Book bloggers gathering for virtual Book Expo ends
The end of another year of Book Expo’s virtual Armchair BEA has come to pass with this final wrap-up. It’s been a hectic week full of books, blogs, and bloggers. Each day’s writing prompted by daily posts about the various genres and the shared love of books and reading.
The book blogger community is a great group who willingly and lovingly share their love of books through their blogs. Book blogging is a fairly new area for writers to mine and the number of book review bloggers has grown substantially in the last five years. To see what I’m talking about, take a virtual tour of this year’s Armchair BEA.
Book bloggers talk books and book publishing
What do book bloggers do when all the real action is happening at the live Book Expo? For one, they talk books. The folks at Armchair BEA do a great job of hosting the virtual event and posting daily topics of discussion for the book bloggers to rally round.
This year was no different with book talk moving across the genres from the classics to nonfiction, from blogging development to keeping it real. When you visit the site, be sure and click through to read the running commentaries for each day’s work. Also read the lively discussion on writing ethics and read my take: Writing Ethics – Online and Off.
How much writing do book bloggers do?
By the time I finish this post, I will have written 8,700 words found in 11 posts. That’s a healthy word count. From the introductory post to the final wrap-up, I’ve covered a wealth of topics that pertain to books and book blogging. You can find all the posts in the series on right under series Armchair BEA 2013. Or you can go and move forward from the introductory post.
Book bloggers and blogs
While we’re quick to say Armchair BEA is all about books, it’s equally about people. Behind every blog and book review there is a person who has read a writer’s book. These are people passionate about books. I confess, I haven’t made a dent in the round of visiting I have to do this year to meet all the participants. Here’s a few I’ve met or re-met in very random order:
- Adam @ Roof Beam Reader – One of my many friends from The Classics Club.
- Zohar @ Man of la Books – One whose blogging and tweets always capture my attention.
- Jennifer @ Relentless Reader – A fellow nonfiction fan. (I’m always amazed that so few read and review nonfiction.)
- Karen @ Booker Talk – A fellow Classics Club member and one who, like me, still loves real books.
- Julie @ Angler’s Rest – Julie has a rather eclectic blog that ranges from books to travel, collectibles and more.
- Cynthia White @ The Things You Can Read – This looks like one of those book blogs where you can go diving for material for a very long time.
- Meaghan @ Meaghan Walsh Gerard – Meaghan’s love of mystery and crime fiction is what caught my eye.
- Michelle @ In Libris Veritas – A fellow book lover and a book blogger who shares a life surrounded by books.
- Emma @ Words and Peace – A blogger who is another eclectic reader like myself.
- Liss @ Liss Thomas – A book blogger and a writer who enjoys writing serials.
- Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories – A book blogger who shares similar interests with me in photography, travel, and writing.
Book bloggers – Future Armchair BEA plans
Book bloggers are already making their plans for next year. Some, like me, plan to calendar the event to make sure I don’t have too many conflicts like I did this year. Others are making suggestions for the daily writing topics and hoping their genre of choice will be among the chosen.
My own plans include a third bite at the Armchair BEA apple next year. Looks like Book Expo is June 3 – 5 for 2014, so I imagine Armchair BEA will be similar. (Note calendar.) In between now and then I plan to visit the many blogs participating this year and continue to write about books, read books and write reviews, and continue sharing what I know about writing and books with you, my gentle readers.