Romancing the Blog: The Small Book Blog

Hello All!

My name is Annie and I am the one woman blogger behind The Small Book Blog. I am a voracious reader- I love loosing myself in adventures away from everyday life. I am also an avid weed puller and love working in our yard, keeping the flowers and bushes happy and healthy. My husband says I am on the verge of over planting our yards. My remedy is to wait until he is away and plant bulbs he will not see until the following year. *cheeky smile* I also love to put my creative juices into sewing projects-usually of the quilt variety. You may be wondering where the heck my blog fits into any of that, well here goes.

I started The Small Book Blog as an adventure suggested from a dear friend and Pacific Northwest writer, Becky Banks. In real life I was continually finding myself recommending books, authors, series, as well as loaning out books from my personal library to friends– yes I do have a notebook I actually write down the names, books and dates people get them…I am that bookworm. It was because of this Becky decided I should share my recommendations to a wider audience and hope they could benefit from my insights.

The Small Book Blog is just that: a blog where I post the books that I have read and I let you know if I would or would not recommend them. I like to add why I felt that way about the book (with an adorable nerdy dragon rating system) and what may have been unique, unexpected or cookie cutter about the book. It is my thought and experience that most blogs cover the review of the book: meaning they provide a brief synopsis, a more in depth look at specific aspects of the novel, a spoiler or two (even if they were not trying to) and then their take on all of the above. For me, many reviews do not give me the push and inspiration I need to go out and read the book. I like to know who else is reading it, what books or authors it may be similar to, or (if it is a new author) to whose voice or style might it be equated. I would rather know broad elements rather than “this is what you are going to get when you read it.” For me this means: If someone recommends a novel to me because it is like reading Jane Austen, then I know it is a little old fashioned, sarcastic, and ends with a wedding. Plus I still can make up my opinion of it and not have the review hanging around in the back of my mind. With The Small Book Blog I want to let people know if it is even a recommendation they may enjoy. I want them to know what audience might be interested in the book. It is the recommendation, not the review of the book or what it may be about, that is hard to find. Personally, I read more books based on the recommendations than the reviews. Of course, it is all my opinion and what I glean from other sites or readers I personally know, but I would trust my opinion. You should too.

I hope you try out my recommendations found at The Small Book Blog and that they prove true to your reading nature.

You can find Annie at her blog and on Goodreads.


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13 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: The Small Book Blog

    • Annie says:

      Thanks! It’s hard to find new books so I wanted to try and help others find new books. Many authors don’t have backlogs of books to choose from so I like knowing who else is out there I might like that is new and/or the similair.

  1. Margay says:

    I love reading about how people get into blogging. Each story has its own unique twist – plus, it’s nice to learn a little more about the people behind the blogs!

  2. Jeanne Miro says:

    Annie –

    I just checked out The Small Book Blog and read your review on The Book Thief! I never would have thought to pick it up but after reading your comments I’m going to try to find out more about it and read an excerpt or two!

    I loved finding your site and finding out more about you. I also signed up by email I so I don’t have t worry about missing one of your posts!

    Thanks for stopping by Romancing the Blog today and letting us all meet you!

    • Annie says:


      I am so excited you are going to try out the Book Thief. I was like you, didn’t really want to read it, but I am happy that I did. It was one of those books I’m reading in between my “regular” ones and I was thankful it wasn’t a let down as many are.

      Thank you for signing up with my blog! I hope I can suggest some new reading adventures for you!

  3. Carol L says:

    Hi Annie,
    It’s great meeting you here. I’m going to go to your blog after I post here. Your reasons for reading a book or deciding to read one are similar to mine. I look forward to visiting The Small Book Blog. Thanks ladies.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Annie says:

      Thanks for visiting both this event and my blog! Hopefully I can share book ideas that are up your alley!

    • Annie says:

      Me too! That’s one of the reasons I try to say it’s more of a recommendation than a review. I would rather throw some opinion, some titilation out there but not bias or tell spoilers.

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