Daily Archives: October 1, 2009

Giveaway: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

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Edit: I’ve posted my review of Beat the Reaper!

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell looks like an exciting and funny medical thriller.

From the Hachette Books web site:

Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan’s worst hospital, with a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he’d prefer to keep hidden. Whether it’s a blocked circumflex artery or a plan to land a massive malpractice suit, he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.

Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwna is a hitman for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Relocation Program. More likely to leave a trail of dead gangsters than a molecule of evidence, he’s the last person you want to see in your hospital room.

Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is Dr. Brown’s new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might-just might-be the same person …

Now, with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. To get through the next eight hours-and somehow beat the reaper.

In an unusual move for this blog, I’m posting the giveaway before my review! I’ll add the link to my review when it is done (I’m still waiting on my copy of Beat the Reaper!).  Here it is.

While you are waiting for the book, watch the book trailer above or check out the game at  You can also read an excerpt from the book or listen to a sample from the audiobook while you are there. If the book is as funny as the game, we’re in for a good ride. If the field of medicine is anything like the game, everyone should be happy I didn’t become a doctor.

You can check out the Reading Group Guide as well, but beware of spoilers. It’s also coming soon to the big screen (book club movie night!).

The giveaway

Thank you to Hachette Books for allowing me to host a giveaway of 5 copies of Beat the Reaper!


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Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is a requirement. I’ll pick the winners on the evening of October 22.


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September Summary

Calendar-September18 books read in September, thanks to the short and sweet early Betsy Tacy books!  14 paper, 4 audiobooks.

I’m a little confused on my total books read, since my running total doesn’t match with a new check at GoodReads.    For now, I’ll go with my running record and I’ll straighten it out at the end of the year :-).

So: 101 books read so far this year!  39 of those are audiobooks, 72 paper.

On Paper

In Audio

I started out strong on the audiobooks, but didn’t finish any after the beginning of the month.

My favorite books of the month were Catching Fire and 31 Hours.

In Progress

I have a record 4 audiobooks in progress right now:

  1. The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig (which I was listening to when my MP3 player died 😦 )
  2. The Merchant of Death by D.J. McHale wasn’t quite working for me, but it was picking up. I’ve been convinced to come back to it and give it a second chance when I finish the next two books.
  3. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley was next. I was enjoying it, but I realized I needed to get started on
  4. The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield for my book club M meeting next Monday. I’m enjoying it!


On paper, I’m just about to start

  1. Breaking the Bank by Yona Zeldis McDonough (for a blog tour next Monday)
  2. Betsy Was a Junior/ Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart (for a blog tour next Tuesday)

After that, I have very few commitments at the moment:

  • I’ll read Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell as soon as I get my copy.
  • I’m reading The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter for a blog tour on October 20.
  • For Book Club L, I’m reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.
  • The next book for Book Club M is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.


I joined a new challenge this month:
Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge at S. Krishna’s Books.

During October and November, I’m going to make an effort to read books that are already on my shelves (or floor, or Audible manager).  Other than the book listed above, I don’t think I have anything new coming in for review.  I’m trying to continue my restraint through the rest of this year, I think.

I’m expecting most of my progress will come during the 24 hour read-a-thon.  I hope I’ll be able to work out the details, and try to spend 24 hours reading and talking about my reading progress on October 24-25.

I have two challenges in progress.

Sookie Stackhouse For the Sookie Stackhouse Challenge, I’m planning to read all 9 of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books by the end of the year.  I’ve read 4 so far:

  1. Dead Until Dark
  2. Living Dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the World

I hope to listen to one or two more during October.

everythingausten2The other is the Everything Austen Challenge.  For this one, I’ll be reading or watching 6 Jane Austen related items by the end of the year.  So far, I have

  1. 1972 BBC production of Emma
  2. An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
  3. Emma (movie)

This month,I’ll probably read one of the two Austen-related books I bought for the challenge, to help make progress towards clearing my shelves.  I’m tempted to have two of the slots be the newer BBC production of Emma and the movie Clueless.


I have two giveaways running right now:

Thanks for sticking with me through this rather long summary.

One last note

October 17 will be my 6 month bloggiversary.  Does that mean I’ll have to stop referring to my blog as new, or can I keep that qualifier until I reach a year?

I hope you had a good September, and have a better October.


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