BBAW: Show Some Appreciation

September 10, 2012

This week (September 10-14, 2011) is Book Blogger Appreciation Week! BBAW is a week long festival celebrating the community of book bloggers and their contribution to preserving a culture of literacy through book reviews and recommendations, reading reflections, and general bookish chat.  Events include daily blogging topics, blogger interview swaps, special guest posts, and so much more!

Today’s topic for BBAW is:

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.

To be completely honest, I’ve been slacking in the blog-reading department for probably the last year. I neglect my Google Reader for months at a time, and then try desperately to get through as many posts as I can before giving up and finally hitting the dreaded “Mark All As Read” button.

Having said that, there are still some go-to blogs for me that I read no matter what, even if I’ve gotten really shite at commenting. (Something that I’m planning to try to rectify this coming year!) Here are a few of them, in no particular order:

Iris on Books: Iris blogs from the Netherlands, though mostly about books in English. She has also started hosting Dutch Literature Month annually in June. I particularly like reading posts where she talks about gender issues in books. I love that when she’s getting too busy or burnt out to want to post, she just says so and doesn’t; I feel sometimes like so many of us feel pressured to post something no matter what, and it’s refreshing to read posts from someone who only does so when she really feels like it.

Amy Reads: Amy is a fellow Canadian book blogger, and we got the chance to meet in Toronto before I moved (and she has been my only visitor to the UAE so far, last year around this time!). I think she’s my reading twin; even though we don’t always read the same books, we seem to have a tendency to be attracted to the same types of topics and authors and have lots of similar opinions, particularly when it comes to social justice and gender in books (and also in life).

Dead White Guys: Amanda is an American book blogger who is also part of Book Riot (which, by the way, you should also follow if you don’t already). I love the irreverent way that she talks about books, and also enjoy reading her posts – and the comment discussions, even if I’m a silent non-participant – about random book-related topics. Seriously. Give her a go, she never fails to make me giggle.

Speaking of my non-regular blog reading habits right now, I’ve found that I read a lot more non-fiction these days (and way less fiction, particularly YA) than I did when I first started blogging. As such, it looks like my Google Reader is now largely filled with bloggers talking about books that I don’t particularly feel like reading, and I’m craving some more non-fiction discussion. If you can point me in the direction of blogs that feature great non-fiction books, please do so in the comments below! I’d be much grateful.

10 Comments

  • Vikk Simmons September 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Love the look of your blog and it’s so interesting to discover what you do, too. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier. I appreciate the time and so glad you found a book blog by a fellow blogger that excites you so much. That makes the writing all worth while.

    Now, to read more of what you write. 🙂

    • Carina September 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad I decided to participate again this year – I’ve already found more interesting bloggers and started to feel more rejuvenated about blogging in general. 🙂

  • Lenore Appelhans September 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I hear you! I follow so many blog via GR now, sometimes (especially after vacation or a writing cave time) I just have to hit “mark all as read” — as sad as that is.

    • Carina September 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I think I’m planning to pare down a bit soon, so that I can pay better attention to fewer blogs rather than little-to-no attention to lots of blogs.

  • Chrisbookarama September 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Great book blogger choices!

  • Adam @ Roof Beam Reader September 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I’m a huge fan of Amanda @ Dead White Guys, too! I’m not familiar with the other bloggers, but I’m happy to head over and “meet” them.

    Happy BBAW! (Love your design, by the way).

    Adam

    • Carina September 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! You’re also a blogger that I read when I get the chance to catch up, though I don’t comment much … or possibly at all. Heh. Must work on that.

  • Amy September 11, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Awwww have I mentioned that I LOVE YOU! Also, I miss you a lot. I wish I was visiting again this year, what a bummer really.

    I need to post on this topic this week, though maybe won’t get to it today. I’ve been reading less blogs and more non-fiction lately too – see, similar!

    Some non-fiction blogs are Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Maphead’s Book Blog, and umm… some others that I’ll find in my google reader and gchat to you 🙂

    HUGS

    • Carina September 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Hehe. I already follow both of those blogs! I really need to get around to paring down my G-Reader list during Bloggiesta later this month, so that I can pay more attention to reading and commenting on the blogs that I really enjoy the most, and not let them get lost in the crowd.

  • Iris September 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Aw, thank you so much. Look at me responding to another post on your blog earlier this weekend and then never saying thank you for this one. I haven’t been reading up on BBAW as I wasn’t there to participate. I feel awful about that because I really do appreciate so many of the blogging friendships I’ve made over the years.

    I always think of you with fondness. And in my mind, you and Amy do often come up together. Blogging-reading-twins 🙂

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