Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was supposed to be the Top 10 Things that I eat/drink while reading.

This kind of confused me because I’ve never met anyone who has foods/drinks while reading consistently enough to be considered reading snacks or drinks, but maybe that’s just me.

I might have a cup of hot chocolate, or maybe a bowl of pretzels nearby, but even that’s maybe once a month.

Since this week’s topic doesn’t apply to me, and I wanted to give you something interesting, I figured I’d give you a different Top 10 that might interest you.

This week I am going to give you 10 different bloggers that I read and follow that consider themselves in the “book blogger” category.

They aren’t in order of least to most favourite, or vice versa. I’m just putting them in the list in the order I find them in my notifications.


Past Midnight

Yolanda, creator of Past Midnight  is writing with a long-lasting love of books and reading. She’s a mother of two, and has worked many jobs, until she finally found herself as a stay at home mom and a great book blogger to boot.

If you like romance or YA books I definitely recommend checking her blog out, but don’t be surprised with a review of a different genre now and then.


The Geekish Brunette

Joanna is a fantastic book blogger who originally had her content just on Goodreads and Instagram. Lucky for us she decided to make The Geekish Brunette where we get both book reviews and other great book-related content.


Belle of the Library

Holly, the creator of Belle of the Library has never quite grown out of her love for YA books. If you’re a YA lover her blog is the place to go, and keep an eye out for the book that she is working on!


The Bibliophagist

Book reviews, book tags, and plenty of other book related posts. Sarah (the first of many Sarahs on this list) somehow has time for all this awesome content. She’s been around on one platform or another since 2013 and has covered over 700 books. If romance is your go-to genre, The Bibliophagist is the place to end up.


Hamlets and Hyperspace

Sarah #2 of my list loves books, but if you get in between her and a book about Vikings just watch out. She’s mainly a Kindle reader, but will buy the books that she loves in a hard copy. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are her two most reviewed genres, with a few graphic novels mixed in now and then.

She does like Sharknado movies though…so if you can forgive her for that Hamlets and Hyperspace is definitely worth the time to read through. She’s been an awesome friend in the book blogging world and she was my first ever guest poster!


Ashes Books and Bobs

Ashley, the mind and words behind Ashes, Books, and Bobs has been a book blogger for about three years. She prides herself on giving her honest opinion at all times.

Of all the bloggers I follow she has definitely reviewed the most books that I have never heard of, which is so refreshing to see new books out there I haven’t heard of.


The Library at Woodring Estate

Sarah #3 on my list is a special collections librarian in the Midwest. I am a lifelong reader, occasional blogger, full time dog mom, and lover of all baked goods.

Honestly I don’t even know how to describe her blog other than the word warm. Might sound weird but whenever I read her posts I just sort of feel content and happy, like it’s the right place to be. I’m comfortable.


Chocolate’n’Waffles

Meggy thought it would be a good idea to write her About Page in third person, but we still like her blog anyways.

She calls herself a ” Grammar Terror” and I’m a little scared to put that to the test. She loves tea, chocolate and waffles, as well as making great blog posts about some great books.


Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Romance, Erotica, Westerns, and plenty of other genres. The Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub covers a lot of the lesser read genres, and it’s hard to stop reading her posts.

She won’t shy away from negative reviews if they are needed, but she stays respectful the whole time.


Welcome to MarieMcWilliams.com

Marie is an aspiring writer, and wants to share that love with others. She is a self confessed book worm and nerd and would probably prefer to spend her days reading and writing.

With some book reviews, and some original pieces written by Marie herself, there’s always something interesting to read on Marie’s blog.


What other book bloggers do you guys read? I love discovering new bloggers to get an idea of what people are reading and reviewing. Let me know in the comments.

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Top 10 Books On My TBR That I Am Avoiding

Top 10 Books On My TBR That I Am Avoiding

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The Once and Future King

This one has been read twice, but I’ve only ever made it halfway through. It’s a good book, but I want to read it consistently, not once every few months.

Les Miserables

If you own this book you know how daunting it is. Its basically a brick, put inside of a cinder block. Maybe when I’m 70 I’ll take my first shot at it.

Wizards First Rule

The first book of a giant fantasy series. As exciting as that sounds I can’t afford to buy the rest, and if I read and enjoy the first one I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop myself.

Strategy

I bought this book because it looked really interesting, but much like Les Miserables, it seems too daunting a task to take on right now.

IT

I actually planned on waiting till the second IT movie came out before I read this for the first time. I really enjoyed the movie so I thought I’d enjoy the movies first and see how different the book was after.

2001 A Space Odyssey

No real reason, just haven’t been in the mood for this one yet. I guess a part of me doesn’t want to be dissapointed by a classic.

Life of Pi

The movie was really good, but I remember the book was a bit tough to get through honestly. It’s been a few years since I tried so I’ll give it another shot soon.

Cloud Atlas

I had to read this book for school one year, but being the good student that I am, I used Spark Notes. Always wanted to get another shot at it, but I haven’t built up the willpower yet.

Collective Work of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is cool as hell, but I’m not sure I can read dozens of works all together. I’ve been thinking about reading a story at a time, whenever I have free time. Sort of deal with it in chunks.

Assassin’s Creed Series

I loved the video games, and have a few of the books, but I don’t really want to read these honestly. I mean I’ve played the games so I don’t really need to read the books…but I’ll probably cave and read them eventually.

Top 10 Tuesdays: 5 Characters I’d Be Friends With and 5 That I Wouldn’t

Top 10 Tuesdays: 5 Characters I’d Be Friends With and 5 That I Wouldn’t

Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s prompt is about 10 different characters that I would like to be friends with. I really couldn’t think of that many characters that I’d want to be friends with, so I came up with 5 I’d like to be friends with and 5 that I would never in a million years want to be friends with.

Who would I like to be friends with?

1.) Tarzan (Tarzan and the Apes)

Tarzan would be an awesome friend. Not only because he could help me meet some gorilla friends, but also he takes care of the ones he cares about. Plus who better to back you up in a sticky situation?

2.) Gandalf (Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit)

All-powerful wizard with cool ass fireworks and just a flare for mischief? Yes please.

3.) Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

He might be a bit of an ass, and too smart for his own safety, but who wouldn’t want the most deductive mind in the world as a sidekick. Well to be more specific I’d be worse than Watson, and wouldn’t even be worthy of being a Sherlock sidekick, but maybe I can admire him from afar.

4.) Kaladin Stormblessed (The Stormlight Archive)

Hard working, caring, and puts himself before everyone else. I see myself a lot in Kaladin, so I think we would make good friends.

5.) Jack/Mary (The Magic Treehouse)

These two took me on some wild adventures when I was a kid, and being their friends and sharing stories with them would be awesome. I couldn’t pick between the two because they sort of come as a team, but two friends are better than one.

and who would I never want to be friends with?

1.) Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter)

I don’t even need to describe why I wouldn’t want to be friends with Umbridge do I?

2.) Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby)

Spoiled, selfish, and too materialistic. I don’t think she earns quite enough hate for how bad of a person she really is.

3.) Joffrey Baratheon (Game of Thrones)

There is a four letter word that would describe this man, and it begins with a C. I shall not utter it though.

4.) Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein)

Truly the monster, Dr. Frankenstein would not make a good companion. I’d probably be too scared of him trying to harvest my organs or something.

5.) Romeo (Romeo & Juliet)

Idiot. Horny. Selfish. Dumb. I wouldn’t be looking to make friends with Romeo or Juliet.

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favourite Book Covers

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favourite Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s post was supposed to be about cover redesigns I loved but honestly I don’t know of many, so I thought I’d change it a bit and just show you some of my favourite book covers that I’ve seen.

I really love the simplistic concept art and the lettering on this cover. It makes it feel very Greek and ancient just by looking at it.

Honestly I am not too sure what I like about this cover, other than the awesome use of orange. Orange is definitely an underrated and underused colour, but it looks awesome here.

This one speaks for itself. The simple neck being covered by the words Dracula casts a very strong message and I love how simple it is.

Another fantastic use of orange, and I really enjoy the lack of context or any real design on this cover. You can tell it’s dust, but there isn’t much more to it than that.

I’m a big fan of the hammer and it’s very fancy design. If you know Norse Mythology some of the things on the cover would mean something to you, which is a big reason why I enjoy it so much.

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. Don’t think I need to say anything else do I? I mean it’s dope, awesome, cool, and I love it.

This one is sort of a representation of all One Piece Manga covers. I just like how they show the different characters in the specific arc, and it gives us a but of colour to their designs too, which we usually only get in black and white.

Simple. Humorous. Straight to the point.

I love the quotes being “hidden” by the clouds, and the chalkboard style writing is kinda funky and different.

I love the mystery in this one. There’s a dark figure in the background and an eerie green tinted stone wall that doesn’t answer any questions, but instead makes you ask questions.

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Creative Ideas In Books

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Creative Ideas In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and is now at That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic was one of my own choice, so I decided to do a Top 10 list of different creative ideas/tropes that I’ve enjoyed in books. Some are pretty common that appear in a lot of books, some I’ve only experienced in a book or two.

What are some of your favourite ideas/tropes that you’ve seen or read? Let me know in the comments.

Hidden Worlds

What I mean by hidden worlds is when there is a hidden city or castle or entire country hidden within our “normal” world. What I mean is Harry Potter’s Wizarding World or the Shadowhunter’s world in the City of Bones and other series.

It’s a hidden world from regular people’s eyes, but it exists nonetheless, and it often is more advanced in certain ways than the regular human world.

Connected Souls

This was the main premise of a book I read years ago, whose name I cannot remember or find even after an hour of looking. Basically, everyone in the world was born as a twin.

Each set of twins has an “alpha” and a “beta” twin. The beta twin is the one that gets sick, gets injured, and feels pain. It is also the beta that will almost always die first, which causes the alpha to also die.

Twins are separated at birth, the alphas going to be nurtured and treated well, while the betas basically live in squalor. I thought it was an interesting idea, giving the main character a difficult time fighting her bad guy twin brother.

Magic Systems

Every fantasy book has its own magic system. Some are simple where they just shoot fire or whatever from their fingers, some it’s a little bit more hidden like the White Walkers from Game of Thrones.

I enjoy learning each new magic system to see how it works, and how none of them are quite the same as the others.

Enemies to Friends

This is a common trope that I enjoy in books. Two characters, enemies for more time than we can remember, finally becoming friends, or even falling in love.

I think there’s something about that bond, and that hatred that makes their relationship stronger in a way.

Adult Protagonists

Usually kids, or young adults are the main characters in a book. Adults are usually set in their place and don’t get involved in the grand schemes of the world like younger people would do.

Having an adult as a main character is an interesting idea because it lets us see the world from the standpoint of someone who has been set in their ways, usually for a long time.

Young Protagonists

I enjoy adult protagonists, but there is nothing quite like discovering a world through the eyes of someone young. You discover their world, learning about everything as they do.

It’s a common trope in all sorts of novels, but to me, it’s timeless.

Villainous Narrators

Unfortunately I haven’t read too many books where the villain is the main narrator, but the few that I have read usually give us an interesting twist on things. Usually we can sympathize with the main character a bit, but it’s much more difficult to if it’s the villain.

What’s awesome though, is that we can sympathize with the villain. We can understand their actions and almost agree with them to an extent.

Pseudo-European Time Periods

Most fantasy books I’ve read focus on the pseudo-European time period. Knights, castles, swords and dragons. The period never seems to quite change, always focusing on the same general time period with minimal technological changes.

It’s a world where magic is ready to thrive, and is my favourite setting for any fantasy book.

Larger Worlds Than We Know

Some stories give us the entire world. Encompassing us with it’s histories and cultures. Other stories give us one small segment of the world. Maybe it’s one country, maybe it’s a continent.

Either way, having this grand scale story and adventure, taking place in only one small area, while knowing that there is countless other places to explore is amazing. It instills a sense of wonder and awe over what else their could be to see.

The Grumpy Old Man

The grumpy old man, usually who has a dead wife and kids, has been alone for years, and basically hates everything, finding that little spark of joy in life that lets them live.

His walls don’t shatter, they melt, slowly and over a long period of time, but finally when they do come down, they melt completely, changing that man down to his very core.

Top 10 Tuesdays: Settings I`d like to see More Of

Top 10 Tuesdays: Settings I`d like to see More Of

Hello everyone (Im trying to think of a snappy word to group everyone together as a fan base)! This week is all about different settings that Id like to see more often, but honestly I don`t really think of this often, so it might be tough for me to make a list of ten.

1. Mole World.

A sort of mole-people steampunk sort of underground world could be an interesting concept.

2. Nowhere

I don’t know why, but I’d love to see a story, or part of a story take place in some sort of void, nothing but complete nothingness could be kind of interesting I think.

3. Miniature

I’d like to see a Borrower’s type situation where the story takes place in a miniaturized version of our world, or as small people in a bigger world.

4. Made Up Worlds

I’m always a sucker for a well-crafted world where we watch a great epic fantasy unfold.

5. Time Travelling

I think a good story of time travelling would be an interesting one. Jumping times and locations in history, chasing the bad guy. Could be an interesting sci-fi novel.

6. Hell/Heaven

Imagine a crazy ass battle between good and evil, taking place on their home turfs. Could be pretty cool right?

7. Prehistoric Times

I think some caveman stories could be pretty cool. Have humans developed enough to understand the basics of fire and weapons or something, but not early enough that they are too advanced and start creating cities.

8. Medieval Europe

I`m always down for more history stories, so Medieval Europe would be the most ideal place for a story to take place.

9. Rural towns

I think it would be really cool to see some books taking place in small rural towns. Some big crazy event can happen there that the rest of the world wouldn`t know about.

10. Small towns in North America

Some books take place in New York City or Chicago, or any of the other dozen or so different big cities in North America, but I`d like to see one take place in a smaller city that still has a good size population.

Type it Out Tuesday: June 11

Type it Out Tuesday: June 11

With Summer just around the corner, I figured you might like a bit of Summer-themed writing prompts to get you in the warm weather spirit.

What is the best way to celebrate the end of summer?

Write a poem describing the last day of summer.

What are the key ingredients of a memorable summer?

How do you know when summer has arrived?

Write about summer using all five senses to describe the way you feel during the season.

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