I recently returned from a trip in the deep, deep, dark, dark woods. I literally went over the mountains–several of them–and kept going. I was sitting somewhere near the border of Maine and Canada, measurable by latitude and longitude, versus the nearest street corner. Needless to say, I didn’t have cell phone coverage.
What could have looked like this:
Thankfully turned out more like this:
I had a great time connecting with family and nature. I’m also glad to be back!
Here are ten reasons that I’m glad to be back:
1. Announcing the winner of the ARMADA giveaway!
Nearly three weeks ago I posted a contest celebrating 300 blog followers. In that time, I’ve gained nearly 50 more followers!!! THANK YOU, everyone!!
2. Announcing ANOTHER contest!!
I just posted my review of UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR by Patrick DeWitt. It just so happens that Ecco Books gave me an extra copy to give to one of YOU!!
Click below to submit an entry to the contest (U.S. Mailing addresses only; an international contest is coming soon–I promise!). You can get a free entry just by clicking and answering a simple question, or more entries for following me on Twitter and Tweeting a message about the giveaway. Anyhow:
If I set it up correctly, you can get an extra entry for sending a Tweet. Try the button in the link above and see. The contest runs through 9/23–good luck!!
3. I read lots of books in the woods. Now to do the reviews.
Here’s one of the reviews I posted (did three yesterday): IDYLL THREATS
4. Catching up on Twitter.
Wow! A lot can happen on Twitter while you are away. Today is no exception: with the release of FATES AND FURIES and a slew of other books, along with Agatha Christie’s birthday, and the Man Booker Short List announced. Wow!!
Feel free to follow me or send me a Tweet: @ryan_reads
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
5. Catching up on Instagram!
My bookstagram account is now up to over 500 followers–thank you!!! But let me pause and direct your attention to an awesome account to follow: @books_with_taylor. Taylor is an up-and-coming publishing industry rock star. She was with Algonquin and is now with Scribner. And, yes, those are authors she’s standing with in all those photos. For example, you can go there and see her with Liz Egan from A WINDOW OPENS.
6. Did I mention I read lots of books while away? Yeah, lots of them.
Here’s my review of the self-help, change your habits book TRIGGERS.
7. Yes, a LOT of books.
@books_with_taylor above introduced me to David Cronenberg’s CONSUMED. You may know him from movies like THE FLY or HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Expect more of the same in the book. (In case you didn’t click the link, my review says: it’s really good!). Not for everyone. Here’s the NSFW–VERY NSFW–trailer for the book. Yes, you can see read typical Cronenberg stuff like this:
8. I mean like, a TON of books.
Here’s one that game out today: SUPERBETTER. Whether you play video games or not, you can get–not just better–but SuperBetter at life. Jane McGonigal is the “first person in the world to earn a Ph.D. studying the psychological strengths of gamers and how those strengths can translate to real-world problem solving.” She takes her TED talks and puts it to great use in her second book. Go for it!
9. So many books.
I linked it above, but I finished up UNDERMAJORDOMO MINOR while in the woods. It was quirky and very good. It’s a lesson on life, but mainly about love. Make sure you click the entry above!
I also read IN A DARK, DARK WOOD, which I hope to review tomorrow.
10. Back to you and this blog.
A lot happened in the short period I was away. I think I would like to start a new segment on Friday called FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY. This Friday I will be talking about planning for upcoming books and writing to the publishers to request those books! If you have any tips, please let me know in the comments below. I’ll be sure to point back here and perhaps to your blog.
So, while I had fun, it’s good to be back!