I've been pretty absent during BBAW because this week has been packed with barely a minute to breathe, let alone blog. But I did want to at least write a few paragraphs during Book Blogger Appreciation Week about what blogging and book bloggers have meant to me.
First, book blogging has encouraged me to read more and more widely. I've always had eclectic taste in books, but fellow bloggers have encouraged and challenged me to read books I never would have picked up on my own. (Nerds Heart YA is a great example of this.) Though Presenting Lenore is known for being a YA book blog, pre-book blogging I mostly read literary fiction and classics.
Second, book blogging YA was the basis for my writing a YA novel and delving into the world of publishing. So much about the way the writing and deal came about is due to book blogging. Reading and analyzing hundreds of YA novels was a stellar education, and the relationships I developed as a result of blogging have been so important in my journey to publication.
The people I've met are the best part of book blogging. So many authors, agent, editors, marketing and publicity people, booksellers and of course fellow book bloggers. Some have come to me (Liviania, Beth S., Linda Gerber) and others* have invited me into their homes or met me out somewhere in their city or nearby: Michelle, Swapna, Jennifer L., Deborah and Diana Peterfreund in DC, Jamie in Princeton, Steph Su in Philadelphia, Nicole B., Chelsy, Lauren Oliver, Leila Sales, Bennett Madison, AS King, and tons more in NYC, Jenny and Sarah (FYA) and PJ Hoover in Austin, TX, Gail, Erica and a bunch of Apocalypsies in the Boston area, Trish, Pam, Laura and more in the San Francisco bay area, Amy in LA, Gennifer Albin in Kansas City, Melissa in Wichita, and tons and tons of authors and bloggers at my three years of BEA and two years of BBC. (Yes, Kathy, that includes you - though I hope to get to SC one of these days). It's so rewarding and fun to be able to meet up with others in our virtual community in real life - all over the world.
*It's late at night as I write this, so if I've somehow totally failed to mention our meeting, please remind me and forgive me.