So, it’s been a whole year since I first started Bundle of Books and I’m so glad that I’ve stuck around! It’s been a fun year and I’ve read some great books! I’ve also enjoyed some interesting bookish discussions with other book bloggers out there and learnt a lot from comments people make on the blog.
I first started Bundle of Books in April last year with a review of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. I was working in a very uncreative and frustrating environment at the time and was desperate for a creative output. Bundle of Books has been great for that. I was also pleasantly surprised with all the other book lover bloggers out there!
At first, I didn’t have many views (only 42 in April 2011 and I’m sure most of those views were by members of my family and don’t really count…)
Since then, Bundle of Books has done nothing but grow, and although I still don’t have a huge amount of followers, I have more than I ever would have dreamt! I have explored WordPress and Twitter, found new blogs and am loving being part of this book loving and book blogging community!
So, to celebrate and say thank you to my kind followers, I have decided to set up a mini give-away! This isn’t something that I’ve done before, but I would like to give something back to a few lucky bookworms!
I have 5 books to give-away. They are all second hand copies, but in good condition. Due to lack of funds, I’m afraid I will have to limit the delivery to the UK only… Sorry for those further away, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate you!
To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me which book you would like and a couple of sentences to explain why. Please leave your email address so that I can contact you for the delivery address. Towards the end of the month I will choose one person for each book and send it out as soon as I can!
The give-away books are listed below with a summary from the covers. (Click on the title to see my review) GOOD LUCK!:
NOTE: Thanks to all who commented! All the books have now been snapped up and are on their way to new book-loving homes!
This book has been won by praguebeats who is looking for a book to get them back into fiction. Congratulations!
Eleven-year-old Djata makes sure he is always home on Sundays. It is the day the State Security came to take his father away, and he believes it will be a Sunday when his father finally comes home.
In the meantime, Djata lives out a life of advenutre, playing war games in flaming wheatfields and watching porn in the back room at the cinema. But lurking beneath his rebel boyhood, pulling at his heartstrings, is the continued absence of his father. When he finally uncovers the truth he risks losing his childhood forever.
This book has been won by bibliomouse who wants to relive childhood memories and read it again. Congratulations!
It all begins with the scratching in the ceiling. From the moment Alison discovers the dinner service in the attic, with its curious pattern of floral owls, a chain of events is set in progress that is to affect everybody’s lives.
Something old and powerful is stirring in the Welsh valley. Alison, Roger and Gwyn can all feel it, but only Huw seems to understand it. Inevitably, forces from the past overwhelm the present. Will any of them be strong enough to forestall the fate that threatens?
This book has been won by afictionhabit who wants to read more female authors. Congratulations!
Nine-year-old Tess has never seen anything like The Wild. An old bakery, converted into a home, it has a fireplace big enough to sit in, a garden with a badminton net and another one for vegetables. And then there’s William, its owner. Single father of three, he cooks homemade ravioli, cuts trees down with a chainsaw and plays the guitar. When her mother, Francine, rents two rooms from him, Tess can hardly believe her luck. Her brother Jake, however, proves harder to convince. As the two grown-ups begin to fall for each other, Tess struggles to please the adults as well as win Jake round. But she finds that good intentions don’t always bring happiness and that adults are disturbingly capable of making mistakes…
This imaginative book of short stories has been won by RodolfoB! Congratulations!
Let me tell you a story. No, wait, one’s not enough. I’ll begin again… Let me tell you stories of the month of the year, of ghosts and heartbreak, of dread and desire. Of after-hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of trusting wolves and how to talk to girls.
There are stories within stories, whispered in the quiet of the night, shouted above the roar of the day, and played out between lovers and enemies, strangers and friends. But all, all are fragile things made of just 26 letters arranged and rearranged to form tales and imaginings while will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
This lovely poetry collection has been claimed by A. J. Jenner to help her with tea room/bookshop ideas! Congratulations!
Ten Poems about Tea is for all tea-drinkers, be that Earl Grey or English Breakfast, cup or mug.
In her introduction, Sophie Dahl highlights the importance of tea and tea-time in our lives – “For the love and madness and everything that sandwiches in between, a cup of tea can set the world softly back to rights” – while the poet Kenny Knight reminds us of the time when: “…two sugars / was the national average / and the teapot was the centre / of the known universe …”
We hope that these poems will help put the teapot firmly back in the centre where it belongs, and that you will read them with a tea-tray at you elbow and your feet up.