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Boxing Day Books (The Savidge Reads Advent Winners)

Hello one and all, I do hope you have a lovely Christmas Day? Thank you for your festive wishes. Mine was very nice; I had goose for the first time and found it rather delicious. I have also been playing card games (mainly spite and malice, which my thirteen year old sister has been teaching me), scrabble, drinking rather a lot and worn my party hat all day long. Oh and I had presents, no books but I got a really funky set of psychedelic proper chef knives for my new pad (I am moving at the end of Jan, oh the books are going to have to be sorted), lots of Jelly Belly – too many is never enough and my favourite present so far has been three pairs of Mr Men lounge pants (Messy, Tickle and Bump) so there was one present with a literary twist. I have been reading but not as much as I would have expected, that is normally left for today, Boxing Day, my favourite Christmas Day.

There is something about Boxing Day that I have always found rather joyous, and not just the left-over’s from Christmas dinner which normally end up in a sandwich (though my Mum is currently off making pastry for a pie this year) and the endless supply of crisps and chocolates that we all buy for Xmas day and then don’t eat because we are too full. I love the fact it’s a delightfully lazy day, well at Savidge Christmas’s it is, we generally spend most of the day lounging around reading before a big TV fest in evening (Miranda Hart going trekking with Bear Grylls will be my Christmas TV highlight) so I am looking forward to that, I have already recorded an episode of The Readers so I feel I can now slob – that was my hard work of the day, now it’s time for my good deed of the day. It’s time for present giving…

Boxing Day can be another day of presents as the family you didn’t see might pop round, we won’t be seeing any other family members so today I have plucked all the Savidge Reads Advent Calendar winners from a random number generator and here are the winners…

Day 1; The Complete Nancy Mitford – Reading With Tea
Day 2; Burned by Thomas Enger – Harriet and Ellen B
Day 3; Smutt by Alan Bennett & Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan – Steel Reader and Gaskella
Day 4; Godless Boys by Naomi Wood & Snowdrops by A.D. Miller – Louise and Dog Ear
Day 5; The Great British Bake Off Book – Dovegreyreader and Janet D and Novel Insights
Day 6; Jennifer Egan books – TBA
Day 7; The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall – Rhonda Reads and Simon Saunders and Belinda
Day 8; Shes Leaving Home by Joan Bakewell  – Gaskella and Mystica
Day 9; Sophie Hannah’s series – Emma
Day 10; In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood & China Mieville books – Louise and Ragamuffinreader
Day 11; Sue Johnston autobiography – Sue and Simon T and Ann P
Day 12; Wait for Me by Deborah Devonshire – Janet D and Dominic
Day 13; Selected Agatha Raisin books – Kirsten and Victoria
Day 14; The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall – Janet D and Ann P
Day 15; When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman – Femke and Ruthiella and Alex and Joanne In Canada
Day 16; all David Nicholls novels – Sue
Day 17; Patricia Duncker novels – Gaskella
Day 18; A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French – Ann P and Gabrielle Kimm
Day 19; all the Yrsa Siguardardottir novels – Kimbofo
Day 20; Frozen Planet & White Heat by MJ McGrath – Emma and Mystica
Day 21; A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse & The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – Nose in a Book and Novel Katie
Day 22; The Hunger Trace by Edward Hogan – Jenni and Ann P and Femke
Day 23; Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series  – David
Day 24; Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series – Harriet

Merry Christmas to both those of you who won (and some of you won a few times) and those who didn’t. If you did email me savidgereads@gmail.com with the book/s you have won in the subject and your address and I will make sure these are sent out in the first week of January. Right, I am off to go and pick at some stuffing before curling up with my book. Hope you are all having a wonderful time, what did you get for Xmas?

Oh and a MASSIVE thank you to the publishers who got involved: Penguin, Faber and Faber, Profile Books, Hodder, Picador, Atlantic, Serpents Tail, Ebury, Corsair, Constable and Robinson, Portobello, Little Brown, Virago, John Murray, Headline, Bloomsbury, Europa Editions, Mantle, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster & Transworld

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Tess Gerritsen – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 24

So it is Christmas Day tomorrow, which frankly has come around too soon, I am hoping you will be all getting books in abundance (though if you are like me your family normally steer clear of buying you books as gifts), fancy a few more? It is the finale of the Savidge Reads Advent Calendar and so we are going out with a bang. I am giving one of you what has probably become my favourite series of books, though it’s a close daily battle with these and the ‘Tales of the City’ novels I gave away yesterday (you still have time), and that is Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles novels, all nine of them…

   

  

  

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this lovely, if a little grisly lot, is to leave your name in the comments below with your favourite crime novel of the year and why it was so good. You have until midnight GMT tonight, good luck and Merry Christmas to you all.

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Armistead Maupin – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 23

So as Christmas gets scarily closer (seriously two days away and I have done absolutely no Christmas shopping, oops) I thought in the last few days I would do some rather large giveaways. It is my pleasure in the penultimate Savidge Reads Advent Calendar to give away one of my very favourite series of books… the Tales of the City series, which one of you could win the whole eight novels so far.

  

  

 

I utterly adore this series and have for years. I think it’s the mixture of such familiar characters (who you really get to know and love) living together in such an unfamiliar city and decade; though of course the last two are much more current. These are a real treat for any reader, I am certainly looking forward to revisitng them next year as some Maupin madness will be occuring I do believe. So what do you have to do in order to win such a collection of joy?  Simply tell me you favourite book that really makes you feel like you have lived in a city you have never visited and why you loved the book so much. You have until 1300 GMT on December the 24th, yes tomorrow, good luck!

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Edward Hogan – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 22

As you will see from the review above ‘The Hunger Trace’ has become one of my very favourite books of the year. It is also a very ‘me’ book not only because it is darkly brooding and darkly humourous but also because it describes my homeland so well, oh those Derbyshire peaks. It also has that lovely feeling of an idyllic setting with a much darker undertone. So I want to give you copies of the books in return for your recommendations of other such books.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me of books with a village setting in the countryside/wilderness/outback (anywhere in the world)  with some much darker shenanigans going on behind the scenes, though don’t tell me what those shenanigans are of course. Three of you could be in with the chance of a copy of this wonderful, wonderful book – you have until 11am GMT on the 24th of December. Good luck.

P.S I will be announcing all winners of the advent calendar give aways on Christmas Day, present giving galore.

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Books of 2012 – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 21

I don’t know about you but it is at this time of year that I start to get excited about the books out in the New Year (I did receive a book yesterday due out in September 2012 – wow thats forward planning). I have been mooching through the catalogues and there are definitely some treats ahead but I have been surprised by how few are exciting me, though those few are spectacularly exciting if that makes sense, between January and July 2012. Maybe it’s because 2011 seemed such a strong year for fiction of all genres?  Whatever the reason this could be a good thing as from today everything starts to change with my reading habits and I will be reading older books in the next year, more about that here, though of course I won’t be writing off new books by any means.  What has this got to do with the Savidge Reads Advent Calendar?

Well… I thought I would give away two advance copies of books I am excited about in the first few months of 2012. I am very excited about both ‘A Novel Bookstore’ by Laurence Cosse (described as a bookish thriller, very exciting) and ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey (and adult fairy tale which is going to be a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in April and has lots of buzz already), both of these could easily end up in my luggage going to my mother’s as I am off there for the Christmas period. Here are the covers to tempt you further…

 

All you have to do to win a copy of each of the books (and I can give two of you copies) is tell me which two books you are the most excited about the release of in 2012 in the comments below. You have until 11am GMT on December 24th. Good luck, I can’t wait to see what you are all looking forward to.

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Frozen Planets & Arctic Crime – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 20

Well we have had a fair amount of snow and icy weather where I am in the last few days, which nicely links to the latest icy episodes of The Readers (here and here) and also links into todays giveaway. I have become a little obsessed with the arctic in the last few months, I think it has been building subconciously for a while though, and have been dropping MASSIVE hints here and there that for my 30th my family should really consider sending me there for a while on a cruise (yes if you are reading this family I am now being really blatant). Well, I thought I would share the hoy with two books which have added to this desire furthermore…

 

Most people in the UK (I am not sure where else this has been on worldwide, sorry for my ignorance) have been gripped by the BBC’s ‘Frozen Planet’ which has been studying animals in the arctic and antarctic, there is now an accompanying book filled with stunning pictures. I also read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘White Heat’ the debut novel by MJ McGrath (who joins me and Gavin on the Readers this week) who lived out in the arctic with Inuit tribes and decided to set a crime novel out there. So I am pairing them up for a frosty special. All you need to do to be one of two readers in with a chance of winning this is tell me the best book you have read set in the arctic or antarctic and why you loved it so? You have until 11am on 24th of December. Good luck.

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Yrsa Sigurdardottir – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 19

Another day, another give away. As I have recently discovered the absolute joy of reading Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s crime novels, I thought I would give one of you the chance to win the whole series so far starting with ‘Last Rituals’ then moving onto…

  

I am really excited about these books and hope to bring some gripping, yet humour filled, crime novels into your lives. All you have to do is pop to the post above and tell me what crimes you have read with a good twist of dark humour, or what crimes series you have discovered this year. You have untill 11am GMT on December 23rd. Good luck.

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Dawn French – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 18

To chime with today’s post on ‘A Tiny Bit Marvellous’ by Dawn French I thought I would offer two of you lovely lot a copy of the novel which will make for some lovely reading after the festive season (I am not sure this will get to you pre-Xmas) and remind you why those you love in your family also drive you utterly bonkers but why families are marvellous things.

All you need to do is pop a comment in today’s post here telling me what celebrities turned authors have actually written some good books, or which your favourite family based drama’s have been and why. You have until 11am GMT December 22nd. Good luck.

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Patricia Duncker – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 17

One of the authors I have discovered in 2011 and would recommend everyone read is Patricia Duncker. I utterly loved ‘Hallucinating Foucault’ and thought ‘The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge’ was marvellous (which I read for the Green Carnation Prize so didn’t review but utterly loved) so I thought I should share the love and give one of you her back catalogue away of five novels including…

  

All you need to do is tell me which author you discovered this year with rather a back catalogue (so no debuts or second novel authors) you now can’t wait to read. You have until 11am GMT on December the 22nd. Good luck.

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David Nicholls – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 16

Thank you all so much for your thoughts on ‘happy-sad’ books, do keep them coming as I would love lots of recommendations. One book which I almost classified as such was ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls (which, random fact alert, is the most popular review post on Savidge Reads there has been) which I loved but doesn’t really quite fit into the happy-sad genre I have in my head, but then again it is my head.

So anyway, today I thought it would be nice to not only give two of you a copy of ‘One Day’ but all of David Nicholls novels…

  

All you need to do is tell mw which book to film adaptation had been your favourite that you have seen this year and why? It doesnt have to be a film out this year like ‘One Day’ it could be a golden oldy. That simple. You have until 11am GMT December the 19th. Good luck.

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When God Was A Rabbit – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 15

So today I am talking about ‘those happy-sad’ books which I have suddenly realised I really love and my quest to find more. I thought I would share one with you. In fact actually I am sharing one with you again. I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Winman’s ‘When God Was A Rabbit’ when I read it earlier in the year and so gave some away as a treat. Now it has a new Christmas cover and so I thought that would be a good excuse to give four of you the chance to get a lovely special edition (I like the idea of special edition books, beat that Kindle, ha) to read over the festive period.

All you need to do is go to the happy-sad books post and leave a suggestion of a book that matches the criteria I am after. You have until 8am GMT on December the 17th when I will draw all the winners so far! Good luck.

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Sarah Hall – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 14

One of the books I had hoped to have finished, until all started to go wrong with my laptop was, and pop my thoughts on in conjuncture with this post was ‘The Beautiful Indifference’ by Sarah Hall which is a collection of short stories I have been dipping in and out of. They have been the perfect bit sized reads whilst there has been computer chaos around me as while something tales a few hours to download I have immersed myself in the tales.

I read Sarah’s novel ‘How To Paint A Dead Man’ when it was listed for the Man Booker, but any review I write didn’t do it justice so it never appeared on here sadly, I think she is an incredible writer (and lovely in the flesh as I met her a few weeks ago) and so far this collection is only boosting my opinion of her further. I have been meaning to pick up one of her other novels for ages, and then this arrived and so I decide to give it a whirl instead. My small review of it would be ‘gritty but beautiful’ at the moment.

I am only half way through (I promise to report back on it when I have finished) but I can tell you know, unless something goes horribly wrong which I doubt, this is quite a masterful collection of short stories. I therefore thought you might like a copy and so it’s become today’s give away for two of you. All you need to do is tell me your favourite short story, or short story collection you have read in 2011 and why? You have until 11am December the 16th. Good luck.

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Agatha Raisin – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 13

Please accept my apologies this is a late post, this may become a pattern as Larry the Laptop (my computer and one of my closest allies, is ill). I need a lovely shiny new laptop to fall out of my advent calendar, or just find one on a pavement whilst walking home or maybe a Christmas angel could send me one magically… cough….

So today I want to give you all the chance to be possible winners who can have the joys (or the acidic wit and charm) of Agatha Raisin in your lives. I was going t give the entire series away but I have done that before and so to give you all the chance of a taster of Agatha you could win one of a lucky two sets of three Agatha books, a Christmas treat, the companion guide and the latest in the series…

  

All you need to do is pop to this post here, all about Agatha of course, and tell me in the comments there what your guilt free guilty pleasure read is and why? You have until 11am GMT December  16th, so good luck!

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Deborah Devonshire – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 12

Please accept my apologies this is a late post as will be the 13th of Decembers. I need a lovely shiny new laptop to fall out of my advent calendar, or just find one on a pavement whilst walking home, or maybe a Christmas angel could send me one magically…

So for today’s giveaway I wanted to give you a book that I haven’t read yet but will DEFINITELY be curling up with over Christmas and that is Deborah Devonshire’s latest collection of memoirs, essays, ‘occasional writings’ and the like ‘All In One Basket’ which is made up of two of her other works ‘Home To Roost’ and ‘Counting My Chickens’ (so actually I have read some of it but re-reading it will be a joy) and a few lovely extras.

I love Debo’s sense of humour, no matter how wry or how arch it gets – in fact the more the merrier, and as you will know I love all things Mitford sister, of which she is the last. So while I am curled up with it maybe you can be to?

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me what the best story about a grand old house you have read is (this links in with the fact that Debo writes a lot about Chatsworth, though not in a fictional way) and two of you could be very lucky and have some utter comfort and joy ahead. You have until 11am on the 16th of December. Good luck.

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