Here's what I read last week.
Last week was the week of conversations. Lots of good and thoughtful posts. I've gathered a bunch here. If I've missed something good, please leave a link in the comments. Book bloggers are thinking and writing about a number of issues. Read these posts and leave a comment. I'm still following them all.
Jen at Devourer of Books asks if the Three Strikes You're Out rule applies to authors. Do new to you authors get fewer chances than a familiar author?
At Follow the Reader, Charlotte Abbott interviewed Bethanne Patrick about the connections among book bloggers, reviewers, publishers, authors, and publicists. Very interesting.
Jennifer at Literate Housewife wants to know how you choose your next book. This is a more in-depth conversation on this topic than I've seen in a while.
Trish at Trish's Reading Nook has a whopping 60+ comments on her Sunday Salon post about ARCs, author interviews, and other book blogging topics. I think she has a winner post.
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Lilly at Reading Extravaganza is now a U.S. citizen! To celebrate she has a fabulous giveaway: your choice of one of four books. They all look good. Even if you don't want one of the books, be sure to stop by and say congratulations!
Filed by Author is a newish site that is all about connecting authors and readers. I just learned about it yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to really explore and see what they're all about, but I thought I would share.
Julie at Booking Mama had a great guest post this week by Sandra Gulland the author of Mistress of the Sun. Don't miss the post and be sure to enter the giveaway.
Historical fiction fans of all sorts should be sure to head on over to Carrie's blog Books and Movies. She's gathered together some of her favorite novels in this genre.
Nicole of Linus's Blanket reviewed The Little Book on Meaning by Laura Bermen Fortgang. I'm not usually drawn to inspirational books or religious books, but this one sounds a bit different and I'm intrigued. Nicole says this: "This was a lovely book to read and ponder, and one whose passages I would definitely like to refer back to and examine further."
Are you interested in books about the Amish? Shelly at Write for a Reader reviewed Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston. This one looks great. Shelly says: "I finished this book in less than 24 hours, because I just couldn't put it down! I cried in the beginning and I cried at the end. Now that's the definition of a good book, at least I think so."
Amy from My Friend Amy reviewed Either You're in or You're in the Way by Logan and Noah Miller. This memoir is a tale of fulfilling the American Dream. Amy says: "It's the story of how an independent film gets made, it's a story of two brothers love for their father and for each other, and it's just plain fascinating."
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