Literary Blog Hop

Giveaway closes June 25th at 11:59pm. 


So what do you need to do enter the giveaway? All that you need to do it leave a comment. You can earn one extra entry by following one of these ways: TwitterFacebook, or via whichever blog reader is your preference. Let me know if you do or if you are already doing so. A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, June 26th. The giveaway is open to anyone.

The winner will be able to choose from ONE of the following:

-A book that has been reviewed on this blog
-A $15 gift card to Amazon

As I said, all that you need to do to enter is to leave a comment on the blog. To avoid overly generic comments (and to make my comment moderation more fun), you could tell me what your ideal vacation involving a book is. Maybe your the kind of person to bring a book to the beach. Maybe a cabin by the lake is your thing. Or a snowy weekend spent by the fire…? Regardless, please share! It’s not required, but I’m interested.

Thanks for participating! Here are the other blogs to visit:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Misfortune of Knowing
  3. Bibliosue
  4. Too Fond
  5. Under a Gray Sky
  6. Read Her Like an Open Book (US)
  7. My Devotional Thoughts
  8. WildmooBooks
  9. Guiltless Reading
  10. Fourth Street Review
  11. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  12. Word by Word
  13. Words And Peace (US)
  14. Ciska’s Book Chest
  15. Falling Letters
  16. Roof Beam Reader
  17. Readerbuzz
  18. The Relentless Reader (US)
  19. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  20. Daily Mayo (US)
  1. The Emerald City Book Review (US)
  2. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
  3. Lost Generation Reader
  4. Booklover Book Reviews
  5. Bay State Reader’s Advisory
  6. River City Reading (US)
  7. Books Speak Volumes
  8. Words for Worms
  9. Wensend
  10. Bibliophile’s Retreat
  11. Readers’ Oasis
  12. The Book Musings
  13. My Book Retreat (N. Am.)
  14. Books on the Table (US)
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  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    I would love to go on vacation where it’s snowy and I’m in a cabin in the woods with a cozy fire and a pile of books. That sounds AMAZING!

    (I also follow you via Twitter, FB, and Feedly, of course hehe) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Mystica

    I’d love to be in a cool climate in our tea country with a pile of books

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    Hmm. I’m thinking I want to travel Europe and have a beat up copy of some book I love to read on a train with me.

    And I follow you every which way, as you know.

  • Anj Garcia

    I’d love to be in a place with a cold weather while reading a book and drinking some hot chocolate drink

    • Anj Garcia

      I followed you on twitter @paperkiddo; facebook Anjanette Garcia. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  • tanya (52 books or bust)

    It kind of goes without saying that all my vacations involve at least one book. But I must say I once stayed at a cottage on one of the islands on Canada’s West coast and it was ideal. There was a porch with really comfy chairs overlooking the water. It was just perfect.

  • Darlene @ Lost in Literature 108

    I always have a book at the beach or pool but I end up being distracted by people watching or just closing my eyes to listen to the ocean. So, curled up by a cozy fire, snowed in, sounds perfect!!

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    My ideal reading vacation is a stay in a cottage on a lake. Nothing beats sitting in a gently rocking boat, in the sun, sipping a beer, and reading with the sound of lapping waves and my extended family in the background. And lucky me, I get to have this vacation in about a month!

  • April @ The Steadfast Reader

    I’m an unabashedly cultural tourist, so if I leave the house I want to see ALL THE THINGS. I know it’s not what you had in mind, but the DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are THE BEST – except that their thick, full color glossy pages make them a little hefty. (But still, WAY better than Fromer’s) 🙂 I should be.

  • Elizabeth (Silver’s Reviews)

    I forgot about this blog hop this year. 🙁

    Have fun.

    I like to sit on a lounge chair near a pool. I don’t go in the water. 🙂 So I will get a lot of reading done. 🙂

    No place special to visit, though.


  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    No doubt about it…I’d love to take a road trip and visit all the most amazing libraries in the world.

  • Naomi

    A cottage by the lake would be perfect in summer, a cabin with a fireplace in the winter! Not very original, but I sometimes simple is best. 🙂

  • Marie

    I love to bring a really long book on vacation with me to savor throughout the whole trip but of course i love to buy books on vacation too!

  • Lindsey

    I could definitely go for a beach vacation. But I think I would have to stay at a bed and breakfast that had a really great library, so I would have lots to read but not have to pack all of those books!

  • Martha G

    Perfect vacation: Settle into accommodations, find bookshop with English language books, buy book (or two or three) preferably one set in current locale, find shady spot near water or with view of water with a nearby source of food & beverage, and READ!

  • Martha G

    ooops. forgot to mention I follow on twitter @seeword

  • michele

    My ideal vacation is reading by a quiet pool in Palm Springs.

  • Sahara

    The correct book on a voyage is important. The first time I went to Europe, in college, I was taking a long train ride from Vienna to Dusseldorf. The only book I had with me was the Catcher in the Rye. I know a lot of people like the book and I thought I was missing out on something.
    I wasn’t. I didn’t care for it at all. And there I was, trapped on a train, with no book. >sigh<
    Conversely, in 2009, I had a few months break from my master's program, and my husband and I went to Jamaica for a week. I was reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, and had brought the 3rd and 4th books with me. They were amazing. I wonder, though, if part of that is because I was on a beach drinking Red Stripe and smoking a Cuban.

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Thanks for this opportunity. Oh — this is an easy questions. Hands down, I would be in a shaded area, under a tree in the wilderness (whether that’s real trees or the tiny desert scrub trees around me) reading a book. I’ve done it many times. Perfect vacation/book setting: under a tree, near a babbling brook!

  • Ann

    I love reading by the ocean, especially on a ship. The nice breeze and blue, blue waters is so calming.

  • Aloi (guiltlessreading)

    A book at the beach. I’m feeling it! With a tall glass of lemonade please 🙂

    • Aloi (guiltlessreading)

      Following you on twitter (@guiltlessreader) and facebook (guiltlessreading) 🙂

  • Claire ‘Word by Word’

    Every year I nominate a light but heavy summer chunkster to read in August, when I know I will be sitting near the sea for extended periods and can support a large book that during the rest of year would intimidate me and feel like an indulgence

    The last two years books have been Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 Book 1,2, & 3, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah and this year it will be Donna Tarrt’s The Goldfinch.

  • Misti

    I am definitely a cold mountain girl. It never snows where I live so I would love to read a book where I can lookout & see snow. Thank you so much. I follow you on twitter (@MistiSomething) & Facebook (Misti Sumthing) & email (

  • Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    I love reading in wintertime and cuddling up by the fire although that usually leads to more naps than reading. Maybe if I could get someone to continuously bring me caffeinated tea there would be less napping.

  • Jenn @ hellorigby!

    I would definitely pick a relaxing beach trip! I’d love to curl up with a good book on a nice, warm beach with a tropical drink! 🙂

  • techeditor

    My ideal vacation involving a book is anywhere I can just sit and read and someone else cleans and cooks. Also, there must be a good bathroom; in other words, no camping.

  • Candiss

    I would prefer a bookish vacation that focused on the books…maybe visiting some wonderful, historic libraries around the world and/or viewing some rare book exhibits. Or maybe a tour of some classic author’s homes…

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I follow your blog via RSS in my WordPress reader, and I follow on Twitter with @candisscarter.

    • Candiss

      That should be “authors'” not “author’s.” I nearly broke out in a rash when I saw what I’d typed! 😀

  • Cameran

    My ideal bookish vacation would be to travel to England. I would want to tour one of the grand estates or castle they have available to the public, and then find a shaded spot on the grounds to read a book. It’s probably as close as I will ever come to being Elizabeth Bennett 🙂

  • kristin @ my little heart melodies

    This may sound dumb, but I love reading a book in my parents’ backyard! I’m two states away so when I go home for a visit in the spring or summer, when my mom’s garden is blooming, it’s just perfect. I also love being at my family’s cabin in da youper, reading a book on the porch overlooking the lake. Otherwise here in Kansas City I love to read under a shady tree on the Nelson-Atkins Museum lawn, overlooking the giant shuttlecocks 😉 Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Kim Pinch

    I love to take books to the cottage. I can read on the dock or if it is rainy I love to curl up and read by the fire.

  • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I would love to visit some literary locations where I’ve never been — Bath, England, for example, to take in some Austen atmosphere. And read the books while there, of course!

  • Marisa @ The Daily Dosage

    The beach! Always 🙂

  • Piroska

    I would definitely like to curl up with a good book and some spiked hot chocolate at a ski chalet. :o)

  • Piroska

    I follow you on FB

  • Words for Worms

    One January my husband took a work trip to Daytona Beach and I went along. I got to sit on a balcony facing the ocean and read all day long. It was glorious! I’d love to do that again, if only to escape another Illinois winter. Siiiigh.

  • Lianne @

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! My ideal vacation involving a book would be somewhere in Europe (either travelling between locations or staying put in one location), reading a book that’s preferably set in the location as well 🙂

  • Kerry M

    Beach! Beach! Beach! I am spending as much of my summer as possible in front of water of some sort (trying to take advantage of some time between leaving my last job and starting a new one). I like to use beach reading as a chance to catch up on chunksters that I otherwise might not get the interrupted reading time needed to complete.

    • Kerry M

      Oh, and I follow on Twitter and in Feedly and on Instagram and probably elsewhere that I’ve forgotten…

  • Meri

    My ideal vacation involving a book would probably be curled up somewhere on the beach reading:)
    I follow on fb and twitter; thank you for the giveaway =)

  • Carrie

    I love just having a book with me – be it on the plane, or in the hotel room – to help me wind down from a day of running around. I’m one of those people that doesn’t necessary do “relaxing vacation” well so this is nice way to end the day.

  • Anastasia

    Ooooh I could totally go for a cabin by the lake for a book reading getaway 🙂 Someplace with lots of shady trees too!

  • Jen

    Ideally, I like a book on the beach or pool deck.

  • Michele L.

    I finally have a couple days that I can read!! But another class starts July 3, so it will be a short reprieve!

  • Joy F

    I love cold weather. I bring a book everywhere I go. I like sitting outside when its cold and reading.

  • Marissa

    My ideal vacation is somewhere in Europe and reading on my hotel’s balcony, overlooking the busy streets below 🙂


  • Seyma Shabbir

    I love to read at the beach and while on vacation. When we travel overseas, I take a few books and read on the flight and while on vacation.

  • Jennine G.

    I’m very much a book anywhere comfy person. Laying in bed, on a hammock, a blanket on the grass, by the pool. By the pool is probably my number one choice as far as vacations are concerned.

  • Lu Worley

    I am a read-a-holic so developed my Book Review Blog. I like most genres and do not have a favorite. I read almost non-stop.
    My favorite times to relax with a book is in the Mountains or at the ocean.

  • Chrizette

    I have been dreaming of taking a long cruise lately. Just imagine the reading opportunities! Your balcony, the library, the little relaxing tables on the deck . . .

  • Laurie C

    I like the idea of comfy chairs on a porch overlooking a scenic view, maybe a country inn. Preferably private, but with gourmet meals served somewhere on site whenever we want!

  • Laurie C

    I followed on Twitter! (@baystateRA)

  • Judith / Leeswammes

    Thanks for being part of the blog hop! I like reading on the beach, but usually don’t get very far, I like people watching too much. Reading at the pool at the hotel works better somehow.

  • Marjorie R.

    Cool ocean breezes and a hammock and a book, need I say anything more.

  • Stephanie

    A island in the middle of nowhere,lying on the beach with a strawberry diquire in 1 hand and a book in thee other

  • Stephanie

    following u on twitter @stefeg79

  • Colleen Turner

    I bring a book everywhere I go so every day is a little like a vacation :)! But really my favorite vacation reading is going to the beach. I live in Florida so I am lucky enough to get the chance to do this quite often.

  • BookAttict

    I live in Florida, so I’m a “reading on the beach” girl!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    • BookAttict


      Twitter: @BookAttict
      Facebook: Elizabeth Hyatt

  • Ritesh Kala

    I’d love to travel to Europe with a book in hand. It has been a wish for ages, and I am going to London this week!

    BTW, following you on twitter (@ritesh_kala)

  • Jenna @ Lost Generation Reader

    I would love to read at a cabin in the woods, snuggled up by the fire in the wintertime. Perfection! My email is lostgenerationreader[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Amber Terry

    A cabin by the lake and plenty of books does sound good 🙂

    Following via Facebook (as Amber Terry).

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  • vero

    In fact I’m the kind of person who carries a book wherever I go, I like to take to the mountains and read under a tree or in a hammock

  • Julie Merilatt

    We are going back to the lakeside cabin that we rented last year in August and I’m so stoked to sit on the lawn with my stack again! Thanks pretty lady!

  • Linda Kish

    I don’t really go on vacations but it’s nice to sit under a big tree with a large lemonade, a comfy little beach chair and a good book. I’m not a sun person so I like the tree for shade. And, a good breeze would be nice, too.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • YvonneJ

    I think that the ideal bookish vacation would be to sign up for a tour to visit all of the locations in Dan Brown’s Inferno. I’ll dig out the passports but I want someone else to make all of the arrangements for me and I definitely want a tour guide for the trip.

    Following on Twitter as @navywyfe

  • Elizabeth

    My favorite book reading takes place in the mountains of North Carolina. Wrapped up in an oversize sweater, curled up in a comfy chair, staring off over the mountain tops.

  • Melissa

    I would love to read a book on the beach! 🙂

  • Courtney Whisenant

    My ideal vacation for reading would be sitting on the dock at Fisherman’s wharf in Monterey, CA–it was the setting that inspired Treasure Island. I love it there!!

  • bn100

    Read by the pool

  • Charleen

    Bookish vacation… I’d love to do a literary road trip. I got a tiny taste with my trip to Iowa City, but I’d really love to visit, say, the Library of Congress. And then maybe take a train to NYC and visit some of the cool bookish places there.

    If I’m going to read, I’m definitely more of an indoor girl. Unless you can find me somewhere with mild temperatures, not too much sun, and no bugs.

    (And I also follow you on Twitter.)

  • Jill Myrick

    My favorite way to read a book is curled up by the fire in the middle of winter with a good book in one hand and a hot latte in the other.


  • Cheryl Rogers

    I take books on vacation ( but rarely read them since I have small ones still). I generally read in the car more than anything, but I like to read by the pool, and also by the ocean.

  • Kara S

    Every vacation is necessarily bookish because how else is one to avoid boredom — or the real bogeyman, exhausting travel stress — if one cannot make all that wait time good reading time? No books = travel problems for me. I liked many books in your review index here…nice!

    Thank you so much for doing this. –Kara

  • Melinda @ The Book Musings

    Hi Rory. Thanks for the give-away. I’d love to win The Winter People. I’m already following on twitter 🙂

    To answer your question, I’d love to visit Germany, because of all the WWII fiction I read, I would like to visit the historical sights.

  • Diana Leigh

    I’d choose a secluded cabin in the mountains, lake view, preferable in autumn. Nice!

  • Ciska @ Ciska’s Book Chest

    Oww love your giveaway.. as I am a total stalker I follow you everywhere.

    My ideal vacation with a book mostly involves my hammock in my own garden. Just need some quiet person to clean my house though so I can just spend my whole day out. I can read a lot but love to go for the bigger books when I am free. Currently I am totally wanting to read the complete stories of Sherlock… though a 1400 page book might not be really ideal for the hammock.

  • Chrissy

    My ideal vacation with books is any ocean beach with a cool drink and family. Plus lots and lots of books and reading time.

    Thank you! I followed Twitter and Facebook.

  • andrea b

    I think that my ideal book-related holiday would be something like traveling by train through England, visiting literary landmarks!

    thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ashfa

    A cabin by the lake sounds fantastic!! I’d love to cozy up on a couch by the fire and enjoy a good book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  • Roxana Z.

    I would love to see London, because its climate fascinate me or I’ll go to see the waterfalls of my country. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Isi

    Hi Rory!
    My perfect vacation is in winter, no doubt. In fact, it’s in winter in my village, a place hidden in the northern Spanish mountains, whith the fire on and the snow falling 🙂 I’ve read millions of books like this since I was very little, although in summer it’s also lovely to be there and read on the porch, sightseeing the mountains opposite our house.

    I’m following you on FB and TW:

  • Marie

    Great question! My ideal vacation with a book would be on a porch in the Smoky Mountains on a rainy Fall day.

  • Emily S.

    I can’t think of any type of vacation where I wouldn’t bring a good book! This summer in particular I’ve been anxious to go camping in the wooded mountains. I can imagine it would be lovely to settle down with a book near a stream or river surround by the sounds of nature. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    You have reviewed so many amazing books on your blog. I’d probably go through your SK reviews and pick one of those books if I win 🙂
    I follow on Twitter and Bloglovin’

  • Kayo

    My vacation with a book is anywhere …with a book of course. Long lines-no problem.
    Traffic-no problem. I always have a book! Thanks for the giveaway! And your blog 🙂

  • Nish

    hmm, I am not very good at reading books on vacation. I am too outdoorsy for that. If I had to read though, the best place is in my study at home.

    I am sure mine is the most boring answer to your question 🙁

  • ikkinlala

    I’d like to be reading in a hammock by the river so I could take a break and go swimming anytime.

    Of course, for my ideal vacation there wouldn’t be mosquitoes.

  • AMB (Koiviolet)

    I really need to take a bookish vacation! I’d love to vacation where the book I’m reading is set (such as doing one of the UK national trails while reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).

    I’m looking forward to exploring your blog. I’m now following you on Bloglovin & Twitter.

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    My ultimate bookish vacation would be a trip to the Book Hall of Fame. There is no such thing…but there SHOULD be.

  • Bunny

    I love Walking wherever I might be; city or beach .Whenever I go on vacation I always have a book with me. However I only read on the plane/train. once I get to my destination I take full advantage of what the place has to offer…. And then again perhaps in bed at night.

  • Isa

    If there is a body of water nearby then there’s no way I’ll get any reading done. I’d love to read in a well built, sturdy treehouse especially if the place is cool and a little windy. It just seems so relaxing and away from real world worries. I’m also following on facebook as Vashael. Thank you for the giveaway! Enjoy your day. 🙂

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel

    Oh, wow! A book you reviewed? How does one pick? And yes, I follow you on all 🙂

  • Tony

    Reading a novel set in a cold location in front of a fireplace in a cabin – like Out Stealing Horses.

  • Emma

    Thanks for the giveaway. My ideal vacation is to go visit the place where the story is set. For example I read an awesome historic at the Cahokia Mounds near St Louis and then visited this incredible place

  • Krizia

    I’d really love to travel Europe with a bunch of Contemporary Romance books <3 Thanks for this awesome giveaway! 😀

    Email: krizia_kmga06(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Melissa (ForstRose)

    I like to curl up by the fireplace with my books or ereader. Being snowed in – well I’d have to go up in the mountains now for that but sure sounds appealing. It’s a bit hot and dry where I live now.

  • Melissa (ForstRose)

    Oh forgot to mention I followed on Twitter and Liked on Facebook @ForstRose is my Twitter name. Facebook shows as Melissa Meeks but the url is also under the nickname like twitter.

  • Jen @ Under a Gray Sky

    Ooh, my ideal bookish vacation is to take a stack of Jane Austen novels with me to England and “follow” the books (visit all the settings).

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m a follower on facebook (Jenifer Samaha)

  • http://ahotcupofpleasure neer

    I’d love to sit in a cottage with snow all around, a bright fire burning, a hot cup of tea, a snuggy quilt, and Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Christine @Buckling Bookshelves

    Reading a book on the beach sounds like the perfect vacation for me! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Judy Cox

    My husband loves to work in the yard, so I enjoy during the summer sitting to the back patio, drinking coffee or tea and reading a fantastic book!!

  • Vicki

    A vacation at the beach and some beach reads would be the best vacation ever!!!

  • Dr Frood

    Bit late to enter, but just because the question is intriguing…

    In Love by Alfred Hayes, long weekend early autumn in New York; nursing an old fashioned from a bar stool in an old fashioned bar. I get all wistful and nostalgic about failed past romances and hope that someone notices my carefully displayed discomfort (I’m sitting across from a mirror for this purpose).

    But they don’t because it’s an unfriendly town in less than genteel times and people can smell pretentious from a mile away.

    Eventually a woman asks what I can possibly be reading to make me seem so sad; I clumsily offer to pay her for her company (she’s good looking if a little past her best); she takes offence, pours my drink over my head, calls me a twat and points out that the Miles Davis album I’ve been listening to, to get me in the right mindset, wasn’t even recorded until 8 years after In Love was published.

    I promise myself that next time I’ll just buy a Dan Brown and go to the beach.

    • Rory

      It’s a shame the results are random because your comment wins the post – if only for the fact that you should be held to the promise to read Dan Brown (bring the whole Langdon series…it is a series, right?) on your next beach vacation. I’d expect photographic proof, just a photo of the book and glass of white wine will do. You know, you could always re-read Wool and give it another chance instead.

      It probably says something unbecoming about my personality that I find the literary torture of other humans more humorous than I should.

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