Beautiful? Moi? Why, you cad!

The other day I received a lovely surprise upon checking my notifications –  Angelique from Why I Can’t Stop Reading had nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award! beautiful_blogger_award That means I now have three blog awards under my belt – the Versatile Blogger; the Very Inspiring blogger; and now the Beautiful blogger, and the fact that three of my book blogger peers (who I admire and respect) think Book Polygamist is versatile, inspiring AND beautiful is just a huge honor and gives me the drive to continue during times when I’ve thought about quitting. Thanks Angelique! 😀 😀 😀 The rules to receiving the Beautiful Blogger Award are quite similar to the others:

  1. Copy the award logo onto your blog – tick!
  2. Thank the person who nominated you – tick!
  3. Post 7 facts about yourself – see below ↓
  4. Nominate 7 bloggers/blogs for the award – see even further below ↓

I’m running out of facts about myself that immediately come to mind, but here goes:

  1. I don’t know how to ride a bike….or drive a car O.O
    Like any normal child (ha! normal!) I did learn to ride a bike…well I almost did anyway. As a pretty nervous kid the thought of trusting my life (and knees) to a metal frame with wheels was already a little terrifying, but for the sake of appearing a bit normal I gave it a go. I was pretty fine up to the mighty milestone that was removing the training wheels. Then I quickly remembered that I had the balance of a drunken sloth with an inner ear infection (are sloths known for being unbalanced? That may not have been the best example but it makes a good image) and the training wheels had been the only thing keeping me from toppling over. I tried for a while to just walk my bike along by sitting on the seat with my feet tip-toeing either side, but this was actually slower than walking. Eventually I gave up and decided I’d rather read or play with my imaginary zoo anyway (more on that later). I never really mastered any other wheeled contraption throughout my youth, so by the time I was old enough to begin driving lessons I didn’t trust myself behind the wheel of a very large, and flammable-liquid propelled metal frame with wheels. I do plan to learn how to drive at some point (it’s actually a tentative goal of mine for this year) and maybe I’ll even tackle a bike again, but at the moment I feel safer with my life in the hand of bus and train drivers….hmmmm that may not be exactly logical.

    girl-falls-off-bike

    This is pretty much how it went down, except my outfit was in the more tragic late ’80s – early ’90s style

  2. I have a “saying the wrong word” problem which I have dubbed my Rollerdex
    I don’t know if any of you have this problem, but it seems to have plagued me for as long as I can remember. You go to say something wonderfully eloquent that you have rehearsed in you head over and over, and then your brain and mouth conspire to say something completely unrelated and make you look like a tool. I can’t remember If I dubbed this disorder of mine “Rollerdex” or if one of my friends did, but it’s perfectly fitting for what happens. If you’re any younger than me you may not know what a Rollerdex is because they’re virtually extinct now, but basically they were a little wheel that business types kept on their desk that held all their contacts details in alphabetical order. If they wanted to contact Mr Thomson they would simply turn the wheel until the cards for T were front and centre and there was Mr Thomson’s address, telephone and fax numbers ready for your correspondence. The way my Rollerdex works is more stealthy and much less useful. As my brain is constructing a sentence is remains perfectly still and well-behaved, but the moment I speak it spins out-of-control, and totally unwarranted, eager to give me a word which is miles away from what I meant. It has resulted in some great laughs though, so I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on it.

    Ticka-ticka-ticka-tick...tick......tick..... did you mean pigeon?

    Ticka-ticka-ticka-tick…tick……tick….. did you mean pigeon?

  3. I study best with sitcoms playing in the background
    When I was studying for my Diploma in Library and Information Services, the worst thing for my concentration, ironically enough was a silent study room or library. The thing I found really kept me going was having one of my favourite sitcoms (preferably one where I’d seen every episode of multiple times and didn’t normally require much attention anyway) playing at a low volume in the background. I found this also worked really well when I was doing bouts of creative writing too and I use to confuse the guy at Civic Video by borrowing a whole bunch of Charmed, Gilmore Girls or Friends DVDs and then trying to explain that they helped me write. During my studies my fall-back series was Scrubs, mainly because in my last semester I had just bought most of the DVDs from an op-shop for 1 dollar a piece (!!!!!!!) so I finally had all 9 seasons, but earlier on I also used Gilmore Girls, Friends, Charmed, the IT Crowd, and How I Met Your Mother.

    scrubs

    These guys got me through a lot of hours writing long and boring reports!

  4. I can’t sleep in total silence
    This one is similar to the above one – I just can’t relax and get the job done if it’s eerily silent! My main problem with total silence is it’s never totally silent. When there isn’t that lovely white noise I can clearly hear every little tick of the clock, or whistle of the wind outside, or snuffle that my blissfully sleeping dogs make, or that one insane bird that decides to sing at 2 in the morning. While sitcoms work for study, the way I get to sleep is with music, podcasts or audio books at a low-level. For sleeping the level has to be just right – too loud and I’ll just be struck listening to it and won’t sleep, and too quiet and I’ll be straining to hear what was just said and so won’t sleep. In fact I’ve found that over the years listening to audio books or podcasts that I actually want to hear and remember doesn’t work because I’ll either be enthralled and stay awake, or it will lull me to sleep and I won’t remember a damn thing. I’ve found the best sound is chilled out blues, jazz or roots music, or in summer whatever is on the radio (always tuned to Triple j) with the fan on, muffling it slightly 🙂

    AHH! Why won't you stop your incessant ticking! Are you some kind of sadist?!

    AHH! Why won’t you stop your incessant ticking! Are you some kind of sadist?!

  5. Despite being 26 and born/raised in Australia, I often speak like a British Grandmother
    Regular readings may have already noticed that I often use old-fashioned phrasing (I.e. cad) instead of the hip young-person lingo that I should be spouting (saying “hip young-person lingo” doesn’t help matters). When I like something I may say it’s “cool” or “awesome” but more often than not I’ll say it’s “ace”, “neat” or “nifty”. On more than one occasion my friends have teased me for calling soft drinks “pop” (this may not be odd to my American Bookbaggers, but in Australia we don’t say “soda”, “pop” or “soda pop”, it’s always “soft drink” or sometimes “fizzy drink” or just the brand itself). I often catch myself saying someone is “a lovely young man”, or that someone’s “a smart dresser”. So far none of this is particularly British – that part comes from my nana, who is a bona fide British Grandmother (even after 40 odd years living in Australia) and can be pinpointed to two words: Oh dear. I’m pretty sure I’ve been saying “oh dear” in a very composed, British way ever since I was little and heard my nana (one of my favourite people in the universe) say it, and I will be a proud “oh dear” utterer until the day I die!

    I want one!....even though I don't qualify for either of those categories...

    I want one!….even though I don’t qualify for either of those categories…

  6. When I was a child I had an imaginary zoo
    As I said above (and can be easily gleaned if you know me or follow my odd ramblings) i wasn’t a particularly normal child.
    While many normal children had 1 imaginary friend, or even a couple that took shifts I was determined to have and be so much more, so invented a complete menagerie which I would talk to, and pretend to feed and care for, often when I was in public. When I was at school the zoo resided in a little area of grass with a huge peppermint tree next to the toilet block, which no one seemed to utilize for some reason. I would visit during recess and lunch and “feed” all the animals with fallen leaves and the blossoms off the peppermint tree, pretend to water down the elephant and other large animals, and have meetings with the zoo keepers (which were two man-shaped cats – one black and white and one ginger – who despite also being animals, could talk and wore clothing). I also use to speak with the cat zoo keepers (the black and white one was called Mr Mistoffelees  – after the cat from T. S. Elliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and the musical Cats – or Mister for short, and I’m pretty sure the ginger one was called Archimedes – after the owl in The Sword in the Stone – or Archie for short) when I was on the toilet because they were right there and in my head it was perfectly normal to have a staff meeting in which the boss is doing entirely different business.

    zoo tycoon

    I was way ahead of my time when it came to imaginary zoos!

  7. I constantly have 2 or 3 little stories that I make up and work through in my head
    This probably is an offshoot of my imaginary zoo making. Ever since I was little I’ve always made up little stories in my head – kind of like continuing daydreams I guess – which I play through when I’m in a quiet boring situation (again, when I’m on the toilet or sometimes before I fall asleep). The stories are usually along the same themes – there’s the one where I’m a princess with a secret garden that I get to through a series of hidden doorways and tunnels, and I have lots of unique pets; and the variations of fantasy based one such as a magic school; a magical chosen one or ones etc. Why do I do this? Well it may just be because my brain has been wired that way so it always has to be occupied with something, and I’d rather tell myself stories than go over and over my to-do list (which I do still do a fair bit), or maybe it’s my inner novelist getting a workout, since I’ve lost the time and drive to actually write down my stories; or perhaps I’m a tad cuckoo…or all three! 😀

    daydreaming

    “But who are you? And how did you get into my secret garden?” The mysterious stranger said nothing, and with an elegant swish of their cloak they were gone, leaving behind a single red rose…”

And now for my nominees:

  1. Angelique (AKA angelicreader) from Why I Can’t Stop Reading
    Because just like my previous award posts, I believe a nomination deserves one back 🙂 plus I have only recently discovered  Why I Can’t Stop Reading  and have found it to be a lovely little book blog with nice, clear reviews and a bright future 🙂 
  2. Billie (AKA Vasiliki) from Books, Owls & Tea
    Because I have also just discovered her lovely blog (through Why I Can’t Stop Reading in fact) and have found many beautiful delights in the form of three of my favourite things: books, owls and tea 😀 her review style is also very clear and readable and I love the idea of Tea on Tuesday
  3. Neely from NEELYWANG Photography + Design
    Because the most beautiful posts in my Reader are usually from this gorgeous photography blog. I know I already nominated NEELYWANG Photography + Design for an award in the past (as I have with some of the others on this list) but it is well deserved 🙂
  4. Crafting With Words
    Another former award recipient, but when I think about beautiful blogs, this one with its lovely, inspiring concept came to mind 🙂
  5. Aleksandra from Aleksandra’s Corner
    A book blog I found really recently while looking for pics of The Night Circus‘ cover art, and I have been very impressed with her clear reviews (and the sheer number of reviews she does on a regular basis!) as well as the challenges she participates in and posts she does on upcoming books
  6. Christie from bibliophiliacs
    Because my previous nomination of bibliophiliacs was as a thank you for her nomination of Book Polygamist and I thought she deserved another on its own 🙂 Now your blog/you have been dubbed versatile and beautiful Christie
  7. Shivani from My Owl Barn
    I’ve shown my love of this treasure trove of owl stuff before, but some (ok, most if not all) the artwork she posts about is so stunning, she definitely deserves this award!

I’ll end with a short plug 😀 there’s been a flurry of activity on here lately such as two new features – Adventures in Etymology and Collective Nounitude – as well as a new page to quickly get to any of my regular (or not so regular) features; I’ll also be putting up another new page after this post which lists my awards (*blush*) as well as the awards I’ve given (the Top 10 Reads of this year and last year, as well as the Annual Book Polygamist Awards); and the other big news is Book Polygamist finally has a Facebook page and an email address! So if you’re a face on the Book of Faces you can like Book Polygamist by going to its page, or simply us the like widget, and if you want to email me the address is now on my About page 🙂

For now, and always I wish all my Bookbaggers and future Bookbaggers:

Happy Reading! And I hope you all have a look-see at the excellent blogs I’ve nominated 😀

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Quick! Write something inspiring!

At the end of last year I received a lovely surprise when checking how my little blog was chugging along via my handy dandy smartphone – one of my followers/followees cricketmuse nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I was a little stunned because I don’t really consider my brand of blogging to be particularly inspiring, but when I saw that she had nominated me because of my Save The Words Saturday posts (may they Rest In Peace in the discontinued blog feature afterlife) I was touched. I only started the Save The Words Saturdays because I personally love strange words that have fallen out of use, savethewords.org was such a fun site I wanted to spread the word (pardon the pun) about it, and since it was the National Year of Reading I wanted to do some new features which promoted reading and literacy…..wow, ok now that I read that back it does sound a little inspiring O.O

Anyway, I didn’t initially seek to inspire, but I’m tickled pink that cricketmuse was inspired by my posts (especially because her blog is quite the inspirational itself, which is why she was nominated for the award and paid it forward to me) and I firstly just wanted to say thank you 🙂

Before sitting down to fulfil my nominee duties I did a little search to try to determine the origin of The Very Inspiring Blogger Award (like I did for The Versatile Blogger Award) but I couldn’t find a starting point, and the rules seemed to differ somewhat from blog to blog.

From what I can gather the protocol for a nominee is as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. Thanks again cricketmuse!
  2. List 7 random things about yourself. See below ↓
  3. Nominate other blogs. This is where there’s a bit of a discrepancy – some nominated blogs said 7 and some said 15. Since I nominated 15 for the Versatile Blogger Award and I love repeated numbers (which may or may-not be one of my random facts ;)) I’ll be doing 7. See these below ↓ also
  4. Notify the nominees. Will do! 🙂
  5. Put the award logo on your blog.
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Done and done!

The 7 blogs that I nominate are:

  1. cricketmuse – because one good nomination deserves another and her posts always make me 🙂
  2. Crafting Art with Words – a beautifully simple blog which constantly inspires me with its short poems and accompanying photographs
  3. The Daily Post – for inspiring thousands of bloggers with new ideas for posts
  4. The Better Man Project – pick out any one post off this blog and you will find a simply honest and inspiring post about one man and his quest for self-improvement
  5. witches can be right – a wonderful book blog which is more about stories than books – some of the posts are about fairy tales, fables and spirituality and on the whole I find them very inspiring 🙂
  6. 12 Books in 12 Months – The name of this blog speaks for itself – it follows the journey of a writer completing the first drafts of 12 books in 12 months (and then beyond) and what she has managed to achieve blows me away.
  7. Doctor Grumpy in the House – nominated/awarded because it inspires me to have a hearty chuckle whenever I read a new post, and to feel a bit better about the insanity that is often in my own field (libraries/tertiary education)

And now for the 7 random facts:

  1. I’m crazy for paint samples.
    If I visit a hardware/home improvement store the first place I’ll make a beeline to (unless I’m on an in-out mission) is the wall of little paint sample cards that people can take home to help them decide on what exact shade of beige they want to paint their living room. In my life so far I have never actually needed the samples for their traditional purpose as I’ve never repainted/decorated a room, and yet I have a growing collection of them in a box at the bottom of my wardrobe. Why? Well besides the obvious fact that I’m a tad cuckoo, I just love the ridiculous names given to the paints! Whoever comes up with the names for paint must have an awesome job, but also I suspect they have never seen or experienced the origin of some of the names – why is Self-Destruct beige? Why is Hide And Seek a bright yellow (anyone who had played that game before would know that a yellow-clad participant would be an instant target)? And what kind of Looking Glass is a gross grey? All of these (and many more baffling and giggle-worthy ones) are in my collection.

    paintsample book

    A world of giggling and sniggering possibilities!

  2. Ditto for racehorse names
    I don’t collect these but I do enjoy reading them out of racing forms or when there’s a race on TV – and I’m not even a gambler! I don’t really understand the betting system for races, but I’m fine with it as an activity because the names are so great! The best thing about them is the juxtaposition of noble, inspiring names (such as Aristides, winner of the first Kentucky Derby; Might and Power; and Black Knight) against silly ones bursting with puns which I figure were thought up just to embarrass any race official or bookie who has to shout them out  (i.e. Bodacious Tatas; Nosupeforyou – yes, based on the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld; and, That’s Whatshesaid).

    "An coming from behind is That's Whatshesaid!"

    “And coming from behind is That’s Whatshesaid!”

  3. I’ve never been out of Australia
    While I have been on holiday in New South Wales (I live in Western Australia) I have never travelled overseas. This is pretty unusual for someone my age (26) as a trip to Bali, Thailand or New Zealand is a bit of a rite of passage for most young Aussies, but I’ve never had an interest in cheap, booze-fuelled holidays and would rather save up for a more cultural trip (say to Italy, Greece, France, the UK or Russia) that I can enjoy at an age where its more meaningful…plus so far in my life I’ve been too poor and disorganised to travel :s

    the world

    I’ll get there eventually world

  4. I love repeating numbers
    Like I said above, I have a bit of a thing for repeating numbers. This may be because my birthday is the 22nd of October (alas, not November), and I certainly love multiple twos the most, but really any repeated number makes me happy. You know how some people make a wish if they see 11:11 on a digital clock? I don’t personally do that, but I get a tiny thrill any time I  see any repeated number time. I addition to this (and this is where my fixation takes a slight OCD turn) when I use a microwave and the recommended time allows me to do so, I will cook my food for a length of time with three repeated numbers (i.e. if the box says “cook for 2-3 mins” i’ll cook it for 2 minutes and 22 seconds). I’m not saying that I have to do things in repeated numbers, or that If I didn’t it would upset me (which I think means I don’t actually have OCD) but still…so far this list is making be sound like an insane hermit O.o

    2 22-cover

    Funnily enough I have never seen this movie, despite the name…

  5. I have an ever-increasing collection of earrings and head-bands/bandanas etc.
    Ever since high-school I have expressed myself through headbands, clips and other hair decorations rather than colourful clothing and make-up. When I shaved my head for the Shave for a Cure this extended to earrings because they could be seen so much clearer than when I had long hair. Since then matching my hair accessories and earrings to my (now much brighter) clothing has kind of become my “thing”, which makes it very easy for people close to me when looking for birthday and Xmas presents 😛

    Some of my earring collection - all the non-hanging ones and ones that don't get worn a lot reside in a little drawer of a jewellery box

    Some of my earring collection – all the non-hanging ones and ones that don’t get worn a lot reside in a little drawer of a jewellery box

  6. I’ve recently become obsessed with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    This started on my birthday last year when I popped into their store in the city centre of Perth (which I had frequented before to buy a Mother’s Day present and generally to sniff delicious-smelling concoctions) and bought myself some bday goodies. I then went back when I received some birthday moolah and my shower has been invaded by amazing Lush products ever since.

    6026-happy-Happy-Joy-Joy-500x500

    The newest item on my wishlist

  7. I have a big collection of bookmarks and I try to match the bookmark I’m using to the cover art and/or subject matter of the book
    I have loved bookmarks since I was a kid as I loathed the thought of folding down page corners (*shudder*) or
    using any old piece of paper to mark my place. As I got older my collection grew as I usually bought a new bookmark with each bookshop purchase, and as friends and family knew I liked them I often was gifted free bookmarks they collected or when I was given a book. Since I have so many its pretty easy to match the bookmark to the book, and as I said above, I like colour coordinating so that just filters down to my books as well 🙂

    My current collection of bookmarks

    My current collection of bookmarks

I’ll end with a quick nag – the Micro Reviews Poll ends on the 27th of January, so if you want your say on the future of Micro Reviews get voting! Currently all 4 votes are in favour of continuing the Micro Reviews but supplemented with some full-length reviews, so that seems to be the most likely outcome, but there is still time for a different result if you so desire.

Oh! and this post is a bit of a milestone for Book Polygamist – it is my 200th post! 😀

I just want to say a big thank you to all my followers and commenters. We may be a small group, but without you, my Bookbaggers, I would probably have abandoned this endeavour (as a usually do with projects after a while) long ago, and that would be a shame because I really do enjoy writing it and reading your feedback.

Bring on post number 300! Also Book Polygamist’s 2nd birthday is approaching (March 5th) and since I completely forgot about the 1st birthday I will make sure I don’t let this one pass without some kind of special surprise 🙂

In the meantime, keep your collective eyes peeled for my Top 10 Books of 2012 and The 2012 Book Polygamist Awards which will be up before the end of January, as well as the usual Notable Quotables, updates on my current reads, and once the poll has finished, more Micro Reviews (as well as some sorely neglected full-length ones that are waiting in the wings).

Until then I wish all my fabulous Bookbaggers:

Happy Reading!

Perhaps on one of the wonderful blogs I nominated 😉

Versatile is my middle name!…no, wait it’s Louise

On the 14th of June I received a surprise honor – Christie from bibliophiliacs  nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂

For those who haven’t heard of the award before you can find out all about it on the blog, Versatile Blogger Award but the basic lowdown is:

  1. If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
  2. When you’re nominated thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
  3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, first things first – thank you once again to Christie from bibliophiliacs. It really was a big surprise as I’m just a fledgling blogger and haven’t been able to post very regularly for a while, so thanks for making me feel special…and versatile 😀

My nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award are:

  1. Christie from bibliophiliacs (WordPress)
    One good nomination deserves another and bibliophiliacs is a well-deserved multiple nominee which consistently offers interesting posts about books, reading, literacy, libraries and the authors workplace – a book store with a cast of quirky clientele
  2. Chelle from Salmon & Avocado (WordPress)
    Chelle is actually one of my fellow Library students at Central Institute of Technology and it’s because of her that I even started Book Polygamist in the first place. Her blog is inspired by two of her favourite culinary ingredients – salmon and avocados – and features tons of quick, tasty recipes, cooking experiments and restaurant reviews
  3. Lauren from The Very Hungry Bookworm (WordPress)
    One of the first blogs I followed, The Very Hungry Bookworm is a clever blog which is a sort of book/food blog hybrid. Book reviews usually include a recipe  adapted from a dish that features in the book (or inspired by the book in general). She also blogs about movies and has one of the best rating systems I’ve ever encountered
  4. Siobhan from The Book and Biscuit (WordPress)
    Another blog I took a shine to early on, mainly because Siobhan likes some of the same novels as me and we both are fans of Alice in Wonderland related goodies 🙂 Besides book reviews she also posts interesting tidbits about book related events or sites, her newest purchases or gifts, and some excellent literary lists
  5. Miss Anderson from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh (WordPress)
    A school librarian and teacher who blogs about books (especially Young Adult fiction), her career and other fun stuff like photo editing sites and programs
  6. Stephanie from Listful Thinking (WordPress)
    A HILARIOUS blog which embraces the mighty power of the list! As a Library student turned Library Technician (yes I have qualified – wooting ensues!) and a bit of a weirdo order-wise I love lists and Listful Thinking has some great ones. Check it out for a hearty giggle 🙂
  7. The Byronic Man from….The Byronic Man (WordPress)
    Very funny and clever posts. If I could sit and read the entirety of The Byronic Man in one sitting I would, but since he’s been going since November 2010 I may have to remain content with slowly devouring them. He has probably been nominated many a time but why not one more? 🙂
  8. Neely from NEELYWANG Photography + Design  (WordPress)
    A really stunning photography/design blog. I especially love her Macro Monday posts – beautiful stuff
  9. Jessy from Library Shenanigans (WordPress)
    A funny blog about all the weird and wonderful shenanigans that occur at libraries (they really do attract weirdos and not just bookworms people – trust me!) as well as other funny library related news
  10. Shivani from My Owl Barn (Blogger)
    The only blog on this list so far which is via Blogger not WordPress, but for me it was definitely worth joining and subscribing because I am absolutely crazy about owl things and this gives me a regular owl fix! All the posts feature some kind of owl related product or artwork, but often includes other pieces which are not owls and I have found some stunning art on there so its worth a look-see even if you’re not an owl freak like me :p
  11. J. Vance from A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette (Blogger)
    A blog I only discovered extremely recently (i.e. last Friday) when browsing the blogroll on Library Shenanigans. Every post made me twitter to myself (as in I emitted a series of little high-pitched laughs like a twittering bird not I sent myself messages of 140 characters or less on a social networking site) and there is actually some great advice for Library workers behind the humor as well
  12. Allie from Hyperbole and a Half (Blogger)
    Another Blogger blog that I discovered on Friday when browsing. Awesomely funny posts accompanied by equally awesomely funny drawings which tell stories from the authors day-to-day life – kinda like a cross between a diary blog and an autobiographical comic 🙂
  13. Ginger from GReads (Blogger)
    GReads receives this nomination mostly for her fun features: Tune In Tuesdays, where she takes a break from books to showcase music; The Blogger behind the Book, where she interviews other book bloggers; and TGIF at GReads, where she recaps the posts of the week and asks her readers a question for them to answer on their own blog or via the comments page. She also has quite an impressive archive of reviews, nicely arranged in alphabetical order 🙂
  14. The gang at The Broke and the Bookish (Blogger)
    The Broke and the Bookish is another blog which is receiving a nomination based on their wonderful features. The blog hosts a few clever features and/or blog memes, but the most popular is Top Ten Tuesday a meme which won the Best Book Blog Meme award during Book Blogging Appreciation Week  2011. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list answered by one of the contributors and their followers are welcomed to post their own list and link back creating a wonderful web of book blog Top Ten lists every Tuesday! I have yet to post a Top Ten Tuesday list but as my regular readers (or Bookbaggers) know I am quite the fond of Top 10 lists and I’m very impressed with the number of themes The Broke and the Bookish has managed to compile over time (over 100 and counting!)
  15. And last but not least:
    lambskinny the administrator at The Versatile Blogger Award (WordPress)
    Because creating and maintaining a place for all nominees to find out more about the award and share the love is worth its own reward 🙂

Nominating 15 bloggers/blogs was surprisingly tricky because I’m still relatively new to the blogosphere and don’t actually follow that many blogs. So, with this list of nominations you are pretty much getting the entirety of my following/subscriptions lists from both WordPress and Blogger BUT they are all well deserved and worth a read 🙂

Lastly here is the 7 facts about me for Christie at bibliophiliacs :

  1. I have two small, furry, old dogs. The oldest one, Charlie, is a Maltese cross Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who looks like a fluffy, curly ball of fur attempting to infiltrate the couch or bed by impersonating a cushion. I’ve had him since I was 14 and he’s approaching 11 now, is going blind, has allergies which causes him to itch like crazy and sleeps 95% of the time but still acts like a crazy puppy when I get home. The second one, Tia, is a salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer who has only been with us for a little over a year. She was a rescue dog that someone found abandoned in a backyard, with very overgrown and tangled fur, ticks all over her body and teats still producing milk after a recent litter of puppies. It’s been a long road to get her use to people (we suspect she has been abused or mistreated in some way) and she has also had to have quite a bit of medical treatment (an emergency spay due to an infection in her uterus and all of her teeth removed because they were in such bad nick) but she is now such a sweet and funny little dog who is so happy to see me when I get home. The vet estimated her age at around 8 or 9 so she’s not much younger than Charlie which means my fur children are more like furry geriatrics but I love them all the same.

    We are cushions! You do not see us!

  2. As I mentioned above I’m crazy about owls (and I was before everyone jumped on the owl bandwagon!). This makes it pretty easy for my friends and family to get me presents as I collect owl statues and owls of every size, shape, colour and pattern seem to be everyone at the moment. Currently I have around 30 but I haven’t counted in a while and I also have plenty of owl earrings, necklaces and clothing with owls on them. Hoot! 😀

    Some of my growing owl family 🙂

  3. I like dead things. That sounds way creepier than it is and is not a great sentence to lead from but hear me out. Firstly I’m not some crazy goth who likes to fantasize about getting it on with a vampire in a cemetery before finding a goat to slaughter and offer to their satanic master (before any goths get up on their high horses over that statement – chillax. I use to be a goth in highschool and I was just playing around with the stereotypes that get thrown about. I’m not being serious. Please don’t eat me). I also don’t condone killing animals for no reason and even though I am a meat eater I could probably never kill my own cow if I felt like a juicy steak. When I say I like dead things I simply mean that I’m fascinated by dead animals (namely birds and insects) and animal bones. If I come across a dead pigeon on the side of the road I stop and take a photo of it. If a bird has died and the bones have been completely cleaned by insects I may even take one home for my collection. I have a box where I keep dead insects that I find and It has gotten to the point when friends and family will give me insects that they find or even take pictures of dead birds and forward them to me. I won’t go into WHY I love dead things because you may already think I’m a freak but rest assured the reasons are fully wholesome and nothing to do with evil science and creating my own army of zombie animals, I swear…. although that would be pretty sweet…

    MWAHAHAHAHA!…..*cough*….sorry

  4. I use to be a Florist’s Assistant so I have an interest in flowers and especially the meanings behind them. The Victorian language of flowers is a particular interest of mine, especially because one species of flower can often have many different and conflicting meanings. I wish I could grow a whole garden of flowering plants but alas, my mother’s green thumb did not pass on to me and If I don’t kill my plants it’s usually from sheer blind luck.

    Lavender, one of my favourite flowers can mean mistrust or on the other hand love, devotion, purity, cleanliness, luck or compassion. How bizarre is that?

  5. I’m a lesbian, but not a very good one. I say this because at the age of 25 I have only had one serious girlfriend and two disastrous ones and even the serious relationship didn’t last very long. Also I’m usually too busy/lazy/disinterested to go to gay bars or other events where I could meet other lesbians, I’m not particularly fussed about getting married (although I do support same-sex marriage), and I’m usually surprised when a celebrity comes out so my gaydar is shot (only with the ladies though – when it comes to gay men I can generally spot it a mile away).

    Maybe one day I’ll meet an equally rubbish lesbian and we can be rubbish and lazy together 😛

  6. I’m a Librarian who has tattoos. Well, that isn’t 100% true – I’m a Library Assistant with a Library Technician qualification but that’s a mouthful so when I explain my job I usually just say Librarian if I’m talking to people outside the library industry. The tattoos part however is 100% correct. I have two eye tattoos, one which is a tiger’s eye and one which is an owl’s eye on either side of my chest/front of my shoulder (you can see them a little bit in my Gravatar picture). Because of their placement and the dress code at my place of work (smart casual) they remain hidden the majority of the time, so much so that one of my lecturers (who I only had on a day when I worked afterwards) thought they were brand new when seeing them at our end of semester afternoon tea, even though I’ve had them for the entirety of my course.

    This isn’t me obviously – I wish!

  7. I unconsciously sing/hum little songs to myself. To my friends and family this has become endearing I guess because they hardly ever mention it/giggle at me anymore, but I found myself doing it on one of my first days at a different campus library and didn’t even realise until my co-worker started laughing. It usually happened when I’m working on something and the tunes don’t sound like anything really – just a string of notes like the made up song of a child – but if I’m really into a task it may evolve into an actual song but with what I’m doing replacing the real lyrics – i.e. a song about washing the dishes to the tune of Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin (to my knowledge I’ve never done that specifically before by now I’ve thought of it next time I’m washing dishes it will probably become reality)

    “Washing dishes in the sink, when I’m done I’ll have a drink! Don’t worry, be happy…”

    So there we go, all the required duties of becoming a Versatile Blogger Award winner have been fulfilled and only…. almost a month after my nomination O.o oops.

    Thanks once again to Christie – I was almost on the verge of shutting down Book Polygamist because I’ve been too busy to post so your nomination gave me the kick in the behind I sorely needed 🙂

    I hope to get onto more posting now I’ve finished my course but since I’ve been working so much it’s been a little tricky so hopefully you, my few but loyal Bookbaggers will stick with me and I can bring you more Book Polygamy in the near future.

    For now Happy Reading! and I hope you find some new wonderful blogs to follow in my nominations list.