On this first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2009, participants are encouraged to share the book-blog love:
The first day of BBAW, Monday September 14th, we encourage you to write a post thanking and spotlighting your favorite blogs that didn’t make the shortlists.
Those “shortlists” would be the ones related to the BBAW Awards, which I talked more about last Friday: nearly 40 categories, 1000 blogs originally nominated across them all, now down to just five finalists for each. Voting closed on Saturday, and the winners will be announced on the BBAW Blog all this week.
This assignment is tougher than you’d think it would be. Since I don’t concentrate my reading in one or two genres, I don’t tend to read all that many genre-specific book blogs either, and about half of the awards are for “Best (your category here) Review Blog.” Also, as it happens, quite a few of my favorite book blogs actually did get to the shortlists in one category or another – I must have good taste or something :-). Still, I’d like to single out a few blogs who aren’t in the finals (regardless of category), but are absolutely winners in my book, regardless.
- Best General Review Blog (3-way tie):
Book Chatter and Other Stuff – and a lot of the “other stuff” on Ti’s blog is book-related too. She has an excellent review format: publisher’s description, “the short of it” (her summary), and “the rest of it” (review in depth); also, the books she reads and reviews cross a variety of genres and niches.
Devourer of Books – Jen has a great blog design, a wide range of reading interests, concise reviews…and a new baby.
(ADDED) The Book Lady’s Blog – I could have sworn Rebecca‘s blog was on at least one of the BBAW shortlists, but apparently I was wrong; she definitely belongs on mine, though, with apologies for her earlier omission! Not only is she a fine book reviewer, her work as a bookseller gives her an interesting perspective (and lots of additional blog fodder!).
- Best Kidlit Blog: The Betty and Boo Chronicles To be honest, I read Melissa’s blog for a lot of her other content, but the book reviews she does with her children – they would be Betty and Boo – are enjoyable even if kid-lit isn’t your thing. She also reviews books for grown-ups, and mixes in non-bookish posts as well. I just wanted to make sure she was on this list somewhere, and this category fits!
- Most Eclectic Taste (tie):
A Book A Day: When you’re reading and blogging at that pace, like Angie is, just about anything might show up.
Both Eyes Book Blog: Jessica has already read over 300 books this year. She doesn’t review them all, but when she lists them, there’s an impressive range.
- Best Commentator: Literary Feline (Wendy) of Musings of a Bookish Kitty. She’s been one of my most consistent – and insightful – commentators here for nearly two years now. In blogging chronology, that’s a long-term committed relationship.
- Best Published Author Blog: I was excited to see a couple of my absolute favorites shortlist in this category, but I wonder who was ranked 6 through 10. John Scalzi’s Whatever had to be in there somewhere.
- Best New Blog: Amy Reads Good Books. She really does! Sometimes they’re quite different from the ones other bloggers are reading, too.
- Best Reviews: My Cozy Book Nook. I may be biased, because it seems like Molly and I have similar reading tastes (and she’s also a dog lover), but her reviews are very thorough and thoughtful.
- Best Book Published in 2009: This has to be qualified as “Best Book Published in 2009 That I’ve Read So Far This Year,” and in this case, it’s further qualified: “Best Book Published in English in 2009 (that was previously published in another language) That I’ve Read So Far This Year.” Based on my reviews and ratings, that honor goes to The Unit, a novel by Ninni Holmqvist. (Actually reading books in the year they’re published is definitely one argument in favor of accepting review copies.)
- Most Chatty: Lisa at Books on the Brain: book-club maven, avid reader, thoughtful yet informal reviewer, and someone whose blog always feels like a comfortable conversation.
I didn’t include this one above because Jill‘s blog Fizzy Thoughts did make the BBAW shortlist (for Funniest/Most Humorous), but wanted to mention that she has given us an Official BBAW Theme Song.
If you don’t already know some of these blogs, I hope you’ll drop by and introduce yourself!