Today is the third day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2010! This yearly event of giveaways, blog hopping, blogging, and awards is all about you! And you and you and you and me and is the brainchild of Amy from My Friend Amy.
Each day this week I'm hosting an international giveaway (winners announced on Monday, September 20), so I hope you come back to see what I have in store.
Today's topic is to talk about reading books under the influence of another blogger. I'll share one good experience and one not so good.
The good: One day on Twitter (doesn't everything start on Twitter?), there was enthusiastic talk about the audio edition of Helen Simonson's Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I can't remember all the bloggers who were was talking about the book, but I know one of them was Heather from Capricious Reader. I had an advance readers copy (ARC) of the novel, but when learned how much others loved the audiobook, I decided to make it my very next listen. Thank you, thank you to Heather and everyone else in that discussion. I gave Major Pettigrew an A.
The bad: The members of my book club are all bloggers, and we sometimes push each other to read outside our comfort zone. For me, it was reading Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. Although I finished the book, it was not one that changed my mind about the romance genre. I was surprised, however, that a light historical romance created such a lively discussion at our meeting. As I said in my review, we talked about "relationships, the reading habits of women, and the romance genre in general."
Today I am giving away three books from own collection. I hope at least one will encourage you to read outside your normal genres.
House Rules by Jodi Picoult (hardcover) is a novel that looks at autism. Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin (advance reader's copy) is a novel that looks at families and relationships. Enlightened Sexism by Susan Douglas (hardcover, nonfiction) explores the myth that sexism is no longer an issue.
This giveaway is open worldwide and will run until I turn on my computer on Monday morning (September 20). To enter, you must fill out the form. One winner will be picked via random number generator, and I will delete all data after the winner is contacted.
And, yes, the form is labeled "Confort." I noticed the typo too late and now I can't figure out how to correct it. Sigh.
Good luck and don't forget to check all my BBAW posts -- I have a giveaway each day.