Monday, May 5, 2014

It's my (blog's) birthday! So here, have some books:

It's this little blog's sixth birthday! To celebrate, I want to thank you all for reading along. And what better way to honour readers than with a book giveaway? (EEEK BOOKS!!) I've selected a handful of my favourite books, with an eye to including something for everyone, and the winner of this giveaway will get to choose two of these books to be delivered straight to their door. Yippee!

I've chosen a mix of non-fiction and fiction, with books ranging from middle-grade to adult. Three of the books are by Australian authors. One is autobiographical. Four deal in some way with World War II or its fallout. One is a short story collection. All of them are books that have impacted my life, my thinking, or my love of words in some way. I hope that, if you win, the books you choose will do the same for you.

Check them out here, mull over which two you'd pick if you win, order the other six for yourself or get them in from your library, because they're great.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
Going Solo by Roald Dahl
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
Wonder by RJ Palacio

Here's how to enter:

1. Either:
  • Do all three (and this will gain you three entries into the competition).

2. There must be a way for me to contact you if you win, in order to be able to send you your books! So if you leave a comment here, include your email address. If you reblog on tumblr, turn your ask box on. If you regram on instagram, have your profile on public and be sure to tag me (@halfdesertedstreets) so I can see that you've entered.

3. Entries close 26th May! I'll contact the winner on the 27th (or thereabouts).

  • I live overseas. Can I enter? Yes, you absolutely can!
  • Why do I have to be following your blog/tumblr/instagram? Because this giveaway is a reward for people who have stuck around with me for a while -- whether a short while or a long while. It's okay if you only started following when you heard about the giveaway (after all, the more the merrier!) but this is a reward to readers.
  • Some of your books look different to the ones you're giving away. Why? I've taken pictures of the books I own, but the editions you'll be receiving if you win are brand new ones, and may have a different cover design. Also the spine won't be creased, nor will the pages be lovingly dog-eared.


  1. Happy birthday! I'm not sure if you can see that I'm subscribed (feedly), but I'm a longtime fan...and this is just super fun and kind of you! Thanks for the including the overseas-ers. [elisabe7h at gmail dot com]

  2. Happy bloggeth birthday! I'm loving the look of some of those books. Here be my comment. And email.
    bushmaid at gmail dot com.

  3. Well hey! I love you, and your blog, and books ... so here I am. <3 (eleneariel at hotmail dot com)

  4. Wow looks great Danielle. And happy birthday for blogging. This is the first time I have been apart of a giveaway it seems like fun:). My email is mrw dot phil413 at gmail dot com

  5. Happy blogiversary! The internet told me that the traditional 6th anniversary gift is "candy/iron". So, uh...I hope you have candy and ironing to do? An iron pill to take? An iron pan to cook in/hit intruders with? Anyway. I like books and you know how to find me. :)

  6. * squeals * Oh wow! I've got my little eyes on a couple of these already... ;) I love Seven Little Australians and the Roald Dahl book is awesome! I also really like Lois Lowry and Jackie French... Also anything WWII is a winner. (Is that enough comment??? :P) My email is emkdempster at gmail dot com.

  7. What a fun giveaway! Happy Blogiversary, Danielle!
    his dot ambassador95 at gmail dot com

  8. You know I'm a long-time reader! :-)

    annie laurie nichols at the mail of google dot com

  9. Happy Blog Birthday, Danielle! :) So exciting, and what a lovely giveaway! :)
    Do I spy Flannery O'Conner? I have been interested in looking her up for a while now. Pennies for Hitler piques my interest merely by its title! I am currently really enjoying my browse through Seven Little Australians ;), and I have always been a little curious about 'The Giver' - would love to read it some day!

    My email is :)
    God bless and (p.s. I love sticking around your blog, it is a lot of fun, and also very inspiring ^_^)

  10. Yay!!! truebluebrenda at gmail dot com

  11. Yay! Who doesn't love a good birthday and giveaway?! I'm particularly keen to read Seven Little Australians. myzebracrossing at gmail dot com.

  12. Happy birthday to you(r blog)!!!
    This is cool! If your blog is in my reader does that mean I'm following? (technology understanding fail)

    You already have my email, gnome. xo

  13. Great giveaway! I would love to have Wonder and The Giver if I win!! *fingers crossed*
    Oh, and my email address is booknerddontcare at gmail dot com

  14. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for making it international :)

    I followed the blog via GFC as Ashfa Anwer
    Followed and reblogged on Tumblr as blackcapfanatic.

    Happy blogoversary!
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

  15. Happy blog birthday! Are you looking forward to the movie based on "The Giver"? I seriously need to read that book.:)
    I will have to find you on Instagram! I enjoy catching up with you on here though.:)
    Okay, email is: calamity_manda at yahoo dot com

  16. Oh yay!! Book giveaways are the best!!! xx

    (Pretty sure you have my contact details!! ��)

  17. Happy belated blog birthday.I'm now following your blog.My e-mail is on by blog profile.


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