Blogger Appreciation

Today is just a quick post to highlight a few of the blogs/bloggers I really enjoy following and interacting with. I’ve chosen two males and two females and, I’d like to say it was a conscious choice because I’m being super-fair and calling it down the middle. In actuality, it was just a happy accident.

The following four bloggers are responsible for some of my favourite recommendations and just conversation in general. I’ll start with ladies first, me being an upstanding gentleman and all.

I’ll just finish by saying that I have so many other bloggers that I interact with and enjoy talking to on a daily/weekly basis … but I kind of left this post til last minute so whittled it down to a handful. Rest assured, if I interact with you on a regular basis, not only would you have made this list, but you’ll make the list in the future when I get around to doing more of these types of posts.

(All blog names are clickable links and will take you to these awesome places of literary goodness):

Rine Reads

Rine has very similar tastes to myself as far as reading goes. That fact in itself would make you think ‘must pretty much agree on everything’ … Sadly, that’s not the case. I’ve let her down in the past by thinking ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ is one of the worst contributions to the fantasy genre in my reading/listening memory, and she’s returned the favour by not being a fan of Nighteyes from the Farseer books (cut me deep with that one. And some wounds will just never heal).

Still, the lack of total agreement with everything the other enjoys makes the conversations way more enjoyable and it always feels like an actual discussion rather than just a literary love fest. She has, despite our occasional lack of agreement on what’s hot and what’s not, pointed me in the direction of some of my favourite books. So, long may that trend continue.

Her blog is primarily novel-review based and she tends to go for fantasy, science fiction and thrillers most of the time. These are all genres I love and, due to this, she is constantly keeping my TBR well-stocked. On the plus side it means I’ve always got someone conversation-ready when I finish a novel/audio book. She’s way quicker at getting through things than I am so I can only thank her for not dropping accidental spoilers.

I Swoon Over Fictional Men

Contrary to what the blog name might have you thinking; no, I do not get weak at the knee, nor am I prone to bouts of fainting when names such as Edward Cullen are mentioned. Nor are my book cases filled with romance novels featuring an array of topless male models.

Jazz used to pretty much read exclusively paranormal romance and, thankfully for me, I stumbled across her blog when she branched out into a wider variety of genres. So there’s pretty much something for everybody on there from romance to thriller, and non-fiction to horror.

The name of her blog stuck, though. A fact my internet search history will cling to if ever questioned about my ‘preference for fictional men’.

It was on her blog that I stumbled across a podcast called ‘Astonishing Legends’. And it was on said podcast that I became aware of one of my all-time favourite reads ‘Dead Mountain’ which is the true account of a man trying to piece together just what happened to the hikers of the ‘Dyatlov Pass’ incident. It’s not only one of my favourite non-fictions, but one of my favourite books in general and, in a round about way, Jazz is the reason I discovered it. She’s also good to chat to about the books we’re reading (Dead Mountain, Six Stories etc …) when she’s not got her nose buried in paranormal smut, obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰


Now, on to the gentlemen.

We start off with one of life’s true gentlemen; Michel.

Michel is the only blogger to feature on my little appreciation post that comes from outside the UK’s shores (he’s based in Holland). I first began interacting with Michel a couple of years back (I think?) and despite the issues with his health or ongoing negative aspects in his day to day life, he’s always been upbeat and enjoyable to talk to. I’d also be willing to bet my house that there’s not a nicer man walking the earth.

Michel’s blog focuses predominantly on film, anime and tv shows with the occasional bit of bookish or board game goodness. He’s currently running the reading marathon that is the Horus Heresy (Black Library’s 50+ novel series telling the history of their universe). If ever you fancy a good film or tv recommendation, his blog is well worth checking out. He is fairly diverse as well, as he often reviews various different language films or shows (Korean, Japanese & English/American to name a few).

The Tattooed Book Geek

From a true gentleman to a true degenerate.

Drew was always going to get a spot on this page due to it being entirely his fault that I started blogging in the first place. We used to work with each other about a decade ago, back when we were both handsome young men (now we’re slightly older, even more handsome men, obviously) and we just clicked based on the fact that everyone at work other than ourselves were of that sort that didn’t read or only read the genres we had zero interest in. So it was good to have someone to talk to about books, games etc … to make those tedious early morning shifts speed by.

We share pretty much the same taste in books and, other the Malazan Books, I don’t think there’s ever really been a book that Drew has suggested to me that I didn’t enjoy. I remember seeing a status about him getting free books from a publisher on facebook and asked him what devilry he worked to get that sort of treatment. He introduced me to blogging and I’ve pretty much been rambling on the internet to total strangers ever since.

His blog features mostly novel reviews and discussions. He’s also the creator of Music Monday (something that, considering I have next to no interest in music, just astounds me that it’s become so popular).

26 thoughts on “Blogger Appreciation

  1. That’s a really lovely thing to do! Thanks for including me, you really didn’t have to ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Trying to keep all my spoilers inside is so difficult and I can’t count the amount of times I’ve typed something out and had to delete it all.

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    1. You’re one of the few people I keep in touch with on something other than WordPress. And most of my TBR comes from you, you were always going to be first on the list.

      I was about to stupidly ask ‘what spoilers’ then realised ‘you’re listening to Devil and the Dark Water’ and will be reading Waking Gods … don’t tempt fate ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. The ending of Waking Gods has left me broken, it has blown my mind. I’ve also picked up Saints Blood again and crazy things are going on in that that I can’t explain.

    I think I’ll need to take a break from the intensity soon.

    I hope you’re still enjoying The Devil and the Dark Water.

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    1. Glad to see you’re enjoying Greatcoats again.

      Ahh, couple more books and I can get to Waking Gods ๐Ÿ˜ I am ready to be broken.

      Yea, about a third or so of the way through. Enjoying it so far. Sara has suddenly got more interesting. Also like Kriesha (spelling is so hard when it’s an audio book)

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  3. Aww man…๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ You do know that I now have a face as red as a tomato right? This was really too kind, and you are giving me way too much credit๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… But seriously thank you so much, this is very kind of you, and Iโ€™m pretty much at a loss to words what to say (which doesnโ€™t happen very often ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…
    It really has been a joy talking to you over the years as well and of course because of you my to read list over the years has grown exponentially๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Hereโ€™s too many more years of blogging, good reads (see what I did there) and loads more conversations! This really made my day: thanks again!๐Ÿ˜€
    Ps…if there would ever go an award to most original blogging name ever itโ€™s gotta be โ€œI swoon over Fictional Menโ€ . Thatโ€™s just awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Sadly, the god’s didn’t bless me with the gift of lying. So all true. Glad to have brightened your day!

      Yea, I remember before blogging I’d spend ages deciding what I wanted to read next. Not had that problem in ages ๐Ÿ˜‚

      The Swooning over fictional men name is certainly one I’ll never forget. It pops up as my first search whenever I type the letter ‘I’ in google. I speed type if people are watching over my shoulder ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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      1. Haha, well thatโ€™s happened to me too, as I didnโ€™t get blessed with that gift either๐Ÿ˜‚ But yeah, you did absolutely!๐Ÿ˜Š
        Lol…My to read list is so big that Iโ€™m wondering if Iโ€™m ever going to complete it in my lifetime. Hereโ€™s a hint: nope๐Ÿ˜‚
        Hahaha…yeah I can imagine that. But itโ€™s truly the best name of a blog that I have ever come across, thatโ€™s for sure๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. I bet that blog name compliment will probably make her smile more than I’ve managed to with you haha

        I’ve resigned myself to never finishing my TBR. Just happy to (hopefully) enjoy the ones I van get to ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Always cool to see posts like this and thank you for the mention.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“š Ah, the good old days, we all get older, a pandemic ravages the world, times change and yet one thing that remains the same is none of my co-workers read.๐Ÿ˜‚ The look of horror I get if I mention reading/books to them.

    Hang on, Rine isn’t a fan of Nighteyes?!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Nighteyes is one of the best characters ever!

    Gotta love Jazz’s blog name, always good for some blogger banter with a blog name like that.๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. I imagine the closest thing to literary with that lot is McHale writing his own lecherous tales of bawdy debauchery. I imagine that smut he could come up with would embarrass Mills and Boon.

      She dropped the Nighteyes bombshell on me the other night. I’m just going to pretend the pandemic has caused some strange Nighteyes dislike. It’s the only logical conclusion.

      It certainly is a memorable blog name!

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  5. Awww look at you giving props to everyone. That’s so nice! Not that I’m surprised by that, of course, but still. One more thing though: you’re the one person on earth that doesn’t like music? Always that that was a myth…

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    1. I have moments of kindness ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I don’t mind music, but it doesn’t excite me like most people. If I never went to another live music gig I’d not lose any sleep over it. Nor would I care if I never bought another song. Just never been a big part of my life.

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