Monday, February 6, 2012

Printz Award Reading Challenge (+awards)

Okay, I'm going to get to the most interesting thing first.

My lovely CP and friend Sarah is holding a reading contest centered around Prinz awards.

From her blog: "In the simplest terms, the Michael L. Printz award is an award for young adult books sponsored by Booklist, which is a publication of the American Library Association. The award was named for a librarian who was super active in the Young Adult Library Services Association and is pretty much THE young adult book award."

Currently there are 13 actual winners and 49 honor books (including this year's). The idea is that although I'm a young adult writer, I haven't actually read that many of those books. So, I'm going to rectify that by reading more this year.

There are different levels of challenges so every person no matter how crazy his or her schedule can participate. Honestly, it sounds like it's going to be a barrel of fun! And, you know that SOMEONE must really like these books to give them awards, right?

I think I've only read four, two winners and two honorees: LOOKING FOR ALASKA, SHIPBREAKER, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, and THE BOOK THIEF.

I'm going to go for reading 12 books myself. I think I'm going to count THE BOOK THIEF too (don't throw things at me!) because I technically read it in the month of January.

Anyway, if you want to see the winners click here, and if you want to see the honor books click here.

I really hope you join me and Sarah! It's going to be a lot of fun!

Click here to go sign up and read more about the challenge.

Now for the less exciting part, unless I'm sharing with you. The same Sarah has nominated me for a couple blog awards.

And, I just found out, Rebekah Loper also nominated me for the Kreativ Bloger award! Wow, I feel so intensely loved.

As per the requirements, I have to do three things. As before on the blog, I'm going to combine them.

  1. Thank and link to the peep that nominated me.
  2. Share ten (kreative)/seven (versatile) random facts about myself.
  3. Award some other nifty bloggers.
So on with the randomness!
  1. My boyfriend has recently gotten me addicted to DragonVale. If you want to be friends, send me an email.
  2. I have a rather addictive personality, so fact number 1 isn't all that surprising.
  3. I am a snob when it comes to coffee, sadly. I like my latt├ęs, thank you very much. 
  4. It was my discovery of Jackson Pearce that reminded me of my love of teen literature. Without her and her amazing attitude, I'm not sure how long it would have taken me to get back to it. Thanks, Jackson. (Small plug: Her next book comes out in April, and is really good. I'll have a review up this week.)
  5. I absolutely abhor breaking laws and rules. Except speeding. I do that one quite regularly.
  6. I very rarely tell anyone my true thoughts. Not my parents, not my best friends, not my boyfriend. It's something that leads me to getting hurt a lot because I can't express myself.
  7. I can be pretty loud and obnoxious, but I am pretty shy when meeting new people. That fact made being a reporter quite hard on me. However, I can rock your socks off if I'm ever your waitress.
  8. I have no less than 50 tabs opened on my computer at one time. My boyfriend, who's a network administrator, is constantly berating me about it. But hey, it works. 
  9. I like buying gifts for random people at random times. Once the lovely Sarah finds a place to live, I already have her housewarming gift. :D 'Cause I rock like that.
  10. I hate showering until I'm in the shower. I will put off showering until the very last minute, and then I always feel better afterward, like "Why was I fighting that again?" It's pretty sad, I'll admit. 
So, that's about it! Now on to my lovely nominees!
  1. Ashelynn at A Gypsy Writer. Not only is she a kick-butt writer, but she was the first blog I ever started paying attention to. So, yeah, she deserves some awesome to match her own.
  2. Jenn at A Single Bell. Jenn is a great person, who's been pretty quiet lately, so I need to wake her up a bit. Also, she's going to be an awesome Best Seller, I just know it. Her ideas are far too creative not to be.
  3. K.T. at The Scribble Muse. This girl is hands-down the nicest, most motivating person I've ever met on the Internet. If anyone deserves an award, it's her. She is constantly lifting other writers up on Twitter. Plus, she's insane at finishing stuff, which makes me so jealous. But, she's too nice to hate, so I just root her on.
  4. Rebekah at her website. She rivals K.T. for the second nicest slot. She's an awesome person to have around to give encouragement and she working on so many projects! I can't wait to see them come to fruit!  (Now, she's already won the Kreativ award, since she nominated me, but I'm going to pass on to her the Versatile anyway.)
  5. Last, but not least, is Bonnie Rae at her website. She is an amazing person, who I'm still getting to know. But I'm looking forward to it! And, I'm hoping that since she's writing full-time, I will be getting to know her writing too!
So that's all, folks! I hope you enjoy. Ladies, you don't have to feel obligated to do anything with these awards if you don't want to. I just wanted to share the people I'm enjoying most on the Internet.