Tuesday, January 4, 2011
WHAT ABOUT CONTESTS?
I promised to start a new contest in January, so consider this the beginning. But speaking of contests, do you want me to continue holding contests to give away books I've considered for my review column? I don't know if it was the end of the year busyness or if readers have lost interest, but entries have dropped, fewer comments were made the past few months. Are there too many contests on book blogs? Do you prefer longer or shorter entry times? Something I've thought about is a long contest taking us up to the Whitney awards and awarding the winner and several runners up with finalist books. I've also thought of reviewing one book each month and making it the prize. I welcome your suggestions.
In the meantime, I'll begin a new contest today and since I'm off to a slow start. This contest will run for the entire month of January. Every comment is an entry. Every follower is automatically entered and you can enter multiple times. Comment on any blog I write this month. And to start us out comment on how you'd like me to change the contest, a blog topic you'd like me to write about, or about your New Year's resolutions. Also I'm going to begin telling you what I'm reading and which books are on my stack of "to read" books. You can also comment on any of them, say what you like or don't like about any of them, or even recommend which ones you think I should review for Meridian. And speaking of Meridian, I appreciate your comments posted there as well as those here.
I just finished The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry, Free Men and Dreamers O Say Can You See? by L.C. Lewis, and Heroes of the Fallen by David J. West. Reviews of all three will be on Meridian with a few weeks.
My "to Read" stack holds:
The Pharaoh's Daughter by N.C. Allen
The Prodigal Son by Alison Palmer
Meg's Melody by Kaylee Baldwin
The Rogue Shop by Michael Knudsen
Smoke Screen by Traci Hunter Abramson
The Wishing Hour by. J. Adams