This week I’m dedicating to taking part in BBAW, Book Blogger Appreciation Week. For me it’s a way to engage with other book bloggers and book blog readers and explore the depth and breadth of the book blogging community out there.
Today all participants in BBAW are being encouraged to highlight a few bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for them, a way of highlight those bloggers who have really added something to the book blogging community.
So it is today I share with you some of my sources of inspiration, encouragement and fun. I’ve been blogging for a little over two years and these people and their blogs make my (blogging) life infinitely brighter.
The perfect blog about picture books exists and it is written by Jules, over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. It’s perfect because Jules writes with passion, humour and immense knowledge. So often I read her words and wish I had written them. Her blog is full of very lovely things to look at and every visit there is an inspiration.
Over at 32 pages, written by Donna, there’s often something quite unexpected – Donna generally does not review the usual picture book suspects but rather the for-me-previously-undiscovered delights. She’s occasionally acerbic and always perceptive. In my dreams one day Donna and I will go book browsing together and then we’ll end up having a beer or two. She’s good.
I’m grateful to anyone who brings beauty into my life and Cristiana at The Tea Box definitely does that. She makes me want to learn Italian and improve my French with all her wonderful offerings of European picture books that make me dizzy with delight. Cristiana has an amazing eye for the very special – I hope she won’t mind me describing her as the magpie of the picture book world, picking out stunning offerings every time.
Melanie at Library Mice, Ali at Fantastic Reads and Maggy at Red Ted Art are all people who have helped keep me going when things have got tough. They’re always willing to listen, happy to make suggestions, generous with their knowledge and experience and great for a bit of bookish banter. I’m very grateful to have discovered them thanks to book blogging – they make the book blogosphere a really rich and enjoyable place to be.