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! 😀

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 from  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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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:

xmas carol

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens


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

gibbons comfort xmas

“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! 🙂

“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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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!

Literary Blog Hop 27th – 30th October: Giveaway Time!


I’m very pleased to be taking part in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop organised by Leeswammes! I’ve seen a few of these but this is the first one I’ve had a chance to take part in, and I do like an excuse to give away books.

I’m going to be offering 3 freebies as pictured below (and please excuse the somewhat rubbish photos!):

First up is “All Passion Spent” by Vita Sackville-West. Reckoned by many to be her best work, this is a nice Virago edition. It is pre-owned but is in really great condition and you’d hardly know apart from a bit of tanning on the page block!

Next up is a brand new Wordsworth Classics edition of Ford Madox Ford’s “The Good Soldier”. FMF has been much in the news lately after the BBC adaptation of “Parade’s End”. “The Good Soldier” is shorter and a little more manageable! (My copy is gradually edging towards the top of my tbr). I rather like the look of the new, black covered Wordsworth Classics, don’t you?

Finally, some non-fiction – an intriguing little book (brand new copy again) called “The Book Lovers’ Companion”. This contains good ideas of What To Read Next – with little summaries and suggestions of books ranging from “Mary Barton” to “Cloud Atlas”.  Ideal for any book lover I should think!

So how can your get your hands on one of these? Well, I’ve realised recently that my major book loves are all from the 20th century (mainly before 1980). So if  you’d like to win one of these three lovelies, please leave a comment below with a suggestion of a 20th century volume that I might like and might not have heard of! Winners will be picked at random and if you would prefer one particular book, please say so! I’m happy to send to overseas places, but this will be by surface mail due to horrid UK postal costs.  Looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

Here are all the lovely bloggers taking part in the giveaway:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read in a Single Sitting
  3. Ephemeral Digest
  4. My Devotional Thoughts
  5. Devouring Texts
  6. Tony’s Reading List
  7. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  8. Too Fond
  9. The Parrish Lantern
  10. Kristi Loves Books
  11. The Book Club Blog
  12. Sam Still Reading
  13. Silver’s Reviews (USA)
  14. Bibliosue
  15. Heavenali
  16. Under My Apple Tree
  17. Misfortune of Knowing (North America)
  18. Lena Sledge’s Blog
  19. Lost Generation Reader
  20. Seaside Book Nook
  21. The Relentless Reader
  22. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  23. Monique Morgan
  24. That READioactive Book Blog
  25. kaggsysbookisahramblings
  26. Ragdoll Books Blog
  27. Kate’s Library
  28. The Book Garden
  29. Uniflame Creates
  30. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  1. Ciska’s Book Chest
  2. The Book Divas Reads
  3. Alex in Leeds
  4. Simple Clockwork
  5. Bluestalking (USA)
  6. Fresh Ink Books
  7. Sweeping Me
  8. Giraffe Days
  9. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (USA)
  10. Books Thoughts Adventures (USA)
  11. emmalikestoread
  12. Colorimetry
  13. Page Plucker
  14. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
  15. 2606 Books and Counting
  16. Book Nympho
  17. She-Wolf Reads
  18. The Little Reader Library (Europe)
  19. Booklover Book Reviews
  20. Dolce Bellezza

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