Friday, February 4, 2011

Book Blogger Hop, and Fifteen Firsts

Hosted by Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books, this Book Blogger Hop is a brilliant BOOK PARTY, and lasts from February 4 until February 7. So grab the button, sign up on the linky, and join the fun! If you'd like me to visit your blog, please leave a comment and I'll be sure to hop by.

This week, Jennifer asks the following question: What are you reading now and why are you reading it?

I'm currently reading a book I received from Online Publicist Lisa Roe, Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices Against Oppression by psychiatrist and writer Ida Lichter. It's a serious and important book about women (and a few men) in Muslim countries who are fighting for gender equality and truly making a difference. I hope to review this book soon.


Feeling a bit nostalgic, I organized fifteen "firsts" for my book blog. In order to do this, I had to go back in time and really search for the answers to some of these, but now I have a tidy record of some of my blog's history.

  1. First blog post: My first book blog post, Greetings, was posted on May 2, 2008, the official beginning of Suko's Notebook
  2. First book I blogged about: Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
  3. First book blog I admired: Kate's Book Blog
  4. First blogging friend: Christie from Belly Acre Farms (she left encouraging comments on my posts in the early days of my blog)
  5. First international blogging friend: I'm not sure--either Myrthe from The Armenian Odar (Armenia), or Mee from Bookie Mee (Singapore/Australia)
  6. First author interview: I was thrilled to interview Kate Jacobs, author of The Friday Night Knitting Club series, in November 2008
  7. First blogging award: Honest Scrap Award, from Kim from Writing Space in December 2008 (Thanks, Kim!)
  8. First blogiversary: May 2, 2009 (duh!)
  9. First book I received in the mail to review: Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah, sent to me by her agent, Kristina, in June 2009
  10. First book blog tour I participated in: TLC's book tour for Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens, in July 2009
  11. First reading challenge I participated in: Spice of Life: A Reading Challenge, hosted by Rebecca Reid, in August 2009
  12. First book I won on another book blog: The Blue Star by Tony Earley, on Laura's Reviews in September 2009
  13. First online interview: With Amanda from The Zen Leaf, for BBAW in September 2009
  14. First book giveaway I hosted: Edith and the Mysterious Stranger by Linda Weaver Clarke, in October 2009
  15. First weekly meme I participated in: Maibox Monday, in November 2009 (and I've been hooked ever since!)

If this meme appeals to you, please feel free to make your own list of "firsts", modifying anything you wish to. Happy Friday!


  1. Happy Hopping Friday. I kind of like the Fifteen Firsts. Have a fantastic weekend.

  2. I can't wait to read your review of Muslim Women Reformers. I so admire women like that.

  3. I hope to read Muslim Women Reformers in the next couple months!

  4. Hopping by to say hi and wish you an awesome weekend! What a wonderful list of firsts!!

  5. Hi Suko, the book does sound good, looking forward to your review.
    Fun meme, and great firsts!

  6. Good answer! The answer on my book blog is a little embarassing; it’s a book that’s been sitting on my TBR pile for a year.

    To my shame, I only opened the book because I remember it contained an Amazon gift card.

    All the sordid details on my book blog –

    Hop on over!

    Howard Sherman

  7. Hello...nice blog.

    Hopping by from the blog hop....

    Stop by my blog if you like to see my answer and to read my reviews.

    Have a fun hop.

  8. I read a lot of Sharon Creech when I was a kid. I really liked her!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Hopping through. The Muslim Women's Reformers sounds really interesting. I'll have to look it up.
    My Hop

  10. I am also going to be reviewing Muslim Women Reformers and I am quite excited about it, but a little intimidated! Also, your first book tour was Two Years, No Rain? I loved that book a lot!

  11. I think we have similar reading taste. I read Saffron Dreams too and loved it! Your current read sounds very interesting. I'll have to come back for your review. I'm reading something similar called The Storyteller's Daughter, about a journalist in Afghanistan, writing about womens lives during the Taliban. Interesting stuff!

  12. Suko, sorry for a bit late comment. Very honored to be your first (possible) international blogging friend. Thought I mention that when you found my blog I was in Singapore. Only later I moved back to Australia (you might remember :)

  13. Thanks for all the terrific comments. Mee, I will add Singapore to this post.



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