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Tag, You’re It!


Checking comments on a recent post I learned I’d been tagged with a Liebster award by Arti at Ripple Effects.  I have seen this award posted on several blogs, including Beauty Is A Sleeping Cat and Tales From The Reading Room.  The Liebster was created to introduce readers to new blogs, and the number and type of questions have shifted over time.  I’m going to use some of Arti’s and a couple of my own.

1. What do you think of literary prizes? Good idea or bad?

Like several other book bloggers, I enjoy literary prizes.  I search  lists for authors that are new to me, add many books to my to-be-read piles, am sometimes disappointed and often thrilled by what I discover.  I was re-introduced to Hilary Mantel by reading “Wolf Hall”, and am now reading “John Saturnall’s Feast” by Lawrence Norfolk, and loving it.  Both came to me through the Booker Prize.  I look forward to the Giller Prize, the National Book Award, IMPAC, the Commonwealth Prize, the Orange Prize and many others including the Hugo, the Arthur C Clark and the Edgar Awards.  I do know there is some controversy around some of these awards, but I choose to overlook that.

2. If you could write any sort of book, what would you write?

Ah, a secret fantasy.  Poetry.   Like this, this or this.   I attempt to write poetry.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

3. Describe your ideal home library/study.

A room filled with natural light, walls covered with book shelves, a big oak desk, a fireplace, two wing-backed chairs and a comfy couch.  French doors that lead to a garden, beyond the garden, the sea.  Oh, and a cat.  No, two cats.

4.  Name an author you feel you should love but don’t.  Or a “classic” you feel should have read but haven’t.

Haruki Mirakami.  I’ve tried and tried to love his fiction, but it just doesn’t grab me.

5.  What book do you hope to get for the holidays?

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Soloman.  Huge, dense and just fascinating to me.  Maybe because I work with children and families.

6. What’s the last book you did not finish and why?

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner.  A first I was intrigued, then it started feeling like so many other books I had read, a rehash of Catcher in the Rye.    I think I’m too old for this ironic and cynical style of writing.

7.  If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would it be?

Did I just ask that question?  At the moment my choice would be Hilary Mantel because I want her to explain to me how she does what she does.  There are hints here and here.  I am waiting for Bring Up The Bodies to come from my library.

This is an interesting meme, as it lets you into a bit of a blogger’s life.  For my next trick I’m tagging Claire, James, Jane, RaiderGirl, Sakura, Stu and Vasilly.  Use these questions if you want or make up your own.


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Blogger Bingo!

bingo5389606 Terri  at BrownGirl BookSpeak gave me the letter N for neighborly in the BINGO Blog award!  How lovely.  What she doesn’t know is that I am a complete grump before my first cup of coffee.  Ask my husband, and the dog…

What is the BINGO award?

Blog awards are a wonderful way to show your appreciation and help support this diverse and growing community. Now I’m passing this one on to some of my favorite bloggers.

B- Jeane at DogEar Diary – She makes beautiful bookmarks and I love her choice of books.

I- Wordlily – Wonderful lists of words and their definitions.

N-Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This – Sandy leaves great comments and helps new bloggers feel welcome.

G-Tanabata at In Spring it is the Dawn – Just look at this site.

O- Nymeth at things mean a lot – Outstanding in every way.

Please make sure and visit these wonderful blogs!

ing family. So what is BINGO?


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mermaid_award_3 Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This sent along the lovely award.  Sandy’s site is filled with fun posts and she’s been posting about read Gone With The Wind.  She has been an inspiration since I first discovered her blog.

The Splash Award is an award given to “alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive and inspiring blogs”. I am honored that Sandy sent this award to me.

I am passing the award onto these alluring and intriguing bloggers:

Becky at Becky’s book blog.  She reads and reads and writes and writes.  An amazingly impressive site.

Word Lily.  A prolific blogger, and an inspiration.

Deslily at Here,There and Everywhere.  Always has kind words,  and wonderful reviews.  Bewitching!

Sandra at Fresh Ink Books.  Another prolific blogger and reader juggling lots of challenges. Impressive!

The Rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress, or inspire you.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom your received your Splash award.


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Sisterhood is Powerful


Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This sent me this lovely award and I am sending it along to others who show great attitude and spirit.  I amazed at the gracious help and wonderful support out there.  You are all brilliant, talented and beautiful!

Claire at Kiss A Cloud.

Lena at Save Ophelia.

Lily at Related Reading.

Maree at Just Add Books.

Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot.

Priscilla at Evening Reader.

Robin at A Fondness for Reading.

Vasilly at 1330V

If you wish to spread the sisterhood spirit:

1) Post the award on your blog.

2) Remember to link to the person who gave you the award.

3) Give the award to up to ten women who show great attitude and/or gratitude.

4)  Link their blogs to your post.

5) Let them know you have given them the award.


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All You Need Is Love!

iloveyourblog Sandy at You’ve Gotta  Read This has made my day.  Actually she made  my entire week.  Being a new blogger I’m learning how important it is to stay in touch and to have other stay in touch with you.  Sandy always has kind words and great comments for me and her blog is wonderful!

I am passing  this on to people who have made me feel welcome as a new blogger, who inspire me and whose blogs I try and visit every day.  Please check them out and thanks again, Nancy!

Care at Care’s Online Book Club

Claire at Kiss A Cloud

Eva at A Striped Armchair

Frances at Nonsuch Books (this is a double award because Sandy already gave  her one!)

Lena at Save Ophelia

Lily at Related Reading

Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot

Priscilla at Evening Reader

Vasilly at 1330v

Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty

And here are the rules to keep the award going:

1. Add the logo of the award to your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs.
4. Add the links to those blogs you have nominated.
5. Leave messages to let those blogs know they’ve been awarded.


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