Book Blogger Appreciation Week: September 14-18

The second annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be taking place September 14-18. For those that don’t know: last year, Amy from the blog My Friend Amy ran a fantastic event that attracted over 400 book blogs to celebrate books and reading, part of “an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading”.This year, there is a special webpage set up for the event and you can read more about it here. But this is the basic rundown:

WHO Anyone who blogs about books is invited to participate. In fact, we want everyone who blogs about books and reading to be a part of this week!
WHAT A week where we come together, celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recogonizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.
WHEN September 14-18, 2009
WHERE Here at the new Book Blogger Appreciation Week Blog! (Please note that this year there are three separate blogs and feedsβ€”one for the main event, one for giveaways, and one for awards.)
WHY Because books matter. In a world full of options, the people talking about books pour hard work, time, energy, and money into creating a community around the written word. I, Amy, the founder of Book Blogger Appreciation Week love this community of bloggers and want to shower my appreciation on you!

We are taking active part in the festivities by being panelists for a couple of the categories for the Awards and we will do special posts and host giveaways during the week. We will also be interviewing (and being interviewed by) another blogger: Sheri from A Novel Menagerie. The event is a great way to get to know other book bloggers – and holy crapoles there are so many out there!

And of course, there are the Awards. The Nominations were announced this week and we have been nominated for an incredible 16 categories! (there was not a small amount of back and forth between us with several OMG OMG OMG AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *DIES* and a few AWWWWWWWW, MAN *DIES*). These are the categories you nominated us for:

Niche Categories: (we can only effectively run ie be shortlisted for ONE of those)

Best General Review Blog
Best Romance Blog
Best Graphic Novel Review Blog
Best Speculative Fiction Blog
Best YA Blog

Everything Else( we can, potentially, be shortlisted for all of these):

Most Chatty (this one made us laugh and go: are we chatty? no. do you think we are chatty? I don’t think so. do you? hummm, maybe. what about that post? THAT could be chatty. do you really think so. ok.)

Best Collaborative Blog
Most Eclectic Taste Blog
Most Humorous/ Funniest
Best Series or Feature for YA Appreciation Month (this one may or may not have made us cry)
Most Extravagant Giveaways (it’s because of the Flash thing isn’t it? Wait. That sounds dirty)
Best Reviews
Best Writing
Best Blog Name
Best Community Builder
Most Prolific Blog


So what happens next? We have been asked to send links (which prompted another series of emailing back and forth with: no no no I think YOUR review of… is better. Shuddup dude, you know YOUR review of…rules. and so and so forth) to the panelists for each of the categories we have been nominated and they will decide whether we will be shortlisted or not. Then it’s back to the public for voting. We have no idea if we will be shortlisted as there are so many wonderful blogs out there also nominated. But boy, are we glad for these nominations and to say that we are ecstatic is to put it VERY mildly. But we are, above all, thankful to all of you who nominated us: YOU RULE. Consider yourselves virtually hugged.

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  • Rhiannon Hart
    August 23, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Congratulations! You girls definitely deserve all those nominations.

  • edifanob
    August 23, 2009 at 6:37 am


  • katiebabs
    August 23, 2009 at 6:41 am

    You ladies are chatty?? πŸ˜‰

  • Mandy
    August 23, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Congrats! You both deserve it.

  • Kristen
    August 23, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Congratulations! You two deserve them all.

  • AnimeJune
    August 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Well, *I* think you’re chatty – you’ve always been welcome to chat on my blog. The nominations are so well deserved!!

  • Ana
    August 23, 2009 at 8:32 am

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    *group hug*

  • Memory
    August 23, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations! You deserve every one of those nominations.

  • Kristen
    August 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Also, don’t forget you two are up for Best Post with your story about the education of Edward Cullen!

  • orannia
    August 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Congratulations! Very well deserved!

  • Jessica
    August 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Great news, and so well deserved!

    So tell us, which niche are you going for???

  • Ana
    August 23, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Jessica, well. we couldn’t chose so we sent links to all of them except Romance blog. πŸ˜† 😳

    We spoke to the people running and we are allowed to do that. The links will be judged and the blog will be rated and the highest rate is the one to be shortlisted – IF it is high enough to be so, of course. So yeah, basically they are chosing for us. πŸ˜†

    We removed ourselves from the Romance run because Thea doesn’t read romance. All the other categories we both read and review.

  • Jessica
    August 24, 2009 at 5:39 am

    GOOD! You both deserve to be a finalist in all of those categories.

    We often talk about gender differences in how women and men are evaluated for criticism (when women snark, they are “mean girls”, when men to do it, they are “honest”, etc.) but I also notice gals are less likely to own it when they rock.

    You two have done an absolutely amazing job in a short time. You have created a whole new kind of blog and filled a niche that many romance readers like me did not even realize existed.

    Is there voting? I will be voting for you (unless I happen to be short listed in the same category, in which case I will attempt to crush you. Just so we’re clear. πŸ˜€ !) because you deserve it.

  • Ana
    August 24, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Jessica: bring. it. on! 😈

    πŸ˜† Yes, voting is open, I think from beginning of september. We will make sure to post about it when we know more.

    and Thea and I totally own it – we SO rock, and you know we hope to dominate the world one day. 😈 πŸ˜† 8)

  • jennygirl
    August 24, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Congratulations!! You two should be very proud of yourselves. All these nominations speak to what great bloggers you are! And readers too, of course πŸ™‚
    Good luck!

  • Christine
    August 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Congratulations on all of those nominations!!! 😯

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