Friday, January 30, 2009

Dewey's Books February Mini-Challenge #1

There's not much about Dewey that I can say that has not been said already. Dewey, with her eclectic taste in books, was the ultimate book blogger. Almost daily on her site there was a new post: a discussion about an article or book, a meme, or a funny video to watch. Dewey wrote about books who subjects range from politics to feminism. She read graphic novels and award-winning books, young adult reads and poetry. Reading The Hidden Side of a Leaf left the reader with an even larger TBR pile then before you clicked on to her site.

Just the other day I visited her site for a quick couple of books to read for her challenge and left with pages of book titles. Her posts were honest, funny, and made writing look so easy.

Dewey embodied the spirit of blogging and helped bring our community closer together. She started Weekly's Geeks, the 24-Hour Read-a-thon, and the Bookworms Carnival. She always had something nice to say. encouraging comments that helped many of us continue blogging.

Dewey wasn't one to hoard books. (Unlike myself.) Usually when she finished reading a book, if it didn't belong to someone or she wasn't going to read it again, she held a giveaway. The frequency of her giveaways amazed me. She was so generous and winning a book from her made my day several times.

In the spirit of Dewey's generosity I've decided to give away eight books throughout the month of February. Two books every weekend starting on the 7Th. To be eligible read a book that Dewey reviewed. After reading it and writing a post, leave a link at the challenge's review site and on my mini-challenge posts. Remember to let me know your first and second preferences. Every Saturday I will use to pick the two winners and every Sunday I will let you know the winners and the next two books. Remember only books read in February count.

This week's books are:

How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith. You can read my review here. It's a pretty good book for journal writers, about how to find more ways to be present in your life and at the same time give you ideas to fill your journal up with. This book is a paperback that's been read only once.

Away by Amy Bloom. To be honest I haven't had the time to read this epic story but everywhere I've looked there has not been a bad or mediocre review to be found. I know many bloggers have read this book and loved it. So I would rather give this book to a blogger who can give it a chance then let it sit any longer on my bookshelves. Away is a hardcover that's gently used.


Ali said...

What a generous offer of you, and very reminiscent of Dewey.

Chris said...

What a beautiful post Vasilly! Dewey would love this :) And both of the books sound fantastic! Looking forward to this one :D

Robin said...

This is such a nice and very Deweylike mini-challenge! Thank you so much for hosting it! I haven't read either of those books, but both sound really good. I just cross-posted this post onto the Dewey's Books Reading Challenge site, but I closed the comments and put a link so everyone will come over here to sign up.

N.Vasillis said...

Thanks! I really appreciate it.

care020 said...

Sign me up!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I posted my first book for the challenge here. It's *People of the Book* by Geraldine Brooks.

Thanks for hosting the mini-challenge (I've been eyeing that Amy Bloom book :) )

She is Too Fond of Books

care020 said...

I'm not sure the comment I just entered went through, so just in case...I'm interested in Away by Amy Bloom.

Fear Death By Water said...

is it too late to enter? just in case...