Friday, February 15, 2013

I Like Book Blogs and I Cannot Lie

Before I joined Makeshift Bookmark I had my own little corner of the internet that some of you might know and most of you will be oblivious to. It was called The Crooked Shelf and I loved that little space of mine like no other. But, the blogging single life was too much for little me because I am lazy by nature and also by choice. So, I stopped reviewing and laid low for almost a year until Jen miraculously decided she would be happy to make room for me on her little corner of the internet and here I am, blogging again with the best co-blogger anyone could ever wish for.  

A year, in the grand scheme of things, is nothing. A short blip of time that can pass so fast that you blink and the whole year has passed you by. But a year makes a hell of a difference in the book world. All those new books published that you've never heard of. All these new authors that everyone canters around. All the deal announcements, the new publicists and contacts and all of the books everyone is salivating over. But the best thing is slew of new book bloggers that have sprouted and bloomed in your absence and the book blogs that were here when you were but had someone stayed hidden. They are the best thing about this community.

Here's the thing; in these past few months, I have stumbled upon some blogs that make my heart sing. So here is a list of some of my favourite book blogs that I have only recently discovered and I hope you fall in love with them as much as I have.





Run by Maggie and Noelle, YAA is my favourite place on the internet at the moment (yes, I like their blog more than twitter). They make me feel like I have opened my internet browser and stumbled into Narnia.  Both Maggie and Noelle have such separate distinct voices that are no less hilarious, witty and smart than the other. Whether it's their YAA sountracking and bookstagram life posts or their Rory curtain reviews, every single one of their posts makes my face ache from smiling or my tummy hurt from laughing. Also, major mad propps to the pair of them for getting me through my book break up with Martin Knight. They were my metaphorical shoulder to cry on during a hard case of TEABS. They have also recommended me books that have gone on to become favourites. 


Jo is a Northener like me, so she gets bonus points before we even start. Her blog is another that I creep on way more than I would like to admit. She is charming and intelligent and her reviews make me wish that everyone would read them to see how it's done - her reviews are honest and sincere and she is not afraid to be critical. Her On Writing series where she discusses different aspects of the writing craft with authors is thoughtful and informative and each and every one of her posts has a purpose. She also has a thing for hot ginger terrorists and don't we all. DON'T WE ALL JO. Jo is my go to girl for all things Marchetta, I could tweet her the simple 'FROI' and she would just know what I meant.




A collaborative blog by Sarah, Laura, Sandra and Rebeca - if I wasn't head over heels in the with them all ready because HELLO FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, then their posts seal the deal. They always post in depth analytical discussion posts that make you really think. They are not only a pleasure to read but also inspire you as a reader. I spend a lot of time on their blog in awe at the discussions they can promote and the topics they encourage everyone to talk about. And their reviews aren't half bad too :) 




Another collaborative blog that I found stalking because of YAA, compirsing of Catie, Flannery and Tatiana. They have this really cool feature called She Made Me Do It where they swap book recommendations with other bloggers (and themselves) and challenge them to read 3 books they have chosen and vice versa, I love this feature so much that I wish I could claim it for my own. I love their dynamic and how well all 3 of them work together to provide well thought out, intelligent and insanely amazing content. 


A collab blog! are you sensing a THEME? (apart from Jo because she's awesome enough to hit this out of the park herself). Mandee, Elisabeth, Meg and Geanna head up this blog and one of the things I love is that they post a photo of a CAT with the book cover. Kitties and books! MY HEART. They have a mixture of joint reviews, reviews and memes that make it an internet happy place. I have only ever really spoken to Mandee and I've come to value her friendship because not only is she smart and funny but she does the best book manicures ever. 

Any book blogs that you personally love? What amazing blogs do you always find yourself ending up at as soon as you turn on the internet? 

19 comments:

  1. WE LOVE YOU, CARLA!!

    I'm making a circle around us and spitting in it.

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  2. Aw... thank you! It's such a joy to be including with such a lovely group of blogs! :)

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    1. well you're here for a reason. I don't just go singing praises of any one you know, just the very best.

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  3. LOVE LOVE.

    God, Carla. You're so wonderful.

    And I'm in the bestest of best companies. Thanks gorgeous :)

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  4. I always love when bloggers I follow talk about new or awesome blogs...so I find more awesome to read and interact with! Some awesome choices (and new-to-mes!).

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    1. yay!! that's what I was hoping. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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  5. Yay-love getting new blog recs! I'm always on the lookout for people who produce interesting and original content.

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  6. Well I do declare, what an honor! (I just said that like Scarlett O'Hara..obvs) We have been extremely shitty about not posting regularly but we're trying to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. Thanks for liking us! I have to say though, have you been inside my brain lately? Because these are ALL some of my favorites as well. Maggie has come down to stay with me in San Diego twice when I am visiting my sister and we have ALL THE FUN. (mostly the fun involves drinking and watching Dance Academy) One day I will come to Northern England and you and me and Jo will have all the fun. (but maybe Skins instead of DA?)

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    1. I am so with you on the posting thing - I like sporadic posts though, people who post once a day scare me a little. Honestly, I posted ONCE in January. I am very lucky to have such an understanding and totally non judgy co -blogger.

      also SO jealous you got to hang with Maggie. AND YES PLEASE. me you and Jo would have heaps of fun.

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  7. It is a nice thing to do ... to mention other bloggers out there who are trying to make the book world a little better. I love Vegan YA Nerds!!!

    Angie

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    1. well thanks Angie! always happy to spread the love.

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  8. I'm bookmarking this page so I can check these lovely people and their blogs out. Thanks, Carla! :)

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  9. I love that you got back into blogging, and it's awesome that you and Jen are now co-bloggers ;) Your blog suggestions are awesome, and there are definitely a few that I'm going to need to check out now!

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  10. these are pretty much all my fave blogs, too. *high five*

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