Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Giveaway

So… you’ve all heard the buzz about Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, right? Many people have reviewed it favorably, as did I . It is a love story, but so much more. Moyes tackles class, education, and quality of life issues head on, while simultaneously creating an incredibly engaging story. Here’s the publisher’s description:

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living

I just happen to have one more opportunity for a lucky reader with a US mailing address to get a copy – a signed advance copy, no less. To enter, please fill out the form below by 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, February 15th.

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TSS 12-16-12

I have to say, I’m not feeling particularly chatty after Friday’s horrific tragedy. There is just something extra-disturbing about a school shooting that targets such young kids. Don’t get me wrong, it is horrible when it happens to high schoolers or college students, but kindergarteners??? I also can’t stop thinking about the little girl who was killed at the school I used to teach at when her brother was playing with their mother’s boyfriend’s gun and accidentally shot her. I’ll use the extra time I spend not chatting here to hug my babies and contact my elected representatives and tell them to DO SOMETHING about guns, since 80% of all guns used in mass shootings over the past 30 years – as well as the one that killed the sweet little girl who would now be 12 – were obtained legally.

As a heads up, this is my last Sunday Salon of 2012. I have one more review tomorrow, plus my ‘best of’ list on Tuesday. My year-end wrap-up will come in the first week  of 2013, as will my D.E.A.R. post for the books I’m looking forward to in 2013.

Anyway, if you even care after Friday’s catastrophe, here’s what I read and reviewed this week:

What I read:

What I reviewed:

I also posted Emma Straub’s chocolate chip cookie recipe and a sneak peek at my 2012 ‘best of’ list.

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Sunday Salon – New and Exciting! (Maybe)

In the world’s least bookish news ever, you guys I mowed the lawn for the first time yesterday! I thought it was fun (I’m sure that attitude won’t last long, but for now my husband is happy that I never did this growing up so that it is a novel activity).

And oh! Last Sunday I got my birthday present, the Nook hd, their newest 7″ tablet. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel reading with backlight, but I promptly read a 400+ page ebook in 36 hours. Now I’m reading an egalley that is a pdf – something that was a huuuuge pain in the ass on my 1st generation Nook – and it is amazing since it doesn’t read any differently than an epub (although there is some difference in options, etc). There are things that could improve it – a camera and the full Android app store – but in general (and especially for the price) I love it. I’m actually typing this post on it, although I will probably add pictures later on my laptop. Typing on it is remarkably easy. Holding it in portrait I can type pretty quickly and easily with my thumbs, like texting.

Anyway, here’s what I read this week, all of which were things I bought myself, since I’m supposed to be reading my own books this month:

I sort of want to re-read Mira Grant’s whole Feed series now. I read all of the books so far apart that I know I missed things. Even so it was fabulous! And here’s what I reviewed this week:

I also hosted a BOOK CLUB discussion for The End of Your Life Book Club.

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Historical Halloween Treats

As you may know, I am one of the writers for the SheKnows Book Lounge. I get to write all sorts of fun things over there, but one of my favorite is a relatively new feature I’m calling Historical Fiction Beyond Anne Boleyn. Basically every month I’m writing a themed list of great historical fiction novels. So far I’ve written about Wars of the Roses books and books featuring classic authors.

This month my column is getting in the Halloween spirit and I’m writing about historical fiction featuring witches and witchcraft. There’s a great variety of books on the list (if I do say so myself), both strict historicals and those with a bit more fantasy in them. Jessica Spotwood’s Born Wicked and Mary Sharratt’s Daughters of the Witching Hill are both on my list. If you want to learn more about them, or see what other four books make the cut, check it out.

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TSS: A Bookish Boy

This was a very exciting week in the Devourer of Books household because my son Daniel got his Very First Scholastic Book Order! He’s been in preschool for about a month and a half now, and when the first book order came home I made us sit right down and pick some books to order (I managed not to go too crazy). Well, on Friday his books came home with him, and as soon as we’d had lunch we sat down to read some of them and promptly read all seven of them. Here they all are, with the exception of Llama Llama Time to Share, which seems to have walked away somewhere else in the house:

Of course, I also read some of my books this week, including my first 2013 book:

And here’s what I reviewed this week:

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