Now that the solstice has come and gone, we are officially into summer. And that means that it is definitely time for me to give away some books. Anyone who has signed up for the Irresistible Review Challenge is eligible to put their name in for a book (see the sidebar to see who has signed up).
It's not too late to join us! The challenge lasts all summer long, and you know you've been adding books to your TBR list after reading irresistible reviews on other people's book blogs. This is a great way to give people credit for their wonderful reviews, and let the rest of us know about all the other great book blogs out there.
To see some of the Irresistible Review Challenge reviews posted so far, check out the sidebar. And if you are participating in the challenge and I've missed linking to your review, please let me know and I'll be sure to add it. I try to keep up, but sometimes I miss them - sorry!
If you are participating in the challenge and are interested in any of the books listed below, just let me know in the comments. If more than one person is interested in a particular book, I'll do the proverbial drawing. If I don't have takers, I'll open it up to anyone who wants the book. the giveaway will run though next Sunday at midnight. Here are the books:
The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller - this is an ARC. The book description reads: ..."a powerfully uplifting story of two unconventional women. Meri is newly married, pregnant, standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, and recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia Naughton is her neighbor in the adjacent New England townhouse, the wife of the venerated senator Tom Naughton - a man whos infidelity is an open secret in Washington circles. Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, reckoning with the contours and mysteries of marriage, one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun."
The House with a Clock in Its Walls/The Ghost in the Mirror by John Bellairs - Two books in one! Click here to read Chris's review. The book description reads: "Newly orphaned, Lewis is a plump ten-year-old who has come to live with his Uncle Jonathan; he finds himself very much at home in the old, odd mansion and he quickly becomes fond of both Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor. But there's something odd going on: the ticking noise in the walls of the house, the strange things Uncle Jonathan does..." And as an added bonus, the illustrations are by Edward Gorey! This is one of my favorite creepy children's series, recommended for ages 9 -12 years old, and these two books (in one volume) are the first two in the series.
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg - this is an advance uncorrected proof, a collection of short stories. Book description: "Beloved author Elizabeth Berg explores topics that will resonate with women everywhere - from struggles with food and eating, to love and relationships, to life and aging, to small acts of rebellion along the way. In 'The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted,' a woman goes on a happiness binge after ditching Weight Watchers, and finds out what it truly means to feel beautiful. In 'Returns and Exchanges,' a woman starts a dating service for people over fifty, lamenting the loss of the razzle-dazzle in her own marriage, and realizes she might find true love after all. These wonderful stories connected by character and theme - and eleven of which have never been published - illuminate the difficulty and surprise of changes in women's lives.
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman - This is a wonderful book! Especially for someone like me, who had to peek at the end of Because of Winn-Dixie to make sure the dog didn't get offed before she'd read the book. Book description: "Nobody understands Wallace Wallace. This reluctant school football hero has been suspended from the team for writing an unfavorable book report of Old Shep, My Pal. But Wallace won't tell a lie - he hated every minute of the book! Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end? After refusing to do a rewrite, his English teacher, who happens to be directing the school play Old Shep, My Pal, forces him go to the rehearsals as punishment. Although Wallace doesn't change his mind, he does end up changing the play into a rock-and-roll rendition, complete with Rollerblades and a moped!" (Ages 9-12)
Love Marriage by. V.V. Ganeshananthan - this is an ARC. Book description: "Yalini is the American-born daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants who were the first in their families to have a Love Marriage. Consequently, she is caught between the traditions of her ancestors and the lure of hte modern world. But when she is summoned to help care for her dying uncle, a former member of the miltant Tamil Tigers, Yalini finds her heart and mind opening in unexpected ways. The author's lyrical, richly textured prose yields an extraordinary story that spans generations."