Hello, wonderful blog readers! I hope that you are all having a wonderful Saturday. I am draped over an armchair, gazing out at a sunbathed (albeit a bit too hot) landscape near the Mississippi river. I'd like to take a brief moment to say thanks to everyone who has been reading, following and commenting on my blog. With this being said, I have a few brief announcements.
Many of you are familiar with Kristi of The Story Siren, and if you aren't, you should stop by to check it out. Always filled with creative new ideas, Kristi has started a new feature called Backstage Blogging. This is a way for people to learn more about individual bloggers and why they run their blogs they way they do. Kristi is featuring a host of new bloggers, as well as some who's blogs are more developed and have been around for longer. I am honored to say that I am one of the new bloggers! The first post went up this past week, and there are several more to come. Even just with one post it's been a great way to learn about different perspectives on blogging, and discover several new blogs. Click here to check it out!
Second of all, some of you may have noticed a small, brand new box in my left sidebar, where I talk about my favorite independent bookstores. Only one currently listed there, namely Monkey See Monkey Read. The owner maintains a blog called Monkeyreadblog, which you can check out here. I've bought a handful of used books there, as well as placed special orders. After a lot of thinking, I've decided that I'd like to start buying the majority of my books (and I do love to own books) from independent bookstores, so as to support local economies and individuals, instead of just giving all of money to large super corporations. I'll be making more of an effort to visit indies near me, and maybe even write entire posts about the particularly fantastic indies I find. I would like to stress that I am in no way being compensated for the content of my sidebar. The individual behind Monkeyreadblog did, however, say he would like to add me to his blog roll as he is not familiar with many YA book blogs. Naturally he'll be added to mine as well, and anyone who is not currently listed on my blog roll should take this opportunity to leave a comment or send an e-mail if he or she would like to be added.
Lastly, I've decided to start a new feature on my blog. Some of you may remember two particular posts I did this summer called Why YA? and Ratings: What Works and Why. If you're new or just don't remember them, allow me to summarize: the first was about why I read YA even though I am supposedly an adult, while in the latter I provided not only my own opinions about giving star ratings to books, but those of several other bloggers as well. I felt that the response to each of these posts was really positive, and I had so much fun writing them. I have lots more ideas that fall along these lines, such as a post contemplating whether I treat certain genres differently and why, or what I think are admirable qualities for a female protagonist in a paranormal story. These aren't exact or necessarily what I'll say, but should give you a better idea of what I hope to discuss with this feature. The posts existing thus far have been about topics which I think are relevant to readers, bloggers and lovers of Young Adult fiction, but also enjoyable to contemplate.
With all this being said, I have a problem: I'm not entirely sure what to name it. I've thought of a couple of things (the only one I've thought of which I like being Monday Musings), so I've decided to enlist your help. The feature will be on Mondays, so if you want to do something alliterative, go for it! Down below is a form where you can fill in your suggestions. Since I want your help and ideas, I'll be giving away a book to whoever provides the winning name! The winner will choose the book he or she wants, which I will purchase and mail to him/her. It can be hardcover or paperback, but it must be a title which is already out or will be out by September 4th, which is when the contest will draw to a close (so, if you want to choose Clockwork Angel or Paranormalcy, both of which will be out this week, that is okay). I know one week is short, but I'd like to start getting these posts out there. Here are the rules for this contest:
*You MUST provide a potential feature name if you want to win!
*The book you'd like to win MUST have a release date of September 4th, 2010 OR earlier!
*The contest/naming will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on Saturday, September 4th.
Thanks for your help and good luck!