I missed out on posting during Day 3 and 4 of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week due to health reasons, so I’m catching up and sharing to you my thoughts on both days in one post!
Day 3 of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week posed the question, “What does book blogging mean to you?”
Honestly, it took me a long time to come into terms of me being a book blogger, or simply a blogger for that matter, because I always connote (wrongly) that bloggers are highly knowledgeable on the ins and outs of the tech side of blogging, a skill I previously lacked and which made me hesitate to venture into blogging. So I opened an account and started with putting my news reports into one online portfolio (now defunct), which later on became my ground for learning new things, tech-related or not, about blogging. I realized that blogging can be learned, and learned I did. I eventually created a personal blog and assumed the attitude of a writer, almost always unforgiving with grammar and composition.
Blogging taught me to be flexible and to welcome changes. My personal blog turned into a book blog a few months since it was created. I have been book blogging ever since (my book blogging calendar will turn one year next month!). I met a lot of new friends, visited a lot of amazing blogs, discovered new authors and books, and learned a lot of fantastic things, such as how to put up a Rafflecopter.
Soon, I found a special interest in Philippine literature, short stories, classics, and children’s literature and discovered several causes I could support and advocate through blogging. In just a few months, I gained solid traffic to my blog (based on my stats), hosted regular events like The Short Story Initiative and Readings in Philippine Literature project, wrote my own short stories, networked with other bloggers, elected as vice president-internal for the Cebu Bloggers Society, helped organized the Cebu Book Club, and received special awards online and offline, including a recent nomination in the Cebu Media Excellence Awards for the Blogger of the Year category.
In leaps and bounds, book blogging has come to mean a lot to me because it fuels my passion for reading, gives me the opportunity to write and better my craft, serves as a venue to promote Philippine literature, and encourages me to support and help others.
Now, I’m posing the question to you, my dear reader, what does book blogging mean to you? If you’re not a book blogger, share with me any experience related directly or indirectly with book blogging in general and book bloggers in particular.
On Day 4 of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, the challenge is to pimp a book we think needs more exposure. Oh, there are lots! In this case, though, I think I’ll push for “Linnet and the Prince”. I’m confused with the author because in my Kindle, it shows Alyson Holman while in Amazon it is now Alydia Rackham. Are they one and the same?
Linnet and the Prince, which I have read several times since I purchased it in March 2011, tells the story of 16-year-old Linnet who must marry Prince Rajak, son of a tyrant king, in order to kill him. However, the more Linnet learns about the prince, the more she realizes that he is a good person. In the end, she must make a choice between her people and her heart.
All these are set in motion in a fantasy world that is, to me, a colorful and artistic fusion of Prince of Persia, Mummy Returns, and Beauty and the Beast.
Have you read Linnet and the Prince?
As the Book Blogger Appreciation Weeks draws to a close, I would like to make a good cheer to all book bloggers out there! More power to us all!
- Nancy -
Globe CMEA 2013 Entries
- Best friends (an original short story by Nancy Cudis)
- Reading: parental support is advised
- The world of Lorna, a storyteller from Cebu
- New Cebuano music
- My mother and her unusual breakfast time tales
- Cebu’s reading champs
- Advocating reading, writing, and good grammar
- Getting to know our National Artists for Literature
- Will the "tikbalang" be able to move on?
- The enchanting sights and sounds of the Talaandig tribe