Review: The Novel Cure + Giveaway

The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud & Suan Elderkin

The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud & Suan Elderkin

Books are the cure for almost anything that ails us. Need to escape the stress of everyday life? Pick up a romance book or a thriller. Need a good cry? Pick up a drama.

What if you have an ailment and unsure of the literary cure? Reach for The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin! The authors call this process bibliotherapy, the prescribing of fiction for life’s ailments. 

It’s the WebMD for book lovers. Unlike WebMD or Dr. Google, you won’t have to worry you’ve got some incurable disease.

Alphabetized by illness (or mood), the apothecary is the perfect reference guide when you’re unsure what to read next.

For example, if you’re suffering from Failure to Seize the Day, you should pick up a copy of A Month in the Country by JL Carr or The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

Got a Hangover? You’ll want to read The LIttle White Car by Danuta de Rhodes.

Reading Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is sure to heal a Broken Spirit.

If you have a book lover on your list and unsure what to get them, then put a copy of The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You under the tree! What book lover won’t love a book about books? The paperback version releases on December 30, but the hardcover is currently available.

GIVEAWAY: Thanks to Penguin Press, I have TWO copies to giveaway to two lucky readers. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. (US addresses only)

Have you entered our giveaway for Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands? It ends soon!

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December Book Club: The Mill River Redemption + Giveaway

Mill River Redemption Book Club FL2W

Mill River Redemption Book Club FL2W

Since we coming upon a 4-day weekend for our Thanksgiving holiday, why not get a jumpstart on December? Our December book club selection is the perfect for curling up on the couch with a hot cup of chocolate or tea. From Left to Write book club members are reading The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan.

I think you’ll be charmed by the residents at Mill River, just like I was. Meet Josie and her daughters:

Josie DiSanti is starting over. Recently widowed, she has fled her New York City home with her two young daughters—spirited Rose and shy Emily—in tow. She takes refuge in Mill River, Vermont, to live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard, the local bookstore owner and a woman Josie barely knows. There, the young mother and her girls build a new life for themselves—until a shocking tragedy tears the sisters apart.

Years later, Josie’s still-estranged daughters return to the quiet town for the reading of their mother’s will, which stipulates that they must work together to locate a hidden key to a safe-deposit box containing their inheritance. Even from the great beyond, it seems Josie will do anything to bring about her daughters’ reconciliation. Having no choice but to go along with their mother’s final wishes, Rose and Emily move back to Mill River for the summer to begin the search—discovering that, in the close-knit community known for magic and miracles, an even greater treasure awaits them.

After you read The Mill River Redemption, make sure you read more about how Mill River began in The New York Times bestseller The Mill River RecluseWe’ll be back in a few weeks with a Q&A with Darcie. In the meantime, pick up your copy of The Mill River Redemption and join From Left to Write members on December 2 to discuss the novel.

The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan

More about the author: Darcie Chan is the author of The Mill River Recluse, a debut novel that became a word-of-mouth e-book sensation. With nearly 700,000 copies sold, The Mill River Recluse appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for 30 weeks and became a heartwarming favorite of readers across the country.

Darcie was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the small towns of Brandon, Wisconsin, La Junta and Cheraw, Colorado, and Paoli, Indiana. Thanks to loving and supportive parents who are both educators, she learned to read and write at an early age. She has two younger sisters, with whom she is very close. 
Currently, Darcie lives just north of New York City with her husband and son. 

Learn more about Darcie at her website. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a copy of The Mill River RedemptionEnter using the Rafflecopter form below (U.S. addresses only). If you’re reading this in your email, click through to enter the giveaway!

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Cocktails For Book Lovers: Recipe & Giveaway

Cocktails For Book Lovers

Cocktails For Book Lovers

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

Why not start happy hour early with Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tess Smith-McGovern. This little book is full of mouthwatering recipes inspired by a diverse selection of books. The book features a great mix of authors: Jane Austen, Dan Zevin, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, Gail Tsukiyama and much more.

Today I’m sharing with you Papi’s Rum Punch, inspired by Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her (which I loved!). Be careful, this recipe is for an entire pitcher of rum punch!

Cocktails for Book Lovers Junot Diaz

Accompanying each recipe is an author biography and an excerpt from the book that inspired the cocktail. Serve these cocktails at your next book club gathering or your in home happy hour.  You’ll get bonus points for literary references and for serving great drinks.

Cocktails for Book Lovers Junot Diaz

Who wants to win a copy of Cocktails for Book Lovers by Tess Smith-McGovern? 

Just leave a comment below telling me what beverage you enjoy drinking while you read. I’ll draw a winner on Wed, July 30. Giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses. Winner must respond to email with 24 hours to claim prize.

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If you can’t wait for me to choose a giveaway winner, grab your own copy of Cocktails for Book Lovers  and email your receipt to cocktails@sourcebookpr.com to receive a free cocktail recipe card and be entered to win a gift basket! (See details in image above.)

I received a copy of the book for review. Images courtesy of Source Books.

Summer Reading Challenge Week #1 Check-In

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From Left to Write Summer Reading Challenge

Wow! We’ve completed the first week of the Summer Reading Challenge for Adults! Make sure you check-in today to be eligible for prizes!

I’m thrilled that 55 of you joined the challenge to read 15 minutes a day. I’d love it if we could get 75 participates before the challenge is over.  It’s never too late join, so head over to the main challenge page to sign-up. Those who sign-up via the form are eligible for prizes you can only win via our challenge newsletter. (Make sure you read today’s newsletter!)

I love seeing the updates and Twitter and Instagram. I love that Jennifer at mamawolfe is reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker with her dog. Want your photo featured? Tag your post with #FL2WSummer!

So far, I’m doing pretty well with the challenge. I managed to finish two books this week:  The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller and Faking It by Elisa Lorello. I’m on a semi-vacation (visiting my parents in Louisiana) so both were perfect escape reads.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson audiobook

I also began the audiobook version of Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, narrated by the chef himself. Only 2 minutes, I was hooked! I’m curious if he had a ghost writer. The writing is surprisingly good. Not to knock Chef Marcus, since I’ve met him in person. But you never know with celebrity memoirs.

I’m still undecided for my next print/ebook read. I’m in the mood for a historical fiction or thriller. Any suggestions?

I know this challenge is for us grown-ups but if your kids feel left out, you can get free 3-month subscription to Epic! a book app for kids.

Ok, it’s your turn! I’d love to hear how you’re doing with the challenge. Have you been able to read for 15 minutes a day? What did you read? Leave a comment and let me know. If you wrote a review about a book you read for the #FL2WSummer Challenge, leave a link!

This week’s prizes are: an autographed copy of The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson and a copy of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.  Author Maddie Dawson generously donated a copy of her book for the challenge! Make sure you check out what books are currently on her night stand. We’ll have two winners, one for each book. Just use the Rafflecopter form to enter. (International winners may receive a comparable prize due to shipping costs.)
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Giveaway: The Bookman’s Tale

The Bookman's Tale

The Bookman's Tale

It’s going to be slightly quiet on the site this week since I leave for Book Expo America tomorrow. (Squee!) I’ll try to keep you updated.

In celebration of the paperback release of The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett, the publisher has offered a copy for me to give to one lucky winner! This book was so much fun to read. Check out my review of the hardcover version and read below on how to enter to win a copy:

I was first interested in reading The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett because it was about Peter, a rare book dealer. What sucked me in was when Peter discovered what might be the book that will prove once and for all that William Shakespeare really wrote all his plays. The Holy Grail of William Shakespeare’s work, as Peter put it. It felt like the Da Vinci Code of English literature as Peter tried to prove if this slim book was authentic.

The novel weaves three different stories together with a satisfying conclusion. The main story is about this Holy Grail of books that Peter finds. The novel also goes back to Peter’s youth: how Peter met his wife Amanda and how he became a rare books dealer. Then we’re given a peek on how this book came to be and its different owners throughout the years, until Peter’s discovery.

I was thoroughly sucked into this novel. As someone who likes sniffing new print copies of books, I enjoyed reading how Peter cared for and conserved old books. I enjoyed my romp through literary history as Lovett imagined how this rare book came to be.

The Bookman’s Tale would make a great beach read or a traveling companion on your next flight or road trip.

If you want to win a copy, just leave a comment telling your favorite Shakespeare play.  I’ll draw a winner when I return, on June 1st. U.S. address only, please. (Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.)

Have you entered my HUGE book purge giveaway? Ends May 31st!

Book Purge Giveaway!

Book Stack #2

In anticipation for Book Expo America next week, I cleansed my bookshelves earlier this week. I’m sad to say that there were a few galleys from last year’s BEA that I barely touched. Usually I give my purged books to my local librarians, but so many of my Facebook fans expressed interest that I decided to host a giveaway!

So who wants new to you books? If you agree to the following caveats, please enter:

  • Some books may be galleys or advanced reader copies. Meaning that they are not the finished copies you buy from the bookstores. They will have typos and errors.
  • Books will be shipped Media Mail via U.S. Postal Service. That means it might take a couple of weeks to reach you. Because books are heavy and cost a lot to ship.
  • Your shipping address must be in the U.S. I’m sorry I won’t be able to cover international shipping.

If you’re cool with those caveats, here’s what you can win. I’m giving away 3 stacks of books. We’ll have 3 winners (one for each stack).

 Stack #1

Book Stack #1

Stack #2

Book Stack #2

Stack #3

Book Stack #3

Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Who knows, I might find some extra books to throw in for the winners. (If you’re reading this via a reader or email, just click through to enter.)

Please share the giveaway with your book loving friends!

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