So, Book Blogger Appreciation Week is over, and to be honest it’s been a blast. I haven’t been blogging long, and this was my first BBAW. It feels like the end of school break and this is where our new year starts. The week has been so much fun, from reading all the daily meme posts to the great and generous giveaways and, of course, lots of book lovin’.
I especially enjoyed Natasha’s (Maw Books) post on the BBAW website, about why we blog about books. I found myself nodding throughout the entire post because it rang so true. How many of us have friends and family that don’t understand our passion? I have to smuggle in books as my husband really doesn’t get why I keep buying them, when I already have a zillion to read. And now that I get books sent to me for review he understands it even less. “It’s my hobby” I say, “it’s an obsession” he replies or “it’s an addiction – you have a problem.” Of course he’s only joking (most of the time) but, you know what? I think he’s kinda right. I do spend way too much money on books and I know I’m not going to get around to reading them for months and months, even years.
Most of my friends think I’m slightly strange and *nerdy* and others get defensive when I say I couldn’t live without books, their reply is “I don’t have time to read.” But you know what, if you love books, you always find time. I love the fact that I read. I love all genres, I have favourites, yes, but I read horror, romance, crime, fantasy, literary fiction and classics. I have a wide repertoire of books on my shelves and I’m proud of my ever growing collection. I display them on gorgeous bookshelves in plain view in every room of the house. I celebrate literature. I find it sad that so many people do not read anymore and children are not being read to. One of my favourite memories of my childhood is my mum reading Alice in Wonderland to me and I believe this is the reason I love books and reading so much.
Because most people prefer to do other things than read a book nowadays, the number of people I have to talk to about books is diminishing. It’s hard to find a kindred spirit ‘in the real world’. Nobody fully understands the love I have for reading and I see their eyes glaze over when I begin to discuss a book I’ve just read or give me *the look* when I come home with a bulging bag from Waterstone’s. Unless they read themselves, they just can’t comprehend the obsession. And that’s why I enjoy blogging. That’s why I love you guys. ‘Cos I am you, and you are me. We may live continents apart but our love of *the word* is what brings us together. So many different people from different backgrounds, all coming together because of one thing. Books. How powerful is that. To think that literature can get people who have never met, talking, laughing, sharing. I say that is pretty, freakin’ cool!
But, as we all know, there is a darker side to blogging as posted by Kristi. In the last couple of months alone we have had ‘Siren Bashing’ and ‘BBAW Gate’ and have seen how Twitter can spread negative, as well as positive opinion, like wildfire. But what this week has shown me is that 99% of bloggers are sweet, kind and friendly people, who just love books.
Our blogs may be different in style, different in genre and we may share different opinions, but it’s this diversity that makes blogging so interesting. During BBAW, I have come across many blogs that were new to me. Some you may know, but maybe a few will be new to you too. So, to end my Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I thought it would be great to share them with you.
A HUGE thank you to Amy & Friends for organising such a fab week. BBAW may be over for this year, but our quest continues… spreading the word of literature.