BOOK BLOGGER APPRECIATION WEEK
I really hadn’t been planning on taking part in BBAW 2010, because I am so new to the blogosphere and I felt as though I wasn’t established enough to start taking part in these things. After having a little look-see at the BBAW website, I changed my mind.
Today’s topic, for those of us new to the game, is to feature the first book blog we ever discovered. To be quite honest, I can’t remember the first blog I discovered, because it was quite some time ago and I imagine it was quite by accident…perhaps I don’t even follow it anymore. So instead, I am going to tell you about two book blogs that inspired me to start my own.
I think the reason I was initially attracted to this blog was because Jackie, who hails from Surrey, England, has, not only an incredible taste in books, but a varied taste as well. She does not review specific genres of books, but dips her toes into a variety of literary pools. Nearly every review that Jackie has posted has led to me adding another book to my TBBought list. I have already made it quite clear to her that if she does not cease and desist with the reviewing of amazing books that I will be sending here a bill very soon (she thinks I’m kidding :D)
Everything Jackie posts on her blog is intelligent, interesting and relevant. And I think that that may be the single most appealing thing about Farm Lane. 99% of Jackie’s content pertains to…guess what?…you think you know don’t you?…but, you’re never going to get it…the suspense is killing you…wait for it…BOOKS! Yes, I know, it’s hard to believe, a book blog that actually reviews books and talks about literary stuff. Combined with Jackie’s cultivated and thoughtful writing style this makes Farm Lane a real treat to follow.
For the reasons listed above, I have come to look up to Jackie as a sort of blogging mentor. I really believe that Farm Lane sets the standard for bona fide book blogging. For those of you who have not yet discovered this wonderful blog, I hope you will take the time to check it out.
Wendy is first and foremost an animal lover whose furry family includes dogs, cats, horses and various other species of fuzzy fellows. Her blog, however, is not about animals; it is about her other passion, books. On occasion, these two passions will overlap and can be reflected in some of Wendy’s book choices. She really likes books about dogs and horses.
What I like most about Caribousmom is that Wendy keeps things varied. She always has an elegant and enjoyable writing style, but her book reviews and literary features are never overly homogeneous. Things are a little different every time and this gives her blog a refreshing candor that provides a real sense of her personality. That is what keeps me coming back to Caribousmom. I don’t always find my taste in books overlapping with Wendy, but, even when I don’t, I still find her reviews to be enjoyable reads.