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.