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How wonderful: velvet from vvb32 reads gave me this Let’s Be Friends Award! Good thing I don’t have a webcam because I’m sitting here awfully red-faced ;) Thank you SO much velvet! And I’m looking forward to reading The Pillowbook with you for our Japanese Literature Challenge :)

Let's Be Friends Award

The award is for:
Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers.

What an amzing way to end the Book Bloggers Appreciation Week :)

The hard part is that I can select only 8 blogs of all those great reader-writers out there..! Let’s do it Oscar-style:


Suzanne of Chick with books (I haven’t known her long but her kind en generous remarks stand out)

Mee of Books of Mee (always extremely interested in the thoughts of commentators on her posts)

Belezza of Dolce Belezza (generous host of the Japanese Literature Challenge)

tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn (sharing her Japan experiences on what is probably the blog with the most poetic name ;)

Literary Feline of Musings of a Bookish Kitty (giveaways, giveaways, giveaways :) And you have to love anyone adoring cats!)

Claire of Kiss a Cloud (great taste in books, especially cherishing classics — and what can I say: have you seen today’s giveaway?)

Chris of Book-a-rama (I can’t believe the amount of reviews she’s sharing! And I love the idea of ‘This old thing?‘!)

gautami tripathy of Everything Distills into Reading (very active in the blogging community!)

It is great having so many virtual friends!

Unfortunately I don’t have much time to play on the internet in this Book Blogger Appreciation Week. But I try to keep up with the fun, so.. here’s a picture in answer to Tuesday’s reading meme!

Looking at this picture you’ll know the answers to three of the questions asked:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
  3. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

Right now I am reading some Dutch non-fiction about an 19th century colony for poor people, and its significance for several generations of the author’s family: Het pauperparadijs (Pauper Paradise), by Suzanna Jansen. I chose to read this book now because in a few weeks we’ll be having a ‘pauper arrangement‘ as a company outing in the Gevangenismuseum (Jail Museum), located in the last remaining building of the former colony. I hope our visit won’t turn out too beggarly…

This copy is signed and I borrowed it from my mother-in-law so I’ll admit to being extra careful with it, but that doesn’t make any difference for the following answers. Although I can understand people making notes in their books, I never do so. I drag along a notebook almost anytime I leave the house; not just to write down thoughts about my book but also for taking notes relating to work, blog ideas etc. This week I filled the last page of my orange moleskine so the notebook in the photograph is nice and fresh! I love starting in a brand new booklet :))

As you can see I also use post-its to mark pages, especially when I don’t want to stop reading only to scribble down quotes. I keep some of these markers at hand on the backside of my bookmark — which brings me to the last question: I really need those to help me remember at what page I am. I own several bookmarks and I always choose one that ‘fits’ the theme of my book. You’ll find some on my Flickr page! Can you find out what’s on the front of the bookmark shown here?

So now you know some of my reading habits! What are yours?

On the first day of this Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) I would like to turn the spotlights on Elsje las. Unfortunately for international readers, Elsje writes in Dutch (her blog title can be translated into Elsje read). What I like about her reviews is that they are short — but to the point. And I really admire the discipline Elsje shows in reviewing all the books she has read in a steadfast pace… I will never be able to do both of these things! ;)

Of course in admiring her blog it helps immensely that I like her taste in books :) Among her most recent reviews are Man in the Dark by Paul Auster, Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami), and Hesse’s Narziss & Goldmund. Need I say more???

It is great that people make an effort to write down their thoughts about books. Hurray for book bloggers around the world!

ETA: I must be clairvoyant! LOL
I didn’t know all book bloggers were going to post about this topic, but of course it
is a logical start of the Book Blogger Appreciation Week :)

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