Friday, August 13, 2010

Blog Award and Hop VI

Before we get onto the hop I was very pleasantly surprised this morning when I saw The Book Bee gave me the Versatile Blogger award.  I know it's a bit like blogger chain letters but I still did a happy dance when I saw it!

So here are the rules for this award and I suppose if I screw them up I get it taken away.

1) Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them when creating the award post.

2) Share seven things about yourself.
3) Pass the award on to 15 recently discovered blogs.
4) Contact the bloggers to let them know about the award

7 things about me!
  1. Despite my red hair I'm not actually Irish.  I'm mostly Italian and French with a bunch of other stuff thrown in for good measure.
  2. I studied for a semester in Italy and I got pretty good at speaking Italian.  I even have a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Italian.  I've since lost the majority of the Italian I knew, which is just a great excuse to head back out there.
  3. My degree is in English but I describe my current job as "IT like".  It's an oversimplified description and it unfortunately makes people think I can help them with their computers.  I can't even figure out how to change the background on my blog while keeping the layout the same.
  4. I have a horrible attention span.  Reading is one of the few things I can do without trying to do 8 other things at the same time.
  5. I also have a terrible memory.  Or rather I remember ridiculous things and forget the important ones.  I forget people's birthday's all the time but I know all of the lyrics to Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back".
  6. When I was younger I had purple and sometimes blue streaks in my hair.  I was so punk rock.
  7. I love Shakespeare and you'll probably see a lot of his stuff and related works on my blog.
And now here are 15 blogs. 
  1. A Thousand Books with Quotes
  2. Estella's Revenge
  3. Krista Hidden in the Stacks
  4. Lit Addicted Brit
  5. Literary Musings
  6. Ordinary Reader
  7. Pens with Cojones
  8. ProSe
  9. Roof Beam Reader
  10. Shelf Life
  11. Somewhat Literate
  12. The Curious Reader
  13. The Raven Paradox
  14. The Space Bard
  15. The Tower of Stories
And now to the second part of this post: the weekly Blog Hop hosted by Crazy for Books!  This week's question is "How many books to you have on your 'to be read shelf'?"

I don't really have a shelf or list or anything official marking a to be read pile.  I have a list of current reads and upcoming titles on the left of my blog screen, but even that is subject to change on a whim.  Usually I decide on the next book I'll read as soon as I finish my current one.  I never know what I'll be in the mood for so I like to go with the flow.  I'm too disorganized to have any sort of real list.


  1. Thank you so much for including me in your list! I really appreciate it - you just made my day.

  2. Is it okay if I dance a jig?

    Thank you so much for the mention. Here I was commenting on one of your other posts, I refreshed and bam! I see this.

    Number five just shows how well rounded you are IMO. Baby Got Back is a masterpiece and pillar of culture :)

  3. Thanks, Red! You're awesome!

    Where in Italy did you study? I was in Paris for a semester but my roommate studied in Florence and I went to visit her for Spring Break and loved it.

  4. Thanks for thinking of me Red. I am touched.

    I like that you were so punk rock and yet you like Shakespeare, pretty amazing!!!

  5. Shannon - Thanks for keeping an awesome blog!

    Mayowa - I think a little jig is practically required. I think it's the fifth unofficial rule of the blog award :) And I'm glad you understand the cultural importance of Baby Got Back. I'm going to have that in my head the rest of the day.

    Brenna - I've always wanted to visit Paris. It's so pretty and maybe some of my high school French will come back to me! I studied in Perugia. It's right in between Rome and Florence and it was wonderful. Less touristy than the big cities and a big college town so there was always a lot going on.

    BookQuoter - I love that your blog is a book blog with a twist! To paraphrase Green Day (see punk rock) I'm a bit of a walking contradiction.

  6. Discovered you while Hopping --- nice blog! I'm a new follower, looking forward to reading your future posts. :)

  7. Howdy, I'm just hopping by to say thanks for visiting my blog. I've read a few of your posts and I love how you approach your books.

    I haven't read "Fast Food Nation," but "In Defense of Food" is on my list.

    All the best, Geophrie

  8. Just hopping by to say, hi.
    Kelly Bookend Diaries

  9. Stopping by on the Hop! Have a great weekend!

  10. Love your blog title! I'm a new follower, and coming over from the Hop!

  11. hey, thanks for the thank you and I love your reviews on your blog. Have a great weekend!

  12. Visiting from the Hop but always enjoy your blog! I'll check out the blogs on your list, I already love ProSe.

  13. Congrats, well deserved, I love the blog :)

  14. Congrats on your award. Just hopping by!


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