Best Blogging Friends Of 2020 – Part One

Hello everyone,

I love being a book blogger. I love writing posts, coming up with interesting new ideas, writing reviews, compiling lists, having a platform to talk about what I enjoy doing. Yet perhaps the thing I love the most about it is the amazing book blogging community.

Every single day I feel extremely grateful for all the incredible friends I have made both via my blog and on Twitter. You are special, supportive, and the variety of posts I read across the community are constantly outstanding and thought-provoking. I am lucky to be a part of that. πŸ₯°

At the end of last year I highlighted eighteen of my favourite bookish friends, and this year I wanted to do the same. So, over the course of my next two posts, I am going to talking about eighteen more book bloggers and how brilliant they are!

Here are the first nine, in alphabetical order:

Abby @ Beyond The Read

Abby started her blog this year and I always look forward to reading her posts. They are thoughtful, extremely in-depth, and filled with an infectious enthusiasm that brings a smile to my face, especially when she talks about a book that she really loved. On top of that, she is kind and hardworking and always has time for others.

A great post from Abby: 7 Historical Fiction Books that Tell a Different Story

Alexia @ The Bewitched Reader

I am very grateful to be friends with Alexia, she is a lovely person to interact with and we are currently in the middle of our first buddy read. She is talented, writes very eloquently, and has a determination to succeed at whatever she does, while she has come up with the perfect new name for her blog.

A great post from Alexia: On Accountability – Thoughts and Reflections

Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog

Becky has been a wonderful part of the book blogging community for some time now and posts consistently great content several times each week. She has introduced me to some fabulous reads and I love it when we find a particular book that we have both enjoyed – most recently The Once And Future Witches.

Furthermore, Becky’s organisational skills have been so helpful this year with BBNYA, she deserves a lot of credit for that. And also I have to mention her blog’s tagline, ‘I’m going on an adventure!’. That always makes me smile.

A great post from Becky: Favourite reads of 2020 – Debut’s edition!

Brittany @ Book Ramblings

I find Brittany really inspiring. We all know that 2020 has been a difficult year, but she has still managed to achieve so much and do a lot of positive things while also being an extremely kind and lovely member of the community.

After graduating in the summer, Brittany has gone on to secure a job in publishing and has written some absolutely wonderful blog posts about it, sharing some very interesting insights.

A great post from Brittany: My First Week in Publishing

Celine @ Celinelingg

I came across Celine’s blog about halfway through the year and I love it! She mostly posts reviews, but they are always an entertaining read and she presents them in a very unique way, showing a good eye for detail. She also has a wonderful blogging voice.

A great post from Celine: Eddie Flynn Book Review : Thirteen + Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

Chana and Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

Chana and Malka have an outstanding blog! I love reading all their posts, with such as their varied monthly TBRs and shared answers to book tags, but it is their discussions that really set them apart. They are so thoughtfully written and always seem to get right to the very heart of a highly relevant topic, all the while being super entertaining to read. Even better, they often lead to some long discussions in the comments, which is what those sorts of posts are all about!

My reading preferences are aligned more closely with Chana, but I have probably had longer bookish discussions with Malka. All the same, they are both wonderful bloggers.

A great post from Chana: Science vs. Fiction: Rating Sci-Fi as a STEM Student

A great post from Malka: What Makes You Well Read?

Dini @ Dinipanda Reads

Dini is a very prolific book blogger, sometimes posting more than once in a day. Despite that, she is never short of amazing content, and I just love the way she pours her heart into her blog, combining lots of fun features with some excellent insights and discussions. She works so hard and is super supportive too.

A great post from Dini: Let’s Talk Bookish: Rereading Books

Ellie @ Read To Ramble

Ellie is enthusiastic and supportive and has time for everybody. I connected with her at the start of this year and she has become a prominent member of the book community, particularly on Twitter. Since then, I have done two buddy reads with her and discovered the remarkable depth of her TBR.

At the same time, I am convinced that she has superpowers! She is in the middle of a university degree, has split her time between Scotland and France, publishes a detailed blog post near enough every day, read about 36 books in the month of April alone, managed the Write Reads blog tour Twitter account, played a large part in the organisation of BBNYA, and successfully wrote 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), all while maintaining a very active social media presence.

Perhaps I am basing this on my own, somewhat negligible standards of productivity, but that is truly extraordinary. I have asked her once or twice if she ever sleeps! Ellie is super impressive, and a really good friend who I have made this year.

A great post from Ellie: The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Florence @ Miscellany Pages

Florence is a wonderful friend who I am grateful to have connected with this year. Her blog posts are so unique, not only exploring diversity and difference, but also approaching literature with an academic focus which I absolutely love.

Her university dissertation topic on race and mythological retellings is extremely fascinating and I have a feeling that it will lead to an excellent degree classification next year, which I know she is capable of. Florence has also helped add an array of interesting books to my TBR!

A great post from Florence: Questioning the Canon: Race and Greek Mythology Retellings

Part Two of this post is coming up tomorrow!

Happy reading πŸ™‚


38 thoughts on “Best Blogging Friends Of 2020 – Part One

  1. I agree, Becky needs a huge medal for her part in the BBNYA 2020. I love reading Dini’s posts too, she’s such a big part of the blogging community and was quick to welcome me. Great idea for a post, Stephan and for spreading the Blogger love. πŸ’š
    Going off to check out some new-to-me bloggers πŸ’š

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  2. Awhh this is a lovely post. Some amazing bloggers on this list, Stephen!! All of these bloggers are just fantastic, especially those who helped with BBNYA – they deserve all the love! Excellent post, a great way to brighten this gloomy year! πŸ’œ

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  3. This is a great post. I have not been interactive with many fellow book bloggers and reviewers and this is a great post for me to know more people from community through the list above and others who will be posting the comments.

    btw, have a great day everyone! Lots of love ❀

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  4. Aww what a wonderful idea for a post Stephen! Thank you so much for including me, it really made my day ❀️ I’m really grateful that we’ve connected this year too and hopefully we can have lots more bookish conversations in 2021! X x x

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  5. AWWW thank you so much for including me in this lovely list Stephen!!! This just totally made my day ❀️❀️πŸ₯Ί

    And I’ll have to check out some of the new-to-me bloggers that you featured here!! This community is truly incredible and this is a great idea for spreading all the love and appreciation πŸ’•

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    1. You’re so welcome, Abby! πŸ₯°β€ I had to include you in this list, you have made me smile a lot of times this year and your blog posts are wonderful 😍
      I hope you enjoy discovering some of the other bloggers here!

      How was your Christmas? ❀

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      1. Aww you’re making me melt with all of your lovely comments Stephen!! You’re really too sweet πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

        I had a wonderful Christmas, thank you so much for asking!! My family celebration was thankfully pretty unaffected by the pandemic so we got to enjoy our holiday in full 😊 And I finally got the chance to start reading Crooked Kingdom (which was amazing by the way)!!

        How was your Christmas?

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      2. You deserve all the compliments, Abby πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

        I’m so happy you had a good Christmas! It’s great to hear you enjoyed Crooked Kingdom too 😊

        My Christmas Day was lovely, thank you! It was a really nice day with my family, with presents, Pixar films, nice food, and some games.

        I’m replying late so Happy New Year! ✨ I hope 2021 is special for you πŸ’•πŸ’•

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      3. I’m so glad to hear you spent your Christmas happily!! Presents, family, and Pixar films sound like a wonderful combination ❀️

        Happy New Year to you as well Stephen!! Hoping 2021 brings us all joy and peace πŸ’ž

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  6. Holy granola, never thought I’d ever find myself on a list like this among such fantastic book bloggers! Wah, my feels are SHOOK πŸ˜‚ I’m so beyond thankful to be included on your list and truly, YOU are one of the most supportive bloggers in the community, Stephen! This has made me so, so happy (if you can’t tell haha) πŸ₯° Thank you!!!

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    1. You’re very welcome, Dini! πŸ₯° You definitely deserve your place on this list, you are supportive and constantly write great posts. Thank you for your kind words, too! ✨


  7. Stephen! I’m so sorry I I haven’t respond to this lovely post of yours! I’ve replied this on my blog, but haven’t showcase my deepest gratitude for you! *Life keeps getting in the way urgh*
    Anyway, HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS POST! And not just because of all the bloggers included in the list, but because of your sweet little appreciation to my blog. It’s just.. omg overwhelming. I’m crying happy tears right now. Meeting you in this community is just amazing and your post is just WOW. I’m just utterly grateful to stumble upon your blog and being able to know you, be friend with you. It’s just amazing.

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    1. Haha no problem, Celine! It gets difficult to always keep up with other blog posts.

      And you’re very welcome!! I have absolutely loved reading all your reviews and becoming friends with you. I’m so glad this post made you happy. ❀

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  8. I love how much thought went into each description for every blogger that you mentioned! You’ve helped introduce me to a number of blogs I don’t already read, and after reading what you have to say, I can’t wait to check them out!

    I also wanted to thank you so much for including us on this list, Stephen! I’m so happy that you enjoy our discussions so much, and I appreciate every time you leave a thoughtful comment on one of our posts!

    I feel particularly bad that it took me so long to respond to this post because from the moment we got the notification, I was so excited that we had made it onto your post, and couldn’t wait to see who else you mentioned! It’s been tough getting back into blog hopping and responding, so I hope you’ll excuse the delay!

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    1. You’re very welcome, Malka! I really enjoy all of your posts and you definitely deserve that recognition. I’m really happy this post has helped you discover more bloggers as well!

      No problem about the delay, it’s not always easy to keep blog hopping when life is so busy! I hope you had a lovely start to the year πŸ₯°

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