As this week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week (which I didn’t actually realise until Sunday), I was originally going to post a Top 5 Friday feature of some of my favourite bloggers in the book community. However, it quickly became apparent that a top 5 was nowhere near enough so instead, this is me rambling and shouting out a group of wonderful people that you should definitely go and follow if you’re not already!
Alex @ Spells & Spaceships
For anyone that is in the SFF sphere of blogging, it won’t come as a surprise to see Alex mentioned on yet another appreciation list. He does so much for the community from hosting readalongs, creating reading challenges and, of course, introducing Norsevember which has been generating excitement since May and this is all on top of his brilliantly insightful and thoughtful reviews (seriously, dude, get some sleep!). However, what I love the most is how he champions self published books and authors, regularly doing what he can to ensure everyone hears about novels they may not otherwise, which I know is immensely appreciated by authors and readers.
Cara @ The Tattooed Book
Now, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working in a bookshop with Cara and she is as lovely, welcoming and friendly offline as she is online. Her reviews are so articulate and really grasp the heart of the book which makes you compelled to read it (I’ve personally picked up a couple because of her reviews!). I also greatly appreciate being able to dissect darker reads with her knowing that she won’t judge as she enjoys disturbing reads as much as I do! I’m looking forward to our next buddy read! She also runs a cute bookish business – The Cosy Book Cult which you should definitely check out too.
Charlotte @ Sapphistication
Some of you may remember my post regarding ‘own voices in LGBTQIA+ novels’, and if you do then this blogger will sound familiar to you! Charlotte reads a whole host of fiction but if you’re looking for LGBTQIA+ recommendations, particularly featuring gothic themes and lesbians, then her blog is for you! It isn’t just book reviews that she provides, but Charlotte also has some fantastic resources on LGBTQIA+ friendly spaces online! Also, fun fact, Charlotte and I met at university (even if she did temporarily forget that fact when I reached out to her about the post back in February…!).
Dan @ Dan the Man
I couldn’t write this list without mentioning the wonderful, bubbly, Bookstagrammer Dan. By now I’m pretty sure the entire book community is familiar with Dan’s gorgeous photos, which you immediately know are his due to his signature style which always blows me away. When I first joined Twitter and came across Dan I was in awe (and actually a bit intimidated) by his following and the immense respect he has from the blogging community and as well as the publishing industry. I’m so happy I’ve got to know Dan and get to chat to him as he is an absolute delight and, as I’m sure many would agree, the most fabulous of us all.
Isabelle @ The Shaggy Shepherd
I want to start by saying that Isabelle is lovely and I love that we’re in so many of the same communities and discord servers together! She is genuinely one of the most kind people that I have met online, I always love to read her thoughts about books – whether it be a full review or just a chat on Twitter as they’re always insightful. Even her cover reveals are incredibly enthusiastic which really builds my excitement for books I’ve normally not come across! Also, for an added bonus, if you follow Isabelle you frequently get adorable pet pictures which are guaranteed to make your day!
John @ Tales from Absurdia
I have only been following John’s reviews and content for a shorter space of time and yet I can’t imagine my timeline without him now. In fact, for any new bloggers I highly recommend checking out John’s resources as he has some guides (like The Bookish Glossary which is still helpful to me now after my time blogging) which are invaluable! Not only this but I love how unique and refreshing his reviews are and his love of philosophical books.
Lily @ Literary Lily
Despite promising that I will get better at watching BookTube, I’m still not completely there, someone I always have time to watch is Lily. I love her chill style which is informative as well as entertaining! Additionally, it’s really interesting to me to learn more about autism and autistic representation. Lily is incredibly open and fearless which I greatly admire, she’s not afraid to be herself and I love her for it. As an aside, Lily is a Mario Kart Master and I also love watching her cat, Maggie, launch herself at Lily whilst hosting reading sprints, even if that does mean I don’t get a lot of actual reading done…!
Livy @ Shelves of Starlight
Not only is Livy a wonderful human, she is also a wonderful blogger with a passion for history and mythology as well as books. Both of which she writes about with such enthusiasm and knowledge it’s difficult to not be impressed. Livy was actually one of the first friends I made on book Twitter after both joining at similar times and yet she feels like a pro at it. She’s also a pro at Mario Kart (even if her choice of Daisy as her main is questionable) and is a delight to talk to over discord calls which turns an hour chat into three hours of gushing over books, Marvel and mythology!
Stephen @ Stephen Writes
The support I got from Stephen early on through comments and shares was incredibly motivating and something I’m very grateful for. It’s also something I’ve noticed he does a lot for bloggers both new and old which makes it so much easier to feel part of a community. He writes brilliant reviews for a whole host of different books but he also writes insightful discussion posts which are always fascinating to read. It isn’t just thoughts on other people’s work he writes, but his own poetry too!
Zoe @ Zoe’s Book Nook
Zoe is an absolute machine when it comes to reviews and blog tours and the rest, I have no idea how she does it! I love the chatty style of her reviews and her unique rating system. Her reviews grab you and instantly make you feel like you’re just getting a recommendation from a friend. She has also been incredibly supportive since I joined, always the first one to like my posts which always puts a smile on my face. Zoe is also incredibly connected and in the know, most of the time I only hear about things because she’s tagged me on Twitter, I would struggle without her!
There are so many people that I could include in this list but, if I did, you would probably still be here reading until next August! I’m so happy to have met such lovely and kind people and to have made such good friends over this last year, I couldn’t ask to be involved in a more wonderful community.
Who are your favourite bloggers? Give them a shout out in the comments!