First Treasure – New to Me Book Blogs

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is here!  If you didn’t participate last year, BBAW is basically one week of the year when we all give each other virtual hugs and tell each other how awesome we are.  At least, that’s what I did last year!

The first day of BBAW is all about highlighting a new-to-you book blog that you have discovered since last year.  Sometimes I think it is easy to get stuck in your little corner of the blogosphere and never venture out.  Hopefully during BBAW this year I’ll find even more great blogs and new friends.  Since last year, though, the best new book blog I discovered (actually through a post by Eva) is Reading & Reviewing.  Run by Karen Elizabeth, R&R has one of the most unique concepts for a book blog I’ve ever seen.  Yes, she reviews books, but she also turns those book reviews into their own piece of art.  With each review, Karen Elizabeth includes a photograph of herself and the novel illustrating some aspects of the book.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Beyond her beautiful photography, Karen Elizabeth’s reviews are insightful and well-written.  Hopefully I’ve convinced you that Reading & Reviewing is a book blog you need to have in your blog roll!

This week in review.

Reviews posted, fabulous links & more!


This week I posted about two books I really loved: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi and A Year By The Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson.  They are very different from each other, but both came at just the right time.  Ship Breaker is suspenseful and well-crafted, while A Year By the Sea is certainly imperfect, but a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one woman.

Next week, you can look forward to reviews of On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and Born Round by Frank Bruni.  I loved both of them.  In fact, I’m loving all these positive reviews I’ve been writing lately!  Let’s keep it up with the good books!


Photo credit: Flickr user psychbird

At the Bridges is my personal blog and this week I posted about what it is like to finally reach a fitness goal.  For me, this one was kind of abstract, but people always talk about what it is like to be “above” the exercise, to not be constantly thinking about how painful it is to run or how difficult it is to breathe.  I finally reached that goal and you can read about it here.  


I’ve found some really interesting blogs and posts this week:

One of my old friends has a fitness blog where she talks about her road to getting healthy.  It’s called An Epic Change and she’s so inspirational!  I highly recommend checking her blog out.

In addition to An Epic Change, I somehow found the blog Living! with ZenLizzie.  I love the look and feel of this blog and to top it all off, Lizzie seems really inspirational and fun.

Also, have you checked out this fabulous blog?  Called Reading and Reviewing- Books reviews by Karen Elizabeth, it was originally brought to my attention by Eva.   I absolutely love the idea and think the blog itself is just gorgeous.

Guys!  LOOK AT THIS GORGEOUS BLANKET!  I want to make one so bad and I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of all my yarn when I moved.  (Yarn is the most difficult thing to store ever.  Especially when your room is the size of a closet.  A very large closet, but a closet nonetheless.)  I might have to invest….  Oh Alea, why do you do this to me with your darling crafts?!

I’m not vegan or vegetarian, nor would I probably ever want to be, (stop glaring at me Eating Animals), but this chili looks so delicious it might convert me.

Have a good Saturday!