Items of Interest: Links That Caught My Attention This Week & A Giveaway

  • There is some speculation on why this is, but informal polling finds the majority of kindle users are over 40.  Who would weekly-link-round-up4have thought it? Speculations about it being cost prohibitive at $359 and large font size friendly are among the factors for it being the first technological tool where people over 40 are early adopters.  I know in my case neither factor is an issue.  After all the time that I spend on the computer I am just not a fan of reading anything on a screen.  Plus, I just love books.
  • Trish over at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? wants to know if you watch book trailers? I know I don’t.  The only time I ever think of them or see them is when someone else posts one on their blogs, and most times I won’t watch them and then I don’t really think about them anymore.
  • Amy over at My Friend Amy read and reviewed, not one, but two books that caught my attention this week.  Check out her review of The Midwife, by Jennifer Worth.  I was so excited to see that she liked some of the same parts that I liked and that she shared my enthusiasm for this book.  It’s really one of the best books that I have read this year and definitely one of the best memoirs.
  • Amy also read Either You’re In or You’re in the Way by Logan Miller and she had good things to say about that one. Sweet!  I have it coming for review soon and I am always excited to see that a book I am soon to read got a good review from another blog whose reviews I enjoy.  I can’t wait to compare notes!
  • For all of my twitter peeps (and I have been woefully absent on Twitter lately, I find I can’t anything done while I’m on it being that I have the attention span of a gnat), President Obama  & the White House have got a new twitter feed, so you can keep up on all the latest updates.
  • Beth over at Beth Fish Reads is pondering whether one should post reviews on books that are  unfinished, and why or why not.  There were a variety of answers, so it was an interesting post to read.  I have written about books that I couldn’t finish.  I think what makes a book difficult to read is just as  valid as what makes something “good” or easy to finish.  Thoughts?  Check out Beth’s post to weigh in.
  • Jen from Devour of Books wants to know when is a good time to kick an author to the curb?  How many books do you read before you just won’t read an author anymore.  I know that I barely get a chance to read multiple books by authors that I do like, so I can be pretty wary if I’ve been burned once.  What do you think?  Head over to her post and let her know.
  • Heather over at Book Addiction wants to know how you plan and post your reviews?  Do you post as you go?  Have a particular schedule or posting days? Schedule posts in advance?  I’m curious about this as well, so stop by and leave some thoughts so I can be nosy.
  • Shelly over at Write For A Reader has a great review up about an inspirational book called The Noticer. It gets bonus points from me for being about a town in Alabama (my family hails from the state of Alabama).  She’s also giving away 2 hardcover copies of the the book, so go on over and enter to win if it looks like your cup of tea.
  • Carrie over at Books and Movies has a great post up about her favorite historical fiction. I love historical fiction, and she has got an excellent list full of recommendation which I have never read.  I think my tbr is in trouble.   The one that I see that I can recommend highly is The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent.  It is excellent!
  • Made it this far? Miriam at Hachette let me pick out three great books that I wanted to share with readers for my 200th post celebration.  I was overwhelmed by the amount of giveaways I had going on at the time, so I postponed this one. I have 3 packs of 3 books to giveaway.  I’m not advertising this anywhere, so if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll have great odds to get some really good books.  Comment to win The Heretic’s Daughter: A Novel, by Kathleen Kent; The Monster of Florence, by Douglas Preston; and Admission, by Jean Hanff Korelitz.US & Canada only, no P.O. Boxes.  Enter by midnight EST on May 22nd.  One extra entry if you leave a cooment on any of the above posts.  Just remember to leave a separate coment letting me  know where you visited. Good luck!

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  1. It made me feel good to see you mention how you’ve been Twitter absent lately. I, too, have been Twitt neglectful as of late and I feel so guilty about it! But I find that when I have things to do, I would much rather read what everyone else is doing… 😉

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  2. Thanks for the historical fiction link. Some of those sound very interesting so I made of them.
    I would like to read some of those books in your contest, so please enter me as well.

    Thank you and congrats on your 200th milestone. It is a wonderful achievement considering how many daily activities compete for our time.

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  3. Please include my name in your giveaway. I love your blog.

  4. I would absolutely be thrilled to win any of the three books. I must say, you do a great job picking out books! 🙂

  5. Wow I love the giveaway that sneaks in there. And for a fabulous set of books, to boot!
    I have been salivating over The Heretic’s Daughter, now that I have read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, I really want to read Kent’s story.
    Please enter me!
    And I always love your weekly link round up with lots of cool info!

    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

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  6. I am a regular lurky reader of your blog and think this is maybe my first post. That said all the books you are offering in this special giveaway sound interesting.I do get you now by RSS feed to my google reader (rubymoonstone at gmail) instead of just bookmarking you on my computer and reading that way. Moving into the 21st century with the RSS thing.

  7. Please enter me in your giveaway

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