Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Community Part 2 - BBAW

Today most of the participants of Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be exchanging interviews. Unfortunately, due to Bouchercon happening simultaneously, I just didn't have time to participate. But I would like to recognize a few more bloggers that are an integral part of my blogging community.

Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves is so often my sounding board for ideas, logistics, organizational concepts. I look forward to hearing about her reading adventures as well as stories about her adorable sons. When I get excited about books, I make a bee-line for Jenn. She gets excited with me, and that is a treasure! We also gush over audiobooks together. It can be a scary thing when the two of us are discovering new and wonderful audiobooks.

Beth Fish Reads is another blogger who shares our love of audiobooks. I have to be careful around BFR because she can enable me as much as I can enable her! Sharing daily tidbits via Twitter with BFR is one of life's little pleasures. And of course I'm incredibly envious of her cooking skills!

SuziQOregon not only talks books with me, but she posts these amazing pictures for Wordless Wednesday every week on her Wimpulsive blog. I look forward to Wednesdays so I can go and see what new snapshot of the world she's shared with us. Her creative eye is so inspiring. Now I go through each day thinking, how would THAT look as a picture? How would SuziQ see THAT through her lens? We start our friendships through our common love of books, but it grows far and wide! I'm also completely envious of her creativity with names. How cool is Wimpulsive for a blog name?

Unfortunately I can't acknowledge every blogger that has been important to me in the almost four years I've been blogging, but I do want to recognize Swapna Krishna. I'm astounded by her depth and breadth of reading and reviewing. She doesn't discount any type of book, but rather judges each book individually on its own merit. I visit Swapna's blog and end up adding a dozen books to my TBR list. But as with the other wonderful bloggers mentioned above my interactions with Swapna have extended beyond the books. And I think that's indicative of community.

Books have brought us all together and I cherish each of these bloggers as friends. The hidden gem, the unforeseen prize of book blogging for me has been the relationships I've built.


Jenn's Bookshelves September 13, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

Awww! You are making me all teary!! It is you that I turn to for excellent book recommendations; in the three years that I've known you, you have yet to steer me wrong. You are the queen of crime/thriller/suspense fiction, I take my hat off to you!

Beth F September 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

Thanks Jen -- the best was getting to meet you in person. And I love talking about books and life and cooking with you. My credit card company also wants to thank you; you're deadly to my book-buying budget.

Swapna September 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

Like Jenn, I totally teared up when I read this post!! Thank you so much for the kind words - you are my go-to blog when I'm looking for crime fiction recommendations. In the last year, the percentage of books I read that were mystery/thriller/crime fiction rose from about 10% to at least 50%, and that's because of you in a large part!! I also love that we have become Twitter buddies, you're the best!

bermudaonion September 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

Great list of bloggers!!

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