Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Literary Blog Hop

Literary Blog Hop

I am so excited to participate in my first Literary Blog Hop!
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is hosted by Leeswammes. Between now and Wednesday June 25th, you can hop to more than 30 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items. All books will be literary (non)fiction or something close to that. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to find the other participating blogs.

I'll be giving away two novels.

Book #1
One of Ours by Willa CatherI thought long and hard over what book to give away. Of course my first venture into blog hop giveaway-land HAS to be a Willa Cather novel. And since we're approaching the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I, I thought it only fitting to giveaway One of Ours, Cather's WWI novel which is loosely based on her cousin who died in the war. (Cather's The Professor's House is also considered a WWI novel.)

Cather interviewed many veterans of the war while writing One of Ours and knew some personally. She received a huge amount of fan mail praising the book, from civilians and veterans, and although its critical reputation has been on a bit of a roller-coaster ride, to this day people who read it usually love it (unless they're expecting a repeat of My Antonia or O Pioneers!). This novel is not all about the war, though. The main thrust is about the struggle of a young man who never feels like he belongs, never really has a sense of connection until...well, you'll have to read the book to find out. I've written about One of Ours here and here.


Book #2
But I decided I also wanted to giveaway The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara because I'm hosting a read-along of this novel in July. Now, if you should win this book please do not feel obligated in the least to participate in the read-along. I just thought it would be fun for someone to win the book and then have a read-along to participate in if they chose to.

The Killer Angels is considered by some to be the best novel written about the American Civil War. You can see my post about the read-along here.

Not only are both of these novels about wars, they both also won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, One of Ours in 1923 and The Killer Angels in 1975.

To Enter:
To enter-to-win one of these books, simply state which one you'd like to win in the comment section below. Feel free to say you want to win both! I'll use random.com to pick the winner(s).

Rules:
  • Anyone can enter, you do not need to have a blog to enter.
  • You have until midnight on June 25th to enter. 
  • Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country (see here).
  • I'll email the winner(s) and they'll have 48 hours to reply. If they don't, I'll move on to a new winner. (When you leave a comment be sure to have a linked account where I can reach you or provide your email in the comment section.)
  • Multiple entries will be deleted.
Be sure to check out the other blogs on this hop, and good luck to you!

Linky List:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Misfortune of Knowing
  3. Bibliosue
  4. Too Fond
  5. Under a Gray Sky
  6. Read Her Like an Open Book (US)
  7. My Devotional Thoughts
  8. WildmooBooks
  9. Guiltless Reading
  10. Fourth Street Review
  11. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  12. Word by Word
  13. Words And Peace (US)
  14. Ciska's Book Chest
  15. Falling Letters
  16. Readerbuzz
  17. The Relentless Reader (US)
  18. Mom's Small Victories (US)
  19. Daily Mayo (US)
  1. The Emerald City Book Review (US)
  2. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
  3. Lost Generation Reader
  4. Booklover Book Reviews
  5. Bay State Reader's Advisory
  6. River City Reading (US)
  7. Books Speak Volumes
  8. Words for Worms
  9. Wensend
  10. Bibliophile's Retreat
  11. Readers' Oasis
  12. The Book Musings
  13. My Book Retreat (N. Am.)
  14. Books on the Table (US)

79 comments:

  1. I'd gladly read either! I don't comment enough here, but I love what you do! :)

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    1. Thanks, April! I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me that! :)

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  2. I never heard of these two books, they both sound great.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Carol! One of Ours is one of my favorite novels. I'm hoping The Killer Angels will be great, too! Thanks for visiting and entering!

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I'm excited to be part of this blog hop!

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    1. Yay! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by to enter!

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  5. I'd love to win either, but maybe the Cather a little more..

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    1. Thanks for entering, MG! I love all of Cather's novels and One of Ours is one of my favorites.

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  6. I would love to win One of Ours. Thank you!

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  7. I think I would like The Killer Angels more. Thanks!

    ann [dot] m [dot] vuong [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. I can't wait to read Killer Angels. Thanks for entering, Ann!

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  8. Great choices and both new titles for me, the first one sounds appealing to me, put me down for One of Ours. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

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    1. You got it! Thanks for stopping by to enter!

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  9. I'd love to win the Willa Cather... I haven't read anything by her yet! *cringe*
    Thanks for hosting! :) monika.lovelybookshelf (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Monika! I hope you'll love Cather when you get to her. Thanks for entering to win One of Ours!

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  10. I think I would like to win either one, but I would choose Killer Angels because I've been seeing that on reading lists for years and thinking I should read it. A read-along might be just what I need! lauriec AT baystatera DOT com

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    1. Same with me on seeing Killer Angels on lists. I'm looking forward to reading it and hope you'll join us for the read-along. Thanks for entering!

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  11. I like both books! thanks for the chance :)
    celeste_257@hotmail.com

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  12. I would choose The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Thank you very much for the giveaway :)
    milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. I'm going for the one I haven't read, The Killer Angels. Love Willa Cather though. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    1. Yay, another Willa Cather lover! I have you down for Killer Angels. Thanks for stopping by to enter!

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  14. I'd love to win Killer Angels... somehow I've never read it, though I love historical fiction and have heard so many good things.

    ofabookworm AT gmail DOT com

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    1. So many people have told me they LOVE Killer Angels. I'm looking forward to reading it but admit there's a question mark floating around in my head about it. Good luck, and thanks for entering!

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  15. I'd love to win either one! They both sound intriguing :)
    anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

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    1. One of Ours is a great novel...I'm hoping Killer Angels lives up to its reputation, too! Thanks for stopping by to enter!

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  16. I'd love both but I'm especially interested in The Killer Angels. Thank you!

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  17. I would love to read both. I am a history buff and I haven't read either one.
    The Civil War was a very defining war. I believe World War 1 is what has led into the other wars since.

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    1. I completely agree. I've read a lot about WWI, but Killer Angels will be my first venture into reading about the Civil War. Thanks for entering, I've got you down for both!

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  18. Thanks for joining in the blog hop! Nice choice of books. I'd like to win The Killer Angels.

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    1. Thanks, Judith, and thanks for hosting!

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  19. I think both books sound amazing!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    elizabeth(at)bookattict(dot)com
    Bloglovin': BookAttict

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    1. Love your handle! Thanks for entering!

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  20. I'd like to win The Killer Angels.
    Thank you so much for the amazing giveaway.
    say_yap@ymail.com

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  21. I'd love to read the Willa Cather novel. Thanks for participating in the hop!

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    1. Yay, Cather! I am really excited to participate...need to keep my eyes out for this in the future.

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  22. I know I am greedy, but I'd love, love LOVE to have both books. If I could have only one, I'd prefer Killer Angels. Thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

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    1. Greedy, schmeedy, no such thing when it comes to books! :) Thanks for entering Michelle!

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  23. I would love to read The Killer Angels. Thank you for the chance to win!

    -Amber Terry-

    starry_night1987(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm so happy there's so much interest in Killer Angels. Thanks for entering!

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  24. Both books sound fascinating! I find history so fascinating so I would love to read either of those books. My email is elizabethkjaeger(at)gmail(dot)com. :)

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    1. Me, too! Um, obviously. :) Thanks for entering!

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  25. WILLA CATHER!!! I'm obviously hoping for One of Ours, haha. Thanks for the chance to win! My email is lostgenerationreader[at]gmail[dot]com. Cheers!

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    1. Yes, there must be Cather! Glad to see you're carrying the Austen in August torch. This might be the year I actually read some Austen.Thanks for entering!

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  26. Both sound really good! readerrabbit22 at gmail.com

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    1. I can vouch for One of Ours as really good and I hope Killer Angels lives up to all the recommendations I've had. :) Thanks for entering!

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  27. Thank you so much for your participation in this gift to blog readers -- as a literary fiction fan who really loves few other genres, this is a real treat! I appreciate your thoughtful, unique prize choices -- I would be happy to win either book!
    --Kara S
    PS Please reply to this comment if you do not have an email address with which to contact me. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, KAS, and for entering!

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  28. I would like to read both but if I had to pick just one I would pick The Killer Angels. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    courtlawrence11 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for entering!

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  29. Hi Chris! This is my first literary blog hop as well. I would like to read One of Ours, because I am interested in learning more about WWI. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. Hi Reno! Thanks for entering...will have to check out your giveaway! WWI is one of those areas that I got completely sucked into. I used to have a "study group" with a friend years ago and we'd read a WWI related book once a month. It was helpful to have someone to talk to about our reading because so much of it was incredibly tense and seemed so immediate.

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would love to have Willa Cather's One of Ours if I won, I have been meaning to read one of her books. This might be a perfect start!
    joviemaria at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for entering, Fanda! Cather is one of my favorite writers and I hope you get to her soon. Good luck!

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  31. Thank you for the giveaway. I would like to read either book. Both sound good and are new toom me.
    denannduvall(at)gmail(dot)c

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    1. Excellent! Thanks for entering, Denise!

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  32. I think the book that appeals to me the most is Killer Angels, I love anything to do with the Civil War, even the tragedy. cherylslife67(at)charter(dot)net

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Is there a Civil War novel or history book that you'd recommend? Other than The Red Badge of Courage and Gone with the Wind I've not read anything about it yet. I have a feeling it could be the start of a new reading focus when I read Killer Angels next month. Thanks for entering!

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  33. Hi, thanks for the giveaway :)) I'd like to get both, if you don't mind :))). my email is: erdeaka9 [at] gmail [dot] com. thanks again!!

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    1. I don't mind in the least...the more books the merrier! Thanks for entering!

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  34. Both books sound good! I've always enjoyed reading about the Civil War.
    mittens0831@aol.com

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  35. Hi, I think it's the first time I read your blog, thanks to the literary blog hop :)
    I have One of ours at home, but I still haven't read it (I've read other novels by Willa Cather and I liked them very much), so I'm participating to win the other one, The Killer Angels, which I didn't know until now.
    Thank you very much for your giveaway.
    I'm following you on twitter now.
    My email is: fromisi.orejas@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Isi, thanks for following me on Twitter, I'll be sure to follow back. I love Willa Cather. Her novels have such a subtle depth to them. I'll put you down for The Killer Angels. Thanks for entering!

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  36. I'd be happy to read either one. Thanks for the opportunity!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  37. Oooh, I'd love to win either one!

    therelentlessreader@gmail.com

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    1. Yay! Thanks for entering! I'm heading over to your blog now to see what you've got cookin'....

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  38. I would really want One of Ours. Thanks for your participation in this giveaway.

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    1. Sorry, I deleted my comment by accident. I'd like to read both of the books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. I hate when I do that! ;) Thanks for entering, Celine!

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