BBAW: The blog that got me started
13 September, 2010
Since this is my first BBAW, I thought I’d talk about the blog that got me blogging^^
I spent about a year discovering, reading and following blogs before I built up the courage to start one of my own. Out of the many wonderful blogs out there, one blog that I kept coming back to was A Work in Progress. Danielle’s blog is gentle, informative and packed full of information about books that I was interested in and reminds me slightly of a bluestocking: erudite, enquiring, stylish and with a hint of crime. It was uncanny how many books I found on her blog that I wanted to read (not to mention the effect on my TBR pile!) Apart from her interest in interwar literature, British literature and mysteries, Danielle also regularly her travails with owning, buying and borrowing too many books which many of us can relate to. And when I started blogging, she was the first blogger that added me to her blogroll. For a rookie, that was a big and warm hug. Her generosity and warmth took me by surprise and I was genuinely touched. I’m sure she does this for everyone and I give her inclusive policy a big shiny 5 stars! So although I’m sure most of you are probably aware of Danielle’s fabulous blog, do go and visit her because her posts are amazing: informative, erudite and her discussions are always thoughtful. And she always shares her library finds with us!
I’m going to cheat and add one more blog that vastly improved and enriched my blogging experience and that’s Dolce Bellezza. Bellezza hosts the Japanese Literature Challenge every years (the 4th one is already in full swing). This is the first challenge I joined when I started blogging and I was surprised at how warm and welcoming Bellezza and all the other participants were. I’ve always been interested in reading Japanese literature as I’m half Japanese but they were sporadic at best. So the JLC was a good place where I could indulge my taste in Japanese literature every year, find titles I may not have come across before plus also discuss Japanese culture to my heart’s content. Wonderful challenge and wonderful blog, so check it out!