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Book Challenges

2010_nba_winner00081248-620x387 Every so often I get a wild hair and commit to a random book challenge.  Many moons ago, I went through and read every book on the Top Banned Books list put out by the American Library Association.  Then I decided to take on the Pulitzer winners for fiction.  I’m not sure why I do this except I figure that, as a bookworm, I should at least ATTEMPT to read a wide variety of literature.  I rarely like what I read from the “winner” lists (I did love many on the banned list, however) but I suppose I’m a glutton for punishment because I’ve decided to try it again.  This time, I’m going to read through the National Book Award list and the Orange Prize for Fiction (which has changed names again and is now known as the Bailey’s prize) and I’ll be sharing my adventure here as I go!

Have you read through any of the winner lists on purpose?  Or “best of” lists? Did you like it, hate it, find some hidden gems?

Saint’s Row Release

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Today’s the day! Saint’s Row is now available!   Thanks to everyone who has been helping spread the word on social media and posting kind reviews on their blogs.  It’s only .99 for Kindle so if you haven’t gotten a copy yet, please jump on over to Amazon and help a girl out!  *hugs*

October Galleys: Adult Halloween

Doing something a bit different this month for featuring ARC titles.  With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d do a listing of titles to help set the dark and haunting mood for the holiday.  YA titles are listed here and this post is all about Adult selections.  As always, a link to the title’s Goodreads page is provided for you to learn more about the title and all are currently available for request at either NetGalley or Edelweiss.   Continue reading “October Galleys: Adult Halloween”

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October Galleys: YA Halloween

Doing something a bit different this month for featuring ARC titles.  With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d do a listing of YA titles to help set the dark and haunting mood for the holiday.  Adult titles will be featured in a separate post.  As always, a link to the title’s Goodreads page is provided for you to learn more about the title and all are currently available for request at either NetGalley or Edelweiss.   Continue reading “October Galleys: YA Halloween”

Odd Formats

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Fiction books used to be pretty standard.  Front matter, chapter contents, about the author (or acknowledgments).  Most things were written in third person limited point of view although there was the occasional first person.  Nowadays, just about anything goes.  It’s exciting to seek out these newer “odd format” books but some are so far off the wall that they almost seem like a novelty or publishing gimmick.  Some of the ones that stick out in my mind are:  Continue reading “Odd Formats”

September Galleys

There are two big book “seasons” in library world.  The first being spring when all of the light, airy, summer reads are released.  Then there is fall…better known as “award season.”  This is when all the heavy, literary fiction debuts in hopes of making the book award cut off times.  When looking at galleys, though, you’ve probably already heard about the buzzworthy titles (Nutshell, Dollhouse, Wonder, Gentleman in Moscow) which are now circulating in ARC format to the masses.  It makes it hard to come up with a list of “under the radar” titles for you to check out.  But, I’ve given it my best shot. Continue reading “September Galleys”

Bookish Apps

There are few apps over the years that have made me want to switch to Apple.  Instagram, actually, is about the only one I can think of off hand.  But I’ve recently found another.  Granted, it’s been around since 2015 but, as a non-Apple person, I had never heard of it.  Yes, I’m behind the times and will fully admit it.  

 

Have you heard of Litsy? As Book Riot explains, it’s as if Goodreads and Instagram had a baby.  Best. Thing. Ever.  

 

I wasted about half an hour googling all around about this app and I’m so very jealous.  I think I would move into Litsy if I had the chance.  It seems that freaking awesome.  Sadly, after two years if there’s no Droid version, I’m thinking there never will be.  They have crushed my hopes.  Do you have a reading app you can’t live without? Or one you wished you could get your hands on?  Do tell!

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