Saturday, September 12, 2009

More GIVEAWAYS - Book Blogger Appreciation Week September 14 to 20, 2009





Who doesn't know about Book Blogger Appreciation Week by now?

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a week-long event to celebrate books, reading, and most of all blogging. 2008 was the first year, and we have, Amy from the blog My Friend Amy, to thank. In 2009 some 1,000 blogs are involved. Thanks to all the dedicated volunteers; bloggers who spent many hours making this all come together. I've discovered so many new and wonderful blogs in the process.

This week, the goal is to celebrate what book bloggers are all about. There are suggested daily blogging topics that EVERYONE can participate in. If you choose to participate then you can post links at the BBAW official website during the week, so others can easily find your posts.

In the spirit of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, be sure to connect with other book bloggers, make new blogging buddies, and discover some wonderful new blogs in the process. Must important ---have fun in the process.


Now for the Giveaway Fun

(4) giveaways - each book is new or like new!


Since I'm from New England, and we are moving into cooler weather, and Halloween, I chose (2) titles with New England Settings:
  1. Snow Island; Katherine Towler (I loved this book) - From Publishers Weekly --Wartime disrupts the lives of the inhabitants of a New England islet off the coast of Rhode Island in this graceful debut novel. The men of Snow Island engage in the dangerous business of quahogging, and their families eke out a living running small businesses that depend on the wealthier summer residents for survival. Alice Daggett is 16 years old in 1941. She attends school in a one-room schoolhouse with twins Lydia and Pete Giberson, the only companions her age on the island, and has shouldered the responsibility of keeping the family store running since the death of her father five years earlier. The summer season of 1941 gets off to its usual start with the arrival of mysterious loner George Tibbits, who makes his annual pilgrimage to the houses his aunts owned when he was a boy site of a tragedy from which he has never quite recovered. While the rebellious Lydia spends her time with the summer in-crowd, Alice secretly becomes close to Ethan Cunningham, the 26-year-old lighthouse keeper with artistic ambitions. The quiet off-season life of the island changes dramatically after Pearl Harbor: a navy base opens, and Alice and Lydia now spend their free time plane spotting. After Ethan enlists soon followed by Pete and Lydia Alice is left alone to grapple with the consequences of her relationships and her growing sense of self. The story elements here may be familiar, and the inner motivations of some characters (George Tibbits, in particular) remain vague despite explication, but Towler's strength is her deft rendering of time and place. Lyrical and gentle, Alice's wartime coming-of-age and the island itself continues to resonate after the last page.
  2. Spooky New England; Schlosser --From the Back Cover---Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for 30 creepy tails of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Set in New England's historic towns, charming old islands, and sparsely populated backwoods, the stories in this entertaining and compelling collection will have you looking over your shoulder again and again.Yankee folklore is kept alive in these expert retellings by master storyteller S.E. Scholosser, and in artist Paul Hoffman's evocative illustrations. You'll meet seaweed-covered phantom sailors and a ghostly black dog, hear otherwordly voices and things that go bump in the night, and feel an icy wind on the back of your neck on a warm summer evening. Whether read around the campfire on a dark and stormy night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to grandma's, this is a collection to treasure.
  3. Bridge of Sighs; Richard Russo --From Booklist*Starred Review* Here is the novel Russo was born to write. Coursing with humor and humanity, the sixth novel by the bard of Main Street U.S.A. gives full expression to the themes that have always been at the heart of his work: the all-important bond between fathers and sons, the economic desperation of small-town businesses, and the lifelong feuds and friendships that are a hallmark of small-town life. Following a trio of best friends who grew up in upstate Thomaston, New York, over 50 years, the novel captures some of the essential mysteries of life, including the unanticipated moments of childhood that will forever define one's adulthood. Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent his entire life in Thomaston, married for 40 years to his wife, Sarah, and finally living in the rich section of town, thanks to the success of his father's convenience stores. Long planning a trip to Venice, he tries in vain to communicate with the couple's best friend, Bobby Marconi, now a world-famous painter living in Venice. Meanwhile, the irascible ex-pat, now approaching 60 and suffering from night terrors, is still chasing women, engaging in fistfights, and struggling to complete his latest painting. Russo slowly and lovingly pieces together rich, multilayered portraits not only of the principals but also of their families, and, by extension, their quintessentially American town. It is a seamless interweaving of childhood memories (sometimes told from three points of view), tragic incidents (the town river, once the lifeblood of local industry, has become a toxic stew that is poisoning residents), and unforgettable dialogue that is so natural, funny, and touching that it may, perhaps, be the best of Russo's many gifts.
  4. Wit's End; Karen Joy Fowler (audio cd book) --From Publishers WeeklyAt the start of this quietly funny, slightly mysterious novel of discovering one's roots from bestseller Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), 29-year-old Rima Lanisell visits her estranged godmother, Addison Early, in Addison's house by the sea, Wit's End, in storied Santa Cruz, Calif. Addison, the wildly successful but cautiously private author of the Maxwell Lane mysteries, was once the girlfriend of Rima's recently deceased father, Bim, for whom a character in the series is named. For each novel, Addison first constructs a dollhouse diorama that depicts what will be the principal murder scene, but her upcoming novel and its dollhouse are uncharacteristically delayed. By weeding through decades-old correspondence with eccentric fans and the contemporary channels of online forums, Rima slowly discovers the truth behind Addison's novels and that Rima herself is a topic of interest among Maxwell Lane devotees. As Fowler analyzes our modern-day relationship to novels and writers' relationship to their readers, the line between fiction and reality blurs-real people become characters in another's blog as fictional characters become real to the fans that fetishize them.
  • Who can enter? - ANYONE! (doesn't matter where you live)
  • How to enter? - Just leave a comment with your email address, and the book or books you would be interested in, in order of preference.
  • Drawing Date? - Sunday - September 21, 2009
  • Good Luck Everyone!

70 comments:

  1. Snow Island sounds interesting, Diane. I'd be happy if you put me in the drawing for that one.

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  2. Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered to win Bridge of Sighs. Thanks! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  3. I'd love to win Spooky New England!

    simplystacieblog@gmail.com

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  4. Snow Island, followed by Bridge of Sighs.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    fizzybeverage at gmail dot com

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  5. Excellent giveaway! I'd love to read Bridge of Sighs or Snow Island - in that order. Thanks!

    toadacious1 at yahoo dot com

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  6. Please enter me for Snow Island too. Thanks, Diane!

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  7. I would love to be entered for Spooky New England.

    Thanks!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  8. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. SNow Island sounds fabulous. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. What a wonder! Thanks for this giveaway.

    I'd love to read Bridge of Sighs or Snow Island. They sounds like great.

    marthanadnny(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thanks a lot, Diane!

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  10. What a nice introduction to BBAW! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway to win Spooky New England! I'm also from New England and love ghost stories!

    Thanks for hosting this!
    Suzanne

    quzy(at) mac (dot) com

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  11. I would like to win Bridge of Sighs or Spooky New England. Thanks for the giveaway.
    tokemise@hotmail.com

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  12. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
    wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I would love to win Snow Island!

    Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  14. I would like to be entered for Snow Island and Bridge of Sighs. Thanks!

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  15. Snow Island sounds great so that is my first choice and all the rest are on second place.

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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  16. Thank you for making this open internationally! I would most like to win Wit's End of Bridge of Sighs.

    Thank you! jackie (at) farmlanebooks (dot) co (dot) uk

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  17. I'd love to enter for Bridge of Sighs, Diane! Thanks for this great giveaway! :D

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  18. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    Could I enter to win 1. SNOW ISLAND and 2. WIT'S END?

    Email: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the contest! :)

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  19. I'd love to read Bridge of Sighs. I've heard such great things about it. My second choice would be Snow Island.

    vtgoat[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. Snow Island and Bridge of Sighs looks great. Please enter me in the draw.

    grottis6 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  21. I would like to enter for Snow Island or Bridge of Sighs. Thank you.

    kirar59 at yahoo dot ca

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  22. I would love to win Bridge of Sighs or Snow Island. They both look really good! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. What a lovely giveaway. Please enter me for Bridge of sighs or spooky New England

    Thanks so much elizascott2005 at yahoo dot co dot in

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  24. Fabulous giveaways Diane. Can I be entered for the New England Spooky stories one please.

    vivienne_dacosta@hotmail.com

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  25. Please enter me for Bridge of Sighs.

    thanks!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

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  26. I would love to win Spooky New England
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  27. I'd love Snow Island! Thanks for sharing.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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  28. I would love to read Spooky New England or Wit's End.

    marielay@gmail.com

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  29. What a great way to kick off the event!

    Please throw my name in the hat for the Richard Russo book. I've heard so many good things about it :)

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  30. I live in New England, too, this is my favorite time of year! And I don't have ANY of these books! I would really love to read Snow Island, but would enjoy the others, too. Here's my order of preference:

    Snow Island
    Wit's End
    Spooky New England
    Bridge of Sighs

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway!!

    Carey
    thetometraveller *at* yahoo (dot) com

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  31. I read my first Russo not to long ago (Empire Falls) and have been wanting to read more every since! I'd love to win a copy of Bridge of Sighs!

    steph AT stephandtonyinvestigate DOT com

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  32. Great give-away!!

    wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Wit's End; Karen Joy Fowler
    Bridge of Sighs
    Spooky New England

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  33. Ok, In order of preference, Snow Island, Wit's End, Bridge of Sighs, then Spooky New England. They all sound interesting though.

    rebecca dot cox at charter dot net.

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  34. They all look fantastic and I would be happy to win any, but Snow Island is especially capturing my eye...

    christinegordonmanley[at]yahoo[dot]ca

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  35. I would love to win BRIDGE OF SIGHS!

    Thanks, Diane!

    dawn [at] sheIsTooFondOfBooks [dot] com

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  36. Great contest! I would really love to win Snow Island and Bridge of Sighs

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  37. I'm interested (in order) in Bridge of Sighs, Wit's End, and Snow Island. I'm reading a Russo right now...he certainly has a way for writing books! Thank you!

    ronnica@ignoranthistorian.com

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  38. I would love to win Bridge of Sighs, but Snow Island sounds great too!

    Angela
    ang_vaughan[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  39. Oh, I'd love to read Spooky New England. Maybe I'll even give myself a scare. =P

    Thank you so much for hosting these giveaways. I hope you're enjoying BBAW. =)

    lindanmc (at) gmail.com

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  40. What a great selection! Please enter me. My first choice would be Bridge of Sighs with Spooky New England in a close second.
    christinezeg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Snow Island and Bridge of Sighs sound interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ahazraDOT88ATgmailDOTCOM

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  42. I would love to win Bridge of Sighs.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  43. I read Bridge of Sighs already but I'd be happy if you'd put me in the drawing for any of the other three.

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  44. Please enter me. I'd love to read Bridge of Sighs or Snow Island. Thanks for the chance.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  45. I love audios so that would be my first choice, then Snow Island, then Spooky New England, then Bridge of Sigh.

    What a great giveaway!

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  46. OOPs....let's try again, forgot the email address (although it's on my profile)

    email - tbranco(at)hughes(dot)net

    First: the audio
    second: Snow Island
    third: Spooky New England
    fourth: Bridge of Sighs

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  47. Spooky New England sounds soo good! I love ghost stories. I would love to win this please.
    What a gorgeous blog you have! I love it!
    Thanks!
    April
    ajpohren@iowatelecom.net

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  48. Snow Island please at your recommendation.
    layersofthought{@}gmail{dot}com

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  49. I would love to enter.
    1. Snow Island
    2. Bridge of Sighs
    3. Wit's End

    email: thereadingjourney[at]gmail[dot]com

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  50. I'd love to be in the drawing for Wit's End! :)

    astripedarmchairATgmailDOTcom

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  51. Shawna
    weloveourdogs@juno.com

    Thanks for this amazing chance to win these books!!!

    1- Spooky
    2-Snow Island
    3- Bridge of Sighs
    4- Wit's End

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  52. I'd like to throw my name into the hat for Snow Island and Bridge of Sighs.

    thanks!
    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  53. Awesome giveaway!!

    I'd love to be entered: Bridge of Sighs, the Spooky New England!!

    Thanks so much!

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  54. 1. Snow Island
    2.Bridge of Sighs
    3. Wits End
    4. Spooky

    Thanks for the awesome opportunity!

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com

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  55. I would love to win Wit's End or Snow Island
    dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I would love to be entered for Snow Island and Spooky New England :)
    Always fun to read books set in/from my home state of RI!
    Thanks! lpmccann(at)gmail.com

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  57. Please enter me for Snow Island. I hadn't heard of it, but if you loved it, I'm sure I will too!

    shhhimreading[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  58. Spooky New England

    techyone at gmail dot com

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  59. Please enter me for Spooky New England.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. Count me in!
    I'd prefer to read Snow island or Spooky new england.
    Thank you.
    battyaboutbats at gmail.com

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  61. Spooky New England would be my #1 choice #2 Bridge of Sighs.
    I would so love to read either book, thanks for a chance to win a copy!
    Luvdaylilies at Bellsouth dot net

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  62. I'd love to be entered for Spooky New England or Bridge of Sighs. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    shiloki(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. I would like the read Spooky New England. Thank you

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  64. Hi! I'd like to win Snow Island. Thank you fot having this cool giveaway!

    Alessandra
    outofblue1(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  65. Wonderful books.. I would say Spooky New England (how doesn't love some true horror stories).. then Bridge of Sighs.. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com

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  66. I would love to be entered to win either Snow Island ( first choice ) or Bridge of Sighs. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  67. Thanks so much!

    I would love

    1. Snow Island
    2. Wits End
    3. Bridge of Sighs
    4. Spooky

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

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  68. I'd love to be entered for Spooky New England then Snow Island. Thank you!

    lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. I would like to be entered for Spooky New england or Bridge of sighs.

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