TGIF: Book Blogs That Make Me Smile

Friday, October 21, 2011

TGIF is a new(ish) feature at one of my absolute favourite blogs, GReads!, hosted by the lovely Ginger. It's a way to celebrate the impending weekend, and answer fun questions. Most of all though, you get to know a wee bit more about all those awesome bloggers you meet. So, what are you waiting for? Do your own post and head on over to link up!

Book Blogs That Make You Smile: Pick 5 book blogs you visit often & think others should, too.

This is a difficult one, and I'm just going to throw that out there right away because I visit a lot of amazing blogs every single day, and I know I'm going to miss at least one, which will make me feel bad. But, I've committed to this topic, so five blogs I just know I honestly couldn't live without visiting daily are:

Jenny is the mastermind behind Supernatural Snark, and when I say she's a genius, I mean it. Plus, she's probably the nicest person in the whole world. Not too many people will run at you the first time you meet them in person (at BEA, mind you) and give you a bearhug. Love this girl, love her exceptional reviewing skills and am always inspired by her passion for books.

I don't even remember how I stumbled upon Lauren's blog, 365 Days of Reading, but from the start, I could count on her for awesome reviews, fun and inventive features and introducing me to new titles. She never fails to give us the best and worst of the literary world - but all with tact, grace and class. She's inspiring, and her blog is so much fun!

Alison from Alison Can Read has had a blog that's been a favourite of mine for almost a year now. I swear, not too many bloggers can sway me towards things I don't know (like Manga), but she has a knack for it. Plus, she's insightful and and eloquent with all her posts, and she never fails to leave a nice and positive comment.

This one is a given, guys. Ginger from GReads! is probably one of the sweetest people I've ever "met". Though I've yet to meet this girl face to face, she has a heart of gold and a site that never fails to impress me. I'm always inspired by her passion for everything she does on her site, as well as everything she promotes. Plus, it has to be said that this girl managed to sway me towards contemps...not an easy feat, but she did it!

Candace from Candace's Book Blog is a fairly recent find of mine, but I visit her site every single day, without fail (even those days when I'm too bloody tired to comment). She always has new content, she writes amazing reviews, and she's incredibly generous with giveaways, help to other bloggers and positive vibes. Her blog is truly one-of-a-kind.


  1. Oh my goodness, you just made me tear up! Thank you so much for including me in this list, I can't believe I made the list!!! There are so many amazing blogs so it's so humbling to be included as one you love. I also read your blog everyday (I subscribe) so like you, if for some reason I'm not able to comment I AM always reading it. And if I was making a list you would certainly be on it! You write reviews that I completely 'get', you know? And your so much more eloquent then I am. Anyway, you TOTALLY just made my night!

  2. Thanks for a bunch of nice blogs to discover! Yours is not bad either!

  3. I knew about two of these blogs, but I am happy to discover the other three -- thanks Melissa!

  4. aww thanks Melissa! Your blog was one of the first I followed.. and I truly believe you have some of the most well written reviews out there :-) I know I can always count on you to recommend me something new! Thank you for the sweet words.. and yay for contemps!! hehe

  5. Lovely List Melissa...I love your blog along with all those gals listed..:D

  6. I am SO with you on Jenny Snark. She's hysterical.

  7. Love your entire list! Candace, Ginger, and Alison are some of my faves though!

    Rie @ Mission to Read

  8. Aww, thank you so much, Melissa! Your blog is one of my faves, so I'm honored to be listed! :)
    I definitely agree with you on the others, especially Jenny. Her reviews are always so beautifully written and insightful!

  9. I haven't visited 365 Days of Reading but I can say the other blogs are great and on my blog roll!
    I may not get there every day, but I try to read all the ones I missed when I do get there! And Candace is generous-I can't tell you how much I just won at her most recent giveaway-it was fantastic!

    Great Blogs!

  10. I love Jenny, too! I'm a hugger by nature, but not everyone is, so when I met her in Ohio, first thing she said was I'm a hugger and gave me the biggest hug. I knew it was a friendship that was meant to be! Besides, she's just as awesome in person as on the blog.

    I love all the other blogs you listed, too! Alison always posts awesome reviews with good breakdowns and I totally know what to expect when I get to it. Ginger has fun meme's and Candace has awesomeness in general! I'll have to check out Lauren's blog, I don't think I've visited.

    Also, love your blog. You're one of the first I followed and your reviews are amazingly lovely and brilliant. I have similar taste, so I read your blog everyday as well...even if I don't comment. :D *hugs*

  11. These are all great. Can't wait for Jenny's cover critiques to come back!

  12. Great picks!! Most are ones that I make sure to visit every day...even if I don't have time to comment!

    My TGIF

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  13. thanks for the solid leads on new bloggers! <3

  14. Thanks so much Melissa! That is so nice of you. I love your blog too. Don't go a day without reading it.

    I hope I get the chance to meet you and Jenny at BEA next year.
    My Hop

  15. I must go and check out those new to me :D

  16. Fully agree with your picks! These are definitely five wonderful blogs :)

  17. Seriously? You are amazing. Thank you for saying such nice things about me, they're of course all true and widely known, but it's nice to hear them just the same ;-) HA! I'm glad I find myself so amusing because I'm not sure anyone else does. Except maybe you, which is why we're such good friends. You know I'm madly in love with you, and reading this post made me smile like a complete idiot. Thank you for including me in such great company:)

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