The Blog Awards!

What a brilliant night we had at the blog awards last night!

First off, for the ceremony, we all went off to the circus (!)

It was a beautiful evening full of buzzing and blogging – phones livetweeting the lot!

I got to try a VR headset for the first time, but I don’t have a picture of that, unfortuneatly!
*insert picture of me, open-mouthed, in love with the VR headset, planning to run away with it*

The awards ceremony was held inside the big top

There was some fantastic entertainment

And even their very own transformer!

But, the reason why we were there was because of the awards. This blog, and my colleague Eleanor’s Young Adult blog, YAPS, were both nominated in the Best Arts & Culture Blog of the Year corporate category!

And we both won!


We almost fell off the chair!

I’d just like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who voted for us, the judges and everyone who reads this blog. We’ve only been going six months, and to placed in this category is a MASSIVE SUCCESS – beating out established big hitters like and The O’Brien Press!!!

And HUMONGOUS congratulations to my work bestie, Eleanor, for WINNING BEST ARTS & CULTURE BLOG OF THE YEAR with YAPS! So proud! Here’s a picture of her with the gorgeous award!

And to finish, here’s a picture of the two of us celebrating, with her award!

Thanks so much to the Littlewood’s Ireland Blog Awards 2016 for a fantastic night!

A sincere thanks to everyone who reads and likes this blog and a shout-out to our most frequent commenters S. J. Higbee, Book Heathen, MySestina and The Genre Minx!

We’re now a FINALIST for Best Arts & Culture Blog of the Year!



First we were shortlisted, and now BALLYROAN READS is one of seven finalists for Best Arts & Culture (Corporate) Blog of the Year! We are absolutely delighted!

You can view the Corporate Finalists here and the Personal Finalists here.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us in the public vote!

And, my colleague Eleanor, who runs YAPS (on her own!) a library blog aimed at young adults/teenagers, is also a finalist in the same category!

Next step is us dusting off our glad rags for the circus themed Awards Ceremony on the 15th September *eek*. Can’t wait!


We’ve Been Shortlisted for Arts & Culture Blog of the Year!


We are jumping up and down today in Ballyroan Library as we’ve been shortlisted in the Arts & Culture (Corporate) Blog category in the 2016 Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards!

All I have to say at this point is …. *starts crying* I’d like to thank the academy!

No, but seriously, this blog has been a labour of love and I’m thrilled at the response its been getting from readers and that we’ve been shortlisted! It’s an honour!

AND, my colleague Eleanor, who also contributes reviews to this blog has had her blog for Young Adults, YAPS, nominated too! AND AND AND her personal blog, Real Tasty Pages, also! So yes, as you can imagine, lots of jumping and down here today.

You can view the full Corporate Shortlist here.


Now, whilst 80% of the competition is judged, 20% of it is reliant on public votes! And the public vote is only open for one week (17th Aug – 23rd Aug 2016).

We would really appreciate it, if you enjoy our site and like what we do, if you could take a minute to vote for us here. (You do have to, unfortunately, create an account, but it only takes a minute, and it’s so you can only vote once, instead of over and over, so your vote really does count!). And, it doesn’t matter where you’re based – anyone can vote, not just people from Ireland.

Again, to vote, go here: , quickly create an account, and vote for Ballyroan Reads!

And seriously, thank you so much for all your kind words and comments since we started the blog in March – it’s hard to believe that it was only six months ago, such a fixture has it become!

Thanks, and don’t forget to:



PS. If you’d like to know more about the other blogs I mentioned, the Young Adult blog, YAPS (, you can also vote for it here (and yes, weirdly, we are in DIRECT COMPETITION with each other, but as long as one of us wins, we’ll be happy).
Eleanor’s personal blog, Real Tasty Pages, ( is up for voting in the Personal Blogs category, and if you feel like giving her an oul vote, she’d be very happy. Her voting page is here.