ISO Books and Book Giveaway!

It’s book giveaway time for the Armchair Book Expo! I’m taking this opportunity to offer up some ARCs that are gathering dust in my house. Some of these I have read and reviewed, and I will provide links to those reviews; all other links will lead to Goodreads. Winners will be chosen and contacted by June 5th and books will be mailed shortly after that. Sorry, giveaway is only open to continental U.S. mailing addresses.

Also, I am in search of books in three categories. Please leave your recommendations in the comments!

  • Time travel historical fiction. You already know I’m into this.
  • Mysteries with diverse characters. I love mysteries of all kinds, but I’m very interested in diversifying my mystery reads.
  • Lighthearted YA/MG books. Not fluffy reads, necessarily, but nothing dark/depressing/heavy. I need some beach reads for the summer!

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  • Erica Robyn

    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

  • Mysteries – Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris is the first book in a series set in Saudi Arabia. Ovidia Yu writes a cozy mystery series set in Singapore. The first book is Aunty Lee’s Delights.

    The second book of the series that starts with A Discovery of Witches has the main characters going to England at the time of Shakespeare. It is written by Deborah Harkness. The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon has a teenage boy taking over the body of a teenaged girl in the early 1900s.

  • Are you familiar with Charlotte’s Library? She reviews children’s literature featuring time travel, a lot of which I believe could be classified as historical fiction.

    One relatively lighthearted MG book I can recommend is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.

  • spritewrites

    The Harlem Charade by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley might fill two of your categories — it’s about several middle schoolers in Harlem who are looking into the attack of one of their grandparents in a Harlem community garden where a lost work of art from a Harlem Renaissance painter may have been uncovered.

  • Middle Grade – Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein was really good. So was Escape from Lemoncello’s LIbrary. Lots of fun.

    YA – I just finished P.S. I Like You by Kasie West and it was really good.

  • Donna

    John Heldt has a couple of series that are time-traveling historical novels. They are light, fun reads. For YA/MG, I can’t recommend The Gateway Chronicles by K.B. Hoyle (the series starts with The Six) enough. I think everyone should read it. I have summer book recommendations and a giveaway at

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