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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 thoughts on “The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

  1. 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. 😛

    • 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

    geriths(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. 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.

    neerrr(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • 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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