Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Awards: Thanks Bev!

I really shouldn't be given blog awards. I always appreciate them, but I am not good with the requisite follow up.  But Bev at My Reader's Block passed on several nice awards to me, so I will make an effort here. Geesh! I don't want to be a total wet blanket.

Now the follow up part: I list 10 things about me and then pass the awards on.

10 (Bookish) Things About Me

1. According to my LibraryThing tags, there are 1142 books on my TBR shelves.

2. I have never read Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, or War and Peace, all to my shame. And, yes, they are all on my TBR shelves.

3. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell is my favorite “book” even though it is really 12 separate novels.

4. Jim Harrison is my favorite living American author, with Philip Roth as a close second.

5. I have read all 121 books on the Modern Library’s list of Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.

6. Although I resisted Twitter, I now admit it is a very fun book-related time suck.

7. David Lodge is my favorite living British author, with Ian McEwan as a close second.

8. I have on a couple of occasions – and usually by accident – read a mystery from a series out of order, but it makes me very uncomfortable.

9. I am currently working on 27 books lists of prize winners or other “must reads,” all listed over in the right column.

10. If I had to define my favorite genre, it would be Mid-Century novels by dipsomaniacal, male British authors.

My Choices for Award Winners

I chose a few of my favorite Pacific Northwest bloggers:

At Home With Books
The Book Pirate
The Life and Times of Michael5000
We Be Reading


  1. With you on David Lodge! Although Julian Barnes is a close second.

    You're number ten made me laugh out loud!

  2. And, geez, I'm an English major...make that "Your" number ten made me laugh out loud. :-)

  3. Congratulations on your awards! I think I have a David Lodge book around here somewhere and now I want to search for it.

  4. Bev -- Thanks for the awards! I had fun making the list.

    I don't know why Julian Barnes has escaped my notice for so long. I just got one of his books so I will give him a try before the end of the year.

    You're/Your -- I am a fiend for grammar, but I find myself slipping up like that all the time. The more I type, the worse I type.

    Bermuda -- Thanks! David Lodge is a real treat. He is funny without being goofy and he has a good eye for relationship details.

  5. Your number five fact is very impressive! Thanks for including me in your list!

    I am terrible about posting/passing on awards too. :)

  6. Wow - I thought I had a big TBR shelf!

    I agree with you about Twitter -- I don't have a lot to tweet about but it is amazing how much book/reading info I've learned from it.

  7. Congratulations on your blog awards!

    I didn't think anyone had a TBR count on LT higher than my insane number of books owned but not read yet. Wow! ;o)

    Hey, I finally got around to responding to your comment on my blog earlier this month and I must agree with you that blog time does not match calendar time. Actually, I work on "Terri time" much to the dismay of some other people.

  8. Alyce -- You are welcome for the awards. Don't feel pressured.

    Finishing the books on the modern Library list is what inspired me to start this blog. I moved on to several other lists and i wanted a place to keep track of all of them.

    Suzanne -- There is a LOT of book stuff on Twitter. I didn't realize. I like who you really pick your content, so I can limit mine to book stuff. Still, it is distracting.

    Terri -- Maybe I should refer to myself a a compulsive book buyer instead of a compulsive "list" reader. :)

    Terri time doesn't sound like a bad idea.

  9. My TBR shelves would be at least as long as yours if I actually tallied them up. Knowing how many are waiting might be a case of too much information though.

    Hey, mid-century British males write very interesting novels.

  10. Lynn -- Aren't you even tempted to put all your books on LibraryThing or GoodReads? I love sense of organization!

    I agree about the Btitish male authors. The dispo part is not mandatory.

  11. LOL "a very fun book-related time suck." is a perfect description of Twitter for me too.

    Thanks for including me on your list of Pacific Northwest bloggers. I'm usually horrible at following up on awards and memes like this, but I'll give it some thought.

  12. Coming in a little late to say congratulations on your award, and thanks for passing it along! I, too, am terrible about following up on these, but I'm going to give it a try. I definitely need something to jumpstart my posting.


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