Friday, August 1, 2014

A Towering Book Giveaway

Inspired by Miss Laurie's recent giveaway on Old-Fashioned Charm, I've decided to share some of my book collection with you.  Literally, not virtually.  I'm having a yard sale with some friends next month, and so I'm once again going through my possessions, taking a good hard look at everything I own and figuring out if I need/want them, or could be happy without them.  I'm including my book and movie collections in this endeavor, and I've got a tower of twenty books that I no longer want to own, but that I think my blog friends might enjoy.

I'm breaking them up by genre, since I know people who like poetry might not like mysteries, and so on.  You can enter as many or as few of the giveaways as you want.  I'll be drawing one name per book, but obviously some people might win more than one book.  Also, if you choose to blog about this giveaway to earn an extra entry, you can just blog about it once -- that counts just fine for multiple giveaways.  You don't have to post six different times if you want to enter all six giveaways :-)

This giveaway runs through Sunday, August 10th.  I'll draw the winners on Monday, August 11th.  PLEASE be sure you provide a CURRENT email address so that if you win and I email you to ask for your mailing address, you get the message.  Any winner who does not respond within one week (by Monday, August 18th) will be disqualified, and I will pick a new winner.  

Be aware that all these books are USED, and some of them do have things written in them.  I bought some of them new and some of them used, and one I won in a giveaway myself.  If I've reviewed a book here, I'll link its title to my review so you know what I thought of it.

Enough.  Here are the books.

Selected Poems by Robert Frost -- hardcover, 300+ pages of poems by my favorite poet.  I have his Complete Poems now, so don't need this smaller selection anymore.

Sonnets of Love and Friendship -- hardcover collection of romantic poetry by people like Browning and Wordsworth and Shakespeare and a bunch of poets I'd never heard of before.

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The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr -- adventures "based on unsolved cases from the original stories" that are readable and enjoyable, but I don't think I'll want to re-read them.  Hardcover.

The Hand in the Glove by Rex Stout -- NOT a Nero Wolfe mystery, but an enjoyable mystery nonetheless.  Stars female PI Dol Bonner, who does pop up in the Wolfe mysteries sometimes.  Some mild language, IIRC.

Poodle Springs by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker -- Chandler wrote the first 4 chapters before he died, and Parker finished it thirty years later.  It's about Philip Marlowe, and it's been years since I read it, but the back copy mentions "greed, lust, and murder."

This Dame for Hire by Sandra Scoppettone -- about a female PI named Faye Quick in NYC during WWII.  I never finished reading this because I didn't like the dialog style, so can't speak to the content.

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Newer Classics
Every Living Thing by James Herriot -- I love this book, but I have another copy now.  Stories of a country vet in Scotland, sometimes a bit of mild language.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury -- lots of short stories about Mars and Martians.

My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara -- a boy and a horse become friends.  Another one I have two copies of.

Shane by Jack Schaefer -- a boy idolizes the gunman who works for his father.  This novel is the basis for the Alan Ladd movie by the same title.  I love this book, but I have another copy.

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Older Classics
Hamlet by William Shakespeare -- full confession?  I have twelve other versions.  I can share.

King Arthur's Death/Morte Arthure/Le Morte Arthur translated by Brian Stone -- I love stories about Camelot, but Arthur's death is too sad and I don't want to read about it anymore.

King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard -- all about treasure hunting and adventures.  I enjoyed it, but not enough to read it again and again.

Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe -- I realized I really don't love Poe, and so when my kids need to read his stories for school when they're older, we can get them from the library.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens -- if you don't know what this is about, you should.  Again, I have another copy and realized having two is silly.

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The Right to Write by Julia Cameron -- this was used as a text book when I took Creative Writing in college, and I realized I haven't referred to it for years, so time to pass it along to another writer who could benefit from Cameron's excellent advice.  I wrote and underlined in it, just so you know.

Fast Fiction:  Creating Fiction in Five Minutes by Roberta Allen -- got it for the same class, wrote and underlined in it a bunch.  Lots of prompts and exercises and info on how to write short-shorts.

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Perfect Pairs by Hulton Getty -- a little hardcover book full of pictures of famous movie pairs, with info on the movies the pics come from and famous quotes about love.

The Portable Irish Reader edited by Diarmuid Russell -- 1946 hardcover book full of Irish letters, essays, speeches, plays, stories, poems, and more.

Two Guys Read Jane Austen by Steve Chandler and Terrence N. Hill -- a fun book, but I realized that I probably won't want to read it again, and I'm really trying not to keep books I won't re-read or refer to a lot.

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That's all!  And that's enough, right?


  1. Cool! Count me in! I've entered the poetry and the miscellaneous giveaways, and my favorites from both are the Robert Frost collection and the Perfect Pairs book.

  2. Thanks! In the Older Classics section, my first choice is King Solomon's Mine, and my second choice is Hamlet!

  3. Fun giveaway! Books are always awesome!

    For the poetry, I'd pick the Robert Frost volume; 2nd Sonnet collection.

    Mystery, Sherlock Holmes first, then Poodle Springs.

    Older classics, Hamlet. Second, King Solomon's Mines.

    Writing, The Right to Write (I'm taking Creative Writing in college this fall, so this could really be a help!). Second, Fast Fiction.

    Miscellaneous, The Portable Irish Reader. Second, Two Guys Read Jane Austen.

  4. Me for Adrian Doyle, though I may read it and give it back.

    Incidentally, the "Me" in the sentence above is a grammatical construction unknown to most professors of English or even Shakespeare. It's called the oblique case, shares the forms of the objective, and is used where a nominative seems to be called for but sounds wrong. I just thought I should say that since "Prof." gets automatically attached to my posts.

  5. I'd like to enter the Mystery giveaway-- the Sherlock Holmes book catches my fancy most of all. :D

  6. *Happy Squel* Ahhhhhhh! :D James Herriot! I love those books so so much! :)

  7. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. My first choice is Le Morte D'Arthur and my second choice is Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe.

  8. Hi Hamlette! :) I've been collecting James Herriot books for a little while now, so my first choice is Every Living Thing by James Herriot and my second choice would be My Friend Flicka.

  9. Newer Classics: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

    Miscellaneous: The Portable Irish Reader edited by Diarmuid Russell

    This is a fun giveaway idea! I'm excited to be part of it!

  10. Ooh, I would love "Two Men Read Jane Austen" first and "Perfect Pairs" second. Thanks for doing this!

  11. I'd love the Robert Frost, but either book of poetry looks great. (I'm trying to beef up my poetry collection so I'll actually, you know, read more poetry.)

  12. How fun, Hamlette! :) I've been wanting to read Two Guys Read Jane Austen for a while. And The Portable Irish Reader looks like a fun book to have sitting about. Thanks for this opportunity! :)

  13. Thanks so much for doing this (and waiting!! ;-)). And wow... twenty some books??? :-)

    I'm entering several of them. My preferences would be: in the poetry Love and Friendship, in the newer classics Shane, and in the older classics A Tale of Two Cities or Le Morte Arthur. Oh! And in miscellaneous: Perfect Pairs. :-)

    1. I took a whole diaper box full of books to the used book store and sold them, besides these. I'm serious about this downsizing thing!

  14. In the poetry, my first choice is the Robert Frost collection. And in the miscellaneous category, my first choice is The Portable Irish Reader and my second choice is Perfect Pairs. Thanks again for doing this!!!

  15. Oh and if I followed, can I count that as an entry to different sections?

  16. In the poetry, The Sonnets of Love and Friendship,

    In the Older Classics: King Arthur's Death/Morte Arthure/Le Morte Arthur as my first choice and A Tale of 2 cities as my 2nd.

    In the writing genre, Fast Fiction: Creating Fiction in Five Minutes as my first choice and the other one as my 2nd

    And in the Miscellaneous category, my first choice is Two Guys Read Jane Austen and my second choice is The Portable Irish Reader.

  17. oops...forgot the other two categorizes... for the mystery my first choice is The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes

    and in the newer classics my choice is Shane

  18. Okay, I just took a closer look at the 'Newer Classics' assortment and saw you have Shane! So I'm entering that one too, and my first choice would be, like I said, Shane. :-)


  19. love to enter for either of the poetry books, but does it matter if i live in NZ?

    1. Nope, doesn't matter at all! You've made me realize I never said this was open world-wide. Oops! It is :-) Good luck!

  20. My first is prob "sonnets of love and friendship"


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