Jen Lancaster Giveaway! (I’m giving away the book, not the girl)

Hey, y’all!

I’m super excited to announce a book giveaway. Not just any book giveaway, a Jen Lancaster book giveaway. Not even just a Jen Lancaster book giveaway, but a brand-new-in-paperback, pee-in-your-pants-funny, debut-novel book giveaway!
If you don’t know who Jen Lancaster is yet, I’m really shocked you made it through that first paragraph. Also: come out from under that rock, Little Ant.
Jen Lancaster is funny with capital FU. Oh, wait, is that something else? Anyway. She’s written several hilarious memoirs (Such a Pretty Fat; My Fair Lazy, Bitter is the New Black…) and she really loves plaid.

She wrote a novel, which she swears is only looooosely based on her own life, called If You Were Here, in 2011.

And now it’s out on paperback (with much cuter art than the hardcover, says me).

And I’m giving away a copy on goodreads.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

If You Were Here by Jen Lancaster

If You Were Here

by Jen Lancaster

Giveaway ends March 31, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

So, click on over to goodreads and enter to win!



Netgalley Nooner- nonfic edition

I just got Pandemonium from the library yesterday, so I’ll be buried in that for a few days. Sorry kids, Mommy’s reading, feed yourselves.

But! I started three really good nonfics before my Pandemonium squealing began. Some people (read: most normal people) like to read straight through one book before they begin the next- which makes total sense. Since I’m neither normal nor do I often make sense, I like to hop around when reading nonfiction. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a holdover from high school and switching classes every 90 minutes.
Anyway. Weirdness aside, I am enjoying each of these books for wildly varied reasons.


American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, the Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, by Karen Abbott

I don’t know a thing about Gypsy Rose Lee, except that Bette Middler played her role in Gypsy. Right? I don’t know that I’ve even seen Gypsy. In any case, I am thrilled at the new-to-me genre of Not Boring Biographies. I read Devil in the White City two years ago for my bookclub, and ate it up. Then I read Sin in the Second City, and loved it. There was another one I’m forgetting now, but I liked whatever it was, too. Perhaps I’m a sucker for baudy, shady, dark figures in history. Certainly Gypsy fits that role. I’m excited to learn more about her, and Karen Abbott paints a beautiful story.

I’m a dope. While looking Karen Abbott up on the twitters, I realized: SHE WROTE SIN IN THE SECOND CITY.  No wonder I like this one, too.
As you were.


Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America’s Languages, by Elizabeth Little

I joke about being a word nerd, but it’s true: I love our ridiculous language. English is full of contradictions and double meanings and borrowed words and senseless rules, but it is also rich and deep and vast and full of literally endless possibilities. Elizabeth Little begins in Queens, New York, surrounded by dozens of foreign languages, and then treks across the nation to learn more about her own. Now I get to benefit from her journey, without paying for all that gas.


Lifted: Living the Resurrection Life, by Sam Allberry

Allberry is a pastor in the U.K., where Lifted was published in 2010, but it just came out statewide a few weeks ago. I didn’t think it was possible, but somebody has written a funny book about Christ’s death and resurrection. Ok, so it’s not a humorous look at the killing of our Lord and Savior, but it does have several funny analogies and chuckle-able parts. Allberry claims, and rightfully so, I think, that Christians in general and evangelicals in particular focus on the cross, and tend to forget the Three Days Later. I believe all Christians should study about and meditate on the redemptive power of Christ’s blood shed on the cross, but we shouldn’t glaze over the affirmation of filled promises of the resurrection. I’m really looking forward to finishing this one, and contemplating not just the cross during this Lenten season, but the full implications of a Risen Messiah.

So, that’s what I’m working on this week. What are you reading?

Posted from Marco Fuego (my handsome Kindle Fire). Please excuse any (er, all of the) typos. You look pretty today.

John Mayer’s Latest: Blues Album or Steampunk Novel?

I’m a megafan of John Mayer. Even through his skeevy days, his awkward interactions with paparazzi, through short hair and long, bubblegum pop to bluesy rock- I love JM.

So I was super excited to see the album art for his new record- Born and Raised.


When I first saw it, it looked familiar- like I’d seen it before.


No. That’s not it.


No. That’s not it either. Less it, even.

I don’t know why those two albums came to mind- except they’re both kind of busy and stylized.


Well, then what?




Is this a new John Mayer album, or a steampunk novel?

Only time will tell.

Oscar Nominated Short Film (is genius and wonderful)

I’m posting from Marco Fuego today, so if there’s a link up there instead of a video, go on and click it. It leads to a 15 minute film that I discovered, via the Alisons at Hardcovers and Heroines, and absolutely adore.

The film starts in NOLA and ends in a magical land where books, quite literally, come to life.

I think I’ll watch it every day now.

Posted from Marco Fuego (my handsome Kindle Fire). Please excuse any (er, all of the) typos. You look pretty today.

NetGalley Nooner

One of my (newfound) favorite things about being a book blogger/semi-legitimate journalist is NetGalley.

I freak out over books in general, and not-yet-published-for-the-masses books especially. Every time I’m approved for a new NetGalley book, I do a little happy dance.

That’s not hyperbole. I dance. Every time.


So, every so often here at SeeSavRead, I’ll post a NetGalley Nooner- which books I’ve got piling up in my To Read account, which I’m currently reading, and which I’m superduper excited about.


First, the SuperDuper Excited About one:

Jesse Andrews' book

I first heard about Jesse Andrews’ debut novel, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, from That Cover Girl’s AuthorThoughts post. Brilliant cover? Check. Hilarious author interview? Check. Much capital-letter-texting to That Cover Girl when I downloaded the galley? Supercheck. I trust TCG’s book opinions implicitly (even if we sometimes disagree when LOVING/LOATHING some books), so I believe this is going to be a great read.



The Currently Reading one:

Margarita Engle

The Wild Book, by Margarita Engle. This is a good one. It is musical, almost. It reminds me, in a way, of one of my most favorite books: In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. But, a review will be forthcoming this week, so I can’t spill much more than that now.


The Piling Up one:

Kathi Lipp

I started reading this one, and highlighted the everloving mess out of it within the first three chapters. Kathi Lipp presents The Get Yourself Organized Project as an alternative to all the other Get Organized books out there, and I stand by her 100%. I haven’t finished it yet (or, ok, started any of the 21 projects she lays out yet), but I am really also pretty excited about this one.



These are just the first three of my fourteen current NetGalley books.

Oh, the dancing never ends.




John Green wins Best Author’s Note Ever award

It’s a prize I just made up, but still. John Green wins.

The book world has been abuzz over Green’s latest novel, The Fault in Our Stars, for many moons, and finally, I have a copy in my happy little hands. I’m nervous about it, not because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it (which I totally have), but because John Green is a super fantastic writer who makes me FEEL things and THINK about things with my heart and my head.

As soon as I opened TFiOS, I knew I was doomed. Doomed to feel and to think. And, probably doomed to love it, too.

It almost didn’t even matter what came after it, because the Author’s Note was so fantastic and so right and so true, that I FEEL and THINK it should be included in every novel ever written from now on. I’m trying to make you money here, John Green. There’s probably a large, untapped market for Permanent Author Notes. Maybe.

This is not so much an author’s note as an author’s reminder of what was printed in small type a few pages ago: This is a work of fiction. I made it up.
Neither novels nor their readers benefit from attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.
I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Wow, you guys. It made my little author-crushing, story-loving, book-obsessing self tear up.
Stories matter! Fiction is important! YA books are in no way Less Than all of the Serious Literary Works!
There is so much that John Green says in those few sentences, and I love every word of his message.

And then I started reading the actual book, and by page 37 I was 100% in love with the main characters and the unfolding tale. Heaven help me.

John Green. You win again. Please keep your acceptance speech under three minutes, then exit stage left.

Hi, y’all! Welcome to SeeSavRead! You look pretty today.

Thanks for checking out See Sav Read!

I am gearing up for lots of fun bookish things- book reviews, book news, book chats, pretty book-related items you can buy for me for someone you love, author interviews, and, hopefully, some really cool giveaways.

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If you’re following one, but not the other, what on Earth are you waiting for?

I will be bringing you tons of fun soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy this video my friend Audreya made. She swears it’s not an exaggeration, that this is actually how my book reviews go. I don’t believe her.