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Smugglivus 2011

Over at the Book Smugglers, the month long festival of Smugglivus has begun! (yes, I’m not quite sure how to pronounce it, either.)

What is Smugglivus? “For newer readers and those of you that are unfamiliar with the event, Smugglivus is our month-long (ok, technically it’s a five week-long) end of the year celebration. Back in our first year of The Book Smugglers, we had the insane idea to host our own crazy holiday bonanza to celebrate our favorite books, authors, bloggers, and other memorable moments of the past year. Thus, inspired by Seinfeld’s infamous Festivus, Smugglivus was born.

Each year, Smugglivus begins on December 1 and features guest posts and giveaways from our favorite people from across the interwebs (with a healthy serving of our regular reviews, of course). The event then ends with much fanfare and sparklies on January 7, our very own bloggiversary (2012 marks our fourth birthday! Damn, we’re getting old!)”

What I like about the Book Smugglers posts is that, while sometimes I agree and sometimes I disagree with what books they like or don’t like, their posts always make me think — why did I like a book? What does something work for me, but not someone else? What flaws may I not be noticing because I’m so in love? It’s also one of the blogs that pushes me — pushes me to be as clear, and concise, and funny, and quote-full as they are.


This year, I’m participating in Smugglivus with a guest post! I KNOW.

Swing by Book Smugglers daily to enjoy Smugglivus; and swing by on Saturday, December 10, to see what my top 5 books of 2011 were and what 5 2012 books I’m looking forward to. (to which I’m looking forward? sigh. I was a computer science major.)

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Prepositions are fine at the end of a sentence. Yay for your Smugglivus post! I can’t wait.

  2. I love the Book Smugglers. Their reviews are incredibly intense and well thought out.

  3. I’m interested to see what pops up on your list!


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