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Discover: First Lines #16

I began this {Discover: First Lines} series back in August to shake up my preconceived notions a bit -- and remind myself of all the books on my shelves! Besides the fact that at the beginning my garden was verdant and full of flowers and now is covered with a...

Bookish Gift Guide | gimmesomereads.com

Bookish Gift Guide

Need help shopping for your literary loved ones this year? Peruse these bookish gift ideas for a little Christmas shopping inspiration.   Reads and Readers  

Photos courtesy of The Literary Gift Company and Wild & Wolf.

A Novel Navigation Literary Giveaway

Sometimes simple concepts make the best designs. Such is the case with the gifts in the Novel Navigation Literary Giveaway. This bookish bundle looks at books and authors through the lens of location. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. - Saint Augustine But, for...

Artist Interview & Giveaway: Coralie Bickford-Smith | gimmesomereads.com

Coralie Bickford-Smith: Artist Interview and Giveaway

As I’ve mentioned before, I love Penguin Books. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the website of one of their book cover designers — Coralie Bickford-Smith. It was like waking up to snow on Christmas morning. Besides having a delightful name, she also has a keen imagination when...

Photos courtesy of Cozy Classics.

Cozy Classics: Artist Interview and Giveaway

I still remember feeling giddy when I saw the first Cozy Classics cover of Pride and Prejudice last year. Immediately, my imagination was captured by these tiny felt characters journeying through a vast (and very real) world. The clever juxtaposition of the fictional with the real, showing the strengths...

10 Books I'm Thankful For | gimmesomereads.com

10 Books I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us. A few days ago, Penguin Books launched #thankthebook, asking readers to tweet about the book that made them love reading. I don’t have a clear memory of the first book I loved, but immediately I thought of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series — and tweeted that they introduced me...

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B&N NOOK Giveaway

  We’re excited to partner up with Barnes & Noble for our latest Gimme Some Reads giveaway: not just one, but two B&N NOOKs! Barnes & Noble is giving away the latest version of the NOOK GlowLight, as well as a NOOK HD — so, two of our readers get...

#15: F

Discover: First Lines #15

This week I pulled one of my all-time favourite books, a more recently remembered favourite, and two books I’ve had on my shelves for years but haven’t yet read. I wonder how long it would take if I made myself sit down and read all those as-yet unread books...

Portrait of George Eliot by Samuel Laurence, circa 1860

George Eliot

Today in 1819, Mary Anne Evans was born in Warwickshire, England. One of the lead writers of the Victorian era, she wrote under the pen name George Eliot to ensure her work was taken seriously. But after the immediate success of her first full-length novel, Adam Bede, and the ensuing...

#14: G

Discover: First Lines #14

This fourteen-week {first lines} journey through my library has been intriguing: Reminding me of books I’ve read, and pointing out books that I’ve never before opened. Books I’ve loved surprising me with mediocre first lines, while books that I’d considered less interesting start out with a bang. This week...

Dostoevsky in Paris 1863

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Today in 1821, Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow. One of the great Russian writers, his first novel, Poor Folk, was published in 1846 when he was just 25. Shortly after, in 1849, he was arrested for supposed conspiracy against the government, he and his fellow “conspirators” were sentenced to...

#13: H

Discover: First Lines #13

This week we have a Sherlock mystery, an allegory, a WWII autobiography, and the first novel of a young writer. Whose first line will rise above the others this week — or at least draw me in to keep reading further?