It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week! AKA BBAW – September 12-15. Book bloggers everywhere are sharing their love of books and blogging with each other and their followers, but, as an author, I wanted to share my love of book bloggers in my own way. Why? Because I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Seriously.
Our last-but-not-least book blogger this week is Stella at Ex Libris. I was absolutely thrilled when Stella agreed to read Promise because it meant my book was going overseas for the first time. See, Stella lives in Budapest, Hungary! What a thrill it was, as a new author, to have my book “reviewed internationally.” Turns out there are lots of awesome bloggers all around the world, but it was – and still is – way cool. Although Alexis and Tristan do some world traveling (*cough* hint for Devotion *cough*), I never imagined Promise making its way around the globe, especially before it even came out.
So, yeah, I was a little excited, but what my email discussions with Stella really drove home back then was how widespread and diverse readers of American books are. It made me feel pretty small because here were all these people reading literature not written in their native languages and I can barely remember 20 words in each of the three (yes, three!) languages I took in high school and college. I’m so pathetic. I know.
But I’m eternally grateful to Stella and all the other international readers and bloggers. Thank you! Merci! Gratzi! Gracias! Danke! (And I remember the Russian word for “thank you” but not how to spell it with the Latin alphabet. :-P)
Anyway, let’s get to know Stella!
Thank you, Stella! And thank you to all our book bloggers this week who participated and all of those I didn’t get a chance to interview. One common thread I’ve seen all week long is that these lovely ladies’ favorite part of what they do is the book blogging community, which should tell you something. It really is a fabulous community.
If you’re not involved in it, I encourage you to follow a few book blogs. I’ve given you 5 this week and they’ve each provided even more links. Check them out. Find the reviewers you click with most. Support your favorites. And if you have your own book blog, please list it in the comments below.