International Book Giving Day giveaway!

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers.

And happy International Book Giving Day, book lovers!

I’m back for the 2016 edition of my International Book Giving Day giveaway. And I’m super duper excited about the books I’ve selected this year.



Here’s a little bit more about them.

Rudie Nudie / Emma Quay

(ABC Books, 2011)


Rudie Nudie is one of those books that make you speak in clichés. It’s an instant classic. It’s a rollicking romp. The illustrations are beautiful. And whimsical. It’s like reading your own childhood in a book.

It’s the perfect story to read to children from the age of just born to the age of *ahem* however old I am now. (Seriously, I love this book.)

Read my full review here.

All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr

(Fourth Estate, 2014)


All the Light We Cannot See is set before and during World War II. It is the tale of Marie-Laure Blanc, the daughter of a locksmith who grows up in France. And it is the tale of Werner Pfennig, an orphan who grows up in Germany.

It is the tale of right and wrong, and how sometimes one looks very much like the other. And it is breathtaking.

Read my full review here.

The Distant Hours / Kate Morton

(Allen & Unwin, 2010)


In The Distant Hours, we meet Edie Burchill, her mother, Meredith, Milderhurst Castle and the sisters Blythe. (The castle may seem like an odd inclusion, but it is as much a character in the book as any human.) It follows Edie in 1992 as she unravels mysteries and learns about events that took place more than 50 years prior.

It’s a story about obligation, desire, war (as experienced from the periphery), loss and love. You see love of many kinds – forbidden, passionate, familial, platonic – and tragedy of more than one kind, too.

Read my full review here.

So, do any of those titles tickle your fancy? Would you like to enter?

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Renee Wilson, Cate and Carolyn Tate for winning copies of Rudie NudieAll the Light We Cannot See and The Distant Hours respectively. I hope you enjoy your books!

Here’s how: simply leave a comment telling me in 25 words or less why you want the book. You can enter for each book, but please leave a separate comment for each book so that your entry isn’t misallocated (or simply dismissed). And don’t forget to include your email address so I can get in touch!

(If you’re nervous about entering, you might like to read my tips for entering 25-words-or-less competitions first.)

{Here comes a whole lot of fine print stuff. Yawn. This competition is open to Australian entrants only, and delivery must be to an Australian address. This competition is based on skill. My judgement is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Unless you have read any of these books and would like to discuss their contents. In which case, let’s correspond! There are three separate prizes: a copy of Rudie Nudie; a copy of All the Light We Cannot See; and, a copy of The Distant Hours. Competition opens 7.00am Sunday 14 February and closes 11.59pm Saturday 27 February, AEDT. Yawn. Winners will be contacted and must respond within three days to claim their prize. Winners will be announced in an update to this post and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram when winners are confirmed. This is not a sponsored post. All prizes were purchased by me. Yawn. The end. Zzzzz.}

And if you can’t wait for the winner to be announced and would like to purchase the books, here’s where you can get them:

You can purchase Rudie Nudie from Booktopia here, or from Book Depository here.
You can purchase All the Light We Cannot See from Booktopia here, or from Book Depository here.
You can purchase The Distant Hours from Booktopia here, or from Book Depository here.


So, please enter! Which book(s) would you like to win, and why? And good luck!

* Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click to buy the item, I earn a little commission but you don’t pay any extra.


  1. Judith says

    Nerd here! I have two books shelves (still isn’t enough). Kate Morton is a FANTASTIC author and I’d love another of her books.

  2. Kate says

    Well, I’d like to win the books because I struggled wtih a previous novel by Kate Morton but your glowing reveiw makes me want to give her another shot! I must be missing something…

  3. Michelle V says

    All The Light We Cannot See.
    I’d borrowed it but ran out of time to read it as I was reading 3 others at the same time!

  4. says

    Great giveaway. Have shared. I would opt for a mystery choice and let you decide for me. I’ve only really read one book in the past 12 months that wasn’t blog or business related. I would love a book that gets me hook, line and sinker and distracts me from my overflowing to do list.

  5. Cate says

    We have a Rudie Nudie running around our house any chance he can. We’d love to read this book and laugh aloud together!

  6. Cate says

    Going into hospital soon for the arrival of baby number 2. All the Light We Cannot See would be perfect to distract me when needed! :)

  7. Kristen says

    The distant hours…
    The distant hours, when no nappies needed
    nor teeth needed cleaning
    nor bedtimes needed keeping
    The distant hours…..

  8. says

    The Kate Morton for me, I’ve read the others you see, And I just finished The Lake House: love her style, Oh send me her book, Em, I can’t get to the library for a while.

    (sorry.) x

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