When I first started this blog a couple of months ago, I wasn’t sure how things would go. Two months on, I’ve discovered some fantastic blogs and added so many books to ‘The List’, I’ve lost count! One of the things I’ve enjoyed most is exchanging thoughts on books (and the occasional conversation about wine, too) through your blogs and twitter.
I’m still thrilled and amazed that anyone is interested in reading my views on books – thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read, comment on or share any of my posts. It’s great to hear your thoughts and to chat with you about books.
Earlier this week, I was delighted to be nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ by two bloggers whose blogs I hold in very high regard. So, thank you Cathy at 746 Books and Marina Sofia at findingtimetowrite for nominating me – if you don’t already follow these two blogs, please do take a few minutes to check them out as they’re both excellent (and I’m not just saying that, they truly are).
One of the principles of being nominated for this award is that I should tell you seven things you may not know about me. So here we go…
- I’m a doctor, but not a medical one – I have a Ph.D. in chemistry. Sadly, my attempts to synthesize a breakthrough in antibiotic therapy ended in disappointment, and I moved on to other things.
- Ten years ago, I abandoned the corporate world for life as a freelancer in customer research and analysis. Despite the uncertainty, it’s the best decision I ever made.
- In my spare time (typically Fridays) I volunteer at our local community library.
- In my other life, I would be Vivian Sternwood from The Big Sleep…dream on Jacqui, dream on.
- My favourite colour is blue; any shade of blue will do except navy.
- I’m allergic to saffron and shellfish – the two together would probably tip me over the edge. No paella for me, unfortunately.
- It’s probably no surprise to you that I like wine, but people often ask me to name my favourite wine. I find it impossible to single out just one wine as my preferences vary depending on my mood, the occasion, the season…so many things. But if I could only drink wine from one country, it would be Italy. No contest.
And here is my list of nominees – all blogs I enjoy visiting for different reasons:
1streading’s Blog – Grant’s very professional reviews cover a wide range literary fiction – translations and books written in the English language. An excellent blog.
Babbling Books – Brian’s blog is a fairly recent discovery for me. Brian loves to discuss books, and his reviews are very informative and enlightening.
Bookemstevo – Another fairly recent discovery for me – very eloquent and insightful reviews here, mostly literary fiction.
Dolce Bellezza – I’m so glad to have met Bellezza through the IFFP shadow group. Bellezza reviews a wide range of literary fiction (both new and old), and she has a wonderful way with words.
Follow the Thread – David is interested in literary fiction (both novels and short fiction), especially narratives with a speculative flavour in terms of prose, form or structure.
Just William’s Luck – Alongside Max’s blog (Pechorin’s Journal), Will’s blog was one of the first I followed. Will has been blogging for several years and now vlogs (video blogs) at Just William’s Luck on YouTube.
A Life in Books – Susan’s blog covers book reviews, recommendations and news, and her background in the book world shines through.
The Little Reader Library – Lindsay loves how words and language can be used to create stories, and she reviews a very diverse range of books, many of which are new. I find Lindsay’s reviews especially useful for my work with the local library.
MadabouttheBooks – Helen is a bibliophile by nature and enjoys sharingher thoughts on recent reads, mostly literary fiction. She loves chatting about books!
Messenger’s Booker (and more) – Tony follows lots of book awards, and he reviews longlisted titles – an interesting blog for fiction in translation.
Pechorin’s Journal – Max’s blog was the first literary blog I followed, and it remains a firm favourite of mine. Max writes about every book he reads – literary fiction (often in translation), crime (mostly noir and hardboiled) and science fiction.
Tony’s Reading List – Another advocate of literature in translation. Tony’s reviews are a pleasure to read, and they often introduce me to new authors.
WinstonsDad’s – World-lit supremo, Stu, is my first port-of-call for literature in translation. Stu champions translations, and he instigated the legendary #TranslationThurs hashtag.
Word by Word – I love reading Claire’s insightful reviews and her words seem to flow with ease. Claire’s love of language is very evident from her writing.
The Writes of Women – Naomi is a passionate champion of books by women writers. Her perceptive reviews cover fiction and non-fiction, literary and commercial, new and old – all books written by women.
I would have listed Cathy at 746 Books and Marina Sofia at findingtimetowrite, but they’ve already nominated me, and I think the idea is for me to highlight other blogs! I haven’t included any wine blogs as my two favourite wine bloggers have stopped blogging for a while (and most of my wine conversations take place on twitter anyway).
If I’ve nominated your blog, there’s no obligation for you to participate; I don’t want anyone to feel any pressure to nominate others – it’s entirely up to you. I just wanted to take the time to highlight some of my favourite blogs and to say ‘thank you’ for your support.
If you have been nominated and would like to nominate others for the award, here’s what you should do:
- Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
- List the rules and display the award.
- Share seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other inspiring blogs and let them know they have been nominated
- (Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated.)