Saturday, July 26, 2008

Saturday Randomness

I am terribly behind in visiting my favorite blogs and so am getting this link out late. There's only one more day to enter, but please do if you are interested! Lisa over at Books. Lists. Life. is giving away copies of Nick Hornby's The Polysyllabic Spree and Janet Evanovich's Plum Lucky. She is also giving away a lovely bag over at her blog Sew What Bags. So hurry over before it's too late!

Meghan from Medieval Bookworm is giving away a copy of Carina Burman's The Streets of Babylon. It's a historical mystery set in 1851 England, featuring Swedish author Euthanasia Bondeson and Inspector Owain Evans. I admit that the cover is what drew me to take a closer look at this one.

A couple of unknown-to-me books that caught my attention this week out there in the blogosphere:

Immunity by Lori Andrews - discovered at Cheryl's Book Nook
The Foreigner by Francie Lin - recommended by Lisa at Breaking the Fourth Wall.

You would think that living in Southern California, I would be more on top of the literary news in the region. My friend and fellow Sheriff Longmire aficionado, Cathy over at Kittling: Books reminded me that this is the final weekend for the L.A. Times Sunday Book Supplement. She asks us to consider, "How much responsibility do we bookaholics share in this?"

Literary License recently directed readers to GalleyCat, where Ron ponders, "What If the Blogosphere Decides to Pack It In?", as publishing and marketing professionals focus more and more attention on bloggers to get the word out about books.

If ever I am having a bad day, I know where to come. I was recently honored by several of you with blog awards, and I cannot express my gratitude enough.

I first came across Ticket to Anywhere through the Sunday Salon and her blog has become one of my favorites. I can always count on her for a great book recommendation. I wish I could write as well as she can.

Alice and Melody have been among my blogger friends for quite a while now (I almost said years, but considering I'm only on my second year of blogging, that would be a bit of an exaggeration--it feels like I've known them forever anyway). Both are always encouraging and I enjoy reading about their lives and the books they read.

I cannot speak highly enough about Chris and Amy, two bloggers who I have come to admire not only as bloggers but as people too. I've often turned to my husband after reading something they've written and exclaim, "I wish I had written that!"

Trisha's The Life of an Obsessed Reader is one my must visit blogs. She is smart and insightful. She offers readers a slice of her life via her blog, and I enjoy her stories.

So, thank you for the awards! It means a lot to me.

It is always so much fun to come across my name when awards are circulating in the blogosphere. There are so many blogs that I visit regularly, so many of you that I admire and consider to be excellent and brilliant. I am not going to single anyone out this time around. It is another case of my being unable to choose among so many qualified candidates. Just ask me what I want for dinner tonight. You'll see what I mean.

On a final note, this goes out to my animal loving readers. If you haven't seen this video yet, please do check it out.


  1. Thanks for the link to the video. I had heard about this lion and it was great to see it.

  2. I tear up every time I watch that video...


  3. Ohmygosh. CJ posted a link to the video and I didn't watch it because I felt pressed for time. I cried my eyes out. That's the most beautiful, touching, amazing thing I've seen in ages. Thanks for posting, Wendy.

  4. It sure feels like I've known you for years too, Wendy! Like you, I only started blogging in 2006, to be exact, March 2006. :)

  5. Lynne - It's such a wonderful story. I'd seen the link several times before but only just recently took time out to watch it.

    Jen - I wish I was better at keeping track of links throughout the week so I could make this a regular feature. It might be easier if I didn't get so behind in visiting blogs.

    Chris - It's no wonder you were given the award. You definitely deserve it.

    CJ - Me too! I watched it three times yesterday.

    Nancy - I didn't get to watch it when she posted it either. When Wendy posted it in one of the yahoo groups, I finally took the time ot watch it and, oh! I cried too. It was all that you said--beautiful, touching and amazing.

    Alice - We're just about the same blogging age. :-) You're just a little older.

  6. I have The Foreigner in my TBR pile as well. The whole blogging and publishing thing is interesting to me, obviously, as a blogger. I wonder if the publishers will give up on bloggers before blogging goes away. I've been curious for a while now about how publishers will be able to evaluate the success of marketing to bloggers- how they can translate the effort they put into us into book sales and such. Interesting stuff!

  7. Marie - It's an interesting discussion, isn't it? It's one my husband and I have been having the last several days. Not just about the main point of the article, but about the smaller issues to. I think that the publishing and marketing agencies will eventually moderate their efforts, once they know what direction to go. It'll be interesting to see how--and if--that happens.

  8. The award is well-deserved, Wendy! I'm very glad to have "met" you online. :)

    Thanks for sharing the video.


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