Wednesday, October 12, 2011

National Book Award Finalists: Free Samples


Fiction Finalists
The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Nonfiction finalists
The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker
Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (first graphic novel ever included in this category)

Poetry Finalists
Head Off & Split by Nikky Finnery
The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa
Double Shadow by Carl Phillips
Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems: 2007-2010 by Adrienne Rich
Devotions by Bruce Smith

Young People’s Literature finalists
My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Monday, October 10, 2011


Not many books are able to leave me speechless, but Embody by Jamie Magee has done just that. Insight (Insight #1) grabbed and held onto my #1 book read in 2010 award and I have to say in advance that Embody will be in that top slot for 2011. 
Book Description:

Not many Scorpio's are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous. . .

Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him.
Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life. The question is….can she do that?
Jamie painted pictures so vividly with her words that I actually felt like I was part of this beautiful world she created as well as the trial and tribulations that Willow and Landons love are put through. I was asked just over halfway though the book if I was Team Landon or Team Drake and at the time I couldn't give a definitive answer.After a full night sleep I can confidently say I am Team Landon all the way!! I hope that decision doesn't come back to bite me in the butt with Image (Insight #3) which is set to be released November 8th 2011.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A New Begining

Welcome to JUDGE NOT BY THE COVERS blog spot. We have some old friends and hopefully many new to come. I have missed chatting with everyone about books over the last year so I decided to re-vamp the old page into a new one! Many exciting things to come.... So sit back, relax and observe or jump right in and lets start the discussions.
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