Solutions to the book beginnings quiz

Thanks to everybody participating in the blogoversary book beginnings quiz. Here are the answers to the five book beginning questions:

1. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

3. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

5. Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The only entrant who got all the answers right is Elena from Books and Reviews. Congrats, Elena! You did great and won a small bookish something! I will be in touch.




Blogoversary giveaway #2


And another giveaway to celebrate my blogoversary!

What am I giving away?

Today it is a used copy of Bernard Knight’s Crowner’s Quest, which is part of a great series of historical detective novels set around the end of the 12th century in England.

Cover Crowner's Quest by Bernard Knight

To enter just leave a comment for this post and tell me what other series of historical detective novels you enjoy.  The giveaway is international. Winner will be announced at the beginning of next week.


Blogoversary Quizzical Monday: Book beginnings

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It’s time for another “Quizzical Monday”! Today, because it is my blogoversary week, there will be a small bookish prize for the winner who got the most answers right. Bookmarks, book plates and such…:)

I have got five book beginnings (always chapter 1) and want to hear from you the book and the author. To enter, fill out the form below with your answers, please do NOT post them in the comments!

1. While the present century was in its teens, and on one sunshiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton’s academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three-cornered hat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour.

2. Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.

3. My mother did not tell me they were coming.

4. My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons.

5. In setting out to describe the recent and very strange events that occurred in our hitherto completely undistinguished little town, I am compelled by my own lack of talent to begin from some time back, that is, with a few biographical details about the talented and highly esteemed Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky.


I will post the answers and the winner in a separate post on Sunday. You can enter until then. Readers from all countries are welcome to participate.

And while you are at it, why don’t you check out my giveaway that started yesterday.

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4 year blogoversary kick off

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It is four years today that I started this blog in order to have a place to rant about Laurel K. Hamilton and her Anita Blake series (which I gave up after book 9 or so when the “ardeur” set in). Since then this blog has changed its name once and the genres of books I talked about changed quite a few times as well. I prefer to keep it with Heraclitus who said that

There is nothing permanent except change.

During the course of the next week there will a few giveaways and a Quizzical Monday where you can win a small prize so make sure you check back a few times in the next days.

The lion, the witch and the wardrobeWe will kick off the blogoversary with a giveaway of a book that many of you probably know and love. I have a spare copy of C. S. Lewis “The lion, the witch and the wardrobe” to giveaway (due to a double purchase).  You can read more about The Chronicles of Narnia on this page here and my thoughts about “The lion…” here.

This giveaway will only last a couple of days, so make sure you don’t miss it!

To enter just leave a comment for this post and tell me whether you are already acquainted with Narnia and, if you are, what you thought of it.  The giveaway is international. 

The entries are closed now! 

And now, let’s celebrate!

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