The Book Club Blog

Books for any occasion and other life stuff

Literary Blog Hop

on February 9, 2013


Yes, it is that time of year again! Blog hop hosted by Judith at Leeswammes.

So, this time I thought I would do it slightly differently and give away a choice of two South African books. They are two vastly different genre’s but both are extremely good,and the authors are deserving of a give away, well, I thought so! Edited to add: I also thought that I should give away one of my favourite books of 2013 ( I know we are only into the second month of this year…) but I truly loved it and for the non South African blog hoppers, just in case, they are daunted by only SA authors…;-)

My choices are:

Spud – John van der Ruit


It’s South Africa, 1990. The country still squirms under the iron fist of apartheid. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela, and more importantly, it’s Spud Milton’s first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment. Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path towards manhood. (The path, it seems, could be a rather long road.) Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal nightswimming to the cricket field, from ghostbusting to teacher baiting. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world; a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.

13 Hours – Deon Meyer


Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn’t dare trust anyone – except her father, back home in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that to protect their country’s image, they must find Rachel’s hiding place before the killers.So Benny Griessel – detective, maverick and father of teenagers himself – has just 13 hours to crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.

The official Deon Meyer website

The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and dissapeared – Jonas Jonasson ( I actually won this book on the last blog hop!)

On his one-hundredth birthday Allan Karlsson makes his escape from the old people’s home and embarks on an unlikely and momentous adventure. The international bestselling phenomenon by Swedish sensation Jonas Jonasson.


What you need to do in order to win your choice of either of these two books, sent you to you via The Book Depository (please check that they deliver to your country) is:

* Because it is the month of love and I am feeling the love, I would like to know one romantic/love filled gesture that you have done in your lifetime and leave me a comment telling me  together with your email address and which book you would like to win.

*Tweet me  

*Like us on FB ( if you haven’t already!)

Please ensure you leave your email address as if you don’t your comment will automatically be disqualified.

Winners will be notified on Valentine’s Day!

Check out the rest of the list of blog hoppers ( there are about 40 of us, and that means a a 40 in one chance of winning something if you enter every one…) and Have Fun!


Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Book Garden
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. Candle Beam Book Blog
  5. Ciska’s Book Chest
  6. Too Fond
  7. Alex in Leeds
  8. Under a Gray Sky
  9. Bibliosue
  10. The Book Club Blog
  11. Fingers & Prose
  12. Lori Howell
  13. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  14. Girl vs Bookshelf
  15. Lizzy’s Literary Life (Europe)
  16. Booklover Book Reviews
  17. The Blog of Litwits
  18. Reading World (USA/Can)
  19. Seaside Book Nook
  20. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  21. The Book Diva’s Reads
  22. Breieninpeking (Europe)
  23. 2606 Books and Counting
  24. Giraffe Days
  25. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  1. Roof Beam Reader
  2. The Relentless Reader
  3. Read in a Single Sitting
  4. My Diary (Malaysia)
  5. Heavenali
  6. Dolce Belezza (USA)
  7. The Misfortune of Knowing
  8. My Devotional Thoughts
  9. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  10. Book Nympho
  11. Kaggsysbookishramblings
  12. Quixotic Magpie
  13. Lost Generation Reader
  14. BookBelle
  15. Under My Apple Tree (USA)
  16. Mondays with Mac
  17. Page Plucker
VN:F [1.9.8_1114]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)

25 Responses to “Literary Blog Hop”

  1. Mystica says:

    Both books are new to me so I would go with either. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Definitely Spud for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

    A loved filled gesture? I’ll have to think for a second.

    Hmm… I get up every day and be a mom – a really good mom at that. I think that is love filled and quite saintly some days.

  3. Judith says:

    Great choices! I like the idea of Spud but then noticed 13 Hours which has become quite popular here in the Netherlands, so I’ll go for that.

    I follow you on Facebook (Judith He…) and I tweeted too (@leeswammes).

    A romantic gesture? I once booked a reservation for a meal in a restaurant with my new boyfriend (now my husband) – unfortunately the meal wasn’t so great but we still look back on it with fond memories. 🙂

    Thanks for joining in the blog hop!

  4. Botezatu Paula says:

    Like : Botezatu Paula
    A loved filled gesture… I make the best cookies for my boyfriend.
    Thanks for the chance!

  5. Botezatu Paula says:

    Forgot my email: botezatu_paula at yahoo dot com

  6. nrlymrtl says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I would choose Spud. nrlymrtl at gmail dot com. I follow via twitter: @nrlymrtl and like on fb: Susan Voss.

    I planned a surprise party for my man once and I was emaling back and forth with a friend, this long chain thing, about plans for the party, school study sessions, etc. Then I also needed to email my man about a related topic and copied him on an email. He went through and read the earlier emails attached to that one and he saw my super secret plans! Well, I did have the party anyway, and he was right pleased.

  7. Jenifer S says:

    Oh, all three look good but I have fallen in love with the synopsis of The One Hundred Year Old Man.

    As for a romantic gesture…I once planned a date (for my now husband) to the Hollywood Bowl to see Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed under the stars and packed a lovely picnic. Unfortunately, I had come off of a long day of teaching and actually fell asleep on his shoulder by the end of the concert!

    My email is: jen at underagraysky dot com and I am a fan on Facebook: jenifer samaha and I tweeted under the tweet name: UnderAGraySky

  8. Amal says:

    I’m so glad you liked the 100-Year-Old-Man! It’s such a fun book! I’m very curious about the South African novels you selected. Thanks for giveaway!

  9. oriana says:

    i would like any of the books!
    fb: oriana vasquez

  10. Meghan Stith says:

    I would like “13 Hours.” I can’t think of any grand gesture of romantic love that I made besides driving six hours to hang out with a guy I barely knew.
    I liked your FB page: Meghan Stith
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Erin says:

    I would love The 100 Yer Old Man Who Fell Out The Window and Disappeared.

    My Email is
    I liked on Facebook – Erin Flynn Hernandez

    Romantic gesture – I create a birthday game for my husband every year.

  12. neer says:

    Spud seems very interesting.

    Love gestures…snuggling.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Mary says:


    Svuroo (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Anne C says:

    I rarely cook, so when I do, it is for those I love. I cooked pasta for our Christmas dinner and gave some to my closest friends.

    I would love The Hundred-Year-Old Man. 🙂
    anne.j2 (at)


  15. Dita says:

    I`d love to win the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared.
    Facebook: Dita Škarste
    Twitter follower: @Dita_Skarste

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Dita says:

    And I forgot the romantic gesture – once I wrote a love letter to my boyfriend telling him ‘I love you’ for the very first time.

  17. Kristin says:

    Great giveaway! All three look great, but 100 Year Old Man stands out first to me, followed by Spud.

    Email: kristinshafel [at] gmail [dot] com

    I follow on Twitter (@kristinshafel) and I tweeted:

    I “like” on Facebook too! Name is the same.

    Romantic gesture: I think it’s pretty romantic that I’m supporting my husband through his doctoral degree 🙂 Beyond the normal tangible stuff though, when we got married I had a little book made of boudoir photos as a special wedding gift to him from me!

  18. Suz Reads says:

    I hate to cook but I cooked a special dinner and dessert for my boyfriend! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win Spud!
    – follow on twitter as @SuzReads and tweeted
    – like on FB as Suz Reads

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  19. Dinda says:

    The One Hundred Year Old Man sounds interesting. I can’t really remember any romantic gesture I’ve ever did. Thanks for the giveaway!


  20. Veronika says:

    I think I would choose Spud!
    Umm, love gestures.. I love everyone to pieces, and would do anything for my friends!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. bn100 says:

    baked a cake for someone
    13 hours

  22. Isa says:

    I’d love to read The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and dissapeared. I’ve never done a romantic gesture and love filled gestures are towards my friends or family. Recently I made a small book for my best friend, on each page I drew out reasons why she is amazing.


    FB: Vashael


    Thank you. 🙂

  23. Karina says:

    Please delete my previous comment- I should have written my email differently so the spammers don’t see it!

    I’d love to read Spud!
    FB: Karina Vavere

    p.s I’m reading the The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared right now, a really fun and entertaining read!

  24. I’d love to read the 100 year old Man!

    FB: Shug F. (Just liked)



  25. Stephanie W. says:

    I would love to win The 100 Year Old Man…

    My most love-filled gesture would have to be with friends and family and my husband. I rescued two dogs and a cat before, which I believe to be a love-filled gesture. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    FB: Stephanie Ward


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *