BBAW ♦ A Meme & A Thank You

Well, I’m a little late to the BBAW festivities, but it’s been awesome to read through all the info and posts covering what’s been happening since BBAW kicked off. Now first off, huge piles of congrats to everyone who received a BBAW nomination, made the shortlist or took home an award! Also congrats to Amy and the entire crew who worked together to make BBAW such an amazing success – Wow! you guys are good!

It’s been crazy-busy around my place the last two weeks with school starting back up, the kids trying out/joining up all kinds of school clubs and sports teams … so I missed out on a lot of what was happening. Checking through my incredible mess of emails I found out I had been nominated for 7 (I still can’t believe it) BBAW award categories:

Best Blog Name
Best Graphic Novel Review Blog
Best Post (Two To Six)
Best Reviews
Best Speculative Fiction Blog
Best Writing
Most Chatty

And I ended up making the shortlist for Best Speculative Fiction Blog – woot! Thanks everyone ♥

Since I missed the daily blogging topics for the past week, I thought I’d try to catch up by doing up the cool Reading Meme from Wednesday.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Favorite reading snack definitely Goldfish crackers!

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
It doesn’t horrify me, but I prefer using a notepad or post-it notes.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Bookmarks, receipts, ripped pieces of paper, yarn, chocolate bar wrappers :P

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Hard copy or audiobooks?
Hard copies are preferred, but since I haven’t mastered the art of reading while driving, or running on the treadmill I do listen to audiobooks at times.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or put a book down at any point?
Normally I read to the end of a chapter or to a break in narrative.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
At times I do, but when I’m feeling lazy I just jot the word and page number to check out later.

What are you currently reading?
The Complete Guide to Acquisitions Management by Wilkinson and Lewis (sigh)

What is the last book you bought?
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Are you the type that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
My worst (or best?) reading habit is having many books on the go at once.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Nope. Anytime, anywhere is good for me.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
It all depends on how I feel, I love series’ but standalones are awesome too. Sometimes I want to stay in the world of a series or follow the character further, but there are those times when I want to escape and meet new characters, visit new places.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski and Geek Love by Katherine Dunn – I believe these are two books everyone should experience. As for authors, I have the intense desire to make everyone I know read at least one volume by Hunter S. Thompson.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
My books are organized by format first – paperbacks in rec room, trade paperbacks, hardcovers in hallway. Then alphabetized by author. Non-fiction has it’s own shelves, as well as classics. Reference and school books stay together in another area. Oh and there are special bookcases for zombie books, books about books and non-fiction concerning horror/paranormal culture.  Plus there is a completely separate area for my TBRs. Umm yeah it’s a mess only I can decipher.

On a totally unrelated note – I just realized yesterday that my blog was completely screwed up, the menu bar at the top specifically. Apparently the site I was using to host my java files deleted them (d*ckheads!) Any suggestions on a new filehost?

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bermudaonion said...

Congratulations on being shortlisted! I'm impressed that you have some kind of organizational system. I don't and sometimes it takes me a while to find a book.

Megan said...

Congrats on all those nominations and the short list nod!

Geek Love is definitely one of those books that made a real impression on me when I read it - very disturbing and profound all at once!

Anonymous said...

This is why I WALK on the treadmill...I can read at the same time. Also, I just hate to run.

Veens said...

Congrats on being selected for so many awards :) and making the shortlist as well!

I can's ever RUN :) I will always walk on the tread mill ;) :) and even then I cannot read or listn :)

And you are the only person i have seen who is so organized with the!

Ceri said...

Hunter S. Thompson - I think I love you, Joanne! haha

Congratulations on all the nominations - you totally deserve them. :-D

Beth F said...

Congrats on your nominations and short-list appearance!

My books are totally disorganized. You'd probably faint if you ever saw my house!

Trish said...

Congrats on your nomination! Love your blog!! And candy bar wrappers? What if chocolate smears all over the page? Ick! :P

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on your nomination and shortlist inclusion! It's very well-deserved.

Diane said...

I ENVY you organized Bloggers :) Hope you had a great week!

samantha.1020 said...

Congrats on the nominations...BBAW seems to have gone off successfully again this year which is always a good thing. I meant to participate more myself but just couldn't find the time. Your bookshelves do sound very organized!

B.Kienapple said...

Congrats! House of Leaves is my all-time fave too, btw. Been meaning to read Geek Love.

Anonymous said...

The Book Zombie IS an excellent name...

Care said...

Um, I think - yea, I KNOW - I read this when you posted but my PC was flakin' so I hope/guess that's why I didn't comment. I'm sure that I nom'd you for something. I think your blog is awesome and I miss you terribly. almost as much as I miss Chartroose but I stalk her so I have to miss her. I just hope you are doing ok and reading tons of good stuff and making sure the kids are liking school etc and allthatjazz. congrats on all the noms! I got nom'd for funnies (wow, huh?) and best commenter which is very special. later, Care

Ali said...

Fall is a really busy time for me, too, and the computer just isn't calling to me at all, so I can relate. Glad things are going well for you, though. (Also: I need to read Geek Love).

Lenore said...

I meant to stop by earlier and say congrats!!