Monday, October 27, 2008

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Event -- CONTEST CLOSED 10/31

I know, I just posted a book give away a week or two ago... well, I'm hosting another one since this is the official quarterly Bloggy Giveaway week.

The selection this time is a new, two-volume hardback copy of Middlemarch by George Elliot. (The copy I am giving away is not as pictured to the right, but is published by Konemann Classics, sorry no picture of the set is available, but it is very nice. I have duplicates and am giving away my un-read second set.
Middlemarch is one of my all-time favorite books and in my opinion a must read for all readers.
If you are interested here's how to enter my contest and possibly win!

1. Look back over my archives and pick one book review - any will do - read it and leave a comment in this post telling me which review you read (and why);

2. Leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you. Or if you have a way to be reached by your blog, leave a valid link back to your blog where I can contact you.

3. Contest open to U.S. residents only (sorry) and ends on Friday evening, October 31st. I will announce the winner and contact them the weekend of November 1st.

**NOTE: Be assured I will contact the winner and will mail the prize. Generally books are sent "media mail" so they may be a little slow to arrive but they will be sent.

The winner will be selected using a random number generator.

More giveaways (books, gift certificates, non-book items and much much more) can be found at the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival, so check it out!

29 comments:

Angie said...

I am always looking for a good book to read to my kids so I am excited about your giveaway.

I read your Marley and Me review because I just picked it up at my library on Sat. I actually got an audio version, it's what I do while I clean. I have heard nothing about this book yet and enjoyed your review.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Carrie said...

I have been trying to find a copy of this book and haven't been able to do so, so count me in on this one! =D I went and read two reviews - the Miss Pettigrew Lives for Day movie and book review (I had missed those earlier.)

You know how to find me . . .

Veronika said...

I just read your review of Marley and Me, a book I've been wanting to read for a bit. Sounds cute. :)

I'd love a copy of Middlemarch...though honestly, I have no idea what it's about...and since it's Elliot, I may have issues with it. But still...I love tomes. :D

Amber said...

I read your review of Home by Julie Andrews because I am a big fan of hers and now I am going to read the biography!

Melody said...

I loved your "100 Books to Read Before You Die" posts. Gotta make my own list.

Linda said...

I read your review of "Freddie Goes to Florida". This book has been sitting on my son's shelf for over 2 years and now I'm wondering why we haven't read it.

I am going to add you to my blogs to follow list. I find love your reviews. I'll check back often.

You can reach me through my blog
http://linduhe.blogspot.com/

ibeeeg said...

First, let me say, I would love to read Middlemarch. It sounds like a great read. If I do not win it, then onto my TBR list and the hunt is on. :)

The review that I read this morning is your post on...
The Big Four by Agatha Christie,. Why? My 13dd will be reading a Agatha Christie book, And Then There Were None, for school this year. I will read that book as well. Now, after reading your post, I am even more willing to read Agatha Christie books. I have never read any of her books. Maybe I will start with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd... I do not know. Which title would you recommend to start with?

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Sarah M. said...

ibeeeg,

Hard choice... My personal favorite "traditional" who-done-it has been thus far Murder on the Links, but the Murder of Roger Ackroyd is probably a good place to start. As for "And Then There Were None" - that is definitely one of Christie's more bleak mysteries, so be warned - it's not as "happy" ever after as some of her others. I've not read it and am not really looking forward to reaching it, but I have seen the film and know enough about the book. It maybe one you'll want to read along with your daughter. Not that's horrible... just bleak. But I wouldn't count on it being a perfect example of Christie's writings, even if ATTWN is considered one of her greater works.

Merry said...

I love your blog title! Reading through the archives, I saw a number of interesting reviews (how did I not realize that Miss Pettigrew was a book?) and really enjoyed the 100 books post and comparing my answers. While Atonement is depressing, the writing is absolutely stunning so I highly recommend picking up one of Ian McEwan's masterpieces if you have the chance.

Jennifer said...

I read your review of The Mother Tongue: English & How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson. I have several of Bill Bryson's books and they are usually very funny and informative books. This doesn't sound like it was one of his best books, but I still might check it out! Thanks for the giveaway!

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ignoramoose said...

What a wonderful giveaway, and I am so happy I found your blog! Your reading tastes are eclectic and your reviews are fun and very readable.

I read your review of The Big Four by Agatha Christie, because Agatha Christie, and Hercule Poirot in particular, have a special place in my heart. I started reading Christie mysteries in high school and they forever shaped what type of mystery novels I enjoy. And I adore, adore adore the Mystery! series on PBS which has some of the best Poirot interpretations ever!

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oh, I'm currently reading The Court Of The Air which is good.

Tere Leming said...

Reading one review just lead to reading many more. I loved your 100 books list - prompted me to make my own. And I read all of your reviews of children's (youth) books as I'm always on the lookout for great books to put in my children's hands. I forgot all about Freddy Goes to Florida, have it sitting on a shelf. Now it's going into my son's hands! Thank you!

Katie Stacey said...

I liked the Penelope review. I've been thinking about reading that book.

samsakara said...

I read the review on Anne of Avonlea
even though I read the books in the series. I also watched all the videos for the series as well. Anne is my favorite character out of any books I have ever read. I even think the Anne of Green gables series is greater then Harry Potter and I love them both.

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Sandy said...

I did the marley and me because I wanted to show my daughter the post about the book - I have read it and willlnot ruin the end but she wanted to see what someone else said. SHe wants to read it before she sees the movie.would love to win...looks great, please enter me...mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

michelle said...

I read your review for My Side of the Mountain because it was (is) one of my favourtie books ever and I was curious to see what you thought. It wasn't until I was an adult and homeschooling my children, that I discovered that some people didn't let their kids read it, thinking it would encourage them to run away from home. Nonsense!!! I read that book 10 times if I read it once, and not one time did I consider running away from home to live in the woods. I remember watching the movie as a child as well and being sorely disappointed, as it changed the story completely.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

Suzanne said...

I kept going through your past posts to try to find something that both of us had read. I got to alot of things that I had seen the movie, and haven't read the book. I'm generic, what can I say. Then I got to your post about A Room w/a View. I bought this book about 6 years ago. Intrigued by the story, and I've yet to read it. Now that I've read what you've written about it, I think I'll start it tonight!

Andrea said...

I went to your fantasy archives because that's my favorite genre and then read your review on The Wizard of Oz. I had the same feelings as you did when I read the book. I also thought it was interesting that Baum's mother-in-law was one of the leading feminists of their time. She lived with Baum and his wife and then he ended up writing an adventure story where the main character is a feisty girl. If you want to visit my book blog it's andreasbooknook.blogspot.com

Becca said...

I read your review on Marley & Me because I am kind of interested in it but have never heard what anyone thought of it. I will eventually have to read it.

Buki Family said...

Anne of Avonlea... she really was my all time favorite chacter growing up. i still want to go and visit prince edward island one day.

Lawanda said...

I read your reviews of the Anne books. LMM is one of my all time faves, as well as Jane Austen. I own ever LMM book available, and nearly every Jane Austen! :)

I also read your review of Wizard of Oz. I usually like books better than movies, but I saw the movie first and disliked the darker parts, like you, so I like the movie better than the book.

I read some of your other reviews, too. I would LOVE to win Middlemarch. I read Silas Marner and enjoyed it :)

KawaiiNeko2008 said...

I read Emmy And the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell-cover of book attracted me
sounds interesting
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

robin_titan said...

I read your review of Marley and Me I have been hearing so much about it lately because of the movie coming out in december. I read your review for that reason and also because I hadn't read any reviews about the book it's nice to know that it's actually enjoyable I'll have to put it on my tbr list I LOVE funny books! I'll have to read this before the movie comes out just to see how it is

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Alyce said...

I read your review of The Mysterious Benedict Society because it was listed under sci-fi, and I tend to like sci-fi. It actually sounds like a good book from your description.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

eyeslikesugar said...

Ok, so first-off... the quote: A library is a hospital for the mind... is awesome! (My goal is to eventually get my Masters in Library Science) and secondly, I loved your review of Marley & Me. I started this book as a dog lover and was told by my mom, a dog reader and book enthusiast like myself, that I HAD to move it to the top of my reading list. So I listened to the audiobook at work. I remember moments crying at work due to the book which bothered me, but I loved it. Yes, it's an adult book, with adult situations, but the author has made a children's version of the book which takes out some of the adult themes. For kids, that's an excellent pick. I remember googling for Marley on YouTube from that movie they mentioned him being in, and he's there! It's so neat to see living, breathing video of the dog you have just spent days reading about. I loved the book, and I recommend it to everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) How fantastic! Thank you for this giveaway; I hope I win :)
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Michelle@Life with Three said...

I have been wanting to read Middlemarch for a long time now. I just keep forgetting to get a copy! (I just finished the Twilight Saga, so I'm on the lookout for a new book.) I read the review on Wives & Daughters. I'm a huge fan of 19th Century English Literature, so I looked in your archives under "classics." I had never heard of "Wives & Daughters" before, but I'll be adding it to my reading list now! Thanks!

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Marley and Me, I read it because I have heard only simply that it was a good book.

Thanks for the chance to win, please throw my name into the hat!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

stephanie said...

I looked in on several of you children's book reviews. I collect children's books and have a particularly soft spot in my heart for both Corduroy and Caps For Sale. I also read Lois Lenski books as a girl and I wish they were more readily available at bookstores.
I haven't read Middlemarch yet, but would love to!

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Becky N. said...

Thanks for this giveaway. I haven't read this book yet!

I read your review on the Fairy's Mistake. I clicked the fantasy tag (my favorite genre), and the title and cover of this book caught my eye. I appreciated your review. I might read it with my daughter someday soon. :)