Weekend Updates and a Blog Birthday Giveaway

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!

  15 comments for “Weekend Updates and a Blog Birthday Giveaway

  1. Tena
    June 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’m currently reading Bleak House by Dickens. Not a newbie, but delightful just the same 🙂

    This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. June 5, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I’ve heard good things about the new Nook Touch, except for one – apparently there’s no landscape mode and it doesn’t handle PDF files well (just reflows the text, so it doesn’t handle tables etc well). That’s kind of a deal-breaker for me, but otherwise, it looks like B&N has a worthy adversary for the Kindle this time.

  3. June 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants! It was such a funny read, and sometimes we just need some laughter in our lives.

    Awesome giveaway – thank you so much! 🙂

    lisagoneaussie (at) gmail.com

  4. June 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hi! I’m new to your blog and would love to enter your giveaway. I have just finished Le livre des âmes (French translation of Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper) and really enjoyed it. Both this book and Le livre des morts (Book of the deads) are my favourites so far this year. Feel free to visit my blog, although is it in French and not just about books.

  5. June 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Congrats on publishing your book review on the Laura Carroll site, that’s great!

  6. June 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Great giveaway! I’m also excited to see the Nook Touch. I have the First Gen Nook and am quite happy with it, but I do like the darker edging on the new version and more contrast would be great.

    Currently reading: C by Tom McCarthy and just started Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy.

    • June 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      It sounds like the new Nook is pretty nice, and I’m a real fanatic about my Kindle. It’s fun to see what comes out next with these e-readers. I went from a Kindle 1 to Kindle 3, and I’m pretty satisfied. I’m hearing a lot about C — look forward to reading your review!

  7. June 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Tena, RandomizeME, Carine, and Lisa, Thanks so much for visiting! I look forward to checking out all your blogs.

  8. June 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve read some great books this year! I’ve discovered Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries! My favorite, so far, is The Golden Spiders!

    • June 12, 2011 at 7:52 am

      I haven’t read any Nero Wolfe mysteries but getting back into mysteries would be fun — I haven’t read an Agatha Christie in years. Thanks for visiting!

  9. June 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I’m currently reading ROOM by Emma Donoghue, and I just finished and adored Simon Van Booy’s first novel, Everything Beautiful Began After. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway! 😀

  10. June 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I’m reading Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Happy Birthday!

  11. Em
    June 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Happy anniversary!
    A favourite read this year? As in 2011? Let me think… Yes, I’ll go with The Shadown of the Wind, although it’s a close one with The Colour of a Dog Running Away by Richard Gwyn.

  12. Em
    June 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I just realised that your blog birthday is on the same day as my birthday!
    I also noticed that I’m a day too late to participate, no worries… I still enjoyed having a look around your blog!

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