The other day, I got an email from Publisher’s Weekly and Crown Publishing (a division of Random House) asking me to join their “Blogging for Books” program. At first I was suspicious. There had to be a catch. A major publishing periodical and publishing house were willing to give me free books in exchange for an honest review? I scoured the program, looking for a catch. And I couldn’t find one. They really wanted to give me free books in exchange for honest reviews. What’s more, I could choose the books I wanted to read in either hardback or e-copy. And after I write and post my reviews on their site, I can request a new book. Pinch me, this is a dream come true.
After registering, I went through the list of books in genres that I’m interested in. I chose fiction in the young adult, literary, mystery, women’s, and suspense genres. My first book is The Accident by Chris Pavone. It’s a suspense novel set in Copenhagen and Zurich and the main characters are a writer, literary agent, and a CIA operative. Yep, it’s literary crack. And I'm addicted.