The Literary Blog Hop is organised by the indefatiguable Leeswammes who has set the following ground rules.  If you’re giving away a book, it must have some literary merit. It does not have to be the most difficult classic ever, but no romance, supernatural or urban fiction or YA. Non-fiction and poetry are also fine, as are standard contemporary fiction books. 

So when I looked through the TBR mountain range, I discovered a number of candidates for this literary blog hop. For one reason or another I have two copies of each of the following titles and I’ve decided to let you pick the one you would like to win.

I haven’t read any of these so I’ve included the first sentence of each to help draw you in.  If you want to know more, clicking on a book icon will take you to the relevant page on Amazon.   

The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

An undisputed 20th century classic and a duplicate in my library as I already own a Folio edition.  Needs no introduction but here’s the first sentence anyway.

This is the saddest story I’ve ever heard.

Shake Off – Mischa Hiller

Hiller’s debut novel Sabra Zoo won the Regional Commonwealth Prize for First Novel (South Asia and Europe). So this, his second novel,  should be good (and literary).   It’s  thriller involving the Occupied Territories of Palestine and an assassination in Berlin.  The Arabic word infitada means shake off or an uprising by Palestinians to protest against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  First sentence:

Nobody was there to meet me.

The Rest is Silence – Carla Gulfenbein

Perhaps you like translated fiction?  Carla Gulfenbein is a best selling author in Chile and this translation is published by Portobello Books, who are, on the strength of the titles I’ve read this year, are rapidly becoming one of my favourite publishers.  This novel is a story of a family burdened by unspoken secrets.  First sentence:

Sometimes words are like arrows.

The Storm at the Door – Stefan Merrill Block (proof copy)

Another second novel, this time by the author of the acclaimed The Story of Forgetting.  This novel based on a true story and explores the effects of mental breakdown on both immediate family and future generations.  Oh, and it has pictures too! First and,  it would appear,  metaphorical sentence:

There is this house in the wilderness.

So which do you fancy?  Just enter the title in comments, though, of course, I would be very interested in why you chose as you did.

Competition open worldwide.  Closing time for entries midnight GMT on Wednesday 29th June.  Winner to be selected by some entirely random method on Thursday 30th June.   I’ll also read the selected title sometime in July so that we can compare notes.


This literary blog hop takes place from June 24 – June 29 and there are 60 participating blogs.  Here’s the list in full:

  1. Leeswammes (Int)
  2. The Book Whisperer (Int)
  3. Kristi Loves Books (Int)
  4. Teadevotee (Int)
  5. Bookworm with a View (Int)
  6. Bibliosue (Int)
  7. Sarah Reads Too Much (Int)
  8. write meg! (USA)
  9. My Love Affair With Books (Int)
  10. Seaside Book Nook (Int)
  11. Uniflame Creates (Int)
  12. Always Cooking Up Something (Int)
  13. Book Journey (Int)
  14. ThirtyCreativeStudio (Int)
  15. Col Reads (Int)
  16. The Book Diva’s Reads (Int)
  17. The Scarlet Letter (USA)
  18. The Parrish Lantern (Int)
  19. Lizzy’s Literary Life (Int)
  20. Read, Write & Live (Int)
  21. Book’d Out (Int)
  22. The Readers’ Suite (Int)
  23. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (USA)
  24. Ephemeral Digest (Int)
  25. Miel et lait (Int)
  26. Bibliophile By the Sea (Int)
  27. Polychrome Interest (Int)
  28. Book World In My Head (Int)
  29. In Spring it is the Dawn (Int)
  30. everybookhasasoul (Int)
  31. Nishita’s Rants and Raves (Int)
  32. Fresh Ink Books (Int)
  33. Teach with Picture Books (USA)
  34. How to Teach a Novel (USA)
  35. The Blue Bookcase (Int)
  36. Gaskella (Int)
  37. Reflections from the Hinterland (USA)
  38. chasing bawa (Int)
  39. 51stories (Int)
  40. No Page Left Behind (USA)
  1. Silver’s Reviews (USA)
  2. Nose in a book (Int)
  3. Lit in the Last Frontier (Int)
  4. The Book Club Blog (Int)
  5. Under My Apple Tree (Int)
  6. Caribousmom (USA)
  7. breienineking (Netherlands)
  8. Let’s Go on a Picnic! (Int)
  9. Rikki’s Teleidoscope (Int)
  10. De Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  11. Knitting and Sundries (Int)
  12. Elle Lit (USA)
  13. Indie Reader Houston (Int)
  14. The Book Stop (Int)
  15. Eliza Does Very Little (Int)
  16. Joy’s Book Blog (Int)
  17. Lit Endeavors (USA)
  18. Roof Beam Reader (Int)
  19. The House of the Seven Tails (Int)
  20. Tony’s Reading List (Int)
  21. Sabrina @ Thinking About Loud! (Int)
  22. Rebecca Reads (Int)
  23. Kinna Reads (Int)
  24. In One Eye, Out the Other (USA)
  25. Books in the City (Int)
  26. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  27. Book Clutter (USA)
  28. Exurbanis (Int)
  29. Lu’s Raves and Rants (USA & Canada)
  30. Sam Still Reading (Int)
  31. Dolce Bellezza (Int)
  32. Lena Sledge’s Blog…Books, Reviews and Interviews (Int)
  33. a Thousand Books with Quotes (Int)