Jan 30, 2008

Two Memes

Eva, Dewey and Melody gave me the "You Make My Day" Award. This made me very happy. Eva and Dewey have been among my favourite bloggers for a while now. They are both very intelligent and insightful, and they read all kinds of interesting books. I love reading their thoughts on them. Melody's blog is one I only discovered a few weeks ago, but I'm already hooked! She always has something interesting to say, and plus she's so nice!

I had a hard time picking 10 people to pass this one to. Obviously all the blogs I visit regularly are blogs that I like, and I don't want to leave anyone out. I'm going to pick ten today, but I could easily pick another 10 tomorrow. Ever since I've started blogging I've met nothing but intelligent, friendly and open-minded people who make my day in all sorts of different ways.

But today I'm passing this one on to:

Rhinoa: Rhinoa's taste in books is quite similar to my own, so her blog is an excellent source of recommendations. I also love reading her thoughts on things other than books, be it video games, movies, places she visits, or cats.

Chris: I think that anyone who knows Chris will agree that he is one of the sweetest and friendliest people out there. He always has something nice to say. Plus, his enthusiasm for books is contagious! He single-handedly made half the blogosphere read (or promise to soon read) Orson Scott Card's Ender books!

Debi: Another incredibly sweet person. She always leaves me the nicest, most encouraging comments. She's a great person, a great mother, and a great teacher to her gifted daughter Annie. She's also very humble - too much for her own sake sometimes, and I say this because sometimes she doesn't seem to realize just how amazing she is. (Annie makes my day, too... she will grow up to do wonderful things, I'm sure of it!)

Darla D: Another bloggers whose taste is similar to mine. We share quite a few favourites, but she's also always reading wonderful-sounding books I've never heard of. As a result, after visiting her blog I almost always end up on Amazon adding something to my wishlist.

Stephanie: Another great person. I love how there are so many different sides to her. She's a mother, she works for the Red Cross, but she also keeps her inner goth rock girl alive!

Carl: Carl is another person whose enthusiasm for things is contagious, be it books, movies or artists. I love his Friday Favourites - they have introduced me to some amazing artists I might have never heard of otherwise. He's also a very giving person, and he does more to promote interaction and a sense of community among book bloggers than anyone else.

Robin: Another person I really admire. There's this gentleness to her that I just love. Her family and friends are very lucky to have her around, and I also feel lucky to know her through the blogging world.

Dark Orpheus: I love how diverse her blog is. She posts about books and about yoga, she posts links to all sorts of interesting things online, she posts memorable quotes. I feel like every time I visit her blog I learn something new.

Literary Feline: Wendy is one of the most friendly bloggers out there, and plus she's a wonderful writer. Her posts are a joy to read. Take her answers to the Booking Through Thursday questions, for example...she always finds an original way to answer the questions and to tell a little story in the process.

Lightheaded: Lightheaded has great taste in books, and she writes wonderful reviews - they're intelligent, insightful and also humorous. When she reviews books I've already read, I often find myself thinking about them in new ways.


Chris also tagged me for a fun little meme Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The book nearest me is a recent YA book that I picked up at the library just the other day. It's called Click, and the synopsis on the back says: Maggie and Jason's grandfather is dead. He's leaving Jason his camera and photographs, and Maggie a box of shells. They are gifts that will take them further then they could ever imagine, uncover secrets and transform lives.

This sounds like it could be good, but I wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't for the fact that this book has ten chapters, each written by a different author. The authors include Nick Hornby, Gregory Maguire, Roddy Doyle and Eoin Colfer. It's an interesting idea, and it could either work brilliantly or be a complete disaster. I'm curious to know which is the case, and I'll let you know in a couple of weeks. Anyway, let me open the book on page 123. It's the chapter written by Roddy Doyle, and sentences 5 to 7 are dialogue:

"Ah sure now, he'll have forgotten all about me by the time he has grandchildren. "
"Margaret?" said Vinnie.
"A grand name."

There. Now I'm supposed to tag 5 people, but I'm afraid the first meme consumed all my tagging energies. If you haven't done this one yet and you feel like it, please do. I'd love to see what you come up with.


  1. Geez, Nymeth...you made me want to cry! Happy tears, of course. I can say in all honesty that you are one of my very favorite people out here in the world of blogging. And to have you say that I make your day, well, that not only put a smile on my face, but a huge one in my heart as well! Thank you!

    I had to laugh out loud at what you said about Chris and the Ender books! How very true!

    Click sounds quite interesting...can't wait for you to read it and hear what you have to say!

  2. Well thanks, Nymeth :) You're so sweet! Yes...I'm trying to help Orson Scott Card take over the world...it's my mission in life ;)

    Click sounds really cool, actually! Looking forward to what you say on it!

  3. Nymeth, you are very welcome! :)Awww...your comment makes me blush!

    I love reading your blog, especially your reviews because they are so well described and makes me want to pick them up and read them quickly!

  4. One of the best things about this meme is finding new blogs through what your favorite blogs have to say about other people! I'm off to visit Robin, because I love gentle people!

  5. Thank you so much for the kind words (and for the award as well) Nymeth!

  6. Cool thanks for picking me! I really need to start making my list of people. I hope you keep enjoying my blog as much as I enjoy yours :)

  7. How nice, Nymeth! I came home fighting the beginnings of a cold, and read your post. I felt better immediately! You made my day!

  8. Debi: You are most welcome :D I'm glad to have made you smile.

    Chris: Card should pay you a percentage of each copy of Ender's Game he sells...you are seriously responsible for a share of them :P And you're very welcome :)

    Melody: Thank you :)

    Dewey: It is indeed one of the best things about these kind of memes!

    Lighthearted: You're welcome!

    Rhinoa: I am sure I will :)

    Robin: I'm glad to have made you feel better :) I hope the cold goes away soon!

  9. Awww. Thanks for the compliment, Nymeth. :)

    But the diversity of my blog is a sign of a mind without focus! ;p

    I was at my work desk and I picked up a book - opened to page 123, and decided I like the fifth sentence. Will post on it later.

  10. How annoying, I know I left a comment the other day before you mentioned this on my site. Stupid blogger software.

    Anyway, thank you so much for the kind words. You make my day as well. I thoroughly enjoy coming over here and reading about books that we share and interest in as well as stuff that I haven't read. You are a delight and I enjoy the friendship that has sprung up because of blogging.

    And you certainly deserve an extra pat on the back for the fantastic Secret Santa campaign. That was incredibly fun and really added to the spirit of the season for me.

  11. Nymeth, thank you so much! And what a sweet thing to say! You really have made my day. I feel the same way about you. :-)

  12. Hi Nymeth, just wanted to say I gave you this award on my blog. ;)

  13. Well, Nymeth - what can I say? You made my day...many days after you posted this! I am so far behind on reading my favorite blogs now that my class is in full swing and keeping me very busy. I just now took a break from (snore) reading my texbook and came across this post - thank you so much! It has been such a joy to me to meet people like you since I started my blog last spring, who love the same kinds of books and love to talk about them! I have gobs of books on my tbr list that I've learned about through your reviews - thank you for that - and for your very kind words!


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - interaction is one of my favourite things about blogging and a huge part of what keeps me going.