The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

literarybloghop_februaryI’m participating in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by Leeswammes Blog. This is a fun event where 42 bloggers have signed up to give away a book with literary merit. Please check out the list of participants below and visit as many as you can.

For this event, I’m giving away two “gently used” paperbacks:

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (review pending)

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment (with blog or contact information) telling me which book you’d like to win.
  • In your comment, share your best read so far in 2014, and why.
  • Anyone can enter, whether you have a blog or not. International entries are welcome!
  • Entries will be considered until the morning of February 13th.
  • I’ll do a random lottery for each book. Please don’t enter for a book you don’t want to read.

one last thing

skippyBoth books I’m giving away were excellent, and I highly recommend them.  One Last Thing is sort of a dark comedy about a guy going through a mid-life crisis.  He’s failed all the people who love him, but he wants to make a new start.  Skippy Dies is about a prep school in Ireland — it starts off with Skippy, a student, falling over and dying while eating doughnuts in a diner.  The book takes you back through the school year to find out what happened to Skippy – and what it means for the rest of the school.

Oh, and I also have a copy of Labor Day, but I’m not willing to include it in this giveaway because I can’t recommend it.  But don’t take my word for it – if you really want to read Labor Day, let me know. First taker within the U.S. can have it.

So what’s my best read so far in 2014? That’s a tough one. Catching the Barramundi was wonderful.  I haven’t reviewed Kindred and Skippy Dies yet, although both would be contenders.  You can see 2014 is off to a good start!  I have to land on The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It’s a fun, romantic comedy but it also puts you right in the head of someone who struggles with Asperger’s.  It really made me think about how much we change (or try to change) to meet the needs of others — sometimes that’s the right thing to do, and sometimes it’s the wrong thing.

Thanks for participating, and please visit some of these other blogs for more giveaways.

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Seaside Book Nook
  3. Booklover Book Reviews
  4. Biblionomad
  5. Laurie Here
  6. The Well-Read Redhead (US/CA)
  7. River City Reading
  8. GirlVsBookshelf
  9. Ciska’s Book Chest
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Ragdoll Books Blog
  12. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  13. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  14. Reading World (N-America)
  15. Journey Through Books
  16. Readerbuzz
  17. Always With a Book (US)
  18. 52 Books or Bust (N.Am./UK)
  19. Guiltless Reading (US/CA)
  20. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  21. Wensend
  22. Books Speak Volumes
  23. Words for Worms
  24. The Relentless Reader
  25. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (US)
  1. Fourth Street Review
  2. Vailia’s Page Turner
  3. The Little Reader Library
  4. Lost Generation Reader
  5. Heavenali
  6. Roof Beam Reader
  7. Mythical Books
  8. Word by Word
  9. The Misfortune of Knowing
  10. Aymaran Shadow > Behind The Scenes
  11. The Things You Can Read (US)
  12. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  13. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  14. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  15. Books Can Save a Life (N. America)
  16. Words And Peace (US)
  17. The Book Club Blog

  34 comments for “The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

  1. February 8, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway for the blog hop! I would really like to win Skippy Dies. My best read so far is Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, which was wonderfully written.

    • February 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I loved Life After Life too. Thanks for visiting!

  2. February 8, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I’d like to win the Jonathan Tropper please! I have Skippy Dies teetering atop Mount TBR already – I can’t wait to read that one… You can get hold of me via Twitter (my handle is @BlondeBookGirl), or from there you can skip to my blog which has my email address if you prefer. 🙂

    My favourite book of 2014 so far is… ummm… Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I found Dexter’s voice so blackly funny and clever that I ended up loving it. I’m reading on with the series AND watching the TV version this year, definitely. I also just read The Day of the Triffids, which was as excellent as you’d expect from John Wyndham. I was a bit worried I’d never go in the garden again afterwards but really, those giant killer carnivorous stinging walking plants weren’t so bad. 😛

    • February 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I really want to read Day of the Triffids so I entered your giveaway. I started watching Dexter once, but a little too bloody for me! I know it’s supposed to be really good though. Thanks for visiting.

  3. February 8, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I loved Skippy Dies, but seeing as I’ve already read it, I don’t really want to own it. I’ve never read Tropper, but I’ve heard good things. Maybe this will be my chance to jump in!

    • February 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks for entering! I found Skippy Dies slow to get into, but loved it by the end.

  4. February 8, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I’ve already read the Jonathan Tropper book, so would love to be entered to win Skippy Dies. I’ve heard great things about it! My favourite read of 2014 so far has to be Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer. Funnily enough, it’s another book about a protagonist with Asperger’s syndrome, but this one is a really unique and original mystery story that was so much fun to read (I will have a full review going up on my blog within the next couple of days if you’re interested).

    Thanks for taking part in the hop – it’s always good to discover a new book blog I didn’t know about before!

    • February 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      I’ll definitely check out Rubbernecker, since I have this fascination with Aspergers. Thanks for the recommendation and I’ll check out your review.

  5. February 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I just commented but it disappeared. I would choose the Tropper book, but they both look great. My favorite book has been The Goldfinch. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I just started The Goldfinch, I can’t wait to read more. It’s already really good…

  6. Kirsten Murchison
    February 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I would like to win One Last Thing. One of my favorite book so far this year is Rustification by Charles Palliser. It is historical fiction, with a different sort of bent to the story. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kessna6 at gmail dot com

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I don’t know that one so I looked it up – wow, it sounds really good! Thanks for the recommendation.

  7. February 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I haven’t had much time for reading so far this year, but I have enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. I’d really like to read Skippy Dies. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Debbie, I loved Life After Life, too. Hope you’re enjoying the Hop! Thanks for visiting.

  8. Kristia
    February 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I’d love to win Skippy Dies by Paul Murray. I can’t say that I really liked any of the books I’ve read this year so if I had to say a “good” one then it’s The Sea of Tranquility that I read in December. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Kristia, thanks for visiting and hope you enjoy the Hop. No good books in January or February? Oh no! Better luck with your reading…

  9. February 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Haven’t read either and they both look pretty good. I think I’ll put my name in for Skippy Dies because it sounds like a fun read.

    I have such a hard time deciding what my fave read was of 2013 so I compiled a list:

    Just discovered you on this hop and I’ve added you on my blogroll and am now following on twitter 🙂

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Guiltless, I’m following you too! The books on your 2013 list look great – I have This is Paradise on my Kindle, waiting to be read.

  10. February 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I read This Is Where I Leave You last year and really liked it, so I would love to win One Last Thing.
    My favorite book so far is MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood. I loved the trilogy and was thrilled to read the final book.
    Thanks for the chance!

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I was less happy with MaddAddam, the first book in the trilogy is still my favorite. I’m glad you liked it so much!

  11. Anne C
    February 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I haven’t read both Skippy Dies and Jonathan Trooper. I’d love to win either books.
    My favorite read, one of my favorites, rather, of 2013 is I Am Legend. I find it better than the movie and the title is more fitting for the book too.

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      That’s a great book! I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and good luck!

  12. February 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for being part of the hop! I hope you’re having fun.

    My favorite book so far was This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (hmm, I offered his other book in my giveaway for this hop, no coincidence, he’s good!). I’d love to win the Tropper book. I enjoyed Skippy but didn’t love it.

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I had a hard time getting into Skippy in the beginning, the book jumps around so much. But I really got into it. Thanks for hosting the Hop!

  13. February 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I’d love One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper thanks.

    My favorite read so far has been SNUFF by Terry Pratchett. Love his style of writing & humor.

    • February 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      I love Terry Pratchett but haven’t read that one! Thanks for visiting and good luck.

  14. February 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’d love to read Skippy Dies. My email is lucybirdbooks(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you

    Best book so far this year…Probably The Uncommon Reader. Rather funny and very readable. It’s about the queen discovering reading for pleasure

  15. February 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t know that one, it sounds like a fun book. Thanks for visiting and good luck with the Hop!

  16. February 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I’d like to win One Last Thing Before I Go – I *love* dark comedy.

    The Rosie Project seems to be overall well loved, I might have to take it into reading as well this year. So far my favourite read has probably been Roadside Picnic, it is an “old-school” sci-fi story by Russian authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. What can I say, I love older science fiction.


  17. Mia J
    February 10, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I would like to in the Tropper book. My best book this year has been Life After Life. I also really liked Dr. Sleep.

  18. February 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I’d love to win Skippy Dies. Thanks.

    My favourite read so far has been Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent for its depiction of the seamier side of London at the turn of the century.


  19. ikkinlala
    February 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I’d love to read Skippy Dies.

    My best read so far in 2014 has been Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton, which I enjoyed because it’s funny and it made me consider some things I hadn’t before.

  20. Amy
    February 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I’d like to enter your giveaway for Skippy Dies. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. I’ve already read Jonathan Tropper’s book and if a blogger/reader wins that book as a result of your giveaway, they’re in for a wonderful reading experience. I really enjoyed One Last Thing Before I go. It’s difficult to write humor and there are some LOL lines in Tropper’s book! You chose 2 great books (at least I think you did because I have heard some great comments about Skippy Dies!)

    Thank you for such a good giveaway.

    • Amy
      February 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      I forgot to include the best book I’ve read in 2014 so far. I haven’t reviewed this book yet since I just finished it but It’s The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman. It’s a compelling, mesmerizing book with terrific characters and an amazing story. It’s fiction but it seem like nonfiction. It discusses a lot about the history of our country and its effect on current citizens, African Americans, Jewish men and women. The book really makes you think and see things from different perspectives. It’s also an enjoyable reading experience.

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