TSS: Drowning in Books, BBAW Updates

Don’t forget to enter my contest to win a copy of “The Heretic’s Daughter”!  See details here.

Actually books isn’t the only thing we’re drowning in here in Chicago.  We’re on our third day of non-stop, consistantly heavy rain (left overs from one of the hurricanes?) and it isn’t pretty.  Roads were already flooded and traffic lights out by noon yesterday, ponds in subdivisions had overflowed over side streets, and the basement of our church offices flooded.  Times like this make me glad that we live in a 3rd floor condo.  Supposedly we’ll have a whole week of sun, starting tomorrow for river levels to go down and the ground to dry up before we get any more rain.  I’m guessing the reason it is this bad now is that we already got a good drenching about a week ago, so we’ll see what next week brings.

However, I’m drowning in books here as well.  I have been consolidating my bookshelves, getting rid of display shelves for some of the pretty, old books we have in order to try to eliminate the piles that were sitting in front of the shelves.  My TBR pile now takes up 1.5 bookshelves (the 1 being one of our bigger shelves) and I’ve STILL got some TBR and other books piled up on shelves, in front of the books that are put away nicely.  I did finish 5 books this week, which helped my ARC TBR pile, though.  Well, 4 of them helped that pile, the 5th I both bought and read yesterday, so now I have to figure out a place to put it.

My review for “Months and Seasons” was published on Friday (read it here).  If you come back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you will be able to read reviews of “Blue Genes,” “Midwife of the Blue Ridge,” and (probably) “Down to a Sunless Sea,” respectively.  I may have to rethink my posting schedule, though, because I seem to be reading, on average, more than the three books per week I post reviews for.   I have 5 reviews written but unpublished and unscheduled, not counting any of the books I read this week.  What do you think, should I be posting reviews more often?  If so, when should I add them: on Tuesdays or Thursday with Tuesday Thinger and Bookthing Through Thursday posts?  Saturdays, when I usually don’t post anything?  On Sundays as a second part of the Salon?  

On to some Book Blogger Appreciation Week News:


BBAW Award Presentation Schedule

Wednesday Morning

Age 30+: A Lifetime in Books
Best Meme/Carnival/Event
Best Commenter/Commentator

Booking Mama
Best Design
Best Book Club Blog

Wednesday Evening

Caribou’s Mom
Most Humorous Blog

My Friend Amy
Best Publishing/Industry Blog

Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-holic
Best Name for a Blog
Best Challenge Host

Literate Housewife
Best Community Builder
Best Author Blog

Best Book Published in 2008

Bookroom Reviews
Best Book Community Site
Most Chatty

Most Concise
Most Extravagant Giveaways

Thursday Morning

My Friend Amy
Best General Book Blog

Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-holic
Best Romance Blog
Best Kidlit Blog

Literate Housewife
Best Fantasy/Sci-fi/Horror/Spec-fic Blog
Best History/Historical Blog

Best Literary Fiction Blog
Best Cookbook Blog

Bookroom Reviews
Best YA Lit Blog

Best Thrillers/Mystery/Suspense Blog

Caribou’s Mom
Best Non-fiction Blog
Most Eclectic Taste

The Friendly Book Nook
Best Christian/Inspirational Blog

Thursday Evening

My Friend Amy
Most Altruistic Blog


The Official BBAW Giveaway List

If you follow along for the festivities of BBAW at My Friend Amy, you will find many chances to win LOTS of goodies! Like what? Well have a look below. All of these things will be given away between September 15-19. There will be a huge variety of ways to win them and giveaways will be announced constantly throughout the week. So be sure to check in often!

A HUGE thank you to Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group USAHarlequinThe B&B Media Group, Shera of SNS Blog DesignWaterBrook Multnomah Publishing GroupCatherine Delors,Pamela Binnings EwenAndromeda Romano-LaxCeceilia DowdySormagBook Club GirlSavvy Verse and WitCafe of DreamsFashionista Piranha, and Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?.

Daily Raffles:
Monday–Books and Chocolate sponsored by My Friend Amy and Hey Lady! Whatcha’ Readin?
Tuesday–Books and Going Green sponsored by My Friend Amy
Wednesday–Books and Coffee sponsored by My Friend Amy
Thursday–Books and Charity sponsored by My Friend Amy and Fashionista Piranha
Friday–Books and Movies sponsored by My Friend Amy

Win a Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit!
Do you find it’s your turn to host book club and not only do you not know what to serve but you don’t know what books to offer up for the next month’s selection?! Let Book Club Girl come to your rescue with the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit.

One lucky winner of the kit will receive:

* A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people
* 5 great book group books to vote on for your group’s next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.
* 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night
* 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone’s favorite passages
* 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!

TWO SORMAG Goody Bags containing books and more!

A Special Pamper Me Basket from Cafe of Dreams!
From Avon Foot Works
~ Inflatable watermelon shaped foot tub
~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Cooling Foot Lotion
~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Exfoliating Foot Scrub
~ 12 count Watermelon Effervescent Foot Tablets
~ An ARC of So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwarz
~ A variety of Hot Chocolate and Tea mixes

A pre-made blog template from SNSDesign!

A Subscription to Poetry Magazine from Savvy Verse and Wit!

Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen
The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
John’s Quest by Cecelia Dowdy
Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy
Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano
Isolation by Travis Thrasher
The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
Every Freaking! Day With Rachell Ray by Elizabeth Hilts
Dewey by Vicki Myron
The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley
Keep the Faith by Faith Evans
The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg
A is for Atticus by Lorilee Craker
After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher
Mike’s Election Guide by Michael Moore
War as They Knew It by Michael Rosenberg
Fixing Hell By Col. (ret.) Larry C. James 
Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
The Last Under-Cover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil By Bob Hamer
Border Lass by Amanda Scott
Insatiable Desire by Rita Heron
Hungry for More by Diana Holquist
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
Never Surrender by General Jerry Boykin
Dream in Color by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez
Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton
Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross
Doing Business in 21st Century India by Gunjan Bagla
Branding Only Works on Cattle by Jonathan Salem Baskin
Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward
How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer
Knowing Right from Wrong by Thomas D. Williams
Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life by Caroline Pigozzi
Pure by Rebecca St. James
He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobson
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobson and Dave Coleman
Move On, Move Up by Paula White
The Rosary by Gary Jansen
Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody
by George by Wesley Stace
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
Dead Boys by Richard Lange
The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky
With Endless Sight by Allison Pittman
Harlequin Titles: To Be Announced

Many other blogs are giving away books and prizes for BBAW as well! You can see the links to all of these giveaways here.

Interested in gaining entries into the daily raffles? Post this complete list on your blog with links and you’ll earn two extra entries! 

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6 comments to TSS: Drowning in Books, BBAW Updates

  • Ugh, yesterday I was finally getting over my cold enough that I had to go out for food (was running seriously low on basics) and wasn’t expecting the flooding. I got out my wellies and luckily had only a block and a half to walk to the supermarket. Today I’ve got all sorts of errands to run, I’ll have to turn on the news and find out if I should stay away from LSD.

    I was initially trying to keep on a review schedule like yours, except that in late summer my other-life schedule got too hectic to finish three books every week. But if you’re finishing more I think it’s a good idea to post them on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you post the memes in the morning and then the reviews in the afternoon, lots of people who check you out for TuesdayThingers of BTT will see that there’s also a brand new fresh review on your site. Besides, what else are you going to do with them?

  • I think that if you can keep up with the schedule, post them on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, if you don’t have something terribly pressing, it may be good to have something waiting in the wings for those days when you can’t post something or don’t feel like writing anything up. I look forward to checking out some of the new reviews for this week!

    Keep dry!

  • I’ve added you to my blogroll!


  • I’m looking forward to your review of Blue Genes, I had read about it on the Random House website and it looked very interesting.

    Sadly I am behind on writing reviews, rather than posting them – lol I should sit down and spend a day catching up sometime soon.

    Posting them with the memes is a good idea, I have also heard some bloggers say they schedule theirs for days when they will not be posting so their blog appears consistent. Not sure which would be better, I’m still fairly new to blogging.

    Enjoy your Sunday :)

  • fyrefly

    My parents (out in the suburbs) said they’d received 8 inches of rain in the past twenty-four hours. We had a few storms like that here earlier this summer, but at the moment we’re just getting some showers and crazy wind gusts. I’ve had to chase our recycling bin down the driveway three times already today.

    As for your surfeit of reviews, I just post when I finish writing reviews, so I’m impressed by anyone who can stick to a schedule. But I’d say probably on Tues/Thurs, with the memes.

  • I look forward to reading your thoughts about The Midwife of Blue Ridge as I read and reviewed that one last week. I personally thought it was a good book and enjoyed watching the changes occur amongst the characters Blevins wrote about.

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