January 2, 2015

Blogger Shout-Outs - #19



Woohoo!  It's back!  I had two people ask me when the next one was coming, here it is!  I just wanted to give the Holiday Extravaganza Event it's due and let it stand on it's own, not to mention this place was cah-razy with my family staying here for 3 weeks.  Baby nieces are exhausting! But the cute factor totally makes up for it.

Now that Christmas is behind me (and, well, 2014!  Whoa!) I have finally had a bit of time to devote to blog reading.  It's January. What? How did this happen? I was just getting used to writing 2014. :)

It means, though that the Comment Leaderboard has been re-set to ZERO!  So all the comments you leave until December 31st of 2015 will count toward the 2015 Commenter Leaderboard.  The Six Readers with the most comments left on the blog at the end of December 31st will receive special bookish prizes from yours truly as a special thanks for your friendliness, enthusiasm, and conversation with me!  Those six readers who won this year are listed at the bottom of this post! I will be in touch shortly!

Now, on to the tons of posts I read and loved the past few weeks.  You guys totally blow me away sometimes with your kick ass blogging.


MOST INTERESTING BOOK REVIEWS I READ THIS WEEK:

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1. Review of The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin @ Luxury Reading

2. Booker Talk's review of Elizabeth is Missing captures much of the same experience I had while reading the book.

3. Kristen's review of Life Drawing by Robin Black.




4. Mandy's review of The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth.  Why does it have to be such a long wait until the U.S. gets to read this book?! Unfair I say.

5. Annasaurus Rex's Christmas Special!  NSFW but majorly hilarious.  Per usual!

6. Shannon's End-of-Year Mini Reviews.  Succinct but packs a punch.

7. Jeremy @ Beltway Literature's review of The Taming of the Shrew.

8. Review of The Lost Book of Mormon by Avi Steinberg @ The Boston Bibliophile

9. Nadia's review of The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories by Hilary Mantel @ A Bookish Way of Life

10. Giselle's review of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven @ Xpresso Reads

11. The Well-Read Redhead's review of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

12. Serena's review of Shaila Abdullah's Raini in Search of a Rainbow, a diverse children's book that looks amazing.



AWESOME DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS TO CHECK

OUT:


1. Belle's post on Blog Commenting via Phone on Ms. Bookish - complete with shortcuts help!

2. Holy 2015 Blogging Planner, Batman!  Tanya M. has the hookup!

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3. April creates a handy Flowchart to reading Stephen King!

4. April says Bloggers Plagiarizing is Bloggers Behaving Badly.  I just don't understand why someone would steal content.  How freaking lazy and shitty can you be?  I hate this discussion needs to be brought up yet again. 

4. Bookish Whimsy's Post in GIFs about Blogging Life has ALL THE THINGS!

5. Books that Michele @ Reader's Respite would have Media-Blitzed.

6. Kim shares her Favorite Nonfiction Reads of the Year and really, how can you NOT take her advice?



UPCOMING/CURRENT BOOKISH EVENTS:



1. Jazz Age January is back @ Books Speak Volumes

2. Parajunkee is hosting 31 Days of Better Blogging for 2015

3. Carolina @ A Girl That Likes Books is hosting Diversifying 2015 aimed at diversifying reading.




4.  Tanya M., Savvy Working Gal, and I are hosting a readalong for The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite books, the book that made me fall back in love with reading as an adult!  I'm like you MUST read this book!  We'd love you to join us!

5. Serena has launched Poetic Book Tours!  Check it out!

6. The Book Addict's Guide is hosting another Book Blogger Organization Challenge this year.



WIN! GIVEAWAYS:


1.  Snowed In?  Stuck in Books is hosting a Giveaway Hop January 2nd to the 15th.  They are also celebrating their 4th blogiversary with lots of giveaways!

2. Until Midnight Launch and Giveaway on Bibliophilia, Please. They also have lots of Blogiversary Giveaways going on!

3. Freda's Voice is giving away $5 to a PayPal account holder. Free money, y'all!



4. Monika is giving away 2 books in 2 genres with 2 winners for her 2nd Blogiversary!




THANK YOU, COMMENTERS!  YOU ROCK!
These are in no particular order.  Leaderboard is below.

I had 112 different commenters in the past month so I'm going to list all those who left the most comments at the top, middle amount in the middle, and those who left one or two comments last. Just because it is insane to do it any other way (plus I love you guys for coming back and back again!)  I appreciate all of you!




Andi, April @ The Steadfast Reader, Emma @ Words and Peace, Fictional 100/Lucy, Freda Mans, Jennine G., Leah @ Books Speak Volumes, Ryan, Syrie James, Tanya M.

Belle Wong, Bermudaonion (Kathy), BookNAround, BreeTheThingsWeRead, Bryan G. Robinson, Caro G., Charleen Lynette, Donna Cimorelli, Guiltless Reading, Litha, Louise, Melissa Beck, Michelle Miller, Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf, Ruth Anderson, Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves), Shannon @ River City Reading, Sheila DeChantal, Trisha Dandurand, Words for Worms

Anita LeBeau, Melinda @ The Book Musings, Tamara (Traveling with T), Sandie K., A.M.B., Jennifer Hartling, Enbrethiliel, readersrespite, bellezza, whatsheread, Beth of Fueled by Fiction, BooksintheBurbs,  Jess- A Book Hoarder, Caspette, Tasha B.,  rhapsodyinbooks, Katherine P., Diane D., teddyree, Bookmammal, jayne190, Quirky Chrissy, Marni J., Zed, Lesley Kagen, Caroline Bock, debnance, Joy Weese Moll, Kathleen Kelly, Laurie C., tanya (52 books or bust), Briana Bennett, Adry, Melissa, topazshell5, Kelly McCord, Jane, Kathy C., Shirley Martin, Diane C. Jewell, Too Fond, Andrea Lang, TJ @ My Book Strings, Maura Lynch, Erika Messer, LuAnn Braley, R Hunt, beth, shainareads, Faith Hope Cherrytree, Caryl Kane, Jo, Kathy Martin, Kathryn Trask, Dina, Deborah, Assya, Michelle Fidler, Lisa K's Book Reviews, Jamnjazz, Kimberly V, Cynthia Parten, Seeword, Darlene, Karsyn Smith, anne, Papa, Rhonda Lomazow, Laurice, Elisabeth, Deb Brennan, Melissa Amster, Kimberly, Denise Duvall, Sharee Burton, Sabrina Joy, isi, Jaseena AL, Nicole D., ale cespedes, antunovicsandra7, Connie Saunders




2014 COMMENTER LEADERBOARD
(2015 Leaderboard begins with the comments on this post!)

1. Bermudaonion (Kathy)
2. Tanya M.
3. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes
4. Emma @ Words and Peace
5. Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)
6. Trisha Dandurand

Congrats to all of you and I will be in contact for mailing info this week to send you your bookish swag! Thank you for being so awesome and supporting me!!!

YOU! Could be on this list and win for 2015!
Leave comments, win prizes as thanks!


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