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!
Seen both at Mailbox Monday -- hosted in February at Metro Reader -- and The Story Siren, my Mailbox Monday/In My Mailbox. What an insane week! And by insane, I mean, amazing. This might win for the most arrivals in a week since I've started blogging. Honestly, my jaw is on the ground -- I'm blown away and super excited to read all these. What did you get this week? Read any of these?
May's Mailbox Monday is hosted at Martha’s Bookshelf. I think this week I got the most books ever in a week and I'm flabbergasted. My picture of the stack doesn't even include all the e-ARCs, obviously -- what a week! I feel like a kid at Christmas -- just giddy with delight. I don't even know where to start! What did you get this week? Read any of these? As usual, click a cover to learn more about the book (link will open in a new tab/window). Do you still like this format or is it getting too image heavy? Should I switch back to the list?
Rating: Liked immensely. Intensely. Did I finish?: YES, in less than one day - Monday morning to Monday night. One-sentence summary: Teo, an eighty-five year old ballet dancer, is inspired to find passion - and some lost memories of his youth - upon meeting a lovely 40-year waitress in Tel Aviv. Reading Challenges:Eastern European, Historical Fiction
Do I like the cover?: Yes - it has this bittersweet feel that is very reminiscent of the novel's tone and matches one of the key settings of the story.
I'm reminded of...: Michael Ondaatje
First line: He said, "Where's Rona."
Do... I think this book would be perfect for book groups?: YES. It's slim and a quick, beautiful read, but covers great topics like obsession versus passion, commitment to art, and the thin line between public/pr…
And as it turns out, I'll be also going into my 10th year tracking what I've read. (From 2004 through 2009, I tracked in a notebook then transferred to a private livejournal account. January 3, 2010, I posted my first review here!)
I went from having read 46 books in 2004, to a lifetime low of 4 books read in 2008 (that was the year I got married -- I was very preoccupied!), to reading over 100 books yearly since 2011.
Having this blog has been a wonderful gift: it's been a delight meeting so many interesting and passionate readers, and I've been introduced to authors and genres I would never have discovered on my own. I'm grateful for all of you-- thank you for making my life richer and more interesting!
This weekend I will be digging myself (and that red car!) from New England's first blizzard/nor'easter. Other than that, however, I'll be continuing my reading streak -- finishing up Linda Bamber's Taking What I…