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Literary Giveaway Blog Hop: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

literarybloghop_novemberIt’s time for the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop again. I love this giveaway hop. A lot of the hops around are centred on YA fiction, so it’s great to see some giveaways of books which are more of the types of books I would like! The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is hosted by Judith @ Leeswammes’ Blog. It’s one of my favourite blogs so I recommend you go and have a look even if you’re not taking part in the hop.

This time I’m giving away a copy of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter from my own shelves. This giveaway is only open in Europe, sorry.

I’m doing something a bit different this time. Everyone who enters gets one free entry. Then we’re going to play a game for extra entries.

Below are the first lines of five literary novels. For each book you can guess correctly I will add an extra entry. If you’re not entering but would like to play the game then you can leave your answers in comments which I will switch to moderated for the time of the hop.

Fill in your answers on the form below, you’re answers will only be visable to me.

Right her are the quotes, I have blanked out any words which would too easily give out the answer:


“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”


“Dr ****** had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse”


“The world begins anew with every birth, my father used to say. He forgot to say, with every death it ends”


“‘Marx has completely changed the way I view the world,’ declared the Paliéres boy this morning, although ordinarily he says nary a word to me”


“When he was thirteen my brother *** got his arm badly broken at the elbow”

Have a look at the linky list to enter more giveaways.

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska’s Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx’s Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Anita Loves Books (US)
  12. Words for Worms (US)
  13. Wensend
  14. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)

Thank you 🙂


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First lines- a game

So I was trying to think of something a bit fun, and a bit different to do on the blog, and I remembered my favourite meme from my livejournal days where you pressed shuffle on your i-tunes generic music  player, listed the first lines and got people to guess what the song was. I thought you could do that with books. So here are the first lines/paragraphs of some books, mostly fairly well known, but a few more obscure, from my shelves. Names and title of the book where included are stared out. Can you guess what the books are?

I’ll update as correct answers come in.

1) “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking ****’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress.”

2) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”

Pride a Prejudice- Jane Austen guessed by Jayde-Ashe of Paperbook Blog

3) “In my younger and more venerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since”

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald guessed by Aspiring Scribbler

4) “A fug of tobacco smoke and damp clammy air hit her as she entered the café. She had come in from the rain and drops of water still trembled like delicate dew on the fur coats of some of the women inside”

5) “Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at (Number Four, Privet Drive).”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling guessed by Aspiring Scribber

6) “In 1972 I was sixteen- young, my father said, to be traveling with him on his diplomatic missions”

7) “*(Scarlett O’Hara) was not beautiful, but men seldom realised it when caught by her charms as the Tarleton twins were”

Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell guessed by Jayde-Ashe @ The Paperbook blog

8) “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near, Petosky, Michigan, in August of 1974.”

Middlesex- Jeffrey Eugenides guessed by Michelle @ Books my Kids Read

9) “My father had a face that could stop a clock.”

The Eyre Affair- Jasper Fforde guessed by Falaise @ 2606 Books and Counting

10) “When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along to an FM broadcast of the overture on Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle- Haruki Murakami guessed by Isi @ From Isi

What do you think?


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