We have a winner!

pearl-that-broke-its-shellCongratulations to the winner of our The Pearl That Broke Its Shell giveaway!   The  sequence generator at random.org choose Katie S. of Antioch, TN as the winner of the giveaway.  Thanks to all subscribers to this blog! 

 

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Giveaway: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

pearl-that-broke-its-shellThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is the story of two afghan women separated by a century, but who share similar destinies.  In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.  But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.  Nadia Hasimi’s debut novel weaves the stories of these two women across time and allows the reader to share in some of what it must be like to live in a culture so different from our own.  If you love Khaled Hosseini, Lisa See, or Jhumpa Lahiri then you will enjoy The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.

Now for the giveaway!  I have one hardback copy of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell to share with another booklover.   There are two ways to enter, first you can leave a comment on this post about your favorite book that takes place in an exotic location or involves a culture far different from American culture.  The second way to enter is by subscribing to this blog.  Current subscribers are already entered — they only need to leave a comment to get a second entry!

I will use the sequence generator at random.org to choose one winner and will contact them by email.  It is important that you leave your email address if you leave a comment.  Note: There are a maximum of two entries per person.  The giveaway ends on Sunday, August 30th and the winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday, September 2nd.  This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

Good luck!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to the winners of our Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed  giveaway!   The subscriber initially chosen by the sequence generator at random.org did not claim her prize, so I will award each of the entries by comment a copy.  This is three copies instead of the one initially promised!  The winners are Kathryn N., Lesley D., and Carl S. 

The Booklover has another giveaway waiting in the wings, so make sure you subscribe to get notification of our next giveaway.

Giveaway: Syndrome E

This giveaway has ended.  The winner will be announced shortly…

The Viking Press has provided a copy of Franck Thilliez and Mark Polizzotti’s book Syndrome E as a giveaway for The Booklover!  The classic procedural meets cutting-edge science in this international bestseller.  Syndrome E tells the story of detective Lucle Hennebelle, whose friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an obscure film from the 1950s.  Hennebelle enlists the aid of Inspector Sharko, who has connected the film to five murders.  Soon the two find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that crosses politics, religion, science, and art while also crossing the globe.

Now for the giveaway rules:  There are two ways to enter, first you can leave a comment on this post letting me know the name and author of your favorite thriller.  The second way to enter is by subscribing to this blog.  Current subscribers are already entered — they only need to leave a comment to get a second entry!

I will use random.org to choose one winner and will contact them by email.  It is important that you leave your email address if you leave a comment.  Note: There are a maximum of two entries per person.  The giveaway ends on Sunday, July 1st and the winners will be contacted by email on Monday, July 2nd.  This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

Good luck!

Banned Books Giveaway

This giveaway has ended.  The winner will be notified on Monday, October 3rd via e-mail.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States (Source: American Library Association).

In honor of Banned Books Week, I am giving away a new paperback copy of Betrayed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast.  The Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom reports that Betrayed was challenged this year in the North Star Borough School District in Fairbanks, Alaska high school libraries because “it simply causes kids to think even more of things sexual.”

Now for the giveaway!  There are two ways to enter, first you can leave a comment on this post letting me know the name and author of your favorite banned book.  The second way to enter is by subscribing to this blog.  My current subscribers are already entered!

I will use random.org to choose one winner and will contact them by email.  It is important that you leave your email address if you leave a comment.  Note: There are a maximum of two entries per person.  The giveaway ends on Saturday, October 1st and the winners will be contacted by email on Monday, October 3rd.  This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

Good luck!