Woohoo!  Yes, it was two years ago that I started Gaskella.

I started off on Blogspot – moving over to WordPress early this year, and in the 730 days since starting I’ve posted 394 times which is pretty good going I think, and amassed over 1700 comments (that includes my replies).

Despite this being an incredibly busy time of year, I’m still loving it. I love the blogging community and all the other wonderful book blogs I’ve found. Most importantly perhaps, I love reading more than ever.

I’d like to thank everyone who comments in particular – I love reading them and responding to you. By way of a thank you I’m staging a shelf-clearing giveaway, (something Teresa over at the BBAW Award-winning blog Shelflove does occasionally – thanks for the idea Teresa.)  Below are a whole lot of books that I’ve read and enjoyed but have no room to keep – the links go to my reviews.

If you’d like one, please leave a comment together with which book you’d like, then send me an email to gaskella at hotmail dot com with your address. It’s first come first served and I’ll cross them off as I acknowledge their new homes. Sorry, due to size and weight, some will have to be limited to the UK only, but there are plenty I can send worldwide (surface though which can take weeks).

Here’s the list:

  • Madame Verona comes down the hill by Dimitri Verhulst. To Mystica.
  • Fool by Christopher Moore. To Victoria.
  • Loser’s town by Daniel Depp. To Rhonda.
  • Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. A 1977 Penguin – uncreased, but slightly yellowed. UK only.
  • Fortunes of War – the Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning.  To Winston’s Dad
  • Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers. A bit scuffed, slight spine crease and a small tear to back cover – perfectly readable. Worldwide
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx To Carol Wong
  • Anglo-Saxon Attitudes – by Angus Wilson. 1992 Penguin edition of this 1956 novel. Slightly scuffed and aged, but spine is not creased Worldwide.
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  Slightly scuffed and aged Penguin film tie-in.  Worldwide.
  • Fledgling by Octavia Butler. To Kinna.
  • Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti. A bittersweet Swedish romance – lovely. Near new condition. Worldwide.
  • The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban. A modern classic for older children upwards. Near new, just slightly scuffed around the edges. Worldwide.


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