Book Bloggers Abroad (3) – USA

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.


Our guest blogger for today is Bellezza from USA. Her book blog is called Dolce Bellezza. She prefers to read books by Japanese authors and runs the Japanese Literature Challenge, which is now in its fourth year. Go and have a look!

Me in the Winter (my favorite season)

I live in a suburb of Chicago, in the midwestern United States, with my husband and nineteen year old son. I’ve lived here for most of my life, except for a few years when I lived in Europe as a child and then again in my early twenties. I began my elementary school teaching career with the Department of Defense when the wall dividing East and West Germany was still up, so during those years I lived in Germany. Other summers were spent in France as well as traveling throughout Europe when I was a girl in the late 60’s.

I get my books every where I can, most especially from because they have such a large selection of books for very good prices. The children in my class often give me gift cards to large bookstores, such as Borders or Barnes and Noble, because they know how much I love to read, but storing all my books is becoming a problem. I’m finding I use the library much more now, to save money and space.

My husband and I bicycled in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive (a very famous road there, which was closed especially for the event).

When I began blogging in 2006, it was to have the experience of establishing a blog, but I didn’t designate myself necessarily as a book blogger. Once I discovered that community, I immediately leaped in, and find that blogging is a most consuming occupation. I teach full time during the year, but I often spend the evenings (and summers) blogging. It is so exciting to learn of new books from other bibliophiles, and to discuss our passion together.

I read any place I can, most often in the living room in a big soft chair, but also in bed. My favorite thing to do is to crawl back in bed in the mornings I don’t work, with my coffee and my book, and read in my pajamas as long as I can.

Books for the Japanese Literature Challenge

My favorite American authors are those who have written children’s books: E. B. White’s Charlottte’s Web, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, and Madeleine L’Engle’s novels, such as The Love Letters, are my favorite. But, I am very passionate about Haruki Murakami’s work. He is my current favorite author, and Kafka On The Shore is my favorite book by him.

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks, Bellezza for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. I’m also in the Japanese Literature Challenge and I think it’s a great idea. There are many more great Japanese authors than you might think.

Don’t forget to take a look at Bellezza’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Bellezza, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Jane from London, UK will be visiting us for the fourth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

23 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (3) – USA

  1. Bellezza says:

    Judith, thanks for inviting me to be one of your participants in your Bloggers Abroad series. It’s been great to ‘meet’ other bloggers from around the world and see just how different, but alike, we all are.

  2. bermudaonion says:

    It was fun learning more about the woman behind the blog!

  3. Great post! I love being able to put a face with the name.

  4. Such great information, and thanks for sharing the details with us! I enjoy your blog, Bellezza, and am excited that by you being interviewed on this site, I have discovered a new blogger to follow! So thanks to Leeswammes as well!

  5. Becca says:

    I enjoyed getting a chance to know one of my favorite book bloggers a little bit better 🙂

  6. Kay says:

    Very nice write up. Love your winter hat!

  7. Bellezza says:

    I love Winter! I’m so weird that way; everyone else I know can’t wait for Summer. 🙂

  8. Andi says:

    Wonderful! I loved getting to know even more about you, Bellezza, and to look at your photos!

  9. Tony says:

    Happy to help out if you need an Australian (even if I was born in England!) 😉

  10. Tony says:

    Oops! Just noticed that number 1 was an Australian!

  11. Rachel says:

    I am so happy that you joined in this too! It’s so good to get to know one of my favourite book bloggers better! 🙂

  12. Shelley says:

    Great to know more about Bellezza! I love winter too!

  13. gnoegnoe says:

    Thanks for a peek into your life Bellezza! I wish I could have met you when I was in Chigaco… but that was many years ago – 1993 to be precise! Loved it there, and I especially remember a 2nd hand bookshop with a cat 🙂 Do you know it? LOL

    I believe I bought Interview With a Vampire there, In the Name of the Rose (which I read on the Greyhound to New York but never really finished) and a book about native americans.

    Oh, and I loved The Little House on the Prairy series as a girl! We recently gave Charlottes Webb on audio to family and I hope to borrow it sometime in winter 🙂

  14. Tes says:

    It’s so great to know another book blogger. Bellezza has such a amazing life.

  15. Vishy says:

    Thanks Judith for inviting Bellezza to talk about her herself and her love for books!

    Thanks Bellezza for letting us know more about yourself and your love for books! I love E.B.White’s essays and though I have read only one book by Madeleine L’Engle, I loved it.

  16. Bellezza says:

    Rachel, you sweetheart.

    Shelley, see, we’re kindred spirits in more than literature!

  17. mee says:

    What a great feature. It’s so nice to know about you more as a person than just a blogger Bellezza ;).

  18. Bellezza says:

    I see that I accidentally skipped some responses to some comments (they didn’t seem to be there on the times I visited), but I want to say again how affirming you all are to me with your sweet comments, and I’m so glad to be friends in this book blogging world. We may be from abroad, but we’re all connected in our affections.

  19. iliana says:

    I enjoyed getting to know you a bit more Bellezza! And, thank you leeswammes for the interview 🙂

  20. Novroz says:

    I almost miss your BBA Belezza…now we know more about you 🙂

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