Posts tagged ‘BBAW’

June 24th, 2010


by Madeleine Rex

Time To Register For Book Blog Appreciation Week – It’s Three Months Away!


See what I did there? Pretty clever, huh?


Anyway, BBAW is approaching. I’m eager to really participate this year. Last year, I’d just started blogging. I felt like I’d committed virtual suicide. In fact, if you want to get a clearer sense of my bamboozled state, read here.

Actually, I find it quite fortunate that my blogiversary will take place alongside BBAW. Giveaways will be spectacular at that time of year!

This year, BBAW is switching it up a bit. Bloggers are supposed to nominate themselves for the various awards. So, I’m warning you, the remainder of this post might sound kind of cocky. It’s not my decision!

I’m nominating Wordbird for Best YA Book Blog (although I review other things as well), Best New Blog, and Best Written Book Blog. They’re all long-shots, but I couldn’t convince myself that there was real cause not to try!

Per instruction, I must list five posts for every category. Three of which have to be reviews. The final two are whatever I’d like them to be. (In the case of Best New Blog, two reviews are required.)

Best YA Book Blog:


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick; Review

Looking For Alaska by John Green; Review

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick; Review

Other Posts:

I Love You Despite My Original Intention to Kill You

The Mutants Want to Read, Too

Best Written Book Blog:


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Review

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick; Review

An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan; Review

Other Posts:

“Mornin’, Character. How d’you like your coffee?”

Dear Writers, Respect YA

Best New Blog:


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; Review

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow; Review

Other Posts:

20 Things to Say

Don’t You Dare Rain on My Parade!


Goodness. Collecting those posts was highly stressful and surprisingly difficult! Glad that’s over.

Thanks to everyone who’s been reading these past months! I appreciate your feedback and views, and I’m grateful especially for the friends I’ve made! My life has changed radically since I created Wordbird last September. More on that on my blogiversary!

Happy Summer!

P.S. Please excuse the onslaught of exclamation points. (!)

January 2nd, 2010

Nathan Bransford's Blog & Forums

by Madeleine Rex

Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent

I’ve been reading Nathan’s blog for a while now, after having seen the link millions of times on the Writer’s Digest Forums. I was curious as to what the huge fuss was about, and was exceedingly pleased to find that his site lives up to the hype.

Nathan masterfully juggles humor and information on publishing, querying, writing in general, etc. I’m absolutely hooked, and once I joined his recently opened forums, I had trouble tearing my eyes away from the computer.

His blog has also been one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers two years in a row, and (all you book bloggers will recognize this one) was also 2009’s Best Publishing Industry Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

It’s certainly worth a look.

September 16th, 2009

Reading Meme

by Madeleine Rex

To those like my mom: Yes, I did mean meme. (-:

In honor of BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week), I am posting this last minute review of my reading habits. The goal: reply with brevity. Oh, goodness, let’s hope so.


Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

I always do. To be more specific, I read while I eat. I read while I walk. I read while I talk. I read while others talk.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

I’ve considered writing in my books. In my opinion, it might add a more personal touch. Still, my inner, sacred love for books prohibits my writing in the margins. I revert to post-its instead.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

To be honest, I don’t need to. My memory’s superb. All the same, I prefer to use a bookmark–typically whatever’s nearest–a torn piece of paper, a hand-out from school, a receipt, etc.
Laying the book flat open?

I’ve read so many people scream, “The horror!” when they came across this section, yet I do this constantly. Certainly, the bindings are looking sorely in need of repair, but I consider that the sign of a well beloved book.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

If I read more than ten non-fiction books in the next ten years, I’ll eat my shoes. Needless to say, I prefer fiction.

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy without a doubt. Audio books are tolerable, but the varying voices (most of which get on my nerves) dampen and mute the personality of the characters so much that I’m nearly distracted. Hard copies are magnificent.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

I always try to reach a designated stopping point, such as a break in the text or a chapter, but I’m typically forced to drop books so quickly and without warning that I don’t have the chance to, unfortunately.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

Unless it impedes the flow of the reading, I typically use context clues. Occasionally, I don’t even realize I’ve come across a word that’s unfamiliar to me. My eyes and brain skim right over it. If a word does, however, cause the sentence to become completely useless, I’ll look it up in a dictionary (preferably a digital one).
What are you currently reading?

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte… still.
What is the last book you bought?

Haha, Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. Allowance doesn’t help much when you want a new book every day.
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I, typically, read one. At times, I’ll be reading a book on my own and simultaneously reading one aloud to my mom. (Presently, I’m reading Shirley to myself and Catching Fire to my mom.)
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read? 

The porch swing, the living room, my bookish room, etc. All of these places are acceptable–although my dream house does have within it a very beautiful library… ( :
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

I would rather read stand alone books, although I have read many series.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows are on my list of top five. I have recommended these to many.
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

I organize my books by author. I have a surprisingly large amount of books for someone my age. I could talk further, but I’ll simply save my story for another post. Brevity is supremacy!


And yet, brevity flew out the window a long time ago. Thanks for putting up with my lengthier-than-should-have-been replies! I decided to join in on the meme fun once I realized how much I was enjoying reading other people’s posts!