Thanks to Sandra Danby for my nomination!
Here is her original post: http://sandradanby.com/2014/06/25/my-favourite-book-blogs/
Some Bloggers don't rate these awards, but I do. They show how other people view your work and it's a lovely way to thank someone for all the hard (unpaid) work that goes into blogging...... Here's what this award is all about:
I think the world of book reviewing is changing at a rapid pace. While the newspaper and media reviews are obviously still hugely important, they books gets one mention and only if selected by a strict selection within the publication's criteria. I often wonder who gets to choose which books will be reviewed for the broadsheets, as often the same writers/publishers are in all the supplements around publication time and we see the same authors names again and again. In the world of Book Blogging, anything goes! Personally, I review everything except sci-fi and fantasy and love to rotate the genres as much as possible to give all authors a chance. I love debuts, independent authors and literary works. However, having built up a great relationship with certain publishing houses, I get very exited for their new releases and watch for book post on a daily basis!
I hate spoilers, so if a blog tells me the ending, I will not read their reviews again and have to read reviews on GoodReads with caution for this very reason. I'm a sucker for a Giveaway and am delighted when they are International, as living in Ireland, I miss out on all the UK or US only ones. I love author interviews, especially when not just about the book. I like to know a bit about the person behind the story.
I enjoy the odd classic book review and ones I may have missed the first time around, which is why I do a monthly Random Recommendation Giveaway on BleachHouseLibrary. You may come across a title that blows you away, but because it's a bit older, you missed out on the reviews and recommendations.
Anyway, that's my criteria for a good, honest, balanced book blog. However, some of my list below are genre specific and that's great. I can pick and choose from a pool of resources and all's good within the world of books!
Seven Things You May Not Know About Me:
I won two medals for figure skating.
I play cello, badly.
I worked for a British Airline for 11 years.
I am afraid of DaddyLongLegs
I can't swim but love the beach.
I have Jane Austen quote tattooed down one side of my torso.
I have never read Wuthering Heights (shock horror).
My List of Inspiring Blogs:
Here's what you should do if you have been nominated :
Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.