Books 2011 Giveaway Winners

My apologies for announcing the winners of this giveaway so late, I have been away on holiday (a picture post to follow) and haven’t had the time to sit down and write up this post. But here it is, and better late than never! And the lucky winners are:

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Congratulations to the winners, I will be contacting you soon via email. And as always, a big thank you to all who took the time to enter the giveaway.

Books 2011 & Giveaway [CLOSED]

2011 was a good year for books and reading for me. I attempted the 50 Book Challenge (and will be doing so again this year), and although I didn’t reach the target of 50 books, I still managed to read 40 and that is a pretty impressive number in my opinion. The books I read in 2011 were:

There were some definite stand-out books this year, and I thought it might be a nice idea to have a little giveaway with some of my favourite books of 2011. I will be giving away one copy each of We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Cloudstreet by Tim Winton and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. To enter simply leave a comment letting me know which of these four books you’d like to win (and be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner). The giveaway is open internationally and winners will be drawn on February 1, 2012. Good luck!

Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2011

Each year I like to share the Man Booker Shortlist with those of you who are always on the hunt for a good book to read. I also try to read all six of the shortlisted books every year, but have never quite managed to achieve this goal. Last year I managed to read two out of five, but one of them (Room by Emma Donogue) ended up being one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ll be trying to read the shortlist again in 2011, and because of my 50 Book Challenge I think I might actually have a pretty good chance of getting through all 6 of the books this year. (I currently have 21 books left to read in 2011) So without further ado, the six books shortlisted for the award this year are –

Will you read any of the shortlisted books this year?


As with most of my other “Project X Pan” endeavours, Project 10 Book was a big ol’ fail. I have continued to buy books throughout the challenge, and I don’t think I’ve even managed to read 10 books since embarking on the project. So today I wave the white flag and begin to post my book purchases on the blog again. My most recent book purchases are:

And as always, feel free to hit me with your book suggestions!