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December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011

It's New Year's Eve! 2011 was a great year in reading. I've discovered so many great books and new favorite authors. As it is the end of the year and I didn't do any Best of lists, I thought I would do a wrap up to highlight the most viewed posts, authors who visited, and events on Girl Who Reads this year.

Top 10 Viewed Posts:

Holiday Buying Guide
A Work in Progress - A. C. Dillon
Mocked by Destiny - Inside the Characters with Michele Richard
Sensitive Subject Handled Well: Lies Inside
Christmas Books - Nancy Adams
A Sweet Short Story - The Gift of Joy
Avid Bookshop Grand Opening
I Came Late to the Harry Potter Party
In my July Mailbox (video)
Guilty as Charged - Douglas Kennedy

Guest Authors: I want to thank each author who appeared on my blog this year. I feel honored that you chose my blog and took the time out of your busy schedule to share with my readers.

Susan Fraser King (Queen Hereafter)
Nancy Adams (Saint Nick and the Fir Tree)
Douglas Kennedy (The Moment)
Abbi Glines (Breathe)
A. C. Dillon (Change of Season)
Schledia Benefield (Plain Jane)
J. B. Lynn (The First Victim)
Aine Greaney (Dance Lessons)
Michele Richard (Mocked by Destiny)

Events:

ArmchairBEA
Avid Bookshop Grand Opening
Tayari Jones (Book Reading Silver Sparrow)
Once Upon A Read-a-thon

Well there's a little recap of 2011. I'm so looking forward to 2012 and the books, authors and events I'll be sharing with you. I already have a few authors lined up to visit. My first review of the new year will be up next week: Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J. B. Lynn. It is absolutely wonderful and is available for pre-order now (It'll be released January 24). It's a don't miss title of 2012.

I wish you a healthy and happy 2012 filled with great reads!

Girl Who Reads

December 27, 2011

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (promo)

Today, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is available in paperback. Warner Brothers has secured the rights for this title as well as its sequels (Shadow of Night is due out next summer). If you are like me you like to read the books before seeing the movie. And this book looks great (that saying something as I'm picky about my fantasy).



From Goodreads.com: A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
Intrigued? I know I was and thrilled that Penguin Books offered me a copy for review. I haven't had a chance to read it, yet, with the holidays, but my fellow blogger Tami reviewed it over the summer. You can read her review at Bookish Temptations. In addition to offering me a free copy, Penguin will also send one of my readers a copy! All you need to do is leave a comment with a way to contact you should you be the winner. You have until midnight EST on Friday December 30. Then I will pick a winner using Random.org.

Want a little more background on A Discovery of Witches? Check out this excellent video:


You can find out more about A Discovery of Witches and Deborah Harkness at her website and on Facebook.

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