Tag: Books: Giveaway

Sponsored Post: Philippa Gregory in Toronto!

Posted 6 September, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Hi everyone! I’m posting today to share an awesome event (& a giveaway at the end of the post!) that’s taking place in Toronto later this month πŸ™‚ Simon & Schuster CA is hosting an evening event featuring author Philippa Gregory on Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 7:00PM. The event will be a lecture and a book signing of her latest novel, The King’s Curse. For details about the book, you can check out its book page on Simon & Schuster CA‘s website. You can also read a chapter excerpt from the latest novel OVER HERE.

If you are interested in attending the event, tickets are CDN$5 and can be purchased over here at TicketWeb.

I’m also hosting a giveaway today for a chance to win entrance for two (2) to the event, as well as an opportunity to win a finished copy of The King’s Curse. Pretty awesome, eh? πŸ™‚

Please note:

  • This contest is open to Canadian residents only–sorry international readers!
  • The tickets for the Phillipa Gregory event are not physical tickets; rather, I will be asking for the two names of those attending, which will be listed by the publishers on the guest list at the door. So have your name and the name of your guest ready should you win! πŸ™‚
  • This contest is open until Tuesday, September 16th @ 11:59PM EST
  • Two (2) winners will be selected on Wednesday, September 17th–one (1) for the event and one (1) for the book–and will be notified via email. Please use a valid email address. The winner will have 24 hours to claim his or her prize & details will be forwarded to the publishers

You can enter the contest via the Rafflecopter below. If you have any questions, please comment in this post or email me at webmaster [at] caffeinatedlife [dot] net. GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Many thanks again to Anneliese at Simon & Schuster CA for the opportunity to talk about this event and host this fantastic giveaway πŸ™‚

Armchair BEA: Giveaway Winner!

Posted 1 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Firstly, thank you sooooooooo much to everyone who commented and entered the giveaway contest I hosted on Day 4 of Armchair BEA! I’m still in the process of getting back to all of the comments made that week, but all of your comments made the rest of my week, I enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts on the giveaway selection and about the topics featured last week for Armchair BEA πŸ™‚

Anyway, a winner for this book giveaway contest I hosted has been selected from Rafflecopter–congratulations to Emma @ Words and Peace! I hope you enjoy the title you selected; I look forward to reading your thoughts on it πŸ™‚

Thank you again to everyone who entered! I hope you all have a chance at some point to read the book you wanted to win from the selection, because they are all fantastic and, in my opinion, worth checking out *nods* Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and that everyone enjoyed participating in Armchair BEA last week πŸ™‚

Armchair BEA: Giveaways & Beyond the Borders

Posted 29 May, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 125 Comments


Giveaways! I love giveaways πŸ™‚ For my giveaway, I am giving you guys a choice from the following three books–two books that I read earlier this year, and one that I re-read last year–and enjoyed immensely. So, without further ado, here are your choices:

  • Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (review)
  • C.S. Richardson’s The Emperor of Paris (review)
  • Sebastien Japrisot’s A Very Long Engagement (review)*

* – Rest assured, you will receive the English edition of the novel if you select this title πŸ˜‰ I just didn’t have the url to the English cover on me at the moment, lol

Please also note that the edition you receive may be different from the covers featured above.

This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. Contest closes on Saturday, May 31st at 11:59pm EST and a winner will be contacted the following day so please use a valid email address. The winner will have 24 hours to respond.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! πŸ™‚

Beyond the Borders

It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!

I’m going to approach this topic a little differently (I think?) and talk about books written in another language (mind you, I’m not talking about classic literature here as I touched on it briefly in Day One πŸ˜‰ ). There’s certainly a growing body of books coming out in English that were originally written in another language, which is great in terms of selection and what’s out there; maybe it’s not coming out as fast as I wish (looking at you, Spanish-to-English books), but at least the accessibility is there. In the meantime, I have been picking up books, either from my travels or online, of books in their original language, which has helped me a bit in the languages department πŸ™‚

I love it because different countries and cultures approach different themes, experiences, values. Sometimes their storytelling is just wholly unique, or steeped deeply in traditional folk tales, or feature important or familiar locations and figures.

Some foreign lit titles I love and recommend:

  • Carmen Laforet’s Nada (Spanish; review)
  • Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (Italian; review)
  • Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (French; commentary)
  • Sebastien Japrisot’s A Very Long Engagement (French; review)
  • Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood (review)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (Latin American)

Bonus!: Miguel Syjuco’s Illustrado (review). A bit of a cheat with this one as it was originally written in English (the author is based here in Canada) but it does touch a lot on Filipino culture and identity, hence why I included it πŸ™‚

And now I turn it over to you: Do you read much literature that was originally published in another language? If so, what was your favourite book read and what language was it originally written in?

France Book Tours 1st Anniversary (+ Giveaway!)

Posted 17 April, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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France Book Tours is celebrating its first anniversary! For the past year it has been offering book blog tours presenting both fiction and non-fiction titles of everything related to France. As part of the celebration and a way of saying thanks, it is hosting a massive giveaway featuring books from 14 different authors.

The giveaway is open from 18 – 26 of April and is open internationally (but please see the books mentioned on the website and in the Rafflecopter below to make sure). To enter, please use the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition, France Book Tours will be hosting a Twitter Party on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 5:00-6PM CT. This is an opportunity to chat with other bloggers and authors involved with the tours, so come bring your questions! There will a book giveaway every 15 minutes for a total of 4 book giveaways!

The hashtag is #franceBT for the event, but you can also use the following twubs page to follow the event: http://twubs.com/franceBT.

Thanks again to France Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in the book blog tours for the past year, and a happy anniversary! Bonne chance to everyone entering the giveaway contests πŸ™‚

Books: ‘Citadel’ Giveaway Winner

Posted 7 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Kate Mosse
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
My review of the novel

From the internationally bestselling author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre comes a thrilling novel, set in the South of France during World War II, that interweaves history and legend, love and conflict, passion and adventure, bringing to life brave women of the French Resistance and a secret they must protect from the Nazis. In Carcassonne, a colorful historic village nestled deep in the Pyrenees, a group of courageous and determined operatives are engaged in a lethal battle. Like their ancestors who fought to protect their land from Northern invaders seven hundred years before, these womenβ€”codenamed Citadelβ€”fight to liberate their home from the Germans.

But smuggling refugees over the mountains into neutral territory and sabotaging their Nazi occupiers is only part of their mission. These members of the resistance must also protect an ancient secret that, if discovered by the enemy, could change the course of history.

A superb blend of rugged action and haunting mystery based on real-life figures, Citadel is a vivid and richly atmospheric story of a group of heroic women who dared the odds to survive

Merci beaucoup to everyone who entered the book giveaway contest courtesy of the author and France Book Tours! A winner has been chosen from the entries on the Rafflecopter–Congratulations to Kathleen! I hope you enjoy Ms. Mosse’s novel! πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful week everyone, and thanks again! πŸ™‚