There's been some discussion on Twitter, and elsewhere, about how the judges came to their decisions regarding the shortlists for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards. As you may know, all the nominated blogs were asked to submit 5 blog posts that they think best represent their blog in that particular category, and it is these posts that the judges considered. I like Natasha's idea to share these with you, so here are the posts that I submitted, with a little input from my regular readers, as best representing In Spring it is the Dawn for the category of Best Cultural Review Blog.
Reading Japan: 2008 - A wrap-up post of my Japan-themed reading in 2008.
Celebrating Japanese Literature - The post in which I discuss my plan to focus more on Japanese literature here on my blog, and some of the Japanese literature books I'd like to read in the near future.
My book review of After Dark by Haruki Murakami.
My book review of The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki.
My book review of A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice by Komomo.
Also under consideration was my review of Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, and if I'd reviewed it in time I probably would have submitted this review of Beyond the Blossoming Fields by Jun'ichi Watanabe.
And there you have it. Thanks again for the huge honour of being nominated, and good luck to all the shortlisters! I know I'm looking forward to discovering some great new blogs as I go through the awards list. Here is the full list of shortlisted blogs, and the voting booth. Happy voting, everyone!