I PICK MY TBR OUT OF A JAR???

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with a tbr! I rarely make these types of posts but lately, I’ve been trying to push myself to read more of the arcs on my Netgalley shelf and to read more of the books off of my physical tbr. I figured since I find it hard to motivate myself to read a specific way mid-month that I should make a small tbr and try to stick to it during the first two weeks of May and see how I go.

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MY ARCS

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKAnnie on My Mind   Crazy Stupid Love

I picked Annie On My MindCrazy Stupid Love out of my jar. I haven’t had these arcs on my NG shelf for all that long but, I know they are both romances and since romance isn’t what I tend to read a lot of I have been procrastinating reading these. So, in that sense, it’s probably a good thing that these two got picked out of the jar.

AUDIOBOOKS

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKLegendary (Caraval, #2)   The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

I picked out Legendary & The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart out of the second jar and while Legendary is one of my most anticipated releases of the year the audiobook only comes out at the very end of May so I might not have time to read it. I also picked out The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart which I’ve heard great things about and can’t wait to get to!

MY PHYSICAL TBR

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS BOOKGiant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1)   Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

For my last jar, I got my brother to pick out the two titles and he got Giant Days Vol 1 & the Thomas Cresswell Novella which is in the SJTR mass market copy. I’ve had a copy of Giant Days on my shelf for a while and my mass market paperback copy of Stalking Jack The Ripper arrived a couple of days ago so I am super excited to get to both of these!

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WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY TBR?
HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?

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WHAT MAKES ME TAKE A BOOK OFF MY TBR?

We all take books off of our tbrs at some point and I know that I do it pretty regularly so I thought I would talk to you guys about why I do it specifically. I usually have a reasonably small Goodreads tbr, compared to a lot of other readers as I don’t like for it to be over 90 books. So, today I thought I would dive into how my tbr is so small – why I decided to take a book off my Goodreads tbr. 

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NO 1

My main rule for taking a book off my tbr is to get rid of it if I remember nothing of why I put the book on my tbr. I don’t usually read the blurb, so I don’t know much about the books I read before I read them. So, if I don’t remember the reason I added the book to my Goodreads tbr then I will get rid of it. What’s the point in keeping a book I know nothing about?

NO 2

I also try to keep my tbr pretty small because I like to be excited about it. If I’m not interested in the genre, author or series etc, then I will take it off my tbr. I want to be excited to read the books on my tbr and be able to decide m next read based on it, if there are a bunch of books I’m unsure about or know nothing about then that’s going to make choosing my next read a lot harder than it needs to be.

NO 3

I generally don’t like to have controversial books on my tbr. I took 27 Hours off my tbr first, because the book is controversial. But, what really pushed me over the edge and determined that I will never read it, is the author. Tristina Wright has been accused of harassing a reviewer & has also been accused of sexual harassment. I was so excited to read it last year but I had to take it off my tbr because every review I have read has talked of how harmful this book and it’s author is and so, it got axed.

BOOKS I’VE TAKEN OFF MY TBR

book bookBecause You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy   Only Human (Themis Files, #3)   Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)   The Upside of Unrequited   27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

NO 4

The second last reason I will take a book off my tbr is because a book has been on my tbr for a long time but, I know that realistically I will never read it. Or, because I know it will take me years to read the book and so it’s on my physical tbr. An example of this would be The Book Thief.

NO 5

The last reason I take a book off my tbr is just simply because I don’t care to finish the series or even start it anymore. For example, I’ve taken Only Human off my tbr because I am no longer interested in finishing the trilogy.

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WHAT MAKES YOU TAKE A BOOK OFF YOUR TBR?
WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU TAKEN OFF YOUR TBR LATELY?

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TALKING ABOUT MY FEARS // SH*T JUST KEEPS ON GETTING REAL

 

Some of us afraid of the dark. Some of us are afraid of heights. I’m afraid of silence.

I was inspired to write this post a few months ago when I woke up in the middle of the night after experiencing something I don’t think I have ever properly felt. My house is next to a main road, next to two hospitals. My hearing ear faces that road when I sleep. I always have earphones in and music or an audiobook on, or I’m having a conversation with someone, important or not.
I do not allow for silence in my life.

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Anyways, so I woke up in the middle of the night a few months ago and was shocked into a panic attack. This wasn’t the first time I’ve had a panic attack, but it was still a traumatic experience for me.

I’m deaf. I have no hearing in my left ear due to a structuring problem and have dealt with and ignored this my whole life.

I have always felt more comfortable living next to a main road, it means constant noise and constant comfort. Yes, you can still hear. You are okay. So, when I awoke to total silence for what was probably the first time in my life I lost my shit. I was exhausted and afraid. I was new to this and if you don’t’ have a disability you may not understand. I would equate this feeling to your period coming late and you looking down at your white pad and thinking am I pregnant? Even if you’re not sexually active. It’s ridiculous and there’s no reason for you to think it but, for a few seconds, you’re scared shitless.

I have lived my whole life this, mostly without realising it. I have always had noise. I always have the tap of my keyboard or the constant jabber or my youngest brother to keep me aware. I have never known silence. It’s like that thing or place you’ve hard everyone else talks about but you’ve never been and you still don’t fully understand it. I had never experienced silence until that night and I was not a fan.

I’ll be honest, I am still afraid of certain insects that lurk in the night, and I’m not big on escalators. But, more than anything I am afraid of losing my hearing. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but as someone who already struggles o the day-to-day with only one functioning ear, I’m not fond of the idea of going fully deaf. I’m not saying it would be the end of the world, but a lot comes with being disabled, some of which I have already experienced and some which I hope never to experience.

I am afraid of silence, and I don’t think that will ever change. I am afraid of silence and that is my big secret. I am afraid of silence and I hope you never will be.

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE ME YOUR TELL ALL OR TELL ME YOU RELATE, BUT HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HAVING SECRET FEARS?

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OKAY, BUT WHY DO WE HATE BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS, AGAIN??? // Let’s agree to disagree

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with ANOTHER discussion! I feel like I never write discussion posts but, all of a sudden you’re getting three in a row??? (with more to come WHAT???)

I think in the book community we like to trash book-to-movie/tv adaptations but, I thought today I would talk to you guys about the pros and cons of book-to-screen adaptations because I happen to love them!

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THE PROS

  • Book-to-screen adaptations are a really easy way for non-readers to still experience the story.
  • It can be so much fun to see your faves on the big screen.
  • It’s really helpful for people like me who have trouble picturing the characters when reading.
  • They give us something to trash/talk about if it all goes badly
  • It’s a talking point – it gives us a way to connect with other readers
  • The movie can bring a lot of attention to the book, which is rarely a bad thing.
  • Watching the movie/show might convince someone to read the book!
  • Depending on the age group, it could be a family event – I often will take my youngest brother to the cinema and we will read the book together afterwards.

 

So, by the title, you guys can probably tell that I do actually enjoy book-to-screen adaptations! If you’ve been anywhere near the book community over the past few years, you will have realised that we tend to shame book adaptations and never talk about some of the good ones. And let’s face it, Percy Jackson was a good movie, it just wasn’t a good book-to-movie adaptation.

I personally, love adaptations for all the reasons I listed above. I find them really enjoyable and really helpful because I am not the most creative person and have a lot of trouble picturing characters and locations when I’m reading. Basically, my brain is lazy.

BOOK-TO-SCREEN ADAPTATIONS WORTH MORE HYPE

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THE CONS

  • They’re not always accurate (Percy Jackson, Shadowhunters)
  • You’re telling me that 20-something-year-old is playing a 15-year-old???
  • So many are made poorly
  • It either goes terribly or they turn a 300-page book into a trilogy because that makes sense!
  • There are often a lot of details that are missed out on, due to a limited amount of screen time.
  • Characters can be completely changed (think along the lines of Ginny Weasley)

 

So, as much as I love book-to-screen adaptations, even I can admit that some of them are pretty darn bad. I mean, I didn’t enjoy The Mortal Instruments but I do understand why so many fans of the books don’t enjoy the show! I mean, if Stalking Jack The Ripper came to life and it was terrible I would probably be crying and raging constantly.

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE?

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A POST IN WHICH I SHOW YOU EVERY BOOK I OWN AND HAVEN’T READ YET // I blame you, Emma

This post is entirely Emma’s fault, she pulled me in with her charm and her lists and now I’m here making lists and being a great deal happier. I hope you don’t mind, Emma, but I did use your book categories!

So, here it is guys, my official physical tbr, as of today, Tuesday the 25th of April. I am pretty excited to finally see all of my physical tbr in list form (you guys, I LOVE lists). I am hoping that I will use this as a motivator to really knock some of these books of my tbr by the end of the year. s you’ll see, this post is quite long but that’s only because I’ve included my kindle and audiobook tbrs. 

EDIT: I do plan on unhauling some of the books off of my physical tbr by the end of the year (which I have planned posts for) so I have not included them in this list, though if you’re curious as to what they are I’d be happy to tell you.

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Remember to click on the ‘X’ to go to the GoodReads pages, I will try to link to the editions that I own.

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JAKE ATLAS AND THE HUNT FOR THE FATHERED GOD | X

ICE WOLVES | X

NEVERMOOR | X

THE PIXAR THEORY | X

TALES FROM A TALL FOREST | X

NEVER SAY DIE | X

RESURRECTION | X

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MANSFIELD PARK | X

THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN | X

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD | X

TREASURE ISLAND | X

TALE OF THE GREEK HEROES | X

HATCHET | X

HOLES | X

1984 | X

A TALE OF TWO CITIES | X

THE SECRET GARDEN | X

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ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE | X

THE MINIATURIST | X

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HOLDING THE MAN | X

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU | X

FINDING AUDREY | X

MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE | X

THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS | X

THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED | X

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HUNTED | X

NEVER NEVER | X

TIGER LILY | X

THE HAZEL WOOD | X

THUNDERHEAD | X

WE ARE THE ANTS | X

THE WISE MAN’S FEAR | X

A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS | X

WARBREAKER | X

ELANTRIS | X

WAY OF KINGS PART 1 & 2 | X

WORDS OF RADIANCE PART 1 & 2 | X

LUX: CONSEQUENCES | X

LUX: OPPOSITION | X

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC | X

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS | X

ALL MY FRIENDS ARE SUPERHEROES | X

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UNEARTHED | X

THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET | X

A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT | X

THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST | X

THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE | X

SON | X

MESSENGER | X

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER MASS MARKET PAPERBACK | X

MEDDLING KIDS | X

APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH | X

CELL | X

MR MURDER | X

NOS4R2 | X

MR MERCEDES | X

GERALD’S GAME | X

ROSE MADDER | X

MISERY | X

YOU | X

SLEEPING BEAUTIES | X

THE GOOD GIRL | X

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GIANT DAYS VOLUME 1 | X

ALEX RIDER: SKELETON KEY | X

ALEX RIDER: EAGLE STRIKE | X

ALEX RIDER: SCORPIA | X

WIRES & NERVE VOLUME 1 | X

ALEX + ADA VOLUME 2 | X

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL VOLUME 0 | X

ROCKET RACCOON VOLUME 1 | X

ROCKET RACCOON VOLUME 2 | X

SCOOBY APOCALYPSE VOLUME 1 | X

NOVA: THE HUMAN ROCKET VOLUME 2 | X

SPIDER-GWEN VOLUME 1 | X

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THE FOXHOLE COURT | X

THE RAVEN KING | X

THE KING’S MEN | X

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS | X

BROODING YA HERO: BECOMING A MAIN CHARACTER | X

THE RED PYRAMID | X

THE THRONE OF FIRE | X

THE SERPENT’S SHADOW | X

CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT | X

THE ROOK  | X

THE BLACK PRISM | X

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING | X

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ANNIE ON MY MIND | X

PERSUADING AUSTEN | X

CRAZY STUPID LOVE | X

JULIET TAKES A BREATH | X

JOYRIDE VOLUME 1 | X

PROJECT YOU | X

HELLO ME, IT’S YOU | X

THREE DARK CROWNS | X

THE CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT | X

THE RULES OF BACKYARD CROQUET | X

LOST BOY, FOUND BOY | X

THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART | X

THE PERFECT MOTHER | X

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DO I NEED TO GO ON A BOOK BUYING BAN?
DO I HAVE ANY OF YOUR FAVOURITES ON MY LIST?

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THE WORLD DOESN’T STOP AND START WITH STATS???

Hey guys! Today I am done. Just, done stressing out about my blog statistics. In my opinion, my stats aren’t what they could be, but right now I am tired and just want to stop stressing out about my stats for once. 

So, because I am stressed out about my blog and all I have wanted to do lately is improve it and my stats, today I am going to talk about why I should stop stressing about it. 

If you want to know more about how WordPress statistics work, you should check out the support page here, it’s super helpful!

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VIEWS

Views can be important, especially when you’re talking to publishers, but generally, they don’t matter. To me views aren’t all that important, I usually don’t pay any attention my views number per month. How do I know that all my views aren’t just coming from the same 10 people? Are people actually reading my posts or just clicking in and out of my blog?

What’s the point in stressing about stats you really cannot do anything to improve?

VISITORS

 

So you got 1000+ views a few months ago but now you’re down to 300-400 a month. Crazy as it sounds, that’s a good thing – you have regulars, you’re famous!

Along with views, I typically don’t stress about my visitors stats per month or even per week. Sure, it’s nice to know that a bunch of people have said h to your blog that month. But, really, your visitors, along with your views will also help when you’re trying to request from publishers – it shows publishers that you have a frequent audience on your blog.

Though, if you are trying to improve your visitors and views stats then you should try Top 5 Wednesday or another meme like that because it’s easy to get people to look at those. If you also link them to the pages on GoodReads that could also help your views.

LIKES

 

Look at how many people like you! Don’t worry if the numbers are down, who cares about likes anyway? These stats are not indicative of how good a post was or how popular your month has been with your followers, that doesn’t mean you didn’t rock their bookish world. I rarely even look at my likes stats because honestly, so many people forget to even like a post anyway. What’s the point in stressing about a post that a bunch of people possibly did read – just didn’t remember or have time to like or comment on.

COMMENTS

I feel like comments are the stats people fret over the most – why? Well, how do you comment? If you comment back then half of them are from you anyway. You only had 90 last month but now you have 190, what did you do differently? Did you engage in some conversations? Plan a buddy read? Did you enjoy your new comment style or did you hate it? Did you write a post that engages your readers?

In the same way that likes often don’t show how popular a post was, comments don’t always do that either. Often people want to say something but are too shy or just don’t know how to say what they want to say so they might like and leave. Don’t worry about it, your blog is awesome and you’re probably killing the blogging game and making people super jealous!

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At the end of the day, your stats won’t define you – you define you. If you need stats to make your day better then you’re looking for happiness in all the wrong places. The world doesn’t start and end in stats so take a moment and enjoy your blog for what it is. Your blog.

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DO YOUR STATS MATTER TO YOU?

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THE SECOND ANNUAL BOOK BLOGGER AWARDS // Spreading all the love!

Thank you to Avery & Malanie for nominating me, you guys made my day!! Avery nominated me for the Best Teen Blogger and Malanie nominated me for Best Genre Blogs in YA so thank you so much, guys!

I’ve only been blogging for just under two years, but I only really started taking it seriously in the last 6 months or so, so thank you to guys for nominating me, it means so much to me!

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The Annual Book Blogger Awards was created by Joce @ Write Through The Night. I’m really cutting my timing to the bone with my nominations, but you guys still have until April 30th to support your favourite bloggers by nominating them by writing your own blog post like I’ve done, or by commenting on Joce’s post (linked above). This is a wonderful way to support your favourite book bloggers so I hope you guys will consider going and nominating people!

You don’t have to have been nominated to nominate other!

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MY NOMINATIONS

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Best Teen blogger (13-19)

Kay @ Hammock of Books – I just discovered Kay and I already love her so of course, I had to nominate her!

Jamieson @ Jamishelves – Jamieson is a fellow Aussie blogger and she deserves all the love. She has a wonderful blog and has fantastic content on her blog and you should definitely check her out!

Best Adult Blogger (20+)

The Green Onion Blog – I have been following The Green Onion over the years and find their blog really different to most of the other bloggers I follow so of course, I had to nominate them!

Malanie @ MalanieLovesFiction – Malanie is a gem and we don’t deserve her.

Dana @ Dana and The Books – Dana’s blog is wonderful and total goals. Her blog looks fantastic and she writes really brilliant advice posts which are really interesting to read and very helpful.

Best Book Blogger From An Underrepresented/ Minority Group

Avery @ Red Rocket Panda – Avery’s blog is fantastic. Avery is Transmasculine/ Genderqueer and also has Fibromyalgia. Avery is one of the nicest bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure to chat to and I hope you all check out his blog!

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Young Adult

Lia @ Lostinastory – I love Lia’s blog, she is one of my favourite bloggers and she is one of my go tos for ya recommendations!

Marie @ DrizzleandHurricaneBooks – I have been following Marie’s blog since the start of my blog and I regret nothing. Marie writes fantastic discussions and advice posts and writes fantastic YA reviews.

Middle Grade

I don’t think many of the bloggers I follow really read middle-grade, or at least if they do they don’t talk about it. But, I think I remember Kelly @ Kelly’s Rambles talking about her middle-grade tbr for this year back in January and that gave me a good idea of a bunch of books I might like to read with my brother this year, so I’ll nominate Kelly!

Romance

Charlotte @ Charlotte Annelise – I’m not big on romance novels myself, but I do love reading about other people love for them and Charlotte did recently talk about some of her favourite romance novels (which I have linked).

Science Fiction/ Dystopian/ Fantasy

Beth @ Reading Every Night – I nominate Beth because she’s a gem and I love her blog and all the fantasy books she reads!

Sarah @ BookHookedNook – I recently discovered Sarah’s blog and found that she reads a lot of the same fantasy as me so I had to include her here!

New Adult/ General Adult

Melanie @ NovelDescent – Melanie reviews a lot of middle-grade and YA but, she also loves adult so I’m nominating her for this one!

Literary Fiction/ Classics/Poetry

Laura @ Bbliophile – I don’t really read much poetry and my last experience wasn’t all that great but, Laura’s post has convinced me to give it another go and add some to my tbr.

Mystery & Thriller

Mikaela @ The Well-Thumber Reader – I think we’ve all accepted by now that Mikaela is the queen of discussions posts but what about her thriller recommendations? Mikaela is pretty much my one stop shop for Mystery/Thriller recommendations so I figured she was perfect for this category!

Zuky @ Zuky The Bookbum – Zuky is one of my favourite bloggers and she deserves all the love. If you love mystery/crime or horror you should check out Zuky’s blog!

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Best Book Reviews

Chelsea @ Romweasley – Not only does Chelsea’s blog look fantastic but her reviews are actual goals!

Chelsea @ TheSuspenseIsThrillingMe – Chelsea is one of my favourite blogs and I adore her. She writes fantastic reviews and I wish I could write them as well as she does!

The Master of Weekly Features (Top 5 Wednesday, Waiting on Wednesday, Top 10 Tuesday, etc)

Destiny @ Howlinglibraries – Meet Destiny, she’s the queen of Top 10 Tuesday & Down The TBR Hole and I love her (and her blog).

Nia @ Shades0fPaper – I had to nominate Nia for this one! She does so many different weekly memes and is so much more dedicated to them than I could ever be which I think is so admirable!

Best Book Recommendations

Emma @ Emmareadstoomuch – As soon as I saw this category my mind immediately went to Emma – the way she talks about the books she loves always convinces me to pick them up. It’s absolutely all her fault that my tbr is so big!

Briony @ Missbriony – Briony’s blog is beautiful to look at but, I love her book recommendations too! She recently recommended Autistic writers for Autism awareness month & I also enjoyed her magical books recommendations!

Best Discussion posts

Lara @ Words With Lara – I love Lara’s blog and I really love her advice and recommendations posts so you guys should definitely check her out!

Emma @ ReadingThroughTheNight – Emma is a genius and I love her discussion posts. ‘Nuf said.

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Most Engaged In The Community

Insidemylibrarymind – I aspire to be this good at blogging! Insidemylibrarymind is so on top of the game, it’s ridiculous!

Erin @ ARedHeadsRambling – Erin is a master blogger! I found her blog earlier this year and I’ve been a happier person ever since! Erin is so creative and her discussions are always really interesting and she has such a beautiful looking blog!

Blog Aesthetic

Isla @ @WhisperOfInk – ISLA’S BLOG IS LIFE, I AM IN LOVE! ❤️❤️ Isla’s blog look is pretty simplistic but her blog post headers are always to die or so I couldn’t not nominate her for this category!

Ayla @ Books & Babbles – Ayla’s blog is beautiful and I am 100% jealous. Not only is Ayla’s blog content wonderful, but when I click on her blog I don’t want to look away because it is absolute goals!

Becca @ Becaandbones – Beca’s blog is to die for (hehehe, because there’s a skull in her logo). Her theme is so bright and beautiful and I am, and forever will be jealous.

Best Personality/ Friendliest Member of The Community

Samantha @ RedHeadWithABook – I nominate Samantha because she’s a gem!

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm – Shanah’s blog is fantastic and she is such a lovely human so I had to nominate her!

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Analee @ BookSnacks – Analee is my Diviners reading buddy and I think her blog is amazing!

Rebecca @ BokishlyRebecca – Rebecca is amazing and I love her very much. Somehow I’ve only become friends with her this year and I won’t lie, it’s changed my life just being able to flick over to Twitter and talk to Rebecca about blogging. She’s always game to talk and listen to me moan if I want to talk about my blog and I love her for that.

Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books – Sydney is my soon-to-be book buddy! Apparently, there’s a theme with these bloggers – I love buddy reading with them! Sydney is one of my new favourite bloggers and I hope you guys all check her out!

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Best New Book Blogger (created their blog after July 2017)

Daja @ThoughtfulBlackGirl – I know Avery already nominated Daja but I find out about her blog through that post and believe that she should be nominated again!

Best Overall Book Blogger

Austine @ NovelKnight – I, of course, have to nominate Autine for this category! Austine writes so many helpful blogging posts that I have found really helpful and have helped me to understand blogging more. She also hosts the Beat The Backlist Challenge!

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DON’T FORGET TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVES!

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