Lately, I’ve been nominated for a lot of blog awards and tags, and it got me thinking. I’m still amazed every time I receive a tag or a notification that I have a new comment, like, or follow. And the overwhelming support for my writing is incredible. You have no idea how much I appreciate every kind word or piece of advice. In less than two months, I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers, all talented in different ways, which is why I decided to start a feature on my blog called, “10 Things I Like About Your Blog.”
As I see a post I like, I either save the link or make a note, so I figured why not show off the talents of our little bookish community. This post will serve as part one of two, and every time I round-up another ten posts I’ll start this feature over. If your blog isn’t displayed this time around, I’m sure it will make an appearance at some point. Also, the blogs I list below are in no specific order and are not ranked. I have no favorites here.
#1 Thought Provoking Discussion Posts
Krysta and Briana @ Pages Unbound are experienced bloggers you can learn a lot from. They write incredible discussion posts that make me think, which is why their blog is so much fun to read. Krysta and Briana are fantastic writers who have a way with words, and I like interacting with them. Briana runs the Twitter account for the blog, and you can follow here. Briana is a major Tolkien fan, which is how I originally found Pages Unbound, and you can check out some of her posts on Tolkien here.
You’ll want to know the answers to the questions in the Book Blogger Survey Pages Unbound is running, but they need data, so go ahead and click on the link. I want to know the answers, too, so please take a few minutes to fill out the survey.
Here’s two of my favorite discussion posts from Krysta and Briana from the past month. The Ethics of Grade Inflation and Why Didn’t Cinderella “Just Leave?” I look for the structure you will find in Krysta and Briana’s discussion posts when I’m searching for new blogs to follow.
#2 Show Me Your Talent
- Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek writes phenomenal poetry and lyrics. I was reading one of his poems today, thinking about the lead singer of Metallica singing me to sleep with Drew’s powerful words. I love music, and poetry is one of the greatest forms of expression. When I’m looking for awesome people to follow, I will always admire your talent. Here’s three of Drew’s latest original pieces that I highly recommend checking out. The Shadow, My Sacrifice, and Nameless.
- Vicki @ The Page Turner published her first book, The Path of the Child, that you can find on Amazon by clicking on the link in 2012. For the past week, Vicki’s original content is inspired by prompts from Story A Day. I was thinking about trying out at least one of the prompts by the end of the month. If you’re a writer looking for something to get the creative juices flowing, this is a good way to clear your head. Here’s Vicki’s last two posts for Story A Day that are worth taking a look at. Story A Day: Day 5: The Intrepid Reader and Story A Day: Day 7: Accusations.
#3 Diverse Discussions Posts
Kristen @ Kaycee Writes recently wrote an excellent post on The Dark Side of Fan Culture where she discusses racism in certain fandoms. A few people shared their negative experiences with fandoms, and I have to say I was a bit shocked that people act the way they do online. I haven’t participated in forums or any type of discussion groups outside of the usual Goodreads groups and Twitter chats, so I have yet to see this first hand, but I was really appalled by people’s behavior.
Kristen is hosting a Twitter chat called Fandemonium where we’ll discuss racism and sexism in fan culture. The first discussion is Friday, May 20th at 8pm EST. You can check out her latest tweet about #Fandemonium here. I’m planning to attend the chat if anyone wants to join us.
#4 Reviews That Make Me Laugh
Liam @ Hey Ashers! writes funny and well thought out comments that make me laugh so hard I’m in tears. Liam’s latest review of Rebel of the Sands shows off the many charms of his writing. I haven’t read Throne of Glass yet, but I read Liam’s read alongs. His comments about Celaena (who by the way sounds awful) are so funny I almost want to read the book, but Liam is so good at telling stories it’s like he’s in my living room narrating it to me as I read his posts. I also like that Liam takes pictures of the narrative and dialogue from the books to prove his points.
And he has amazing taste in socks. That sounds crazy, I know, but go check out his post Sock Sunday: Throne of Glass. I need these socks in my life, and Liam was nice enough to share the links to find them. While you’re checking out Liam’s blog, take a look at his Throne of Glass Read Alongs. You have to read them so we can chat about how much we love them.
#5 Bookish Posts That Make Me Laugh
Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros! is another blogger that adds humor to her posts. The 6 Stages Of A Book Hangover is the name of this post and is an awesome title. One thing I look for when I’m cruising through the WordPress reader is original titles. I will admit that I skip over anything that’s related to a weekly meme I’ve seen on every blog and go right for the post with an original title. The 6 Stages of a Book Hangover is funny by itself, let alone the content. You must read this post.
Stay tuned for part two of this feature where I’ll showcase blogs with the best movie and TV reviews, bloggers with awesome taste in music, and bloggers with baking skills. If you’re not following the bloggers I mentioned, go take a look at their blogs and show them some book love.
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Until next time…