Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Could you help a girl out?

I've been a bit down in the dumps lately, an effect of, what I like to call, the summer blues. I simply wasn't designed for the hot, humid Japanese summer. But I just got an email which totally made my day. I've been nominated for a Book Blogger Appreciation Week Award in the category of Best General Review Blog. The criteria: "This blog doesn’t specialize in any one book genre, but it’s still excellent. Their book reviews usually cause you to add one more book to the TBR pile."

Mine is such a little blog compared to many out there, so I'm absolutely thrilled! As you can tell, my blogging has been less frequent since our move and I still haven't got properly back in the swing of things, so it's especially appreciated right now. Thank you so much!

Now I need to submit 5 blog posts "that you consider to be the best representation of your blog", and I have no idea which ones to choose. I hope this isn't against the rules but I would be extremely grateful if you'd let me know a specific post, or the kinds of posts that you have particularly enjoyed here at In Spring it is the Dawn, or any posts you think best represent my blog. Pretty please with a cherry on top. And a big thank you in advance.

Update: I've also been nominated for Best Cultural Review Blog. Thanks so much guys! This means so much to me!


  1. Congrats! That is such a huge honor!

    I remember really loving your post on the Graveyard Book. If it helps (:

  2. Congratulations on your nomination!!


  3. Congrats on the nomination! You entirely deserve it. :)

  4. Congrats on your well-deserved nomination, and good luck picking which posts to submit. I'd help you, but I have to go do the same thing (for different categories) :-).

  5. Congratulations! I love your blog :)

  6. I also liked your review of After Dark.

  7. Congratulations! I loved your review of Kafka on the Shore, so I'd suggest that.

  8. Congrats!

    I was skimming through a few of your past reviews... ones I remember liking were "The Character of Rain" and your reviews of the Emma novels.

    Speaking of Emma, I noticed that you found a website to read scans of volumes 5-7. I had the SAME problem with trying to get ahold of English translations of them, and if you have a link and wouldn't mind sharing, I would be very appreciative! I also don't understand why it is so hard to get ahold of the final novels when the first ones are readily available! My email is if you do have the links. Thanks.

  9. Oh, Nat. I'm so happy for you. You certainly deserve this honor. Hope this keeps you out of the dumps for many, many months. Hugs.

  10. Thanks everyone for your congratulations and suggestions. And thank you so much to whoever nominated me in the first place. It really means so very much to me that you thought of my blog. :)

    Lena - There were so many reviews for The Graveyard Book, I'm surprised, but pleased, that you remember mine. :)

    Florinda - It was hard choosing, wasn't it? Congratulations on your own nominations!

    Thanks Amanda - I included that as one of my links, thanks to your suggestion. :)

    Nymeth - Thanks for weighing in. I used yours and Amanda's suggestions, one for each category. :)

    Kim L - Thank you! I made a last minute change to one of my submissions. :)
    I can't remember if I made a note of the website where I found the scans or not. Let me take a look and I'll email you.

    Thanks Les! I think my chances of being shortlisted are pretty slim but being nominated really did make my day. :)

  11. Congrats on the nomination!

  12. I'm too late for blogger input on your posts, but I did want to say congrats on the nominations. I know your blog isn't new, but it's one of my favorite discoveries from the past year.

  13. Thanks Jess!

    Trish - Thank you. I'm very glad to have found your blog this year too. :)

  14. Congrats Tanabata! You so deserve these!


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