Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Some Long Overdue Updates, New Announcements, and New Ideas!

First for the Updates! As I'm sure you have noticed, I haven't been updating the blog as often as I normally do. This is in no way my way of trying to stop reviewing, it's just that this thing called school got in the way! I've mentioned before that this year I started at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, which means I have a boatload of homework every night and don't have much time to read, let alone write reviews. But I've recently begun to get a handle on all of my work and have been flying through books, so now I just have to get caught up on my reviews, which I will hopefully be able to do by the end of this weekend, or next.

Now for author visits. I still have a few lined up, but I am definitely in need of many more authors. So any authors who read my blog, let me know if your interested in doing an interview or guest blog.

Now that I've told you a little bit of new announcements!

First of all I have super exciting news. So you know how everyone in the book blogging world is talking about the Cybils..right? While I am excited to annoucne that I got picked to be on the judging panel for the Graphic Novel board.

Organizer: Snow Wildsmith, Kiddie Lit

Panelists (Round I judges)

Betsy Bird A Fuse #8 Production
Gina Mary Sol Ruiz Cuentecitos, AmoXicalli
Paula Willey Pink Me
Liz Jones Liz Jones Books
Sam Musher

Judges (Round II)

Stacy Dillon Booktopia
David Elzey The Excelsior File
Gail Gauthier Original Content
Sarah Sammis Puss Reboots
Tasha Samborski And Another Read Book

This is something completely new to me and as I've said before is completely exciting! And everyone, don't forget to go and nominate your favorite books of the year, as today's the last day (oops the month has gotten away)!

Also my blog has had 21,600 visitors, which just completely blows me away as my blog's only been around for 10 months. Yet another very exciting piece of blogging news!!

Next on the list to talk about is a new feature, which I'm hoping will be lots of fun for everyone.

I have found that I have a huge stack of books that I have duplicate copies of or else I've already read, so I thought why not do a contest. It's hard though to give a stack of books away, so I thought I would give one book away per week. The question is how? In my opinion it's always fun when you have to earn you entries, so I devised an easy and hopefully one way to enter. Here are the rules:

Every Sunday I will post a new trivia or thoughtful question. It could be related to the current giveaway book, a random book, maybe a book I reviewed over the past week, a question about an author, your opinion on a subject, or maybe just a completely random trivia question.

Just send me an email, andanotherbookread @ gmail. com with the answer. You can comment if you want, but please note you would be giving the answer away!

Just for entering you get one entry, for getting the answer you get an additional entry, and if you advertise the contest (just include the link in your entry) you'll get one more entry.

Also all contests will only be for U.S. residents.

Sound easy enough?

So for this week, I'm extending the contest for Jeanne Du'Prau's latest book The Diamond of Darkhold, from last week to end on this Sunday. Those who already entered will get an extra entry and can still enter for more entries this week.

This week's question is:

Which actor plays Lina in the City of Ember?

Good luck all!! Don't forget to email me your entries. It will end on Saturday at 12:00 P.M.


PJ Hoover said...

Congrats on the blog hits and being chosen as a Cybils judge!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you on being a judge, and I love the idea for the giveaways. I will be playing and linking!

Saundra Mitchell said...

Hey there! I'm a new author (my novel, Shadowed Summer, is forthcoming from Delacorte in February, 2009,) and I'd love to do an author visit some time if you'd like to have me!

Anonymous said...

Hey Tasha,
I have a blog interview on my calendar with you for Nov 7 -- does that still work for you? I hope so! I think you're the best! (and there are 20,000 people reading who agree with me)


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