The Blogger Recognition Award

I was totally surprised when I was nominated last month for The Blogger Recognition award by Sam from Taking on a World of Words!  This really came at the right moment because I was having one of those days you know, should I keep blogging and doing videos, etc.  This made me realize that I am doing something right.  Thanks again Sam!BR_Award  This is much appreciated.  You should all go and check out Sam’s blog.  She writes reviews, www Wednesday posts, NaNoWriMo posts, book club reflections, and much more….

Eve over at Edge of the Night is the creator of this award, which introduces and praises enthusiastically bloggers and the blogging community.  Thanks Eve for this wonderful initiative!

So here’s how it works:

1.  Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

2.  Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.  Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

3.  Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

4.  Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

 

My Beginnings….

Well I have been an avid reader since I can remember.  However since I entered my 40s, I’ve become increasingly interested in writing.  Journaling is something I do but it wasn’t giving me that extra push I needed to really embark on writing.  So I tried to think of the best way to combine my old/constant love reading with my new love writing and that’s how Brown Girl Reading was born.  The first year was a bit of a bust but by the second year I was consistently writing and enjoying blogging and discovering other blogs.  Being laid up with a torn tendon also pushed me further into writing since I had to spend 3,5 months sitting down, stuck at home.  That horrible experience transformed me in many ways good and bad.  The writing and propulsion in my reading has been the best change.  I started my blog  with a different name but Brown Girl Reading came into being January 1,2015. The name suits me and my blog perfectly.

Advice…

Love writing and reading in the case of book bloggers.  Other bloggers just love what you’re writing about.

Blog consistently, whatever consistently is for you.

If things don’t look or aren’t like you want them, change them. You are the mistress/master of your blog.

Search out new bloggers to broaden your horizons and to connect with them.

Enjoy yourself!

 

I nominate:

Reading Has Purpose

Word By Word

Estella’s Revenge

My Bookish Reveries

Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends

Madhuri Blaylock Writes

Inklingstime

The Reading Refugee

Fleur De Curl

A Little Blog of Books

Reading in Bed

Folklore & Literacy

Mary Okeke Reviews

Les Reveries de Rowena

Highly Textured Librarian

Much continued, excellent blogging to you all!

 

Reading in the New Year 2015

We are verging on our 4th day of the new year and all my bookish buddies have made their new reading
resolutions for 2015, analyzed, and written up the statistics of their reading from 2014.  So here I am sliding in to home plate with mine.  I made some over zealous reading resolutions last year.  See here if you don’t remember.  Well I promised to read certain titles, read Australian and Russian literature and to read some unread books on my shelves.  Well it was all a fail except reading some of my unread books and readingMy gift goodies! The Good Lord Bird.  Well better something than nothing.

The good thing about last year’s reading was that I managed to choose and read a lot of very good books.  My top 10 of 2014 is full of the best of the best. (post coming soon) No complaints. Five of them received five-star ratings and for me that’s excellent, since I rarely give out five stars.  So in this fresh new year my resolutions will be few but meaningful.  I want to do a lot of pleasurable and meaningful reading, as last year, that seems to work for me.  I have no time for mediocre reading, I feel I’m too old for that.  There are a multitude of books I want to read before I die.  That wasn’t meant to sound desperate but I need to write my book for that.  Last year my page count was a miserable 13,511. Wretched! So my last and biggest goal of the year will be to increase my page count abundantly.

As for my reading stats, I read:

53 books and 7 of them were over 400 pages

13 graphic novels

27 novels by black authors

21 novels by women

32 novels by men

9 memoirs/non-fiction (4 of these were graphic novels)

from 13 different nationalities, including French, American, Indian, Nigerian, English, Scottish, Columbian, Norwegian, Dominican, Portuguese, Japanese, Canadian, and Cambodian.

The longest book I read was Americanah with 477 pages and the longest graphic novel was Habibi with 672 pages.

The shortest book I read was Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women, with 32 pages.

Having been shy of my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal by two books and short of my Big Books goal by three, I’ve decided to fix my Reading Challenge at 50 and the Big Books Challenge at 10.  Hoping that this will keep me well-rounded and reading longer books, but most importantly extremely good ones.

As you’ve probably noticed there are some big changes on the blog today.  I’ve changed the name of my blog to Brown Girl Reading and opted for a new style.  The name change has been a long time coming and I feel this one suits me better, as does the style of the blog.  I hope you enjoy and approve of the changes.  So, here’s to you for following me and to 2015 which I hope will be great for you all – in life, in love, in friendship, in health, and in reading.  Happy New Year!