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I’ve been thinking lately about my journey over the last year as a book blogger. I began this blog after seeing 5 Minutes for Books and, thus, being introduced into the plethora of book bloggers and their reviews.

I’ve always loved reading, but in the last few years I had gotten away from reading consistently simply because of the busyness of life. After the birth of my first child in November 2008, I had a lot of time to read. All those nursing sessions really do add up! I was enjoying reading again and finding a community of bloggers who love reading. Blogging about my reading experiences at Mountains of Books, I think really helped me to cope with life after a baby. It gave me something to do when I felt like I simply couldn’t for 20-30 minutes doing nothing while nursing. It allowed me to express my thoughts and ideas to a community and gave me something to look forward to on those new days of mothering when I wasn’t quite sure what I was feeling or how to handle life.

But as I’ve come to have a better grasp on mothering and my son’s grow (over a year old now!) my reading time has become less and less. My time is becoming more focused on maintaining our home, building relationships with new friends, as well as training and teaching my son. I predict that for 2010, no matter the number of books on my list for this year, I will be reading less.

And, I’m okay with that.

I don’t plan on book blogging as much this next year either, but when I do I plan on making a few changes:

  • Write reviews within a week or so from finishing a book, if I don’t do it by then I doubt it’ll get done at all.
  • Have an outline for reviews: synopsis, what I liked/didn’t, why you should read this
  • Write concise reviews.
  • Don’t join any challenges.

That’s my plan for next year…what about you?

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There are so many book blogs out there it’s quite insane! I know I’ll never be able to read them all and I’m sure I’ll find a few more I’ll add to my Google Reader this week too. But for now, I’ll share the book blogs I regularly visit:

Reading to Know Carrie’s one of the contributors of 5 Minutes for Books and is a huge fan of L.M. Montgomery, whom I have never read. I tried reading the Anne series in 5th or 6th grade, but was overwhelmed by the length so I just watched the movies. 🙂 Maybe one day I’ll try again.

Stacked Honestly, I don’t remember how I first found Stacked, but I’m pretty sure the banner picture is what kept me there. What I enjoy about Stacked is you won’t just find book reviews, but “the experience of a book” and they’ll often share other book related things like art exhibits, movie adaptations, and experiences books have lead them to try.

Across the Page You’ll find Janet, a homeschooling mom with a doctorate in English, who has a lot of great book reviews, a list of 25 reasons to read, and celebrates “the connections between writers and readers that happen across the page.”

The Bluestocking Society After coming across this blog, I’m on a mission to find some bluestockings and maybe even wear them! Definition of a bluestocking: woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest. Jessica not only reviews books, but she’s also the founder of the Book Blog Guild.

Charlotte’s Web of Books Lots of books. Lots of reviews. Every Tuesday she posts what books are newly released for the week. She’s convinced me to add two books to my pile: The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Opposite of Love. I know, I know…I’m like the only book blogger who hasn’t read The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I’ve finally been convinced and now I just have to get a copy or wait on one from the library.

A Library is a Hospital of the Mind What I love about Sarah’s blog is that it’s like going into an old bookstore and finding some great treasure with yellowed pages and soft pencil scribbles on the jacket. Lately, she’s been posting a lot about the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. I had never heard of either before coming across them on her blog! She’s also a big fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett and recommends The Making of a Marchioness, which has been added to my TBR pile.

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It’s finally here! Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2009!

There’s so much going on this week in relation to BBAW it’s crazy. First, I just want to say thanks to Amy for coming up with this idea and putting it all together. I know we’ll enjoy it.

Now in its second year, BBAW happens every September and seeks to “spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities” (for more info click here). There’s daily blogging topics you can join in with the celebration too. Amy’s got a bit of preview for some more things going on at her blog too. It’s going to be a great way to meet new bloggers and had new titles to your nightstand. I’m sure I will!

Now…on to the giveaway!

In honor of BBAW, I’m giving away a copy of Paula Froelich’s Mercury in Retrograde. You can read my review here.

When Mercury is in retrograde, the only guarantee is anything that can go wrong, will.

Penelope Mercury, an intrepid reporter at the New York Telegraph, has pounded the pavement for five years from city borough to borough, carrying out her boss’s eccentric orders to break stories that seem inconsequential to everyone but him. Finally, she is inches away from being promoted to her dream job — covering courtroom drama for the paper — but after one spectacularly disastrous day, she is fired instead.

Lena “Lipstick Carcrash” Lipp encrass has a pretty fabulous life, even by a socialite’s standards, as a top editor at the high fashion magazine Y. Long lunches with her girlfriends and afternoons spent shopping at Bergdorf’s are all in a day’s work. But when Lena’s always indulgent parents abruptly cut off her cash flow and kick her out of her beloved West Village duplex for refusing to work for the family business, she is forced to confront the reality of what it takes to pay the bills.

Dana Gluck, a workaholic lawyer, had been married for two years to a man who was perfect on paper but increasingly critical in reality. She hoped that her dreams of motherhood would be fulfilled soon, which surely would also fix their marriage problems. Instead, her husband leaves her for an exchange student/model who, to make matters worse, promptly gets pregnant.

When fate conspires to have these three very different women move into the same SoHo apartment building, they soon discover that having their carefully planned lives fall to pieces might be the best thing that could have ever happened to them. (Publisher’s description)

To enter this giveaway by:

  1. Leaving a comment with your favorite chick lit book (or if you’re not a fan of chick lit, then your favorite book). Leave your e-mail address (ie, mountainsofbooks (@) gmail (dot) com, so I can contact you if you win.
  2. Twitter me @MountainsofBooks Enter me to win Mercury in Retrograde.

I’ll randomly draw a winner on Saturday, September 19th. I’ll contact the winner through e-mail or direct message (via Twitter). Good luck!Don’t forget to stop by the BBAW giveaway page and enjoy!

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I’m sure many of you have already heard about the 2nd Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week going on September 14 – 18 started by Amy from My Friend Amy. It’s going to be a time to “celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers” and all that we do. It is quite a hobby, isn’t it?

There’ll be lots going on from giveaways to daily blogging themes and special guests. Head on over to Book Blogger Appreciation Week to register and get involved.

Well, this week they put out a quick little meme and I thought I’d join in!

1)  What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you?

I’ve really enjoyed “meeting” other book bloggers and finding out about so many books I wouldn’t have otherwise. Now when I walk into a bookstore I go “Oh…I’ve heard of that one…That’s supposed to be really good. I’d like to read that one too.” It’s definitely increased my book awareness.
2)  What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you?

I’d have to say the ladies at 5 Minutes for Books, since that was really the first book blog I came across.

3)  What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer?

Hmm…don’t really know. I do wonder how some bloggers are able to read and review so many books!

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Book Expo America was this past weekend and there was a book blogger’s panel  where they talked about how bloggers, publishers, and booksellers can work better together.

The panel was made up of Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books,  Candace from Beth Fish Reads,  Amy from My Friend Amy’s Blog, Julie  from Booking Mama,  Natasha from Maw Books, and   Stephanie from The Written Word.

You can hear the panel at Book Club Girl.

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