January/February Giveaways by Mom Bloggers

Hey mom bloggers – are you running a giveaway?   List your giveaway here by posting a comment. Be sure to include all the details, a picture if you like and the link to your giveaway.


  • January 28, 2008 - 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Vintage Indie Swanky Swag Giveaway

    What’s Swanky Swag?
    Swanky – imposingly fashionable and elegant
    Swag – common term for promotional items, a souvenir of a special event.

    The Vintage Indie Swanky Swag Giveaway is a rockin’ monthly drawing for a box full of indie goodies. Including indie designed items with vintage components, vintage specialties, antiques & collectibles.

    To be included in the drawing you must sign up for our once monthly newsletter at this link http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/join_our_mailing_list.html

    You Must be 18 or older to enter.

  • January 28, 2008 - 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Snuggle Me Contest!!

    Baby, it’s cold outside!!

    On a cold night, my favorite way to get warm (minds out of the gutter kids)…is with a hot bath. I light a candle, turn on some music and grab a book. I soak for about half an hour until my bones are nice and warm. After I get out I get my super soft fuzzy robe that’s been sitting on the heating grate and curl up.

    In honor of the 5*F temps we’ve had on occassion around these parts, I’m holding a contest! Yup, two contests in one week, kids (and more on their way)!!

    My BFF and I run a little business called Newrose Naturals. Jess makes soaps and bath salts/teas and I make jewelry and these incredibly warm super soft scarves. I can attest to the scarves wonderfulness as I’ve absconded with about 5 for myself!! I never leave the house without them!

    So, this contest will be about how YOU warm up on a cold night. Enough with ‘global warming’…I know MANY of you are freezing your assets off out there! *G* And for those living in warm climates…there’s more than just a soft scarf in line…so here’s the rules!!

    1. Post about your favorite way to keep warm, or get warm on these cold nights. It can even be on the more risque side, I don’t care 😀
    2. Link back to me and this contest! (Hey, I need some linky loving)
    3. Go to my blog and put your info into Mr. Linky!!
    4. Contest ends at midnight on Sunday, February 3rd. I will announce the winners on Monday, February 4th!

    I will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner, as long as I have 15 entries…so get all your buddies over here! And yes, it’s completely subjective…but that’s half the fun 😀

    I suppose you want to know what you could win? Well…
    1st place – $20 Gift Certificate to Newrose Naturals PLUS one of my scarves
    2nd place – $10 Gift Certificate to Newrose Naturals PLUS one of my scarves
    3rd place – One of my scarves

  • January 28, 2008 - 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I am hosting a giveaway for a child-sized ring sling on my blog. http://www.babyloveslings.blogspot.com
    Perfect for nurturing your little nurturer!!!
    Come check it out. Thanks y’all!

  • January 28, 2008 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m giving away an HP Photosmart M547 6.2 MP 3x Optical Zoom digital camera. (Thank you, HP!) I’d like to say that it’s brand new in the box, but the truth is that I took it out and used it a handful of times. That was back when we were thinking of buying a new camera and I wanted to see how this one handled. HP Photosmart M547The good news is that it’s a fine point and shoot camera, is easy to use, has a powerful (in my opinion) flash and 2.4″ LCD, and takes good pictures. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and is a nice little camera. It does need a memory card and batteries, but my husband tells me that you can get a good 2 GB card for under $20 (heck, under $13!) at Amazon.

    If you want a chance to win this camera and you live in the continental United States (sorry, but I can’t afford the cost of shipping internationally), please leave a comment below and make sure you include a valid email address so that I can get in touch with you if you are the winner. You do not need to have a blog in order to enter. I will randomly select a winner (using Random.org) on Saturday, Feb. 2, and announce the winner later that day.


  • January 28, 2008 - 11:48 pm | Permalink

    We are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to our store for signing up for our newsletter. Deadline is Jan. 31

  • January 28, 2008 - 11:53 pm | Permalink

    This week I’ll be participating in Shannon’s Winter Bloggy Giveaway Carnival – each season, Shannon (of “Rocks In My Dryer” and “Bloggy Giveaways” fame) hosts a giant blog carnival where the purpose is to give away stuff. Almost anything is fair game, and it’s all FREE. All you have to do is comment on the blogs where you want to win that particular item.

    I will be participating this go-round with a homeschool exclusive. With the election coming up, I’ve been putting together a kit for a lap book folder about electing the American President. So, as my contest prize, I am offering one of my lucky readers this exclusive kit – it’s so new, I haven’t even begun to market it!

    This kit is aimed at middle to high school age children (upper elementary with help) and includes things like:

    * Printable mini-book covers
    * Pockets for 3 x 5 cards
    * Accordion books
    * Flap-book printables
    * And more!

    Some items have pre-printed topics on them, others are blank. The file also includes instructions for all of the elements, plus a study guide with ideas for everything from math to vocabulary to essay topics.

    (Now, if you just can’t wait to find out whether or not you’re a winner, you can check our Civics section for a free printable Election Timeline booklet and a printable search-a-word puzzle with election vocabulary!)

    This item will be totally FREE to one reader. Here is the only requirement:

    Comment on this post: http://homeschool.consumerhelpweb.com/blog/2008/01/its-bloggy-giveaway-homeschool-style.html

    That’s it! Just leave one single comment on this post. (Duplicates will be deleted.) BE SURE to leave contact information – either make sure your comment is linked to your own blog or your email, or be sure to leave an email addy in your actual comment. If you do not leave any way of contacting you, and you should happen to win, I will not try to track you down. I will just choose another random number and give it to the next person.

    Nice, but not necessary: You can, if you wish, also make a post about this giveaway on your own blogs. The more the merrier!

    Comments for this post will remain open all this week. I will close them first thing next Monday morning (Feb. 4th) and choose a winner by random number. Of course, members of my own family or members of the Consumer Help Web family (my parent company) are not eligible to enter this contest.

    Questions? Please email me at homeschoolpublisher at consumerhelpweb dot com.

  • January 28, 2008 - 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I have a Parrot Hands-free Speakerphone minikit. It’s Bluetooth enabled and easily fits in a pocket. It has a built in visor clip for the car or you can take it with you for a nice long soak in the bathtub and not have to worry about dropping your phone in the tub while you chat.

    I’ve seen this selling for anywhere from $60 to $100 online. As a busy mom, trying to balance three kids, graduate school and housekeeping chores, I find it difficult talking on the cell phone with it clutched between my shoulder and ear. And I hate those stupid ear buds–they never want to stay in my ear or they just hurt. So whenever someone calls, I usually stop whatever I am doing to talk and this cuts into precious time. This product allowed me talk–hands free–loud and clear and do whatever it is I needed to do at the same time.

    1. Leave a comment that you want to be entered in the drawing. Please leave a VALID email address so I can contact you if you win. Double and triple check it to make sure. I don’t want you to miss out because you didn’t respond to my email.

    2. If you leave a comment and write a post on your blog linking back to this post (click the title of the post to get the permalink from the navigation bar in your browser) I will enter your name twice.

    3. On Sunday, February 3, I will close comments to any further entries with the kickoff of the Super Bowl.

    4. Sometime during the Super Bowl, I’ll hold the drawing.

    5. On Monday, Februrary 4, I will post the winner (and pictures from the drawing).

    6. Please, only those with an address in the United States are eligible for this drawing. I apologize for excluding those outside the U.S. but customs is too much hassle.

    7. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email (so basically by Wednesday night) with their mailing address. If you don’t respond by then I will have to draw again.

    Go to http://sleepingmommy.com/?p=484 for all the details and to enter.

  • January 28, 2008 - 11:56 pm | Permalink

    I am giving away a set of burp cloths (from my business (www.SewPetit.com). Contest ends 31 Jan. Head over to http://notsosahm.wordpress.com to check it out!

  • January 29, 2008 - 12:51 am | Permalink

    I am doing a giveaway for $50 towards anything in my store. Open from now till February 3, 2008 at 11:59pm.

    Go to http://www.littlepiddles.blogspot.com for more details

  • January 29, 2008 - 12:53 am | Permalink

    I have THREE giveaways going on right now. The details of each would be rather long to list here, so I’ll just list the links. Entering is SUPER easy. Feel free to drop a note just to say hi, too! 🙂

    CUSTOM BLOG DESIGN from RS Designs
    Contest Ends: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 11:59pm PST
    Link: http://penniesinmypocket.blogspot.com/2008/01/giveaway-new-year-new-look-custom-blog.html

    10 GIFT BAGS from Pennylane Papers
    Contest Ends: Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at 11:59pm PST
    Link: http://penniesinmypocket.blogspot.com/2008/01/giveaway-set-of-10-gift-bags.html

    $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Quote the Walls
    Contest Ends: Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 at 11:59pm PST
    Link: http://penniesinmypocket.blogspot.com/2008/01/giveaway-50-gift-certificate-for-quote.html

    I run giveaways all the time, so come by anytime.



  • January 29, 2008 - 1:09 am | Permalink

    Help me kick-start my retirement!

    I’m Cindi, Moomettesgram, and I write Moomettesgram’s Musings Blog!

    Moomette is my little granddaughter, and another grandkiddo is on the way in August 2008.

    My blog focuses on WAHM, SAHM networking tips, eBay, online education, recipes & more!

    I’m offering a FREE eBook of YOUR CHOICE from my eBay Store, Moomette’s Magnificents, to anyone who subscribes to my Blog! I have a great selection of books to choose from! Once you subscribe, e-mail me (my address is on my site) and let me know which one you’d like & I’ll send you the link to download it.

    Looking forward to hearing from all of you!


  • January 29, 2008 - 1:24 am | Permalink

    In the spirit of my new decluttering self, I have rounded up some bits & bobs from around the house to make up a delightful lactivist mini-pack comprising:

    * A beautiful breastfeeding mum & baby fridge magnet (handmade in Brazil for Baby Milk Action)
    * A “Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow” postcard
    * An “I am a breastfed baby, please do not feed me formula” postcard (perfect for a newborn’s hospital crib!)
    * A “Babies love boobies” sticker
    * A “Breastmilk only, no udder milk will do” badge
    All wrapped up in…
    * A fair-trade organic cotton shopping bag with “Mummy Milk Rocks” on both sides.

    In the interests of fostering international communication and spreading world peace, this prize is open to all of you, bloggers or not, wherever you happen to be on our fine planet!

    Leave a comment on my giveaway post, making sure to include a valid email address, and I’ll pick a random winner on Saturday 2nd Feb at 09:00 GMT.

    Good luck!

  • January 29, 2008 - 6:45 am | Permalink

    I’m hosting a giveaway on Mummy’s Product Reviews- it is 3 DVDs – Springtime Fun, Winter Wonderland and Celebrating the World featuring Bob the builder, Barney and more of the PBS Kids crowd.

    To win it you simply have to email me, Vicky, at veamason AT gmail DOT com and tell me one of the ways you remain consistent in your parenting.

    Makes a great gift!

  • January 29, 2008 - 6:56 am | Permalink

    I’m giving away some books, magnets, a Starbucks mug, and $50 gc to Victoria Secret. Leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner Feb. 3rd.


  • January 29, 2008 - 7:30 am | Permalink

    I’m hosting a weekly Snowy Days Giveaways series on Fridays through mid-February!

    This week’s featured company is Mabel’s Labels. These are cute personalized adhesive labels that are both dishwasher and microwave proof.

    Their product line includes allergy alert labels, classroom labels for school teachers, bag tags, clothing labels (hey, summer camp season will be here before you know it), and a line of household labels that includes a neat freak pack.

    Mabel’s Labels was founded in 2002 by four moms with 11 children among them. Last fall the company received Canada’s SavvyMom Mompreneur™ of the Year Award.

    Visit my blog for details on how to enter for a chance to win your own pack of personalized Mabel’s Labels! Thanks!


  • January 29, 2008 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    The Pitter Patter Boutique

    is letting you pick the prize!

    What are the prizes??? Some examples are… Nursing Covers, Boppy Covers, Binkie Clips, No-throw Sippy Cup Holders, a Personalized Family Tree, Frenchy Tote Bag and much much more! Not only do you get to pick the item that you want, but you can also choose from over 160 different fabric choices.

    The giveaway will run through February 1, 2008 and the winner will be announced sometime on February 2, 2008.

    To Enter:

    Visit The Pitter Patter Boutique and look through our products. Come back here and leave a comment on this post saying which item is your favorite.

    Who is Eligible:

    You must have a U.S. mailing address. You don’t have to be a blogger to win, just supply a valid e-mail address. No duplicate entries please.


    As an added BONUS…if you sign up for our Newsletter on our site, I’ll send you a Gift Voucher for a 10% Discount!


    Good Luck!

  • January 29, 2008 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    A GREAT GIVE-AWAY ($60 Gift Certificate) – don’t miss this:


  • January 29, 2008 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    It’s Christmas in January / February! As part of the bloggy giveaway carnival, I’m giving away 5 handmade Christmas cards. The pictures on my blog don’t do them justice!

    Have a look, and leave a comment to win!

  • January 29, 2008 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Every Friday, Generation Orange will giveaway a different product from its eco-friendly online store for families. The name of the winner will be posted at the end of the day.

    Check out our “Friday Freebies” each week and good luck!

  • January 29, 2008 - 10:57 am | Permalink
  • January 29, 2008 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    Manic Mom’s Donate Blood Awesome Contest!

    If you donate blood through February 14 and send a photo of you donating to Manic Mom’s blog, including name, city, state, and email, you’re entered to win a large cash prize that another blogger is MATCHING, along with restaurant gift cards and movie tix. Not only that, but you’ll get FREE SNACKS WHEN YOU DONATE, maybe a free t-shirt even, and the best part:


    CHECK OUT Manic Mom’s Donate Blood Awesome Contest for all the details and then scroll through the posts to see all the contestants and read their stories about how they donated!

    It’s been a whole lot of fun!

  • January 29, 2008 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    In honor of the Book Study that we are doing I will be giving away this:

    A “Get Out of That Pit” Study Pack
    (which includes the Get Out of That Pit Book, by Beth Moore, a pretty journal, a sparkley purple pen, and a note to encourage you on your journey out of the pit)

    If you already have the book go ahead and sign up for the Give Away so that you can pass this book along to a friend who might really need it.

    Here’s what you need to do…
    Leave your name, email, and where you are from in the comments and then let me know one amazing thing that has already happened to you in 2008!

    The drawing for the Get Out of That Pit Study Pack will be held on Sunday, February 3rd at the end of the Speak to My Soul Sunday post.

    PS – If you pick up the Speak to My Soul Button and put it up on your blog (and let me know) I will put your name in the bucket for a Starbuck’s Gift Card. The drawing for the Starbuck’s card will be held on Friday, February 1st.

    God Bless and Have Fun,

  • January 29, 2008 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    I am hosting a weekly Book Study on my blog that goes along with the Book “Get Out of That Pit” by Beth Moore.

    In honor of the Book Study I will be giving away a Get Out of That Pit Study Pack which includes a copy of the Book, a pretty journal, a sparkley purple pen, and a note to encourage you on your journey out of the pit).

    Here’s what you need to do…
    Leave your name, email, and where you are from in the comments and then let me know ONE amazing thing that has already happened to you in 2008!

    The drawing will be held on Sunday, February 3rd.

    God Bless and Have Fun,
    Melissa in Mel’s World 😉

  • January 29, 2008 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    Okay, you’ve probably heard of Got Milk? and Got Guv? but I’ve probably stumped you with Got Blood? I’m hoping you all answered yes to my question (because if you didn’t you have much bigger problems than I can help you with) because if you do, I want you to give it up!!

    Yes, you heard me correctly, I want you to give it up and so does Manic Mommy. This week she decided to make a visit to donate blood a learning experience for her kids and some of their friends. I know, amazing, how do you make a trip like that fun, but she did it.

    So my plump full of platelets reader, donate a pint and if I pull your name I will buy you a pint (of beer, trust me when I tell you that you don’t want any of my blood) and a steak dinner. I will donate two $25 gift cards to either Lonestar or Outback (depending on where you live). One card will be pulled on Manic’s blog and one here (each winner will receive one $25 gift card).

    What do you need to do? Why donate blood of course, while your donating be sure to snap a quick picture and email me at apintlighter@yahoo.com and don’t forget to email Manic (manicmommy@comcast.net) a picture, too. That way you double your chance for winning.

    So what are you bloody waiting for, go save a life…and smile pretty for the camera while your doing it.

  • January 29, 2008 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Another Girlie Giveaway is here! Just in time for Valentine’s day! I am giving away a $50 gift certificate for mycharmedlife.com to two lucky winners! Each winner will also receive a set of monogrammed luggage charms.

    My Charmed Life offers beautiful unique gold and silver charms, bracelets, luggage charms, wedding pulls and other special gifts for weddings, birthdays, or just any occasion. So get ready to “Express yourself with charm!”

    Here’s the deal:
    1. You only need to enter once. For U.S and Canadian residents only.
    2. Visit mycharmedlife.com and comment back here mentioning 2 items that caught your fancy.
    3. Place the “Girlie Giveaway” badge below on your blog letting others know about it.
    4. The contest will run from today, Monday 1/28 through Friday, 2/8 to midnight.
    5. All those that enter will be assigned a number in order of their comment and the lucky numbers will be chosen at random.
    6. The winners of the gift certificates will be announced 2/9. Good luck!

    Here’s the link http://www.melindazook.com/2008/01/charming-girlie-giveaway.html

  • January 29, 2008 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got several giveaways going on right now, with more to come!

    1. I just started a new weekly feature to honor MOMS, on From Dates to Diapers, and I would love your help in spreading the word. If you write a post, add a button or give me a shout out before the end of the month, and tell me about it in the comments, you will be entered to win a pair of custom-made earrings, made by yours truly.

    2. There is a beautiful pair of Love Notes earrings, from Cherry Creek Designs, that you can enter to win. All you need to do to be entered is browse Cherry Creek Designs Etsy shop and leave me a comment mentioning your favorite item. Enter before Feb. 4th.

    3. Enter to win a special Mommy Pampering Package (think chocolate and Starbucks) before Feb. 3rd.

    4. And, of course I have one for the kiddos, too! You can enter to win a pair of fun board books and an old-fashioned wooden train whistle. Enter this one before Feb. 3rd.

    Happy Entering!

  • January 29, 2008 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

    My Mom run business Purple Faerie Paper Crafts holds contests each month. During the month of February we are having a Blog Bingo Game. Come check out the details on the blog…or check out the store at http://www.purplefaeriepapercrafts.com. Lots of fun things going on.

  • January 29, 2008 - 5:45 pm | Permalink

    In honor of the gigantic Bloggy Giveaway Carnival, Goodies for Mom is giving away a Cushie Pushie Breast Support Pillow for Nursing Moms.

    All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite fabric and size by February 1, 2008.

    Then head over to Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. There are 500+ bloggers giving away tons of stuff, from baby carriers to books to totes. Join in the fun!!!!!!

  • January 29, 2008 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m giving away five parenting classes on behavior management with a different twist. The name of the
    class is: “Behavior Management at Home…Becoming Your Child’s Life Coach” This is a six session teleclass, which is valued at $200.00

    I’m a former educator and the Mother of two twenty something young men. From my experience in working with children, who presented a variety of emotional/behavioral issues, and parenting my own sons; I’ve learned some tremendously powerful ways of changing children’s behavior while keeping their spirits intact.

    I’m a life coach, who specializes in coaching parents. I trained under Martha Beck, PhD, who is a regular contributor to “O Magazine”. I love to combine the coaching tools to shape a child’s behavior. Through this approach, children understand themselves and learn to be more responsible for their own behavioral choices. Contact me to learn more.


    Mary Ann

  • January 29, 2008 - 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Hi! We have some great eco-friendly giveaways going on right now, including:

    1. Organic Cotton Moby Wrap Baby Carrier ($70 value)

    2. Shaklee Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Cleaning Products (as seen on Oprah’s favorite things!)

    3. Laptop Lunch System

    Go here to see more on our giveaways and how to enter:

    These are the current giveaways we have going on right now, but we have at least one giveaway every week so check back often!

  • January 30, 2008 - 12:15 am | Permalink

    n celebration of all things Apple, and with joy at being a part of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival this week, I’m hosting a “Giving Away” with a squeeky new $15.00 iTunes Gift Card! (absolutely FREE to the winner!)

    Who says lurking around blogs doesn’t pay?

    So here’s where you’ll find the scoop:


    Best of luck to everyone. And thank you in advance for your participation in making this giveaway – entirely Juicy!

  • January 30, 2008 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

    We are giving away one of each of the products listed below to TWO lucky winners!

    HoMedics Lullaby Sound Soother
    Oregon Scientific Projection Clock
    Baby Born with Magic Eyes
    Tieramid Circle Set
    Lands End Diaper Bag Tote

    This contest will run through February 10th.
    Entry page: http://www.themommyinsider.com/contestentry.html

  • January 30, 2008 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Item: Little Fit – Toddler Trucker Hat
    Date ending: Feb 2nd at midnight, eastern time
    Value of Prize: $18
    Way to win: leave comment on blog, that’s it!

  • January 31, 2008 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    http://QuianaMurray.com the website of Quiana Murray, Life Coach and Joy Expert is offering F*REE 30-minute Coaching sessions to Moms.

    During the entire month of February Quiana is celebrating International Coaching Week (Feb. 3 – 9, 2008) by offering all Moms a free 30-minute life coaching session.

    You can talk with Quiana about anything from getting yourself and your family organized to starting your new business in ’08. Be sure to contact her through her Contact page or email her to schedule your appointment.

    It’s best to have an alternate date in the event that your preferred date/time is not available.

    To your Joy!

  • February 1, 2008 - 7:05 pm | Permalink

    My Money Story is hosting a giveaway during the month of February, and the giveaway is sponsored by Susan Murphy Inc.

    Items: Baby Bloomer tote, and Star Of My Own Reality Show baseball cap
    Giveaway Ends: Feb 29th at midnight, pacific time
    Approximate Retail Value: $40
    How To Enter: Leave a comment on the February Giveaway post

    Go to http://www.mymoneystory.blogspot.com to enter!

  • February 4, 2008 - 4:27 am | Permalink

    I have a $5 Starbucks Gift Card up for grabs.

    Leave a comment with your favorite drink!

    Ends: Feb. 5th at 5pm (PST)

    Winner will be picked using random.org

    Click here to enter: http://tanyetta.com

  • February 8, 2008 - 1:46 am | Permalink

    I host monthly “Pay It Forward” book exchange giveaways.

    My February Pay It Forward Book Exchange has 6 books up for grabs so far and more being added. The deadlines to enter for these books vary, so stop by soon!

  • February 12, 2008 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m having a giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment in the Giveaway Post and you will be registered. I’m giving away a free Fridge Frame. See Blog for details!

    Click Here to enter:http://nikkisnacs.blogspot.com/2008/02/it-is-time-for-give-away.html

  • February 13, 2008 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m hosting a giveaway from the Stubby Pencil Studio.

    You will receive a set of 24 customized cards. These cards have adorable, bold designs and can be personalized with your child’s name.

    The best thing – the cards are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Stop by and get the details and enter for a chance to win.


  • February 28, 2008 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

    March 1st through March 31st:

    Pink Lemonade’s March Madness Sweepstakes!

    Four Awesome Prizes:
    1 Outmat from GoBaby
    1 Pair of Healthy Toes from Crazy Harry
    1 Choice of shirt from Uncommonly Cute
    1 $10 Gift Certificate from My Mommy Bracelets

    There are three ways to win so stop on by http://pinklemonadeoflife.blogspot.com/ and Check it out!

    – Turning Lemons into Pink Lemonade !

    Pink Lemonade Liz

  • February 29, 2008 - 12:12 am | Permalink

    I’ve giving away a book here:

    From my blog: Another book I surprised myself by reading was Lionel Shriver’s The Post-Birthday World. Again, the back cover described a book that was entirely not my type, but the reviews were calling it the best book of 2007. I gave in.

    In The Post-Birthday World Irina is caught in a moment, the moment where she chooses between remaining with her husband or kissing another man. After coming to this crossroads in the first chapter, the rest of the book follows both paths in alternating chapters.

    This is a fascinating concept, and the author pulled it off spectacularly. The characters became so real to me, I entered so easily into their world. But I just got so tired of reading about marriage people hurting each other; the strength of character development worked against me. My worldview slanted a bit towards suspicion. I couldn’t make it through.

    But when I skipped to the last 50 pages to gain some resolution before giving up, the endings caught me back up into the story and I found myself reading further and further back. But finally, I put it down. Its just not my kind of tale.

    And yet – the storytelling was so artfully good, so creative; the characters so real and suddenly important to me. I’m almost tempted to read it again, start to finish. Or, to never read another page.

    So…here’s your chance to give it a read and tell me what you think: I have a copy of The Post Birthday World to give away! Just leave a comment before Midnight on March 7th to enter. If you have a blog, please link back to the contest, and be sure to stop by again to see who wins. Make sure I have a way to contact you if you’re the winner!

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