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Book Blogger Awards 2020 | Nominations

It is that time of the year where we take a good look at our fellow book bloggers, smell their arm pits and…wait what? Scratch that!

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It is time for nominations! Last year the lovely May from Forever and Everly took over the book blogger awards from Joce @ Write Through the Night. This year she is joined by Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

Last year I didn’t feel comfortable enough to share my nominations and filled in the anonymous from that May had set up. She has that option again this year but this year I decided to do the public nominations. Even though I’d hate for people to feel left out, at the end this is no different than sharing a list of your favorite bloggers and I’ve done those before.

You can find all the rules for the nominations here. They are open until July 26th. As mentioned on Twitter I struggled finding some smaller bloggers (under 500 followers) to have as 1/3th of my nominations.  Its hard often to find out how many followers some have, but I tried my best with the wordpress reader (Thanks Rin for the suggestion) but it might not be accurate with other followers formats like through email. I have indicated smaller bloggers with a +.

I’m also going to share some blogs from each blogger (because hey overachiever) that fits with their nominated category when I can.

Best Middle Grade or Younger Blogger

falling lettersJenna @ Falling Letters
Blogs: 18 MG Speculative Fiction Books by Black Authors | 35 MG Fantasy Faves

You all know that I love middle grade and Jenna really has a great handle on different kinds of middle grade. Very often she talks about MG I have never heard about before.

Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Blogger

Books bones and buffyTammy @ Books, Bones and Buffy
Blogs: Future Fiction 79: Cover Reveals & New Discovered SFF Books | Black SFF Authors You Should be Reading 

Tammy is very much on top recent and lesser known SFF releases and I always find something new in one of her lists.

Best Book Reviews

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Rin @The Thirteenth Shelf
Blogs: Book Review – Ninefox Gambit

Rin’s reviews are thoughtful and critical. We don’t always see things the same but I think that is the fun part of having varying tastes

Best Discussion Posts

bookwyrmsdenheaderSammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den
Blogs: In the Age of Own Voices, Where Do Biracial Voices Fit In? | How Working At a Library Changed the Way I Talk About Books 

Next to the fact that Sammie and I share a love of dragons and a similar taste in books, I find that Sammie has really been on a roll with discussion posts this year. She always manages to have interesting things to discuss that have to do with her own experiences.

jessticulatesJess @Jessticulates
Blogs: Where My Centaurs At? | Do I Want a Zero TBR? 

Jess always manages to make me things I hadn’t considered before. Like centaurs. I had not yet considered where the centaurs were in fantasy. And I think that is important in discussions as well.

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Jackie B. @ Death by Tsundoku +
Blogs: Does It Matter If  the Intended Audience Changes Within a Series?

Jackie discusses various topics in her blog feature Between the Lines.

Best Blog Aesthetic

bookwyrmsdenheaderSammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den

Sammie recently change her blog around and her aesthetic gives me life. I mean, there are little dragons all around her blog. They are cute. I like the color combination. I am in love.

the literary phoenixAmber @ The Literary Phoenix

Are you seeing this header. The first time I saw it I fell in love. (And it helps that Tess of the Road is featured in it).  And all her blog headers have this style of cuteness and colors that I love.

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Tania @ My Lovely Secret +

The softness in colors pleases my eyeballs a lot.

Best Blogging/Writing Voice

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Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

It has been long established that I love pretty much everything that Aimal does (and quite frankly if she blogged more she would be my best book blogger overall). I think she has one of the better blogging voices out there that always makes it pleasant to read whatever it is she writes. She tells it like it is and you’ll be nodding right along with it.

Most Helpful
(someone who posts thoughtful blogging guides/advice)

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Kal @ Reader Voracious
Blogs: Book Blogger / Reader Spreadsheet Template |How to Make Your Blog More Accessible 

Kal is a lovely person who is always willing to share resources and she has a whole separate section for blogging guides and resources

Most Supportive
(someone who always shares others’ posts in wrap-ups/has kind comments/boosts other bloggers with initiatives, etc.)

x+1Imyril @ One More

Imyril is always happy to share in people’s initiatives, blog about it. During Wyrd and Wonder and Sci-Fi Month she always shares a weekly wrap up posts with all contestants posts.

Most Engaged in the Community

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La La in the Library

La La is always present and has her finger in a lot of things. ❤

Most Creative (creative/original posts)

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CW @ The Quiet Pond

There could only be one. Not only does she draw everything herself, but she also has some great ideas like the readathon she hosted earlier this year.

Friendliest Member of the Community

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Alicia @A Kernel of Nonsense

Alicia is quite honestly the nicest blogger I have ever met ❤

book foragerBKFGR @ Book Forager  +

Always has a kind word or gif when I’m down ❤ I couldn’t find a specific header so I went with your ava at the sidebar on the blog. I hope that is okay.

Best at Promoting Diverse Books

word wondersFadwa @ Word Wonders
Blogs:
Diverse Book Bloggers DiscussColor the Shelves

Fadwa does so much to promote diversity.  Not only does she have color the shelves in which she features diverse authors, but she also has a feature that promotes diverse book bloggers. By sharing them as well it promotes diversity as a whole and that promotes diverse books as well. But most of all, she is passionate.

Best New Book Blogger (started blog after August 2019)

spells and spaceshipsAlex @ Spells and Spaceships+

Alex started blogging in November 2019 and has been carving his own way. I’ve only recently found him through Twitter but here we are. SFF love is always a good way to sway me. 😉

 

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27 thoughts on “Book Blogger Awards 2020 | Nominations

  1. Oh wow! Thank you Annemieke! ❤
    (I always worry that I am intruding on Twitter, so this is especially lovely!)
    I’m going to have to seriously think about getting a decent header though, after looking at all these gorgeous examples!
    Thank you again!!! 😘

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  2. Wow, thank you Annemieke! You’re the sweetest😁 You’ve chosen some great blogs and I’m happy to say I already follow most of them.

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  3. Oh my goodness, thank you so much Annemieke!! And what an amazing list to be a part – so many of my favorites on here. ❤

    Full disclosure, my graphics were created by Kat @ Novels and Waffles (https://novelsandwaffles.com). She's such a talented designer! If you haven't seen it before, I recommend checking out her portfolio – she's done art for a lot of awesome bloggers and I found some great site through her… and of course, their layouts are all super gorgeous as well. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. ahh, thank you so much for participating in the awards, annemieke, and for taking the time to write such a kind post! i also want to thank you for indicating who the smaller bloggers are, it really helps us out so much 😭 there are definitely a few on here that i need to check out, and i can’t wait to read their posts!! ❤

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  5. Thank you so much for the nominations. You’re gonna make me cry. T_T I’m so glad you like the blog aesthetic. I totally was freaking out going into redoing the site, and I’m glad people seem to like it! I’m not great at graphics, and it’s been an ongoing process, but I’ve learned so much along the way. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with dragons, right? 😉

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  6. Wat een leuk idee om jouw persoonlijke nominaties in een blogpost te delen. Zo krijg ik meteen een mooi overzicht van jouw favoriete bloggers én waarom ze dat zijn. De header van The Literary Phoenix is echt wel prachtig.

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  7. You voted for my blog on the best blog aesthetic category?! OMG!!! Annemieke, thank you so much for this nomination. You have no idea how much it matters to me! I have been struggling with my blog aesthetic since my previous template screwed up & I had to change it. I’ve been so unsure about the changes…

    From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU ANNEMIEKE!

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  8. Hallo, Hallo Annemieke,

    It has been far too long since I’ve been on your lovely blog!! I’ve missed visiting but the first half of the year was a bit of a hit/miss for me overall. As July ends, I feel like I’m getting back to a point where my health isn’t dragging me down as much as the pollen outside! I’ve even resolved the lightning storms are not going to dampen my spirits this Summer like they generally do!

    I’ve been trying to find the noms lists by the bloggers I regularly follow but for some reason I’m struggling to find them. *le sigh* I’m trying to include all the posts in a mini-blogroll underneath my own set of noms – this is the first year I’ve joined the awards with nominations and the first year I’ve been a double nominee myself. It has been both humbling and soul lifting.

    I recognise quite a few of the bloggers you’ve nominated – I haven’t read them as much as you have and I’ll have to stop back round to see what they’ve been writing and sharing. This is the best part of the awards for me – how it encourages us to visit, engage and comment on each others’ blogs!!

    You can read my own noms list and see if we share any mutuals?

    I’ll be back as soon as I can as you have content I want to be reading… 💜🦝

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    1. I’ll be coming by soon. The pollens are the worst. I’ve been struggling since March with the allergies. ;_; Which is such a fun combination with covid-19, isn’t it?

      I really wish I had all the time to visit all the blogs that have been nominated.

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  9. Annemieke, thank-you so much for this nomination!! I have been on hiatus since about July 10 so I am just seeing this post now. I am always so happy to hear when I help someone learn about a book they’ve never heard of before – this is really my main goal in promoting middle grade. I appreciate your kind words, thanks again 🥰

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