Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Lady Bibliophile Classics Giveaway!!!


I am very excited to announce the first giveaway here on the blog! My Lady Bibliophile recently had a birthday, and as we know, good hobbits give presents to their guests on such occasions. :)  I have three special gifts for a couple of book lovers.

Great Expectations is my favorite book, and Dickens is my favorite author. It seemed right to tip a wink to him in the first giveaway here--a book full of brilliant characters, twisty plots, and plenty of moments for contemplation about justice and mercy.

War Games explains the value of fiction in the Christian life. Published only last year, Suzannah Rowntree's book evaluates some of the greatest fictional stories that have shaped Christendom. A must-read for any dominion-minded bibliophile.

And last but not least, Tolkien's enchanting story, The Hobbit, is available in e-book edition with illustrations by my favorite Tolkien artist, Alan Lee. A necessary edition to any Hobbit birthday party!

These books are some of my favorites, both old and new, and would make lovely additions to anyone's shelves. In fact, I'm drooling with envy over them myself. ;)

Giveaway #1 (US and Canada residents only) 

1 hardcover, unabridged copy of Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
1 paperback copy of War Games, by Suzannah Rowntree

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Giveaway #2 (Open to US and international residents) 

1 Kindle copy of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrated by Alan Lee

Please note that this ebook will be given as a gift through Amazon.com. Even if you don't have a Kindle device, you still should be able to download a free Kindle app to your PC or Mac laptop.

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The giveaway will be open until next Wednesday. Winners will be announced in Friday's blog post. A different winner will be selected for each giveaway, though you may enter both if you would like to! :)

Have at it, friends! Tweet, share, blog, Facebook, and please spread the word to as many fellow bibliophiles as you can. Best of luck to you all! :)

Blessings,
Schuyler

42 comments:

  1. Oh my dear, how delightful! Tis a lovely surprise!
    -E.H. ;)

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  2. Great surprise, Schuyler! I vaguely remember reading your Great Expectations review after finishing the book myself last year, and really liking it. I went back to that post, and found this statement you made that is so true. "Justice mixed with mercy makes a very good tale, and true to Biblical values."
    Thank you, Schuyler!

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    1. Great Expectations is so rich with that theme, Lizzy. :) Truly, Dickens created a masterful tale there. And so funny, too!

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    2. Schuyler, is "Great Expectations" funny?! I started watching the adaption of "Great Expectations" with Ioan Gruffard, and found it is so grim and sad! I was hard-pressed to even finish it. . . maybe the book has more sparks of humour in it? :)

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  3. Your first giveaway! Been looking forward to it. :D <3

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  4. To answer one of the entry questions: One of the guidelines I use when choosing to read a book is the author's worldview. If I've heard of them before or other people I know have recommended the author/book and I know that person's recommendation is reliable, then I'll usually pick it up. I stick to my trusted authors, though I sometimes branch out when I hear of other good books. :)

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    1. That is an excellent guideline. A lot of times I look up the worldview after I read the book, and then I'm rather disappointed in the author. :P But it's good to look it up before, that way one can be on guard.

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  5. I'm not sure who my favorite author is or favorite book! :) One author I really like though is Janette Oke. I think her stories come to live (I like that most of her characters come to know the Lord) and she write beautifully!

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    1. I have a Janette Oke/Davis Bunn novel on my list to try! I hear good things of it. :D

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  6. Looks good! x) It's been fun working on it with you. :D

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    1. You've been such a huge encouragement, darling. Love you lots! <3 <3

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  7. Congratulations on My Lady Bibliophile's first giveaway, Schuyler! And on being a good hobbit. ;) <3

    Oh, goodness, only one favourite? How to choose?

    I will say L.M. Montgomery this time. I love her for her poetical description and vivid characters, and because she was the one who opened my eyes to the heart-stopping beauty in the world when I was just a little girl. My favorite of her works would be either "Jane of Lantern Hill" or "The Blue Castle."

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    1. Jane of Lantern Hill?!! YOU TOO?? I love that book. It was a girlhood fandom of mine, and I have it on the list to read this year. Montgomery is one of my stylistic go-to authors to add detail and poignancy to my writing.

      Love that quote by Chesterton. I think it can apply to Christian dystopian as well as fantasy. :)

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  8. I saw this inspiring quote on your "Bibliophile" board. It makes my fingers itch to write. ^_^

    "Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
    ~ G.K. Chesterton

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  9. Happy Birthday!

    My favorite book is Les Miserables though I'm also a Dickens fan. I think my favorite Dickens' novel is Bleak House. Have you read The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens? Fascinating biography.

    Off to Amazon to check out War Games!

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    1. I loved Bleak House, too. A brilliant mix of third person/first person narrative, and I simply could not put the book down by the time they got to the chase through the streets of London. :)

      I have never read that biography! I shall have to look it up.

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  10. One of my favorite authors (it's hard to pick) is Alexandre Dumas and my favorite book is the Count of Monte Cristo. The themes are so unique for it's time and I really enjoyed reading it.

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  11. One of my guidelines is that the book must have a good story line. I hate when I get 3/4 of the way into the book and realize the story is going nowhere. It just feels like a waste of time and I start getting bored. If it has a good story line, I can sit and read a book all night :)

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  12. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered... Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. ~Samwise Gamgee
    I love this quote: one, because I'm a huge LOTR fan and two, because it's just so awe inspiring.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Meena! Good for you for making it through the Count of Monte Cristo. That's a huge book, and I enjoyed it as well!

      And I love that Samwise quote. :)

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  13. Happy blogoversary!!!
    Just looked around your blog and found this amazing quote:

    "There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe. Peace is the opposite of security. To demand guarantees is to want to protect oneself. Peace means giving oneself completely to God’s commandment, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes. Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God. They are won when the way leads to the cross."
    ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Loved it! Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

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    1. That is one of my very favorite quotes. :D I'm so glad you liked it too! Thanks for entering!

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  14. I would have to say I have 3 types of books I love, Janette Oak, Adventures In the Northwoods, and LOTR.....they're all very different but the authors have such a way of writing that makes it so hard to put the book down! I love those kinds of stories. I also like the very scary kind where you're at the edge of your seat. Haha ;)

    Thanks for doing the givaway Schuyler! I've been wanting to read the book by Dickens for awhile now. Maybe I'll have luck. :p

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    1. I have never read the first two you mentioned, though Collin read the first Adventures in the Northwoods years ago. Those are all excellent choices, Sarah! :)

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  15. Hi Schuyler!

    Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child...it can't really be done. ;) I will hold myself back to *two*.

    The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff is superb. It is based on an Old Welsh eulogy, and tells the story of 300 brave warriors from Brittonic tribes who were sent out to fight the Saxons. Only one came back alive. It is tragic, but a beautiful, beautiful book.

    My other choice for today is The Caged Lion by Charlotte Yonge. I come back to this one every couple years for a re-read. It's the kind of historical fiction that makes you laugh and cry, and leaves you with a lump in your throat and a resolve to live more nobly. Along with Shakespeare's Henry V, this is the book that sparked my first love for the House of Lancaster.

    Congratulations on doing your first giveaway!

    ~the Philologist

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    1. 'Tis a cruel question to ask, I know...

      The Caged Lion (I think, or at least one of Charlotte Yonge's books) is on my 2015 book list. :) I can't wait to read it.

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  16. I love this quote from "It's Like the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo":

    But when we gather together the broken pieces, the great Teller of Stories takes the silver shards and melds them together to make them whole.

    It brought me to tears the first time I read it, and it does still. As an author, few things are more precious than the knowledge that God can and will be glorified, despite our faults and failures. Thank you for reminding the thirsty soul where to find water....

    ~Elisabeth

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    1. I am so humbled that it would have touched you that way. Truly, God is great--and when I look at how feeble my efforts are, I can never cease to wonder at his mercy and love.

      ~Schuyler <3

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  17. This is a great giveaway! One of my favorite books is A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. I also enjoyed David Copperfield- haven't read Great Expectations.
    Thanks Schulyer!
    Sarah W.

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    1. I loved A Tale of Two Cities! :) Sidney Carson is a dear man. But I haven't read David Copperfield yet. I can't wait to give it a try.

      Thanks for coming, Sarah!

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  18. Aw, Schuyler, what a fun giveaway! I'm trying to wistfully not look at the US giveaway part *cheeky smile*, but the International one sounds just as amazing as well! *smiles happily*

    Hmm, I don't know exactly what guidelines I use when it comes to the books I choose to read; a lot of it is intuition, and poking around, asking a lot of questions! :D I think it comes a lot by recommendation from people I generally trust in their judgements, as well as through a lot of online research. I have to say some books are more intriguing to me then others, and I try to head for those first of all! If I have read and liked something for a particular author, I am strongly inclined to try more of their writings :). Equally, if I read a good review for a classic, and then one of my parents mentions it in their conversation positively, I definitely would try to check it out! Often I also go through sprees where I am actively searching for good books, and I check for good/negative reviews, and the overall feel of the book, etc.

    As for a favourite quote from your blog, there are many favourites I can't think of at the moment, but I have to agree with Elisabeth that the one from "It's Like the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo" is my favourite!

    But when we gather together the broken pieces, the great Teller of Stories takes the silver shards and melds them together to make them whole.

    That's so beautiful and true! Thank you!

    Also, congrats on three years of blogging, Schuyler! I so love your blog. Also I think this hobbity-gift-giving is simply lovely.

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    1. I could not do a giveaway without remembering several dear and faithful international viewers. ;)

      Reading a lot of reviews is a great guideline. Amazon is one of my first stops when looking up a new book; in fact, that would be a good article to write sometime.

      Thank-you for sharing, Joy! <3

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  19. Wow, my dear Schuyler, how can I ever pick a favorite book and author? I may have to say that it is J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings...I have been reading a number of his works recently including that, and it stirs me more than most books. And here I insert my "favorite quote" since it is nearly impossible to find a true favorite, and this one I do love and deeply sympathize with. ;)
    "I wept streams of tears as he rode to meet the elves, and one of my family members came in opon me right after I started the last section. "I'm okay. (sniff, sniff) It's a great book. (sniff) It's not sad, its just..." What I meant was, it's not a tragic ending; it's a triumphant one. But it was hard to get that point across in the midst of sobs. :)" I'm that way every. single. time.
    Thanks again for your faithful blogging and friendship. ;)
    -E.H. ;)

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    1. Awww. Thank-you for sharing, Emi. I love that quote, and I've read your comment several times. It was delightful. :)

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  20. When I go to choose a book, I often look for strong characters. If I connect with a character, then chances are I will connect with the story. It is those stories that stay with me and move me. :)
    -E.H. ;)

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  21. Neat giveaway, Schuyler!
    Oh dear. You mean I'm supposed to pick just *one* favorite author? Now I have to try and be decisive. :P Well, I'll narrow it down to the three that come to mind. Jasmine Baucham, H. Rider Haggard, and Douglas Bond...Oh, one more! the Botkin Sisters. :) (Elizabeth's laughing at my indecisiveness right now).

    Love,
    Kyla <3

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    1. Well, it counts as long as Baucham, Haggard, Bond and Botkins all co-authored a book together. ;D Jk. I love your choices!

      ~Schuyler <3

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  22. Hmm. My favorite author is H. Rider Haggard. :) As you know, I love Pearl Maiden and The Brethren.

    Lizzy

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    1. You will be happy to know we are reading Queen Sheba's Ring together right now!

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