…I do hate being told what to do (always have done, always will do, it gets me into more troublesome situations than you can imagine).
However I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I received an award over the past few days. The Award is the Prolific Blogger Award which is awarded to a blogger who is intellectually productive… keeping up an active blog that is filled with enjoyable content. I’m sure you’ll agree it also comes with a most beautiful image (I love the colours and the symmetry and the dog under the table – it’s gorgeous and makes me wish I had creative talents in that direction).
It’s ironic that I was so honoured just as I’d spent a whole week without posting a single thing on my blog but every blogger knows that sometimes life gets in the way. And occasionally you’ve got nothing to say! Anyway, I was given the award by JoV over at Bibliojunkie. We started book blogging around the same time and although we read different kinds of books we enjoy each others’ blogs. JoV does great, in-depth reviews of all sorts of books and is re-igniting my interest in non-crime fiction. And just quietly I’m influencing JoV to read the odd crime novel too. JoV has joined the global challenge and I’m looking forward to hearing what she thinks about the Aussie books I recommended. Meanwhile I’m going to be reading Graham Greene’s The Quiet American in the next week or two which she recommended to me. And therein lies the circle of life in book blog land.
I then received the award a second time from Norman at Crime Scraps. As his blog name might suggest he blogs mostly about my favourite genre and does it beautifully. He writes wonderful, thoughtful reviews full of perfect quotations that really give you a sense of the book and whether or not it’s the kind of thing you would like. Norman also does great author interviews and runs a quiz that I just don’t even have the stamina to start. I am not worthy. Norman is particularly fond of historical crime fiction and he’s been getting me hooked too. My favourite read for the year so far was recommended by Norman (Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death which I still love even though some people at the 4MA discussion about the book have been quite derogatory about its historical accuracy) and there are several more of his recommendations sitting on my TBR shelves. I also enjoy Norman’s occasional references to his past life in the health sector (he is a retired dentist) as I work in that sector too (though thank heavens for all concerned I’m in administration rather than looking after people’s health) and can recongise many of his frustrations.
So I am happy to say a heartfelt thanks to both of these great blogs for the award and to acknowledge Advance Booking for starting the love but I’m not going to follow the other rule about passing the award on. Aside from my natural aversion to the words ‘must’ and ‘has to’, a quick look around the blogosphere tells me that a large proportion of the blogs I love have already received this award from people far less tardy than me.