About Me.

What I’m reading this year.

I am a HS teacher with her MLIS. My dream job is to be either a college/university librarian OR  a childrens/YA librarian. Oh heck, any kind of librarian. Someday, it will happen, and I keep sending out résumés to make it so.

In the mean time, I have embraced my inner geek. During my MLIS program, we were constantly encouraged to recommend “good” books. Well, what I think is good and what YOU think is good may not be the same. Your purpose makes a difference. Your needs make a difference. Anyway, “award winning” and “classic” were phrases thrown around a LOT. I started to notice how MANY books/authors/websites/recordings had won some kind of award. I started to wonder. I mean, hey, I could give myself the “Geekiest blog of the year” award and say I’m award winning. So I started to research. It’s what I do.

So far, I’ve found over 200 random, well-known, teeny-tiny, and much ballyhooed awards for writing of all kinds. I’m going to try and cover them all. What they’re for, who can win, and most important to me: who votes/how you win. What does it take to GET that award? From time to time, I’ll also post about authors who are cool enough to win SEVERAL awards, or books that have won multiples, and Authors who DESERVE an award, just cuz I said so.  Awards for writing are something awesome. That as a society we took time to recognize greatness and come to a consensus is amazing. I just like to know who’s recognizing what…ya know?

In case you asked: the name of the blog makes some folks expect book reviews. Sorry, no. The only thing close is a brief list of what I’m reading. There are a plethora of really well done book review blogs out there. Booktopia for me was a good word to describe the book/publishing/selling/writing universe that the awards live in. So I’m reviewing the world of books, marketing, and awards, not the books themselves. Does that make sense to anyone else? just checking…


26 Comments on “About Me.”

  1. Pure Klass says:

    What an awesome blog concept! There is so much to cover in this world… and it’s always worth having the veil lifted on some of these concepts that are subject to self-definition. (i.e., I’ve won an award and so I’m award-winning!)

    I’ve been really intrigued by the idea of getting my MLIS, but my undergrad was a looooong time ago. Going back to school seems daunting, especially when there’s a whole world of non-structured learning to live in.

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  3. rraymond12 says:

    Nice work here. Thanks so much for following my Kosova adventure.

  4. me says:

    Hi. Thanks for reading my blog and clicking like on a couple of posts. It’s heartwarming to know that people are reading it. Your blog looks very interesting. I didn’t read Anne as a kid, in fact I’ve never read it. Not on purpose, I just never knew it existed. Though I probably would have read it if I’d known of it since I have always been an avid reader. I was one of those geeks in High School that actually loved Silas Marner and thought I was lucky to be able to read it twice since I moved and switched schools! Do they still read that in High School? I do hope so!

  5. Rose says:

    Your blog sounds super interesting. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by mine. Oh, and I loved Anne of GG as a kid.

  6. Rilla Z says:

    I’ve missed your blog posts lately. So, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award: http://rillawriter.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/oh-thats-how-you-spell-kreativ/

    I hope your 2012 is a happy one.

  7. Good start to an ambitious project. I look forward to reading more!

  8. Kathleen says:

    I’m grateful for finding your blog. I’m grateful for all librarians and all booklovers, no matter how/what they read. Thanks for liking my post on The Literacy Site.

  9. Fantastic idea! Will recommend to the librarian mother of mine.
    Looking forward to hearing more 🙂

  10. Very interesting idea. Are you also including the crazy world of journalism awards?

  11. dalysbread says:

    Thanks for following my blog, liking my posts and taking the time to comment. I forward to reading more of your posts.
    PS I have added a post on salt risen bread as requested 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  12. ladyeleanor says:

    Fab idea! Thanks for following too!


  13. Mika says:

    Thank you ‘liking’ my Food Rules post. I’m so happy to find a fellow librarian in the blogosphere. This idea behind this blog is wonderful. Keep up the fantastic work.

  14. Eggton says:

    I LOVE the premise of your blog. I honestly can’t wait to start reading it. I am so glad to know it exists now! Thank you!

  15. We want to thank you for ‘liking’ our review.

    Please pass the word about this cookbook, the recipes are delicious and would be a great gift for family and friends.


  16. Mare F says:

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to see more.

  17. Christi Wampler says:

    I love this idea!!! I’m going to follow your suggestions!

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