Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Month in Review: January 2012

What did I do?
  • I reached 300 followers! Yay! Oh and my 200 follower giveaway is still going on, so go and enter!
  • I haven't made a dent in my reading challenge goals. I have a list of books I want to read especially for these challenges and it looks like I'll be able to read them in February!
  • I finally started a facebook page for my blog! I only have one page "like" so far and I'm pretty sure that's me haha!
  • This month wasn't as productive as I'd hoped it would be. Not a great start to 2012, but I will NOT let it continue :)
Blogger Interviews
Books Read
  • The Baker's Wife - Erin Healy
  • Wayward Son - Tom Pollack
  • Alienation - Jon S. Lewis*
*Favorite of the month
Didn't Finish
  • The Reluctant Prophet - Nancy Rue
  • Unhallowed Ground - Mel Starr
Reviews Posted (title, author, rating)
Blog Awards Received

From Katie over at Legacy of a Writer. Thanks!

Giveaway winners
  • Lisa and Rachel, winners of the book of their choice from The Book Depository
  • Samantha, winner of Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren.
That's my Month in Review. How did your January go?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

From my shelf to yours

I have a lot of books on my shelf that are in need of new homes. I've already read them once and have no use for them anymore. This does not mean they weren't great reads. It's just that I'd much rather share them with other book lovers than watch them sit on my shelf collecting dust. Books are meant to be read!

I want to give my readers a chance to win some of my old books and that's why I host From my shelf to yours giveaways every couple of weeks. They last a week from the day they're posted and one person will win the book of their choice.

To enter, fill out the form below. This idea was inspired by Nearly New Books For You hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

Books to choose from:
Forgotten and Shattered by Melody Carlson
Alienation(ARC) by Jon S Lewis
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Litfuse Tour: Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

Alienation (C.H.A.O.S #2)
by Jon S. Lewis
Thomas Nelson (January 2012)
Source: From Litfuse Publicity for review
Amazon | Goodreads

After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books-one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don't even scratch the surface.

Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt is now training at the secret Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural academy. But strange accidents seem to follow him. . . even with the security of the school grounds. What first seems random soon turns deadly. But who is targeting Colt?

As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they're forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.

Alienation is a book I'm sure Sci-fi fans will love. It's geared toward teen readers and with hoverboards, jetpacks, robots, and six-armed shape shifting aliens, it will definitely hold their interest. The action and suspense that's found on almost every page kept me at the edge of my seat, not wanting to put this book down.

I think readers will love Colt. He's a smart, brave young man who will do whatever it takes to protect the people he cares about most. I really enjoyed watching him grow as a character. The high-tech world he lives in is awesome (minus the aliens and humongous bugs =/). I can just imagine how all the futuristic gadgets looked and worked. It was pretty neat!

I don't usually read this genre, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this story. It's like a comic book in novel format and I just couldn't get enough. Even without having read InvasionI was still able to follow along with the story well. The author fills us in enough that we don't feel lost. I'm still planning on going back to read the first book. I want to get a little more of Colt's back story and find out what happened to his parents and how he became so well known.

Alienation was a very quick read with great pacing, non-stop action, and fantastic characters. I think that not only will the targeted audience love this book, but also adults. I had a great time reading this and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

{About the author}

Jon S. Lewis is the coauthor of the Grey Griffins trilogy (over 500,000 books in print) and the upcoming Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles. He also writes for the DC COMICS family of publishers. He resides with his family in Arizona.

For more about Jon and the series, visit www.chaosnovels.com.

{A Giveaway!}
Win an iPad from @JonSLewis and @NelsonFiction in the Alienation iPad2 Giveaway! The invasion was only the beginning! Jon Lewis is celebrating the next adventure in his fast-paced C.H.A.O.S. series with an explosive giveaway!

One thrill-seeker will receive:
  • iPad2 with Wi-Fi
  • Copies of the C.H.A.O.S. novels, Invasion and Alienation
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on February 7th. Winner will be announced at the Alienation Facebook Party on 2/7. Jon will be hosting an Author Chat, giving away copies of the books and gift certificates to iTunes and Amazon.com! Don't miss a second of the intrigue!

Grab your copy of Alienation and join Jon on the evening of February 7th for an author chat, spy training (How much do you know about alien invaders?) and lots of giveaways. 

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Wayward Son by Tom Pollack

Wayward Son
by Tom Pollack with Jim Alves and John Loftus
Cascada (November 2011)
Source: From Glass Road PR for review
Amazon | Goodreads

A Powerful Tremor Unearths an Ancient Secret.

Buried near Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius is a fortified observatory containing artifacts dating to the earliest record of human events. Only one person—the Getty Museum’s Amanda James—can unlock the mysterious doors that guard the chamber.

But once inside, Amanda is shocked to discover evidence left behind by a notorious Biblical killer—who long ago wandered off the pages of history.

When a strange relic unveils the miraculous truth about this villain, Amanda must confront sinister forces intent on suppressing her stunning revelation—before it alters the destiny of millions.

The first novel in a series, Wayward Son propels the reader back in time, where epic adventures in Egypt, Greece, China and Rome collide with modern-day intrigue and suspense. Journey with Amanda and witness the extraordinary saga of the world’s original Wayward Son!

When an earthquake uncovers an ancient observatory in Italy, Amanda James is asked to assist in cracking the code to a lock that keep the doors sealed shut. Once inside, she discovers more than just artifacts and is taken on an amazing journey through the life of the first murderer, Cain.

What an exciting story this was. I expected for the majority of this book to be more about Amanda and her findings, but it turned out to be Cain that was more of the main character. I was surprised by how much I loved the historical aspects of this book so much more than the modern storyline.

For some reason Amanda didn't feel real to me. She, and the other present day characters, weren't as interesting as Cain was. They weren't very relatable and I ended up not really caring about them very much. I think if the book was just from Cain's perspective, I would have liked it a lot more than I did.

One thing I think I could have done without was the abrupt jumping back and forth between the past and present. When I was completely into Cain's story, it'd switch to the present or sometimes it'd go to a flashback of Amanda's past and then back to Cain's life. I felt like the story didn't flow as well as it could have and it was a little difficult to follow at times. 

My favorite part of this book was the message of redemption and God's grace. I know people were offended by the liberties the authors took with Cain's story(like saying he was immortal, was a stowaway on the ark, etc.). But it's speculative fiction, and that's what we need to remember when coming to a story like this. I personally wasn't offended by any part of it because I saw it as Cain representing all the wayward sons in history. In the end, I think it's the overall message of the story that matters.

Wayward Son was an entertaining read that I really liked. It had a bit of action and suspense, along with a lot of history. The author's took Cain's story and turned it into a unique, creative read that'll take you on a fascinating historical journey. 

Blogger Interview ~ Austenitis

Getting to know the blogger behind the reviews!

This week's blogger interview is with Charity from Austenitis. Please help me give her a warm welcome!

Thanks for being with us today, Charity! Can you tell us a little bit about your blog?
Well, my blog (as you have probably seen above) is called “Austenitis”. Sadly, this isn’t a name that I thought up, but a close friend did. J As the name suggests, my blog has a lot of Jane Austen stuff, from reviews to events, hosted by me or other blogging friends. There are also occasional posts about Lord of the Rings or Narnia (both of which things I love). But mostly, there are book reviews. I read a lot of books, and review almost all of them. I also write reviews for CD’s, songs, and movies. Then there are special posts, like Cover Focus (in which I highlight book covers that I love) and The Spotlight Series (basically a post full of pictures of a movie character who I like – I’ve done a bunch of these!). Another really fun thing is when an author comes by for an interview and sometimes a giveaway!

How long have you been blogging?
Good question. Ummm…I started in early December 2010. So a little over a year.

I know I'm over a month late with this but... Happy 1 Year Blogoversary!!

What got you started in blogging your book reviews?
Reading books. J I love reading, as already mentioned, and have long wished for a way to sort my reviews. Blogger is pretty good at that if you fill in the information in the tags. And I LOVE getting book suggestions or hearing what other people thought of the books I’m reading.

How much time do you put into your blog?
Probably a couple of hours a week. The reviews don’t take me long to write, but if I do a Spotlight post or an interview or something else out-of-the-ordinary, it can take a while.

What genre is your favorite and why?
I love fantasy, adventure, and romance. All three of those. Best of all is when they’re all in one book. J Why? I honestly don’t know.

What is/are your favorite book(s) of all time?
How long can this list be? Because if allowed, it could be really long. I’ll try and narrow it down to five. And these are just a sampling, mind you! And I’m not going to include books by my three favorite authors (see below). Livvie’s Song by Sharlene MacLaren, Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill, The Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene (hehe, Crystal didn’t say anything about including series… ;)), Heart’s Journey Home by Jen Stephens, and Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren. The first, fourth, and fifth I just discovered this year; the others are old favorites.

Who are your 3 favorite authors?
Jane Austen (obviously), J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.

If you had to pick one, what's the best book you've read in the past year?
AAAAHHHHH! That’s impossible to decide. I’ve come across SO many great books in the past year. Let’s say favorite non-fiction book instead, because that’s much easier. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Really.

If you had the chance to invite some book characters over for dinner, who would you choose?
Oh, that would be nice! I might have to have a couple dinners, since the characters I want to meet are all so different! For one, I’d want Aragorn, Legolas, and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings; for another, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth and Mr. Bingley and Jane from Pride and Prejudice. And one more…Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia. Those would all be so much fun!

Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version?
Yes. Princess Bride. Yes, it really does have a book. The book is very strange. It’s…yeah. The movie is much better.

What are you reading at the moment? How do you like it so far?
Wow, this changes daily. Today’s read is mostly Leaving by Karen Kingsbury. I just discovered her recently as an author and have really enjoyed what I’ve read by here! Leaving is the first book in the Bailey Flanigan series and I can’t wait to read the rest! This one’s really good. Review coming in early February on my blog, I think. (Yes, all my reviews come out delayed…since I limit myself to one post per day [most of the time] some books and movies aren’t reviewed for months after I see them – well, the reviews are written, but not published ‘til later.)

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of? 
I’m sure there is one…I just have to remember. Nothing’s coming to mind right now…

Favorite book character?
I have too many to choose just one. The one I’m most similar to is probably Elinor from Sense and Sensibility. And I like her a lot. J

A character you love to hate?
Gollum. Except occasionally he is kinda cute, in the movie at least. Well, not quite cute, but pitiable, if that makes sense.

How many books do you read in a month - roughly?
Probably 25 or so. More rather than less. I almost do a book a day, but there are days I miss, days I read more than one, and of course, book length varies.

Wow! 25? That's amazing.. I'm lucky if I can reach 8 in a month :D

Which do you prefer, Ebook or Print?
PRINT! The e-books are cool, they’re portable, and I’d love to have a Kindle, but a print book…it doesn’t get better than that.

What do you like to do when you aren't blogging? 
Read. :D What else? I love photography. And I love getting together with my friends for photo-shoots…or when we can’t get together, a long phone call suffices, during which books are always a topic.
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Thank you so much for the fun interview, Charity! It was great getting to know you more =D

Find Charity

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2 More Awards!

Woohoo! I got two more blog awards =D The first one is from Melanie over at Christian Bookshelf Reviews. I received this one about two months ago =/ Sorry for taking so long to post this Melanie!! 

The rules are:
1. I must tell seven things about myself
2. I must pass the award on to 15 bloggers. (I'm just gonna pass it on to as many as I can, I don't know if I'll reach 15)

Seven things about me...
1. I'm not too fond of cats. They're super cute, but they make me feel dumb when I try to play with them :( They always give me the "I am not amused" look... LOL!
2. I want to be an RN one day.
3. I like to give my pet fish sophisticated names. I've had a Hamilton, Winston, and Benjamin.
4. I once had a turtle named Froggy :)
5. I'm not the best cook. I know how to make a mean grilled cheese sandwich though ;)
6. I cut my dog's hair myself. Yeah, she sometimes ends up with layers when I finish, but it saves me about $40. Haha!
7. One of my favorite movies is Live Free, or Die Hard.

I'm passing this award to...
My Thoughts and Book Reviews
- Gwendolyn Gage - Serving Through Words
- Truth Be Told
- i blog 4 books
- My Only Vice
- Austenitis
- Librarian Laura's Book Reviews
- Patricia's Particularity
- The Chronicles of His Swordmaiden
- BookHounds
- inside and in between

The second award is from Katie over at Legacy of a Writer.

The rules are:
1. Share 7 random facts about myself
2. Nominate 10 other bloggers to get this award

Seven random facts about me...
1. The worst injury I've ever had was a chipped tooth
2. I'm terrified of bees
3. I have dimples on both cheeks. My family always tries to make me laugh so they can see them.. I get so embarrassed!
4. I can't stand it when people in line at the store stand so close behind me they're literally breathing down my neck. Talk about no personal space!
5. After the whole Swine Flu thing started, I never leave my house without hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes.
6. I'm more of a tea drinker, never really liked coffee.
7. I have never liked being the center of attention. I get really shy and uncomfortable.

I'm passing this award to...
- Page by Paige
Christian Bookshelf Reviews
- WV Stitcher
- Wall-to-Wall Books
- Megan's Book Blog
- Ridiculous Reviews
- In the Bookcase
- The Overweight Bookshelf
- Deco My Heart
- Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

Thank you Katie and Melanie for the awards! And to everyone I just passed them on to, enjoy!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway

A few weeks ago I finally reached 200 followers, so as a special Thank You to all you awesome people I'm having this special giveaway :) Here's what you could win and details on how to enter...

Two Three people will win $10 towards books from The Book Depository!!
  • Entering is easy, just fill out the form with your name and email.
  • Following is not necessary, but appreciated!
  • Open to anywhere TBD ships. (Go here to check if your country is on the list)
  • If I reach 300 followers before the giveaway ends, I'll add another winner- 300 reached!
  • Ends Wednesday, February 15th 2012
To enter, fill out this form

Thanks for being such fabulous followers!
Happy Reading!

While checking the entries for this giveaway I noticed something suspicious. Thanks to Statcounter, I discovered that someone was entering a bunch of fake names and emails(26 to be exact). I know this because a lot of things matched up like the IP address, location, and timestamps on the entries. All of those entries have been deleted and this person will not be able to enter any of my future giveaways.

This upsets me so much... If I hadn't noticed, would've this person gotten both prizes? It really isn't fair to those of you who are being honest! To enter now, you also need to provide a mailing address (don't worry, only I can see your information and it will NOT be shared). I know this won't ensure that people won't cheat, but then again, how many addresses can someone have?? I'm sorry for adding another step to enter, but I want things to be fair :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

DNF: The Reluctant Prophet

The Reluctant Prophet
by Nancy Rue
David C. Cook (October 1, 2010)
Source: Received from publisher for review
Pages read: 130 of 490

At age forty-two, Allison Chamberlain is still making a half-hearted attempt to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Although she has been a pew-sitting member of a church for seven years, “prophet” has never been on the short list of possible careers. 

Then one Sunday Allison senses a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her. Soon she is wondering if she is called to present the reality of Christ to one of society’s darkest corners—and challenge her own church to look beyond their fears. 

The first in a brave trilogy from seasoned writer Nancy Rue, The Reluctant Prophet shows how one person’s response to God’s call can change a community forever.

I feel so bad that I DNF-ed this book! I was honestly looking forward to reading it and hoped I would like it as much as other reviewers did. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the first 130 pages.

The story's pacing was pretty slow, at times, too slow for me. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't focus on what I was reading. I kept getting distracted so I would set the book aside for a while and pick it up again later. That happened a few times until I eventually gave up. I don't easily give up on books. With this one, I went up to chapter seven before I set it down for good, so you can't say I didn't it a chance. =p

It's not that the writing was horrible or anything, I just couldn't get into it. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I didn't connect with any of the characters and it felt like I was waiting so long for the story to start already. After reading up to where I did and still not having any real interest in the characters or story, I thought it was pretty safe to just DNF it. 

I would really hate for anyone to miss out on a book that they might've loved because of me, so if you were thinking about reading it you should check out the other reviews it got. Just to get another opinion. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Blogger Interview ~ i blog 4 books

Getting to know the blogger behind the reviews!

Hey guys! It's been a little over a month since the last blogger interview, so I'm very excited to get this feature going again. With us today is Brooke from i blog 4 books!

Tell us a little bit about your blog.
Well ... I've actually been blogging for quite a while on several different blogs. THIS blog, however, is primarily about books (mostly Christian fiction). You'll see reviews, interviews, giveaways, and lots of other random things about books. From time-to-time I'll throw in some other things about family, traveling, what the Lord is teaching me, etc.

What got you started in blogging your book reviews?
My book blogging started as a result of our church going through "The Radical Experiment" in 2010. We were challenged to put a "cap" on our lifestyle. Basically, set a "bare bones budget," stick to it, and give everything else away to help meet urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. My husband and I had just gotten married and didn't really think we had a lot of "extra" in our budget, but we saw three areas that we could save money: cable (no cable for us - even during football season!), eating out, and my book-buying habit. Shortly after I committed to not buy a single book for the entire year, I learned about "book blogging." It started out as a way to score free books (you asked for honesty!) but quickly became so much more! (Sorry for the mini-sermon!)

How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging on xanga (does anyone else even remember xanga?) in 2005 after I returned from spending several months as a missionary in Africa. It was such a great way for me to get all my thoughts out about everything the Lord was teaching me . . . and a great way to build community with people I knew in real life but didn't always know how to "go deeper" with. I've hopped around on several different blogs since then, but feel pretty settled here at i blog 4 books now. I've been blogging here since February 2010.

Congrats on almost two years of book blogging! How much time do you put into your blog?
That's a great question! Probably more time than I realize . . . and more time than I should! A lot of it is just brainstorming time, though, when I'm driving or not "busy" with other things.

What genre is your favorite and why?
Definitely mystery / suspense. I grew up reading Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins, the Boxcar Children, and the Hardy Boys, so I got hooked early. There's just something about turning the pages as fast as you can read them to find out if everything is going to turn out "okay." I also love a great romance too, so I'll read just about anything if there's a romantic take on the story.

Mystery/suspense are my favorite too! What is/are your favorite book(s) of all time?
Picking favorites is so hard for me! I feel like I'm saying that I don't like everything else. As a child, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was my favorite. (I even slept with it at night!) Two of the most life-changing / thought-provoking books are Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and Eyes of the Tailless Animals by Sun-ok Yi. Favorite of all time? Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I have multiple copies of this one, and it's one of the few I enjoy re-reading.

Who are your 3 favorite authors?
Man, this is really difficult. A lot of times it's whoever I've just discovered. :) I will read ANYTHING written by Karen Kingsbury, Charles Martin, and Denise Hildreth Jones. (Can you tell I like a good emotional story?) I've discovered tons of awesome "new to me" authors through my blog though! (I just realized that none of these "favorites" are the mystery/suspense genre. Hmmm ... I wonder what that says.)

Do you enjoy doing memes? If so, which ones can be found on your blog?
I think memes are so fun! Most Tuesdays I participate in Teaser Tuesday. I'm also planning to join Thursday 3 and Friday Five this year.

If you had to pick one, what's the best book you've read in the past year?
I think the BEST one would have to be City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell. I read it at the beginning of January 2011 . . . kind of hard to believe nothing has "topped it." A very close second would be The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones. Both are beautiful, raw, emotional stories.

What are you reading at the moment? How do you like it so far?
Oh goodness. I'm flying through books right now. I just finished several really sweet Christmas stories. I'm about to dive into Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis. I know it will be good but will definitely be reading with tissues in hand. If you don't read her blog, you MUST check it out!

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?
As crazy as this is going to sound (since it's my favorite book of all time), I wish that Little Women could somehow end differently. Jo and Laurie are just supposed to be together! And Beth . . . sweet Beth . . . I'd find a way for modern medicine to travel back in time and save her. (Sorry if I just ruined it for anyone!)

Favorite book character?
I don't know that I have a specific character in mind, but I do love strong leading ladies.

A character you love to hate?
Can't stand whiny, wimpy characters. Or horribly mean ones. (For some reason Nellie Olsen from the TV show Little House on the Prairie is coming to mind right now.)

How many books do you read in a month - roughly?
Generally, I read 6-7 books per month. Lately, I've either had a lot of spare time or really been shirking my responsibilities in other areas because I've read over 10 books the last few months.

Which do you prefer, Ebook or Print?
Definitely print! I love the smell of paper, so I know I won't ever get rid of print books entirely. But my Nook sure is nice when I'm on the go!

What do you like to do when you aren't blogging?
I love spending time with my husband. We love to travel, so planning the next vacation or mission trip is always fun. And I love to watch movies in my spare (non-reading) time.

If there was something you’d want your readers to take away from reading your blog, what would it be?
Well, most importantly, I hope that readers can tell that I love the Lord and will leave feeling encouraged or a bit more hopeful than when they arrived. Second, I hope that everyone who stops by will be encouraged to try out a new book. :) I've enjoyed reading Christian fiction through the years and I hope that others will too!
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Thanks for being with us today, Brooke! It was so much fun interviewing you and getting to know you a little more :)

Find Brooke 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Musing Mondays #2

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. This week's musing asks...

Are there any "raved reads" -books that everyone seems to be talking about- that you're hoping to get to read this year, yourself?

This is a good question! I don't always add a book that's gotten a lot of hype onto my TBR list just because so many people went crazy for it. If it sounds like something I'd like, then I'll try it out.

A friend of mine recommended the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini about a month ago. Since then I've come across a few bloggers who said they were really good. After reading a sample chapter of one of the books, I really wanna read them now! Have any of you read them? How were they?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by A Few More Pages. To participate, share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you would like, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

I started reading Divergent by Veronica Roth this week. I've heard so many great things about this book and couldn't wait to start reading it. Here are the first few lines...

There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.

Hmm.. makes me curious to see what a faction is. It sounds like the society this girl lives in is pretty controlling. So far I've only read the first few pages, but I'm really liking it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

I'm sorry it took so long for me to announce the winners! I was so surprised by how many entries there were! There were over 100 entries for my End of the Year giveaway and over 200 for the Best of 2011 giveaway. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and a special thank you to those who became a follower of this blog! Now, time to announce the winners..

The winners of my End of the Year giveaway are...

The winner of my Best of 2011 giveaway is...

Congrats to the winners, I'll be emailing you all in a bit! 
(The winners have 48 hours to respond, if I don't get a response I will have to draw a new name.) 

Keep checking back for my next giveaway!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Musing Mondays #1

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. This week's musing asks...

What is/are the first book(s) you're reading for the new year?

Yesterday I finished reading The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy. Does it count if I started reading it on New Year's Eve?? Oh well, I finished it yesterday :) It was a great, suspenseful read(I LOVE SUSPENSE!), but for some reason I didn't love it like I wanted to. You can read why in my review that'll be posted by the end of the week. For now, you can read about it on Goodreads.

Today I'm starting Unhallowed Ground by Mel R. Starr. It's the fourth book in a series that I haven't read before, so I'm hoping I'm not lost through the entire thing =/ It sounds pretty good though..

Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cowleys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so.

What book are you starting the year off with?
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