A blog celebration with Make Me Read It Giveaway

Let’s have a Twelfth Night party like these jolly Breughel peasants, only with less drinking and more reading!

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been just over four years since I started this blog on January 1, 2014, and I’d love to celebrate with you.

Stealing a fun idea from Nicole of Feed Your Fiction Addiction, I’m posting a list of 20 books on my TBR pile. If you win, you get to pick one and and I’ll send you your very own copy. Depending on price and availability the book sent may be used (good condition) or new; I will send via Book Depository if international. I can also send an ebook if you prefer and if it’s available.

I then solemnly vow and promise to read and review my copy within a month; it would be great if you would read along with me, but I won’t hold you to it. Please peruse the list, and then if you’d like to participate, use the Rafflecopter widget below. I hope there’s enough variety to give you all something that might interest you! Links are to Goodreads.

I would hereby like to acknowledge and thank my top commenters, and give you an extra boost in the giveaway — please identify yourself via Rafflecopter, and you will get five extra entries!

  • Chris of Calmgrove
  • Laurie of Relevant Obscurity
  • Brian of Babbling Books
  • Erica of Erica Robyn Reads
  • Katie of Doing Dewey
  • Jessica of The Bookworm Chronicles


Thank you all so much for being with me through these four years, or for stopping by if you’re a new visitor. And now for the book list:

  1. The Art Forger – B. A. Shapiro (Contemporary fiction about the Gardner Museum heist)
  2. Before the Feast – Sasa Stanisic (novel in translation about a German village steeped in myth and folklore)
  3. The Blood of the Martyrs Naomi Mitchison (historical novel about early Christians)
  4. The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald (lyrical historical fiction about the German poet Novalis)
  5. The Butterfly Mosque – G. Willow Wilson (memoir of the author’s conversion to Islam and life in Cairo)
  6. The Country Child – Alison Uttley (autobiographical fiction of an English childhood)
  7. A Different Kind of Daughter – Maria Toorpakai (nonfiction about a sport-loving Pakistani girl who passed as a boy)
  8. Dream Days – Kenneth Grahame (classic essays and stories by the author of The Wind in the Willows)
  9. The Edge of the World – Michael Pye (nonfiction about the cultural importance of the North Sea region)
  10. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe – Penelope Lively (Carnegie-medal-winning ghost story)
  11. The Infinite Air – Fiona Kidman (historical bio-fiction about a New Zealand woman aviator)
  12. Jude The Obscure Thomas Hardy (ultimate depressing Hardy novel)
  13. A London Child of the 1870s – Molly Hughes (memoir of a London childhood)
  14. Love – Elizabeth von Arnim (semi-autobiographical romance between an older woman and a younger man)
  15. Love in a Fallen city Eileen Chang (stories in translation from one of the great writers of contemporary China)
  16. Marmee and Louisa – Eve LaPlante (biography of Louisa May Alcott and her mother)
  17. Notes on a Cowardly Lion – John Lahr (biography of Vaudevillian Bert Lahr)
  18. The Owl Service – Alan Garner (classic YA fantasy based on Welsh myth)
  19. The Path – Michael Puett (based on a popular Harvard class on Chinese philosophy)
  20. The Spire – William Golding (historical fiction about the building of an English cathedral)

Congratulations to R-J, who won the Make Me Read It giveaway and chose The Art Forger from my TBR list. I’ll be sending her a copy, and reading mine ASAP!


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41 thoughts on “A blog celebration with Make Me Read It Giveaway

  1. Congratulations on four years of blogging. That is very impressive. I always enjoy reading your posts.

    If I won I would pick The Country Child. It sounds just my cup of tea.


  2. Congratulations! Here’s to many more years of sharing books. I would choose A Different Kind of Daughter because I’m very interested in how she’s able to pull this lifestyle off. Plus her parents sound amazingly brave and I love girls who are athletic and determined to succeed in what they want to do.


  3. Congratulations on Blogging for four years!

    Thank you for the mention. Your blog is worth commenting on.

    Though the depressing part scares me a little, if I won it would be Jude the Obscure.

    Happy New Years!


  4. Huge, even bigly, congratulations, Lory, on many years of consistently high quality blogging! I always look forward to your posts and if I’m a frequent commenter it’s because you’ve always got something interesting to say.

    What a lovely range of books and what a generous way to celebrate – – speaking selfishly I’ve got my eye on Before the Feast but I’m not expecting anything, whoever wins will clearly be in for a treat!


    1. Oh! If I were to win, I think I would go for A London Child of the 1870s – Molly Hughes (memoir of a London childhood). I’m a sucker for all things London! I spent a month in Cambridge, England and got to visit London for a day. I adored it! I’m also a sucker for a great memoir. One of my favorites is In the Blood: A Memoir of My Childhood by Andrew Motion.


      1. I was inspired to buy this one by another blogger years ago and really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Sounds like you might enjoy it too.


  5. Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary! I hope there are many more years of book blogging ahead for you. I always enjoy reading your posts. 🙂


  6. First of all congratulations on this milestone. And I wish you many more.

    Secondly, how generous…but what a list to choose from! I’d probably like most of them in some way. Though if I had to choose it would be The Butterfly Mosque. Probably not a surprise 🙂


  7. Congratulations on four years! I’m not sure how long I’ve been following your blog, but it’s certainly been a favourite for the past couple years. I think I would choose The Owl Service if I were to win this giveaway – incidentally, it’s been on my TBR for almost four years 😛


    1. I read it a long time ago and didn’t love it, but I’ve changed so much over the years in reading preferences I really want to read it again.


  8. Your TBR list has an impressive variety of genres and topics to judge from this snippet. I’ve not heard of many f them but not nterest g to see you have The Spir. It’s a fabulous book.


  9. Thank you Lory! Happy 4th blogoversary! If I win I would love a copy of Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame, as I love short story collections and I thought The Wind in the Willows was utterly charming. 😀


  10. Very generous, Lori, and congrats on 4 years of blogging! Will you announce the winner on your blog? I’ll watch out for it, in case The Blue Flower gets picked. I just found that book in one of my boxes. I’d love to win a copy of The Edge of the World. It sounds very interesting.


    1. I will definitely announce the winner and the book picked. Others wanting to read along are very welcome. I’ve actually already read The Blue Flower and it’s wonderful, so that would be a reread for me. I hope you like it too.


  11. I’ve actually just added a lot of these to my wishlist, but if I had to choose one, I THINK I’d go for The Butterfly Mosque? I think. Or maybe The Ghost of Thomas Kempe.

    I had The Art Forger on my TBR pile for aaaaaages but I finally read it last year!


  12. Happy 4th ‘Blirthday’!! Our blogs are almost the same age. Mine turned 4 in November. 🙂
    This is such a nice idea for a celebration. I think I would choose either Love or The Blue Flower!


  13. If I win I will choose “Love in a fallen city” , it seems interesting and i do have a weakness for Chinese literature.


  14. They all look very interesting! Marmee and Louisa sounds like a good choice, mainly because I really enjoyed reading LITTLE WOMEN 🙂 Happy blogiversary, and have a wonderful year!!!!!


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