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 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

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month.  I'll be hosting this meme in December of 2012.

Meet Me On Monday, hosted by Java from Never Growing Old

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)

 Cover Attraction, also hosted by Marcia from The Printed Page

Library Loot,  hosted by Eva from A Striped Armchair and Marg from The Adventures of an intrepid Reader

Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle from The True Book Addict

Theme Thursday, hosted by Kavyen from Reading Between Pages

Friday Finds, also hosted by MizB from Should Be Reading

Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books

The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice

Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailana from An Island Life

Weekend Cooking, hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Quote It Saturday,  hosted by Freda's Voice

and a newer button

Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce from At Home with Books

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

On My Wishlist, hosted by Book Chick City

The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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 occasionally.  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 contact me by email. 


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