Today's BookPageXTRA is all about the many ways readers can use BookPage.com: They can win free stuff (here); watch trailers (here); read excerpts (here); ask for book fortunes (here); and so much more.
What do you wish we were covering on the website? Let us know in the comments.
In today's edition of BookPageXTRA, five editors gush about their personal favorite summer reads: Faithful Place (Tana French), Sleep Toward Heaven (Amanda Eyre Ward), Saving Fish from Drowning (Amy Tan), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz) and The Whole World Over (Julia Glass). Take a look at XTRA to see who recommended what—and why.
In my intro to XTRA this week, I mentioned that whenever we put together a list of personal picks, it makes me think about the qualities my favorite books share.
For example, when I was narrowing down my list of best books to choose only one to recommend, I realized that my favorite summer reads often include a female protagonist who goes on a journey that changes her in profound ways.
What do your favorite books have in common? If you had to pick just one summer read, what would it be?
Can you believe it's already June 21?!
If you live in the northern hemisphere, then today is the summer solstice—i.e. the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year (in terms of daylight hours).
You know what that sounds like to me? Even more time to read in the park or by the pool with natural light!
In this morning's edition of BookPageXTRA, we recommended five new books (pictured above) and also asked our readers a question:
What books are you recommending this summer?
Let us know in the comments, and take a look at our Top 20 Summer Reads if you need inspiration.
This morning's edition of BookPageXTRA included a question for readers:
What "best" lists are you craving?
Let us know in the comments!
We're always on the lookout for links that you'd be interested in, guest posters from other sites and new (to us) book blogs. So if you've got 30 seconds to spare, please fill out this survey now!
Last spring we discovered from our 2010 Reader Survey that half of BookPage readers rank bestsellers as their favorite kind of book. Now, BookPage reviews a lot of different kinds of books, from commercial books that have print runs in the millions, to literary novels by debut authors with much smaller first printings.
It would be impossible to cover all the bestsellers being published (and as we learned a couple months ago during the Jonathan Franzen-inspired literary vs. commercial fiction showdown, many people would ask, what's the point?). But in tomorrow's edition of BookPageXTRA (our bi-monthly e-newsletter), we've devoted our full attention to this particular kind of book—fast-paced, entertaining, often funny stories that will inspire thousands of people to pull out their wallets at the bookstore then run home to start turning the pages.
You'll have to sign up for BookPageXTRA to learn which books we're highlighting*, but for now, I'd love to know:
Which bestsellers do you think are worth the hype? (Or, who is your favorite best-selling author?)
What makes a bestseller?
*You'll also get a chance to win copies of all the featured books.
I posted about this contest three weeks ago, but here's a little reminder since you're running out of time to enter.
For a chance at winning, all you have to do is enter here and you could get—well—free books for a year! (That breaks down to four books per month for 12 months.) We'll be sending the best new books every month to the winner—and we can even tailor our selections to your taste (i.e. only send out nonfiction, YA, etc.).
Sound like a prize you would like? Enter away because the contest ends tomorrow night at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!