Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sorry I’m running late this week!!

The winner for the April 9 giveaway is – drum roll please – Rachele!! Yay! Congratulations Rachele and thank you to all of those who stopped by and left comments. There were actually only 4 of you, but that’s ok, it is a cozy group! Lol

Rachele, just send me an e-mail with your address and I will get the books out to you.

Alright, this week’s giveaway…

The Last Kashmiri Rose
By Barbara Cleverly

Set in Calcutta in 1922, this is the first in a mystery series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Joe Sandilands. The Inspector is a survivor of the Great War and he has been stationed in India for six months. He is about to head home when he is asked to investigate a suspicious death. His inquiries find there is probably a connection to a series of mysterious deaths that have occurred over the preceding decade. All the vicitms have been offiecer’s wives and they have all died experiencing what has been known to be their greatest fear.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, this is a well written and memorable story with an unusual twist in the solution to the mystery.

The Thirteenth Tale

By Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale contains all the Gothic elements: a reclusive writer with a secret, a young writer with a troubled past, the unraveling of a long ago mystery. I found it a bit long, but it was a huge hit in 2006 when it was published, becoming the number one bestseller on the New York Times list within a week.

The New Yorkers

By Cathleen Schine

This book follows five people who live on the same block in New York City and end up being connected by their dogs. Over the course of a year, we follow their ups and downs, falling in and out of love and learning about each other and themselves. A really nice story about engaging people, set in one of my favorite places in the world.

Water for Elephants
By Sara Gruen

A huge bestseller, I resisted this book for over a year. I am so contrary. For one thing, I hate going along with the crowd. For another, I hate, hate, HATE circuses. Even when I was a kid.

So I was really shocked when I started reading and couldn’t put it down. Not your typical circus story, it is mostly a story about love and loss and devotion. And it has pictures! It is wonderfully illustrated with archive photos. Simply wonderful.

So there you have it. Leave a comment between now and Sunday, April 24 and you will be entered in a drawing for these books.

For those of you who don't win but are interested in these titles, I added links to Amazon.

(Because the pool of entrants is so small, I am going to apply an amendment, borrowed from the radio station I listen to, WQXR in New York. To give everyone a chance, winners will be limited to once every four weeks.)

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junebug said...

We just read Water for Elephants last month for book club. The only problem I had with it was the beginning. I loathe reading what is going to happen at the beginning and then backtracking. It makes me struggle to care about anyone knowing something terrible is going to happen. However, I really liked the subtle commentary on our treatment of elderly.
I haven't read any of the others. :-)

Putdar said...

I'm pretty sure I left a comment on last week's giveaway post, but I couldn't find it =[. I really want The Girl She Used To Be. I heard it is good.

I am a college student majoring English, so I need a lot of books written in English. Unfortunately, such books are very expensive here in my country. So, I would be very glad if I win these giveaways in your blog.
*fingers crossed*

Marie said...

Junebug - I completely agree with you about knowing an outcome before I get there. I would NEVER read the last page of a book to find out what happens!! Getting there is the fun. But in this case (I am too lazy to go get the book and check, lol) from what I remember the end is not really what was reported or inferred at the beginning. That was one of the things I liked about the book, how different perspectives altered the story.

It's portrayal of life in a long term care facility is one of the things that haunts me every time I struggle to get dressed or make breakfast, like this morning. I know that is going to be my fate before I am old. :( Well, before I am really old. lol

Putdar - unfortunately I am not in a financial position to mail books out of the United States right now, it is prohibitively expensive to many parts of the world because they are so heavy. But please e-mail me (nourishblog@optonline.net) and tell me what country you are in. Let's see if we can find a way to get you some books in English. There might be a program available. If I know where you are, we can look into it. Ok? :)

Unknown said...

Yay! Congratulations to Rachele! I have Water for Elephants on my bookshelf, but I haven't read it yet! GAH!! So many books, so little time!

man that was a lot of exclamation marks. I gotta calm down.

Rachele said...

Yay. I just saw that I won while popping in over at TB. I think my addy is on my profile and I'm patient. Send them whenever you get the chance. Thank You!

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