Book Blogger Appreciation Week has started! If you are a book blogger, even if you didn’t nominate yourself for any awards, you can participate in giveaways and in the memes. The theme this year is A Treasure Chest of Infinite Books and Infinite Blogs, and every day there is a topic related to this theme.
Monday’s topic is First Treasure:
For those of you who participated in BBAW last year, what’s a great new book blog you’ve discovered since last year’s BBAW?
For those you new to BBAW, what was the first book blog you discovered?
While I’ve known about BBAW and mentioned it in this blog, I don’t think I really participated in it except to vote. So I guess I’m new to BBAW. The first blog I discovered.. um.. I recall stumbling upon someone’s website that was specifically about speculative fiction written by women. It was luna-cat.net. I lurved this website! I think that was back in the day (in 2002 or something) when I mostly relied on Amazon for reviews, and I wanted to find out about books in SF written by women. This website isn’t technically a blog though, but I did like the way she categorized the books: Strange Worlds, Warrior Women & Assassins, Women of Magic & Power, to name a few. This website hasn’t been updated in a while, but it’s still there and I still look at it from time to time.
The first blog I stumbled onto was actually Romantic SF & Fantasy Novels. This was a blog/website where a group of readers in a discussion board read books and wrote quick reviews and either recommended or discommended them. One of the readers (Preeti) compiled the reviews and put it up on a website. Sadly this blog hasn’t been updated in a LONG time, although Preeti is on twitter now (I got a serious thrill when I found her there *stalker big fan aura*). I still pay attention to Preeti’s recs via twitter. I was attracted to this blog because there were a lot of reviews of books by SF female authors, but I stayed because I really trusted their reviews and I really liked that there were recommends/discommends on one book from multiple people. Even now I sometimes check if an older book was reviewed over there (their review page has who recommends and who discommends all in one page! It’s extremely handy).
I think after that I meandered over to romance blogs (Dear Author was a big one), and then I was reading a few urban fantasy blogs, and then a bunch of YA ones started showing up on my radar. Now I have 243 subscriptions on my google reader (“Since April 20, 2007 you have read a total of 62,095 items”) and then a bunch of blogs on livejournal I read via my friends page. 😀