Saturday, November 9, 2013

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop has begun ~ Nov 9 - 13

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Judith @ Leeswammes’ Blog, has begun and will run from Saturday,  November 9th through Wednesday, November 13th.  Nearly (40) bloggers are participating, each will be giving away some great books in the process.

For those of you who may be visiting my blog for the first time, my name is Diane, and I've been blogging for (5+) years. I'm married, (2) great adult children, both married and one sweet granddaughter and more sweet surprises  on board and arriving in 2014. My dear husband and I have (3) cats to entertain us. We love life here in New England.

My blog is a mixture of book reviews: generally, literary or contemporary fiction, and some non fiction. On occasion, I also enjoy reviewing books for younger children.  I also like to profile soon to be released books that appeal to me, and I'll occasionally post some photos of of pets, trips and nature sightings.

If you are new to my blog, I hope you will become a regular visitor. If you are an old friend, THANK YOU, as you all make blogging worthwhile. I LOVE COMMENTS.

For my giveaway, I've chosen (2) books to give away to readers.

  Night Guest ( new ARC) a terrific story I really enjoyed. 

Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: At age 75, Ruth is a widower, who lives alone in a remote beach home in Australia until one day a mysterious caretaker named Frida shows up to help around the house. But can Frida be trusted? Ruth's mind isn't what it once was, but she suspects her new friend isn't all that she seems. The Night Guest is an impressive debut--a tender novel about old age and a psychological meditation on isolation--that moves with the curious pace of a mystery.
 Burial Rites (audio book on cds)

Amazon's Best Book of the Month, September 2013: Exploring the final months of an Icelander maid charged with murder and condemned to execution in 1829 is hardly a reader-friendly subject for a novel. But in her mesmerizing debut, Hannah Kent offers a retelling of actual historical events that makes it impossible not to become invested in understanding the guilt--or innocence--of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person to be executed in Iceland. Kent seamlessly shifts between historical documents and different characters’ perspectives with a lyricism that makes every tortured thought and charged interaction echo in the silence of Iceland’s stark landscape. As details of Agnes’s involvement in the crime come to light, this thoroughly researched debut novel asks us to examine the significance of stories--both the ones that others tell about us and the ones that we tell about ourselves--ultimately offering Agnes a chance at a more compassionate story than the one history has given her.
  DETAILS for a Chance to Win
  • Loyal followers; just leave a comment (with your 1st choice in the event you win), I'll find you if your name is chosen, I'm sure!
  • If you are new to my blog and have never commented here before, please become a follower and be entered in giveaway. Don't forget to mention your 1st choice in the event you win the giveaway.
  • THANKS so much for stopping by. I hope you'll all become regular visitors here.
  •  Off to visit some new blogs now
Here is a list of the blogs who have signed up for the Literary Giveaway event. Be sure to visit them and discover some new literary blogs in the process.

Good luck and enjoy yourself! Don’t forget to visit the other blogs listed below.
Linky List:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska’s Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx’s Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Anita Loves Books (US)
  12. Words for Worms (US)
  13. Wensend
  14. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall


  1. thanks for the giveaway! would love to win The Night Guest. Emma ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  2. I'd love to win Burial Rites. Thanks for the contest Diane!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. I'd like to win Burial Rites. I follow via GFC.


  4. First choice is definitely Burial Rites. Thanks for the giveaway! Thewellreadredhead at gmail dot com

  5. Great giveaway! I would love to read The Night Guest. I haven't heard of it until now but sounds fascinating!

  6. I really loved Burial Rites, so I would have to say my first choice would be Night Guest - I've heard great things about that one, too! Thanks for offering such great books for the hop :)

  7. Thanks for the giveaway, I have been following your blog for quite a few years now! Burial Rites is my choice!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway, Diane. Would love to win the Burial Rights audio. Not sure how I missed the sign-up for the hop this time...

  9. The Night Guest please.I've already read&loved Burial Rites .Thanks for giveaway.

  10. the Night Guest would be my choice. thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Burial Rites is my choice. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Hard choice! I think perhaps The Night Guest, but I'd be happy with either one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I would love to win The Night Guest. irielilla(at)hotmail(dot).com

  14. I am so glad to have found your blog. It is quite lovely. I now follow via Bloglovin' and email. If I were to win, my first choice is The Night Guest, though both books are on my TBR list. Thanks for a great giveaway. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. I would choose The Night Guest. I follow on GFC as Tia

  16. Thanks for being part of the blog hop! Your books both look good, but I'm choosing The Night Guest if I win.

  17. Diane, thank you for this terrific giveaway! Either book would be wonderful to win! :)

  18. I'm one of your loyal followers. I'd like to read BURIAL RITES.

  19. Thanks for the chance to win one of these books! I'd like The Night Guest (Burial Rites sound very interesting, but it's probably too morbid for me). I'm now following you on Twitter (I'm @Koiviolet) and on bloglovin. The best part of this blog hop--apart from all the new books--is being introduced to new blogs!

  20. I would love to win The Night Guest! Thank you for the chance to win :)

    Following via GFC as Amber Terry.

    -Amber T.-

  21. I would like to win The Night Guest too, it sounds really good.

  22. Both books sound great, but my first choice would be Burial Rites. Thanks Diane!


  23. Oh dear, this is a hard choice as I want to read both books. Guess I will go with Burial Rites. Thanks!

  24. I think I would pick The Night Guest. I follow through Bloglovin'

  25. Diane, I'd love to be entered for Burial Rites. And, regardless of winning, I'm always thrilled to blog about books with you. You've inspired my reading in many ways.

  26. The Night Guest. Thank you for the giveaway. I follow by GFC.
    denannduvall(at) gmail(dot) com

  27. I'd like to win The Night Guest. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Email- sarikapatkotwar(at)gmail(dot)com

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  28. THE NIGHT GUEST thank you.

    Email Subscriber:


  29. I'd love Burial Rites.
    New Follower: GFC- Ashfa Anwer

    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  30. I'd love to win Burial Rites.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict
    Bloglovin': BookAttict

  31. Two great choices, thank you Diane! My first choice is Burial Rites, I'd love to listen to this book!

    I forget to sign up for this giveaway this time around. I'm glad Judith hosts this giveaway a few times a year

  32. Oh I love the literary giveaway blog hop! I'd love a chance at The Night Guest. Thanks, Diane!

  33. Both sound like solid choices, but I'd like to try the audio CD, Burial Rites if I have a choice. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ghwasd (at)gmail(dot)com

  34. Very hard to choose, but I will have to pick Burial Rites. Thank you.

  35. First choice is The Night Guest as I've already read Burial Rites and heard great things about this one! Thank you!

  36. I am a new follower! I would love the chance to read The Night Guest. I following via Bloglovin.

  37. Night Guest sounds like a really great read, what a great storyline. I follow by email, old subscriber.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

  38. Thanks for the chance GFC Follower as Robin Blankenship I would choose The Night Guest.

    robinblankenship at gmail dot com

  39. I would love to win The Night Guest. I'm following via Bloglovin under E. Samples.

  40. I'd love to win Burial Rites. Thanks for the contest Miss Diane!
    I hope this is International.I cant help but participate.Id been wanting to read the book for so long. So Thank You for the opportunity.Im a new a follower..not a regular commentor but Im a more of a lurker.I love your blog.

  41. I'd love to win Night Guest. I follow via email: Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  42. I'll go with Burial Rites. GFC follower. Thank you for offering a choice.

  43. Diane thank you for the giveaway. The Night Guest sounds very interesting!

  44. Google just ate my comment! I would choose the audiobook of Burial Rites as my first choice. I follow by email subscription...

  45. I would love to win The Night Guest. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  46. Hi Diane! It's so nice to meet you ... I'm getting to know more great blogs (and my TBR is becoming crazier with each post I read). I'd love to be entered for The Night Guest. (readerrabbit22 at

    Following you on GFC & Bloglovin!

    Please check out my post when you get a chance. The giveaway is for a book about theatre life:

  47. I enjoyed getting to know you a bit better--and I definitely like visiting your blog and hearing about what you're reading.

    The book I'm most interested in is The Night Guest--sounds very intriguing.

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  49. My copy of Night Guest just arrived so my choice would be the audiobook Burial Rites.

  50. I would love to win Burial Rites. Didn't have enough time to read the library copy. Hope I'm not too late. Couldn't find Mr. Linky in order to add my link. Couldn't find Leeswammie's blog at all.

    If it's alright, I'm going to put my link here. Thank you.

    I follow you by GFC. I also subscribe by email. I follow you on Twitter. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for letting me into the Hop.

  51. I'd love to read The Night Guest.
    Brrr, it's so cold here in NH today. Time to start using the flannel sheets.
    I'm an email subscriber jryder416 at yahoo dot com

  52. I think I would choose The Night Guest.
    Have a wonderful week.

  53. I would like to read The Night Guest.
    Have a wonderful week.

  54. Thanks for the chance! I would love to check out "The Night Guest" if I am selected. I just started following via Bloglovin and Twitter, too :) kristinshafel [at] gmail [dot] com

  55. i'd love ton win Burial Rites!
    GFC follower: Kristia Miltiadou
    Thank you for the giveaway :)


  56. I joined too late to add my linky. Enjoy.

  57. The cover of The Night Guest just speaks to me! Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a longtime follower :)

  58. Hi, I'm a new follower via GFC (Mae Valentine). I would love to read The Night Guest. Thanks for the opportunity!

    maevalentine39 [at] gmail [dot] com

  59. I would like to get Burial Rites. Thanks for the giveaway


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