How many of you use Goodreads? [counts hands]
How many of you enter into those Goodreads giveaways? [counts hands]
If you didn’t raise your hand for one or both of the above questions, CHANGE THIS RIGHT NOW. If you love books–which I assume you do, if you’re reading this, because I talk about them quite a bit on the blog and I can only imagine that would be annoying for non-book lovers–you obviously also love free books, right? With reading habits as ferocious as ours, free books (and bookstore gift cards!) are pretty much the best gifts of all time.
Goodreads has wormed its way even deeper into my heart by gifting me two free books in the past two weeks! They weren’t gifts, really, I won them by entering the giveaways, but they FEEL like gifts!
Happy Birthday to me.
According to Goodreads, Family Pictures…
New York Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed. From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?
Also according to Goodreads, Mila 2.0…
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.
Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.
Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.
(PS: Mila 2.0 has a free prequel, if you’re interested in reading it. I’m going to pick it up as I anxiously await the book in the mail.)
Of course, I’m going to prioritize these two books and read them as quickly as possible so I can get my review up on Goodreads as quickly as possible. The whole point of the giveaways is to generate some buzz before the book goes on sale so readers can get excited and run to the book store the first day it’s available. (Family Pictures goes on sale March 19th and Mila 2.0 goes on sale March 12th.) I owe them the review, for being kind enough to send the book along, though I don’t owe them a good review. If I didn’t like the book, I’ll say so (in a completely professional and “this is just my opinion” way, because I’m not a Goodreads bully), but I’ve been reading the already posted reviews and I’m pretty confident I’m going to enjoy them, especially the Mila 2.0 book.
PPS: Be my friend on Goodreads! I love sharing and getting book recommendations :]