Memes

Here a meme, there a meme, everywhere a meme, meme.


When I first encountered memes, I didn't understand what they were.  Sure, I got books in the mail, but what on earth was Mailbox Monday?  I wondered what Wondrous Words Wednesday was all about.  Why were countless bloggers answering the same set of questions, and then asking others to do the same thing?  Over the past two years, though, I've become more familiar with the memes that are popular with book bloggers.  For those of you less familiar with memes, or who may just be interested in some clarification,  here's a definition and a bit of explanation.

Meme
meme n. (mëm): A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. From the Greek mimëma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate. (definition from Booking Through Thursday)

Memes are a lot of fun to do; I enjoy visiting numerous book blogs and connecting with other book bloggers by way of a common theme.  I don't usually do the other type of meme,  a set of questions which you answer and then assign to others, but memes sometimes simply ask a question or two, such as Musing Mondays, or include a question, such as the Book Blogger Hop, which features a new question each week.  I find it interesting that many book bloggers, including myself, have favorite memes that we do on a regular basis.  My favorites at this point in time are Mailbox Monday, Really Random Tuesday, Wondrous Words Wednesday, and the Book Blogger Hop.  But I am branching out and trying new memes, and have recently discovered The Friday 56 and Weekend Cooking, both of which may also become favorites as well. 

Here's a list of some of the weekly memes that populate the book blogosphere. There's at least one meme for every day of the week.  For more information about any particular meme, click on the name of the meme (and then look for the most recent post for that meme).


Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia from The Printed Page

For a few years, Mailbox Monday was on tour, hosted by a different blog each month.  I hosted this traveling meme in December of 2012.  The Mailbox Monday blog is now the permanent home for this meme, and has three administrators:

 Leslie from Under My Apple Tree
Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki from I'd Rather Be at the Beach



Each week (on Tuesday or Wednesday), they will each share 2 books from that week’s Mailbox Monday in a Books That Caught Our Eye post





Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading






Teaser Tuesdays, also hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading




Really Random Tuesday, a meme of my own creation (now features a Mister Linky)



Button designed by Veens from Giving Reading a Chance,
a blog that's now called Our Ordinary Life



First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane from Bibliophile by the Sea



Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine













Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle from The True Book Addict




Friday Finds, also hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading




Book Blogger Hop, created by Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books,
hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer




The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice




Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailana from An Island Life
I don't think she hosts this meme anymore.




Weekend Cooking, hosted by Beth Fish Reads




Quote It Saturday, hosted by Freda's Voice
 Freda no longer hosts this meme, but feel free to do it.



and a newer button




Saturday Snapshot, created by Alyce from At Home with Books,  
hosted by Melinda from West Metro Mommy Reads





Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama
(This one's more of a feature than a meme.)







The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
 



Books You Loved, a monthly meme hosted by Carole from Carole's Chatter



First Lines Meme, hosted by Melanie from The Indextrious Reader
A once-a-year, end-of-year meme



This is only a partial list of memes--there are many more, and I may add to this list, and update it as needed.  Memes are an enjoyable way to be creative and connect with others, so feel free to "grab" any of the buttons for these terrific memes.  If you have a book-related meme that's not featured on this list, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me by email.  Or let me know if you have a favorite meme on this list.

(Note ~ This post was updated in April 2014, and now allows comments.)

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