Daily Archives: March 9, 2010

Some belated THANK YOUs and a Meme…

I love when another blogger recognizes my blog for an award, but I am sad to say I am really bad sometimes about posting my thank yous (my mother would be appalled!). Here’s what came my way lately in the form of blogger awards:

The Happy Award came to me from Home Girl’s Book Blog who is the new owner of J. Kaye’s blog. Have you been over to visit her lately? She is fantastic – terrific reviews, wonderful writing, and a good sense of humor. Although I miss J. Kaye, I am SO HAPPY to have Home Girl filling my Reader these days with her awesome posts!

The Crowded Leaf also awarded me The Happy Award (wow, I had no idea I made so many people happy!). Have you been to visit Alayne’s blog yet? She reads and reviews some great books and her blog is warm and friendly. I recommend you stopping in…and tell her I sent you!

This award asks that we list ten things which make us happy. Here are mine:

  1. My wonderful, wonderful spouse whose thoughtfulness and quiet presence in my life not only makes me happy, but keeps me grounded.
  2. My animals – Raven, Maia and Gizmo. They keep me smiling and give me unconditional love.
  3. My stacks upon stacks of books – I love them.
  4. A warm, spring day with the flowers in bloom and the snow capped mountains in the distance.
  5. A walk in the woods – preferably with my husband and Raven.
  6. Sleeping in on the weekends.
  7. Discovering new places.
  8. Cooking – especially when I have the time to play, experiment and try something new.
  9. My new closet – now everything has a place and I am SO happy to be able to find things in there now.
  10. Blogging – yup, it still makes me happy!

One Lovely Blog Award came to me from Too Many Books, Too Little Time who made me blush with her very kind comments about my blog! I have discovered she and I share many similarities, including the books we like (and don’t like!). If you haven’t already discovered this terrific blogger, make sure you pop over there and give her a read…I think you’ll find, as I did, that she’ll add something special to your blog reading!

The I Like and I Don’t Like Meme

Lisa from Books on the Brain tagged me for this fun meme. The Rules: Fill in the blanks after each bold word and tag 3 friends. Easy peasy….

I like going to bed on clean sheets.
I like starting a new book.
I like sitting in front of the woodstove on a cold day.
I like a hot shower.
I like an unexpected day off of work.
I like learning a new craft.
I like when books arrive at my house.
I like seeing the tulips poke their heads through the soil.
I like walks in the woods.
I like taking photos.
I like cooking something new.
I like hanging out in my sweats all day.
I love being married to my soulmate.
Today was a lazy day.
I hate pettiness.
I hate gossip.
I hate commercials on television.
I hate paying bills.
I hate olives.
I hate dishonesty.
I hate intolerance.
I hate irresponsibility.
I (secretly) like spending time all alone.
I love the potential in life.

Now I am supposed to pass this on to THREE people: Laura at Musings, Terri at Reading, Writing and Retirement, and Jackie at Farm Lane Books.

CLARIFICATION: Eligibility for March Giveaways

Due to some apparent confusion on how to sign up for the giveaways, I am posting this clarification.

For those of you who want to be eligible for the book giveaways in March – you MUST have your name appearing somewhere on the sign up post for Reading for a Cure either as:

  1. A blogger participant (enter your information on Mr. Linky)
  2. A non blogger participant (leave me a comment so I know you are participating and I’ll add your name to the list)
  3. A sponsor of a participant (leave me a comment to let me know you are sponsoring someone and I’ll add you to the sponsor list)
  4. A one time donor to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (you must MAKE the donation in any amount AND leave me a comment that you’ve made a donation). I will not know who makes donations, only that donations have been made, so you must TELL ME that you made a donation for me to add your name to the one-time donor list.

If you have any questions – either leave me a comment OR email me and I will be happy to walk you through the process.

Please let me know if you are eligible but your name is not on THIS POST. Thanks!

Once again, thanks to those of you participating in this worthy cause to help find a cure for childhood cancer!!

Giveaway March 12th & 14th: Last Night In Montreal

Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel
ISBN: 978-1-932961-68-3
256 pages
Published by Unbridled Books (2009)

This week, thanks to the wonderful people over at Unbridled Books,  I will be drawing for TWO winners who will each receive an edition of Emily St. John Mandel’s fantastic debut novel: Last Night in Montreal. Winners will be drawn over two days: Friday March 12th, AND Sunday March 14th.

I loved this book when I read it back in June 2009 (read my review). Dark, complex, and fully imagined…this was a book I just could not put down once I started reading it.

Read an excerpt of the book here.

A blurb from the Unbridled Books site reads:

In this extraordinary debut, Emily St. John Mandel casts a powerful spell that captures the reader in a gritty, youthful world—charged with an atmosphere of mystery, promise and foreboding—where small revelations continuously change our understanding of the truth and lead to desperate consequences. Mandel’s characters will resonate with you long after the final page is turned.


Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada, in 1979. She studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn. Her second novel, The Singer’s Gun, will be released in May through Unbridled Books (read more about The Singer’s Gun here). Read more about Mandel and her work on the author’s website. You can also find Mandel on Facebook and Twitter.


Want to be eligible to win a copy of this fantastic novel? It’s simple…either join my project Reading for a Cure OR sponsor someone who has joined OR make a one-time donation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (being sure to select the button for Reading for a Cure). But hurry – you must do one of those three things BEFORE the drawings take place!

Once you’ve done ONE of those three things to become eligible, tweet about the giveaway (and come back to let me know you did it) and you can get a second chance to win!

Read all the details of the book giveaways for March and how to be eligible for them…including joining the challenge or sponsoring a participant.

Get more information about Reading for a Cure.

Winner: The Local News

The Local News, by Miriam Gershow
ISBN: 978-0385527620
384  pages (paperback)
Published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House (reprint 2010)

Today’s giveaway for Reading for a Cure goes to one lucky winner who will receive a paper back edition of The Local News by Miriam Gershow. I chose one name randomly by assigning a number to each person who was either signed up to participate in Reading for a Cure, or who was sponsoring a participant (no one time donors YET!). As far as I know no one earned a second chance by tweeting about the giveaways.  Here are the number assignments:

  1. Verbatim
  2. Sari
  3. Natasha
  4. Annette
  5. Barbara
  6. Christine
  7. Nikki
  8. Coconut Library
  9. Avalonne
  10. Christina/Book Addict
  11. J.T./Bibliofreak
  12. Jen
  13. Frances Hunter
  14. Jaydek

And Random.org chose:

#4  ANNETTE (participant)

Congratulations Annette!

I will be emailing you for your snail mail address.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the next drawing.

It is NOT too late to join in the giveaways. Visit THIS POST to learn how YOU can become eligible to win books in March!