I was going to write something about the books I’ve been voraciously tearing through this month (given that I read ONLY two books in August, the fact that I’ve read 2 books by the 15th of Sept. constitutes “voracious”…!) but I actually feel more like giving a cheer for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Once again book bloggers all across the internet are spending a week celebrating how fun it is to blog about books, and are spreading the love around in the form of awards, giveaways, memes, and shout-outs. I haven’t been a very diligent blogger over the summer, and unlike last year when I presented the world with a barrage of BBAW-related posts, this will probably be the only one I can get to. My heart is sill 100% in the right place though. Blogging about books and whatever other nonsense occurs to me is still one of my favorite things to do, so hurray for blogging and for books!
Getting into the spirit of the thing, let me raise a glass to a few of the fabulous bloggers whom I discovered this year.
Isabella at Magnificent Octopus has grabbed my attention in a few lovely lines more than once, bring a book into my life that I had never heard of before. My TBR list is littered with her suggestions – plus the name of her blog is the coolest. 🙂
Sasha of Sasha & The Silverfish has a distinctive voice and blogging style that I really enjoy. She touches down in a wide variety of literary landscapes and always has something interesting to say about them.
Amateur Reader at Wuthering Expectations writes with wicked wit and balances entertainment with criticism in a fashion that is spot on. I enjoy how thoroughly he explores his reading choices, devoting weeks at a time to an author or a single book.
It’s been splendid getting to know these readers, and all the others that I have stumbled across even briefly. It’s been amazing to deepen the relationships I’ve developed with Emily, Richard, Frances, Claire, E. L. Fay – we’ve had some great adventures together! I am eagerly looking forward to another year of book blogging, with hopes of getting better at it myself, and full of certainty that it will continue to be loads of fun.
(As an aside, I will note that the books I mentioned earlier were The Yellow Room Conspiracy by Peter Dickinson, and The Innkeeper’s Song by Peter S. Beagle – both excellent, and both by authors whom I like very much and would expect no less from. I also read in July Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark and in August The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – books that I will never get around to writing about. With this mention, I will lay all of these books to rest, reminding myself that I blog for fun and that every book I read need not be written about, and promising myself that when I am less busy and have more readily accessible internet at my disposal, I will of course be better about getting book reviews written up! 🙂 )
Happy book blogging, one and all!