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CelebratingMy birthday was this past Friday, which was a day off at my workplace to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. We didn't do anything big this time. The husband and the girl baked and decorated me a birthday cake, and that was delicious. We also ordered takeout for lunch, beyond that, we didn't do anything major, unlike past birthdays, when we would at least hang outside. July is also when the girl is celebrating her birthday (in another couple of weeks). Earlier this year, I had my eyes set on a bouncy play place to celebrate her birthday with her friends. Sadly, that's scratched off obviously but I'd still like to see if there's something special we can do. She does want a unicorn cake that she once saw at a local bakery so we'll be ordering that. 
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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.