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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Free Holiday Reading

Just a quickie to recommend that, if you're after some free holiday reading, you point your browser at the newly launched website today.

The site is operated by Penguin Books (UK). They say:

Blog a Holiday Read, the perfect excuse to put your feet up, relax, and escape into one of Penguin's Top 500 bestselling fiction titles, guaranteed to get the nation talking, and you yearning for a break to soak up some top reads. Here's how it works:

Sign up and, if you're quick enough, you'll become one of the lucky people to receive a randomly chosen, FREE Penguin in the post. Plus you'll be the first to review it here, enabling the blog, and comments, to begin!

You can see the books being promoted on the website - there's a wide range, from Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Of course, you don't get to choose which book you receive, but I guess that's part of the fun ;-)

As you may gather from the quote above, if you want to participate in this promotion, you are meant to read the book and submit a review to the Holiday Read Blog within six weeks of receiving it.

As far as I can tell this promotion is open to anyone in the world. In any event, you are asked to enter the country you live in when registering. Don't hang about, though, as this promotion will close as soon as all the free books have been allocated.

Good luck, and I hope you get a book you like!

P.S. I've just heard that I've been allocated Your Blue-Eyed Boy by Helen Dunmore - 'A compelling and passionate psychological thriller'. Sounds good to me!

P.P.S. If you apply and are successful, why not add a comment here letting me and other readers know which book you are getting?

P.P.S.S. Just heard they are fully subscribed already, within a few hours of my posting about it. Very sorry if you tried and missed out.

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Anonymous Arnie Birkeland said...

I just signed up and was allocated "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt. It l√łooks very interesting and promising indeed. besides, it's a 640 pages tome, and I enjoy books that take a biot of time to get through. Thanks for letting me know about this!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

No worries, Arnie. Hope you enjoy reading it!

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Arnie B. said...

Don't tell me I'm the only one of your blog readers who's been allocated a book this way! (And pardon the typos in my first message. My fingers got a little ahead of the rest of me there ...)

6:06 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I hope that's not the case, but I do know at least one other blog reader (Suzie Harris) who missed out. It appears the opportunity was only open for a few hours. Maybe they only had one copy of each book?

Hopefully Penguin will run this promotion again some time soon. Dare I mention it, subscribers to my Twitter feed normally get this type of news before anyone else!

6:55 PM  

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