The Fourth Book Blogger Awards is being hosted this year by May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books. This first round is nominations, and one I really wanted to have taken part in last year, but life was kinda crazy and I didn’t get around to it. Now, I have the chance to, and I’m excited.
Before I get into it, I just want to express my gratitude to the book blogging community. I am so so so lucky to have this tiny corner of the internet where I can be creative and interact with all of you. Being here makes me really happy and I’m so glad this community is so overwhelmingly welcoming and positive.
Okay, now that my sappy round is over, let’s get into the categories.
BEST OF THEIR AGE
Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19)
Taasia has not been blogging as much this year, but that’s because on top of being an amazing blogger and reader, she’s also juggling school, college applications and life. I don’t know how she does it, honestly, but I am so glad to have her in the community. She has such a great voice and I think represents very well how loud our generation can be when it comes to the hard things, and unfortunately, we’re not taken seriously enough. I think Taasia is a great example of a teenager who’s not afraid to be vocal about things that matter and I admire her so much for it!
Best Adult Book Blogger (20+):
Lauren is such a creative blogger and I adore her writing voice. She’s also an avid musical and Freddie Mercury fan and I love talking to her about music, as much as books. She’s an overwhelmingly positive person and I love how she always mentions the positives of the books she’s read, even if she didn’t love them. Right now, she’s been reading Percy Jackson and it’s been amazing following her on this joruney through one of my favorite series.
BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING
Best Book Reviews
I’ve always admired Olivia’s mini reviews and I knew she’d have to be my nominee for this category as soon as I read it. I struggle a lot writing reviews, because I have *many thoughts head full* the entire time. So, whenever I write them for my monthly wrap-ups, when I try to keep them short and sweet, I feel like they just sound bland and boring. But Olivia adds a lot of personality to her reviews, while still being able to go straight to the point and develop the things she liked/disliked about each book wonderfully.
Best Book Recommendations
I feel like recommendation posts are always tricky, because you want to include as many books as possible to make your post hopefully more helpful even for bookworms that are probably familiar with most titles, BUT you also want to take your time developing what makes each book special. I love how Caro writes her posts, and especially the fact she includes the specific representations each book will contain, because it makes the post even *more* resourceful!
Best Discussion Posts
It’s true that I only recently started following Charis, but I loved her discussion posts so far. They have an essay-like feel to them, but are never boring to read. I specifically loved the posts where she discussed the themes in The Hunger Games. Those posts were so inspiring and I really wish I was as eloquent as she is when writing discussions!
Best Blog Aesthetic
Maha’s blog is very simple, but I love her headers so much. Not only because her pictures are stunning, but because they have a very playful touch to them, in opposition to the classic aesthetic I think most book bloggers gravitate, because well, books. Again: her layout is always really simple, but super pretty nonetheless. She also has such a great blogging voice and I adore her content.
Best Blogging/Writing Voice & Best Personality
So, I decided to nominate Ruby for two categories, because I love her and she deserves it. But, in all serious-ness, her writing voice is amazing! I mentioned this before but it’s something I still struggle with, and I don’t think I have developed mine yet, but Ruby’s is definitely noticeable and makes every post by her so fun to read. She also has such a fun personality and I love talking to her about anything, because even though we don’t agree on *everything* and have quite opposite tastes and opinions, she makes every discussion fun and comfortable.
Ok, but in all honesty, there was no way I couldn’t answer Xandra. It was through one of her posts that I found out about the app Forest, that I used on a regular basis for my productivity and that has helped me so much ever since I started using it! I am also pretty sure I didn’t know how to properly tag bloggers in posts until she mentioned it. Her posts are always so well thought-out: she’s queen of discussions as well and you can see how much effort she puts on every single one of her posts.
So, you know when you write a post you’re super proud of but the comments are all kinda dry and you’re wondering if you’ve done anything wrong because no one even noticed that amazing pun you made and that you were so proud of? You can count that Charlotte is going to notice it. I love and appreciate her comments SO MUCH. People like her make me love being a part of this community.
Most Engaged in the Community
Ok, can I just say that I absolutely love Sophie and I’m so beyond thankful to the amount of support she’s shown to my blog from day 1? She always leaves the most thoughtful comments and I don’t know how she does it all, but she’s wonderful at it! Her content is also amazing: I loved her most recent collab with Aditi, I get the best music recommendations from her and even though that is not book related, her movie lists are some of my favorite posts to read.
Again, another blogger I will never shut up about my appreciation for! Caitlin is also a teen blogger and she’s so, so eloquent at her discussions. We have very different reading tastes, but I still love reading all her posts because she’s immensily creative. Her Caitlin Reads series is amazing and I love the little additions of “normal life”, such as pictures of her dogs or the snacks she’s eating while she reads.
Friendliest Member of the Community
I have to admit, I don’t know many not-friendly people in this community. But I particularly appreciate Aditi, because she always hypes up my posts and her content is super funny as well. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t develop amazing serious posts as well: her discussions on Hinduism, being Indian-American and representation mean so much and, like I praised before, make me hopeful and proud of my generation.
Best at Promoting Diverse Books
I love how resourceful Fadwa posts are! She compiles such great recommendation posts, and I know that whenever I need to find a book to fit into a certain reading prompt for a readathon or a themed month for my reading, I know I can find great recommendations on her posts.
Best New Book Blogger
Ok, so I hope this one counts, because while I know Faith didn’t start their blog in the past year, they actually took a very long hiatus for the past few months and has just now returned. I adore their posts: their discussions are so well done, and so are their reviews. They’re very unapologetic about everything they love and hate, and their Goodreads presence is also a delight.
Best Overall Book Blogger
I voted for Marie last year and I’ll continue to do so, because I genuinely adore her and I am so grateful our community has her. She has such a great personality, recommends amazing books, engages so well with the community and her posts are always so resourceful and well-written. I also appreciate a lot when she talks about travel, being an international blogger and the overall supportive way she and Nyx – her sister – run the blog is inspiring.
If y’all are also nominating for the Blogger Awards, link your posts for me in the comments. I’d love to check them out and hopefully find more bloggers in the process too!