Blog of the Year 2012

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Things are a bit hectic in my life these days or I would have thanked the lovely Neer from A Hot Cup of Pleasure earlier for this award.

Thank you Neer, it’s very kind of you and much appreciated.

As is the custom with awards, we pass them on. I’ve decided to choose three blogs that I have discovered in 2012 and which I enjoy a lot.

Here are the rules for the Award

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award atThe Thought Palette. and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5 You can now also join the Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

As said before, I chose to pass on this award to three blogs that I have discovered in 2012 and which are all three well worth visiting.

Babbling Books – Brian is one of the rare bloggers who reviews much more non-fiction than fiction and his reviews are always very engaging and thought-provoking. He loves philosophy and whether it’s a novel or a non-fiction book, he’ll always take a closer look at the philosophical ideas in a work.

creativeshadows – I’ve come to appreciate Victoria’s blog for her essays and in-depth analysis of books, short stories, various topics and themes. All of her posts are wonderfully well written and engaging.

The Literary Bunny – I enjoy Christina’s blog a lot. For one it’s very lively and her choice of the books she reads and reviews is quite varied. She will also write about interesting facts or bookish news. A nice eclectic mix.

Thank you for the Liebster Award

First a big thank you to Janet Allen (Popcorn Dinner) for my nomination. We only just “met” and I already receive an award. That’s so nice.

Yes, I know, I don’t always accept awards, or let’s say, I do accept them but then I don’t play by the rules, meaning I don’t post about them let alone pass them on. But this time I do as I still feel “post-freshly pressed festive”. However I amended it a bit and only give it to 7 other bloggers. Addotionally I thought that for a change I will give the award not to pure book bloggers but to people who love reading and also blog about other things.

For those who will receive my award and would like to play by the rules here you go

1. Each person must post eleven things about themselves (I skipped this)
2. Answer the eleven questions the person giving the award has set for you
3. Create eleven questions for the people you will be giving the award to
4. Choose eleven people to award and send them a link to your post
5. Go to their page and tell them
6. No tag backs

Now on to Janet’s questions

1. What is your favourite movie of all time? (yep, only one)

I’m almost as interested in movies as in books, despite that fact it’s surprisingly easy for me to name my favourite movie. It’s Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. When I saw it for the first time I was about 14 and since then I have re-watched it at least 5 times. Every time I watched it I liked it more. Be careful however, if you’d like to watch it and haven’t seen it before, the Director’s Cut is shorter and lacks a few important scenes.

2. Where is your favourite city?

This is difficult. Hmmm. It shouldn’t be, right? You would all assume I would say: in France. But I’m not sure it really is my very favourite city. No, I think my favourite city is in England. And it is not London. (The way Janet asked this question it’s almost a bit like a quiz. Can you guess my favourite city?)

3. How old were you when you realized there was no Santa Clause and did it matter to you?

I think I was 9 and the discovery was a huge shock but not because I found out that there is no Santa Claus but because I found out my mother was a bad cheater. The story is quite funny  but at the time I did NOT think that at all. Every year me and my mother’s best friend’s son and the whole family gathered in the living room on the 6th of December. Invariably the doorbell would ring and Santa Claus would come in and look really scary. He would then take out a huge book and read every bad thing the both of us had done during the year. It was awful. He knew it all. Every single thing we had done. After that lecture we had to recite a poem (I still have a terrific memory) and would afterwards be forgiven and receive some presents and a warning. He told us that if we didn’t behave better next year, he would come and get us, put us in his bag and take us to God knows where Santa Claus lives. The year when I turned 9 my mother accidentally lost a piece of paper which I found and on it – to my utter shock – I saw a list of all of my and my friend’s misgivings which were meant to be passed on to Santa Claus. Santa Claus, it turned out,  was a neighbour especially hired for the occasion. I was mortified. That was the end of Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny died on the very same day. And my belief in motherly reliability.

4. If you won an Oscar, what would it be for?

I think I could receive it for several things. The script, the score, acting, most probably the script though.

5. What three famous people (living or dead) would you invite to a dinner party?

C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade and Neil Gaiman. Yeah, I know, it’s not obvious but, believe me, there actually is a connection.

6. If you had 10 minutes alone with your country’s political leader what would you say?

I think that could be a one minute thing. I’d say: “Didn’t you find anything more useful to do with your time?”

7. What’s the hottest (temperature-wise) you’ve ever been?

The desert in Morocco. When I got out of the car I had the ingenious idea of picking up a stone because I wanted to take something back home. It actually  burned my fingers. Heat like that is hard to imagine if you’ve never experienced it.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Be invisible.

9. Have you ever had a surprise birthday party?

No. My friends know me very well. That’s not something I would enjoy.

10. What was the first movie you ever saw in the theater?

It was a Sunday afternoon Disney Special but I cannot remember which one it was. I think it was Bambi.

11. What is your favourite thing to do on a rainy day?

Lying in bed, under the roof, listening to the rain and read.

So finally here are my 7 nomenees

Pearls and Prose

Jaquelin Cangro

50 Year Project

Underneath the Shell Novia’s second home (Polychrome Interest)

Andrew Blackman

The Peacocks Feather Danielle’s second home  (A Work in Progress)

Bayou Quilts Jenclair’s second home  (A Garden Carried in Your Pocket’s)


Now comes the last part, my 11 questions. Just answer those you like.

1. Which is your favourite painting or photograph? (Add it or link to it)

2. If you could stay in another city for a year, which one would it be?

3. Which language would you like to speak and why?

4. Which is your favourite book cover?

5. What craft would you like to be great at?

6. Which is your favourite dish. Recipe included!

7. If you could design a garden what would it look like?

8. Which is your favourite song or piece of music? It can be one you just like at the moment or one you always loved.

9. If you could wake up in a movie (or book)  – which one and why?

10. What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

11. What book are you reading at the moment?


That’s it from festive me, as of tomorrow, there will be business as ususal,  book reviews and book related topics, the odd movie review and…

7 X 7 Link Award

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Novia from Polychrome Interest and received the 7×7 link award. This is a fun award and more than anything I hope that the people I’m going to tag will participate as well as we will get to read and re-read a few really great posts.

What is it all about?

1: Tell everyone something about yourself that nobody else knows.

2: Link to a post you think fits the following categories: The Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, Most Pride-worthy Piece.

3: Pass this on to 7 fellow bloggers.

While everyone seems to skip question 1,  almost everybody enjoys answering question 2. Admittedly not an easy question and I’m cheating. I have included posts from my movie blog.

The Most Beautiful Piece

I think my post on Niccolò Ammanitis’ novel I’m not scared was my most beautiful post. The book made me travel back to my own childhood and long-lost summers.

Most Helpful Piece

People were glad to read something about Indirect Translations and L2 Translations.

Most Popular Piece

10 German war movies. It had 30’000 views so far. It’s quite surprising.

Most Controversial Piece

I don’t think any post on this blog was very controversial with the exception of on Negative “Reviews” but that was a mild controversy. However there was a very controversial one on my movie blog on Movies on the Crusades. I was even tempted to close the comments section.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece

I wrote a post on my German blog called Menschen, die zu viel reden – People who talk too much. It is surprisingly successful and viewed more often than the whole blog.

Most Underrated Piece

One of my earliest posts which I personally like got no comments and hardly any views. It was a post on Nora Murphy’s memoir Knitting the Threads of Time.

Most Pride-worthy Piece

A post on the movie Napola got me a quote on a DVD cover.


Now it’s my turn to tag 7 people. I decided to include only book blogs.

Danielle from A Work in Progress. Danielle’s posts are very varied. Some are informative, some are entertaining, others lovely and many are full of book discoveries.

Guy from His Futile Preoccupations. Guy is by far the person who makes me buy the most books (followed closely by Danielle). Not only do I like his taste in books but I also enjoy that he writes so very well about them.

Emma from Book Around the Corner. Emma’s posts are very diverse, some are long and elaborate, others short and to the point but they are always full of interesting and nuanced insights into the books she has read.

Litlove from Tales from the Reading Room. Litlove writes on many different topics, mostly book related but also essays on interesting people and personal essays. All of her posts are well written and thought-provoking.

Richard from Caravana de Recuerdos. Just to put his name on the list made me grin. I have a feeling I know which could be the “most controverisal post” in his case. Richard has an interesting choice of lengths for his post. From three sentence pieces containing a deadly blow to longer and very soulful posts, you will find everything.

Stu from Winston’s Dads Blog. Stu is dedicated, passionate and never ceases to surprise me with his book choices and the enthusiastic posts he writes about them. How many great posts on books in translations have  I missed? Many I’m afraid.

Vishy from Vishy’s Blog. Another blog I have only discovered recently. Vishy has a very special way of combining personal anecdotes and book reviews. I’d love to read and discover some older posts that I may have missed.

Violet Still Life With Books. Don’t we all have a blog we secretly admire? Someone who writes like we would want to write? In my case it’s Violet. Since I’ve first visited her blog I loved the way she writes and her book choices. I’d love to discover her older posts.

I’d love to see all of your choices but don’t feel forced to particpiate.