Monday, February 15, 2010

Used Book Giveaway

I'm still planning on hosting a book swap if I can wrap my mind around how to make it all work. But, in the meantime, I am hosting a Used Book Giveaway.

I love to read a variety of books and most of them that I buy, are used. I have such a huge collection of books that I normally keep for re-reading but honestly, unless it is a really good book, I won't re-read it. There's too many other books on my "to read" list.

So, I've decided in fulfilling my reading two books a month goal, I'll be giving two books a month, away.

I have four books and out of the four, the first and second names that I pull will have an opportunity to choose a book out of the pile of four. The first one that responds to their name being called by commenting, will have first pick. The second name pulled will be able to choose from the three that are left.

Here are the books:





In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke

Editorial Review courtesy of Amazon:

From Publishers Weekly
Poet and novelist Kasischke finds beauty amid the apocalypse in her timely seventh novel. The Phoenix flu is sweeping the world, causing mass hysteria, arousing profound paranoia and inciting anti-American hatred worldwide. Jiselle, 32, is a jaded flight attendant and perpetual bridesmaid who says, I do, when handsome pilot Capt. Mark Dorn, a widower, offers her a vision of a perfect Midwestern family life far from her humdrum job and the dangers of the pandemic. The glitch is Mark's three minor children, who view Jiselle with derision, pity or outright hostility despite her best efforts to mother them. After the flu threat detains Mark overseas for months and then strikes close to home, Jiselle and her stepchildren must redefine their idea of family, community and their understanding of perfection and happiness. (Oct.)
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Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky

From Amazon and Publisher's Weekly:

When pediatrician Mara O'Neill is found drugged with Valium and dead of carbon monoxide poisoning--an apparent suicide--it sets off crises in the lives of the three pediatricians who were in practice with her in a small Vermont town. For Angie Bigelow, dealing with Mara's death becomes the final straw in the disintegration of her once-well-organized--and ostensibly happy--home and marriage. Peter Grace, whose involvement with Mara was more complex than he admits publicly, must resolve a sense of discontent rooted in his youth. Paige Pfeiffer, who was Mara's friend since college, copes with her deep sense of loss by caring for the infant from India that Mara had arranged to adopt. Paige's life is further complicated by the attentions of Noah Perrine, acting head of the posh but troubled private school where Paige coaches girls' athletics.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.



The Help by Kathryn Stockett

From Amazon and Publisher's Weekly:

Starred Review. What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn's new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it. (Feb.)
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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Amazon and Weekly Publisher's:

Jordan's beautiful debut (winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for literature of social responsibility) carries echoes of As I Lay Dying, complete with shifts in narrative voice, a body needing burial, flood and more. In 1946, Laura McAllan, a college-educated Memphis schoolteacher, becomes a reluctant farmer's wife when her husband, Henry, buys a farm on the Mississippi Delta, a farm she aptly nicknames Mudbound. Laura has difficulty adjusting to life without electricity, indoor plumbing, readily accessible medical care for her two children and, worst of all, life with her live-in misogynous, racist, father-in-law. Her days become easier after Florence, the wife of Hap Jackson, one of their black tenants, becomes more important to Laura as companion than as hired help. Catastrophe is inevitable when two young WWII veterans, Henry's brother, Jamie, and the Jacksons' son, Ronsel, arrive, both battling nightmares from horrors they've seen, and both unable to bow to Mississippi rules after eye-opening years in Europe. Jordan convincingly inhabits each of her narrators, though some descriptive passages can be overly florid, and the denouement is a bit maudlin. But these are minor blemishes on a superbly rendered depiction of the fury and terror wrought by racism. (Mar.)
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TO ENTER:

NOTE: This contest is for those that live in the U.S. and Canada

Another giveaway will be coming soon which will include every blog follower from around the world.

1) Become a follower of the blog. (If you already are a follower, let me know) - 1 entry

2) Leave a comment on this post telling me which book you'd like if you win. - 1 entry
If your email address is not available through your blog, then leave it along with your comment.

CONTEST ENDS: Thursday, February 18, 2010. Winners will be announced in Things I've Learned Tbursday blogpost.

32 comments:

Saranne said...

Oh.....which to choose? I'm a follower! I'd love to read "The Help"! OX dinkran@aol.com

Heart2Heart said...

Simone,

I love this idea! Sign me up, I'm already a follower of your blog.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Heart2Heart said...

Simone,

My first pick would be the first one, I can't remember the title about the flu and second choice would be Suddenly!

Don't forget to stop by my blog and enter to win my book giveaway as well!
http://godsheart-heart2heart.blogspot.com

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Buckeroomama said...

Haha, my mom has a few Delinsky books. :)

Mary said...

#1 I am a follower.

mamie316(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Mary said...

#2 entry, I'd love Mudbound as my first choice. Suddenly as my second.

mamie316(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Mari said...

What a great idea! I'm already a follower so sign me up. :)

Mari said...

My first choice would be The Help and the second would be Mudbound. They both look really good. Thanks for doing this!

scottsgal said...

I'm a follower
thanks for the chance
msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

I'd pick Suddenly first then The Help
thanks for the chance
msboatgal at aol.com

ethelmaepotter! said...

What a great idea! Don't include me in the giveaway, as I have more books piling up than I'll ever get around to, but I just wanted to let you know I love this idea!

Farila said...

I am automatically disqualified... I am half way across the globe from USA and Canada

Arizona Mamma said...

I'd love the book "Suddenly." Great idea you have on the swap!

Arizona Mamma said...

I already follow, does that count?

Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous said...

What a great idea for a giveaway. It takes me FOREVER to read just one stinkin' book, but I use to read ALL THE TIME before I had 3 kiddies!

I am a follower!

mzwise1@hotmail.com

Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous said...

My first pick would be The Help.

mzwise1@hotmail.com

Nezzy said...

Woohoo! Another great giveaway! My first pick would be "The Help" and #2 would be Mudbound, boy can I identify with that right now! Yep, I follow you, not in a weird stalking way! Heeeheehe!

What a fun giveaway! Ya'll have a fantastic day filled with glorious blessings!!!

NSGIRL said...

What a great idea!! I'm already a follower!

NSGIRL said...

They all look like great reads, but I think my first choice would be the first one "In a Perfect World".
colleenwla@hotmail.com

Kwana said...

How fun! I have been planning on doing something like this too. I have way too many books. I'm over flowing.

Even though I would love to read The Help. and 2nd choice would be In a Perfect World.

Danica said...

OOOHH "Suddenly" sounds good.

simedanica@yahoo.com

Great idea!!! I may have to try this as well!

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Simone, I am just commenting to say HI, and don't include me in the giveaway (this time!) I have so many books in my pile to catch up with... I read The Help, what an awesome story. Loved it! xoxo

Danica said...

BTW I nominated you for an award so check my blog out!

Nickolay said...

#1 - I am a new follower - Nickolay

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Nickolay said...

#2 - I would really like to read "In A Perfect World"

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Suz said...

I have read "The Help" and loved it. I think I would like "In a Perfect World" if I am lucky enough to be selected.

What a great idea Simone. I look forward to the next set of books.

Erin said...

I've already read the help, but the others all sound amazing!

I'm already a follower.
;-)

Veronica Lee said...

Hi Simone! I'm back to read your lovely blog. Missed ya!!

bookworm said...

I follow your blog already, it's really cool! I'd love to win the book "Suddenly", please sign me up.
Thanks!

bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

blueviolet said...

They both sounds so great!!!! I'm a follower!

blueviolet said...

Oh no...do I really have to pick?

I guess Mudbound first, then The Help???

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

 

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