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A Very Merry Blog-o-Versary to Us!

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

That’s right folks, you heard me correctly! Today it has officially been ONE YEAR since we started our blog and we would like to give away a little something to say thank you for taking the time to stop by and read all of our random thoughts about the books we love (& a few we felt kind of meh about).

Many of you may know that I am mildly obsessed with bookplates. I think that they are an amazing art form that we have sadly lost as the years go on. For those of you that don’t know, artists were often commissioned to make book plates for people from all walks of life (You can view a few Hollywood icons bookplates here.). They were a) a way of keeping track of your books, and b) a way to express something about yourself as an individual. Bookplates are personal and any time I find one in an old book, I have to buy it (or on one or 2 occasions, take a picture of the bookplate if I can’t buy the book.)

With that in mind, I have created our very own Rampant Reads Bookplate to share with you all today. I designed and carved it myself, with input from the other Rampant ladies to make sure that I adequately captured the tone and feel of our blog. Leave a comment below telling us what you would have on your own personal bookplate and you will be entered to win a set of 20 of our Rampant Reads bookplates to stick in your books. (They are hand printed with an adhesive back so that you can stick them anywhere). We will select a winner next Friday, so please be sure to leave your e-mail so that we can contact you!

Thanks for reading us and if you are interested in more information about bookplates, I LOVE the Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie blog. You are also welcome to contact me at RampantReads.blog AT gmail DOT com.


2012 – A Lot to Be Excited About

Let's hope the Mayans were wrong.

It’s the time of year for lists. Many many lists. Magazines, newspapers, blogs, toilet paper companies, all of ’em are doing their Best of 2011 lists. While I would love to know what the 5 Softest Toilet Papers of 2011 were, we thought it would be more interesting to look ahead to 2012 and talk about the books to be published that we are excited about reading. So, barring that end of the world thing that the Mayans predicted, here are a few books that each Rampant Reads lady can’t wait to get her greedy mitts on.

(NOTE: Rhymenocerous just had to go off to Russia while we wrote this post, so her picks aren’t in this list. Let’s all just be jealous and have a vodka shot in her honor.)

Anatasia Beaverhausen:

The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Jan. 10)

I don’t have to wait long for this one and THANK GOODNESS. They released the first 2 chapters online (you can read them online here) and I am already hooked. The premise sounds a bit grim – girl with terminal cancer finds love – but John’s writing and superb characters will change your expectations and make this not to miss. Plus, he signed EVERY SINGLE PRE-ORDERED COPY, god bless him.

Black Heart by Holly Black (Apr. 3)

Holly is one of my favorite YA authors, as evidenced by my treasured signed copy of Tithe in my intro post. This is the 3rd book in her superb “Curse Workers” series and I can’t wait to see where she takes it.

The Doors of Stone (The Kingkiller Chronicles Day 3) by Patrick Rothfuss (Date ?)

Rothbuss exploded onto the fantasy scene with the first book in this series, The Name of the Wind, in 2009, and his brilliant writing and playing with fantasy tropes made it an instant hit with fantasy fans. I think even folks who aren’t fantasy people would eat this series up. Each book takes place over one day and I am DYING to finish this up. GIVE ME A RELEASE DATE!!
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