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I was nominated for THE BOOKER AWARD some time ago by the lovely Rob Zimmermann (please, visit his blog A Life Among the Pages). I am very happy for getting this, since books are definitely my biggest passion. This award comes with homework, so I better start doing it.

What I have to do is:
  • List my top five all time books.
  • Add the award icon to my blog
  • Nominate 5 bloggers for this award (who may or may not decide to write their corresponding post).


It is very difficult to choose only 5 top books from the huge list of books that I love. And I know that most of you are already thinking that I will list 5 books by Jane Austen. You are WRONG! Apart from Jane Austen, there are lots of other writers that I love. So here I go with my top 5 books (in no particular order, since I love them all):



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1) The Lord of the Rings (trilogy), by J.R.R. Tolkien.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.
When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
(Amazon's synopsis).

I really love these books. Why? Because I think that the universe that Tolkien managed to create is so good that it makes you think that it can be real. Whenever I feel a bit bad, I run to the Middle Earth and enjoy myself being a Hobbit (my pixie size wouldn't allow me be an elf). Tolkien was a superb story-teller and I love the way he has of telling things. 


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2) The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.
The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. (Amazon's synopsis).


This book is one of the books that I read without a real intention of reading it, and it turned out that I loved it. One of my friends had to read this book for her History lessons while she was attending High School. When she showed me the book, I thought that it would be some boring account of historical facts and dates. And I forgot about it. Months later, my friend told me it was the most fascinating book she had ever read. Taking into account that I am a very curious person (especially when books are concerned), and taking into account that I love really thick books (the version that I read has 1100 pages), I decided to give it a try. And you know what? I read it in 4 days! And I loved it!


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3) Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. (Amazon's synopsis)


Did you really believe that I wasn't going to include ANY book by Jane Austen? (rolling on the floor, laughing) Now, seriously, I love this book because the layers of irony and subtle humour are so many that make of this book a delightful read. I simply love Austen's style. And to those of you who are thinking that this is a chick-lit book about a romantic story, I can only tell you to read the book.


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4) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. (Amazon's synopsis)


I learnt to read with this book. I was 5 when I got this book as a birthday present. I used to sit in front of the television with my book while watching Sesame Street. When the Sesame Street's characters started teaching the letters, I used to look for them in my book, so I started learning how to combine them, till I finally managed to read the whole book. So this book has a very special place in my bookworm heart.


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5) Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë.Classic novel of consuming passions, played out against the lonely moors of northern England, recounts the turbulent and tempestuous love story of Cathy and Heathcliff. A masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the story remains as poignant and compelling today as it was when first published in 1847. (Amazon's synopsis)


This book is simply amazing. It is powerful, it is magical, and the supernatural atmosphere that you can feel all over the book makes of it even a more special book. It is impossible not to feel dragged into the story, it is impossible not to feel Cathy's and Heathcliff's passion. What fascinates me more about this book is the use of the background and nature. I mean, the landscape in which the story takes place, as well as the weather, match pretty well what is going on in the story. For me, Wuthering Heights is a masterpiece, and I would have loved to be able to read more books by Emily Brontë. Unfortunately, life didn't give her the chance of writing so much.
Her tragic fate matched the tragic fate of her characters.


Finally, I have to nominate 5 bloggers who also love books so much. And the nominees are:

Dawn G. Torrens
Peter Germany
Marilou George
Dionne Lister
Scott Morgan

 
 
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Two nights ago, I got a very nice surprise before going to bed. My mobile phone beeped and it was a new post in one of my favourite blogs: A Life Among the Pages, run by the lovely Rob Zimmermann. He had been awarded a Liebster Award. A very well-deserved award, since his blog is great and you can read about different things (although all related to the literary world). 

A great poet and an avid reader, Rob was kind enough as to mention my blog among the nominees to get this Award. I really thank you, and I am glad that my blog is liked by people :D 

The rules for this Liebster Award are the following ones:
  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs with 200 followers or less.
  • Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.


So I have to nominee 5 people whose blog has less than 200 followers. Hmm, hard work, since almost all the bloggers I know have a lot of followers. Let me think and let's see if I can think of 5 right nominees for this Award. OK, here we go, and I hope these blogs get lots and lots of new followers from now on:
  • D.e.e.L, for his blog Deeliopunk.
  • Peter Germany, for his blog.
  • Darren Cockle, for his blog.
  • Alan McDermott, for his blog Jambalian.
  • Jess Sturman-Coombs, for her blog.


So this is all. I am happy for getting this kind of recognition from my fellow bloggers. And don't forget to check all these blogs, because they are really worth the effort of reading them.



 
 
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Today I had a nice surprise. Awesome and gorgeous Goth twins Cat and Lynx nominated me for this award. If you are not following them in Twitter yet, you should, because, as I said, they are awesome. So hurry up and follow them (@clraven). 
The rules of the award state that I have to thank and name the person, or persons, nominating me. So thanks a lot, Cat and Lynx. You can find them in their great blog http://clraven.wordpress.com
Now for the following part of the award. I have to tell seven facts about myself: 
  1. I am lactose-free, but it seems that the only milk that hurts me is cow milk.
  2. I cannot stand the taste of pinapple, coconut, or raisins. They make me vomit.
  3. I cannot swim.
  4. I love making presents, but I feel a bit embarrassed when people give me presents. But that doesn't mean that I don't like getting presents LOL.
  5. Anytime I ask for an alcoholic beverage in a pub, they ask for my ID card.
  6. I hate horror films.
  7. My favourite fiction character is Tinker Bell. I carry all my pens, pencils, and markers in a Tinker Bell pencil case.

Now that you know a bit more about me, it is time for the following part of this award: nominating seven other beautiful blogs. So my nominees are:

 
 
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I am feeling really happy, since it seems that my blog is liked by people. Knowing that my silly and random ramblings are enjoyed by people all over the world is something that makes me smile from ear to ear :D What can I say? I am a writer. And we writers like our writing to be read. Yesterday I got a notification in Twitter that I had been nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Getting so many awards in such a short time of life as a blogger is a very humbling experience, and very rewarding as well. So, thanks.

Thanks to KD Rush at The Rush Room for passing this award on me. It made me smile big time. When I started my blog back in January, I didn't think it was going to be so popular. It seems that this award also comes with homework, so I better get to it now.

The Rules are as follow:

1. The nominee should visit the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).

2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.

3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.

4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.

5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/).

A Random Fact about me: I am left-handed, but I write with my right hand.

And my Five Nominees are.....

1. 90 Days Novel, by authors Sean and Dan Campbell.

2. My Books and I..., by author Dawn G. Torrens.

3. Darren Cockle, by author Darren Cockle.

4. Deeliopunk, by author D.e.e.L.

5. A Life Among the Pages, by poet, writer, and reviewer Robert Zimmermann.

In my opinion, these blogs are the most "illuminating". I love reading all of them, and I am sure you will love them too if you give them a try. Read them!!


 
 
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Hello, my dear friends!

Yesterday morning I opened my e-mail and I found some messages. One of them was a new blog post in Trish Gentry's blog ChickletsLit. I started reading her post, so I knew she had been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award for the amazing contents in her blog. I went on reading and I was very surprised when I saw my name among the bloggers she was nominating to get this award as well. I felt honoured and humbled for being included in such a wonderful list of amazing authors and most of them very good friends and lovely people. I also saw a name I don't like at all... ehem... but I am feeling too happy as to bother about that.

So thank you, Trish!! Your blog is one of my favourite ones, since your blog seems to be a miscellany of things, just like mine :D Suscribe to her blog and follow her in Twitter. You won't regret that. As a friend of mine would say, this award comes with homework, so let me get into it now :D

When given the Award you are to, in turn, nominate and award fifteen blogs/bloggers the Versatile Blogger Award in addition to revealing seven things about yourself. However, I will cheat a bit here and I will nominate only 10 blogs. Sorry, but they are my favourite ones. I don't follow so many blogs as to have 15 favourite blogs that everybody should read.

Seven Things You May Not Already Know About Me:

1. I am useless with computers, so I am very happy that I managed to create not only this blog, but a second one!! And I survived to tell it :P

2. I have a BA in English and Literature (especially British, Irish, Canadian, Afro-American, Feminist, and Dystopian literature). I started my studies to get a PhD in Jane Austen, but I had to give up when my mum got sick. However, I still research about her and write articles about Jane Austen.

3. I learned to read at the age of 5, all by myself, by watching Sesame Street and trying to read "The Wizard of Oz" at the same time. When the characters in Sesame Street taught the different letters, I looked for them in my book, and finally I learned to combine them. That was the first book I read in my life.

4. I wear glasses since I was 14.

5. I am a teacher, but my real vocation, apart from being a writer, is to be a translator. Translating is what I really enjoy doing.

6. I am the youngest in my group of friends, and the only one who is single, so all my friends' kids call me Auntie Cinta and I am the one in charge of the kids when we go out together.

7. I am Spanish, but I have never had a nap. I think they are a waste of time. I prefer spending the nap time writing or reading. Indeed, I feel insulted when people make nap jokes to me just because I am Spanish.

My Ten Nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award are:

1. D.e.e.L. His wonderful blog Deeliopunk is a must read. He is an amazingly talented young writer, and you can enjoy in his blog fantastic stories and beautiful poems. He recently published his first book, a collection of short stories. Really, if you want to read great stories, you should check his book "Blissfire". He also has another blog in Tumblr. Check it out to read incredibly funny and absurd stories. He appears often in my blog too, since we like swapping blogs; we started a series of stories that we like calling our "Groovy Cool Writing Adventure". Follow him in Twitter to stay in tune with more blog swappings with me. I couldn't find a better and funnier writing partner than him :) Sorry, D.e.e.L, but this award comes with homework; however, I won't yell at you if you don't do them :P

2. Robert Zimmermann. I think he is the only one of my friends who lives completely surrounded by books. His love for books is contagious and makes you want to read, read, and read. In his blog A Life Among the Pages, you can read fantastic reviews and lots of other interesting posts about books, his poetry, and his favourite authors. By navigating through his blog, you will also discover that some of his lovely poems have been published in a Poetic website from his area. Check that out, you won't think you have wasted your time. Follow him in Twitter and you will be informed about new books and nice recommendations.

3. Scott MorganIn his blog WriteHook – Write for the Jugular  you can learn a lot about tips and techniques to write better, to improve your skill when creating characters, and lots of other good and valuable writing advice. In his site you can also know about his workshops. See his videos for interesting and enjoyable workshops online. I have found them really useful for my writing. Follow him in Twitter as well.

4.  Scott Bury His blog Written Words is fantastic. You get incredible writing tips and wonderful reviews of books you don't want to miss reading. He also features guest posts by other interesting authors, talking about their views about the writing process. Follow him in Twitter.

5. Dawn G. TorrensYou need to read her blog Dawn's Daily for reading insightful and thoughtful posts about writing, reading, updates about her books coming soon, lovely stories, and great poems. A blog written from the heart that you cannot miss. Follow her in Twitter since she is one of the sweetest persons I have ever met. She encourages writers and her blog does the same.

6. Alan McDermottAlan, in his blog Jambalian, offers writing and marketing tips, as well as interviews, guest posts, and interesting and funny posts. Follow him in his writing process. Follow him in Twitter as well, where he tirelessly promotes other Indie authors.

7. Darren CockleDarren is releasing his first book, "The Life and Death of an Unknown Celebrity", next month and I cannot wait to read it. In his blog you can read thoughtful, beautiful, and funny posts about different topics. You can also read the prologue of his debut book. Follow him in Twitter for updates on the process of publishing his debut novel.

8. Peter GermanyIn his blog, you find different posts, all related in some way to sci-fi books, films, and stories, but mainly you can follow him in his path to becoming a published author. I have been lucky enough as to read some of his stories and he has managed to make me enjoy sci-fi :D Watch out, Asimov! Follow him in Twitter as well, since he is a lovely and funny person.

9. Sean and Daniel CampbellWhat can I say about these two brothers? They have managed to leave me in shock after having written, revised, edited, formatted, published, and marketed their debut novel, "Dead on Demand", in only 46 days!!!! After having read the book, I gave them 5 stars (but I would have given them 11 or 12 if I had been allowed to do that). Follow their blog 90 Days Novel for knowing about new releases, free books, how they managed to write their novel, and for wonderful and useful marketing tips. They are really young, but they seem to understand the Indie industry much better than people who have been publishing books for a long time. Follow them in Twitter too.

10. R.S. GuthrieHis blog, Rob on Writing, is a must-read if you want to be successful with your Indie books. Always useful posts with a satiric touch.

Give a try to the blogs listed in my list and you won't regret it.


 
 
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This morning I got a very nice surprise as soon as I woke up and checked on my Twitter account. I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear when I saw I had been given the Sunshine Award by Trish Gentry. I always try to make people feel better and smile a lot, but I never thought I was going to be awarded for making people feel brighter. I am really humbled and honoured, Trish. Thanks, sunshine :D

The “rules” of the award are to answer the following ten questions:

1. Favorite color – Indeed, I have two favourite colours, blue and purple, but if I have to choose just one, it will definitely be purple.

2. Favorite Animal – I am allergic to most animals, especially to furry ones. But I think my favourite animals are dogs, because they are loyal, faithful, and they never let you down.

3. Favorite Number – My favourite number is 13; yeah, I am not a superstitious person at all.

4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink – I love tea!!!

5. Facebook or Twitter – Twitter, because it has changed my life. I wouldn't have started to write more seriously without the wonderful fellow writers I have met in the Twitterverse. And surely I wouldn't be publishing my first book soon.

6. My passion – Writing. I need writing as I need breathing.

7. Getting or Giving Presents – Giving, I love watching the faces of the people when they get presents from me and they weren't even expecting them :D

8. Favorite Pattern – Stars, but I don't know why.

9. Favorite Day of the Week – Friday, because it is the day when I meet my best friends for dinner, beer, and sharing laughs.

10. Favorite Flower – Sunflowers, because they remind me of the Sun.

I’m passing this award to the following Blogs because they are all amazing and worth the effort of reading them.

Dawnsdaily Because she writes so inspiring things that reading her blog always makes me feel good. She is a very supporting writer, always glad to help people, cheering them up, and encouraging them to go on.

Jessica Sturman-Coombs Jess always manages to put a smile on my face, so give a try to her blog, where she writes about different topics, but always with a funny touch. Give her blog a try, let some sunshine in your life!

Darren Cockle Darren's blog is fantastic. He will makes you smile widely from the beginning to the end with his witty touch. I love his posts, and I am sure everyone will love it too.

D.e.e.L What a best way of making your day than reading funny stories? D.e.e.L's blog in Tumblr is full of short stories with an absurdist and funny approach. His serial stories about Hank are hilarious and will brighten your day, making you laugh out loud. Give it a read!

OK, so that's all, folks! Enjoy the lovely video that I have pasted here, and remember to smile as much as you can. Smiles are free of charge and can be the perfect gift for someone who is feeling a bit bad. As they say, smiling is cheaper than electricity and gives much more light ;)

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Yesterday night, when I was about to go to bed, my BlackBerry beeped. It was a notification from one of the blogs that I follow. I opened it and I saw that Peter Germany (visit his blog http://petergermany.wordpress.com/) had uploaded a new post. I started reading it, and to my surprise, I saw he had mentioned my blog as worthy of getting this award (yes, I know, all these awards are just symbolic, but anyway they make  me happy, because it means that people enjoy reading my writing and think of me when asked about something worth the effort of reading :D So now I have to follow the rules of this award and write several things.

  1.  Give a thank you to the person who gave you this award and link back to their blog in a blog post.

So, first and foremost, I must thank Peter for having been so kind as to thinking that my blog deserves such an award. Awesome Blog Content.... wow, I am so happy that people enjoy what I write, even though I don't write just about one single thing. I like writing about different things. You should visit and follow Peter's blog http://petergermany.wordpress.com if you want to keep updated about his writing and his musings. Really worth the visit.
2.    Use one word from each letter of the alphabet to describe yourself.

A - Attentive

B - Blogger

C - Caring

D - Dynamic

E - Eloquent

F - Funny

G - Grateful

H - Helpful

I - Imperfect

J - Janeite

K - Kind

L - Loud

M - Miniature

N - Natural

O - Old-fashioned

P - Petite

Q - Quick

R - Romantic

S - Spanish

T - Teacher

U - Unique

V - Voracious

W - Witty

Y - Young

Z - Zealous

3.     Share the love, give the award to the bloggers that you most love.

Bloggers that I love? Well, that is easy... I will just mention three bloggers here, because I think they truly deserve such an award and because, even though I read and follow many other blogs and all of them are interesting and are written by very talented people, these three bloggers are the ones I love the most.

First of all, I will give this award to Rob Guthrie (http://robonwriting.com), because it is always worth the visit. He writes about very diverse and interesting things in his very particular style. He is a really talented writer and the best person I have ever met before. I am very honoured of being called his friend, and his blog is really funny to read. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. Moreover, he has agreed to swap blogs with me next February 14th, and that is going to be fantastic. Don't miss it!!

Second in my list of favourite bloggers is Dawn Torrens (http://dawnsdaily.com). She is a really inspiring and moving writer, who uses her blog to keep people updated about her novels, and also to write about things that come deep from her heart. It is really delightful reading her musings, and she recently guest posted in my own blog with a lovely short story. She deserves this award because you never get disappointed after reading her blog.

The third one is Alan McDermott (http://jambalian.blogspot.com), whose blog is very diverse too, featuring interviews with other authors and talking about his novel and sequel, coming soon. He is a very talented writer who has very clear views about what the process of writing is about. Really worth to be read.

And that's all. Thanks again to Peter for giving me this Award. It is real fun be writing my blog, and it makes my days when I see that people visit, read and comment under my posts. After all, what is a writer without readers? Nothing.


 
 
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Yesterday I got a very big and wonderful surprise when my BlackBerry beeped. It was a Twitter mention. I opened it and my mouth hung open when I saw that my very good friend and wonderful author, Rob S. Guthrie (and now I know that the S stands for Samuel LOL) had nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Sure I know it is a symbolic award, but I felt most humbled and honoured, especially coming from such a great writer, and moreover because the rest of nominees are fantastic writers and bloggers. Well, I am not even a published author, and I am quite new in this BlogSphere. So imagine my surprise. When I came back home and could read Rob's post in his blog, I couldn't help myself and my eyes became teary. I was feeling moved, humbled, honoured, and loved all at the same time. Thank you, Rob, you know you are very high in my list of "friends that I love the most".

So now for the Award. It seems that I have to write 10 things about me that people don't know, and then I should nominate six other bloggers. Here are the Top Ten Things everybody can know about me thanks to this Blogger Award:

  1. I collect all kind of things related to Jane Austen and her books: bags, books, pajamas, kitchen things, coasters, tiles, pins, badges....Well, you get the picture, don't you?
  2. I collect recipes and cookery books. I have hundreds. I love cooking!!
  3. I am an adopted child. That is why I loved Dawn Torrens' book, Amelia's Story, so much. We both had hard childhoods, and that is something that makes me feel very close to her. Dawn, as I know you will read this, know that I love you :D
  4. I never read newspapers.
  5. I suffer from Wendy Syndrome. Don't worry, I am not dangerous :D This thing just makes me feel compassionate about others and it makes me feel that I have to do something to make people's lives better. So I am a compulsive helper or something like that.
  6. Although I am Spanish, I hate flamenco and everything related to Spanish typical folclore.
  7. I strongly believe that in a previous life I was British and lived in the Regency period. (Ok, now you can start thinking that I am nuts).
  8. My favourite food is paella.
  9. My favourite drink is beer.
  10. I have never been drunk. I don't even know how it feels to have a hangover.
And now it is the turn of my six nominations for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I am still getting to know new blogs and reading a lot of stuff, but I will nominate the blogs I know the best, obviously.  So here are my nominees for the Award (in no particular order since I appreciate them all as good friends and great authors):

  1. Rob S. Guthrie (robonwriting.com), because he is a fantastic author, a wonderful friend and his posts are always very interesting. If you want to keep updated about the progress of his books, just visit his blog. He was one of the first authors I met in Twitter and since then he has helped me a lot to be more confident about my writing.
  2. Dawn Torrrens (dawnsdaily.com), because her blog is great, full of moving and heartfelt posts. She is also quite supportive of my blog and my writing, and I really like everything she writes.
  3. Alan McDermott (jambalian.blogspot.com), because he was the first author I met in Twitter and I love his book, Gray Justice. His blog is also very interesting to read. Quite a supporter of other Indie authors, Alan always has a tweet ready to promote his friends' works.
  4. Darren Cockle (darrencockle.com), because he is a new blogger, just like me, but his posts are very enjoyable to read. He is ready to publish a book about his wife's life, illness and death. I have read an excerpt and it is going to be a quite moving and lovely book to read. Keep on with the good job, Darren.
  5. Chris James (chrisjames.eu), because his controversial posts are always fun to be read and they make you wonder how things would be if they were so different. If you are a sci-fi lover, just check his blog and get to know his work.
  6. Carolyn Crist (vicariouslyjaneausten.com), because she is a fellow Austenite, a great friend, and her site is wonderful. She does a very good job promoting Jane Austen and making people be interested in all things Austen. Thanks, Carolyn, for sharing all those things with us, Austen lovers.
All done. There are a lot of more interesting blogs, but I can only pick six of them. This has been fun. I hope you enjoy this post and now that you know more data about me, you can choose if you like me better or worse :P