September: Month in Review & Secret Giveaway Winners Announced

Announcements:

Announcement the first, I’m on WordPress now! This isn’t all that new at this point, since I moved about a fortnight ago, but it’s still pretty recent, and I’m obviously figuring things out. For example, the Blogger to WP conversion changed all my posts over as scheduled, so my totally not completed wrap up post went up yesterday and I didn’t realize for a couple of hours. X_X I’m still learning. Please be patient with me. Also, my review archives are coming along nicely, and I’ve got most of the 2013 books in there, but there are still hundreds to go.

Now that I’m nearly done with the deluge of BEA books, I’ll probably be posting a more manageable number of posts, both for me to write and you to read. Celebrate with me that I got through such a good percentage of my BEA books!

Also, I’m changing up my giveaway style again, so watch out for that down below. You might have won something.

September Reviews by Rating:

Dear friends, with the real height of BEA books hitting in September, I gave myself free reign to DNF, so I’ve had a wonderful reading month, with higher ratings than usual and I am seriously loving this life change. I’m still not great at DNFing, but I’m trying not to force myself through books that are boring/terrible from the first pages if I know it won’t get better. So yeah, my average rating this month was above a 3.5, and it was beautiful. Just think how much lower it would have been if I hadn’t DNFed 6 or 7 books! The freedom! The joy!

5 stars:
Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish Doller
Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2) – Jay Kristoff
This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

4.5 stars:
The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) – Meg Cabot
Margot – Jillian Cantor
Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1) – Caroline Carlson
The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) – Rae Carson
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) – Sherry Thomas
Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2) – Elizabeth Wein

4 stars:
Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) – Kendare Blake
Fairy Tale Comics – Chris Duffy, ed.
If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch
Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) – Diana Peterfreund
Blackout (Blackout #1) – Robison Wells
Boxers (Boxers & Saints #1) – Gene Luen Yang

3.5 stars:
Find Me (Find Me #1)- Romily Bernard
A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding #2) – Sharon Cameron
Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy #1) – Kerstin Gier
More Than This – Patrick Ness
Storm Watcher – Maria V. Snyder
Shadowlark (Skylark #2) – Meagan Spooner
Saints (Boxers & Saints #2) – Gene Luen Yang

3 stars:
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) – Michelle Hodkin
Steelheart (Reckoners #1) – Brandon Sanderson
The Waking Dark – Robin Wasserman

2.5 stars:
The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo

1 star:
The Lord of Opium (Matteo AlacrΓ‘n #2) – Nancy Farmer

Comment Giveaway Winners:

Now that I’m on WordPress, I have the ability to get commenter email addresses. While I won’t share them publicly, I will use them to gift commenters with things. Basically, I feel like in Rafflecopter giveaways, I get a lot of people who only stop by to win something. That’s fine, and within the rules, but I really want the giveaways that I am using my disposable income to support to go to readers who interact with me and make this site so much fun to run. As such, I’m keeping a list of meaningful (comments that read like they could be on any post will not count) comments and selecting winners from there. This month I’m choosing two winners, but I’m going to leave this pretty open to what I feel is right at the time.

How do I win?
Just leave some comments. To be sure the comment counts, comment on something within the post. Don’t leave something generic. I’m really not THAT picky. It doesn’t have to be a book, but I’d like to feel like you’re commenting for the fun of it, not just to win. Comments that are just fishing for a reward won’t be eligible. Basically, if you’re shy and lurking, I would LOVE to hear from you. Comments make me smile.

What do winners get?
Since I read quite a bunch, I think it’s plenty selection to allow winners to choose between the books I’ve reviewed that month. Exclusions will be made for books that cost more than $25 or if I simply cannot ship to your country feasibly, but I doubt this will come up often, if ever. If you really don’t want any of the month’s books, we can probably work something out, but there should generally be about 20 options, so it shouldn’t be too tricky.

WHO WON THIS MONTH?
This month, I’ve only tracked the comments since the move, because I didn’t want to exclude folks I didn’t know how to get in contact with.

Winner 1: Kayla Beck (Bibliophilia, Please)

Winner 2: P.E. (The Sirenic Codex)

Emails incoming!

18 responses to “September: Month in Review & Secret Giveaway Winners Announced”

  1. Jenni says:

    I’m not entirely sure I am reading a new post here what with it mentioning July so much and your future move to WordPress… I feel like both of those things have already happened! But anyway YAY for having 2 5 star reads this past month. We both shared a great love for This Song Will Save Your Life, I could actually see that as being a book that I will re-read in the future. The far future, but the future none the less!
    Jenni recently posted…Book Girls Don’t Cry – DNF!My Profile

    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeah, I know. This was an issue from moving. I didn’t change the status from scheduled, which is how all the posts imported, so this happened. *headdesks*

      OMG, YOU MIGHT REREAD SOMETHING. *alerts media*

  2. Alessandra says:

    Yay! Comments galore!
    Alessandra recently posted…Book review: Freak of Nature by Julia CraneMy Profile

  3. How nice of you! And I’m not sure what my fellow Edmonton-blogger Jenni is getting at … I don’t see July anywhere!

    Love the idea of a month in review, too … might have to do something similar in the new year. πŸ™‚
    Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) recently posted…Challenge Update: Anne & Kristilyn’s 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge (Update #3)My Profile

  4. roro says:

    Congrats to the winners

  5. Congrats to the winners.

    I like the idea of not using rafflecopter…I just did my first giveaway and yah i got new followers but not very many of them did anything besides enter the giveaway.

    Also YAY for being able to DNF. I have been getting better at this myself but not at 100% yet.

    So glad you read The Burning Sky and enjoyed it.

    Ashley
    Ashley Mullins recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-offsMy Profile

  6. It’s great that you’ve been enjoying all those great books by DNF-ing more. It can be such a relief to just stop reading books you don’t enjoy πŸ˜€

    Congratulations to the winners!
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Early Review 201. Mira Grant – Parasite.My Profile

  7. Angie F. says:

    I am definitely one of those shy lurkers! Commenting makes me nervous, but I suppose I can try harder. πŸ™‚

    I have never DNF a book. There are definitely books that I get the feeling I won’t enjoy from the beginning, but I just cannot quit! It’s something I’ll need to work on so that I can get to more of the good stuff.
    Angie F. recently posted…Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie StiefvaterMy Profile

    • Christina Franke says:

      I couldn’t DNF almost ever a couple of months ago. I seem to have flipped a switch in my head. Now I have the power!

  8. Celine says:

    *shy lurker alert*

    Oh, posts like this remind me how badly I suck at commenting, haha. I think I commented once saying that I was a lurker who liked your posts and then I went back to lurking-mode. I just promised myself to be better at commenting *nods at self*.

    Anyway, I think the way you’re going to run your giveaways from now on is great! It’s true, I feel like a lot of giveaway-entrants are just stopping by to win something and that’s it. Also, congrats to the winners!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’ve been enjoying your posts for quite some time now, and keep going! I hope I won’t forget to comment AGAIN…
    Celine recently posted…Top Ten TuesdayMy Profile

    • Celine says:

      TO self. TO, not at.

      Wait, now I’m confused. Can you say at? Or is it definitely to? HALP. Why am I so good at confusing myself?
      Celine recently posted…Top Ten TuesdayMy Profile

      • Christina Franke says:

        Oh, in *nods at self*? Ummm, I’m not sure… It’s an odd little phrase, but I feel like I could either nod to you or at you, without it making a huge difference, so probably both are fine. :-p

        Lurking is totally acceptable, but I wanted to inform you guys that I want to give you books if I can, and there’s just not really a good way to do that otherwise. If people don’t want to win and keep lurking, I’m okay with that. πŸ™‚

        I just got tired of spending MY money on people who literally only come by to get something from me. I’d rather have a small pool of blog readers that cares than a large pool coming just so I would buy them books or visit their blogs.

  9. Oh wow, so this is the nicest surprise ever! You read a bunch of really good books this month (DNFing does help!) so I’m super excited. Thanks so much and congrats to Kayla as well! πŸ™‚
    P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex recently posted…Cover Wars: Undertow vs. Dreams of Gods & MonstersMy Profile

  10. pabkins says:

    I LOVE the new wordpress layout you have. Don’t you love it? It’s so much friendlier than blogger. And thats so sweet of you with the commenting prizes. That’s an excellent idea I might have have to implement. I’ve noticed there are so many giveaway goblins that all they do is nothing but enter giveaways. Which hey is fine if you really like doing that – but I like loyal followers who read the content of the site to win! You totally know how it is!
    pabkins recently posted…Review: When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love) by Ingrid JonachMy Profile

  11. Kayla Beck says:

    *dances around wildly* You saved the day yesterday – just as it was swirling around the toilet bowl.
    Kayla Beck recently posted…Sins of the Lost Blog Tour (Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway): Sins of the Angels by Linda PoitevinMy Profile

  12. I’m so sad that you gave The Lord of Opium one star. I’m avoiding that review because I’m reading it this month, after having read and really enjoyed The House of the Scorpion. Maybe I should just choose to end it there, since it was a great ending by itself.

    I’m also sad about Steelheart because you told me that Mistborn was great and I had ALL THE EXPECTATIONS. Very sad indeed.
    Amber (Books of Amber) recently posted…The Killing Woods by Lucy ChristopherMy Profile

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