Today’s official post topic is interviews of other book bloggers. Well since I suck at interviews (it gives me horrible flashbacks to my middle management days and interviewing job applicants – ick) I opted not to participate in the interview roundup portion of BBAW. Instead I decided to post some more on yesterday’s topic.

So I’m going to spotlight some more of my favorite blogs that did not make the awards shorlists. Again, I’m focusing on bloggers I ‘met’ in the early days of my blog in 2006 who have remained in my “Favorites” folder in my Google Reader and who have been frequent visitors, commenters, and TBR expanders over the years.

Bellezza at Dolce Bellezza

Bellezza’s was among the first blogs I started visiting regularly. For starters, it’s continuously one of the more beautiful blogs out there. She always has these gorgeous photos in her header and posts that just seem to ooze peacefulness and relaxation. She’s also guilty of adding many a book to my TBR list over the years.

Bellezza is a teacher and it’s clear from her posts about her classes and teaching in general that she’s the kind of teacher every kid needs to have at least once in their life. One of my very favorite posts of hers that I still remember is this one from 2007 about “Marshmallow Day”.

Kailana at The Written World

Kailana’s is also one of the first group of book blogs I subscribed to. As is the case with many in this early group of blogging friends, I’m not sure which of us found the other first, but we’ve been sharing comments and book recommendations for a long time. I love her blog because it’s gorgeous, full of variety and entertaining to read.

I appreciate Kailana for being a frequent commenter (often among the first comments on my posts). It’s that interaction and conversations about books and reading that makes this so much fun.

Literary Feline at Musings of a Bookish Kitty

OK so Wendy (her real name) had me at “Bookish Kitty” because I’m a cat person. The pictures in her blog header are simply adorable. But what has kept me a fan is the variety of books she posts about and the quality of her posts. I’ve learned to trust her recommendations. When she gushes about a book I can be pretty sure I’m going to like it.

I’d like to highlight two recent recommendations. A World I Never Made by James LePore (see Literary Feline’s current giveaway post for this book ). The level of trust in her recommendation led me to request the book via interlibrary loan when none of my three local libraries had it and it was totally worth it. I really enjoyed the book. Also her review of Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall convinced me to get on the library waiting list early and I was very glad I did.

Repeating myself from yesterday, there are far too many bloggers who fit into the category of favorite blogs that weren’t shortlisted, but please take the time to visit these excellent blogs. Their recommendations can be trusted.