May I Suggest Giveaway Hop: Two Chances to Win!



Oh! The Generosity! Today I am pleased to be participating in the “May I Suggest…” Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books!  Because this hop coincides with my birthday, I’m doubling the generosity and giving you two chances to win. You’re welcome!

The idea of the hop is to give readers the chance to win a book that we think is particularly recommendation-worthy.  Don’t forget to hop along to the other blogs in the linky at the end of the post for your chance to pick up more fantastic prizes, because the hop will be running from May 3rd to May 16th.

So I’m doing two giveaways – one involves a game of skill for all you challenge-seekers, and the other is a plain old click-fest rafflecopter entry.  You are welcome to enter one or both giveaways, and best of all, both are open internationally, provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  Other details for the giveways are listed below the two contests.

Giveaway Number One: Guess that Book!

The Prize: A Random Book from my Goodreads Favourites Shelf

For this giveaway, all you have to do is correctly guess the title and author of one of the books on which Mad Martha is perched in this attractive photo:


You can make a guess for more than one of the books if you like, but it will still only count as one entry.  To enter, type your guess and your email into the rafflecopter form under that pink box. Good luck!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway Number Two: Second Chance Draw!

The Prize: Winner’s Choice of Book Up to the Value of $15 AUD from the Book Depository

For this giveaway, just fill in the rafflecopter link under the green box below.  Good Luck!


second chance draw

a Rafflecopter giveaway



The details of the two giveaways are as follows:

* Both contests are open internationally, provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free

* There will be one winner for each giveaway.  Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before a redraw occurs.  For giveaway number one, the winner will be chosen at random from the pool of correct entries.  For giveaway number two, only verified follows etc will count as entries

* We will not be held responsible for packages lost in the mail

* This giveaway is in no way related to WordPress, Goodreads, Rafflecopter or any entity or person that is not me.


Now, don’t forget to hop along to the other blogs and win yourself some stuff!  Click on the link below to see the list of participating blogs.

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Good luck!

Until next time,


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From the Bookshelf of the Damned: A Haiku of Frustration…


I’m in the middle of a good-book drought.

For those lucky individuals who have never experienced such a thing, a good-book drought consists of a reasonably prolonged period of time in which one is seemingly unable to produce warm, accepting and genuinely affectionate feelings towards any book one attempts to read. 

Whilst mired in a good-book drought one may engage in such anti-bookish behaviours as repeatedly abandoning books without finishing them, reacting with excessive nit-picking or criticism to writing styles, plot devices and dialogue sequences that previously caused only mild discomfort, and nervous hand-wringing brought on by a gradual diminishing of hope that one will ever again be blessed with a fantastic and instantly loved read.

I suspect that the good-book drought is a temporary form of mild karmic imbalance brought on by past book-related misdeeds, such as dog-earing library books, using paperbacks as coasters and allowing food crumbs to be smushed between pages while reading.  Whatever the cause, it is a spectacularly frustrating experience.

Rather than continue to spend my time half-heartedly thumbing through, and then discarding, any more potentially great but currently not-cutting-it books, I have decided to create a frustration-based haiku in the hope that my reading karma will take a more positive turn.

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Bookish kara-te

Oh! To feel the sweet caress

of new-loved pages


So, fellow travellers in the blogosphere, I hope that your book-droughts grow ever shorter or are at least broken by regular monsoonal activity that produces refreshing reading.

Until next time,