Posted by: Sally Ingraham | September 14, 2009

BBAW: Loved and Not Forgotten!

Book Blogger Appreciation Week has started, and to kick off the celebration the participants were asked to give a shout out for the blogs they love that didn’t make the shortlist.

I am fairly new to book blogging so my circle of blogs is limited, although actively growing (my Google Reader gets fuller and fuller!) I’ve already congratulated Richard, Frances, Eva, and Bethany for getting shortlisted (and best of luck to you guys as the awards get announced this week!) so let me show my appreciation for a couple of other outstanding blogs.

The blog that I have been reading for the longest, and a lady who has been one of the greatest inspirations to me when it comes to reading, and who also is one of the coolest people I know (a librarian too, no less!!) is Leila at bookshelves of doom. While her focus is YA lit, Leila also posts about weird encounters at work, gossips about book-to-movie adaptations, and provides an always entertaining outlook on life as a reader and just life in general. In the past she has made book related T-shirts (some of which I still wear with pride) and her most recent project is a self-published magazine called TBR Tallboy which features original short stories by new writers, the first issue of which I enjoyed greatly. All in all, she is awesome and her blog is thoroughly enjoyable. XOXO Leila! 🙂

I found Emily, of Evening All Afternoon, through the Orbis Terrarum Challenge. Her post about The Assignment really intrigued me, and when she responded to a comment I left quickly and with some great recommendations, I felt suddenly embraced by the book blogging world. Her blog is lovely and her reviews are thoughtful and well written, but what has continued to impress me about her are the wonderful comments she leaves and the encouragement and support she gives constantly to the book blogging community at large. Thanks so much Emily!

I can’t help gushing about Claire’s blog, kiss a cloud. Visually exciting, with an abundance of photographs and a constant stream of book covers to intrigue one, she also provides perfect reviews that often overflow with her excitement about what she’s reading. Her blog brings me joy on a regular basis. Thanks Claire!

My other favorite Eva has a blog calledOne Swede Read. Her blog often provides me with an introduction to international authors, and her reviews of graphic novels are excellent. I like details about her posts, such as her “style samples”. A good blog all around. Thanks a lot Eva!

And since we’re celebrating book bloggers in all their glory, a HUGE THANK YOU to the entire community – those I’ve met so far, and those I’ll meet in the future. Happy BBAW!


  1. I’m not familiar with these blogs and will be visiting them very soon!

    Thank you!

  2. Thank you SO much, Sarah! I absolutely love your blog, too. You read the most interesting titles, a number of which I’ve only first heard of from you! I have Bethany and O.T. to thank for finding you (and Emily and Richard). xoxoxo 😀

  3. Thanks for the mention, Sarah! I’m especially flattered to have my commenting complimented, since I’m not naturally an outgoing person & that’s probably the hardest part about book-blogging for me to maintain. But it helps that you & others have such insightful, interesting posts, and I get all excited and have to share my enthusiasm. 🙂 Rock on!

  4. Thanks! I haven’t been following evening all afternoon, but I’m signed up now! 🙂

  5. You single out several of my own favorite book blogging people here in Bethany, Claire, Emily and Frances, so I love these choices even though I should probably spend more time getting to know both of the Evas’ blogs better (I’ve visited them but only occasionally). That leaves Bookshelves of Doom as the only mostly unknown to me blog, so thanks for the tip. In case I haven’t told you lately, Sarah, you yourself have one of my favorite blogs anywhere -so belated congratulations on your own BBAW nomination and thanks for producing such consistently entertaining reading material for all of us!

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