The Fourth Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards

It’s finally that time of year again – time to dust off then roll out the red carpet and throw some confetti in support of our ever growing bookish community. It’s officially time for the Annual Book Blogger Awards [co-hosted this year by the lovely May and Marie].

The Book Blogger Awards serve as an opportunity to showcase those bloggers who go above and beyond. A peer nominated award, it celebrates creativity, passion and individuality within the blogging community. [You can learn more about the awards and how to nominate/vote here].

 Before I get into my nominations, I just want to stress that I wish I could nominate all of you. I believe that every blog is deserving of recognition. In fact, the very best thing about Reading by Starlight are the talented people I’ve met and the beautiful blogs I’ve discovered. I also want to send a big social-distanced-approved hug to my good friend [and fellow Disney enthusiast] Kay for nominating Reading by Starlight for a category. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! 💙

And so, without further ado, behold my 2020 Book Blogger Award nominations:

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★ BEST OF THEIR AGE ★ 

☆ Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger 
EmmaA Few Chapters Til Love

Emma and I bonded over our love of Twilight and hatred of all things eczema [eczema sisters for life!]. She’s such an old soul and I absolutely love stalking her fantasy reviews and discussion posts. Side note: Emma has the most amazing home recipes for body scrubs – especially if you have sensitive skin!

☆ Best Adult Book Blogger 
AlanaThe Bookish Chick

Alana has one of the best blogs in the community – I’m always stalking her reviews and wrap-ups to find my next read! What I love about Alana’s blog is that she can always be counted on to be both honest and respectful. Her reviews feel like a lively conversation over a cup of coffee.

★ BEST GENRE BLOGGERS ★

☆ Young Adult
KayHammock of Books

I am absolutely obsessed with Kay’s blog [I basically stalk Hammock of Books – it’s seriously required reading]. If you need a recommendation then Kay will do the hard yards for you, sifting through the best and the worst of YA. I found so many new favorites thanks to Kay’s honest but kind reviews.

☆ Romance
CarlyReading Is My Kind Of Thing

Whenever I’m in the mood for an angsty romance, you can bet that I’m combing through Carly’s blog for a quick recommendation. Carly focuses on promoting diverse books with positive body image and representation. Also, she’s actually the nicest person – I love chatting in the comments.

☆ Science Fiction / Fantasy
OctaviaMermaid Reads

Sometimes I think Octavia and I are actually the same person – we have such similar tastes in books! Octavia isn’t afraid to tackle those hard topics but it’s her amazing fantasy reviews that I love the most. If you’re in the mood for anything even remotely related to pirates or mermaids she’s your girl.

★ BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING ★

☆ Best Book Reviews
MarieDrizzle and Hurricane Books

I am in complete awe of the way Marie writes her reviews. I mean, she always just seems to capture the vibe and feeling of a book perfectly. Marie’s reviews are unbiased but always kind and fair. Also, Marie is a big supporter of trigger warnings and implements them in all of her book reviews.

☆ Best Book Recommendations
ClaraThe Bookworm of Notre Dame

Okay, I basically stalk Clara’s beautiful blog. I love her aesthetics [Clara can capture the essence of any character or book] but more than that, I love her seasonal recommendations. If you’re in the mood for something with a summery vibe, Clara’s got the book for you! As a serious mood reader, I rely heavily on Clara for go-to recommendations.

☆ Best Discussion Posts
CaitlinCaitlin Althea

Caitlin is more than happy to get controversial – just take a look at her reactions to Book Twitter’s unpopular opinions. That being said, Caitlin has such a positive presence in the community. Caitlin’s discussions are always unique and a lot of fun to read.

☆ Best Blog Aesthetic
TracyTruffle’s Literary Wonders

Ahhh, blog design – something I’m still learning. But, if you’re wanting some inspiration look no further than that of Tracy’s bubbly blog; Truffle’s Literary Wonders. Tracy is a fellow Aussie blogger and her blog is one of the happiest in the community. Fun fact: she’s also a fabulous designer specializing in blog glow ups!

☆ Best Blogging/Writing Voice
DariaBookaholic’s Therapy

I honestly can’t get enough of Daria’s blog. Daria has a seriously witty sense of humor that borderlines on snarky. I love that she talks in GIFs, strikes through her words and rambles about her personal life – it’s like having a very loud conversation with your best friend. Also, thank you Daria for introducing me to Brooklyn Nine-Nine!!!

★ MISCELLANEOUS ★

☆ Most Helpful
Kal | Reader Voracious

If you’re new to blogging or in need of some advice then you’d better bet that Kal has the resources for you! From self-hosting and social media to requesting ARCs and accessibility, Kal’s blog is full of nifty little guides. Most recently, Kal published a post in support of the Black Lives Matter movement outlining how you can get involved.

☆ Most Supportive
Belle | Belle Can Read

Belle is honestly one of the most friendliest and positive people in the bookish community. Her supportive presence just bleeds into everything she creates. She’s always leaving me these essays [usually filled with emoji’s!] in the comments section. Belle is also known to highlight and promote her favorite blogs.

☆ Most Engaged in the Community
Siobhan | Siobhan’s Novelties

Siobhan always has her finger on the beating pulse of the community. If there’s drama or a discussion happening you can bet that Siobhan’s getting to the bottom of it! I love her Beyond the Blurb series and it’s focus on current bookish affairs. When Sarah J. Maas announced an ACOTAR cover change she was all over it, explaining why re-branding is unnecessary marketing ploy.

☆ Best Social Media Influencer
JenBook Book Owl

Fair warning: this is the part where I turn into a gushing fangirl. If you’ve got Instagram, do yourself a favor and check out Jen’s account because oh my gosh – her photos are just a magical riot of color. I’m constantly scrolling through Jen’s feed for shelf inspiration [check out her rainbow shelves] and some new book recommendations. Side note: Jen also designs bookmarks which I’m absolutely obsessed with.

☆ Best Personality
EmmaEmma Reads

It’s honestly unfair how well Emma can write. Just kidding but not really. Emma’s personality just seems to bleed through everything she creates evoking this unique, witty and sometimes snarky voice. Her posts come across as lively and hilarious – she’s brutally honest and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions!

☆ Best at Promoting Diverse Books
MayForever and Everly

With the current Black Lives Matter movement and the amount of awareness spreading through the community, I have to give a huge shout out to May who has always promoted diverse books with broad representation. May’s blog is required reading – she discusses the hard topics with a focus on promoting #ownvoices books.

★ MOST IMPORTANTLY ★

☆ Best Overall Book Blogger
Nish & NgocNish and Ngoc’s Book Nook

How could I possibly pass up the opportunity to nominate my #saltmates Nish and Ngoc for best overall blogger??? Nish and Ngoc are honestly Australian ICONS – their blog is an INSPIRATION. Most recently, these girls have been using their platform to spread some much needed awareness [and amazing resources] to support the Black Lives Matter Movement. But, for when you need something lighter, Nish and Ngoc are the reigning queens of hilarious, downright snarky reviews [I still haven’t recovered from that one time they roasted the actual heck out of After].

I wish you all the very best of luck – don’t forget to complete your nominations before July 26. I’ll see you all when the voting commences in August. Good luck!

Alexandra

26 thoughts on “The Fourth Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Alexandra!!! ❤ It's been so wonderful getting to know you through the blogging community, and I'm so thankful that I've found someone to gush about all my favorite books with! And thank you for supporting so many amazing blogs in this post, I'm so excited to go check them all out!

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    • You are so deserving of them, Octavia – you put so much hard work into Mermaid Reads and it shows. I’m so lucky that you stumbled onto my little blog and left me a comment! Here’s to more buddy reads and gushing over fictional worlds! xox 💙

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  2. Ahhh Alexandra thank you so much for nominating me ❤ ❤ I'm socially distantly hugging you right back, and I'm so glad I've helped you find some new YA books 🙂 tbh I was having a really bad day today and seeing this post (and your comment on my post!) really made my day and made me smile you're the bestttt! ❤ I also really love some of the other bloggers you've nominated like Caitlin, Marie, May, and Nish & Ngoc, so I'm super honored to be on the same list as these amazing people!

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    • You a so welcome, Kay – thank you for being such an amazing person! And it makes me SO happy to hear that this post found you on an off day. Isn’t it so funny how these things work out? And sorry it took me so long to respond! I’ve been super lazy and now I have this MASSIVE back-log of comments… whoops! *face palms*. 😂💙

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  3. thank you so, so much for nominating me for an award, alexandra!! 🥺🥺💕 i’m so honored that you like my discussions! it’s weird because i’m not afraid to get controversial, but at the same time i’m a very non-confrontational person, so whenever i think of some of the opinions i’ve shared in my discussions i’m like 👁👄👁

    i love so many of these bloggers too! nish and ngoc are the best, and emma is so snarky and funny no wonder she’s so famous on goodreads 😂

    thank you so much for the nomination again 😭💗💗

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    • You’re very welcome – and so deserving! I never miss your discussions, I usually read them when I’m on my commute to work and they never fail to make me laugh. And being a non-confrontational person but getting controversial online is such a mood and also so me! Isn’t it hilarious when you flick through old posts and think “ohmyfreakinggosh I can’t believe I wrote that???”. 😂💙

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  4. first of all — aahh!! thank you so much for nominating me for an award, alexandra, especially for a category i hold very close to my heart 🥺🥺💖 and of course, thank you so so much for participating in the awards and writing such lovely things about everyone! your support of and love towards the awards has always been a highlight for me, truly 😭

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    • Oh May – how could I not nominate you??? I am in AWE of your dedication to promoting and highlighting diverse books. I think that being broad is so important – you’ve really helped me to expand my literary horizons! 💙💙💙

      Once again, thank you so much for continuing the Book Blogger Awards. It honestly it the brightest part of my blogging year. I love how it introduces me to new blogs and helps me to meet amazing new bookish people. You and Marie did an amazing job! Sending all my love! x

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  5. !! Alexandra!! Thank you so much for nominating me and for your kind words 🥺💛! I’ve been so in and out of blogging the past several months, so it really means a lot that you would consider me, especially for the most supportive category 🥺💕. Also, the part about the emojis made me laugh out loud 🤣 I usually convey 3/4 of what I need to through facial expressions and gestures 👌🏽, so I need these darn emojis 😂. Thank you so much again!! (Also, this is my first time reading through the different categories 😅, but if you don’t win best personality… 😤💕.)

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    • Of course I considered you for the most supportive category – you are such an amazingly bright and bubbly presence in the community and I consider you to be one of my best bookish friends. I honestly can’t tell you how much your lovely comments brighten my day! You deserve all the support and recognition. ❤

      Haha – I'm so glad the emojis made you laugh because the always make ME laugh. 😂 I can just picture EXACTLY the faces you'd make and your expressions. Thank you for being such an amazing person. Sending you a BIG hug! x 💙

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  6. Alex I’m so touched to be nominated, thank you a billion! And thank you for your kind words, I feel so seen by what you’ve said and it’s made me so chuffed! I love catching up with you on every post and checking in to see what you’re reading. You are truly one in a million in this community and I love your spirit. Hope you’re having a great month so far and staying safe during lockdown! 💖

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    • AWWWWWWW – NOW I’M FEELING CHUFFED! 💙💙💙

      Carly, you are honesty one of my bookish besties and I’m so glad we stumbled across each others blogs! [Also, we’re seriously going to have to do another buddy read when Well Played finally drops]. Not only do I love catching up in the comments but I honestly love reading your posts. Because of you, I finally picked up Serpent and Dove [and LOVED it] and you’ve broadened my romance horizons!

      I’m sending you all my love and a social-distance-approved hug. Stay safe! x

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  7. Totally not crying at all, nope these are definitely not tears in my eyes 😭

    Thank you so, so much for your support over the last few years! It is so appreciated and this totally made my day! 💕

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    • You are so very welcome, Alana! 💙

      Honestly, I love combing through you’re reviews when I’m looking for my next read. You always have the BEST taste and you’ve never led me wrong [haha no pressure!]. Actually, you’re the first blog I check when I want an opinion on a book I want to buy!

      Sending much love! x

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  8. Oh my freaking god, thank you so so much for nominating me, Alexandra! 💕💕
    Thank you for saying those great things about me! I’m so glad I got to meet you through blogging, someone who’s always so sweet and adores space as much as I do!
    And I’ll make sure to check out some other bloggers that you mentioned, to broaden my blog reading horizons.

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  9. Omg Alexandra THANK YOU? Writing book recommendations blog posts are my absolute fav (mostly because I’m like obsessed with aesthetics and ambiances and I believe any book always has a perfect moment to read it) and I’m so happy you enjoy them!! Thank you for EVERYTHING ❤

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  10. Hallo, Hallo Alexandra,

    I’m coming back round to thank you for such a lovely noms list! I can’t wait to visit with the nominated bloggers as I don’t recognise their blogs!! This is the part of the experience of participating this year I love the most – to delve into areas of the book blogging community I haven’t yet found and start to interact with new bloggers I might not have found otherwise. I have included your post on a mini blogroll underneath my own nominations as I wanted everyone to have an easier time finding our posts.

    Drop by and see if we share any mutuals from my list.

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    • I 100% agree with you there – the very best part of the Book Blogger Awards is the incredible blogs I discover and the amazing people I meet. And thank you for including my post on your blogroll – that’s so sweet of you! 💙

      If you’re not already, I would highly recommend giving Nish and Ngoc a follow. Not only are Nish and Ngoc the actual best but their blog is so diverse and fun to explore. They never fail to leave me in stitches, gasping for breath.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! 😉

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