Lovely Blog Award

Jenners at Life With a Little One and More bestowed upon me and my photography blog, Sagustocox’s Photography, this lovely award. Isn’t it cute?

So I decided it was time to let the book blogging world in on my secret. Yes, I have a photography blog. Pure photography, not words for entries. I just let the photos speak for themselves.

Check it out if you want, leave a comment if you feel like it, and if you don’t that’s fine too.


I have 1 copy of Jill Mansell’s An Offer You Can’t Refuse; get two entries, comment on my review and my interview. Deadline is April 11 at Midnight.

Zombie Chicken Award

I have to say that the idea of Zombie Chickens disturbs me. However, I’ve received this award from Marie at The Burton Review and from Iliana at Bookgirl’s Nightstand. I am honored nonetheless, especially since Iliana seems to think the little celebration for National Poetry Month here at the blog would stop the zombie chicken attacks.

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…”

Here are my 10 nominees, since I was given the award twice:

1. Suey at It’s All About Books
2. Janel at Janel’s Jumble
3. Jo-Jo at Jo-Jo Loves to Read
4. Carolyn Jean at The Trillionth Page
5. Lenore at Presenting Lenore
6. Alea at Pop Culture Junkie
7. Louise at Lous_Pages
8. April at Cafe of Dreams
9. Caribousmom
10. Kittling Books


I have 1 copy of Jill Mansell’s An Offer You Can’t Refuse; get two entries, comment on my review and my interview. Deadline is April 11 at Midnight.

Sisterhood Award

I received the Sisterhood Award from Jo-Jo at Jo-Jo Loves to Read, Bingo at Bookin’ With Bingo, and Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts; Thanks to both of you. I’ll be popping this one on the sidebar as well.

Here are the rules to spread the sisterhood spirit:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are my nominees:

1. Anna at Diary of an Eccentric
2. Bermudaonion
3. Susan of West of Mars
4. Jeannie of I Like to Be Here When I Can (because she needs some sisterly love now)
5. Janel of Janel’s Jumble
6. Marie of The Boston Bibliophile
7. Shana of Literarily (though she has been MIA, but so have I)
8. Meg at Literary Menagerie
9. Sheri at A Novel Menagerie
10. Dar at Peeking Between the Pages

My Blog, Fabulous?!

This is the first time I’ve received this blog award. Liviania from In Bed With Books bestowed this cutie on me.

Here are the rules:

1) List five things you are obsessed with.

2) Nominate five blogs you think are fabulous.

Five Things I’m obsessed with:

1. My keeshond because he is too cute. I just can’t help talking to him like he’s a person!

2. Reading and reviewing and blogging about these great books finding their way into my mailbox.

3. Pride & Prejudice; I read and re-read parts of the book, the whole book, and love watching movie adaptations

4. Phantom of the Opera; I read and re-read parts of this book, the whole book, and love seeing play and movie adaptations.

5. Music; I obsessively collect the albums of Tori Amos, Godsmack, Staind, and several other bands even if the albums contain songs I already have. I’ll even buy movie CDs with their songs on them.

Ok, now for the blogs that I think are Fabulous:

1. Lezlie of Books ‘N Border Collies
2. Sandra of Fresh Ink Books
3. Musings of a Bookish Kitty
4. Gautami of Reading Room
5. Anna of Diary of an Eccentric

Oops, breaking the rules and nominating a 6th blog:
Naida of The Bookworm

There are so many more of you that I think are fabulous.

Proximidade Award

This award represents:

“This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award.”

Ok, so I received this great award from Toni at A Circle of Books, Luanne at A Bookworm’s World, and Sheri at A Novel Menagerie and have been remiss in acknowledging it on my blog and awarding it to 8 other bloggers, but since this is a week of blog giving, I’ve decided this is the week to do it.

Here are my eight choices:

Diary of an Eccentric
Bookish Ruth
My Thoughts…Your Thoughts?
Lesa’s Book Critiques
Give Reading a Chance
Brooke Reviews

I hope that you all will pass this award on as well.

Don’t forget about my Carnival Giveaways for:

The Kingmaking, here and here. This one has an international copy up for grabs, my gently used ARC.

Drood, here. Sorry publisher says U.S. and Canada residents only, no P.O. Boxes.

Yet Another Award!

Wendi at Wendi’s Book Corner bestowed upon me this wonderful award. A Novel Menagerie also gave me this award!

Here’s what the award is for:

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

Hmm, now the hard part–choosing eight bloggers to share this with. I love many of the blogs I read and comment on regularly. So, how am I to choose just eight?

Ok, after some arm twisting, here they are:

1. Toni at A Circle of Books
2. Amanda at A Patchwork of Books
3. Heather at Age 30+. . . A Lifetime of Books (We recently met up in real life and she’s fun!)
4. Alyce at At Home With Books
5. Jeannie at I Like to Be Here When I Can
6. Suey at It’s All About Books
7. Dar at Peeking Between the Pages
8. Iliana at Bookgirl’s Nightstand

Now, you know who you are, so get to work and spread the love.

As for the rest of you out there, I have a great time reading your blogs and would love to pass this along to you as well. Feel free to pick it up and run with it.

Importance of Lit Blogs & An Award

This is a topic that comes up a lot in the publishing world and among book reviewers. I never much paid attention to book reviewers in newspapers and magazines, simply because the books chosen for review were either too mainstream or too obscure. However, with lit or book blog reviewers, there is a variety of opinions, genres, authors, and topics to choose from. I love the choices available to me in this online community from those that love audio books to those with Kindles. And of course, there are a lot of us still reading from actual paper-based books.

Whether you are into horror, suspense, comedy, chicklit, mainstream, obscure, or poetry, there is a blog out there reviewing material for you.

However, don’t take my word for it. Let the survey results speak for themselves.

So, if you are as interested in this topic, please take a moment to fill out a short survey sponsored by Literary License.

I’ve answered the survey honestly, and I am encouraging others to participate.

Consider yourselves tapped for participation.

Additionally, LadyTink has approved me! I was am so honored by her award, that has just a little bit of her in it. If you haven’t checked out her blogs, you should. Here’s Up Close & Personal and the one I had been reading instead, Movieholic & Bibliophile’s Blog.

I’ve just expanded the Google Reader again!

More Awards!

Anna at Diary of an Eccentric gave me the Lemonade Award, which is for blogs with great attitude and/or gratitude.

I am supposed to pass this one to 10 bloggers, but you know that there are many more out there who are deserving. But here’s my list of 10:

1. Susan of Gottawrite Girl
2. Janel of Janel’s Jumble
3. April of Cafe of Dreams
4. Toni from A Circle of Books
5. Naida of The Bookworm
6. Nikki of Fyrefly’s Book Blog
7. Literate Housewife
8. Literary Feline
9. Susan Gottfried of West of Mars
10. Sandra of Fresh Ink Books

I’m breaking the rules again!

11. 5-squared

Anna at Diary of an Eccentric also bestowed upon me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Which means I have to list 6 values that are important to me and 6 things I do not support. I also have to pass it along to 6 creative bloggers.

6 Values/Characteristics that are important to me:

1. Honesty above all else
2. Generosity of heart, mind, pocketbook, self, whatever…
3. Respect
4. Compassion
5. Creativity
6. Humor (sarcastic or otherwise)

6 Values/Characteristics I do not support:

1. Dishonesty
2. Selfishness
3. Disrespect (are you seeing a pattern yet)
4. Laziness
5. Arrogance
6. Ignorance

6 Bloggers:

1. Iliana of Bookgirl’s Nightstand
2. Monica of Monniblog
3. Sheri of A Novel Menagerie
4. Terri of Ways I See the World and Reading, Writing and Retirement
5. Toni of A Circle of Books (did you know she knits?)
6. Naida of The Bookworm (she crochets and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with out of that little animal crochet book I sent her)

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.

Addictive Blog, Mine?!

I was surprised to learn that I received this award from Bookworm.

I am really in awe that she finds my blog addictive, but it has tickled me that she does because I just love popping over to her blog and seeing what is new over there. You should check out her blog when you have some time, though be warned you will be addicted.

I really love this award, especially since it has Rhett and Scarlett! Two of my favorite characters in literature.

Some of my favorite blogs that I find addictive are:
Peeking Between the Pages, The Bookworm, Diary of an Eccentric, A Novel Menagerie, Literarily, Bitten By Books, and many more.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Someone Loves Me and It’s Sher at Novel Menagerie

Sher over Novel Menagerie and Shana at Literarily bestowed this wonderful gift upon me. I also received this from My Friend Amy some time ago. And most recently from Dar at Peeking Between the Pages.

The rules are to pass this along to my favorite seven bloggers, so here I go.

1. Anna at Diary of an Eccentric because she has a fantastic sense of humor, offers comprehensive and well thought out reviews, and promotes authors through interviews.

2. Bermudaonion‘s blog is one of my new favorites thanks to Book Blogger Appreciation Week. There is a great mix of personal stories and anecdotes as well as book reviews written in a no-nonsense style. She even offers recipes from time to time—ooo those cheese straws looked yummy.

3. 3Rs–Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness has some random posts about current events, but she also issues comprehensive reviews to her readers. I love her blog and how she participates in a number of memes, carnivals, and challenges. Her answers to memes are always witty.

4. Amanda at A Patchwork of Books has been one blog I’ve kept up with some time. Her blog offers a variety of book reviews from nonfiction to chick-lit. I loved her latest post about the Machu Picchu travel guide. Those travel guides look scrumptious. Two places I have always wanted to visit, Machu Picchu and Easter Island. I hope this award brings her a bit of sunshine.

5. Alyce at At Home With Books is another recent find from Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I just love the style of her reviews. She regularly participates in Friday Finds, Booking Through Thursdays, and memes that are passed along the blogosphere.

6. Book Club Girl runs a fantastic book club on her blog. I recently participated in her last Web show with Ann Patchett. From what I understand she holds these discussions with authors pretty regularly. The Web show was easy to register for and calling in or writing questions in the chatroom was simple. I recommend if you need a book to read for a club, check out her site.

7. Suey at It’s All About Books: She and I have been buddies since our days at Yahoo. I’ve watched her blog grow from the goings on with Josh Groban to her kids and library events. All of this is mixed in with some pointed reviews of childrens books and other novels. I also love her modesty.

Award Received and Appreciated!

I recently received the I Love Your Blog award from My Friend Amy. I appreciate her thoughtfulness. I rarely get awards and now I have been given two in the last couple of weeks.

I hope that I can continue to receive such praise in the future as I gear up to unveil some new features, which are still in the planning stages.

In addition, I want to award this recognition to the following blogs:

A Girl Walks Into a Bookstore because you have a varied taste in books, and I always find some of the best new reads on your blog. And I love that you are honest in your reviews about editing mistakes and other elements that bother you.

Peeking Between the Pages: Your title just caught my eye and I thought what a great title for a book review blog. Your reviews are honest and I love how you get the reader involved by posting questions in your posts, asking them for their input. I also love the set up of your blog as well, it’s beautiful and lean. Not to mention as a dog lover, I just have to say that your dog is cute, just adorable.

Maw Books Blog because you are so passionate about reading and Darfur and all things related on your blog. Your passion burns brightly for each of your readers. I admire all that you are trying to accomplish. I appreciate your posts and your insight on books and your causes.

And now I will take this time to remind you to go vote for your favorite blogs in Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW). Deadline is Sept. 12, so HURRY!

Dear Readers:

You are Appreciated, and as part of BBAW, The Literate Housewife Review is holding a contest in your honor. Please check it out, here.

Additionally, if you know anyone in the Media or are in the Media and would be willing to pass along BBAW information to a wider audience, please contact myself of Amy and we will send you a press release.

Another Contest: Diary of an Eccentric for The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold or The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

***Please do not forget to enter the Mrs. Lieutenant Contest, Deadline is Sept. 14.