Sunday, May 10, 2015

Loose Leafing: Reading, Mommies, and a Giveaway!

It's been a week, I'll tell you.  I screwed up my back like I do last Sunday and spent the week recovering at a glacial pace that's still glaciering a long even now.  Luckily (?), I have a job where I can work from home if the situation calls for it, and the situation called for it all week long.  The only upside of the busted spine situation is how much extra reading time it afforded me.  Happily, just as I was destroying my spine, I was also starting a run of great books.  The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory by Stacy Wakefield, Girl Underwater by Claire Kells, and Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum have kept me great company this week, distracting me from the misery of a major spine failure.  I'll write more about these after my spine heals a bit more and I find my missing blogging mojo.

Until, then, there are still more exciting things lurking in this post.  It's Mother's Day!  I'm not one, but I have one, so I'll be spending today celebrating her and my grandmother as well.  One of the things I'm the most grateful for about my mom is that she's a big reader, too!  We enable each other's book habits by pointing out the sales on and traveling to all the area library book sales, where we usually get more books than we can carry.

In honor of all the mothers who read, I've got a great giveaway from Penguin/Viking for a few titles they think will be big hits with moms.  I haven't read any of them yet (for shame!), but I'm excited to do so (as long as I don't have to hurt my back again to do it - LOL)!

I've got a copy of each of the following to give away (one winner for each book to increase your odds of winning!):

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd - Freshly released in paperback, I know this novel based on the life of abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke has been a favorite of a several of my blogging friends.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes - A bunch of bloggers also loved this one, which is about a down on her luck mom taking her kids on an ill-fated road trip to the Math Olympiad, who finds an unlikely rescuer along the way.

Cut Me Loose by Leah Vincent - I haven't heard as much about, but it sounds interesting. It’s a memoir of a young woman’s self-destructive spiral after being cast out by her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.

You can enter to win one of these books in the form below until next Sunday, May 17th at 8 PM EST.  The publisher is doing the shipping, so I'm afraid the giveaway is U.S. only.

Is your mom a reader?  If so, did you get her a great book this year?


  1. Such a good give-away! I'm not entering, as I have two of the three and a large pile of my own to read, but someone will be very lucky!

  2. Sadly, my mom is no longer here, but she was a book lover and passed that love on to me at an early age.

  3. LOL -- I love that your mom is a book enabler. My mom's always been a big reader. Lately, she's been spending a lot of time reading to my maternal grandmother, who's been a bookworm all throughout her 100 years of life :)

  4. What a great giveaway! I haven't read Cut Me Loose, but I loved both One Plus One and The Invention of Wings. My mom is also a reader and there's definite overlap in the books we like, which is fun :)