Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

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, 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.

  88 comments for “Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

  1. June 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I love all three of those books. Since I’ve already read them, I’ll let someone else win them.

    Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

    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!

    If you follow me, let me know. I always follow back!

  2. June 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I would like The Eyre Affair.
    My last read that I really liked was Girl with a Pearl Earring.

  3. June 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    No need to enter me in this giveaway as I own these books. I’m on the blog hop tour as well, and hope you have a chance to stop by, and will enter my giveaway.

  4. June 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Hi, Put me down for The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde, as I read Shades of grey last year & loved it, Thanks & please pop over to The Parrish lantern & share a poem.

  5. June 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for hosting – I would love to win either Jane Eyre Affair or Oryx and Crake.

    One of my favorite books so far this year is Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney (and I am offering it in my giveaway) Hope you stop by!

  6. June 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I would love Oryx and Crake.

    I’ve read a ton of books that I’ve loves so far this year. If I had to recommend one it would be Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

  7. June 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Please enter me for Oryx and Cake. I’m also on the blog hop so do stop by and enter my giveaway. Thanks.

  8. June 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I would like to win The Return of The Native. Best book I’ve read this year was High Fidelity


  9. June 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’m working on building my Margaret Atwood library, so I’d love a copy of the Oryx and Crake. Thanks!

  10. Kay
    June 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I’d like to enter for THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. Haven’t ever read it. Let’s see, one of my favorites for this year was EVERY LAST ONE by Anna Quindlen. I also liked JOY FOR BEGINNERS by Erica Bauermeister just recently. Thanks for the offering the giveaway!

  11. June 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I won 🙂 Thank you so much! And best of luck to all who will enter your current one.

    • June 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Congratulations! I’ll send you an email with the details.

  12. June 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to win Atwood’s book!

    misslaurenwilk at gmail dot com

  13. teadevotee
    June 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Hi there! I would love to win the Eyre Affair. I read so many great reviews of Jasper Fforde and think I’d love his work. My favourite read so far this year has been Great House, by Nicole Krauss. Just fantastic, lyrical writing. Have a great weekend!

  14. karenk
    June 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    would enjoy reading margaret atwood’s novel…thanks for the opportunity to read it…i recently re-read ‘the bridges of madison county.’ remember that novel 🙂

  15. June 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I would love the chance to win Return of the Native. I discovered I Capture the Castle this year and thought it was fantastic.Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. June 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I haven’t read any of those books, but the Atwood novel would be my first choice.

    I finally got around to reading Angela’s Ashes this year, and I enjoyed it.

    My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Jo
    June 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I would love a copy of The Eyre Affair!

    jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

  18. Lucia
    June 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’d love to read Margaret Atwood’s book.

    Some books I’ve read recently and loved are The Help by Katrhyn Sttockett, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If you haven’t read them pick them up when you get the chance.


  19. stacybuckeye
    June 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I’d love to win Return of the Native!
    stacybooks at yahoo

  20. June 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I would love to win either the Margaret Atwood or The Eyre Affair. I’ve heard really good things about both of them.
    My favorite book is definitely The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt. I read it recently and absolutely loved it.
    Thanks a bunch
    -Emily O

  21. June 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I would love to enter to win Oryx and Crake. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity! The last book that I read this year that I really loved was The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen. It was such a lovely story and so well-written.

    Jessica M.
    jmartinez0415 [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Tiffany D.
    June 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you for taking part in the hop and for the excellent giveaway! I would love to win Oryx and Crake 🙂 Something I have read and loved this year is The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly. I really enjoyed it, and it had some good twists to it!


  23. June 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’d love to win The Eyre Affair.
    One of my favourites this year was Smuggled by Christine Shea

  24. June 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I would love to try The Return of the Native please. I would highly recommend The Eyre Affair to others!
    I really enjoyed Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay (Australian author) this year – set in Singapore in the 1960s, it’s a little bit Mad Men and a little bit thriller.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. June 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I would love to enter to win Oryx and Crake. My favorite book so far this year has been The Enemy by Charlie Higson.

  26. Janelle Ashton
    June 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I’d love The Return of the Native! The Memory Palace by Mira Birtok is not an easy read, but an amazing one.
    Best wishes and thank for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  27. June 26, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I would pick Oryx and Crake

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  28. June 26, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I’d love to enter for Oryx and Crake. I think my top recommendation out of this year’s reading is Michael Crummey’s Galore…though I also loved The Handmaid’s Tale, which is why I’d love to get my hands on O&C.

  29. Mary Preston
    June 26, 2011 at 1:46 am

    My first choice would be The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, but I haven’t read the other two either.

    I would recommend THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel . A brilliant glimpse in to the traditions & taboos of a Neanderthal tribe.

  30. Sana Saboowala
    June 26, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I would love to win The Return of the Native. I think my favorite book this year was A Long Long Sleep by Anna Shaheen. Thanks again for this giveaway!
    Sana Saboowala

  31. June 26, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I love Margaret Atwood. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I found your blog through the blog hop giveaway. I am currently following you through RSS, and I’m also participating in the blog hop.

  32. breieninpeking
    June 26, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for this giveaway! I haven’t read anyone of your books, so I would love to win one of them, they all sound interesting.
    groet, Karin

  33. June 26, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d like to read Oryx and Crake. Have a great day!


  34. June 26, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’ve been wanting to read some Hardy, so would love to win The Return of the Native. Thanks for the chance!

  35. June 26, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I’ve been wanting to read some Hardy, so would love to win The Return of the Native. Thanks for the chance!

    I recommend A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. In fact, I’m offering it in this giveaway.

  36. June 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The Eyre Affair! 😀

    Up until now, my favorite book this year is Sherwood Smith’s Crown Duel. It’s fantasy, and it’s awesome!

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    jen7waters at gmail dot com

  37. June 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

    What great choices! Since I only recently read The Handmaid’s Tale, I have since determined to get all of Atwood’s titles on my shelves, so my choice would be Oryx and Crake.

    I’ve read some pretty great books this year, but so far, I’d have to say my favorite for 2011 is Crooked River, Crooked River by Tom Franklin – I made the mistake of opening it up one night before bed and telling myself that I was only going to read for 20 minutes or so … two hours later, my eyes were dropping and I STILL wanted to keep reading (I even dreamed about the book that night).


  38. Diana
    June 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I would like The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde.
    Thanks for the giveaway and hop.

  39. June 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Oh, I’d love to read Oryx and Crake, please enter me for that one!

    I thought The Eyre Affair was great fun but I can see why you might struggle to describe it 🙂 And Return of the Native has been sat on my TBR for far too long. One day, one day.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. June 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I’d love to enter for Oryx and Crake. The last book I enjoyed was A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.

    Thanks so much!


  41. Cindy Macbeth
    June 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
    All 3 books sound good. If I win I’d like to read “The Return of the Native”

  42. June 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway; I’d love to win Oryx and Crake!

    I’d recommend The Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy.

  43. June 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I would love to win Return of the Native. Thanks
    Although they didn’t come out this year I just got around to reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series and really enjoyed them
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  44. Linda Kish
    June 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I would choose Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

    I loved She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  45. June 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I’d love to be entered for the Thomas Hardy novel. I have yet to read anything by him!


  46. June 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I’d like that Atwood novel (and got a kick out of The Eyre Affair when I read it).

    I think you would like the book I’m giving away on my blog: The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly, since it features a slightly altered world, strong female characters, and a literary tie-in.

  47. June 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I would like Oryx and Crake.

    Of my 2011 reads, my favorite is The Help, which I could not put down.

  48. Neer
    June 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I would love to have a copy of The Eyre Affair. I recommend Some Must Watch by Ethel White.

  49. Aik
    June 27, 2011 at 5:11 am

    I’d love to win Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. One of my favourite books of 2011 has to be Babe In Boyland by Jody Gehrman. It’s so hilarious and funny!

  50. June 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

    thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!
    i would love to win oryx and crake by margaret atwood!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  51. June 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I would love to win either The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde or Oryx and Crake. A book I would recommend is The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  52. June 27, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I would love to win The Eyre Affair. My recommendation? If you haven’t read it yet, my favorite book of the year so far was Good Evening Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes. The best thing I’ve read that was published this year was Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli. Happy Reading!

  53. Tom Vause
    June 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I would love The Eyre Affair. It sounds great.

    My recommendation is Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem. It really captures Gothic Victorian London I think. I loved it!

  54. Shannon J.
    June 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’ve never read any of these books so I’d love whichever!! thank you so much for the giveaway!!!
    I recommend Crestmont by Holly Weiss! so wonderful

  55. June 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I’d love to read The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde. A book I’ve read this year that I recommend is Wave by Susan Casey – it’s nonfiction about waves, but it’s really interesting – much more than I expected.

  56. Gisele Alvarado
    June 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I´d like to win Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    One book that is the first of a trilogy is the Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, it´s romance novel set in WWII! Is awesome and sad too! but really really GOOD!
    Thank you for the giveaway!


  57. June 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    The Eyre Affair, please and I’d recommend Dear Fatty (as I’m currently reading/enjoying it) or Lindsey Davis’ Falco series (I’ve only read the 18th book in the series of 20 and will simply have to collect the lot I think).
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

  58. June 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Hi, I’d like Oryx and Crake please. A book I loved this year was The Brightest Star by Marian Keyes.

  59. mamabunny13
    June 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I would like to win The Return of The Native. I enjoyed reading The Hugar Games Trilogy this year.

    • mamabunny13
      June 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  60. June 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I would like Oryx and Crake, should I be chosen.

    A book that I have read this year that I would recommend is Daughter’s of the River Huong by Uyen Nicole Duong


  61. Amy
    June 28, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I’d like to read Oryx & Crake and I recommend The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen.

    Thank you so much for the lovely giveaway!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  62. June 28, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I would love to be entered for The Eyre Affair, as I have heard many good things about it!

    My recommendation would be Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife-it is marvelous!

    careofkiddos {at} msn {dot} com

  63. JessS
    June 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I’d like the Thomas Hardy book, I’ve read a few of his (okay 2) and really liked them. But I’d probably enjoy either of the other two books. I haven’t read much that’s literary this year, though I would recommend The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

  64. michelle
    June 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I’d love to enter for the Eyre Affair please! I have another book in the series Lost in A Good Book which i have yet to read. Would be good if i can start at the begining 🙂
    Thanks for the lovely giveaways!
    My best read for the year so far is Frost in May by Antonia White.

    m_foong (at) yahoo (dot) com

  65. June 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for this possibility, in case i win i would choose Oryx and Crake.
    Lately I enjoyed Bill Bryson’s “The Lost Continent”, it made me wanna read more about small town America.


  66. Amy
    June 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Three great books all of which I lik,e so choosing one is difficult! I’m going to go with The Eyre Affair.

    I recommend Mr. Chartwell By Rebecca Hunt, a quirky British book and debut and very good.

  67. Suz
    June 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway! I would love to win Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.

    I enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein or Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

  68. June 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for your generosity, and for participating in this blog hop! I love Margaret Atwood’s work, so I’d love to win “Oryx and Crake”. My recommendation from the best books I’ve read this year have to be: “The Bird Sisters” by Rebecca Rasmussen, followed extremely closely by “The Violets of March” by Sarah Jio. Both amazing novels, with strong female characters, and heartbreaking stories.

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

  69. June 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Stopping in on the hop and saying howdy.
    Ms. Atwood’s book sounds interesting.
    I’d recommend Snow Flower & The Secret Fan, which I’m giving away.
    I’d also recommend The Book of Night Women, but it might be hard going for someone who’s not of Caribbean origin.

  70. Chloe Hopper
    June 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Wow, all the books you are giving away sounds really interesting that it’s really hard to choose! But I would have to pick ‘Oryx and Crake’ by Margaret Atwood. Wonderful giveaway and I would recommend “I Am the Messenger” by Markus Zusak which was a very fun read that was a 4 star read, really capturing.


  71. Anna Mills
    June 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I would love the Margaret Atwood one! The best thing I have picked up this year is ‘The Psychopath Test’ by Jon Ronson. Soo good! He made it a great story.

  72. June 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

    This is an easy choice for me. I’d like Oryx and Crake. Science fiction wins most of the time with me. And because I picked up a copy of Year of the Flood but can’t read it until I get the first part.

  73. June 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Um, is this open to European bloggers? If so, I’d love to be entered for The Eyre Affair.

  74. June 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I love the Thursday Next series! I really must get caught up on the latest book in the series.

    One of the most memorable books I’ve read this year is Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson.

    I’d love to be entered for The Return of the Native.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. June 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Fabulous giveaway!

    I would love to win Oryx and Crake (I have been tempted by this a few times but haven’t got round to it yet).

    I would recommend Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson – a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing.

  76. Em
    June 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    As you might guess, I already have Oryx and Crake, but I would love to be entered for The Eyre Affair. I was planning to read it a few years ago, but never got around to buy it.
    As for a recommendation, I would say The Colour of a Dog Running Away (I’ll post a review soon). Like The Shadow of the Wind, it is set in Barcelona and I have the feeling you might like it 🙂

  77. June 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I would really like the Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, seems like my cup of tea 😉
    As for the recommendation, I haven’t read many books this year, but I really liked The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 😉

  78. June 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Awesome giveaway options! I would love to be entered for Oryx and Crake.

    I recommend Swamplandia!, Abbott Awaits and Before I Go To Sleep.

    readerofthepack AT gmail DOT com

  79. June 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I love both Margaret Atwood and Thomas Hardy, but I already own Return of the Native so I’d love to win Oryx and Crake.

    My favorite reads this year have been Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See, and Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami–both are amazing, and I definitely recommend them! Dreams of Joy is the sequel to Shanghai Girls, so I’d read that first.

  80. Sarah Bibi Setar
    June 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hi:) Thanks for the great giveaway! I’d like to read The Eyre Affair as it’s been on my goodreads to-read list for a while now and I’ve heard great things about it.

    I would recommend If I Stay by Gayle Forman as a recently read book that I loved or Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler as I also enjoyed that.


  81. June 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I thought for sure that I had entered this for Return of the Native, but I must have been too busy signing up for your blog updates! My recommendation to you is Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible. Thanks for the chance to win!

    tatamagouche AT nncweb DOT ca

  82. Carey
    July 2, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I don’t know how I missed your blog the first time around, but I am glad you kept things open until the 10th! I would like any of your choices…surprise me? chab256@yahoo(dot)com
    I have a blog that is following my “classics” reading project and I currently have a give-away going until the 7th, so check it out @

  83. July 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Hi! Thank you for the chance to win such great books! I read Hardy’s book and loved it, so I would like to choose Atwood’s novel, since I have read several books and enjoyed them a lot.

    What I would recommend is Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart or Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion.
    have a great summer!

  84. Jeanne
    June 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I would love The Return of The Native. Great giveaway. Thanks. I liked Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

    • June 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Unfortunately, this giveaway was in 2011. Sorry!

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