April 17, 2015

Blogger Shout-Outs #31: Tons of Readathons, Readalongs, and Reviews, Oh My!



Shout-outs to book reviews and bookish posts that entertained and enlightened me this week.  Plus, check out upcoming events and current giveaways going on in the community.

The past two weeks have been cah-razy.  Last week my uncle died (after a 2-3 year battle) and I had a grueling physical therapy the day before the funeral so I had to take a cane because I can only stand 1 minute and 15 seconds without one.  Even then it's about 5 minutes.  I did pretty good actually but it was a hard day on me.  The pews helped none at all to boot.  And I had to do a sleep study that night per my neurologist.  That was all Thursday so Shout-Outs were the last thing on my mind.  I did get about 1/4 of the links up earlier in the week, though. 

Then this week another hard PT appointment plus I started driving 2 elem. boys home from school 2 days a week (takes about an hour each day) which is not much but everything adds up on my body. And ANOTHER uncle went into the hospital a couple of days ago with cardiomyopathy so...bad week for uncles. Named Kenneth. Seriously glad I only have 2 uncles with that name.  No one else need be hurt! 

So, granted I am tired but I managed to get this out this week - hooray!  I hope you enjoy!  Please let me know what links you are liking this week.  The links all open in a new window so you can visit them and then come back to visit more places.  Be sure to consider leaving love wherever you visit!

-xoxo Becca


ENTERTAINING BOOK REVIEWS:



1. I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore @ Novel Ink

2. The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer @ Book Snob

3. At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen @ That's What She Read

4. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea @ Reading the End

5. Coffee, Tea, and Holy Water by Amanda Hudson @ A Lovely Bookshelf

6. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber @ Book Chatter

7. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain @ Jenn's Bookshelves

8. Comics: Jem and the Holograms #1, Truly Outrageous @ Estella's Revenge


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9. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough @ Lone Star on a Lark

10. The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy @ Chrisbookarama

11. The Animals by Christian Kiefer @ River City Reading

11. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books

12. The Hunger by Whitley Strieber @ Wordsmithsonia

13. Night Night, Sleep Tight by Hallie Ephron @ Traveling with T

14. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver @ Erin Reads

15. Confess by Colleen Hoover @ The Starry-Eyed Revue

16. Diamond Head by Cecily Wong @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty

17. Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen @ Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia



AWESOME DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS:



1. Katie's new feature, Bookish Journeys, @ Bookish Illuminations, is really interesting and I look forward to more of these posts!

2. Great post on the green-eyed monster, Jealousy in blogging, @ Alexia's Books and Such

3. The Importance of Proper Science in Fiction @ A Girl that Likes to Read

4. Six Ways to Tell You're a Book Hoarder @ Parajunkee

5. Matthew thinks on the future of the dictionary @ A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

6. See if you can guess what the book is about based solely on the cover in The Book Vixen's new feature, What's the Plot?


UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:



1. Booking Into Spring Readathon last week in April.



2. Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is April 25th! Make sure you've signed up because it is all the fun.

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3. Reading Wench is having a Readalong for The House of Spirits.


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4. Heather and Christie @ Turning Pages are hosting #BooksforaCause for Stand Up to Cancer. It's been going on a while and I have forgotten to post it up!  Go by and check the auctions and bid!


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5. Jill is having a readalong for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.  I read this one with a readalong last year and it's a great one for discussion!


WIN! GIVEAWAYS!



1. Louise is having a Giant Giveaway in honor of her 4th Blogiversary @ Lone Star on a Lark.


2. Emma @ Words and Peace is giving away Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell


3. Triple Giveaway, Y'all! - 3 giveaways going on at Traveling with T!

4. Giveaway of Eden West by Pete Hautman @ Book Snob

4. ARC of Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales @ The Perpetual Page Turner

5. Giveaway for One Plus One by JoJo Moyes @ Lit and Life

6. Copy of The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison @ Luxury Reading



MY COMMENTERS ROCK!



Andrea Stoeckel
Belle Wong
Bermudaonion (Kathy)
Carin Siegfried
Caro G
Carol Luciano
Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy
Donna Cimorelli
Emma @ Words and Peace
Erin K.
Freda Mans
Guiltless Reading
Irene McKenna
jen mullen
Jennine G.
Jessica (Books: a true story)
Julianne - Outlandish Lit
Katherine P.
Katie @ Doing Dewey
Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
Litha
Mari - Escape in a Book
Melissa (My World in Words and Pages)
Melody
Mia Sutton
Michelle @ That's What She Read
Ryan
Sarah's Book Shelves
Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
Sue Jackson
Tanya M.
Tasha B.
Terri (Alexia561)
Ti Reed

Thank you for leaving me comments this week!



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Thank you for your continued encouragement and conversation!


Top Commenters for 2015
The top six (6) winners at the end of the year will receive bookish swag!
The top (1) winner will receive a paperback book from Indiebound or The Book Depository!
(Possibly more, will know closer to end of year.)
Just my way of showing my appreciation!

1. Freda Mans
2. Bermudaonion (Kathy)
3. Belle Wong
4. Ryan AND Tasha B.
6. Irene McKenna AND Sarah's Book Shelves



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