Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a yearly celebration of the world of book blogging. This year’s event is being held September 13-17. All book bloggers are encouraged to participate in the themed posts, giveaways, awards, and other events. We enjoyed the celebration a great deal last year and got to know several new bloggers, so we’re looking forward to it again this year.

One of the big changes this year is that bloggers are being asked to register in advance if they wish to be listed in the BBAW’s directory of bloggers or participate in the awards process (either as a voter or a candidate for an award).

The awards judges are asking that bloggers who are willing to be considered for an award share five representative posts (three of which must be reviews of a specific title) that they can use for judging. After much consideration and the advice of some of our blogging friends, we are registering as a Literary Fiction blog, and  we are registering for consideration in the Best Writing category. Here are the relevant posts for these categories:

Best Literary Fiction Book Blog
Review of Life with a Star
Review of Infinite Jest

Review of Wolf Hall
Review of The Writing Class
Sunday Salon: What Makes Fiction Literary?

Best Written Book Blog
Review of Wolf Hall
Review of The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Review of The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
Review of North and South
Sunday Salon: Lost in Translation

We hope that all of our blogging friends will consider participating in whatever way feels most comfortable. A few of you have expressed some discomfort with the idea of “self-nominating,” but we encourage you to think of it more as a registration with a willingness to be considered for an award. Yes, it is awkward to make that willingness public, but ultimately it will be the members of the blogging community who choose which candidates will get the award. Don’t let your reticence keep your good work from being considered!

And if you’re still reluctant to register for awards consideration, you can register as a participant, which means you’ll be listed in the BBAW’s Book Blogger Directory, you’ll get to help select the longlist in your chosen niche, and you’ll be eligible to vote on the shortlists selected by the judges. Get the details on the Awards page at the BBAW blog.

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8 Responses to Book Blogger Appreciation Week

  1. I see it as a way to be listed in the Book Blogger Directory. I’m so glad you’re doing this!

  2. rebeccareid says:

    I’m one that’s very uncomfortable with self-nominating — especially since I haven’t put nearly enough time into (1) blogging and (2) reading other blogs in the past year! So I’ll probably just be a side-watcher. I don’t think I fit in any categories anyway!

    But you’re blog is awesome, so I’d love to vote for you guys! Way to go! I see some of the most memorable posts up there.

  3. bybee says:

    I echo rebeccareid.

  4. Kristen M. says:

    I didn’t have a problem listing my posts — if nothing else, newer readers can have quick links to what posts I feel represent my blog best over the last year. The thing I miss though is being able to nominate my favorite blogs! I really liked that part of it.

  5. Lorin says:

    Congratulations on winning for best Lit. Fiction blog!

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