Welcome to the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds!
It’s the middle of August, and while it may feel like it’s been hot forever and it’s going to be hot forever, the summer is really almost over. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. Cats like to lie in the sunshine, and humans like to laze around in these hot summer months.
The theme of this particular blog hop made me think of a classic summer song, Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer by Nat King Cole. I’m not quite sure whether I actually remember it being played when I was a child, although the timing is right, or whether I just remember hearing bits of it as part of ads for all those compilation albums that used to be on TV, seemingly all the time.
So, as the summer of 2018 sinks slowly and hazily below the horizon, take your chance on an Amazon Gift Card or a Book from the Book Depository to help while away those cold winter nights looming ahead in just a few short months.
Welcome to the A Scoop of Luck Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox!
First, I’m going to ask that you all wish me a little luck. I’m having some minor surgery today, so all wishes for a speedy recovery are very much appreciated!
The theme for this bloghop is all about luck. It makes me think of the song from My Fair Lady, the one that goes, “With a little bit of luck…) We can always use a little bit of luck. Or a little scoop of ice cream to make us feel lucky! At least lucky that someone invented ice cream to have on a hot summer’s day.
Speaking of ice cream, if there’s a Creamistry near you and you haven’t tried it, pick a hot day and go! They don’t just put in your mix ins before your eyes, they actually freeze your ice cream with liquid nitrogen right there while you wait. It’s awesome stuff, and a neat concept all rolled into one.
But speaking of luck, you might get lucky here in this giveaway. I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 US Amazon Gift Card or a book from the Book Depository up to $10 US in value. This giveaway is open to anyone living anywhere that the Book Depository ships.
Welcome to the Seas the Day Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox!
One can take the name of this blog hop as a play on the Latin phrase carpe diem, meaning seize the day. Or one could translate “seas the day” into Latin, making it maria diem and not a sentence at all. And of course I’m being just a bit silly.
I took four years of Latin in high school – occasionally I have to trot it out just for giggles.
But it’s summer, meaning that there are plenty of long, hot days to seize – just perfect for melting into a good book. Also just plain melting.
About that good book, as my part of this blog hop I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository. This prize is open to anywhere that the Book Depository ships, which is a lot of ships, boats, planes, and almost but not quite everywhere.
Welcome to the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds!
We’re between the unofficial start of Summer (Memorial Day) and the official meteorological start of Summer, the Summer solstice on June 21. To be really, really technical about it, 6:07 AM on 6/21/18. Not that I’ll be awake to see it.
And it doesn’t matter, because the Summer solstice will be the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Well, not really. All days are 24 hours, after all. But the day with the longest amount of daylight. Here in Atlanta, the sun will rise at 6:26 AM and not set until 8:49 PM. This is the time of year when I miss living in Anchorage, where the sun doesn’t really set on the solstice – it just sort of dips below the horizon for a couple of hours. Or at least that’s the way it seemed.
It will also be warm on the solstice. That’s one way of putting it. In Atlanta it will be probably be hotter than Hades, and muggy to boot. A good day to stay where its air conditioned and curl up with a good book and a sleepy kitty.
To help you curl up with a good book, or sunbathe with a good book, I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository. This giveaway is open to anyone within reach of the wonderful world-spanning folks at the Book Depository.
This is my second hop in a row featuring beach reads – a term that still requires some definition. It seems that anything light and fluffy and usually paperback can be defined as a beach read if it comes out in the summer. I think the paperback idea got added in the definition because paperbacks fit in one’s beach bag and one doesn’t usually mind getting sand on or in them. They’re kind of disposable.
Of course, if I were reading on a beach I’d probably just wrap my iPad in a Ziploc bag. I do mind if it gets sand on or in it – and I certainly mind it if gets wet!
But while you’re reading at the beach, I’ll probably be over here, in the coolth (the opposite of warmth) of my air conditioner – absorbed in a good book.
it is now time for that great summer question – what on earth is a beach read? And how many of them can I cram into my summer?
Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a good beach read. Based on the annual lists of “best beach reads” and the places one finds such lists, one might believe that there’s a lot of light fluffy reading involved. While you’re baking in the sun, a heavy book just doesn’t seem like the thing.
Although something that puts a chill up your spine on a steamy hot day might be just the ticket. Whatever floats your boat – especially if you are actually floating in a boat!
So here’s your chance to win either a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository – so that you can get started on your own beach reads, no matter where you actually plan to read them.
The theme of this hop is suggesting books to people. Specific people, as in, those of you who are reading this post and participating in the giveaway.
I participated in this hop last year, and came up with a set of books I’d still highly recommend, depending on what kind of book floats your boat. I’d add a few things, but then, there’s been a whole year’s worth of books since then. If you’re interested in romance, particularly angsty romance, I’d recommend Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, starting with Hate to Want You. And if you want some good, snarky urban fantasy, I don’t think you can go wrong with the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, starting with Hounded. The audio of the Iron Druid Chronicles is particularly good.
What about you? If someone asked you to suggest a book or two, what titles could you not resist shoving into their hands. Fill out the rafflecopter with your answer for your chance at a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository.
Welcome to the Full Bloom Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox!
Spring should be sprung by now. Shouldn’t it?
Some days we have the air conditioner on, and some days we have to switch back to the furnace. The whole gray and gloomy thing is getting really, really old around here.
But it could be worse – it could be snow. It could still be snow. It’s time for Spring. It’s time for the flowers to bloom. Isn’t it?
While these damp, chilly days are marvelous for curling up with a good book and a sleepy cat, the gloominess has long outworn its welcome. We’ve had the April Showers, now it’s time for the Spring Flowers!!!!!
But while we’re waiting for Spring, I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository, just to tide you over until Spring finally springs into action wherever you are.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me the rhyme, “Rain, rain go away! Come back another day.” I’m still kind of expecting the rain to answer back, “But I did. I did!” I’ve often looked for a cartoon that did this, but I haven’t found one. At least not yet.
There’s also a riddle about rain that I’m a little bit too fond of.
“If April Showers bring May Flowers, then what do May Flowers bring?”
The answer, of course, is pilgrims. I can’t believe I actually managed to catch someone with this the other day. Everything old is new again. Except the rain. Even when we need it, days and days of rain just plain get old.
What never gets old is the opportunity to win your choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository, just by entering the rafflecopter below.
Welcome to the April 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF
And also welcome to the opening entry in this year’s Blogo-Birthday Celebration Week here at Reading Reality!
April 4 is the SEVENTH Anniversary of the first post on Reading Reality. April 5 is my birthday. So we have a Blogo-Birthday to celebrate.
And today is April Fools’ Day. And Easter Sunday. And it’s Passover. That a whole lot of celebration going on!
If April showers bring May flowers, than what do Mayflowers bring?…Pilgrims, of course.
I always have books I’m looking forward to, and this month is no exception. You’ll see as the reviews unfold over the month.
But this Blogo-Birthday Celebration is a Hobbit birthday, speaking of one of my all-time favorite books. That means I’ll be giving presents away, starting today. To get in on this particular giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter and let us know what books you are most looking forward to this month!