Monday, August 3, 2015

Four Bloggers Who Inspire Me

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About a month ago, Aneeqah from My Not So Real Life wrote a blog post titled "7 Book Blogs I’m Currently Obsessed With." Aneeqah's one of the best blogger friends anyone could ask for—she's always supportive, and she's the master of meaningful comments. So naturally, her post was absolutely lovely and did a great job of spreading book blogger love. In fact, I adored it so much that I wanted to list some of my own favorite bloggers here on Forever Literary. So with that, here are four (or should I say five, since Aneeqah inspired me to write this post) bloggers who inspire me.

1. Grace from Words Like Silver

Grace is my book blogging twin—we're both very passionate and driven, and we have the same career goals. These similarities only leave me more in awe of her incredible talents. Not only does she do everything—aside from blogging, she edits manuscripts, works at her local bookstore, plays lacrosse, and so much more—but she does everything so well. Grace is already amazing at making connections in the publishing industry and has an arsenal of skills that will come in handy as a book publicist. Case in point: she's a brilliant book photographer, as proven by these pictures from her Instagram:

Grace has an absolutely inspired sense of composition, and if you look closely, you can see that the yellow notepad contains a to-do list for one day.

2. Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner

I've been reading The Perpetual Page-Turner almost as long as I've been blogging, but Jamie's content has never gotten old or boring. She's constantly coming up with brilliant blog post ideas that I wish I could have thought of, like her A to Z book tag and bookish senior superlatives. While I love a good review as much as the next reader, I also love to see creative and entertaining feature ideas, and I aim to produce more posts like Jamie's in the future.

3. Jen from Books and Other Happy Ever Afters

One of my latest blogging goals is to create more graphics—something I've neglected in the past due to laziness—and Jen's posts constantly remind me to open up Photoshop. She makes such clean, pretty graphics that never fail to inspire me. Plus, she's always coming up with thought-provoking discussion post ideas, like this one about balancing reading with real life.
These two graphics are just one example of Jen's impressive design skills. 

4. Bella from Ciao Bella!

I've been vaguely aware of Bella's blog for a while now, but I didn't start reading it regularly until after she started writing for my group blog, Lit Up Review. And now I'm disappointed I didn't subscribe earlier. Bella writes such thoughtful, articulate reviews that maintain a perfect balance between professional and engaging. She also runs some clever features to spice up her reviewing style, like Making the Grade, in which she creates "report cards" that grade books in categories like character development. On top of that, she shares my enthusiasm for fonts and has an adorable, chic design.

That's all for today, but keep in mind that these four bloggers aren't the only ones who inspire me or whose sites I love. My list of blogs sometimes seems miles long, and I can see myself doing a follow-up post to recommend more great sites. But that doesn't mean I don't want to find more lovely blogs to follow—let me know in the comments which bloggers inspire you.


  1. EMILY I love what you've done with your blog header! Diggin' the purple :) And I'm so honored to be part of this list with other wonderful bloggers! Graphics are honestly just so fun to do, but also pretty time-consuming; it's so worth it though, once you perfect that clean, beautiful look! I have to agree with you about Grace, Aneeqah, and Jamie for sure - they are fab! I'll have to check out Bella's blog and read some of her reviews. Thanks for sharing! <3


  2. EEEEP, EMILY! I'm so ridiculously honored that you were inspired by my post. I'm so proud and happy that I get to call you a friend, and I look forward to hopefully meeting you sometime soon! <3

    You've got some AWESOME bloggers on this list. Grace, I think for everyone, is just #goals. I love how professional she is, but she's still really kind and genuine. She also does SO MUCH and that's actually SOO inspiring for me. I stole some ideas from her blogging and organization post, and they've really helped me. I can only hope to follow in her footsteps. ;)

    Jamie is definitely queen of creativity! She's been coming up with fantastic content since who knows when. She's also ridiculously sweet and kind, and I'm never intimidated to talk to her, which is awesome.

    YES to everything you said about Jen!! Her graphics are always on point. I also love her discussion posts, since I'm normally feeling the EXACT same thing she is, haha.

    I don't think I follow Bella, but I have been on her blog and loved it! I will be remedying the issue right now. ;) I'm always happy to meet a fellow font enthusiast, haha. And this report card idea?? Sounds phenomenal. I'll be going through her blog for sure. :D

    Love, love, love this post, Emily!! <33

  3. This is such a sweet and beautifully written post Emily! ♥ It's so great to have such love and support in the blogosphere. xD Definitely going to have to check out all these fabulous blogs - I am sure they will end up inspiring me as well! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! xx

  4. Great post! I think it's great to share love for other bloggers and talk about the ones that inspire you or that you just love. I really wish I could do graphics. That's something I'd like to get better at.

  5. Definitely need to check these blogs out!

    By the way I tagged you to do the I Mustache You A Question tag click here if you want to check it out!

  6. ok first emily i love your new design, especially your header. the purple watercolour ink blot effect is SO cool and the font is so awesome as well.

    i'm such a huge fan of posts like these because a) they're a great way to find new bloggers and b) it reminds me how loving and supportive this community is. like BRING ON THE POSITIVITY.

    all four of these bloggers are inspirations to me as well.

    grace, because she seems mature beyond her years and just always so so put together? and her instagram's aesthetic is everything i live for.

    jamie, for her creativity and her frankness and personality. it's rare i read every single one of a blogger's posts but i make sure to never ever miss a post jamie writes. even if it's on a subject i have little to no interest in, she still makes it so engaging to read because of her personality.

    AND OH MY GOD YES JEN'S GRAPHICS. THEY'RE SO GOOD. i love how i can always tell when a jen post comes up in my feedly because of the graphic. it's the best.

    and i adore bella's blog as well. i love how there's so much variety on her blog but she balances it all so well. how does she do it??

  7. Lovely post, Emily! I think it's wonderful that you're sharing your blogger inspirations. I will definitely check their blogs out! :)

  8. Yay, Blog suggestions! I will look these up. I love finding new blogs. :D

  9. Those are interesting blogs! Yay, thanks for recommending it to us. I love book blogs that are not always about reviews, and your recommendation are so my type :)

    Lovely post!


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