Today marks the first full day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. It's going to be an exciting time where we recognize and honor our fellow book bloggers! Today's meme question focuses on what new book blogs we've discovered since BBAW last year.
There have been a TON of blogs that I've discovered since last year especially after being able to go to BEA and meeting lots of other bloggers. I can't chose them all (also mainly because I didn't label what date I discovered them in my Google Reader so I'm not quite sure where the cutoff date is) so I'm going to pick this one:
I'm not quite sure how I hadn't heard of this blog before BEA but I'm glad now that I do. I met Amanda at Book Blogger Con. She was on the panel for writing and building content. To be honest, even though the other panelists gave out informative answers, Amanda stood out the most because she talked about Harry Potter and how she finds discrepancies between the Hardcover and Paperback versions. At a huge blogger dinner that night, I was able to sit near and we geeked out about Harry Potter for a while. I added her blog to my Google Reader when I got home and I have been a fan ever since.
I haven't read or heard of many of the books that she reviews as they are not usually in genres I normally read but she gives really in depth reviews that make me want to go out and look for them. I like how she adds a Harry Potter touch to each review, indicating which class at Hogwarts it might be taught in. She also spotlights several LGBT books and authors on her blog so it's always interesting to find new reads there. I also really enjoy her Sunday Salon posts because she doesn't just post about the book she is reading or what she got in the mail. Her SS posts are usually really long, in depth and they always make you think. Honestly, you never know what's going to appear next on The Zen Leaf and that's why I enjoy reading her blog. So glad I met her at Book Blogger Con and so glad to have discovered her blog!