I’m pleased to see that my read for India, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, won the U.S. National Book Award for non-fiction! It is one of my favorites so far and well deserving of recognition. (My review is at: https://biblioglobal.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/10-india/). The fiction prize was awarded to Louise Erdich’s The Round House. I’ve been thinking I might want to pick a book about Native American culture for my U.S. book, so this might be a good one. (Plus I’ve meant to read some Louise Erdrich for a long time.)
In other award news, A.M.B at Misfortune of Knowing nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog” award. I’m glad she enjoys my blog, because I certainly enjoy hers. In addition to reviewing books, she brings her legal knowledge to the world of literature. I wouldn’t have thought about it before, but there are many interesting ways in which law and literature interact. In her post about the award, A.M.B also gives a good defense of the value of these “chain letter”-type awards as an opportunity to show appreciation and link to other blogs.
I think that it’s a very good idea to show appreciation and while I’m not going to do a formal award nomination, I thought this would be a good opportunity to mention a few of the many blogs I enjoy reading.
elephant on the roof: Every post here is thoughtful and insightful. This is a blog that makes me slow down and think.
Maphead’s Book Blog: This is a blog I just recently came across and I’m excited to read more of. Maphead reviews both a wide range of international fiction and an interesting assortment of non-fiction.
Kim’s Scrapbook: Kim is the one person who I’ve influenced into also trying to read a book from every country!
Me, You and Books: Also a very international blog with a focus on feminism
The Oddness of Moving Things: One of those people who get through an intimidating number of books in a wide variety of genres.