The seventh, the last, giveaway

by Ahalya on October 2, 2009

You know I am not very happy writing about the last giveaway :/ So, I am going to try and not get too emotional or ask another macabre question. But, I really do hope we all stay in touch, be on the same page so to speak. I, for one, swear to offer more giveaways in the future, as long as you keep coming back! I would also love to talk to you again, and learn more about how readers read, so that I can do what I can to help. As an editor and as a reader πŸ™‚ Do fill up the contact form on this site (give me your name, email id, profession, website, blogs), and we can share book reviews, literary news, and I can send you new offers/questions I think up πŸ™‚

Moving on rather quickly to the seventh giveaway, because I am afraid I am getting a little emotional.

I told you yesterday that I had gone book shopping πŸ™‚ Now, I do not really like Dan Brown, his books are ‘too cliffhanger-ish at the end of every chapter like Nancy Drew’ for me, but I guess, since I had read the earlier books (during a very acute book famine, I assure you) I wanted to read this one. And as you may well understand, I hesitated. Rs 465 for that book? One I won’t read again? I turned away. With that money I can buy at least two McCall Smiths or one Pratchett, or experiment with one of the authors you suggested. But then I remembered, Dad read Brown, and he doesn’t read much these days. So, let’s get it from him, then I will read it, then give it to my sister, and my friend and their families etc. So the book was value for money I consoled myself, and handed over the money.

Now my question for the seventh giveaway is: how long do you wait for a new book, till you can get a reliable person to recommend whether you should buy it or not? (Or get someone else to give the book to you πŸ™‚ ) And, if it’s a book that you aren’t particularly waiting for, but are just plain curious, or between books, would you wait for a while to get it in your hands? I remember when the second and third Harry Potters came out, I was too restless and annoyingly impatient to wait. (But not for the rest of the series, I will write a rather long post about that soon).

Do write in, the rules are the same as before. You have to write in an answer to this question, at least 150 words, and a winner will be chosen randomly. Those who have been spreading the word, thank you so very much, I am going to enter you into the Special Book At The End Of The Week Contest.

By the way, for those who have been wondering, I haven’t revealed the names of the books I am giving away and this is because I am hoping, if it isn’t too much trouble, could the winners post their reviews of the books once they received the books and read it? πŸ™‚

Do stay in touch, keep reading, and keep giving.

May a good book always be at hand πŸ™‚

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Vishal Devgon October 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

If the writer is may favourite like Paulo Coelho I will even pre-order his book ‘coz i know it has to be the best. Otherwise before considering a new book I’ll weigh it against my already piled up heap of unread books and if it seems to be better than them or the subject matter is too much appealing to my current passion then i’ll defintely go for it without any further delay.
Else the delay happens and before long i may even forget totally about the book hoping it will automatically reappear at the apt time. hehehe bit of synchronicity here working for me.
This book giveaway was great Ahalya, I’ve everyday waited anxiously for the new question and have developed a sort of bond here with this blog, and now that its ending, though a lil bit of emo factor is counting in but ok everything has a life span and good things generally has much shorter span, but yes the effect lingers for quite a while. and alternatively the memories of good times are equally elating.
Good Times to all.


Aditya October 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

Don’t really wait for books. I have read all of Dan Brown’s books too, I don’t like what he writes, but I like how he writes it. Despite the big hype around the latest books, I am just sitting it out till it blows over. People ask me if I have read it, we talk about Dan Brown, I usually brainwash them into choosing better authors, and make them regret buying a big bulky expensive – no – overpriced hardbound edition. Learnt a few lessons from Harry Potter… our group could not wait to get hands on the fifth book, we had actually gone crazy… crazy enough to pretend that we were reading it before it actually came out by printing out leaked cover shots from the net and taping that onto existing books. Really sad. That was the last time I actually waited for a book – now there are so many books already around that a new book does not really excite me. Had read Eragon and it’s sequel for example. Although Brisingr came out, I waited for a long time – just keeping the book on hold. Wanted to complete the story some time, but was in no hurry. Then I missed a train one day, the next train was half an hour away, so I went over to a place that sells pirated books and picked up a copy to read then and there. Are we allowed to ask you questions though? Tiny one – the best Dan Brown book… just wanted to know from someone with authority :p I liked Digital Fortress, felt like he got dumber – or sensationalist after that… even if you ignore the cryptography bit.


Deepika Mital October 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Aah this is a tricky one…. I generally dont rush off and buy the ‘latest’ book – only some exceptions – yes…Harry Potter it was!!
Generally wait for someone to recommend a book, or even pick up comments and reviews of books and authors. Generally tend to buy those authors with a proven track record – the rest can be checked out at the library πŸ˜›
A small aside here – do try (dont really know how to do the link thingy πŸ™ ), for all those in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore – it is a brill premise which really works.
I like to discover my own books at my own pace and have a few very kind friends and family who know this and give me books to try out at regular intervals. Buying is generally saved for books/ authors I have already read and liked.


Vandana Karve October 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Well, I am very cautious as far as my book purchases are concerned. When I go to Crossword etc, I prefer to buy authors I have already experimented with and liked. As far as new authors are concerned, I prefer to read the reviews and perhaps try it from the library or maybe if I can get it second hand, buy it at a cheaper rate. And of course, if someone is giving me a book, hey I don’t complain. One doesn’t look gift horses in the mouth :).


Swapna October 3, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Never really waited for a book. Despite having some favourite writers, there are always new horizons to explore. My local library is always my best source of books and the few ones I buy are for travel, and tend to be bought because I liked the blurb or they sound interesting, or perhaps they are by some writer I trust will engage me without effort or pain.
Sometimes I discover great stuff this way. Tim Moore, for one (French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France (2001), Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair (2002)); Tim Mackintosh-Smith (Travels with a Tangerine; The Hall of a Thousand Columns) and this one:


Puja October 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Would I wait for a new book? And how long?

Well, its completely dependent on the author and also quite a bit on the genre.

If its an author that i really like, say Kate Mosse, James Rollins, Mathew Reilly, Kate Morton, Sophie Kinsella or Barnara Erskine then i would just pick it up and not ponder too much over the wisdom of spending the required amount over a read that would, i know, only be once. After all, whats the point of earning if you can’t spend the money on what you want.

But , if its something that i have heard a lot about but have not ever tried the author then i would wait for my chance to get it from a library or from a friend…Such books are generally quite costly and to dish out almost a grand for each without having the slightest idea of whether i am going to hate it or love it.. is simply not something i would be comforatble with. I love books but there are a lot of other things i love too:)… Good music albums… Silver jewellery.. bags… shoes…and i would then rather spend my money on them..

Hey Ahalya, this was a good week and i lived the interaction… Do keep on conversing with all of us.. on whatever… am sure we would all like to drop by quite often.. Ur blog is a nice place to be;)


admin October 3, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Hey Vandana, I do the same as you. I have only recently started placing my money on unknown ‘dark horses’, it hasn’t been a disappointing experiment so far, but yes, I would prefer having a good library (that’s regularly updated) and well-written reviews and second-hand books are worth their weight in gold!

Deepika, lucky you!!! Getting books from kind family members is currently Number 3 on the ‘The Official Reader’s Wish List’ (which I am hastily compiling as we speak πŸ™‚ ) I did take a look at the website of librarywala, my only concern is that they don’t have many new books, or a wide reading list, and if they add a few new books it’s snapped up by too many readers ahead of me in the queue! :/

Hey Aditya, laughed for a long time over the Harry Potter cover-up, really really sad ya πŸ˜€ That must be up there with the craziest things people have done for books! Can I use that in a post your comment has inspired? (What’s the craziest thing you have ever done for a book?) I will ‘anonymize’ you πŸ™‚ Will write about it soon, if you let me! About Dan Brown. Dan Brown, hmmm. See, the thing is I like a page-turner, it’s just that I am turning a lot of pages when it comes to Brown. I mean, there’s a half-page long chapter in Digital Fortress!! Its like he is writing a screenplay, not a book (know what I mean?) I keep rolling my eyes at the deluge of cliches I find every now and then. Just reading Digital actually, I am waiting for Dad to finish Lost Symbol. About you talking people into buying expensive hardcovers (!!) I am going to be very wary now πŸ˜‰ And oh of course you can ask questions!!! Otherwise this would be boringly one-sided! And just a hint, I love reading long posts, send in your favourite books, any literary news! And keep stopping by! By the way, I believe you’ve won a book πŸ™‚

Vishal!!! You’ve been so kind to us (Meethil and I) over Facebook that I really have to thank you! Do keep stopping by, and I will keep you posted on news from the site, especially new giveaways, which I hope I can do again really soon. Pre-ordering books is the nicest thing a reader can do!!! Authors must love you!


Hetal Hariya October 3, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Generally, I would not mind waiting for a while, for most books, that is. But if I knew a new book was coming, by one of the authors whose style I like, I probably would go get it without too much delay, or without waiting for a review or for a friend to give it to me.

I would rather spend wisely, so I can buy more books that I would actually read.

PS: I too had got really restless for the Harry Potter series!


Aditya October 4, 2009 at 1:22 am

Yes sure. Keep me anonymous or use my name. Don’t think some of the books on the stands today deserve to be released as hardcover editions at all – the latest Dan Brown book and Brisingr. Dan Brown’s books are like reading a screenplay… totally agree on that.
I can think of one more crazy story… Junior College, was sitting behind two girls. A Mills and Boon book falls out of one of their bags. At that time, I didn’t recognize romance novels. I picked it up and gave it back to them. Both of them refused to take it, being embarrassed. I didn’t understand why they were behaving so strangely. So I got “A Dad for Daniel” for myself. Read half-way through it, and I still have it.


Vishal Devgon October 5, 2009 at 9:35 am

Hey Ahalya,
I’ve enjoyed this and spreading a word about it is least i could do. The credit goes to you for thinking up of such good ideas and putting them in place.
Thanks to you and Meethil.


kunal October 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm

new book…hmmm.
i dont think i ever wait[ considering that there r so many lined up for me to read at any given time- upto 20 atleast:) ]
so , nope . no wait.

just be πŸ™‚

am truly glad that so many authors have found me πŸ™‚ hehehe. or the other way around. so many by chance. not many worth discarding, which is nice to know.


kunal October 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

n. dan brown and others like him are eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek…if that needs translating i would be glad to assist…yetccccccccccccccccch πŸ™‚
phooooooo…etc etc.
i read the whatchamacallit. glad i cant remember the name.
and by page110 i knew how it would go and gosh, it went… toilet paper[ alibied not such good quality for even that ]


kunal October 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

i eventually read all the potters,,, u could say i pottered along. they wernt bad books. but my curiousity is why were they so popular/. was the marketting so good+ did ppl[ read children of ages 6-80] really identify with being the underdog so much. that this boy became so famous?
i thought the potter series had been cleverly edited from 5 or so dif authors, and when she finally wrote the 7th one, to me it was like. wow, finally she can write πŸ™‚
others felt totally differently.


kunal October 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Rs 465 for that book? One I won’t read again? I turned away. With that money I can buy at least two McCall Smiths or one Pratchett

only one pratchett???
with that i have bought 5-6[ second hand in first hand condition at that πŸ™‚ ]


kunal October 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

i cant read hyped books[ or watch hyped movies]
they fall… the bombay word for it is PHYTT “:)
catcher in the rye which seems to have been read by al. hasnt by me. i read potter years after it was written[ and on 3 days i read 3 of them, cant remember any of them, names or what took place]


kunal October 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm

some of the books i got by chance have proved to be truly and boy[ tony parsons] comes to mind.
and normal is just a setting on the washing machine is another one πŸ™‚
i recently got yes minister, by james hacker[ as in the minister] which is the TV series[ my favorite at that] and gosh, its sooooo funny. u can hear me cackle in lakshwadeep πŸ™‚


Aditya October 7, 2009 at 12:33 am

Potter was popular because it was a very marketable fantasy franchise, that allowed you to create so many toys, games, video games, movies, and 7 books. The literary value of the books are a little of a hogwash. Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy deals with an underage wizard coming to terms with himself and rising in the ranks to overthrow an evil wizard-ruled government. Similiar setting, but much more literate. The ability to use magic is analogous to political power in the trilogy, and it is brilliant fiction for young people, but not nearly as famous as Harry Potter.


admin October 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Aditya, I have quite a few issues with the Potter series, although I was quite a fan when the first few books came out, will write about that in detail soon. Need to get my views out anyway, they stay inside and take up too much space! I have read Stroud and thought he was pretty good! Have you read Garth Nix? He is relatively unknown and has written a wonderful series ‘The keys to the kingdom’ series, starting with Mister Monday. Must read. I have read only that one part, haven’t found the next one in the series ‘Grim Tuesday’ so I haven;t been able to continue reading him. Do try.
Kunal, Tony Parsons sounds good, is he British? will look out for him when i go to british council! And you HAVE TO tell me where you get second-hands book from! HAVE TO! πŸ™‚
Hey Puja, missed your post, must have been uploaded after I finished commenting! Thanks for the compliments. I completely agree with you, “…books are generally quite costly and to dish out almost a grand for each without having the slightest idea of whether i am going to hate it or love it.. is simply not something i would be comfortable with.” I know, that is the problem with being a voracious reader, the appetite has no idea where to get money from!


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