Appreciation: There are no awards this year, but it can still be hard to navigate the huge universe of book blogging. Share with your readers some of the blogs you enjoy reading daily and why.
BBAW is back for another year, albeit in a more pared back format that in previous years. One of the things that has gone by the wayside are the awards, which I do think is a good thing in a way. I always felt a bit uncomfortable with some of the nomination processes and at times with the results but there were also lots of really deserving blogs that were given focus as a result of the process. Even on the year where there are no awards I am still torn as to what I thought of them!
Today though, it is a chance for me to give my own awards. I did something similar last year and I am really trying not to repeat my responses, even though I assure you that I do still value people like Kelly, Heather, Bree, Beth and Sarah! I also really wanted to spotlight some Australian bloggers this year as well.
The How Does She Do It award goes to
The next award is the Wow, Look how Lucid and Detailed That Review is award goes to
I can't tell you how many reviews I have read by Dani where I have been blown away at the breadth and depth of the review!
We only met for the first time face to face at last years Melbourne Writers Festival and we have met up a few times since. Even though we read very differently most of the time in terms of genre and focus, we still never run out of things to talk about (and we don't only talk about books!). Besides, she just got back from a dream holiday so I am looking forward to living vicariously through her!
My final award for this year is not so much for a blogger but rather an event (although the founder, Elizabeth Lhuede) deserves a huge amount of kudos!
The Event that Significantly Changed my Reading for the better this year goes to
Most years since I began blogging one of my aims has been to read more Australian authors. I would read 10 or 12 and been happy with that. This year though, participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge has inspired me to really pushed me to read more. So far this year I have read more than 30 books by just Australian women authors, and there are also a few male authors to add to that total! This also had the added effect of meaning that I have had a bumper year for the Aussie Author Challenge hosted by Booklover Book Reviews as well!