A Champagne Birthday Celebration

Champagne Birthday Celebration

Inspired by Lianne @ Eclectic Tale’s birthday giveaway from last year.

This weekend is my champagne birthday! A champagne birthday occurs when you turn the age of your birthday. In my case, I am 25 on the 25th. I love the symmetry of 25. I feel like at 25, I’m starting to make good progress with my life. I am so happy with everything I’ve achieved thus far. A few highlights just from the recent years include road tripping to two Cloud Cult concerts, graduating from university with a specialization in a field I love, moving to Japan to teach for a year, WWOOFing in Ireland and New Zealand, and of course, keeping up with reading and writing this blog! I haven’t been home for my birthday the past two years (in fact, I am out of town this weekend so hopefully I’ve scheduled everything correctly :P). I am excited to celebrate with friends and family in the upcoming weeks.

To commemorate this occasion on the blog, I’ve decided to share 25 of my favourite books. These are all books that quickly came to mind when I asked myself, “What are some books I love? What are some great books I’ve read recently?” I created this list off the top of my head, without too much thinking, so this is by no means a definitive or prioritized list of my favourites. (Creating this list actually made me realize I should update my favourites shelf on Goodreads…) Links to reviews where applicable.

if you’ve got an opinion on any of these books, I’d love for you to share in the comments. Now onto the celebratory part – the giveaway! I am giving away one book of your choice from the above list (up to $25CAD value) via The Book Depository. The giveaway is open internationally to members of the online book community. A winner will be randomly selected and announced via Twitter on Friday 3 March (you do not need to have a Twitter account to participate). I will contact the winner via e-mail. They will have 48 hours to respond; otherwise I will draw again.

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Have you ever celebrated a champagne birthday? Do any of my favourite coincide with yours? Which of these books are you curious about? Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me! 🙂
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The Literary Blog Hop

Welcome to my giveaway post for The Literary Blog Hop, hosted by Judith @ Leeswammes! I’m excited to be participating in my first blog hop. I am giving away a paperback copy of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox, a creative re-imagining of Bluebeard tales.

From the book description: Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding. The fairy tales that don’t get more complicated, that is. In this book, celebrated writer Mr. Fox can’t stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels and neither can his wife, Daphne. It’s not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently. Mary challenges Mr. Fox to join her in stories of their own devising, and so, through different times and places, the two of them seek each other, find each other, thwart each other, and try to stay together even when the roles they inhabit seem to forbid it. Their adventures twist the fairy tale into nine variations, exploding and teasing conventions of genre and romance, each iteration exploring the fears that come with accepting a lifelong bond. Meanwhile, Daphne becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair and finds her way into Mary and Mr. Fox’s game. And so Mr. Fox is offered a choice: Will it be a life with the girl of his dreams or a life with an all-too-real woman who delights him more than he cares to admit?

You can read my original thoughts on the book here, and here is an interview conducted by Fantasy Matters with Oyeyemi about the book. Oyeyemi is one of my favourite authors. Born in Nigeria and raised in London, her first novel, The Icarus Girl, was published when she was 21. Now 29 years old, she has just published her fifth novel Boy, Snow, Bird.  While her books are not without drawbacks, I adore her prose and her storytelling, and her characters generally intrigue me as well. Her stories will not be for everyone, but if you haven’t read anything by her, I encourage you to do so! To enter to win a copy of Mr. Fox, please see below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway Once you’ve finished entering, check out the other participating blogs’ giveaways! Have fun, and good luck 🙂

Participating Blogs:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Misfortune of Knowing
  3. Bibliosue
  4. Too Fond
  5. Under a Gray Sky
  6. Read Her Like an Open Book (US)
  7. My Devotional Thoughts
  8. WildmooBooks
  9. Guiltless Reading
  10. Fourth Street Review
  11. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  12. Word by Word
  13. Words And Peace (US)
  14. Ciska’s Book Chest
  15. Falling Letters (me!)
  16. Readerbuzz
  17. The Relentless Reader (US)
  18. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  19. Daily Mayo (US)
  1. The Emerald City Book Review (US)
  2. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
  3. Lost Generation Reader
  4. Booklover Book Reviews
  5. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  6. River City Reading (US)
  7. Books Speak Volumes
  8. Words for Worms
  9. Wensend
  10. Bibliophile’s Retreat
  11. The Book Musings
  12. My Book Retreat (N. Am.)
  13. Books on the Table (US)

Leeswammes’ Literary Blog Hop

Just a quick post for today – this month I will be participating in eighth Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, hosted by Judith at Leeswammes’ Blog. From Judith’s announcement:

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is an event taking place from Saturday June 21st until (and including) Wednesday June 25th. If you’re a book blogger and you’d like to give away a book to your readers, maybe to show your appreciation or because you have a special celebration, this is your chance to join up with others.
Most giveaway blog hops seem to be directed towards young adult and romance audiences. Those hops are not so ideal if you want to give away more literary books.

I had a great time hosting a giveaway for ArmchairBEA and I’m excited to be a part of this event. Currently 33 bloggers have registered to participate. Please read the full announcement to register or check out the other participants. Watch for my giveaway post on June 21!

Armchair BEA: Giveaways

I’m very excited for today’s theme. I haven’t hosted a giveaway before (therefore please forgive any faux pas I may commit!) and I think this is a great opportunity to do so. Please visit ArmchairBEA to see other giveaways being hosted today.

I finish my university degree at the end of June. Over the past four years, I’ve acquired many interesting books for courses that I wouldn’t have read otherwise. In the spirit of Armchair BEA and my impending graduation, I thought I would pass on one of these books. I’ve picked five that you can choose from. Each book is very different from the next, but all were read for required courses for my English degree. I hope this shows that not every English major studies just the old classics! Here are the books:

 Title: Kipocihkan
Author: Gregory Scofield
Description: Metis poetry in English and Cree (translated) – “charted in this book is Scofield’s journey out of silence”
Course: Canadian Diasporic Literature

Title: Mother Superior
Author: Saleema Nawaz
Description: Seven short stories and two novellas – “a heady blend of misfits and mothers, of sisters and mysterious others”
Course: Introductory English

Title: German Boy
Author: Wolfgang W.E. Samuel
Description: Memoir, growing up in Germany following the aftermath of WWII – “bring[s] fresh insight to the dark history of Nazi Germany and the horror left in its wake”
Course: Autobiographies of Childhood

Title: All Hallows’ Eve
Author: Charles Williams
Description: Supernatural fiction – “Williams used fiction to explore how people react when the supernatural enters their lives, and how then to find the path of peace”
Course: Literary Communities – The Inklings

Title: The Best American Comics 2011
Editor: Alison Bechdel
Description: American comics anthology
Course: Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People

Now – to enter, just let me know which book you would like to win and why. Note all books are paperback, except the comics anthology (hardcover). I will ship to anywhere. You can gain extra entries for sharing in the comments favourite books that you discovered in school. The giveaway will run until Friday at midnight. A winner will be selected randomly and announced on Saturday. Thanks for participating!