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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why Writers Love Book Bloggers

Sure there's the NY Times Bestseller list and just about every newspaper out there reviews and recommends books, but who do you turn to when you need a book recommendation? For me it isn't a newspaper or a bookseller website, it's my favorite book bloggers. I know I'm going to love whatever they recommend because they've never steered me wrong.

While technically I guess you could call book bloggers critics, they are so much more. To me they have evolved beyond what you would consider a critic to be. Book bloggers have become a huge influence and welcome members of the supportive community for authors, aspiring writers, and those who love books. The book bloggers I follow and trust in have become so much more than just a bookmarked site, I consider them my friends. Not only do they suggest great books to read and steer me away from those I wouldn't like, they encourage and push me as a writer.

I used to want to get published because I felt like my characters deserved to have their stories told. While I still believe that wholeheartedly, now I also want to get published because there are fabulous people waiting to read my books. That's a huge gift they've given to me, a gift that will fuel my determination and keep me motivated.

Here are a few of my favorite book bloggers. Please feel free to leave me a link to your favorite book bloggers in the comments and I'll add them to the list along with a link to your site or blog! Here's to writers supporting book bloggers!

My recommendations:
For YA, fantasy, paranormal lovers:
http://themindfulmusingsbookblog.blogspot.com/
http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/
http://darkfaerietales.com/
http://paranormal-obsession.blogspot.com/
http://courtney-reads.blogspot.com/
http://thefictionenthusiast.blogspot.com/
http://readergirls.blogspot.com/

Follower recommendations:
For romance lovers:
http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/

13 comments:

  1. (coming over from Twitter)
    I completely agree! I almost always look to book bloggers to decide whether to buy a new book.
    I don't read much romance, but my favorite book review site is http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/ They're beyond hilarious, and I agree with their reviews nine times out of ten.
    I'll definitely check out the blogs you've recommended. Thanks!

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  2. I agree! I love turning to other bloggers for recommendations.

    And thanks so much for linking to my blog! I'm completely flattered (and you just made my day)! :)

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  3. SO true! Thanks for the links. I already follow Mundie Moms, but I need to check out the others.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Betsy! I'll add this to the list!

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  5. Glad I could make your day Natalie! Now I'm all smiles :)

    You'll love the other rec's Lisa!

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  6. (visiting from Portia Sisco's blog)

    I couldn't agree more, book bloggers are monumental in helping you become successful. I love visiting them, it's normally where I hear about a new book for the first time, since I'm not savvy in the writing world I go to places I know can help me... those places do!

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  7. Aw, thank you so much for the shout out!! That means a lot to us and you just made my day!

    I agree, I love following other book bloggers, as well as authors. I love reading what they all have to say and what they review.

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  8. I think book bloggers are becoming more and more important in the publishing world.

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  9. Hi Jen! Thanks for visiting from Portia's blog (love her!). Book bloggers are the best aren't they?!

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  10. You're very welcome Mundie Moms! The way you support and encourage authors is truly inspiring. I'm touched that I could make your day!

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  11. So true Alissa. It's a digital world and book bloggers have their fingers on the pulse, or keys rather ;) As I recall, you've reviewed quite a books and given me some great recommendations on your blog as well!

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  12. Sorry I'm so late in stopping by to say thank you. I really appreciate you thinking of me. Building relationships with authos and other bloggers has been an amazing experience. I truly appreciate what you guys give back to the community. Crafting an amazing story that helps me escape the reality of my hectic life is simply the best.

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  13. No worries Angela, I knew you'd make it by! I couldn't agree more that building relationships with bloggers and authors has been amazing. Thank you for all the amazing recommendations. I look forward to many more!

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