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!
Reminder that the 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards are going on right now!!!!! If you haven’t placed your nominations yet, head over to the rules page and vote! This is our chance to nominate all of your favorite book bloggers and give them the recognition that they deserve (plus, getting nominated might just make someone’s day). Nominations close at the end of the month.
I’m so excited to write this post. quite possibly my favorite part of blogger awards is that it gives me the opportunity to scroll through all of the amazing bloggers that I follow, and remember why I love each and every one of them. The process of choosing one blogger over another is really, really hard, and it took me a long time! But without further ado, I present to you, my nominations for the book blogger awards. Make sure you cast your nominations as well 🙂
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 ❤
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?”
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.
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”
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.”
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!”
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! ”
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 🙂
“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 🙂
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.
- Maddie & Bee @ Heart Full of Books
- May @ Forever and Everly
- Steph @ A Little But a Lot
- Rosie @ Rosie Freckle Reads
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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