The 5000th Post

5000 posts

I’m usually really bad at remembering anniversaries, so I am probably unduly proud to have managed to recognize this milestone.  This, my friends, is my 5000th post on this blog.  To take a look back, I searched around on The Wayback Machine and found my very first post on August 5, 2003.  Yeah, that’s not the date I’d been celebrating as my anniversary.  Told you I was bad at this sort of thing.

Aug 2003

Strangely, I have memories of reading that Jerry Seinfeld book to that class.  It was a blast.

At that time, I was posting via Greymatter, one of the earlier blog platforms. 

I moved to a hosted WordPress blog, hosted and maintained by my library system at the time in 2005.  It looked something like this.  Throughout these early years, my focus was more on news and resources than book reviews though in 2005, I was starting to review books each week:

2005 blog

If you can believe it, they were even shorter than the ones I post now.  Yet I know they took much longer for me to write.  After posting 5000 posts, you get a system and rhythm down!

In 2010, I changed the name of my blog to Waking Brain Cells, since I was moving away from my hosting library system and into a new job and library.  In my new job, I am still welcome to work on my blog, and I donate the books from publishers that I receive to my library.  It’s a small way for me to thank them for the support they offer.

So thank you everyone, for those of you who have been reading for awhile to those who have just joined in.  This blog has been a way for me to connect in so many ways.  It is a way for me to connect to my love of books for children and teens, a way for me to contribute to the public libraries I am so passionate about, a way for me to work on my writing (yes, I cringed to put up those earlier posts), and a way for me to connect with all of you: readers, librarians, teachers, publishers and authors.  This blog has brought me so much more than I ever anticipated when I started it almost a decade ago. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2012 Andre Norton Award


The winners for the 2012 Nebula Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  One of the awards given is the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  The 2012 winner is:

Fair Coin (Coin, #1)

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

Other nominees for the award were:

11250671 Above World (Above World, #1) Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3) 

Above by Leah Bobet

Above World by Jenn Reese

Black Heart by Holly Black

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1) Every Day

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Every Day by David Levithan

Iron Hearted Violet Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) Summer of the Mariposas Vessel

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst