Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Friday – Future Treasures

Friday—Future Treasures
We’ve been visiting each other and getting to know each other better…now is your chance to share what you enjoyed about BBAW and also what your blogging goals are for the next year!

The one thing that I have loved about this week is opening my eyes to some really cool blogs that I have not come across for some strange reason until now. I really enjoyed reading the following blogs for the first time and am now following and will continue to support

http://www.crazy-for-books.com/
http://www.parajunkee.com/
http://www.teachmentortexts.com/
http://age30books.blogspot.com/

I really found great joy in reading the posts of the bloggers this week. I was able to find some new books to find and read and became aware of some contests and ideas that I want to join. With all the new information being thrown my way I have started to brainstorm future projects for my blog and some reading challenges of my own.

Probably the most exciting thing of the whole week was having M.G. Harris leave a comment on my blog yesterday! I was so excited to see that. I love the little surprises that come with creating a blog. She had mentioned that the American publishers don’t the like neon covers of her books which strikes me as being odd as my students would love it! I am still trying to track down book three with the green cover. I have the first two books with the sleeve so I must have the third book with the sleeve as well. Anyways, I am getting off topic, but just felt super cool to have her find my blog and take the time to make a post. That would not have happened had BBAW not provided me that particular topic.

It has been a great week for my blog. I look forward to posting my book reviews again next week. I will not be making any posts this weekend as I will be out of town, but come Monday the fun will begin again. Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Thursday – Forgotten Treasure

Sure we’ve all read about Freedom and Mockingjay but we likely have a book we wish would get more attention by book bloggers, whether it’s a forgotten classic or under marketed contemporary fiction.  This is your chance to tell the community why they should consider reading this book!

There are few that I cannot believe are not more popular. One of my reading interests is to find authors from outside the USA and find their books prior to being released in America if at all. One of these authors that have captured me is M.G. Harris. She is the author of the Joshua Files series and it is one of the best. Her series contains a great storyline, with tons of historical facts and/or theories woven into the mysteries. The action is top notch with characters that fit the bill perfectly. For some reason, I have not seen these books take off in America or receive the publicity that they deserve. There are reading forums created to solve clues and the websites that go along with the books are just as interesting as the books themselves.

I would also like to add the James Potter series. These books are not available for purchase, but can be downloaded for free. J.K. Rowling gave the author rights to continue the storyline which takes off from Harry Potter’s offspring growing up. Check it out here

I would love to hear what others think are buried treasures. Please leave a comment of a book that you think fits this criterion.

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Wednesday-Unexpected Treasure

Wednesday—Unexpected Treasure
We invite you to share with us a book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger.  What made you cave in to try something new and what was the experience like?

I have checked out pretty much everything recommended from the Guys Lit Wire blog. The reviews really entice me and I find myself liking the same books and agreeing with the reviewers upon novel completion. I am also finding myself really finding the reviews of Presenting Lenore as well. I cannot forget my good blogger friend Haley Mathiot who has a cool blog named The Life and Lies of Inanimate Flying Objects. Some of my recent books that I have read based on suggestions are

·        Spaceheadz
·        Complete History of Why I Hate Her
·        Zombiekins

Sometimes you need to get out of your shell and try something new. I follow so many blogs it is quite ridiculous. From time to time I will check out a book that I remembered being loved on one of the many blogs. From there I will give it a try and sometimes I will discover a great read that I never would have even considered had it not been for someone suggesting the book and making it aware to me. That is why blogging is so important. We may never know who we impact, but if at least someone is giving a book a try, then our job has been accomplished.

Here is a link to my interview answers from yesterday as well conducted by A Novel Idea

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Tuesday—New Treasure—Interview Swap


Tuesday—New Treasure—Interview Swap
Post the interview you did with your BBAW Interview Partner. 

Here are my interview questions that I sent to Mary Elizabeth McLain

  1. I love the layout of your blog. Do you create your blog templates? If so, how to you make them or where do you get them if you don’t make them and you don’t mind me asking?
  • Thank you! I actually purchased the layout and font from “Smitten Blog Designs” – I really, really like their work.  As far as the blog background, I like to change it with the seasons quite a bit! 🙂 I got my current background from “My Style” free blog backgrounds.

 
2.  Checking out all the items you have in your sidebars, I noticed that you are part or have been part of several events. Which ones are your favorites and why?

  • My favorite was the “Got Books?” event which was this past July.  I really enjoyed it, because it put me in touch with so many new book blogs I otherwise might not have found.  It also grew my followers exponentially!

3.  What inspired you to start a blog? How has the blogging experience turned out for you? What do you like and what do you dislike?

  • My children inspired me to begin blogging on my other blog, “Ten Thousand Hugs.”  That made me want to begin a blog where I wrote a little bit of my novel each day, which became my children’s literature blog, “A Novel Idea.”  Even though I am no longer writing my novel online, I kept the name for posterity!

4.  Who is your primary audience? Who is it that you create your blog for? Kids, adults, both, etc.

  • My primary audience is fellow mothers and book bloggers – in other words, people just like me! I write my blog for both children and adults, but I don’t think many kids read it.  The goal of my blog is to bring children and literature together, so as long as that is happening, I’m happy!
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  • 5.  Most of you book reviews are children books/picture books. What else do you enjoy reading when you have a chance? I noticed on the information BBAW provided me that Angela’s Ashes is your favorite book and I was just curious to know why you chose that book.
  • My favorite type of literature is middle grade lit – probably from when I taught fifth grade a few years ago.  I had an absolute blast teaching and reading that level! Angela’s Ashes, in my opinion, is simply one of the best books ever written.  Frank McCourt’s narrative of his childhood in Ireland was written in the most amazing style I have ever read.  As I read that book, I became part of the story…it gives me chills just thinking about it.

6.  Who are some other bloggers that you have followed and/or met since starting to blog? If you have to recommend other blogs to check out who would be three of them?

  1. What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?
  • My Cabbage Patch Doll

2.  If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?

  • “Life is Beautiful”

3.  Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?

  • My only wish is to die before my children do. 

4.  What really gives you the creeps?

  • Drowning – my worst fear.

5.  Why do women shave their armpits and men don’t?

  • Excellent question.  I have no idea.

6.  If you could be any male/female sports star, who would you be?

  • Michele Kwan

7.  If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?

  • My husband and my four children.

8.  What do sing in the shower, if you do sing?

  • I’m not a morning person, so I am barely awake in the shower! Sorry, no singing.

9.  Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?

  • Neither.

10. What was the last concert you saw?

  • Def Leppard in the summer of 2005.

 
Last item is for you to provide at least three things about yourself that others may not know or clues you want to offer about who you are. This will help us with the voting of the mystery teacher. You could throw in a photo of yourself or whatever you feel.

Warmest regards,
 
Mary Elizabeth McLain
 
Please take a moment to check out my blogs!
 
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Book Blogger Appreciation Week – Monday Question and Post

Here is blog post topic for today provided by BBAW

Monday—First Treasure
We invite you to share with us about a great new book blog you’ve discovered since BBAW last year!  If you are new to BBAW or book blogging, share with us the very first book blog you discovered.  Tell us why this blog rocks your socks off and why you keep going back for more.

I just recently joined BBAW and completely missed out on having my blog part of the voting for any awards. I probably would not have any votes anyways, but it would have been fun to be mentioned among all the amazing bloggers. I just registered and this blog was one that really struck my eye – http://jaja-cas.blogspot.com/

I really liked this blogger for several reasons. He seems to be on my off the wall level of thinking. He also reads books similar to what I read and it was just a lot of fun to sift through all the older posts and read on everything I have been missing from not being aware of this blog. I think it is important to have an outlet for just boys. I know girls will also check out this blog and read the books that are suggested as well. However, in our society we must continue to support and showcase that reading is not stupid to boys. So many have that idea engraved in their mind. There was an article in the latest School Library Journal(September 2010) that has ideas to bring boys to libraries and teaching the people who work in libraries and boys are not bad. This blogger has done a nice job showcasing authors who are popular among boys and providing links and visuals to entice them to read the blog.

Other blogs that I love and check daily are Guys Lit Wire, Bookshelves of Doom, and Presenting Lenore.

As I continue to find my blog personality and discover what works and what doesn’t I find myself realizing that the blogs I go to over and over are ones that have their own personality and stand out from the rest of the crowd. I would like to get to that point one day where my blog is one that be from all over would be aware of so my book reviews can help more than just my students.

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