September 14, 2005

Blogging for Books: The Finalists

At final tally, we had 21 entries for this month's Blogging for Books contest. I hope that folks will read all the entries, if they haven't done so already.

When I was asked to help pare the entries down to a list of seven finalists, I was flattered, and figured it would be fun and easy. Well. It was fun, reading everyone's entries. It was not easy. There were a lot of wonderful submissions and I now have a lot more empathy for Jay and our guest judges.

Anyway, this month's theme was SUPERHEROES. With that in mind, I tried to pick the entries that I felt were not only the "best" or "most entertaining," but that most fully embodied the theme. I would like to thank Joshilyn for taking over as contest host, and Melanie for her upcoming final judging. In addition, thank you to EVERYONE who submitted.

Without further ado... here are the top seven entries in random order:

1) Playing With Boys by f-i-n of sunshine state.
2) Is the cape required? by Amy of Excrutiating Minutiae.
3) Who Will Save Us Now? by Sleeping Mommy of Sleeping Mommy.
4) The Downside of Saving the World by Holley of Mean Teacher.
5) SHOUT It Out! by Deb of Red Shoe Ramblings.
6) A Hero of Sorts by Vicki of Outside In.
7) SWOOP, Unmasked by Jamie of Selkie.

And because I've never been very good at following the rules and limiting myself, I'd also like to note the following entries for Honorable Mentions: September 11 by Karry at The Smiths in Florida; Who's Going to Save the Day? by sp8cemunky of Livejournal; and Climbing the Walls by Elisson of Blog d'Elisson.

Congratulations to all of our finalists, and here's hoping Melanie has an easier time with her decisions than I did with mine!

Posted by Mir at September 14, 2005 7:05 AM

Wow! I made it to the finalists. I've already read a few of the other entries but can't wait to get some time to go through that list you provided.

Posted by: sleepingmommy at September 14, 2005 8:41 AM

Oh, goodie! I can't wait to read the finalists! (And remember, I'm from Chicago; I'll vote early and often, and bribes are greatly appreciated. I wear a size 6 shoe, a size 10 dress, and really need a new computer bag!)

Posted by: Melanie Lynne Hauser at September 14, 2005 9:07 AM

Hey, I made it onto the finalsts' list too! Yay! I'm excited! And Mir's pretty!

I've gone through and read the other entries too and wow...good stuff!

Melanie, how do you feel about pie? :-)

Posted by: DebR at September 14, 2005 10:01 AM

I have some delicious peanut butter cookies in need of a home...

Posted by: Jamie at September 14, 2005 1:23 PM

Congrats to all!

Posted by: poopie at September 14, 2005 3:18 PM

Thanks, Mir! It really is super to have been picked by you. The entries are so diverse this round! Melanie has a job ahead of her!
Good luck, gang!

Posted by: holley at September 14, 2005 4:41 PM

eeek! I'm an honorable mention! How cool!

Posted by: Karry at September 14, 2005 6:59 PM

Jamie, it just so happens I know a great place for those poor, homeless, peanutbutter cookies. *licks chops*

Posted by: David at September 14, 2005 7:06 PM

(Homer Simpson voice) Mmmmm....pie.....

(Now back to reading these FABULOUS entries!)

Posted by: Melanie Lynne Hauser at September 15, 2005 12:55 AM

Congrats to "Is the Cape Required?" I was rooting for you to make it onward. Joshilyn, this is fun reading! Congrats to everyone! Welcome home from England! I'm coming down for bangers and mash.

Posted by: Waylon at September 15, 2005 8:51 AM

Oooh, Shout It Out by Deb of Red Shoe Ramblings was definitely the best. So glad to see links I can click on. The cutting & pasting from Joshilyn's site was so not working. A lot of really touching heartbreakers in there too.

Posted by: Elena at September 15, 2005 9:01 AM