Sunday, July 18, 2010

Blogaversary Giveaway #3, Winners, Update

I'm baaaaaaaaacccccckkkkkkk =) I had a blast (I visited Brown University). I didn't get a chance to check my mailbox
so I'm not sure what I got, but I'm excited to check on Monday.

The winners of the POC on Covers/Whitewashing giveaway are...

Katie PB! (Magic Under Glass)
Diana Dang! (Liar)
Niranjana Iyer! (Silver Phoenix)
Vidisha! (His Own Where)

Congrats to all winners and thank you to all those who entered! Of course I realized for the Whitewashing giveaway that I forgot to include a space for your email address. So winners of that giveaway please email me within 48 hours, but since I messed up I will allow you an extra day for 36 hours, but 48 is ideal.

If you didn't win, cheer up, I have another giveaway! Author Lyn Miller Lachmann has kindly offered a signed copy of Gringolandia. It's U.S. only My REreview of Gringolandia My original review

To enter: Must be a U.S. follower. Fill out THIS form Ends: July 24, 2010 11:59 CT

I was pleased to see that most people who entered my giveaways so far are old followers. I'm not throwing these giveaways to get more followers, I want to thank my followers, the people who have been with me and supported me for quite some time. Besides, if you only follow me for giveaways, you may want to unfollow me now because after July ends, giveaways will be over for awhile (unless an author offers to mail out the book) due to my lack of a steady income.

I also want to share my Summer reading list updates.

Classics Reading List
1. Middlemarch by George Eliot (currently reading, longer than I expected!)
2. Kindred by Octavia Butler
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
5. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
6. Persuasion by Jane Austen (I want to read this by August)
7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
9. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (I want to read this next)
10. The Living is Easy by Dorothy West (I want to read this next along with The Wedding)

Adult Fiction
1. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
2. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
3. Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
4. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
5. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
6. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (Book 1 in Easy Rawllins series)-currentyl reading
7. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
8. Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
9. Feminista by Erica Kennedy
10. Bloody Waters by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (Book 1 in Lupe Solano Mystery series)

Off Color (To reiterate: These books will not be reviewed here. I may review them on Goodreads)
1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (plan to read next)
2. Graceling by Kirsten Cashore
3. Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund
4. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
5. The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson
6. The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days #1) by Christy Raedeke
7. Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker
8. The Eternal Kiss: Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire (anthology), edited by Trisha Telep
9. White Cat by Holly Black
10. Levithian by Scott Westerfield

As you can I'm not doing so well. Ideally I want to read every book I have listed, but I'll settle for reading all the books on my adult fiction list and half on the classics list.

Check out this fun link, it lists 50 novels to read when you need a good laugh. I haven't read any books on the list but I do intend on reading many of them. I would also add Catcher in the Rye to the list and a host of other YA books. What would you add? Leave a comment here or at that post.


  1. I thought I would suggest a funny novel but I couldn't think of any other than Catch-22. I've just realised I don't read much humour which is odd because it's my favourite kind of movie. So as I have only read about three on the "50 novels to read when you need a laugh" list I'll start there. Thanks for the link

  2. wow i won i m i just emailed you with my mailing address let me know if you got the email or not ..thanks

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  4. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Was it a college tour or something?

    I was a little disappointed by Graceling, but despite writing fantasy, I'm not a big fan of reading it. I just picked up Leviathan from the library and will probably read that after finishing Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger which I will read after reading Silver Phoenix(I'm loving it by the way)

    As for the humor list, I'd add David Sedaris "Naked." I can't think of the last book I read where I busted up from laughter. There have been some funny things in my workshop class that I hope get published one day. Those writers are immensely talented.

  5. Here's some of the links to the buying power thing.I think the 'fact" in mine was a little exaggerated, but my post was more of a rant than a letter (which I will get to after this week. Finals and whatnot)

  6. Glad you enjoyed yourself at Brown U.

    I have enjoyed many of Terry Pratchett's books (from the 50 list). He also uses different species (trolls, vampires, dwarfs, etc) to satire not only race relations but the things people do to try to fix things. You could read any of his books and switch out the species with a group from earth and you get a very good story about relationships between people, between races, between men and women. Great writer. All humorous too.

    I entered you contest, and I had just pulled out a book I've been trying to remember to read, so I put it in the recommendations - Sister Chicas. It's YA ( bought it for the YA challenge) and it seems like it might be a fun read (dealing with latina moms and family - I've had the Latina Mom thing myself!)

  7. Woo-hoo, I won! I'm so excited! Emailing you my address rightaway.

  8. Hey - what'd you think of Kindred? I really loved Parable of the Sower and the sequel, so I loved Kindred anyway - maybe I'm biased. It felt like it was a bit slow but it also felt like it needed to move slowly, and I ended up thinking it was great. Would you recommend it to young people?

  9. @Sandy-Same here! I love comedy but I rarely read it. Percival Everett (I think that's his name, the author of Not Sidney Poitier along with a few others) is an author that I haven't read but I've heard good things about him. You may want to check him out. I'm going to read Catch 22 first, mostly because it's a 'classic' and since it's supposed to be funny, I don't dread reading it :)

    @Vidisha-Emailed you, thanks!

    @Najela-Ooo how is Franny and Zooey? I adore The Catcher in the Rye and one of my longtime reading goals is to read all of Salinger's work. Hmm your review was the first 'so so' review I'd seen of Graceling. It was quite interesting.

    Thank you for the links! I'll check them out :) I went to Brown for a week to take a summer class and just to get a small feel for life on a college campus. So much fun.

    @Mardel-I've vaguel heard of Sister Chicas from my library, but it's never in! (I guess it's popular? or just lost? haha). Thanks for entering the giveaway :)

    So after Catch 22, I'll have to read Terry Pratchett's works along with David Sedaris.

    Never experienced the Latina mom, but reading about it makes me laugh and I can usually relate in some way.

    @Niranjana-Done, emailed you =)

    @Topher-I haven't read Kindred yet. If I linked to a review, it means I've read it. Sorry if that was unclear. In my next update, I'll cross off the ones I've read and include the review.

    From what I've heard, I'm not sure if I'd recommend it to middle grade students but I bet high schoolers could handle it.

  10. @Ari: Yeah, I noticed that my review as wasn't as glowing as some of the others. It's probably because I used to read ALOT of fantasy and Graceling seemed like a rehash of Tamora Pierce's Lioness Quartet. I think you might like Pierce's better. I await your review on Graceling(I need to get a goodreads account or something).

    I just finished reading Silver Phoenix and I liked it a lot. I will probably start Franny and Zoey this weekend after finals.

    I love college stays. I did that at my current university when I was in high school. Are you thinking about going to Brown?

  11. Franny and Zooey is so funny. The conversation between Zooey and his mother is so hilarious.


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