versatile blogger award

Let’s face it, I haven’t had the best summer. Well, I’ve had great moments, but overall, not my most favorite summer ever. Moving and missing my husband for eight weeks really brought me down. But I have one more good moment to add to my road trips to Colorado and Wisconsin, meeting my bestie’s newborn son, and covering the performing arts scene in KC this summer: I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much  for the nomination, K. E. Page at! It is so wonderful and reassuring to know that there are people out there who enjoy hanging out at my little slice of the internet. 😀

The award’s rules:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post. Post a link back to your nominator as a “thank you” for the nomination.
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My nominations, in no particular order:

  1. Sarah Says Read
  2. The Relentless Reader
  3. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
  4. Love at First Book
  5. JulzReads
  6. Fourth Street Review
  7. Words for Worms
  8. Between the Covers
  9. Teresa’s Reading Corner
  10. River City Reading
  11. Roof Beam Reader
  12. The Misfortune of Knowing
  13. Lost Generation Reader
  14. Book’d Out
  15. Word Hits
  16. (bonus!) The Book Wheel

Lastly, my seven things about myself:

  • I am a classical double bass player and principal bass for three community orchestras in the Kansas City metro. Can’t wait for the new season to start in a few weeks!!
  • I have my bachelor and master’s degrees in music composition. Met my husband (a much better composer!) in our graduate program, when we were both assigned as directors of the new music ensemble.
  • I have a fascination with Mafia culture. In fact I think I’m due to start another watch-through of The Sopranos soon (and I basically lose my mind when The Simpsons or Futurama do a Mafia-themed episode. Fat Tony!? The Don Bot!? FAVORITE EPISODES.)
  • I love my Green Bay Packers, and my family has season tickets! I always get dibs the “Cold Game,” which is basically the closest game to Christmas Day. Brrr!
  • I’m a writer and editor for, reviewing classical, jazz, new music, world, and a little musical theater for the online arts journal. Just hit my 100th article this summer!
  • Every time I go on a road trip to visit Wisconsin, I bring back a case of my favorite Wisconsin beers, cheese curds, and other goodies you can’t get here in KC.
  • As for reading, I’m ambitious… I currently have 50 books on my bookshelves waiting, sitting unread, 10 ebooks on my iPad unread right now, and four audiobooks borrowed from the library on my iPod. EEK! I better get back in that good reading groove I had going before all this moving nonsense this summer.

Thanks again for the nomination; I’ll keep on keepin’ on here at! 🙂

10 thoughts on “versatile blogger award

  1. Thank you so much. I am truly honored.

    I also have a fascination of mafia culture, which is kind of odd since I am a believer in non-violence and I despise racism and sexism (all the -isms, really). But there is something romantic about that life and I am always drawn to movies, books, and TV shows about it.

    I LOVE The Sopranos. I always thought it would be interesting (and romantic) to be one of Tony’s gumars–I would get all of the gifts and…ahem…other things without having to put up with the b.s. that comes with being his wife. Heh.

    Anyway, all this is to say that you and I go together. 🙂

    Thank you again for the award. You’re wonderful.

    • Of course! I count on your tweets, too, to find out about new reviews/blogs I’m not sure I would have found on my own 🙂

      Oh man, yeah. I feel the same as you—it’s interesting that I’m so captivated by that culture when I’m totally against a lot of what it involves. I’m not enough of a drama queen to be one of Tony’s gumars 😉 In my dream/alternate universe ending, I would have loved to see Meadow take over the “family business.” I think she would have become a real badass boss.

      Have a great week!

  2. First off, I’m sorry you have not had a good summer. Hopt it get’s better. I would not have known from your serious reading output. And, goodness, thank you so much for nominating me! I feel quite honored. Also a little humbled to be included with some of my favorite blogs to read. GREAT list and feel so lucky to be included. Also, a tad embarrassed and undeserving as I have been checked out on summer hiatus for a bit. But going to step up with the posts.

    Finally, Kristin, I always love reading your blog, both for the diversity of books and … the volume! Impressive.

    Thanks again,

    • Oh my gosh, a month late… I’m really sorry I JUST saw your comment now! Things are much better—moving is all done, husband’s back home, work/rehearsals have picked up (not so bored anymore)… except that means less leisure time lately for reading, derp!

      I appreciate your kind words and I’m so glad to have discovered your blog 🙂

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