Sunday Shout Out (5)

Recently, I introduced a new feature here at In the Hammock on Sundays. It's called "Sunday Shout Out" and it's a place where I can give a special shout out to those publishers and authors who have sent me books over the week, as well as those bloggers who have hosted contests that I've won! I'll also be giving shout outs to any other cool books, blogs or bookish news that I've spotted during the week.

Check out my first Sunday Shout Out post for even more info, here!

Contest Wins

"Illuminate" by Aimee Agresti

"Au Revoir Crazy European Chick" by Joe Schreiber

"Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" by Beth Fantaskey

"The Fashion Coloring Book" by Carol + Lulu

All four books won from Book Nerds Across America.and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. What a fun prom-themed prize!

"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth

Won from Dani at Pen to Paper Blog. I love the UK version of the cover!

"Blue Asylum" by Kate Hepinstall

Won from Julie at My Book Retreat and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This one sounds so intriguing!

Books for Review
"Nom de Plume" by Carmela Ciuraru

 A look at pen names throughout history.

"The Queen: A Life in Brief" by Robert Lacey

A look at the Queen's life and times.

"She Tempts the Duke" by Lorraine Heath

Thank you, Karen at For What It's Worth!

Book News

 Infographic used with permission from Kate Hart

If you haven't seen this yet, Kate Hart has put together some amazing infographics analyzing over 900 YA covers of 2011. Her analysis includes fun items like percentages of "pretty dress" covers, the color scheme of cover, and popular objects featured on the covers. 

She also includes the sad facts of the lack of diversity of race on YA covers. Surprising to me was that there is even less diversity in self- and indie-published YA fiction. Or actually, as Ms. Hart found in her research (admittedly she didn't use every self published YA book out there, but you can read the facts on her page) there was zero diversity in self-pubs.

Check it out for sure, anyone who is into YA books will enjoy seeing these graphics! They've been featured on Huffington Post and Jezebel, among other sites! I can't imagine how long it took her to put these together!

If you would like to do your own Sunday Shout out, please link back to this post, and leave your link in the comments section this weekend so I can check it out, and so that other readers can stop by too!!


  1. I have Illuminate but I haven't read it yet!
    Great haul :)


  2. Nice haul! I loved Au Revoir Crazy European Chick and Jessica's Guide, so hope you enjoy them too! Happy reading!

    Here's my book haul.

  3. Great Haul! I've definitely been eyeing a few of the books you have there (:

    - Kim
    My Haul

  4. Wow, you won a lot of great books! I loved Insurgent and Illuminate! Hope you enjoy them too!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Nice haul! Illuminate and Au Revoir Crazy European Chick sound really good. Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!

  6. Illuminate caught my eye a while back. I hope you like it. And I also like the UK version for Insurgent. Happy reading!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

  7. Nice :) Enjoy!
    I'm off to look into that link.

  8. Insurgent was very good, and I still need to get a copy of Illuminate! I think I'll wait until it's in paperback though. Happy reading!

    Here's what I got this week!

  9. Wow! You got some GREAT wins this week!!! And I totally agree that INSURGENT's UK cover is awesome! I think I like it better than the US one.

  10. Nice haul! Congrats on winning Illuminate. It really seems like a good read! Happy reading!

    Thanks for visiting. :)


  11. You got some really cool books!
    I can't wait for your review of She Tempts The Duke - 'cause I got it too and I'm really looking forward to it.

    And The Queen book sounds good.

    Also, congrats on the contests wins! It was a great haul.

  12. Yup, I agree, the UK covers for Divergent and Insurgent are gorgeous! Enjoy all these lovely books!

  13. I've seen that post from Kate Hart - fascinating! Blue Asylum made me want to drop everything and check it out, the cover is drool-worthy :) Enjoy all your reads!

  14. Blue Asylum sounds great!

    The post by Kate Hart is amazing, I wish I could do things like that, I'm a list/chart fanatic. Really interesting stuff.

    Have a great week :-D

  15. Congrats on winning those books, I like the sound of the Crazy Euro Chick book and I really like the cover of Blue Asylum

  16. You got some amazing books! I hope you enjoy Insurgent. I loved that book! :)

  17. Wow you won a lot of stuff, you're really lucky! Insurgent was an amazing book and Illuminate's on my Kindle right now. I hope you enjoy all your books!

    Thanks for stopping by my Stacking the Shelves!

  18. I really love all the covers! I need to read some... just need more time as well lol. I hope you'll enjoy them all.

  19. I LOVED Jessica's Guide! And Illuminate looks really good. Happy reading! :)

  20. That cover post was amazing -- I read it earlier in the week.
    I've been meaning to read Jessica's Guide, but haven't managed to get around to that yet. Hoping I'll have lots of time to read this summer!

    My Sunday Post!

  21. Carrie, you won so many awesome books! Insurgent was AMAZING (and I always have major love for the UK cover because I adore the colour purple), and I really liked Illuminate -- Aimee is such a sweet author!

    Awesome shout out this week, Carrie! I hope you enjoy all of your amazing wins! :)

  22. Wow, lots of awesome books for you this week :D
    Happy reading

  23. I still need to read Illuminate. It sounds good! Congrats on all your wins!!! Enjoy! :)
    You can check out what I got this week HERE!

  24. Jessica's Guide was a cute read. I still need to read Insurgent! Illuminate has such a pretty cover and sounds really unique. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

  25. Wow looks like you got lots of awesome reads. I have that Jessicas Guides to Dating, just haven't read it yet. Hope you enjoy.

  26. OOh nice! Haven't heard of all these, heard of some. Haven't read any though!! I did also get Insurgent! But I still have to read Divergent!

    Of course before I can do any of that I have to finish my review pile which seems to grow with Netgalley's help!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  27. Illuminate is REALLY good and OMG Insurgent is totally on my tbr list!!!!!! Awesome books :-) Enjoy!!!!!


  28. I love the UK version of the Insurgent cover too. I like the US versions as well though. So many great wins!! That's exciting. I have Illuminate but I haven't read it yet.

  29. I love Lorraine Heath's books. Need to read more of them.

    Enjoy your books and thanks for stopping by.

  30. These are some awesome books that you got here! I love the title "Au Revoir Crazy European Chick" - I made me chuckle. So yeah looks like a interesting read.

    Thanks for dropping by my Stack!
    Renae @ Rolling with the Moments

  31. Jessica's Guide to the Dark Side looks like something I need to get my hand on.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  32. I'm thinking of adding Illuminate to my pile--it looks so fantastic! Thanks for stopping by!

  33. I'm really liking the UK Insurgent cover. It's so different!

    Great books this week! I hope you enjoy them all! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My Stacking the Shelves


Thanks so much for your lovely comments!