Friday, September 18, 2009

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

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 -

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 (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?


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love your post, Lesa! Now I've got some new blogs to check out. (And thanks for the plug for Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!)

I discovered Woolgatherings yesterday ( and have had fun reading it. Beautiful blog.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Cathy said...

Thanks for the mention, Lesa, but-- more importantly--thanks for steering me toward two more mystery blogs!

Lesa said...

I'll have to check out Woolgatherings, Elizabeth. Thanks! And, of course I'd mention Mystery Lovers Kitchen. It's a little different slant for mystery authors to take, and it's one mystery readers can enjoy. What's better than combining our love of mysteries and food?

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Cathy, on both fronts (smile). Always happy to enable another reader!

Jen Forbus said...

Thanks Lesa! :) I, too, adore Louise's blog and Kaye's blog and miss the other Kay. I'm going to have to check out these blogs that are new to me. I'm so honored to be on your list! :)

Lesa said...

Always on my list, Jen! And, your blog gets more interesting all of the time. I'm looking forward to next year's features!

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi Lesa,

You are just the BEST! And I love your well as your heart and spirit and insight.

You're wonderful. Happy blogging, my friend.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Louise!

I'm really looking forward to A Brutal Telling. It's my weekend treat for myself!

And, you know how much I think of you.

Hugs (and gummie worms!)

Anonymous said...

Ahh, Lesa, you brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your mention of my blog. There are days when I miss it dreadfully. Life goes on though. My reasons for ending it are still there. My Mom needs me a lot. She is not long for this world I fear. However, I feel like my pruning back of stuff has been a good decision.

I think once all this is over, I will begin anew and will have a new blog and new interests. Until then, I'm always lurking around. Hugs to you!

Love all the blogs you mentioned!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Kay. And, I think of you a lot. Just take care of your mom and yourself.

I understand, but I just wanted to send out a shout. I always read your blog, do miss it, but you have more important things to do.

Hugs, Kay!