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Book Blogger Appreciation Week Day Five

Posted by Gina Schwartz on September 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (4)

Future Treasures


And so BBAW comes to an end.   I must admit that it was a blast reading all of those blogs and really getting involved in the blogging community.  The theme for day five is Future Treasures.  Bloggers are going to blog about how they enjoyed BBAW and what their blogging goals will be for next year.

Here's my take.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the events and activities of this week.  The blogging community is way larer than I ever could have envisaged.  I always thought that I was just weird having this passion for books but I know better now.

My blogging goals are to blog as much and as often as possible.  To keep up with my readalongs and to involve myself more fully in the blogging community.  I want to be ready for BBAW when it comes around next year.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day Three

Posted by Gina Schwartz on September 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The theme for day three is Unexpected Treasures


Under this theme, Book Bloggers are going to blog about book or genre you tried due to the influence of another blogger and what made you cave in and try it.

I am very new to blogging, I have only been blogging for about two months so I haven't really had the time to be all over finding new things to read.  However I have to gave credit (again) to Amanda at the Zen Leaf for reintrocuding me to the Classics. I would have studied novels like these way back in high school for literature examinations but I am finding a whole new love for them again.  I have been inspired to read Bleak House which I never read before and is all of 1,000 pages long.  It starts off so slowly that you would only continue if there was a prize at the end or if you had some extreme motivation,  I also read two novels by Thomas Hardy - "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "Far from the Madding Crowd" and loved them (especially the latter) which is a great story.

So again hats off to Amanda.

From some of the other blogs that I have been following, I am slowly getting lured into the fantasy genre which so far I have avoided almost entirely but we will see where that goes

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Day 2

Posted by Gina Schwartz on September 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM Comments comments (2)

Blogger Interviews



Day 2 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is the Interview day where each blogger is paired with another blogger and they interview each other.  I signed up late so I did not get an interview partner.  I am her interviewing myself if that is not too pretentious.


Q1  How did you come up with the name Bookscount?


I did not have a name for a blog in mind when I started to set this up.  It was just going to be Gina's blog.  But one part of the registration process asked me to put a name ( of course) and I had to think fast.  THis was all I could think of in the time.  I kind of like it though.  It is growing on me.

Q2  When did you start to review books?


I started to review books in 2009.  That is when I set up my reading social page through Facebook and started a vritual bookshelf.  I left a review of every book that I read and challenged myself to read more and more.  I started this blog a few months ago because reading social seems closed for me - I had started to wonder if anyone was actually reading the reviews I wrote.  It seemed all for nought.


Q3   Wht is it like having a demanding job and three small children?


It is difficult but I have found that no matter what the challenges we always find time for the things we love.  Somehow having the children makes me read more rather than less.  They are also the inspiration for the young readers section on my site. 


Q4  What is the young readers section about?


I am hoping that the Young Readers section will develop into a resource for parents who want their children to read.  I am not sure of the direction yet but that is the goal.


Q5 Last question - Anything else about yourself?


Not really.  Just that I am hoping to participate in blogging more fully in the future and would love to follow the blogs of other Caribbean bloggers.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010

Posted by Gina Schwartz on September 13, 2010 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (7)




First Treasure


Today is the first day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week.  The topic for today is to post about new blogs that you have discovered over the past year of if you are new like me to post about your first book blog. 


Today I would like to give credit to Amanda who runs the "Zen Leaf Book Blog".  I love this blog.  This is a list of what I like about it and why I keep going back.


I love the name - Zen Leaf I am not sure what is the inspiration for this great name but I wish I had thought of it myself.


I love the layout of the page.  I have majorly struggled with blogspot and getting it to look the way I want - eventually I abandoned it and created the site that you are on here so I really love teh look of this page and how it is structured.


I love the idea of reading the clasics - yes there are other good books out there that may eventually become classics but the classics are the classics and are clasics for a reason.


Readalong - I first stumbled onto this site - I say stumbled because that is baxically how I find anything on the net I poke around and eventually find something - because of a readalong the writer was hosting.  Coincidentally it was for a book that I was planning to read so I am now in the middle of a great Bleak House Readalong.  Two months ago I would not have had a clue had someone asked me about a readalong but now it is all that I can talk about.  Never mind that I haven't posted I just can't keep up with the others.


Best for last - Perhaps the best thing about the blog is that in every entry you get a glimpse of the writer.  In her profile Amanda describes herself as being quirky and perhaps some of that quirkiness somes across into the blog and spills over into the site.


I love it - you shoudl check it out.