It’s the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

literarybloghopnovemberThis year I’m participating in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog.  Please check it out and visit some of the other participants and enter to win free books!  All giveaways will be literary fiction or nonfiction.
I’m offering two books in the Giveaway.  Rules for entering are below.
First is a new copy of The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell.  See my review and my interview with the author.  The Full Ridiculous is contemporary fiction written about a family in Australia.  Michael O’Dell is hit by a car one morning while out jogging, and that trauma, compared with other family events, sends him into a downward spiral.  The book is dark but funny, and reminded me of some of Jonathan Tropper’s novels.  It’s about a decent guy struggling with life and trying to be a good husband and father.  Thanks to publisher Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press for providing the giveaway copy.
Second is an Advance Review Copy of The Bees by Laline Paull.  This is a truly fascinating book written from the perspective of a worker bee in a hive.  It has a science fiction/dystopian feel to it because you’re in such a different world.  While I don’t know much about bees, this book felt like it was carefully researched, and instead of simply anthropomorphizing the hive, you never forget you’re reading about bees.  The main character, Flora, struggles with her need to follow hive conventions but also be an individual.  Only individuality could be the downfall of the hive.
To enter, leave a comment.  Tell me about a book you’ve read recently and why you recommend it.  Also say which of these two books (or both) you’d like.  If you don’t have a blog, leave an email so I can contact you if you win.  I’ll do a lottery of all entries, picking a winning number for each book at random.
This giveaway closes on November 5 and I will ship to winners outside the U.S. It’s not required, but if you like my blog, please follow by Twitter, email, or Bloglovin.
 Thanks for entering, and please visit the other participating sites listed below!
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read Her Like an Open Book (US/CA)
  3. My Book Self (N. Am.)
  4. The Book Stop
  5. My Book Retreat (US)
  6. Books in the Burbs (US)
  7. Guiltless Reading
  8. Word by Word
  9. Juliet Greenwood
  10. BooksandLiliane
  11. Words for Worms (US)
  12. The Relentless Reader
  13. The Misfortune of Knowing
  14. The Friday Morning Bookclub (US)
  15. Readerbuzz
  16. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  17. The Emerald City Book Review
  18. Wensend
  1. Laurie Here
  2. A Cup Of Tea, A Friend, And A Book (US)
  3. Moon Shine Art Spot (US)
  4. I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (US)
  5. Lost Generation Reader
  6. Books Speak Volumes
  7. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  8. Books on the Table (US)
  9. Orange Pekoe Reviews
  10. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  11. Words And Peace (US)
  12. Booklover Book Reviews
  13. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning (US)

  61 comments for “It’s the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

  1. November 1, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Great reading selection! Happy I discovered you on the hop!

  2. November 1, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I would like to recommend any of the books written by Susanna Kearsley

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      I’ve read one book by her, The Winter Sea. Thanks for visiting the hop!

  3. Sushma
    November 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

    In the spirit of Halloween, I have been reading lots of Stephen King.
    I would like to read The Bees,love reading books based on perspective of animals.

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      You will love The Bees then — reading from the perspective of an insect was fascinating and sometimes disturbing. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
    November 1, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Recently I read Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky. It’s a memoir of a fiery Ukrainian-American strings teacher, written by two of his former students (one his daughter). It was a moving testament to the power of music as well as a portrait of a passionate teacher. Highly recommended! I also recommend the madcap fantasy Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones, which I’m offering in my Blog Hop giveaway. For your giveaway, I’m intrigued by The Bees (I used to work for an organization that gave organic beekeeping workshops, though I have no beekeeping experience myself).

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Emerald City, you are my new favorite blog! I’ll check out the books you’re recommending. Enjoy the Hop!

      • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review
        November 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        Hey, we Ozma lookalikes must stick together. Thanks for “liking” ECBR!

  5. Mary Preston
    November 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Count me in for either book thank you. I have not read these.

    I thoroughly enjoyed A DANGEROUS MOURNING by Anne Perry. Very well written & full of surprises.


    • November 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      I love Anne Perry! I think I haven’t read that one yet. Thanks for commenting!

  6. November 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I’d love to read “The Bees”, as I have been staring at it in the book shop for a while now 🙂
    And I’m so happy to have discovered your blog through this hop!

    I recently read “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld, which was a very hard book for me to read despite its rather short lenght, as it was full of lyrical and emotional imagery (often very harsh), but such an amazing book. I highly recommend it 🙂

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Thanks for visiting the hop! I’ll have to check out The Enchanted, it sounds very intense.

  7. November 1, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I’d recommend The Red Queen by Honey Brown, another aussie novel. It is really dark and a true adult dystopian story.
    I love the sound of both books you’re giving away. I’ve heard great things about The Bees, and I always love discovering new Aussie authors.

  8. Col
    November 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I’ve not heard of either The Bees or The Full Ridiculous but they both sound interesting. The book I’d recommend is The Orenda by Joseph Boyden. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to everyone at work, friends etc, so it’s the natural choice for me.

  9. readerbuzz
    November 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

    The best literary fiction I’ve read recently is A Month in the Country. I would have given away this book, but the copy I have I decided that I wanted to keep! I would like either of your books. I’m giving away a BD gc instead. Hope you will stop by!

  10. readerbuzz
    November 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Oops. Here’s my blog location:

  11. November 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

    In my recent (very good) reads, there is a short stories collection by Joseph O’connor: Where Have You Been? The author does a great job to express the feelings of the characters with a lot of sensitivity; it’s fine, touching and never ostentatious.

    Both books seem really interesting. Maybe The Full Ridiculous would be more my type of book (I had never heard of it so thank you very much for the discovery! Even if I do not win, it is now written on my lists)

    (I’m not sure the URL of my website will appear – I’ve got problems with WP blogs – so here it is :

    • November 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Flo, thanks for the recommendation! I’ve never read Joseph O’Connor but I’m starting to appreciate short stories more. This one sounds really good.

      • Flo
        November 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        I’ve read Inishowen, a novel, a long time ago and did not like it at all. It had been recommended to me by a lot of readers for the same reasons I’ve loved the short stories collection so I don’t know what to think. Anyway, if you try to read these stories, I hope you’ll like at least some of them.

        (I’m gonna kill me! I can’t let a comment & I’ve tried since, well, 15′ now… I try with a fake email address – it’s easy to guess the good one 🙂 )

  12. November 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I’d love to win The Full Ridiculous, it sounds like something I would like.
    Most recently read that I would recommend is The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier. Very short and VERY DISTURBING at the beginning and the end, but the middle, (which is most of the very short book) is fascinating. It’s written for teens.

  13. landelizabeth
    November 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I recently read The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. It was definitely one of my favorites by him and it was likely one of the most easily readable, at least compared to Cloud Atlas. Either sound amazing to me!

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      I love David Mitchell! Glad to hear that one’s a favorite, I can’t wait to read it.

  14. November 1, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I would love to read The Bees! I recently read Sutton by J.R. Moehringer. What a fabulous story.

  15. Marcia Dunker
    November 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

    In the spirit of Halloween, I recently re-read “the Autumn Castle” by Kim Wilkins” (Yes, it’s that good.) An urban fantasy, the good guys are not always good and the bad guys are just incredible. You won’t get any spoilers from me, but hang on for the ride. It’s a great pageturner from a great Aussie writer.

    I would be thrilled with either book, I’ve now added them to my ever increasing TBR lists!

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks for visiting! I find it’s really hard to find good urban fantasy. I’ll check out The Autumn Castle.

  16. November 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I recommend The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. by Gina B. Nahai. This stunning saga of Iranian Jewish refugees in Los Angeles is one of the best books I’ve read this year. A story of rejection, revenge, and a kind of redemption, told with passion, compassion and a lot of wit, wisdom and a touch of magical realism.
    Of the two book you offer I’d like The Full Ridiculous – my public library doesn’t have a copy.

    • November 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

      The book you recommend sounds fascinating. Reminds me of one of my favorites from last year, Tomorrow There Will be Apricots about Iraqi immigrants. Thanks for visiting the Hop!

  17. November 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    One of the best books I’ve read this year is Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain.. I’d love to win either book – thanks for the chance!

  18. November 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win The Bees. The best book I’ve read recently is The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick – it’s sci-fi that delves into a lot of religious topics, plus has a surreal feeling to it.

  19. Valentina
    November 1, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    The best book I’ve read recently is “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn, it’s full of surprises and well written.
    I would love to win any of these books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Books in the Burbs
    November 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    One of the best books I’ve read this year is Madame Picasso by Anne Girard. I love historical fiction and this book was amazing!
    I’m very interested in reading The Bees! I haven’t read a book from an insect’s perspective and it would be something different for me and quite insightful, too 😀
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    booksintheburbs at gmail dot com

  21. November 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for joining in the blog hop! I don’t know either of these books and they both look very interesting. Great choice for the blog hop!

    A book I really liked was Horrorstör by Gray Hendrix, because it’s … different. The book is in the format of an IKEA catalog and the story takes place in just such a shop, but with a difference!

  22. November 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I am in the process of reading The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob and am loving it. I recently heard her speak and learned that she narrated the audio book herself. After hearing her read from her book, I am sure it is a wonderful audio book as well. I would love to read The Full Ridiculous!

    • November 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Susan, thanks for the recommendation! The Sleepwalker’s Guide looks really interesting. So many new titles for my TBR list!

  23. November 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I am loving the blog hop – it’s a great way for me to hear about new blogs and check them out! Both books you are giving away look interesting to me, and I’d be thrilled with the opportunity to read either one. Have you read Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson yet? It is a little bit older of a book, but I like a book that keeps you guessing a bit!

    • November 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Hi Lisa, thanks for visiting! I really liked Before I Go to Sleep. I’m guessing it won’t work well as a movie, though, even with Colin Firth in it.

  24. November 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    So nice to meet you (we both share a love of literary books, curly hair and being cat moms to two felines!). I just added your blog to my Feedly account! Recent recommendations: definitely EVERGREEN by Rebecca Rasmussen and WILDERNESS by Lance Weller. I am currently reading (and am blown away) by THE SON by Philipp Meyer. (Also enjoyed The Museum of Extraordinary Things this year, among others).

    • November 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      PS The Full Ridiculous intrigued me when I first saw it on Goodreads!

      • November 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

        Melissa, great to meet you too! Thanks for the recommendation. I love Alice Hoffman so glad to hear you enjoyed that one. I read Dovekeepers this year which was wonderful.

  25. November 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell seems really good! Dark and funny = my cup of tea xD

    thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win xD (I follow by email)

  26. November 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Recently, I’ve been recommending Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies — it’s historical fiction, a chunkster too, but I just loved everything about it! I’ve also recommended a whole bunch of short story collections over on my blog giveaway and hope you pop by. I like the sound of The Full Ridiculous!

    • November 2, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Belle Cora sounds great, I love good historical fiction, and I like that it’s set in San Francisco. I entered your giveaway too. Thanks for stopping by!

  27. Yun-a
    November 2, 2014 at 1:17 am

    The Full Ridiculous sounds interesting. I’d recommend Please Look After Mom. It’s a great book about family.

  28. Fiona
    November 2, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I have just read Narcoland by Anabel Hernandez. A fantastic read about the Mexican drug cartel. Highly recommended if it is the sort of thing that interests you. One reads so much about Columbia and tends to forget that it goes beyond just that country.

    Wonderful giveaway. Would love to have The Bees.

  29. November 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Well you may have guessed that the book I am going to recommend, that I read recently, a favourite read of 2014 and that is the one I am offering in my giveaway, is Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.

    I loved it because of its honest depiction of female friendship and its insight into a troubled neighbourhood of Naples and the rumour that the series of books are semi-autobiographical, a suggestion that can not be verified as the author uses a pen name, has never done an interview and doesn’t believe in promoting her/his (?) books.

    Speculation abounds, but the most important thing is, the books are utterly brilliant and conpelling.

    My pick of the two books would be The Bees, sounds enthralling!

  30. BookAttict
    November 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Both books sounds fantastic. My fave reads have been The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline and The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
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  31. November 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    In fact it sounds so great, I can’t risk not winning and think it’ll make a fab xmas present for a friend who’s just started keeping bees! She’s going to love this! Such amazing recommendations. Thanks for participating.

  32. November 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I would love to read The Bees. I like the sci-fi sound of the book, but also understand the underlying message of fighting for individuality within a society that sometimes expects people to look or act the same.

    I would recommend The Returned by Jason Mott. The blurb makes the book sound rather zombie-ish, but nothing could be further from what actually happens within the pages of the novel. Those who “return” are not zombies but are alive. The book is a very emotional read, laying bare the reality of the soul.

    I follow your blog via email.

  33. neer
    November 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Both the books sound interesting.

    Recently, I read The Burning Court by J.D. Carr and was bowled over by it.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. November 3, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Those both look brilliant reads! Exciting to be part of this. Thanks for entering my draw – I’ve put up a second (non Rafflecopter) chance to win ‘We That are Left’ 🙂

  35. Kristia
    November 3, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I haven’t read any of these books so please enter me for both. One book I’ve read recently and recommend is Glimmer of Hope by Sarah M.Eden. It is one of the best books I’ve read in 2014.

  36. tfs93
    November 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I loved The Night Circus. It was one of my favorites of last year. I would love to read The Bees
    videoclimber (at) yahoo (DOT) com

  37. November 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I would like to read either book 🙂
    I recently read Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican and it was different than anything I’ve read in a while. It really opened my eyes to bullying in a whole new way–particularly from those who are supposed to be protectors. Very thought provoking read!

  38. Samantha
    November 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I recently read “The Bookman’s Tale” and I liked how it traced the ‘life’ of the book through the ages. I am so enjoying this book-hop! I think I woudl enjoy either book, thank you

  39. November 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Awesome giveaway, thanks! 🙂 I’d love to win one of these books. A book I’ve read and enjoyed recently was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I love the mysterious feeling and lovely settings of it. 🙂

  40. November 3, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Oh wow, The Bees sounds crazy awesome. I’d love to win it!!
    I recently read and LOVED Man V. Nature by Diane Cook. Surreal short stories, every single one was a hit.

  41. oriana
    November 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    i recently read THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS. very good book!
    follow you @dionisia2012
    NB oriana vasquez

  42. ikkinlala
    November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am

    One book I’ve read recently that I’d recommend was Grayling by Gillian Wigmore. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, but I loved the sense of place.

    • ikkinlala
      November 5, 2014 at 12:06 am

      I forgot to say: I’d be interested in either of your choices – they both look good!

  43. wendyhatton
    November 5, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I’ve recently read Luigi’s Freedom Ride by Alan Murray and enjoyed it very much. Quite an inspiring story of a mans life and the impact he has had on those around him. Lovely.

  44. November 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I recently read This Dark Road to Mercy which was an excellent story about a father and his daughters, with a suspense aspect along with it. I’d like to win The Full Ridiculous.

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