Literary Blog Hop Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to the Literary Blog Hop! This is a thrice yearly giveaway hop hosted by Leeswammes’ Blog. I, along with 38 other bloggers, am giving away a book of literary merit to one lucky reader!

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If you’re a regular reader, it’s lovely to see you again, and if you’re visiting Books Speak Volumes for the first time, I’m thrilled to meet you! I’m super excited to participate in this giveaway for the first time. I couldn’t decide which book I wanted to give away, so I’m letting you choose — kind of. I picked my three favorite books published in 2013, and the winner gets to pick which one he/she would like to receive!

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Quotable Friday: from Life After Life

“The mountain panorama was the backdrop to every photo taken here, the backdrop to everything. At first Ursula had thought it beautiful, now she was beginning to find its magnificence oppressive. The great icy crags and the rushing waterfalls, the endless pine trees — nature and myth fused to form the Germanic sublimated soul. German Romanticism, it seemed to Ursula, was writ large and mystical, the English Lakes seemed tame by comparison. And the English soul, if it resided anywhere, was surely in some unheroic back garden — a patch of lawn, a bed of roses, a row of runner beans.”

— Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Book Review: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
by Kate Atkinson

Reagan Arthur Books, April 2013
Hardcover, 529 pages
Source: Library

Okay, I know Life After Life has been reviewed about 800 bagillion times and you’ve all read it already and there isn’t anything I could possibly add to the conversation… but I read it and loved it, and now I want to talk about it.

If you’ve somehow missed the buzz surrounding this book, I’ll lay out the premise for you. Ursula Todd is born on a snowy night in 1910 but dies immediately because the umbilical cord is wrapped around her neck and the doctor doesn’t get to the house on time. However, she gets another chance at life; she is reborn into the same family on the same winter night, but this time the doctor arrives early enough to save her. She lives a few years longer before drowning on a family outing to the beach. Again, she starts her life over. This is the pattern the novel takes; each time Ursula is reborn, her life takes a slightly different path. Sometimes she makes decisions that prolong her life, and sometimes it’s differences in other people’s actions that change the course of her life. Continue reading