Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Readalong Poll

During Utah Book Month, we're going to have a readalong! We’ve narrowed it down to debut books by two Utah authors: Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani and Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan. Please help us decide which book to read together by voting in the poll below. We’ll announce the winner and readalong details on Saturday.

Here’s a synopsis of each book to aid you in your decision-making process:

INK AND ASHES, by Valynne E. Maetani

Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away ten years ago. But on the anniversary of his death, she finds a letter from her deceased father to her stepfather. Before now, Claire never had a reason to believe they even knew each other.
Struggling to understand why her parents kept this surprising history hidden, Claire combs through anything that might give her information about her father … until she discovers that he was a member of the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime syndicate. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.
The race to outrun her father’s legacy reveals secrets of his past that cast ominous shadows, threatening Claire, her friends and family, her newfound love, and ultimately her life.

NOT IN THE SCRIPT, by Amy Finnegan

Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss – a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore … particularly her relationships.
Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor … if she would just give him a chance.
When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected–and romantic–ways.

P.S. You don’t have to participate in Utah Book Month to participate in the read-along or vice versa, though we'd love to have you along for both.


Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Utah Book Month Sign-Up

It's almost Utah Book Month! You know what this means, right? It means we celebrate Utah books and authors by reading Utah books all month long and blogging about all the things we love about the Utah book community. We'll be celebrating again when August rolls around as we have the past few years. We'd love for you to join in the fun, even if you aren't living in Utah. It would so cool if you choose a Utah book and read it this month!

Here are some of the things we've got planned:
  • Twitter chats with Utah authors
  • themed weeks all month long
  • mini challenges
  • giveaways
  • a review link up
  • a party, IRL
  • a read along of a Utah book (watch for a poll to select the book)
We'll have more details posted here, at the Utah Books blog, on August 1 to kick off the event and each Saturday in August after that. And, as always, we'll fill in the 2015 schedule as we solidify plans. 

If this sounds like something you'd like to participate in, by reading one or more Utah books, chatting with Utah authors, participating in a challenge, or blogging once a week on the theme of the week, let us know by signing up below. 

P.S. You only need to sign up once. Though a linky will appear here and on several blogs, they all work as one.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Utah Book Month 2014 Roundup

What a lovely month it has been!  Though I'm sad to see the third annual Utah Book Month come to a close, I'm also overwhelmed by the awesome bookish community that thrives here in Utah.  Thank you so much to everyone that participated.  There would be no Utah Book Month without you.

Suey and I had a blast planning this event and getting to know you all a little better.  Mark your calendars now, because we'll be back next August.  And, we'll try to post here from time to time with exciting Utah book events.  If you have a suggestion for anything Utah Books related, please drop us a line.

Mini-Challenge + Linkup: Utah Books hosts Review a Utah Book!
Mini-Challenge + Giveaway: Jessica hosts Insta-Utah
Mini-Challenge + Giveaway: Suey hosts First Lines Quiz
Mini-Challenge + Giveaway: Kami hosts Character Challenge
Mini-Challenge + Giveaway: Jenni hosts International Cover Challenge
Mini-Challenge + Giveaway: Penelope hosts Visit Utah

Author Spotlight: Krista spotlights Richard Paul Evans
Author Interview: Jenni interviews J.R. Johannson
Author Interview: Kami interviews Shallee McArthur
Author Interview: Penelope interviews Bree Despain
Author Spotlight: Angie spotlights Kristen Chandler
Author Spotlight: Jessica spotlights Katharine Coles
Author Interview: Taffy interviews Ilima Todd
Author Interview: Melissa interviews Jennifer Nielsen
Author Interview: Kathy interviews Elana Johnson
Author Spotlight: Daniel spotlights David Butler
Author Interview: Angie interviews Natalie Whipple
Author Interview: Suey interviews Michelle Argyle
Author Spotlight: Taffy spotlights Julie Daines + critique group
Author Interview: Cindy interviews Sara B. Larson
Author Interview: Daniel spotlights Brad Torgorson

Blogger Spotlight: Angela spotlights the Utah Books blog
Blogger Spotlight: Jessica spotlights book club book bloggers
Blogger Interview: Kathy interviews Penelope
Blogger Interview: Cindy interviews Kami
Blogger Interview: Jenni interviews Cindy
Blogger Interview: Penelope interviews Angela
Blogger Interview: Kami interviews Melissa
Blogger Interview: Melissa interviews Kathy
Blogger Interview: Angie interviews Jenni

Utah Books Guest Post: Cindy posts about Utah authors
Utah Books Guest Post: Kami posts about Utah bloggers
Bookish Feature: Suey features Utah books she's read in 2014
Bookish Feature + Giveaway: Marissa hosts Utah Author Roundup
Bookish Feature: Jessica features the Utah Book Awards
Bookish Feature: Taffy features the Pleasant Grove Library
Bookish Feature: Jenni features the Provo Library
Bookish Feature: Cindy features the West Jordan Library
Bookish Feature: Jessica features dedications in Utah books
Bookish Feature: Jessica features the Beehive Book Awards
Utah Books Post: Utah Book Social 2014

Let us know if we missed one of your posts.  And visit the Utah Book Month 2014 page to see a chronological list of this month's fun.

That's it for this year's Utah Book Month.  Thank you so much for playing along.

Daniel Spotlights and a Write-Up and a Round-Up are Posted

Ah, the third annual Utah Book Month comes to a close.  We've got three new posts for you today, before we sign off.

First, Daniel spotlights Utah author Brad Torgersen.

Second, check out this write-up of yesterday's Utah Books social.

Finally, check out this round-up post for a categorical list of the fun we've had this month.  (You can always reference the Utah Book Month 2014 page, if you prefer a chronological list.)

Thank you so much for playing along with us this month.  For talk about Utah books all year long, subscribe to this blog, follow us on Twitter, and watch for the hashtag #UtahBooks.

Your organizers,

Suey & Jessica

#UtahBooks Social 2014

The internet is an amazing place that allows us to come together in amazing ways.  But every once in a while, it's nice to bring the internet into real life.  And that's what we did yesterday with the Utah Books annual social!!

It was so much fun to talk about books, get to know new people, get reacquainted with old friends, eat food, and swap a few books around.  Here are the attendees:

Utah Bloggers
Suey of It's All About Books (+ husband Stuart and daughter)
Jessica of The Bluestocking Society
Jenni of Jenni Elyse (+ husband Corey)
Kami of Kami's Library Thoughts (+ husband Dave and dog)
Kathy of Read This Instead (+ husband Rusty and kids)
Jessica of Books A True Story (+ baby)
Karena of Discovery Writer

Utah Authors
Heather Ostler (+ baby)
Shannen Crane Camp
M.K. Hutchins (+ husband John and kids)

It was a lovely bookish evening.  Thanks to everyone who came.  Here is the not-great picture I took of our book swap in progress.  If you were there and took a better picture, please let me know!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Angie Interviews Jenni

It's the penultimate day of the Third Annual Utah Book Month. For our featured post of the day, Angie interviews fellow Utah book blogger Jenni.

Our Utah Books annual party is TODAY at 7:00 p.m.!  Head to this post for more information.  We hope to see you there.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Melissa Interviews Kathy

Today for Utah Book Month, Melissa interviews fellow Utah book blogger Kathy. Go forth and learn a little more about Kathy.

Our Utah Books annual party is TOMORROW at 7:00 p.m.!  Head to this post for more information.  We hope to see you there.