Armchair BEA – Day 4: Giveaways and Beyond the Borders

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It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! 

I tend to get stuck in a genre rut: I can spend months reading nothing but sci-fi/fantasy and not care a bit that I’m neglecting the rest of the books in the universe.  Except that somewhere along the way I started caring about all those other books (and, honestly, I didn’t want to turn into that girl who quotes Dune at parties).  So, to make myself step away from the dystopian-magic-spacey-wacey stuff I added memoirs to the list of books I wanted to review.  I still primarily read my favorite genres, but every once in a while I like to try something different.

I don’t always like the books I’m asked to review, but I DO like reading about other lives – REAL LIVES – that are often quite different than mine.  It’s not some earth-shattering, life-altering, “oh my gosh memoirs changed my life” sort of thing, but it keeps my mind open to new ideas.  I might learn the ins and outs of mountain climbing, or I might follow a single mother on her journey through America.  I might spend some time with a janitor who happens to see ghosts, or perhaps tag along on an actor’s visit with Mother Theresa.  I might not like it, but at least I’m trying something different.

And I might not quote Dune at parties, but I definitely taught my son to walk without rhythm.





  1. Maybe a book by Neil Gaiman.

  2. Anj Garcia says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂 I’d love to win Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I hope i win!

  3. I’d like Shiver of Light by Laurell Hamilton

  4. Anything Science fiction is out of my general area of reading!

  5. I would love to win The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair!

  6. thanks for the giveaway! I would buy the next book by Druon in The Accursed Kings series

  7. I don’t know. SOmething new and shiny!

  8. mhm i dont know there are a few

  9. I’d like Reconstructing Amelia. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. joyweesemoll says:

    Terrific idea to read memoirs as a way of diversifying your reading. I put a book on my diversity list that you might like — a memoir by NPR broadcaster Michele Norris. It’s called Grace of Silence and it has all sorts of aha moments.

    • Ohhh, I love her (and NPR… we actually named our son after Kai Ryssdall). I’ll definitely put it on my to-read list! Thanks, Joy. =)

  11. Awesome that you like Dune! It’s been so long since I’ve read that book, I think it’s time for a re-read 🙂

    As for what book I’d choose for the giveaway…I don’t know! lol xD

  12. There are so many books on my TBR list!! But maybe something by Maggie Stiefvater because I keep hearing how awesome her books are 🙂
    Suzy Turner, Fiction Dreams

  13. I would get Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

  14. I would pick In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters 🙂

  15. Thanks for this giveaway. I’m always looking for something new to read. I just don’t know what I would choose!

  16. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

  17. Stephen kings latest perfect summer reading,

  18. momssmallvictories says:

    I’d buy the Book Thief in hardcover so I can reread it. My favorite book!

  19. Something fun for a beach read. And don’t worry you can totally be the girl who quotes Dune at parties.

  20. celeste says:

    I´ll choose any romantic book 🙂

  21. I would pick Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour! Thanks for such a great giveaway. 🙂

  22. Maybe a James Patterson or John Emil Augustine.

  23. I don’t know what I’d choose, there are so many options and my TBR list is so very long!

  24. I would probably choose Richard Harvell’s The Bells, because it’s one of my favorites that I still don’t own.

  25. I would love to get a Rainbow Rowell or Colleen Hoover book 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!


  27. Thanks for the chance! I’d probably choose Maya Banks upcoming KGI release ~ When Day Breaks.

  28. Winter Fire by Lizzie Ford

  29. Lola and the Boy Next Door, with Isla coming out I need to catch up

  30. I would choose Cress by Marissa Meyer.

  31. Print book…hmm….Opposition coming out this summer or maybe a book I’m missing from TMI or IFD series.

  32. Thanks for the giveaway. Check out mine, too!

  33. I had to laugh; my husband is a huuuuuuge Dune fan. 🙂

    I’d probably choose a book by Neil Gaiman because I haven’t read him yet. Or possibly Mozart in the Jungle by Blair Tindall.

  34. OMG too many good books to choose from, but probably To All the Boys I’ve Loved… Maybe Ruin & Rising or The One in hb!

    Jess @ Such a Novel Idea

    Here’s my TTT.

  35. Saga

  36. I have to choose? One? Impossible! I’d be more than happy with anything!

  37. I might choose The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas or Crown of Midnight. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. That’s a clever way of pushing you out of your comfort zone. I’m on Netgalley so I might try the idea to get me into reading some fantasy novels.

  39. traci16 says:

    So.many…the Troop sounds pretty good, or the Lost.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  40. VeronikaDream says:

    I think I would choose Breakable by Tammara Webber.

  41. Not sure what book to choose. 🙂 Right now, I’m thinking of Rainbow Rowell’s newest! 🙂

  42. I would probably choose Lux: The Beginnings by Jennifer L Armentrout. Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  43. Chenise J. says:

    I’d love to win Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge!

  44. Murder of Crows by Ann Bishop. This series was one that initially was out of my comfort zone but a blogger friend sent me the first book and I ended up loving it.

  45. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I need to read more memoirs!

  46. I’m Not sure! I will have to think about it.

  47. The Queen’s Choice (Heirs of Chrior)
    by Cayla Kluver (Hardcover)

  48. I would probably pick one of the TMI books or one of the Throne of Glass books. I can’t decide yet!

    Lisa @Just Another Rabid Reader

  49. I’m leaning towards a couple of books; This Song Will Save Your Life, or The Winner’s Curse, I don’t know yet. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! =)

  50. La La in the LiBrArY says:

    Right now I am reading the memoir of a IRL acquaintance of mine, As I knew Him: My Father Rod Serling by Anne Serling. I borrowed the book from the library because I am a broke butt single mom with a son in college. I would love to have my own copy for her to sign next time she is in town (I live in Rod Serling’s hometown). I might not have spice eyes, but I too have taught my son to walk without rhythm.

    • Love it! My son dances around the garden while I’m weeding shouting, “Don’t attract the worm, Momma! DON’T ATTRACT THE WORM!!”

  51. I think (not sure yet) I’d pick Truth by Julia Karr.

  52. I would be interested in grabbing a copy of Shine by Candy Gourlay. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting an international giveaway!

  53. marivic says:

    City of Heavenly Fire 🙂

  54. I get stuck in a young adult contemporary rut because it’s my fave. But I’m really getting into fantasy.

  55. I honestly don’t know. Probably City of Heavenly Fire, Dorothy Must Die, or Hexed

  56. The Selection Stories: The Prince and the Guard

  57. I would probably choose a Kate Forsyth book! =)

  58. Either Prodigy or Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

  59. I would get Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes.

  60. Donna @ BookPforLife says:

    City of Heavenly Fire by Cassie Clare or Dualed by Elise Chapman!

  61. Oh my gosh I’m really not sure!!! It would most likely be one of the many, many historical fiction books on my wish list! Maybe A Half Forgotten Song.

  62. I would love a copy of Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

  63. I’ll let me niece choose something since I’ve already won 2 books for my nephew.

  64. I would pick Of Neptune by Anna Banks since according to TBD City of Fire is like $25.

  65. I would pick Anna Bank’s On Neptune, since CohF is like $25 on The book depository

  66. I think I’d chose Girl of Fire & Thorns. Thanks!

  67. Kristia says:

    I’d choose Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. Thank you for the international giveaway 🙂

  68. Right now I am thinking…The Glass Throne!

  69. I try to keep my series all in the same format so since I have the first of Amanda Hocking’s Watersong in print I would probably go for that one or for another series I have yet to complete in print.

  70. Lynn K. says:

    The new edition of Mistborn!

  71. The Winner’s Curse!

  72. Maurielle says:

    Eleanor & Park

  73. Chelsea B. says:

    The Art of Lainey 🙂

  74. Stephanie T. says:

    Dreams of Gods and Monsters, if it’s under $15.

  75. Simonet H. says:

    I would choose Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. the Vintage Teacup Club by vanessa greene !!
    on my wishlist for.ever!
    ty for the great offer =))

  77. Thank you everyone who entered!! I hope you continue to visit us here at EFC! And thank you for all of your comments! My TBR just got a whole lot longer. =)


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