Ladybug Storytime Review

Thank you Kristina at Ladybug Storytime for reading Celia on the Run and sharing your thoughts on your blog. So glad you enjoyed it! http://ladybugstorytime.blogspot.com/ I'm in awe of readers and bloggers who can take on a book, read it, and are then able to write their own personal and original thoughts about it. This is something I have a hard time doing myself, but really want to work on. I love to read, I read quite a lot of books, but I never write reviews because I have a difficult time talking about other people's work, regardless of whether I enjoyed the story or not so much. Can't explain why that is! One of my goals this year is to start getting comfortable writing reviews, and by the end of the year, I'd like to have accomplished 10. Seems doable, seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but I promise you I'll get writers block when I sit down and try to write words about a story I read & loved. I do think reviews are extremely helpful when I'm looking for my next read, so I feel like such a slacker for not contributing. Going to change that this year!

My Top Ten

It's always exciting to hear someone out there enjoyed reading Celia on the Run at the 5 out of 5 star level! A big thank you to Taeesha from a blog called A Diary of a Book Addict for her wonderful review of my debut novel. Check out her spoiler-free write up here: http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/2012/11/celia-on-run-by-sarah-mandell-book.html# I'll admit I'm very stingy with giving out 5 stars myself so I feel totally honored here. Most books I read are 3 or 4 stars (which is good!). I enjoyed them immensely but didn't finish the book thinking, "Man, that was really and truly the best book I've ever read". So what are the best books I've ever read? Here's my top ten favorite books of from the last few years, in no particular order:

The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

My Name is Memory by Anne Brashers

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson

In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith

Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

No crickets, please!

Two new reviews to report today. Both readers seemed to have enjoyed Celia on the Run, but in very different ways. I love that! I love that the same characters and plot line, the same exact words in the same order, can have a unique impact on the person taking in the story that's different from other impressions on the same story. Plus, it's always helpful for me to hear the readers take, so I owe Francene at Poetic License and Mandy at I Read Indie a big thank you for sharing their thoughts on their blogs (and for the praise, of course!) If there weren't readers willing to take the time to post feedback, and I was left with a published novel and heard only crickets in response, I might start to wonder if somebody left a window open because I'm hearing crickets and I don't want to be hearing crickets. No crickets, please! Check out what these readers had to say:

http://francenecarroll13.blogspot.com/2012/07/celia-on-run.html#

http://twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com/

Review (with major spoilers) + another giveway!

Thanks to Lisa and her blog Adventures in Biblioland, there's a chance to win a free copy of Celia on the Run. Lisa got through the entire novel in just two days, loved the emotional ups and downs, got a little freaked out too, and she took the time to write a very thorough review (but its got major spoilers so don't read it unless you've already finished the book or you're one of those people who can't help but read the last page first...you know who you are!) http://fauvely.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/review-celia-on-run-sarah-mandell.html#

Enter the Giveaway!

If you're interested in winning a free copy of Celia on the Run, just enter the giveaway contest on a blog called "i loves to read". Anita Morgan, the reviewer, had some great feedback and comments and like so many other readers, she just didn't quite know what to expect in the end. I know that probably drives a lot of people nuts, not knowing what's ahead for the characters, but that's my favorite kind of story (to read and to write)! http://iloves2read.blogspot.com/2012/06/celia-on-run-sarah-mandel-win-free.html#