17 September 2009

BBAW: Feeding My Addiction and Giveaway

Wow! Can it really be day 4 of BBAW? Here is today's meme:

Today we encourage you to blog about a book you read only because you discovered it on another book blog. Preferably, this will be a book you loved! You might also write a bit about the blog you discovered it on!

A good percentage of my TBR pile is a direct result of book bloggers' recommendations. Here are just a few that I've read thanks to a book blogger. And guess what? The reviews that introduced me to the novels were honest, and I know I can trust these bloggers in the future. (For my review, click on the author.)

I read Testimony by Anita Shreve because Jackie (Farm Lane Books) and Sandy (You've Gotta Read This) gave the audiobook their mark of approval.

I read the Bones series by Jeff Smith because Laza (Gimme More Books!) and Alea talked me into joining the Graphic Novel Challenge.

I read Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt because Kathy (Bermudaonion's Weblog) wrote a fascinating review, complete with a video.

I read Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart because Amy of My Friend Amy had such wonderful things to say about Beth and her writing.

I read Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson because Alea (Pop Culture Junkie) wrote such a great and honest review.

I can't complete this list without mentioning Amy of Passages to the Past. She may be one of the biggest contributors to my wish list and TBR. If you even remotely like historical fiction, then you should be reading Amy's blog. She is always up to date on the latest releases and re-releases. I really should zap her from my reader. . . .

Oh and please take the time to click through to the blogs that I've linked to. You won't be sorry.


Today I'm giving away two ARCs that have been reviewed by book bloggers. They are both books that I am looking forward to reading, but I happened to have an extra copy of each. The first is Stone's Fall by Iain Pears and the second is Blame by Michelle Huneven. To win these two ARCs, all you have to do is leave a comment here telling me (1) your email address and (2) the title and author of one of your favorite thrillers or mysteries. If your comment is missing this information, I can't count your entry. This giveaway is open all week, and I'll pick a winner (via random.org) on Saturday, September 19 soon after I turn on my computer. There is still time to enter my giveaways from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.


Melody 9/17/09, 6:51 AM  

More books to be added to my ever-growing pile!!

austenfan 9/17/09, 7:23 AM  

One of my favorites is a legal thriller - The Firm by John Grisham. :)


Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 9/17/09, 7:32 AM  

I've got to read some Laurie Halse Anderson and see what I've been missing! (no need to enter me in your generous giveaway, thank you)

Julie P. 9/17/09, 7:45 AM  

Don't enter me, but I wanted to say that WINTERGIRLS was one of the ones I read because of book bloggers' reviews!

farmlanebooks 9/17/09, 7:46 AM  

Almost all of the books I read now are recommended by bloggers. I don't know what I'd do without them!

My favourite thriler is Out by Natsuo Kirino - you should give it a try!

I'd love to read Stone's Fall by Iain Pears. I've almost bought it in the past and if I on't win will probably go and buy a copy anyway!

My email address is jackie (at) farmlanebooks (dot) co (dot) uk

Beth,  9/17/09, 7:50 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. One of my fav thrillers is Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Alexa 9/17/09, 7:57 AM  

Thanks for the tip about Amy's blog, I'll add it on.

Amy 9/17/09, 8:05 AM  

This is a great post a few more blogs to visit and discover! Anita Shreve is a favorite author of mine!

My favorite mystery or thriller now is Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. I highly recommend it!


Beth Kephart 9/17/09, 8:16 AM  

I am shaking my head. Seriously. I'm not going to be able to work today due to your kindnesses!



Ruth 9/17/09, 8:24 AM  

Oooooooooooooooh coooool. :) It's hard to say what my favourite thriller is.

I really enjoyed A DANGEROUS FORTUNE by Ken Follett, which is kind of a historical thriller; and NOT A PENNY MORE, NOT A PENNY LESS by Jeffery Archer; and AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie. Do those count as thrillers? I don't know.

My favourite thriller overall is probably THR3E by Ted Dekker, which has a funky twist at the end. OK, my mother saw it coming, but I TOTALLY did not.

Email: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

mindy 9/17/09, 8:26 AM  

i love ANYTHING by john grisham thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

gautami tripathy 9/17/09, 8:42 AM  

I didn't remember which blogger influenced me to buy what book!

BBAW: Thanking Feminist Review

Ang 9/17/09, 9:12 AM  

My favorite mystery is The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins - a classic. Thanks!!

ang_vaughan [at] yahoo [dot] com

S. Krishna 9/17/09, 9:31 AM  

No need to enter me, but I feel like almost all the YA I used to read was because of book bloggers - I'm branching out a little independently now though.

Meghan 9/17/09, 9:36 AM  

No need to enter me either! I just wanted to say I think we ALL read Nothing but Ghosts thanks to Amy! And Wintergirls is on my wishlist thanks to bloggers (one of which is you). =)

susan259 9/17/09, 9:52 AM  

What a nice post--I love the community we have with book bloggers.

Sue 9/17/09, 10:35 AM  

I'd love a shot to win. I loved The Thirteenth Tale. It was a great mystery.

Thanks for the giveaway.
s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Lahni 9/17/09, 10:48 AM  

I'm not sure if The Thirteenth Tale counts, but I've noticed other people using it! It was definitely mysterious!

stacybuckeye 9/17/09, 10:52 AM  

I love the Prey series by John Sandford and the Lincoln Rhyme series by Jeffery Deaver. I've read them all!
stacybooks at yahoo

Emma,  9/17/09, 11:55 AM  

the title and author of one of my favorite thrillers is Promises in Death

by J. D. Robb.
Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

lilly 9/17/09, 12:40 PM  

Zap Amy from your reader? That's just too funny although I agree, she did contribute to my ever-growing TBR list tremendously.

Lori L 9/17/09, 2:08 PM  

Two thrillers I read and enjoyed this year were Antarktos Rising by Jeremy Robinson and The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist.


bermudaonion 9/17/09, 5:30 PM  

It's a vicious cycle because I read Bone because of you!

Cindy,  9/17/09, 5:44 PM  

Hello!! My favorite mystery author is Phillip Margolin as I can never quite guess his endings!!!!

holdenj 9/17/09, 6:47 PM  

One of my favorite thrillers is Monkeewrench, by P.J. Tracy.


Carrie K. 9/17/09, 7:10 PM  

One of my favorite mysteries of all time is The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King - and the whole series that follows is wonderful, too!

Would love to win - thanks for the generous giveaways this week! And congratulations on your BBAW Award!

nnjmom at yahoo dot com

techyone 9/17/09, 7:43 PM  

Lighning by Dean Koontz has to be my all time favorite.

techyone at gmail dot com

Alyce 9/17/09, 7:59 PM  

Stone's Fall actually is one of my favorite reads so far this year, so no need to enter me for that, although I would love to be entered to win Blame if that is still possible.

Jurassic Park is one of my favorite thrillers (I love just about everything that Michael Crichton wrote).

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jenners 9/17/09, 10:21 PM  

Great list!!!

And a great giveaway!

My e-mail is jfligster at gmail dot com.

And my favorite mystery from this year was "The Various Haunts of Men" by Susan Hill. I reviewed it on my blog here if you want more info:

Emily 9/17/09, 10:47 PM  

My favorite mystery writer right now is Charles Finch, I absolutely love his Victorian mysteries!

emily DOT wittenberg @ gmail DOT com

Veens 9/18/09, 3:41 AM  

If only I could remember which book came from whse recommendation I would have definitely done this post :) :)

Mystery - The Millennium Trilogy - Steig Larrson :)

Thriller - I have not read much really!

enter me - givingreadingachance AT gmail.com

Stacie 9/18/09, 8:44 AM  

I enjoy reading Robin Cook medical thrillers!

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

SusanB,  9/18/09, 9:21 AM  

I have really enjoyed reading all of Harlan Coben's books. My two favorites would have to be Tell No One and Gone for Good. I haven't had a chance to read the latest as I have a few books in front of that one.

Amy @ Passages to the Past 9/18/09, 10:30 AM  

Awww Beth - you are too kind my dear! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the shout-out! Oh and I've contacted blogger and BLOCKED you from ever BLOCKING me! HAHAHA!!!

Barb 9/18/09, 12:35 PM  

I would love to read these books. Please enter me in the giveaway.

My favorite series of mysteries is written by Patricia Cornwall. Her crime novels featuring Kay Scarpetta are awesome.

bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

patrick m,  9/18/09, 3:22 PM  

I like Patricia Cornwell..Trace was an excellent book.

ccqdesigns,  9/18/09, 4:44 PM  

I would love these ARC's, mysteries are just about my favorite genre. I am definitely a Patricia Cornwell fan so Scarpetta is close to the top, but The Bourne Ultimatum
by Robert Ludlum kept my blood pumping and kept me awake all night.

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

Anonymous,  9/18/09, 5:46 PM  

Hi I love mystery thrillers. My favorite one would be 2006 Bones by Kathy Reichs. Love the blog. Cheers. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

cstironkat 9/18/09, 7:31 PM  

Stephen King and Dean Koontz are my favorite mystery/thriller writers.

Eva 9/19/09, 1:01 AM  

Eva astripedarmchairATgmailDOTcom

One of my fave mystery series is by Laurie King-the first one is called The Beekeeper's Apprentice. It's historical and features Mary Russell and an older Sherlock Holmes. Very literary!

beth 9/19/09, 2:05 AM  

mitcham.beth AT gmail DOT com

I'm really a kid series about Sammy Keyes (I just finished The Sisters of Mercy, by Wendy Van Draanen, and I'm really enjoying them, so much that I'm pushing them on my children.

Lucyinthesky,  9/19/09, 2:39 AM  

I'd love a chance to win these books. If you would have asked me the mandatory question a few days ago I would have said current favorite was The Juror by George Dawes Green but last night I stayed up way to late and finished Ravens by George Dawes Green and now that is my current favorite.

espressogurl at hotmail dot com

Alessandra 9/19/09, 7:11 AM  

I hope there's still time for me to enter this giveaway. My favourite thriller is The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, which is a true masterpiece and definitely Eco's best book.


Literary Feline 9/19/09, 11:15 PM  

One of my constant regrets is that I don't keep better track of where I hear about a book from. I do with some, but not most. It makes questions like these hard for me to answer.

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