Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Giveaway, Y'all...And a Story, Too!

Let me tell you a little story...

let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start

I was going on vacation this summer and the most exciting part of preparing for the trip was dreaming of what books I would bring along.  For weeks I debated in my head, how many hardcovers, how many paperbacks, did I want light and fluffy books or books I had been putting off with lots of Literary merit...It was so fun.  

I finally settled on a thriller (Lock Every Door), the next Louise Penny (Glass Houses), a memoir (Garlic and Sapphires), and a family drama (Little Fires Everywhere).  I like to have choices.  

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q: how many books can I fit in a suitcase?  a: as many as I want.

When we landed in Mexico we were greeted by oppressive humidity and my mother-in-law, who had forgotten to bring a book.  I don't really know how that is possible, but since she is wonderful in many other ways, I will forgive her for this oversight.  Sitting by the pool she asked me for a recommendation.  I started thinking of books she could download on her ipad but she explained the glare made it impossible to read in the sun.  Ok.  Time to be nice.  

I decided to share one of my books with her.  The thriller would not be a good choice.  She should read the earlier books in the Chief Inspector Gamache before picking up Glass Houses.  So I offered her the memoir and the family drama.  She chose the family drama.  

She read it for 10 days and asked if she could take it home to Las Vegas with her.  Of course, I said yes.  I'm really not good at sharing when it comes to books but my enneagram 1ness always knows the "right" thing to say.  

She took it and I went and bought another copy the day I got home.  I started reading and a week later I got a text from my mother-in-law that said thanks for the book and a new Little Fires Everywhere was on the way to my house.  I was touched.  When the book came I set it aside, grateful for her kindness and I finished my paperback copy.  

I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere.  In past posts, you can find references to it and how it made me think deep thoughts about being the mother of teens.  It was really well written and literary without being too full of itself.  Plus, Reese Witherspoon is making it into a limited series so that's really cool.

And now for the giveaway.  For the last two months, I've looked at this lovely hardback book and wondered what to do with it.  My husband gave me the idea for a giveaway on the blog and I remembered I have a new book that I really enjoyed that I would love to send to one of my readers.  

So, to enter, leave a comment telling me about a book you read this summer.  We will pick a winner randomly on October 23rhd and then I will contact you to get your information.  I will send you a new, hardback version of Little Fires Everywhere (from a smoke-free home) and a few other bookish treats to make your fall a little cozier.  

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!


  1. That was a very nice gesture to offer your mother-in-law one of your books, but what would have happened if you had finished your other books before the vacation ended and were left to stare into space for the duration of the time in Mexico?! That's what I call living on the edge.

    As for me, I read several books this past summer, but the one that has lingered most enduringly in my consciousness is Anna Burns' "Milkman". It was a challenging novel to read, but the way in which Burns conveyed the narrator's sense of isolation, both personally and politically, in this fraught era in Northern Ireland's history was haunting and memorable. Stream of consciousness writing tends to meander and take readers down empty paths, but Burns is quite disciplined in her writing and manages to keep the story moving forward. I highly recommend it!

    Looking forward to hearing more of your reading adventures,

    1. Congratulations Lex! You've won the giveaway!!! I'll reach out and send your books and goodies along asap. Thanks for being such a faithful supporter of Bleubird Books! 😊


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