Monday, September 12, 2011
Appreciate Me, Dammit! (Happy BBAW!)
Dudes. It's Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and the sap- it is a'flowin'. I rarely allow myself the luxury of emotions (I'm very Jane Eyre-ish) (not really, I have better hair) (ok, that's not the only difference) (my husband isn't an ass, brooding or otherwise).
This year's theme is community, which I dig because book bloggers? They are my tribe. Today we're taking a hot second to discuss other book bloggers who (whom?) have impacted our own blogging experience and direct you to their awesomeness. I started this blog partly as a safe haven from all the black background, GLITTERY FAIRY-LADEN, sparkly-fonted gushers out there, and these folks gave me hope/direction/happy times when I had no idea what I was doing. Which is also right now. Ergo:
Rebecca at The Book Lady's Blog. Rebecca's blog is one of the first ones I stumbled upon when I googled something like "book blogs that don't suck." Our reading paths rarely cross, but when I'm in need of something written by someone who still lives, I always look to her first. Also? She lives in my town and had lunch with me when I was brand new and didn't call me names or imply that I'm dumb in person. She answered questions and said wise things and made me feel welcome. READ THIS BLOG, even if classics are your only jam. She will make you use your thinky-bits.
The Ape at The Reading Ape. Dude's totes smart. Like Rebecca, the Ape blogs about modern literature- but not just in the form of reviews. He is always posing thought-provoking questions and encouraging discussion in ways I can't grasp because I'm a little more I'M RIGHT AND YOUR OPINION IS GOOFY (I'm working on it). If you ever get into a funk of feeling like no one around you thinks reading is relevant or necessary, visit this blog. The Ape's posts and conversations they generate will help you come back to the realization that reading, critical thought, and literary criticism are muy importante.
Adam at Roof Beam Reader. Adam got started around the same time I did-ish, and we read a lot of the same things. We sometimes have literally the opposite opinions about classics, which I NEED TIMES TEN. I read his work to keep myself open-minded and to prevent myself from projecting my literary values on other readers. He also blogs about modern literary fiction and some young adult stuff, but has a Big Ole Brain, so I trust his recommendations totally.
Raych at books i done read. Let's state some obvious jank here: I'm not trying to be academic up in these here parts. I started blogging because I thought there was a lack of funny irreverence in the classics blogging world, and RAYCH IS THE FUNNY. I was a little afraid that People Who Read would come out of the wood work and do violence to me for hating a book because there's not enough Stuff Happening and too much Boring Dialogue, but Raych is a shining beacon of hope and perspective! She's always smart, tongue-in-cheek, and an excellent study of how to develop your own voice in the blogosphere.
Hokay, so. There are a bajillion and twelve (roughly) other book blogs I "appreciate," but these are the ones that helped me get through the tough first bits. The bits when I didn't know what a book blog really looked like, or whether anyone cared about reading anymore, or whether you could be funny and still have people care about your Thoughts.
So, you know. Preesh.
P.S. Dead White Guys has been shortlisted for Best Classics Blog, and WOAH. Thanks for all you guys who nominated/voted for me. You're the BEE'S KNEES AND THE CAT'S PAJAMAS.