Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer Reading Challenge & A Giveaway

I've been kind of bored with my reading lately- instead of using the time I have to pursue my own interests, I feel like I've just been completing assignments. Don't get me wrong- I enjoy taking review requests, and getting free books, and reading things I wouldn't otherwise read. The problem is, I haven't been reading the things I would otherwise read. So I'm going to give myself a modest goal of reading five books that I've tagged want-to-read in my LibraryThing catalog- five books that I just want to read. Nothing necessarily current, nothing that I'm obligated to read. Just stuff I want to read.
The books:

Tiare in Bloom, by Celestine Vaite.
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros.
Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey.
Marie Antoinette: The Journey, by Antonia Fraser.
The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean.

So that's the challenge. On to the giveaway. The first person to leave a comment with the name of the beach pictured in my logo will win a paperback advance review copy of When We Get To Surf City, journalist Bob Greene's memoir of touring with fun-in-the-sun band-from-the-60s Jan and Dean.

The book came out May 13 so it's not brand-spanking-new. But it's a fun summer book and I will send it to you if you guess the beach correctly. If no one gets the beach by midnight Saturday, June 1, I'll take the one that comes closest.
Here's the pic again:
Good luck!