Welcome, friends, to a brand new, monthly segment that I shall be starting here on BiblioNyan: Blogger Appreciation Award. One of my aspirations for 2019 is to showcase content creators from around the community that have helped me to become the blogger that I am today, either via interactions, continued support, articles they’ve written, and much more. Honestly speaking, the blogging community is the reason that I can do what I do here on this blog. Most of that stems from direct inspiration via watching folks pursue their passions with brilliant bloom, which includes tackling personal fears and insecurities to have discussions about things that others may not want to hear. It is also wonderfully enlightening and engaging to me.
So, to celebrate I’m going to randomly pick someone I’m following and dedicate a whole post to them on why I appreciate them so much and follow them, why they should get all the love and support tin the world, and some of their fabulous content.
Please know that I do understand some people may not want to be spotlighted. So, if you wake up one morning to a spotlight and it makes you uncomfortable in any way, or if you do not like the things said, please let me know ASAP and I will take that article down. I would like surprise these individuals, it’s why I’m not planning on contacting them ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be disrespectful or an asshole if you decide this gig isn’t for you. My goal is to spread and share love, not discomfort or disrespect.
For my very first Blogger’s Appreciation Award I wanted to focus on an individual who was one of the first people that I followed here on WP (WordPress). I first fell in love with her blog title, but then as I read her content, engaged with her on various platforms, and got to know her a bit more, I realised just how amazing she is.
Carries writes beautiful book reviews and graphic novel reviews. She writes such lovely reviews that draw you into her thoughts and feelings about the book in a way that is akin to having a conversation with a friend. When elements of representation or diversity are brought up, she’s always respectful and insightful with sharing her experiences, knowledge, and areas that she may not be as familiar with. Her honesty is charming and adds a more personal touch to her work.
I love her graphic novel reviews because she is one of the few people who takes the time to chat about the artwork in a graphic novel. Illustrations are such vital aspects of storytelling when reading a comic-format narrative, and it amazes me that so many people don’t take the time to discuss how the artwork contributes to the respective stories that are being told. Whenever I read Carrie’s GN reviews, I know that they’ll always be delightful because of the consideration she puts into them.
Another trait that makes Carrie’s reviews fantastic is that she also discusses the narrators when she’s reviewing audiobooks. I’ll admit that I haven’t read a lot of audiobooks, but from the ones that I have, I have noticed that when narrators have no personality to them, or if they are overtly monotonous, I will get very easily distracted. Since this is a format I do want to explore more of, as a reader on the hunt, Carrie’s descriptions on how the narrator helps the story come to life (or fall into the boredom category) are supremely important to me when reading reviews for audiobooks.
Other things to love about Carrie is that she is supportive, kind, and caring. Her passion for books almost always helps me combat reading ruts that come up and she reads books that I don’t typically gravitate towards, which makes me push past my familiar and comfort areas into territories I don’t normally explore. This is excellent because it helps me be more open-minded and less afraid of taking chances with unknown things.
To Carrie, I would like to say thank you so much for reading, commenting, liking, and sharing my posts. You are one of the people who motivate me daily to keep on blogging no matter how hectic or stressful life gets. I appreciate your presence as a BiblioNyan supporter and as a friend very much. Thanks for being such a marvellous part of the blogging community! Wishing you a an absolutely amazing reading year in 2019!