Leeswammes’ Blog is hosting a summer Giveaway Blog Hop from June 25-29! About 75 bloggers have all pledged to give away books as part of this Hop.
First, I want to announce the winner of last month’s Blog Birthday Giveaway:
- Carine, from Suivre Le Vague
Carine, thanks for entering! Carine’s blog is in French, so I’m not going to pretend I can read all of it, but I enjoy trying.
For the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, I picked three books that are favorites of mine. Two are the start of a series, so if you get one maybe you won’t find just one book you love, but a whole series of them.
The first is one of my all-time favorites, The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. My review of that book is here. Hardy is kind of a love-him-or-hate-him kind of writer, but if you like small-town England, Victorian drama with a dark side, Hardy’s your man. His writing is beautiful, especially the way he incorporates nature and landscape as living parts of his stories. Most important for me, he writes strong, multi-dimensional female characters. Eustacia Vye has to be my favorite female literary character – you won’t love her, and you’re not supposed to. She’s far from perfect. But I’d love to meet her.
The second book is Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. My review of that one is here. I loved this book, and the sequel as well. I would call this book “literary science fiction” if I had to characterize it. It’s set in a near future world where a biological disaster has killed off most humans, but also left a strange race of human-like creatures behind.
My third book is The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde. This series is strange and wonderful and hard to characterize. I would say it’s for people who like humor and fantasy and love books and literature. This is a series set in two worlds, an alternative version of England and “Book World”, where literary characters and books come to life. Think Douglas Adams meets The Phantom Tollbooth and you’ll come close.
Hopefully I’ve covered the range here. To enter the giveaway, just let me know which book you’d like and recommend something you’ve enjoyed this year. I’ll keep this open until July 10.