I'm taking part, a tad sporadically, in Bloggiesta this weekend--tidying up a few things, organizing a few things, and (I hope) writing lots of reviews and organizing my tbr pile.
I also will be dipping into the challenges (which come with Prizes!!!), and I'll be using this post as a catch-all for every one I do.
The first, from My Friend Amy, challenges us to think about our Blogging Goals. I love Amy's own goal: "to keep trying to write the blog I want to read." And I think that the most faithful readers of my blog are people like me who like reading the same sort of books I like, and so one of my goals for the coming year is to write more about the books I love, and to try to avoid cliches, and to try to have more fun with it all.
I will also be trying to have my Timeslip Tuesday books read before Tuesday morning (and an immaculate house ha ha).
The second, hosted by Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books, challenges us to Help Others. I love helping others, and will look for opportunities to do so as I read other people's Bloggiesta posts. And anyone who thinks I might be able to give them advice is welcome to contact me....I can, for instance, talk for hours on the subject of "How Bloggers Who Can't Spell Can Overcome the Embarressement (sp?) Of Bad (really really bad) Proofreading." And I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to every author whose name or character name I've misspelled, especially Laura Resau and A.C.E. Bauer.
The next challenge (I had to skip the one that implied organizational aptitude) is about buttons and banners, hosted by SMS Book Reviews. Do I need a button/banner for my middle grade sff roundups???? What should it look like????
Here's the giveaway part:
As part of blog related housekeeping, I went through the ARCs I have on hand, and there are forthcoming books that I'd like to pass on to readers who will enjoy them more than me:
Sean Griswold's Head, by Lindsey Leavitt (March 1), and Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance, by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin (Feb 1), both from Bloomsbury.
Leave a comment to let me know if you'd like these by midnight EST on Sunday. THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR SPOKE, AND THE WINNER IS LAUREN!
Or, even if you don't want the books, feel free to leave me a comment telling me how to make my blog a brighter, better place...