Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) and the topic is reading. Since the beginning of this site, my reading has changed in so many ways and all for the better. In honor of the weekly theme of community, I will share just how much my reading has evolved and expanded thanks to a number of book bloggers out there.
First and foremost, I have been introduced to a wide variety of authors new to me, both old and new. I don't know if I would have ever discovered these books on my own . . . maybe eventually I would have . . . but I truly attribute these new loves to my experiences in the book blogging community. Which authors am I talking about? I will limit it to two . . . Jasper Fforde and Diana Wynne Jones . . . both thanks to We Be Reading! I can't wait to read more from these authors!!
I have also began greatly expanding my reading of graphic novels. I really love the recommendations from FICTION STATE OF MIND, particularly Fables by Bill Willingham. Though I cannot completely give her all the credit because West Virginia Red Reads urged me quite a bit on this series as well! Needless to say, my graphic novel list has truly expanded and I am loving every one that I have read!
I have always loved children's literature, particularly picture books, but I have come to discover new loves thanks to Jen Robinson's Book Page, There's a Book, and really just about everyone involved in Share a Story, Shape a Future. And, while speaking about kidlit, The Book Chook has inspired me in so many ways beyond the book and in literacy in general, I do not even have words for her to show my appreciation!
Overall, I have grown in my reading habits. I have grown as a person. And, I look forward to reading blogs every day to discover new finds along the way for both myself and to share with my children. I cannot even imagine what the next few years will bring to my reading repertoire and I'm so very excited to find out!