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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Books For Free – ARCs and Other News

Posted by Irish in Books for Free, Misc4 Comments

I was just looking at my email and saw that I have been chosen to receive another Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) from Harper Collins. This time around I am expecting The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson. The synopsis of the book (as copied from the Harper Collins website) is as follows:

When the medium from her great-aunt’s séance is found murdered, 15-year-old Sophie sets out to find the murderer with the help of her friend Mikael. But suddenly, she no longer knows whom to trust-her handsome teacher may be a terrorist, her friends don’t believe a word she says, and the possibility of communicating with the dead no longer seems so crazy after all. The Explosionist is an extraordinarily accomplished debut novel for teens that delivers a spectacular glimpse of the world as it might have been—had one moment in history been altered. Napoleon, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Nobel play small but surprising roles as this richly textured story unfolds against the backdrop of a vastly different Second World War.

It sounds like a really interesting read and I can’t wait until it arrives. This the second time I’ve snagged an ARC from Harper Collins and if its half as good as that book then I am in for a real treat.

In other book related news I have recently learned of two different email newsletters that offer up the potential to win ARCs. The first is through Bantam Dell and is a Mystery and Thriller Book Club called Booked for Breakfast. What they do is starting every Monday they send you the start of an upcoming book. Giving you a snippet of the first few chapters a day until the end of the week. Starting with a new book the following Monday. Its a great way to discover great new reads and best of all you can win free copies of books. And who doesn’t like the opportunity for a free book?

The other site is Hyperion Select who has a book club program similar to the one offered by Bantam Dell. Via email they will send you excerpts of new books, sneak previews of upcoming releases, the opportunity to win ARCs, and more!

In other news, I leave on vaction in less than 2 days (my flight is at 8 AM on Friday morning). I still have no idea on what books I am going to be bring with me. I am running out of time to decided too as I have to pack tonight since I am staying with a friend (and ride to the airport) on Thursday. Two books that I am fairly certain that have made the cut into my suitcase are Admit One: A Journey Into Film by Emmet James and Middlemarch by George Eliot. I think that I might also bring one of my recent Agatha Christie books, Native Land by Nadja Tesich (for a LibraryThing (LT) group read on Yugoslavia) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (for another LT group read).

So that’s 5 books….but as I hope to do a lot of reading while sitting on the beach I think that I want to bring more. I just don’t know which ones to bring. I’ll have to go through my shelves and see what appeals to me. Pray that I bring enough….nothing worse then running out of books while away from home and I’m going to try to put myself on a book ban. I’ve bought WAY too many books recently. I must cut back and focus on the ones I have. So I am cutting myself off for a bit. I’m gonna try to go all summer without buying a new book. Wish me luck (for I’ll need it!)

4 Responses to “Books For Free – ARCs and Other News”

  1. devourerofbooks

    All summer???

    That’s a very long time, I could certainly not do it. I hope you don’t fall off the wagon too hard!

    Have fun on your vacation! I agree that running out of books (or of books you feel like reading) is no good on vacation. I’m already planning what to take on my honeymoon in July…

  2. Irish

    I banned myself last summer and was mostly successful. I did fall off the wagon once or twice (or was it 4 times?) But even when I fell off my book buying wasn’t near as bad as if I wasn’t under a ban. So I have faith. Not a super ton of faith. But enough to think that I can manage it.

    To quote the old infomercial “where there is a will there is a way!”

  3. Mrs S

    Have a great trip! I just finished Admit One – will be reviewing it today. It’s a fun quick read and has lots of short sections so its ideal for picking up and putting down again in short sessions.