Friday, October 14, 2011

Literary GIVEAWAY Blog Hop

Once again it's time for a Literary Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Judith from Leeswames' Blog.  This time, I compiled a list of all the the classics that I rated five stars on Goodreads, and the winner will be able to pick one, which will be shipped from Book Depository (so make sure that it can be delivered to your country by checking this list.)  Here's what you need to know:

  • Check out the list on my right hand side bar for the choices
  • In the comments, either let me know which one you would choose if you won, or tell me a classic that you would rate five stars (even if you're the anti-rating type . . . )
  • Include an email so I can contact you if you win.
  • The giveaway will close at the end of the day October 19, and I will select a winner within the next day or two. 
  • Be sure to visit the following blogs for more chances to win:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Devouring Texts
  3. The Book Whisperer
  4. Seaside Book Nook
  5. The Scarlet Letter (US only)
  6. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  7. Bibliosue
  8. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  9. The Book Diva's Reads
  10. Gaskella
  11. Lucybird's Book Blog
  12. Kim's Bookish Place
  13. The Book Garden
  14. Under My Apple Tree
  15. Helen Smith
  16. Sam Still Reading
  17. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  18. Ephemeral Digest
  19. Bookworm with a View
  20. The Parrish Lantern
  21. Dolce Bellezza
  22. Lena Sledge Blog
  23. Book Clutter
  24. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US only)
  25. The Blue Bookcase
  26. Book Journey (US only)
  27. The House of the Seven Tails (US only)
  28. In One Eye, Out the Other (US only)
  29. Read, Write & Live
  30. Fresh Ink Books

  1. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US only)
  2. Bibliophile By the Sea
  3. Laurie Here Reading & Writing Reviews
  4. Amy's Book World (US only)
  5. Teadevotee
  6. Joy's Book Blog
  7. Word Crushes (US only)
  8. Thinking About Loud!
  9. Kinna Reads
  10. Sweeping Me
  11. Minding Spot (US only)
  12. Babies, Books, and Signs (US only)
  13. Lisa Beth Darling
  14. Tony's Reading List
  15. SusieBookworm (US only)
  16. Tell Me A Story
  17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
  18. Nerfreader
  19. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Netherlands, Belgium)
  20. Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  21. In Spring it is the Dawn
  22. No Page Left Behind
  23. Elle Lit


  1. i would choose Rebecca i have most of these books but i dont have that one and id love to read it.
    good luck to all!!

  2. I'd pick Agatha Christie's the Murder of Roger Ackroyd! I like your list of 5 star classics.

  3. I'd love a copy of The Painted Veil
    Thank you for the chance

  4. Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!
    I would like a chance at winnning a copy of The Painted Veil. Heard many good things about it and I've enjoyed Maugham's short stories, so ..... really looking forward to this.
    Thanks again!


  5. Hmmm ... so many books to choose from ;-) ! I'd pick Aesop's Fables - I have heard so much about it, but never got my hands (or eyes) on it (until now).
    Thanks for the chance!
    danaan at gmx dot at

  6. Great giveaway. I haven't read a lot of classics yet. I know I really should. I would love to read Fahrenheit 451 because I've been wanting to get that one for a long time now.
    bookaddictkim (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Hi Shelley! This is an awesome giveaway!

    I'd love a copy of The Painted Veil. :-)

    JillianIsReading [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. All the books look amazing...I would like to read The Painted Veil, because I loved the movie, but haven´t had a chance to get the book yet.


  9. So many great books on your list! I'd love to have a copy of Rebecca to read. A classic I loved but didn't expect to was Around the World in Eighty Days - really fun!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    I have read all the books listed and agree that most of them can be considered classics.

    However it has been a long time since I last read George Elliot so I find myself drawn to asking for Middlemarch. I would like to see if the passage of the years has changed my mind about the book.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmai DOT com

  11. Isabelle Frisch ( miki)November 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Thanks for this international giveaway.
    I would like to win the aesop's fables please


  12. Hi Shelley, this is a fabulous list. If I were to win I would like to try Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Many thanks for giveaway. melw(underscore)74(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. Thanks for such a generous giveaway. I would love the chance to win All Quiet on the Western Front.


  14. Wow, what a choice! I think I'll have to pluck one sort-of at random and go for 'Hiroshima'... I've heard of it, I've heard good things ABOUT it, but I have no idea what it's about! I've discovered some of my favourite books that way.

    My five-star classics would include 'Persuasion', 'Wuthering Heights', 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo'. All amazing!


  15. I won't ask for any of the books but you did ask what classics we would rate as 5 stars sooo . . .

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

    Also, for something a little multicultural:

    The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

    You don't have any poetry either so:

    Emily Dickinson
    Walt Whitman

    I think reading them both is interesting because they were writing around the same time and their styles are so different and yet they both had a powerful influence on how poetry broke away from traditional poetry.

    Also, there aren't any sacred texts on your list. You can hardly get more "classic" than sacred texts because most writing began in recording the history of the people. Try these:

    Epic of Gilgamesh

  16. I would choose How Green Was My Valley to win, and I have to say that you have great taste in classics- you've rated some of my favourite books 5 stars :)


  17. I would choose To Kill a Mockingbird. Everybody talk about this book and I haven't read it yet. And the story seems so powerful.
    Thanks a lot for the chance.
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  18. I'd love to read All Quiet on the Western Front. As for a book I'd rate five stars. The Woman in White. I just reread it, and it's still five stars :) (rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com)

  19. I think I wouldlike I Capture the Castle. IT's been on my classics TBR list for forever.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Middlemarch would be my choice. Thank you for offering so many choices.

  21. Hi Shelley, great giveaway choices! I'd like to have To the Lighthouse. If I win, can you just leave a comment on my blog? My email gives me a headache.:-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Hello, I think I would have to go for How Green was my Valley by Richard Llewellyn. Thanks for the giveaway. My email is

  23. I would pick Uncle Tom's Cabin from the list. And I fully agree with your five star rating of All Quiet on the Western Front, read it in high school and loved it!

    goodbooksandacupoftea at live dot com

  24. What a great idea! I love your list... I would definitely add Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace as well as Victor Hugo's Les Miserables (and a few others). The book I would choose from your list is probably The Good Earth... haven't yet read that, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance!

    Adam - roofbeamreader(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. I think Jane Eyre. Just watched the movie last night and I think I should reread it. bkhabel---at---gmaildotcom

  26. Thanks for THE Giveaway. If I win I would like à copy of My Antonia by Wlla Carter. Recenly I read A Lost Woman and lovend it.

  27. Thanks for the great giveaway:) I would love to win A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I have rated To Kill a Mockingbird 5 stars, but I have also rated Gone With The Wind 5 stars (does that count as a Classic?).

    Thanks for thsi chance:)


  28. It really is about time I read Willa Catha - so I'd pick My Antonia. I'd add Bleak House and Buddenbrooks to the 5-star classic list as well.

  29. I'd like a chance for the end of an affair. Thanks!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

  30. if i won i would choose To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Sissy Spacek.
    thanks for the giveaway ^^

    witchvela at web dot de

  31. Jane Eyre and Great Expectations are both five-star books

  32. I think the most recent classic I gave five stars to was I Capture the Castle, which I see you loved, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinreadsblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. What a great list of books! If I win, I'll choose either All the King's Men or Far from the Madding Crowd.

    Thank you! aimala127(at)email(dot)com

  34. I would love to read the book by Agatha Christie, I have never read a book by her yet.

  35. I would choose A tree grows in Brooklyn because I have read it and would love my own copy.

  36. Rachel (And the plot thickens)November 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith! This has been on my "must read" list for years :) I have read quite a big percentage of the other books and may I say, GREAT CHOICES!

    Thanks again!



  37. I have several of these already on my shelf so I must get reading!; that said, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene is one I've heard good things about so if I'm lucky enough to win I would select that book. Thank you! bibliosue(at)hotmail(dot)com

  38. I would love to win I Capture the Castle. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I would love to win All the King's Men.

  40. Great contest-I would love to win-All Quiet on the Western Front-thanks for offering this world wide

    rereadinglives (at)

  41. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to get To Kill a Mockingbird.

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

  42. OMG, so many incredible books in that list! Decisions, decisions... I think I'm going to go with Rebecca. It's been on my tbr for years, and I'd love to finally get a copy of it. Thanks for the giveaway!
    StinaVW at gmail

  43. I don't get to read many classics.

    But I did like 'Pride & Prejudice' a lot

    So, I'd probably rate 5 stars for that.


  44. What a great selection! After much "deliberation" I would choose "The End of the Affair". I've seen the movie and like it so I'd like to read the book to see how it compares.


  45. I would love to win Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier or The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough .
    Thanks for the giveaway![AT]gmail[DOT]com

  46. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win The Painted Veil.

  47. Thank you for making this international! :) I like mysteries so I would like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.

    krypton_ge at yahoo dot com

  48. Thanks for your giveaway. It's a really nice idea to let people choose from your favorites!

    I've been wanting to read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I enjoy dystopian novels and this is always mentioned as one of the best... but I still haven't read it.

    jh303015 at gmaildotcom

  49. Thank you for this giveaway! I would love to win jane eyre because it is the few books that I loved when we read it in high school. It is still considered my favorite book.
    emilymeimei204 AT yahoo DOT com

  50. So many classics I have yet to read, but The End o the Affair seems to be beckoning me this week. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.
    Alice @ Farewell, Office.

  51. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win a copy of The Scarlett Letter. I read it in high school and loved it, so I would like to read it again!

  52. I'd like to read little women. I have the book but in Italian. I love this book
    Thanks for this international giveaway

  53. I own a lot of the books on your list already but If I win I will choose I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Thanks!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  54. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read Aesop's Fables - I'm very much into world literature, especially comparative folktales and mythology.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  55. Kat (No Page Left Behind)November 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    What a great giveaway! I would choose Mansfield Park as it is my most favorite Austen novel! Thanks for the chance at a wonderful prize :)

    katherine (dot) kpp (at) gmail (dot) com

  56. Oh, boy, lots of good ones to choose from! I haven't read The Painted Veil, so that's the one I'd pick.

    Thanks for the giveaway (and for making it international)!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  57. Thanks for participating in the giveaway. I would love a copy of Darkness at Noon since that's one of the few authors on your list that I haven't read.

    alewis1100 at hotmail dot com

  58. Thought I've mentioned All Quiet on the Western Front to my students for historical reasons, I've never actually read more than an excerpt. I'd love to have a copy of the whole book. I want to be more familiar with it.

    indiereaderhouston [at] gmail [dot] com

  59. What to choose, what to choose! I think it would be Little Women, although it's a hard decision, for sure...

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    debbie At exurbanis )dot( dom

  60. I would pick Middlemarch, a book I've not read though I've wanted to read it.

    Lovely giveaway! Thank you.

    debnance at gmail dot com

  61. What a great giveaway! All those fantastic classisc which I have either read or have waiting to read. I am going to go for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as I am a massive Christie fan but this one has managed to pass me by so far. As for a recommendation I would say that if you like classics then read East Lynne by Ellen Wood - it's so overlooked and it's suich a GREAT book!



  62. I would love to win a copy of "I capture the castle". I would give 5 stars to "The jungle" by Upton Sinclair.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  63. For some reason, I never read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  64. Sounds like a great prize, thank you for the chance!
    I would likely choose Rebecca or Anna Karenina edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  65. darkness at noon would be my choice. I like that I read and loved most of the titles you rated 5 stars!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  66. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Thank you for such a lovely giveaway!!! I would love to read The Painted Veil :D

  67. I would love to read Aesop's Fables. Thanks for the incredible giveaway, what an amazing selection :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  68. A fabulous selection thank you. I would love to read CRANFORD.


  69. Thank you for this!
    I would love to read Hiroshima by John Hersey.


  70. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I would pick Jane Eyre.


  71. I love your five star books. And I would love to read Anna Karenina myself sometime. Thanks for the giveaway.

    thinkingaboutloud at googlemail dot com

  72. I'd love to win The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham! Thanks!

  73. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win a copy of Fahrenheit 451! I have not read it but it looks great!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  74. To Kill A Mockingbird. Thank you. (:

    hellgirl_fran AT yahoo DOT com

  75. Hey Shelley, What a great idea for a giveaway. Our tastes concur, especially on Jane Austen. I would choose Rebecca, a classic that I haven't read in awhile.

    Thanks for being a part of the hop! Chris

  76. I love that you included A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! That's my favorite book of all time. However, since I already own (several copies of) it, I'd pick...My Antonia if I won this giveaway.

  77. I would choose Jane Eyre. I love the movie, but have yet to read the book. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  78. great expectations! :)

    handmade4every1 at gmail dot com

  79. What an awesome giveaway! I would have to pick Darkness at Noon because I've never heard of it and if you've given it a five, I totally trust that, especially considering all your other fivers! :) jenstusue AT yahoo

  80. Oh my! SO many great books! I can see The Good Earth and To Kill a Mockingbird on the shelf! (: Great classic bookshelf! I'd love to win any Jane Austen books. But since i have to pick, I would pick Persuasion! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  81. I would love a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin, I read it back in high school and loved it, but haven't gotten myself a copy yet. Thank you for the giveaway.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  82. I'd like to win the Painted Veil.
    Thanks for this giveaway!


  83. I'd like Aesop's Fables...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom Thanx for hosting~!! xoxo

  84. Many fantastic classics! I have read many of them. I would pick I Capture the Castle.


  85. So many choices....... I think I would choose Rebecca. I've been wanting to read it forever.


  86. I would love to win a copy of "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene. I just finished one of his novels for my Irish/English class and would love to read more. Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    Email: readwriteandlive[at]hotmail[dot]com

  87. blackplume .wordpress.comNovember 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Aesop's Fables because I'm one of the few who haven't read that yet and I've been meaning to read it since forever =)
    Thanks so much!

  88. Jaclyn from Jaclyn's MusingsNovember 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Thanks for a great giveaway! I'd actually read most of your 5 star classics in school (middle-college). I'm not sure which one I'd choose, BUT if this were my list I'd definitely add The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles. I'd probably add all of the books in the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read my first Holmes story in middle school and very much enjoyed them. Definitely on my books to (re-)Read list! :-) I am also a blogger, a newbie, and one of my three niches is books and reading.
    Thanks again!
    Jaclyn from Jaclyn's Musings

  89. Thanks for the giveaway!I'd pick The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie as I'm sad to say I haven't read any Agatha Christie books yet and I'd like to give them a try:)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  90. hi i ma in the usa and they do delver here i like the background you have here
    i do not think i read any of the book here sorry
    i amon good read add me and check out my reviews desiree reilly

  91. I would love to read The End of the Affair. Thanks.

  92. There's a few there I haven't read. I'm in the mood for Agatha Christie so I'd choose The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

  93. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win Crime and Punishment!


  94. I'd like to win All Quiet on the Western Front.


  95. Wow! Such great books. I would pick David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

  96. I too loved All The King's Men, but that was years ago and I don't have a copy on hand. If I was lucky enough to win, that's what I would choose. kerry_7 at

    Thank you for the generous giveaway.


  97. If I were so lucky, I would love to read The Mill on the Floss. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  98. That is a great list. I would choose I Capture the Castle. I am very intrigued with that book, and so very much want to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    ibeeeg (AT) Gmail (DOT) com

  99. I would choose The Great Gatsby! I've always wanted to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Hi!
    Thanks for the giveaway! I would choose The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. I've only watched the movie, so it's time to read the book!
    Thanks SO much!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

  101. Would love to read Anna Karenina, so many choices didn't make it easy at all. Thanks for the chance!

    Sally G

  102. Thank you for taking a part in this blog hop and for making the giveaway international. If I win I would love to have To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    bymyself.g [at] gmail [dot] com

  103. Great giveaway thanks, Of those listed, I'd probably pick Hiroshima, as I've not read it, but some great classics in the same vein would be something like, Shusaku Endo's The Sea & the Poison, The Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse or The Crazy Iris and other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath with an introductionby Kenzaburo Oe.

  104. I'd pick The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham! I've been dying to read it!

    Thank you SO much for the chance and the lovely giveaway. :-)

    lisagoneaussie (at)