BBAW 2012: Book Blogs I Appreciate

by Kim on September 10, 2012 · 25 comments

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This week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a truly awesome celebration of book bloggers and book blogging that comes around every September. I’m not sure how many post I’ll be putting up this week to participate, but expect at least a few this week. I’m especially excited for today’s blogging topic, which is appreciation:

Appreciation! There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy reading daily and why.

If I counted correctly, I’m currently subscribed to more than 200 book blogs, everything from personal blogs like this one to more industry and publishing specific blogs like NPR Books. I don’t get to read each of them every day, but I try to skim over posts during the week and comment if I can. Of those, there are quite a few that I make sure to read every post. Here are a few (in no particular order):

Book Pairing (Nikki) — Book Pairing is a relatively new blog, but it’s great. Nikki likes to pair books in her reviews, or pair books with recipes, events, or experiences, which is really fun to read.

Julz Reads (Julie) — Julie’s blog is another relatively new-to-me-blog, but I’m already hooked. I really loved the variety of books Julie reads and the way she mixes in personal and other fun posts.

The 3R’s Blog (Florinda) — Florinda is one of my favorite bloggers (and a super great roommate, if you ever need one). I love how smartly she writes about books and issues that come up for book bloggers; I can always count on her as a voice of reason when drama arises.

Regular Rumination (Lu) — I love Lu, so much. She writes so well about poetry, which I admire since I never know what to say when I read poems.

books i done read (Raych) — Raych reads totally different books than I do, but her reviews remain some of the funniest most insightfully snarky that I have ever read.

Quirky Bookworm (Jess) — I love the variety on Jess’ blog, both in the books she reads and in the way she writes about them. I admire the creativity she brings to her reviews.

Fizzy Thoughts (Jill) — If you have not read one of Jill’s bookish song parodies, you are missing out. Jill is one of the funniest bloggers I know.

133v (Vasilly) — I always get great nonfiction and graphic novel suggestions from Vasilly’s blog.

a home between pages (Rachel) — Rachel always has good nonfiction and current literary fiction recommendations. I think we have a similar sweet spot in fiction, and a love for political nonfiction.

Jenny’s Books (Jenny) — Jenny has been on a hiatus this summer, but now she is back! Yay! Jenny writes really fun, personality filled reviews that I love to read even when I don’t know anything about the books she is writing about.

The Picky Girl (Jenn) — Jenn writes really well about books, but I also really love her semi-regular feature on home improvement, Fridays at Home.

Necromancy Never Pays (Jeanne) — Jeanne uses so many quotes and examples in her reviews, they’re just rich with detail in a time when we’re always pressured to write shorter and shorter pieces. I love learning and thinking when I read her reviews.

Shelf Love (Teresa) — Teresa is another one of my favorite bloggers. I love getting to hang out with her when we end up in the same city for bookish events. Like Florinda, Teresa always writes intelligently and sensibly about book bloggy drama, and we have a very similar take on a lot of issues.

The Betty and Book Chronicles (Melissa) — I love the way that Melissa doesn’t hold back in the way she writes, whether it’s about books or kids or life or politics. She takes risks in her writing, and I admire that.

write meg! (Meg) — Meg’s photography is just gorgeous, and she writes lovely posts about life and what it’s like to be twentysomething that consistently resonate with me.

There are a few other bloggers I’d like to mention, but they’re included in a guest post I have going up at the BBAW site later in the week, so I’ll just point you to them then.

I know this is going to sound cheesy, but in addition to all of these bloggers, I also want to say how much I appreciate everyone who reads this blog. It’s such an honor that you take time to read what I write here, to answer my questions and give thoughts on the books I’ve been reading. So thank you so very much for that, and make sure to leave a comment on this post saying “Hello!” so I know who you are.

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