13 September 2011

Imprint Extra: Celebrating Good Books & Giveaway

Today marks the third anniversary since I tentatively published my first post, which happened to be about red wines to drink with pizza. My second post was about books. This is my 1,324th post, and I can tell you truthfully that if you had asked me on September 13, 2008, if I thought I'd still be blogging three years later, I would have said no.

I've never celebrated my blogoversary, but I thought I'd use it as an excuse to have an Imprint Extra giveaway. My imprint awareness project started in January 2010, when I decided to host the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Reading Challenge. Since then, every Friday I've spotlighted a book from one of my favorite imprints.

Over the last twenty months, I've introduced you to literary fiction, historical fiction, light fiction, memoirs, short stories, and nonfiction from several genres. I have been blessed to have had the chance to work with some great publicists and marketing people, to have gotten to know some fabulous authors, and to have read some of the best books out there.

Today is all about sharing my love of reading and celebrating some terrific imprints by hosting a fairly large giveaway. The giveaway is open worldwide, and you can enter for a chance to win any of the following books. You can pick more than one title to increase your chances of winning, but there will be only one win per person. To enter, just fill out the form and I'll pick the winners on September 26.

Look over the titles and click on the links for more information. Then make your choices. Good luck!

1. Remedies by Kate Ledger is an Amy Einhorn Book that received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was an August 2010 Indie Next Pick, a book club selection for Self magazine, and the community read for the Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair. It's book about a strong, smart couple who puts all their energy into everything but their marriage and daughter. It's about a family in crisis and what happens when everything finally falls apart. Author Kate Ledger has generously offered two signed copies of her book (two winners, one book each) and she has volunteered to send the books internationally.

2. The Call by Yannick Murphy is a Harper Perennial book that I reviewed and featured this past July. The book is about David, a New England large-animal veterinarian and his relationship with his patients and their owners and his family. It's about how a family deals with profound and unexpected changes and it's about everyday life. I love the unique format that Murphy uses to tell the story and I love the way she captured small-town life. I am pulling a copy of this off my shelves to share with one of you because I think this is a book that has universal appeal. This book has been gently read.

3. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, published by Pamela Dorman Books, was one of my top-ten reads for 2010. I absolutely fell in love with CeeCee and the strong women who helped her through and past the difficult years of her childhood. This is a multilayered novel that touches on many themes, but your heart will go out to twelve-year-old CeeCee and you will carry her and the very wise Oletta with you for long time to come. I still think about them even a year after I first met them. I am so pleased to have a copy of the unabridged audiobook (on CD) to give away (brand new). Thanks to Beth for kindly sending me a copy so I can offer it to you. I listened to the book and I can assure you it's a great audio and a wonderful way to read the novel for the first time or the second.

4. When She Woke by by Hillary Jordan, from Algonquin Books, hasn't been released yet. In fact, I won't be featuring it for Imprint Friday until early October. I did, however, introduce you to the novel in June when I talked about the Hot Book Club Titles panel at BookExpo America 2011. Some reviews are already out there. This is an adult dystopian novel that is set in the not-so-distant future and has its roots in The Scarlett Letter. What would happen if your crimes were made visible for all to see? Where could find peace, safety, and new life? This book is already generating a lot of buzz, and I am adding my gently read ARC to the giveaway.

5. Quiet Chaos by Sandro Veronesi is from Ecco Books. The novel won the Strega Prize (the top literary prize in Italy) and came out in English translation last April. I haven't yet read this one, but it's high on my list and I just happen to have an extra unread ARC to share. Here's a bit from the description: "an unforgettable contemporary fable about stepping out of life after it cruelly turns everything upside-down, and finding a resolution to the unsolvable problem of loss in the beauty and strangeness of the everyday."

6. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen is now available in a Picador edition. Do I really need to tell you about this prize-winning, best-selling look at contemporary life? Well, just in case you're not sure what it's all about, I'll share part of the publisher's summary: "Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. . . . Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time." Thanks to the wonderful people at Picador, I have a brand new copy of the novel to offer to one of you.

I hope you're as excited for the chance to read these as I am to share them with you. Thanks to everyone who has been supportive and friendly and kind to me over the last three years. Now on to the entry form. Good luck!


Scribacchina 9/13/11, 6:43 AM  

Great way to celebrate, and although I rarely comment I want to say how much I appreciate reading your blog! Im glad that, despite your expectations, you are still blogging three years on. Keep up the good work, and happy blogiversary!

Beachreader 9/13/11, 7:13 AM  

Thank you for showcasing imprints on your blog and congratulations on your three year blog anniversary.

tanabata 9/13/11, 7:33 AM  

Congratulations on 3 wonderful years of blogging. I love that you highlight imprints and what a nice way to celebrate.

Anonymous,  9/13/11, 7:36 AM  

I love reading your blog.
Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway!

Meghan 9/13/11, 7:36 AM  

Congrats on your blogiversary! What a great idea to give away some of the books you've spotlighted. I've only read one of them so far, but I bet they're all fabulous.

Tony 9/13/11, 7:48 AM  

Very interested in 'Quiet Chaos' - congrats on three years of blogging :)

Beth Hoffman 9/13/11, 8:19 AM  

Congratulations on THREE fabulous years! I always enjoy reading your blog and have added countless books to my TBR list based on your recommendations!

Keep those Wednesday photos coming!

Joe Wallace 9/13/11, 8:39 AM  

This is really lovely. You have a wonderful blog...it's great stopping by here for recommendations and conversation.

Barbara 9/13/11, 9:31 AM  

Thank you for the giveaway contest. I can't believe you've only been blogging 3 yrs., or that you were ever tentative about it. I read your blog every day.

rhapsodyinbooks 9/13/11, 10:25 AM  

Happy Blogiversary! Seems like only yesterday you were "Best New Blog"!

Zibilee 9/13/11, 11:03 AM  

I wish you a very Happy Blogoversary! I have to say that your site was quite a find for me, and that you are a blogger whose taste in books I really admire. Thanks for always sharing your impeccably written reviews and your friendship with so many of us!

Heather 9/13/11, 11:05 AM  

I don't get here every Friday to read, but when I do I know there will be a great book waiting for me to peruse. Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog.

bermudaonion 9/13/11, 11:57 AM  

Happy blogiversary! I'm so glad you started your blog - otherwise we never would have become friends!

Kailana 9/13/11, 12:51 PM  

Happy Blogiversary! I received a copy of When She Woke in the mail yesterday and have started it all ready. I am hoping my hopes are not too high for it because I am really excited!

Andi 9/13/11, 1:05 PM  

A VERY happy blogiversary to you, Candace. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, and cheers to three more years of blogging (at least). :)

Nise' 9/13/11, 2:45 PM  

Happy Blogiversary!

Audra 9/13/11, 4:23 PM  

Three years?! Congrats, that's wonderful! It's a pleasure reading your blog -- here's to three more years!

wordsandpeace 9/13/11, 5:30 PM  

thanks for this great giveaway!
I also have my own BBAW giveaway, here:
Emma @ Words And Peace

Just Mom 9/13/11, 8:04 PM  

Congratulations! I truly enjoy your blog although I don't take the time to comment nearly enough. Happy blogoversary!

bookdout 9/13/11, 9:12 PM  

Happy Blogoversary and thanks for the contest!

Shelleyrae @ book'd Out

Robin McCormack 9/13/11, 9:27 PM  

Congratulations Doll! So happy you decided to start blogging. Enjoy reading all your posts and learning about new to me books.

Aerie-el 9/13/11, 9:30 PM  

Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for writing all about what we're reading, or want to read, these past 3 years. Looking forward to plenty more to come.

Beth F 9/13/11, 11:53 PM  

Thank you to everyone -- your friendship and camaraderie are the best reward.

Florinda 9/14/11, 12:27 AM  

Happy blogiversary - it's hard to imagine the book-blogger community without you, so I'm glad we don't have to!

leeswammes 9/14/11, 5:07 AM  

Congratulations on your blogoversary! I've been following your blog for some time and I like the combination of books and food! :-)

Thanks for this generous giveaway. I'd have ticked the form for every book, except I've read two of them already. So, definitely my sort of books.

Shelley 9/14/11, 12:41 PM  

Happy Blogoversary! I'm glad you stuck with it and are still around :)

Leslie 9/14/11, 2:48 PM  

Congrats on three years to one of my favorite blogs. Books, food and photography!

Erika Robuck 9/14/11, 4:56 PM  

Happy Blog-Day! Congratulations. :)

Marg 9/14/11, 5:02 PM  

Happy blogiversary! Like you I never expected to keep on blogging consistently! Now I can't imagine what life is like without blogging.

Marci - Serendipitous Readings 9/14/11, 5:07 PM  

Happy Happy Blog Birthday !! this is around the same time I started my blog three years ago too !! Great minds think alike?!? ;) Congrats on your achievement !!

Marie 9/14/11, 9:31 PM  

Happy Blogiversary! I read the Veronese and loved it; I'm not entering the giveaways but just wanted to say happy milestone!

Sara Grambusch 9/15/11, 9:51 AM  

Happy Blogiversary! Those all look like great books!

Ally 9/15/11, 1:33 PM  

It's my first time here, I came via Rikki's blog, but it's definitely not my last! :) Congrats on the 3 years of intensive blogging :)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 9/15/11, 1:45 PM  

Happy Blogiversary to you! No day is complete without a blog post or tweet from BethFishReads ... as essential as Vitamin B (for 'books').

Sarah 9/16/11, 3:57 AM  

Congrats on your three year anniversary! I love your blog and try to read it regularly. All those books sound great!

Margot 9/17/11, 8:32 PM  

Congratulations on completing three years of blogging. I started a few months after you and you were one of the first bloggers I met. You've been a leader for me in so many ways: you've introduced me some great books, and Weekend Cooking has been such a joy to participate in. Thanks for enriching my life the last three years.

Alex George 9/19/11, 11:51 AM  

With apologies for being so late to this party, allow me to be the gazillionth person to congratulate you on your three years of stellar blogging. Well done indeed, and I'm looking forward to reading you for many years to come! Cracking giveaway, too!

softdrink 9/21/11, 5:15 PM  

Ummm...happy belated anniversary!

Michelle 9/24/11, 8:25 AM  

I'm so far behind in my comments and have been offline during high traffic twitter hours so I completely missed your blogiversary! Congratulations on a fantastic job you are an amazing asset to the community. Here's to many many more. :)

Aths 9/24/11, 12:47 PM  

A little late, but happy blogaversary!! Woohoo! I never imagined that I will keep blogging even a year later, but I can't see myself without this hobby!

Anita 9/25/11, 12:09 PM  

I would have imagined you had been blogging much longer, you do it so well. I really enjoy the variety of books you share, and the cooking...yumm.
Congrats and keep writing.

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