Over the past week or two, I have received lots of awards from my some of my lovely blogging friends which made me sit back and concluded that I must be doing something right on this blog after all. For a while now, writing has become a difficult chore for me; I struggle over words and ponder the meaning of my posts, whether they would make enough sense out there. Many are the posts I had drafted and deleted, especially poems, because I thought they were in poor taste or did not meet the criteria I wanted them to. I know, don’t say it, but that is how I have been feeling lately. I have been doubting my talent and writing skill, so much that I have hesitated in submitting the first two chapters of the novel I am writing for editing and review. On the brighter side, I can only guess that writers (at least some of them) go through these doubting bouts and so I would surely come out if them.
The various awards have sort of lifted my fallen spirits and to crown it all, I won lately, two novels, a Classic and a romance, through a giveaway and blog tour respectively. (these bring to five (5), books I have won since I started blogging in March this year) If these do not dispel my gloom, then nothing will, my friends. So without much ado, I will do the honours with the awards first as follows:
- Reader Appreciation Award from Kim of silentlyheardonce. Thank you so much Kim for appreciating my humble writing.
- Beautiful Blogger Award from Christina of reconstructingchristina. Thank you dear, for thinking so highly of my blog
- Inspiring Blog Award from Mack of The Diary of Me
- Super Sweet Blogger Award from Mack of The Diary of Me. Mack, I am ever so grateful for thinking me worthy of all these lovely awards. Gracias!
- The Booker Award from Susan of Susan Daniels Poetry. I feel honoured by this award, Susan, and thanks a million for thinking of me. This award mandates me to 1) nominate other blogs, as many as I want but 5-10 is fine and to let the recipients know. 2) post the Booker Award picture and 3) share my top 5 books of all time
These are all lovely and amazing blogs of fine, exquisite and yet powerful writings and I urge all my friends to have a peek-over to taste of their offerings.
I will skip the bits that says the nominee should say seven or ten (10) things about herself mainly because I have already said it all in previous posts. However, I will oblige my friend Susan and reveal the top five books that make me tick. This is not going to be easy, you know as I have read so many genres voraciously in the past (not so now) and therefore cannot pinpoint any five that are my favourites, but I will try.
- Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum
- Godfather by Mario Puzzo
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie (recent past)
And now my five (5) nominees:
The Book Wins
- I won the Classic, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy in the Classics Giveaway Contest organised by a fellow Classic Clubber, Meredith of Wandering in the Stacks. I am seriously over the moon by this win. I have been searching bookshops in Accra here for a copy of this much talked about Classic up to no avail and then, bingo! I won a copy, just like that. Well, I am yet to take delivery of it, by what the heck! I’ve as good as got it already. 🙂
- The Playboy Baby, a romance novel written by Joanne Stewart was mine for the taking when I won it in a Blog Tour organised by Empi Baryeh. Guys, I love a good romance and you can be rest assured that I shall do justice to it when I finish reading it.
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom! 🙂