Every morning Mathair and I sit down to a cup of Irish coffee (Inion) and a Frangelico coffee (Mathair) and our trusty laptops to begin our day, but January 6, 2013 was a very different morning. We were catching up with one of our dear friends, Arlene, and her blog http://writingpiecesofme.wordpress.com/, and discovered that we had been nominated for a blog award!!

After much celebration, (Mathair and I danced around the room in our pj’s to Earth, Wind, and Fire’s September.), we set about to pay it forward.

First of all, let us give a humongous THANK YOU to the sweetest thing on the planet, Arlene, for nominating us. It is greatly appreciated and you have made the start of this year very special for us. XOXO

Now, for those of you that don’t know The Booker Award rules are to list five of your favorite books and why we love them before passing the award on to five others.

Here are ours:

1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It was the first book Mathair ever bought for me, and it was the first book she had ever read. We both love the concept of a children’s book that isn’t afraid to place them in adult-like situations or show them mature concepts with a fantastical twist.

2. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. This one is a personal favorite of mine. I began reading Anne Rice at a very young age, and fell in love with Lestat de Lioncourt. Not only did I love the lush, romantic voice of the novel, but Lestat happens to be my favorite fictional character of all time.

3. The Collected Tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Mathair is a die hard Poe fanatic and taught me how to read using The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart. The wonderful rhythm of his words and his dark, gothic ambiance hooks us every time.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Much like our first choice, we loved that J.K. wasn’t afraid to put real world scenarios in a children’s novel.

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. For it’s high fantasy and the imagery alone, Mathair and I have read this one probably a thousand times. We even use the term “Wonderland Dream”, when we’ve had a weird nightmare or a quirky daydream.

Here are our nominees:
If you haven’t visited their blogs, make sure you do. They’ve turned networking from a laborious job to an utter joy.