January 16, 2015

Blogger Shout Outs #21 - Emile Zola, Foodie February, and Book Blogging Trends




This week I read so many good book reviews I couldn't narrow it down.  There's also some really intriguing discussion posts and plenty of giveaways!  At the bottom of the post, I give a special shout-out to every single commenter on the blog during the week. :)



BEST BOOK REVIEWS I READ THIS WEEK:


1. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami @ Nonsuch Book

2. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz @ The Adventures of Amelia Bedelia

3. Luanne's review of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins @ A Bookworm's World

4. Anita's review of Descent by Tim Johnston.

5. Review of Ink by Amanda Sun @ Bart's Bookshelf

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6. The review of Talon by Julie Kagawa @ Reviews from a Bookworm

7. Review of L'Assommoir by Emile Zola @ Booker Talk

8. Lisa @ Lit and Life reminded me how much I want to read Brain on Fire.

9. Books of Amber's review of The Oathbreaker's Shadow by Amy McCulloch.

10. The Untamed State by Roxanne Gay sounds like a brutal read but Kristen makes me want to read it anyway.



AWESOME DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS:



1. My favorite post, I have to say, is Michele's post on Book Blogging Trends for 2015. So many things that she and I have previously discussed, as well as a couple that I didn't think of but goodness, yes, yes. THIS LADY JUST GETS ME.

2. Tasha gives you the pros/cons list of the Kindle Voyage.

3. Belle discusses rationalizing away giving time to her passion of writing and the readalong for The War of Art.

4. Booker Talk asks "Do authors have shelf lives?"

5. Read What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stonger: A Life Lesson We All Wish Were True (Guest Post on Jane Eyre) by guest author M.J. Moores over @ Pages Unbound

6. Get ready for your TBR pile to explode (you know, further) when you read Leah's Most Anticipated Nonfiction for 2015.


7. If you haven't yet, check out these two cool features from Reading Upside Down: Authors by Alphabet featuring Australian picture book authors, and Books Writers Read! I've been enjoying the last several weeks I've been reading them!

8. Parajunkee has an interesting perspective on Blogging Competitors. What do you think?


UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:

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1. For February, the Travel the World in Books Challenge is hosting Foodie February!  I'm so excited. I want to learn to cook cool stuff!


Write On review-a-thon

2. The Book Vixen has a Review-a-Thon every month.  Sign up for January's and get that backlog of reviews written!

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3. Amanda of Fig and Thistle is hosting a Be My Bookish Valentine Book Swap!  How fun!


WIN! CURRENT GIVEAWAYS:


1. Interview + Giveaway of Trust Me, I'm Lying (Trust Me #1) by Mary Elizabeth Summer on Carmel + Kyla

2. Bloggers Heart Books is having a 2015 ARC Giveaway.

3. Review and Giveaway of A Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen @ The Book Binder's Daughter.

4. The Hiding Spot is giving away both We All Looked Up and The Secrets We Keep.



5. Tif is hosting a Candlewick Press Giveaway for a 6-pack of books that were listed in Time Magazine's Best of Lists!

6. My Friends are Fiction has a giveaway for The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.

7. Win a copy of The Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister @ Ivory Owl Reviews.

8. Beth's Book Reviews is giving away a copy of Stewart O'Nan's West of Sunset.



SHOUT-OUTS TO MY COMMENTERS! YOU ROCK!



1. Anita LeBeau    2. BooksintheBurb
3. Shannon @ River City Reading   4. Zed
5. Tanya M.    6. Irene McKenna
7. Bermudaonion (Kathy)   8. Litha
9. Michelle @ That's What She Read   10. Trisha Dandurand
11. Belle Wong   12. Donna Cimorelli
13. Debi    14. Emma L.
15. Rachel @ Dashing Good Books   16. Ryan
17. tamlynfox   18. April @ The Steadfast Reader
19. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves   20. Emma @ Words and Peace
21. Tasha B.    22. Louise
23. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes   24. Katherine P.
25. Helen @ My Novel Opinion   26. Freda Mans
27. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy   28. BethsBookReview
29. Heather @ Based on a True Story



2015 COMMENTER LEADERBOARD

The top six (6) winners at the end of the year will receive bookish swag!

1. Irene McKenna
2. Bermudaonion (Kathy)
2. Belle Wong
3. Tasha B.
5. Anita LeBeau
6. Trisha Dandurand
7. Freda Mans


YOU! Could be on this list and win for 2015!
Leave comments, win prizes as thanks!

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