>> Monday, September 14, 2009
The powers that be behind Book Blogger Appreciation Week have set some suggested daily posting topics for this week. I’m opting to participate in some, but not all of those. The theme for the week is Celebrate Books.
I love that theme – it’s difficult for me to talk about books without talking about my reading friends I’ve discovered since I started this blog a little over three years ago. Today’s BBAW theme is exactly that. We’ve been asked to spotlight some favorite blogs that did not make the awards shorlists.
If I spotlighted all of my favorite blogs that didn’t get shortlisted this would be the world’s longest blog post so some picking and choosing had to happen. I decided to limit my spotlights to three and to select some bloggers that I feel like I’ve known for a long time. All three of these wonderful ladies were among the first people to find my blog and it was through them that I was introduced to the ever growing book blogging community. Please check out these blogs if you haven’t already done so. I can vouch for the quality of their recommendations and excellence in blogging.
Booklogged at A Reader’s Journal
Booklogged will always hold a very special place in my heart. She was the first person to post a comment on my blog that wasn’t from someone I already knew. I was stunned the day that happened. I seriously never expected anyone but my friends to read this. When she posted I read her blog and then through her blogroll and comments found a the breadcrumbs of a trail that led me to discovering a whole list of other book blogs. I’d had no idea there were so many.
Booklogged and I have shared many recommendations over the years. We don’t always like the same books, but our tastes overlap enough and we both tend to read a variety of genres and authors. Last summer I had the thrill of actually meeting her in person. She and her husband along with her truly delightful mother were visiting the Portland area and we were able to get together at Powells Books for a thoroughly enjoyable visit.
Les at Lesley’s Book Nook
Les is another one of the early visitors to my blog and someone whose recommendations I’ve come to trust. Although she doesn’t live here she’s visited the Pacific Northwest several times since I’ve ‘known’ her. One of these days our trips to the Oregon coast will coincide and when that happens she and I will be meeting for lunch at The Chowder Bowl at Nye Beach in Newport.
Les not only has an excellent book blog, she’s an amazing photographer too. Her photography blog can be found here at Lesley’s Photoblog. Over the years, I’ve read several books based on Les’s recommendations, and she routinely adds to my TBR list. She works in a bookstore and I love when she posts her endcap displays.
Bookfool at Bookfoolery and Babble
Again one of my early book blogging buddies, Bookfool has the most amazing sense of humor and eye for fun. She, like Les is an excellent photographer. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check out Bookfools Photoblog too. Between Bookfool and Les I’m hoping to gain some photography skills by osmosis.
Bookfool has the honor of having an aspect of my mystery/thriller reviews named after her. Often when I would post a review of this type of book she would ask me if it was gruesome or scary enough to cause her nightmares. So now, when I say a book passes “The Bookfool Test” it means that it’s a good mystery or suspense story without being nightmare inducing.
There are far too many bloggers who fit into the category of favorite blogs that weren’t shortlisted, but please take the time to visit these excellent blogs. Their recommendations can be trusted.