August 28, 2015

Blogger Shout-Outs #40



 In Shout Outs you will find book reviews, discussion posts, blogger events, and giveaways from bloggers across the web. I read a lot of blogs and I like to give love when I find a post I really like or admire. I also like to make you abreast of events and giveaways because those are awesome, too.  Bloggers put lots of work into those, as well.  I am now including either a quote directly from the post (with quotation marks and italicized) or a reason I liked it after each link.

In addition, I like to give shout outs to my readers.  I know there are lots of lurkers and silent readers and that's totally okay! I don't know how to say thank you other than right here saying THANK YOU FOR READING! YOU'RE AWESOME!  If you leave a comment during the week, I will give you a personal shout out on this post each Friday. Commenters are also eligible to receive a bookish prize pack.

I hope you find something interesting, exciting, and thought-provoking in the posts below!  

-xoxo Becca


ENTERTAINING BOOK REVIEWS


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1. Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed @ About to Read
"There are so many great characters in this novel. Some of them or lovable, some are really hateful, and others are just complicated. You’ll find a bit of everything in this one—including a wonderful romance."

2. The Incarnations by Susan Barker @ 52 Books or Bust
 "The Incarnations by Susan Barker has been praised as China’s Midnight’s Children. I hate comparisons like that because it almost sets The Incarnations up for failure. Midnight’s Children was a game-changer for Indian literature in English, and in many ways put South Asian literature on the map. For years it was cited as the quintessential novel of India’s coming of age. The Incarnations, on the other hand, though a mighty book, is not forwarding the cause of Chinese literature per se"

3. This Godforsaken Place by Cinda Gault @ ebookclassics
"This Godforsaken Place is a historical adventure featuring a strong, female character. I particularly liked how Canadian and American history crosses over in the story and all of the real-life figures of significance who were characters, such as Annie Oakley and Gabriel Dumont."

4. The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows @ A Utah Mom's Life
"The Truth According to Us is filled with fabulous characters so real, you're sure you saw them sitting on the porch last time you drove through town."


5. Brilliant by Roddy Doyle @ Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
"When I finished this book, I couldn't help but grin at the joy it brought me and the laughter and tears it provoked. In that moment I didn't care who it was written for, I just knew that it had been a good read."

6.  Breakaway by Kat Spears @ YA Romantics
"I loved the fact that this book was just about ... life. About crappy things that happen and the people that help you get through them."


If Ralph Ellison’s invisible man had no voice thirty years before the publication of The Color Purple, then Walker has located in Celie a person whose presence is even less acknowledged by society: the black, poor lesbian. - See more at: http://www.bibliofreak.net/2015/08/review-color-purple-alice-walker.html#sthash.oLGdy4Y1.dpuf
If Ralph Ellison’s invisible man had no voice thirty years before the publication of The Color Purple, then Walker has located in Celie a person whose presence is even less acknowledged by society: the black, poor lesbian. - See more at: http://www.bibliofreak.net/2015/08/review-color-purple-alice-walker.html#sthash.oLGdy4Y1.dpuf
AWESOME DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS:




1. On my TBR List: Transgender Fiction @ Lovely Bookshelf

2. Do You Keep Your Reviews Vague? @ Readers in Wonderland

3. How do you feel about excerpts? @ There were books involved... 

4. Questioning Katie: Book Universe @ Words for Worms



UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:




 

Brianna's Monthly Review-a-thon is coming up!



Re-read favorite books with a specific readathon for it @ An Armchair By the Sea


Joy

Join in the Joy Luck Club Readalong @ Reading Wench



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September Nonfiction Book Club Readalong @ Doing Dewey



 

 Jenn's Bookshelves's photo.

 Design a new logo for this year's Murder, Monsters, Mayhem @ Jenn's Bookshelves


MORE CURRENT EVENTS:
#AusteninAugustRBR
#TraveltheWorldinBooks House of Spirits Readalong
Utah Book Month
Beat the Heat Readathon



WIN! GIVEAWAYS!


Season of Salt and Honey




Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe @ Traveling with T
(US/CA Only)


 
Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold or a $50 Amazon Gift Card
@ True Book Addict as part of a tour 


 Nantucket

 Nantucket by Nan Rossiter @ Book Chatter


 The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon Review & GIVEAWAY!
 
The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
@ Mom's Small Victories


 Dumplin prize pack
 
Dumplin' Prize Pack Giveaway @ The Perpetual Page-Turner
(U.S. only)





Print copy of The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
@ Socrates' Book Reviews



MY COMMENTERS ROCK:
  Top Commenters of the Week are in Bold.


Bermudaonion (Kathy)
Beth Fish Reads
Fictional 100/Lucy
Freda Mans-Labianca
guiltless reading
Hazel
Katherine P.
Lisa @ Lost in Literature
Litha
Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
Louise
Michelle @ That's What She Read
Rihannon Johnson
Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)
Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
Sheila DeChantel
Soudha Parsan
Tasha B.
Ti Reed
 Thank you for leaving me comments this week! I appreciate it so much! 

 

2015 COMMENTER LEADERBOARD SO FAR


The top six (6) winners at the end of the year will receive fun bookish swag! The top two (2) winners will receive a paperback book from Indiebound or The Book Depository! Just my way of showing my appreciation!

1. Freda Mans 
2. Bermudaonion (Kathy)
3. Belle Wong
4. Tasha B.
5. Sarah's Book Shelves
6. Melissa (My World in Books and Pages) and Michelle @ That's What She Read

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


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