And my chosen blog reader? Drumroll please! Bloglovin’ wins the round for me!! I liked the visual similarity it has to Twitter and Tumblr. One of the reviews of comparison I read even mentioned that people that used Twitter felt more comfortable with Bloglovin’ as their blog reader because of its clean, minimal, and familiar layout. I took the plunge and opened up a Bloglovin’ account to start my first blog reader experience. I found Bloglovin’ to be very user friendly and I went a little crazy adding blogs to my feed. I organized most of them into groups, but I will more than likely go back and adjust the sheer volume of blogs I ended up with. I don’t really see myself reading through that MANY blogs right now. Maybe later?
Blogs I Chose To Follow
Dr. Perry - Assistant Professor at SHSU
Blog “Karin’s Book Blog” and Tumblr “Never Without A Book”
http://karinlibrarian.booklikes.com/ and http://karinlibrarian.tumblr.com/
I used to “follow” (by pressing on the URL on her Twitter profile) Dr. Perry’s “Karin’s Book Nook” but now I see it’s only accessible on Facebook (Sooo sad for me because I don’t have Facebook). I love following Dr. Perry because of the massive amount of reading she does. I know a minimal amount of reading is for her classes, but I believe most of the reading is done for the pure fun of it. I admire her for making the time to do this. Her Booklikes blog includes posts, reviews, giveaways, her book shelf, her reading timeline, and links to her Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, YouTube, Goodreads and Tumblr accounts. Her blog gives the impression of an avid reader’s paradise.
Dr. Perry’s Tumblr is called “Never Without A Book.” Her topics there include book reviews, teen books info, and young adult literature. She also highlights posts of interest from other bloggers. (I wish I knew how to cross post from other blogs onto my Tumblr.) I chose to follow Dr. Perry’s Tumblr because her work always looks sleek, elegant, and cutting edge.
Margie Myers-Culver - Librarian
Blog “Librarian’s Quest”
Margie (@Loveofxena) is one of the Tweeps I follow on Twitter and I am blessed that she also follows me. On her blog she features book reviews, author visits, books galore, cross posts, and her famous Twitterville Talk posts every Saturday highlighting some of her favorite Tweets on Twitter. I follow her blog because she always chooses to talk about books that are very unique, she is so sweet and thankful on her posts, and if I ever miss a week on Twitter (which I have been, quite a lot of weeks), I can always catch up on a Saturday or go back on her archives to other Saturdays.
John Schumacher - K-5 School Teacher Librarian
Blog “Watch. Connect. Read.”
Mr. Schu (@MrShcuReads) is another of the Tweeps I follow on Twitter. He’s actually one of the first “famous” librarians to have followed me on Twitter. Mr. Schu and Mr. Sharp (@colbysharp) co-host the Newbery Medal Reading Challenge and the #SharpSchu Book Club. On his blog he has authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, actors and more come on his blog to answer questions about a book or event. I love how he makes so many connections. Aside from this he does Newbery videos, book reviews, features activities that happen in his library, and provides a book release calendar on his blog.
Donalyn Miller, Colby Sharp, and Cindy Minnich
Blog “Nerdy Book Club”
“If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear.” This quote from the blog says it all. Nerdy Book Club is a community blog that invites everyone that loves books to talk about it. Anyone from teachers, librarians, authors, professors and more can do a guest blog and become a Nerdy Blogger. The topics that you can choose to post about are: Reading Lives, New Book Reviews, Retro Reviews, Pay It Forward, and Top Ten. I have actually been published on The Nerdy Book Club blog and it was a wonderful feeling. Here’s my Micro-Review for Banned Books Week about The Lord of the Rings.
And my Tweets about my Micro-Review:
Shannon McClintock Miller - Teacher Librarian & Technology Integrationist
Blog “Van Meter Library Voice”
Shannon (@shannonmmiller) is yet another of the Tweeps I follow on Twitter and I am very grateful that she also follows me. In addition to being a librarian, Shannon is a consultant, presenter, and blogger. On her blog, you can see how important it is for her to advocate for her library. I love that at every opportunity she integrates technology into her library activities. I chose to follow her blog because she is always so helpful and is quick to respond to questions on her blog or on Twitter.
Elaine Pearson - College Librarian
Blog “Library Displays”
Mrs. Pearson has a wonderful blog about ideas for library displays and actual examples of displays you can use (and even add to) in your own library. She started this blog in hopes of promoting “forgotten” books from her collection. Her blog is a “resource” in itself for ideas about library displays. I chose to follow her blog because this is something I am looking forward to doing with my whole heart when I have my own library. A library display is like free advertising for the books in your collection and some libraries don’t take advantage of this wonderful way of promoting books.
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Nerdy Book Club. (n.d.). Banned Book Micro-Reviews. Retrieved on February 14, 2014 from http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/banned-book-micro-reviews/