To start off BBAW 2011, and to launch this year's theme, "Cultivating a Community of Blogger's and Readers", we are to highlight special bloggers in our lives. And I'd like to say this right up front...it is hard to pick favorites. There are SO MANY bloggers out there that have given me a boost, a pat on the back, encouraging advice, I could highlight 50 bloggers in this post. You know who you are! But I know you want to read everyone's posts today, so I'm going to keep this short. I am going to talk about two bloggers that have made a difference in my life.
Jill (Rhapsody in Books) - I don't know exactly when we crossed each other's paths. But once we did, we seemed to stay in each other's orbit. We read similar books, we loved similar books, we could almost finish each other's sentences. We starved ourselves together in the Game On Diet. She made me read books, I made her read books, we read them and posted them together. We exchange e-mails that resemble a live conversation...about husbands, the size of our butts, interesting Jo Nesbo youtube clips, and being on the "back nine" of life. When I went to Poland this summer and had virtually no Internet, there was angst.
But in addition to her being my friend, she is an amazing blogger. She is incredibly eclectic, and she has a great habit of not only writing reviews, but adding the history behind a book's topic. You always learn something if you hang out around Jill. Jill, thanks for being the best (blogging and otherwise) buddy a girl could have.
Heather (Raging Bibliomania) - It wasn't that long ago (maybe a year and a half ago?) that Dawn (She is Too Fond of Books) told me that there was another blogger in Orlando. Heather and I exchanged e-mails and immediately hit it off. I first met Heather in person when she joined my friend Marianne and I at the artsy fartsy theater in town to see "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". We ultimately saw all three movies together, we attended SIBA together, and she joined my book club. We text each other when we have bookish thoughts, we blogged the UCF Book Festival together, and we will be road-tripping and rooming together to SIBA in Charleston this year. Every time I see her, she has a bag full of books to give me.
In the blogging department, Heather writes some of the most thoughtful, in-depth reviews you will find. When it comes to having a blogging mentor in your backyard, I won the lottery.
My relationship with these two ladies is the perfect example of how the book blogging community works. Do you follow either of these two wonderful ladies? If you don't, make haste (you can tell I've been watching Pride & Prejudice) and add them to your reader. You will not be sorry.