150 Posts: It’s Giveaway Time!

Birthday PresentThis is the exact 150th post since I started blogging 4 months ago (in April). I can hardly believe it myself! Time has flown by and I have been way more productive than I expected. In those four months, I have entered several giveaways, and realized what good fun they are (and I even won some books!).

So, it’s time to organize my own giveaway! There’s a book up for grabs for a European winner. Don’t be sad, you international people, I’ll be doing an international giveaway during Blog Fest which runs from 10-12 September.

Rules for the giveaway:

  • This giveaway is open to all European bloggers.
  • You can enter until August 31st. I’ll draw a winner on Wednesday September 1st.
  • You do not have to be a follower or become a follower, although if you like my blog I hope you will! You can follow by email or by RSS (see buttons in the side bar on the right).
  • Look at the list of books below, and leave a comment telling me which book you’d like and your email address.
  • If you’d like to twitter about this giveaway, that would be so nice! You’ll get one extra entry if you do. Add the tweet link (click on X minutes ago under the tweet) to your comment.

These are the books. It’s a selection of different genres that I like myself. They have all been read, only once, and carefully:

  1. Alfred & Emily by Doris LessingAlfred and Emily by Doris Lessing. This memoir by Lessing is part fiction and part reality. Half of the book describes the life of her parents Alfred and Emily as if the First World War never took place. Her parents meet but do not marry. In the second half of the book, Lessing relates the true story of how her parents met and did marry, and her life with her parents as a child.
  2. The House of Special Purpose by John BoyneThe House of Special Purpose by John Boyne. This is a historical fiction novel taking place in Russia starting in 1915 and is the story of a farmer’s boy, Georgy Jachmenev, who is recruted as the bodyguard of the Tsar. It has two interesting alternating story lines: one starts in the past and works towards the future while the other starts in the “now” and works backwards. By the time the two story lines meet, the full story is revealed. My review of it is HERE.
  3. Or the Murder at Road Hill HouseThe Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale. Non fiction, a real detective story about a murder that took place in rural England in 1860. It gives a lot of background information about police detective work at the time. My review of it is HERE.

  4. Twenties Girl by Sophie KinsellaTwenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. A chick-lit novel by the queen of chick-lit. Lara (27) meets the ghost of her grandmother who is looking for her lost necklace. She’s forced to join in the search and finds much more besides the necklace! My review is HERE.

Good luck! I hope to see a lot of entries and maybe even some new followers. Leave your blog address if you like, so I can check out your blog too!

About Judith
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com and bookhelpline.nl. We edit books and articles for independent writers.

63 Responses to 150 Posts: It’s Giveaway Time!

  1. rikkiscraps says:

    Judith, congrats on the 150 posts! Yes, I’d love to enter. I would like to go for no. 2. We have the Murder at Road Hill House, but I haven’t read it yet. I love the cover though, so old fashioned looking.

    Tweeted here, but you’ve seen it already: http://twitter.com/Ailuah/statuses/21818071651

  2. Congrats on hitting 150! I started blogging about the same time and am only just approaching 50 posts. How do you find the time?

    I’d love to enter. No 1, by Doris Lessing, appeals to me. And I retweeted you as well.

    • leeswammes says:

      “Nose”, it helps that I’m not working at the moment so I have more time to read, and more time to write my blog posts. Although even when I did work, I read an awful lot!

      Nice to see you entering the give away & thanks for the retweet. I’m asked people to tweet so other people will know about the give away too – I hope lots will enter, it’s more fun!

  3. Robbie says:

    These all sound like some terrific reads. I especially like the Doris Lessing one. Sign me up for your contest for sure. rubbieburns at gmail dot com.

  4. gnoegnoe says:

    Yay, congrats on your 150th post!!! If you keep up this rate it’ll be a 1000 in 1 year total… WOW.

    So kind of you to organize a giveaway, I’d love to join! Been wanting to read The Suspicions of Mr Whicher ever since I heard a raving review in my fav book podcast Simon Mayo’s Book Panel on BBC radio 5, which — ALAS! — ended early this year. I’ll try my luck for that one!

    Off to retweet about your giveaway now…

    (You’re already in possession of my email so I’ll skip that.)

  5. Yay on 150 posts, congratulations!! All of these books look fantastic!!

  6. Karen Scammell says:

    I like the sound of number 3 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher please x

  7. Denice says:

    Congratulations on your 150th anniversary!! I just love reading and would be happy to win any of them, but if I had to pick one then it would have to be ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ sounds like a brilliant book πŸ™‚

  8. Susan W says:

    Well done on reaching 150.

    Would love to win the Sophie Kinsella book, it sounds so intriguing

  9. toniq says:

    Congrats on 150! xx

    Sophie kinsella’s Twenties Girl sounds a good read xxx

  10. well done on so many posts heres to many more! I would love to read no 4 twenties girl. I am still yet to read one of Sophie Kinsellas books

  11. Nicola says:

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher sounds like a good read

    thanks and congratulations

  12. Mel Clarke says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Twenties Girl for ages so would love it if I won that one πŸ™‚ xx

    Tweeted to via @_melvis_


    Thanks xx

  13. Jo Kelly says:

    Congrats πŸ˜€ Here’s to another 150 πŸ˜‰

    I have read a lot fo Sophie Kinsella & she is a great author if you like Chick Lit, haven’t read number 4 though so like the sound of that πŸ™‚ xx

  14. Angie Cunningham says:

    Nice blog. I would like to be entered for the dorris lessing book please, although they all look good.

  15. emma barron says:

    Sophie kinsella’s Twenties Girl sounds great!!!!

    Well done also!!

  16. susanc says:

    i love the sound of the book The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, cant go a week without a good murder read!! i would love to be entered to win this book thanks..

    also well done on all the post keep up the good work..

  17. Please dont enter me – I just wanted to say congrats on reaching this milestone..

    Wishing you many more exciting post days…


  18. Michelle Bosomworth says:

    Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella SOUNDS GOOD

  19. Lisa Beaumont says:

    Would love twenties girl by Sophie Kinsella
    Congrats on the 150 posts

  20. Belinda Hendry says:

    congrats no 4 plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  21. Georgina Ball says:

    The House of Special Purpose mainly because I love historical fiction. Plus I’ve read Twenties Girl (fab book) and have the Suspicions of Mr Whicher in my to-read pile.

  22. Laura J Westwood says:


    I like the look of the Sophia Kinsella book, Twenties girl please x

  23. kate says:


    I would love the Doris Lessing if I win πŸ™‚

  24. Solange says:

    Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

  25. Carin B. says:

    Congratulations on the 150 posts! That’s amazing!

  26. Charlie says:


    I’d like no 3 please.

  27. Carol810 says:

    Congrats on your 150th. Post that is. I would love book no 4 the Sophia Kinsella one please if I am lucky enough to win..

  28. mike brown says:

    Congrats. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (no3)would be my choice please.

  29. Pamela Gossage says:

    Well done. I would like No 2 – The House of Special Purpose

  30. Novroz says:

    wow…That’s a lot of post in 4 months….awesome πŸ™‚

  31. winstonsdad says:

    well done on 150 post ,all the best stu

  32. Stewart says:

    The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne sounds like my kind of book…

  33. Julie says:

    No 3. The murder at road hill house sounds interesting

  34. Faye Stokes says:

    Congrats on getting to 150 posts!
    I’d love to be entered into the draw for “Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella” please!

  35. Andy D says:

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher please…

  36. Charlotte says:

    Congratulations on hitting the milestone! I hope you’re enjoying ‘Black Swan Green’ – I love his books.

    I’d love to win the Doris Lessing.

  37. Zee says:

    I like the look of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher! Great contest and well done on the post.

    Zommbie1 [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. Shannon says:

    Congrats on the big 1-5-0! You have been busy!

  39. Congratulations Judith on passing 150 followers! Yay! πŸ˜€ And thank you for the great contest!

    It’s not easy to choose, all books sound good, but it is Alfred&Emily and The Twenties Girl which have caught my eye..hmm which to choose. Well I’ guess I’ll go with Alfred & Emily as I have been hunting for it for more than a year! (can you imagine that it was introduced in bookstores then a few months later when I had my birthday coming and wanted to put it on my wishlist it disappeared! and ever since I couldn’t track it down, so it wins :-D)

    So it’s Alfred & Emily for me. πŸ™‚

    I also tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/21982956323

    Thank you and here’s to many more loyal blog readers! πŸ™‚

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

    • leeswammes says:

      Thanks for joining in, Stella. How awful to find a book in the bookshop that disappears when you want to buy it! Let’s hope you win so you can finally read it!

      Oops Stella, it’s 150 posts, not followers, yet!

  40. Jesse Partington says:

    I would love to read “The House of Special Purpose” by John Boyne.

  41. teadevotee says:

    Congratulations! And yeay, a European giveaway! Could you please enter me for the Lessing? Thanks so much. Good luck with the next 150 πŸ™‚

  42. Host says:

    Congrats on hitting 150!!! And I think it’s a great idea to have a giveaway only for Europeans πŸ™‚
    I would love to read The House of Special Purpose; it sounds very interesting.

  43. Ellie says:

    I’ll go for number 2 – the John Boyne novel…

    Huge congratulations on the 150th post! I returned your hop post and signed up to your subscriptions, looking forward to seeing what your next 150 posts hold in store!

    Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girl
    emp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk

  44. CF225 says:

    I like the look of the new Sophie Kinsella book. Her previous ones have all been a good read.

  45. Congrats on the 150 posts!

    I’d love to enter for book number 2, I retweeted: http://twitter.com/irisonbooks/status/22372793266

    The suspicions of Mr Whicher looks good as well, but I don’t deal well with murder stories in general, which is why I chose nr 2. It’s historical fiction, and seems like a good one as well.

  46. Lucy says:

    Congrats on the 150!!
    Please sign me up for Twenties Girl.

  47. Kirsty says:

    I would like Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella!! πŸ™‚

  48. Kirsty says:

    I would like Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella!! πŸ™‚

  49. stephen wilsonleach says:

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

  50. Dan Caldon says:

    Congratulations. I would like to enter No. 1 Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing. Thanks

  51. Jeremy Hards says:

    I would love to win The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne. It sounds really interesting the way it moves from the past and the present to meet in the middle.


  52. Jane says:

    I would love to win Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

  53. Allan says:

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale sounds very interesting.

  54. Joanne Blunt says:

    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher. Looks great.

  55. Kate says:

    Hi, congrats on reaching 150! that’s fab.

    I would love to read Twenties Girl by Sophie kinsella, It looks like a really good read and have already read some of her work.

    thanks for the chance to win.

  56. leeswammes says:

    This competition is now closed. The winner will be announced later today.

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