Best Blogging Friends Of 2019 – Part One

Hello everyone,

It is little secret that I absolutely love the book blogging community. When I began my blog I would never have anticipated making so many wonderful friends, and I am forever grateful to all of you here and on Twitter.

Making friends and connecting with others has perhaps become my favourite thing about being a book blogger, and I feel truly lucky to be a part of it. Every nice comment I receive feels extra special, while I have been lucky to arrange or take part in buddy reads with other bloggers, too.

There are so many I could mention here as the list of people I have interacted with is extremely long, so I have decided to feature 18 of my very best bookish friends over my next two posts and gush about how brilliant they are!

Here are the first nine, in alphabetical order:

Amy @ Bookish Heights

In my humble opinion, there is no one better than Amy at raising awareness of, and promoting diversity in books. She always seems to provide a great list of recommendations, a number of which I hope to read in the future.

Added to that, Amy is just an all-round lovely person, and I think she is very inspiring. All of her posts are wonderful, written with a lot of personality.

A great post from Amy: If You Liked This Book…Then You’ll Probably Like This: LGBTQ+ Edition #1

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

Caitlin has only been blogging for a matter of months, but she writes so brilliantly that you would be forgiven for thinking she’s been doing it for years! I’m clearly not the only one who thinks that either, as she was a joint winner of this year’s ‘best new book blogger’ award.

I love reading her interesting and thought-provoking discussion posts, which are presented in a very interactive way. But the best thing for me is that Caitlin has become a good bookish friend and I always enjoy our discussions.

A great post from Caitlin: Why Is Reading so Unpopular?

Chloé @ Reviews by Chloé

I always enjoy reading Chloé’s reviews. They are always very thoughtful, and her enthusiasm for each book she reads is very clear to see from her writing.

Her reviews have introduced me to a few great books in the mystery/thriller genre, and on top of that, she is very kind and supportive.

A great post from Chloé: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Review)

Darina @ Facing The Story

Darina is one of my absolute favourite book bloggers. I have become an avid reader of her posts, which are a mixture of detailed reviews and interesting discussions. Each review always contain the perfect mix of her personal thoughts on the book as well as an analysis of its plot and themes, which I really like.

We have a very similar taste in books, so whenever Darina loves one that I haven’t read, it usually goes straight on my TBR! I always look forward to reading her posts.

A great post from Darina: Book review: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

Emily @ Literary Edits

When I first read one of Emily’s blog posts, I was transfixed. I was in awe of her writing back then, and I am still in awe of it now! She is another hugely inspiring – and wonderful – bookish friend.

Having read her posts, it was no surprise to me that she graduated from university this year with a First in English Literature, but that is only part of what seems like a brilliant 2019 for Emily, as she founded Literary Edits, an editing and proofreading service, which her blog now accompanies.

A great post from Emily: What Makes a Book a “Classic”?

Jee @ Hooked On Bookz

Jee is the absolute kindest! Every time she leaves a comment on one of my posts it just makes me smile, as she is always very supportive.

Her own reviews are fantastic, too. I like the range of books she discusses on her blog, and her thoughts on each one are always extremely interesting to read.

A great post from Jee: Jee reviews ‘The World That We Knew’ by Alice Hoffman

Kelly @ From Belgium With Book Love

I am really grateful to be friends with Kelly. She is totally supportive to authors and fellow bloggers alike, and without her there are several amazing books that I simply wouldn’t have read or maybe even discovered.

Her blog is magnificent, with book reviews that entertain and captivate in equal measure. Each post is a joy to read!

A great post by Kelly: What Books Have Taught Me So Far This Year

Kriti @ Armed With A Book

I recently took part in a Q&A with Kriti for her blog, which was great fun. I enjoyed sharing our reading habits and preferences, along with our thoughts on books.

Kriti is very articulate, and her blog posts reflect that. They are all rich in detail and analysis, which make for a great read.

A great post by Kriti: Who are you as a reader? – The Preferences

Lauren @ LauReads

Lauren and I have interacted a lot in 2019 and I love how she comes up with lots of different post ideas, particularly lists. Her reviews are very genuine and concise, but most of all Lauren is a caring person and I like our regular discussions we have on our blogs.

A great post by Lauren: Skyward – Brandon Sanderson | Review

Part Two of this post coming up tomorrow!

Happy reading 🙂

25 thoughts on “Best Blogging Friends Of 2019 – Part One

  1. So lovely to see so much mutual love and support in the book blogging community! And this post has introduced me to a lot of great bloggers, so thanks for that 👍 Looking forward to part 2!

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  2. This is such a wonderful post, Stephen! I will definitely have a look into the other bloggers as a lot of them are not familiar. And thanks so much for including me and for all the lovely words!

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  3. Thank you sooo much, Stephen! This absolutely made my day!! I’m so touched by your kind words! You actually took the time to write about us and our blogs. Your kindness is rare and means the world to me, Stephen. Thank you once again…And you must know that you’re one of my favorite bloggers too. One who writes great, detailed and balanced reviews. And when it isn’t book reviews, it’s a post that is inspiring and thoughtful. Keep it up, Stephen!

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    1. You’re very welcome, Jee! I have had this post idea in mind for a while and I’m glad to have finally written it, because there are a lot of book bloggers who I’m incredibly grateful for, you included 😊.
      And thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot!


  4. stephen, i’m commenting on this so late, but thank you so much!! i never expected anyone to like my discussions, so this means a lot to me ❤❤ it’s such an honor that you put me on this list, and said such nice things about me! i’m 100% grateful for your friendship this year as well, and I can’t wait to continue reading your content this year! you have such a calming blogging voice that makes everything you write so fun to read ❤

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  5. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the mention, Stephen! I’m so sorry that I missed this post until now! It is always such an amazing feeling when you know that someone is actually reading and appreciating your blog posts. Your words have absolutely blown me away; thank you SO much!

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