Guess what? It is time to start thinking about Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)! Last year was my first year participating, and it was a wonderful experience. Not only are there scads of giveaways, fun events, and awards, but you also get to meet new book bloggers from all over the world. I met quite a few of you through BBAW last year, and I can’t wait to meet more book lovers this year.
There are quite a few ways to participate in BBAW, and it is up to you how little or how much you want to join in. The easiest way to join in is simply register for the event, which you can do at the BBAW site. However, before registering, keep in mind that things are a little different than last year. As part of the registration process this year, book bloggers are asked to register their blog for the award category that best fits their blog. (Last year, blogs were nominated by other bloggers.) If you want to better understand the reasoning behind this change, I suggest reading this post, which helped me get over the “immodesty” of registering my own blog for the awards. You can also choose NOT to register your blog for the awards, but I think everyone should at least consider it. Be proud of what you do!
Another way to participate is to volunteer to serve on a panel of judges. I had signed up to do this last year but was unable to participate as my dad died unexpectedly at the start of the judging process. I’m looking forward to volunteering as a judge this year (and, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a judge in a category in which you are nominated).
You can also offer a giveaway during BBAW or join in the various events they run throughout the week. Be sure to follow the BBAW feed to get all the latest news and updates.
My Five Posts for Best Eclectic Book Blog
(And Best Written Book Blog)
So, without further ado, here is my “Official Intent to Register” in the Best Eclectic Book Blog category. After reviewing all the categories, this description seemed to fit my blog best as I don’t really specialize in any one genre of books. Here are the five posts that I’m nominating for consideration, which I feel represent the diversity of the books I read and the diversity of the types of reviews I write. These are also my posts for Best Written Book Blog.
- A Graphic Review: “The Impostor’s Daughter” by Laurie Sandell – A review for a graphic novel written in graphic novel format
- A Review (Of Sorts) Of That Guernsey Potato Peel Book – A review of a historical fiction book written in epistolary form
- Review: “The Unlikely Disciple” by Kevin Roose – A review of a non-fiction book inspired by the 10 Commandments (Note: I did not actually write myself a bunch of comments to myself on this review … rather, this was a result of my short-lived “Disqus” experiment. When I took Disqus off, it saved the comments but made it look like they were all from me.)
- A Review (Of Sorts) Of “Lamb” by Christopher Moore – A review of a fiction book written in the form of a love letter to the author
- Question of the Week: Novels I’d Live In … And Ones I’d Avoid – My only non-review post, this post is one of my “Question of the Week” posts, in which I answer various bookish questions posed by readers or myself and encourage readers to do the same.