Like Free Books?

Are you on Goodreads yet?  If not, you should be.  One of the reasons why is because you can get free books!  Let me explain.  There’s a section in Goodreads called First Reads.  Authors list a giveaway of a hard copy of their book.  They can give out one, or they can give out 100, whatever they want.  The giveaways are listed for a limited amount of time and you can sort through by ones that are ending soon, popular, most requested, etc.  Goodreads users can enter to win by just giving their mailing address.  THAT’S IT!  So easy.

The books listed are ones that haven’t been released to the public yet.  The whole idea is that if you win, you get a “first read” of it so that you can start to post reviews early to help promote the book.  And you don’t need a blog or anything to do that; you can just post a review on Goodreads.

I am SO excited because I finally was chosen for a giveaway!  And it’s a book that I was going to buy anyway.  Score!  I’ll be getting “The Song Remains the Same” by Allison Winn Scotch.  I guess it’ll take a few weeks to get to me, but that should still be in advance of the release date of April 12.  I’ll be posting about it here as soon as I’m done!

It’s also a good way to learn about up-and-coming new authors and releases, and who knows, maybe you’d win a book from someone new to you and gain a new favorite author!

And the winner is… (plus another announcement!)

Alrighty, the contest ended last night to win “One Fifth Avenue” by Candace Bushnell.  And who was the winner?

Random Number GeneratorEntry #1… Pittchick!  Congrats, Jen!

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the most successful giveaway ever.  What would people be more interested in winning?  Gift cards?  New releases?  Hmm… I will have to ponder that for the future.

Do you want to know what my other announcement is?  My blog is now available on the Kindle!!!  I know, right?  How fitting!  A few days ago, a friend on Twitter (and also a new Kindle owner!) told me that I should check it out; I didn’t even realize that it was possible.  I knew that you could read blogs on there, but I didn’t think that any old person could put theirs on there.

ScreenshotHow awesome is that?!?  I’m published (kind of, not really)!  It DOES cost Kindle users $1.99 per month to subscribe to the blog via the Kindle, but I guess if someone really wants to read it and they don’t already read it online, well then, they will do just that.  I don’t even care if anyone subscribes or not… either way, it’s just cool to see my name on Amazon.

Book giveaway!

So my blog has been going for about 2 months now and I would like to thank my readers by holding a giveaway.  While I wish I could give away gift cards or brand new releases of books or something fun like that, I’m not Ms. Moneybags, so that may have to wait for awhile.   My first giveaway ever will be the book “One Fifth Avenue” by Candace Bushnell (my fav author ever).

One Fifth Avenue

I ran out and purchased this book the week it came out and BARELY opened it, so essentially, it is in perfect, brand new condition (it’s the hardcover version, if you haven’t noticed).  Here’s the excerpt from Barnes & Noble’s website:

One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco beauty towering over one of Manhattan’s oldest and most historically hip neighborhoods, is a one-of-a-kind address, the sort of building you have to earn your way into – one way or another. For the women in Candace Bushnell’s new novel, One Fifth Avenue, this edifice is essential to the lives they’ve carefully established – or hope to establish. From the hedge fund king’s wife to the aging gossip columnist to the free-spirited actress (a recent refugee from L.A.), each person’s game plan for a rich life comes together under the soaring roof of this landmark building.” This book is a modern-day story of old and new money, that same combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York’s Gilded Age and F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Many decades later, Bushnell’s New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: They thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful – at least to the public eye. But Bushnell is an original, and One Fifth Avenue is so fresh that it reads as if sexual politics, real estate theft, and fortunes lost in a day have never happened before.

While I was not a fan of the book for whatever reason, it did make it onto the NY Times Best Sellers list and I know a bunch of other people who love Candace Bushnell’s work.

Here are the rules:

  • One entry per person.
  • You must leave a comment here telling me what your favorite book EVER is and why.
  • The contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 28th.
  • The winner will be chosen by the Random Number Generator based upon the number of your comment (the comments are not numbered, so the first comment is #1, second is #2, etc – that is why you’re only allowed one comment/entry). I will draw the winning comment number on Monday.
  • You’ll be contacted by email if you’ve been chosen, so make sure you leave a valid email address so I can contact you and arrange to ship the book.

Hope you enjoy, and I promise that I’ll come up with some better ideas for giveaways in the future.  Thanks so much for reading!!!

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