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My Books of the Year So Far (And A Chance To Win Some of Them)

I have been wracking my brain to work out if I have ever done a post mid-year about the books I have loved so far that year? I think it is only something that I have done since Booktube, but I could be wrong. I know I have done books that I am excited in the second half of the year, but I don’t think that I have done favourite books so far. Anyway, I could debate that for hours it seems and you don’t need that in your life.

What you might need, or maybe like, in your life is (as part of us catching up) is to know what my books are so far this year and, possibly even better, win some of them. How can this magic happen? Well, I shall insert the video of my favourites books of 2018 so far below and you can watch and then comment as instructed to potentially win a package of some of them.

A brief post I know, but thought it would be a good chance for a catch up AND a chance for you to win some lovely books. Hurray. You have until the end of July. Good luck!

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The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, Shortlists & A Books Are My Bag of Fiction Giveaway

I have been meaning to mention this sooner but as everything is still a little bonkers post move, and me having a week being a bit of a poorly sausage, I am still catching up with everything. However, one of the things that has delighted me of late was being asked to be one of the bloggers/vloggers for Books Are My Bag and their Readers Awards 2016. A few weeks ago I was sent a box brimming with book treats in the form of the shortlist, which you can see in the video below…

In case you need a list of books (and seriously who doesn’t like a list of books, then you can see all the titles which you can vote for here http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/vote below. There are some stonkingly good books and there is some tough competition.

Fiction Award

  • The Green Road by Anne Enright
  • Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • The Loney by Andrew Hurley
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Non-fiction Award

  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  • Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
  • The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi
  • It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

Biography & Autobiography Award

  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
  • The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
  • The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
  • Alive Alive Oh! by Diana Athill

Childrens Award

  • One by Sarah Crossan
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  • The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
  • The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

Breakthrough Author Award

  • Abi Elphinstone (The Shadow Keeper)
  • Amy Liptrot (The Outrun)
  • Andrew Michael Hurley (The Loney)
  • Han Kang (The Vegetarian)
  • Joanna Cannon (The Trouble with Goats and Sheep)
  • Kit de Waal (My Name is Leon)
  • Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies)
  • Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Harmless Like You)

I was given the Biography and Autobiography to talk about on my channel. Initially I was a bit puzzled because those aren’t the sort of books that I would rush to read. However after having a dabble with trying a chapter of the five I had not read I am now eager to read them all. And over the next few months I will be. You can see a video of me trying them all out below.

Now one category that I am most familiar with is fiction. I bloody love contemporary fiction. So familiar am I that I have already got all of the fiction shortlist. So I thought in my second and final giveaway this week, to mark my full return to blogging (you can see the first here) I thought I would giveaway the entire fiction shortlist, in a books are my bag bag, to one lucky winner. Oh and this is open internationally. Here are the books looking all resplendent.

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So what do you have to do to win? Well two things. Firstly you have to tell me what your favourite fiction AND non ficton books of the year have been and why. You also need to tell me the name of my cat which makes a guest appearance in my Try A Chapter video above. You have until the 14th of November when voting closes, don’t forget you can vote here http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/vote  That is it, good luck.

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Double Delights (And End of Year Thank You Giveaway)

As it is unusual that anyone buys me books as Christmas presents, because understandably they think that I have probably read it or have it within reach, and so to make up for this I treat myself to a book or four two to compensate. Well imagine my surprise when after I ordered myself the treat of Anthony Marra’s collection of short stories The Tsar of Love and Techno (which has been out in the US for a few months but isn’t out until August 2016 and I couldn’t wait after loving A Constellation of Vital Phenomena so much) and then a parcel from America turned up in the post, which I had no idea was coming, and I opened it to discover… A signed copy of that very book, which then was followed by the one I ordered on Tuesday!

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So I thought as a lovely person has done such a lovely thing and I like to think I am a lovely person (most of the time) I would give one of you a copy as a thank you for being lovely folk who pop by, leave comments, have a chat on Twitter etc. Then I thought why not go one step further. You see after the shelve sorting I not only discovered all the books I meant to read this year, I also discovered all the books that I had doubled up copies of, so I thought I would give those away too. So joining a copy of Anthony’s The Tsar of Love and Techno are the following…

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  • Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
  • Stammered Songbook – Erwin Mortier
  • The Well – Catherine Chanter
  • How To Be Both – Ali Smith
  • The Room – Jonas Karlsson

Yes, I think that is a decent thank you for popping by, commenting or lurking and lingering, ha! Oh and it is open worldwide as you lovely lot visit from all over the place! So what do you have to do to win these treats? Well as The Tsar of Love and Techno is a book that was out in 2015 and will be out in 2016 (which sounds bonkers doesn’t it?) I would like to know which book was your favourite read of 2015 AND which book you are most looking forward to in 2016? You have until the clock strikes midnight  in the UK and 2016 officially begins, then I will announce the winner in this post (which will be updated, so keep your eyes peeled) sometime on the 1st of January 2016! Good luck, and thank you again for being a lovely bookish bunch.

Update: Very belatedly, because of being a bit busy, I have finally pulled a draw for the winner from the 47 eligable responses and the winner is…

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Who is Frances Evangelista (@nonsuchbook), congratulations! I have dropped you an email and will be winging that pile of books out to you next week, hoorah! Commiserations to everyone else, though there will be many more giveaways in 2016 I am sure.

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Win Not One, But Two, Signed Copies of Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress

My second give away of the day is doubly delightful. You can win not one but two signed copies of Margaret Atwood’s ‘nine wicked tales’ that make up Stone Mattress thanks to the lovely people at Virago and Little Brown. So that is one for you and a friend or family member. (Good Christmas present alert!) If you have yet to read any Atwood (are you mad?) then this would be an ideal introduction, if you are a fan of Atwood then this will just be a treat. Here is a teaser from the tale Dark Lady which is so my cup of tea…

Every morning at breakfast Jorrie reads the obituaries in all three of the papers. Some of the write-ups make her laugh, but to the best of Tin’s knowledge none of them has ever made her cry. She’s not much of a sniveller, Jorrie.
    She marks the noteworthy dead people with an X – two Xs if she plans to attend the funeral or the memorial service – and hands the papers across the table to Tin. She gets the real paper papers, delivered right to their townhouse doorstep, because according to her they skimp on the obituaries in the digital versions.
    “Here’s another,” she’ll say. “‘Deeply missed by all who knew her,’ I think not! I worked with her on the Splendida campaign. She was a sick bitch.” Or else: “‘Peacefully, at home, of natural causes.’ I doubt that very much! I bet it was an overdose.” Or: “Finally! Creepy Fingers! He groped me at a company dinner in the ’80s with his wife sitting right beside him. He was such a lush they won’t even have to embalm him.”

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So what do you have to do? Well firstly you have to be from the UK, apologies international readers, and secondly you have to leave a comment telling me what your favourite short story collection AND fairy tale is. Two book recommendations which could win you two signed copies of a wonderful book (which I am now popping in my case for a weekend at Ilkley Book Festival!) You have until midnight GMT on Monday the 5th of October 2015 – this is a day extension as Monday is a busy day on the blog. Good luck!

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Vintage Pride – A Giveaway

This weekend sees the launch of the UK’s Pride season (which seems all the more apt after the news in America today, well done United States you should be very proud) where the cities, towns and all sorts of places celebrate everything LGBT up and down the country over the (hopefully sunny) summer months. To coincide with this, the lovely folk at Vintage have decided to proudly (see what I have done here) celebrate some of their classic novels both by LGBT authors and with LGBT themes. The books they have chosen are Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, Alan Hollinghurst’s The Swimming Pool Library and Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle.  None of which I have read yet, shame on me. They look gorgeous and I happen to have a spare set…

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I couldn’t even line them up straight, ha!

So I thought I would do a giveaway of a set to some lucky person. All I want to know is which book with an LGBT theme you have most loved and why, without spoilers? That simple. Now because postage of books across oceans is so expensive, as I have discovered trying to get some books I want from America, I’m afraid I can only send these to a lucky winner in the UK or Europe*, sorry but the Hall is huge so it’s a bulky set to post – *unless you are coming to Booktopia Petoskey and can wait until September in which case I can pack them in my luggage. Right, get recommending. and good luck. You have until end of play Sunday the 28th of June.

Oh and in case you’re wondering mine would be a tie between Catherine Hall’s The Proof of Love or Bethan Roberts’ My Policeman. If you’ve not read either or both of those then you really must!

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A Mini Northern Tour with Patrick Gale…

I am very excited about the next few days, as I have the pleasure of spending a few nights with Patrick Gale as he continues his A Place Called Winter book tour. I shared my thoughts with you on A Place Called Winter the other day, and while I was all cool and ‘don’t read this review, just by the book’ actually do read the review because I really do want you to read the book (and reviews take blooming ages to write you know) as it really is quite something.  Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, going on a mini tour with Sir Patrick of Gale…

I have to say I love interviewing authors be it at live events or on podcasts, I love getting more insight into the book, it’s origings, themes and the person who write it. I particularly love doing live events with authors when they are lovely, charming, up for a laugh and open to the audience (and myself) asking them pretty much anything, well within reason. I have done an event with Patrick before, along with Catherine Hall, for Manchester Literature Festival back in 2012 and look how enraptured we all were…

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So what I am really saying is if you are in or near Liverpool on the night of the 27th of April (so tomorrow) or in or near Manchester on the 28th of April do come to Waterstones Liverpool 1 or Waterstones Deansgate and join us for what I promise will be a lovely evening with some lovely bookish banter and possibly some lumberjack attire – let me know if you are coming so we make sure we say hello! If you can’t make it, do please read the book, and if you have any questions you would like me to ask Patrick for you let me know.

In fact because I so want you to read the book (and be there if you can, yet not miss out if you can’t) if you pop to the review and leave a question for Patrick in the comments there, I will then draw one of you out of a hat, or get Patrick too, and get you a specially signed copy and send it anywhere in the world. How’s that? You have until 1800hrs GMT tomorrow the 27th of April and don’t forget the Ali Smith give away too! Lovely stuff, look forward to your questions and will hopefully see some of you there!

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Some Cats Reading & Book Winners…

I thought I would combine announcing the winners of all of the Classically Challenged titles in my giveaways last weekend, which I find can be slightly boring in terms of blog posts, with some pictures of the cats as I haven’t updated you on them for a while (much to the relief of all you feline haters out there, ha).

You see I asked Millie if she would pick any of the winners out of a hat and alas she was far too busy frankly…

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Then I asked Oscar and I am afraid it was the same for him as he was otherwise engaged…

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So in the end I used an online random number generator and the winners of the books are as follows! The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton goes to Rhonda Reads, Lisa Jacobs and Jenny Snell. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy goes to Joan Wilson, The Bronte Sister and Tracey Chick. And finally, Middlemarch by George Eliot goes to Joan Wilson (twice lucky), Elizabeth and June Seghni – you three brave souls. Could winners please email me their addresses to savidgereads@gmail.com with the title of the book you have won in the subject of the email, or I may never find it. If you haven’t won then do not fear as I believe AJ is giving these books away over the next few hours/days on his blog so pop and have a lucky dip there too. Good luck.

I’m off to do more reading with the cats…

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Classically Challenged Giveaway #6; Middlemarch – George Eliot

9780199536757_450So today is a day of book giveaways and the first, in conjuncture with Classically Challenged and lovely Oxford University Press, is ‘Middlemarch’ by George Eliot, which aptly we are reading in March but you might want to start reading like a serial now, I will be. Those lovely people at OUP (Kirsty and Chloe you are lovely) are kindly giving away three copies of the each Classically Challenged choice! Now normally I set some big crazy question but today, whilst I am busy culling my own TBR and adding to yours, I thought I would leave it very simple…

All you need to do is leave a comment of ‘yes please’ below this post and you will be plucked at random by The Beard, or maybe Oscar or Millie, sometime on early Monday morning, it is that easy!

You have until just before midnight tomorrow night to enter the draw (so basically 23.59 GMT on Sunday the 6th of January 2013). Good luck!

P.S AJ will also be giving three copies of these books away on his blog, so fear not if you don’t win you have twice the chances. Alas he seems to have been really ill over Christmas and gone AWOL but I will let you know when I hear back from him.

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Classically Challenged Giveaway #5; Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

9780199537051_450So today is a day of book giveaways and the first, in conjuncture with Classically Challenged and lovely Oxford University Press, is ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy, who you may have heard of. Those lovely people at OUP (Kirsty and Chloe you are lovely) are kindly giving away three copies of the each Classically Challenged choice! Now normally I set some big crazy question but today, whilst I am busy culling my own TBR and adding to yours, I thought I would leave it very simple…

All you need to do is leave a comment of ‘yes please’ below this post and you will be plucked at random by The Beard, or maybe Oscar or Millie, sometime on early Monday morning, it is that easy!

You have until just before midnight tomorrow night to enter the draw (so basically 23.59 GMT on Sunday the 6th of January 2013). Good luck!

P.S AJ will also be giving three copies of these books away on his blog, so fear not if you don’t win you have twice the chances. Alas he seems to have been really ill over Christmas and gone AWOL but I will let you know when I hear back from him.

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Classically Challenged Giveaway #4; The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

9780199538102_450So today is a day of book giveaways and the first, in conjuncture with Classically Challenged and the lovely Oxford University Press, is ‘The House of Mirth’ by Edith Wharton. The lovely people (Kirsty and Chloe you are lovely) at OUP are kindly giving away three copies of the each Classically Challenged choice! Now normally I set some big crazy question but today, whilst I am busy culling my own TBR and adding to yours, I thought I would leave it very simple…

All you need to do is leave a comment of ‘yes please’ below this post and you will be plucked at random by The Beard, or maybe Oscar or Millie, sometime on early Monday morning, it is that easy!

You have until just before midnight tomorrow night to enter the draw (so basically 23.59 GMT on Sunday the 6th of January 2013). Good luck!

P.S AJ will also be giving three copies of these books away on his blog, so fear not if you don’t win you have twice the chances. Alas he seems to have been really ill over Christmas and gone AWOL but I will let you know when I hear back from him.

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The Winners of ‘The Warden’

A quick post to announce the winners of the second giveaway of the second set of Classically Challenged titles which are ‘The Warden’ by Anthony Trollope. The three picked at random by The Beard from a hat who left comments on both my blog and AJ’s are…

Shukriyya
Chris of My Vermont Kitchen
Impossible Alice

Please drop me an email to savidgereads@gmail.com with ‘The Warden’ in the title and your postal details in the subject and the books will be sent out from OUP headquarters as soon as they possibly can be. I believe that ‘Persuasion’ should be in the post now to the two winners who emailed me. KATY you won a copy of ‘Persuasion’ too so please email me your address or you might not be able to read it in time – says the man who still hasn’t started it yet! Moving on…

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Classically Challenged Giveaway #2; The Warden – Anthony Trollope

I meant to post the winners of the previous Classically Challenged Jane Austen giveaway yesterday, that said I meant to do a whole new page for Classically Challenged full stop. Oops. So today I am giving away more books and announcing the winners of the three winners of ‘Persuasion’ in the same post. I myself have started ‘Persuasion’ now but it is too early to give you any details as to whether I think I am going to love it or not.

Anyway today the lovely Oxford University Press have kindly offered to give away three copies of ‘The Warden’, the first in the Barchester Chronicles, by Anthony Trollope on both my blog and another three on AJ’s blog too. Now as we have a bit longer to get the books to you this time the competition is open worldwide wherever you are. So if you have always fancied giving this book a try then now is the chance to get a lovely edition for nothing.

So what do you have to do to win one of these novels? Well, now that you have asked, you need to do the same thing, but twice. So firstly we would like you to tell us what your favourite series, or chronicles, of books are and why. AND you need to do this on both mine AND also AJ’s blogs. This actually gives you double the chance of winning and also means both me and AJ get to chat to you, as it were, which is doubly nice all round.

You have until midnight GMT on Saturday the 13th of October to enter the draw and the winners will be chosen at random out of a hat and announced on the following Monday when we announce which Dickensian delight we will be reading from your votes the last time round (as we haven’t had chance to tally them yet. Good luck!

P.S the winners of ‘Persuasion’ were… Russell, Katy and Rosie. Please email me your details to savidgereads@gmail.com with the subject ‘Persuasion’.

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Classically Challenged Giveaway #1; Persuasion by Jane Austen

So to get Classically Challenged off to a wonderful start officially Oxford University Press have kindly offered to give away three copies of ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen on my blog and another three on AJ’s blog too. It is the first read of the series, so with only three and a half weeks to get it to you and let you have time to read it for the first Classically Challenged discussion on Sunday the 28th of October this initial giveaway is UK based only.

So what do you have to do to win one of these gorgeously covered copies of ‘Persuasion’? Well, now that you have asked, you need to do a little persuading for me and for AJ. You see ‘Bleak House’ and ‘Great Expectations’ are neck and neck with votes to be read in December and we would like you to simply recommend one of them in the comments below, and/or in the comments on AJ’s post, telling us why you loved it so much. If you haven’t read either yet then you can simply state which one you would most like to read out of the two. It is that simple.

You have until midnight GMT on Saturday night to enter the draw and the winners will be chosen at random out of a hat and announced on Monday when we announce which Dickensian delight we will be reading from your votes. Good luck and don’t forget to double your chances by visiting AJs blog too!

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Book Winners; A Mystery Parcel & Copies of The Lifeboat

So the other week I did a post on all the parcels of books that were going to the wrong address. I decided it would be fun to see if you could guess how many books were inside the parcels and win a parcel of mystery books from me yourself. Well the 28 parcels were opened, it was rather like Christmas day had come early, and you can see they have now found a home on my bedroom shelves…

How many were there? There were 35!! So well done Elaine for guessing them, it seems her comment was right and her experience with parcels means she can indeed guess from a distance, what a talent! I am also going to send a parcel to David who went the extra mile and tried to guess all the books in the parcels. These will be sent out late next week, so email me and get in touch.

One giveaway wasn’t enough as I also thought it would be nice, thanks to Virago who said yes, to give away five copies of ‘The Lifeboat’ by Charlotte Rogan, I do love to give away books that I love to you all. The Beard has picked the winners at random and they are…

Alison P
Em
Geraldine
Heavenali
Ceri Kay

Please email me with your addresses and the lovely Zoe will pop them out to you in the post in the next week. Lovely stuff! A book review is coming later, back then.

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