Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Giveaway!

I'm feeling jolly. Maybe it's the snow. Maybe it's the new Nook. Maybe it's just the general spirit (and yes, bless us every one).

But I want to give away some books!

Up for grabs--paperback favorites from this year (new or very gently used):

The Blue Flower (I didn't review, but the post that spurred me to pick this one up is here at Carrie's blog)--by Penelope Fitzgerald--on eighteenth-century Germany, with a very unique literary bent

O, Juliet (also not one I've reviewed--but a nice overview at Historical Tapestry)--by Robin Maxwell--a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet

The Piano Teacher (I reviewed this one waaay back in the spring)
--by Janice Y K Lee--a nuanced tale weaving wartime and 1950s Hong Kong

The Kitchen Boy--by Robert Alexander--the story of the Romanovs and the Russian Revolution through new eyes

To Enter you Must:

1) Have a little holiday cheer! I don't care which holiday, but share your favorite holiday story, song, or tradition in the comments!
2) Enter your comment here by December 20.
3) For an extra entry, follow me! Old and new followers alike get an extra entry. (Remind me in your entry comment that you follow.)
4) Winners will be posted here on December 21--I'll ask you to send me your choices in order of preference, and we'll have a little race. First one to email gets first pick, on down the line.

I forgot to add--Open Worldwide! Anywhere Santa or the US Postal Service will deliver.

Good luck!

12 comments:

Atlanta said...

How fun! They all looking very intriguing!

I would love to enter,
and I am a follower!

mesmered said...

I am a follower and would love to enter. My Christmas story? Well perhaps it's easiest to tell you how we celebrate Christmas where there is no snow and where we do it one day before anyone else across the world.
I live in Australia and its invariably warm, being summer, on the 25th December. We are totally silly, sending cards of snow laden scenes, decorating pine trees, spraying false snow on the branches, cooking turkey and massive roast vegetable platters and traditional Christmas puddings . . . all geared to freezing weather and which puts a solid lining in one's stomach against the cold.
Slowly the tradition is changing. Seafood and delicious salads are staking a hold, tropical trifles, pavlovas and berries, and Christmas trees come in all shapes, sizes and types depending if one is by the beach or far inland.
Whatever the case, it's a chance for people to have a rest and unwind before the truly best part of the year happens: summer holidays and the beach!

Caroline said...
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Caroline said...

Sorry, there was a typo in my first comment, and I can't abide those.
I'm a follower...but you already knew that! :-)
My favorite Christmas tradition is picking out my Christmas tree. It started with my dad taking me every year to pick out a tree. But then my little brother came along and he's allergic, so it was straight to fake-Christmas-tree-ville. I absolutely refuse to get a fake tree however, and so when I got out on my own, I established the tradition once more. It's just not Christmas to me if I can't smell fresh cut pine. :-)

buddyt said...

I am a Follower via gFC.

My favorite Christmas tradition is one I remember from when I was very young.

On Christmas day all the presents are placed below and arounf the Christmas tree.

Then the youngest person present (or youngest two if we are quite a group), goes and collect the presents one by one and hands them to the recipients.

Kids are amazing and I think they get almost as much enjoyment from handing presents to others as they do getting their own ones.

Have a happy and relaxing holiday time and I hope you get whatever you are wishing for.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Jasmine1485 said...

I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485 :)

My Christmases vary a lot from year to year depending on whose house I'm at, sometimes it's my parents, sometimes my partner's mum, and this year we're holding Christmas Lunch at our house! We're doing a mix of traditional Northern hemisphere food and Australian practical food - roast turkey, cold sliced ham, roast potatoes and lots of salads.

One of my favourite things about Christmas is watching 'Love Actually' with my partner on Christmas Eve, somewhere along the line it turned into a tradition and it's one I always look forward to. :)

Kate1485 at hotmail.com

Kat Zhang said...

We celebrate all holidays a little oddly in my family :) My favorite Christmas memory...Hmm...well, there was this time when I came downstairs Christmas morning to find that my mother had baked a cake that morning and covered it, still warm, in wrapping paper as a gift for me :D Tastiest gift ever!

Kat Zhang said...

We celebrate all holidays a little oddly in my family :) My favorite Christmas memory...Hmm...well, there was this time when I came downstairs Christmas morning to find that my mother had baked a cake that morning and covered it, still warm, in wrapping paper as a gift for me :D Tastiest gift ever!

The Dreamstress said...

Ah hah! I'm a bit slow, but I figured it out in the end!

My favourite Christmas tradition: taking a hike to get a Christmas tree!

I'm a follower.

Maybelle Leung said...

Hello :) I started following quite recently.
Hmm one of my favourite Christmas stories is called "The Little Matchgirl". You can read it here http://www.online-literature.com/hans_christian_andersen/981/ (The version I read takes place around New Years eve and mentions a Christmas Tree.) I always found it particularly sad, haunting, and much too profound to just be a "child's story"!

I also enjoy the Christmas dinner/gatherings. I remember, as a kid, the anticipation of opening presents and trying to guess what's inside. :D

Sandy Ang said...

Sharing a favourite Christmas memory. I had the amazing experience of hearing 'Once in Royal David's City' sung in King's College Cambridge. Now whenever the CD comes on with the solo boy treble at the start, I'm transfixed by the beauty of the human voice.

Susan said...

I just became a follower! My favorite holiday tradition...hmmmm... Well, I love that my parents still leave out food for Santa on Christmas Eve. And they've been listening to the same Christmas cassette tape since before I was born (so >26 years)! We all know those Christmas carol versions by heart. :)