I love y’all in the face

Today, the first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, you are supposed to talk about great new blogs you’ve discovered in the past year. This is problematic for me because I have a wobbly relationship with time and can’t remember when I discovered anything, and also because there are so many wonderful blogs it’s hard for me to pick one, or two, or even eight or nine, of which I am especially fond. But I will try to tell you five blogs that I am pretty sure I have found in the last year.

Stella Matutina – I think Memory is fantastic, and I do not know how I struggled along without her blog before this year. She has an awesome name; she was in a plane crash like a badass; she tells me wonderful books like Purple and Black and the Jo Walton series I swear I will review soon; and, a really sterling quality in a book buddy, she obligingly reads what I tell her to read. Dear Memory, pls move to Louisiana and be my real-life friend, Kisses, Jenny.

The Literary Omnivore – I started reading Clare’s blog during the Lord of the Rings Readalong earlier this year, and I’m so pleased I did. She writes excellent, thoughtful reviews, and I love her Sunday Salon posts. Plus, she made me feel better about the soppy Mary-Sue-y fantasy stories I used to write.

We Be Reading – Actually, I have been reading Kristen’s blog for longer than a year, but I think I only started commenting in the past year or so, shortly after I realized she likes Doctor Who, which made me feel less intimidated. Kristen is cool and funny and nice, and–a sure way to my heart–participated with enormous enthusiasm in Diana Wynne Jones Week last month.

Villa Negativa – Trapunto makes my life happy, and you want her to come comment on your blog because she’s great. (fin)

Necromancy Never Pays – I have historically not been the world’s biggest poetry reader, and I often feel like I don’t know where to start to learn about poetry. But Jeanne frequently posts amazing poems and gets me hunting for more stuff by those writers. She also keeps me humble with her bookish Trivial Pursuit questions, which although I consider myself a moderately well-read person I never get more than two or three of. Plus, how much do you love her blog’s name?

Ack! I want to do like sixteen more! There are so many of you that I love! This is basically just me glancing at my Google Reader going “Oh my God! Memory! How good is Memory? And Kristen! Lovely Kristen!” It sort of skews to the end of the alphabet, because that’s the section of Google Reader I was looking at. Please just take it for granted that I love y’all. I want to go back all through my Google Reader to find more of you to mention, except I know it’s a slippery slope and once I started I wouldn’t be able to stop. Book Addiction! Amy Reads! Raging Bibliomania! Sophisticated Dorkiness even though she supports the Colts! (I have to stop this. PUBLISH, WordPress, PUBLISH!)

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47 thoughts on “I love y’all in the face

    • I hate it when I’ve just posted a comment and I realize there’s something wrong with it. There should really be some way to edit comments once you’ve posted them. But don’t worry, I didn’t even notice until you said something.

  1. I felt the same way about remembering when I discovered certain blogs…but I blunder along like a happy idiot, figuring people would like to know I appreciate them even if I discovered them last August… Your love is definitely reciprocated, Jenny. I don’t know how I ever got through the week without something of yours to read.

    • Discovering new blogs is one of the best bits of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I know I added a zillion blogs to my reader after last year’s week that have now become indispensable to me. πŸ™‚

  2. Good list of blogs (and thanks for the mini note at the end πŸ™‚ )! I felt the same way trying to pick blogs – so many I love, but so much rule breaking even with just picking 3! I know a couple of your picks (Jeanne makes me enjoy poetry too), and going to investigate more.

    • You are welcome! I actually thought of you right before I was posting, and I wanted to go on and on about your wondrous nonfiction posts and your posts of links and everything. I think you’re fantastic. πŸ™‚ (The Vikings played really well, by the way, I definitely thought for a while they were going to crush my spirit by winning.)

  3. I’ve always secretly wanted to move to Louisiana (and by “always,” I mean “since I discovered Anne Rice”). I definitely want to VISIT the state in the next year or two, now that I’ve got the hang of traveling alone. (I would’ve gone sooner, but none of my friends wanted to go. Wah!)

    ALSO, I totally borrowed more DWJ yesterday! It’s just a wee little kidlit short story collection, but still! I have you to blame for this new addiction.

    • Well, see, there you go. Come visit! In crawfish season, and then my uncle will do you a crawfish boil. πŸ™‚ There are no real vampires here but I can take you to the hat shop in New Orleans.

      YOU ARE WELCOME for the new addiction. It’s a glorious addiction. πŸ™‚

  4. I got a huge kick out of your “wobbly relationship with time” comment. I think I said the exact same thing except much less cleverly in my post for today. I couldn’t figure out when I’d started following most of the blogs I follow, so I eventually managed to pick out one that I love that didn’t *exist* at this time last year. LOL. Anyhow – great picks! I’m off to check out the ones I’ve not heard of! πŸ™‚

  5. LOL I felt the same way, so I decided to just stick with picking one blog. It was easier that way, I felt like if I named 5, I’d have to name 10, and so on.

    Thanks for the shout out! I love your blog too. πŸ™‚ Although admittedly I’m the world’s worst commenter… I’m working on it though…

    • Yeah, that’s probably what I should have done. You are not at all the world’s worst commenter! I always feel like a terrible commenter myself–I read people’s blogs so much more than I comment, and I’m afraid they then don’t know that I love them.

  6. LOL, great choices! Like you, I could’ve gone on forever. I’m sadly underversed in The Literary Omnivore, and I’ve seen her mentioned lots today. New follower! Woo!

    • She reads a lot of fantasy, which makes me feel like I am returning to my roots (all I read as a kid was fantasy! and I read so comparatively little of it now!). πŸ˜€

  7. You make my life happier too. My cousin said that checking blogs is like low-stakes gambling, and when I find you’ve put up a new post, I always think, “ka-ching!”

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