After my first Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I added probably about 100 hundred blogs to my reader. Last year was year two and I found myself similarly overwhelmed with wonderful new blogging friends. I’m finding that this year, I’ve been more on the periphery because I’m busy with other things in life, and I’m trying not to let blogging override my life! Nonetheless, I am quite excited to celebrate book blogging and my fellow book bloggers this week.
It was last year during BBAW that I mentioned the idea of a blog tour of classic authors, and my subsequent time with The Classics Circuit has kind of defined the new blogs I’ve found in the past year. I’ve become much more focused on reading Classics.
I could, therefore, choose any of the great bloggers I’ve discovered through The Classics Circuit as my FIRST TREASURE (i.e., the new favorite blogger I’ve found) of BBAW. I think I’ll mention Amateur Reader at Wuthering Expectations. I don’t always comment on his posts but I certainly appreciate what I read on his blog. He reads all kinds of classics, not just the ones we’ve heard about in school, and he writes about them over the course of days, not just in one post as I try to do. His blog is a reminder to think about what I’m reading and approach it from other angles. It reminds me to see the connections between the classics. It reminds me that book blogging can be about my reaction to literature, not just a plot summary. It reminds me that book blogging can allow for actual discussions about literature as a whole, not just book recommendations. I hope my book blogging becomes more reflective as a result of reading Wuthering Expectations, and if you are interested in classics of all kinds, I highly recommend you check it out.
The first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is nearly through and I’m just now getting to my FIRST TREASURE post. I think this goes to show how much less time I have to be involved this year compared to past years. I feel like I need to apologize for that, but I won’t because I learned during my blogging break that we do what we have time for. I know you aren’t sitting around waiting for me…