29 August 2010

Sunday Salon: I Feel Special

I've made the short list for the Best Eclectic Book Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) and I so completely thrilled I could pee my pants with excitement.

Twenty-seven blogs were part of the long list, and the amazing judges have narrowed it down to seven for the short list.  The other nominees are:

These are all amazing blogs, and I'm tickled pink to be counted among them.

Okay, enough about the blog and back to actual books. I'm currently reading Dracula, My Love by Syrie James, and I'm loving it. Told from Mina Harker's point of view, the book recaps the events of the original Dracula with a twist. So far I've been most impressed by James' ability to stay true to the original text. Actually, James has managed to logically rectify many of the inconsistencies and contradictions in the original text, adding an amazing validity to the story.  It is a very strange feeling to be reading this book right after reading the original and watching the movie. On the one hand, I feel a deep familiarity with the world; on the other hand, I'm getting a bit confused as to what happens in the original v. the film v. the spin-off.

In other news, I'm joining two new challenges: the Really Old Classics Challenge and the YA Dystopian Reading Challenge. I've finished the majority of my challenges; although I can't seem to let them go, and I keep adding new books to the lists. I'm very excited for these two challenges as the first will get me back to pre-blogging reading habits and the second as it will further my post-blogging reading preference.

Finally, I want to give a big thank you to the wonderful bloggers who were kind enough to take care of things while I was away with family. The reunion and Gladiolus Festival were tons of fun, and while I missed all of you (and reading), it was really nice to be unplugged for a full two weeks.  This is for my guest posters:


  1. I saw you on that list! Way to go girl! Did you see I was the only one on the list for Audio books? What the hell? How can I even feel proud of that? I hope you had a wonderful time with your family. It was fun to read all of the guest posts, and our pleasure to help out.

  2. I was happy to see you on the list, well done.

  3. Congratulations. Well deserved, too.

  4. I was amazed to end up on two shortlists, which is really crazy and not at all what I expected! Congrats on making the eclectic list! That's going to be the hardest category for me. There are too many of you I love in there!!

  5. Congratulations! This will be my first Book Blogger Apprecation Week...I began blogging in Jan. 2010, but I am already salivating at the idea of a week of reading the neverending booklists and blog posts!!

  6. Congrats on making the shortlist -- that's so exciting! That's a tough category to be part of.

  7. Yea! Woo-hoo! congratulations and a well served honored. Good luck special friend ;)
    Also happy to hear you are enjoying James' new book. I am eager to read it and your review.

  8. You are special...congrats! And welcome back!

  9. Glad to have you back and major kudos for making the shortlist!

  10. Oh, this is wonderful, but I"m not surprised. You have such a humble way of reviewing books, that it drew me in with the very first post.

    I am proud of you.

    Seriously. Very proud and beaming here.


  11. Congratulations on making the short list - I'm so happy for you!

  12. Trisha, I'm delighted that you're enjoying my novel DRACULA, MY LOVE. I can't wait to read your full review. Congratulations on making the shortlist for your blog. Way to go!

    I hope you and your readers will visit me at www.syriejames.com, check out all the stuff about Dracula, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Bronte (and my next book), and leave me a message!
    All best,
    Syrie James

  13. Congratulations on the nomination!

  14. I was thrilled to see you on the shortlist! Very exciting indeed. Many congratulations and all the best of luck!

  15. Congrats to us!!! I can't believe we are competing against each other though!!! Boo! Hiss!!!

  16. Sandy - I did notice that! Were you the only one on the long list though? Maybe everyone just voted for you from the get go.

    Marce - Thanks!

    James - Thank you! I'm pretty giddy about it.

    Amanda - Congrats to you! And I agree that it's a tough group to choose between.

    Peppermint - It's a wonderful week that really causes some serious overload to the Google Reader. :)

    Kim - It's a wonderful group of blogs! Congrats to you too!

    Jenny Girl - So far I'm loving it and I don't see that changing!

    Jill - Awww you make me feel special.

    Cass - Thanks! I'm rather giddy over making the cut. It's a first for me.

    Stephanie - Thanks! Are you putting up new blogs for Sarah and Trisha?

    Alexandra - You are too sweet! I want you for my sister...

    Carrie - Thanks so much!

    Syrie - I am loving it! Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Booksnyc - Thanks!

    Melissa - Thanks so much. It was really cool to see my name there. I actually did a double take.

    Jenny - Thanks!

    Jenners - I know right!?!?! And yet, I can honestly say that since we rock so freaking hard, it had to happen sooner or later. ;)

    Sheila - Thanks so much! I was very excited to see my name on the list - especially because I wasn't looking for it.

  17. Soooo excited for your BBAW nomination! Go girl!

  18. Ana - Thanks so much!

    Kathy - Thank you!

    Andi - Thanks! I'm excited too!

  19. Congratualtions on making the shortlist :) Well deserved.

  20. Stacy - Thanks! I'm really happy about it I must admit.

  21. Congrats!! You totally deserve it :)

  22. Congrats on making the short list and good luck with your challenges! (I feel quite pleased that I got to dine with such an A-list of bloggers while in NYC!) :)

  23. Avis - Haha! I miss NYC and all of you wonderful bloggers!


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