Today was a good mail day. From Matt, who recently had a big giveaway on his blog, I received The Echo Maker by Richard Powers. The book sounds very good so I’m excited about it. Thank you Matt!

Remember a couple of weeks I complained about not finding the books I wanted at the bookstore? Well, I ended up looking for them at another place and still couldn’t find them. You would think I was looking for some obscure texts. So I decided to order them instead and got them today.

I wanted Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda ever since I hear him talk about the book at the Texas Book Festival last month. I think this will be a wonderful book to dip into now and again and hopefully I may even read one of the classics he recommends while I read this. I think that would be a wonderful way to complement a book. The other novel I’d had on my radar for a long time was The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling. I’d heard a lot of good things about this book from some of you guys and as it’s a historical novel about a bookbinder, well, you can only imagine why I would want to read it! I’m hoping that there may be some mention of specific bindings and who knows I may just end up learning a new technique.

And, that’s not all I received today. I also got a very cool print from Christine Rose. I won this from a giveaway that Melody recently hosted. Speaking of Christine Rose….

I’m very excited to host Christine and Ethan Rose, authors of the new, award-winning YA fantasy novel Rowan of the Wood during their Geekalicious Yuletide Blog Book Tour! The authors are stopping by here on Friday, December 12th with an excerpt from their book.

Rowan of the Wood: An ancient wizard possesses a young boy after a millennium of imprisonment in a magic wand. He emerges from the child in the face of danger and discovers Fiana, his new bride from the past, has somehow survived time and become something evil.

The authors are also hosting a contest on YouTube and giving away a digital camcorder just for following four simple steps. Check it out! Come back and visit on Friday, read the excerpt, and post questions/comments. The authors will be available all day Friday and Saturday to answer your questions. Every comment on this blog is an entry to win a signed, limited edition print of Christine’s Green Man II painting. The authors are also giving away autographed books and over $600 in other prizes through their website.

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