Coming soon: The Best of Summer 2013 Giveaway Hop

Best-of-Summer-2013-Kid-Lit-Giveaway-Hop-ButtonThanks to Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Book Reviews, here will be another Kid Lit Giveaway Hop starting on 26th August and ending September 6th.

If you blog about children’s books (or MG or YA) you still have time to sign up.  All you have to do is give a copy of a book, or a gift card, or similar as a prize in a giveaway, and include it as part of a post about childrens/MG/YA books and literature.

If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here.

I’ll be giving away one copy of the trilogy in paperback, anywhere in the world!  I might have some other goodies to throw in, too.

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What are you reading this summer?  I’m going to run a poll when we get to the hop, but I thought you’d be interested in other summer books I remember well.  For me, the school holidays were mainly a combination of ponies, pony books, swimming and the Beatles.  So I remember lying in the garden reading Jill’s Gymkhana and the other Jill books by Ruby Ferguson.  And the pony books by the Pullein Thompson girls, and the Silver Brumby books, and the Mustang books like Dark Fury by Joseph E Chipperfield together with his other wild west wildlife stories… More recently there has been that July weekend dedicated to reading the latest Harry Potter book, but I doubt if I’ll ever queue for a book to be released at midnight again!

I used to enjoy the Island of Adventure and the other Adventure books by Enid Blyton, and also school books like her Mallory Towers series.  I found the Chalet School books quite late in my teens, largely because they were a little old-fashioned even when I was young, which means they are probably fine now!  I think I inherited one from a cousin and that started me off looking for more.  These schools always had lakes that someone went off and swam in, and of course sooner or later somebody got into trouble and our heroine saved the day!  If you like books like that, I highly recommend The Dragonfly Pool and also, although it’s not a school book, A Year Without Autumn, both of which I reviewed last year.

You know, it’s really useful to go back and remember what I liked reading in those endless summer days when the bees were buzzing around and the occasional plane sped overhead.  These days summer in the garden has constant traffic noise, aeroplanes taking off, and on Fridays the RAF fighter jets practise their manoeuvres – seemimgly heading away on full power (straight upwards) just above my house.  When they aren’t doing that, the birds make such a racket with their singing! And in August we can hear the combine harvesters going day and night on the fields miles away. Such is the peace of the modern countryside.


5 thoughts on “Coming soon: The Best of Summer 2013 Giveaway Hop

  1. Cool to see what you read, and get some ideas, if the books can be found. I suspect much of what I read, and others in small towns, was determined by what was in our library.

    • That was certainly the case for me, too. We have a mobile library that comes to our village here once every two weeks. I keep meanng to catch it, but it’s only here for about half an hour. It’s in a vehicle the size and shape of a luxury horse-trailer.

  2. BTW, thanks for the tip about the giveaway hop-perfect timing for the release of Return to Skunk Corners on the 15th!

      • All things going well. It’s a little tight, as I still have to get the cover designer to tweak a couple of things, finish the final proof-read, and get it all happy with CreateSpace (and send for a proof). I think I’ll make it.

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