Monday, September 12, 2011

Book Blogger Awareness Week: A Sense of Community

This week celebrates the 4th year of Book Blogger Appreciation Week. The brain-child of Amy, from My Friend Amy, is to recognize the efforts of book bloggers worldwide. Complete with week-long activities, Amy has set up this fabulous week to network, promote book blogging, and honor those who go above and beyond by giving out awards! Best of wishes to all of those nominated in their respective categories!

I love that this year's theme is "Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers". Throughout the week, participants will focus on building a wider community of bloggers and readers! I hope to grow from this experience and become a better blogger.

I would not even be blogging today had it not been for a beautiful woman who I just "ran into" on GoodReads. I had just joined the site and was looking for people close in proximity to my location. When I first began chatting with Margaret of Creative Madness she lived about 20 miles away. She was a newlywed who loved to read and as very encouraging to this "newbie" in the book blogging world. A few years ago, she lived just a stone throw's away down the street from me and was having her AppleBlossom. Then the news that her husband had been transferred resulted in a move to TN. Since moving away, she's now mommy to not only her beautiful AppleBlossom but now has OrangeBlossom! In betweeen her mommy duties, she still has time to read and encourage other bloggers. I appreciate you Margaret! Thank you for all you do for the community, especially those of of us who love Christian Historical Fiction! :)

Along the way, I've met some other fabulous people. One of my "sparring" partners is Renee. You can find her super comfy blog over at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Blog. Renee is a fantastic young woman who tries to steal my Discarded Heroes! I really shouldn't be trying to steal any of these fine young men since I'm a happily married woman! Renee and I, along with Rel, Joy, and Lydia, can blow up Twitter on any given night talking about Ronie Kendig's fabulous books!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the person who re-introduced me to my love of reading. I read A LOT as a child but really slacked off through college and early days of marriage. When I started teaching, a young lady named Mindi brought me Twilight (no haters please!) after she learned that I liked to watch vampire movies. I read the whole book in a weekend and haven't stopped since then! Mindi is now a freshman in college and I hope to encourage her to keep her love of reading forever!!

I hope you all have a fantastic week of reading. I'll try to post more later this week. It's going to be a busy week with a thesis and presentation due, along with a day to write lesson plans for the GA Dept. of Ed. and a day of STEM training! I love and appreciate you all and hope you'll continue to read and visit my blog! :)


  1. Thanks for the mention Jules! You'll get no hating from me about Twilight. That book got me reading again after an extended break. I read that series and Deeanne Gist's A Bride Most Begrudging book in the same month and my life has never been the same. LOL.

    I picked up the first Twilight book at Barnes and Noble, took it home and got a couple of chapters in then realized I had to go back to the store to get the rest of the series. I drove back to the store with the book in my lap so I could read at stoplights.

  2. Joy, my daughter and I started fighting over who would read the Twilight series or the Harry Potter series first. Eventually, we'd both have our own copies and sit in restaurants and read while waiting on food (of course, if I'm reading I don't cook!)I totally understand the whole "book in my lap so I could read at stoplights!"

    Thanks for stopping by today and for being such an inspiration to me! I'll have to check out Deeanne's book!

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