The Very Inspiring Blogger Award


I was immensely chuffed to find that two dear blogging friends – Susan and Annabel – had nominated me for this award (and I would nominate both of them right back if they hadn’t done this already!). It’s even more touching because I’ve been a rather intermittent blogger these past few weeks. Though that’s just been the force of circumstances, I hesitate to add. I love my blogging community and would be lost without you all and your brilliant posts and wonderful comments here.

So this award comes at the perfect time to celebrate blog friends. These are the rules:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated (15 is a few too many for me, particularly as several of the ones I would have included have nominated me so I hope 10 will do)
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

I’ll give a special shout out to my other fellow editors at Shiny – Harriet and Simon – who are just wonderful, and then my nominees for this award (I’m supposed to have 15, but it just had to be 16 and there could have been more!), in alphabetical order:


Acid Free Pulp – just love these intelligent and thoughtful reviews.


A Gallimaufry – Helen makes me laugh every time; she is pure delight, and finds the best art, too.


A Work in Progress – should be on everyone’s Top Five Perfect Book Blogs list.


Beauty is a Sleeping Cat – great reviews and the best community readalongs.


Dolce Bellezza – one of the biggest, warmest hearted bloggers I know.


Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings – I am in awe of Karen’s seemingly effortless, wonderful reviews, and her secondhand finds!


Listenwatchreadshare – fantastic writing about books and life (and moving house!)


Mrs Carmichael – like having a drink with your funniest friend; the best family and travel adventure tales ever.


Necromancy Never Pays – brilliant reviews peppered with poems that I have a) never heard of and b) find hugely intriguing.


Novel Readings – such intelligent analyses of books; you feel smarter just being there.


Reading the End – no one reviews like Jenny; she is such an original and hilarious.


Ripple Effects – gorgeous photography and amazing film reviews; I get all my viewing recommendations here.


Shelf Love – Jenny and Teresa cover such an amazing range of books between them; and yet often they seem to be reviewing a book I’ve read or want to read.


Smithereens – what book blogging is all about, real passion for books and writing, squeezed into daily life.


So Many Books – one of the all-time great book blogs; classic and timeless.


The Curious Reader – mostly life, padded with books, and always wise and loving. I just wish blogger would let me comment more!


The Modern Idiot – social and political comment, a laugh, a rant and full-on passion all the time.


Thinking in Fragments – dangerously full of crime fiction I want to read! And deliciously readable reviews of all kinds.


And while I’m at it, I have to send love to Lilian and Pete, who do blog, but not often enough (because they are particularly busy!).

I’m supposed to add seven facts about me. But guys, I’ve been blogging for 8 years here – I don’t think there’s anything you don’t know by now! Though if there’s anything you want to know, you only have to ask.


20 thoughts on “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Congrats! (and thanks for listing me even if I’ve been a bit quiet this summer). I love these types of posts because I always stumble upon new blogs that I wouldn’t otherwise.

  2. Can not believe I find myself listed in your post; I hardly feel qualified to be among such bloggers on your most excellent blog. It is indeed an honor, Victoria, and I thank you for your nomination (not to mention Tales From The Reading Room which is a joy to read!) xo

  3. Congratulations, Litlove and thanks for nominating me. I find myself in such wonderful company.
    I hope to have a post up soon as well – just need to think about 7 things to share – or not. 🙂

      • Haha not even in the same league as you guys, but kind if you to say so.

        Btw, finished my finals and have a break in the studies, so I’m starting the Kings book tonight. Thanks again for sending it; I’m excited! It has been so long since I’ve gotten to read a book without taking any notes

  4. Thank you Victoria – so flattering! If you hadn’t already been nominated I would nominate you myself!

  5. You really are inspiring; and, I love visiting your literary salon where one can always find lively book-talk. You deserve any award bestowed upon you. And thank you, dear Litlove, for the nomination.

  6. This list makes me happy because a) I am super flattered and b) I looked at my “Testing” folder on Google Reader and realized that most of the blogs I added to it are now in my regular reading rotation, and thus I need some new blogs to try out. Adding the new-to-me ones from this list right now!

  7. Congratulations on your award Victoria. Thank you so so much for tagging me too! Unfortunately I don’t have time to take part in the awards and tagging, but I will be coming back to this page and checking out all the blogs you’ve tagged. At the moment I’m on Ripple Effect’s review of the Before Sunrise trilogy. Lots of fascinating reviews for me to read yet.

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  9. Oh how lovely, thank you! I’m so sorry I’ve only just read this, I’m still very behind with reading. I’m sorry the rules prevent me from nominating you, because your blog has always been very special.

  10. Late to all the parties this summer. Thanks for saying such pretty things about Necromancy Never Pays! I hope to be done with travel after Labor Day weekend this year, so I can get back to regular blog reading and writing.

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