Jan 7, 2009

Winners of Gods Behaving Badly & Awards

Out of 31 entrants in the U.S./Canada Hatchette Group giveaway, Randomizer.org selected numbers 1, 7, 17, 21, and 30.

The winners are:

1. Jenners of Find Your Next Book Here

7. Amy of My Friend Amy

17. Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness

21. Naida of The Bookworm

30. Debbie of Debbie's World

Out of the 8 entrants to the International portion of the giveaway for my gently used copy of Gods Behaving Badly, Randomizer.org selected #4.

The winner is Alessandra of Out of the Blue

Congrats to all the winners. If you haven't sent me your address, you better send it quick! I'd like to get Hatchette the addresses by Jan. 8.

Now for some awards. I was recently awarded the Butterfly Award by some fellow bloggers--Janel at Janel's Jumble, April at Cafe of Dreams, Toni at A Circle of Books, and Margaret at Literary Menagerie. Thank you ladies. . . I'm flattered.

This is a “meme” award, so it gets passed on. The rules for passing it on are:

1. Put the logo on your blog.

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.

3. Award up to ten other blogs.

4. Add links to those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.

Here are the recipients I picked:

1. Alea of Pop Culture Junkie (I just love her book cover discussions/comparisons)

2. Luanne of A Bookworm's World (she's a gracious commenter & blogger)

3. Bermudaonion (she is always the first commenter on my blog posts and she's so enthusiastic)

4. Terri of Ways I See the World and Reading, Writing and Retirement (she shares my passion for books and photography)

5. Suey of It's All About Books (I admire her eclectic taste in books, her adorable posts about Josh mania, her updates about her family, and her reviews)

6. Karen of Scobberlotch (she's an author, blogger, and great source of inspiration)

7. Monica of Monniblog (she's a fantastic graphic artist, creative, and a doll)

There are a number of other bloggers I could pass this along to, but I figured I would leave some for the rest of you.

Amy of My Friend Amy awarded me the Prémio Dardos award.

The Prémio Dardos is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

I cannot tell you how honored I am that Amy would think of me. I blushed, smiled, and demurred. I hope to make an even bigger cultural impression. In honor of this award, I hope to bring more poetry to all my readers this year and throughout many years to come.

I also received this award from Ruth at Books Books and More Books. Thanks, Ruth!

Now, who will I pass this on to. I have to pass it onto 15 bloggers that impact the Web culturally, ethically, and creatively.

1. Gautami of Reading Room (I love how she reviews short stories and introduces me to authors that I may not have heard of)

2. Alessandra of Out of the Blue (She's always got a variety of reviews and she's upbeat and positive)

3. Anna of Diary of an Eccentric (She's got a keen sense for books that are not on the best seller's list but should be! I love the gems she finds at the library or by accident that turn out to be some of the best books published. Don't forget her commitment to getting the girl into reviewing and reading.)

4. Amanda at A Patchwork of Books (A dedicated reader and promoter of children's books. I love her dedication in the face of adversity and the bravery she shows us when she shares with us her tragedies and triumphs.)

5. Marie of Boston Bibliophile (She has exposed me to some great books in the Jewish realm that I may have otherwise overlooked or not known about. She also was the dedicated host of Tuesdays Thingers until recently, and some of the questions had me checking Library Thing more in depth.)

6. Nymeth of Things Mean a Lot (Her blog was among the first I read, and she turned me onto Neil Gaiman and other fantasy and graphic novels. I haven't read them yet, but I now know what some of them are. She was also the first to host a book blogger holiday exchange, which helped me meet a number of other bloggers)

7. Iliana of Bookgirl's Nightstand (Let's just say this girl is amazingly talented. She not only reads and writes eloquent reviews, but she creates her own blank journals from scratch. She binds them, sews them, and adds great little accents to them. They make great gifts and they are gorgeous and sometimes one of a kind pieces.)

8. Natasha of Maw Books (This is a woman who is passionate about more than just reading. She's passionate about using her love of reading to foster giving and awareness among bloggers and others about the atrocities across the globe, particularly in Darfur.)

9. Dar of Peeking Between the Pages (She has some great reviews and is also passionate about reading, but she is fantastic about visiting all the blogs in the community. Her comments often make me proud to be a part of her community and I am honored when she stops by for a visit. Plus she's a dog lover too, and that gets you props in my book--though I love kitties too! Charlee just happens to be my baby.)

10. Marvin of Free Spirit (Because he's Marvin. No, seriously. He has a lot of opinions about the world, spirituality, and other issues, but he's also willing to listen, step aside and let his commenters and visitors have the floor. He's open minded and I think he's trying to promote peace and love one post at a time.)

11. J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog (She's a busy bee with her well organized blog activities. Her noontime chats about books with other bloggers spurred great conversation among many blogs and for many visitors. She's gracious and always willing to help.)

12. Veens of Give Reading a Chance (Her enthusiasm leaps off the blog! She's an enthusiastic reviewer, commenter, and blogger. She loves reading and communicating with her Internet community and her enthusiasm is contagious!)

13. S. Krishna of S. Krishna's Books (Her reviews of chicklit books narrow down the best ones for me. She easily points out the chicklit books with more substance and helps me narrow down my choices. I'm usually at a loss in the bookstore about which chicklit books to choose. I just hope one day I can be as organized as she is with her reviews, ratings, and links to her reviews and interviews.)

14. Shana of Literarily (Another fantastic blogger who has a knack for picking fantastic books that are not necessarily best-sellers but should be. I don't know how she jungles her family, reading, and blogging and still keep smiling without falling down asleep. She participates in a number of weekly memes and has organized reviews.)

15. Sher of A Novel Menagerie (She not only offers up a great review of books, but she's been adding movie reviews as well, which keeps me up to date on the latest finds in the theaters. I like that she believes movies and books have their own cultural places in society and that even though books and movies may differ, they are art to be appreciated.)

I know this is one more than I'm supposed to have, but hey, I like breaking rules.

16. Gottawrite Girl (She is one of the newest bloggers I've found, but she is raising awareness among bloggers and readers alike to the struggles of writers as they mold their projects and work on their craft. I'm happy to have found her through First Person Plural's blog, which is the local Writer's Center blog--which somehow I forgot to pass this award onto.)

There are many more bloggers I could have given this award to, but I ran out of room. Now, I hope all of you will pass along this award as well. Thanks again, Amy! I'm flattered.


Alessandra said...

Wow, thank you! Both for the book and the award. I'm very flattered.

Nymeth said...

Thank you so much, Serena! I'm flattered to, and happy to be in the company of so many great bloggers :)

Alea said...

Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoy them!

gautami tripathy said...

Thanks Serena for the award. I feel so good!


Anonymous said...

I'm honored that you would think of me and my blog and appreciate the kind words and recognition, Serena. I actually received both of these awards recently, and have been remiss in doing the passing along thing yet. Kind of waiting to see where the dust settles, so many good bloggers know sooooo many good bloggers! (smile)

This post is also a wealth of snippets about lots of blogs I haven't visited yet, so thanks also for that.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Serena. After your kind words, I'm the 5th to comment today. (The only reason I comment early is because I get out of bed early.)

Scobberlotcher said...

Thank you so much! It's wonderful to be part of YOUR community, too!

Gottawrite Girl said...

Serena, you will surely enjoy kind karma in return for the rest of your writerly and readerly life...

: )

Many, many thanks... and I'm so glad to have found your blog, as well.


S. Krishna said...

Woo, thanks! You totally deserve these awards and I appreciate you passing one along to me!!

Dar said...

Serena, I'm speechless and beyond flattered that you would think of me for this award and thank you so much. You've become a great blogging buddy and I'm so happy to have met you. I love reading your blog and for me, this award truly does belong to you for your awesome blog!

Luanne said...

Thank you Serena! How nice to be thought of - you made my day!

Jeannie said...

Congrats to the book winners! And congrats to you, Serena, for winning the Butterfly Award. :D

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

Thank you Serena! Your words about everybody were so kind!

Lenore said...

Great picks!

Serena said...

I wanted to pass the awards on to some great bloggers who have enriched my blogging experience. And I think I've done just that. I love a lot of blogs, and while I am currently behind in google reader and not commenting as much as I would like to...I hope these awards show how much I appreciate all that you do!

I was really flattered that Amy, Toni, Janel, and April gave me these awards.

Serena said...

Marvin: I'm glad to introduce you to some other great blogs. I hope that I can do that for everyone.

Monica said...

Aw thanks so much!! I'll make sure to pass it along!

Trish said...

Congrats to all the winners--and congrats to YOU for all of the fantastic awards!

naida said...

thank you serena, I'm looking forward to reading this book!
great awards :)

Amanda said...


Thank you so much for the award! It's one I hadn't heard of before and it's such an honor the way you describe my blog and I. Thank you!

Serena said...

Amanda: I really love reading your blog. It helps center me some and keeps me up to date on those children's books when I need gifts, your blog is where I go for advice.

Carolyn Jean said...

I love when I can see all these new blogs I don't know!

Anna said...

Congrats on your awards, and thanks for giving one to me, too. :)

Diary of an Eccentric

Iliana said...

Oh wow, thank you so much Serena. This is super sweet of you and I love what you wrote about all the bloggers. I'm going to be discovering some new blog stops that's for sure :)

Literary Feline said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Lenore said...

It's so amazing how many great book bloggers there are out there! We are so lucky :)