Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Saturday, 27 October 2012

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is an event taking place from Saturday October 27th until (and including) Wednesday October 31st and is hosted by Judith at Leeswammes' blog.

I am giving away 2 preloved copies from a selection of 8 in very good condition which have been gently read. 

The books on offer, to choose one from if you win, are:

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen (read my review here)

The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd

Regeneration by Pat Barker

The Cleft by Doris Lessing

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

The Spare Room by Helen Garner

The Visiting Angel by Paul Wilson (read my review here)

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons (read my review here)

I hope there is a nice variety and something that everyone might fancy!


The giveaway is open to UK and Europe.

I will pick a winner who may choose one book they would like to win from the eight books on offer. 

I will pick a second winner too who can also choose one book from the seven remaining.

Winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

The giveaway runs October 27th to October 31st 2012.

Winners will be contacted by email and need to reply within 48 hours please, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Do enter my giveaway using the form below, and also do visit all the other blogs taking part and enter their giveaways too!

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read in a Single Sitting
  3. Ephemeral Digest
  4. My Devotional Thoughts
  5. Devouring Texts
  6. Tony's Reading List
  7. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  8. Too Fond
  9. The Parrish Lantern
  10. Kristi Loves Books
  11. The Book Club Blog
  12. Sam Still Reading
  13. Silver's Reviews (USA)
  14. Bibliosue
  15. Heavenali
  16. Under My Apple Tree
  17. Misfortune of Knowing (North America)
  18. Lena Sledge's Blog
  19. Lost Generation Reader
  20. Seaside Book Nook
  21. The Relentless Reader
  22. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  23. Monique Morgan
  24. That READioactive Book Blog
  25. kaggsysbookisahramblings
  26. Ragdoll Books Blog
  27. Kate's Library
  28. The Book Garden
  29. Uniflame Creates
  30. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  1. Ciska's Book Chest
  2. The Book Divas Reads
  3. Alex in Leeds
  4. Simple Clockwork
  5. Bluestalking (USA)
  6. Fresh Ink Books
  7. Sweeping Me
  8. Giraffe Days
  9. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (USA)
  10. Books Thoughts Adventures (USA)
  11. emmalikestoread
  12. Colorimetry
  13. Page Plucker
  14. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
  15. 2606 Books and Counting
  16. Book Nympho
  17. She-Wolf Reads
  18. The Little Reader Library (Europe)
  19. Booklover Book Reviews
  20. Dolce Bellezza
Good luck and thanks for visiting and taking part!

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  1. Great giveaway - thanks Lindsey!

  2. Forgot to say which books! The Anna Quindlen and the Paul Wilson both sound great!

    1. Thanks for entering Anne. Great choices. Good luck! x

  3. Thanks for the giveaway, Lindsay, Tx

  4. Doris Lessing is my cup of chai...great me lots of ideas about books to read. Now I just need more time..xx

    1. Thanks for entering and commenting June. Glad there is one that you would fancy reading. x

  5. Thank you very much for your generosity. There's something about Doris Lessing that really draws me to her books... despite lack of time to actually read any!

    1. Thanks for entering and commenting Ruby. This was such an interesting read.

  6. Great giveaway I love the sound of Novel in Viola : )

    1. Thanks for entering and commenting Ali, I adored that book, great choice! :)

  7. I've not read any of them, all sound interesting! Count me in please!

    1. Many thanks for commenting and entering Liene. I'm glad you like the sound of the books.

  8. Nice giveaway....can't enter, though. I am in the USA.

    Best of luck to all entrants.

    I see you are reading SPIRIT OF LOST ANGELS. I read it as well...very good.

    OLD Follower.

    Silver's Reviews

    1. Hi Elizabeth, I'm so sorry this one is limited to Europe this time. Very kind of you to comment. I have finished that book now and also thought it was very good.

  9. Hard to make up my mind, though "The Visiting Angel" sounds great to me (as does "The Spare Room")! :-)

    1. Thanks for visiting Birgit and good luck!

  10. Thanks for joining in the Blog Hop.

    I once read a few chapters of The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons and they sounded very good. It was a taster publication so I could not read the rest of the book!

    1. Thank you for hosting this great blog hop! I loved that book.

  11. Oh I'd love to read Pat Barker's book! I read Union Street a few years ago and loved it - this one has been on my wishlist ever since. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Hey Vicky thanks very much for entering the giveaway and commenting.

  12. I`m interested in The Cleft by Doris Lessing and The Visiting Angel by Paul Wilson, these two (according the reviews) seem to be right up my alley.
    Just wanted to say that it is SO refreshing to see giveaway opened only to Europe (+UK) cause most of the times they`re opened only to US, often internationally (which I also don`t mind). Long story short you made me a very proud European tonight, lol :D

    1. Both fascinating reads Dita. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  13. Thanks for participating in this Giveaway! I am very interested in The novel in the viola, but The Cleft will do :)

  14. I've heard good things about Paul Wilson's works.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Yes this was a very interesting read and recommended. Thanks for visiting and entering!

  15. thanks for this wonderful giveaway, I will plump for The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd & here's a hello from me

    Dreams are true - Cees Nooteboom

    Dreams are true because they happen,
    untrue because no one sees them
    except for the lonely dreamer,
    in his eyes that are only his own.

    No one dreams us while we know it.
    The dreamer’s heart keeps beating,
    his eyes compose the dream, he is not
    in the world. He sleeps inside and outside
    of time.

    The soul has two eyes, so he dreams. The one looks at the hours, the other
    sees right through them,
    to where duration never stops,
    looking is consumed into seeing.

    1. Thank you for visiting and posting this lovely poem, very kind and much appreciated!

  16. I would like to win The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. Hi Lindsay - great giveaway :)
    I would love to try the book by Paul Wilson - The Visiting Angel.

    1. Hi Josie and Jaffa :) thanks for entering and commenting.


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