Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Indie Lit Awards Update: Readers Wanted

As you may know, I will be sitting on the voting panel for the 2011 Independent Literary Awards in the mystery category. I am thrilled beyond belief to be a part of the awards. While I am unable to nominate books for the awards myself, it shouldn't stop you!

I was even more excited when news came that all readers are now able to nominate books for the Indie Lit Awards this year, not just bloggers (the exception being that you cannot nominate a book that you authored, published, edited or were paid to publicize). It's about time, wouldn't you say? Be sure to keep track of those 2011 titles and nominate your favorites come this September through December for an Indie Lit Award! As a reader, be sure the books you love get recognized.

I confess I have not been able to keep up with the crime fiction titles published so far this year as so many of the other panelists have been doing in their various categories. It isn't for lack of desire--those who follow my blog know my attention lately has been elsewhere. As a result, I am counting on many of my fellow mystery lovers out there to keep me apprised of what I may be missing. If you do read a mystery you think is a must read or worthy of the Indie Lit Award in the mystery category, do let me know. You can either e-mail me at literaryfeline@gmail.com or leave me a comment. Let's see what kind of list we can come up with!

In addition, for those of you interested in receiving books for review, you might want to stop by the Indie Lit Awards website. There is a new feature that gives publishers a way to find bloggers who would like to review books published in 2011. Wallace, the Indie Lit Awards Founder, writes:
Are you a blogger who is willing to review books in your favorite genre that are newly released in 2011? Are you a publisher, publicist, or author who is looking to get your newly released (in 2011) book read and reviewed on blogs? Great (on both accounts)! We’ve added Mr. Linky lists to each genre page to enable book bloggers to add their blogs to the list of bloggers who are willing to accept books published in 2011 and review them. Publishers, publicists, and authors: we’ve tried to make it easier for you to find bloggers who review books in your specific categories. Our goals are the same as yours — get books published in 2011 seen by readers! We want as many nominations this year as we can get, and the only way to do that is if readers know which books are out. Sometimes that can be difficult, especially if a blogger is new or if they just don’t have established relationships with literary industry people. So, let’s rectify that and get great books into blogging hands! Please visit our genre pages today to either add your blog, or visit blogs in particular genres.
Sounds like something worth checking out, if you ask me!

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Salon: Playing Catch Up

The old house has been sold to the city. The baby is approaching 12 weeks old. We are all moved into our new house, although there is still quite a bit of unpacking to do. The weight on my shoulders has been lifted tenfold.

Fitting in reading time has been a challenge. I finished A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin just in time for the start of the HBO mini series and loved every second of it. Well, except maybe the battle scenes. I found my attention wandering a bit at that point. I adored the end though--thought it was very well played. I look forward to reading further in Martin's epic fantasy series--although it may be awhile before we unpack the box those particular books are in.

I revisited my long time friend and fictional crush, Harry Dresden, in White Night by Jim Butcher. I have adored the Chicago-based wizard-for-hire since I first met him several books (and years) ago. The Dresden Files is among my favorite urban fantasy series and one I recommend wholeheartedly to anyone interested in the genre. White Night did not disappoint. Harry's life is a complicated one and grows more so with each book. Where he gets his stamina, I will never know. I do know that once I start reading one of Butcher's books, I have a hard time putting it down until I reach the end.

I joined in the new BookBrowse Book Club earlier this month, reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. This particular book hit just the right spot for me. It was charming, without being overly sweet. I took to the two main characters right away. The book touched on a variety of topics from romance between two different ethnicities, family issues, expectations, and discrimination. The family issues especially stood out for me--perhaps because of my own relationship with my parents and now with the birth of my daughter. I can see why so many people loved this novel. It is full of heart and makes for a good book to read when someone doesn't want something overly dark and serious. That isn't to say it doesn't deal with serious issues--it does, but does so in such a way to keep the mood on the light side more often than not.

Presently I am reading Mark Billingham's upcoming Bloodline on my nook. Mark Billingham is one of those crime fiction authors I have read only once before and have been meaning to read more by. I'd say it's about time, wouldn't you?

That about sums up my reading since I last had a chance to post here at Musings of a Bookish Kitty. I may not have been able to read much, but I have enjoyed the books I've read.

Do tell me what you have been reading!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy reading!

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