Saturday, August 10, 2013

Summer Reading GIVEAWAY!!!

Have you had a good summer, with long hot days and extra time to read?


I love rereading the classics and getting stacks of ‘new’ books at the library.


Children’s books are great to read no matter what your age.


And these are a few I’ve just finished. They were ALL really good! I’ve left reviews in Goodreads HERE !


And one I keep by my chair in the lanai!


Just to add to the fun,

I want to have a quick GIVEAWAY!


I made a book bag…simple and easy but sturdy enough for a stack of books, and a copy of one of my favorite books, Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani…one of my favorite authors!


To enter the GIVEAWAY for a book bag and book,

Please be a follower

and leave a comment!

(if you want to tell me a book you’ve enjoyed lately, that would be great, too!)

I’m reading a mystery right now,

The Garment of Shadows by Laurie King.

It’s GOOD!!! 


I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday, August 14th!

Happy Reading!!!


Catherine Holman said...

What a great giveaway. The bag is lovely and Adriana is one of my favorite authors. I haven't read this one though.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

You have a great selection of books to read and are offering a lovely giveaway. I'm reading the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries by Carola Dunn and also a mystery series by Rebecca Tope. I'd love to be entered for your giveaway. I'm a follower on Bloglovin' and I also have you listed in my own blogroll. Thanks for sharing.

Pondside said...

That is such a pretty bag! I am always using an old cloth grocery bag for my library books - this bag would be an enormous improvement!
I haven't read the book you're giving away but I have finished Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, by Joanne Harris - a very good read, indeed!

Teresa said...

What a fun giveaway! I also read a lot this summer. But that is normal for me at any time of the year. I just read one that I loved. Fiction but lots of history. When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaloodt. Very good. Can you imagine learning to spell that last name as a kid or as a new bride!

Susie said...

Cute book bag. I am not the reader I used to be. Two of my daughters read all the time. Two seem to never have time. I used to start books and then not finish now I'll at least skim through them. :):) xoxo,Susie

mail4rosey said...

I am a follower (mail4rosey).

I like the bag, and reading too. I've just finished reading a spin off from the Count of Monte Cristo that was good.

Sharon Calvert said...

Hi, Diane ... haven't commented in a while, but I have been reading your posts daily. Glad you're having a fun summer! THE book I'm reading, along with a multitude of other Susan Branch 'girlfriends,' is A FINE ROMANCE - the much-awaited travel diary of her trip to England last year. Delightful!

Would be thrilled to win your giveaway; thanks always for sharing.

Hugs from Alabama

Sherry said...

Thanks for the book reviews. I'm always looking for really good reads. I'm currently reading "A Summer Idyll" by Betty Neels. My bookmobile librarian recommended this author to me. I can't believe I'd never heard of her before.

chris mckinley said...

What a great book bag!! This summer I have read Unbroken and A Paris Wife... Both really good! I'd love to be entered in your generous!! Oh and I'm a follow too!

Noelle the dreamer said...

Sweet! I love handmade items and you can never have too many books (I spotted some unknown titles!) I share your enjoyment of that particular Anita Higman's inspirational book! She is a joy to read and you will soon see a review of her latest novel! I am a fan!
Kindly add my name in the hat for this giveaway pretty please?

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

You. Are. AWESOME! What a pretty book bag, and I want to read one of Andriana Trigiani's books. They all look good. :D

A toile book bag PLUS an amazing THAT'S the perfect giveaway!


Incipient Wings said...

It's adorable!!
I'm a huge reader, but I've not read this book!
'The age of miracles' is a good one if you
Ever get the chance.
'The time travelers wife' that one is excellent!
I have a list since I couldn't do much in past
Few weeks... I'll send you more titles later:)

Thanks for having this give away.
Have a great day!

Linda Walker said...

I spy Narnia in your bookcase! I love the book and the movies! I read mostly self help or craft books right now though I am trying to reread Pride and Prejudice...that just happnes to be a time period that I love reading about.

Love the fabric in your bag!!!

Marivel said...

Wonderful giveaway!!
perfect bag and book.Thank you.
Have a great day!

Vee said...

What sweet fabric you used in your bag. Years ago, I tried reading The Little Prince. I think that I should try again.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Diane! I haven't heard of this author so this would be a great chance for me to check her out! Thanks for the opportunity to win a great giveaway! I usually read history or inspirational books. I recently read 'Waking Up In Heaven' by Crystal McVea and it was really good! Have a nice weekend! Twyla

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love book bags! I have a large TBR pile and am working my way through a lot of summer reading. I just finished my first Adriana Trigiani novel and like it, so would love to read this one. I'm currently reading a book by Wendy Wax called Magnolia Wednesdays. You know I'm a faithful follower and a 'Sister' also! Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

It's Just Dottie said...

I would like to win your giveaway. I am reading Dearie The Remarkable Life Of Julia Child and The Dirty Life A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love. They are both wonderful.
Smiles, Dottie

It's me said...

I love reading !!!...enjoy your weekend Ria...x !

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

What a nice giveaway. I so agree with you, children books are great to read as an adult.

Hugs, Lynnie

Reading A Fine Romance by Susan Branch...slowly and savoring it.

Lavender Cottage said...

I just finished "The Lincoln Lawyer" trilogy by Michael Connelly on my Kobo ereader.
The book bag you made looks lovely and I've not read anything from Adriana Trigiani before so please enter me in your giveaway. I'm following you on Bloglovin'.

Linda H said...

What a great bag! I haven't read anything by Laurie King... always good to have another author recommended... I am currently reading Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd. And I'm your newest follower! Yay!

ImSoVintage said...

I recently read Half Broke Horses. It was fabulous. Love your give away. xo Laura

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'd love to come and look through your book collection - I see lots of good ones!

I recently started re-reading Gone With the Wind, but then I got 2 books to review, so it got put on hold for a bit. :-)

Danice said...

Oh Diane, you know I love books. What a pretty book bag and nice giveaway. 'Would love to win this! Posting to my side bar :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've pretty much gone totally to reading on my Kindle....but the book bag is are so talented!

I am reading a historical novel called "The Sisterhood" (mixed reviews) a fascinating non-fiction "The Thieves of Book Row" and I always have an Agatha Christie ready for days when I don't want to think to hard (many).

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love your book bag and would be proud to be the lucky new owner. I haven't had much time for reading lately, maybe just a magazine or two, but I do miss it.

BECKY said...

Oh, Diane...I LOVE that bag! Toile fabric is one of my favorites! It's great to read so many book suggestions, too, because I've been in a bit of a reading slump. I definitely need to try new authors! You know I'm a follower, too! If I don't win the beautiful book bag, would you make one to sell to me??

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

What a wonderful give-away! I may use this idea for my students!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Diane, I hope you consider me for your giveaway for the bag and book! I love the bag that you made and Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author. I am still reading the Shoemakers Daughter. I love this book and I love reading about Italy! Wishing you a wonderful week.
Julie from

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The bookbag is gorgeous. I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I haven't read much this summer...this makes me want to start!

Jill said...

I started "The Light Between Oceans" this morning, it's so good, I haven't been able to put it down, I'm halfway through.

Thanks for the chance to win your lovely bag!

Donna said...

How sweet! Summertime reading is the best! I've started reading the Blanco County Mystery series by Ben Rehder. They are funny!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Fabulous book bag! It would be so nice to carry to the library and so fashionable! Toile is my favorite fabric. I follow you on Bloglovin' and make sure we are following on Google!

My fav book... the Secret Garden. Next is Gone With The Wind.

Blessings, Edie Marie

Trace4J said...

I love to read. Please enter me.
I love the bag also.
Right now my granny boy and I are reading the stories of Beatrix Potter.
Woolie Blessings

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I don't know how I missed this post! What a sweet giveaway! I love the fabric you chose for the bag and would be happy if I won it, so please enter me! I'm a follower. I love to read and I've got about 3 books I've started and haven't had time to finish. Maybe I'll finish one today!

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Yikes I LOVE the bag you made! And the book looks great also! I would suggest the book that I've reread recently by Laura Frantz called "Love's Reckoning" and her next book in this series comes out in September. It is a historical romance but not gushy if you know what I mean. Her book giveaway ends August 29th. This is the first time I've done much fun! :)

Debby said...

Beautiful generous of you.
I am ready to dive into a good book. I haven't been able to read for awhile......not books anyway.....migraines.

Julie Corbisiero said...

I am sorry, I said that the name of the book I was reading is wrong! It is the Shoemaker's Wife! I can't believe I said the wrong title it isn't the Shoemaker's Daughter. I hope that won't disqualify me! Lol! Wishing you a nice afternoon.

Frances Anne said...

Try the Laurie R. King series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes!
The Beekeeper's Apprentice started the series. LRK has two other series and some stand alones. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan so Laurie's take on a female apprentice that later becomes Sherlock's wife, yes, wife, is great fun. Laurie also puts the couple in far flung places which is fun!
Try L.R. Wright's work. The Suspect is very good. Jo Bannister also writes well. Both are female authors. The Jefferson-Bass writing team writes about the real body farm and mysteries set in Tennessee.
Can you tell I spend a lot of time on the printed page? :-)
Frances in MD