As many book bloggers (and book blog followers) already know, the week of Sept. 14-18 was the second annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week. The week was founded in 2008 by Amy Riley of book blog My Friend Amy.
According to the BBAW website:
“The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities.”
The site announced many awards at the conclusion of the week on Friday, from “Best Literary Fiction Review Blog” (winner: Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?) to “Most Eclectic Taste” (winner: Books on the Nightstand). The judges were a panel of bloggers, readers and authors. During the week, participating bloggers posted on coordinated themes.
As a new contributor to “The Book Case,” I’m hoping to use last week’s celebration as inspiration for compiling a list of great book blogs. Any readers have a must-visit book blog marked on their toolbar? In your opinion, what makes a great book blog? Commentary on new books? Themed blogs? (Only international authors, only children’s books, etc.) Do many of you find your book recommendations from blogs, or do you rely on word-of-mouth or book reviews in print?
I’ll report back with my new book blog favorites in a couple of days.
Another fun fact I found on the Book Blogger Appreciation Week site: Their team is in the process of organizing a potential Book Blogger Convention during the week of Book Expo America (May 29-31 in New York City)…. anyone tempted to sign up?