Friday, April 3

Birthday Giveaway!


I read that it's a good Hobbit custom to give away presents on your birthday.* Not that I'm a Hobbit, but the idea is lovely so I put together some goodies that you will hopefully like: a Princess & the Pea Iron on Embroidery Pattern, a big bar of yummy Dutch Tony Chocolonely Marshmallow/Pecan chocolate (and it's Fair Trade too so you don't have to feel guilty about eating it) and some floss. And remember: don't eat chocolate and then lick your floss, it's not a good idea.




Anyway, one of the presents I received today was a new e-reader (a Kobo Aura) and I would love to hear your book recommendations in the comments! At the moment I'm reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore which I really like so far.

So if you want to get the pattern, floss and chocolate in your mail box then please leave a comment before noon (Amsterdam time), 10th of April 2015   giveaway is closed, thank you for entering. winner will be announced shortly. and let me know your book recommendation! This give away is open to anyone, anywhere but please bear in mind that there must be some way for me to contact you if you are the lucky winner so please leave a trail to your blog, twitter, IG or an e-mail address.

Good luck everyone!

*Find lots of tips on how to properly celebrate your Birthday in Hobbit Style here.


56 comments:

  1. Hello, and happy birthday. I hope you celebrate in style. I am reading a series of books at the moment and you may or may not have heard of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. The first in the series of nine is called Outlander and introduces to time travelling, feisty, WW2 nurse who, on a trip to the Highlands of Scotland is transported back in time to the time before the Jacobite uprising. She meets a tall, handsome, sensitive, educated, laird of the clan Highlander called Jamie Fraser and of course they fall in love. This isn't a soppy love story though. The history is fascinating and well researched, their relationship is marred by war, famine, disaster, and their own stubborn characters. I promise it is a well researched book written with wit and humour, a wonderful vocabulary for people, scenery and events which makes it all come to life. If you read the first, you will be hooked. Happy reading.

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    1. I'm almost through with the first Outlander book. Really enjoyed it. I even named my new Golden Retriever after Jamie Fraser. :)

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    2. I think these book should come with a bit of trigger warning for rape. they kinda suprised me with all of it in there. not a slag of them, just something people who are sensitive to this stuff may appreciate.

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  2. My recommendation would have to be The Paris Wife. It has been my go to recommendation for the last couple of years and never disappoints. It's a wonderful insight into Paris in the 20s and the Lost Generation particularly Hemingway and Fitzgerald. You'll fall in love with Hadley. I would also recommend following it up with watching Midnight in Paris. Twitter: @emma_jayne Instagram: emmajayne Blog: emiliahearts.co.uk

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  3. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day and year. :) My recommendation would be The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Very quick read, good little mystery. Perfect Spring/Summer reading, in my opinion.

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  4. Потрясающе! Поздравляю! Мням, очень вкусно! Хочу поучаствовать)))

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  5. I love love LOVE The Queen of the Tearling. one of the best books I read last year. strong female character in a great fantasy setting? YES PLEASE!!

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  6. The Outlander Series by Dianna Gabaldon is a great set of historical fiction, or The Game of Thrones. I'd love to eat the chocolate for second breakfast!

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  7. What a wonderful giveaway & very generous of you.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Kite Runners about 2 little boys growing in the Far East. That's not usually my cup of tea, but it was so family-oriented, I can't forget it.

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    1. Read the Kite Runner too! Like you it wasn't something I would normally read but the story was very well told and special.

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  8. Happy Birthday!
    I've just finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin which was very good, or to get a taste of old Amsterdam, the Miniaturist by Jessie Burton was a really good read in our bookclub.

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    1. I have the Miniaturist on my e-reader, it's next on my to read list :)

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  9. How lovely! Crossing my fingers and toes I win :)
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  10. Happy birthday! I would love to be entered. I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I'm in awe of your work. For the e-reader, I'd suggest Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series, or anything by Liane Moriarty or Kate Atkinson. I also like lighter reading like Jen Lancaster's memoirs. Thank you for the chance to win your lovely giveaway. :)

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  11. Hope you are having a wonderful happy birthday. If you haven't read it and you read only one book this year, read "the goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. I loved it so much I have read it twice in less than a year. Stunning.

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    1. I read the Goldfinch last year and thought it was very good. The beginning especially (the scenes in the museum!) is extremely well written!

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  12. Happy Birthday!

    I've just finished reading "All the Light We Cannot See". It's a chunkster, but I really enjoyed it.

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  13. Hello Nicole, and happy birthday! Creative achievements!
    I very much love books about Harry Potter, read more than once and still I will be.
    I promise to eat chocolate correctly)
    Antonina (Tonya), Russia.
    tonya.zabawa@gmail.com

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  14. Have you read State of Wonder by Ann Patchett? I love all of her books, but especially this one.

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  15. Happy birthday! I love reading book recommendations. I am currently reading The Girl on the Train. I was a bit unsure about it at the start but I stayed up way too late reading "just one more chapter" so I guess that is a good recommendation. Also Life After Life by Kate Atkinson was a really good read. Different from anything else I've read and very beautifully written. Enjoy your day!

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  16. Gone Girl. The Girl on the Train. And my latest recommend to anyone who will listen to me, Last Night at the Blue Angel. All kept me reading compulsively!

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  17. Happy Birthday. My choices are The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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  18. If you like your books with a bit, ok a lot of spice then hit up Leah Brooke.
    ...btw, have a lovely birthday too!

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  19. Have a wonderful birthday! If you like mysteries, try "Still Life" by Louise Penny. It is the first in her Inspector Gamache series (it does help to read them in order). Not action-packed, but quiet and intense. Very intriguing, well-developed characters. Many thanks for sharing treats on your birthday!
    emyerly(at)outlook(dot)com

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  20. Hey lovely lady, some books for you. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, the illustrated version, very sad but beautiful. And for laughs a short book by Dan Rhodes (i love him) Anthropology, very short stories clever and very funny. Have a super Easter-Birthday weekend you lovely thing!

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  21. I just read the Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch ~ if you like a little bit of darkness in a book, it was good and an interesting read about the middle ages and the things that were happening then. A little bit of fantasy and history in one book!
    And, The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ~ about a man in prison who escapes and his life after ~ not a true story, but very heartwarming!
    Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Birthday!!!

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    1. oh I do like a bit of darkness, have put both books on my to read list :) Have you read Long Lankin? Properly creepy stuff!

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  22. Mostly, I read what my kids read. Just finished the Gregor series by Suzanne Collins. I also liked the Wind in the Willows when the kids were younger, and, I still like it now. I think it is beautifully written, and the copy I have has lovely illustrations, which I love in a book. Happy Birthday!

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  23. One book that I enjoyed recently was The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker. I wouldn't call it the best book I've ever read, but it has an interesting concept and setting and it held my attention very well.

    Happy (belated) birthday!

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    1. yes! I read that book last year, a strange and intriguing tale for sure.

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  24. I absolutely loved The Miniaturist. :o)

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  25. Happy BIrthday!!! I just finished Every Day by david Levithan and really enjoyed it apart from teh end which left it too open for a conclusion!!

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  26. Happy (belated) birthday! One of my favorite books is Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho.

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  27. Happy Birthday. What a lovely tradition. I'll check w dear daughter. She is your generation. I'm a great Janet Evanovich fan. @ my age I want something to make me laugh. I love that pattern & if I win, would be just thrilled to have the pdf I'm kinda far away for postage.

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  28. Happy birthday! Another vote for The Miniaturist here, which I really enjoyed. I also like reading classic novels for free on Project Gutenberg; I recently read a lot of Gothic novels like The Monk, The Mystery of Udolpho and The Woman in White.

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  29. "Burial Rites" by Hannah Kent and "The Watcher" by Charlotte Link are two that I recommend! Happy birthday!

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  30. Congratulations from all our heart! Kindness, comfort, warmth, inspiration!
    By such a sweetie I can not get through, so then there's chocolate ... mmmm .... not resist ...
    Alena
    http://madeslove.blogspot.ru/

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  31. I have so many favorite books. I think my most favorite of all, though, which I've read time and again is the classic, Jane Eyre. Happy, Happy Birthday!!! I pray that you are especially blessed!!!

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  32. Happy Birthday lovely!
    I recommend:
    Omens/Visions by Kelley Armstrong (there is a third one coming soon) a little bit saucy, dark and mysterious.
    The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (a prequel to The Mortal Instruments) but there is a lot of poetry and other quoted works.
    The Wee Free Men series by Terry Pratchet this is such a funny book series full of witches and fairies and not the pretty kind, the kind that say CRIVENS! Also gets a bit more serious as it goes on. I think Luna would love this (maybe something you can read together).

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  33. I love the idea of a birthday give, and many happy birthday wishes to YOU!

    I love non-fiction food and travel writing -- so Julia Child's "My life in France" was a delight. Bill Bryson's books are all fun too. Sarah Allen Addison's "Garden Spells" is a magical fictional tale. I've enjoyed all her books.

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  34. such an amazing giveaway!
    I would love to win these! I love princess and the pea and even have that fabric in my stash!
    merryorganic@gmail.com

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  35. Happy Happy Birthday!! Awesome giveaway! I just discovered author Robert Crais. A series about private eye Elvis Cole. Hope you enjoy him.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Happy Birthday! I'd recommend anything by Curtis Sittenfeld :) love that embroidery pattern

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  37. Happy birthday! :) I recommend author Jackie Ashean :)
    mmyheartishere@gmail.com

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  38. Happy Birthday: If you like mysteries check out Charlene Harris-
    Aurora Tea Garden. She also writes paranormal about Sookie Stockhouse.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  39. Happy Birthday! If you haven't yet read the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, I would definately recommend them. This series literally makes me laugh out loud!
    J.sutherland0413@gmail.com

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  40. Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! One of my favorite books is Watchers by Dean Koontz. He is my favorite author. Is a little different but keeps you turning the pages and you can never guess the endings!

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  41. What a great giveaway! I liked the Hex trilogy by Rhiannon Lassiter (though I'm not sure they are on ebook). Enjoy your reading!

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  42. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! I would recommend you The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. You cannot end reading it until the end. :)

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  43. Happy birthday! I don't read much but yesterday on the radio, they were talking about a new book called Disclaimer by Renee Knight. The presenter was saying she had lost her whole Easter weekend to it as she couldn't put it down.

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  44. Enjoy the birthday! And thank you for the lovely giveaway. I would recommend any of the mysteries by Louise Penny - such a great writer! thanks!

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  45. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! One of my favorite authors is Janette Oke...love her books!

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  46. Hmmm...my book recommendation would be "The Diary of St. Faustina". Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  47. Okay - I am horribly immersed in the Outlander series of books..... :)

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  48. Happy belated birthday! Every birthday should be celebrated with chocolate! I know you'll love your Kobo. A few of my favorite books are Gone Girl, The Help, Water for Elephants just for a start. Enjoy it all!

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