The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
THANK YOU Meredith!! You’re a life saver!
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
HUGE thanks to Inky for this lovely surprise! You rock my socks!!
- Mel @ The Daily Prophecy talks about judgmental people, disliking recs, and space
- Kelly @ Effortlessly Reading gives advice she wish she’d received as a new blogger
- Ashley @ Nose Graze suggests how to politely turn down review requests
- Holly @ Novel Bliss tells us why she’s no longer requesting ARCs
- Chrys @ Oh, Chrys! shares some gorgeous blog designs
A few days ago, when I emailed the winner of my Avalon giveaway, I received the the nicest, most heart-warming emails I’ve ever gotten from a giveaway winner (which probably isn’t much contest, since they always say something along the lines of “thank you! Here’s my address”). Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal to some people, but it seriously blew me away and made my day! She included a personal note, just making small talk, in the first paragraph, and I’m going to share with you what she said in the final paragraph (I hope this is okay with her!)
“Thank you so much again for the chance to enter the giveaway, for the incredible win, and also for having such an excellent blog. It’s certainly one of the best out there and I enjoy taking the time to check in on it daily to be sure I don’t miss a single thing (and loved it with it’s previous name as well but I kind of like this one because I can pronounce it much better and love the graphic at the top)! Thank you for keeping the blog going!”-Shelly
I just found that to be very sweet! Thank you Shelly, you rock! It just goes to show that just an extra minute of your time and a kind word can sometimes have a big impact on someone else.
Completely unrelated, I wanted to tell a funny story with a moral: why you shouldn’t covet ARCs. It’s no secret that I’ve been DYING to get my hands on The Winner’s Curse. I typically don’t obsess over ARCs, but this was the ONE book I wanted most. I requested it from the publisher months ago, and when pictures and tweets started to trickle in that practically everyone but me was getting it, I felt sad, but still hoped I would get a late copy (Please, publisher Gods, just send me this one book and I’ll never ask for another book again!). Thus, it never came. Then by a stroke of sheer luck, the awesome Meredith responded to a tweet about the ARC of Steadfast I received that I wanted to trade because I didn’t want it. She rattled off a list of books she had to exchange, but I wasn’t really interested. Then, she was like OH WAIT, I have an ARC of The Winner’s Curse! I thought she was kidding at first…thankfully she wasn’t! She let me borrow it before even reading it for herself. She’s pretty freaking awesome!
Literally the next day, I got an email from the publisher asking if I would like a copy for review. The next day. Then, not even a week later, I got the email from Netgalley with an offer to be one of the 100 lucky people to read the galley. So now that I finally found a copy (after lusting after it for months), I get all kinds of chances to read it. Murphy’s Law, right? I suppose I should just learn to be patient!
Like I said, the moral of this story is to not covet ARCs. Don’t give in to the ARC envy >.<
Freezing my ass off? Yep, I know, I say that same thing every week. But it’s still true! The amount of snow we’ve gotten this year is just becoming absurd. It seems like it snows every other day, and the temperature hasn’t been above freezing in God knows how long. I’m so sick of winter!
Other than that, I’ve just been getting spoiled with days off. I still work my three 13-hour shifts a week, but my schedule changed. The way my days fell this pay period, I have had 6 of the last 8 days off. It’s awesome, but now I don’t want to go back!!
What’s in your mailbox, loverlies? Link me up!