February 8, 2013

Literary Blog Hop~GIVEAWAY!

The Literary Blog Hop hosted by Judith at Leeswammes' Blog

Welcome to The Relentless Reader! 

My Literary Blog Hop Giveaway is a hardcover copy of Y by Marjorie Celona

Good luck! 

“Y. That perfect letter. The wishbone, fork in the road, empty wineglass. The question we ask over and over. Why? . . . My life begins at the Y.” So opens Marjorie Celona’s highly acclaimed and exquisitely rendered debut about a wise-beyond-her-years foster child abandoned as a newborn on the doorstep of the local YMCA. Swaddled in a dirty gray sweatshirt with nothing but a Swiss Army knife tucked between her feet, little Shannon is discovered by a man who catches only a glimpse of her troubled mother as she disappears from view. That morning, all three lives are forever changed.

Bounced between foster homes, Shannon endures abuse and neglect until she finally finds stability with Miranda, a kind but no-nonsense single mother with a free-spirited daughter of her own. Yet Shannon defines life on her own terms, refusing to settle down, and never stops longing to uncover her roots—especially the stubborn question of why her mother would abandon her on the day she was born.

Brilliantly and hauntingly interwoven with Shannon’s story is the tale of her mother, Yula, a girl herself who is facing a desperate fate in the hours and days leading up to Shannon’s birth. As past and present converge, tells an unforgettable story of identity, inheritance, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Celona’s ravishingly beautiful novel offers a deeply affecting look at the choices we make and what it means to be a family, and it marks the debut of a magnificent new voice in contemporary fiction.

Check out the rest of the participants:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. The Book Garden
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. Candle Beam Book Blog
  5. Ciska's Book Chest
  6. Too Fond
  7. Alex in Leeds
  8. Under a Gray Sky
  9. Bibliosue
  10. The Book Club Blog
  11. Fingers & Prose
  12. Lori Howell
  13. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  14. Girl vs Bookshelf
  15. Lizzy's Literary Life (Europe)
  16. Booklover Book Reviews
  17. The Blog of Litwits
  18. Reading World (USA/Can)
  19. Seaside Book Nook
  20. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  21. The Book Diva's Reads
  22. Breieninpeking (Europe)
  23. 2606 Books and Counting
  24. Giraffe Days
  25. Lucybird's Book Blog
  1. Roof Beam Reader
  2. The Relentless Reader
  3. Read in a Single Sitting
  4. My Diary (Malaysia)
  5. Heavenali
  6. Dolce Belezza (USA)
  7. The Misfortune of Knowing
  8. My Devotional Thoughts
  9. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  10. Book Nympho
  11. Kaggsysbookishramblings
  12. Quixotic Magpie
  13. Lost Generation Reader
  14. BookBelle
  15. Under My Apple Tree (USA)
  16. Mondays with Mac
  17. Page Plucker
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  1. Thank you for offering a giveaway - the book looks great!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway, I really fancy reading this one!

  3. Oh wow what a pretty cover! I love Dandelions. Bought The Sense of an Ending just for the cover and still have read it. I am such a sucker for them.

  4. Thank you so much for the giveaway! ^^

  5. This sounds like something right up my alley! Thanks for the giveaway:-)

  6. Thank you for the giveaway! I like this blog hop, I've found some really nice recommendations :)

  7. Looks like a great book. Thank you for a nice giveaway!

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    1. Sorry, posted before comment was done! I really fancy this one. There are lots of interesting titles on the Waterstones 11 list this year and this is the one that intrigues me most. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for hopping by my blog this morning!


  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I have been wanting to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway - this book sounds really good.

    And thanks for joining the blog hop!

  12. thanks for making this international!
    that book cover its beautifulª

  13. The giveaway book sounds great--and hardcover to boot!

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I think the book looks really interesting!


  15. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. This has been on my wish list for a while - thanks for the chance to win!


  17. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book! It looks great!

  18. This book looks fantastic, great blog hop

  19. Thank you for such a fabulous opportunity.

  20. Thank you very much for this giveaway!!
    Allison has just reviewed this book and well, I see she, Rebecca and you loved it so I'm participating in the giveaway!
    Good luck to everybody!!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway, I didn't get a chance to read it when it was nominated for the Giller Prize last year.

  22. This sounds great. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Miss Jennifer. :)

  23. Thank you for the giveaway. This sounds like a lovely book.

  24. Thank you for the giveaway. :)

  25. Thank you for the giveaway! That's an intriguing opening sentence.

  26. I would love to read this! :)

  27. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  28. A good choice for the prize!
    Thanks! :)

  29. Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Thank you for the giveaway! I hope it's international.

  31. Thanks so much for this giveaway! :)

  32. I'd love to read this one. Thanks for the chance!

  33. Amazing! I'm not entering since I already had a copy (I did pass it on though) but I loved the book and hope you get a million entries!!! :) And I entered a bunch of the other people's giveaways, too! I'll have to participate next time!

  34. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

  35. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  37. Thanks for this opportunity!

    maevalentine39 (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. Thank you for the giveaway.

  39. thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  40. Thank you for a giveaway!

    lena_makovey (at) yahoo (dot) com

  41. Thanks for the hop giveaways - love to follow and enter along the way. abrennan09@hotmail.com
    Happy Valentine's.

  42. This is the first I have heard of this book but now I cannot wait to read it! Children, the foster care system, the abuse & neglect of children, the relationship between mother and child and so much more interests me very much.

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  43. This book sounds really interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!!