no wonder that everyone has such an amazing experience working with her! If you don’t know Astrid, you should definitely get to know her.
I feel like this nomination comes as no surprise to anyone. Fadwa @ Word Wonders is such a huge proponent of promoting diverse reads that there’s no way that you won’t at least *think* about Fadwa for this category. Not only does she promote diverse reads, but we also get to see her Color the Shelves series where she interviews diverse authors all the time. It gives you an opportunity to learn about new (or new-to-you) authors and any upcoming books they may have. It’s such a great series, and everything about Fadwa’s brand is making sure that people pay better attention to the diverse reads out there. It’s a great brand, and she’s amazing at it.
Oh man this was my first nomination post that I did, and I’m so glad that I finally did it! Sure, it may have taken me a while to make sure that it was done right, but I’m glad that I also got to give some of my thoughts on WHY I chose these bloggers. Seriously, I feel like bloggers are so underrated compared to other content creators, and I feel like it’s because our medium of sharing our thoughts involves a lot of words. You can’t always hear our voices in our posts – but for the most part I think you may be able to – and some people are more visual in their engagement of book discussions. Which is definitely okay, but not all of us can just break into BookTube or take amazing photos on Bookstagram all the time. And some of us just feel a lot more comfortable sharing our words by writing them rather than saying them. So I hope that, if you are not a blogger or you’re feeling like blogging is too hard or anything, that you take a step back and realize that bloggers are some of the most creative and engaging people in the community. And they deserve so much love and props for what they do.