Book Giveaway Worth USD 20

One of the highlights of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week or BBAW is the huge (and I mean HUUUGGGEEEE) bunch of contests and games. Most blogs, if not all, would host one or two, with books and other swags as the major prizes. But the real strength of BBAW is the growing community of bloggers and readers who are committed to make reading a pleasure that should be enjoyed by everyone.
Here in The Traveling Reader, I would like to take part in this yearly celebration by hosting a contest as my way of saying thank you to everyone who stopped by and left kind words. It was only this year that I have become serious about blogging and reading, that’s why I’m paying back to the reading community by hosting a book giveaway. Yup, you read that right. CONTEST ALERT!!! Read on to find out more. 😉


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BBAW 2011 Interview Swap with Sara Gundell

It’s the second day of celebrations for this year’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week which runs from September 12 – 16. And today, I get to introduce you to the uber cool and blogger extraordinaire Sara Gundell.

Sara Gundell of Novel Novice

The maiden with the fiery red mane is part of one of the best blogs out there – Novel Novice.com. I have had the pleasure of discovering her blog through the BBAW Interview Swap and why I haven’t found that sooner is completely an oversight on my part. (Yeah, so many great blogs, so little time.)

Meanwhile, Sara gamely answered all the questions I posed (some of her responses just tickled me). Should you like to ask her something, just put that in the comments portion.

Ready, set, go!


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A Bookish Meme

So glad to be back writing after that week-long vacation (will blog about that soon). Today’s post is a bookish meme from the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, which, by the way, officially started on the 14th.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Yes. Chocolates, chips, or any chichirya available.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Not really especially if I just borrowed it from a friend. But sometimes I leave stuff inside books like receipts or any scrap of paper I’ve been doodling on that I also happened to have used as a bookmark.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

Dog-ears when no bookmark is available.

bbaw bookish meme
Genie in a bookmark. I got this one in grade school as a freebie from an ice cream product and since then, it’s been one of my favorites.

Laying the book flat open?

As much as possible no.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Fiction most of the time

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

Able to put down the book at any point.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

No. I’ll wait til I can google it.

What are you currently reading?

What is the last book you bought?

In the plural form, actually. 😀

From National Bookstore – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Harrison Plaza, Malate

From Booksale – Emall, Cebu City

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I can read several at a time but only when I’m not raring to finish a particular book.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Usually in the mornings when I’m riding a jeepney on the way to work.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Doesn’t matter although it takes time for me to get used to an author’s new book/series if I have already been following his previous works.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Nothing in particular..well, maybe the Artemis Fowl series (but I’ve read Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist yet I don’t find it as good as the AF).

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

If you can call haphazardly lumping them in piles “arranging”, then that’s how I arrange my books. Hehehe

So there’s my bookish meme. Hope you enjoyed it. ^_^
Special mention to Memory on Stella Matutina from whose post I’ve first read about this. Thanks. 😉
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The Genie bookmark was scanned then edited in Adobe Photoshop using brushes downloaded from the Internet.
Aladdin and all other related insignia are property of Disney.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

book blogger appreciation week

This is a re-post of the original announcement for the Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

WHO Anyone who blogs about books is invited to participate. In fact, we want everyone who blogs about books and reading to be a part of this week!
WHAT A week where we come together, celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recognizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.
WHEN September 14-18, 2009
WHERE Here at the new Book Blogger Appreciation Week Blog!
WHY Because books matter. In a world full of options, the people talking about books pour hard work, time, energy, and money into creating a community around the written word.

Because books are like halo-halo — sweet, succulent and such a delight to have on easy Saturday afternoons.
And dedicated book bloggers need a break, too.

If you are a book blogger or one who just blogs about reading or are just plain crazy over books like me, join and register by filling out the online registration form. By registering, not only will you be included in the BBAW 09 Database of Book Bloggers but you will also be automatically qualified for the drawing of the BBAW 09 Grand Prize! Be also on the lookout for special giveaways!

AWARDS
Vote for your favorite book blogs here. The BBAW Award Nominations are open from July 15-August 15, 2009. I’m sure you’ll have fun trying to pick what blog fits best what category. Some of the more exciting ones are:

    Best Name for a Blog
    This blog has a name that is impossible to forget – it’s creative, or witty, or just plain strange, but it’s certainly memorable.
    Best Design
    This blog is a pleasure to read – beautiful design, interesting layout, it’s a site you enjoy visiting for its aesthetic excellence.
    Most Eclectic Taste
    This blog stands out because of its uniqueness – you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always something surprising and new.
    Best Reviews
    Book reviews are the heart and soul of book blogging, and this blog is the cream of the crop – consistently well-written, entertaining and informative reviews are a staple on this blog.
    Best Writing
    It’s not just what they say, it’s how they say it. This blog is almost as enjoyable to read as the books (and anything else) it talks about.
    Best Blog Post
    This is hands down your favorite blog post you read all year. It made you laugh, it made you cry, or it reminded you of truth.
    Most Altruistic Blog
    This blog doesn’t just focus on itself but seeks to make a difference in the lives of others through raising awareness and funds for various causes.
    Most Prolific Blogger
    This blogger is EVERYWHERE. You have no idea how they do it. They consistently post on their own blog, keep up with challenges, and comment on other blogs. You’re convinced they have a super power that somehow relates to blogging.
    Most Extravagant Giveaways
    You wonder how the blogger comes up with such fantastic giveaways! You want to win these giveaways, and you also wish you’d thought of these great giveaways for your own blog.

So help spread the word about BBAW by posting it on your blog (which I’m doing now after I saw this on Stella Matutina), by stumbling it, or twittering about it or just a plain holler to friends will do. Now, is our chance to show our appreciation for the blogs which have deepened our understanding and love for books and the pleasure of reading. 😀

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Image was taken last Saturday using a Canon A480 while taking a break and chowing on halo-halo at Chow King in Emall, Cebu City after I spent hours poring over bargain books at Booksale. Featured are some of my latest acquisition (I like the sound of that word..feels so “official”..hehe):

Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert made from a mixture of shaved ice, milk, sweet beans and a variety of bite-sized fruits, and is usually served in a tall glass. This dish is quite popular especially during the summer and in the hot months. Full definition here.
UPDATE 07.21.09: Just registered on BBAW and followed it on twitter.
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