Wow! Has it been a week, already? Alright, one week is not a whole lot of time, in the grand scheme of things. But this week in particular seems to have flown by! I think I spent more time visiting blogs, commenting, and writing up posts than I have in a very long time (maybe since BBAW last year?!).
Granted, I did a lot for last month’s Austen in August event and will probably do a lot for next month’s The Literary Others event, but the larger feel of BBAW – the “all of the book blogging world can be included” aspect of it just felt so good.
What did I get out of this week? Well, I got the opportunity to express how I felt about book blogging. I was able to meet some new-to-me book bloggers (and even subscribe to a few!) and to share one book that I really loved, but which seems to fly under the radar. I also gave a shout-out to a few favorite bloggers who really deserve the recognition.
From this experience, I take with me a renewed respect and appreciation for the book blogging community and for the time and effort, generally unrewarded (in the literal sense) that we each of us put into this “hobby” of ours. No one knows better than the book blogger what it is to pursue an interest with passion and vigor – it was amazing to see that passion in action this week, in such a concrete, measurable way. Might I suggest: We are an extraordinary group of people!
So, for now, I say ‘thank you’ for visiting with me this week & for introducing me to new blogs, new bloggers, new books, and new authors. I say ‘goodbye’ and ‘until next year’ when, hopefully, we will all meet again. And I leave you with a few of my favorite posts of the week:
There were so many great, interesting, hilarious, and thought-provoking posts generated throughout the event. It is impossible, really, to pick “favorites” (even though I sort of did, didn’t I?) – so my suggestion would be to spend some time going back through each day’s posts and read what these book bloggers have to say. There are some real gems out there, thoughts from all different types of bloggers who are interested in all different types of books, and who live all over the world.
Until next year!
“We read to know that we are not alone.” – William Nicholson