Top Ten Tuesday: My BBFs (Best Blogger Friends)

TTT Blogger Best Friends

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.

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47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My BBFs (Best Blogger Friends)

  1. Lois says:

    So many wonderful bloggers. I must say, I agree with Joey about the blogging hiatus haha. Now bubble tea. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this and even though I am a HUGE tea drinker I’ve never tried one. I feel like I need to rectify this situation.
    A Gathering of Shadows, a book coma, shippy feels, sexy privateers and so emotionally scaring we turn to fellow bloggers for support thus building a wonderful friendship. What a book haha. 😉

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Ah yes, for some reason blogging hiatuses never sit well with me. I’m just always so tempted to check my WordPress reader. 😅 AND OH MY GOSH. LOIS, YOU NEED TO TRY BUBBLE TEA ASAP. It’s so, so good (if done right)! And hehe, right! A Gathering of Shadows is epic; it’s a great contender for one of the best books I’ve read this year. I was floored by how witty Victoria’s writing was. 😀

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  2. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts says:

    I’m 3/3 from your giveaway “how well do you know Summer” quiz and I welcome ANY more questions because I know all.

    I made the mistake of following hundreds (thousands?) of blogs because I was pretty adamant on making connections when I started — then the process of culling more than half was the most tedious thing ever. Do not recommend. And let’s be honest, Summer. We all have favourites [blogger BFFs]. Just admit it and move on.

    Cheers,
    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts</b

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Haha, you did! (The funny thing is so many people missed my favorite color (when my entire blog is pretty much blue??) but no one forgot Jem.) And, oh my gosh, your WP reader/feed probably blows up. How can you even blog hop properly? I can’t do that. AND NO FAVORITES.

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  3. Cherry says:

    Omg aww!! It makes me so happy to know you consider me as one of your best blogger friends because I totally think of you the same way! Blogger/instagram all that ❤ hehe. ANIME SOUL SISTERS LOL ❤ so glad I finally found you! And wow, I can’t believe I inspired you to use instagram more because your pictures are the cutest! And I’m in love with your shelves ❤ Your your dedication to blogging and your creativity really inspires me to improve my blog, so for that, thank you Summer ❤

    p.s. Usui Takumi foreverrr ❤ he’s so funny and hot at the same time XD

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Of course! I feel like we’ve gotten much closer through DMing. ❤ TOTALLY! ANIME SOUL SISTERS FOREVER! And yes, it’s so inspiring how consistent you are with creating quality and unique photos. I showed my real life BFF you feed the other day and she was in absolute awe with the colors and pretty theme. 😉 And hehe, thank you, Cherry! ❤ (Right! Anime/fictional boys will be the death of me, haha. XD )

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      • Cherry says:

        Awwww yay <33 So glad I never have to worry about not having someone to fangirl to about an anime anymore xD the struggle of my life LOL. Aw omg! there are definitely a ton of more impressive accounts out there but thank you so much ❤ seriouslyyyy, just thinking about them gives me hearts eyes haha

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  4. Zoe says:

    I’ve only visited Marie and Jenna’s blogs, and they are both so sweet! (Just like you Summer! <3) Definitely going to have to visit the other blogs ASAP. Thanks for sharing this and, as always, fabulous choices! xx

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  5. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    So many great bloggers on this list ❤ (and I’m not saying that ’cause I’m in it, I promise, ahah ❤ BUT THANK YOU, you are the sweetest, and I’m really happy that we started this blogging journey together, I love it so much ❤ To a lot more years of blogging together! ❤ ❤

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  6. cw @ readthinkponder says:

    AW SUMMER. tackles you I want more than anything to give you the biggest of hugs in the history of big hugs?! Honestly, thank you for your sweet, sweet words. ;_; You are such a wonderful and lovely person and you’re like SUNSHINE in the blogosphere!

    I won’t go into my little spiel about how I owe you for introducing me to the blogosphere (again) SO insert little spiel about how I owe you. Hehehe. c:

    And yaas gurl, thank you for sharing those insecurities and your thoughts with me. It means a lot and it really helped having someone understand during those BLARGH times. Next year I shall follow in your footsteps and return to university to do my postgrad! YAAAY.

    cuddles you Thank you for everything, Summer. I appreciate you. 💕

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      hugs you back tightly Oh gosh, well you’re very welcome, Chooi! And THANK YOU for everything! I’m really happy I stumbled upon your blog that one day and that we’ve gotten closer. ❤

      And oh my, I”m sure you would have found the blogosphere on your own so you don’t have to thank me for that! 🙂

      YOU WILL DO AMAZING! You are so strong, and I have great faith in you. 🙂

      cuddles back And I appreciate you. ❤ Hope you’re enjoying your break from the blogosphere, Chooi!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Ah, thank you, Charnell! I’m so glad to hear that. There are so many talented individuals in the blogosphere, I’m happy that I was able to spotlight a few with this post. And thank you for reading and visiting! 🙂

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  7. Kelly @ Dancing Through the Pages says:

    Oh wow usually I just kinda… let these sit for such a long time but I’m so touched that I made it onto your list of Blogger BBF’s (you would be on my list, as well)! I also feel like I should let you know that even if I don’t comment, I do read your posts since they show up in my inbox.
    Let me just say right now that I am super proud that my fangirling made you read ADSOM faster xD like I wasn’t even trying to push a book onto you and I still succeeded and I just find that really hilarious.
    ALSO ABOUT YOUR THREE LEFT FEET. I am of the opinion that everybody can dance if they try! I’m sure you’re great 😉

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      I cry because the fact that you’re subscribed to my blog via inbox is such a honor. T.T (Just wanted to let you know it’s mutual-I read all your posts when you’re in the blogosphere, Kelly.) And YESSS, you were the catalyst that converted me to the cinnamon roll Schwab cult. And oh gosh, you only say that because you haven’t seen me in action. I really am a hopeless case. (Even my friends that dance have given up on my, haha.) It’s okay, just watching Exo and Lay dance makes me happy. :3

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  8. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Aw this is so sweet ❤ Love the dedication you gave to each of them, they’re all wonderful human beings. I am following them all already, of course 😉

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  9. Carolyn says:

    Lol I haven’t even touched White Cat since I left off on page like 40…
    And always proud to be featured in one of your blog posts hehe. Boba Tea Drinkers FOR LIFE ❤
    And can I just say that your love for the blogging community is so inspiring.

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hehe, yes! If only I could get it more often. I haven’t had any boba tea since 2015. ): (I digress but… Actually I did get one a few months ago but that didn’t count because I barely drank any since it was badly mixed. The tapioca pearls were frozen and one sip could have given ten individuals diabetes for life. So I gave it to my friend who has an ultra sweet tooth; he even admitted the drink was sugar overload.) And aww, thank you! ❤

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  10. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

    tackle hugs I’m so glad we found each other and can share our mutual love for Jem and Will ❤ And Jude and Willem T_T

    You were my first commenter and I went to visit your blog and was like “WHOAAAA this is so pretty! Must follow.” I’ve found so many new favourite books after reading your reviews (eg. Wolf by Wolf, The Weight of Feathers) and I’m so happy that we can share the love for all these amazing books!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      tackle hugs back Me too, Jenna! T.T

      So only now with this comment did I notice that Jem/Will and Jude/Willem are both J/W pairings. What a coincidence!

      And oh my gosh, I don’t know how i managed to find you that early on, Jenna! But look how far we’ve both come (with us both blogging for some time now and you a co-blogger). And yes! Hopefully more books to talk about in the future! I will read All the Light I Can See soon, I promise. ^.^

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  11. Thuong Le says:

    Awwww, Summer! Thank you so much for including me as one of your blogger BFFs! I’m very touched by the dedication 🙂 that would be awesome – I’ll be happy to design you a banner if you ever go self-hosted! Hehe yes, I try to branch out to other genres as much as I can! My favourite is probably YA contemporaries and thrillers though 😀 Stephen King is probably not everyone’s taste but he’s one of the best writers out there. Aw thank you – I do love me a good shirt! :p
    Already following all of the bloggers you’ve mentioned 😀

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      You’re so welcome! I’m so happy I was able to find you in the blogosphere, Thuong. 🙂 And oh gosh, really? T.T Well thank you in advanced! You already know I’m a big fan of your illustrations so I’d really love that if that day does come. 🙂 Hehe, you’re welcome. I’m still ultra envious of your Tommy Hilfiger blouse; that one is my favorite!

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      • Thuong Le says:

        Me too! Thanks for finding me 😀 Yeah, I don’t mind creating a banner for you if you go self-hosted, that would be cool 🙂 Your welcome! Aww is it? You can borrow the Hilfiger blouse if you want 😉 I brought it in the sale, as I couldn’t justify paying £85 on a shirt! Thats like 2 weeks of groceries lol.

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  12. Trisha Ann says:

    OMG SUMMER. THIS IS MAKING ME CRY! 😭 😭 😭

    The fact that books made us connected to each other is awesome but I love it even more that we can talk stuff other than that. Thank you for trusting me on those stories! And of course if you ever feel like wanting to talk to a “stranger” (someone who’s physically not in your world), I am always here. tackle hugs

    I am not as active as before in checking out blogs lately but I agree with you on what you’ve written here about other bloggers especially CW’s. Her reviews definitely make you think twice about what you wrote. Haha! And Marie’s travels are just enviably amazing.

    PS Sorry! My comment is already 2 weeks late!

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      OH NO. DON’T CRY, TRISHA! T.T But your sincerity, thank you!

      I feel the same way! Thank you for being there and listening to those times. I’ll remember that, thank you! T.T tackle hugs back And just so you know it goes both ways; if you ever feel like you’d need to confide in someone that isn’t physically in your real life, I’m here for you as well!

      Aww, thank you! Lately, I haven’t even been checking my reader of WordPress so I can relate. Even though I’m back from my weird/confusing break, it feels strange to return to the blogosphere. I feel out of it if that makes sense. I’m still really sluggish with creating posts and replying to comments. (And I still haven’t found the words to make reviews (i.e. Me Before You).) Maybe I’m still stuck in a small blogging slump. :/

      Ah, it’s definitely okay since my reply is like a month late. >.<

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  13. Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Awwieee! HUGS YOU!!
    Oh and I’m baaaaack! (I know I’m a bit dramatic sometimes. Cannot help it! 😀 ) See I resisted myself this time and came back after my exams got over. I missed yoooou btw! I’m so glad I joined this community otherwise I would not have gotten to meet such a sweet person like you! Hope to hear from you soon. 🙂

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  14. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence says:

    This post is so incredibly sweet Summer! I love hearing about blogger friendships and how everyone got to know each other, I know my blogger friendships are close to my heart too and it often extends outside of blogging for me too especially when you get to know each other’s interests and you can just talk about everything! Longest sentence ever, but awww I’m glad ❤

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Thank you so much, Jeann! And that was long but very heartfelt sentence. ❤ I feel the same way. I say it often but I never thought blogging and joining the blogosphere would allow me to meet so many amazing individuals I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’m really grateful!

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