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BBAW: Now, and Next Year

Today’s the final day of BBAW! This has been my first year participating in the fun, and it’s been such a blast. My Google Reader is filled to the brim, bursting with a lot of really wonderful new blogs I’ve discovered this week, too. Here’s the final prompt for the week, and it’s a good one:

Tell us and this is really important, in 50 words or less what you love best about your blog!  And then in 50 words or less where you want your blog to be by the next BBAW!

Most of you know that brevity isn’t my strong point, but I’m up to this particular challenge. No tricks this time!

What I Love Best About MsBookish:

All the people who visit here, read what I have to say, make comments, email me, encourage me and give me support in various ways. (Word count: 25 words)

Where MsBookish Will Be By The Next BBAW:

Nominated for Best Author’s Blog. (Yes, I do realize I will need to be a published author first, but my motto is Dream Big.) (Word count: 25 words)

See that? Not only did I meet the 50 words or less goal in my answer to EACH question, I’ve come in at 50 words TOTAL. I knew I could do it!

What about you? What do you love about your blog right now, and where do you see your blog in a year?

BBAW: Me and My Reading Habits – And a Giveaway!

I thought this one would be tough for me. Everyone knows how much I like using five words where one word will do, ten words where two will do, twenty words where three will do (need more numerical examples or was that just perfect?).

This BBAW meme requires me to answer the following questions in as few words as possible – and be creative while I’m at it.

And guess what? I had a TON of fun doing this. Why? Because I CHEATED! I’ve snuck in a few extra words (well, okay – a WHOLE LOT of extra words) throughout this post. The extra words are here, on this page. You DON’T have to leave this post to read them.

PLUS there’s a little BBAW giveaway hidden here, too. Yes. On this page. You DON’T have to leave this page to read about the giveaway. Honest.


Let the games (and fun!) begin:

1. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Yes. Food. Any food.

2. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Pristine pages (except for food stains).

3. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

Tried corner bookmarks:

CIMG1985Didn’t work. Still do this.

4. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

This and that.

5. Hard copy or audiobooks?

Yes and yes.

6. Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

Read to the finish. Sometimes.

7. If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

Like this? I wish.

8. What are you currently reading?

This, this and this.

9. What is the last book you bought?


10. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

Multiple books.

11. Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Anytime. Anywhere.

12. Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Yes and yes.

13. Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Yes. Several, in fact.

14. How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

Organize? What do you mean, organize?


Did you figure it out? Here’s a clue: put your mouse over any of my links but don’t click.

And the giveaway? Put your mouse over the links in my answer to the “bookmark or dog-ear” question, but don’t click – you might have to move your mouse off the link and put it back on again to finish reading.

It’s just a little giveaway – and it’s only for as long as my mailing budget holds out. (Click here to email me your info). BUT you’ll also get added to my holiday card mailing list. AND my RAK list – I’m always on the lookout for little book-related things or slim paperbacks that can be easily slipped into an envelope and mailed out to names on my RAK list!

BBAW: One TBR Pile, Transformed

More BBAW fun: Show us your TBR pile. And as luck would have it, I’m actually really, really prepared for this post (which is quite an odd thing, as I’m not particularly well-known for preparedness).

A while back, I was tagged for the What’s On My Desk Wednesday meme, and I posted the following picture of the tidiest TBR pile in my house – the tidiest one at the time, that is:


Needless to say, this particular TBR pile only grew untidier. As TBR piles have the tendency to do, the books in this pile got up to some very naughty hijinks in the middle of the night and they all reproduced– over and over again. Until finally, it got to the point where I couldn’t get to my desk without heavy-duty lifting.

I’m not kidding.

Since I work from home, this was not a good thing. It was either clear up this TBR pile, or starve. Although I’m on the untidy side, and a master procrastinator, I also like to eat. So I decided I’d better clear this pile up.

My Great TBR Shelving Idea

That’s when I got my great TBR shelving idea. It’s such a great idea, I bolded it so it would catch your attention.

We recently bought this very cheap “shelf” thing which is supposed to hold about 250 DVDs or 150 VHS cassettes (remember those?). It cost about $30; we bought it at Walmart. It was a cinch to put together – although a little bit on the wobbly side, but that doesn’t really matter because you’re going to be putting books on it. Books = heavy.

The beauty of this shelf is that it’s got an extremely small footprint (as far as a bookshelf goes) – it measures, roughly, 6” X 22” at its base, and is about 46” tall. You can took it away in almost any corner. Here it is, when we first put it together, tucked in between my six-year-old’s toy and book corner and his Geotrax trains box (which you can’t see in the picture, but trust me, it’s there).


Here’s a closer look, so you can see that this baby doesn’t actually have any shelves! (I think that’s why it’s so cheap – it’s just dowels, basically).


And here it is, fully loaded with that renegade TBR pile that had grown to enormous proportions on my office floor.


Guess how many books it’s holding in this picture?

It’s holding 99 books!

I’ve added a bit to it since then, so it’s holding about 103 books right now – but that includes a lot of thick hardcover books. If you used one just for your paperbacks, you could probably get a lot more on it.

Want A Closer Look?

Here’s a shot of each shelf – I wanted to get close enough, so some books at each end didn’t make it into the pictures.

The top shelf:


Second shelf:


Third shelf:


Bottom shelf:


And in conclusion: (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase in a post!) I love these little DVD shelves! I have several other TBR stacks lying around the house, and I plan to tuck more of these shelves all over the place, just for them. And I might use a few to house my permanent paperback collection, too.

I just have to find some nice little unused spots around the house, and I’m good to go.

What do your TBR piles look like?

BBAW: Raindrops on Roses … A Few of My Favorite Book Blogs!

It’s Day One of Book Blogger Appreciation Week and today it’s time to shine the spotlight on some of my favorite book blogs! It was extremely difficult culling down my list, although it was helpful that some of my favorites were shortlisted and therefore had to be cut from my list.

Which, by the way, is the downside of being shortlisted: I don’t get to have wonderful book bloggers writing wonderful things about me!  More’s the pity, as I didn’t win. Ah well! A big congratulations to Books on the Nightstand, who received the blue ribbon for Most Eclectic Taste, and deservedly so!

Today, I’d like to shine the Ms. Bookish spotlight on the following blogs.

Dorte, at DJ’s Krimiblog. If you’re interested in mysteries and suspense, DJ’s Krimiblog is definitely a place to visit. What’s even better is that Dorte is in Europe, and it’s because of her that I’ve added quite an international touch to my own mystery reading list – I’ve discovered scores of new European authors through her. Dorte also shares her flash fiction on her blog, and they are such great reads. Want to know something really impressive? English is a second language for Dorte, but she has such an enviable command of English, you wouldn’t guess it’s not her mother tongue.

Memory, at Stella Matutina. Memory writes mostly about speculative fiction, and I have gone away from her blog many, many times with a new title or author scribbled onto my “I want to read that” list. She writes with such passion and style – her reviews are very in-depth and she shares a bit of herself with each one, too. I love reading everything she blogs about. And she doesn’t limit her reviews to new or current books, either; she writes about lots of older books and I really enjoy that. She’s also a fiction writer, and is currently hard at work revising her current WIP.

Carrie, at Books and Movies. Carrie is constantly adding to my list of “I want to read that book”. I especially love her recommended reading lists that she occasionally puts together for various genres. And here’s something that I am totally in awe of: in addition to blogging at Books and Movies, Carrie also writes a popular homeschooling blog, Mommy Brain – she homeschools her four children! Ward and I are just embarking on the homeschool path with our six-year-old, and I can’t tell you how inspired I am by all that Carrie accomplishes.

Nicole, at Linus’s Blanket. Nicole writes simply gorgeous reviews, the kind you can sink right into and emerge feeling like your life has been irrevocably enhanced by her words. I always feel like she’s taken me on her own reading journey whenever I pop over there. And there’s often a bonus at the end of her posts: a thought-provoking question which has me commenting with glee.

Rebecca, at I’m Lost in Books. You wouldn’t know it from her blog, but Rebecca only started blogging this year. She is an extremely prolific blogger, and comes up with the most delightful posts. She has an extremely eclectic taste, and reviews new and old books in all sorts of genres. She also has this knack for coming up with the most creative features. A visit to her blog is always fun because you never know what you’ll find.

Meghan, at Medieval Bookworm. As many of you have probably figured out by now, historical fiction isn’t something I read very often. It just doesn’t appeal to me, not unless it’s got a mystery or fantasy thrown into the mix. Despite this, Meghan’s Medieval Bookworm is a place I enjoy visiting very much. No, she doesn’t always review historical fiction, but she does review quite a lot of it, and does that matter to me? Not at all. I read all of her posts with interest, because she has such a gift of writing great reviews.

Update: Well, I don’t know where my mind was at; I’ve been feeling scattered all day. That’s my only excuse. Margot from Joyfully Retired is on my personal shortlist, too. I love, love, love her blog; you know how you visit a blogger and wish you knew them in real life? Well, that’s Margot. Her Favorite Places posts are fabulous, and it’s always such a treat when she gets her husband or her daughter to do a joint review with her. She is one of the first blogs I visit whenever I go bloghopping.

There are so many more book blogs out there that I enjoy reading – it was very hard narrowing down my list to these specific blogs. While I don’t always have the time to comment much, just having each and every one of you in my Google Reader adds immeasurably to my book reading life.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Voting Begins!

The BBAW shortlists are now up, so it’s time to get voting!

Congratulations to all those who have been short listed for their various categories. I’m going to have fun going through the lists, as I took a quick peek earlier today and saw several that are new-to-me. My feedreader is eager for all those lovely new feeds!

bbaw-eclecticI’m thrilled that MsBookish has been shortlisted in the category of Most Eclectic Taste.

I suspect most of you will be doing what I plan on doing: visiting blogs and checking them out before having some voting fun.

So, for those of you not familiar with MsBookish, I thought it might be helpful to include the links to the five posts that I submitted to the BBAW panel in this category:

Learning to Read

On the Write Track: Some Accountability Please

Review: L.A. Candy, by Lauren Conrad

Audiobook Magic: 7 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Your Next Read

My Daughter Directs: A Short Film Inspired by Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

Finding eclectic posts of mine wasn’t actually that difficult – narrowing them down to five was! So here were the ones I considered including, but couldn’t.

So Where Did I Get the Last 20 Books I Reviewed?

On Writing: Do You Keep a Journal?

The Art of the Insult

Happy voting, everyone! I’m very glad I finished up my Project From Hell last week, so I can have the fun of getting to know some great new-to-me blogs via BBAW this week …

Book Blogger Appreciation Week and A Meme

bbaw-button2009 The Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week is coming up September 14 to 18, and I’m very excited to be participating this year. Last year I wasn’t involved because MsBookish.com wasn’t yet born; it sounds like an incredibly fun event and I’ve enjoyed reading the BBAW meme that other book bloggers have been posting about.

Amy, at My Friend Amy, is the founder and organizer of this event, and she’s been doing an amazing job. In addition to a meme for bloggers who participated last year, she also has one for those who are participating for the first time. So here you go:

What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?

Without a doubt, the main highlight of blogging at MsBookish has been the absolute thrill of finding myself a part of this wonderful community of people. I have always been a voracious reader, and as luck would have it, I’ve never been friends with another avid reader. Blogging about what I’m reading has helped me discover a lot of people whose opinions I admire and respect, and who I just plain like very, very much. The same goes for blogging about writing.

What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?

This is such a difficult question to answer, because there are so many, so I’m going to cheat and list a few bloggers:

Kathy, from Bermudaonion, almost singlehandedly kept me blogging when I was at that crucial beginning stage and there were days when I thought, wouldn’t it be so nice if at least one person read what I was writing? Kathy was that one person. I don’t know how she does it, but day after day, week after week, she’d be here, posting her comments. I hung in there because of her.

Beth Fish Reads, Jill from rhapsodyinbooks and Margot from Joyfully Retired also somehow manage to comment on most of my posts, and I don’t know how they do it either, but I’m very thankful that they do. It’s wonderful and very much appreciated.

And Dorte from DJ’s Krimiblog, Memory from Stella Matutina and Cathryn from Cathryn’s G-rant have been very encouraging of my writing posts; with their support I’ve finally been able to work on my fiction writing consistently.

There are so many others, but since I am already cheating by naming more than one, I’d better stop here or I could get really carried away!

What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer?

Okay, I’ll admit this: I don’t actually know what one does during BBAW, other than vote for the best bloggers in each category. I think I’m supposed to read others’ posts during that week, and find new bloggers, but I’m not too sure what I’m supposed to do here at MsBookish. Should I be blogging about anything specific? I do have one great giveaway lined up, but other than that, I’m at a loss. Your help would be much appreciated!