Fancy winning £25.00 to spend at Amazon?

I have not one but TWO lots of  £25 Amazon vouchers to give away!! Yippeee!


These vouchers are  courtesy of the 360 degree feedback provider ETS who do employee surveys to judge how your workmates perceive you (have you ever wondered what your colleagues think of you?)


The rules:

–          All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous prizes is to name a book title with a mood in the  title for example  “The happy XX “ “The sad XXX”.

–           Entries will close a 12.00 midday GMT on 10th April 2012. We will choose the two winners using an online random number generator.

–          1. The competition is open to anyone, regardless of where you live (values will be equivalent to £25.00 sterling)

–          2. You can only enter once. Multiple entries will be deleted.

–          3. Please do not repeat titles already mentioned. If you do, your entry will not be eligible for the draw.

–          4. And please note we can’t accept email or Twitter entries. The only entries accepted are the ones in the comment box below.

Good Luck!



A winner and “A bientot”

And the winner is…

Thank you for all of you who entered the latest Literary Giveaway Blog Hop; I hope that, even though you haven’t won, I may have convinced you to give either The Mayor of Casterbridge, Little Women or North and South a read.

Anyway, as always, there can only be one winner so congratulations to:



From Wordsmithonia

Ryan has chosen North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and said in his comment that his friend has been trying to get him to read it for years, so I really hope you enjoy it, Ryan 🙂


And now I’ll say goodbye until next week as I am about to jump on a plane to Paris for 4 days. I cannot WAIT! It was part of my 40th birthday present from last year from Mr Whisperer and he has also given me permission to spend as long as I like in Shakespeare & Co (probably my favourite bookshop in the whole world) and have a little (ahem) spending spree. See you next week with my brand new purchases 🙂


Au revoir!



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

A winner and a big thank you!

What a lovely bunch…

…of people you all are! Just when I was feeling a little overwhelmed with blogging I got so many messages of support and it really is appreciated. The blog shall remain 🙂



A winner

And now on to more important matters: I have a winner from my giveaway. I love to giveaway books and if I was a millionaire I would make it my lifes mission to be a Bookish Santa Claus. I’m not a millionaire however, so I have to make do with the odd givaway here and there. And the winner from my blogoversary giveaway is the very lovely


Judith at Leeswames Blog


I am really pleased that Judith has won as not only is she one of my favourite bloggers, she is also the mastermind behind the Literary Giveaway that is run a few times a year so instead of giving, now she is receiving. A brand new shiny copy of The Snowman is on its way to you, Judith 🙂

A blogoversary, a giveaway and a decision

Today I’m two!

It is exactly two years ago today that made my first foray into the world of book blogging and what a journey it’s been since then. I have have fallen in and out of love with my blog at various points but I love being able to look back and see the record I have made of books I have read, conversations I have had and probably the best thing about it is the friends I have made through doing this – some whom I have been lucky enough to meet in real life and others whom I have loved getting to know via our love of books.

Here are a few stats since my time as The Book Whisperer:

A total of 218,000 hits

Most viewed post of all time is The best 11 BooK Club Reads of all time EVER! followed by my interview with the lovely Kathryn Stocket (author of The Help)

The five most looked at book reviews are: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson, Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa, Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and The Legacy by Katherine Webb.

I like looking at the search terms that bring people to my blog too as some of them make me laugh. They are ususally terms along the lines of best book club books etc but I have to wonder how peoole searching for Bali sexy girls and scary forrests ended up on my blog!

  A big thank you

Of course, although I love the fact that this blog is keeping a record of my reading that I can look back on in years to come, I still absoloutely love the fact that you all take the time to stop by and read or comment – it really does make my day when people take the time to comment 🙂

So, as a big thank you for your continuted support I am doing a little giveaway to celebrate my two years running The Book Whisperer:

All you have to do it click on the “reviews” tab on the blue bar at the top of the page, pick any book that I have reviewed here on this blog (there are about 180 to chose from) and post a comment to say which book you would like to win and why. I will then pick a name using and the winner will receive a brand new shiny edition of that book from The Book Depository or Amazon. This competition is internation and you have until midnight (UK time) on Tuesday 13th December to enter and the winner will be informed on here and also by email the next day.

Good luck!


  A decision

Now a confession: Last week I considered giving up my blog. Yep, I did that thing that I think most bloggers do at some point or other – I decided it was too much and that I was going to put The Book Whisperer to bed. Then, a day or so later I got a lovely messgae from someone saying that she had been recommended my blog by a librarian as a great place to look for books to read in book groups and how she loved my blog. I immediately remembered why I love doing this so much again. I think maybe I have been so busy lately with a hugely demanding day job (that rarely turns out to be 9-5pm due to my work load) and when I have some free time sometimes I just want to curl up with my book (or even watch TV!) rather than sit and think carefully about what I want to write in a review. I am currently about 6 books behind in my reviews and that had been stressing me out too. When I got that message it reminded me of all the lovely comments and emails I have had in the past about my blog (and I particularly love it when I review a great book and people post that my review has made them want to read it too!). So….after much deliberation, I have decided to carry on…..

Here’s to the next year! 🙂


And the winner is…


After another fantastic literary blog hop hosted by Judith at Leeswammes’ Blog, where over 50 book blogs took part, I now have a winner as picked by So out of a total of 128 entrants, the winner is…




Congratulations! I will send you an email shortly and then there will be a lovely copy of Her Fearful Symmerty on its way to you.


Thanks to everyone who joined in.


And the winner is….

Thank you to all who dropped by to wish me a Happy Birthday after my mammoth (and trust me, it felt like it) 40 day challenge. There were days when I wondered why I’d commited myself to posting every day but I got so many lovely comments and someone even said it was like opening a new door on an advent calendar every day which really made me smile 🙂

Anyway, on the final day of my challenege I offered the chance for one person to win their choice of any of the books that I had read and posted about in the previous 40 days (and there were lots to chose from). So, after using I now have a winner….

(drum roll please)


Sabrina blogs at Thinking About Loud and she has chosen Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. It’s a fantastic book, and I hope you enjoy it Sabrina 🙂