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One Twitterific Week

This week would have gone by and would eventually long since forgotten had it not been for Twitter. I didn’t always love and enjoy Twitter the way I do now. I’ve found that it’s something that requires commitment and a desire to build relationships in order to come into its own. I would say that in the past six month especially it has done that. So, when I say that this week was a Twitterific week, it couldn’t have been without some history behind it.

So, what was so Twitterific about this week? Why not take a look:

New and New to Me Authors

Although she feels like my sister from another mister (and mother), I can’t quite remember the first time that Rebecca Rasmussen, @thebirdsisters, entered my world. She’s just always there and it’s comforting to be able chat with her. Rebecca is a first time author. Her novel, The Bird Sisters, had it’s birthday on Tuesday. I could have gotten an advanced reading copy, but I always knew that I would be buying a copy. I wanted to have her know that one sale in Virginia was from someone who thinks the world of her. My copy arrived Monday night and I’ve been admiring it and reading it off and on  ever since. I’m in the middle of a couple of books and really want to devote all of my attention to Milly and Twiss, but it’s hard to stay away.

Sarah McCoy, @SarahMMcCoy, the author of The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico, found me I don’t remember how long ago. She is from Virginia and we’ve talked about VA and the name of my blog. Over the past weekend, she came across Mad Housewife Wine and tweeted me a picture. I fell in love with it and wanted a bottle for my bookshelf. She offered to send me a bottle. I politely turned her down because I figured that I could find a bottle somewhere. I didn’t even know if you could easily ship a bottle of wine. A few days later, Sarah *innocently* asked me for my address so that she could give it to her publisher. Without a single question (God, I’m gullible!), I sent it to her, looking forward to reading her novel. I came home today to find a beautifully wrapped package from Sarah. I immediately called shenanigans, but I was really so tickled. I love it. I’m not a wine drinker, but this bottle looks so beautiful on my bookshelf. I’m definitely a mad housewife when it comes to my books. Sarah, you’re such a sweetheart!

Book Recommendations

A couple of weeks ago, a coworker lost her 35 year old son. She is now raising his daughters who are roughly Emma and Allison’s age. Just thinking about what happened and those girls living without their father makes me feel sick to my stomach. I wanted to do something more for those girls. I mentioned it on Twitter and Tanya, @dogearedcopy, chimed in to tell me about a wonderful picture book she saw at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA. The book was City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems. Via Twitter, @FountainBKstore took my order. When it arrived, I got a wild hair. I don’t often get the indie bookstore experience. Why not ask them to hand sell me a book? Going from my request to discovering the book was a lot of fun via DM. I suppose you can’t say a book suggestion is perfect until you’ve read it, but I’d say Drive Like Hell by Dallas Hudgens is right up my alley.

Audiobook Tweeps

Just like @dogearedcopy, some of my favorite tweeps are audiobook lovers. If I remember correctly, it was through @SimVan that I discovered @AudioGo. Simon will be recording the first two Good Thief’s Guide books written by Chris Ewan in their studios later this month. As I got to know Tara, I found out that AudioGo was releasing the audiobook for The Uncoupling. Thus, my current giveaway was born. There’s still time to enter the contest to win one of five audiobook copies! It’s open internationally, so please enter before 11:59 pm EST on Saturday. You won’t regret it, especially if you win.

Audiobook tweeps were also responsible for my two reads this week. Jen, @DevourerofBooks, was quick to tell me how good Trespass by Rose Tremain was in audio when I mentioned it while perusing AudioGo’s catalog. She was right (not that I doubted her). Juliet Stevenson is amazing. I’ll save my gushing for the review, but – Wow! I finished Trespass on Wednesday. Today I started Mixed Blood by Roger Smith. Jason, @braincandybr, sent me a copy after I tweeted about John Lee a while back. Within the first minute, the MFs were flying and I knew I was in for a fun, wild ride.

I’ve also come to treasure Xe, @xesands, more and more each day. She’s the narrator behind the spicy Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart (which I’ll be reviewing very soon). Not only do I enjoy talking audiobooks with her, we’ve got much more in common. She’s gets me like few others and she knows just how to take my snarky (and sometimes obscene) DMs. I think we both know to put our drinks down before reading DMs. 🙂

The Hitchcock Crew

Over the past two weeks, several of my tweeps and I have gathered together via Twitter to watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie. This group started with a tweet by @heindenkind, who wondered which Hitchcock film to watch (she’d rented several). What started with one woman now includes @BiblioEva @unfnshdprsn @justaddbooks and @chrisbookarama. The first week we watched “Sabotage.” Last week we watched “North By Northwest,” which absolutely blew me away. This week we’ll be watching “Strangers on a Train” on Saturday at 10pm EST. Even though this technically hasn’t happened yet, anticipating it has certainly added to my Twitterific week. Please feel free to join us if you can. We’re using #Hitchcock, so we’ll be very easy to find.

I think that is reason enough to call this one Twitterific week. I can’t capture here all the other fun discussions that I follow or participate in this post, such as @gleefulreader and me dishing about our love of Diet Coke or sending @RoofBeamReader links to novelty songs from well before he was born, but I enjoy it all. Have you had a Twitterific week before? What makes your Twitter day?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Oh, wait! One last thing that probably goes without saying, but… If you don’t already follow these tweeps, you should!

7 Comments

  • At 2011.04.15 08:48, wall-to-wall books-wendy said:

    LOL, I noticed the wine right away!
    Wine goes well with books!

    • At 2011.04.15 09:12, unfinishedperson said:

      You beat me to the punch on mentioning the Hitchcock film fest on your blog. I wanted to do it on my blog. WAAAAAA! 🙂

      Oh, well, now I’ll just have to promote yours instead of mine. That’s all right. I get sick of promoting my own stuff all the time. 😉

      • At 2011.04.15 09:39, Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said:

        God, I just love Twitter, and you’re right that the folks at Fountain know their way around a handsell. They gave me DRIVE LIKE HELL a year or so ago (I was sold at the first line), but I’ve yet to read it. Maybe we should do this together!

        • At 2011.04.15 12:59, Teresa said:

          I have had some great conversations on Twitter lately. Its always full of great recommendations.

          • At 2011.04.15 13:12, Xe Sands said:

            Oh my dear, you are such a delight to have found. I don’t even remember how it happened, but you truly keep me sane with your wit, your reviews and yes, those obscene DMs! I, too, took a while to warm to Twitter and figure out what I wanted it to be. Eventually, I realized that what I wanted was real conversation with real people – and finding you has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve experienced in the past few months.

            You know, this post is such a wonderful description of all the wonderful ways that Twitter can have an impact in our real lives. I think people often mistakenly view it as either frivolous or purely promotional, not realizing that it’s about making connections on things that really matter to us. I love that through Twitter, you were able to connect to new books, new people and new experiences. Inspires me to keep being present, and keeping the conversation going all the time 🙂

            Thank you!

            • At 2011.04.15 16:08, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

              I love Twitter too, but lately haven’t had as much time to devote to it as I’d like. I’ve made some wonderful friends, like Rebecca, through Twitter.

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              • At 2011.04.18 13:10, Shelley said:

                You have an amazing number of connections with other people! And I’m glad you’re doing the classy Hitchcock movies.

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