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)

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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?

Sign Up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015

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In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

Join in:

The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2015. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2015

  • Create a blog post committing to your participation in this challenge.

* If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing or a similar site Just include your name and a link to your shelf.

  • Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

* You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

* Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

* You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Categories

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2. A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3. PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4. A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or Listopia at Goodreads

Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

Bookmark the Eclectic Reader Challenge Page for future reference

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Guest Post: Beautiful book posters for bookish people

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 Everybody who comes to my home can easily say two things about me:
1. I am a neat-freak.
2. I LOVE BOOKS.

I read mostly on my Kindle so my favorite literary pieces are all digital. How do I show my love for reading then? Well, my walls are covered with the very elegant looking book posters from Postertext. Postertext designs art prints for book lovers which are made entirely out of text from your favorite book! From afar, you can enjoy the illustration in elegant silhouette form. From up close, you can read your favorite lines from the book!

And they look absolutely gorgeous! Not only do they show my love for books, they also make perfect gifts for my bookworm friends . There are also so many titles to choose from, and if they don’t have a title you want you can submit a book request for it! They release a new art print every other week so it is only a matter of time your favorite book will appear in their collection!
Jorge Luis Borges once said, “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” I would ask him,”Would book posters do, Mr. Borges?”

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You can check out Postertext at http://postertext.com. Don’t be shy in sharing these art prints with your friends or family if you want to be gifted these beautiful literary posters this holiday season!

  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Worldwide delivery
  • Sign up for Postertext’s newsletter and receive a $5 discount when they release a new title

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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)

 

Book’d Out celebrates 4 years!

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Today marks four years since I launched Book’d Out.

In that time I have:

* Published a total of 1, 680 posts

* Of which 1, 254 are book reviews

* Had 324,645 visitors

* From whom I have received 14, 915 comments

* And gained  3, 653 awesome followers

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 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 one of four prizes.

The first lucky winner drawn will win

A $25US gift voucher from Gone Reading *

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Gone Reading offers a unique collection of merchandise and gifts for readers, pledging 100% of after-tax profits to reading-related charities. They ship to a number of international destinations and you can choose from a range of delightful products like these:

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Three more lucky winners can each choose either

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 7th, 2014

Winners will be randomly selected via random.org

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