February 16, 2014

Book Blogger Love-a-thon || Love-a-Thon Awards

If you haven't signed up yet, YOU STILL CAN! Just visit this post and fill out the form. After, contact us via Twitter or email so that we can add you to our official participant list. You can also check out the full schedule for the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-thon here!

We've finally come to the last of our mini-challenges (*cue sobbing*). Thankfully, it's a really fun one! We're inviting all of you to participate in the Love-a-Thon Awards. This is our version of the Grammys, the Oscars... and your high school senior superlatives. 

Note: I tried not to pick my usual choices (a.k.a. the blogs that I stalk regularly) for this post! I tried to pick newer blogs I'd discovered, as well as older blogs I've known of but never gotten to shout out to.

I really love the vibrancy and colors of Pop! Goes the Reader a lot. It's a feast for my eyes, and I'm loving it! The design is clean, carefully executed and has the overall effect of leaving a lasting impression for visitors. Plus, I truly admire the way Jen takes time to really make her posts visually pleasing, especially when it's for her covers feature or Top Ten Tuesday.

I might be slightly obsessed with checking out The ABCs (hosted by Andi's ABCs) lately. It's a feature that I've just recently stumbled upon, thanks to the two Rachels in my life (Rachel D. & Rachel K.) The goal is simple: to create a post that features accessories, books and clothes! I do love shopping (though I do mostly window shopping now), so this is pretty fun for me.

I've encountered a number of amazing discussion posts already this year! The two that have stayed with me the longest? Judith's post on Arc Envy, which echoes a lot of my own sentiments about ARCs, particularly this year. Maggie's post on Honesty, Criticism and Blogging, which thoughtfully discusses those topics and her take on them.

There are so many friendly bloggers that I've been fortunate enough to meet lately, so I'm going to have to give more than one shoutout here: Danielle @ Love at First Page, Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, Ellice @ Paperiot, Karin @ Life of Karin, Wendy @ Book Scents & Cee @ The Novel Hermit.

This is probably the only occasion where I'll break the mandate set above and speak of old favorites. I usually find the reviews on Rather Be Reading, Hello Chelly, Paperiot, Snuggly Oranges, The Book Barbies and Realm of Fiction most helpful when I decide which books I want to read or set aside. These ladies have all earned my trust with their impeccable reading taste and thoughtful remarks on their reads.

If we're referring to a solo author, it will come as no surprise that I highly endorse Susan Dennard. Not only does she update readers on her series and works in progress, she also shares writing inspiration, advice and encouragement. Even though it's only through blog posts and Twitter, it kind of feels like Susan is cheering me on while I find my way back into writing - and it's amazing!

If we're talking about a collaborative blog, however, I'm a little bit obsessed with Publishing Crawl. It's run by a group of authors and publishing industry insiders, offering a venue for them to discuss books, writing and the industry itself. I love the variety of posts you can encounter on there!

My favorite author to converse with these days is the wonderful Jodi Meadows. She's funny, sassy and just plain awesome. She likes to share photos of her ferrets, books and yarn, which I love! I also like chatting with Katie McGarry, Miranda Kenneally, Susan Dennard, Erin Bowman, Marissa MeyerKat Zhang & Sarah J. Maas.

I fangirl and flail a TON over Twitter. But lately, there are a few people who have seriously been keeping me company as I indulge in swooning, sighing, crying, laughing, yelling over the books I've read. Judith has been my source of comfort via WhatsApp, while Rachel, Hannah, Kelly, Racquel & Jen have seriously held me up via text. I love flailing to these girls because they just get it. I would like to say that there are SO many people I flail with -- it really depends on the book in question!

While these are MY top choices for these categories, I honestly can't wait to see who everyone else picked. It's going to be a great way to discover more new blogs -- so don't forget to hop around!


Since this is a mini-challenge, there's going to be a giveaway!
[Note: Depending on the winner, the remaining "extra" prize will be added to the major giveaway!]

(US winner) signed copy of Cress (Marissa Meyer) + poster
(international winner) e-book of choice up to $10



  1. I'm checking out all these blogs you've nominated! They all sound amazing! ;)

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

  2. Thank you for the mention, Alexa!

  3. Pop! Goes the Reader made my design list too- so lovely! Thanks for the tip on the ABC's. Looks like a fun feature! Thanks for making LoveaThon such a blast :)

  4. I just discovered Pop! Goes the Reader during the love a thon and I agree, the design is beautiful!!!

    I need to check out this ABC feature!!! I love looking at fashion even though I'm not super into myself but I LOVE reading posts like this!

    Thank you so much for mentioning me <3 I seriously got tears in my eyes ... out of all the awards I think being friendly is the most important to me so I felt like I could just sob into my pillow that you said I was. /End Dorkiness lol

    I feel like slapping myself, I CANT BELIEVE I DIDN'T MENTION RBR! Doh! I love their reviews!!! I also picked The Book Barbies for most helpful because they are awesome!! Oh and Debbie, I love her reviews!!!

    I've added both Susan dennard and Publishing Crawl to my blog list now :) Thanks for the recommendations!!

  5. There are so many new blogs for me to follow! Thank you so much for having The Love-A-Thon! I really need to read Jodi Meadows' Incarnate series!

  6. Yes, Judith is such a friendly blogger and I love the reviews from the blogs you've mentioned :)!

  7. Awwwww <3 Fangirling with you is the best thing ever, and I love our bookish discussions so, so much. I also trust your opinion because we have such similar taste in books (and book boyfriends!). Love you, lady!

  8. I love so many of the blogs you mentioned, including Love at First Page and The Book Barbies. And Jen definitely does have one of the best blog designs around. I remember falling in love with it as soon as I saw it. :) Thanks you so much for including me!

  9. Awwwww thank you so much for mentioning me :) That pretty much made my day.

  10. Thanks for mentioning my honesty post on here <3 (And sorry it too so long for me to thank you I've had a loooooong week!) I loved the little bit of the love-a-thon I got to participate in and I hope you did it again next year and I can get my act together to do more!

  11. <3<3<3<3<3

    It makes me incredibly happy that you picked me as a friendly blogger. :D

    I totally agree with all the bloggers and authors you mentioned.


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