My Friend Amy and her legions of helpers have done a great job in getting the Book Blog Appreciation Week off with a bang with the voting for a whole host of blog awards. This is the first of five BBAW-centric posts this week, highlighting the great work of bloggers, the authors we focus upon and the joy of reading.
The BBAW awards were a great starting point but not everyone can be up for nomination (I'm still smarting over PSnark's shut out in Best Name :P) So here are my thoughts on blogs that you should make sure you check out that weren’t lucky enough to make the cut.
Rhiannon Hart – Rhiannon focuses on dystopian YA literature and writes cohesive, critical and informative reviews.
Frenetic Reader – Khy is a little piece of joy brandishing magical bangs. She’s got such a great vibe about her and it infiltrates everything she posts on her blog. She's got a great sense of humour and a feel for the ridiculous while also knowing what she’s talking about. Of particular note is her posts on author appearances, being from California seems to be mighty advantageous as you can see with this Sarah Dessen video.
Reverie Media – Vania makes me even more aware that I am artistically challenged as her photographs and trailers inspired by YA are AMAZING. So incredible in fact that I haven’t seen anyone doing anything like what she’s done with Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters, Lisa Mantchev’s Eyes Like Stars or Kami Garcia/Margie Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures.
Pop Culture Junkie – Alea is our fairy blogmother! She’s universally loved as she spreads love and support wherever she goes without an agenda. She’s started some of the best meme around (so much so that the ideas are routinely "borrowed" and retagged) from Lookalikes, Hardcover vs Paperback and the early stages of In My Mailbox. (Yes, I know Alea’s been nominated but I think she’s so fabulous I wanted to mention her regardless.)
Steph Su Reads – Also nominated but I’ll mention her anyway....she writes the best reviews. Not much more to say than that!
Wondrous Reads – Jenny is the brilliantly British blogger who is my BookTwin. (You'll know when you "meet" your own reading doppelganger.) I have felt exactly the same about every book we’ve both read...it’s scary. Does that mean if I am mentioning her that I am praising myself? I have now got a headache.
My Favourite Books – Liz from the UK is a lovely lady with her finger on the British YA pulse. She’s also the first person to get me to write a guest post, that was also my first discussion post, so I have to give her props for being so supportive and utterly divine.
To be completely honest, there are some blogs I read for reviews, some I read for interviews and some for discussion posts. There are only a handful of bloggers that I read every posts of.
Bloggers have different strengths or focuses that I respond to and my blogroll represents blogs that I have chosen to actively promote. In some ways, your blogroll is a menu with each blogger representing a different food choice and sometimes all you want is something spicy, something sweet or something that you'll regret later :)