Saturday, August 29, 2009

And Today We're Three

Today marks the third anniversary for Becky's Book Reviews. I'd like to thank my readers for sticking around, for being so supportive and so friendly. I love to hear from you. So don't be shy! (I love comments!) I'd like to thank the publishers and authors as well. While I would still continue to blog even without new review copies--I'm not in this for the free books after all--I appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. You do make a big difference in my life--in what I read and what I blog. (Or perhaps I should amend that to when I read what I blog.) I'd like to thank all the challenge hosts out there for giving me something to blog about. Challenges have made a huge difference in my life after all. They're so very addictive. And I want to thank you for enabling me!

Last anniversary, I chose selected posts from each month, I'd like to do the same this year...

Year Three, Month One: My review of Breaking Dawn. Slightly off topic, I really, really can't wait until Dan breaks down Breaking Dawn. Right now, he's reading New Moon. And he's already finished Twilight.

Year Three, Month Two: My review of Jane Eyre. Because I love being wrong about a book. I love making a new friend.

Year Three, Month Three: My interview with Kathi Appelt. I know I shouldn't have favorites. But this interview is. I think Kathi Appelt was just awesome.

Year Three, Month Four: My review of Jellicoe Road. Because sometimes it's really, really hard to describe a book you find so perfect.

Year Three, Month Five: Weekly Geeks 27 Because I still miss Dewey.

Year Three, Month Six: The King's Rose. Because the cover still wows me. I don't know. Do I have to have a reason???

Year Three, Month Seven: Don Quixote Because I spent so much time with Don Quixote. This is a monster of a book and I'm really proud of myself for sticking with it.

Year Three, Month Eight: Maus An amazing book--an unforgettable one.

Year Three, Month Nine: Real Reason I Blog Because sometimes I need a reminder that it is all about making connections. Connecting books with readers.

Year Three, Month Ten: Fat Cat Because I love finding a book that makes me giddy.

Year Three, Month Eleven: The Blue Castle Because I love finding myself in a book.

Year Three, Month Twelve: To Say Nothing of the Dog. Because I love taking a chance and having it pay off.

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Anonymous,  11:18 AM  

Happy blogiversary!

Charlotte 11:30 AM  

Happy blogiversary from me too!

Jen Robinson 11:42 AM  

Happy anniversary, Becky! Wishing you many more.

Donna 11:56 AM  

Congratulations on the anniversary!

Lezlie 12:22 PM  

Awesome! Congratulations, Becky!


annie 1:15 PM  


Suko 1:20 PM  

Happy blogiversary, Becky!!! I enjoy reading your posts. : )

Nymeth 1:25 PM  

Happy blogiversary, Becky! I know I could be better about commenting and letting you know more often, but I appreciate you and your blog so much.

Anonymous,  2:21 PM  


Megan 2:22 PM  

Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more! =)

Melissa 2:29 PM  

Happy Blogiversary. It's been three years, huh? Time goes by fast, doesn't it...

Here's to many more!

Anonymous,  3:58 PM  

Congratulations, Becky! May this only be the beginning.:) L.

mel u 6:45 PM  

Happy 3rd anniversary-I will have my 2nd month one in a week-thanks for all the effort you put into your blog-in honor of this occasion I will join another of your Mini Challenges-The Elizabeth Gaskell Challenge. I will complete my first book for the 18th and 19th century women writers challenge by August 31.

Amanda 8:00 PM  

I love the idea of featuring a post from each month. I might have to borrow that when it gets to my blogoversary. :)

Monica 1:27 AM  

Happy Blogoversary!

DesLily 5:24 AM  

happy year Four Becky!!

Tricia 5:52 AM  

You may have been here for three years, but you produce so much more! (A year for you equals about two for me.) Thank you for all your reviews and for sharing so many terrific books.


Inside A Book 11:49 AM  

Happy Days!

You may think that you blog for you - - but you have really blogged for me! You help me feel connected, on top of things and you keep me flooded with good books to read and share. Reading your blog has become like a daily vitamin that should be taken each night!! Vitamin B3 - Becky's Books is Best!!

Thanks, and many more!

Hazra 4:31 AM  

Happy Blogiversary! You've introduced me to so many new books and authors, so thanks so much! All the best!!

Anna 7:58 AM  

Happy blogiversary!

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tanabata 12:24 PM  

Happy belated blogiversary!!

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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.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

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