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Get Out The (Goodreads) Vote!

Have you voted yet?  No, not in THAT election, but in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, of course!


Goodreads launched its fourth annual Goodreads Choice Awards on October 30.  There are fifteen nominees in twenty categories.

Categories are: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Nonfiction, Food & Cookbooks, Humor, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s Books, Picture Books, and Goodreads Author.

You have three chances to vote:

Three rounds of voting will be open to all 12 million Goodreads members, and winners will be announced December 4th.

Opening Round: October 30 – November 11
Voting open to 15 official nominees and write-in votes.

Semifinal Round: November 12 – November 18
The top 5 write-in votes became official nominees, bringing the total to 20 books in each category. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.

Final Round: November 19 – November 27
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!

You must be a member of Goodreads if you want to vote.  Why not sign up?  Membership is free.  You will have the opportunity to rate and review books, connect with your fellow readers, and meet your favorite authors.  You can even join a book club or two and enter for a chance to win free books.

Which books are eligible?

Instead of consulting publishing experts or a judging panel, Goodreads turns to readers to find the best books of the year. They analyze statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominate based on a book’s number of ratings and average rating.   It’s a great honor for a book to be nominated because it comes straight from readers!

Books published for the first time in the United States in English between November 29, 2011 and November 25, 2012 are eligible for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published in December 2012 will be eligible for the 2013 season.

Some of my favorite books this year are nominated.  Of course, I’m not surprised!

In the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, it does not matter if you are a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent.  Just as long as you’re a reader!  I voted, and I strongly urge you to go vote as well.

Remember: only those who vote can complain about the winner!

To vote, go here.


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Spotlight on The Green Shore

I am reading an ARC of Natalie Bakopoulos’ The Green Shore.  This novel is the first book this so-called “bookmagnet” ever won on Goodreads, and what a great novel to win!


Bakopoulos is the sister of Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon.  Good writing, then, must run in the Bakopoulos family.

In The Green Shore, Natalie Bakopoulos takes on an event in 20th-century Greek history that was, quite honestly, Greek to me: the military dictatorship that began in 1967.  Bakopoulos writes about one family and its role as citizens and sometimes revolutionaries.  She shows what it means for a family when the personal becomes political and when the political becomes personal.  I love her use of symbolism with the red Easter eggs and how each family member takes an egg and bumps another’s egg with it.  They go around the table until only one egg is left intact.  Great foreshadowing.

Lush and stimulating, The Green Shore is one of those rare novels that transport you from your chaise lounge or armchair to the beauty and uncertainty of Greece.  Makes me want to eat some spanakopita!

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I Need Your Vote

Book Expo America 2012 is coming up in June. I desperately want to attend, but I need your help.

Goodreads is sponsoring the Independent Book Blogger Awards. You vote for your favorite blog in several categories. Then, a panel of judges chooses from the top 15 vote-getters. The prize is a trip to Book Expo America in New York City in June.

Guess what? I entered my blog. And that’s why I need your help.

Simply put, I need your vote.

There are a number of reasons why I would love to attend Book Expo America.

Here they are, in no particular order.

1. I have never been to BEA before. I always read about it. I always dream of going. Last year, my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer in May. Within one week of his diagnosis, he was already under hospice care. He passed away June 8 of last year, so I was unable to attend the last BEA.

2. I have never been to New York City. Nope. Not ever. Always wanted to go to NYC. So much there to do and see. Your vote can help make my dream into a reality.

3. I have a PhD in American History, but it’s books I love and books I’m passionate about. I am trying to make a go in book reviewing. It’s my dream to one day work for Oprah Magazine, Elle, Vogue, or in the publishing industry. Your vote would give me the opportunity to get my foot in the door, as the saying goes.

4. Going to BEA would give me the chance to meet authors, both my favorites and new ones. If you know me or you know my blog, then you know how much I love to interview authors. Perhaps at BEA I could meet perspective blog interviewees.

5. Going to BEA would also give me the chance to meet publishers. This would mean I would get more advanced reading copies of books for review. There are so many books released each week. Sometimes it is difficult to keep track. There are many great novels that go unnoticed or unappreciated. I do not want that to happen. I could tell publishers what kinds of novels I like, and they, in turn, would suggest upcoming titles for me to read and review.

6. Going to BEA would also give me the chance to host giveaways on my blog. I have never done this before. I see others give ARCs and even signed books away all the time. Giveways are something I have considered. I would love to be able to give some things away on my blog and on Twitter.

7. Attending BEA 2012 would also allow me to meet other book bloggers/reviewers who are just like me (and maybe you). We could exchange ideas and contact information. It would be nice to do that!

8. I have thought recently about organizing a “One City, One Book” for my hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. I am sure you have heard of this idea–where everyone who wants to participate gets together and chooses a book to read. People get together throughout a designated month and discuss the novel. Perhaps, if my city chose a living author, we could even host the author for a book talk in person or through Skype. Your vote would help make this happen.

9. I am a book collector. Imagine all the signed books I could get at BEA! I’m salivating just thinking about my loot. I promise to get some signed for giveaways!

10. I am proud of my book reviews and author interviews. If nothing else, vote for someone who has put her heart and soul into her blog.

Please take the time and vote for my blog in the Independent Book Blogger Awards. My name is Jaime Boler and this is Bookmagnet’s Blog.

Thanks for reading! Voting closes Monday, April 23, at 11:59pm ET. Vote now.


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