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Literary Blog Hop: And the Winner is…

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I am so pleased to announce the winner of my giveaway for The Literary Blog Hop!

Diana S. won a copy of Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I had such an amazing response to the giveaway with over 80 entrants and lots of lovely comments – thank you to everyone who took part. Life After Life was definitely the most popular choice (with almost 50 entries), but I was pleased to see so much interest in The Panopticon as well.

And one last thank you to Judith over at Leeswammes Blog for all of her hard work making the blog hop happen!

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Literary Blog Hop Giveaway! – 8th-12th of February 2014

literarybloghop_februaryPlease note that this competition is now closed.

Over the next couple of days I will be taking part in The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, which is kindly hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog. This time, 42 different book blogs will be offering giveaways of various literary delights, and all of the treats on offer will be literary fiction.

From today (Saturday 8th of February) until Wednesday the 12th of February, you can hop on over to the different book blogs which are all taking part in the giveaway too. Click on the links in the list at the bottom of this post to see what they’re offering and discover some brilliant new book blogs!

My Giveaway

I will be giving away a copy of one of the books below. The competition is open to readers worldwide, so long as The Book Depository delivers to your country (check here to see if your country is one of them). The books you can choose from are three of my favourite books by female writers from my top 13 books of 2013 *cue drumroll*…

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
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From my review: ‘Ursula is born on a snowy winter’s night, and as the cord is wrapped around her neck she draws what will be the first of her last breaths. This is a story of multiple chances at life and explores that notion of ‘What if?’ which I find fascinating…’

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman
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From my review: ‘Nick and her cousin Helena open the novel in a heatwave, dancing and drinking on their lawn as they look forward to their lives restarting. From the offset, the book is sultry, you can feel the heat and imagine the moonlit nights and salty air and feel the women’s excitement… It’s a heady book to get wrapped up in…’

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
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From my review: ‘The novel opens with fifteen-year-old Anais Hendricks on her way to the Panopticon, a care home for young offenders in rural Scotland somewhere… [but now] Anais is fighting back, trying to reclaim her life and live out opportunities that never seemed to be available for her.’

I will be giving away one book from the selection above to the lucky winner so please do let me know which book you would like to receive in the comments below. To enter, please leave a comment below with your email address – after the competition closes I’ll pick a winner using Random.org and notify the winner by email.

As for other requirements, please read the following rules:

The Rules

1. You do not have to have a blog to enter this giveaway – it is open to everyone.
2. You need a post-office recognised address where you can receive packages, in a country that The Book Depository delivers to.
3. You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can follow by email (see the Follow button in the side bar on the right).
4. Leave a comment below – please include the title of which book you’d like to receive in your comment and an email address where I can contact you if you win.
5. You can enter the giveaways until Wednesday, February the 12th, after which I will close my giveaway.
6. Please note that double or invalid entries will be removed.
7. I will notify the winners by email. If you’re lucky enough to be a winner please answer my email within 3 days; if no reply is received by then I’ll announce a new winner.
8. The books will be sent out from The Book Depository.

I think that covers everything – good luck, thank you for dropping in on my blog and I hope to see you again soon!

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On Giving for World Book Night 2013

On my way home from work yesterday, I did my bit as a volunteer for World Book Night and gave away all but one copy of my chosen book Why Be Happy When You Coud Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. I didn’t have much of a plan and because of that I’ll admit I was nervously excited about how people would react to me offering them a book. I was keen to give the books away in Leith as I had picked my books up from the library there and wanted to talk to people in my (relatively) new barrio.

View down Leith Walk

View down Leith Walk

At least the rain had gone off but the wind was blowing at some speed and I wasn’t holding up much hope that people would want to stop and chat to me. I was approaching strangers on their way home from work which some might say is mad but it proved to be very interesting! I was gearing myself up so much that I actually pounced before I even reached Leith Walk. I saw a man with a bright pink scarf walking past Gayfield Square and thought I’d chat to him. He was a bit suspicious at first but once I explained what I was doing he was happy to chat and walked off with a big smile and, importantly, a copy of Why Be Happy When You Coud Be Normal? which he tapped me on the shoulder with saying, ‘D’ye know what? I’ll read it.’ I took this to be a good omen and it certainly put a smile on my face.

Next, I brought out what I thought was the key move in my plan – to chat to people at bus stops and hopefully hand out some books. The first bus stop went very successfully and I handed out books to a range of ages, both male and female. I was a bit worried that men would turn up their noses at a book by a female author so I was keen to chat to them too, although I will say, gents, that 4 out of the 6 knockbacks I got for receiving free books were from you. I also got told ‘but Champions league’s on the telly tonight’ as if a free book would somehow mean he couldn’t watch the match. That particular gent said he didn’t read much and although I explained that was kind of the point of WBN and a reason that I would love to give him a book, he still turned me down… So onto the next! The problem with bus stops is buses – you know when you stand there for ages and a bus never turns up? Well I seemed to have the opposite effect and made buses magically appear. I lost an 8-person full bus stop to one bus which I was rather sad about. I also started chatting to a few commuters only to be told, ‘Oh! Sorry – that’s my bus. Byeeee!’

View of The Shore

View of The Shore

I walked over 3 and half miles in total, all the way down the Walk, round past Commercial Quay and along The Shore, covering a fair bit of Leith, and I’m pretty pleased that I only have one book left. It was lovely to see happy faces with their new books, finding their seats on the bus and leafing through the pages of a book they have just received, completely out of the blue. Some were a bit baffled as they had never heard of World Book Night before so I am pleased to have been the one to introduce them to this wonderful project. I think maybe next year I’ll have more of a plan on where to hand the books out and to whom as mine was a bit random this year to say the least. I am very glad I took part – hopefully rather than scaring people on the streets of Leith, I will have actually inspired them to read, or even to read something that they wouldn’t normally pick up off the shelf. An exhilarating experience!

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Find out more on what World Book Night is all about over on their website.

Have any of you been giving away books for World Book Night? What kind of reactions did you get?

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World Book Night 2013: April 23rd

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It’s World Book Night tonight so I’ve written a little post on being a giver for the website of publisher Canongate Books, where I am lucky enough to work. I’ll be giving away the wonderful memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson, an author who I greatly admire and one who has had an incredibly interesting life. I’m feeling nervously excited about being a giver, and my plan at the moment is to hand copies of my book out to people on the streets of Leith as that’s where I picked up my books. I’m hoping that this weather continues into the evening – rain showers have been making me nervous that I’ll be trying to hand out soggy books later on! Fingers crossed, and I’ll let you all know how it goes.

The lovely editions of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? for World Book Night 2013

The lovely editions of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? for World Book Night 2013

I think the project is such a wonderful idea, a way of encouraging those who don’t read regularly to read something different and hopefully inspire them to discover different books. I love the special World Book Night editions that have been created as not only do they include the book in full, but also excerpts from other books by the writer, a poem on the back inside cover, and an excerpt from a book recommendation from the author themselves.

Jeanette Winterson’s choice is May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes. It’s on the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction this year and is a book I would love to read – duly added to my Wish List!

If you want to find out more, you can read my blog post here.

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Literary Blog Hop Winners!

I am delighted to announce the winners of my giveaway for the Literary Blog Hop.

And the Land Lay Still went to Mary and The History of Love went to Annalisa, more well-known in the blogging community as Bundleofbooks. Congratulations to both, and thank you so much to everyone who took part. I really enjoyed taking part in the Literary Blog Hop and was slightly overwhelmed by the response and so pleased that it went well.

I am already looking forward to the next one!

Another big thank you to Judith over at Leeswammes’ blog for organising the blog hop.

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Literary Blog Hop Giveaway!

Please note that the blog hop is now finished.

Over the next couple of days I will be taking part in The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, which is kindly hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog. This time, 50 different book blogs will be offering giveaways of various literary delights, and all of the books on offer will be literary fiction or something with a bit of literary merit (for example poetry or non-fiction).

From today (Saturday 27th of October) until Wednesday the 31st of October, you can hop on over to the 50 different book blogs which are all taking part in the giveaway too. Click on the links in the list at the bottom of this post to see what they’re offering and discover some brilliant new book blogs!

My Giveaway

The last time the blog hop was running, I was lucky enough to win two books so for my first ever book giveaway I decided it would be lovely to return the favour. I will be giving away two books, which are open to readers worldwide, so long as The Book Depository delivers to your country (check here to see if your country is one of them).

The books on offer from my blog are as follows *cue drumroll*…

1. And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson

And the Land Lay Still was the first book that I read this year and the first book that I reviewed for my blog. It left a lasting impression and I think it really is a modern Scottish classic, encompassing a myriad of aspects of Scottish culture, characters and politics. Click here for my full review.





2. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The History of Love is one of my favourite books of those I have read this year. I loved Krauss’ style of writing, the moments of beauty throughout the novel, and its exploration of loss and love and how humans cope with both in different ways. Thinking back to it now makes me want to read it all over again! Read my review of it here.




You can enter the giveaway to win either one or both of the books. To enter, please read the rules and then leave a comment below.

The Rules

1. You do not have to have a blog to enter this giveaway – it is open to everyone.
2. You need a post-office recognised address where you can receive packages, in a country that The Book Depository delivers to.
3. You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can follow by email (see the Follow button in the side bar on the right).
4. Leave a comment below – please include the title of which book(s) you’d like to receive in your comment and an email address where I can contact you if you win.
5. You can enter the giveaways until Wednesday, October the 31st, after which I will close my giveaway.
6. Please note that double or invalid entries will be removed.
7. I will notify the winners by email. If you’re lucky enough to be a winner please answer my email within 3 days; if no reply is received by then I’ll announce a new winner.
8. The books will be sent out from The Book Depository.

I think that covers everything – good luck, and thank you for dropping in on my blog!

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