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Children’s Readathon – Authors Who Blog Books (Week 4)

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Our fourth week focuses on children’s authors who also blog. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. Read from 8/25 to 8/30 and post your review on or before 8/31. Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it!

Participating Books / Blogs

  • Robbie Cheadle’s “Sir Chocolate” Series
    • This Is My Truth Now*
  • Maxine Sylvester’s “Ronaldo” Series
    • This Is My Truth Now*

Where to find the reviews and links to posts: AUTHORS WHO BLOG

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)
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AWARDS: Gratitude for Multiple Nominations – Part 5 of 5

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Yes! I’m all caught up and just finished my last 50 tags / nominations / awards. I’m so grateful that I now have a clean slate and can hopefully stay on top of them… woo-hoo! If I missed a tag or award where you nominated me, I’m so sorry. I had been bookmarking them, but while I was on vacation last year, I may have missed a few. Feel free to let me know and I will fix it!

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~50 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 6 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Growing Self Blogger Award

  • Invisible-No-More
  • Thank you to Dee for this wonderful nomination. Dee was part of my first book blog tour last year, and we have shared an immense connection in the last 6 months. From all her amazing posts and challenges, to her wisdom and advice, I cherish the time we have to connect. We’re both so busy, it’s not easy to keep up every day… but at least once a week, we’re catching up on each other’s posts, getting surprised by the extent of each other’s journeys, and learning how to be better people. It was an honor to have her as part of my April 2018 Agatha Christie Readathon!
  • This award was created by Roda @ Growing Self… who many of you know as my Big Sis. She visited me from Michigan here in NYC for a few days earlier this year and we had the best time ever. I can’t even begin to imagine if Dee had been here with us… the trouble we’d have gotten into. Two wonderful women here that I’m very glad to know!

Tell the Darkness to Get Lost Award

  • Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50
  • Thank you to LA (she shall remain nameless to everyone!) for being one of only 3 bloggers I’ve met in person this year. We’ve had coffee here in NYC and have so much fun talking about life, books, tv shows, NYC, and how to be a good person! She’s got pneumonia right now, so I hope she heals quickly as we all miss her daily posts!
  • No questions on this award, but her post talks about “love at first sight” which we have all heard of… Who here’s experienced it? Share away!

Awesome Blogger #2 Award

  • Misty’s Book Space
  • Thank you to Misty for nominating me here… she’s fantastic, and I’ve mentioned her a few times this week on the tags and awards. You’ve had lots of opportunity to check out her blog, so don’t make me remind you again. Go now! 🙂 PLEASE!
  • Two Favorite Colors
    • Black and Grey

Miranda Sings Award

  • 5171 Miles Book Blog
  • Thank you to Sabrina and Ashley who were part of my first book blog tour last year… but they also provide such amazing book reviews — what a team! I’m privileged to be part of their blogging world. It’s always a guess… will I see their Goodreads review or their WP post on a book first? 🙂
  • Something you love about yourself
    • I am determined, hard-working, persistent and motivated when it comes to achieving my goals. I don’t forget when someone helps me out. I try to give back wherever I can. And I truly feel honored to have made such great friends through my blogging adventures. I love that I recognize this and try to always make it a priority to connect with other people.

Quill Commander’s Award

  • Ravenclaw Pride
  • Thank you to Matt for nominating me. We only connected earlier this year, but I look forward to building a relationship with him. I am trying to catch up on awards, so I’m only doing one piece of his, but please check out his site via the link above. It’s a very honored award and all about our patriotism — something we should all find in our hearts.
  • Quote:
    • “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This is only part of the quote, but who knows where it’s from??? 🙂

Blogger Recognition Award

  • TV Addicted Bookworm
  • Thank you to Sheri for always introducing me to new books and television shows. We have connected on other social media platforms more than WordPress, but it’s always fun to see what she’s reviewing!
  • Advice to New Bloggers
    • Don’t just follow someone without building a relationship. Read a few posts. Comment. Check out their other social media profiles. Interact. If not, it’s just a game in trying to increase your numbers. Find a balance between interacting and building a network of friends and followers. It’s supposed to be fun, too, so you want to learn a little bit about everyone!

Nominations

 

AWARDS: Gratitude for Multiple Nominations – Part 4 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Unique Blogger Award

  • Books Teacup and Reviews
  • Thank you to Yesha for being one of the first bloggers I connected with last year, giving me ideas for tea to try, and generally being a very friendly, open-minded, and fun blogger to interact with.
  • What in the book makes you blindly request/purchase the book (without even checking ratings/reviews)?
    • Usually just the author… otherwise I still want to know a bit about it!

Tell the Darkness to Get Lost Award

  • Momentum of Jo
  • Thank you to Jo for being such an incredibly kind, generous, and fun blogger to know. Between the inspiration she brings and the laughter she shares, this is one blogger we all need in our lives!
  • There weren’t any questions here, just a list of amazing bloggers who push through the day to help others. If you are looking for someone new to follow, this is a MUST READ post.

Awesome Blogger Award

  • Coffee Loving Bookoholic
  • Thank you to Alex for being an amazing supporter of writers and bloggers. She has truly been someone that makes me smile whenever I see her posts, she tags me on every social media platform, or shares news about her life. She’s just let us know she’s moving, too… and I’m so excited for her!
  • Do you collect anything other than books?
    • Nope! I used to collect a lot when I was younger, but now I prefer less physical things and more digital things. It’s easier to read / view / sample when you are away from home!

Miranda Sings Award

  • Des’ Random Thoughts
  • Thank you to Des for sticking with me from the beginning. We’ve shared lots of comments over the last year and on random posts and topics. It’s always good to have someone international with a really great ability to see the world from so many cultures and places!
  • Random Fact
    • I will be in Italy for 2 weeks very soon. What must I eat and drink???

Black Cat Blue Sea Award

  • The Orangutan Librarian
  • Thank you to ‘R’ (not sure if she shares her name and I don’t want to accidentally reveal it!) for one of the most amazing book blogs ever… so amazing that we’re trying to get together for tea when I’m in London in a few weeks.
  • Which bookish baddie would you least like to meet in an alleyway at night?
    • Joe from “You” by Caroline Kepnes; however, I am not at liberty to say what we’d do… given he’s a serial killer, obsessed and lovesick puppy, and book fanatic, it could be lots of things! LEAST or MOST meet — I can’t decide!

Brotherhood of the World Award

  • Misty’s Book Space
  • Thank you to Misty for being such an amazing friend, blogger, book discussion confidante, reader, reviewer and supporter. Over the last year, we touch base several times a week on book recommendations, how my books are going, what’s going on in her beauty blog, or just general life stuff!
  • What is your least read genre?
    • Science Fiction or Fantasy. I’m trying to read more in it, but I tend to like boundaries in books, and without them, I never know what to expect. I like surprises, but if there are no rules, someone can come back from the dead 5 million times, so it’s never really over. That makes me confused! LOL

Sunshine Blogger Award

  • Jacey K. Dew
  • Thank you to Jacey for connecting with me (fairly recently) and nominating me. She’s an author, too, which is always a fun connection. I look forward to learning more about her this summer when I get back from vacation and look into her books and writing. It’s always good to share someone new with my friends, so welcome to Jacey!
  • What is your favourite film and why?
    • ‘Defending Your Life’ with Meryl Street (and tons of other stars but since I adore her, she’s what makes the film shine for me)… MUST WATCH!

Nominations

 

TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 3 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. If I missed a tag or award, let me know. I will fix that! Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Currently Reading Booktag

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My Pet

  • Read, Rant, Rock and Roll
  • My ten-year-old shiba inu dog, Ryder, unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. It was one of the worst times in my life, and there are still days where I’m just not ready to accept it. Right now, I don’t have a pet, but I have started discussions with a few breeders and rescue facilities to look at adopting a dog this summer after vacation.

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My Life in Books (Birthday)

  • Naty’s Bookshelf
  • Spell Your Name in Books
    • J –  ‘Just One Damned Thing After Another’ by Jodi Taylor
    • A – ‘After You’ by Jojo Moyes
    • Y – ‘You’ By Caroline Kepnes

Anything But Books

  • The Cozy Pages
  • What do you do other than read or write books that takes you hours?
    • I’m an avid genealogist. I currently have about 2500 people in my family tree on Ancestry.com, but I search several times per week, sometimes hours go by and I haven’t moved an inch from my spot on the couch. I use surnames and proper names from my ancestors in all my books, e.g. Amalia, Graeme, Villing, Glass…

Three Day Quote

  • The Purple Almond
  • Since I am only choosing one question from each tag, I am trying to find the most appropriate one. In this tag, I will laugh at myself. In high school, I was forced to pick a quote for the yearbook, but I kept trying to avoid it. I said something as a joke never expecting it to be printed. Wow, was I embarrassed for… EVER? I still see it when I look at my yearbook. Sticking with the theme of ‘3’ it was:
    • “It takes two to tango but three’s a crowd. So beat it.”

Netflix Book

Jurassic Park World Book

  • Port Jericho
  • A book that changed your perceptions on an issue/culture, etc.
    • ‘The Philosopher’s Apprentice’ by James Morrow: it’s a story about cloning to achieve perfect, but done in such a way it’s funny, relateable and intense.

What’s in My Bookshelf

*** This was a brand new tag by Naty — Definitely check this one out – she did an awesome job!!! ***

Nominations

 

TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 2 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Playlist Shuffle

  • BrizzleLass Books
  • Nick Jonas ‘Chains‘ — If you don’t already know this about me, I might be obsessed with him

End of the Year Books

  • Read, Rant, Rock & Roll
  • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
    • Hazel Gaynor’s ‘The Cottingley Secret’ — reading in June

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Halloween Creatures Books

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Christmas

Falltime Cozy Time Fall Book

  • Naty’s Bookshelf
  • Crunching leaves: the world is full of color – choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover
    • Ken Follett’s ‘A Column of Fire’

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Winter is Coming

  • Bookmark Your Thoughts
  • SLEDDING: WE ALL LOVED IT WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER. CHOOSE A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD
    • Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

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Christmas Cuisine

  • Escaping in Paper
  • Pavlova: The book you’re most looking forward to reading next.
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      Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Dragonfly’ in Amber — starting it tomorrow (May ’18 Book Bucket List pick on my blog’s poll)

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 Nominations

 

TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 1 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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10 Random Facts About Me

  • BrizzleLass Books
  • My random fact is that I can’t stand the taste of mushrooms. They ruin the flavor of anything I’ve ever eaten. And it’s a fungus… why o’ why would someone eat it? 🙂

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Burn, Rewrite, ReRead

  • She Reads at Past Midnight
  • Books randomly chosen from Goodreads ‘read’ list – this was tough!
    • Burn
      • John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’
    • Rewrite
      • William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
    • ReRead
      • E. B. White’s ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Handwriting

  • Ice Breaker 694
  • I truly have the world’s worst handwriting because I’m always rushing, so if I wrote anything, you wouldn’t be able to read it!

School Subject Book

  • Ann the Book Master
  • FRENCH – YOUR FAVORITE FOREIGN BOOK/FILM/PROGRAM
    • Beartown by Fredrik Backman (it was translated from Swedish)
    • beartown

Carpool

  • Growing Self
  • I don’t have a car anymore since I live in NYC, but my last car when I lived in the suburbs was a Volkswagen Tiguan (the year they came out) because it had a moon roof that was the entire ceiling of the car!

Emperor’s New Clothes

  • The Orangutan Librarian
  • “THE DOUBLET IS A LOVELY SHADE OF GREEN” – A BOOK THAT SEDUCED YOU WITH ITS COVER (THAT YOU ENDED UP DISLIKING)
    1. I only picked this because I expected it to be so much better, but the story wasn’t very strong for me. The language and imagery was great, but I was disappointed in how it felt too metaphorical and fluffy.
    2. The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by

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Nominations

Father Figure: Q&A with Shalini & Jay (there will be much laughter)

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It’s finally arrived! The hilarious interview between Shalini and this crazy guy. I wish I could say it was just me being interviewed by her, but it completely went off track! I turned the tables on Shalini and asked questions — I even refused to answer one and dared her to instead. As a revenge tactic, she shared embarrassing tweets–about someone who shall rename nameless–drinking a little too much the night the first review for my book was posted.  All I can say is this is definitely worth the wait!

For those who don’t know anything about us: Shalini lives in India, I live in New York. Almost a year ago, we connected via our blogs and have built a friendship between text messages, social media, and blogging. She’s written a wonderful review about my second book, Father Figure, (also wrote one last year about the first one, Watching Glass Shatter, too), but in between we’ve developed a witty and touching rapport from halfway around the world. Without any further unnecessary intro… click the link below to transport yourself to Book Reviews by Shalini so you can read a transcript (with commentary) about the YEARS it took to get this whole thing sorted out!

Interview: Shalini / Jay

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(Below was the teaser we sent out earlier this week)

As many of you have heard, my second book, Father Figure, launched last week. If you’re interested, you can read reviews and/purchase the book via Amazon. To help get everyone excited, I will be launching a series of posts in the coming weeks to share some fun that several friends and I have experienced while beginning to market my latest book. First up is an exclusive invitation to read the hilarious Q&A session I had with Shalini over the last week. She will be launching a post on her site Thursday April 19th at 7PM IST and I will be launching the re-blog on my site Thursday April 19th, at 9AM EST.

A quick teaser… it involves flirtation, how to wear briefs, interview the interviewer payback, and guessing how drinking and tweeting at the same time is never a good idea! Ask Nina @ The Cozy Pages, she started this topic one day. It will be lots of fun… rather long… and very informative. Kudos to Shalini for coming up with this wonderful format. But I will end there with this teaser. Click the link below to see her invitation and come back on Thursday to see the finished product!

Invitation to Q&A with Shalini

via An Invitation