Thursday, January 24, 2013

START HERE: A giveaway!


UPDATE 1/30: The two winners, based on a random.org drawing are James Schneider and Megan Biggins. An email is on its way with your spoils of victory.


I can't tell you how many times I've had the following conversation with readers:

Friend/Acquaintance: "I've noticed you're rather a big David Foster Wallace fan."
Me: "Yes, yes I am."
F/A: "I've never read him."
Me (quietly removing F/A from my contacts): "You don't say."
F/A: "What would you suggest I read first?"
Me (quietly undeleting contact): "Well, let me tell you..."

Any reader who has a favorite author(s) has no doubt had a similar exchange — it's one of the most fun bookish conversations because it's an opportunity to share your expertise. And so, with that in mind, Book Riot put together its first published book, titled START HERE: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors. The book — with contributions from amazing novelists like Joe Hill and Erin Morgenstern, as well as several Book Riot contributors (including this guy**) — gives short, easily digestible "reading pathways" to get started with authors you may want to read, but haven't.

Book Riot is making available two ebook copies of START HERE for a giveaway for New Dork Review readers. All you have to do is post a comment below with your name, email, and preferred format (epub, pdf, Kindle, etc). Deadline to enter is next Tuesday, Jan. 29th at midnight, EST.

Even if you don't have an ereader — START HERE would still be a useful tool to keep on your computer for reference. I've read the book cover to cover, and added many, many books to my reading list — Alice Munro, Italo Calvino, Bernard Malamud, etc.

Good luck!

(And if you don't win, or can't wait to find out if you've won, you can always buy the ebook for only $2.99 at B&N or Amazon or other places.)


**My chapters are on David Foster Wallace (natch!), Richard Russo, and Zadie Smith.

25 comments:

  1. Jess Vescio
    Veshica1@gmail.com
    Kindle

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  2. Victoria
    vcolotta@vmc-artdesign.com
    EPUB

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  3. Katy D; kldillman@gmail.com; epub

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  4. What a clever idea -- sign me up!

    Amy
    editrixie@gmail.com
    Kindle

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  5. Zachary Wilcha
    zacharywilcha@gmail.com
    Kindle

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  6. Glenda
    ggcarroll43@gmail.com
    Epub

    Nice marketing ploy

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  7. Lady T(Tara)
    livingreadgirl@yahoo.com
    Nook

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  8. Megan
    meganbiggins@gmail.com
    Kindle

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  9. Ritika
    ritika.palit@gmail.com
    Epub

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  10. Thanks, I'm curious about this one.
    Emma
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com
    epub

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  11. Yes, please! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Debbie Rodgers @Exurbnais

    debbie AT exurbanis dot com
    Kindle

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  12. I'm not entering the giveaway but I have just purchased the book from Amazon.co.uk :)
    It sounds really great, am going to flick through it as soon as possible and prepare my wishlist for all the recommendations!

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  13. Holly Jennings
    rochgirl@gmail.com
    Kindle

    Did you ever finish Winter's Tale? I couldn't finish it. I see they're making a movie.

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    Replies
    1. Still working on it - 100 pages to go. It's killing me slowly.

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  14. Lindsey Sparks
    lindsey DOT Sparks AT gmail DOT com
    epub

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  15. Thomas Hewlett
    twelvestakes AT gmail DOT com
    epub

    I have to admit, I've never read DFW either. But I just read the Lipsky book about him and I now plan to tackle "Infinite Jest." (I also vow never to read anything by Lipsky again...)

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    1. That's fantastic news! (And agreed about Lipsky.)

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  16. Rebecca Scaglione
    Kindle, please.
    rebecca@loveatfirstbook.com

    BTW, this book is one I have been lusting after for a while!

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  17. Hello!

    Megan Ward
    mwardm AT gmail dot com.

    I'd love a Nook version, though since I have a Nook, an epub would work just fine. Thanks!

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  18. Julie G
    cla37619 at gmail dot com
    Epub sounds perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Sam Nekrosius
    snekrosius@gmail.com
    epub

    Sounds like an interesting book!

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  20. The sometimes upon choosing a book to read, apart from reading the summary I'm also basing my judgment on the layout a book and the title, of course. I mean, sometimes we can't just help choose some books by looking at the way it was designed.

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