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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AUSTEN IN AUGUST WINNERS!

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I am terribly sorry, Austen-friends, that I completely forgot to pull the winners for our Austen in August giveaways! I mean, who does that? THERE IS AUSTEN TO BE HAD, DAMMIT.

Anywho, sorry for the wait, but here is our list of AIA winners, so YAY AND CONGRATS to all of them! But before we get into it, I just want to say another BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to Austen in August, either by their lovely guest posts, interviews, excerpts & giveaways, or by just showing up in the comments and engaging in Austen discussions. You all rock, and I am sending you a mental Janeite hug right now.

Now, onto what you came here for:

Heidi M. R. 

Juju

Winner 1: Julie H.
Winner 2: LĂșthien84

Alisha S.

Colleen L.

Mary P.

Jessica B.

Gabriela S.

I’m gonna be honest - I kinda wanna send everyone who entered one. And I may. Slowly but surely, you guys may find yourselves getting an email from me... But for now, we’re going to start with these people:
Sophia Rose
Cassandra G.
Marina
Liz G.
Deborah F.

Now, of course, the usual disclaimer:

  • Some of you have the same name! I tried to give last initials in places where I thought this may be the case, but if you're unsure if it's you listed, please email me and I will clarify!
  • Winners have been emailed! As said in all of the giveaways, winners will have 24 hours to confirm they want their prize and provide a mailing address, if needed, or a new winner will be chosen. 
  • Sometimes things happen, ya know? There is always the chance that your prize will be lost or damaged in the mail. If that happens, I'm very sorry, but, you know... blame the mail gods, or karma, or your neighbors, or something. But not the lovely authors who have sent you their baby, out of their own pockets. 

That's all for now. Congratulations everyone and THANKS AGAIN, and until next year:



Sunday, September 14, 2014

WOULD YOU RATHER... [TAG]

I couldn't pass this one up...
Thanks to Priscilla for tagging me, and RayKayBooks for creating the tag!

Oh, and ignore the weirdly yellow cast this video has (and a few more that are to come) - I forgot I had the daylight filter on in my camera settings... (oops!)

Now, onto the tag!



THE QUESTIONS:
Would you rather
1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?
2. Read only female or male authors?
3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?
5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
6. Be a professional reviewer or author?
7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven't read before?
8. Be a librarian or book seller?
9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite?
10. Only read physical books or eBooks?

And in case you're interested, here's the Book Chat on series/stand-alones I mentioned. =)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Excerpt of BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer | #FallIntoBelzhar

I'm pleased to announce that I'm part of the a really cool campaign with Penguin Teen (and so many cool, creative bloggers & vloggers!), called Fall Into Belzhar! The campaign centers around these little red notebooks that are featured in the story; each of us has been given our own LRN, and all throughout September, we will be sharing bits from our notebooks, posting picks and getting creative across all platforms of social media, and it basically sounds like it's gonna be kinda kickass. (I love a good creative campaign, and one that encourages creativity in others is EVEN BETTER!)
It all kicks off today, so I thought I'd share an excerpt of the book to get us started!
Let me know your thoughts, what you'd put in YOUR LRN, and of course, thanks for watching!




About BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer
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Contemporary/Magical Realism, 264 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Dutton Juvenile
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.

She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

MORE ABOUT BELZHAR:
http://www.penguin.com/book/belzhar-by-meg-wolitzer/9780525423058



And keep an eye out throughout September for cool Belzhar posts from all of these awesome people!
Alexa Loves Books | The Book Rat (hey, that's me!)| Bookables | Bookish Bloggers Heart Books | Elizziebooks | Girls in the Stacks | Good Books and Good Wine | I Am A Reader | Icey Books | Jessie the Reader | Katie’s Book Blog | Me, My Shelf and I | Mundie Moms | Novel Thoughts | The Perpetual Page Turner | Price is Wong | Reading Teen | Writer of Wrongs 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#WednesdayYA September Book Club Pick...


It's the first Wednesday of a new month, which can mean only one thing — it's time to announce our #WednesdayYA book club read for the month!
Liz and I debated back and forth quite a bit on this one, because on the one hand, we probably should have waited to choose this book, and on the other...it's a damn good book, and we're impatient. So, instead of waiting until it's nearly time for the sequel to come out, which would be the sensible thing to do, we've decided that September will be the month that we read . . .


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Fantasy, 512 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy."

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.


That's right, it's Seraphina time! You guys probably already know how I feel about this book, 'cause after I read it, I pushed it. A lot. And have been pushing it even since. So it didn't take much arm twisting from Liz to get me to agree to reread it when she said she was interested.
I know there are quite a few of you out there who've read and loved this, and a bunch of you who've been MEANING to read this, so I sincerely hope you'll come chat with Liz and I about it through out the month, but especially at our Twitter Chat on the last Wednesday of the month, September 24th, at 8:30 pm EST.
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AUGUST 2014 BOOK HAUL

...in which no one will say Hi to the internet.

This video has actually been recorded and ready to upload for at least a week now, but...I forgot. It was the middle of Austen in August, what can I say!?
Anyway, I was hardcore procrastinating that day, so I have a whole little pile of vlogs recorded for you guys. Here's to hoping I don't forget them, too. ;)



THE BOOKS:
Between the Spark & the Burn |  April Genevieve Tucholke
Belzhar + Belzhar notebook! (Thanks Penguin Teen!) | Meg Wolitzer
Isla & the Happily Ever After (and swag! Thanks Brilliant Books!) | Stephanie Perkins
The Green Teen Cookbook | Laurane Marchive & Pam McElroy
Sticky Fingers DIY Duct Tape Projects | Sophie Maletsky

ALSO MENTIONED:
Sara @ The Hiding Spot
Liz @ Consumed By Books

Monday, September 1, 2014

Giveaway: Hand-painted Darcy & Lizzy watercolors!

Sorry to be flooding your feeds with videos*, but here's the last Austen in August vlog for the year, and it's a giveaway!
[Also, sorry this is going up so late. I had ENDLESS trouble with youtube and Charter (of course) on the last day of AIA (of. course.).]

Rules and Reg are below; good luck and thanks for sharing the Austen love with me!

*But, uh... get used to it, 'cause now I need to play catch up, and will be uploading almost daily this week.
OY WITH THE POODLES ALREADY. =D



Fun fact: I was trying to teach my mom to watercolor, but we spent much of the day discussing random non-sequiturs like the one in the video... But anyway, on to what you came here for:

****GIVEVAWAY****
Enter on the Google Doc below to win a hand-painted Darcy & Lizzy (or a Jane silhouette, if you'd prefer - please note that in the doc, if so) + any goodies I might decide to throw in. I haven't decided how many winners there will be, but more than one, so YAY! Because this is international and every country has its own postal laws, please make sure that you are legally allowed to receive this, and that you have parental permission if you are a minor. And of course, the general disclaimer of: sometimes things happen, post gets lost in the mail, etc., etc., and if it does occur, blame the gods — neither myself, blogger, Jane Austen's descendants, Colin Firth and/or his wet shirt, etc., are responsible for prizes lost or damaged during shipping. Basically, sh*t happens.
Giveaway ends September 6th, 2014 at midnight EST.



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Northanger Abbey Read Along: Misty's Responses

We're down to the end of Austen in August, so it's time for me to share my thoughts on this year's read along book, NORTHANGER ABBEY. (And you don't even KNOW how much I love this book!)

This is a long one, so I apologize, but it will be followed very soon by the last vlog of AIA, which is a giveaway! So at least there's that. =D



There were a lot of questions asked, so they can be found in full here:
Volume One: http://www.thebookrat.com/2014/08/northanger-abbey-read-along-discussions.html
Volume Two: http://www.thebookrat.com/2014/08/northanger-abbey-read-along-discussion.html


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Excerpt & Giveaway of Mr Darcy's Pledge by Monica Fairview!

Monica Fairview has been a staple of my Austen events since the beginning, offering up excerpts and cover reveals and taking part in our fun little Janeite Conversations that we do here in AIA. This year, she was prevented from adding her voice to the Conversations because she was sadly off gallivanting about and escaping from technology for much of this year's event. BUT that doesn't mean that she needed to miss out on AIA entirely...
Since she couldn't be here herself, she sent a familiar somebody in her place... I give you: a sneak peek of Mr Darcy's Pledge, and a chance for you to win a copy for yourself!

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