This week, book bloggers, publishers, and even some libraries, have been celebrating Book Blogger Appreciation Week. The celebration was started by Amy Riley of the blog, My Friend Amy, "in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading."
There are hundreds of us out there! It's exciting to see how many people are using the Internet to discuss books. There are mystery blogs, literary ones, ones that review kidlit, YA lit, nonfiction. There are blogs by authors and publishers. There's just a whole world out there. The list of finalists is only a small sample of the large number of blogs nominated, but you might want to check out the list to see a representative sample of blogs. Here's the link - http://tinyurl.com/m945vx.
I follow 93 blogs, and if you check out the sidebar on this blog, you can see the updates as they come in during the day. Probably, over 95% of them are related to mysteries. And, each blog has its own appeal.
I'll give you a quick sample of the blogs I always read. It's in alphabetical order, so no one thinks I'm playing favorites.
Jen Forbus, from Jen's Book Thoughts, has become a friend. After the nice comments she's made about me this week, it almost sounds self-serving to send you to her blog. But, Jen is passionate about mysteries, and enthusiastic in sharing that. She always has unique ideas for her blog. This year, it's been her Six Word Memoirs, written by a wide range of crime fiction authors. And, she's already planning next year's special feature.
Cathy Skye's blog is Kittling: Books. I've never met Cathy, although she lives in Phoenix, but we shared a love of mysteries on a Yahoo group called ARMreading long before either of us began blogging. Cathy just won the BBAW Award for Best Series or Feature. She does readers' polls, shares photos on Wordless Wednesday, and, naturally, reviews books.
If you haven't read Louise Penny's blog, you're missing my favorite blog by an author. Louise is the author of the Armand Gamache mysteries, and her blog is just as beautiful as those books. Check out Louise's blog, at www.louisepenny.blogspot.com. (And, you might want to do it now because her new book, The Brutal Telling, is due out next week!)
Kaye Bailey's Meanderings and Muses is a favorite of many of us who read DorothyL. Kaye's our charming, outspoken friend from North Carolina, with a blog that exemplifies her opinions, her life, and her love of books.
Molly Weston is a media escort who reads over 200 mysteries a year. Is it any wonder I love her blog, Meritorious Mysteries? It's a must read for those of us who are mystery fans.
My Random Acts of Reading is the blog I miss the most. I totally understand why Kay ended her blog after two years. She felt as if she had met her goals, but she had family concerns that were more important to her than spending time working on a blog. I honor and respect her for knowing what is most important to her life. I still miss her as a blogger.
I don't know too many mystery readers who don't also enjoy reading about, or talking about, food. That's why Mystery Lovers' Kitchen, the newest blog I follow, is so much fun. It's a blog written by mystery authors who write about cooking. Avery Ames, Julie Hyzy, Jenn McKinlay (Lucy Lawrence), Riley Adams (Elizabeth Spann Craig), Cleo Coyle, and Krista Davis enjoy sharing recipes and cooking news. They often have visiting mystery authors with cooking tips, and even occasional guests who are not authors. (Check it out on Sunday.)
I could go on and on about the blogs I enjoy. I check out the updates on my blog during the day to see what's happening in the mystery world. I enjoyed Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and the chance to check out other blogs. Even so, my favorite ones are still mystery ones.
What about you? Did you discover and enjoy a new blog this week?
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
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My Oct. 19, 2009 blog provides full disclosure that I only receive review copies of books, with no other compensation. All review copies are marked as such. If there any any questions, please feel free to contact me.