Let's Talk is a weekly feature here at i swim for oceans. I think it's important that we all have our say, and there's something to be said for raising our voices. Simply put, here on the little old blog, I like to host some of my very own discussion posts because, well, I like to converse with you all.
And so, Let's Talk will feature questions or prompts, which I will answer, too. Love it or hate it, weigh in or don't, it's my hope that Let's Talk will at least get you thinking...and maybe even get you discussing with the rest of us!
What are some of your favourite book blogs, and what makes you continue going back to them time and again?
When I first started blogging three years ago, I can honestly say that I had absolutely zero clue what I was doing. Frankly, I probably still really don't, and I'm just fooling myself, but I have come to realize that I do have a series of blogs and bloggers that I can turn to time and time again for the best and most honest book recommendations. A lot of these bloggers have been around for a while. They know how to review these days. Not all of them, however,ave been. Some are newer, but their individual voices really stand out from the crowd, and that's what makes them most unique to me.
Now, first of all, let me make this clear...this is in no way a measure of the best blogs out there. I want bloggers to share their favourites because I tend to get wrapped up in the blogs that I've always known, and I'm always looking to find new blogs to follow and learn from. It is my sincere hope that by doing so, I can expand the realm of blogs that I visit every day and, perhaps, do the same for you! So, in no particular order, some of my absolute favourite blogs that I cannot help but visit every day are:
Supernatural Snark has been an absolute favourite of mine for almost three years now. I kid you not. I visit this blog without fail every day, and even when I took an 8-month hiatus from the book blogosphere, you better believe I kept visiting this blog for fantastic recommendations every single day. Jenny is a hilarious blogger full of opinions, fantastic insight and, yes, snark. I don't know what I'd do without this blog...seriously. I'd probably wither away and die. Melodramatic? Yes. True? Hell yes. Proud to call this blogger a dear, dear friend.
I'm a fairly new follower of The Reader's Den, but I have to say that it's an incredibly impressive blog. Rachel and Jasprit have insightful reviews and features every single day, and I'm never disappointed. I know I can count on these girls for their true opinions on books and, most of all, they challenge me to push my own reading boundaries, convincing me that there are titles out there that I might be prejudiced against, but I should probably read. Stat. If you haven't visited them yet...do it. You will love it!
I think that Into the Hall of Books is one of those blogs that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. I'm not kidding. I don't even remember how I stumbled across Asheley's blog, but I was immediately blown away by the depth of her reviews. Colour me nuts, but I have a penchant for long, thorough reviews, and you will find plenty of those on her blog. She's been hard at work convincing me to try NA, and I think she might just have finally convinced me to do so. (Well done, Asheley!) But seriously...if you want to stretch your reading horizons, visit her blog.
Now, there are a million other great blogs out there that I want to mention, as well, but to keep from over-professing my undying love for you all, some other great ones you must try are YA Book Queen, Nick's Book Blog, Anna Reads, Alison Can Read, GReads, Words Like Silver, The Book Swarm and a zillion more. Guys, not all these bloggers review solely YA, and that's why I love them. Some of these bloggers convinced me to try contemps. Some of them have mentored me from the start. And, some of them are new finds that I really hope will endure for a very long time.
What about you? What book blogs do you love to visit time and again? Sharing is caring, and I need more blogs to visit and learn from!