26 July 2009


Shelly from Write for a Reader gave me this incredibly cute award. The Heartfelt Award is about the warm feeling you get when you're relaxing, seeking comfort, or sharing a plate of cookies with family and friends. If you haven't been to her blog, check it out: you'll find reviews, interviews, and author spotlights. Thanks so much Shelly!

Shelly was also sweet enough to pass along this Queen of ALLL Things Awe-Summm award. This one comes with a meme: Once you receive this award, you have to share 7 Awe-Summm things about yourself and then pass it on to 7 others. Shelly's list is truly awesome -- check it out. Here are seven little-known facts about me:

1. I am certified to lead white-water rafting trips. In my youth, I spent the bulk of one summer rafting and kayaking white-water rivers in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Colorado to become qualified as a river guide.

2. I have placed second in two national cooking contests. One was for an apple pie contest run by Family Circle magazine and the other was for recipes using pumpkin puree hosted by Libby's. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

3. I have a PhD in physical anthropology and genetics but I earn my living as a freelancer in the publishing industry.

4. In the early 1970s I spent a month backpacking in Baja California. The trip was actually part of my freshman orientation program for college.

5. I won the first-grade read and review contest. From January to June I read 56 books and wrote a review of each one. We were supposed to write our reviews on 5-by-8 cards. I still have the stack of cards somewhere in this house.

6. I have been in every state in the United States except Louisiana and Alaska. I can understand why I haven't gotten to Alaska yet, but I'm still not sure how I missed Louisiana, especially because I've driven cross-country a number of times.

7. Many members of my family are "literary professionals." My mother is a journalist, one of my brothers is a published poet and short story author and teaches writing at the university, one of my nephews has had stories published on the web, one of my sisters-in-law is a freelance indexer, a brother-in-law teaches English in high school. Everyone is an avid reader.

And finally, Bernadette of Reactions to Reading passed along this super award developed by Cathy from Kittling Books. The I Keep Coming Back for More Award is

for a blog you just can't stay away from. If you've been busier than a one-armed paperhanger with the hives and your Google reader is over 1,000 unread posts, these are the blogs that you single out to read. These are the ones that are never victims to the dreaded Mark All As Read. There may be many different reasons why you can't stay away: a taste in books that mirrors your own, the same sense of humor, always knowing the latest in the book world . . . for whatever the reason, these blogs are flat out addictive and you have no wish to be cured!

Wow! Thanks so much Bernadette. And now, be sure to check out Reactions to Reading, Bernadette's blog is not to be missed.


Julie P. 7/26/09, 9:03 AM  

Ok! Just when I think I'm starting to know you!!! Hey -- not that Game On's almost over, you can share some recipes with me!

bermudaonion 7/26/09, 9:17 AM  

I loved reading about you and see why your blog is so good - you had a head start on reading and writing reviews! I'm very impressed that you came in second in two cooking contests! Congratulations on your awards!

Anonymous,  7/26/09, 9:26 AM  

Congratulations. What an impressive literary family! And thanks for sharing the rest of the little known facts.

Anonymous,  7/26/09, 9:37 AM  

Congrats on your awards! :)

Sandy Nawrot 7/26/09, 9:44 AM  

Oh, you are so award-worthy! I LOVE the fact that you shared little-known facts with us. You are quite the exciting person! I'm jealous of your pie-baking abilities! I always screw up the crust...

Margot 7/26/09, 10:58 AM  

Thank you for sharing some of your life's successes with us. Now I know why you have that huge collection of food books. And I see why your book reviews are of such a high quality. Fun to know facts.

Elizabeth Spann Craig 7/26/09, 11:12 AM  

Congratulations on your awards. And thanks for sharing some information on yourself, too!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Stacy 7/26/09, 12:21 PM  

Congratulations! And I loved reading your seven things...wow:)

Darlene 7/26/09, 1:25 PM  

Congrats on your awards. It was nice to learn more about you-you've led a busy and exciting life so far! Good for you!

Carrie K. 7/26/09, 2:12 PM  

Congrats on your awards! I loved learning that you come from a literary family - and that your love for reviewing books started early!

Robin M 7/26/09, 2:59 PM  

What neat awards! Congratulations. You've done some interesting things and accomplished much. Impressive and nice to find out more bits about your life.

Anonymous,  7/26/09, 3:04 PM  

Congratulations on your awards, and a belated (but heartfelt) congratulations on the cooking contest! Your fellow Snack Cakes will of course want to see first-hand what you can do, come tomorrow!

Unknown 7/26/09, 3:26 PM  

Great facts! I would never have guessed some of those things about you - so interesting!
Have you been white water rafting recently?

Anonymous,  7/26/09, 7:48 PM  


And wow on those facts-- Thanks for letting us get to know you even better.

Melody 7/26/09, 8:17 PM  

Congrats on the awards, Beth! Thanks for sharing and allowing us to know a bit more about you! :)

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 7/27/09, 6:59 AM  

I love your little known facts!

I almost majored in anthropology. It's such an interesting discipline.

Ana S. 7/27/09, 7:52 PM  

Congrats on your awards! I really enjoyed learning a little more about you :)

Serena 7/28/09, 11:27 AM  

Congrats on all your awards!

Belle 7/28/09, 6:32 PM  

Congratulations - I really loved reading your seven things list!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 7/28/09, 8:23 PM  

Beth...all of this info about you was so fascinating. You've had an exciting life it appears. Thanks for sharing.

Jenners 7/30/09, 9:18 PM  

Your facts were just so fascinating and intersting ... you are fascinating and interesting!

wisteria 7/30/09, 9:53 PM  

Congratulations and what a great way to get to know you better. :)

Michelle 8/4/09, 4:45 PM  

Yowza! The white water rafting scenario scares the bejeezus out of me. Kudos to you for having the ability to do it and more than that lead it!

Becca 8/5/09, 10:08 PM  

I loved your seven awesome things! They are totally awesome! I had no idea about your PhD! Very cool! I also love you can lead white-water rafting trips. I have been before and it was SO much fun. I want to go again soon. And so many lit professionals in one family! Cool! I have exactly....zero? Yeah, I think that's right, zero. lol

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