Friday, June 05, 2009

And Now I'm Starting...

I'm starting the challenge at 3PM.
I'll be doing updates often. (So, sorry for those subscribed to my feed by email!)

Hour One Update: Spent 50 minutes reading Two Parties, One Tux, And A Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman. 13 chapters, 102 pages.

Hour Two Update: Spent 40 minutes reading. Still on Two Parties. Just finished chapter 21, 195 pages read so far.

Hour Three Update: Spent an hour reading and blogging. Finished Two Parties and wrote review. 1 book finished, 307 pages.

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Amanda 3:35 PM  

Good luck! Have lots!

Natasha @ Maw Books 3:41 PM  

Whoo hoo!! I'll be starting sometime this evening. My husband doesn't know yet. I'm so bad sometimes.

Crystal 3:49 PM  

Good luck! I'm starting in a little while and can't wait.

JessicaLeigh 3:54 PM  

Good luck!

I'm starting in 6 minutes! :)

Enjoy the challenge!

Sandra 4:06 PM  

I'm 3 hours in. have fun.

Andromeda Jazmon 7:36 PM  

Good Luck Becky! isn't this fun!

Laughing Stars 10:17 AM  

Good luck and happy reading! You have a beautiful blog.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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