This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic, Ten Bookish People You Should Follow on Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook, was too unique to not do. So here I am, back in the blogosphere when I should be on my break. 😛
So my version of this topic is my best friends in the book blogging community!
It may not exactly be mutual because these people are popular and have a lot of friends within the blogosphere, but I would still consider them to be my best blogger friends. Only because they know so much about me (I think?) outside of book reviews and blogging. We’ve probably talked about different foods, animals, purchasing habits, etc. Our friendship may have even started out with me unloading a bunch of summer bombs on their blog and therefore creating endless threads of conversations. I don’t know, when I meet a special blogger where I know I’ll click very well with I do that sometimes. 😅
And a quirk that many of you probably don’t know about me is that I have a fear of commitment-big ones and small. I don’t follow a lot of blogs compared to most (~50) because I like to keep up with the content of those I do as frequently as I can. But I follow all the people on this list so that is saying a lot, in my opinion. I can promise that each of the bloggers I’ll mention are my favorites for their content, honesty, and creativity.
And the order is not by favoritism. It was hard enough to choose bloggers for this feature let alone order them as my “favorites.” That’s like ordering your kids by how much you like them instead of age-no can do, I can’t do that! So alphabetical it is!
Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories
I think I knew I was going to like her when she mentioned she’s a bubble tea drinker and Vietnamese-American. (Honestly, it’s the bubble tea thing. I mean people that like bubble tea can never bad. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the most sound reasoning… But I love the people that can share my love for the drink!) She’s actually a little older than I am but I feel like we go through a lot of the same things. And though she’s the greater critic of us two, I really enjoy buddy reading with her! I buddy read A Darker Shade of Magic (my review) and, now, White Cat, which we both (or maybe just me) seem to be lagging behind on.
Cherry at Read Forevermore
We’ve only known each other a short time (3 months, I think?) compared to the other folk I’ve listed on here but we just get along so well. I discovered her when I stumbled on her utterly gorgeous Bookstagram and then learned she had a WP blog. We didn’t really start talking until recently when we found out we were anime sisters (aka our anime taste is THE EXACT SAME). I still can’t believe it took me this long to find someone like her to fangirl over Usui Takumi and lament when my OTP ships aren’t cannon. And she probably didn’t realize it but she’s sort of the inspiration behind why I decided to use my Instagram for this blog more seriously and frequently. And because of it I was opened to an entirely new realm of book lovers. I love it!
Chooi at Read, Think, Ponder
She goes by CW in the blogosphere but I actually call her by Chooi usually. I’m sure others that refer to her as so but just let me think I’m special, okay? Anyway, I stumbled on her blog because she wrote such amazing, thoughtful reviews-and a lot of them. I know that she’s been gaining more popularity, but when I first saw Read, Think, Ponder I couldn’t help but thing how underrated it was. Plus, she’s been blogging for longer than I have (hence the myriad of book reviews on her blog). Her artwork (the banners) are created by her and are simply beautiful. I also love that although she’s a little older than I am, we shared the same insecurities about our academics in terms of graduate/professional school (Chooi with psychology and me and pharmacy). Anyway, she’s such an amazing and sweet individual. I love that she writes such formal reviews but uses a galore of cute emojies in conversation.
Jenna at Reading with Jenna
The first thing that caught my eye when I stumbled upon her blog was that she was a researcher and I was just thinking, How cool! I need to be friends with her. However after meeting her, it wasn’t later until we became closer and lamented on our spending habits and talked about random things surrounding books. And only Jenna can understand my love for Jem. I think all of conversations go back to our favorite books such as Clockwork Princess and A Little Life. And thanks to her I was able to meet the super sweet Jeann at Happy Indulgence, who I’ve been getting to know for a few months now, because Jenna co-blogs with her. I’ve talked to Aila, their other co-blogger, via our Instragrams, too.
Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts
I think I can always count on Joey to tag me in whatever tag he completes on Saturdays (but that could be because I gave him so much grief after this one time where he didn’t-LOL). He makes a lot of good points about myself that I don’t really notice, like how I don’t ever take real blogging hiatuses like I promise I will. (Today’s post is proof of that.) And we both seem to love otters and a cappella (though I believe he’s a greater enthusiast for the latter than I am). And coincidentally we have a real life liaison (a mutual friend), Savindi, who used to blog on The Streetlight Reader. Joey knows her in real life but I met her early on in my blogging journey through our blogs.
Kelly at Dancing Through the Pages
Kelly is away busy at school but when she is present in the blogosphere we talk a lot about, like, everything. If you couldn’t tell from her blog name she’s actually a dancer. And though I am not (I have three left feet-right, you read that correctly) I love to watch choreography videos. It’s just something I do that’s different from most of my in real life friends (along with listening to K-pop or watching anime). And speaking of K-pop, she also shares my love for it. BUT not only that, we are like music twins or something because we have the the exact same taste for American music (alternative and rock) as well. Also, thanks to her I pushed A Darker Shade of Magic higher up on my TBR. The first installment wasn’t my favorite (still enjoyable though) but it led me requesting an ARC and reading A Gathering of Shadows (my review) this year, which I loved to no end. (And this lead me to recently start talking to my friend Lois at My Midnight Musing more because she seems to love AGoS as much as I do. We always fangirl over the Kell and Lila ship. And ALUCARD.)
Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Oh, Marie. She’s the wanderer that fulfills the wanderlust in my soul. Okay, that may have came out too deep. But I simply love her lengthy travel posts. The pictures are perfect and you can really see how they reflect her as a traveler and individual, which is pretty awesome since she’s one of the more shy bloggers within the blogosphere. We started blogging around the same time (though I believe she a bit longer than me) and I really love that we can understand our “blogging era” along with Trisha at The Bookgasm and Erika at Erika in Bookventureland.
Poulami at Daydreaming Books
I think Poulami always goes out of her way to comment on my posts. (Like how do you do it when you’re supposed to be studying for your exams, hmm?) But I really can’t remember the specifics of how I met her but I do remember there was this one time where we were talking about her “about” page, haha. She’s also a blogger for a lot of blog tours, which is so commendable (because those deadlines are killer sometimes). She reads from all sorts of genres but she reviews a lot of YA/NA contemporary reads. She’s always recommending me great fluffy and serious NA reads but, knowing me, I still haven’t gotten to any of them (yet). And you know that friends that supports you no matter what? I feel like Poulami is that equivalent for me in the blogosphere. I think I started blogging before she did for a few months but we’re also from the same “blogging era.”
Thuong at I Read Therefore I Am
The first thing I noticed about Thuong was that she was Vietnamese. And then I saw her beautiful illustrations. (Like, seriously, if I ever go self hosted and want a real blog banner I’m going to seek her and request a submission-she doesn’t know this yet, lol; but really her art is just that beautiful). Thuong reads a lot of diverse books from different genres but our taste seems to overlap when it comes to YA. We’re always talking about Stephen King and other authors we haven’t read but plan to read. (Well actually she just remedied that and I still haven’t read his work…) She’s my TBR buddy in that we seem to talk about each of ours a lot. And she has such great taste in blouses-I know, how did you even learn this, Summer? Because she always features it on her Bookstagram; I swear I’m not a creeper, lol!
Trisha at The Bookgasm
I think of all the bloggers Trisha understands my bond and relationship with my dad the most. I’m very close with him because of my parents early separation and the family business that we have. She knows things that I haven’t told most people but she’s such a great, supportive listener. Somehow she always knows what the right thing I need to hear is and says it. We started blogging around the same time, too. And I love that outside of our reading and blogging we’ve shared more personal things to each other.
Even though I chose ten individuals this time to spotlight. I’ve met a lot of amazing people along my blogging journey. If you want to meet more of the friends I’ve met or follow some new blogs, do check out my tag/award posts where I tag/nominate a lot of awesome blogs and my most recent Summer Says discussion on the type of book bloggers.