Tuesday, 17 September 2019

#Giveaway Roundup - September 2019 - #giveaways #win

I'm starting this roundup with Congratulations to winners of giveaways I ran myself on Literary Flits over the past month. First up, Helen B won an ebook copy of Blue Tide Rising by Clare Stevens. Then Alice D won the Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert giveaway. Then Jade J won a copy of Death On A Quiet Day by Michael Innes.

If their good fortune has got you keen to try your Giveaway luck too, you just need to keep on reading! The table below shows a snapshot of all the Literary Flits Giveaways I'm hosting that are currently running or due to start soon. Some are just mine and others are part of blog tours. Click the book covers or titles to visit their individual blog posts (after the start date!).

Win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate the Fangs And Frenemies by Cherry Andrews blog tour

Open Internationally from the 9th to the 19th September.
Win a $10 Amazon gift card to celebrate the Georgie's Secret by Elsa Kurt blog tour

Open Internationally from the 13th to the 19th September.
Win a print copy (UK) or ebook copy (Worldwide) of The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine

Open Internationally from the 14th to the 19th September.
Win 1 of 20 Amazon gift cards or copies of Mayhem, Murder And The PTA by Dave Cravens

Open to the USA and Canada from the 4th to the 20th September.
Win 1 of 3 ebook copies of Nobody Move by Philip Elliott

Open Internationally from the 10th to the 24th September.
Win 1 of 2 $25 Amazon gift cards to celebrate the Relatively Happy by Whitney Dineen blog tour

Open Internationally from the 17th to the 26th September.
Win a $25 Amazon gift card or copies of The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg

Open Internationally from the 12th to the 27th September.
Win 1 of 2 ebook copies of Two Tides To Turn by R R Gall

Open Internationally from the 16th to the 30th September.
Win a consultation with the author, an Amazon gift card, or 1 of 3 mobi copies of Protecting Yourself From Emotional Predators by Steven J Wolhandler

Open internationally from the 26th September to the 4th October.
Win a $25 Amazon gift card or copies of Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett

Open to the USA only from the 20th September to the 5th October.
Win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate Lauren Carr's Lovers In Crime series blog tour (The Root Of Murder post)

Open Internationally from the 11th September to the 1st November.
Win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate Lauren Carr's Lovers In Crime series blog tour (Killer In The Band post)

Open Internationally from the 18th September to the 1st November.
Win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate Lauren Carr's Lovers In Crime series blog tour (Real Murder post)

Open Internationally from the 2nd October to the 1st November.
Win a $50 Amazon gift card to celebrate The Last Thing She Said by Lauren Carr blog tour

Open internationally from the 8th to the 30th November

I'll post another snapshot update here next month. Keep up to date in the meantime by visiting the Literary Flits Current Giveaways page or by following my Pinterest Giveaways Board.

Good luck!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Bookishly Inspired Etsy Finds

I've recently started adding a fun little ending to each post on my daily Literary Flits book blog. It's Etsy finds, each inspired by that day's featured book, and I'm loving browsing the Etsy website for connected ideas!

If you want to browse the items without their books, I've set up a Rainbow of Pinterest Boards. Before you click away though, here's a selection of my favourite finds from the past few weeks ...

I found a 

I'd love to hear from book bloggers (or anyone else!) with an Etsy shop who would like to see something of theirs featured. Please feel welcome to add your links in the Comments.

(Book links go to their Literary Flits blog pages. Etsy links are affiliate links and go directly to each Etsy item page.)

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Cover Characteristics - Eyes

I've long been a fan of the beautiful Cover Characteristics posts that Kristen curates over at Metaphors And Moonlight so I thought I might try putting together a similar post myself. The idea is to choose book covers which are linked in some way (featuring an object in common, perhaps, or a similar title font) and to then display them artfully. Sounds easy, turns out not to be! But it is fun to look back through my old reviews.

This month's collection is:


Click each cover image to see its review on Literary Flits


Thursday, 5 September 2019

#WorldReads - Five Books From Denmark

If this is your first visit to my WorldReads blog series, the idea of the posts is to encourage and promote the reading of global literature. On the 5th of each month I highlight five books I have read by authors from a particular country and you can see links to previous countries' posts at the end of this post as well as finding out how to join in the challenge.

Click the book titles or cover images to visit their Literary Flits book review pages.

This month we are going to Denmark!

Resin by Ane Riel

Suspenseful and heart-breaking, Resin is the story of what can happen when you love someone too much – when your desire to keep them safe becomes the thing that could irrevocably harm them.

Liv died when she was just six years old. At least, that’s what the authorities think. Her father knew he was the only one who could keep her safe in this world. So one evening he left the isolated house his little family called home, he pushed their boat out to sea and watched it ruin on the rocks. Then he walked the long way into town to report his only child missing. But behind the boxes and the baskets crowding her Dad’s workshop, Liv was hiding. This way her Dad had said, she’d never have to go to school; this way, she’d never have to leave her parents. This way, Liv would be safe.

The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo

They were near the edge of the glacier. The sea beneath the helicopter was dense with pack ice. In front of them, the endless whiteness stretched as far as the light could reach. It hurt his eyes. Millions of white crystals. Except in one place. One spot. Right where the mummified Norseman had been found and Aqqalu had kept watch. There, the ice was glossy red.

When a mummified Viking corpse is discovered in a crevasse out on the edge of an ice sheet, journalist Matthew Cave is sent to cover the story. The next day the mummy is gone, and the body of the policeman who was keeping watch is found naked and flayed—exactly like the victims in a gruesome series of murders that terrified the remote town of Nuuk in the 1970s. As Matt investigates, he is shocked by the deprivation and brutal violence the locals take for granted. Unable to trust the police, he begins to suspect a cover-up. It’s only when he meets a young Inuit woman, Tupaarnaq, convicted of killing her parents and two small sisters, that Matt starts to realise how deep this story goes—and how much danger he is in.

A Change Of Time by Ida Jessen

Set in rural Denmark in the early 20th century, A Change of Time tells the story of a schoolteacher whose husband, the town doctor, has passed away. Her subsequent diary entries form an intimate portrait of a woman rebuilding her identity, and a small rural town whose path to modernity echoes her own path to joyful independence.

Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold

As the dark specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, two wealthy and educated brothers are suddenly thrust into the rising tide of war. Karl, a former soldier and successful businessman, dutifully answers the call to defend his country, while contemplative academic Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo. Soon the brothers are serving in the SS, and as Hitler’s hateful agenda brings about unspeakable atrocities, they find themselves with innocent blood on their hands.

Following Germany’s eventual defeat, Karl and Gerhard are haunted by their insurmountable guilt, and each seeks a way to escape from wounds that will never heal. They survived the war and its revelation of systematic horrors, but can they survive the unshakable knowledge of their own culpability?

Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That's down to one thing: hygge.

'Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight...'

You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

That's it for September's WorldReads from Denmark. I hope I have tempted you to try reading a book from this country and if you want more suggestions, click through to see all my Literary Flits reviews of Danish-authored books!

You can join in my WorldReads Challenge at any time! Simply read 1 or more books from a different country each month, write a post about it/them, grab the button below and add it to your post. Don't forget to pop back here and Comment your link so I can visit!

Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

If you missed any earlier WorldReads posts, I have already 'visited'

Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, United States of America,

Asia: India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Syria, Turkey

Australasia: Australia, New Zealand,

Europe: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales

In October I will be highlighting five books by Mexican authors. See you on the 5th to find out which ones!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

August Reading Challenges and #BookishBingo updates

I've got several challenges on the go this year so, instead of cramming all the information into my Month In Books roundups, I thought I would make these monthly Bookish Bingo posts into Challenge roundups. Visit my Current Reading Challenges page to see the whole year's links.

Last month I added:

Alphabet Soup (2019): 1 in August / 20 overall

Books In French (2019): 0 in August / 3 overall

Classics Club (2018-23): 1 in August / 26 overall

COYER Summer Treasure Hunt: Finished on 115 points!

Decade Challenge (2019-20): Restarted on 1st Sept

Mount TBR Challenge (2019): 2 in August / 23 overall

New Release Challenge (2019): 9 in August / 69 overall

Vegetarian / Vegan Character (ongoing): 1 in August / 12 overall

This challenge wrap-up post includes my new month of Bookish Bingo which is hosted each month at Chapter Break. I include books I actually read during the month, but I might not have blogged all their reviews yet so if the cover image doesn't go anywhere when you click it, that's (probably) why!

This month I've got 22 squares completed

Awkward date
Dream job
Library book
Not in a series
Favourite author
Physical book
Snarky / sarcastic
Sci Fi
Musician / band
Free Space
Enemies to lovers
Under 400 pages
Sky on the cover
In a series
Woman on the cover
Free book
Shelf love
Multi word title
Audio book
Empowered female