Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010 is kicking off with the First Treasure meme. My Friend Amy and the gang have invited the book blogosphere to share "...a great new book blog you’ve discovered since BBAW last year."
While last year's BBAW celebration gave me food for thought and a Google Reader full of new, sparkly book blogs to read - I didn't discover the blogs I am going to mention on that occasion. Alas, Twitter is responsible for these precious little wonders.
It seems surreal to me that I didn't know Tye a year ago as she's become a valued friend in a very short space of time. Tye's The Book Gryffin is a different kind of blog beast because it is an education focused book blog. She's an educator who shares author events that take place at her school, presents her own views on middle grade and young adult in beautifully worded, concise reviews and occasionally allows her students to take the blog for a review spin once and awhile.
It is what I intended for PSnark to be...and failed.
The Book Gryffin is a great place to find reviews on Australian MG/YA content as well as the newest book trailers and detailed author school event summaries. It's an unpredictable blog as well as you never know what you are going to be hit with once you arrive. As a patriot, it's lovely to see another venue for our amazing Aussie authors to flaunt their talent.
On a personal note....Tye's quite possibly one of the loveliest people on the earth. How many people can you say that about?
She's Glinda to my Wicked Witch of the West without the hoop skirts and green face paint.
Another brand new blog is That Cover Girl which is brand new to the blogosphere this month. The fantastically enthusiastic and worldly ShabbyGeek reports on all the newest young adult cover art from fonts to composition to those pesky head crops.
It's a visual take on the YA world complete with interviews with authors and graphic designers (soon to come). Equal parts gushy and critical - That Cover Girl is a great place to be shallow and appreciate (or diss) new, old and unique YA cover art. ShabbyGeek got pulled into YA via Twitter and a healthy appreciation for Courtney Summers' amazing work so the lady has taste...and a wicked sense of humour.
I am happy to say she's not only a unique and word-crafty blogger but she's a heck of a person too!
And there you have it, two slightly different perspectives on the YA world that I inhabit with frightening regularity.
Be sure to tell Tye and ShabbyGeek that I sent you :P