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YOU Choose The Next Book I Read and Then You Win That Book!

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Hey everyone!  Happy Sunday!  If you have been around here lately you know that:

  1.  There has not been a lot of action (I don’t like that)

  2. Our friends of the library just had their Fall booksale!  (I LOVE that!)

 

What I have done in past years is I post my book sale haul….  (do not judge me… I am a book-a-holic who justifies book purchases by believing there are worse things I can do with my time and money…. like being a crack dealer or a hit man)  See?  That said, book buying…. not so bad AND….

our book sales books are 50 cents each.

I know right????

Ok, so I am about to post my haul and you tell me in the comments which book you would love to read.  I will choose a winner by submitting comments into random.org.  If you win and it is a book I already read, I will send it to you right away.  If it is a book I have not read, I will read it next opportunity I have and then send it to you.  This is a fun way to have a giveaway and at the same time give me a gentle push to read the books I have purchased.

Please note the following pictures are my entire book sale haul.  Below each pic I will list titles (if any) that are not included in the giveaway, ones I wish to keep for my own collection.  I will choose a winner this coming Thursday morning and post in the Morning Meandering.  Please check back to see if you are a winner (I will also email the winner).

Ready?

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Fun Fact – both of the Elizabeth Gilbert books are signed by Elizabeth to her grandmother

 

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Keeping: Scarlett and the Angels and Demons copy (which is a cool large book with illustrations)

 

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Keeping: Wizard of Oz and 100 Banned Books

 

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There they are!  Have fun choosing 🙂  To enter please leave in the comments the title of the book you would love to win and why.

 

Audio Book Month Giveaway!

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If you read me here at Book Journey you are probably well aware that I love audio books.  Often, I listen to more audio than I read books because I can listen to audio while doing other things:

cook

clean

mow the lawn

work in the flower garden

sit on my deck

painting a room

Normally I make a big deal out of audio book month trying to talk my non audio book friends into trying an audio, offering up giveaways, narrator interviews….  Of course, I am searching to find a new normal so here we are the 17th of June and this is my first mention of audio book month.  When it was offered for me to give away a couple of audio books here at Book Journey I though I can do this much.

So….

Those who wish me dead, Michael Koryta, Book Journey, audio book, audio book month, giveaway

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity, and hidden in a wilderness-skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness-survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.

 

 

  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio

 

This giveaway is open to US addresses only.  To enter please leave in the comments an audio book that you would highly recommend and why.  (I am always looking for great audio). If you are not an audio book listener, please tell me in the comments what you would consider listening to if you were to try audio (ie.  a memoir, comedy, favorite author, genre…)  For an additional entry please subscribe to Book Journey by signing up to receive my posts by email (upper right side bar).  If you are already a subscriber that is a free entry.  Share link to this post on Twitter using the hashtag #audiomonth and/or #audies2015 for a third entry.

I am working my way back towards this site.  I love my bookish on line friends and while my posts are more sporadic right now, I am still here.  Still trying.

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Winner will be announced here on Sunday June 21st.

 

 

 

Literary Blog Hop – My Giveaway!

Literary Blog Hop, My Book Self Book Journey. Wolf Hall  I am participating in a LOVELY Spring Blog Hop hosted by My Book Self. Win a book here!  Check out the details of what I am giving away and how you can enter here!  (It’s pretty exciting!!!!) *This is a sticky post and will remain at the top of Book Journey through April 12th when a winner is chosen. 

Best Audio Book of 2014 Blog Hop!

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When Felicity at The Geeky Bloggers Book Blog mentioned she was helping to host an audio book hop, I had to get involved.  If you read my here – you know I love me some audio!  Of course, then I went ona 17 day trip to Australia and New Zealand and forgot all about it. 😳

My bad and I am late posting this.

Here are a few of my favorites of 2014 AND at the end of this post… a giveaway as well as info to the other blogs participating.

 

1Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Listening Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes

High school student Jam Gallahue is still recovering from the tragic loss of her boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield, the adorable exchange student from Britain. It has been over a year since Reeve died and Jam is still stuck in her thoughts of kissing him in the library, or watching a funny movie together.  Her depression and inability to move on is so deep, her parents feel they have no choice when they send her to The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont for youth of similar struggles.

Jam is selected along with four other students to be in a class called Special Topics.  An English class that turns out to be all about the works of Sylvia Plath.  When the teacher hands each of the students a beautiful leather bond journal and encourages them to try to write something in them once or twice a week, Jam is certain that she will NOT be writing in a journal.

Yet one evening, Jam does decide to try to write a few lines in the book and when she does she finds herself whisked away, back to a time when she is with Reeve once again.  While she fears she may be dreaming, his arms around her are all to real and when she comes back to the present, she finds she has written 5 pages in the journal.  What is even more odd, Jam discovers that the other students in the Special Topics class had similar experiences, each going back to a time when things were right before their personal tragedy happened; and each coming back to find that 5 pages in their journal have been filled.

As the group begins to meet outside of class time to discuss their secret; they all wonder what will happen when they get to the end of the journal… and will that close the door to the past even if they are not ready to let go?

Gush Thoughts:  It is YA meets a little magical “what if” and toss in Sylvia Plath for a mix of fun and mystery and well… LOVED IT!

 

 

 

1The Martian by Andy Weir

Listening Length:  10 hours and 53 minutes

Mark Watney was part of an epic win for mankind.  He was one of a group of astronauts that were the first to land on the planet Mars.  Congratulations were short-lived when a dust storm comes up flinging the crew about like sheets of paper.  Mark was struck hard by debris and the team makes an emergency evacuation of Mars feeling certain that Mark is dead.

But Mark is not dead.

He is however left on a planet with no way to communicate to earth that he is alive, and left with a hab that will possibly keep him alive for a month or so, a tent that was left behind, a land rover that may or may nor work and no plans for another team to come to Mars for about 4 years.

Mark is screwed.

For his own sanity he starts a log of what he is doing with his time and how he is making do with what he has for someone many years from now to find and hopefully learn from…. or at least know how Mark lived his last days… or how he died…

whatever.

Gush thoughts:  This one had me from the first sentence.  Loved the narration and Mark’s “Macgyver” type dealings with his unique situation.  If you missed this one you will want to go back and listen!  Trust me 🙂

 

 

 

1We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Listening Length:  6 hours and 27 minutes

Tall, blond Cadance Sinclair Eastman is the apple of her grandfather Harris’ eye as the oldest granddaughter. The Sinclair family come from money and each summer the Aunts (Cadance’s mother and her two sisters) gather with their children off a private Island in Massachusetts owned by Harris.  The children, or really teens (all around 15) fondly refer to themselves as “The Liars” and consist of Cadance, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat, who is a friend of the family. 

During that 15th summer, Cadance finds she has a crush of Gat; and really – he on her as well.  It is a summer of new love until an accident leave Cadance with a concussion and no memory as to what happened.  She misses the next summer at the Island but returns her 17th year still knowing little of what happened.  Her cousins had not responded to her emails over the past year, and even Gat seems to have been avoiding her; no one wanting to tell her the details of what happened those two summers ago as her doctor has said it was best if she remembered on her own. 

As Cadance slowly begins to remember snippets of what happened she starts to piece together a horrible truth.

Gush thoughts:  OOH!  Twisty turny and honestly blew my mind in the end (yes that is a good thing!)

 

 

 

1Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Listening Length:  12 hours and 58 minutes

Billie Breslin is excited when she lands a job at Delicious, the cream of the crop magazine of New York.  She is young and feels unqualified to be playing in the big league, but Billie has something that is rare, she has a refined palate that can identify even the toughest of ingredients within a dish. While Billie loves to be a part of the behind the scenes of the magazine, even with much prompting she has no desire to actually cook for reasons she chooses not to say.  Then suddenly, while it looks as though all of Billie’s dreams are coming true, the magazine is shut down, leaving long-term employees stunned and Billie in shock as her dreams seem to tumble broken to the ground.

When Billie is asked to stay on as the sole employee of Delicious to continue to respond to letters to uphold the Delicious guarantee (if any recipe is not to your satisfaction you will be refunded the cost of your ingredients), she reluctantly agrees as she has no other immediate plans.  While exploring the abandoned Delicious library before it goes on the market, she discovers a series of letters hidden in a secret room off the buildings library.  These letters dating back to WWII, written by Lucy Swan, an intelligent 12-year-old open up a part of Billie that she did not know existed, and may finally help her to release the secret she has held on to tightly for way too long.

Gush thoughts:  Oh my!  This story is BRILLIANT!  I also learned after seeing Ruth Reichl in New York this past June that it is not all fiction.  Good stuff!  Seriously try this audio!!!

 

 

1The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Listening Length:  11 hours and 39 minutes

Riley MacPherson was only two years only when her older teenage sister Lisa committed suicide.  Although Riley was too young to really remember Lisa, who was on her way to Julliard as a very gifted musician, Riley does know this was about the time her family fell apart.  Her mother battled with depression and eventually cancer takes her from them.  Her father acts as though nothing has happened at all and refuses to discuss it.  Riley’s older brother Danny begins to pull away from the family and continues to be estranged even into his adult life.

Riley, now in her 20’s returns to her childhood home after her father’s passing to take care of the family properties.  Through encounters with different local people and finding in her father’s home – evidence leads to the fact that Lisa may not have committed suicide after all…

and if that is true….

What happened?  And where is she now?  Is she alive?

Gush thoughts:  What an amazing listen!  What an amazing author!  This audio sent me on a binge of other audio by this author.  Fantastic!!!

 

These are the 5 audio books I am putting forward for this post.  If you love audio these are do not miss listens.  If you are new to audio or skeptical… these listens can turn you into an audio book listener.  AND before you non audio peeps tell me how you can not focus or do not have time for audio let me give you a few suggestions of when is a great time to listen:

  • while cooking or cleaning
  • while scrapbooking or working on other projects (painting, knitting, crocheting)
  • while mowing the lawn
  • while in your car

 

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For my giveaway – I am giving away an Audiobook of your choice from Audible or a $15 Amazon gift card that I hope you will use towards an audio book 🙂

To enter – leave a comment here telling me either of an audio book you have really enjoyed and would recommend, or tell me which of these audio books appeals most to you. 

For an additional entry, please sign up to receive my posts by email (link is on right sidebar).  If you already receive my posts by email let me know in a comment and it will be a free entry. 

I will choose a winner using random.org and announce the winner on Tuesday January 27th

 

Trips and projects can be much more enjoyable when listening to audio. Here is a list of others on this hop for more great audio and giveaways:

1. Hot Listens 20. Ashley @ Wholly Books
2. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho 21. Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks
3. The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog 22. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun
4. Book Journey 23. Kym @ Tea and a Book
5. Kathryn – Book Date 24. Eargasms Audiobook Reviews
6. Marcela aka The Bookaholic Cat 25. Urban Girl Reader
7. Jonetta (Ejaygirl) 26. Kate @ MidnightBookGirl
8. Holly @ ListenUp Audiobooks 27. Bookswagger
9. The Reading Date 28. Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss
10. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings 29. Lisa @ Captivated Reader
11. Cat @ Addicted 2 Heroines 30. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
12. Mary Matthews 31. LilyElement
13. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict 32. Angy
14. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed 33. The Ladies @ CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
15. Rainy Day Ramblings 34. Nice Girls Don’t Read Naughty Books
16. Diana @ Book of Secrets 35. Grace @ My Book Snack
17. Judy @ Musings and Ramblings 36. Holly @ ListenUp Audiobooks
18. Tabitha @ Not Yet Read 37. Liza @ Classy Cat Books
19. Literate Houswife

Morning Meanderings… The Last Friday I Will Be Home For Three Weeks

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Good morning!  It is Friday and I am sooo excited about that.  Today I have a no commitment day and I plan to take full advantage of it.  These days, as you seen by the title of my post are going to be few over the next weeks so I am trying to prepare for them.

I leave next Wednesday afternoon for ST Paul to stay with College Son and then we leave on the 30th for Florida for our annual trip.  I am so looking forward to this as I do every year.  Yes yes, Universal Studios here we come!!!  Then we come back home on Monday November 3rd…

and then I leave back to Florida to work with the bees on the 4th through the 20th.

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I will be helping to split hives which makes more hives, and well, you can bet there will be a whole post on this once we get going.

Yes it is definitely  a long time away from home and I am honestly not thrilled about that.  However, we have to have all splits done by November 15th and together we believe we can get ‘er done. 🙂  On the bright side, once I get through this crazy bump in activity, December should be extremely low-key and I will not be doing anything but focusing on writing and staying out of the cold 🙂

 

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I also need to announce the winner of the bookmarks!  Thank you to all who commented on the post and looked at the cool website for In My Book.  What a fun gift idea!  I will be mailing out a card to two different lucky winners!  Using random.org. the winners are….

 

Kathy at Bermuda Onion!

Krystal at Books Are My Thing!

 

Woo hoo!!!  I will email the winners for their addresses, however if they see this before I do so, they are welcome to email me the information at journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

 

That’s it! I have a friend coming over this morning to try on dresses for our Monster Dash in the cities tomorrow morning.  I have been looking forward to this run for years!!!  This is the first time I have been able to make this one work and it is supposed to be the biggest run in Minnesota!  NICE!

She is going to be a princess and I am either doing the same or going with 50’s girl – which is a costume I already have on hand and it is fairly easy to run in.

So that’s it.  Planning for a meeting on Monday, prepping all things I need to do before I leave next Wednesday and breaking up the anxiety with books and audio 🙂

 

Morning Meanderings… In My Book Bookmarks and Other Fun Things

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Good morning!  Tuesday!  The weather is chilly this morning, a little frost on the window and makes me want to just stay inside with a blanket, coffee, and a good book.  There are a TON of great reads out there and every time I pass by my library it seems like my hand grazes another one and I whisper “your next”… but alas, the same thing will happen later int he day and I will tell another one the same thing.  #notcommitted

I do have something fun to share, and even better, to give away!  Robin, from In My Book sent me these three super cool book marks that are also greeting cards!

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These book marks are actually cards, they open up and are blank inside for your message.  They come with the red envelope you see in the picture.

IN MY BOOK® is a unique combination of greeting card and bookmark in one.  These literary-oriented cards feature greetings beginning with “In my book…” and conclude with such book-related sentiments as. “you’re a mystery”, “you’re an adventure”, “you’re rare”; the cards are available in eighteen styles each with pen & ink illustrations by illustrator Meredith Hamilton.  The die-cut cards are made of sturdy ivory cardstock and are sold with a red envelope; they start out as a greeting card, then perforate to become bookmarks (they’re recyclable!).

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and… as you can see they look pretty awesome in a book!  (Which may or may not be my next book… but you know.. we discussed that already.  😉  )

Robin has sent me three of these amazing cards and I am going to give away two to the readers here that comment on this post between now and Friday morning (when I announce the winners).  I will choose two winners and mail you the cards (no, no, no… I will not use the sweet red envelope – that is for you as well!

To enter – leave a comment here telling me:

What is your ideal reading setting like?  (ie.  in a comfy chair, feet up, hot cup of tea and chocolate mint Milano cookies…  laying in bed with fluffy pillos propped at your back and soft music in back ground)

 

* To earn an extra chance, please come back and comment on my review that will be going up today on Delancey.  I loved this book and I am hoping many of you will give this interesting foodie book a try! 

Morning Meanderings… Guess Who Chose My Next Read?

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Good morning.  Another super windy day here today… cold and wet… ugh.  I am helping to haul bees back to Brainerd today to be prepped to go to Florida so I anticipate a wet cold day.

Earlier this week I posted my book sale findings and offered you to choose which book you would love to read.  I will read that book and then send it to you.  SO using random.org, the winner is:

 

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Elizabeth of Silver’s Reviews!

Congratulations Elizabeth!  I too enjoy Ruth Reichl and I believe this is the only one of hers I have not read yet.  Looking forward to digging in.  Watch again for another posting of Choose My Next Read… I have two books to add to the picture that missed out on the first round as they had fallen out of the bag and were still in my car.

Have a super Saturday everyone!  Hope you are reading or listening to something awesome.  I am listening to Cemetery John, The Story Of The Lindbergh kidnapping, something I know little about and the Lindbergh childhood home is about 30 minutes from me in Little Falls Minnesota. Something I fully plan to tour when it is open again next year.

Morning Meanderings…. The Best Of Me Film Release (Giveaway)

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Good morning.  *sips coffee*

How you doing?

It is a hazy day here in central Minnesota.  I am sitting at my kitchen table, sipping coffee, and contemplating life.  I know I know… thems loaded words 😉

 

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Anyhoo…

The Book The Best Of My by Nicholas Sparks has been made into a movie!  I love that!  Here is the trailer:

 

 

The Best of Me – In Theaters October 17

Watch the Trailer | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter | #TheBestOfMe

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Also…

Want Nicholas Sparks to join your Book Club?

Calling all book clubs! You and your club could win a visit from a professional moderator & special guest appearance from Nicholas Sparks via Skype.  All you have to do is tweet a question you’d like answered using #BestOfMeBookSweeps!

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Two commenters on this post will win a copy of the movie tie in edition of the book!

 

Tell me… have you read Nicholas Sparks?  Have you read this book?  Do you have a favorite of his books?  If you have not read him, would you like to?

 

Courtesy of Relativity Media

Open to US mailing addresses only

Morning Meanderings… Lots Of Winners To Announce!

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Good morning!  Tuesday already!  It is a dreary overcast day here and I would like nothing more than to sit here and work on my deadline and later curl up with a good book…

but…

I do have to go out there.

Anyhoo…

Winners.  I have some winners to catch up on from the This Is Where I Leave You Contest to Banned Book Winners.  SO let’s do this!

 

This is where I Leave You was a contest for a $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters & copy of the book (movie tie-in cover) .  Our winner using random.org is:

 

Vicki from I’d Rather Be At The Beach

 

Banned Book Week Giveaways:

 

A copy of Mice and Men by Steinbeck goes to:

 

Hannah at Wordlily!

 

A copy of Lord Of The Flies by Golding goes to:

Brooke from Brooke Blogs

 

And my big Banned Book Week winner who will win choice of the Banned Book Cup, The Banned book socks, or the $10 gift card goes to……

Lois from You, Me, and a Cup Of Tea

 

Yippy!  Thanks all!  If winners see this post before I get a chance to email them later today, please send me your address (email it to:  journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) for shipping (and Lois I would need what you choose as well!) and I will get the items out to you 🙂

Ok all… off for more coffee!  Have a SUPER Tuesday!

 

You Choose My Next Read and You Win the Book!

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Fall book sale is over so it is that time again!  Here I will show you the books that I picked up at the sale.  In the comments – tell me which of these books you would love to read.  On Friday I will choose a winner using random.org and that is the book I will read this weekend and mail it out next week to the winner.

It’s fun… and two of us get to read something good!  🙂

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Click to see a larger picture and the titles of the first few on the left

 

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*Note the only ones not up for grab is the one standing to the left of the top pic, hat is a copy of Little Women and I wish to keep that one and The Great Gatsby book to be added to my classic collection.