The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Welcome to the fourth literary giveaway blog hop hosted by Judith at Leeswammes where there are a whole buncg of blogs giving away books! Hurrah! The last ones were a great success with lots of 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!


The Rules

Please pick ONE of the following books and tell me why you would like to read that one in the comments box below. The winner will be picked by on 22nd February (at 8am GMT – sorry I have to finish in the morning but I am going on holiday that day so I won’t be around to pick later on). This giveaway is open internationally and I will send you a brand shiny new copy from either Amazon or The Book Depository.

I have selected three books that I have really enjoyed in recent months and hope you will too. This time I’m going with the classics:


Book #1

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

“When I began this book I have to admit that I didn’t think the three words I’d be using to describe it would be drama, excitement and intrigue.” You can read my full review here.


Book #2

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“Think of it like a tonic or a soothing balm on your frazzled nerves. Lovely.” You can read my full review here.


Book #3

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

This book has it all: class conflict, politics, religion, women’s rights and passion! It makes you think, it makes you reflect on what was and it makes you ponder how we got from there to where we are now. We smile with them, we cry with them.” See my full review here.



Now pop along to all these other lovely blogs and see what else you can snap up. Good luck! 🙂

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  3. Lit Endeavors (US)
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  6. 2606 Books and Counting
  7. The Parrish Lantern
  8. Sam Still Reading
  9. Bookworm with a view
  10. Breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  11. Seaside Book Nook
  12. Elle Lit (US)
  13. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  14. Tell Me A Story
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. Tiny Library (UK)
  19. An Armchair by the Sea (UK)
  20. bibliosue
  21. Lena Sledge’s Blog (US)
  22. Roof Beam Reader
  23. Misprinted Pages
  24. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Dutch readers)
  25. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  26. Indie Reader Houston
  27. Book Clutter
  28. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US)
  29. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  30. Sweeping Me
  1. Caribousmom (US)
  2. Minding Spot (US)
  3. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  4. The Book Diva’s Reads
  5. The Blue Bookcase
  6. Thinking About Loud!
  7. write meg! (US)
  8. Devouring Texts
  9. Thirty Creative Studio (US)
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Dolce Bellezza (US)
  12. Simple Clockwork
  13. Chocolate and Croissants
  14. The Scarlet Letter (US)
  15. Reflections from the Hinterland (N. America)
  16. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  17. Readerbuzz (US)
  18. Must Read Faster (N. America)
  19. Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry
  20. carolinareti
  21. MaeGal
  22. Ephemeral Digest
  23. Scattered Figments (UK)
  24. Bibliophile By the Sea
  25. The Blog of Litwits (US)
  26. Kate Austin
  27. Alice Anderson (US)
  28. Always Cooking up Something

77 thoughts on “The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

  1. Mary Preston says:

    It’s been a long time since I first read “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. I remember enjoying it. I would love to add it to the classic collection on my keeper shelf.



  2. elliepotten says:

    The only one of these I haven’t already read and loved is THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE – though one of my bookshop customers told me last week that I should get on and try some Hardy! So it’d have to be that one.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    emp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk


  3. BryOak says:

    Oh my, oh my…. free books!!! It’s all too exciting! The one I would pick from your Classics list would be The Mayor of Casterbridge as it’s one of Thomas Hardy’s that I haven’t read and your review of it really made me keen to give it a go (I love Far from the Maddening Crowd so hoping to lvoe this one as much too.)


  4. Leeswammes says:

    I also choose North and South. I have been curious about this book for a while and would love to read it. And I’m not reading enough classics at the moment so it would be a good way to get started again.

    BTW this is the FOURTH Lit Blog Hop! Yes, time flies!!

    Thanks for the giveaway and I hope you have a wonderful holiday.


  5. Katrien says:

    I choose Little Women, because a friend of mine recommended it and I haven’t read it yet, because of lack of time. I borrowed it from the library and I loved the beginning, but now I want to know what’s going to happen next!
    I also want to read more older literature, so this one would be perfect!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  6. curlygeek04 says:

    I have all three so I won’t enter, but these are great selections. I love Thomas Hardy! I have to admit I only read half of North and South but I mean to go back to it one of these days. Enjoy the Hop!


  7. Laura says:

    I’d like to read The Mayor of Casterbridge because I’ve read Tess of the D’Urbervilles and I thought it was the BEST, so I’d love to read some more Hardy!

    My email: devouringtexts [at] gmail [dot] com


  8. Sam (Tiny Library) says:

    I’d like to win North and South because I’m going through a Victorian novel phase at the moment, and I do enjoy novels with social commentary. Thanks for the giveaway, and I am now a new follower of your blog 🙂


  9. Karin says:

    I heard a lot about Elisabeth Gaskel but I never read one of her books. I would love to win North & South because I am really curious if she really is as good as many people say.
    I loved Little Women when I first read it. I was around 14 at this time and I so wanted to change my name to Jo right at that moment. Fortunately I am now happy with my own name.
    Greetings from Austria,


  10. Falaise says:

    If I were lucky enough to win, I’d choose the Thomas Hardy book as I’ve always felt as if I should give him a try but have never got round to it. Winning the giveaway would make me feel morally obliged to read it! Pathetic reasoning I know but, there we go!


  11. Anbolyn says:

    It would be North and South for me, Boof, because it is on my list to read for the Victorian Challenge, but I don’t actually own a copy. Thanks for hosting – giveaways are the best!


  12. Cat says:

    Thomas Hardy – yay! I’d love to win The Mayor of Casterbridge because I plan to read it soon and it would be great to have my own copy.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  13. Amy says:

    I’d like to enter to win The Mayor of Casterbridge. I didn’t know anything about it so I read your review and this books sounds captivating! I want to know what happens!

    Thank you!


  14. Cathleen says:

    I’ve had North and South on my “to be read” shelf for ages now, and it would be wonderful to have a “keeper” copy of the book. I’ve heard so many good things about Elizabeth Gaskell that it’s about time I read something of hers. I’m a huge Thomas Hardy fan, but I’ve read The Mayor of Casterbridge several times (amazing book) and I’ve read Little Women (it’s pretty much obligatory since I live down the road from the Little Women’s home! :)]
    Thank you for the giveaway, Boof.
    All the best,


  15. Lilian says:

    The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

    It’s the only book I am not familiar with, and reading your review has definitely intrigued me. A guy that auctions away his family in a drunk stupor? count me in! And honestly, the cover looked the most intriguing (yes, I do judge books by their covers, shame on me).


  16. Lisa says:

    I’ve been wanting to read “North and South” for some years so that’s the one I think I’d choose. Plus, I’ve read “Little Women” and it only took one Thomas Hardy for me to think serious about never reading any more of him!


  17. samstillreading says:

    It’s kind of embarrassing, but even though I’ve watched the North and South miniseries *coughseveraltimescough*, I still haven’t read the book. I really should!
    Thanks for offering a great giveaway 🙂


  18. pburt says:

    Please don’t enter me as I have all three. I just wanted to compliment you on your choices. The Mayor of Casterbridge is my favorite Hardy novel and I also love the other two picks.


  19. DAYLE BUTLER says:

    Thanks so much for the visit to your unique and well designed site.
    Felt quite at home looking at your reviews and stuff.
    follow by twitter and signed up for your email newsletter.
    As I read and enjoyed the other two books. would love to read, because
    of your review The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. sounds like
    my kind of book.Enjoyed Tess, too.


  20. Roof Beam Reader says:

    Great choices! The Mayor of Casterbridge is one of my favorites – I love Thomas Hardy, and Mayor of Casterbridge is actually the book that turned me on to the classics!

    I would love to win North & South – haven’t yet read anything by Gaskell, and I hear great things about this one. Thanks for the chance!



  21. mamabunny13mamabunny13 says:

    I would like to read The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy because I loved your review and I am intrigued. Thanks for the opportunity.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com


  22. Sophia Rose says:

    I would like to win the ‘Mayor of Casterbridge’. I have seen the movie and would love a chance to read the book.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  23. Mystica says:

    Read the first two in school. I liked Little Women then and on re-reading it recently loved it again. The Mayor of Casterbridge was slow going for me then., I have not read it again. North and South was read recently. I would say so so!


  24. Nish says:

    I’d love to try Elizabeth Gaskell. I recently read and enjoyed Middlemarch by George Eliot and another book blogger told me that if I like George Eliot, I would also like Elizabeth Gaskell.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  25. Emily O says:

    You know, I’ve always wanted to read one of Thomas Hardy’s novels. His poems are amazing. I would love to win The Mayor of Casterbridge. Thanks for the giveaway!


  26. Virginie M says:

    Hello dear Boof !
    Many hearty thanks for this lovely give away, how exciting ! I would love to read “The Mayor of Casterbridge”, I am a Hardy fan and cannot recall having read this one…
    Have a very happy holiday !


  27. Jessica @ Shhh Mommy's Blogging says:

    Wow! Popular giveaway Boof! I would like to read Little Women as I haven’t actually read the book but can remember many comforting nights of watching the movie, snuggled up with hot chocolate during my formative years. I’m pretty sure Christian Bale’s “Laurie” was my first crush ever! Thanks!


  28. Nina C says:

    I’d choose North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Only today I was watching a program where they were talking about this book and I’d love to give it a read.


  29. Louis says:

    I would love to read “North And South” since I am fascinated by the Victorian Era but had little knowledge about the differences between the northern and southern regions
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com


  30. Ryan says:

    One of my best friends loves North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell and has been trying to get me to read it for ages. I guess this would give me the perfect reason. Thanks for the chance.


  31. Dovile says:

    I’d like to read North and South, because it sounds interesting, and because I’ve already read the other two.
    Thanks for the chance!


  32. cassandrasliterarystars says:

    I would so love to read The Mayor of Casterbridge! My English teacher read it aloud to our class some years ago, one chapter a week, and I was intrigued by the characters’ development. Aw, that makes me miss my old teacher terribly!


  33. Chinoiseries says:

    I remember North and South from my youth. The tv-series that is 😉 I’d like to read the book on which it was based, to learn more about American history. (I’m Chinese/European so there’s a lot to catch up on)


  34. Beth DiIorio says:

    My first choice is North and South. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve not heard of it before, but after reading your review, it sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read it…Thank you for hosting this giveaway…exciting!


  35. zaraalexis says:

    Out of your books listed, I think I’d like to read “North and South” first because I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, and because I’m interested how the main character’s social consciousness awakens!

    I’m also an avid reader, book reviewer, and book blogger, so I congratulate you in participating in this literary blog! To see my blog, you can visit:

    Thanks for a chance at winning this giveaway. See you at the end of the hop!
    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis


  36. miki says:

    hum difficult to choose. I would say norh and south because i’ve never heard of it ( or little women)

    thanks you a lot for making this international

    all the best



  37. Cindy Macbeth says:

    I read two of the books but have not read “The Mayor of Casterbridge” this sounds my kind of book. Would love to read it.
    Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.


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