October 2, 2015

Book Blogger Shoutouts #45 - Banned Books Week Faves, Spooky Events, Readathons, Trilogies, & More!

 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.  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.

 PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer disregarding posts I missed in the last 2 weeks and only giving shout-outs to those this week alone. I often don't have time to comb through every single blog every week. So, announcement made, carry on.

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

-xoxo Becca



1. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler @ Candace's Book Blog
 "I just finished reading What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. It’s such an important topic and the book is done SO well. If you are a parent or teacher read this. If you are a teenager, read this. Really, if you’re a human, you should read this. It’s not easy. It’s painful, sad, frightening. It’s not pretty. But it’s real. It’s even based on real events. I picked it up kind of random but once I started reading I really couldn’t stop. I read it in a day."

2. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan @ The Gilmore Guide to Books
 "For the main character, Alice, it’s life and for the reader there is moment after moment of recognition—we’ve all been there and if we had the skill to write with such insight and dry humor we would, but for now, Egan says it far better than we could."

3. Mini-Reviews: Faceless and Dumplin' @ YA Romantics
Jen has me interested in both of these, even though she had trouble with one of them.

4. The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood @ A Girl That Likes Books
"As has been the case on any other book I’ve read from Atwood, characters are deeply flawed, making them even more human and involving. Unbelievable world building, and once again incredible speculative talent, particularly where it comes to science advances make this trilogy one of my favorites."

5. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee @ My Friends Are Fiction
"The setting was so eerie and vivid it was easy to visualize the time period as well as the setting. I loved all the little details that were included in the descriptions."

6. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler @ A Great Book Study
Ruth reads Mein Kampf. Great explanation of the man's ideologies, and a great example of being allowed to read books by people you don't agree with (my banned book week rhetoric) - even if they suck at writing books.

7. The Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib @ Literary Hoarders
"Hassib has written a debut that was a winner from the very first pages." 

8. Audiobook Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck @ Mostly YA Book Obsessed
"With ancient Egyptian mythology used as the inspiration for this story, my inner nerd was geeking out while listening to this one.  Was it accurate?  No, but who the fuck cares, it was a hell of an entertaining book and I will for sure be coming back for the sequel!"

9. Literary Quiz on The Fictional 100 by Lucy Pollard-Gott @ Words and Peace
Clever way to entice me to read the book, although I already can't wait to do so!

10. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton @ BookNAround
"He manages to raise moral, political, and social issues without preaching, wrapping a heart warming grandfather and grandson relationship story around such troubling things as homophobia and mining rights; the concepts of guilt, blame, and forgiveness; the hopefulness of healing, both of an individual and a community; and the value of the long, slow process of justice."

11. The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo @ A Bookworm's World
"Oh, do you ever get that delicious little frisson of excitement when you read the first few chapters of a book and realize you've stumbled across what is going to be a really, really good read?"

12. By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomas Avila Laurel @ Biblioglobal
 "Like Stone in a Landslide, it is the narrative voice that is really memorable about By Night the Mountain Burns.  The narrator is telling the story of his childhood on Annobon, a remote island that is part of Equatorial Guinea."

13. Five Frightening Facts from The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert @ My Book Strings
"In geologic time, words like “recent” or “quick” often mean thousands of years. But when these words are applied to our future, “soon” really means “soon,” and that’s frightening. Need proof? Here are some examples..."

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

1. Teaching My Children to Think for Themselves @ Lit and Life

2. Grimms' Fairy Tales @ True Book Addict

3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury @ Quixotic Magpie

4. Nonfiction Books for Banned Books Week @ Doing Dewey


1. How I Will Improve Goodreads When I Rule the World @ Paper Fury (Spoiler: She reads all of our minds.)

2. It turns out I can kinda deal with Romance. Occasionally. @ The Broke and the Bookish

3. Interview: A conversation with Juliette Wells for 200th Anniversary of Emma @ Savvy Verse and Wit

4. #SupervillainSquad: Spoilsport @ Readers in Wonderland


#15in31 October Event
@ Estella's Revenge

The Little Princess Read Along
for October

blogging, planning, blog ahead
October Blog Ahead 
@ Herding Cats and Burning Soup

31 Days of Halloween
@ Me, My Shelf, and I

Salem's Lot Readalong
with Melissa of Avid Reader's Musings, Trish of Love, Laughter, and Insanity,
and Care of Care's Online Book Club

Autumn's Dewey's 24-hour Readathon
October 17th!!!

  A More Diverse Universe 2015
@ Booklust 

Community Calendar


devil in jerusalem
The Devil in Jerusalem by Naomi Ragen
@ Julz Reads
Ends Oct. 3rd

Death at the PrioryA Murder at Rosamund's Gate
5th Blogiversary Giveaway
@ Words and Peace
Ends Oct. 9th

Devil and the Deep cover
Excerpt of book, Giveaway of Various Fun Items
@ About to Read
Ends Oct. 6th
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
@ Roof Beam Reader
 Ends Oct. 31st

the hard times book covercopygirl book cover
The Hard Times by Russell Scott
Copygirl by Anna Michael and Michelle Sassa
@ Luxury Reading

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
@ A Bookworm's World
Ends Oct. 9th

2 copies of Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah
@ Of Stacks and Cups
Ends Oct. 29th

 Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
@ Traveling with T
Ends Oct. 10th

  Top Commenters of the Week are in Bold.

Alise (Readers in Wonderland)
Belle Wong
Bermudaonion (Kathy)
Cait @ Paper Fury
Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy
Fictional 100/Lucy
Freda Mans-Labianca
Judy B.
Julie Merilatt 
Katherine P.
Laurel-Rain Snow 
Lindsay Brambles
Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
Melinda @ West Metro Mommy
Melissa (My World in Words and Pages)
Michelle @ That's What She Read
Sheila DeChantal
Stephanie Ward
Sue Jackson 
Tasha B.
Ti Reed
TJ @ My Book Strings

 Thank you for leaving me comments this week! I appreciate it so much! 


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. Tasha B.
4. Belle Wong
5. Michelle @ That's What She Read

6. Sarah's Book Shelves

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

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