Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010: First Treasure

Let’s celebrate, for Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010 officially starts today! Yay! This year’s theme is β€œA Treasure Chest of Infinite Books and Infinite Blogs.” We are going to take part in the festivities as much as I can, starting today. As part of the celebration there are suggested blogging topics for each day of the week and today’s is:

First Treasure
We invite you to share with us about a great new book blog you’ve discovered since BBAW last year! If you are new to BBAW or book blogging, share with us the very first book blog you discovered. Tell us why this blog rocks your socks off and why you keep going back for more.

Ana’s pick:

There are many, many new blogs I found since last year’s BBAW. This is a very hard post to write because I would love to mention all of them because all of them rock my world. But there is one blog that holds a special place in my heart and that would be Aja Romano’s Bookshop.

I think I have grown as a reader this past year with a lot more awareness about racism, bigotry, sexism and rape culture and how they appear in fiction. Her posts on the Magic Under Glass‘s whitewashed cover, her post on Bad Romance were huge eye openers and I can only thank Aja for initiating a process that is an ongoing, learning curve. Since then, I have found other blogs that are equally engaged in discussing all aspects of life and fiction but Aja’s was my definitely my First Treasure.

Thea’s pick:

I’m pretty finicky in my book blog selection. It takes a long time before I add a new blog to my feed reader (just because that thing has a tendency to grow thousands of posts long overnight!) – but, once I’ve added a blog, I’m fiercely loyal. It stays there. For-ev-er. As such, I don’t add new blogs very often – but over the past year I have found quite a few new gems. At the forefront has to be the wonderful SFF blog, Jawas Read, Too!

Erika’s blog focuses on the latest and greatest in science fiction, fantasy and YA, and her reviews are well-written, detailed (I love those detailed reviews!), and entertaining. And, in addition to reviewing the big new release titles (The Black Prism by Brent Weeks), she also mixes in a lot of older titles (Inda by Sherwood Smith), as well as a number of great articles and discussions (check out her very true “You Know You’re Reading Epic Fantasy When…” post, or her series on dragons).

Plus, her blog just has an awesome name and a solid, defining concept. Who knew that Jawas read, too? Those cute little tech scavengers deserve love, just like everyone else!

How about you? Any new blogs you have discovered since last year’s BBAW that you would like to share with us?

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  • Gerd D.
    September 13, 2010 at 2:08 am

    The only other blogs I’ve bookmarked are about (psychology &)writing / publishing / vintage covers (mostly crime lit, and often stuff that is hard to defend), I have yet to find another book blog that reviews books I like or in a style I like to return to.

    However here are my meager bookmarks:

  • Iris
    September 13, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Those blogs are both new to me and I can’t wait to read them πŸ™‚

  • Jodie
    September 13, 2010 at 3:58 am

    I discovered Aja through her bad romance post and was hooked. Was not aware the little guys read, I wonder if there is a whole community of tiny sci-fi creatures reading?

  • Meg
    September 13, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Definitely will be checking these out!

  • KMont
    September 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I have added a few blogs to my blogroll this year, quite a few really. One I really enjoy from time to time is Books I done Read.


    I don’t remember how I found it, though. It may have been through you gals.

    And I really love Aja’s blog as well. And I think it’s wonderful how these eye-opener type of posts and blogs are making their way through to other blogs and readers. Aja inspired you, Ana, and you and Thea have in turn really inspired me. Circle of life, baby! And thanks for your rec as well, Thea. Going to go check it out!

  • Gerd D.
    September 13, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Not totally on-topic, but I thought I use this share the Zombie love, and Tor.com is worth dipping into:

  • E.J. Stevens
    September 13, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Happy BBAW! πŸ™‚

    From the Shadows

  • Cindy
    September 13, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I juste discovered Jawas Read too! and I like it very much; Thank you for those recommendations.

  • Jenn's Bookshelves
    September 13, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Both of these are new to me! Thank you for spotlighting them!

  • Ceilidh
    September 13, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Put my name down for Aja’s blog too.

    While it’s tough for any book blog to take the place in my heart that Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Dear Author fill, I thouroughly enjoy the Deadline Dames. Would it be cheating to say Cleolinda Jones’s Twilight recaps? They’re hysterical!

  • Beth F
    September 13, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Oh boy, two new-to-me blogs!

  • Rabid Fox
    September 13, 2010 at 9:14 am

    A couple of interesting choices there. I’ll have to check those out this week.

  • Pam
    September 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Great picks guys!

  • Erika (Jawas Read, Too)
    September 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Awww thank you, Thea! πŸ™‚

  • Katy
    September 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Great picks! πŸ™‚

  • draconismoi
    September 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I recently stumbled upon Elitist Book Reviews….and kept going back for the snark. In general, however, I am pretty picky. I’ll keep up with a few book review blogs, but it takes awhile to fully hook me.

  • Amy
    September 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Two incredible sounding blogs – I’m off to check them both out. Thanks!

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