I really wanted to think about what book was going to best represent me when I gave it away. There could always be my favourite set of books of which I have given away many copies in the past. Like the Stormdancer Trilogy or Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Under the Never Sky. But those are all predictable and I am anything but predictable.
I came up with this blog hop because I really wanted to get to know more bloggers. Often I feel kind of like the weird kid in the corner for licking people’s faces. I know I’m not the only one that feels that way. I know a lot of bloggers also feel isolated and lonely and like they’re on the fringes of a massive community of people who all know each other really well. So I really wanted a chance to try and bring people together.
I’m Wallowitz, btw.
This is why I’ve chosen to give away Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Because I feel like Kami, its main character, is my spirit animal and I totally get her. She just wants to be friends with people too, but she is a little weird and strange and hard to be friends with. And seeing all these wonderful bloggers sign up to the Blog Hop fills me with joy because it makes me realise that…
…there are still so many faces to lick.
I was going to be hilarious and tell you all about how The Haunted Vagina is my most favorite book to ever book and then foist in on some poor “winner” but it turns out I’m not actually that mean (it was a very close call). So, what’s my favorite book? First off I resent the idea of picking ONE book. To give you an idea of what I have to narrow down, here is my super favorites shelf:
(and this doesn’t even include my Harry Potters and Terry Pratchetts which live on a special shelf across the room)
You see my dilemma. WHAT TO CHOOSE? After thinking about it for AGES I’ve narrowed it down to The Lumatere Chronicles and Newsflesh (quelle surprise!) (The Raven Cycle is barely in third place)(barely). Aside from being absolutely fantastic these series are both ones I wouldn’t know about if it weren’t for Cuddlebuggery and were part of how I came to fall in love with this blog and I’m not getting mushy, you’re getting mushy. Whatever.
Anyway, having thought is over a little bit more, I’m going to go with FEED by Mira Grant. (I adore Lumatere but my favorite book is Froi of the Exiles but I can’t give you the second book in a series, can I?) Feed is mind-bogglingly amazing. It’s a post-zombie apocalypse thriller starring BLOGGERS. The characters are flawless, the plot is fantastic, the science is so sound the CDC has confirmed that the zombie scenario is actually plausible and I don’t think a book has ever broken my heart as completely as this one has. So, yeah. FEED. Official favorite book. For now.
When Meg said she was going to go with The Haunted Vagina, I was fully prepared to follow that up with T-Rex Troubles, which if you remember, entertained me to no end. But this blog hop is about getting to know each other, so I decided to think harder. So, for my book, I’ve decided to give away an audiobook via Audible.com.
This year has been a bit of a learning curve for me since I’ve gone back to work in Real Life and I’ve struggled with finding that balance between blog related activities and grown up responsibilities. It’s been difficult with me being an already rather slow reader, now having even less time to devote to something I love. Not to mention, I’ve been battling Blogger Burnout and unsure of how long I’ll have the will to continue. But what’s really helped me this year was listening to audiobooks. It’s not a perfect solution, but it allows me to still maintain a connection to the reading world with minimal interference with my, now hectic, Real Life. So if it seems like I’m not keeping up with Hot New Titles much or Cuddlebuggery’s Twitter account gets quiet, that’s why.
The best part is that audiobooks has led me to a few new favorite books. I will now take this opportunity to push The Seven Realms series onto you by telling you the magic contained in Carol Monda’s voice and Cinda Williams Chima’s pen. GUYS. If you haven’t read this amazing series and your life is as busy as mine is, YOU NEED THIS AUDIOBOOK IN YOU LIFE NOW.
Reasons why you should do as I say:
- BAD guys
- HAM main characters
- Strong female characters
- The Ship
This series is special to me because it completely broke me out of a reading slump when I was in desperate need of something that could pull me out of Real Life, if only for a little while. I hope it can do the same for someone else.
For those of you who are not High Fantasy fans, you can opt out for a few of my other new favorite audiobooks that helped me through the year: When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, all of which features diverse characters that made me weep. Seriously, there is nothing greater than seeing yourself in a book.
So Kat, Meg and Steph are doing separate giveaways. Kat’s is AU only while Steph’s is International and Meg’s is US only. We are self sponsoring this giveaway so please follow the rules.
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