Sunday, January 8, 2012

{Update} thank you/giveaway/ARCs

I have some updates and info for you. First on the agenda:

One! One glorious month!
>>Today is Yesterday was my 1 month book blogoversary! I have been posting about other things for longer than a month, though it has only been in this short period of time that I have focused my energies and started blogging specifically about books. It has been so very rewarding and I would like to say thank you to all of the wonderful people I have met: thank you for coming back, for taking the time to read my reviews, and for leaving comments. This means a lot to me :) Okay, before I get too sappy, on to the next item.

>>I will be having another giveaway very soon! This time of an ebook, Flirting in Spanish. You can read more about it on Goodreads here and Amazon here. The author, Susan McKinney de Ortega, has very kindly sent me a copy for review, which I will be reading next, and will also provide the winner's copy (thank you, Susan!). I promise I will have more details very soon. I think the giveaway will be up and running tomorrow- I just need to get a few things rearranged on ye olde blog first.

>>One last thing. Jonathan from I Read a Book Once... passed on some helpful information about getting ARCs (advanced readers copies) of upcoming books from publishing companies. He says that he gets most of his physical ARCs from LibraryThing through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program, "where every month they post the books that are up for review, and you request a copy of each one that you want. At the end of the month they run an algorithm that looks at your library, your reviews, etc., and then selects the requested book (if any-- sometimes you don't get selected for anything) you're most suited for." All you have to do is sign up with LibraryThing (for zero glorious dollars!) and start adding the books you own, you've read, and are currently reading to your personal library. It's very simple to use and I hope to have some ARCs to review in the future.

Tomorrow Today (how is it past midnight already??) I will be posting my review of Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. Sorry it's been a while since I posted a new review. The only excuse I have is that I've been busy reading.

Mary Beth


  1. Happy one month Anniversary! :)

  2. Congrats on one month! I'm on week 2 and am having a blast. Keep up the great reviews!

  3. Thanks for the shout out!

    I'm sure there are other places you can get free hardcopy ARCs, I'm just not privy to them. If you find out, please let me know.

    Oh, and my wife says thanks for following her blog!

  4. Okay, I am a terrible person when it comes to replying to comments. And I like replying to comments! Sheesh. We'll just go with I'm a terrible person and leave it at that, ha.

    Ethan, thank you so much! And congratulations on 2 weeks! Your reviews are fun to read and I look forward to seeing what other books you read this year!

    Jonathan, no problem! You gave me a lot of helpful information and I thought it might help some other floundering reviewers, too, haha. I haven't really found other consistent resources for ARCs. At least not to the extent of LibraryThing. I actually went ahead and added a bunch of books to my account (I was even a rebel and got the lifetime membership so my book count isn't limited, lol) and requested several books that look interesting. I understand the hardest part is getting your foot in the door, so who knows when I'll actually get ARCs. But hey, at least I have my name in the proverbial hat. I also subscribed to both Shelf Awareness e-newsletters (reader and pro) because there are frequently links to ARCs, some ebooks, some hardcopies, and I requested a couple of those. If I come across any other resources, though, I'll let you know about them.

    Tell Becky she's welcome! I love her blog, down to its title. Apparently she and I agree on a lot of things. Tell her I was feeling quite empowered after reading her article about Pinterest and "Thinspiration" pics :D


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