I’m working on a pretty long review so for today I just wanted to write about a few things and announce part 1 of my Blog Birthday Giveaway.
This week I finished Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety, and now I’m reading Ilona Andrew’s latest in the Kate Daniels series, Magic Slays. I’ll admit it hasn’t been my most literary month, but I’m also really itching to read the sequel to Game of Thrones.
Last week I posted some blog thoughts and questions for readers — I hope you’ll check it out and add to the conversation.
One bit of news is I have my first review published on another blog — which maybe isn’t that exciting but it is for me! Laura Carroll, who wrote Families of Two, a book about couples who choose not to have children, runs a blog called La Vie Childfree. She recently created a new site, called Live True Books, that posts reviews about non-fiction books about “living better” — which can be a wide range of things from health, environment, parenting, work, etc. She put out a call for reviews and has posted my review of Cinderella Ate My Daughter this month. It took some work to cut it down to the size she needed but I’m proud of the result.
I also wanted to note this week’s release of the Nook Touch from Barnes and Noble. You all know I’m a Kindle loyalist, but for those who don’t have an e-reader yet, this new Nook apparently rivals the latest Kindle for speed and battery life, is even lighter, and has Touch capabilities. CNET and PCMag have given it good reviews but don’t address questions like which source has more book options, and cheaper books? They seem to be very close, but is Barnes and Noble likely to be around for a while? Because if not, Amazon seems the better bet. Still, I’m all for advancements in e-readers, since that will spur developments in the other e-readers as well.
For the giveaway:
Since I don’t have a lot of books thanks to my Kindle, I’m giving away one $20 gift certificate to Powells Books. Powell’s Books is one of my absolute favorite used bookstores. It’s in Portland, OR, it’s gigantic (think 4+ floors), and it’s run by people who LOVE books. You can just tell as you walk through it. They have used and new, tons of fun displays, great sales staff, and — important for our purposes — a good website that sells email-able gift certificates. Powell’s has great shipping rates inside the U.S. but if you’re in another country here’s option 2: you can pick any book I’ve reviewed on this site and I’ll ship it to you from The Book Depository.
To enter: Just leave a comment and tell us about one of your favorite reads this year. If you don’t have a blog, leave an email so I can contact you. I’ll keep this open until June 12, then make a random pick. I’ll have another giveaway at the end of the month thanks to Leeswammes‘ Giveaway Hop.
Hope everyone has a good weekend!