So you know how some days you wake up and you have a plan? There are certain things you want to accomplish and you have a list in your head. Yes? Yes. Well my list this morning was to get up have a little breakfast, finish and post the review that I had half started on Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane, and then write my BBAW Blog Spotlight post (yes, this one here that you are finally reading) and prep my BBAW interview for tomorrow. The plan was to have that finished by…let’s say… 11am. Well, I did manage to have breakfast anyway! I made the mistake that I always make when I don’t manage to get a post up in the morning. I opened my google reader and started reading everyone’s posts on blogs they love, and then I had to click on the links and visit those blogs that were mentioned and those blogs would have posts of blogs they loved and then I had to go and read those too and subscribe to all of them. It is a vicious, vicious circle, but I loved it!
I couldn’t deal with the pressure of choosing which books to spotlight, so I chose the first 8 blogs that came into my head, and if they hadn’t been shortlisted, they went onto my list. Luckily, it took me a few tries since so many of my favorite bloggers made the short lists. Unluckily, there are still many that I can’t include here. I love spotlighting other bloggers, so with my reviews I include links to other blogger’s reviews of the same book. You can also check out my Recommended Reading sidebar where I share other great reviews and blogs which I have been reading.
Jenclair @ A Garden Carried in the Pocket – I love the name, because that’s the way I feel about books. I also love that Jenclair reads a variety of books that I haven’t heard of before but sound really interesting. She has such thoughtful commentary on the books she reads and I always have a great time reading her reviews- even the ones of the books that might not particularly interest me.
Jackie @ Farmlane Books – I trust Jackie to keep me up-to-date on all of the prize winners out there. I am in awe. I love reading her reviews because they are so thoughtful and smart and I think we probably like and dislike books for the same reasons. When I get ready to start going through the prize winners I know that I will be checking back in to get some recommendations.
Staci @ Life in the Thumb – Staci has an eclectic bunch of reviews and, and the lovely Six Sentence Saturday, which has recently become a meme. Go Staci! I love reading them, but I just don’t think I can do one. My short reviews are usually 600 words. 😛
Wendy @ Musings of A Bookish Kitty – I must say that I love reading Wendy’s Sunday Salon posts. They want to make me want to step inside her blog and curl up with a cup of tea as she takes me through the books she has read, the challenges she’s working on and other little literary related tidbits. Wendy also reads a variety of great books and has great reviews to go along with them. And her blog header…I approve!
Vivienne @ Serendipity – Vivienne blogs about things that I love reading about. Good books (of course) and scrap books and scrapping. Vivienne’s reviews damage my pocket book. I ran out to get Angelica, by Arthur Phillips on her say so and I am also eying a few other books she has recently reviewed. She also gets bonus points for having the most yummy looking cupcakes on her header.
Dot @ Scribbles – Dot reads a little bit of everything. I love the way she compares books with other books or to other subjects that she has read. She also reads lots of fun and lighter books, so it’s nice to look to her blog for a recommendation when I’m in that mood.
Veens @ Giving…Reading -A Chance – I love Veens! She is the most enthusiastic book blogger and commenter out there. Her reviews are so sparkly and full of life and she reads a great selection. I love the way she loves books. She lost her blog earlier this year, and I was so happy that she made her way back to us.
“Rose” @ Rose City Reader – Does the general public know your name yet, “Rose”? I don’t want to out anybody. 🙂 I have been reading Rose City Reader for so long. I marvel at all the prize lists and author lists there. Some are very obscure. The reviews are so good and often thought-provoking. I’m always learning something and being entertained when I stop by here.
Okay I said 8, but I have to mention…
Kathy @ Bermudaonion – Kathy was nominated for Best Commenter, so I felt I could include her here because she is so much more. Kathy is the first blogger that I “met” (on a book blogger conference call) and the one whose voice I have known the longest. I can always hear her when I read her reviews. She has eclectic book tastes and I love how she gets to the heart of the matter in her reviews- and I just love her humor. It comes through in her reviews and in the comments that she generously leaves everywhere. I love Kathy- she is the best!
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P.P.S. Congrats to Amy and Co. for organizing a fabulous week of festivities celebrating and appreciating the efforts of book bloggers and the book blogging community! I won’t even say anything about Amy’s blog, My Friend Amy, because I know it would be rather pointless since you are already reading it and thinking it’s fabulous, and that she writes these great reviews about so many different kinds of books, and she does fun weekly events, and talks about Dean Winchester Supernatural. Just sayin’.