My giveaway for Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keeper had the highest number of entries since I've started blogging, I think. It was a treat meeting other Allen fans and introducing new readers to her.
The winner of The Peach Keeper is... Melissa of Confessions of an Avid Reader!
I still have three open giveaways if you haven't entered yet!
I love Bloggiesta for reminding me to brush up and take of my blog, and doing it "in community", so to speak, makes this housework a little more fun.
Given my earlier whining about feeling out-of-it with my blog, I'm really excited there's a mini-event this coming weekend in which I can do some backend work here.
My to do list is pretty simple: make a top 10 of 2016 post (even if it is just a list!)review the book I just finished!I'd like to start 2017 without a backlog of reviews, so it feels important I keep up. We'll see if I'll tackle my 2016 backlog. (Perhaps for another Bloggiesta!)
Genre: Fiction (Historical / 16th century / South American) Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Perennial (7/1/2007) Source:TLC Book Tours
Rating: Liked a great deal. Did I finish?: Yes. One-sentence summary: The life of a 16th century Spanish girl, who rose from poverty to riches following the conquistadors of Chile. Reading Challenges:Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes but it's not my favorite among the various editions (the 2006 hardcover is stunning).
I'm reminded of...: Laura Esquivel, Sandra Gulland
First line: I am Inés Suárez, a townswoman of the loyal city of Santiago de Nueva Extremadura in the kingdom of Chile, writing in the year of Our Lord 1580.
Did... I feel a bit uncomfortable with the wholly pro-conquistador plot line?: YES, but the perk of these P.S. editions is the extras. This book includes an NPR interview with Isabel Allende who talks about keeping Inés' voice authentic to the era and having to, essential…
I have a half dozen posts started and lingering unfinished -- including my top ten reads of 2017 post -- but work and home life (including a string of minor-but-expensive home dramas) has been enough to keep me from having enough brain cells to finish a post.
The 24 in 48 Readathon is this last weekend in January and I'm so looking forward to it. You only (ha, "only") have to read for 24 hours within a 48-hour period, and I'm hoping to scrape out that time, even if it means staying up all night in the living room. I'm so behind on my 2018 reading (basically just dragging my feet through Things Fall Apart) and I'm looking forward to being able to spread out some books around me and start 'em all until something sticks.
In the readathon queue are:
Toni Morrison's Beloved, Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists, and Middlemarch. I actually have about ten thousand books jostling for my attention and for once, I'm actually overwhelmed by my options!