Welcome to Create With Joy! Can you believe that we are moving into the second half of 2013 already? There’s so much happening on the book side of my blog, I wanted to kick off the month with some important news regarding book reviews, giveaways, read-a-thons, and reading challenges for all of you book lovers!
Chicken Soup For The Soul Comes To Create With Joy!
How many of you love Chicken Soup For The Soul? These days, it’s hard to find someone whose lives have not been touched by this inspirational series of books!
Motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen published the first Chicken Soup For The Soul book in 1993 based on the idea that just as chicken soup is good for the body, a book filled with inspirational stories would be good for the soul. Their idea skyrocketed – the original Chicken Soup For The Soul book was a #1 New York Times Bestseller with over 8 million copies sold!
Now – 20 years later – Chicken Soup For The Soul is one of the most recognized – most successful – and most loved book series in the world! There are over 200 titles in the series – over 100 million copies in print – and the books are published in 54 languages worldwide!
Why am I sharing this with you? Because I am thrilled to announce that Create With Joy recently joined the Chicken Soup For The Soul Blog Network! Starting this month, I’ll be reviewing and hosting giveaways for Chicken Soup For The Soul books as soon as they roll off of the presses!
Stay tuned for my first Chicken Soup For The Soul review and giveaway as the series celebrates 20 years of success!
A Young Adult Giveaway That Adults Will Love!
This week I’m hosting a Book Giveaway of OCD, The Dude And Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn! This unique story chronicles the senior year of high school misfit name Danielle through her journals, class writings, and correspondence. The book is funny, sad, maddening and insightful! I loved this book and rated it 5 stars. Kirkus Reader called it a “must-read”!
This giveaway is open through July 11, 2013 for my US/Canadian readers. Don’t miss out on a chance to win this fabulous Young Adult book!
If you’d like to catch up on your reading this summer – July is the perfect time to do it! Here are not one, not two, but three events you might want to consider joining!
Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon – July 1st-7th
The Summer Lovin’ Read-A-Thon is a huge event which is sponsored by Read-A-Thon Central. Running the 1st Week In July, this event features Daily Activities including Giveaways, Games, Twitter Parties, and Challenges! As if that wasn’t enough, the event culminates in a 24-hour reading marathon for those who really want to reduce their TBR piles! It’s not to late to sign up for the fun!
4th Annual Once Upon A Read-A-Thon – July 8th-10th
Want to keep the momentum going? The Once-Upon-A-Read-A-Thon runs from July 8th through 10th, so you can read non-stop for the first 10 days in July! They are offering an awesome prize! The giveaway is co-hosted by three bloggers – I heard about it at Reading Angels.
The High Summer Read-A-Thon – July 22nd-28th
The High Summer Read-A-Thon is slated for July 22nd through 28th at the Seasons Of Reading website. This should be an open-ended reading challenge. Watch for sign-ups!
At the beginning of the year I signed up for a lot of Reading Challenges – more than I’ve been actively tracking! This month, I want to start going through my lists to see which ones I’ve completed, which ones I’m still committed to, and which ones no longer seem relevant to me. In the meantime, here are my current updates!
GoodReads Reading Challenge
In 2012, I read 45 books, so setting a goal to read 75 books in my first GoodReads challenge felt really intimidating to me.
Imagine how surreal it feels to see I have surpassed my 2012 number and already read 65 books this year!
It appears I need to set a new goal. Suggestions, anyone?
Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2013
A new challenge that I came across this week – and have decided to sign up for – is the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2023, hosted by Historical Tapestry. One of the things I like about this challenge is that it is open to all types of historical fiction! Because I’m joining the challenge at the midpoint, I’m signing up at the Victorian Reader Level (5 Books).
Around The Blogosphere
I love participating in book memes – but I rarely have time to write dedicated posts! Here are my answers to a few recent and upcoming questions!
Feature And Follow Friday
Question: What Is Your Preferred Reading Format?
Answer: I like reading REAL books – hardbacks, quality paperbacks – books I can touch!
Question: Share Your Favorite Book With A War In It, Or The Overthrow Of The Government.
Answer: The closest thing I’ve read lately that comes to mind is Parallax View by Allan Leverone, which is a spy thriller set in 1987 involving the CIA and the US government. Once I started I could not put it down! Be sure to check out my Parallax View review!
It’s Monday – What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Book Journey. I’m currently reading Trouble In Store by Carol Cox!
Book Blogger Hop
Question: Would you read a book just because of the hype?
Answer: No – I would have to be genuinely interested in the book to pick it up!
July 5 – 11
Question: Do you like or dislike Rafflecopter and why?
Answer: I have mixed feelings about Rafflecopter! As a participant, I like the ease of entries – but I dislike not being able to see all of the entries at once – and I dislike contests that have a ridiculous numbers of entries!
As a host, I have only used Rafflecopter once so I don’t have enough experience yet to give a full evaluation. I just won a year of the premium Blogger subscription service, though, so you’ll be seeing more Rafflecopter giveaways on my blog – and I’ll have a better feel for the service soon!
July 12 – 18
Question: How long have you been blogging?
Answer: Since 2009. My, how time flies!
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