Every book blogger of the 21st century seems to be connected to Goodreads (our page is here, though we don’t often remember to update it), and most of the readers out there have also pledged their allegiance. One of the best ways to get free (and awesome, often self-pubbed) books is Goodreads’ giveaways, which is a program where you get a book and the author hopes that you review it. I spend way too much time browsing for interesting reads, and today I thought I’d share some of my recent picks.

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez

The Photo Traveler by Arthur J. Gonzalez
A story of a boy who can time travel through photographs, this book sounds like it could work, or fail dismally. I hope that it works, because it sounds awesome.









Unraveled by S. X. Bradley

I have an affinity for teenage female crime solvers, and am always willing to give them a shot. This one, though preppy on the cover, sounds like a bit more of a thriller than many, which will be interesting.








Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler
Please Don't Tell
As previously mentioned, I like female crime-solvers and mystery books with women protagonists. Enough said.









Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin
Thorn Abbey
Boarding schools are fun. Ghosts are fun. Middle-YA is also fun. This book sounds fun.









These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Morgan Spooner
These Broken Stars
I’m always on the lookout for a good YA scifi, and though this one doesn’t look as amazing as some of the recent dystopians, I definitely think that it’s worth a shot.









And on one more note, just a few observations on what’s going on in the self-publishing world:
The BDSM market has taken a turn toward ‘temptation’ and suddenly has a fascination with the South, which still sounds terrible, though I do love the South.
The Harlequin market is still going strong.
Thrillers with female leads are making a comeback.
Taboo topics are in vogue, especially memoirs.
The world is lacking in good YA dystopian.

Wishing you good luck in your entering,