Friday, February 17, 2012
The world of book blogging has never struck me as intimidating, despite the proliferation of the blogs about books, book covers, book news, etc, etc. I think it's because, despite having so many different people involved, the sense of community, camaraderie and friendship is quite clear, even to a newbie like myself.
That having been said, there are many bloggers that deserve my absolute gratitude for inspiring me to dive into this wonderful, crazy, awesome world of book blogging. I mentioned my main inspirations when Ginger interviewed me for her Blogger Behind the Book feature, but I want to take the time to thank them again in this post, and as part of the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon.
Without the inspiration of these book bloggers and their blogs, I don't think I would have even dreamed of making my own. So I definitely owe it to them that I'm now firmly entrenched and loving the world of book blogging and the community I'm now a part of!
Thank you Kristi of The Story Siren!
Kristi's book blog was the first one I ever found online, and I was hooked on to her informative and interesting reviews. I'm certainly in awe of everything she's managed to accomplish as a book blogger, and she's definitely a great inspiration! I'm still very much in awe of her and would like to emulate her professionalism and her dedication to blogging.
Side Story: I actually saw Kristi last year at the This is Teen event in the Scholastic Store in SoHo, but I was too shy to approach her! I tweeted her later on and she was sweet enough to reply. Hopefully, I see her at BEA this year!
Thank you Amanda of One More Page!
Amanda's blog was recommended to me by one of my friends, since she knew I adored reading chick lit. I have to say, she was spot on in her recommendation because Amanda has become one of my go-to blogs when I look for that sort of read. She's also incredibly nice, writes really good reviews and I can admire how she balances book blogging with the rest of her life.
Side Story: I actually posted my first ever comment on a book blog on Amanda's blog! I remember that I was a little intimidated to do so at first, but Amanda was more than welcoming in her response to the comment.
Thank you Christy of The Reader Bee!
I think Christy's blog design is one of the cutest ones I've ever seen! But apart from that, Christy has great reviews and shares a similar taste in books, so I've come to consider her opinion when it comes to novels that I'm on the fence about. She's also one of the nicest, sweetest bloggers I've encountered!
Side Story: I won an ARC copy of The Future of Us from Christy last year, and I thought it was totally cool I had won a contest that one of my favorite blogs hosted!
Thank you Tara of Fiction Folio!
One of the main reasons I adore Tara is because she loves Harry Potter just as much as I do! But apart from that, I've always found her reviews fun to read. She's also a really cool, genuinely nice blogger! I was totally excited for her when she got to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year. It's really cool because I share similar tastes with her when it comes to books, so her recommendations, I find, are usually spot on.
Side Story: I actually won a copy of Shatter Me from Tara recently, so that was really cool! I always feel extra honored and surprised when I win something from one of my favorite bloggers, as I've already said.
Thank you Ginger of GReads!
I absolutely adore Ginger and her blog. She comes across as very genuine in her posts, especially in the more personal ones, and she's got some great memes (Tune in Tuesday & TGIF) that I enjoy participating in and checking out. I love reading her reviews because they're intelligent, personal and straight to the point. I definitely trust her recommendations when it comes to contemporary YA.
Side Story: I love interacting with Ginger via Twitter! I think she's really cool :) Plus, it was an honor to be featured on her blog a few weeks ago - I seriously got really excited about that!
This was posted as a response to Mini-Challenge #1 for the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon.
The Love-a-Thon is an event hosted by one of my awesome friends Katelyn from Kate's Tales of Books and Bands.
You can find out more information by checking out THIS POST.