Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge #1


The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is is an online event that spends one whole day celebrating book blogging, book bloggers and book blogs all over the world. This event is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Katelyn at Tales of Books and Bands.

Mini-Challenge #1: Favorite Blogs

Yay!  I get the chance to spread the love of my favorite blogs!  These are all blogs that I adore and read regularly.  I usually bombard them with comments all at once on weekends when I set aside commenting time.  And you should read and comment on them too ^_^

Best Reviews:
Real Men Read YA: If you haven’t checked this guy out, you should because he’s hilarious.  It’s so refreshing to get a guy’s perspective on our favorite YA titles (he loved Anna and the French Kiss!) and he always gives his reviews a funny twist.
Fake Steph: I love her “WTF Moments” towards the end of all her reviews.  They often make me laugh because I agree with her.  Whether it was “Whoa… that was weird” or “OMG… can’t believe that just happened”, we’ve all had those moments when reading a book, and I love that Steph has found a way to feature that in her reviews!
Small Review: I love how she breaks down her reviews into subheadings and her explanations of what worked for her and what didn’t are always supported and well-written.  I also love that she does a decent amount of middle grade in addition to YA.  Middle grade love!
A Backwards Story: I love how Bonnie always dedicates part of her review to a book’s cover.  She often makes me notice things about the cover that I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed.

Best Book Discussion Posts:
The Overstuffed Bookcase: She has done some great events, readalongs, and discussions.  Several posts for the His Dark Materials readalong and several more for Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series.  Her discussion posts are always well-written, thought-provoking, and worth checking out!

Best Blog Layout:
Novel Sounds: Their layout is lovely and their attention to the graphics in each post makes everything they write also a colorful treat for the eyes!
Recovering Potter Addict: I love everything about her layout.  From the Harry Potter that looks like a Powerpuff girl to her buttons in the “Harry Potter Font.”

Best Author Blogs:
The World According to Maggie: Maggie Stiefvater’s blog, my favorite posts are always her ones about writing, but she often does other funny posts.  And sometimes some angry ones… I certainly don’t want to cross her when she’s mad.
Squeetus Blog: Shannon Hale’s blog, another author blog I enjoy.  I especially liked some posts she did on the absence of female characters in animated movies.
Lois Lowry’s Blog: I adore the legendary Lois Lowry, and she keeps a lovely blog.  Maybe it’s stalkerish of me… but I especially love when she posts pictures of her office and house.  I love picturing where she works!

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7 comments on “Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge #1

  1. Claire says:

    I love Maggie Stiefvater's blog too! I usually end up giggling at her posts (haunted Vegas hotel room = awesomeness). I definitely need to check out Real Men read YA as it sounds like he'll have a fresh take on things :)Claire @ Project to be Read

  2. Great picks!! I'm familiar with most of them, which is awesome! Some I found more recently than others, like Real Men Read YA, but they're all fantastic. 🙂

  3. I agree – Aaron does have some of the best reviews out there, he makes me LOL daily!! I definitely need to check out Lois Lowry's blog! I didn't even think to check if it existed!

  4. Alexa Y. says:

    I love, love, love Elena's (Novel Sounds) layout. It's absolutely GORGEOUS, and just visually stunning. And her graphics are AMAZING!

  5. Thanks so much for including me, Lauren! And you picked so many other great blogs to include! Nice picks!

  6. Small Review says:

    Aw, thank you for the mention! 🙂 I'm off to check out the Real Men Read YA blog. I love funny reviews.

  7. fakesteph says:

    Thank you! I had fun participating in Andrea's discussions, too. And I will have to check out Lowy's author blog, because I love the other two you mention.

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