Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 10

Good Monday morning, fellow adventurers! (And yes, I am actually writing this on Monday morning).

On the lost art of reading aloud, From BookRiot.

Into newspapers? The British Library has just opened its National Newspaper Building. So says LibraryJournal.

Attention, fans of the science fiction fairy tale re-tellings by Marissa Meyer: you can score a free signed copy of Fairest over at  Shelf Awareness.

One of Canada’s most esteemed writers, Margaret Laurence, spoke out against censorship in 1985. Watch it at the CBC Digital Archives.

Did you know a woman wrote about a Utopia in the seventeenth century? Neither did I, but Margaret Cavendish wrote The Blazing World (provocatively, about the rise of woman to absolute power) in 1666. Who’s reading it with me?

I’m just going to leave it there, because how awesome is that?

(As usual, all links discovered through Twitter)


Giveaway: Somewhere in France

18090117Starting today and running until January 21st, 2014, Stacey and I will be hosting our first ever giveaway. Up for grabs is one copy of Jennifer Robson’s fantastic Somewhere in France!

In December we both reviewed the wartime romance, and we agreed: this book is amazing. So if you’re interested in the book, please enter the giveaway below (and I highly recommend that you do; this book is that good).

About the book

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the stifling restrictions of aristocratic British society and her mother’s rigid expectations forbid Lily from following her heart. When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, she moves to London and eventually becomes an ambulance driver in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps—an exciting and treacherous job that takes her close to the Western Front.

Assigned to a field hospital in France, Lily is reunited with Robert Fraser, her dear brother Edward’s best friend. The handsome Scottish surgeon has always encouraged Lily’s dreams. She doesn’t care that Robbie grew up in poverty—she yearns for their friendly affection to become something more. Lily is the most beautiful—and forbidden—woman Robbie has ever known. Fearful for her life, he’s determined to keep her safe, even if it means breaking her heart.

In a world divided by class, filled with uncertainty and death, can their hope for love survive. . . or will it become another casualty of this tragic war? (Description from Goodreads).

About the giveaway

Stacey and I graciously thank the author for providing this giveaway. To enter the draw, simply let us know what your favourite wartime book is at Rafflecopter.

And if you do win, leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of the book!