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!
For YA, fantasy, paranormal lovers:
For romance lovers: