Appreciating people is hard, y’all. This week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a week that many book bloggers use to give a shout-out to favorite blogs and share their favorite things about the book blogging world. Jenny and I have participated for the last three years, and it’s always good fun. Unfortunately, Jenny is busy with start-of-school madness, so I’m on my own unless she gets a little more time later in the week.
Today’s topic, Appreciate, asks participants to share a few of their favorite book blogs. And I am stuck. I have too many favorites! Most years, Jenny and I set some parameters—only a dozen (or a baker’s dozen), blogs we’ve discovered in the past year, or blogs that inspired us when we were getting started. My thought this year was to acknowledge some favorite blogs that have fallen through the cracks in our past parameters. This seemed like an ideal way to acknowledge everyone.
I assembled a draft list of about 10 blogs this morning and let it sit, in case there was someone I forgot. By the end of the day, I had about 20 blogs. And I kept thinking of others. Well, that’s hardly helpful. Who’s going to follow all those links? And how will I find time to explain just how each one of these bloggers is awesome? And oh, crap, I forgot someone else! Argh!
Clearly, I need some parameters. So today I share with you a few blogs that I’ve gotten to know in the past year or so. In some cases, I started reading the blog more than a year ago, but it’s in the last year that I started following each of these blogs more closely. If you want to know what makes them so great, click through and check them out.
- A Good Stopping Point
- A Musical Feast
- The Book Trunk
- TBR 313
- Thinking in Fragments
- Tiny Library
As for the other blogs and bloggers I appreciate, please know that if I comment on your blog once in a while, if you leave comments here, if I share links to your blog here or on Twitter, or if I chat with you at least semi-regularly on Twitter, then I appreciate you. I’m a big believer in showing appreciation year round, and BBAW reminds me of how much I want to make appreciation a habit. Appreciating others can be hard, but it feels good.