Book Blogger Appreciation Week: First Treasure

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…

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. How funny! We both posted about blogs that spend multiple posts on the books/classics they read. I’ve not heard of this blog. Off to check it out now!

  2. I’ve just discovered Wuthering Expectations because of BBAW, and flicking through recent posts it looks brilliant.

    You’re right not to feel bad at not being able to post, these things happen, and your readers will wait for your posts anyway 🙂

  3. Rebecca, this is so kind! Thank you so much. I could say nice things about you, too.

    Those plot summaries – I probably have too little of that. I lean on the rest of the internet. Meaning, anyone who does not know the plot of Jane Eyre or whatever can find it easily enough. But a more recent book, a less well-known book – there should be a little more summary. I should do more of that. Just a bit.

    So there’s this writer, Nikolai Gogol, and his wife turns out to be a balloon, and that’s the plot. Ha ha ha! Remember that one, Rebecca? One of the first things of yours I read, I think.

    PS – Looking at your Twitter feed just now – Richard Scarry books (and Sesame Street (and my mother)) taught me to read!

    1. Amateur Reader, yeah, that Landolfi story was incredibly weird. But for the plot summaries: I think it’s possible to get an idea of a book without them. I like how you do it — although, like I said, I know I don’t comment very frequently these days…

  4. Wuthering Expectations has been mentioned quite a lot. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before! I must remedy that after BBAW and spend some time exploring the blog.

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