Literary Blog Hop and Birthday Weekend Giveaway!

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I am super excited to be a part of this blog hop!  When Judith announced the dates I was thrilled as for once I did not have anything going on that would take me away from putting up my post PLUS it is my birthday this coming Sunday and I do like to celebrate (well… I like to celebrate just about anything really) with giveaways!

As this is a literary giveaway… I wanted to pick some delicious looking Literary reads… plus, a personal favorite of mine, The Book Club Cook Book – which is filled with delicious recipes and menus that go well with the literary books we love.


The winner at Book Journey will have their choice of one of the above books mailed directly to them from Amazon.

How to enter?

In the comment area below tell me the title of the book you are reading currently, and what sort of food would go well with your book.  (IE.  if you are reading about Italy maybe you would be serving up steaming bowls of pasta and a nice wine, If you are reading Labor Day you most definitely must be having the peach pie 😉 )

One bonus entry if you follow Book Journey by email (see link to do that in the upper right side bar) – and of course let me know in a comment.


And there is a Birthday bonus.  Being a HUGE fan of Ready Player One and the hidden Easter egg within that books story…. I have hidden an Easter Egg in one of the other participating blogs posts.  Yes, just like that pretty gold one you see above.  If you find the blog that has the egg, simply email me at with the correct blogs name and I will enter you into a bonus drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card.  Oh and Shhhhhh!  Don’t mention where you found it, and dont bring attention to it on the blog in which it sits.  Just email me.  Quietly… tiptoe away, of course after you enter that blogs amazing giveaway 😉

I will email both winners on February 13th. I do like to celebrate 😀

You can find the other blogs participating in this fun blog hop at our host site Leeswamme’s Blog or you can see them right here:

Happy Hopping to you!

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Seaside Book Nook
  3. Booklover Book Reviews
  4. Biblionomad
  5. Laurie Here
  6. The Well-Read Redhead (US/CA)
  7. River City Reading
  8. GirlVsBookshelf
  9. Ciska’s Book Chest
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Ragdoll Books Blog
  12. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  13. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  14. Reading World (N-America)
  15. Journey Through Books
  16. Readerbuzz
  17. Always With a Book (US)
  18. 52 Books or Bust (N.Am./UK)
  19. Guiltless Reading (US/CA)
  20. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  21. Wensend
  22. Books Speak Volumes
  23. Words for Worms
  24. The Relentless Reader
  25. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (US)
  1. Fourth Street Review
  2. Vailia’s Page Turner
  3. Lost Generation Reader
  4. Heavenali
  5. Roof Beam Reader
  6. Mythical Books
  7. Word by Word
  8. The Misfortune of Knowing
  9. Aymaran Shadow > Behind The Scenes
  10. The Things You Can Read (US)
  11. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  12. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  13. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  14. Books Can Save a Life (N. America)
  15. Words And Peace (US)
  16. The Book Club Blog

138 thoughts on “Literary Blog Hop and Birthday Weekend Giveaway!

  1. Martha

    Ummm that cookbook looks good enough to win! (and I’ve read the other two). I’m currently reading A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand. I’m reading about their seaside retreat at Hossegor. And remembering a meal of mussels in white wine at a place not far from there.

  2. Bonnie

    I am reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, so I think some dim sum (Asian version of hors d’oevres) would go well with reading this book

  3. Darlene Niman

    I am reading the Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano. The 2 main characters are emotionally damaged. I think they need comfort food.

  4. Angie S.

    I am reading North of Boston and someone has just died in a boating accident while out baiting lobster traps, so I’m thinking lobster bisque might be a nice touch!

  5. I’d love to enter to win a copy of Orphan Train as I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’m reading Paper Towns by John Green right now, which wouldn’t make me think of anything to cook actually.. Maybe something green? 😉

  6. Belinda D Hanson

    #1 Happy Birthday!!
    #2 You are adorable, I am so lucky to have you in my life and be able to call you my friend. I hope this year is full of love and excitement for you!
    #3 I’m reading Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling.
    #4 What goes with a cycling and meditation? Kind Bars for sure. Since Einstein was Russian I’ll say Borscht, my favorite Russian soup!
    Mmmmmm Kind bars and Borscht LOL
    #5 Have a wonderful Birthday weekend, see you in a couple of weeks!

  7. I’m reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon and since it’s full of rape and murder and so on, well, what food would go with that? How about comfort food: homemade macaroni and cheese!

    I follow you by reader, so I suppose that doesn’t count! :–)

  8. I’m reading In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed so I’d like hummus with that. Actually, I ate hummus with that yesterday.

  9. Laura Campbell

    Inferno by Dan Brown. I think some pasta with a nice red sauce and a glass of Chianti would be fabulous! Wow! And it’s only 7:15 am. 😊

  10. I am currently reading Shadow of the Night by Deborah Harkness and considering it is all about witches and vampires and set in 16th century London I feel like I should be drinking mulled spiced wine and eating red meat! Which I am not, I am drinking freshly squeezed juice and eating a chocolate easter egg… (thanks for the give away)

  11. I’d love to win a copy of Orphan Train. Right now I’m reading John Green’s Paper Towns. It’s set in the Orlando suburbs and we used to live close by. My favorite place to eat when we lived there was a seafood restaurant so I would pick some delicious coconut shrimp to eat alongside my book 🙂 PS I follow via WordPress, does that count?

  12. I’m reading Animal Vegetable Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s all about growing your own food, or at least eating locally produced food. This one is easy! I suppose it would be a meal of winter greens and root vegetables, this time of year. Yum! 🙂

  13. Celine

    I’d love to enter for Orphan Train. Right now I’m in between, but the last book i’ve read was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks and to keep the tears from flowing, I’d eat lots and lots of chocolate! 😉

    I’m following you on bloglovin. My e-mailadress is ikkebencientje at hotmail dot com

  14. techeditor

    A food suggestion to go with my book is difficult. I’m reading MURDER ONE by Robert Dugoni. To be honest, I would serve pizza. There’s a scene where a detective eats pizza, and that’s why. 🙂

  15. I will be reading “Collision Course” by Chuck Gleason. It is described as a ‘warm loving story about two college kids off on a rocky road to romance.’ So I think I will need some ‘rocky road ice cream’ to eat while a read this book, and maybe a few chocolate covered strawberries thrown in the mix.

    The Orphan Train looks like an interesting book, so I think that would be my choice. BTW I’m signed to follow your blog by e-mail. Happy Reading everyone.

  16. I’m re-reading Mary Poppins in the Park (inspired by watching Saving Mr. Banks I’ve been re-reading all of the Mary Poppins books) and so I think of very british foods. They always have tea and they mention tapioca pudding, and scones as well. My kind of food! 🙂

  17. this is so very cool! I loved the book, and the idea of hiding a Easter Egg, which of course I did not find, lol. My current read is Paris Rue des Martyrs, by Adria Cimino [see here if you would like it for free to review: so I could eat one of my favorite French quiche: onion and leek quiche. the recipe is on my blog.
    Emma at ehc16e at yahoo dot com for the giveaway, thanks!

  18. I’m in the middle of The Sugar Queen. Every chapter is named after a kind of candy. From #1 Everlasting Gobstoppers, to Sugar Daddy to Mr. Goodbar to Life Savers! This girl needs some veggies. Maybe a nice green salad or some homemade vegetable stew.

  19. I’m reading The Book of Fate by: Parinoush Saniee a horrifying story about an women living in Iran. Chicken and rice would me a perfect food with this book.

  20. I just finished listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, so I guess a meal of baked macaroni and cheese, overdone pot roast, babka for dessert, and bourbon on the rocks before, after, and during would be the best fit! Thanks for the fun giveaway! I’m a big Ready Player One fan too.

  21. Piroska

    I’m reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Definitely need something calming, as it is spooky and tense. Formosa Oolong tea and Digestive biscuits. :o)

  22. I’m reading Want Not by Jonathan Miles. It takes place on Thanksgiving, so I would have to go with some turkey, mashed potatoes and definitely pumpkin pie!

  23. Happy Birthday! I just finished reading The Rosie Project. There was discussion of their lobster dinner that made it sound delicious even though I’m not much of a seafood fan. But I’m thinking I’d have to serve lobster with that book.

  24. Happy Birthday eve!!
    I’d love to win The Orphan Train. (If I were a member of a book club though, I’d likely choose the cookbook one)
    I’m currently reading Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona and honestly, I don’t know what would be a good dinner for this book .. it’s about the life of a girl who was abandoned at birth and there isn’t much in the way of food in it, other than a few mentions of MacDonald’s and a couple of dive diners LOL Maybe a greasy burger and some french fries? 😀
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
    tworeads at gmail dot com

  25. I’m re-reading THE HOBBIT, so lashings of wholesome comfort food for me – breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. (Sounds just like my family.)

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  26. Ashfa

    I’m reading The Light Between The oceans by M. L. Stedman. And I think an apple pie would go nicely with it!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I follow via email.
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  27. karenk

    I’m reading THE HEADMISTRESS OF ROSEMERE by Sarah E Ladd…I would love a cup of English tea to sip on while reading.

    Happy Birthday, Sheila 🙂

  28. Happy birthday, Sheila! I’d love to win Orphan Train, it’s already on my wishlist. I follow you by email (jh3030…. I believe).

    I’m reading a Kroatian mystery. I think some Kroatian food is in order, but I don’t actually know any. My bad!

  29. I’m reading Adaptation by Malinda Lo and the main character is currently thinking of eating “a burger, medium-rare with tons of onions and muchrooms and melted sharp cheddar. And fries. Lots of fries….” Yum~

    Happy birthday, Sheila! And thank you for the giveaway! *goes to hunt down that easter egg*
    + email: cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  30. Somer

    I just started reading Outlander and they talk about eating porridge and haggis in the 1700s Scotland. Yikes, I should look these things up.

  31. HaPpiest Wishes for The B’day Girl! May it be another wonder-filled year for you =)

    Reading Carola Dunn’s MURDER ON THE FLYING SCOTSMAN and wishing I was back in the Highlands eating haggis and raising a wee dram o’ whiskey to Celebrate your Special Day ! 😉

  32. Mia J

    Happy Birthday! I would like to be entered for The Orphan Train. I just finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and would probably say corn bread or apple pie might go with the farm theme.

  33. Carolyn

    Happy Birthday Sheila! I just became a follower, although I have enjoyed reading your blog for over a year. I am reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. The book is about the super rich in Singapore. The food that would go well with this book is tea and finger sandwiches….they are always having traditional British high tea in the book.
    Have a marvelous Monday!

  34. Happy Birthday! I just started reading Ripped by Isabel Allende, and since I’ve just started and it’s about this video game they are playing. I’m thinking Popcorn would be what goes with playing video games… probably Redbull too, is that even a food group?! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, I would love The Book Club Cook Book (all this food talk is making me hungry!)

  35. I’m reading several books at the moment, but I’ll pick Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. I think foodish things that go with this book would be some Japanese vegetable soup, and beer. Murakami characters always drink beer – from a can.

  36. Anita Yancey

    I am reading The Glass Slipper by Linda O. Johnston and I think it would go best with chocolate.

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  37. I’m currently reading Caligula by Albert Camus and what to eat with that? Human blood, maybe? Hahaha! I guess I’d go for wine and some baked dish since I’m reading the French edition for Literature class. Oh well, I’m hungry now. Thank you for the giveaway!


  38. vero g

    I’m currently reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, amazing and beautiful book. And the food I want with the book is fruit, like bananas or apple

  39. I’m currently reading Murder Below Montparnasse which takes place in Paris – I’m thinking a warm loaf of bread, some delicious cheese and chocolate and a bottle of wine.

  40. I’m currently reading a book called Anna Dressed In Blood so maybe I would pair it with something red…red velvet cake? 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!


  41. A cup of ginger tea is what I love while reading any book. But a specific dish? I have this great great craving for a Turkish pizza as I read Eric Ambler’s Journey into Fear which begins in Istanbul of the 1940s. Thanks.


  42. ikkinlala

    I’m currently reading The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude by Andrew Nikiforuk – maybe kind of a depressing choice for this exercise. I’m thinking it would go well with something homegrown in my own backyard so as not to waste any energy, but I might have to go with sprouts from the kitchen counter at this time of year.

  43. Carl E. Swift

    The Mysterious Writer Without a Face C.S.SCRIBLERIUS

    Among an I number every time larger of authors that walk in the shadows detached the mysterious C.S. Scriblerius, believed is a pseudonym as of Twelve Hawks. The mysterious man without face announces his production as a writer that nobody saw and whose identity is the subject starting from their writings pages. Everything that it is known about those authors the book MAGICAL MYSTERY TRAVEL and their works as ””Percyfaw Code””,de Scriblerius, made available by limited time as e-book in an apparent strategy of marketing of enormous success in the web and ””The Traveler””, Twelve Hawks published amid the style of Hollywood hype where disembarked in the list bestseller of the newspaper The New Times.The mysterious to Thomas Pynchon’s same style, Philip Roth, JD Salinger,B.Traven, Cormac McCarthy, authors C.S. Scriblerius and Twelve Hawks “live out of the grating”, meaning that you chose roads no so conventional in the market editorial, using like this other means for popularization of their works,and, hindering of they be tracked.

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