It’s time to do some blog cleaning chores and start the New Year fresh. So today I’ll catch up on a couple of outstanding awards. First, I was nominated by Sheila Hurst for the Booker Award. Thank you, Sheila! This one was tougher than I thought it would be, but I did finally narrow the list.
The Booker Award rules are to list five favorite books and to include why we loved them before passing the award on to five others. So, here we go.
The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? You know why you love it, hate it, or never read it. I wish there were more strong women in it. But I still love the epic quest and the lesson that one person can make all the difference in the world.
City, by Clifford Simak. This is a sci-fi classic that many sci-fi fans have never read. Simak was never as well known as some of his contemporaries. But this is considered one of his best. He handled sci-fi in a way that emphasized the everyday human reaction more than technology. I think that has influenced my own sci-fi WIP, Death Out of Time.
The Screwfly Solution, by Raccoona Sheldon (aka James Tiptree). Yes, this is a short story. But whenever I read about the worst of American culture and society (which is all too frequently), I have a chilling sense of this story becoming true in some way.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, by Douglas Adams. It’s a tie. We lost Adams far too soon. I love his humorous take on sci-fi and human behavior. I should keep a towel closer to me than I usually do. You just never know….
The Illiad, by Homer. Hey, what do you know—one of the classics sneaked in here. I read this in my high school freshman Humanities course (Honors English) and loved it. I’ve always loved mythology and epic tales, even if I don’t write their modern counterparts. Is it any surprise this relates to the first book on my list?
My five nominees for the Booker Award are some recent new followers of my blog. They are under no obligation, of course, to pass the award forward.
I was also nominated by SusArtAndFoodBlog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. Thank you, Susie!
This award graphic is probably the healthiest way for me to enjoy cupcakes these days.
Part of the procedure is to answer 5 sweet questions. And these are:
1.Cookies or cake? Cake, but really for the frosting—preferably a really good buttercream.
2.Chocolate or vanilla? Yes. Wait, you mean I must choose one? Okay, chocolate
3.What is your favorite treat soft? Real ice cream. Or fudge. Yes, fudge. Or maybe hot fudge (and caramel) on real vanilla ice cream. With pecans.
4.When do you want the most sweet things? After dinner, usually. And I wish I could indulge as much as I used to, but I don’t want to develop Type 2 diabetes or gain extra weight.
5.If you had a mild nickname, what would it be? I have no clue!
Then, I’m supposed to choose 12 nominees. Er, 12? I think I risk leaving out too many bloggers. So I’m falling back on a favorite cheat in Blog Land. If you haven’t yet been awarded the Super Sweet Blogging Award and would like to add this delicious-looking graphic to your blog, please consider yourself tagged!
Now go enjoy your Saturday or get ready for the upcoming New Year’s Eve/Day holiday!