Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary Penguin Books! and a Giveaway

What a treat to celebrate Penguins anniversary and their contribution to reader's everywhere.  I was thrilled to be asked to participate in their celebration by receiving 2 free books and to be able to offer those same two books to you.

I chose The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd because it's one of my favorite books of all time and I wanted to own a copy so I could reread it and share it with my reading daughters.

The second book I chose was Acqua Alta by Donna Leon.  I have not read anything by this author but have heard lots of positive remarks about her books and her writing.  This book is part of a mystery series featuring an amateur sleuth.  That, plus the fact that the mystery is set in Italy, peaked my interest.  And that it was described as 'chilling.'  

Two of my reader's can win one of these books from the generous folks at Penguin.
Here's all you have to do:
1) Check out the Penguin Books 74th Anniversary website, look around the site and discover wonderful and interesting facts about Penguin, then click on The Original 10 button in the right column.  Towards the bottom of the article you'll find a list of the original 10 books that were published in 1935 and launched the beginning of Penguin Books.  In your comment let me know if you've read any of those and which ones.  If you're like me and haven't read any, let me know if there are any that sound interesting to you.
2) Let me know which of the two books I'm giving away you'd like to win, either Life of Bees or Acqua Alta.
3) Leave a way for me to contact you if you are a lucky winner.

I wish you all the best of luck.  However, we are all winners because we are able to read and enjoy the paperback books Penguin publishes at a reasonable price.  I hope you'll take a minute to read about the early days of Penguin.  I enjoyed the About Page, the Gallery, the Time Line and the six new cover designs by the world's best artists working tattoo and illustrations.  My favorite of those 6 is The Broom of the System by David foster Wallace and designed by Duke Riley.


Mystica said...

For some reason other than going into the main page of the link, I cannot proceed further. However, I like Penguin books and have many of them. Most of them were picked up from second hand bookshops and are rather old, dusty and tattered but nevertheless much loved! I have not read Donna Leon and would like to be counted in for her book. Thank you for hosting.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I havent read any of the ten but the Agatha Christie one would be cool as she is an author I have always wanted to read bit have not yet. How cool she was one of the original ten!

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Margie said...

The only one that I have read is the Agatha Christie. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I have already read Secret of Bees, but would like my own copy.
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Utah Mom said...

I love Pengiun Books--so many of the books on my shelf are Penguin.

The only one of the ten that I've read is "A Farewell to Arms" by Hemingway but it is one of my very favorites and I've read it several times.

I already own "The Secret Life of Bees" (love it) so "Acqua Alta" sounds interesting. Pick me! :)

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