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Dec 07

The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett: Review & GIVEAWAY!

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Haul Out the Holly, Bookworms!

Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit faster than a viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol, cinematic gem that it is. Perhaps the only thing I’ve found to rival Gonzo as Dickens is the latest book by Charlie Lovett. I’ve discussed my adoration for the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol (here!) and my enthusiasm never wanes (although my greatest wish is that I could locate photographic evidence of myself in my Ghost of Christmas Present costume from my 4th grade production. SANTA, hook a girl up! Or, you know, anyone from Mrs. Wilson’s 4th grade class.) *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This in no way affects the integrity of my review. The fact that I would prefer not to be visited by three ghosts, however…*

furtheradventuresofebenezerscroogeThe Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge by Charlie Lovett picks up 20 years after our dear Ebenezer has his change of heart. The metamorphosis from vile curmudgeon to lovable eccentric is complete and true to his word, he’s spreading Christmas cheer all year long. Literally. Like, it’s hot and June and he’s talking about figgy pudding. In fact, it’s long since started getting on the nerves of his nearest and dearest. Fred, Bob Crachit, and his solicitor colleagues are kind of over his whole transformation. However, when Scrooge is visited by his old pal Jacob Marley (as he is periodically) he sets off on a mission to help him shed his chains a bit more quickly. He enlists the help of the three spirits who visited him so long ago, and by then end have spread all sorts of seasonally inappropriate Christmas cheer. It is nothing short of adorable and heartwarming, and the perfect holiday read.

Which brings me to the EXCITING part! The good folks at Viking/Penguin are sponsoring a GIVEAWAY. Not only will you receive a copy of The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scroogeyou’ll also receive a gorgeous Penguin Hardcover Classic edition of A Christmas Carol.  Is there any better way to kick off your holiday season? I think not! Enter below!

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Aug 12

Three Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

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Holy Smokes, Bookworms!

It’s been THREE YEARS since I started Words for Worms. THREE YEARS! They’ve been years full of books, reviews, and zillions of weird lists. Also penguins. Oh my gosh I love this corner of the internet so so so so so much! To thank all of you awesome readers I’m going to do a giveaway so you can win cool stuff. I thought about compiling a box of weird fun things (socks with donuts on them, random excellent books, miscellaneous weirdness) but I realized that would discourage international readers because shipping miscellaneous weirdness overseas is very expensive. So. I’m going to give the winner an option. They can choose $25 to spend at Amazon (or other book retailer of winner’s choice because I am sensitive to the fact that not everyone is on board with Amazon) OR if the winner is a US resident and decides they want a box of crazy, I will compile something exceptionally fun and SURPRISE-Y for the winner worth at least $25. (I tend to go overboard with oddball merch if that influences your decision.) So, enter below. And thank you for three fun and fabulous years. High five!

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Mar 31

Gone Reading Giveaway!

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Howdy Bookworms!

As you know, I’m a sucker for bookish swag. I work nerdy bookish accessories into my life and wardrobe like it’s my job, y’all. Lucky for me, there are some amazingly cool sites out there like Gone Reading. I LOVE  Gone Reading, you guys. They have a ton of cool stuff AND they donate all their profits to charities that promote literacy initiatives in the developing world. There goes all your guilt about “wasting” money on “non-essential” items. IT’S FOR CHARITY!

Brad at Gone Reading contacted me recently to see if I’d like to host a giveaway for my readers and/or review a product. Because they are AMAZING, I am now the proud owner of five literary finger puppets (a video puppet show is in the works, my pretties. I wanted to have it done by now, but you simply cannot rush the creative process… Or the husband who happens to double as your camera man.) In any case, I’ve for a $40 gift certificate to give away to one of YOU to shop at Gone Reading and buy yourself some sweet bookish stuff. Enter below!

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Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, and my man Willy Shakes. He asked me to call him that.

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Nov 10

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett & GIVEAWAY!

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Dearest Bookworms,

You’d think I’d be tired of Jane Austen tributes and spinoffs at this point in my reading career… But you’d think wrong. When I was contacted by the publishers of Charlie Lovett’s new novel, First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen I was really excited. Not only do I love Jane Austen, but I also enjoyed Charlie Lovett’s last novel, The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession (review). Everybody loves a subtitle, no? *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. I swear on the grave of Jane Austen than the following review will be truthful.*

first impressionsFirst Impressions is told in a dual narrative ping-ponging between the life of modern day Sophie Collingwood and the life and creative process of one Jane Austen. Sophie has recently finished her master’s degree and is feeling rather shiftless. She takes a job in an antiquarian bookshop until she gets things figured out, only to receive two requests for the same extremely obscure book in rapid succession. In researching the book, Sophie is drawn into a scandal that calls into question the authorship of Pride and Prejudice… And it might get her killed. Book enthusiasts can be intense, yo.

Throughout the narrative we’re brought back in time to see Jane Austen forming a close friendship with her elderly neighbor Richard Mansfield. The two have a bond that undeniably shapes Austen’s work, but just how much of an influence was Mansfield?

Back in the present, Sophie’s got mysteries to solve, not the least of which revolves around a pair of suitors. Sophie must channel her inner Elizabeth Bennet to figure things out and live to tell the tale.

And now I shall share my impressions of First Impressions, because it’s what I do and I wanted to smush the word “impressions” into a sentence thrice. (Ha! I win!) I typically enjoy dual narratives, and I liked Lovett’s take on Jane Austen’s life and writing process. I found Sophie to be a spunky heroine, though I will admit I found Sophie’s love life full of rather heavy handed Pride and Prejudice parallels. However, considering the whole book is awash in Austen fandom, it seemed fitting. (Also, never trust a dude whose name starts with a “W.” Scoundrels, the lot of them!) As in The Bookman’s Tale, I loved the peek into the antique book world that Lovett provides. As a person who has always focused on the content rather than the medium, it’s a glimpse into another delightful corner of bibliophilia. I doubt I’ll ever be the sort of person who seeks out first editions, but I can (and do!) appreciate historical objects. (Seriously, you should have seen me flipping out over the copy of the Magna Carta I saw at Salisbury Cathedral. I practically had to bust out the smelling salts. Oh, the vapors!)

As an extra special treat for all my favorite book nerds, the awesome folks at Viking/Penguin have sponsored a GIVEAWAY of BOTH First Impressions AND a gorgeous Penguin Classics hardcover edition of Pride and PrejudiceThis giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only. Check out the Rafflecopter goodness below to enter!
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Nov 01

It’s TOTES Time for a GIVEAWAY!

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Howdy Howdy, Bookworms!

It’s that time again! The Literary Blog Hop (hosted by the lovely Judith of Leeswames’ Blog) is upon us and I have some AWESOME free stuff for you to win… If you live in the US. (Sorry, internationals, shipping is evil. Next time I promise I’ll do an international giveaway, k? There are still tons of international giveaways in the blog hop though, so be sure to scroll down and do some clicking!)

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On offer today is this SWEET tote bag featuring the cutest penguin on the internet! You’ll also get a *very* gently used hardcover copy of Anthony Breznican’s novel Brutal Youth (review). Are you excited?! I know I am!

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Check out all the other giveaways HERE!

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read Her Like an Open Book (US/CA)
  3. My Book Self (N. Am.)
  4. The Book Stop
  5. My Book Retreat (US)
  6. Books in the Burbs (US)
  7. Guiltless Reading
  8. Word by Word
  9. Juliet Greenwood
  10. BooksandLiliane
  11. Words for Worms (US)
  12. The Relentless Reader
  13. The Misfortune of Knowing
  14. The Friday Morning Bookclub (US)
  15. Readerbuzz
  16. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  17. The Emerald City Book Review
  18. Wensend
  1. Laurie Here
  2. A Cup Of Tea, A Friend, And A Book (US)
  3. Moon Shine Art Spot (US)
  4. I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (US)
  5. Lost Generation Reader
  6. Books Speak Volumes
  7. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  8. Books on the Table (US)
  9. Orange Pekoe Reviews
  10. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  11. Words And Peace (US)
  12. Booklover Book Reviews
  13. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning (US)

*If you make a purchase through a link on this site, I will receive a small commission.*

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May 29

It’s GIVEAWAY DAY for Armchair BEA!

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Howdy Bookworms!

Today is my FAVORITE day in the Armchair BEA schedule because it’s the day of FREE STUFF! Wahoo! To join in the celebration, I’m offering a $25 in books from Book Depository to one lucky entrant! Book Depository is pretty sweet because they ship internationally (really, any place that Book Depository serves. Which basically excludes Antarctica, but the penguins are cool with it, we’ve talked.) I wanted to leave it open for the winner to choose his or her own books, because choice is fun. Rafflecopter entry is below, go forth and be lucky!

UPDATE: Originally I had this set up as a gift card to Amazon, then when the whole Hachette hullabaloo happened, I switched it to a Book Depository giveaway because a lot of people were upset and I didn’t think anybody would WANT an Amazon card. Of course, I forgot to change my auto tweet. For shame! So, for the record, whoever wins can pick to have their $25 from Amazon OR The Book Depository. My conscience is ambivalent, so let yours be your guide. 

 

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Mar 10

Real Happy Family by Caeli Wolfson Widger (A TLC Book Tour)

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Ciao Bookworms,

I feel like I should be greeting you with air kisses today, because we’re going to Hollywood! Actually, we’re going more to the seedy underbelly of show business, but I’m getting ahead of myself. I was contacted by TLC Book Tours to take part in the tour for Caeli Wolfson Widger’s new novel, Real Happy Family, and OF COURSE I accepted. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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Lorelai Branch is your classic desperate actress, completely absorbed with fashion, parties, and getting noticed. Her mother Colleen is content to live vicariously through Lorelai, playing the role of obsessive stage mother to a T. Robin is Lorelai’s long-suffering sister-in-law and agent, battling infertility and marital strife. Set against the backdrop of Hollywood excess and reality television, Real Happy Family gives the reader a glimpse into the dark side of show business. 

Getting into this novel was a challenge for me, because I found Colleen and Lorelei’s personalities so repellent. I mean, I love watching a train wreck as much as the next gal, but yikes. I don’t think this book would have worked for me at all if it hadn’t been for Robin. Robin makes some astonishingly poor choices, but compared to Lorelei and Colleen, she’s a beacon of normalcy.

Real Happy Family is a book about Hollywood, but its look at the plight of the “might-have-beens” is a refreshing change of pace from the lifestyles of the rich and famous tomes that dominate the genre. As it turns out, you can be a hot mess without fame and fortune. The single minded pursuit of fame can destroy people just as easily. And dear lord, the drugs! So. Many. Drugs.

This book isn’t going to be for everyone. If the trials and tribulations of the overprivileged and beautiful get stuck in your craw, avoid this one. However, if you’re a fan of the occasional reality TV show (I know some of y’all watch Real Housewives on the regular), this might just be your jam. Thanks to the awesome folks at TLC Book Tours and New Harvest, you can enter to win your own copy of Real Happy Family! (Open to residents of the US and Canada.)

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Feb 26

The River of No Return GIVEAWAY

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Howdy Bookworms!

Remember last spring when I was super stoked about a time travel romance called The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway? You don’t remember? Well, click HERE. I’ll wait. You’re back? Good. You’ll now understand my excitement when I received an email last week from the publisher tipping me off to the release of the PREQUEL to The River of No Return, The Time Tutor. Prequel, sequel, I mean, who can really tell when you spend your time hopping around through time, you know? Now, I’ve yet to read The Time Tutor (as I’ve naturally over-committed myself to reading ALL THE BOOKS) but I’m really excited to tackle it soon.

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Why am I writing this post on a book I haven’t read yet? Only because I want to share FREE STUFF with you! The folks at Plume Books/Penguin Random House have graciously offered a copy of the newly-available-in-paperback The River of No Return to one of YOU lucky readers. Enter the giveaway below! *UPDATE* I forgot to mention that this giveaway is for residents of the US and Canada only, by publisher’s request. As in, the publisher is mailing it out and probably dislikes international shipping charges as much as I do. 

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Nov 09

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop! That Means FREE STUFF, Y’all!!!

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Hey Bookworms!

Who is in the mood for a giveaway? Who is in the mood for LOTS of BOOKISH giveaways?! You’ve come to the right place, my friends. I joined The Literary Blog Hop hosted by Judith @ leeswammes.wordpress.com. It’s an opportunity to introduce bookworms to other bookworms, all digital-like. I do hope you’ll check out some of the other blogs and enter to win some great books and bookish accoutrements. The hop runs through the 13th, so you’ve got plenty of time to go a-visiting. 

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I am giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon! This giveaway is worldwide, so all my favorite folks across the globe can enter. You can enter the giveaway below using this Rafflecopter form (which I’ve never used before but am assured is easy and safe and awesome.) Enter, win, hop! Spread the love, my little Bookworms. Spread it thick, like Nutella on toast. 

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Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska’s Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx’s Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Anita Loves Books (US)
  12. Words for Worms (US)
  13. Wensend
  14. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)

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Aug 12

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

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Howdy Bookworms!

Today is a day of celebration. That’s right. One year ago today I published my very first blog post. It’s been a fabulous, fun journey and I’m SO GRATEFUL to you, my readers, for, well, reading my nonsense. Huzzah!

Because a birthday is nothing without presents, I’m doing a giveaway! I’ve had some tricks up my sleeve since BlogHer. While I was in the land of swag, I did not forget my faithful little bookworms! First things first. While at BlogHer I was afforded the opportunity to see a new movie called AustenlandI can’t tell you if it was any good or not, because due to things running behind schedule (cough cough Queen Latifah) I arrived once the film was already 20 minutes in. However! The ladies running the booth felt for my plight (they obviously had your best interest at heart as well.) They allowed me to take home this BEAUTIFUL t-shirt, for the dedicated Austenites among us.

It's a size large, and perfect for surfacing from lakes.

It’s a size large, and perfect for surfacing from lakes, ponds, and other domestic bodies of water.

But that’s not all! You’ll also win these kickass pins showing your undying adoration for Rainbow Rowell! Fangirl and Eleanor and Park could be emblazoned on your breast from here to eternity. I know, can hardly contain yourself at this point…

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Seriously, how cool are those?! I also managed to snag y’all a copy of the super sweet Walking Dead novelization. It talks about that sneakiest of sneaks, the Governor. You know I can’t get enough zombie lore and gore!

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You will also receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Oh you didn’t hear that? I said, YOU ALSO GET A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!!! And an official Words for Worms bookmark (I had too many printed, okay? You read. You need bookmarks. Don’t lie.)

So, how do you win this amazing prize package of awesomeness?!?! Be a US resident. I’m so very sorry to my super amazing international readers, but shipping, you know? Here’s how to enter:

1. “Like” Words for Worms on Facebook (if you already like me, FREE entry for you!) https://www.facebook.com/WordsForWorms

2. Follow me on Twitter! @KatieBelle1121 (Again, if you already follow, FREE ENTRY!) 

3. Share this contest with your Facebook friends! (Be sure to tag Words for Worms so I can see it!)

4. Tweet about the contest (Be sure to include my Twitter handle so I can count it!)

5. Leave an awesome comment on this blog telling me your favorite Words for Worms post! (I know, it’s completely self serving, but I’m curious, and there’s only so much that can be written on the evils of coleslaw.)

This can be YOURS! Along with $25 to spend at Amazon!!!

This can be YOURS! Along with $25 to spend at Amazon!!!

I will announce a winner on Monday, August 19th. Good luck!

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