ECBR Turns Two: Celebration and Giveaway

Posted January 10, 2016 by Lory in blog housekeeping, giveaways / 24 Comments

Birthday by Marc Chagall – Source

It’s been two years now since I published my first real review (of The Miss Buncle Books — my earlier posts were drawn from reviews I’d done for the Green Man Review). I’ve learned so much, met so many wonderful people, and enjoyed so many great books that I wouldn’t have discovered without this blogging community. It’s time to say thank you!

Below are cover snippets from five of the books I reviewed in 2015, in order according to when they appeared on the blog. Appropriately enough, all draw on older stories or other writings in some way, or involve authors and creators of literature. The following descriptions might help you identify them:

  • 1. A mind-bending foray into the ancient world, playing on one of the most famous texts of all time.
  • 2. A delicious mystery inspired by a collection of old recipes.
  • 3. A very adult re-imagining of an immortal children’s story.
  • 4. A lush, multi-layered historical novel about fairy tales and their tellers.
  • 5. A romantic story of a great American author and the woman he loved.


1JustCity copy   2AppetiteViolets copy   3AliasHook copy   4BitterGreens copy   HouseofHawthorne copy


Using the Rafflecopter form, enter to win a hardcover (US) or paperback (International) copy of your choice of one of these books. (For international entrants, only numbers 1-4 may be chosen, to be shipped through Book Depository). You can earn extra points by guessing the book titles; enter your guesses in the Rafflecopter form, but PLEASE don’t give them away in the comments!

I’d like to thank Kay of It’s a Book Life for the fun guessing game idea. And thanks to all of you for being here, whether it’s been for the whole two years or a shorter time. I’m so looking forward to another year of reading with you.

Congratulations to Kristia, who won the giveaway and also guessed all the titles correctly! In case you’re curious, here they are:

  1. The Just City by Jo Walton
  2. An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey
  3. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
  4. Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
  5. The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck


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24 responses to “ECBR Turns Two: Celebration and Giveaway

  1. Sandy Littell

    This was a very fun challenge on this rainy, sunday morning. Hope you are keeping dry at ALA. Subscribed to your email list. I realized, when working on the challenge, that there is much that I’ve MISSED! going back over your posts for 2015! #2 or #4 are my first choices. 🙂

    • It was certainly a good day to be indoors looking at books! Thank you for your support, it’s always nice to hear from you.

  2. Congratulations on two years of blogging and what a fun and unique way to do a giveaway. My choices would be #3 or #5. Thanks for the fun game!!

    • You’re welcome, Wendy! I can’t take credit for the idea as I stole it from Kay of It’s a Book Life, but it is a fun one.

  3. Kristia

    Happy 2nd blogoversary! I believe I would choose either #3 or #4 because they sound like something I’d enjoy,although I’ll admit I haven’t read any of the 5 choices :/ Thank you for the giveaway.