Every week, Figment features a blog that we think is all kinds of wonderful. This week, we’re featuring Nicole Bonia of Linus’s Blanket!
“Linus’s Blanket is one of those blogs that became a book blog purely by accident,” says Nicole Bonia, the site’s founder. “I first intended it to be a general purpose personal blog where I would keep track of my travels, restaurants that I frequented and social gatherings. I took a huge stack of book with me on vacation in Italy in the summer of 2008 and I posted a few thoughts on the books that I was reading. Not only did I find it enjoyable, but I found that people responded and that there was a larger book blogging community of which I had been unaware.”
Thus was Linus’s Blanket born. In its present incarnation, the site is chock-full of features, from basic book reviews and interviews to podcasts and previews of new releases. It’s safe to say that Linus’s Blanket is one of the better-connected, more involved YA blogs now.
Figment asked Nicole: Among many genres, you single out graphic novels as being of particular interest to you. What have been some of your favorites of the genre in the last several years? Do you see any exciting trends or books coming up on the horizon that you’re eager to explore?
Graphic novels are of particular interest to me because they are mediums that put you in touch most closely with the writer’s vision for their work. As readers we interpret words and come up with our interpretations of what the text looks like and that can vary so much from reader to reader. It’s what make book clubs so exciting. Graphic novels show you what the writer meant. I am really excited that so much classic literature is appearing in graphic novel form because it broadens and encourages an audience that might not seek these works out in another form. Much to the horror of my blogging friends I read the graphic novel of Crime and Punishment without having read the original — but it was a book that I probably would not have read and now that I have been exposed to it, there is more of a chance that I will seek the story out in its original form. I highly recommend Yummy by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke, and Bayou by Jeremy Love.
You’re involved with lots of blog projects and associations. Can you tell us about one or two of the projects your blog is involved with? How would you describe the book blogging community?
The book blogging community has been very welcoming and super exciting because you can make of it what you want, and it’s easy to choose any level of involvement and still be a part of the community. Over the years I have developed a talk show where I discuss books and blogging with other book bloggers, which has been a lot of fun. Two of my newest projects have been equally rewarding since I have had the opportunity to work with bloggers Amy Riley (My Friend Amy) and Jen Karsbaek (Devourer of Books) in chatting with authors about classic works in literature and their re-imagined tales (What’s Old Is New) and about similarly themed books (The Underground Literary Society). I have learned a lot from these bloggers and the authors we have discussed literature with, not to mention the technical skill I have gained in recording and editing a podcast.
Visit Linus’s Blanket at linussblanket.com!