It’s competition time! Which book will you choose?

Welcome to the second literary giveaway blog hop hosted by Judith at Leeswammes where there are a whole buncg of blogs giving away books! Hurrah! The last one was a great success with 28 blogs joining in the fun and this year there are even more (make sure you pop over to see who else is giving lovely books away). What better way to start the weekend than to have a little mosey at all those lovely books being given away and trying to win some (or all) of them! Good luck!

As I did last time I will again be offering a choice of 3 books. All three books are ones that I have absolutely adored (and all of them are in my top 10 favourite books):

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

“This is a seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, which tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan’s most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house.”

This book completely and utterly spellboung me. It is beautiful, exquisite and you cannot fail to be moved by this book.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

“A misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.”

This book is amazing; pure brilliance! Read it!

Blindness by Jose Saramago

“A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind. An opthamologist tries to diagnose his distinctive white blindness, but is affected before he can read the textbooks. It becomes a contagion, spreading throughout the city. Trying to stem the epidemic, the authorities herd the afflicted into a mental asylum where the wards are terrorised by blind thugs. And when fire destroys the asylum, the inmates burst forth and the last links with a supposedly civilised society are snapped. No food, no water, no government, no obligation, no order. This is not anarchy, this is blindness.”

Like nothing else I have ever read. This book is pure genius!

Rules:

Please choose ONE of these three books and tell me why you would like to read it. It’s that simple! 🙂

Good luck!

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161 thoughts on “It’s competition time! Which book will you choose?

  1. I have read Memoirs of a Geisha and The Secret History – they are among my all time favorites.
    So I would choose Blindness since you think it’s pure genius.

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  2. I have always wanted to read Memoirs of a Geisha. My dad read some of it to me when I was eight, but I never finished the story! So that one’ll be my choice. 🙂

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  3. I would like to read Blindness by Jose Saramago because it sound really interesting. I like books like that.
    Nikita
    bookworm.nikita (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. I’d love to read Blindness as a lot of people have said good things about it, and i’ve also read the other two and loved both of them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I would love to read Blindness, because I just finished Death with Interruptions. Needless to say, I was completely blown away by it. I haven’t read a book that made me think that much in a long time. It seems that Blindness will be along the same lines. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I would choose Blindness. I have heard so many people say they loved it, but I never knew the premise of the story and now I definitely want to read it!

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  7. Blindness for me please as I’ve read the other two (and The Secret History is my favourite book of all time!). I’ve heard a lot about Blindness (in turns brilliant and terrifying) and I think there’s a film out, but I’d like to read the book first. I also haven’t read any Saramago so maybe it’s a good place to start.

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  8. Great giveaway, Boof!

    My choice is Blindness. Why? It’s already on my to-read list and I really must not clutter my shelves with unnecessary books (ha ha ha).

    I hope you are having a wonderful holiday.

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  9. I have seen the movie of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. I loved it. Now I would like to read the story for myself.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  10. I would love to read Memoirs of A Geisha -I am into Japanese history and culture and this book has been on my tbr list for a long time-thanks for offering this

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  11. Put me in the Blindness hat please. It’s a book that have never appealed before and yet your synopsis makes it sound just incredible.

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  12. I would choose Blindness because it sound incredible, and also because I have read (and also loved!) the other two! So I completely trust your book judgements 🙂

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  13. I have read Memoirs of a gheisa. I think I would love to read Secret History as the synopsise sounds intriguing and I’m desperate to read the rest! My hubby would read it too!

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  14. You have excellent taste in books! 🙂
    I’d have to choose Blindness – partially because I already have the other two, and partially because it sounds like such an intriguing contagion novel that still manages to deliver its thrills in a beautiful style.
    Great giveaway!

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  15. I’ve already read Memoirs of a Geisha and The Secret History is on my TBR pile so I can only pick Blindness really. It does sound very interesting though.

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  16. I would like to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt because I already know the other books and this book seems interesting, I have just discovered this mystery/crime genre and I kind of like it. 🙂

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  17. I’d love to read The Secret History- because I’ve never heard of the book or the author and I am very intrigued by so many people saying it is one of their favorites!

    onehotstove AT gmail DOT com

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  18. My choice is THE SECRET HISTORY. It’s one that I’ve been meaning to read for a really long time. Love the new cover on the geisha book. Another good one.

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  19. This book is amazing; pure brilliance! Read it!

    The moment I read this line it made me want to read it! I’m putting this one on my TBR pile!

    All the books are good! ill make sure to read them all 🙂

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  20. Thanks for the great giveaway! I’d love to win Blindness, because it’s science fiction but it’s literary sci-fi, not pulp sci-fi that just recycles the same plots over and over again. 🙂

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  21. The only book I haven’t read from your great selection is Memoirs of a Geisha. It’s a book that was very much a hype several years ago but somehow I never got a chance to pick it up at the time. Then 2 years ago I got a second hand copy but I lent it to my mother, who was in hospital at the time. Unfortunately, when she left, she forgot the book….

    Blindness is the one that I can recommend to everyone else. Notwithstanding that The Secret History is also a great book (just not as great!).

    Thanks for the giveaway, Boof!

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  22. I’d choose Memoirs of a Geisha because I love that book and have checked it out of the library too many times, so I’d like a copy I could read again, and again, and again. Also, it’s about Japan, and I loved learning about the culture of a country that’s so close to my own yet so different (I’m somewhere in China… ish).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. i want to win the memoirs of a geisha. heard so many good things about it but havent seen or read the book yet. i find the story interesting because its not just purely imagination, but its reality. i want to learn more about Japan’s culture

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  24. I’ve read and loved all three, so I won’t join in for this giveaway. Great giveaway!

    My mom has been sick, so I never got around to signing up to participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. I have a June Giveaway going on this month at my blog, and I’d love to invite you to stop in. Unfortunately, it’s a US giveaway this month, but next month, I’ll be offering an international giveaway for an Amazon card.

    If you follow my blog, let me know. I always follow back.

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  25. Hi Boof, hope you’re having a lobely holiday!…I would love to win Blindless… I did buy this book some time ago, I lost it during a house move, having never read it 😦

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  26. I have read Memoirs of a Geisha already, so I would choose Blindness. It sounds really good!

    I’m following you on RSS, and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I would choose Memoirs of a Geisha because it is one of my all time faves! I read my other copy to death and I LOVE the newer cover! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  28. I’d like to enter for The Secret History please, as I already have copies of the other two. I’ve heard so much about it, too, from other bloggers, and the things they say have been always positive. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  29. I would love to read The Secret History…it sounds like a great book filled with secrets and intrigue…they are some of my fav reads! Thanks for the book give away!

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  30. Blindness by Jose Saramago, it sounds very interesting. I have glaucoma and have three other conditions that might cause me to become blind. I am very curious about blindness being used as a writing vehicle and what it could symbolize.

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  31. I I have read Memoirs of a Geisha and am torn between the others, they both sound so good. Maybe The Secret History because I studied Ancient Greek in university and that tweeks my interest.
    Thank you fo rthe contest.

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  32. I would like to read Memoirs of a Geisha. I am not sure if that is the same one that a movie was made from, but I enjoy reading about true or based on true story books.

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  33. I would love to read Blindness! I actually borrowed the book last month but couldn’t get to it. I still mean to read it soon. Besides I read Saramago’s Elephant’s Journey last year and totally loved it!

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  34. I’d love to read Memoirs of a Geisha — It’s been on my TBR list for a long time, but I never remember to pick up a copy to read.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  35. Hope you had a great vacation. I own Blindness and have always wanted to try Memoirs of a Geisha, so I would choose that one. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  36. I would love Memoirs of a Geisha because I’ve seen the movie but never read the book and usually the book is much better! I would be happy with any of them because the other two look great too! Thank you!!

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  37. I’ve been meaning to pick up Memoirs of a Geisha for a while now, since I saw the movie. Your description definitely reminded me to check it out! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  38. I think I would choose Blindness, just because I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’ve also heard that it’s pretty creepy, so I’m interested to see just how creepy it really is.
    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

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  39. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.
    I read “Memoirs of a Geisha” loved it. It also is one of my all time favorites.
    I’d like to read ” A Secret History” I love a good mystery.

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  40. Grand choices. I’d like The Secret History because I already read, adored and own the other two. I assume as you loved all three, that I would enjoy The Secret History, too. Thanks for hosting this. Make sure to stop by at my giveaway. I’m no. 61 on the list.

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  41. I would like to read The Secret History. I love mysteries and books with secrets so this book sounds like a perfect fit for me!

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  42. I would love to read The Secret History because I find its story very interesting. It seems very good thriller.
    Thanks for the giveaway and hop!

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  43. Hi! I would love to read The Secret History, the blurb definitely sounds like my type of book (: I love me a good mystery! I haven’t read many mystery books yet, so this seems like a good start (:

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  44. Though I’ve heard a lot of good things about Blindness, I’d go with Memoirs of a Geisha as I watched the movie and found its depiction of Japanese culture fascinating.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I would love to read “The Secret History”. I studied greek in college and really connected with the language and culture. This books sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Courtney
    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

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  46. Awesome contest! I’d love Blindness because it sounds fascinating and because I’ve read the other two amazing books 🙂

    Thank you!
    Sonya
    sonyacullen at gmail dot com

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  47. I would love a copy of Blindness by Jose Saramago. As you say it, it sounds like pure genius. The description has a sort of Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison) feel to it.

    Jenna
    readwriteandlive[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  48. I’d love to read blindness, because I couldn’t even imagine going blind. Thanks for the chance into this giveaway.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  49. I would LOVE to read The Secret History. I’ve heard great things. I love everything about Greece, so that makes me want to read it more.

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  50. I would love to read Blindness. It has been in my to be read since last year…but I don’t want to read the Indonesian translated one. I have been looking ever since

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  51. I’d like to win Blindness. I’ve seen it on several “the best books I’ve ever read” lists and the premise seems so very interesting!

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  52. I would like to be entered for The Secret History because everyone has said how good it is and it sounds like something I would really like. Thanks for the chance.

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  53. -I would love to read Memoirs of a Geisha. Some time ago, my cousin kept saying how much she wanted to see the movie {I hope I’m talking about the same thing} and how she loved it. And since I prefer reading the books before I see the movie (I am critical about what movies don’t have a certain scene the book has). And this book has a promising description. Who knows, I could fall in love with it! So, thank you for this chance!

    x
    Sierra

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  54. I have Memories of a Geisha on my wishlist for quite sometime, but my study (Dutch) orders me to read so many Dutch books, that a novel in English seems perfect for holidays.
    Thank you for the Hop

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  55. I absolutely LOVE Memoirs of a Geisha too! Between the other two, if I win, I’ll let you do the honors to choose which one you’d want me to read more 😛
    Thanks so much!

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  56. Blindness by Jose Saramago. It reminds me of a really stellar little book I read yonks ago; The Gnomids. If it is anywhere near that calibre … Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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  57. I have read Memoirs of a Geisha and The Secret History – they are my all time favorites.
    So I would choose Blindness since you think it’s about time to read Saramago. Reading something from each Nobel Price Laureat is always part of my reading plan. Thanks!

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  58. I would love to read The secret history, bacause so far i haven’t heard anything else but great things about it.
    Thank you for the chance of winning it!

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  59. I’ve read Memoirs of a Geisha and watched the movie based on Blindness so The Secret History sounds good, although with so many people wishing for it, I’m sure only some sort of magic would help me get it. 🙂

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  60. i’d love to read Blindness or the Secret History as both sound great and I’ve never read them. Already read Memoirs of Geisha – great, but not one I would re-read.

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  61. I have never read anything by José Saramango and Blindness sounds really interesting based on your description. Thanks for the idea of the blog hop, fantastic!

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  62. I would like to read The Secret History because it sounds like the most interesting read of the three books. Thanks for this chance.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  63. I saw a long time ago the trailer for a movie I think was based on “Memoirs of a Geisha” and it looked absolutely thrilling and enticing. I’d love to win it.

    Chloecapri(at) yahoo(dot) com

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  64. I would love Memoirs of a Geisha because it’s one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for forever and have somehow never picked it up.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. I have never read Memoirs of a Geisha. So I will go with that one. I have seen the movie and thought it was beautifully done. So I might as well read the book and hopefully the book will be better than the movie!

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  66. I do want to read Blindness but I’ve already seen the movie so there is less urgency in my need. So I would definitely choose The Secret History, which sounds intriguing!

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  67. I’ve read both Memoirs of a Geisha and Secret History so I will pick Blindess as it sounds really interesting! Great giveaway!

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  68. I’d love to read Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden because I hears lot of good things about this book, but I never found it at the library. 😀

    balmezandrada at yahoo dot com

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway. I would choose THE SECRET HISTORY b/c:
    . I’ve heard good things about it
    . I enjoy books set in schools/colleges
    . Mystery/suspense/thriller is my favorite genre

    I’ve already read MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA and seen the movie. Both are very good and favorites of mine.

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  70. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I would love to read this book as I’ve had my eye on it ever since it appeared on the Barnes & Noble List of Top 100 books a few years ago- which is when I first learned of it:) It sounds mysterious and intriguing.

    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

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  71. My AP English teacher in high school made individualized recommendations to each student for their final projects. Memoirs of a Geisha was her recommendation to one of the other students in the class. Since I loved my book so much, I’ve always wanted to read the other books she recommended since she has such good taste. So I would like to try to win Memoirs of a Geisha, please!

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  72. ‘The Secrey History.’ I’m a double Major in English and History, and so books about history obviously make me squee for many reasons. It’s a perfect combination of what I love the most! Although I’ve only heard a few things about it, they’ve all been good things, so my interest has been caught!

    kimie142002 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  73. I adored Memoirs of a Geisha when I first read it too!

    I’d love to win The Secret History because it’s a book that I’ve heard such great things about, and I’ve been meaning to read it for ages but still haven’t done so.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. I have read Saramago and Donna Tartt. “Memoirs of a Geisha” is on my reading list! Very nice, this literary giveaway!! I have seen it too laten I would like to participate next time. Good luck!

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  75. I’d love to read Blindness. I’ve read a couple of other books by Saramago (Death at Intervals and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis) but never this one, even though it’s his most famous and I’ve read so many gushing reviews of it. Thanks for running this contest!

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  76. Great giveaway! Answering the question is easy: Memoirs of a Geisha is on Mt TBR already and I’ve read The Secret History years ago, but Blindness is still on my wishlist!

    BTW have you also read Tartt’s The Little Friend? Many people were disappointed but I loved it as a coming of age story.

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  77. Hi Boof !

    My choice would be the third one which sounds quite interesting and original and uncommon! I have already read “Geisha” which I absolutely adored too and “The Secret History” is on my TBR pile at home….
    Thanks for hosting this lovely giveaway, love from France,

    Virginie

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