TGIF is a fun little feature hosted at GReads! Every week we re-cap what has happened on the blog plus Ginger asks a question for us to answer. This week’s question is:
Book Blogger Appreciation:
Which book blogs have inspired you or made a difference in your blogging experience?
This is such a great question! By now you guys have probably caught on to the fact that I LOVE making lists so here is my list of blogs that have truly made a difference in my life!
First and foremost is the blog that started it all for me, Y.A. Love. This blog is ran by Sarah or as I am used to calling her, Mrs. Andersen. Sarah is basically the greatest person ever! She was my Young Adult Literature teacher during my senior year of high school, she runs one of the greatest blogs around, and she started our super awesome book club. Did you catch that first part? We had an entire class dedicated to Young Adult Literature and Mrs. Andersen did/does such a wonderful job teaching it! During her class I was only aware of her blog; I had no idea that this whole other world existed out there! It is because of her that my love of reading soon turned into my love of writing book reviews. I will forever be grateful to Sarah for introducing me to the blogging world!
BOOKS FROM BLEH TO BASICALLY AMAZING
Second, is someone so full of awesomesauce that it is a pure miracle she hasn’t exploded yet. My dear, sweet Twitter Godmother, is someone I talk about often on the blog, to my family, and quite constantly to my real-life best friend. She is a blogger who literally turned into a great friend over night. Her taste in books is extremely varied compared to mine and I can honestly say that there are a TON of books that she has introduced me to that I would have not read otherwise. Her kindness, generosity, and over-all amazingness never fails to stun me. We have the same extremely, over-confident personalities that have stemmed plenty of late-night Twitter conversations that went much like this: “Me: You are so awesome, I can hardly believe it! Awesome Blogger: Yes, this I know. You are awesome too, that’s why I like you. Me: Really, everyone is jealous of are pure awesomeness. I am sure they are just dying to be friends with us.” Okay, that was a poor example (I can’t think of these things right on the spot like that) BUT we literally have at least one conversation similar to that per week; it is pretty pathetic actually. ANYWAYS I am pretty sure that if we were to ever be in the same room together, Ashley @ Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing and I would start some type of catatonic combustion for so much awesome being in the same place at the same time. Our ability to speed talk, ramble, use crazy hand gestures, and spit out random facts like no one’s business are just a few reasons why we were destined to be blogging friends. Trust me on this one guys, Ashley is one blogger you should definitely take the time to get to know!
CARI’S BOOK BLOG
Third on my list is probably the most generous, giving person I have ever come across in my life. It all started one night when I left a simple comment on her blog. She then went out of her way to e-mail me, told me to choose 5 books from that particular blog post, and then she would mail them to me. But you just wait a second! Her kindness doesn’t stop there! She then took it upon herself to send me those 5 books PLUS some. I got a box so full of great books and swag that I could hardly contain myself. This random act of kindness even made me shed a tear or two; this is something that doesn’t happen often. Hold up there! You thought I was done, didn’t you? Oh, not yet! Just recently she told me to mail her a few of my Sarah Dessen books to her, not so she could keep them but so she could get them signed for me! It is no secret that Sarah Dessen is like my FAVORITE AUTHOR EVER so you could imagine the slight, or not so slight depending on how you look at it, freak out that I had when she told me that. You see what I mean now? Maria from Cari’s Book Blog is the epitome of a sweet heart. I get so overwhelmed when I think of everything that she does. She writes reviews, turns book bloggers into a mob of zombies for super cool authors, hosts giveaways, and she still manages to make the day of one little blogger named Katelyn. Some day, some how, I will find out a way to pay her back!
Oh, how could I create this list and not mention Ginger? Ginger’s blog, GReads!, is just amazing for lack of a better word. Her taste in books and love of music are just a few reasons why I love her. I was lost for a while before I stumbled across Ginger’s blog. I am a self-proclaimed book addict and music junkie but all of the great music that I listen to was not getting the proper attention on my blog. Her Tune-In Tuesday meme has quickly become a favorite for me as well as her other fun blog features like TGIF. Ginger manages to write these super descriptive and fun book reviews AND introduces me to a new, fantastic band all in the span of 24 hours. It’s like she has some type of super power. Ginger’s blog brings a smile to my face every single time I read it!
Mandie Baxter is like my own personal Twitter best friend! Twitter is the place where I first started talking with her but you should know that she is just now starting to get back in the blogging world with her blog titled Rose Red so be sure to check it out! Mandie brightens my day ALL of the time. Seriously, I’ll have a crap-tastic day at work then I will come home to a tweet or comment from Mandie and an insta-smile spreads across my face. She re-tweets me like crazy, listens to me complain about random stuff via Twitter, boosts my review-writing ego (seriously, you should check out the things she says about my blog. SWEETEST GIRL EVER!), and leaves precious comments ALL THE TIME! I <3 her like no other.
Then there is Catherine Peace or as many know her Lexcade. She was the first bookish friend I met on Twitter. It all started one night when I was saying random, dumb stuff on Twitter at 3 a.m. Since then, I always look forward to our conversations. She has been busy working on her books but when I do get a chance to chat with her, I get all sorts of happy.
TWO READERS REVIEWS
Missy from Two Readers Reviews is another super fantastic blogger that you guys NEED to check out. She is so extremely kind, has re-tweeting super powers that surpass a normal humans, and she always leaves great comments on my blog! I am always so excited to go through her blog posts.
THE READING HOUSEWIVES OF INDIANA
Jacinda from The Reading Housewives of Indiana is uber fantastic! She writes a ton of honest, thoughtful reviews, leaves comments that make me smile (can you tell that I <3 anyone who leaves comments?), and she comes up with super awesome bloggish things to do!
Last but certainly not least is everyone I didn’t specifically name. There are so many awesome bloggers and Twitter friends out there who write great reviews, support authors, leave brilliant comments around the blogosphere and take the time to help fellow bloggers out! It is to these people and everyone listed above that I say THANK YOU! You have easily made starting a book blog the best decision I’ve ever made!
~Since I missed last week’s TGIF post this is a re-cap of the past two weeks!~
Last week and last week on Katelyn’s Blog (7/1-7/15):