Summer Says: The Types of (Book) Bloggers

Summer Says #4

So I am completely aware that this type of discussion post has been done so many times, yet I still wanted to release my own version of it. I was first inspired by Aentee’s post on the same topic in July 2015, which you can check out here. Instead of only generalizing types of bloggers, which Aentee has already done wonderfully, I wanted to also share a part of my brain and how I categorize fellow bloggers I’ve gotten to get to know this past year. Now this portion of the idea is piggybacking off of Joey’s usual blogger shout-out type of posts that he occasionally releases on his blog.

The only flaw to these is that unfortunately I can’t include everyone I’ve interacted with. So I’m terribly sorry if you were left out this time. If you want to know where you belong in my brain (that sounded ultra weird) please just let me know in the comments and I’ll sort you out. 😉

So with no further ado, let’s do this!

The Squad

These are the ones that started their blogs relatively around the same time you did and have stuck with you since. They were the first users that you interacted with via your blog, you guys learned the ropes to blogging together, and it’s likely you’ll be celebrating blogiversaries back to back if not the around same time. You can think of them as a steady support group and the “first friends.”

The Eloquent, Introspective Critics

These are the people that make you wonder if you rated a book correctly/incorrectly (yes, I know, there is no right or wrong opinion) because their reviews often make you see a book in a different light than your own. Often times their reviews are long, thorough and thought provoking. Some may see these people as their “go to” reviewers because of their consistent balance between objectivity and subjectivity.

The Creative Networkers

These are the bloggers that aren’t afraid to go out of their comfort zones to create blog features, host blogging events and twitter chats. They’re extremely interactive with the rest of the blogosphere and book community, and sometimes you may see them as the discussion post kings and queens.

The Ranters

(I totally mean this in a good way.) These are the bloggers that excel at making negative reviews so enjoyable and pure entertainment for others. (Personally, I’m so not that type of reviewer; I’m the one that tiptoes around the word “hate” and, like, never uses profanity. So I really admire these bloggers for their honesty and directness.)

The Minimalists

These bloggers usually keep things short and sweet. They are able to express their thoughts in very few words with efficiency and effectiveness. (I’m also so not this type of blogger, heh.)

The Dual Readers/Writers

Not only are these bloggers avid readers but they’re aspiring writers as well! They release snippets from their writings and writing advice. Often times their posting schedule wanes around NaNoWriMo. Some of them are what I call “volunteer publicists” (aka people that have close relationships with certain authors and may promote the books they love to the rest of us). Twitter may be an important platform to them.

The Photographers

Basically the people you search when you want some #bookporn. Often times these are the folks that are behind why you buy so many impulse purchases or #bookcoverbuys. Instagram may be an important platform for them.

The Gif Users

These people will likely use their media up faster than you do because of the myriad of graphics-but it’s all worth it. They provide moving images (gifs) as humorous entertainment. Often times this will prompt tangents and fandom fangirl/fanboy sessions in the comments.

The Unique Formatters

I, honestly, don’t know how to explain this category other than say these reviewers are just different by the way they format their reviews. They have a distinct layout-that’s really eye catching and unique-that they follow, which I’ll leave in parentheses.

The Fast Readers

These are the readers that read extremely quick-several books in a week sometimes-and often find themselves reading faster than they can write reviews. (I know that they dislike hearing, “How do you read that fast?!” I’m often guilty of asking them this all the time.) It’s puzzling but  amazing that they can manage real life all the while seemingly to “read all the time.”

The Fellow Fangirls/Fanboys

These are the users where you have several threads of conversations going because you both either have so much in common (being in the same fandoms, have the same opinions, etc) or just really click with just about anything (food, other entertainment aside from books, spending habits, etc).

The Relatable

These are the people that are often your age and are just going through the same things in life as you are. (For me, these would be college students.) They usually have the same blogging cycles as you do. (For me, that’d be having hiatuses around exam times and sometimes releasing posts that discuss confusion/doubts about graduate school and our futures, etc.)

The Positive Ones

These bloggers are just super friendly and it always appears as if they have something positive to say. They occasionally blog hop and they may check in on you every so often. They also make it a point to stay updated on their friends’ blogs all the while juggling with other obligations (real life). And many times you can see evidence of their kind comments throughout the blogosphere. Usually they’re veteran bloggers (meaning they’ve blogged for a while and/or longer than you have).

The Versatile Readers

These readers are very rare and are the ones that are pretty much game for any genre. Their blogs are probably the best place to get recommendations because they read and review a wide range of books, from graphic novels to all types of lit for many different targeted age groups. Many times these are booksellers and/or librarians-but, of course, they don’t have to be.

The Guys

And second to last but certainly not the least are the small percent of guys that book blog. (I think Joey makes it a point to point out that there are very few male voices in the bookish blogosphere. He’s right. I literally know only seven or so. And I’ve sort of unconsciously categorized all them together in my mind (but funnily enough I think all of the ones I mention are actually friends), heh. I always look forward to reading their opinions because they always have a fresh perspective on certain books (books with a female MC, romances, chick lit, etc). I could care less what the author identifies as… but for some reason I find all the guy bloggers’ perspectives fascinating?)

(Joey and Thomas should be here too, of course.)

The Senpais/Sunbaes/Model Bloggers

These are the bloggers that make you think, “Whoa, I’d like to be like them someday.” Often times they’re the inspirations behind why you began to blog. Perhaps, these are the bloggers you followed even before you started blogging yourself. It’s not about aspiring to become like them really but rather the idea that they inspire you.

Discussion Time!

  • Can you identify yourself (or your blogger friends) with any of these categories? If so, what category/categories do you think you fall under?
  • Have you noticed your blogging style has changed over time? How so?

Alright, thanks for tuning in for this Summer Says post, everyone! Obviously, some of the bloggers overlap in categories but I tried organizing them only in one. Some of the categories even overlap. But I guess it can’t be completely perfect. And I know I somewhat created labels for book bloggers but I didn’t mean this to be offensive or presumptuous in any way. I only thought it’d be fun to share all these silly self-made cliques I’ve created in my mind… 🙂


97 thoughts on “Summer Says: The Types of (Book) Bloggers

  1. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    Thank you Summer for this great post, and I feel so happy to see myself here, and in the unique formatters, it’s so sweet of you! 🙂 I feel like everyone has his/her own blogging style, and that’s what’s so awesome when reading blog posts, we can see a little bit of everyone’s personnality that way, I think 🙂 I would have identified myself in the Squad with you, since we started blogging around the same time, too :p and I would love to identify myself as a writer, as well, but I don’t think I write enough to fall into that category, haha. But I do love talking about NaNoWriMo and stuff 🙂
    And YES blogging style definitely changes over time, mine really has! 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thanks so much, Marie! ^.^ To be honest, I could have fit you in so many of the categories but I decided to go with he unique formatters since that was the first thing I noticed about D&HB. But you would definitely be in my squad, too. 😉 Ah yes, it’s so amazing how we each have our own “style” and “voice.” I love that we can read a variety of reviews for the same book and still be entertained each time. 😀

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  2. bookishandawesome says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Summer! 🙂 My reaction was, as soon as I saw the category “The Ranters”: JOEY! And Aimee! Obviously, I was right. :)) And oh. Go talk to Cait! She’s funny and smart and funny and wonderful. She’s also funny, did I mention?

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  3. elianasin says:

    Thank you so much for including us in your post! I’m extremely flattered and so excited to check out some new blogs. I also love that you chose to highlight each blog’s unique reviewing style!

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  4. Kat Impossible says:

    I think I can totally identify with most of these blogger types in some way. Aren’t we all a mix of everything somehow?
    It was a really great post though! And if you ever get to talk to Cait from Paperfury, she is SUPER nice and approachable.
    I love how you spread some love among fellow bloggers while simultaneously making a post that really speaks to everyone! 😀 GREAT!!!

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  5. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks says:

    Okay, I have several things to say:
    1) THANKS FOR INCLUDING ME IN THIS. 😀 I’m glad you can find relatability (is that even a word) in my posts. I often find myself freaking out about college- it’s wonderful to know there are fellow bloggers out there who freak out about college as I do. 😛
    2) This post is so great. You’ve given me a ton of blogs to follow, ah! 😀
    3) The people I know that you have categorized- on POINT.
    Such a great post, Summer. ❤

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Gosh, this is such a late reply, but…
      1) You’re so welcome!! I really, really do relate with your stresses due to college. Those three exam classes are killer. Not to mention finals is such a hectic time. :/
      2) THANK YOU, AIMAL! T.T ❤
      3) And, thank you, again! 🙂


  6. Danni Mae says:

    I feel like I follow one of each of all of these! I can’t imagine I really fall into any of the categories, though.. I’m more of a casual book blogger, I guess. But that’s only because I don’t have much time. Great post!

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  7. Becca @ Becca and Books says:

    THIS POST IS SO ON POINT. LOL I’ve tried so hard to get my reviews/posts longer. One time I finally wrote what I thought was a nice, long review and then someone commented (was it you? maybe?) ‘Nice review! I love how you keep it short and sweet!’
    I was stuttering.
    ANYWAYS now I’m just embracing the shortness. Because. Why not.
    These categories are SO ACCURATE. Also talk to Cait because SHE IS ADORABLE and the sweetest person.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      THANK YOU, Becca! ☺️ OH, LOLLL. That totally sounds like me for real though! Because I have said, “Nice, concise review!” to you on multiple occasions. XD
      And I still haven’t talked to Cait yet (I know, scold me), but I’m going to visit Paper Fury and hopefully meet her soon! 😀

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  8. SERIESous Book Reviews says:

    Thanks for the shout-out Summer 😀

    I don’t think my blogging style has totally changed, though I think I have modified it over the years. I do more discussion/feature-esque posts now than in my first year of blogging. Though, I have noticed that I do less series reviews now (or at least it seems that way to me) mostly because I’m starting a lot of newer series that aren’t totally released. It’s something I’m trying to improve on this year once school dies down a bit.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      You’re so welcome, Lauren! ☺️

      And that’s so cool! Even now I seldom do discussion posts. It’s really difficult for me to come up with an original topic, even though I know if I do choose a topic done many times before I can still share my unique views on the subject, but still… And, I never really thought about that aspect for series reviews. And I hope school has calmed down a bit for you (unless you’re out for holiday already); I’m not sure how school works in Canada honestly…

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      • SERIESous Book Reviews says:

        School is pretty much the same as in America but we start in September, not the end of August. My program is weird in that I have a summer simulation this year so I actually have classes to go to in the summer. Otherwise, I would be done at the end of April (as most post-secondary schools are).

        But I have reduced classes so I’ve been able to binge some series (thankfully) and so I should have more series reviews for the next few months 😉


  9. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts says:

    Thank you for recognizing that I’m a ranter even if I’m trying to minimize my word vomits but, of course, it’s failing. I think with such a small group of male bloggers, you just naturally come to know most of them easier than others. However, there are still plenty of guys I know who exist in the community but haven’t had the real chance to speak to.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      I feel like every male blogger that I meet now I’m like “go talk to Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts.” XD And haha, and now you’ve reach a whole new level since you picture vomit (that sounds so weird), too.


  10. Sydney Bollinger says:

    Hey Summer, great post! You completely nailed my hiatus too– school has got me wrapped up and unable to blog. Thank you so much for mentioning me though, and I hope you have a great day! =D

    Liked by 1 person

      • Sydney Bollinger says:

        Thank you Summer! I’m checking back in every now and then and thinking about revamping my blog, so maybe they’ll be new content from me soon!


  11. Briana says:

    I love this post!

    I guess I’d put myself in the “introspective” group, though that sounds kind of braggy. :p I like to think about how I can write thoughtful discussions, though, and my reviews tend to be long-ish, so I guess it fits!

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  12. Liam's Library says:

    This was such a joy to read Summer, a fantastic post! And thank you so much for including me. 🙂 I’m quite guilty of not really knowing many male book bloggers, even some of those you mentioned in this post. But I love when I stumble across one as we’re quite the minority and there are so many great guys out there. I think if I were to be in another category, it would probably be the ranters. My reviews are often over 1000 words and I go off on tangents in my posts a lot. Anyway, you’ve given me a lot of new blogs to take a look at. Thanks again!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you, Liam! And you’re so welcome. I really love your blog! And hehe, I think we all word vomit at times. Tangents are a good thing because they lead to great conversation in my opinion. Hope you’re enjoying your time off from the blogosphere and that school is still going well. 🙂


    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Joan! That really makes me happy to hear that. To be honest, I had no idea where I fit in these categories. I think a lot of us are mix of many of these. 😛 But thank you! ☺️


  13. Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout says:

    AWK. Thank you so much for featuring me, Summer! I know several of these bloggers, but not most of them, so I shall be checking them out! And OMG, you have not talked to Cait? Well you absolutely should! She’s the sweetest (don’t tell her I said that) and basically squawks and flails if you send a random compliment her way (and tbh, I could compliment her on a thousand things every day. Don’t tell her that either. Do tell her I sent you her way because I think you’d be wonderful friends) 😛

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      You’re really welcome, Alyssa! And oh my gosh, I’m sort of ashamed to say I still haven’t had the chance to say hello to Cait on Paper Fury yet. I will soon though, because everyone seems to adore her as much as you do. And I certainly will! 😀


  14. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

    Hahaha I’m so happy that you think I have a life outside of reading XD . But seriously, my day is like 25% sleep, 25% work and 50% reading. So I guess reading is my full-time job?

    BTW, totally unrelated but I just read Iron to Iron and OMG ITS SO GOOD. Can’t wait for that sequel to come out at the end of the year!

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  15. Becky (Blogs of a Bookaholic) says:

    Oh, Summer, I have SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS POST.

    What a great idea. I love the categories and thank you so much for including me in one. I always try to be a positive force in the blogging world as much as I possibly can, because I know how much it helped me when I first started blogging, so I’m proud to be in that category. (It also weirds me out that I am now considered a long time blogger, I still kinda feel like a newbie and remember thinking this about others not long ago!) Thank you for the kind words, I’ll definitely be making my way through this list of bloggers checking them out. 🙂

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      AWW, THANK YOU, Becky! ^.^

      You’re so welcome! I really think of you in that way. And haha, precisely, time sure flies. I’m not a long time blogger, of course, but I certainly don’t feel like a new one either anymore. It’s amazing to track our growth with our blogs. 🙂


  16. Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Aw, thank you Summer for the shout out!! You are one of the first people who interacted with me and welcomed me wholeheartedly in this community. And well, you have stuck out for me since the beginning as well. I am so glad I met someone like you because you are seriously an awesome blogger and a great friend. ❤

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  17. dreamingthroughliterature says:

    This was such a cool post Summer! I’ve actually never read a categorized blogger post before, so it was super fun to see your take on and how you think about the blogs you read. I’m so honored to have been mentioned 😀 I absolutely fall into the category of versatile reader/blogger. Great post! (And I’m not just saying that because I’m in it 😛 )
    I love how vast and unique this community is.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hehe, that’s one of the reasons why I love the book blogging community so much. I can read reviews for the same book over and over again, but each is so different (aside from differing opinions) that I’m guaranteed to always be entertained. 😛 And thanks so much, Ashley! ;D


  18. Kelly @ Dancing Through the Pages says:

    Hermmmmm well okay I was going to protest that I’m not that unique of a blogger but hey I’ll take whatever compliments I can get XD

    I personally don’t really categorize bloggers that much? I think in my brain I have the ohmygodthispersonblogssowellahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh which includes people that have amazing reviews, great networking, huge following (with good reason), etc. that I just admire in general. And then I have the section of people where I’m like ilovethisperson’sbloggingvoicesomuuhchhhhhh which is just people that have blog posts that are so nice to read. lol okay idk if I make any sense but regardless, my “categories” are pretty broad.

    In terms of my blogging style, it’s probably the safest to say that I just blog how I feel? I think I’m just really open with everything on my blog because I don’t generally like to hide things. I find it easiest to just blog how I’d talk but more smoothed over. And then of course, I tend to write the posts I like the most and avoid the ones I don’t like doing like the plague. Best example would probably be like tags or something because while they’re nice to get and I do like using them to break up lots of posts, they get kind of repetitive. And also I’m lazy and don’t like finding books to match a certain category LOL.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      You are an unique blogger, Kelly! 😀 But to be honest, I think a more accurate category would be “omg, people that blog and like kpop as much as I do.” 😂

      And I sort of love that you mentioned “huge following (with good reason).” Lately, I’ve been feeling weird about the new bloggers that have gained huge popularity in like one month’s time. I guess I’m just butthurt that it took me 18 months in what they achieved in one. But whatever, all that matters is I’m happy with the way I blog, I suppose. Haha, I totally think I’m digressing now… 😂

      And lol, no, I seriously feel the same way. I had this huge promise that I would finish all the tags/awards from 2015… but as I see them in my drafts they get less and less appealing. Because, you’re right, they get sooo repetitive and uncreative to read (at least when they’re my tag/award posts-I don’t mind reading other bloggers’ posts).


  19. Analee @ Book Snacks says:

    Hehe what a coincidence! I made a post talking about the types of book bloggers a few days ago as well, LOL. Though yours is much more detailed and well put-together, eep. I love your idea of spotlighting different bloggers for different types–thank you for putting me onto here, and in ‘the fast readers’ by the way! ❤ I’m flattered you think so.

    Also I definitely think you as part of the Squad for me; you’re one of the first blogs I started following, and we started blogging (almost) around the same time. (Well, 2 months-ish of a difference. Pff, details.)
    Amazing post, Summer!


    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Oh my gosh, what are the odds! Well you know what they say: great minds think a like. 😉 Oh gosh, I bet yours was just a lovely. I tend to… over write… sometimes. And many people mistake as that being detailed but I’m not entire sure about that. 😛 And haha, you certainly fall under fast reader. I’m so, so envious of how fast you can tackle your TBR piles. It’s an amazing skill. 🙂

      And aww! ❤ If the fast readers category didn’t exist, you’d be part of my team, too. Thank you! ❤

      Hope school and everything has been okay, Analee! ^.^

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  20. Eve Messenger says:

    What a GREAT LIST. Agree, agree, Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner IS the queen of the discussion post, and Carolyn @ A Hundred Thousand Stories is super nice and knowledgeable. They bring sparkle to the book blogging word, and I’ve learned a lot from them both.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Oh, THANK YOU! I am so glad you thought Josie and Carolyn were categorize well. I adore them both. I really love that all of us bloggers have so much to offer and contribute to the internet community; it’s the positive people that really makes the blogosphere shine, I think! ^.^

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hehe, glad that you thought so, Matt! And oh gosh, I should have added you on the list! But lol, you would have definitely fallen under that category. And probably the introspective critics as well. 🙂


  21. Cherry says:

    Seriously Summer, all of your posts are gold ❤ thank you for including me in this, I feel so honored! And I’m definitely going to check out all the other bloggers you mentioned because omg I can’t believe I haven’t heard of most of them xD I love the way you organized this post and the categories you created as well ^^

    I think over time my reviews have gotten more detailed. I mostly use my blog as an outlet to fangirl and write my essay long book reviews haha, but I hope to write more of a variety of posts and learn how to customize my blog more in the future. For me, you’re one of my senpais haha 😀

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Aww, thank you, Cherry! This is so late, but I saw this comment months ago and it definitely made my day. So thank you for that! So glad to hear you learned some more bloggers this way. I love all these people. 🙂

      Oh my gosh, your senpai? 😮 I’m so shocked by this, but thank you! You’re definitely my bookstagram role model! All your photos are so beautiful and neat and creative. ❤ But I’m glad that we can inspire each other! 😀


  22. Zoe says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post Summer! I think your categorizations are spot on. Thanks for putting this together and, as always, amazing post! I’m off to visit all of these blogs now. xD

    PS Thank you so much for including me in this. That totally made my day! ❤

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  23. Trisha Ann says:

    I feel so honored to belong to one of these and more so to be part of THE SQUAD! Yay! It’s nice to have a set of friends you grow along with in the blogosphere. It’s like having constant cafeteria buddies!

    And I can relate to a lot of cliques here. I am one of these as well but definitely not The Fast Reader! Haha! I agree with some of the examples of bloggers that fall on each category (some I have yet to follow). So on point!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Aww, of course, I’d include you, Trisha! Lol, that is so true. If this was real high school, you’d definitely be part of my cafeteria crew that I’d hang out with everyday. XD

      And right! I don’t know how fast readers (Analee, Jenna, etc) do it. I know they have real lives like us, too, but just wow. And I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks! 😀


  24. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    Awww Summer thank you so much for featuring me in the Positive category! It definitely shows that I’m doing something right because that’s my aim at the end of the day – spreading positivity! I think the categories that you have here are fantastic, it shows that the blogosphere is filled with wonderful people who are going through the same things that you are and share their creativity and their passion in all different ways. Lovely post!

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  25. Kimberly @ Come Hither Books says:

    I’m honored to be on your list, and pretty proud to be where you ID’d me. 🙂 Thank you!

    And now I have dozens of new blogs to explore too! This is an awesome idea for a discussion post. Most of us could fit into more than one category here, but it’s interesting to think about the different styles and ways of expressing ourselves. There’s room for everyone, and I feel like you’ve done categories in a way which actually widens my way of thinking about things, rather than narrows it. That’s hard to do.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      You’re welcome, Kimberly! Hehe, glad that you thought so!

      Ah, yes! That’s the fantastic thing about book blogging. I can read several reviews for the same book or the same discussion topic many times but still always be entertained since; everyone has a different style of presenting information (not to mention there’s so many opinions-and that alone makes reading the “same” posts fun). 😀


  26. Trey says:

    This was such a unique post, Summer! I’m so honored you’d choose me to be in “The Guys” section. Hehe! I always look forward to your posts too!

    So many blogs to check out now! THANK YOU.

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  27. cw @ readthinkponder says:

    Omg I feel terrible because I only JUST saw this BUT EEEEP SUMMER. ❤ THANKIES! Hahahaha I actually kinda DO see myself as those introspective critics! But ELOQUENT?! You should see me irl, I stutter ALL the time, hahaha! BUT THANK YOU! You are such a sunflower (I REALLY LIKE SUNFLOWERS!), and you are so lovely. :3

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      And I feel awful that I’m only now replying! 😅 It’s really all right though. The blogosphere is so vast it was bound to happen. ^.^ AND YOU ARE SO ELOQUENT, Chooi! I’m always so envious of how elaborate and intricate your reviews are! Blogger envy to the max for real. 😀 And aww, thank you!! I love sunflowers, too. ❤


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