I am in awe of this thing that Amy put together, this Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Particularly amazing is how it has evolved over the last year. I think the judging process is much inproved. I love the fact that we added the judging panels, so that ALL nominated blogs had a chance to be judged on their merit, instead of the five most-nominated blogs being up for voting. I think that was much more fair (this from someone who was shortlisted last year, and not this year).
Since it was the first year that BBAW used this process, there were of course some flaws, though. One of them, in my opinion, stemmed from the process of each nominee sending in 5 posts that exemplified each category they were nominated in for judging. Don’t get me wrong, I think that was a great idea for judges and nominees alike, but I also think it led to some misleading results in some of the genre categories.
One example was the best history/historical fiction blog. I only know of two of the five shortlisted blogs, but I don’t consider either of them as history/historical fiction blogs. Let me just say that BOTH of them are in my ‘favorites’ folder on my Google Reader, so I’m definitely not putting either of them down. And yes, both of them do occasionally review history and historical fiction. About as much as I do, actually, and I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a history/historical fiction blog. Of course, I’m sure they sent in 5 fantastic history/historical fiction posts, and all the panelists could do was judge those. I don’t think they should have been nominated for this category in the first place, although I’d love to see both of them win BBAW awards.
It is entirely possible that the other 3 blogs are big into history/historical fiction, certainly one has “historical fiction” in the title and another one seems to focus on the Civil War. I’ll have to check these 3 out, and maybe I’ll have new historical fiction blogs to read every day.
Now that I’ve shot my mouth off about some blogs I didn’t think should be included, I should tell you who I would have liked to have seen in this category:
You’d think that someone getting their masters in history and writing a disseration would want a break from history, but Meghan reads and reviews a ton of history and historical fiction, in addition to romance and other books. She even won best history/historical fiction blog during BBAW last year.
Passages to the Past
You have no clue how many wishlist ideas I get from Passages to the Past. Amy likes to spotlight upcoming historical fiction releases and gets me drooling over books months and months before I can even get them.
Tanzanite’s Shelf and Stuff
Daphne also adds to my wishlis frequently with her Weekly Wishlist posts. She also tends to read a lot of older historical fiction, giving me lots of ideas for older authors to check out.