She wasn’t kidding.
Contained in my two padded envelopes were 10 books, a massive win from The Book Studio‘s #FridayReads program on Twitter. Each Friday, The Book Studio team asks Twitter folks to simply chat about what they’re reading that day and attach the #FridayReads hashtag to their thoughts. It’s a great way to see what your friends and followers have in hand, and I really enjoy checking out the responses throughout the day.
Before the snowpocalypse in early February, I participated and probably mentioned Austenland by Shannon Hale. Bethanne promised that if more than 500 responses came in for #FridayReads that day, The Book Studio would give away 10 books to one randomly selected winner. The response threshold was reached and, as you’ve probably guessed, I won! Throw the pink confetti!
I’d walked away from Twitter for about a half hour and when I returned, a flood of congratulations tweets filled my timeline. It took me a few minutes (and several Twitter stalkage clicks) to figure out what had happened, but then I was squealing with glee! Especially since I was housebound at that point. Girl needs something to keep her going.
What did I win, you might ask? Here’s what arrived in my mailbox:
• The Embers by Hyatt Bass (fiction)
• Stand The Storm by Breena Clarke (fiction)
• Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (fiction)
• Cheerful Money by Tad Friend (non-fiction/memoir)
• Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove (poetry)
• Lowboy by John Wray (fiction)
• Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi (non-fiction/memoir)
• The Brenner Assignment by Patrick O’Donnell (non-fiction/WWII)
• Lovesick by Alex Wellen (fiction)
• Drive by Daniel H. Pink (non-fiction)
Such an ecclectic group of books! I’ve already shared The Embers with a coworker, as I read it last summer on vacation; definitely a powerful read that I’ve actually thought about often, despite feeling like I really didn’t enjoy it at the time. I guess sometimes the novels that stick with us aren’t the ones we felt were “best,” but rather most poignant?
I’m really excited to make my way through the stack — pulling each one from the envelopes was a complete surprise, and so thrilling. Seriously. It felt like my birthday and Christmas and the dawning of a new millennium and a wedding (my own?) all wrapped up in two brown packages! None of them were necessarilybooks I would have chosen for myself, and I think that’s part of what makes it so fun. I definitely intend to pour over them — and y’all know I’ll be back to share.