July 13, 2015

It's marginalia's 4th anniversary soon! + Book Giveaway

My book blog's 4th year anniversary will be in a few days, and what better way to celebrate a book blog anniversary than with a book giveaway, yes? Are you up for it? :)

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Because I've only recently begun collecting and reading award-winners (particularly, the Man Booker, Pulitzer, NBA, IMPAC Dublin, and Folio winners), the giveaway will be something related to book awards. In the comments section of this post, leave a comment and tell me which book you've read deserves to win an award, but for whatever reason, it didn't. Briefly explain why you think it should win something. And then I'll pick one winner on July 24, 2015, marginalia's 4th birthday. All entries must be in by 11:59pm of July 23. Giveaway is open to Philippine residents and non-robots only. The prize? The winner's book of choice from The Book Depository, max amount of US$20.00.

Game? Comment away! :)



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7 comments:

angusmiranda said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday in advance!

Not pandering, but I believe that Cloud Atlas should have won either the Booker Prize or the NBCC (why is this not included??) in 2004. I've read The Line of Beauty and The Master (2004 Booker shortlistees) and I think Cloud Atlas could have easily beat these two with its sheer bravado. Anyhoo, maybe he can snatch that elusive Booker this year with Slade House?

Celeste c said...

Happy anniversary.. thanks for the chance!
The fault in our stars because a very deep and emotional book, of those that touch the heart and leave you an indelible imprint. Because it speaks of life itself with its beautiful and ugly but beautiful all the same things out .

celeste_257@hotmail.com

Faye Capacia said...
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Faye Capacia said...

Happy anniversary to you!!:))

A Woman in Berlin! I cant believe how much this woman struggled during the war and still be able to endure every single blow thrown to her. It's a book that made me cry a lot because even though this was her situation she didn't lose her hope that one day all of it will just be a memory and soon be enveloped by better ones.

It makes me sad..really that this book did not recieve the recognition/awards that it deserves.

It was banned in many places, had struggle publishing, and selling (because many book shops didn't want it to be sold by them), but despite of the negative impact of this book to some people there will be others that would appreciate this woman's story of struggle and hope.

Until now(even after death) the woman wants to be anonymous.

Congratulations again to you!!!

fayecapacia@yahoo.com

bennardfajardo said...

Happy Anniversary, Marginalia!

I feel like Atonement should have won the Booker Prize back in 2001. I'm pretty sure that The True History of The Kelly Gang by Pete Cary has its merits and is a perfectly acceptable choice by the Booker Jury but it's just so hard to imagine it being better than what McEwan did in Atonement. It was McEwan at the height of his literary powers.

Tin said...

You know what, I have yet to find myself in a position where I read the winner and then one/or all the nominees, and liked the latter better than the former. But I don't want to miss this giveaway. Haha! So I am still going to answer despite the fact that my opinion will now lack merit. LOL. Ang haba ng sinabe. Okay so you might have heard of this not very famous guy named Geroge R.R. Martin and his The Storm of Swords. And that book has loads of mind blowing plot twists! And it lost the Hugo Awards to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire back in 2001, which is undertstandable, because HP! Haha. But then it also lost the Nebula Awards to a book called The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro. I have not yet read the latter, I am sure it is great. But come on..the red wedding! The purple wedding! Tyrion's trial by combat courtery of Oberyn! The crossbow in the loo! So many good stuff. Haha! :) And yay for bloggy birthdays!

fanarchist said...

Happy anniversary to your blog, Monique! Here's to 50 more years of pleasurable reading. ;D

I'm going to say A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The novel had great ambitions in terms of the setting and time period, but it also showed the remarkable detail and sensitivity that Mistry employed when it comes to writing the characters' inner lives. The ending is also amazing, and I say this as a person who more often than not struggles with most endings.

Also, the winner of that year, Graham Swift's The Last Orders, was embroiled in a bit of controversy since the plot and style greatly resembled Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. And even if it's not straight up imitation, that style of stream of consciousness tends to fall flat for me.