Clearing the shelves – it’s time for a giveaway or two! :D


The parlous state of my TBR (and in fact my shelves in general!) is probably notorious by now; and the pictures I’ve posted of new arrivals on social media recently probably hint that even more books have made their way into the house. In mitigation, I have sent some off to friends, sold one or two and I have three large boxes in the hall awaiting collection by the Samaritans Book Cave! Nevertheless, I have half a dozen or so lovely titles that I really don’t need (owing to having duplicate copies in the main) and so I thought I would offer them to readers of the blog in a giveaway – it’s a little while since I’ve done one of these! πŸ˜€

And these are the books concerned:

Eight in total, now that I count them… Here’s a closer look at some:

These are all lovely Alma Classics editions which I’ve read but are duplicated or I won’t read again; so it makes sense for them to go to someone who would! The Jerome K. Jerome is great fun; Poe and Gatsby need no introduction from me!

Next up some Russians:

A pair of Turgenevs, which I have duplicated somehow; plus Fardwor, Russia! which was a great read!

And finally a Virago and a fragile Picador:

The Virago is a new style cover. As for the second book, much as it pains me to get rid of a Calvino, I already have the exact same edition from back in the day, so it’s a bit silly to hold onto it. Apart from this one, all of the other books are brand new.

So if you think you’d like to read one of these, give me a shout in the comments and let me know what book or books you might be interested in. I will have to restrict to the UK and possibly Europe, as postage costs anywhere else are going to be a bit awful. But speak up if you’re interested – if I can donate these to new, happy homes I won’t feel quite so bad about the books that keep sneaking their way into the house… ;D

Some Russian book winners!


So I’ve closed the giveaway, and thanks to all who entered and offered interesting recommendations!

I printed out the names of the entrants and popped them into a decorative mini pail I had knocking about, then drew out two winners and they are:

Laura from Reading in Bed – In the Twilight

Melissa fromΒ  The Bookbinder’s Daughter – Five Russian Dog stories

Congrats to both ladies and thanks to all entrants for taking part. I’ll be in touch with the two winners and the books will be winging their way off round the globe soon! πŸ™‚

A Little Giveaway (and I’m *not* fooling!!!)


Yes, despite it being April Fool’s Day today, this is a real giveaway! I’ve been trying to clear the decks a little here, as there have been incoming books despite my best efforts; and I need to be honest with myself about whether I’ll ever read a book again and whether I therefore need to keep it!

Older and more battered volumes are being donated or Bookcrossed, but I have three nice books here that were brand new and I’ve only read the once. I’m pretty sure I’m unlikely to return to them, despite having enjoyed them, so if you’d like one of these please leave a comment saying which one, and I’ll draw names out of a hat (or bag or something) – in fact, as Youngest Child is back for Easter, I’ll get her to do it!

The Library of Unrequited Love


A sweet little volume about love and libraries!

The Canterville Ghost


Oscar is wonderful and so are the stories in this little book; but as I already have his collected stories, I’d like to pass this on to a good home!

The Castle of Otranto


Credited with starting the craze for Gothic fiction, this one is a hoot!

So do comment if you’d like to win one of these – I’ll send overseas, and if you want to suggest a quirky or interesting or classic book I might like while you’re commenting, please do so! πŸ™‚

A Little Wintry Giveaway!


If it wasn’t so cold outside, I would find it hard to believe that it’s December already – but the weather has been freezing lately, and the darker nights leave me in no doubt! Reading wise, November was a month of mainly German Literature, and I’m still actually reading Germans! But I’m making no real plans about what books I’ll pick up as we get to the end of the year, and I’m happy to go where the mood takes me.

3 books giveaway

What I *am* going to do, though, is have a little Winter Giveaway. I haven’t done one on the Ramblings for a while, and I have three spare wintry books to offer. These are available worldwide so please do enter!

The three books in question are:

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“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens


“Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow” by Peter Hoeg

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“Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm” by Stella Gibbons

All are new Vintage editions, with Christmassy covers, and if I didn’t already own copies myself (multiple copies in the case of the Dickens!) I would want to keep them…

To enter, just leave a comment saying which book you would prefer and maybe recommending me a good read for long, cold winter nights – I always like suggestions for what to read next! Good luck! πŸ™‚

“On Roads” Giveaway – The Winner(s)!


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Yes, there will be winners – as I managed to hunt down another couple of reduced-price copies so I have three in all to give away and they will be going to (drum roll!)




I shall be contacting the three lucky winners for their addresses, but thank you *all* for your suggestions – all excellent and all much appreciated! πŸ™‚

On Roads – A Giveaway!


The more I think about Joe Moran’s “On Roads” (reviewed here) the more I love it and want to share it with others! So I thought I would do a little giveaway!

on roads

I have one brand new copy of the book to give to an interested reader. Names will be pulled out of a hat randomly and if you’re interested leave a comment to enter – all I ask is that you recommend me a really good non-fiction read you think I might like!

I’ll close entries in a week’s time and see if I can persuade OH to do the draw as Youngest Child is no longer on hand – good luck! πŸ™‚

Greene for Gran – a Giveaway!


As we’re all progressing into August and enjoying our Greene for Gran reads of the Great Graham, I have decided to offer a little giveaway to further promote her favourite author. When I started excavating Mount TBR to get some Greene to read last week, I discovered that I have two copies of “The Heart of the Matter” (I really need to *stop* buying duplicate copies of books…)


The copy I have spare is this Penguin edition and it comes pre-loved from my local Oxfam charity bookshop – but is in excellent condition (looks unread tbh) and is up for grabs here! Just leave a comment below with a book recommendation for me, and I will draw winner at random in about a week!

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