Blogger Recognition Award

I am delighted to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by @ginstweeter  over at Thank you so much! Make sure you check out this wonderful blog!

So what’s this Award about?

Blogger Recognition Award

Once you are nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, if you wish to accept your nomination, you must follow these rules:

  • Generate a post about the award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a brief story about how your blog began.
  • Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers.
  • Select 15 blogs to nominate.
  • Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.

How my blog began…..

I started Chat About Books in October 2015.

I had joined Netgalley a few months previous to starting my blog after author, Mel Sherratt, recommended it to me. I had written short reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for a long time before, but joining Netgalley made me think about my reviews a bit more and I gradually started to write more detailed ones. Starting a blog seemed like a natural progression, but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy it and how many lovely people it would put me in contact with. I love it!

My reviews are still generally fairly short (although I do ramble on with some of them!). It really does depend on the book and how much I can say without giving too much away. I’m not a writer, so they’re far from eloquent, but I hope each one conveys my enjoyment sufficiently and if only one person buys a book based on my review then I’m happy as hopefully that will cause a ripple effect, leading to more sales as more people read, enjoy and recommend.

I am a fairly slow reader, so I also enjoy hosting author interviews and promotional posts in between reviews. I’m always happy to help to spread the word!

Advice to newbies…..

Am I still not a newbie myself? I’m not sure how long it is before we’re no longer a newbie, but I think we all learn from each other every day.

I guess my two main pieces of advice for anyone starting a book blog would be –

1 – Follow and make friends with fellow book bloggers. They are awesome people! All the ones I know are lovely, welcoming and supportive.

2 – When posting (positive) reviews tag the author (most have a twitter handle). You might just make their day 🙂

I nominate…..


I follow lots of lovely book bloggers, these are a few of my favourites 🙂

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