August 21, 2015

Book Blogger Shout-Outs is Back!!! #39: Readathons, Reading Habits, and Jane Austen Manga



Welcome back to Book Blogger Shout Outs!  

I took a little break this summer.  I love putting together these posts as much as you love reading them, but it's a lot of work! I am excited to get back to it, though!

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.  If you leave tons of comments, you are eligible to get a prize pack at the end of the year!  It's just my way of saying thank you!

Without further ado, here are this week's links. I hope you find something interesting, exciting, and thought-provoking in the posts below!  

-xoxo Becca


ENTERTAINING BOOK REVIEWS




1.The Color Purple by Alice Walker @ Bibliofreak.net "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 less acknowledged by society: the poor, black lesbian." And it just gets better from there.

2. The Bookseller by Mark Pryor @ Words and Peace
"If you have had the opportunity to visit Paris, I would bet one of your favorite spots is the row of bouquinistes along La Seine. Now imagine a mystery centered on these book stalls. How cool is that! With ample suspense and great characters, I could not pass the opportunity to present to you The Bookseller."

3. Emily's daughter, Abigail, reviews her favorite picture books @ Emily's Reading Room
One of her reviews: "Abigail says: I like this book because it’s about cupcakes. The funniest part is where the dog gets frosting ALL OVER ITS FACE. I can read this book by myself. And I also like that they make cupcakes for the bake sale. And I’m also reading French."

4. Jane Austen in Manga and Comics @ Roof Beam Reader
I've been reluctant to try Austen graphic novels since the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies disaster, but Adam's convinced me to try some of these out.

5. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler @ The Midnight Garden
"If What We Saw isn’t already on your radar for September 2015 releases, it should be."

6. The Son by Jo Nesbo @ The Steadfast Reader
"Some of the so-called twists were visible from a mile away in dense fog."

7. Paper Towns by John Green @ Reviews from a Bookworm
"The story IS Margo Roth Spiegelman, which I wouldn't mind if I found her to be an interesting and likeable character. She isn't. Q is actually obsessed with her and in all honesty...I just don't get it."

8. The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan @ 52 Books or Bust
Like I told Tanya, I will read anything set in India, but the fact this also looks like crazy fun is an added bonus!

9.  The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud @ Booksie's Blog
"Claire Messud has given a voice to the overlooked women we all know."

10.   Armadale by Wilkie Collins @ The Emerald City Book Review
"The merits of melodrama..."

11. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers @ Hazy Reads
" Do you get the impression that I loved it? I’ll be surprised if any book can top it this year. Can I give it 6 stars, please"



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. The Myth of the Crappy Blogger @ Estella's Revenge
Because it's good to have a reminder every so often that we don't need to be superheroes.

2. True Confessions: I have never read Shakespeare @ Shaina Reads
Confession: I've barely read him myself.

3. How to Cull Your Personal Library and Live to Tell About It @ Beth Fish Reads
Do I really need to explain why you should read it? lol

4. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle @ It Starts at Midnight
I couldn't pick out just one or even two quotes because the whole review is made of awesome.

5. Reading Habits: Finding Time @ The Socratic Salon
"My favorite is when people tell me that they don’t have time to read, somehow inferring that I fritter away my time on books while they are busy with real things. It’s about priorities. I make time for books. It’s not magic, it’s just what I like to do with my spare time."

6.Reading on the Phone @ My Bookish Life
"Here’s a surprise for you: according to a new Nielsen survey, it’s not e-readers that will reign supreme in the future, but phones and paper."

7. Ten Things That Scare Marie Lu @ Gone With Words
Spiders raining from the sky and Nursery Rhymes? Totally agree.

8. The Journey or the Ending: Which is more important to you? @ Sarah's Book Shelves
I'm a journey kind of girl myself.


UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:


Books & Bloggers: A Thrice-Yearly loved book swap is opened up for it's 3rd and final swap of the year until August 24th! @ Based on a True Story


Jessi and Reanna are hosting another Beat the Heat Readathon starting Monday!


 

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



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



MORE CURRENT EVENTS:
#AusteninAugustRBR
#TraveltheWorldinBooks House of Spirits Readalong
Utah Book Month
#BoutofBooks



WIN! GIVEAWAYS!


Dark Ascension by M.L. Brennan @ Between dreams and reality
(U.S. Only)


 1kgiveaway
Shannon is hosting the coolest giveaway game @ It Starts at Midnight

MY COMMENTERS ROCK:
  Top Commenters of the Week are in Bold.
For this post I am counting all the comments left since my last Shout-Outs post.  
They are also included for the leader board below. 

Alise (Readers in Wonderland)   -   Andi   -   Andrea Stoeckel
Anita LeBeau  -   Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)   -   Belle Wong
Bermudaonion (Kathy)   -   Bryan G. Robinson
Care   -   Caspette   -   Cecelia   -   Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy
Dari   -   Donna Cimorelli   -   ebookclassics  -   Emma L
Emma @ Words and Peace   -   Erin @ PaperbackStash   -   Fictional 100/Lucy
Florinda   -   Freda Mans   -   guiltless reading
Hazel   -   HeatherDVM   -   Helen @ My Novel Opinion
Irene McKenna   -   Jennine G.   -   Joy Weese Moll   -   Karen
Katherine P.   -   Katie @ Doing Dewey   -   Kayla Beck   -   Laurie C.
laurievrigler   -   Lindsay Brambles   -   Lisa Sheppard   -   Litha 
Louise   -   Mary   -   Melinda   -   Melissa (My World in Words and Pages)
Memory   -   Mia Sutton   -   Michelle @ That's What She Read
Michelle Miller   -   Naomi   -   Nancy Bekofske   -   Nari   -   Niki   -   Patti Smith
Rachel @ Dashing Good Books   -   Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)
Savvy Working Gal   -   Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight
Soudha Parsan   -   Stephanie Ward   -   Sue Jackson
Suey   -   Tanya M.   -   Tasha B.   -   Ti Reed
Tif Talks Books   -   TJ @ My Book Strings   -   topazshell   -   Trisha Dandurand
 
 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)
7. 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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