Monday, September 10, 2012

BBAW: A Big Thank You


It is that time of year again: Book Blogger Appreciation Week!   I would like to start off by saying welcome. Whether you are visiting for the first time or dropping in for a return visit, I am always glad for the company. Book blogging is very much about community for me, and so this week is especially close to my heart. It’s a chance for me to say thank you to my fellow book blogging buddies and share in the joy of book blogging.

I am especially grateful to those who have stuck by me through my ups and downs the past couple of years. I haven’t been the most consistent blogger, and yet they are always here to offer support and say hi. Among them include Heather aka Zibilee (Raging Bibliomania), Sandy (You’ve GOTTA Read This!), Carrie (Books & Movies), Stacy (Stacy’s Books), Trish (Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity), Susan (You Can Never Have Two Many Books), Kay (Purple Sage & Scorpions, Staci (Life in the Thumb), Caspette (The Narrative Casuality), and Kelly (The Written World). All wonderful bloggers with blogs you MUST check out if you haven’t already. They not only have great taste in books, but they are my examples, who I look up to, and I count them among my friends.

I also want to highlight five blogs (and bloggers) who are worthy of your attention (and my appreciation). I don’t think I have let these bloggers know how much I enjoy their blogs—which is a shame, since they deserve kudos for their hard work and ability to make me feel right at home when I drop in for a visit.

Marg, The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, whose love for historical fiction inspires me and feeds my craving to read more.

Jennifer, The Relentless Reader , who is honest, smart, and funny. Need I say more?

Lisa of Lit & Life who never fails to bring new books to my attention that I must read. Plus, she’s just that awesome.

Sally from Books and Musings from Down Under because if Sally likes a book and recommends it, it’s almost a sure bet I will enjoy it too. I think of Sally as my mystery go to person, but she reads a wide variety of books.

Samantha from Booked on a Feeling who never fails to make sure I have a long list of guilty pleasure reading choices on my TBR pile. She’s a great mom and an all-around nice person.
I wish I could mention every blog listed in my Google Reader because each one has a lot to offer.  Book blogging is time consuming.  You read the books, write the reviews, come up with ideas for other types of posts, pull them all together, and post them on your blogs.  And it doesn't end there!  There are comments to respond to and other blogs to visit.  All this going on in between other of life's events.  Blogging is something we each do because we want to--your passion and thoughtfulness shines through every day.  Thank you to all the book bloggers out there for making the book blogging community what it is today.  And thank you for all the blog readers, whether you have a blog or not, for continuing to read and join in this journey with me.

A special thanks to the hosts of BBAW who worked hard to pull this week together and make it fun for everyone. 

© 2012, Wendy Runyon of Musings of a Bookish Kitty. All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Musings of a Bookish Kitty or Wendy's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for the mention, Wendy! And big, big hugs to you. It's easy to be your blogging buddy. :-)

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    1. Kay - :-) You deserve my thanks a hundred times over.

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  2. Great list of bloggers! Many are familiar to me but you've given me a few new ones to check out.

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    1. Kathy - They are all wonderful so I hope you are able to check out the ones you aren't familiar with. I am really grateful to you as well. You are always here with a comment--and you don't know how much that means to me. Thank you.

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  3. Just found you from Whimpulsive's list of appreciated bloggers! I enjoyed your BBAW post and love your quotation from Edmund Wilson. You have mentioned some bloggers that are new to me; it's so nice to read everybody's appreciative remarks about other bloggers. ;)

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    1. Welcome, Laurie! I am so glad you found your way to my blog. BBAW is great for that, isn't it? Whimpulsive is one of my favorite blogs. SuzyQ is such a nice person.

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  4. You put up great bloggers, except for two, I know all!

    Here is my BBAW: Appreciation post

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    1. Gautami - Your list was rather impressive too! You know how much I love crime fiction. Can't wait to check out your list. :-)

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  5. Another post full of awesome blogs! I swear just when I was considering trying to cut down on my "follows" I find all of these hot new blogs to stalk..Its ok, I think the more the merrier. All of these blogs are unique and offer so many different things.
    Have a wonderful BBAW week <3
    BBAW Day 1

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    1. Fran - I know what you mean. I was just thinking I needed to cull my Google Reader follows and now BBAW has me wanting to add more. LOL

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  6. The Publish button is too close to the delete button on my phone and I accidentally deleted Trish's comment. :-( Here is it is in its entirety:

    Trish has left a new comment on your post "BBAW: A Big Thank You":

    It makes me sad when I think about the bloggers who I have loved but no longer blog but on the other hand it is quite amazing that there are so many of us who have continued to stick with the hobby and allow it to meld with our lives. It's not easy and it does take time, but I'm so glad to have met other readers like you. Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading five years ago and I've always looked up to you. Now...to check out some of these names I'm not familiar with!

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    1. Trish - I know what you mean. So many great bloggers are gone now. There's comfort though in knowing so many other wonderful people are now blogging.

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  7. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog! I feel all blushy and warm and fuzzy! I very much appreciate it.

    I especially love what you said at the end of your post:

    "Thank you to all the book bloggers out there for making the book blogging community what it is today. And thank you for all the blog readers, whether you have a blog or not, for continuing to read and join in this journey with me."

    I couldn't agree with you more. I have met such wonderful people since I started blogging. It is work, but oh my gosh it is such a pleasure as well :)

    The Relentless Reader

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    1. Jennifer - I only say it like I see it. :-) I am so glad we found each other.

      I don't know if I would still be blogging if it weren't for the book blogging community. All of you really make it what it is for me--fun and worthwhile. I can't thank you enough.

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  8. Girl, you made me smile! Thanks for the shout out and the kind words. You were one of my first ever commentors and one of the first to make me feel welcome to the book blogging community. I will always read your blog because I genuinely like you and your writing!!!

    You mentioned some blogs that I'm not familiar with so I'm going to have to go check them out!!

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    1. Staci - Ah! You are going to make me cry. Thank you, Staci. :-) I think you're pretty wonderful too.

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  9. What a lovely post! I've heard of some of the bloggers you mentioned and others are new to me, so am excited to "meet" them! Happy BBAW!

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    1. Alexia - Thank you. It was hard narrowing it down--and as you can see, I still crammed quite a few book bloggers in there. I wish I could name all the bloggers I've come to know and love over the years.

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  10. Oh, Wendy - thank you so much! I hope you know I feel exactly the same way about you. :) (Hugs!)

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    1. Carrie - I couldn't not mention you. :-) Thank you for everything, Carrie.

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  11. I love seeing what blogs people with similar interests to me follow. I have made notes!!!! Thanks and happy BBAW week.

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    1. Maxine - Thanks for dropping by. I know just what you mean! I always come away from BBAW with new blogs to check out. I hope you have a wonderful week as well.

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  12. That's a great list, Wendy! I've gotta check out a few links which are new to me.

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    1. Melody - It's hard to believe sometimes we've been blogging so long. You are one of my oldest blogging buddies. :-) Thank you!

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  13. Ah, thanks, Wendy, for the mention and for introducing me to some new bloggers I really must go meet!

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    1. Lisa - I couldn't leave you out! I love your blog and you are such a great person.

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  14. Thank you so much for the mention! You have named such fabulous bloggers and I am honoured to be amongst them.

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    1. Marg - You are a wonderful person--and blogger. I love your blog. :-)

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  15. I didn't get a chance to participate in BBAW but I really wanted to. I wanted to because there are so many amazing bloggers out there and posts like these help for me to discover them. Thank you so much for mentioning me...it put a huge smile on my face. Especially since your blog is the one I go to when I'm looking for a good mystery recommendation :)

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    1. Samantha - It can be hard to fit it in--it's such a whirlwind of a week--so busy! Add to that everything we have going on outside of it.

      I love your blog (and you) and am so glad to know you.

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  16. Wendy,
    Please know that my lateness in reading this post doesn't mean that I love you less! These past few months have been brutal so I'm glad I can at least keep up on a minute to minute basis on FB :) Thanks so much for mentioning me, right back at you. I think you are amazing and wished we lived closer for play dates! I think your Mouse could teach Gage a thing or two (girls are so much smarter at this age, but I bet Gage could beat her in a foot race, LOL).

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    1. Stacy - I completely understand. Being the mother of a toddler is exhausting! You've been a huge support to me the past year and a half and I can't thank you enough.

      (I bet Gage could beat Mouse in a foot race too! Haha!)

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