Sunday, 12 February 2012

My 100th Post - a book giveaway! (N.B. now closed)

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As this is my 100th post, I thought that it would be nice to do something to celebrate and to say thank you to people who have been nice enough to show interest in my ramblings.  And what better way to do it than with a book giveaway...

So, this is my invitation to my readers: in the comments of this post, please leave the author and title of the book I have reviewed on this blog that you would most like to read.  I'll pick someone next weekend on Sunday 19th February 2012, so you all have a week to think about it - look through old posts if you want to - and decide which of my reviewed books you fancy most.  I've been trying to think of a fair way to pick a winner, and I think most likely I will put names in a container and ask my husband to pick one.  This is possibly, of course, flattering myself that I have more than one reader and will have more than one entrant.  The winner will get that book sent to them by me (probably later in the month after my payday!).

Here are my ground rules:
  • My blog is non-profit making and for my own enjoyment and challenge, so the prize won't be anything fancy but will be the normal paperback copy of the winner's chosen book (or hardback if the winner's choice is not yet out in paperback).  
  • To be fair to other entrants and give everyone the same chance to win, please only enter once.  If I notice someone make multiple entries I reserve the right to omit them from the draw.
  • I'm not limiting this to UK readers, but if the winner lives abroad and I discover that airmail to them is horrendously expensive then I will send the book by surface mail.
  • I don't think I have written about anything that is out of print, but if I do find that the winner has picked something that I find hard to source then I will ask them to make a second choice.
  • For your own internet security, please don't put your address in your comment with your chosen book.  I will liaise with the winner through email, or private messages on Facebook or Twitter, to get their postal address to send the book. 
  • I will announce the winner in the comments after the giveaway closes, so if you decide to enter please check in with the comments after the closing date on the 19th February to see if you have won.  I might be trying to contact you....

    Good luck, and I'm interested in seeing if there is a most popular book that you would like to read for yourselves.  You could also include in your comment why you would like to read the book you chose, as I'd also be interested to know that (because I'm nosy about other people's reading).


    1. "Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud," by Andrew Lane is the book I would most like to read as i loved the young sherlock home movies when I was younger.

    2. I'd love to read "Outside of a Dog," by Rick Gekoski. Your review made it sound so interesting!

    3. Hi Amy, what a kind, generous person you are! I'd love to have Smokin Seventten by Janet Evanovich. The Stephanie Plum novels are my guilty pleasure, and I love the Ranger- Morelli love triangle. And also, you reviewed it on my birthday last year - fate!

    4. I think I would like Anatomy of Ghosts to read. It seems like an intriguing mystery and I miss reading mystery books. I did think about the Oscar Wilde books but I'm always wary of books that us real historical persons as fictional characters...and I think Anatomy would be a nice stand alone novel to read.

      Also it seems slightly creepy and unsettling which appeals to me for some reason :)

    5. I see you're currently reading a Martha Grimes novel. I adore her!! Have been reading her since the early days.

      Congrats on the 100th post.

    6. Ooops, I meant to come back when I had more time and forgot. If it's still open, I'd opt for something by Kate Atkinson because I've never got on with her, but I'd make more effort if it was given to me.

      BTW I've tagged you on my blog.

    7. Sorry, left this until the last gasp! It has to be HP Lovecraft for me, I do love a good creepy story :-)

      Many congratulations on your 100th post, and here's to the next 100!


    8. Hey amy, good job on the 100th post on your blog! i have loved all of the terry pratchett books i have read so far so snuff would be the book for me!

    9. To add another name to the list in the closing few hours, Mina entered here to say that she would like to win The BUrning Wire.

      I am planning to close entries at midnight UK time (about 4 hours and 5 minutes from this comment, for those in other time zones), and will pick and notify the winner tomorrow evening....

      Good luck!

    10. This giveaway has mow closed and we will draw the winner this evening....

    11. And the winner is ... Gill! Sorry to everyone else who entered - maybe I'll do it again if I reach my 200th post!