Win 1 of 10 double passes to see Oscar nominated film, Brooklyn

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I have a special treat today, a chance for you to win 1 of 10 double passes to see the Oscar nominated film, Brooklyn.

Opening in cinemas Australia wide on February 11th, Brooklyn is based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín.

The film follows Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a bright future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her homesickness she falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian-American who opens her eyes to her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Eilis back to Ireland, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Watch the official trailer

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

1 of 10 in season double passes to see Brooklyn

valid for any regular screening of the film across Australia while it is in cinemas

courtesy KabukuPR

CLICK HERE for the ENTRY FORM

and answer a simple question

‘Name any other title by Brooklyn’s screenplay writers, Colm Tóibín or Nick Hornby

Entries close Tuesday Feb 9th 2016, winners will be notified via email.

*Open to Australian residents aged 16 and over only*

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It’s the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the  Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

To celebrate Australia Day on the 26th January and the accompanying long weekend I am giving you the chance to win a book by an Australian author!

After you have entered my giveaway, make sure you follow the linky at the bottom of this post for more chances to win from over 30 hosts!

I will be drawing TWO winners via Random.org

One winner will be drawn from those who indicate they live in Australia and one winner will be drawn from those who indicate they live outside of Australia

Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 27th 2016. The winners will be announced (and contacted via email) the following week

You can choose a print book from **BookDepository.com to the value of $15AUD (You MUST qualify for the BookDepository free shipping)

or an ebook from Amazon.com to the value of $10 US

or an ebook from Amazon.au to the value of $10 AUD

Your chosen title must be written by an Australian author

Here are some suggested titles to browse

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and there are plenty more! Feel free to browse my Australian Reading page

Congratulations Hannah D (Aus) and Penny T (Int)

Then hop around the blogs of the other Australian’s celebrating with me!

*AUS = only Australian resident may enter; INT = accepts entries from outside of Australia*

 

1. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out (INT) 2. NicoleFlockton.com (INT)
3.Helene Young – Love in the heart of danger. (AUS) 4. The Bookshelf Gargoyle (INT)
5.Kim Kelly – Australian Author (INT) 6. readingwritingandriesling (INT)
7. Booklover Book Reviews (INT) 8. The Never Ending Bookshelf (INT)
9. Rachael Johns News (AUS) 10. Christy Collins (AUS)
11. Kylie Kaden (AUS) 12. Kirsty Eagar – Summer Skin (AUS)
13. Bedazzled by Books (INT) 14. Duffy the Writer (AUS)
15. Kathryn’s Inbox (INT) 16. Sara Foster (AUS)
17. A&U: Things Made From Letters (AUS) 18. CathrynHein.com (AUS)
19.  Lily Malone (INT) 20. Amanda Ortlepp (AUS)
21. Lisa Walker (AUS) 22. Carpe Librum (AUS)
23. Orange Pekoe Reviews (INT) 24. Writer with Wanderlust (AUS)
25. Books by Greg Barron (INT) 26. CarolynsWriting (AUS)
27. Elisabeth Storrs’ Triclinium (INT) 28. D.B. Tait (INT)
29. The Callahan Split (AUS) 30. Lost in a Good Book (AUS)
31. Jennifer Collin – Australian author (AUS) 32. Lizzy Chandler (INT)
33. Australian Women Writers Challenge (INT) 34. Wendy J Dunn (INT)
35. Jenn J McLeod (AUS) 36. Jennifer Scoullar (AUS)

Sign Up for the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

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Looking for the entry page ? Click HERE

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Aussie book bloggers ( & authors, booksellers & publishers)  are invited to sign up to participate in the  2015 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop from Jan 24th to Jan 27th!

Blog hops are a great way to promote your blog and connect with new and old bloggers and readers. This is the fourth year I have hosted this hop and it has proved very popular, promoting Australian bloggers, authors and books to readers all over the world.

How it works:

1. Posting
* Your post should be published as close to midday AEDT on Sunday January 24th, 2015 as possible. It MUST be live before midnight on Sunday January 24th, 2015 or your name will be removed from the hosts list.
* You can schedule your post ahead of time with most blog hosts. This link shows how in WordPress.com, http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/schedule-a-post/ This links shows how in Blogger http://www.wikihow.com/Schedule-a-Post-on-Blogger
* Your post should clearly link back to my post at Book’d Out so your readers can visit the other participants in the hop list. Here is the link you need: https://bookdout.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/its-the-2016-australia-day-book-giveaway-blog-hop/
* Your post should also include the blog hop image – download or copy the image from my blog and paste it into your post. You can also add it to your sidebar

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2. Entries
* You can collect entries via comments, google forms or Rafflecopter etc and choose a winner by any method you like eg random.org
* Please keep extra entry options (eg following your blog/twitter/facebook accounts) to a minimum.
* Entries should close at Midnight on Wednesday January 27th and winners should be announced within 7 days.

3. Prizes
* You can offer your blog visitors the chance to win a book, (ebook or print), book gift certificate (for online or bricks & mortar store) or even a (very gently used) book from your own collection or similar.
* Any book (whether in print or electronic format) offered, must be written by an Australian author
* You may offer as many prizes as you like
* You may offer your prize to Australian residents only, or worldwide or both. Please make it clear in your post who is eligible to enter.

To celebrate Australia Day, this blog hop accepts sign ups from  Australian residents (& ex-pats) only. You will receive a reminder to post via email on January 22nd/23rd.

Add your blog details to the sign up form

SIGN UPS CLOSED

Names will be added to the list below after sign up (please allow for a 48 hour delay). Last day to sign up is midnight January 23rd, 2016.

Please pass the word amongst your friends and let’s make this another great Australian bookish event!

Questions? Contact bookd.out@gmail.com

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It’s the end of the year as we know it….

 

Looking back at 2015…

Total Books Read: 221 (approx 74749 pages)

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Total Books Reviewed: 209

Challenge Results:

* Goodreads Challenge: 221/252

* Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015: 11/12

* Aussie Author Challenge 2014: 12/12

* Australian Women Writers Challenge:  78/50

* Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: 12/12

Total number of posts published in 2015 at Book’d Out: 294

Total number of Book’d Out followers as of 31/12/15: 4078

Number of blog views over the year:  approx 64,000

Unfortunately illness from mid October through to December has impacted both my reading and blog stats in 2015…but onwards and upwards!

Wishing you a joyous 2016!

 

Book’d Out is 5!

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Today I’m celebrating! Five years ago I published my first post here at Book’d Out.

In that time I have:

* Published a total of 2,059  posts

* Of which 1, 523 are book reviews

* Had 403,639 visitors

* From whom I have received 17,178 comments

* And gained  4,015 awesome subscribers

Thank you!

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate each and every person who stops by, reads a post, leaves a comment, or a ‘like’, or decides to subscribe to my blog.

Your support has been integral to my daily happiness.

I wish I could reward each and every one of you, alas I can only offer you the chance to win a token prize of appreciation.

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One lucky reader will win

A gift voucher to the value of $10 from Amazon (US or AU) *

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or

A book to the value of $10AUD from BookDepository.com*

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*where shipping/delivery is available

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To Enter

Please leave a comment on this post and then

CLICK HERE

Entries close September 6th, 2015

Winners will be randomly selected via random.org

Where the Magic Happens…

I was delighted to be invited to participate in  author Kirsty Eagar‘s monthly  ‘Where the Magic Happens’ feature!

If you are curious to learn more, please go visit and say hi!

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Kirsty Eager is the author of 3 wonderful books: Raw Blue, Saltwater Vampires and Night Beach

@ Goodreads

 

Stuff On Sunday: Celebrating Penguin Books 80th Birthday!

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To celebrate the 80th birthday of Penguin Books, Penguin will be publishing 80 Little Black Classics, putting the spotlight on publishing’s most famous series, Penguin Classics. At 64 pages and $1.99 each, the Little Black Classics are beautifully designed, complete mini-books to be collected, shared and enjoyed.

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Showcasing the enormous range and diversity of the world-renowned Penguin Classics list, these are texts that reach out across continents, eras and genres, ranging from the streets of Victorian London in Henry Mayhew’s Of Street Piemen, to 13th-century Japanese blossom gardens in Kenko’s A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees. Here are unfamiliar works from very familiar authors such as The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens’s The Great Winglebury Duel, alongside texts from more surprising writers such as My Dearest Father by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
By publishing the greatest works in Persian, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Arabic and more, the series celebrates the generations of translators whose works allow the reader to visit everywhere from Tang Dynasty China to Renaissance Florence, and enjoy authors as peculiar and charming as Shen Fu, Nashe, Hebel or Leskov.

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With a chic, iconic design that plays on Penguin’s heritage, the Little Black Classics celebrate some of the best world literature and the rich, varied authors published by Penguin Classics. So slip on a Little Black Classic and enjoy the celebrations – for only $1.99 a book!

It’s the end of the year as we know it….

Looking back at 2014

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Total Books Read: 271 (approx 90405 pages)

Fiction: 240

Non:Fiction: 31

Female Authors: 222

Male Authors: 49

Total number of reviews posted: 258

Challenge Results:

* Goodreads Challenge: 271/252

* Eclectic Reader Challenge 2014: 12/12

* Aussie Author Challenge 2014: 12/12

* Australian Women Writers Challenge:  103/50

* Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: 12/12

Total number of posts published in 2014 at Book’d Out: 374

Total (averaged) number of  Book’d Out visitors for 2014: 102,479

Total number of Book’d Out followers as of 31/12/14: 3,773

Most viewed post in 2014:  Eclectic Reader Challenge 2014

Most viewed review during 2014: The Light Between Oceans by ML Steadman

Most commented on post: Book’d Out celebrates 4 years.

 

Wishing you a joyous 2015!

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Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

Bought/Downloaded/Won

Stuff on Sunday: My Christmas Wishlist

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Despite the myriad of books, in one form or another, that make it into my home which I am yet to read, there are still a dozen or so books that have been released during 2014 that I’d love to find under the tree this Christmas (in no particular order):

Mr Mercedes & Revival by Stephen King


The Martian by Andy Weir


What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen


How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Into the Night Sky by Caroline Finnerty


Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox

 

What’s on your holiday wishlist?

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