Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop!

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Given the unseasonably warm winter we are experiencing here in Brisbane…warmer than our usual unseasonably warm winters, that is…it would be remiss of us not to join in with the Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck in Books and running from August 1st to 14th.

My recommendation for a recent release, relaxing beach read (if I enjoyed the beach that is.  I don’t.  Too much sand in odd places.), would be Siobhan Curham’s delightful The Moonlight Dreamers.  You can see what’s so great about it by clicking on this cover image:

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But on to the giveaway!  I am offering one winner their choice of book up to the value of $15 AUD from the Book Depository.  My giveaway is open internationally, provided the BD ships to your country for free.  Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter.

To enter, just click on the link below!

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This is a hop, so don’t forget to visit the other participating blogs to see what’s up for grabs!  Click the link below to see all the participants:

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Good luck!

Bruce

Books I’m Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop 2015

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Welcome to my stop on the Books I’m Grateful I Read Hop for 2015, hosted by Stuck in Books and running from November 1st to 14th.  The theme of the hop is fairly obvious I should think, so I have come up with a small selection of the gazillions of books that I am grateful to have read. One winner will be able to choose one book from this selection as their prize.  In the event that the winner chooses one of the books that are part of a series, they have the option of choosing the book that they are up to in the series, rather than the series openers that are pictured here.

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My giveaway is open internationally, provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter.  To enter, just click this link:

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Now hop along and visit some of the other participating blogs!

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Until next time,

Bruce

Just Couldn’t Put It Down Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to my stop on the Just Couldn’t Put It Down Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books and running from the 5th to the 18th of July.  The theme of the hop is (rather obviously) page-turning reads, so I have chosen to offer one winner the choice of one book from my Top Books of 2015 list so far.

Here are the four titles on my list currently.  Click on the cover to be taken to Goodreads for information about the book.

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The giveaway is open internationally, provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter.  As always, a follow would be appreciated, but is not necessary to participate.  To enter just click on the Rafflecopter link below:

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Good luck! This is a hop, so don’t forget to pop along to the other participants and try your luck!

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Bruce

May I Suggest Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to my spot on the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books and running from May 3rd to May 16th. I have a soft spot for this hop because it runs so close to my birthday, so I can’t resist joining in the fun. The theme of the hop is books that are amazing or fantastic or ones that you would recommend to others.

To that end, I am offering one winner a random book from my Goodreads favourites shelf. The winner can choose the genre/age range that they’d prefer, then I’ll select a book that I think fits and send it on its merry way to be enjoyed by another. The giveaway is open internationally provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free. Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter form.

I haven’t required a follow for entry this time around, opting for a more giggle-based requirement, but follows and likes across any of our platforms are always welcome!

To enter, click on the rafflecopter link below.

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This is a hop, so don’t forget to scoot around to the other participating blogs and try your hand at bagging some loot!

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Bruce

Walk on the Wild Side: A KidLit “Five Things I’ve Learned Review”…

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Today I have the perfect illustrated tale for those who love a good ramble, hike, bushwalk – whatever you call it in your part of the world – and who like to read stories about animals who share human hobbies.  I received Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland from the publisher from Netgalley ages and ages ago and I’m only just getting around to it now.  That’s probably alright though because it was only published on March 1st, so technically I’m still ahead of the game.  Because it IS a competition.  Even if you don’t know it.

Beaver, Moose and Bear are out for a bit of a ramble in the great outdoors when they decide to make their walk a competition – just to make things more fun.  Whoever gets to the top of the mountain first, wins.  Along the way, the leaderboard changes as each animal finds parts of the terrain more suited to their natural abilities, and then….DISASTER!  By the end of the walk, these wily wild creatures may just realise that competition can be fun, but working together has a charm all its own.

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So here’s….

Five Things I’ve Learned From…

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1. Things are always more fun when they are made into a competition. No, wait, I mean a collaboration.

2. Beavers, bears and moose (mooses? meese?) are not the natural enemies I thought they were.

3. When going on a bushwalk, hike, ramble (whatever you call it in your part of the world), always wear sturdy shoes and tell someone where you’re going. Unless you’re an animal. Then just do whatever and hope for the best.

4. Tiny saplings that grow out of dangerous cliffs are not designed to hold the weight of more than one large, hairy mammal at a time.

5.  All natural, sustainable, beaver-carved ladders are almost certainly going to be the next big thing in eco-decorating, for their usefulness and rustic appeal.

From the cover reminiscent of the Beatle’s Abbey Road album, to the map-like trail of the three animal friends, to the straightforward plot narration, this book reminded me fondly of Chris Judge’s Lonely Beast series.  I really enjoyed this little foray into the wilderness with these three intrepid (if mildly competitive) friends and I was surprised to note that this book is actually part of its own series, with other books by Oldland featuring the characters individually.

The story here is pretty simple stuff with an obvious moral – three friends decide to have a race and then realise that, when all’s said and done, sometimes it’s just better to enjoy time spent together instead of setting up winners and losers.  The star in this book is the artwork, with the wry expressions of Beaver complimenting the sometimes pleasantly vacant expressions of Moose and the earnest consideration of Bear.  An observant little pink bird also makes an appearance on each page and younger mini-fleshlings will have fun trying to spot it.  I think the subtle humour contained in the imagery will make this book a favourite with early primary-aged kids, and it is one of those books that deserves a second, third, and fourth reading.

I will certainly put Oldland’s work on my radar, and I wouldn’t mind getting my paws on Up the Creek – I can’t get over Moose’s slightly surprised expression on the cover, so will have to chase down some more of this unlikely trio’s adventures.

Now that you’ve all been enlightened by my insightful learnings, you should probably go take a walk on the wild side to your favourite book-selling emporium to pick this one up. Don’t forget to wear sturdy walking shoes, and tell someone where you’re going.

Until next time,

Bruce

 

 

 

Favourites Giveaway Hop: Winning!

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Allow me to apologise for my mildly lengthy absence from the blogosphere by providing another giveaway! Welcome to my stop on the Favourites Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books.  The hop runs from February 1st to 14th and is all about books that we luuuuuurve.

This is a hop, so don’t forget to hop around to all the other participating blogs and try your luck at more fantastic prizes.

Now. To my giveaway.

I am offering ONE winner their choice of one of my favourite books.  My giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and have 48 hours to respond to a congratulatory email before a new winner is chosen.  And sorry, I am not responsible for prizes lost in the mail (although this has never happened before to any of my past giveaway winners, so you probably don’t have to worry too much about that).

So how do you win?

It’s a guessing game!

All you have to do is correctly guess ONE of the books partly pictured below by title and author. Each of these books holds a special place on my shelf and has one or more elements that has caused me to cherish (and in some cases, re-re-re-read) them.  Some are recent finds and some have lingered on my shelf for years.  Almost all have been featured on this blog, somewhere or other.

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To enter, leave your answer (title AND author) in the comments.  Feel free to guess more than once if you like! The winner will get to choose one of the books pictured as their prize.

Oooooh, I love a guessing game!

Now don’t forget to visit the other hop-hosts…

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Until next time,

Bruce

MidWinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop…in Summer!

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imageGiven that the temperature hit 35 degrees yesterday, it’s a bit weird to be participating in this hop, but regardless, welcome to my sunny stop on the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader. The hop runs from December 21st to 31st and there are more than 150 blogs participating, so don’t forget to hop around after you’ve entered here and do some more holiday winning.

I am offering ONE winner their choice of book from the Book Depository to the value of $15 Australian.  This giveaway is open internationally as long as the BD ships to your country for free. Other Ts & Cs are contained in the rafflecopter. To enter, click the link below – good luck!

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While I have your undivided attention, perhaps I can interest you in a fun reading challenge for next year? I can? Well that’s wonderful! Just click on the delightful button to find out more and join in.

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Now hop along and enter the other giveaways!

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Bruce