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Literary Blog Hop

on October 27, 2012

Yes, it is that time of year again! It is time for the Literary Blog Hop hosted by leeswammes.


You can hop over  to 50 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items. All books will be literary (non)fiction or something close to that. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to find the other participating blogs. The blog hop will be running from the 27 October until the 31st October. The winner will be chosen by or by pulling a name out of a hat and will be announced on the 2 November. The winner will be contacted via email and if there is no response within 3 days another winner will be chosen.

So, what can you win??

I have chosen three books which I have read over the last few years, which I really enjoyed. I hope one of them tickles your fancy too…!


One of my favourite South African authors Rosamund Kendal with Karma Suture

Sue Carey is a driven, twenty-something doctor struggling to preserve her sanity, sobriety and humanity in the corridors of one of Cape Town’s biggest public hospitals. Finding imaginative ways of saving patients is her life’s work. Finding a man who wants more than a one-night stand would be nice as well. Sue’s journey of self-discovery is both harrowing and hilarious. The Karma Suture visits the bedsides of the patients who make her weep and the men who make her weak. She discovers that all she ever wanted is waiting for her … if only she can learn to see beyond the hard science into the mysteries of the heart.

Karma Suture is a uniquely South African story about pain, sex, love, and hope that could only be written by a doctor who has been there and lived to tell the tale.

One of my all time favourite Murakami novels – Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father’s dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. Murakami’s novel is at once a classic quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order. (from

 Scarlett Thomas books are enchanting novels, this -The End of Mr Y- is one of my favourites by her

When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel. (from


A BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE UP TO THE VALUE OF $15 FROM BOOK DEPOSITORY (just check if they deliver to your country)

 What do you need to do in order to win a copy of your choice out of these books is:

1) Tell us which book you would like to win and WHY it appeals to you. (please note that this must be part of your comment otherwise it will be disqualified as an entry) Same goes for if you are choosing your own!

2) Together with no 2 please tell us ONE (or more if you can’t decide) book that you have thoroughly enjoyed this year that you would describe as ‘you have to read this!’ (required)

3) Please leave an email address so that we can contact you if you are the winner (required)

4)Like us on Facebook (additional entry)

5) Follow us on Twitter  (additional entry)

If you already follow us on Facebook and Twitter, please say so in your comment, so we can put your additional entries into the give away.

Please note that all books are also available as e books (for South Africa ONLY) otherwise it will be a paper copy sent via snail mail worldwide.

So, HAPPY HOPPING and get commenting, Here’s hoping we all win a book or two!


  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read in a Single Sitting
  3. Ephemeral Digest
  4. My Devotional Thoughts
  5. Devouring Texts
  6. Tony’s Reading List
  7. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  8. Too Fond
  9. The Parrish Lantern
  10. Kristi Loves Books
  11. The Book Club Blog
  12. Sam Still Reading
  13. Silver’s Reviews (USA)
  14. Bibliosue
  15. Heavenali
  16. Under My Apple Tree
  17. Misfortune of Knowing (North America)
  18. Lena Sledge’s Blog
  19. Lost Generation Reader
  20. Seaside Book Nook
  21. The Relentless Reader
  22. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  23. Monique Morgan
  24. That READioactive Book Blog
  25. kaggsysbookisahramblings
  26. Ragdoll Books Blog
  27. Kate’s Library
  28. The Book Garden
  29. Uniflame Creates
  30. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  1. Ciska’s Book Chest
  2. The Book Divas Reads
  3. Alex in Leeds
  4. Simple Clockwork
  5. Bluestalking (USA)
  6. Fresh Ink Books
  7. Sweeping Me
  8. Giraffe Days
  9. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (USA)
  10. Books Thoughts Adventures (USA)
  11. emmalikestoread
  12. Colorimetry
  13. Page Plucker
  14. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity
  15. 2606 Books and Counting
  16. Book Nympho
  17. She-Wolf Reads
  18. The Little Reader Library (Europe)
  19. Booklover Book Reviews
  20. Dolce Bellezza
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55 Responses to “Literary Blog Hop”

  1. Julie Gluck says:

    I would really love to win a copy of the Karma Suture. I would like to read more books by local authors and hadn’t realised Kendal was South African. Also the story line appeals to me for a couple of reasons firstly that it would seem you get a taste of hospital life through the eyes of a dr as opposed to a patient and secondly because I think most of us can identify with wanting something more out of life be it a man, better career etc. and taking the often complicated journey to try and realise ones dreams or aspirations. I’m already a Facebook follower!

  2. Sam says:

    1. I’d love to win Karma Suture because your description of it made me laugh and I can definitely relate to some of the things Sue is going through.
    2. I loved The Harbour by Francesca Brill this year as it didn’t follow plot conventions and was truly exciting.
    3. My email is samstillreading[at]gmail[dot]com , thanks for offering a great giveaway!

  3. Mystica says:

    I’d like to win Wuthering Heights. The almost gothic feel to this book appeals to me.

    The Book I really want to read is Bring up the Bodies!


  4. Wendy says:

    If I would win, I would really like to win this book:
    I’ve been wanting this for forever, because it’s about the memory in your brain and I find that so intriguating. And I think you have to read ‘Game of Thrones’, because it’s so well written (normally I don’t really like fantasy)

  5. Judith says:

    Thanks for joining the blog hop!

    I’d love to win Karma Suture. First of all, the title, so funny. Secondly, the book takes place in South Africa, which I don’t read about very often, and thirdly, the description sounds great.

    My own giveaway books I love but if I have to choose one of them it’s The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell.

    Email: leeswammes at gmail dot com

  6. Wendy says:

    Oh, in addition to my previous post: I liked this blog on Facebook 😉

  7. I would love to win The End of Mr Y – a book about books and time travel sounds like the perfect combination to me and I have not had the opportunity to read anything from Scarlett Thomas before. Two recent titles that I am now urging all my friends to read are The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman and The Orphan Master’s Son. My email is

  8. Mari says:

    I would also love to win Karma Suture because I love to read books about characters in places I have never been.

    A book I have read this year that I would say “You have to read this,” is ‘Wild.’ I know it’s on Oprah’s bookclub but it actually ended up being really good. I cried a lot while reading it.

  9. Kristia says:

    1) I would like to win Karma Suture because I found the description interesting.

    2) You have to read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson!! I loved it 😀

    3) milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com

    4) I like you on FB: Kristia Miltiadou

    5) Twitter follower: @MiltiadouK

    Thank you for the international giveaway 🙂

  10. Kristi says:

    1. I would choose a copy of The Grapes of Wrath. I read it as a young girl and it blew me away and really turned me on to the classics. I don’t have a copy, but would love one so that I can read it again and share it with my children when they’re older.

    2. A couple of weeks ago I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and in my opinion, it is a must read for everyone. It’s a good one for Halloween, but not really too scary–just really well-written. I think anyone could enjoy it. Definitely my favorite book of the year.

    3. klmickelsen at gmail dot com

    4. Following you on twitter @kristiluvsbooks

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  11. Giada M. says:

    I would love to win a copy of The End of Mr Y. Why? Because I LOVE time-travel novels. And I have had this book on my wishlist for a loooong time.
    A book I thoroughly enjoyed this year is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

    Twitter follower – @hatshepsut0011
    Facebook follower – Giada Mariani

    Thank you for this chance! 😀

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Nirmala says:

    I’d love to win a copy of The End of Mr Y! It sounds a bit like The Thirteenth Tale – a book I very much enjoyed reading! 🙂 I’d recommend Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier, if you haven’t already read it. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  13. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win the Murakami. I’ve only read one of his books, IQ84, and I adored it. I’ve been wanting to read more by him 🙂

    I’m a new Twitter follower: @jenhartling
    I’m a new fan on Facebook too:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  14. Shan says:

    I would choose Karma Suture from the list because I haven’t read much South African literature and it sounds like a great book.
    I would recommend The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair, a mystery set in Cuba by a fantastic new Canadian author.

    My email is good books and a cup of tea (at) live (dot) com


  15. Ellie says:

    I think I’d choose The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells if I won. I read The Invisible Man earlier this year and found it far more amusing and compelling than I’d expected, so the chance to get hold of another of his most well-known novellas would be great!

    I’ve read some great books this year, but I think the absolute pick of the bunch so far has to be In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Mentally I’d set myself up for a rather dull read, but I couldn’t have been more wrong – it really got under my skin and I was gripped from start to finish.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Liene says:

    I would love to win a copy of Karma Suture, as it sounds completely different from my “usual”. I’ve been recommending Wild, by CHeryl Starved because after I read it, I gave it to my mom, grandmother and godmother, and they all loved it – how can you not recommend a book that was enjoyed by three generations worth of ladies! Thanks for the chance, Liene @ LLucane at yahoo dot com.

  17. Jenna says:

    Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway! I would love to win a copy of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I keep hearing good things about it and would love to dip into the setting.
    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is a book I read this year for book club that I keep recommending to people. It has a beautiful collection of characters with an interesting structure (multiple narrators, past/present scenarios, etc.).
    My email: lostgenerationreader[at]gmail[dot]com
    I am following you both on Facebook (Jenna Miller) and Twitter (@lostgenreader).

  18. Ali says:

    Hi I woud love Hester by Maragret Oliphant, for my classics reading list.

    Earlier this year I read The House of Mirth which was amazing – it’s by Edith Wharton – definitely a must read. Also anything by Elizabeth Taylor a must read for me.
    Thanks for the twitter follow – following you back : )

  19. Dita says:

    1) I would like to win The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas because I didn`t know about it`s existance before and the description of it really aroused my interest!

    2) Misery by Stephen King was one of the books I`ve read this year that really affected me in both positive and negative ways. But I guess it can be described as ‘you have to read this!’ as long as you don`t mind crazyness/a lot of blood/and horror. lol

    3) dita(dot)skarste(at)gmail(dot)com

    4)liked on facebook – Dita Škarste

    5) followed on Twitter – @Dita_Skarste

  20. Susanna P says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win Kafka on the Shore, because I’ve heard so many great things about Murakami’s books but haven’t yet been able to read one.

    I’m always recommending The Dolphin People by Torsten Krol, which is a fantastic post-WWII adventure story in the Amazon.

    bookwormsusanna AT gmail DOT com

  21. Abby says:

    Oh dear. Does the book have to be literary? I can’t pick! If not, I’d probably want Delusion in Death by JD Robb because it’s her latest book in the series that I am collecting and it’s such a great series too! If it is a literary book, maybe Animal Farm? I’ve been told that it’s a good one so to me that’s all I need to know to want to read the book!

    THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading Divergent!! Must read status please!

    +1 Liked on FB as Nikki O!

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  22. Ceri Kay says:

    I would choose Karma Suture. I would choose this as I particularly like SouthAfrican fiction.
    The best bookI have read this year is The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky. I have followed you on Twitter user @cerikay and on Facebook user Ceri Elinor Kay.

  23. Renee says:

    1) I’d love to win Kafka on the Shore. I only read my first Murakami book this summer, but I’m dying to read more.

    2) “The Fault in Our Stars” was fantastic. Definitely one of the best books of the year.


    Fingers crossed I win!

  24. Dovile says:

    I’d like to win a book by my choice which would be The Last Days of Pompeii by E. Bulwer-Lytton. I loved it in translation and would like to read it in original English.
    I really enjoyed Nation by Terry Pratchett and recommend to read it.
    Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  25. nrlymrtl says:

    Please enter me in your giveaway for The End of Mr. Y. I am interested in this book because it is a mystery about a book (always a favorite theme for me).

    This past year some of my favorite reads have been The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, The Hexslinger series by Gemma Files, and Dracula by Stoker.

    I follow on twitter – @nrlymrtl

    nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

  26. NovelKatie says:

    I would love the chance to win Kafka on the Shore. I read Norwegian Wood for my book club and there was so much to discuss. I would love to see if his other books are just as good (and you suggest, maybe better!).

    A good book I read this year was I Married You For Happiness, by Lily Tuck. A short book that I read in one sitting, staying up way beyond my usual bedtime. That’s a strong recommendation!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  27. Jenifer S says:

    1) I think I might like to read Karma Sutra as I’m pretty sure that I have never read a South African author.

    2) I recently finished the newest novel by Kate Morton, “The Secret Keeper”. It was a wonderful story set both in the present and in the years surrounding WWII. A bit of a mystery and love story rolled into one.

    3) jen @ underagraysky (dot) come

    4)I liked you on Facebook

    5) and I followed you on twitter (@UnderAGraySky)

  28. The book I would like to try and win is “Karma Suture”. I love any books in hospital settings, and it sounds like this book would keep me on my toes!

    The most recent book I read that is a ‘must read’ is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. It’s a wonderful historical read that keeps you turning every page, not wanting to put the book down 🙂

    My email address is

  29. Elizabeth says:

    I would like to read KING LEARY by Paul Quarrington…some consider it the quintessential Canadian novel, and yet it was out of print for a while before winning some recent awards. I’m curious!

    I would recommend Fred Chao’s JOHNNY HIRO (a graphic novel, but completely charming), Dave Bidini’s TROPIC OF HOCKEY, and Rodes Fishburne’s GOING TO SEE THE ELEPHANT.


  30. Jae says:

    I’d choose Karma Suture because it sounds very unique and I love reading books set in locations I’ve never visited.

    A must-read book that I enjoyed this year was The Postmortal by Drew Magary. I highly recommend it!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Email: jae [at] booknympho [dot] com

  31. 1. You’ve got me wondering if I’d like Karma Suture or The End of Mr Y — both sound special!

    2. I loved Perla by Carolina de Robertis and Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman . You have to read Perla because it reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and it tackles “The Disappeared” (a generation of political prisoners that had been wiped off the record by the Argentinean govt). You need to read Tigers because of the AMAZING writing (as an aside, the author is related to Herman Melville!

    3. My email is readerrabbit22 at! Thanks for a great giveaway! Love your blog and will be adding you to my blogroll! 🙂

    4 I follow you on twitter with @guiltlessreader

    5. I follow you on FB using

    Have a good SundaY!

  32. Isa says:

    I’d love to read Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, I’ve got 1Q84 on my wishlist but after reading the synopsis I could resist wanting to read something so interesting. It sounds very different from anything I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s the most random book I ever read and it’s completely insane but I love it.

    Liked on Facebook: Vashael D
    Twitter follower: @lollibea

    Thank you for the giveaway!


  33. Lucybird says:

    1) TI choose Karma Suture mainly because I read and loved the other 2 so I think it’s likely to be good as well. I’ve not come across it before but it does sound good

    2) Oh hard one! Ummm…Scott Stabile’s Brooklyn Bites short story collections were absolutely fantastic, really descriptive beautiful writing, and I don’t usually like short stories. Or Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman made me just want to be her best friend.

    3) lucybirdbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

    5) Followed you on twitter @lucybirdbooks

  34. Cyndee Thomas says:

    My pick is “The End of Mr. Y! I read many classic books and this one had me at the interesting cover and the synopsis sounds like it is a must-read. A book I have suggested to others this year is “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Some had seen the movie classic but Harper Lee’s words are stunning as a story to capture the subject matter(50th Anniv. Of Movie). I appreciate the chance for my selection to come to me. I “Liked” you on Facebook.

  35. Julie Gluck says:

    Oops – forgot to add my choice to my entry right at the top of the comments. I thoroughly enjoyed The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

  36. joanna says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Karma Suture. I don’t know any South African authors and would be great to discover someone who comes highly recommended!

    A book that I’ve read recently that I think everyone should read it White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi – very different and very surprising, by an author definitely worth exploring.

    I didn’t know your blog before, but have followed you on Twitter and liked you on facebook.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    joanna.loves.books at gmail dot com

  37. Marie says:

    I’d love to win Karma Suture because I always enjoy reading about South Africa. A great book I read this year was THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  38. Anna Mills says:

    I would pick “Karma Suture” because you say so! Hard choice; they all look good!

    fatdogfarm at sbcglobal dot net

    Have, indeed, liked you on Facebook.
    Try the book “Provacateur”, very entertaining!

  39. Tiffany says:

    I would definately like to get my eyeballs on a copy of “The End or Mr Y”….sometimes you have to go out on a limb and choose a book by it’s title.

    I have 2 must-reads for 2012, I vote “The World According to Garp” by John Irving. One of the best authors ever, in my opinion. With his mix of sarcastic bitterness and melancholy hopefulness, none of his works have ever disappointed.

    And Elle Newmarks’ “The Book of Unholy Mischief”…. a Tuscan charmer which I couldn’t put down!

    get me at

  40. Roxana Zuziac says:

    1) I would really like to have Kafka on the Shore because I love how Haruki Murakami writes.
    2) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    3) roxana.zuziac(at)yahoo(dot)com
    4) Follower via Twitter: @Fly_Rox

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  41. Bookie Bee says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    1) I would love to win East of Eden by John Steinbeck
    2) I would suggest Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.
    3) thebookiebee AT gmail DOT com
    4) Facebook follower: Bookie Bee
    5) Twitter follower: @mad4bookss

  42. Lilian says:

    1) Tell us which book you would like to win and WHY it appeals to you. (please note that this must be part of your comment otherwise it will be disqualified as an entry) Same goes for if you are choosing your own!
    I would love to win a copy of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore because my graphic design professor was talking about it a few weeks ago, and I would love to experience Murakami’s surreal Japanese literature for myself.

    2) Together with no 2 please tell us ONE (or more if you can’t decide) book that you have thoroughly enjoyed this year that you would describe as ‘you have to read this!’ (required)

    This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers


    Facebook follower: Lilian Cheng

    Twitter follower: @ctoybox1

  43. Kristin says:

    1) Well, I would have picked the Murukami but I already have a copy of that one! So, if I were to win, I’d go with the Book Depository gift and choose Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places” ( Because…

    2) I read Flynn’s “Gone Girl” in September and LOVED IT! It was complex, disturbing, thrilling, many “What the..!??” moments—just couldn’t put it down. Stayed up all night reading it!

    3) kristinshafel [at] gmail [dot] com

    4) New follower on Facebook! (

    5) New follower on Twitter! @kristinshafel

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Fun!

  44. oriana says:

    – i would love to read Karma Suture, because i like torad about different cultures than mine
    – I really enjoy Anna dressed in blood, its a romantic horror story!

    orianofla AT gmail DOT com

    thanks for making this itnernational

  45. Mae says:

    1. I’d love to win Karma Suture. I had a major surgery last year, which has given me a newfound interest in all things medical.
    2. My most recent “you have to read this” book is Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    3. maevalentine39[at]gmail[dot]com

  46. Stephanie W. says:

    I would love to win 1Q84 by Murakami. I borrowed it from the library awhile ago and never got the chance to finish it. It was really interesting and I’m dying to read the entire novel.

    My most recent book that I’d highly recommend would be The Night Circus. It was beautifully written and like nothing I’d read before.

    Liked you on Facebook, as well as Twitter.


  47. monica says:

    Thanks for sharing this giveaway. I’d love to win Murakami’s Kafka on the shore because I have been fascinated with the author’s other novels such as 1Q84.

    I have read Hunger Games trilogy this year and enjoyed it. I recommended the series to my friends.


  48. Tarissa says:

    One set of books we’ve been trying to get for a long time is the Little Britches books. The first one is called “Father and I Were Ranchers”, and the books were published in the mid-1900s. The series is an autobiographical account, which my family enjoys these types of books.

    One book I’ve read this year… which I loved is: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens! Ah, what fun it was to read it! My favorite Dickens book ever.

    Thank you!

  49. Tarissa says:

    Following on Facebook: Pixel Berry Pie
    Following on Twitter: Pixel_Berry_Pie

  50. Zara Alexis says:

    I would love to win my choice of book from TBD and buy a copy of THE FREE WORLD by David Bezmozgis. It appeals to me not only because it is highly acclaimed as a finalist for the Giller Prize in 2012 (which lost to “Half-Blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan) since I’m working on collecting all works of fiction that have been shortlisted or won the Giller Prize—but the story itself is about family, culture, and displacement, which are all things I’m intrigued about. Also, I saw an interview with the author and I really enjoyed his down-to-earth personality and wit. For that reason, I’d love to support his work and add his debut novel to my collection.

    I read and review books for a number of publishers for my blog, The Bibliotaphe Closet and I especially enjoyed the book, “I Am Forbidden” by Anouk Markovits. It’s a story about the strict Hasidic sect, the Satymar, which is exclusive, reverent, and very conservative. I loved the tenderness of the story and how the author showed the religious conflict between remaining faithful to your beliefs and the struggle for spiritual independence and self-preservation. A wonderful read! I highly suggest it!

    And for my extra entries, I have happily followed you on:

    Facebook: Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    Twitter: @ZaraAlexis


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