First up, a confession. I am not the world’s biggest fan of BBAW (that’s Book Bloggers Appreciation Week for the uninitiated). Of course I don’t object to the intention that underpins it which is “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”. How could I not support that ideal?
But I do find the intense week of having my google reader account bombarded by 5-10 times the normal number of posts overwhelming. With a couple of hundred book blog subscriptions that’s a lot of extra posts. Last year I read the first couple of days’ worth of posts then hid offline for a week and quietly hit “mark all as read”. I suspect I’ll be doing much the same again this year, and have decided in advance not to feel guilty about it.
Let me be totally clear though I am not calling for the end of BBAW or suggesting that other people’s celebrations of it or participation in it should in any way diminish. If you have the necessary combination of time, energy, persistence and cheerfulness to post daily, visit all the blogs, interview other bloggers, comment madly and sign up for the giveaways I tip my hat to you. Just please don’t be cross with me if I go hide in my offline corner again ’til all the fuss dies down and don’t take it personally if I don’t visit all your BBAW posts this week.
All of that out of the way, I did have a look at the five daily post topics and thought I’d pick out the one that’s most important to me for a single post about BBAW. That’s about all I can manage on the participation front I’m afraid.
Today’s question asks us to highlight a great book blog we’ve discovered this year.
I am highlighting two (yes I know that’s not in the rules) and readers of this blog won’t be surprised to find they are both crime fiction blogs:
The Game’s Afoot is the blog of Jose Ignacio Escribano who lives in Spain and blogs (in English) (he’d have to as I’m woefully monolingual) about his crime fiction finds as well as providing snippets of life in sunny Spain (at least I always assume it is sunny when I am reading a post by Jose Ignacio, this has been particularly enjoyable during the recent deluge we have experienced in my part of the world). He writes great reviews and often teases us about books that have been published in Spanish that those of us who are linguistically challenged might get to read in translation one day.
Yet Another Crime Fiction Blog is hosted by Keishon (pronounced KEY-shon) who lives (I think) in the US and though it has been around since May I only discovered it in the last few weeks but it is already a firm favourite. Keishon seems to have the same attitude to blogging and reading as I do and from what I have seen we also share a similar sense of humour. Keishon writes thoughtful reviews that clearly set out the pros and cons of a book without being nasty or mean in any way (yes I could learn a thing or two about politeness) (but we all know I won’t).
I heartily recommend both of these to everyone, especially crime fiction fans.
Anyway, that’s it for me for BBAW, I do hope everyone gets to participate as much (or as little) as they want to and also remembers to appreciate their favourite book bloggers during the other 51 weeks of the year 🙂