Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA: it's giveaway time!

Yay, giveaways around the blogosphere! I love entering them, and I love hosting them when my bank account allows it ;) I always squee when I win one and from the reactions to the emails I send out to my winners the feeling is pretty universal, and I like making other people happy ^^

Since I think the book bloggers participaing in Armchair BEA come from quite diverse genres, I'm letting the winner pick their own book for once. It must be available from The Book Depository though and not over 10$ (as seen from my location). But please read the rules at the bottom!

Today's discussion is about literary fiction, but since I just wrote a sort of lenghty post on the Classics and don't really read contemporary 'literary' fiction all that much, I'm reverting to yesterday's topic that I missed: genre fiction.

As you know if you've been following me for a while, I love all things fantasy and paranormal. My breakthrough books were on the one hand the Harry Potter books, but after that it was those of a German author called Wolfgang Hohlbein. He wrote about all kinds of fantasy stuff: kids travelling to other worlds, beings from other worlds intruding into ours, high fantasy, computer games coming to live, a guy entering another world by walking across rooftops, creepy houses, elves, Arthurian legends, mirror worlds... I pretty much inhaled it all. Then came The Lord of the Rings (thanks to the movies), which I read many times, same as the Hobbit, the Silmarillion, and other Tolkien texts. After that came my Stephen King phase.

Later I branched out to English&American authors like Anne Rice, Kim Harrison or Melissa Marr and discovered the whole vampire/paranormal/urban fantasy genres (both adult and YA)... and I was hooked! I read nothing else for years. I love the idea of the fantastical being part of our everyday world! Vampires, fairies, and demons are my favorites. I'm not a big werewolf fan but other kinds of shifters are interesting! I used to give zombies a wide berth but I'm slowly coming around to them, as long as it's not a zombie apocalypse thing. I've also branched out a bit more since becoming a blogger and now read contemporaries as long as they're not too heavy on the romance, and dystopians if their concepts stand out to me (I avoided them for a long time and am now catching up).

That being said, here are some suggestions for books you might want to check out if you win the giveaway. As I said though, you can choose whatever you like :)






Rules:
  • open internationally, provided The Book Depository ships to you for free
  • one entry per person / household. I check EVERY entry before picking the winner! You cheat, you're disqualified.
  • you must be at least 13 years old
  • the winner has 48 hours to respond to my email, otherwise I pick someone new
  • I am not responsible for what happens with the book after I've ordered it
  • the book must be 10$ or less, as seen from my location (Switzerland). Prices differ and sometimes I have access to editions that don't show up for US residents.

Have fun, and good luck!! 
If you have any questions or something doesn't work, tweet me! @Butterfly_Ghost
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58 comments:

  1. Your selection of books looks good. Not my usual pick although I did read Neverwhere a few years back. I couldn't really get into it but I admire Neil Gaiman nonetheless.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. My favorite genre is urban fantasy. I would probably pick Once or Legend. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. I like pretty much all genres: fantasy, contemporary, romance, sci-fi :) An not sure what book I'd choose, maybe The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. My favorites are contemporary and paranormal. But I also like dystopia and urban fantasy :)
    I think I would choose Speechless by Hannah Harrington.

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  5. I love Ya and New Adult. I would probably pick Scarlet by Marissa Meyer or Eleanor and Park

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  6. I think would probably pick Moonset by Scott Tracey. :)

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  7. i love paranormal romance and urban fantasy the most and i would pick a book from that genre but which one i'm not sure yet, sorry ( perhaps one by seanan mcguire that i'm missing) i will choose one from my wishlist that fit teh price limit if i win ( because the price can change until then too)

    thank you a lot for the giveawxay ( and i love kim harrisson books too^^)

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  8. I wouldnt choose the next in the Erast Fandorin series. I can't get them in America and Book Depository is the only one who has them!

    http://mwgerard.com/armchair-bea-giveaways-literature/

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  9. My favorite genre is paranormal. I would choose either Sweet Peril or Chosen at Nightfall.

    Here's My Giveaway & Literary Fiction Post

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  10. If I won I'd chose Joyland by Stephen King. I just love his books!

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  11. I really like young adult dysotopian, fantasy and historical fiction. I think I would get Divergent. I still haven't read it!

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  12. I would want Masque of the Red Death! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  13. If I Should Die by Amy Plum or Defiance by CJ Redwine.
    Thanks so much!! I love paranormal/supernatural. I also started reading a lot of dystopian and love them.

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  14. My favorite genre is Paranormal Romance and Contemporary YA (Hard to pick between these two and ). Also if I win I want a paperback copy of Pushing the Limits by Katie Mcgarry. Yeah I am one of those who hasn't read this series yet!

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  15. I would pick something from my Classics Club list that I don't already own.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I love Contemporary YA or NA :) Not sure which to pick yet though haha Thanks for the giveaway!:)

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  17. I would pick Masque of the Red Death..I have lots of genres that i favor. One in particular is Paranormal.. I also like dystopian, ya, urban fantasy, sci fi, and much more

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  18. I enjoy paranormal books too! Vampires are my favorite and I enjoy discovering different fantasy worlds. I probably would get Sweet Evil.

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  19. I love reading paranormal novels, and I especially love Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series. I also have a big place in my heart for Jeaniene Frost's Nighthuntress series.

    Great giveaway - and it's strange I haven't found you at the beginning of the Armchair BEA - I'm in Switzerland as well :)

    Here's my Armchair BEA Giveaway post.

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  20. I'd love to win Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer! And my favourite genre is probably dystopian!

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  21. I'd probably get Notes from the Blender -- love the cover! But I change my mind daily, so who knows. :) Thanks!

    Lisa

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  22. What book would you pick if you won (you can change your mind later I'm just curious)?
    Price keeps fluctuating but I'd luv The Vintage Teacup Club


    What's your favourite genre and why?
    historical fic b/c it really is like a vacation away from life as I know it ;)

    thx for the giveaway generosity!

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  23. I would pick Wither. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. My first pick would be The Fault in Our Stars but if i was going with your theme of books I'd try Neil Gaiman. I read his Sandman graphic novels many, many years ago and loved the art but i haven't read any of his novels. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I'm your friendly ABEA cheerleader for tonight. I like literary fiction, see the books I awarded the Thanks for Changing My Life Awards on my ABEA post today. I look forward to chatting with you more throughout the week. Keep up the good work!

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  25. I am not a huge paranormal fan, but read a little dystopian. If I won I think I would wait and perhaps get the third in the Divergent trilogy.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  26. I'd love to get Black City. Fave genre is dystopian.

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  27. I LOVE Neverwhere!!! I actually don't have a copy because I'm a complete book evangelist with every copy I pick up so I would probably choose Neverwhere. :) Great giveaway!

    Sabrina @iheartyafiction

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  28. Maybe Anna Dressed in Blood. I really need to read that one at some point!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  29. I would choose Masque of the Red Death. It looks interesting. I love all Young Adult genres. But I am more fond of fantasy and paranormal romance about all overs.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  30. It changes all the time but I would have to say that right now it is YA Dystopian!!!

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  31. I love Urban Fantasy so I would probably choose Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

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  32. I'm going to let my niece and nephew choose if I win. They've been flying through books since school got out.

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  33. I think i would pick Shades of the Earth by Beth Revis because i simply loved it:)
    i love a lot of genre but currently its Historical Romance

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  34. I think I'd pick Chantress. I love anything YA paranormal.

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  35. Maybe Escape from Camp 14, not sure.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

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  36. I think I would pick The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams.

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  37. I'd totally pick Masque of the Red Death! Ah but it's a tough choice!

    ^_^

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  38. I'd probably pick Alice in Zombieland. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  39. The Hunted by Kevin Hearn (Iron Druid series).

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  40. I would pick Neverwhere. I have not read any Neil Gaiman books yet. I know. I know.

    I like mysteries. See my post, http://madhoydenish.blogspot.com/2013/05/armchair-bea-discussion-genre-fiction.html

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Tallulah A. @ MAD Hoydenish

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  41. I'd take Grave Mercy, probably. Thanks for the giveaway!! :D

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  42. I'm currently glomming romance, but pop science was probably my first love.

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  43. Deity By Jennifer L Armentrout :D
    I love reading YA genre books because they are interesting and fast paced

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  44. I read mixed book genres, I read YA, MG, fantasy, historical fiction, I also read classics, but most of the time I read YA. There's so many to choose from, but from now I'll pick The Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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  45. I might pick the second book in the Katie Daniels series. I am obsessed with urban fantasy and basically anything supernatural. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. My favorite genre is YA dystopian, so I'd choose The 5th Wave. I'm dying to read that one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I would love to have my own copy of Divergent or Legend since I read these from the library. I love dystopians and historical fiction. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  48. I don't know which book I'd pick - my wishlist is HUGE! I don't really have a favorite genre, my tastes differ with what mood I'm in at the time. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  49. Honestly I'm not sure. Maybe Legend, since it's out in paperback now. So many books I want, lol.

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  50. YA and dystopian are my favorite genres and I really like to have a copy of "Of Poseidon" by Anna Banks but if it's not available, any Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare book will do. Thanks and I hope I win this giveaway! xx

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  51. Oh YAY, thanks for the awesome giveaway Carmen! I think I'd pick either Apollyon, Shadow and Bone or Touch of Power but over here that last one is over the price limit so I'd need to check with you my dear! My favorite genre is fantasy and paranormal :D

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  52. Hmm some new YA dystopian/fantasy book I guess. Maybe Goddess? New follower here!

    http://www.evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl

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  53. I love NA contemporary romance. I think I would choose Clash by Nicole Williams.

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  54. My sister is dying to read Neverwhere so it kinda pick my curiosity too :))
    I think I'll choose it if I'm lucky enough to win this giveaway ^^

    I love everything with a little romance in it lol

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  55. I love love contemporary YA or NA, though I don't know what to pick:)

    thanks!

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  56. I would maybe choose Savage Blue or a Molly Harper book. Dystopians and Fantasies are two of my favorites, the what could be and the imagnatable becomes reality.

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  57. Perhaps Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I recently discovered the BBC radio show they did of it and I'm very interested to read the original material.

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