Winners of Gods Behaving Badly & Awards

Out of 31 entrants in the U.S./Canada Hatchette Group giveaway, Randomizer.org selected numbers 1, 7, 17, 21, and 30.

The winners are:

1. Jenners of Find Your Next Book Here

7. Amy of My Friend Amy

17. Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness

21. Naida of The Bookworm

30. Debbie of Debbie’s World

Out of the 8 entrants to the International portion of the giveaway for my gently used copy of Gods Behaving Badly, Randomizer.org selected #4.

The winner is Alessandra of Out of the Blue

Congrats to all the winners. If you haven’t sent me your address, you better send it quick! I’d like to get Hatchette the addresses by Jan. 8.

Now for some awards. I was recently awarded the Butterfly Award by some fellow bloggers–Janel at Janel’s Jumble, April at Cafe of Dreams, Toni at A Circle of Books, and Margaret at Literary Menagerie. Thank you ladies. . . I’m flattered.

This is a “meme” award, so it gets passed on. The rules for passing it on are:

1. Put the logo on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3. Award up to ten other blogs.

4. Add links to those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.

Here are the recipients I picked:

1. Alea of Pop Culture Junkie (I just love her book cover discussions/comparisons)

2. Luanne of A Bookworm’s World (she’s a gracious commenter & blogger)

3. Bermudaonion (she is always the first commenter on my blog posts and she’s so enthusiastic)

4. Terri of Ways I See the World and Reading, Writing and Retirement (she shares my passion for books and photography)

5. Suey of It’s All About Books (I admire her eclectic taste in books, her adorable posts about Josh mania, her updates about her family, and her reviews)

6. Karen of Scobberlotch (she’s an author, blogger, and great source of inspiration)

7. Monica of Monniblog (she’s a fantastic graphic artist, creative, and a doll)

There are a number of other bloggers I could pass this along to, but I figured I would leave some for the rest of you.

Amy of My Friend Amy awarded me the Prémio Dardos award.

The Prémio Dardos is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

I cannot tell you how honored I am that Amy would think of me. I blushed, smiled, and demurred. I hope to make an even bigger cultural impression. In honor of this award, I hope to bring more poetry to all my readers this year and throughout many years to come.

I also received this award from Ruth at Books Books and More Books. Thanks, Ruth!

Now, who will I pass this on to. I have to pass it onto 15 bloggers that impact the Web culturally, ethically, and creatively.

1. Gautami of Reading Room (I love how she reviews short stories and introduces me to authors that I may not have heard of)

2. Alessandra of Out of the Blue (She’s always got a variety of reviews and she’s upbeat and positive)

3. Anna of Diary of an Eccentric (She’s got a keen sense for books that are not on the best seller’s list but should be! I love the gems she finds at the library or by accident that turn out to be some of the best books published. Don’t forget her commitment to getting the girl into reviewing and reading.)

4. Amanda at A Patchwork of Books (A dedicated reader and promoter of children’s books. I love her dedication in the face of adversity and the bravery she shows us when she shares with us her tragedies and triumphs.)

5. Marie of Boston Bibliophile (She has exposed me to some great books in the Jewish realm that I may have otherwise overlooked or not known about. She also was the dedicated host of Tuesdays Thingers until recently, and some of the questions had me checking Library Thing more in depth.)

6. Nymeth of Things Mean a Lot (Her blog was among the first I read, and she turned me onto Neil Gaiman and other fantasy and graphic novels. I haven’t read them yet, but I now know what some of them are. She was also the first to host a book blogger holiday exchange, which helped me meet a number of other bloggers)

7. Iliana of Bookgirl’s Nightstand (Let’s just say this girl is amazingly talented. She not only reads and writes eloquent reviews, but she creates her own blank journals from scratch. She binds them, sews them, and adds great little accents to them. They make great gifts and they are gorgeous and sometimes one of a kind pieces.)

8. Natasha of Maw Books (This is a woman who is passionate about more than just reading. She’s passionate about using her love of reading to foster giving and awareness among bloggers and others about the atrocities across the globe, particularly in Darfur.)

9. Dar of Peeking Between the Pages (She has some great reviews and is also passionate about reading, but she is fantastic about visiting all the blogs in the community. Her comments often make me proud to be a part of her community and I am honored when she stops by for a visit. Plus she’s a dog lover too, and that gets you props in my book–though I love kitties too! Charlee just happens to be my baby.)

10. Marvin of Free Spirit (Because he’s Marvin. No, seriously. He has a lot of opinions about the world, spirituality, and other issues, but he’s also willing to listen, step aside and let his commenters and visitors have the floor. He’s open minded and I think he’s trying to promote peace and love one post at a time.)

11. J. Kaye of J. Kaye’s Book Blog (She’s a busy bee with her well organized blog activities. Her noontime chats about books with other bloggers spurred great conversation among many blogs and for many visitors. She’s gracious and always willing to help.)

12. Veens of Give Reading a Chance (Her enthusiasm leaps off the blog! She’s an enthusiastic reviewer, commenter, and blogger. She loves reading and communicating with her Internet community and her enthusiasm is contagious!)

13. S. Krishna of S. Krishna’s Books (Her reviews of chicklit books narrow down the best ones for me. She easily points out the chicklit books with more substance and helps me narrow down my choices. I’m usually at a loss in the bookstore about which chicklit books to choose. I just hope one day I can be as organized as she is with her reviews, ratings, and links to her reviews and interviews.)

14. Shana of Literarily (Another fantastic blogger who has a knack for picking fantastic books that are not necessarily best-sellers but should be. I don’t know how she jungles her family, reading, and blogging and still keep smiling without falling down asleep. She participates in a number of weekly memes and has organized reviews.)

15. Sher of A Novel Menagerie (She not only offers up a great review of books, but she’s been adding movie reviews as well, which keeps me up to date on the latest finds in the theaters. I like that she believes movies and books have their own cultural places in society and that even though books and movies may differ, they are art to be appreciated.)

I know this is one more than I’m supposed to have, but hey, I like breaking rules.

16. Gottawrite Girl (She is one of the newest bloggers I’ve found, but she is raising awareness among bloggers and readers alike to the struggles of writers as they mold their projects and work on their craft. I’m happy to have found her through First Person Plural‘s blog, which is the local Writer’s Center blog–which somehow I forgot to pass this award onto.)

There are many more bloggers I could have given this award to, but I ran out of room. Now, I hope all of you will pass along this award as well. Thanks again, Amy! I’m flattered.