The 2016 Blogger Awards

I was recognized by Tash @ The Book Monsters in her The 2016 Blogger Awards post. It was so nice to be recognized and so I thought I would participate. (Thanks, Tash!)

For those of you who are not familiar with these awards, you can check out the original post on Just Call Me Elm or Something or read the rules below. It was really hard to pick one blog for each of these. So many bloggers could fit in so many of the categories!

• It is preferred if you nominate one blog/blogger per award, but if you’re finding this difficult, two should be the maximum.
• Post ALL NOMINATIONS on this post, or write a post that links to this post so that I am notified as to who you have nominated. If you don’t know how to make a pingback, you can always ask, or email me.
• If you do not link your nominations to this post in some way, they cannot be counted.
• You must link your nominees to their blog – just writing a name will result in confusion, because there are multiple Em’s to give an example.
• Please tag your blog posts that relate to the awards with the hashtag #2016BloggerAwards. This is so that both the readers and I can keep track of any nominations.
• Results will be posted on 31 December, to allow as many people to submit their nominations as possible.

Blogger of the Year
A blogger that you feel has stood out this year as being very inspiring, kind, and who holds many of the qualities that you feel makes a fantastic blogger. This blogger can be one who you aspire to be and who’s personality traits cause them to, again and again, be seen as a central part of your blogging community, both to you and others.

Maren from The Worn Bookmark is the first person that came to my mind for this category. Maren is warm and friendly to other book bloggers. She makes a blogger feel at home in the blogosphere. I love the wide variety of books she reviews and all of the posts she shares.

Blog of the Year
Through their posts, the blog which you nominate for this category will have made an impact on the community with their writing. Each aspect of the blog is well thought-out, and their posts are both creative and original. Content, appearance and the effect you think this blog has had on you as a person and other people should contribute to why you nominated them.

I like everything about Books at Dawn. Jesse has done an amazing job streamlining his reviews. I love the way they look and read. His reviews are simply broken down, and they deliver his opinion in a way that helps a reader quickly decide if a book is for him/her or not. His graphics are really cool, too. I’ve heard he may use as a host server so that he can focus on the reviews. Either way, he’s doing a pretty sweet job. I especially enjoy his Weekly Cover Reveals. I love that he not only focuses on the Fantasy books he loves, but on other genres as well.

Kindest Blogger
Somebody who has always been there with a lovely word if you feel down. They do not judge you, and can always be relied on to say the sweetest things no matter the situation that you find yourself in. Their comments are ones that stick in your mind because of their kind words, and they are nice to everybody and anybody.

Susan from Susan Loves Books has been a big supporter of my blog from the moment I started it. She’s constantly leaving positive comments on my blog that brighten my days.

Most Approachable Blogger
No matter the time of day or the amount of followers you have, you feel as if you can always talk to this blogger. Whether they have 10 followers or 10000, they do not make you feel unwelcome, and allow you to feel as if your opinions will be listened to. They’re friendly, and their personality makes it so that they are easy to have a conversation with.

There’s just something about Claire from Art and Soul that screams approachable to me. She’s super nice, makes amazing desserts and writes wonderful reviews. She always comes across as upbeat and positive. I love interacting with her and reading her blog posts.

Best New Blogger
A person who has, ?spite not being in the Blogosphere for long, made an impact. This award is for those who have taken blogging in their stride, and right from the beginning, given it their all. They have firmly entrenched themselves within the community, emerging into blogging and not letting their ‘newbie’ status bother them.

Jill over at Rant and Rave is my Best New Blogger for 2016. (Hopefully, Jill started blogging in 2016. If not, I’m still picking her because she’s new to me!) I love her rant and rave reviews. It’s such a fun and easy way to make her reviews pop in my feed. I also love the colorful way she reviews books.

Most Positive Blog
The posts on this blog, or this blogger’s personality, lift your mood whenever you are not feeling your best. They could write inspirational posts, or have the personality that allows you to smile when they comment or speak to you; a simple post or conversation with them can make you happy.

I had to pick Tash from The Bookie Monsters for the Most Positive Blog award. Her blog is a happy place to go. First, there’s her super cute header that makes me smile. Then, there’s all her posts. I especially love her Tea with Tash ones. They’re a great way to catch up with her month and find out what’s new with her.

Most Helpful Blogger
Somebody who has always strived to help anybody, in any situation. This can be through their posts, or through any contact you have had outside of blogging. They have always helped you when you needed any assistance or advice, whether that would be with blogging or any real life situations, and they go out of their way to offer you this help.

Kelly over at Here’s to Happy Endings could have easily filled any of the spots on this awards post. I chose to name her most helpful blogger because she’s always willing to answer blog related questions when I ask them — and I ask a lot. I’ve appreciated her friendship and getting to know her through her blog posts and our Twitter exchanges.

Best Looking Blog
When you look at this blog, it should be obvious that they’ve spent some time on making it look amazing. It can be through the way they’ve organised it, the design in general, the best pictures: whatever element they’ve put into their blog, they’ve done it incredibly well. Remember, beauty is subjective, so don’t feel worried that other people may disagree with you.

If you haven’t found Read at Midnight yet, you need to hop on over there and look at Aentee’s gorgeous designs. They’re amazing and so beautiful. And she’s willing to share her design services for a great price with everyone. (I have to credit her for my amazing blog header!)

Most Relatable Blog
Many of the posts that they write, you find yourself relating to. This can be because of their style of writing, or the stories that they share; when you read their blog, you think that you aren’t alone.

I have two picks for Most Relatable Blog. I couldn’t just pick one. I relate to both Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions and Ari at The Daydreaming Bookworm a lot. That probably has to do with the fact that we enjoy so many of the same books. I love reading their book reviews because I’m usually nodding my head in agreement or adding a new book to my TBR. They’re part of the reason my husband cringes when he sees Kindle charges on our credit card bill.

Most Creative Blogger
There are some people who have added wonderfully original ideas to the Blogosphere. These people have contributed awards, tags, challenges and anything else that has been very well created. As well as this, they could be a creative writer, artist or could be a musician – anything that showcases a talent, or brings something never brought before to the blogging world. This is flexible, so you can nominate 2 people if this one is especially difficult.

I had to think about this one for a while. I feel like every blogger I’ve come across is creative in some way. One that really stands out to me, though; is Jordyn from J. Bookish. She created The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag and started a BookTube that’s really awesome.

Funniest Blogger
This blogger will never fail to make you laugh. Through what they say, their posts or how they interact with people, they put a permanent smile on your face and can have you in stitches. They can be unexpectedly funny, can say the strangest things, but the one thing that this person has is a brilliant sense of humor.

Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts is the wittiest book blogger I’ve met so far. Every single one of his posts make me laugh or smile. He brings a unique perspective that I really enjoy. I wish I could book ramble like him.

The Wildcard
If you think that a blog/blogger should be recognized for an aspect of their blog/blogging personality that doesn’t fit a category on this list, then you can nominate them here, with the name of the aspect that they deserve and a comment. Though no one will necessarily ‘win’ this, those that stand out will be featured in the Results post.

She’s not super active in the community, but Sky from Bookish Night is my Wildcard choice. What I love most about Sky is that she’s real and honest. She puts herself out there in each review and interaction.

If you’re interested in participating, you don’t have to be tagged. Just simply follow The Rules and link to Just Call Me Elm or Something or use the hashtag #2016BloggerAwards.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award #2

I have to admit I’ve done this one before. I think I’ve been nominated a few times since then. I decided to go ahead and do it again because I love answering questions other bloggers ask and it’s such a pleasure to be nominated by other community members.

I would like to thank Beatrice @ When Curiosity Killed the Cat, nominating me for the Sisterhood  Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award. If anyone else nominated me and I didn’t complete the nomination, I’m sorry! If you let me know, I’d happy to add your name/link. If I get a chance, I’ll even go back to your original post and answer your questions! (Can you tell I feel guilty?)

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the Award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten blogs.

Beatrice’s Questions:

Aside from reading books, what are your favorite pastimes?

You mean there’s other things you can do besides read books? *Gasp*

My favorite past times besides reading books are scrapbooking, camping, boating, hanging out with friends and spending time with my family. I’m also planning on taking up sewing soon.

A book turned into a movie or turned into a series?

Hmmm…It depends. If Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter wanted to turn some of my favorite books into a TV series, I would totally be okay with that. Otherwise, probably a movie. I think there’s more time to ruin a good book in a TV series than in a movie.

Which do you prefer, Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop?

Both? Neither? Maybe I need to actually check those things out!

What phobia do you have?

My biggest fear is death because, well, death. It could be my death or death of a family member. Second, would be physical pain. I hate getting hurt. Third, would be spiders and snakes. Ewww.

If you were given a chance to meet a book character in person, who would it be?

Kate from Kim Holden’s Brightside.

What country are you from?

The United States of America

What is your favorite music genre?

Pop. (That really that just means popular music, right?) I tend to like a little bit of everything, but I mainly listen to Pop. I love music from the 70’s to the present. If I had to pick a favorite decade it would probably be the 80’s.

If you were given a chance to learn other languages, what would they be?

It’s been a while, but I took Spanish in high school and college. I could read and write but couldn’t speak it very well. I would love to relearn it. It would also be nice to learn Japanese, Chinese, French or German. I would be open to learning pretty much anything.

What is your favorite food?

Picking just one is so hard! I am going with Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Odd, I know, but it was my first favorite food ever and you really can’t go wrong with one.

Who is your favorite author?

I think you’re trying to kill me with this question. Who has just one favorite author!?!? I can’t choose! Here’s a list of some of my favorites right now: Colleen Hoover, Ginger Scott, Kim Holden, Karen White, Kristan Higgins, Beth Flynn, and many, many more.

My Questions:

  • If you could get a sequel to any standalone novel, which one would it be?
  • Gummy bears or gummy worms?
  • What is the saddest book you ever read?
  • Favorite TV show?
  • What is the most inspiring book you ever read?
  • Song you’re listening to on repeat this week?
  • If you could hang out with one author for the day, who would it be?
  • *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys or New Kids on the Block?
  • Do you believe Big Foot really exists?
  • If you could recommend one book to me, what would it be?

I Nominate:

This time I’m going to nominate some bloggers I’ve recently discovered. If you’ve already done it, I won’t be upset if you don’t do it again. 😉

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog

Aneta @ Aneta Quinn

Courtney @ Abibliophobic Tendencies 

Hayley @ Rather Too Fond of Books

Jenna @ Reading with Jenna

Lucía @ Making Days Better

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Rachael @ bookspieandcoffee

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews