My friend Tracy from Logy Express gave me this Liebchen Award – Liebchen being a “German term of endearment” – and named me one of her five favorite blogs. So I’m happy to return the favor and name some other favorite blogs as well.
The rules for accepting the award:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet – other writers.
5. And best of all – have fun and spread the Karma!
6. Right click on the award image to save it to your computer and then upload to your blog!
Logy Express is the one non-book blog on my list. Tracy is a great friend but even better, a fascinating writer. She writes about everything from her search for the perfect cupcake (and in our area there’s a lot of searching to do), to various childhood traumas, to walking home with 40 helium balloons for her husband’s 40th birthday. She never writes the expected and really puts herself out there, which I greatly admire.
I struggled to pick just four more book blogs to name (but see this previous award for more great blogs). These are blogs that make me think, that post thoughtful reviews about an interesting variety of books, and that don’t get too caught up in memes and challenges. They are also written by people with interesting views of the world and issues beyond just books.
Park Benches and Bookends is written by married couple Jess and Chris, who live in Surrey in the UK. I love the idea of a husband and wife blog, and they always write about great books. Their tastes are so different I always find reviews I’m interested in, and I enjoy the way they think about books.
Leeswammes’ Blog – Leeswammes lives in the Netherlands and not only reads and reviews a wide range of books, she also hosts regular Giveaway Hops. Last year’s event was great fun even though I didn’t win a thing – it brought a lot of people to my blog and introduced me to a lot of new bloggers.
What She Read is written by Laurie, who lives in the Pacific Northwest and is about reading for change. One of my favorite things about her blog is that she posts poetry, not just book reviews. She inspires me to read more poetry, which is maybe what blogging for change is all about.
Biblibio – this blog really stands out for its thoughtful posts about interesting book-related subjects, like which science fiction books should be considered literary, and “book trailers and the visual medium paradox.” Always something to make me think even if it isn’t always something I agree with.
And a two-fer: Giraffe Days’ Shannon lives in Toronto but grew up in Tasmania and taught English in Japan. Giraffe Days’ tagline is “when you feel like sticking your neck out and reading something new” which summarizes what I enjoy about it. I also like Giraffe Days for its long, detailed reviews and the fact that the blog has challenged me to read a book I never thought I’d read, Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I don’t believe in criticizing a book I’ve never read, but in a comment on Wicked I did just that, and Shannon and Becky from Page Turners called me on it — in a nice way of course. Page Turners is a blog from Australia, and we share a lot of favorite authors and books. Both of these are great blogs and worth checking out.
That’s seven blogs instead of five, but why not? I didn’t set out to name blogs around the world, but reading and chatting with people in other countries is one of my favorite parts of blogging. We may read a lot of the same books, but we’re all reading with a slightly different perspective.