Monday, October 6, 2008

The Uncommon Reader & Giveaway

Summary: A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen’s transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England’s best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader’s life. -- Picador

Last April, I read THE UNCOMMON READER by Alan Bennett as one of my books for The Novella Challenge. I thought this book was wonderful (and very funny) -- you can read my review here. This book is now available in trade paperback; and trust me, it's just adorable. I am thrilled to announce that I have up to 5 copies (courtesy of Picador) to share with you!

I will definitely give one book away no matter how many entries I get; but for every additional 15 entries, I will give another one away. For instance if I get 15 entries, there will be two books available. If I get 30, I will give away three copies; and so on! I've never tried this before, so I think it will be interesting!

If you'd like to win a copy of THE UNCOMMON READER, please leave a comment with your e-mail address. As usual if you want to double your chances, blog about this contest with a link back to this post. The contest will be open until Sunday, October 12th at 11:59 p.m.; and the winners will be announced on Monday, Octobr 13th. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. mailing addresses only. Good luck!

71 comments:

diana raabe said...

I'd be interested in reading this one - how great of you to give the copies away. dianaraabe at gmail dot com

Mary said...

Count me in!

meah56 at gmail dot com

Teresa said...

Of course an Anglophile and bibliophile like me must read this book. (Plus, I thought Bennett's The History Boys was brilliant. Count me in!

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Serena said...

This sounds like an interesting read. I promised myself I wouldn't enter into any more contests, but I couldn't resist this one.

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bermudaonion said...

Count me in! milou2ster(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

geebee said...

This is a new author for me -- but I could use something fun to read. Please enter me, and thank you for the chance!
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S. Krishna said...

I'm in!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me, too.

-Adayla
emaildayla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michele said...

Your review makes it sound like I'll be laughing at myself! Thanks for the chance to win.

barbarabaker said...

Sounds like something I'd be very interested in reading. PLease count me in!!! I love reading and would definitely enjoy this one!

-barb
barb(AT)stx(.)rr(.)com

Heather J. said...

So much for my rule about not entering contests until I read the books I actually HAVE first! But this one is short, so it's ok, right?! Sign me up!

Smilingsal said...

I remember the summer time is when the book mobile would come by, and I'd check out some good books to read. What a delight. I'd love to be entered in this giveaway. Thank you.
smilingsal55[at]yahoo[dot]com

Rica said...

I'd really enjoy a copy!
Rica
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Sunny said...

Count me in! Thanks!

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Becky said...

Here's my post. I'd love to be entered.

laney_poATyahooDOTcom

Ruby (Mouth) said...

Definitely enter me into this contest. It sounds good.



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blueviolet said...

I'd love to be included in the drawing. Thanks so much!
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Elizabeth

Ti said...

Include me too please!

thereedfamily@sbcglobal.net

Jeane said...

I'd like to read this book. Please enter me! jeanenevarez AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!

Stephanie said...

I would LOVE a copy of this. I wrote a post about this book earlier this year but haven't had a chance to pick up a copy yet!
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Tricia said...

I had this one on my list for The Novella Challenge too, but I didn't get to it. I would love to win it. Here's my post as well.
http://libraryqueue.blogspot.com/2008/10/booking-mama-giveaway.html

traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. I am fascinated with this book and would enjoy it greatly.
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Chain Reader said...

I've heard other good reviews of this. Count me in. Thanks!
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Michele said...

This book sounds like a lovely treat!

readersrespite AT yahoo (dot) com

Mom of 5 Boys said...

ooh, you're almost to 30 comments! Please enter me in this giveaway!

Ashley said...

Would love to be included! Thanks!

acgreene@ymail.com

trish said...

Well this is just awfully convenient since this book is on my wishlist! I think you have my email, Julie, but if not, it's trish dot browning at gmail

Corinne said...

I've been wanting to read this one for ages!! I posted about it on my blog as well :) The Book Nest: contest: the uncommon reader

Red lady-Bonnie said...

This has been on my wishlist for awhile now so please add my name to the drawing!

I'll blog about it soon and post a link.

redladysreadingroomATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

I'd love an entry.

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Linda said...

The Uncommon Reader sounds like an "uncommonly" delightful book. Please enter me. Thanks.

Becca said...

Please enter me! It sounds like a great book. Thanks!
rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

Lynn said...

Wow, this sounds like a fun quirky story.
lynn@iseekdeadpeople.com

bethany said...

A light, interesting, fun sounding story...that is EXACTLY what I need to read next!!! heavy reading has bummed me out :)

bethany(dot)canfield(at)gmail.com

Janel said...

Sounds like a fun book, so please enter me.

Thanks!
jgbeads (at) gmail (dot) com

Janel said...

I also blogged about it on my sidebar here: http://janelsjumble.blogspot.com/.

Keyomi said...

oh ..i soo would love reading this!
Am linking you to my blog!
thanks :)
email: spellbound18@hotmail.com

Susan said...

Ooooh, I've read so much about this book. I would love, love, love to win it.

How do you get all these great giveaways for your blog, anyway? Seriously - what's your secret??

Rebecca Reid said...

I'd be interested in this one! rebecca [at] rebeccareid [dot] com

Matt said...

Oh my gosh, this is one of my favorite reads of 2008. Alan Bennett is so talented of a writer who whisks out these fine writings. The novella reminds me of the film The Queen.

Bennett’s musings on melancholy and moral ambivalence have produced a fairy-like novel that unfolds into a witty meditation on the subversive pleasures of reading. It gives a glimpse to the lament of old age and some thoughts on a life wasted owing to fulfilling duties.

Melissa said...

I'm in. mkowalewski[at]gmail[dot]com.

And of course, I'm blogging about it right now.

Beawhiz said...

What a fun book! I'd love to get a copy!

busweet(at)gmail.com

Lucky Girl said...

Yes--pick me!
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A Real Librarian said...

I'd love to win! Thanks so much for the chance!!!

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Bookfool said...

Sign me up, please!

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Carrie K. said...

I'd love to win this - it looks like a fun read.

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Cheryl said...

This sounds like a really good book. I am in the mood for one that will make me laugh.

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windycindy said...

Your review makes me really want to read this movie and her love of reading. Please enter me in your marvelous giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Dawn M. said...

Sounds like a fun book. Count me in! :0)

Thanks!
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Shelly Burns said...

I'd love to win a copy.

Thanks!
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nbbaker1102 said...

Sounds like a good one. Please enter me.

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Amber said...

"My name is Amber and I'm a corgi addict. Er, what? This isn't the Corgi Owner's Anonymous group?"

Sounds like a cute book. :)
amber at amberstults.com

Dawn said...

I like the premise of this book. Please enter my name in your giveaway!

Robin said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

Katy Lin :) said...

sounds like a great read! please count me in :)

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Rue said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
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Rue said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

cmp said...

Love to read this one!

Kaye said...

Another one that sounds great.
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knichole said...

This looks really good! Thanks for doing this contest :D

knichole said...

oops forgot to say my email is kntreadway(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristina said...

I'd love to win this one!!!
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Megan said...

I've heard great things about this book, would love a chance to win! Thanks!

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Alea said...

I just heard about this book yesterday for the first time. It sounds great! I'd love to enter :D

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Jessica said...
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Carol said...

I would like to read this! Thank you!
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Stephanie said...

I would love to read this! Thanks for the opportunity!

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darbyscloset said...

Hi Julie,
I'd like to read this book; it's so wonderful the worlds that open up to us through reading!
Thank you for this giveaway!
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Chi said...

I'd love to check it out :D

anastasia[at]mediamafia.org

Anna said...

I'd love to be entered! Thanks!

--Anna
http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com
diaryofaneccentric[at]hotmail[dot]com

Amy said...

This book looks quite interesting! Please count me in for the contest! :)