Friday, June 24, 2011

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

After the success of the first one earlier this year, Judith at Leeswammes' Blog has organised another Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. As I'm trying to pass on a few of the books I've read but know I won't read again, before moving next year, it's perfect timing.

For this giveaway event I have 4 books to share with you. All of them have been read once by me but still look almost like new. The only exception is The Age of Longing which I bought used in the first place, so it's a little scuffed and faded, but still a nice copy.

The River by Tricia Wastvedt (trade paperback)
Longlisted for the Orange Prize, 2005
When two children drown [Not a spoiler- this is the opening scene] on an idyllic summer afternoon in 1958, the community of Cameldip is left haunted by the tragic loss. And parents Isabel and Robert suffer a grief that is as devastating as it is unrelenting.

Thirty years later, Anna arrives in Cameldip, fleeing city life and her own disappointments. She does not tell anyone that she is pregnant. Anna goes to live with Isabel and unwittingly begins to unravel ties of guilt and betrayal held close for many years. When the baby arrives, powerful feelings of loss and heartbreak begin to surface and Anna is forced to ask whether Isabel’s feelings towards the baby are entirely benign.

The Age of Longing by Richard B. Wright
(trade paperback, used)
Shortlisted for the Giller Prize and Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, 1995.
Set in small-town Ontario and spanning three generations, Richard B. Wright's acclaimed novel of Howard Wheeler's search for self-understanding is a journey through the past, both real and imagined, a brilliant gathering-together of the many threads of emotional inheritance that make up a life.

The Fall of Light by Niall Williams
(large paperback, Book Club edition)
The men of the Foley family have always been proud and fearless, fashioned by the harsh, cold elements of their country, and by years of fighting tooth and nail for survival. Their story begins in Ireland, in the difficult years of the early nineteenth century.

The family have lost their home and suffered another loss which proves even more vital – beautiful Emer Foley, wife of Francis, mother to Tomas, Finbar, Finan and the youngest boy, Teige. With nothing to hold them they move on, setting out across Ireland to its western shore, searching for the untenanted land that is to be their new Eden. But Francis Foley is a bitter man, and his flinty soul can only bring destruction. Inevitably the five Foleys are scattered, each to his own road and his own future.

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (hardback)
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2002
Captain Gault had seen off the three intruders easily enough. They had come in the night with the intention of firing the house, but a single shot had sent them scuttling back into the darkness. One, though, had been wounded and for that the Gaults were not forgiven: sooner or later there would be trouble again. Other big-house families had been driven out – the Morells from Clashmore, the Gouvernets, the Priors, the Swifts. It was time to go too.

But Lucy, soon to be nine, the only child of the household, could not bear the thought of leaving Lahardane. Her world was the old house itself, the woods of the glen, the farm animals, the walk along the seashore to school. All of that she loved and as the day of departure grew closer she determined that this exile should not take place. But chance changed everything, bringing about a calamity so terrible that it might have been a punishment, so vicious that it blighted the lives of all the Gaults for many years to come.

Giveaway details
*The giveaway will close on Wednesday, June 29th.

*Winners will be chosen using and notified by email the following day. Winners will have 3 days to respond or another name will be selected.

*The giveaway is open internationally.

*You may enter to win 1, 2, 3, or all 4 books, but you can only win one. Please rank them in order of preference on the form.

*To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form:

Thanks for entering. This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been announced.

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop
One of the features of this particular giveaway hop is that all the books being given away by all the participants should be literary of some sort. No YA, romance or other genre fiction. That's not to say those other genres don't have literary merit (let's not open that can of worms!) but if you like well-written stories, be sure to check out all the other giveaways as well. See the full list of participants below.

  1. Leeswammes (Int)
  2. The Book Whisperer (Int)
  3. Kristi Loves Books (Int)
  4. Teadevotee (Int)
  5. Bookworm with a View (Int)
  6. Bibliosue (Int)
  7. Sarah Reads Too Much (Int)
  8. write meg! (USA)
  9. My Love Affair With Books (Int)
  10. Seaside Book Nook (Int)
  11. Uniflame Creates (Int)
  12. Always Cooking Up Something (Int)
  13. Book Journey (Int)
  14. ThirtyCreativeStudio (Int)
  15. Col Reads (Int)
  16. The Book Diva's Reads (Int)
  17. The Scarlet Letter (USA)
  18. The Parrish Lantern (Int)
  19. Lizzy's Literary Life (Int)
  20. Read, Write & Live (Int)
  21. Book'd Out (Int)
  22. The Readers' Suite (Int)
  23. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (USA)
  24. Ephemeral Digest (Int)
  25. Miel et lait (Int)
  26. Bibliophile By the Sea (Int)
  27. Polychrome Interest (Int)
  28. Book World In My Head (Int)
  29. In Spring it is the Dawn (Int)
  30. everybookhasasoul (Int)
  31. Nishita's Rants and Raves (Int)
  32. Fresh Ink Books (Int)
  33. Teach with Picture Books (USA)
  34. How to Teach a Novel (USA)
  35. The Blue Bookcase (Int)
  36. Gaskella (Int)
  37. Reflections from the Hinterland (USA)
  38. chasing bawa (Int)
  39. 51stories (Int)
  40. No Page Left Behind (USA)

  1. Silver's Reviews (USA)
  2. Nose in a book (Int)
  3. Lit in the Last Frontier (Int)
  4. The Book Club Blog (Int)
  5. Under My Apple Tree (Int)
  6. Caribousmom (USA)
  7. breienineking (Netherlands)
  8. Let's Go on a Picnic! (Int)
  9. Rikki's Teleidoscope (Int)
  10. De Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  11. Knitting and Sundries (Int)
  12. Elle Lit (USA)
  13. Indie Reader Houston (Int)
  14. The Book Stop (Int)
  15. Eliza Does Very Little (Int)
  16. Joy's Book Blog (Int)
  17. Lit Endeavors (USA)
  18. Roof Beam Reader (Int)
  19. The House of the Seven Tails (Int)
  20. Tony's Reading List (Int)
  21. Sabrina @ Thinking About Loud! (Int)
  22. Rebecca Reads (Int)
  23. Kinna Reads (Int)
  24. In One Eye, Out the Other (USA)
  25. Books in the City (Int)
  26. Lucybird's Book Blog (Europe)
  27. Book Clutter (USA)
  28. Exurbanis (Int)
  29. Lu's Raves and Rants (USA & Canada)
  30. Sam Still Reading (Int)
  31. Dolce Bellezza (Int)
  32. Lena Sledge's Blog...Books, Reviews and Interviews (Int)
  33. a Thousand Books with Quotes (Int)

If you have any questions, please let me know. And if you're new here, please say hi!
Good luck!

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  1. Awesome giveaway! But LOL you're confused! "The Fall of Light by Trevor Williams"... It must be the William Trevor book following Niall Williams' :)

    I loved The Story of Lucy Gault btw!

    And I think I'll enter for The Fall of Light. Or do you suggest another one? Yes, one. ;)

  2. Gnoe - LOL. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. Yes, too many Williams. ;)

    You're being very good by only entering for one! I read The Fall of Light quite a while ago but remember enjoying it at the time. Here's my short review: The Fall of Light.

  3. I would love to win the William Trevor book-thanks for offering this


  4. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  5. Wow, great giveaway! I had a hard time ordering my preferences.
    Have a good weekend :)

  6. I won't enter since I just won Room from you, but just wanted to leave a comment and say you are very generous! And that I missed that you'll be moving next year!

  7. I would love to read the story of Lucy Gault.

  8. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! I'd love to win any of these.

    My mother has been sick and I never got around to signing up to participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. But I've started a monthly giveaway on my blog and I've got a June Giveaway going on this month at my blog, and I'd love to invite you to stop by and throw your name in the hat for Anna and the French Kiss! It's a US giveaway only this month, but next month, I'll be offering an international giveaway for a $25 Amazon card!

  9. Fantastic selection!

    Easy to pick my first choice: Age of Longing.

    The others? I'd read any of them nut can't rank them.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. What a generous giveaway. The Fall of Night sounds wonderful.

    Your blog is new to me, so you are now added to my google reader. I'm on the blog hop tour as well. Hope you have a chance to stop by, and will enter my giveaway.

  11. What a great selection of books! thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  12. Thanks a lot for the chance to win one of those great books!

  13. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  14. The Fall of Light sounds so interesting. Please enter me for that one! Thanks for the great giveaway. cuc15 at psu dot edu

  15. I had a terrible time choosing, they all sound so good. I would like to try for The Story of Lucy Gault.

  16. Those books look interesting. I will enter and try to win one :)

    If you are interested with Indonesian book,you can enter mine :)

  17. The River looks sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Great giveaway. Thanks for offering. New follower in RSS feed. Looking forward to staying connected.

  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I have never heard of these but I have heard of some of the authors.

    Have fun with the hop!

  20. Great selections. I would love to read The River. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  21. I really like your blog header, beautiful. Anyway.. I would like to enter your giveaway. I have read and enjoyed the story of Lucy Gault so would be thrilled to receive any of the others you have chosen. My email is

  22. Thanks for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! Thank you for the great selection of books to choose from - you have excellent taste in literature :)

    GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Wonderful choices! They all look wonderful! Thanks for participating and thanks for the chance to win.


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