The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is back!



Welcome to the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is hosted by Leeswammes at Between now and Wednesday November 5th, you can hop to 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’m giving away a copy of Karen Joy Fowler’s brilliant, award-winning We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. This compelling and heartbreaking story was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize awarded last month (the winner was Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North). You can read my review of Fowler’s unforgettable book here.

WINNER ANNOUNCED! April @steadfastreader is the winner of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop from Read Her Like an Open Book. Congratulations, April! 

The rules:

  1. Anyone can enter. You do not need to have a blog.
  2. You do not have to be a follower of my blog 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 at the top).
  3. There will be one winner.
  4. First, please leave a comment about the giveaway or Read Her Like an Open Book generally. I’m looking for some feedback from readers. Comments, complaints, suggestions, you name it.
  5. Then share the news about the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway and Read Her Like an Open Book via Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to tag me (@Austraphile on Twitter, Bill Wolfe on FB) or send the link so I can confirm your post.
  6. Use this text: Win WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler in the Literary Blog Hop.  @Austraphile   
  7. That’s it! You’re entered to win.
  8. The winner will be chosen randomly on November 6 (my wife draws a name out of a hat — really!). I’ll contact you to obtain your address and will mail to the book to you that day.

Now start blog hopping!

For more giveaways check out these blogs. There are some real treasures out there for grabs!

Giveaways are worldwide, meaning people from most or all countries of the world can enter, unless mentioned otherwise.

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read Her Like an Open Book (US/CA)
  3. My Book Self
  4. The Book Stop
  5. My Book Retreat (US)
  6. Books in the Burbs (US)
  7. Guiltless Reading
  8. Word by Word
  9. Juliet Greenwood
  10. BooksandLiliane
  11. Words for Worms (US)
  12. The Relentless Reader
  13. The Misfortune of Knowing
  14. The Friday Morning Bookclub (US)
  15. Readerbuzz
  16. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  17. The Emerald City Book Review
  18. Wensend
  1. Laurie Here
  2. A Cup Of Tea, A Friend, And A Book (US)
  3. Moon Shine Art Spot (US)
  4. I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (US)
  5. Lost Generation Reader
  6. Books on the Table (US)
  7. Orange Pekoe Reviews
  8. Words And Peace (US)
  9. Booklover Book Reviews
  10. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning (US)


  1. First, Bill, I LOVE that you are reading only books by women — love your bio and explanation and belief of women writing literary works (we have many favorite authors in common as well — love Louise Erdrich, and Eowen Ivey’s SNOW CHILD was one of my all-time favorites… Plus many more on your list I’ve read). I just added you to my Feedly list (and tweeted your message). By the way: you would be SO loved by two vocal female authors — contemporary fiction, though not literary — on Twitter who bring attention to the gender gap (more women read, yet fewer are professionally reviewed — Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner).

    At any rate, I’ve heard SUCH great things about this book and would be DELIGHTED to win — it’s been on my TBR list since I first learned of it. So nice to learn more about you. We follow one another on Twitter already. Looking forward to your reviews in the coming year as well.


  2. I’m a relatively new follower of your blog; I discovered it via another hop. I enjoy the Literary Blog Hop not only because it provides me with a wonderful opportunity to win some great books, but it also provides some great reading suggestions. I’ve also discovered that many, many great books meet the definition of “literary.”


  3. I really enjoy your blog — it’s one of my favorites. I have you listed on my blogroll! I got to meet Karen Joy Fowler last year and actually received a signed copy of We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, which I lent to another bookseller from my store — never to be seen again.


  4. Hello!
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I’m curious about this book, since it was shortlisted for the Man Booker this year…
    I follow your blog RSS (via Feedly). I love the way you write about books 🙂
    Thank you!


  5. this book is on my to-read list! I just found your blog on this hop and look forward to newsletters. Your blog looks wonderful


  6. So glad I stumbled across this hop! I used to devour literature. Loved the classics (and they beat having my middle school library pick out the most boring biographies she had!)

    I like your layout on here. It’s clean. Sometimes I go to a blog and can’t find a single thing because everything’s so crowded. It’s like buttons are being hoarded. Then some play audio on opening, which drives me nuts too 😛 If I could give you a suggestion, maybe there’s a better way to manage the menu at the top. Think it just unsettles me because the title is right-justified, then you have these links spread out over the area. Looks unbalanced. Maybe wordpress just doesn’t make many options available unless you can code in html, though.

    Have a question for you – did the reading works only by women thing come later in life to you? I’m like you, I gravitate towards female authors. There are some exceptions, but those don’t usually happen unless I want something from Steve Berry or James Rollins. The writing styles between genders are different – they should be, too, given how the genders think differently.


  7. I like that you’ve reviewed some short stories, and I’d be happy to see more of that – so often it seems like they get forgotten.


    • I’m glad you noticed. I love story collections and will be posting a review tomorrow of Amina Gautier’s NOW WE WILL BE HAPPY. I’m about to read Monica McFawn’s BRIGHT SHARDS OF SOMEPLACE ELSE, so expect a review of that next week.


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