Friday, 1 July 2016

Little Giveaway + Celebrating Books



I love getting to know you lot better. 
Honestly, however cheesy it sounds, I have met so many incredible people through this little space on the internet (and hopefully many, many more to come) that giving something back to you guys just seems compulsory. That's why I've decided that another giveaway is overdue. It's going to be very different to my January Giveaway though because of the way both my readers and I have changed. Firstly I must mention that I didn't specifically go out and buy the 'prize' that I am giving away. It's the original paper back version of 'Dizzy' by Cathy Cassidy and was the first teen fiction book I ever read. Cathy Cassidy, along with Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo ect, inspired me to start reading and pick up book after book after book. The words on each page have been brought to life so many times that I would apologise that it's not in perfect condition, but why should I? Books are supposed to be read, not cased in glass cabinets. Unless that is, you have a very unique way of storing you books haha!

It seems like these days nobody reads anymore. So few people can recall the satisfaction of picking up a book and getting lots among all the words and feeling like you are part of the story. If this generation won't read- what hope do we have for future generations with rapidly improving technology? If this book is not for you, consider a sibling/friend or younger family member that could be interested. Reading is for everyone, and is honestly something that sticks with you for a while. 

The way you enter is also going to be rather different and hopefully more straight forward than last time. All you need to do is drop a comment telling me why you read (don't fret none Google+ users, just pop me an email instead) :) The giveaway is open internationally and will be picked from a hat at a later date. You will receive your book with a handwritten note through the post which is why I must ensure that you are comfortable directly messaging me your address should your name be chosen.

On the topic of reading and celebrating books, I was in the library yesterday and decided to do something I've been meaning to do for months. I read a blog post a while back (I think it could have been written by El) about random acts of kindness and one of the things she suggested was to leave little notes in library books. I thought this was such a thoughtful idea and if it actually gets to the reader (what I mean by this is, if it doesn't get dismissed as rubbish) it would make their day. I decided to leave it in a copy of  An Abundance of Cathrines by John Green becuase it's a book that I'd really like to read but I've got so many other books to read before then. Hopefully the reader will enjoy the note almost as much as the book!

Good luck!
Wishing you all health and happiness,
Marti xx

26 comments:

  1. Thats quite a cool idea. I don't read so I'm not going to enter but I think its a cool way to give back to the people who read your blog and also provide your own twist on giveaways :)

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    1. Thank you Bailey, I do like to 'twist and shout' my personality into giveaways XD

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  2. This is such an interesting idea! Great post as always, love your blog at the moment too xx

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  3. Really like the typeface you're using for your blog titles x Not going to enter because I live in the same house as you haha but hope someone else enjoys this book as much as we have xxxx

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    1. Yes, the magic of our books :) I'm glad you think so!

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  4. I read because, well, I just do. Books were there for me when I needed them, and they didn't judge because of who I was. One of my favourite bookish quotes is: Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.Pretty much sums up exactly why I read personally.

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    1. Oh El, you're such a magnificent bookworm :)

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  5. This is one of my favourite books in the world! I read because I love escapism into a good book where you can travel and meet new people without leaving the comfort of your own room. I think thats pretty special, very thoughtful of you to do a giveaway xx

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    1. I completely agree! The wonders of stepping into another world without leaving your bed..

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  6. such a lovely idea, Marti. I love Dizzy too - & you know all about the birthday & name connection, haha. I've always loved reading, & Dizzy was one of the books that got me into reading too. I love the way that books transport you into another world! I wanted to drop you a comment because I love the idea - but please don't enter me because I've already read the book & would like someone else to get the chance to xx

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    1. Your connection with Dizzy is truly magnificent, how amazing that it! I'm thrilled you like the idea, you really are too kind!

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  7. I feel like books don't get enough recognition these days! At the moment I love Jojo Moyes, particularly her book- 'Me Before You', it's a fab read xx

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    1. Yes! I've been meaning to check out Jojo for a little while actually, my friend's really into her work! xx

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  8. Books were always there for me to submerge myself in a world of fantasy. I felt like I could be anyone, do anything - and I totally regret letting go of that. Everything about books - the satisfying smell of the paper pages, the escapism - everything. Over the summer I'd love to get back into reading because I feel like part of my life is missing.

    Mind checking out my latest - it's all about my recent adventures in Poland!

    Alice x
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    1. Oooh Alice, what a beautiful description. I completely feel you on the escapism bit- so magical! x

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  9. I'm not a big book reader (as you know), but when I do read it's like almost travelling into another world, I love getting immersed in the pages, and nothing beats the smell of an old book. I've only read one of Cathy's books before 'Cherry Kiss', but I thought it was brilliant, and I would love to read another one of her stories.

    Fabulous post, as usual, xx

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    1. I'm determined to get you to read Abbie.

      P.S. Cherry Crush xx

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  10. I read because I find it a very enjoyable experience, I find it a great way to relax often find myself reading for long periods of time without even noticing. Great Post Marti and I love the minimalist idea about recycling an old book. :)

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    1. Oh Sam, I simply could not put words together better myself. I'm glad you appreciate such a simple gesture x

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  11. wow great blog post ! love posts like this.. keep up the good work :)

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  12. Cathy Cassidy used to be my favourite ever author.Its so nice of you to give this amazing book away! x

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    1. I do love Cathy Cassidy. I'm glad you think so, it just makes a change from your average giveaway :)

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  13. An Abundance of Katherines is such a good book! Loved reading it :) I've never ever read Cathy Cassidy!
    Okay... now, the question. I've put a lot of thought into this, and I've come to the conclusion that I read because I can't not. I just couldn't spend my days without opening the pages of a book and getting lost in the world its author has created. I couldn't live without those stories. I'm in love with stories. So I read.
    Good luck to everybody!

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    1. Ditto! Oh Acqua you have literally put my thoughts into a comment, nice job xx

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