BBAW 2010: Day 2 Recap and Awards Announcements
As Day #2 of the third annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) comes to a close, Florinda (of The 3 R's Blog) provides a look at the award-winning blogs announced today and a recap of the day's other highlights. Tuesday of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) brought the announcement of four more BBAW Award-winning blogs. Best Nonfiction Book Blog: Sophisticated Dorkiness Shortlisted for this award in 2009, this blog takes the 2010 prize. Sophisticated Dorkiness is produced by Kim, a 20-something journalist based in Wisconsin. She occasionally reviews fiction, but she specializes in narrative nonfiction of various types, including memoir, current issues, and social history. Best Literary Fiction Book Blog: Shelf Love Shelf Love is co-authored by Jenny and Teresa, two long-time friends who enjoy talking about books. They are active participants in the book-blog community, and they offer thorough, thoughtful reviews of books in an assortment of genres from classic to contemporary, taking a literary approach to each of them. Best Romance Book Blog: Smexy Books Smexy Books was started by Mandi in 2009, and she was joined by Tori earlier this year. The blog reviews a variety of romance sub-genres, including Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, GLBT, and combinations thereof, in a chatty style that doesn't leave out the good stuff (but does skip the spoilers). Best New Book Blog: Dark Faerie Tales This Goth-styled blog is produced by New Yorker Angela, whose reading interests include Science Fiction/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Horror, Suspense/Thrillers and various Romance categories (Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, Suspense). She also coordinates ARC tours across other blogs in these genres via her affiliate, Book It Forward Tours, manages a discussion forum on her site, and sometimes reviews movies in the same genres she reads. Tuesday's blogging theme was the BBAW Interview Swap, which has been one of the event's most popular features since it began in 2008. Bloggers interested in interviewing and being interviewed by another blogger via e-mail were paired up at random, traded questions and answers, and posted them today. Book bloggers truly enjoy this opportunity to get to know one another better, and newcomers can be introduced to a few hundred book bloggers in one easy step! A number of guests have been invited to contribute their thoughts about the book-blog community to the BBAW website this week, and I'd like to highlight some of them. Most of these guests are not book bloggers themselves, but they've formed connections with the community; these posts reflect mutual admiration. Author Sandra Brannan praised the blend of friendliness and professionalism she's found among book bloggers and thanked them for their support in launching her first novel, In the Belly of Jonah; C. Lee McKenzie recognized book bloggers as the "conduit" between writer and reader. Daniel Goldin of Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company shared some of his experiences in writing a bookstore blog. One award was left out of Monday's recap: Best Books Published in 2010 (So Far), as chosen by popular vote. The winners in this category will give you a good taste of the books that have really scored with book bloggers this year. Best Literary Fiction Book Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel Best Eclectic Book Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins Best Non-Fiction Book Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, by Harriet Reisen Best (Multi)Cultural Book Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok Best Kidlit Book Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, by Audrey Vernick, Illustrated by Daniel Jennewein Best Speculative Fiction Book Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins Best Spiritual/Religious/Inspirational Book Her Mother’s Hope, by Francine Rivers Best Young Adult Book Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins Best Audiobook Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins Best Thriller/Mystery/Suspense/Crime Book So Cold the River, by Michael Koryta Best GLBT Book Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan Best Historical Fiction Book Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran Best Romance Book Broken, by Shiloh Walker Tomorrow: more posts, more guests, more awards!

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