Misc. Things of Happy Interest

A post of various merry things!

First, Thank you so much, Michelle (That's What She Read) for the lovely Book Blogger Holiday Swap gift! When we opened the box and saw the wrapped presents inside, one boy strongly felt I should wait till Christmas to open them...but before he could finish that thought the other boy and I were already enjoying the fun of unwrapping! And so a rather cold and fretful (too much to do whine whine) evening was made merry by a package containing two books I am dying to read--The Hour Glass Door and Second Hand Charm, and a lovely set of note cards! Happiness.

Second, The Winter Blog Blast Tour is underway--the full schedule can be seen here, at Chasing Ray. Today's lineup:

Andrea Seigel at Shaken & Stirred
Adele Griffin at Bildungsroman
Susan Campbell Bartoletti at Chasing Ray
Charles Benoit at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Sarah MacLean at Writing & Ruminating
Allen Zadoff at Hip Writer Mama

Some awards shortlists have been announced:

Here are the books in the Favourite Stories (link takes you to book summaries) of the Blue Peter Awards (UK)
Dead Man's Cove (A Laura Marlin Mystery) by Lauren St John
A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) by Philip Reeve
Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

(Trash, by Andy Mulligan, was on this list when it was first announced yesterday, but then removed because of being "unsuitable" for young reader).

The Morris Awards Awards, recognizing YA debuts (and again the link takes you to summaries), are as follows:

Hush, by Eishes Chayil
Guardian of the Dead,
by Karen Healey
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer,
by Lish McBride
Crossing the Tracks
, by Barbara Stuber
The Freak Observer
, by Blythe Woolston

Why isn't there an equivilent award for middle grade debuts????

I've signed up for two more challenges this coming year--both are for sub-genres of reading that I'd planned to do anyway. The first is the Time Travel Challenge, hosted by Alyce (At Home With Books), and the second is the POC Reading Challenge, hosted by Pam (Bookalicio.us), Katy (A Few More Pages), and Ari (Reading In Color). I hope to get my multicultural sci/fi fantasy list up to a hundred book in 2011--48 more to go!

And getting back to festive-ness, check out this magazine page wreath, from Rhode Island's own Rag and Bone Bindery (their open studio sale is this Saturday):

And then visit the December Lights Project, where you can read, for free, short stories by great writers (up now, Karen Healey and Sarah Prineas!).


  1. I think it's great that Tall Story was nominated for the Blue Peter Awards. Yay for Filipino YA! :)

  2. I agree with you, there should be a MG debut award. Middle grade just doesn't get enough focus even though it's just as important.

  3. I love the magazine wreath! Thanks for mention!

  4. so glad to have you on the PoC challenge!


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