15 September 2010

BBAW: Reading across the Genres and Giveaway

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.


Sandy Nawrot 9/15/10, 6:52 AM  

Hey, at least you caught the typo before you published, unlike me sometimes. I just finished Major Pettigrew not long ago on audio, and I wasn't blown away. It must have been a mood, but it bored me to tears. Not blaming you on the romance, but give you credit for trying!

christina 9/15/10, 7:10 AM  

I continue to go back and forth with twitter. I'm an obsessive (and compulsive) person and fear that I'll just tweet my life away. :)

Stephanie 9/15/10, 7:16 AM  

It's good to read outside your comfort zone but . . . I am just not a romance fan!

Care 9/15/10, 7:23 AM  

Book blogging has been wonderful for making me explore new genres and authors. I dare hope it will continue to push and amaze me.

Anonymous,  9/15/10, 7:25 AM  

Great giveaway! These books all look very interesting.

Jen Forbus 9/15/10, 7:58 AM  

Since my blog is focused on crime fiction, I read mostly that genre in print, partly because I'm a slow reader. However, I often use the audiobooks to read other books I'm interested in. It's great to have the two different formats and ways to enjoy books!

And speaking of Twitter, I picked up the Pat Conroy audiobooks because you mentioned listening to one on Twitter. I've already read them in print, but I'm looking forward to my audio re-read!

Jenny 9/15/10, 8:46 AM  

I hear ya on some that books that don't change your mind about the genre... I tried a very popular young adult fantasy/faerie book b/c it was all the rage. I guess I could see why others liked it but I just confirmed my belief that I just don't care for faerie books, lol!

Laurel-Rain Snow 9/15/10, 9:11 AM  

Yes, I think it's good to try new genres, but I don't think anything will convince me to read books about vampires and paranormal events...sigh.

I did enjoy one vampire, back in the day...that was Barnabas Collins, from Dark Shadows.

Today I wrote this post:

Click on my name for the URL

joanna 9/15/10, 9:26 AM  

Thanks for the Major Pettigrew tip, I think I'll give that a shot!

Andi 9/15/10, 10:50 AM  

I posted on this topic today, and I have a really hard time choosing genre recommendations, but I can talk about specific books all day long. A good piece of my reading this year was inspired by my fellow bloggers. Yippee!

Heather 9/15/10, 10:53 AM  

And I think it was Swapna who led me to read Major Pettigrew. Isn't it awesome how we all connect and lead each other in our reading? It just makes me so happy! :D

Anonymous,  9/15/10, 11:46 AM  

I have yet to change my opinion on the romance genre as well. I really want to read Major Pettigrew ever since I started blogging.

bermudaonion 9/15/10, 11:54 AM  

I didn't participate in the BBAW prompt today because the only books I could think of were Devil in Winter and Battle Royale and I didn't like either one.

Pam Pho 9/15/10, 1:15 PM  

I just put one book but there were many more. However my one book was influenced by you and a couple of others :P

Chrisbookarama 9/15/10, 2:30 PM  

I still haven't read Major Pettigrew. I must stop being contrary.

Nise' 9/15/10, 4:20 PM  

I have been fortunate in stepping out of my comfort zone to try new to me genres.

I brought hom Major Pettigrew from the library in print but now I think I want the audio as well!

TexasRed 9/15/10, 4:22 PM  

I haven't read it either, but am going to have to pick it up.

Anonymous,  9/15/10, 4:27 PM  

It's a good thing I couldn't remember who all to blame...otherwise my post when have gone on and on and on...

Anonymous,  9/16/10, 12:47 AM  

I'm a little sad you didn't really like Lisa Kleypas, but I'm so glad you tried. Not all books or even genre's for that matter are for everyone.

Anonymous,  9/16/10, 1:37 PM  

I like that you shared a good and a not-so-good experience. I'm glad Major Pettigrew was on the "good" side, since I've heard good things about the book and am always looking for good audiobooks! I'll have to check it out.

Margot 9/16/10, 1:53 PM  

I remember when you reviewed Devil In Winter and your remarks. Still not a romance fan, eh? It okay. There are lots of other books and genres available.

Veens 9/16/10, 11:37 PM  

I know I have read a lot of books, I would have never have read if not for gr8 recommendations from all bloggers!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Booksnyc 9/19/10, 10:14 AM  

I am putting the Major Pettigrew audio right onto my list - thanks for the recommendation!

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