Very inspiring blogger award

It is quite an honor to be mentioned twice for this award, first by Jacqui then yesterday by Victoria. At first, I thought I wouldn’t play because I follow approximately 200 blogs on bloglovin’,and how is it possible to mention a mere fifteen? Then I reconsidered when I realized that as a part of the book blogging world, I should not refuse the opportunity to highlight a few fellow bloggers.

Might I also point out, that since I ‘met’ Jacqui as a fellow IFFP Shadow Jury member we have shared many great books and a similar point of view? She is blessing from 2014! And, Victoria’s posts are always witty and erudite. Thank you, you two, for thinking of me.
These are the rules for the award:
  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
And so fifteen blogs I would like to highlight as being very inspiring to me are:
Linda writes of the essence of life; sharing wisdom through story. She is also the best commenter I know. Reading her comments are like reading a post itself because she puts so much thought into them.
2.  seraillon~

Scott writes of books I immediately want to read. He is enormously well read, and he will often leave a comment which is relevant and hilarious at the same time.

Richard has displayed no end of patience with me as I learn to appreciate Spanish literature. Although we sometimes differ on the books we like, I am always enriched by his reviews and opinions. Also, I am very inspired to read for Spanish Lit Month co-hosted with Stu. (Bet you didn’t know I’m enjoying Three Trapped Tigers, eh?)

Tom and I have had two shared reads that I can think of: Little Women and Great Expectations. He points out the merest detail of a book and somehow connects it to the overall meaning. He is able to unwrap what an author says like no one I know.

The posts on this site connect emotional well-being with literature. I have never looked at our psychological make up, any possible anxiety or depression, as being addressed by books in such a tangible way. And yet, of course! Isn’t part of why we read, to understand ourselves better?

The content Reader is a relatively new friend who lives in Belgium. She brings a wealth of information to her blog posts. They are not simply reviews, but connections to art and food as well.

Nadia is a faithful friend of many years. It is amazing to me how many books we simultaneously love, and abhor. If she recommends a book, I am sure to pick it up, confident that her point of view will mirror mine. It’s nice to have someone who understands how you feel.

One of the many features of Diane’s beautiful blog is Tuesday intros. I am constantly introduced to up and coming literature through her blog and enticed by what I read. 

I think Stu can be credited for my push toward reading translated literature. I always loved Japanese Literature, of course, but it was Stu who broadened that horizon into other countries. It was a special honor for me to be included in his IFFP Shadow Jury event, co-hosted with Tony, this year. I have never read such exciting literature in translation as that event provided.

Athira writes a magnificent blog, relating stories from her life as well as literature she is reading. She leaves personal comments which make me feel so connected to her. Maybe someday I will be as faithful a commenter as she!

Ally is a friend who not only reads Japanese literature with me, she has embellished my reading in Italian literature, too. It was her idea to host Venice in February, a lovely challenge which caused us (me) to discover so many books set in Venice. She also introduces me to film and music. Ally understands my working life as she is a teacher herself.

Tony shares a love for translated literature as well, and is especially instrumental in spreading the love for Japanese literature. He hosts January in Japan which highlights fabulous Japanese books and detailed information about their authors. He also kindly welcomed me to the Shadow Jury for the IFFP this year.

Harvee has a special interest in mystery and thriller, always showcasing a new book in this genre which looks like something I want to read straight away.

Dear Lesley is my oldest book blogging friend. We connected in 2006 and have shared countless titles not only through our blogs, but through the mail. She is a true friend with whom I share many personal and deep connections.
Tamara has also been a long time blogging friend, but I want to highlight the fabulous job she is doing in hosting Paris in July with Karen, Adria, Nichole and I. Every day has a special treat in store, and it is all organized beautifully on her blog. Thanks for taking us to Paris every July, Tamara!

As for listing seven facts about me? It reminds me of a Brian Andreas Story People poster: “We don’t have much time,” he said. “Let me just tell you about me.”  Probably you know everything that’s important to know by now.
I hope you have a chance to visit the blogs above, and know that there are so many who continually inspire me. 

32 thoughts on “Very inspiring blogger award”

  1. What an honor, Bellezza. And how appropriate that it should come today, just as I've posted about being introduced to the work of Lawrence Durrell while reading Graham Greene's “The Heart of the Matter” on the veranda of the City Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It's quite a tale, which I suspect you'd enjoy — particularly “The Professor.”

    I'm looking forward to meeting the other bloggers you've highlighted here, as well. And of course I look forward to all the delights you still have in store for us.


  2. Typically in a case like this I say something like “How nice to be in such good company,” but this time I am unfamiliar with many of the other blogs – I am surprised how many – which is even more pleasing. So thanks for all of the introductions!


  3. Bellezza, thank you. I consider you a dear friend as well. Talk about making my day 🙂 I'm certainly excited to check out these other bloggers that I'm fortunate enough to be included with. And, I'm not at all surprised that you received such an honor – your blog is most definitely very inspiring to me. Cheers!


  4. What a lovely post, Bellezza! Thank you so much for the mention and for your very kind words. I'm delighted to have met you through the IFFP shadow group, and I'm sure we'll continue to chat about books via our blogs. Several of the blogs you've listed are new to me so I look forward to checking them out!


  5. Thank you, Bellezza – what a pleasant surprise to find seraillon on this list. I'll echo Tom and Jacqui in saying that I look forward to exploring the blogs here I don't yet know.


  6. Aww, thank you so much! You are such a darling! I love reading your blog and your very thoughtful posts! I guess that's why I'm able to leave personal comments. 🙂


  7. Wooow, what a wonderful surprise! I am speechless, thank goodness I have to write, not speak 🙂 btw, you do know you are my favorite blogger, right? 🙂


  8. Thank you sooooo much! I really enjoy your blog as well, and am happy about the exchanges that we have had. Through you I have also found new blogging friends, and I will look into all of those that you have mentioned. I am sure they are very interesting and will be my new friends.
    Lisbeth@The Content Reader


  9. You're so welcome, Harvee. Every time you review a mystery I want to be reading it at that moment. They are a retreat for me when my reading gets too heavy.


  10. I saw that white porch (veranda) on your blog, and when I read Graham Greene I thought of The end of The Affair. Although now I have to see if he did in fact write that. Anyway, your posts, your comments, are always so thought provoking I thought of you right away for this Inspiring Blogger award.


  11. I read such a wide gamut of blogs, Tom, from those who really ought to be college professors to others, like me, who simply enjoy sharing what they read. That maybe why you haven't heard of some of them. In any case, thank you for blogging with me and participating in a few shared reads. I hope we can do a few more before we stop blogging. Whenever that may be.


  12. Glad to make your day any day, Nadia! Except for the (dreadful) Harry Quebert Affair, I think we've agreed on every book we've ever read. ;).

    Getting ready to post about the Murakami read along for August…can't wait!!


  13. Thank you dear Marina, for this comment and all the others you leave here. It wouldn't be a very good book blogging world without one another, and words of encouragement as well as fabulous ideas such as I find on your blog. xo


  14. Well, Jacqui, you are to be credited for starting this off, so I especially thank YOU. I can't imagine anything topping the IFFP experience this year…unless they name a new winner, and it's wonderful to have formed a friendship with you.


  15. Seraillon, I can't tell you how much you've inspired me with the books you read and your enlightening posts. I love it when I receive a comment from you, so thanks for taking the time to read over here.


  16. Well, we do have a lot in common,mfrom our love of Venice to Japan to teaching to literature. Only, you know so much more about film and music than I do. You're a favorite of mine, too, Ally.


  17. Bellezza, thanks so much for the shout out! You're way too kind, but it's quite an honor to be mentioned alongside the likes of Scott, Stu, Tom and Tony (the other bloggers are new or mostly new to me, so I'll have to check out their blogs on your rec when I get the chance). By the way, I didn't know or remember that you were reading that Cabrera Infante novel with us. I've barely started it, but I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it so far (Stu was a big fan of it). Anyway, thanks again!


  18. An honor you deserve, Richard. All of you have brought my reading to new heights. As for the Infante, I don think I did officially sign up, in fact I'm only about 75 pages in, but I think it's wonderful! He has such a wonderful voice, I feel like I'm listening to each speaker (writer of a chapter) sitting right across from me.


  19. You are such a sweetie to include me in this group. Not only am I quite late with my thank you, but I've been a terrible blogger, posting mainly photo “essays” and the occasional book review (and I use that term very loosely!) I can't seem to say goodbye to blogging, and yet I can't find more time to do a more serious job. If it weren't for all the audio books I've been listening to, my reading count would be quite dismal this year! Whine, whine, whine. 😉

    Thank you for being such a loyal friend.


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