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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

08.11.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

From anticipating the end of the school year for my children in June, to planning a 10th birthday party for my son who’s obsessed with LEGO, to all the activities planned for the rest of the summer—I blinked, opened my eyes, and realized, OMG, it’s already August, with only three more weeks left until the children return to school in the fall.

Amongst some of those summer activities is continuously adding new books to the Bibliotaphe Closet collection.

Here are some new and great goodies waiting to be read on my shelf:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with the following books for review:

girls from corona del marThe Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

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lucky usLucky Us by Amy Bloom

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luminariesThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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colorless tsukuru tazakiColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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Books Won:

A special thanks to Penguin Canada for sending me the following prize through a Twitter contest:

third plateThe Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

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A special thanks to Doubleday Canada for sending me the following book as a prize from a Twitter contest:

distanceThe Distance by Helen Giltrow

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A special thanks to Graywolf Press for sending me two books as my prize from a Facebook contest:

karate chopKarate Chop: Stories by Dorthe Nors

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belmontBelmont: Poems by Stephen Burt

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Books I Bought:

 russian winterRussian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

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slammerkinSlammerkin by Emma Donoghue

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known worldThe Known World by Edward P. Jones

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how it all beganHow It All Began by Penelope Lively

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mercyMercy by Jodi Picoult

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alice hartle's happinessAlice Hartley’s Happiness by Philippa Gregory

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Books Borrowed:

 innocentsThe Innocents by Francesca Segal

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wisp of a thingWisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe

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splinteredSplintered by A.G. Howard

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unhingedUnhinged by A.G. Howard

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Out of all the books listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

Which book do you think I should read next?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.23.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a few days into our official summer, which means as the summer vacation nears as does the higher temperatures, we’re all afforded the privilege of being outside.

Wherever I am, especially when I’m out, I rarely fail to bring a book with me—just in case. For those moments I’m left waiting—waiting for a bus, waiting in line, or waiting in a reception room. Or for that unexpected moment when I spot a quiet place like a corner table at my favourite cafe, or a bench under a large oak tree. These are not bookish clichés, but real places in which I savour reading.

And so, summer really is the best time for me to stock up on my personal book collection. Even if it means bursting my budget to its already-tight-and-stretched-out-seams.

That said, I, nor this blog would exist, nor be called bibliotaphic if this wasn’t my compulsion—I mean, disposition.

Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been stuffed this week:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with a copy of The Quick by Lauren Owen for review.

The Quick by Lauren Owen

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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Books I (Busted My Wallet Out For) Bought:

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

my sister's keeper***

Waking the Dead by John Eldridge

waking the dead***

The Salesman by Joseph O’Connor

salesman***

Who By Fire by Diana Spechler

who by fire***

Astrid & Veronicka by Linda Olsson

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

heart is a lonely hunter***

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

city of falling angels***

At the Full and Change of the Moon by Dionne Brand

at the full and change of the moon

Open City by Teju Cole

open city***

Mr g by Alan Lightman

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The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

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The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter by Brent Hayward

fecund's melancholy daughter***

Entice by Jessica Shirvington

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Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

children of the jacaranda tree***

Books I Won:

A special thanks to Penguin Canada for a copy of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker, which I won through a Twitter contest.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

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Of all the books listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

What does your Summer TBR book list look like?

Did you receive any new books for your collection this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.02.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a while since I’ve last published a post on the new books that have been added to my collection. But, since then I’ve been privileged to receive a number of great works of literary fiction—books I have been waiting to buy and read. And so, I’m also looking forward to this year’s summer TBR list where I have a few months to fully indulge in some much-awaited down-time dedicated solely to reading!

Here is how The Bibliotaphe Closet has grown:

Books for Review:

A special thank you to Random House of Canada for providing me with a number of books to review for May and June 2014:

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

lobster kings***

Crimes Against My Brother by David Adams Richards

crimes against my brother***

Smoke River by Krista Foss

smoke river***

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

summer house with swimming pool***

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

elizabeth is missing***

Books I Bought:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

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Books I Won:

A special thank you to Harlequin for sending me an ARC of Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan through a Goodreads Contest Giveaway.

empire girls***

A special thank you to Penguin Canada for a copy of A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki through a Twitter Contest Giveaway.

a tale for the time being***

Books I Received As Gifts:

A special thanks to my husband for taking the time to buy me a few books that have been on my wish list for our 13th anniversary:

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

boy snow bird***

Of the titles listed above, which book are you most interested in reading?

Which book do you think I should read next?

How has your book collection grown this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

02.25.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

I was unable to post anything yesterday because I was bedridden shivering with a fever, in pain, and what turns out to be strep throat. Thankfully, I was able to see a doctor, get tested, and receive a prescription for antibiotics with the orders to drink a lot of fluids and to get a lot of rest for about a week.

So between my feverish hallucinations, those of my room closing in on me, my body flailing about in indecipherable groans, and the incessant, heavy pain I must endure regardless of what position I put my body in, the rough, hacking cough that abruptly disturbs my quasi-rest, as well as my drug-induced coma, which forces me to breathe through my mouth instead of my nose; I can hear the erratic buzz of my breathing from a congested chest due to a vicious, viral cold that made its home in my body, and the sludge of saliva I must swallow even though my throat is constricted and it hurts to swallow, breath, or talk.

Between a groggy wakefulness and the nightmare of unrest, I still take comfort in the accessibility and solace of a good book. Reading is about the only thing I have strength enough for while bedridden. And so, it’s with gratefulness that I showcase the books that have made their way into The Bibliotaphe Closet by means of generous publishers:

Books for Review:

all the broken things

All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, published by Random House of Canada

one more thing

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak, published by Knopf Doubleday Canada

book of jonah

The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman, published by Doubleday Canada

bear

The Bear by Claire Cameron, published by Doubleday Canada

all our names

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu, published by Doubleday Canada

Books I Won:

golden city

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney, courtesy of Penguin Canada

demonologist

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper, courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada

unforgotten

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody, courtesy of Farrar Straus Giroux

ignite me

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, courtesy of HarperCollins Canada

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And since I am bedridden, ordered by the doctor to drink lots of fluids, and get a lot of rest, I’m going to lay back down—with my books, of course, and enthrall myself in the saving grace of a well-written narrative—a few pages I hope, before my next razor blade cough.

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Of all the books listed above, which book might you be most interested in reading?

What did you add to your personal book collection this week?

Which book do you think I should read next?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 12.17.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

12.17.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my book inventory and in the absence of blogging, I’ve lost track of a number of books I have either bought or received from publishers either for review or as prizes. (I think I might be getting coal this year for Christmas.)

That said, I do have books that I just recently received, which I’m more than happy to share with you.

Books for Review:

Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

happier at home

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Happiness. Everyone wants it. Not everyone enjoys it. Me? Well, I know I could be happier. What better way to start than at home?

A special thanks to Random House of Canada on behalf of Anchor Canada for sending me a copy of this book for review. It comes out in paperback on December 31.

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The Start Here Diet by Tosca Reno

start diet

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I’ve always struggled with my weight—except for the time when I was a long-distance runner and a member of my school’s track team. But, it’s been a long time since I’ve pounded the pavement and after two babies and a million donuts later…well…my body isn’t what it should be. That said, I’m grateful to be able to review this book in time for the New Year. I’ll not only get to review it, but maybe be able to shed a few pounds as well. I’m not great with diets (I love my bread and cheese too much), but I have to start somewhere.

A special thanks to Random House of Canada on behalf of Appetite for sending me a copy of this book for review. It publishes on December 31.

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Prizes I Won:

Iron Man Hulk: Heroes United DVD by Marvel

iron man hulk dvd

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Anything that has to do with LEGO, Transformers, DC, or Marvel, will always grab my attention—for the sake of my awe-inspired and obsessed nine-year-old son. He lives and breathes LEGO, Transformers, DC, and Marvel as if he created these toy/comic brands himself. He absolutely LOVES them. Because of that, I didn’t hesitate to enter a contest hosted by Nickelodeon DVD on Twitter. Lucky me (and my son), I won!

A special thanks to Nickelodeon DVD for this great prize! We both look forward to watching it together over the Christmas holidays.

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What have you found in your Bibliotaphe Closet today?

Are you a DC Comics fan or a Marvel Comics fan? Who do you prefer, Iron Man or Hulk?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 07.09.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

07.09.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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Books for Review:

Sisterland

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the village kiss me first

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for the following books for review:

Sisterland by Curtis Settenfeld

The Village by Nikita Lalwani

Kiss Me First by Kottie Moggach

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with all my love a house in the sky

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lost luggage

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada

for the following books for review:

With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

The Great Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms by Ian Thornton

Lost Luggage by Jordi Punti

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Books and Prizes I Won:

Thanks to Little Brown & Company for The Feud as my Father’s Day prize on Twitter.

the feud

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Thanks to Harper Teen for In the After by Demitria Lunetta for my prize from Twitter.

in the after

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Thanks to Razorbill Canada for Creeps by Darren Hynes for my prize from Goodreads.

creeps

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Thanks to CBC Canada Writes for my Canada Writes leather journal for my prize as a Strong Beginning Twitter Challenge winner.

canada writes journal

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And thanks to HarperCollins Canada for the HCC coffee mug for my prize as one of the winners of the HCC Facebook Fan contest.

harper collins mug

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What bookish goodies did you win this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 04.29.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

04.29.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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My mailbox has been generous to me this week. Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been filling its shelves:

Books for Review:

Thank you to Random House of Canada for the following books for review:

hungry ghosts

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The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai, published April 2, 2013

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woman upstairs

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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, published April 30, 2013

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blind mans garden

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The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam, published April 30, 2013.

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Books I Bought:

vanessa and virginia

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Vanessa & Virginia by Susan Sellers published by Mariner Books, November 8, 2012.

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starting out in the evening

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Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton published by Harcourt, December 2, 2012.

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amaryllis in blueberry

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Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum published by Gallery Books, December 2, 2012.

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Books I Won:

railway confessions

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Thanks to author, Carolyn Moncel, for a print copy of her short story collection, Railway Confessions.

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What bookish goodies did you stack up this week?

Out of all the titles above, which are you most interested in reading?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 04.03.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

04.03.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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And because I haven’t be able to post since my hospitalization, there are a number of books I have received on account that my mailbox was filled to the brim in my absence!

Books for Review

review set 1

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A special thank you to Random House of Canada

for a copy of:

The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, published March 12, 2013

Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor, published March 26, 2013

Season of the Rainbirds by Nadeem Aslam, published March 26, 2013

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review set 2

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A special thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada

for a copy of:

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, published March 5, 2013

The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls, to be published June 11, 2013

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review set 3

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A special thank you to House of Anansi

for a copy of:

Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz, published March 30, 2013

Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Theodora Armstrong, published March 4, 2013

The Truth About Luck by Iain Reid, published February 25, 2013

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Books I Won:

review set 4

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster for my book prizes:

Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke, published March 12, 2013. Contest won through The Yummy Mummy Club.

Perdita by Hilary Scharper, published April 16, 2013. Contest won through Twitter.

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review set 5

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Thanks to Penguin Canada for a copy of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma. published March 26, 2013.

Thanks to Source Books for a copy of A White Wind Blew by  James Markert, published February 26, 2013.

Thanks to The Book Nerd on behalf of Michael Northrop for a copy of Trapped by Michael Northrop, published December 1, 2012.

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prizes - swag

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Thanks to Pretty in Fiction for this generous prize pack of Rae Hachton swag that includes signed bookmarks, stickers, and buttons!

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What have you added to your bibliotaphe closet today?

Out of the books listed above, which one would you most like to read and why?

Happy reading everybody!

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Are You Mad About Books? Good! Because It’s HCC March Madness!

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Are You Mad About Books? Good!

Because It’s HCC March Madness!

03.04.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

For book lovers everywhere, the month of March brings a lot of possibilities: from a sense of finally moving away from the drudgery of a cold, harsh winter to the hope of more sunshine (and new spring releases); to the opportunity to go on March Break to read the piles of books that have been waiting patiently on their bookshelves—and now the opportunity to not only VOTE for your favourite books in a battle of books published by HarperCollins Canada (HCC), but also WIN the entire set of 64 contenders for your very own collection!

Is HarperCollins Canada (HCC) mad?

Uh-huh.

Mad about books just as much as other book lovers are!

Mad enough to give us our say on which books should win the reigning title of Best Book for HCC March Madness.

Mad enough to host this book event for the entire month of March!

Mad enough to give out book prizes to its most enthusiastic cheerleaders!

And mad enough to award one winner the entire collection of 64 books at the end of the event!

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How mad are you about books?

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Are you mad enough to host your own book blog because you’re obsessed with reading — even though you already have a full schedule of other things to do?

Are you mad enough about books to clear your schedule to attend much-coveted book events?

Are you mad enough to wait in a two-hour line-up to meet and greet your favourite authors?

Are you mad enough to create a personal book budget—and then break it—every time you enter a book store?

Are you mad enough to remember quotes and passages from your favourite books?

Are you mad enough about books that you recognize publisher logos from afar?

Are you mad enough about books that you’re on almost every social media network with friends and followers who are primarily book lovers or are in the book industry?

Are you mad enough about books that you’ve sold your soul to Rafflecopter in the hopes of winning a copy of a book amongst thousands of other entries?

Are you mad enough about books that you often buy bookish jewellery and accessories?

Are you mad enough about books that you think of new ways to organize and re-organize your books on your shelves?

Are you mad enough about books that you find your books pretty much everywhere?

Are you mad enough about books that you look forward to time alone so that you can actually sit down and read?

Are you mad enough about books that your family and friends often come to you for advice on what to read or not to read?

Are you mad enough about books secretly dream of owning your own private library?

Are you mad enough about books that you’re a great advocate of literacy?

Are you mad enough about books that you’re genuinely pleased when you see other people reading?

Are you mad enough about books to VOTE EVERY SINGLE DAY in the HCC March Madness event?

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If you’ve said yes to most, if not all, the questions above, you’re the perfect candidate for the HCC March Madness Event!

hcc march madness

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To enter the madness, click on the button above and vote, vote, vote!

May the best book win!!

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 02.20.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

02.20.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been an abundant Valentine’s week where I received not only great gifts from my husband who wooed me with my favourite kind of goodies—a lamb plush toy and a set of China Glaze and Nicole O.P.I. nail polishes—I received a number of book greats this week!

lamb plush toy
Valentine’s Gift #1: a lamb plush toy from my husband. Because my daughter pronounces “lamn” as “lem,” she decided to call this little guy, “Lemon.”

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Valentine's Day gift #2: Nicole O.P.I.: Hard Kourt Fashionista.
Valentine’s Day gift #2: Nicole O.P.I.: Hard Kourt Fashionista.

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Valentine's Day gift #2: China Glaze nail polish set: #648 - Unplugged, #934 - Swing Baby, #87 - Long Kiss
Valentine’s Day gift #3: China Glaze nail polish set: #648 – Unplugged, #934 – Swing Baby, #87 – Long Kiss

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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Here are this week’s new items, which continue to help make The Bibliotaphe Closet provocative.

Books for Review

book set 1

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson

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Books I Bought

book set 2

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The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Toibin

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

The Last Woman by John Bemrose

(All published by McClelland & Stewart)

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Books I Won

discovery of witches

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A special thanks to Penguin Canada

for my prize, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness!

(This was on my wish list for a while.)

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What bookish goodies did you get this week?

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