Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Really Random Tuesday #75: Greenlight, Snow, a Winner, and a Giveaway

Do your bookstacks defy gravity?  I know many of us have enormous stacks of books, but I've never seen anything quite like this!
 

After Christmas, we traveled to NY to visit family.  As a book blogger, I keep an eye out for anything book-related while I'm on trips.  Armed with my iPhone (eye phone), it's easy to take pictures of my discoveries.  I found this zany "book bike" at an Anthropologie store in  Chelsea.  (Click on photos to make them larger.)

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For the past year or two, I've been getting email about events at the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn.  It was exciting to visit the store and spend some time browsing.  I was somewhat tempted to introduce myself as a book blogger to the cashier, but she didn't seem particularly interested in chatting, so I didn't.

Inside the Greenlight Bookstore
Surrounded  by books
Daughter browsing


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Nothing says winter back east more clearly than snow.  During our trip, we experienced a snowstorm.  My favorite thing about snow is that it makes everything appear beautiful and magical. And of course it's lovely to be inside cozily reading when there's snow within view.
 
My other daughter, enjoying the snowstorm
Snow-covered morning, Brooklyn

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As is often the case in these Really Random Tuesday posts, I have a book winner to announce.  Please help me to congratulate Paulita from An Accidental Blog.  She's won Almost Always by Bobbi Reed.  Congratulations, Paulita!  I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.  If you didn't win this time,  please don't despair as I host and list many giveaways.  In fact, I have a brand new giveaway, below.

I'm starting off the new year with a giveaway for a copy of a 365 New Words-a-Year calendar.  I bought one yesterday, only to receive another from my hubby in the mail later in the day.  I love this desk calendar, and have been getting it for the past several years.  I keep it by my computer, and often use it as a source of words for Wondrous Words Wednesday, a meme for wordies hosted by Kathy from BermudaOnion's Weblog.  This giveaway will run for a shorter time than usual, due to the nature of the item (U.S./Canada only).



  • To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment.
  • For another chance at winning, become a follower of this blog, or indicate that you're already a follower.
  • For an additional chance, post about this contest on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

Enter by 5 PM PST on Tuesday, January 14.  One winner will be selected randomly and announced on Wednesday, January 15.

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Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of.  I often announce book winners in these posts.  If you have miscellaneous book news to gather up and are inspired by this idea, "grab" the button for use on your own blog, then add your link to the "master" Mister Linky on the Really Random Tuesday page.  

Wishing my readers a fabulous 2014, replete with reading time! 

33 comments:

  1. I experienced that same snowstorm! Luckily I was home at the time. I really want that bookshelf! I do not think that my wife would want it in the house however :)

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  2. Sorry I forgot to add -

    I am already a follower.

    Emperorbjt@optonline.net

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  3. I liked the photos. thanks for your giveaway. I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Lovely giveaway which would be perfect. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Enjoy reading about books. Giveaway is such a wonderful idea.
    patricia dot a dot mcgoldrick at gmail dot com

    Thanks.

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  6. Of course I want this calendar! Thanks for sharing your extra. And replete (a word you used at the end of your post) is one of my son's vocab words this week... which reminds me, I need to quiz him. Glad you had a great trip!

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    1. and my email is julia dot tomiak at gmail dot com :)

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  7. Looks like a lovely trip! Love that bike piece, very cool!
    Congrats Paulita!

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  8. Thank you for your lovely comment on my post..:) and I love bookish things too..love the photo you have here of the tower of books..
    Would love to win that to add to my resolution.

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  9. i am now following you as well - LadyInRead on GFC

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  10. And pinned your giveaway - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/230528074650042080/
    and tweeted about it as well using the pin

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  11. Suko, I'm glad you enjoyed NY. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos! Thank you for your calendar contest. Happy New Year!

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  12. Looks like a wonderful trip to NY, snow storm and all. The book art is interesting, and the Brooklyn bookstore is one I could spend a few hours in happily. Hope you enjoyed the snow and being back in sunny California! (No need to enter me in the contest)

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  13. Your family looks good readers :D
    I don't know what is cold anymore, in Brazil it's toooooooooooooo hot...
    I'm following you :D
    Happy new year!

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  14. What a curious stack and a wonderful bookstore ! I like too snow, when all is sparkling, like in an old Christmas card.

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  15. Love your pictures! New York hasn't been the best place to visit this past week :)

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  16. Love your pic of the book bike and you and your daughters enjoying your time in Brooklyn. Snowstorms are popular here in Montreal, Canada. And so is the cold!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I know you get a lot of snow in Canada. :)

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  17. What a beautiful bookstore! Did you bring home a couple of good books with you? I love the snow but I especially love spending the day inside reading while the snow falls :)

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    1. Sam, I did not get any books because I brought a couple of books to read on my trip, but other family members did. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  18. I'm always on the lookout for bookish things too. That book bike is very clever.

    Glad you got to experience a little snow. I'd probably enjoy the snow if we didn't have so much and so often.

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  19. Loving that book bike. And how amazing is that Brooklyn snow-covered morning, it would make a great book cover.

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  20. Sorry, I don't know how I missed this post. Anyway, today a week later here in Iowa we are experiencing light snow, high wind, making it feel really cold. The sidewalks and streets are icy so we need to be careful if outside, which I am staying right here in my Reading Corner where it is warm and cozy. Have a wonderful week.

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  21. Great pictures - it sounds like a fun trip. I love to visit bookstores, although I must admit that I sadly find myself not doing so much these days. The kids and I are constantly at the library though, but it seems like all of my book puchases are on Amazon lately!

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  22. Your weather pictures look like the weather here in Illinois! Lots of snow which is quite beautiful when it isn't piled up ten feet high. Love the pictures of the bookstore, and isn't it fun to browse with one's "child" even if they are practically grown up? I remember my son with me at Publisher's Row in Chicago one year, and my husband had to pull us away even to eat.

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  23. Thank you all for the comments! It is almost time to draw the winning name!

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  24. I missed the giveaway but wanted to say I love the books bike picture

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  25. Sorry I missed this post until today -- remembered you said you were taking a break and forgot to check back.

    Glad u got to enjoy our snow mess while visiting the East coast -- great, fun photos.

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  26. Great post Suko, and wonderful pictures! That bookstore looks great, and fun book bike. Don't you just love the city? There's always so much to see and do.

    I know, sometimes I've been tempted to chat it up at Barnes and Nobles about book blogging, but haven't found the perfect time yet...lol.

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