20 Favorite Books I Won Through Goodreads Giveaways

Do you ever enter the giveaway contests on Goodreads? I enter enough of these contests (and read and review enough of the ones I win) that I usually win about 4 books per month through these contests. This ‘game’ is one of my favorite book sources, because while I only enter the contests for books I know I’ll read once they arrive in my mailbox, I have no control over which books I win, and many books in the giveaway listings have very limited information included in the listing, not always enough to guess genre, let alone anything else. And, while pretty covers are always enticing, some really great books have the misfortune of being stuffed in awful covers. I try to be open minded when choosing which books to put my name in for. As a result I win a nice variety of books, including many I might not have read otherwise.

I’ve won over 60 books through Goodreads giveaways so far since I discovered this part of Goodreads last year. Here are the books I won that I have read, as of November 16, 2015. My top ten are in bold, and the ten runners up are marked with an asterisk(*). –

Marvel and a Wonder, by Joe Meno – (Novel)
A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4), by Louise Penny – (Mystery, series)
The Breaking Point (Body Farm, #9), by Jefferson Bass – (Mystery, series)
Art: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman, by Laurie Pepper – (Memoir)
The Time Machine Investors, by Nuria de la Nuez – (Novel)
The Job Pirate: An Entertaining Tale of My Job-hopping Journey in America, by Brandon Christopher – (Memoir) 
The Devil’s Detective: A Novel, by Simon Kurt Unsworth – (Novel, Fantasy) This is a sort of murder mystery, one that takes place in hell, where something is upsetting the power balance between human and demon residents.
Clash of Eagles (The Clash of Eagles Trilogy #1), by Alam Smale – (Novel, Historical fiction)
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes, by Elizabeth Bard – (Memoir)
*Peeing on Hot Coals: A Scorching Memoir, by Pat Montandon – (Memoir)
When Dreams Touch, by Rosemary Hanrahan – (Novel) A doctor goes to Haiti as part of a charity medical care program and while there she gets sick. When she is supposed to be flying back home, a wave of political unrest traps her on the island. 
Locus Amoenus, by Victoria N. Alexander – (Novel)
First Light (Dawn of Steam #1) by Jeffrey Cook – (Novel)
Rosehead, by Ksenia Anske – (Novel, Fantasy, YA) – A girl visits her family’s ancestral home and discovers she has a special bond with the house and the rose garden outside.
*The Trade Off, by Louise Maniscalco – (Novel)
*The Amber Keeper, by Freda Lightfoot – (Novel)
Sweet Sunday: A Novel, by John Lawton – (Novel)
*The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton – (Novel)
Dear Father: Turning My Pain Into Power, by J. Ivy – (Poetry, Memoir)
Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale, by Marina Warner – (Nonfiction)
You Are The Universe: Imagine That, by Bill Harvey – (Nonfiction)
*The Fourth Option (Department Fifty-Five #1), by Sam Draper – (Fiction, Sci-fi)
*Edmund Persuader (Hampshire Romances #1), by Stuart Shotwell – (Novel)
Rooftops of Tehran, by Mahbod Seraji – (Novel) 
Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics, by Kay Whitlock – (Nonfiction)
22 Shelters: Lessons From Letters, by Laurie Seidler – (Nonfiction)
*Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories, by Ginnah Howard – (Novel)
The Astral Imperative: Vol I: The Dream, by Robert Dresner – (Novel)
*Golden State, by Stephanie Kegan – (Novel)
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2), by Brandon Sanderson – (Novel, Fantasy)
*The Vineyard, by Michael Hurley – (Novel)
Victim of Circumstance, by Douglas Rappaport – (Novel)
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, by Suki Kim – (Memoir)
Into the Canyon, by Michael Neale – (Novel)
Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, by Linda Bacon – (Nonfiction)
Quartet for the End of Time: A Novel, by Johanna Skibsrud – (Novel)
At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico, by Jorge García-Robles – (Biography)
*Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary D. Schmidt – (Novel, YA)
Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, by Paul Trynka – (Biography)

Books I’ve won and will be reading ‘soonish’. I am always entering more contests, so this is my giveaway TBR stack so far as of today. I’ll read them all eventually, and so far they all look promising. –

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West, by Matthew Dennison
My Long-Playing Records, by Richard Jespers
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star, by Tom Clynes
The Beekeeper’s Daughter, by Santa Montefiore
Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie, by Sean Egan
Chinese Walls, by David Clive Price
The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, by Mark Schatzker
Unseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 2), by Rod Duncan
There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction, by Saul Bellow
Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories, by Katherine Heiny
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money, by Nathaniel Popper
The Bible Guy, by Max E. Carlson
The Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand, by Elizabeth Berg
Captain in Calico, by George MacDonald Fraser
Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World, by Andy Bull
The French Girl’s War, by Herb Williams-Dalgart
A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7), by Charles Todd
Liar’s Bench, by Kim Michele Richardson
Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza, by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf
Hell’s Gate (Mollel #2), by Richard Crompton
The War Reporter, by Martin Fletcher
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, by Neil Gaiman
The Strangers We Became: Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq’s Last Jews, by Cynthia Kaplan Shamash
Walking the Kiso Road: A Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan, by William Scott Wilson

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