BBAW 2010: Day 5 Recap and Closing Remarks
Another fun-filled Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)has come to its bittersweet end. Florinda (of The 3 R's Blog) reports on the final day of festivities. Some glitches on the Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) Blog's host delayed a couple of Thursday's scheduled BBAW Award announcements, so Friday was a very busy day in that department! Best GLBT Book Blog: The Zen Leaf Texas-based blogger Amanda is a married mother of three and a writer who has been a GLBT-rights activist since she was in high school. She founded and hosted the GLBT Reading Challenge in 2009 and repeated it in 2010; this year's edition attracted over 125 participants. Amanda does not exclusively cover GLBT literature, however; her other reading interests include classics, contemporary literary fiction, and Harry Potter. Best Thriller/Mystery/Suspense/Crime Book Blog: Jen's Book Thoughts This popular genre blog is written by Ohio blogger Jen Forbus and focuses on crime fiction and the authors who write it. Jen's preferred subgenres are traditional/hardboiled mysteries, noir, and thrillers, and she mixes her review posts with frequent author interviews (by invitation only) and other features. Best Bookstore Blog: Between the Covers This is the official blog of the well-regarded Denver, Colorado independent bookstore, Tattered Cover. Best Poetry Blog: Savvy Verse & Wit Serena Agosto-Cox is a book blogger from the DC area with a wide range of literary interests; however, as a published poet, she has a particular commitment to discussing and promoting that form of writing. Serena is founder and host of the weekly Virtual Poetry Circle, and creates special features each April for National Poetry Month. Best Author Interviews: Presenting Lenore This award makes Lenore a dual BBAW Award winner, having already won Best Young-Adult Book Blog (see Monday's recap post) earlier this week. As might be expected, her author interviews usually feature authors in the YA category. Best Meme: The Sunday Salon Founded by Deb Hamel almost three years ago, The Sunday Salon is a "meme" in the loosest sense. While originally formed as a virtual place for people to gather on the weekend, read, and talk about what they're reading, its guidelines are very general and open to interpretation by participants. Many use the Salon as place to recap their reading activity for the past week or share their reading plans; others post reading-related discussions for input from the Salon community; some post book reviews; some mix it up. The Sunday Salon has over 500 participants and is currently closed to new members; however, posts are aggregated into a feed for easy reading and subscription by anyone interested. Best Written Book Blog: Steph Su Reads Stephanie is an English & Education major at Swarthmore College who has been writing reviews of YA and middle-grade books since 2006 and blogging them since 2009. Her goal is to become a published author, and she views her blog as her writing workshop. Steph Su Reads also won this category in 2009, and was shortlisted for Best Young-Adult Book Blog this year. The blogging theme for the final day of BBAW encouraged book bloggers to look back on the past week and share their favorite things about the event, and to look ahead to their book-blogging goals for the year ahead. Featured guest posts on the BBAW blog covered a range of topics including blogging about romance fiction; reviewing GLBTQ literature; manga; and book-blogger podcasts. In addition, author Christine Lemmon talked about the role book bloggers played in launching her book. Amy officially closed BBAW on Friday afternoon with thanks to the behind-the-scenes volunteers and an invitation to sign up for the forthcoming BBAW Newsletter. BBAW will wrap up with a special edition of the Blog Talk Radio show That's How I Blog! on Friday evening at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific. Book Blogger Appreciation Week will be back next year - mark September 12-16 on your 2011 calendar! I'd like to thank Kamy for inviting me to share Book Blogger Appreciation Week with the She Writes community. I've enjoyed the opportunity to share some highlights of the book-blogging community with you all, and I hope you've enjoyed getting to know us a little better. I hope to continue bringing book bloggers to you here, and I encourage you to get out into the book blogosphere and explore - we'd love to get to know you better, too!

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