Well, not exactly. It has come to my attention (thank you, Staci) that someone has a blog called Bookfan Mary. It’s hosted at Blogger (I moved to WordPress from Blogger eight months ago). My blog’s name is Bookfan but my URL is similar to what it was at Blogger.
So, please do me a favor and check the URL in your reader to be sure you’re not leaving comments at the other blog thinking it’s mine. I think this issue may effect people who use Blogger because the blog posts came through Staci’s Blogger dashboard.
My URL is http://bookfanmary.wordpress.com
I realize that if you’re reading this it means you have my new URL but just in case you didn’t delete my old Blogspot URL when I moved, you may want to now.
Thank you so much. I hope this clears up any confusion.
Friday, February 4th is a birthday of sorts – it marks three years since I started Bookfan.
Usually I just mention the date but this year I’d like to pass along a few of the books I’ve bought, read, or have been sent for review in the past year or so. If you’re interested please click here (giveaway now closed) for more information. No need to spread the word – I’d like to keep this as a way to thank my regular readers.
Foggy morning along the river near my house
Captive Queen by Alison Weir
Open Country by Kaki Warner
This week, while many book bloggers are in NYC attending BEA and BBC, I’m participating in Armchair BEA. Click the link to find out all the great activities planned for people who couldn’t make it to New York.
Jean Kwok, author of Girl In Translation
Is it really Sunday already? I read a couple of good books last week (see below). I also found Secret Keepers for my WoW pick – it’s being released in paperback. I think it looks terrific! It is set to go on sale May 25.
One highlight of my week was seeing Jean Kwok read from her wonderful debut novel Girl in Translation. I won a giveaway of an arc and am so happy to recommend this book. Ms. Kwok spoke for an hour – she read 3 sections from the book and then talked about her background. She shared that the main character in her novel, Kimberly, is based on a combination of Ms. Kwok and her brother. She ended with a Q&A and then signed copies of her book.
If Ms. Kwok visits a bookstore near you I encourage you to go meet her and listen to her story. I was happy to learn that she is working on her next novel. It is very different from Girl in Translation but it sounds good. I’d like to offer my ARC of Girl in Translation to one of my readers who lives in the US. I’m not publicizing this giveaway. Just let me know in a comment if you’d like to be entered. It ends at 10pm eastern on Monday, May 17 (that’s tomorrow). I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday so check back!
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick:
Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake
by Sarah MacLean
I received this advance uncorrected proof from another blogger
and now I’d like to pass it on!
* Open to US residents only
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* Giveaway ends Friday April 16 7pm eastern
I’m giving away my Advance Reader’s Edition of
The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier
* Open to US residents
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* Giveaway ends: 7pm (EDT) Friday, April 2
Mrs. Somebody Somebody
by Tracy Winn
On the banks of the Merrimack River at the close of World War II, a young mill worker dreams of marrying rich and finally becoming Mrs. Somebody Somebody. But that dream is complicated–not only for her but for all of Lowell, which is changing rapidly as the
twentieth century progresses, and which Winn chronicles perfectly in a series of lives brushing up against one another. She writes from the perspective of mill owners and union organizers, hard-working immigrants and overindulged children, and weaves them together to create a brilliant portrait of a place.
In the tradition of Richard Russo and Elizabeth Strout, Winn captures the heart of industrial America, making it come alive with her absolutely stunning prose.
Pub. date: June 8th 2010 by Random House Trade Paperbacks