Five of my Favorite Book Blogs Who You Absolutely Must Follow

Posted August 17, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 24 Comments

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One of the best, coolest, and most awesome parts of being a book blogger is being able to be a part of the community and connect with other people whose content you love.  Book blogging calls people of all shapes and sizes – I’ve talked to bloggers from age 12 to age 70!  I think it’s amazing how books and blogging can bring us together from all over the world.

For today’s post, I want to introduce you to five different bloggers who get my click every single time.  From their content, to their personalities, to their aesthetic, these girls are winners in my book and a beg, pled, and implore you to click through and check out some of their awesome work!

In no particular order – here we go!

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Shanah

Bionic Book Worm

Shanah was one of the first book bloggers I discovered.  I like Shanah because of the variety of content she offers, her down-to-earth reviews, and she just seems like a really nice person?  You can kinda get a vibe when you’re reading a person’s blog if they’re stiff, snobby, excitable, sweet, etc.  Shanah loves what she does, loves her community, and is happy.  And you can tell.

Some of the posts from her that I love are:

My new planner/bullet journal system // I am trash for the way people organize their life.  Some of Shanah’s older posts were bullet journal themed (her system was gorgeous) but her new planner really knocks it out the park.

Bookshelf Book Tag // What bookish person doesn’t love a bookshelf tour?  I love looking at other people’s collections and seeing both what we have in common, and what systems people use to organize.

If you like this, then… // Shanah does a whole collection of “If you like this, then you’ll also like this!” style blog posts and it’s filled with great recommendations!

Top 5 Tuesday // Finally, Shanah hosts an alternative weekly list meme called “Top 5 Tuesday”.  It’s similar to Top Ten Tuesday, but the prompts are different, and it’s a smaller community.  I like to filter this one in when I like her prompt better than Jana’s, and it’s fun!

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Loretta

The Laughing Listener

Like me, Loretta has a love for audiobooks.  As a graphic designer, her blog is top notch and I recently read in one of her posts that she’s working on some bookish designs for a Redbubble shop!?  So exciting!  This girl is funny and passionate, and she and I have a lot of the same tastes in books (hers are a bit more mainstream most the time, though!) – so if you like my blog, you’ll probably like Loretta’s.

Some great posts by her are:

100 Truths Tag // If you want to get to know a blogger through and through, this is the way to do it!  I loved reading this tag by Loretta – I felt like it really gave me an opportunity to get to know her a little better.

90s Movies Book Tag // Like me, Loretta is a 90s kid!  This tag is filled with nostalgia, so if you’re a 90s kid too, you’ll love this one.  If you’re not, this is still fun reading!

Legendary Book Review // I gotta be honest, I didn’t like Caraval and hadn’t planned to read Legendary.  Loretta’s review convinced me to put it on my TBR and give it a try.

115 Thoughts I Had While Reading ACoT&R // If you’re a fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses, this post is right up your alley.  Loretta is fun and funny and in love with this book, clearly.  Such a fun read!

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Ali

The Bandar Blog

If you’ve been around my blog at all this year, you’ll have inevitably seen Ali’s blog pop up.  I love this blog for it’s incredible rainbow books aesthetics – Ali knows how to use her theme to the max.  On top of that, she’s such a passionate reader and reviewer that her love for the books she reviews just leaks off the screen and into your heart.  Ali reads a mix of classics and new releases, keeping things interesting in her reviews.  She’s an amazing bookstagrammer and also a huge Disney fan (yes!).  She’s also a querying author, so hopefully we’ll be able to read her book down the road!

Some of my favorite posts?

Twilight:  My Thoughts Re-Reading It Almost 10 Years Later // Isn’t it interesting to go back to some of our old favorites and see what we think of them now that we’ve grown a little and changed a bit?  This is a really fun post, and I won’t spoil her final thoughts!

Bookstagram:  Books and Pets // Every once and a while, Ali will post a collection of some of her favorites.  I’m a book person and a cat person, so this was such an insta-click for me.  But there’s lots of different pets!

I Have a Confession:  I Am A Writer // I love this post because it says so much about loving to write and that weird middle place where you’ve written novel but aren’t published.  I love it (and am so happy for her finished novel!).

Ready Player One:  Book versus Movie // I had to dig way back in her archives for this one, but I really loved it and wanted to include it.  It is the heart of the pain felt by all readers when the movie doesn’t live up to the book.

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Elizabeth

RedGal Musings

This girl puts out great discussion posts.  Even better – she’s a regular blogger.  There are a lot of blogs out there that are great at discussion, but they tend to pop up every couple months, post something, then go on a long hiatus.  Which is good for them, but I can expect something for Elizabeth at least once a week and it’s awesome.  On top of all that, she’s got a great sense of humor and is honest about her opinions – whether book or life related.

The good stuff:

Possible Writing Conditions and (Maybe) How to Fix Them // A discussion of the bits and pieces of books that makes a reader want to give up… and maybe how not to do that.  At the very least?  How to be aware of it (I’m guilty of needing more Skip Aheading!)

Seven Ways to Get Some Breathing Room & Build Creativity // Summer can be amazing, beautiful, and inspiring… or it can exhaust the heck outta you and make you want to flop.  Elizabeth offers some advice on how to revitalize!

Some Pros and Cons of Writing Contemporary Novels //always love to see a writer’s insight on their work and here, Elizabeth pegs exactly why I am horrible at writing Contemporary.  It’s HARD, y’all.  And this is an awesome post.

Matching Your Favorite Books with Marvelous TV Shows // Are you a hopeless binge Netflix watcher?  If so, this post is absolutely for you.  There are some fantastic mashups here.

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Marie & Nyx

Drizzle & Hurricane Books

While D&H is primarily managed by Marie, her sister Nyx pops in every once and a while.  How cool is it to have a sibling blog?  My brother needs to get on top of his reading game and guest post.  Their posts are always very well thought-out and in-depth.  The passion is definitely there, and also… Marie is probably one of the nicest bloggers I’ve ever spoken to.  She loves to travel and write about things she loves… this blog is just such a great place to be. 🙂

Some fantastic posts to get you started?

All about debuts: the ones I loved, the ones I’m excited about (and you should be too) // I think a lot of attention is given to new books, but not necessarily new authors.  It’s one of the reasons I’m trying to read a lot of 2018 debuts this year.  Marie has some awesome ones on this list to check out.  Remember to take that leap and support new authors!

How to organize your book blogging life (ft. my spreadsheets) // Don’t we book bloggers just love to see one another’s methods?  Marie’s doing a loose series right now on her blogging style and tricks, and these posts are great (and helpful)!

Are we too into new releases? // Marie talks about the challenges of wanting to read old books and be relevant and not miss out on new releases but also not abandon your TBR and basically the Totally Complicated Life of a Bookworm.  I totally relate to this post – I hope you do too! 🙂

4 things book blogging brought me and I am eternally thankful for // This is what I mean by saying Marie is just about the nicest person ever?  She saw drizzle and hurricanes in the community (haha) and brought some sunshine.  This is a lovely post!

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This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:

Do you follow other book blogs and if so, who are your top 3 bloggers?

 

Short answer: I do!  I’ve actually culled my list down to about 50 blogs that are on my WordPress feed (I may be a monster) but I do click through whenever I see a post that interests me!

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Who are some of your favorite book bloggers?

What draws you into a blog?

Do you blog hop?
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24 responses to “Five of my Favorite Book Blogs Who You Absolutely Must Follow

    • Amber

      Ooooh, that’s awesome, I hope you like them! Redgal Musings in particular… I don’t even know how I stumbled across that one, but she’s got really good discussions. 🙂

    • Amber

      I hope you like them! Marie is wonderful, she’s so insightful and really lovely. I always walk away from her blog with a smile, and I think that’s important.

  1. Ali

    I adore D&H too!! and laughing listener! The others are new to me. Thank you SO MUCH for the feature and the very kind words 💗

    • Amber

      <3 Always happy to send potential new followers your way! Shanah and Elizabeth are great - I hope you enjoy their content!!!

  2. Thank you so much!!! ❤️😭 You’re one of the very first blogs I found when I entered the book blogging community, so this means a lot!! And I’m glad someone like that 115 thoughts post because I kind of thought I was talking to air 😂 It was so much fun to write though!

    This is such a great group of ladies too!!! I already followed them all except the Bionic Book Worm and I just fixed that! I love getting to know other bloggers better!

    Loretta @ The Laughing Listener recently posted: Blog Tour: Echoes Review & Prize Giveaway!
    • Amber

      I LOVED that post! It reminded me of those old questionnaires back in the LiveJournal days – did you have a LiveJournal? It was all the rage when I was in high school, lol.

      Ngl, I sorta thought you predated me? At least, since I revamped the blog. Now I wanna go back and reader your newbie blogger post. ^^

    • Amber

      Oh gosh, I can’t imaging following 500! I kinda want to figure out a way to sort? I trimmed down because there were SO MANY blogs that I only occasionally clicked through for, and I wanted to focus on the ones I really loved. I do still hop around, but I use those 50 blogs as a starting point. How do you manage so many posts in your feed at a time? I’d love to know your methods!

    • Amber

      Camilla, that’s so great to hear! I agree – discussions and book tags are the most interesting things and personally I rarely click reviews. I hope that you find something inspiring on the other four blogs as well. 💕

  3. I am honored and so, so, so happy and tearing up while reading this, thank you so, SO much for your sweet words about my blog, that means the world to me that you enjoy it so much <3 I'm even more thrilled to be mentioned alongside so many other great bloggers – I don't know all of them, I'll have to check them out for sure <3 THANK YOU again, really, this just made my entire weekend so much brighter <3 <3

    Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books recently posted: Mini Reviews: Spinning Silver, We Regret To Inform You
    • Amber

      <3 <3 You are so very welcome Marie! I don't know if you skimmed through the comments at all, but at least half of them include "I love Marie!" or "I follow D&H too!". Your blog has become a great little cornerstone in the book blogging community and you should be really proud.

      • I just saw that while reading the other comments and honestly I’m just honored and don’t know what I ever did to deserve the love 😭 that makes me so happy, thank you for your sweet words and support again Amber, you’re the sweetest 😭 <3