Blogging Help: Book Twitter // Navigating the Terrifying World of Social Interactions

Hey y’all!! It’s been a super long time since I’ve written a blogging advice post, and so today i decided to write about using book twitter. originally, this was going to be a discussion on the different aspects of book twitter, but then it turned into a rant and i was scared it might get me yelled at by a lot of other book bloggers so…. we’re going to teach YOU, dear reader, how to use Twitter instead!!

Twitter usage is pretty essential for a blog, and i would argue (after Instagram, if you’re into aesthetic photos) is the one that will get you the most blog traffic. If you aren’t using it yet, or maybe even if you are, here are some tips to get the most out of your followers.

(personal note: this is the longest post I’ve written in so long and i’m super happy about that so yay hopefully y’all don’t get ridiculously bored!)

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Book Blogger Awards 2018 WINNERS!

It’s officially that time of year where i get to announce the book blogger award winners! for those of you that haven’t been following, for all of April you were able to nominate your favorite bloggers for a series of book blogger awards, and then in May, the bloggers who received the most nominations entered a Twitter voting round, to find the single winner for each category. Today, i’m going to be announcing those winners!

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Blogging Advice: Consistency (Pros and Cons)

wow, it’s been a minute since i’ve written a post trying to give advice about absolutely anything. and in a way, this isn’t even going to be an advice post. in fact, by the time y’all read this post, there’s a chance that it’ll just have turned into a discussion on whether or not you should blog consistently (edit: i added pros and cons to the end to make it seem less decisive). But at any rate, hopefully you glean something interesting from this post.

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The 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards: Rules and Categories

Hey everyone!! For those of you that don’t remember, last year I decided to start The Book Blogger Awards, which are exactly what it sounds like– blogger awards exclusively for book bloggers.  I was honestly so humbled and amazed by what a big response I got last year (see the winners here) and so I decided to continue the tradition and host the 2nd Annual Awards!!

I can’t wait to see who you all nominate, and find tons of new book bloggers to add to my reading list 🙂 Just read the rules below and get started!

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The End of the Year Extravaganza Part V // Blogger Celebration

I’ve already messed up posting 3x a week sooo…. we’re back to Fridays!! I tried my best guys but the year is just so busy I think once a week is all I can manage.  Today, I’m going to be spreading the Christmas Spirit for just a little bit longer by celebrating some amazing bloggers from around the blogosphere!

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The Book Blogger Awards Winners

Hey guys!!

First off, if you are still unfamiliar with the book blogger awards, you likely weren’t following my blog very carefully, but can figure out what I mean by heading back over to the original post.  I decided to do the second round via Twitter because that seemed like the best possible way to get the most possible people to vote.

Second, I want to thank all of you who did submit blogger nominations!! It was amazing the number of new blogs I found through this.  I hope that, if nothing else, anyone who wants to find new book blogs will be able to because of this.

Third– to those of you who nominated me for something, THANK YOU SO SO SO SO SO MUCH!!! You all are incredible and it means so much that you feel the same way about my blog ❤

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Best Teen Book Blogger (13-19)

 

Claire (Blank Slaters)– Claire’s blog is one of the ones which I found because of these awards, and I’m super happy that I did.  First off, the name “Blank Slaters” is amazingly cool and unique.  I love her list posts, because they’re super relatable and I find myself cheering for what she says, and her book reviews are really really well done.  They’re the perfect length and tell you exactly what you need to know about a book.  Plus, her blog has just the right amount of graphics and color that it’s beautiful without being overdone.

Best PreTeen Book Blogger (Younger than 13)

So either the preteen book bloggers all lie about their age and say they’re teenagers, or they genuinely don’t exist.  At any rate, I had to eliminate this category because there were precisely 0 nominations.

Best Adult Book Blogger (20+)

Molly (Molly’s Book Nook)– Molly’s blog is beautiful, like, way amazing how did that even happen beautiful.  I’m just going to use Mahriya’s description, because it says it better than I ever could– “I discovered Molly’s Book Nook a while I go now and have never stopped following. Her blog looks wonderful, is wonderful and SCREAMS WONDERFUL. She’s so organised and wonderful to talk to. I love her posts soo much! I’m not really sure what else to say because her blog is just…wonderful. Did I mention it is wonderful?”look upinto the stars. (13)

Young Adult

For this genre I decided to have two winners, because the Twitter polls were very close, and there were over 15+ people nominated, so to end up getting the most nominations, then the most Twitter votes, out of that many people is absolutely incredible.

Stephanie (Teacher of YA)– Stephanie’s blog is absolutely incredible.  Her reviews are unique and great, because she not only gives detailed descriptions of everything that she loves, but she also gives a rating for classroom use, an age range, and then her own rating.  It makes it very user friendly and tells the readers exactly what they should be expecting before they pick up the book.  Not only that, but her blog is super active and there’s a ton of interaction on the site, which makes it a really fun place to hang out.  I’m really glad I found such a great YA blog!!

Sarah (Written Word Worlds)– I ADORE Sarah’s personality and the way which she puts it into every post.  It makes everything on her blog so much more fun to read!! Also, Sarah not only just blogs about YA, but she takes on big issues on her blog with discussion posts and other conversations about how “issues” in our society are (mis)represented in fiction.  I think it’s an awesome way to use your platform.  I’d be crazy if I didn’t also mention the effort she puts in to make different header pictures for all of her blog posts, and the lighter, fun posts that give us wonderful insights into her personality.

Middle Grade or Younger

Stephanie  (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)– I don’t read any MG anymore (I haven’t since, like 3rd grade) so I’m a little out of touch with this genre and what to expect.  The fact that her blog is on blogspot isn’t making it any easier for me.  But, from the time I’ve spent there recently, I can tell that it’s a really special blog.  There’s tons of book reviews, giveaways, and a great color scheme with frequent use of pictures, which I love.  She actually has a kid, and so that’s sure to help her write accurate reviews!! I think that if I’m ever looking for book recs for my little cousins, Stephanie’s blog is a place I’ll have to head over to.

Romance

Jill— Jill’s blog is absolutely amazing.  She is literally the queen of all things romance, and she is also a published author (highly recommend you check out her books if you like romance, they got rave reviews).  She also writes rave reviews of books, and although I don’t read romance they seem really thorough and amazing.

Science Fiction / Dystopian / Fantasy

Stephanie (Chasm of Books)– Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how many different “Stephanie”s there are in the blogosphere?  3 of them won these awards! Anyways… this Stephanie is equally deserving as all of the others.  I adore her header, and actually think at some point she was nominated for best blog aesthetic (if not she should have been).  I like the way that she breaks her reviews into sections based on what she’s talking about (“characters”, “audio”, etc) because it makes it so easy to figure out exactly what I’m going to like about each book.  She regularly hosts read alongs, which I think is an incredibly cool feature and I’d love to participate in one, or maybe even host one, one day.  Plus, I love how she doesn’t only post book reviews.  She mixes it up with other SSF content that’s fun to read for everyone.  Love this blog!!!

New Adult / General Adult

Zuky— I just followed Zuky 30 seconds ago because of her fabulous home screen and the fact that adult fiction is one of my favorite genres and I can barely find NA bloggers, so we’re going to let Lia do the talking here: “she blogs mainly about adult fiction and even though I barely read adult fiction (and therefore usually have no clue which books she is talking about), I feel myself drawn to read all of her posts! Also her weekly Netgalley picks feature is amazing (please someone do that for YA books too, I love it)”

Literary Fiction / Classics / Poetry

Lucy (Queen of Contemporary)– This is another drop dead beautiful blog.  I love that she’s shared some of her own writing on her blog, because that’s so brave and it also makes me smile to read things that bloggers have written.  She also has a Youtube channel, which I find to be an impressive accomplishment.  Plus, she’s using her blog as a platform to talk about issues she believes in, basically making her my hero and the blogger I wish I could be.  Since I’m new to her blog, I’ll let Bex sum it up:  “Lucy… not only blogs about YA, but also posts a lot about classics, whether it be discussions, reading wrap-ups or book hauls! I have been trying to read more classics, and Lucy’s blog has been super helpful for motivating and guiding me!”

Mystery and Thriller

Emma (Damp Pebbles)– Emma has TONS of book reviews, cover reveals, and book tours on her blog, which can really help you get familiar with all the new thrillers and, if I keep looking any longer, is going to completely overwhelm my TBR.  I love that her writing style is personal, I feel like she’s talking right to me and it makes me want to get to know her so much more!  I think Sarah does a great job of explaining just why Emma’s blog is so popular: “Emma has a wonderful blog absolutely packed with all manner of wonderful things crime and mystery book related. From author Q&As to cover reveals and the all important book reviews. Definitely a must follow for fellow fans of the odd serial killer!”

Does a little bit of everything

Aoife (Pretty Purple Polka Dots)– Aoife is one of my fellow members of the BroodingYAHero street team!! Her blog is fun and it posts such a wide variety of bookish content, not just reviews, which is something that I personally look for in all of the blogs I follow, since I’m not one to read 50 billiontrillion reviews.  And she’s been blogging for, like, ever, which I’m super jealous of. OMG and did I say she’s really good at taking pictures? Well, she is. Here’s what Kelly had to say about her blog:

“I love reading…[her] blog because she posts such a wide variety of reviews. I don’t stray far outside of the YA genre but I enjoy reading Aoife’s reviews and looking for recommendations of other genres I may enjoy. Her reviews are really detailed and she always gives the things she likes and doesn’t like about each book” look upinto the stars. (15)

Best book reviews

Jess (Bookends and Endings)– Surprisingly, I’ve read approximately 0 of the books which Jess has, so I’m having trouble with writing this one, but I can tell you that the way she writes her 5 star reviews makes me DESPERATELY want to read them.  I love the way she talks excitedly about the book while still giving us concrete details and making it seem incredible.  Bex says “They’re always really in detail, but at the same time non-spoilery, which is, in my opinion, the best kind of review!”  Not only that, but Sarah says ” She has a wonderful way with words and her love of books really shines through in her reviews.” So, basically, I have to stop reading Jess’s blog or else my TBR is going to have a catastrophic problem.

The Master of Weekly Features (top 5 wednesday, waiting on wednesday, top 10 tuesday, etc)

Mel (The Book Moo)– Mel participates in Tuesday Talks, Top 5 Wednesday, and Netflix Addiction (which I think is her own creation) just to name a few of her weekly features.  She works really hard on these posts, which is obvious just by reading them, because they’re always super detailed and on point with the theme while still be unique enough that even if you’ve read others you still eagerly devour Mel’s.  I aspire to be that good at weekly features.  I’ll let Jess take it from here: “I am always delighted to see a post from Mel’s blog waiting in my inbox, and her weekly features are no exception to my excitement. They are regular and quality content, and I especially love her Tuesday Talks.”

Best Book Recommendations

Ashleigh (A Frolic Through Fiction)– I haven’t followed Ashleigh’s blog before, but I did head over to her Spring reading recommendations to write this post, and I could instantly tell that everyone who voted for her was on point.  Ashleigh’s recs spanned a huge variety of genres and all looked absolutely incredible.  Although I won’t get to any of them this spring, they’re definitely going on my summer TBR!! Jess sums it up perfectly:  “Ashleigh reviews a fantastic range of books on her blog, and she has excellent taste. She also reviews a mixture of recent and older books, so I think no matter what, you’ll be able to find a book you’d like via her blog.”

Prettiest Bookshelf

Cait (Paper Fury)– I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cait’s blog and bookshelf.  It’s perfect.  Like, actually perfect.  She has the best aesthetic and overall gorgeousness and I will be infinitely jealous of her until the end of time.   (and you can tell it’s amazing when one of the people who nominated her hadn’t even been following her blog until a few minutes before 🙂 )

Best bookish discussions

Puput— Unfortunately, Puput is actually going into a sort of hiatus at the moment, so you won’t be getting any new discussions from her soon, but that just means you have plenty of time to go back and read and participate in her old ones!!  She writes really well, and she has clear support for all of her discussions while putting it in a format that’s fun and easy to read.  My personal favorite is about the portrayal of women in fiction.  Mahriya puts it very well: ” I LOVE… [Puput’s] discussion posts because they’re just so thought provoking and wonderful!”look upinto the stars. (16)

Most Engaged in the Community

Rachel (100 or Less)– I’m going to be honest and say that although I’d seen Rachel around, I never really interacted with her before. The fact that I instantly knew who she was, though, speaks volumes about how much of an impact she has on our community. Because of that, I should let the people who know her best take over.   Sarah: “Rachel is the wonderful host of the #SundayYA twitter chat. She does a wonderful job coming up with all the topics and hosting the chat every week. I’ve discovered some wonderful blogs through the chat. Rachel also organised the readathon I took part in over the Easter weekend, and set up a twitter DM group that was fantastic for motivation over the weekend.” and that’s not all of the praise that she’s gotten.  Kelly elaborates even further, saying that: “She is the dedicated and hard working host of #SundayYA which is just going from strength to strength. Thanks to Rachel I have met some of my best bookish friends and #SundayYA has become a staple of my Sunday evening plans. Thank you, Rachel! ❤

Blog Aesthetic

Kelly (Kelly’s Rambles)– Kelly has been making lots of appearances earlier in this post because it seems like everyone she nominates wins, but now it’s time to give her her own appreciation post!! Kelly not only knows all the best bloggers, but she has one of the most beautiful blogs ever.  Her graphics are so cute and all of them are different but yet they go together perfectly, and I don’t know how she does it.  Her fonts are gorgeous and everything works so well together that I am in love.   Sarah says: “Kelly’s blog is beautiful, I love all the different images she has for her posts from the home page, it’s a very clean, easy to read but gorgeous blog filled with great content.” and I completely agree.  It’s wonderful.

Most full of personality

Mahriya (My Bookish Life)– I cannot say that I am even remotely surprised by the fact that Mahriya won this one.  From when I was a little blogger to now, she has left MASSIVE comments on my blog posts that never fail to make me smile and I love that she takes the time to really read and respond to little me.  Plus, as I’ve gotten to know her better personally, I can say that she is a super fun person to talk to and I’m happy to call her one of my blogging friends!! I was so happy that other people felt the same way, so here’s what one of them– Lia— had to say: “Mahriya from My Bookish Life is another amazing blogger with a lot of original content, she’s got a great personality and I couldn’t not nominate her for this!”

Best Friend ever

I decided to slightly change this one, because in collecting the nominations there was an adorable little twist that I couldn’t expect and so I had to just go with it.

The winners for this award are actually 3 people who are all best friends, because they all nominated each other and I think that’s adorable and want a little circle of friendship like they do 🙂

Debbie (Debbie’s Library) + Savannah (The Book Prophet) + Lia (Lost in a Story)– Congrats on being such a close group you guys!!! Here’s what you had to say about each other:

“I feel like we’re the golden trio or something. We always talk to one another individually but never as an actual group, and I didn’t even know they were blogger friends as well for the longest time. They’re both such amazing bloggers and friends and I feel so fortunate every time they comment on my posts because they’re both such wonderful people.”

“I can’t help but pick two for this topic, which are  Debbie from Debbie’s Library and Savannah from The Book Prophet. Debbie has been with me from pretty much the start and she’s the sweetest person! Savannah I met a little later but ever since that first comment we’ve become quite the blogging buddies. I love you both so much, thank you for going with me through this long process that will hopefully not end any time soon!”

I love your friendship so much and I love that I got to witness it 🙂 look upinto the stars. (17)

Best New Book Blogger (created blog after July 2016)

Bex (My Shelf and Myself)– I am very, very glad that Bex was nominated because it gave me the opportunity to find her blog, which is amazingly amazing.  I was shocked that she was a new blogger, because in a short time she managed to create a vast network of friends while also posting quality content and just otherwise being incredible.  Everything that took me a year to figure out she was doing from the start, and I love the neat way her blog was laid out.  And clearly, everyone around the blogosphere feels the same way:

Kelly— “the lovely Bex… has a fab blog full of excellent reviews and interesting discussion posts.”

Lia— ” I’m giving a shout-out here to… Bex from My Shelf & My Self who are both lovely new bloggers and deserve some love!”

Jess— “many of my followers may have heard of Bex because she’s my sister and so features a lot in my blog posts, but she’s also absolutely perfect for this category. She created her blog in October 2016, and I’m consistently blown away by how articulately she writes her blog posts, how nicely her theme and images look, and how great her content is. She was the first one that came to mind for me for this award.”

Best Overall Book Blogger

And the winner is… *drumroll*… CAIT FROM PAPER FURY!!! I was one of the overwhelming number of people who voted for her, and I could not be more happy that she won.  Her blog has so much personality and amazingness it’s wonderful.  In case somehow you haven’t seen her on Twitter, her blog, or instagram (aka you live in a hole), here’s what some other bloggers had to say about her:

“So….I’m pretty sure EVERYONE knows Cait. She’s is literally THE book blogger queen. If you don’t know her, then…WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Maybe you’ve seen her HILARIOUS TWEETS or her MIND READING RELATABLE POSTS or HER FANGIRLING COMMENTS but you’ve heard of the name. She has the BEST bookish photography, her blog looks VERY amazing, her posts are funny and witty, she replies to all the comments and is extra polite. What more is there to say? She deserves this title 100%.” ~ Mahriya @ My Bookish Life

“I’ve mainly seen Cait’s Instagram, not her blog, but when I saw that the host of the awards, the lovely Joce, had nominated Cait, I went to have a look at her blog and was blown away. I know about her reviews from Goodreads, and they are absolutely outstanding, so engaging and thoughtful, and her other content was simply amazing. After being so impressed by her blog, I feel like I simply have to nominate her for this category!” ~Jess @ Bookends and Endings

“OBVIOUSLY??? NEED I SAY MORE??? She’s got the aesthetics (!!!), personality, awesome book reviews — just everything rolled into one smol cake queen.” ~May @ Forever and Everly

A Special Shoutout

This wasn’t an actual category, but I feel the need to recognize a couple of people who didn’t win any of their own awards, but were nominated a whole ton of times across different categories and therefore deserve love and affection and you checking out their blog.  I’m just listing them below, so it’s up to you to click the link and see just how incredible they are.

You guys all deserved an award but all of the people who love you spread out their nominations over many different categories rather than being all together, so I wanted to make sure you got attention!!!

Congrats to everyone who was nominated, even if you didn’t win, you’re amazing.  Also special thanks to everyone who nominated people, voted in the Twitter poll, or helped promote these awards.  We had 101 unique book bloggers nominated, and that amazes me to no end.  Love you all!

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Book Blogger Award Nominations

Hey all!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about when I say book blogger awards, you should probably head back over to this post and take a look at it before reading any farther.  On the other hand, if you know exactly what these awards are about and are just excited to read my nominations, then you are in the right place!! Here’s my nominations for the 2017 Book Blogger Awards!  (I skipped some categories because even though I created them I couldn’t think of people who fit them, so oops!)

To do this, I scrolled around in my reader A LOT because I have so many book bloggers that I follow and love and was so afraid to leave anyone out!  It also gave me the opportunity to clean out who I follow, which I plan on writing more about in a later post.

Best Teen Book Blogger…

Tavleen @ Travelling Through Words— I love Tavleen’s blog, her reviews, and everything she puts in to make sure that every single post is equally as amazing.  She came into the blogosphere at almost the same time I did, and so I feel like we have a bond 🙂

Adult Book Blogger…

Maxti @ Maxti Books— Her blog is so incredible and we have virtually the same taste in books which I love.  Her tags, reviews, and everything else are my favorites to read, so if you haven’t seen her blog yet you need to. (plus while stalking her about page to double check her age I saw that English isn’t even her first language which I would have never known and is really impressive so Go You!)

Young Adult Genre…

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds— I love her blog, her reviews, and pretty much everything about it.

Mystery and Thriller…

Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me— I read a lot of thrillers, and Chelsea’s recommendations are on point, and I love the way she manages to write every single review without giving anything away but at the same time telling me exactly whether or not I should read it.

Sam @ Clues and Reviews— I couldn’t pick just one for this category because there were too many options….. Although Sam’s blog isn’t all mystery thriller, there’s enough in it where I feel like she fits.  Her blog is fab and I 10/10 would recommend it!

Best Book Reviews…

Jess @ Bookends and Endings— I love these reviews because they’re concise but they give me a great idea of the characters and whether or not I’ll actually like the book.  I need to work on my length, but I feel like Jess does it incredibly, which means that I read the entire review without losing interest (sorry, that happens a lot) or reading spoilers

Master of Weekly Features…

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads— Kourtni is the reason I found out about literally every single weekly feature which has ever found its way to my blog, and I’m so thankful for it.  She manages to write “Top 10” posts that are at once informative and unique and show off a great side of her personality, and I look forward to reading them every week!

Best Book Recommendations…

Alice @ Arctic Books-– I can always count on her to have found incredible books that go straight to my TBR, and her reviews are normally super accurate to how I actually feel once I start to read them.  If I’m ever in the mood for a YA read, I can trust Alice’s advice

Prettiest Bookshelf…

Shauna @ Bookstore Babe— I honestly love her shelves so so so much that words can’t describe it.  They’re color coded and beautiful.

Most Engaged in the Community…

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea— I didn’t follow Ava’s blog until recently, but you’d be blind if you missed her on Twitter.  She is constantly there advocating for what’s right, and her voice has become integral to the bookish community, especially for diverse authors/bloggers/people in general.

Blog Aesthetic…

Kristen @ The Brunette Bookwork Blog— Kristen’s header with the cute little book girl is amazing and made me follow her blog before I even read a single post (although let’s be real I would have followed anyways her posts are WONDERFUL).  Then, the featured image she uses is such a pretty combination of colors… *sigh*… I love!

Personality…

Mahriya @ My Bookish Life— Her personality shines through on her blog brighter than anyone else’s that I’ve ever seen, and it’s an amazing one at that.  She makes me laugh all the time, is super supportive, and has given me the confidence to share my personality.  Her comments on my posts make my day every time ❤

Best Friend Ever…

Cassidy @ Quartzfeather— When I first saw Cassidy and asked to do a blogger interview with her, I never imagined what would happen next.  She’s one of the few people I manage to stay in touch with, and we have the best conversations about everything whenever we have them.

Best New Book Blogger…

Emma @ Book Emma— I think that Emma’s new to the blogosphere, if not forgive me 🙂 at any rate she’s amazing and has such a great personality, great book reviews, and great everything.  Plus, she designed my header so woohoo love you girl

Best Overall Book Blogger…

Cait @ Paper Fury— I love Cait’s blog, her personality, and pretty much everything about her.  She writes quality posts all the time, and her quizzes are some of the most fun things I’ve ever found on the blogosphere.  Plus, her color scheme is to die for, and every post is alive with the most wonderful color.  I stumbled across her via twitter and I could not be more happy I did!

 

Congrats to everyone I nominated!! Make sure that you cast your nominations this month!!!

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