Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) 2016 is hosted by Ana, Andi, Heather, and Jenny at The Estella Society. It’s a week dedicated to celebrating the hard work, dedication, and love we put into book blogging, and to nurturing the connections and sense of community we’ve been so lucky to find through it. Each day of the week has a dedicated theme/blogging topic.
I had planned to take today off from BBAW, but two things made me change my mind:
- After reading a bunch of introductory posts from other BBAW participants, I was inspired to take a proper run at that “5 books that define you” question; and
- The Estella Society invited us to award our own Book Blogger Superlatives
As I read through Monday’s posts, I noticed that quite a few BBAW participants mentioned that they’d really been challenged by the prompt to introduce ourselves through books. I was too–so much that I ducked the directive entirely–but having been inspired by my community, I’m back to give it another shot. The books I’ve selected have been formative and defining.
A (Re-)Introduction in Five(ish) Books
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle–L’Engle was my second all-consuming author obsession, following Louisa May Alcott. Wrinkle introduced me to two very important concepts: science and faith do not have to be mutually exclusive–hence, this was my eventual gateway to The Sparrow–and book-smart, bespectacled girls can be heroes.
The Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin–The first six novels in this long-running series introduced post-college, Catholic-educated, suburban-working-wife-and-mother me to LBGTQ literature and culture. Tales is a time capsule, and for me, it was a vivid, eye-opening, perspective-altering experience. As an adult, I’ve re-read these books more than any others. (Also, cannibals in Grace Cathedral!?)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood–This may have been my first exposure to dystopian fiction, although I didn’t know to call it that at the time. What makes this novel resonate for me are its political themes–the combating elements of feminism and fundamentalism. This is one of the defining cultural battles of our time, and they make this story more relevant every year.
A History of God/The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong–.I’ve drifted away from my Catholic upbringing over the years, drawing more in the direction of “religious studies” than toward religion itself. Armstrong’s tracing of the development of monotheism fascinated me, and her exploration of the rise of conservative fundamentalism as a reaction to modernity educated me.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (just the first three books) by Douglas Adams–Douglas Adams was a huge contributor to the development of a particularly nerdy and humorous worldview and, therefore, a major influence on the way I engage with life, the universe, and everything. These books are partly responsible for introducing me to my husband. And as life philosophies go, it’s hard to go wrong with “Don’t Panic.”
The 3 R’s Blog Presents: BBAW 2016 Book Blogger Superlatives!
Most Likely to Reinvent as a Blogger: Bryan (Still Unfinished)
Most Likely to Go Off on a Tangent: Melissa (Melissa Firman)
Most Inspiring: Sheila (Book Journey)
Best Source of Validation/Best Commenter: Kathy (BermudaOnion)
Best BEA Roommate: Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
But really, all of y’all are superlative–book bloggers are the BEST!