Official GIVEAWAY winners!


It's time to announce the official GIVEAWAY winners in my BANNED BOOKS WEEK EXTRAVAGANZA!


Package # 1

George Orwell – Animal Farm

John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany


George Fitzgerald!!

(You're right; you do always win… Are you Irish or something? ;-P)


Package # 2

John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany

James Joyce – Dubliners




Package # 3

James Joyce – Dubliners

Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five

Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest



Plus t-shirts, all around!

ILA messed up my t-shirt order, so ladies I'll have to order yours separately. I'll have them shipped directly to you.


Addresses, lord and ladies!




Thanks for participating, all, and honoring NATIONAL BANNED BOOKS WEEK.


GIVEAWAY winners announced later today/New blog policies to come…

Thank you to all who participated in the GREAT BANNED BOOKS GIVEAWAY! I'll hold the grand drawing a bit later today.

Second, there are changes coming in the Bluestalking world. The reasons behind it involve demands on my time, a very few aggressive authors and publicists, as well as my desire to change tracks a bit, going back in the direction of the way things used to be. There will still be reviews, but…

Well, I'll be back to talk about that later.

Again, winners will be announced later!


I know it sounded like I said I'd post the giveaway photos on Wednesday but what I really meant to say was Thursday. The misunderstanding is understandable.


Here's the Deal:


Three GIVEAWAYS, three BOOKS EACH + one t-shirt per GIVEAWAY.


The butt kickin' t-shirt every prize package gets:







George Orwell – Animal Farm

John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany


Prize Package # 2:



John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany

James Joyce – Dubliners


Prize Package #3:




James Joyce – Dubliners

Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five

Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next


How You Win:


Comment. Comment once and you're in for all the drawings. Specify you want only a certain GIVEAWAY PACKAGE and I'll enter you only in that, though it's a bit silly, when you could triple your chances.

However, you cannot win more than one GIVEAWAY PACKAGE. Once your name is drawn you're taken out of the running for the other two.

The contest runs from now through Sunday, October 2 at midnight Central Standard Time (Chicago).


Oh, and caveat, U.S. addresses only. So sorry about that! But I blew my budget on the books and t-shirts. It's not that I don't love you, world!

Hug kiss.







Lisa’s Grand Banned Books Giveaway

The good thing about writing your own blog is you have sole creative (shut it) control and answer to no one. The bad thing is when life intervenes there's no one to point at and say, "YOU TAKE OVER FOR A WHILE!"

And of course this would have to happen during BANNED BOOKS WEEK, when I'd hoped to do so much.


So here's what I'm gonna did. I'm trying to get a few things accomplished today, of the around the house variety, so there's not much room for bloggery. However, since it is BANNED BOOKS WEEK I am going to work up three PRIZE PACKAGES, photograph them, and hope, HOPE to post those tomorrow.

Each package will consist of one of these t-shirts (Eat Sleep Read, the sale of which benefits the Illinois Library Association):




…and a small pile of books. Because what would a PRIZE PACKAGE mean without books?

You may enter to win one or all three packages but you can only win ONCE.


This is my humble contribution to the BANNED BOOKS WEEK observation. I had hoped to do more, but well, you know… I didn't.

'til tomorrow…



There But for The by Ali Smith – everyone’s a winner!!





Turns out all three of you have won a hardback copy of Ali Smith's 'There But for The'!

I opened another package from Random House that was sitting on my office at work. I'll let you guess what it contained.

Yet. Another. Hardback. Copy.



I've gotten multiple free review copies of books before, but never have the stars aligned so weirdly for any other title. So the three of you may have the hardbacks, and I have the paperback review copy I've already started reading (and marking up).

Suzanne and Shari, I KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOU!!

Rachael, I'll need you to send me a preferred snail mail address to my email:  Currently I have no way of contacting you save via this post.

Congrats all, and thanks for playing!

Book Giveaway: There But for The by Ali Smith


"This startling lark from Smith (The Accidental) is so much more than the sum of its parts. Both breezy and devastating, the novel radiates from its whimsical center: Miles Garth, a dinner party guest, decides to leave the world behind and lock himself in his hostess’s spare room, refusing to come out and communicating only by note. Four charmers with tenuous links to Miles, nicknamed Milo by the growing crowd camped outside the suburban Greenwich London house, narrate the proceedings: Anna, a girl who knew Miles briefly in the past; Mark, a melancholy gay man who Miles met watching Shakespeare at the Old Vic; May Young, an elderly woman who Miles helped grieve her daughter’s death; and the wonderful, "preternaturally articulate" Brooke, arguably the cleverest 10-year-old in contemporary literature. Together, they create a portrait not so much of Miles—because none of them really knows him—but of the zeitgeist of their society. In a lovely departure, and in spite of the fact that there is not one ordinary, carefree character in this whole tale, all parents are literate, loving, and tolerant: though Mark is exhausted and sad, his famous mum speaks to him, in verse no less, from beyond the grave; though May is trapped in dementia, she was a kind mother to her ill-fated daughter; and though Brooke is clearly plagued by attention deficit disorder and is misunderstood and disliked at school, her parents love her dearly. This fine, unusual novel is sweet and melancholy, indulgent of language and of the fragile oddballs who so relish in it." –Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)"


Looks like Ali Smith's publisher is bound and determined I WILL read and review this book, considering to date they've sent me three copies: two hardbound and one ARC.

Want one of the hardbacks? Couldn't be easier!

Comment on this post (bribery and outrageously over the top compliments accepted, and may improve your chances), make sure I have some way to contact you to let you know you've won, and that's it!

I'll run the contest through this Friday night at midnight, Central Standard Time (Chicago), shipping as soon as I have your preferred delivery address (next day, if you're on the ball).

Caveat: U.S. addresses only, please. My piggy bank is getting low.

Signed book giveaway! Vampire stories…

Check 'er out! My friend, E.M. Hum, has published her first collection of vampire stories of the satirical sort. I can vouch for the quality of her writing. She's absolutely hilarious and writes genuinely great prose.

And I'm not just saying that because I know her, or she's been a member of the writer's group I started at the library. I promise. I've read her stuff and I know she's great.

Pop over and drop your name in the bucket! It's free; what's there to lose?

I'll love you forever for it.




Did she say winner(s), as in more than one? Oh, yes she did! Because I found another copy I'd been sent – this one a pre-publication copy trade paperback, hope you don't mind but it's the same thing, just may have a couple unedited errors – while looking through Mt. Review Copy, so that means not ONE but TWO winners!






So our two winners are:

Kristi (hardback copy)


Mimi (paperback advance copy)


Congrats ladies, and thanks for entering!

I have several other giveaways waiting in the wings, so if you didn't win this time don't fret. You'll have another chance very soon.


Kristi, I have your website: Books, Yarn, Ink and Other Pursuits, and looks like I can comment there to give you the good news.

Mimi, need your contact info, m'dear, so I can ship out your copy.


These giveaways are fun, aren't they?

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

It's giveaway time once again, friends and onlookers!

Are you a fan of the 'Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants' series, or interested in reading something by its author, Ann Brashares? Or maybe you're just into getting something for free? That's cool, too.

In any event, I'm giving away a pristine hardcover copy of Ann Brashares' Sisterhood Everlasting to one lucky winner, courtesy of its publisher, Random House.




Random House blurb:

Return to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . ten years later
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting.

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness.

Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

As moving and life-changing as an encounter with long-lost best friends, Sisterhood Everlasting is a powerful story about growing up, losing your way, and finding the courage to create a new one.

From the Hardcover edition.

Praise for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants


Just comment on this post to enter, and make sure I have some way to reach you via email, or the next runner-up will get your book, which could just ruin your whole day and make you cry.

I'll randomly choose a winner, contact you via the email you know you need to leave, so I can find you, and then zip the copy to you via the one and only U.S. Mail. If you can find some way to review/promote the book so much the better, but if not that's okay, too.

[U.S. and Canadian addresses only, please.]

I'll pick the winner on this coming Wednesday, June 29, so enter NOW!


Thank you to Random House for the giveaway copy of this book.