#2020BookBloggerAwards: it’s nomination time!

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!

Because the embarrassing truth is that this is our first year submitting nominations for the Book Blogger Awards. I don’t know what shenanigans Mandy was up to for the Awards’ first two years, but I know last year I only learned about their existence after the nomination round closed. (I hopped on for voting though!!)

This means we will be going extra hard for the fourth edition and sharing the blog love with as many of our fellow bloggers as we can spot. If we don’t nominate you, though, we do want to say to please please not take it to heart. We appreciate ALL of your hard work!!

A huge thanks to May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books for hosting this year. We will not be nominating people for every category, so be sure to check May’s or Marie’s post to see the full list of categories. If a blogger has close to or less than 500 followers, spot a ✨ by their name.

Sorry if any names are spelled wrong / links are incorrect. Anyone else who has done a nomination post knows how easy it is to mix stuff up, and this block editor is not making things any easier. It was not intentional!

πŸ† BEST OF THEIR AGE πŸ†

BEST PRE-TEEN/TEEN BLOGGER
⇨ Lori @ The Reading Fairy : Lori forever has a diverse selection of books featured on her page. She is a teen blogger, and she always brings that perspective to the book blogging world, even with posts and points in her reviews about the pros/cons of being a teen blogger. β€” MANDY
↳ Hardships of Being a Teen Influencer

⇨ LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks : Between amazingly thorough reviews, incredibly witty posts, a vibrant voice, and a Instagram feed that is so pretty it often feels ethereal, Flying Paperbacks is where it’s at for me. I absolutely adore LaRonda’s content, and it’s so easy to get lost in the world of entertaining posts and dazzling graphics. β€” MANDY
↳ Five Stages of Grief: Recommending a Book and they Don’t Like It

⇨ Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall : It’s not accurate but I sometimes think of Kelly as the Reigning Queen of Teen Bloggers. She started the Teen Influencer directory, and she’s shared a lot of the struggles for teen bloggers with us boomers. β€” SHA
↳ A Bookworm’s Guide to Removing Stubborn Stickers

BEST ADULT BOOK BLOGGER
⇨ ✨ Margaret @ Weird Zeal : Margaret is creative, constantly coming up with original content. She reps hard with feminist and LGBTQ+ books (in particular, though she reads quite diversely). And she posts so. Dang. Consistently. β€” SHA
↳ 40+ Queer Books by Black Authors to Support this Pride Month (and Always)

πŸ† BEST GENRE BLOGGERS πŸ†

YOUNG ADULT
⇨ ✨ Alice @ Love for Words : Alice’s reviews are beautifully written and well-detailed. She reviews primarily YA, and I know that after reading her reviews, I’ve gotten the complete truth, and can spend my coin confidently. β€” SHA
↳ Book Review: A Song Below Water

⇨ Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm : I’ve actually forbidden myself from reading Kaya’s book reviews too often, because she’s too good at writing them. She always convinces me to pick up new YA when I’m supposed to be keeping to a budget. β€” SHA
↳ A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder Review! // one of the best YA mysteries I’ve ever read

SCIENCE-FICTION / FANTASY
⇨ ✨ Acqua @ Acquadimore Books : Acqua knows SFF so well, and as a person that is still a contemporary lover at heart, this blog is a lifeline for me when trying to see if a book is going to be worth going to. I absolutely love how in-depth the reviews get, and they have such a wit and winning one-liners. β€”MANDY
↳ Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

LITERARY FICTION / CLASSICS / POETRY
⇨ ✨ Fatma @ The Book Place : Even though this is not a genre that we love or dabble in, we have to give Fatma the props for keeping us engaged with insightful reviews that make us consider picking up a book or two. Plus, can we talk about how much we adore her blog theme based off The Good Place??? It’s adorable. β€” MANDY
↳ Book Review: False Knees by Joshua Barkman

πŸ† BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING πŸ†

BEST BOOK REVIEWS
⇨ Destiny @ Howling Libraries : When I want quick facts on a book (content warnings, major themes), I love Destiny’s review format. She shares quotes from the book and her main thoughts in a concise way that lets me decide quickly if I want to add to TBR or shuffle on my way. β€” SHA
↳ Girl, Serpent, Thorn: Blog Tour

⇨ ✨ Belle @ Belle Can Read : It’s majorly hard to convince me (and most people, I would think) to read a book review on a book they know nothing about. But Belle’s writing voice and captivating titles do it for me EVERY. TIME. β€” SHA
↳ Frankly in Love by David Yoon // a hilariously heart-warming story about fake dating and cultural limbo

BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
⇨ ✨ Nadia @ Headscarves & Hardbacks : Nadia single-handedly (and unknowingly) added about ten books to my TBR in less than five minutes. She hosts #RamadanReadathon and creates amazing lists of book recommendations by Muslim authors. β€” SHA
↳ 19+ Books by Muslim Authors

BEST DISCUSSION POSTS
⇨ Xandra @ Starry Sky Books : I’ve only said this to Xandra about ten times, but her discussion posts are worthy of sit-down time with popcorn. They spark actual discussions between Mandy and Iβ€”and if you’re not already a fan, you should be. β€” SHA
↳ What Do You Think About Spoilers?

⇨ ✨ Chana & Malka @ Paper Procrastinators : C&M come up with some of the most original discussion topics I have seen. I’m always interested by the thoughts they share and how it stimulates my own thinking process. β€” SHA
↳ The Art and the Artist: Can You Separate Them?

BEST BLOG AESTHETIC
⇨ Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink : There is something so calming about immersing yourself in A Whisper of Ink. It has a muted beauty that we want to live in with the pastel goodness, the adorable graphics, and the stunning post headers. β€” MANDY
↳ My Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Last Half of 2020

⇨ ✨ Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads : I was sold the moment I saw the header. The artwork on MR is stunning, and the little kitty on the post banners is literally telling me to click and read, like, right now! β€” SHA
↳ Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

⇨ Julie & Mary @ Struck by Stories : Someone needs to tell Julie and Mary that blogs aren’t allowed to look this nice, because the human eyeball is not prepared. Whenever I click onto SbS, I need a full moment to adapt to the beauty of the site. It’s just … so good. β€” SHA
↳ Book List: 50 Anticipated Children’s/YA Book Releases

BEST BLOGGING / WRITING VOICE
⇨ Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea : There’s something right about reading one of Caitlin’s posts. Her formatting and prose work together seamlessly to convey her tone so she’s not just words on a screen. She’s Caitlin, right there in the room with you, sharing her thoughts. β€” SHA
↳ Caitlin Reads: 2020 Releases with F/F Romances

πŸ† MISCELLANEOUS πŸ†

MOST HELPFUL
⇨ Kal @ Reader Voracious : I would not be half the blogger I am today if it was not for Kal. She provides fantastic guides & resources for free and self-hosted WordPress users. β€” SHA
↳ Accessibility Matters: How to Make Your Blog More Accessible

⇨ ✨ Alice @ Love for Words : Alice provides useful tips to get access to audiobooks, ebooks, and websites that will help readers. (I never say no to the occasional free good.) β€” SHA
↳ 3 Easy Legal Ways to Get Audiobooks for Free

MOST SUPPORTIVE
⇨ Sofi @ A Book. A Thought. : When thinking about support, Sofi certainly brings it. She forever pops in to bring some kindness to your page, and she always showcases some major blogger love each month, highlighting posts she loved that has us blog hopping for days after with them! β€” MANDY
↳ Book Bloggers Appreciation

⇨ Yesha @ Books Teacup and Reviews : Yesha frequently shares other bloggers’ posts to her Twitter page. I know I’ve gotten hits on my content after people spotted her tweet and decided to come over. It’s a super simple act but Yesha always takes the time to spotlight creator content and it’s appreciated!
↳ Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

MOST CREATIVE
⇨ ✨ Margaret @ Weird Zeal : Never mind that Margaret started her own read-a-thon for Women’s History Month, but she also creates original tags, has fantastic discussion posts, and comes up with amazing post titles. β€” SHA
↳ Women’s History Month Readathon Announcement

⇨ ✨ Malka & Chana @ Paper Procrastinators : The dynamic duo of Chana and Malka forever change up the blogging game with their inventive and thought-provoking posts. Every time we go to their blog, we know we’re going to go, β€œOh, wow, I never would have thought about that!” or β€œOmg, that is the coolest idea for a post!”. β€” MANDY
↳ Why I Never See My Family in Books: Blended Families are Families Too

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER
⇨ Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts : Bookmark Your Thoughts is a fantastic blog β€”and if you don’t know, Jenna is also rocking it on her Instagram. I feel like I want to live in her Instagram aesthetic, and most of my comments are just a mass of heart eyes emojis. She always manages to stay on top of book topics, show so much supportive love to her fellow bookstagrammers, and always finds the coolest tags. β€” MANDY
↳ 8 Books About Women Empowerment || Discussion

BEST PERSONALITY
⇨ ✨ Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies : I feel like I became best friends with rhi the first time we spoke. She lives her entire life on her blog, by which I mean you get to know everything about her on MH through many, many rambles! It’s a heart on the sleeve, open-door approach that makes everyone feel welcome and excited to be there. β€” SHA
↳ Ranking All the LGBTQIA+ Books I Own ft. Lots of Love, Screams, and Rants

⇨ ✨ Belle @ Belle Can Read : The moment you click onto Belle’s blog, you instantly see the charming graphics and intriguing post titlesβ€”and then you are there to set up camp. Her personality is so engaging, entertaining, witty, and relatable. You can lose yourself in all of her posts and always leave feeling more excited about books than you were walking in. β€” MANDY
↳ Books Based on My Favourite Karaoke Songs

FRIENDLIEST MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY
⇨ Katie @ Never Not Reading : Katie is an absolute sweetheart. She makes sure to answer all her comments (and she actually *responds* to what is said), she blog hops to other sites and drops positivity, and she checks in on her blogger friends. β€” SHA
↳ How I Went From Reading 1 Book at a Time to Apprx. 5 Million

⇨ Xandra @ Starry Sky Books : If you’re having a bad day, Xandra will be the one to send you cute animal gifs and check in the next day to see if you’re doing better. She always has kind words and is one of the best friends you can make in this community. β€” SHA
↳ What Do You Think About Spoilers?

BEST AT PROMOTING DIVERSE BOOKS
⇨ Rendz @ Reading with Rendz : 90% of the content Rendz churns out is her screaming about an upcoming Latinx book or screaming about a released Latinx book, be it MG, YA, or General Adult. She doesn’t care, if it’s Latinx she’s ready, and she’ll bring you the enthusiasm. β€” SHA
↳ The Representation Book Tag & My Very Near Future Latinx TBR

⇨ ✨ Maha @ Sunshine N Books : Maha is super open about what it’s like to be Muslim in the book community. She shares a ton of Muslim book recs I never even spotted and her blog aesthetic is on point. β€” SHA
↳ the bookish Muslim experience: six bloggers on what it’s like to be Muslim

⇨ May @ Forever and Everly : May’s blog is one of my go-to’s for diverse reading recommendation. She makes fantastic lists and you can tell she puts a lot of time and thought into the books she selects. β€” SHA
↳ 10 of My Favourite Webcomics (a pretty gay selection)

πŸ† MOST IMPORTANTLY πŸ†

BEST NEW BOOK BLOGGER
⇨ ✨ Ash @ Starlight Strands : Ash has been blogging for about a year but only made the official move to WordPress in May … and her blog is already to die for. The aesthetic, the voice, we can’t wait to see where Starlight Strands is in a year’s time. β€” SHA
↳ Recreating our Favourite Book Covers

BEST OVERALL BOOK BLOGGER

⇨ LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks

⇨ ✨ Margaret @ Weird Zeal

⇨ Lori @ The Reading Fairy

If you made it through this nomination list and didn’t follow at least one new blog, I’m going to assume it’s because you’re already following everyone here.

In which case, you must then comment on at least one of the posts I linked up. Not this post! If I see you posting below, I will 100% ask which of their posts you also commented on. Because I know you read this far and saw my demands. and also, have you checked up on / contributed to the BLM progress recently?

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39 thoughts on “#2020BookBloggerAwards: it’s nomination time!

  1. OMG!! Am I dreaming? ?? Is that me on the list?? Wow, I thought it will take me another 3 years before I see myself anywhere on blogger nomination. I thought nobody is seeing my tweets. I’m glad my post sharing tweets helped you and made people notice your blog more. I’m seeing some familiar names here but I found so many new blogs from this list and I’m already following few that caught my eye. Thank you so much! You made my day. ❀❀❀

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  2. OMG, Mandy! thank you SO much for your nomination, it means the world to me!! 😭❀️ I’m so honored as well for being surrounded by so many bloggers that I love and respect, I feel super happy! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨
    Thank you from my heart for your beautiful words that have made me the day πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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  3. Ahhh thank you so much for nominating me!! ❀ I am truly honored to be on here in THREE different categories (including best overall blogger?? I don’t even know what to say!), and all of your kind words are making me emotional ❀ I’m so happy to see so many of my favorite bloggers on here too, and I’m excited to check out the ones I don’t already know! Thank you, thank you, Mandy & Sha!

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  4. Oh my goodness thank you SO MUCH for nominating me, Sha! I feel so very honored, especially because I’m also a fan of your blog! ❀ ❀ ❀ (I have to say though, I can't take full credit for the blog design – that was all Kat @ Novels and Waffles doing!)

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  5. Aaah Mandy and Sha!! Thank you so much for nominating us it means so so much to see that you enjoy our posts/blog 😳πŸ₯° And there are definitely blogs here that I’m going to check out and follow right now!!

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  6. Wait – I love you two’s blog so much and am actually so geeked that you both would think of me πŸ₯ΊπŸ’›!! I remember being so inspired when I first found your blog and saw how well it executed the Disney theme – and you both never fail to give the best recommendations! Thank you for the nominations πŸ₯Ί – your kind words really mean a lot πŸ’›.

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  7. Ahh thank you so, so much for taking the time to nominate your favorite book bloggers! πŸ₯° I’m spotting so many favorite blogs here and some new ones I really can’t wait to check out!! Thank you so much for participating in the awards!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  8. 😭😭 thank you so much for the nomination!! πŸ’– i’m so, so honored that you like my blogging voice, and that you feel like i’m not just words on the screen–that is seriously the highest of compliments πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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  9. Omigosh, thank you for the nomination, Sha!!!!!! I’m over the moon that you of all people nominated me ❀ (I'm virtually sending you flowers, hugs, and picnic baskets). You girls have one of the BEST blogs and your reviews are freaking amazing. Really, thank you so much. You made July 10 times better.
    (and ahhhhhh, Rhi's post and blog are amazing. And everyone you mentioned in here deserves a crown!!)

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  10. aahhh, thank you SO much for the nomination!!! it means the world to me that you like my blog, i’m just tearing up over here over your kind words πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯°πŸ’– thank you again, i see so many of my faves here and cannot wait to check out a few new ones as well! ❀❀

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  11. Thank you so much for the nomination! πŸ’•πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• I’m so honored that you enjoy my discussions, thank you for your wonderful words! And thank you for thinking of me for the friendliest member category! I will always be here for both of you, you’ve always been wonderful bloggers to talk to! 😊 I love all of these nominations, and while I follow them all, I really need to interact with some of them more!

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  12. first of all, thank you so much for participating in the awards, i’m in awe of this post!! this is just such an extensive and fantastic list of bloggers, and i will most definitely have to check out a bunch of them ❀ and second of all, aahh thank you endlessly for nominating ME for an award!! i'm glad that you've been able to find a lot of good diverse books from my blog πŸ₯ΊπŸ’“

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  13. I FEEL UNWORTHY OF THE LOVE I AM GETTING IN THIS POST! Thank you so so so so so so so so much Sha! I literally do not deserve the honour until I get that 90% to 100% for Latinx and all diverse books (wow omg the academic trauma is coming back to haunt me now huh)
    This year is my first time (???) being nominated (and fully understanding these awards) and I feel so loved. Thank you!!! ❀

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  14. Okay … can I just say how great you two did with this?! You both picked so many bloggers I truly love and that deserve the HYPE AND LOVE! So wonderful job! However … I FEEL SO UNWORTHY! Especially since I haven’t been as active the last 2.5 months … so thank you so much! You both (and others) make me so happy to be apart of the book community! I’m happy I’m finally starting to get back into things! So thank you so much! You two are ABSOLUTELY amazing … so keep up your amazing and positive atmosphere! And your amazing blog (I’m still SLIGHTLY mad I didn’t think of rating books by Disney Princesses first … just sayin’)! ! ❀ ❀ ❀

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