Today kicks off Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 and today we've been asked to talk about some of the blogs we enjoy reading daily. If you read this blog regularly, you already know about some of the blogs I read on a regular basis because I've linked to them or talked about them a lot.
I like to think that book bloggers provide a great resource to readers but sometimes it can be hard to find blogs that speak to you. I follow a lot of blogs, a list that is constantly changing as I find new bloggers to connect with and sometimes make the hard decision to stop following others. I'm looking for a few things when I add new blogs to my reader: a blogger with similar reading tastes, particularly those who will also push me to look at books out of my comfort zone; a blogger I can establish a relationship with - a big part visiting blogs is about establishing relationships; and blogs that have that something extra to offer. That last one is hard to define - it may be a blogger that has a unique feature I enjoy, a fantastic voice coming through in the writing, or a particular style of writing that speaks to me.
All of that being said, here are some of the blogs I enjoy regularly that I might not have talked about before and wanted to make sure you were aware of:
Diary of An Eccentric: Writings of An Eccentric Bookworm: Anna reads a lot of historical fiction, with an emphasis on Austen-related writings and war-related writings. She is also the co-host of War Through The
Generations. Anna's daughter also writes great reviews of childrens/young adult books.
Lakeside Musing: JoAnn and I almost always agree on books that we've both read so when she writes a review on a book I haven't read it, it's definitely getting added to my wish list. She brings "new" classics to my attention and definitely has a taste for literary fiction.
SurLaLune Fairy Tales Blog: One of my go-to fairy tale blogs. SurLaLune explores the tales, has articles about what's new in fairy tales, offers fairy tale-related products and even compiles books of fairy tales. It's an excellent resource!
Mystica: In the world of book blogs, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all of the new books being reviewed. Here I get to find new-to-me older books and I love that. Even more fun, Mystica is located in Sri Lanka and she shares wonderful things about her life and the culture. One of my biggest surprises when I started blogging was the fact that I was going to get to know people internationally.
A Bookish Way of Life: Another blogger who has very similar reading tastes, I really enjoy Nadia's reviews. She always tells it like it is; she is not afraid to gush nor is she afraid to tell you straight out if she doesn't like a book (but she is always very clear on why and never mean).
If these are new to you, please stop by and say hello!