Armchair BEA: The Sand Fish (Giveaway)
contests/giveaways , events , thoughts / June 5, 2012

Since I – ever so sadly – cannot attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York City this week, I’ve decided to join in on Armchair BEA again! Those of us who are participating in Armchair BEA are essentially putting together our own book blogger convention from the comfort of our own homes (or workplaces or wherever else we’ll be). You can read more about Armchair BEA here. Armchair BEA today includes a variety participant giveaways, and I’ve decided to join in! Last summer, I moved to the United Arab Emirates, and there’s one book that’s been recommended to me over and over again: The Sand Fish by Maha Gargash. Sadly, I haven’t read it yet … but I’m giving you a chance to! I’m giving away one (1) copy to one lucky entrant. You do not have to be participating in Armchair BEA to be eligible! About the Book: Coming of age in the 1950s, seventeen-year-old Noora is unlike other women of the sun-battered mountains at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Though she shares their poverty and, like them, bears life’s hardships without complaint, she is also fiery and independent. Following the death of…

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Reading in Translation (Mini-Challenge)
contests/giveaways , events / April 21, 2012

From 8am EST (5pm my time) this morning until 8am (5pm my time) tomorrow morning, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. Welcome to everyone heading over here for a break from the read-a-thon! I hope that you’re enjoying yourself so far, and I’m really happy to have the opportunity to host a mini-challenge on my blog to give you a bit of a break from whatever you’re currently reading. Something that I’ve definitely gotten more into in the past year is reading books that have been translated into English from their original language. I started out by reading more widely-known, “popular” titles: for example, I read Alaa Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building, Rajaa Alsanea’s Girls of Riyadh, and Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, as well as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Since then, I have been seeking…

And the winner of Book Lust To Go is …
admin , contests/giveaways / May 30, 2011

Since I – ever so sadly – cannot attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York City this week, I’ve decided to join in on Armchair BEA again! Those of us who are participating in Armchair BEA are essentially putting together our own book blogger convention from the comfort of our own homes (or workplaces or wherever else we’ll be). You can read more about Armchair BEA here. Last week, I posted a giveaway of Book Lust To Go as part of Armchair BEA. It was open until midnight last night, and then I selected a winner using random.org. The winner is …

Armchair BEA: Book Lust To Go (Giveaway)
admin , contests/giveaways / May 24, 2011

Since I – ever so sadly – cannot attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York City this week, I’ve decided to join in on Armchair BEA again! Those of us who are participating in Armchair BEA are essentially putting together our own book blogger convention from the comfort of our own homes (or workplaces or wherever else we’ll be). You can read more about Armchair BEA here. Armchair BEA today includes a variety participant giveaways, and I’ve decided to join in! If you don’t normally read my blog, you won’t know this … but I’m moving this summer to the United Arab Emirates. So for this year’s Armchair BEA, I’ve decided to theme my giveaway with this major thing coming up for me. I’m giving away one (1) copy of Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers to one lucky entrant. You do not have to be participating in Armchair BEA to be eligible! About the Book: Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the world. In Book Lust To Go, Pearl connects the best fiction and…

Halloween Read-A-Thon: My Progress, and a Mini-Challenge!
admin , contests/giveaways , thoughts / October 15, 2010

This weekend – October 15th to October 17th – Lesley over at YA Books Reviewed is hosting a Halloween Read-A-Thon! The goal for this weekend? “read Halloween themed stuff. Not necessarily with the day of Halloween, or even the month. None of that (unless you want to). What I am thinking is examples like this: vampires, ghosts, witches, werewolves, shifters, immortals, urban legends, zombies, anything horror or paranormal related.” Since I’ve been planning for a while to read and review some Halloween-ish themed books for the week of Halloween (coming up, from October 25th – 31st), this is a great opportunity for me to get a little bit ahead of myself! Here’s what I’ll be trying to read this weekend: The Wizard, the Witch, & Two Girls from Jersey by Lisa Papademetriou Vampires: Encounters with the Undead edited by David J. Skal Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series edited by Ellen Hopkins Body Snatchers, Stiffs and Other Ghoulish Delights by Frederick Drimmer I probably won’t get through them all, but I should get through some! As well, I’m participating as a mini-challenge host! At the end of the weekend,…