Here at CBC, we love book bloggers. They give us ideas, introduce us to fantastic new readers and help us build community. From September 13-17, it's Book Blogger Appreciation Week
. Started by book blogger Amy Riley of My Friend Amy
in 2008, this week is designed to celebrate all the readers out there who take their literary love one step further and put it on the Internet.
So let's return the love, shall we? In no particular order, here are 10 blogs we believe are worth reading:
The Casual Optimist
Dan Wagstaff regularly rounds up the best design related book news found on the Internet. Sprinkle in interesting interviews with book designers and you've got a must-read for anyone who has strong feelings about typefaces.
Chad Pelley's Atlantic Canada-focused blog has quickly turned into one of the best regionally focused blogs around. He offers up interesting reviews and interviews, giving one of the richest literary regions in the country some much deserved love.
A Certain Bent Appeal
B. Kienapple is smart, sarcastic and sassy. Her impeccable taste and sharp eye for great reads is matched only by her humorous, approachable writing. A Certain Bent Appeal is a must-read for everyone who wants their reading list to be the coolest one in town.
Sci Fi Guy
Doug, the Sci Fi Guy, has cultivated an unbelievably thorough genre blog, covering anything and everything speculative. Authors make regular blog tour stops here, and Doug brings the community together, exploring speculative fiction in television and film as well. If you love science fiction, paranormal activities, fantasy or anything that goes bump in the night, then this site is for you.
Forever Young Adult
FYI, FYA deserves a BFF charm for their LOL-worthy book reviews and irreverent take on young adult novels. They may take YA seriously, but it doesn't mean they need to be serious about it! This team offers up some of the freshest, funnest content around. You don't need to be young to appreciate FYA, just forever young.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Another fantastic genre blog, bloggers Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan prove that it's not what you read, it's how you read it. Their take on romance novels is whip-smart, witty and well worth reading, even if you're not a fan of Fabio-fronted paperbacks.
Pickle Me This
Kerry Clare's book reviews are thorough and thoughtful. Her discerning eye and comprehensive coverage will give any bookworm an experienced editor's eye to their own reading list.
The Dewey Divas and the Dudes
One of the few blogs out there with teachers and librarians as the focus audience, this team of Canadian publishing sales representatives offers up thoughtful critiques of the best books out there for kids (and kids-at-heart).
Yes, Moby Lives is run by a publishing house (Melville House Publishing) and not an individual. But publishers are people too! And when these people run a savvy, smart insider look at what's happening in the publishing industry and support cool contests like Best Book Trailers, you need to stand up and take notice.
The place to go on the internet for fast and furious book and publishing news. One of the oldest and most established book blogs in Canada, if book blogging were a country, George Murray (the ninja-in-charge) would be king.
There's plenty more fantastic book blogs out there. This list is a very brief sampling of all the book blogging out there, from the intellectual to the inane.
Did we miss your favorite? Be sure to give a shout-out to your favorite book blogger in the comments below, on Twitter or on Facebook!