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BBAW is now over.  I am still riding the high from reading so many new blogs and the general love for bloggers that was in the air throughout the week.  I am amazed at the work that went into it and feel that Amy deserves her own special award for putting everything together.  Like everyone else, I added several dozen new blogs to my Reader and have been enjoying getting to know them all.  It’s one of my favorite part of the day, logging in to see what new posts are waiting for me.  Congratulations to everyone who were nominated, short-listed and won a blogging award this year!  The fact that so many were nominated and that the choices were so difficult this year highlights the high quality of book bloggers we have here.  I feel blessed to be a part of it all!

I was downloading new apps for my Blackberry last week and discovered a free e-reader that allows me to download books right to my phone.  I downloaded it and had to figure out what to read.  With all the hype regarding The Vampire Diaries, I thought that would be a great first novel to try out on any sort of e-reader.  My thoughts?  Having an e-reader on your phone, which you carry with you everywhere is extremely dangerous.  I can’t even begin to count how many hours I’ve lost because I went to read a few lines and ended up reading a few chapters.  Granted, the book itself is not difficult reading, but I was almost appalled at myself for how quickly I could lose track of time with my phone.  Since I already have Facebook, receive tweets and e-mails from all of my various accounts on my phone, adding this application was probably not the wisest of decisions.  Although, having access to a book even when I forget to tote one in my purse is very, very nice.  So, I think I’m going to limit myself to the rest of the Vampire Diaries and decide what to do after that.

Speaking of reading, somehow I managed to finish the first two books of the Vampire Diaries this week.  I also finished the first book in the Vampire Academy series, Vampire Academy.  I started reading my win from LibraryThing, Grace Hammer by Sara Stockbridge.  Of course, I am still reading Maugham’s Of Human Bondage.  I promised myself that I would get caught up in all of my reviews today.  In addition, the Fall Into Reading Challenge starts on Tuesday, and I need to get ready for the Banned Book Challenge next week.  I’ve viewing these as great opportunities to clear off my TBR and ARC piles and can’t wait to compile my lists!

Personally, life remains hectic.  In addition to our regular soccer, ballet, and piano activities, I get the pleasure of attending our quarterly sales meeting with long days of meetings and at least one evening activity.  Squeezing reading into that schedule while also staying on top of my studying will be challenging this week, but I’m getting used to having three activities each night.  I don’t know whether to be sad about that or just take it in stride.

I’m off to cook!  It is something I truly love to do, and just the other day, I was wondering why I had let this particular hobby of mine fall by the wayside.  Today is the first day where you can feel fall in the air – it’s gloomy and rainy and damp.  I’m wearing sweats and have been drinking tea, and today is the first day in a long time where I couldn’t wait to make something for my family.  Moment of self-realization – apparently, I’m a winter, comfort food-type of chef.  I’m cracking open my homemade mac and cheese recipe tonight and can’t wait!!  (Now, if only the Packers had won against the Bengals; I’m going to hear about this one at work tomorrow…)

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday doing whatever it is that makes you happy.  Have a great week and happy reading!!

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