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I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.


That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

Almost knocking at the door.. Indie Lit Awards



Have you guys been thinking about what books you would love to see in the Indie Lit Awards longlist this year? I hope so, because nominations will be open in September, and that's just a month away! (Seriously, I can't believe it's almost time to start thinking of books that will go on to the 2011 Best Of... lists! Have I even read enough books this year so far?

For the uninitiated, the Indie Lit Awards is the brainchild of the amazing Wallace, who you may know as the blogger over at Unputdownables. These are book awards given by literary bloggers to books released for the first time in 2011, irrespective of where it was released first. I loved following this award last year and am truly glad to be a voting member of the Fiction panel. There are more panels, so be sure to check out the full list, so that you can be sure not to miss updates on any other genre that you enjoy. There have been quite a few updates lately, that I am a little late to share, but there have been talk about it around the blogosphere, so I hope that you nevertheless did hear about them already.
  • You don't need to be a blogger to vote. If you love reading books, that's good enough for us. And I know that includes all of you passing by my blog, so be sure to get your favorite 2011 releases lists ready by the time nominations open!
  • Melody, who is the awesome Director of the Fiction panel, is keeping a running list of books eligible to be nominated for the Fiction panel. I've been feeding my favorite books as well into that list, as I'm sure many of her readers are. Since we panel members cannot vote, we're counting on you guys to vote your favorites, and Melody's list will hopefully serve as a memory-jogger. To check out the list she has, and to submit any missing books that you think should be on the list, head over to her blog.
  • Want to follow any blogs or bloggers on the Indie Lit Awards panels? There's a full list of panel members here.

So which 2011 release (any genre) would you love to see win this year's award?

Comments

zibilee said…
I love following these awards, and will be looking back to see what's happening with it all. Congrats on scoring yourself a place on the fiction panel as well! I will have to sit and think for awhile on what books I'd like to see included.
Juju at Tales of Whimsy... said…
Very cool! Thanks for the news :)
Helen Murdoch said…
I am going to cruise on over and check out all the lists that you have highlighted in your post, thank you!
Giving Reading said…
Thank you for the info :)
I (embarrassingly) had no idea about these awards.
Marce said…
Congrats on being a Voter, you are perfect. Thanks for introducing me to others.

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