- The Literary Edit by Lucy Pearson wins Book Blogger prize at inaugural awards ceremony
- Instagrammer Faroukh Naseem @theguywiththebook crowned Bookstagrammer of the year
- Reads and Daydreams by Lauren Whitehead takes home BookTuber award
- Awards ceremony held at The London Book Fair & presented by Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method and host of the CTRL, ALT, DELETE podcast
The winners of The London Book Fair’s (LBF) first ever UK Book Blog Awards have been announced today in London, with book bloggers recognised across three categories: Book Blogger, Bookstagrammer, and BookTuber.
The Book Blogger prize was awarded to Lucy Pearson for The Literary Edit. Lucy’s blog offers reviews of books and bookstores, literary guides to cities around the world, and a “Desert Island Books” section featuring some famous names. “The judges really loved the wonderful aesthetic of this blog. It inscribes the book into day-to-day life. Her professionalism shone through with her fresh enthusiastic approach, that seeps through to all her other channels”. Queen of the Contemporary by Lucy Powrie and Choutt by Virginie Busette also made the judge’s shortlist.
@theguywiththebook Faroukh Naseem (32k followers) won the Bookstagrammer award. “This Instagram reflects everything that a bookstagram should encompass”, Judges said. “It’s a wonderful blend of aesthetically pleasing images with obvious sophistication. This really is a wonderful example of the full potential of the Instagram format, and contradiction to many stereotypes”.
Reads and Daydreams won in the Booktuber category, with strong competition from Savidge Reads and poet Jen Campbell. Vlogger Lauren Whitehead uses Reads and Daydreams to welcome her viewers into her bedroom where she offers a candid look at her life and reading list. According to the judges, “The enthusiasm, energy and professionalism was jumping off the screen. You couldn’t but be entertained and inspired by this. The range of books covered was impressively comprehensive.”
The London Book Fair UK Book Blog Awards were held at 2:30pm on April 12, 2018 on the Third day of the Fair at Olympia London. The awards were hosted by Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hypen Method, the essential new business book for the digital age, and host of CTRL, ALT, DELETE, a podcast, where celebrities discuss their relationship with the internet.
Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said “Bloggers are now an essential part of publishing, bringing books to new audiences and creating a place for people to share their passion for reading. And it’s this passion for books and creativity from bloggers demonstrated by this wonderful shortlist that blows me away. It’s great to recognise them at The London Book Fair for the first time.”
The full shortlist for the UK Book Blog Awards 2018 is:
- The Literary Edit, Lucy Pearson, Australia
- Queen of Contemporary, Lucy Powrie, UK
- Choutt, Virginie Busette, France
- @julietslibrary – Juliet Trickery, UK
- @therusticwindow – Cicely Ford, USA
- @theguywiththebook – Faroukh, Saudi Arabia
- Reads and Daydreams, UK
- Jen Campbell, UK
- Savidge Reads, UK