Monday, September 10, 2012

BBAW Day 1: Appreciation Day




The daily theme for today is:


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


Shelleyrae gets through a ton of books, and seems to manage to review them all as well (something I gave up trying to do years ago). She is also involved in other events around the blogosphere as well. I don't know how she does it as well as being a mum and all round nice person!

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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!

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The It Must Be Time for a Catch Up award goes to



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! 

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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!

40 comments:

  1. Great way to highlight some of your favorite Australian bloggers!

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  2. Hi Marg,
    Your focus on Australian writers this past year has been great. Our book group in Hobart has read some Aussie writers as well. For some reason I have not had a lot of Aussie writers on my pile of books TBR but they really are worthy. I must say I often prefer the older books in Australian than some of the newer ones but your reviews are inspiring me to open up to the news ones a bit more too. All the best, Pam

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Pam! It is hard to find your way to every book that you want to read.

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  3. Awesome list! I'm going to be checking out all those links/blogs. :)

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  4. Love this set-up, Marge! Fun titles and good descriptions. One of the blogs I've just been introduced to today, and I like how seeing it in a few places will make me remember it better. The others I'll be checking out.

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    1. Hope you find some great blogs to read

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  5. Oh how lovely, that is a really nice award, thank you!
    Yes, I am back, and would love to catch up while I'm still on leave from work. I have lots of spare time (lucky me!) so can fit in with almost anything.
    I'll text you during daylight hours, I'm still on jetlag time and it's 3:30 in the morning now!

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    1. We'll figure something out I am sure!

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  6. I knew I could count on you to introduce me to some great new blogs.

    Lol I, too, am torn on the awards ;)

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    1. I am glad I am not the only one who feels conflicted about them Amy!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your list. I know some of them, but others are new to me so I'll go check them out :) I'm having such a good time exploring new blogs today!

    The Relentless Reader

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! My blog reading list always grows exponentially through BBAW!

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  8. I love your idea for making up your own awards -- what a creative way to handle this appreciation post.

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  9. I love the way you've done your appreciation post :)

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  10. I really like Book's Out too. I'll have to check out the others on your list. Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. I hope you find some great new blogs to read.

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  11. Just so you know...Shelleyrae from Book'd Out is not actually a nice person, she's a nice advanced robot sent back from the future to show us all how it's done! It's the only explanation for how she does so much (that's my story and I'm sticking to it).

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    1. Does not compute, does not compute.... :P

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    2. That would explain a lot!

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  12. I wish I knew about this earlier, I would of joined in the fun.

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    1. Michael, it's not too late to join in with BBAW! Check out the daily blogging topics and see if there might be something that you want to blog about.

      http://bookbloggerappreciationweek.com/2012/09/2012-bbaw-daily-blogging-topics/

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  13. Happy BBAW! Love your awards idea.

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  14. Marg, love your awards. Totally agree that the Australian Women Writers Challenge has done wonderful things for the Australian author movement. So much so that I am right now intentionally trying to read a few male Aussie authors to balance things out! It is amazing what can be achieved when someone starts the ball rolling.

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    1. My male to female ratio is always skewed towards female authors, but this year it is even more skewed.

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  15. That's a nice way to do awards. Love it! I never really liked the fact that awards were given, even though in the early days I was nominated for tons. I found it kind of embarrassing, actually. IMaybe just not a person who thrives on attention. :)

    I hope the Australian Women Writers Challenge continues. I missed it, this year, but I love an excuse to read Australian writing!

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    1. I struggled with the attention thing too, but then felt bad at times when it didn't happen! Gosh, we humans are a little bit contrary aren't we!

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  16. I love this approach with your own personal awards and such great categories too - fun!

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    1. Thanks! It's a lot of fun to do it this way.

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  17. I'm so honoured to receive such a special award Marg - thank you! I'm a fan of Dani's and Lisa's blogs as well - and of course yours! And I agree the AWW challenge has been fabulous!


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    1. You are more than welcome Shelleyrae!

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  18. Ooooo new blogs to check out! Yay! :)

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  19. I am pretty sure that Shelleyrae is a committee of dedicated bloggers :p

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    1. Maybe she has her kids doing it instead of their homework?

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  20. I love Shelleyrae's blog too, I'll have to check out the others you mentioned. Well done on the Australian Women Writer's Challenge, I've stepped up with reading Aussie author's this year but would still love to read more :)

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