Monday, February 04, 2008
February Pay It Forward- 11 books up for grabs!

It's time for another one of my free Pay It Forward book giveaways!

For those who may have missed out, please read about the guidelines right here.

So, I have two books to give away this month.

1) Knock Yourself Up by Louise Sloan.

This book was sent to me for review by Jessica with Penguin Group. Thanks, Jessica!

Here's what the back cover says:

Frank and funny, Knock Yourself Up is the ultimate girlfriend's guide to becoming a single mom. At thirty-eight, writer Louise Sloan realized she'd better get serious about motherhood before her fertility ran out. So began the hilarious and at times heartbreaking journey that involved cyber stalking an anonymous sperm donor, grappling with exploding semen vials, and being mistaken for a horse breeder. In addition to Sloan's own experiences, this book is filled with candid, intimate stories from women all across the country who have created happy families on their own.

Knock Yourself Up has the kind of straight-up answers you won't find anywhere else, to questions like:

* When do I decide it's time to go it alone?
* Can I afford it?
* Is it fair to my child?
* How do I tell my parents?
* How do I tell my dates?
* Have I gone totally crazy?

This honest, entertaining, and informative book gives a unique inside look at a growing trend. It is a must-read for any single woman who might want kids someday.

So, I must say that this book fascinated me, even before I started reading it. At one point in my life, before I met Oronzo, I seriously considered the option of adopting as a single woman. I knew I wanted kids and I wasn't willing to sacrifice that if "Mr. Right" didn't come along. Obviously, adopting as a single woman wasn't necessary for me, but I was fascinated to read how other women felt about making that choice.

I think Louise Sloan did a great job discussing what's involved with choosing the right sperm bank (she didn't really get into choosing adoption in this book), how challenging single pregnancy can be, how being a single mom can often kill your social life, and so on. I do however; think she glossed over a bit how much your future child's wishes to know his/her biological origins should be taken into account. Other than that, this was a well written book that I think you'll enjoy!

2) Austenland by Shannon Hale, advance reading copy.

This book was sent to me by Carrie at With All That I've Been Given. Thanks, Carrie!

From School Library Journal:

Thirty-three-year-old Jane Hayes, who has a fairly serious addiction to the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, inherits a trip to Pembrook Park, Kent, England, the location of a resort where guests dress, talk, think, and act in ways that Jane Austen would approve. Refusing to lie about her age, even on vacation in a place right out of Austen's England, Jane finds herself quickly overcoming the obsession with Mr. Darcy that may very well have jeopardized her 13 "relationships" over the years. Left to walk in last to dinner, mildly obsessed with one of the hotel's gardeners, and annoyed by another guest's overeager attempts to bag a man, Jane is eager to return to Manhattan. Then she decides to give it all one more chance, since Great-Aunt Carolyn did see fit to pay for the entire vacation. Hale does a lovely job with the tale of a single woman who would appreciate a genuine shot at love. The book is well written, quite readable, and the myriad characters, especially those working at the resort, are quirkily funny.

I must say, I really enjoyed this book and I'm reluctant to pass it on because it's one that I would read again. I'm a huge Jane Austen fan (I've got TIVO recording the current PBS Austen series). This book has some good pun, inside jokes for Jane Austen addicts, and a vivid writing style. I'd highly recommend it!

So there you have it, details on the two books that I'm giving away this month. If you'd like to win either of these books, here is what you must do:

1. On your blog, write a post about this giveaway, using my "Pay It Forward" button, and then link back to my post. I am sure your readers would appreciate learning about the chance to win a book. You must complete this step to be put in the drawing, unless of course you don't have a blog!

2. Sign the Mr. Linky (the Mr. Linky is that list of names at the end of this post - just type your name in the box) with your name and the specific URL of your PIF post. Note: If you are not a blogger, you may still enter to win. Just sign your name on the Mr. Linky without a URL and then email me your contact information. Please note on your email that it is for the PIF book giveaway.

I'll announce the winners on Saturday morning, 22 February, so be sure to check back.

Best of luck!

If you have any books you'd like to Pay It Forward yourself this month, please leave me a comment and I'll link you in this post!

Additional Pay It Forward Giveaways:

1) Cynthia at Springmont Cottage is giving away the book, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith on 17 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Cynthia!

2) Oliva at 3 In Under 3 is giving away the book, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld on 17 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Olivia!

3) Paige at Yes, I would really like to be thin is giving away the book, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green on 22 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Paige!

4) Tamy at 3 Sides of Crazy is giving away the book, Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks on 29 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Tamy!

5) Karen at Mommy of Three is giving away the book, Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz on 29 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Karen!

6) Kathleen Marie at The Open Window is giving away two books, The Legacy of Drennan's Crossing by Wanda Luttrell and The Legacy of Greenbrier by J.H. Rhodes on 29 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Kathleen Marie!

7) Forgetfulone is giving away the book, Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks - but People Do by Dr. Matthias Rath on 29 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Forgetfulone!

8) Christi at Blah Blah Blog is giving away the book, The Stone Flower Garden by Deborah Smith on 29 February. Stop by her blog to enter to win. Thanks, Christi!

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At 7:38 AM, Blogger threesidesofcrazy said...

I guess I'm not awake yet, my Mr. Linky entry still has the info for FIF. I'm also having another giveaway this month. Thanks

At 10:11 AM, Blogger windycindy said...

Hi, Both books sound magnificent. Please enter me in your giveaway. I appreciate it.....Thanks,Cindi

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to be a good read.


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At 7:58 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

Please enter me for your giveaway. Thanks!

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Karen said...

I would love to be entered for the second book:) I have my post for February up, I am giving away a brand new copy of Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz. It's a great book about adopted sisters who bond over scrapbooking! Thanks!

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At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to be entered to win Austenland!
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At 1:20 PM, Blogger Deborah in Atlanta said...

Oh yes, I'd love to have both of these books. I love to read, and these sound so interesting. Thanks again!

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Louise Sloan said...

Hey, thanks for mentioning my book! Sorry you felt it glossed over the children's right to know about their biological origins. I had hoped readers would get the opposite impression--in an otherwise nonjudgmental book, that's one of the few things I took a stand on! I strongly believe in open-identity donors and chose one for my son (in fact, I originally wanted a known donor, but that didn't work out). Anyway, glad to hear you liked it, otherwise. I meant for it to be both a help to women making the choice and an interesting read for anyone in learning about the experience as a "hot topic."
Louise (

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Forgetfulone said...

Hi there. I would love to be entered to win either book. I am planning on getting my new Pay it Forward book up in a day or two, so I'll come back here and let you know about it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and reminding me!

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

I was not sure if I needed to comment as well as put my link in the Mr. Linky, so I did both. Thanks for hosting this! I would love to win the second book! It looks great. I am adding it to my GoodReads list!

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

I have so lost track of time! Didn't January just fly by! I will get my PIF post up tomorrow. The one book I planned to post my daughter is reading (The Purse Driven Life - cute!).

I am interesting in winning the book Austenland (no surprise to you I am sure ☺).

I need to catch up with your blog. I have been so out of it lately.


At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enter me in! I am blogging about your giveaway tomorrow in my weekly giveaway post.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger jubilee said...

Please enter me on your exchange for the second book. Thanks. I do not have a book to offer this month, but I did post about your exchange.

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Forgetfulone said...
I finally got mine posted. Please include me with your other bloggers that are giving away books. Or is all I have to do is sign the mr. linky. Thanks!

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your exchange! I'm in desperate need of things to read!
I'm also doing an exchange at, I've got you all linked up!

At 2:44 PM, Blogger *carrie* said...

No need to enter me--I'm so glad you enjoyed Austenland!

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Christi S said...

blogged ya, and have my own giveaway listed! Thank you!

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to win Austenland! And I just put up a PIF book contest of my own.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger bp said...

I put up a PIF contest on my site. Thanks.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Forgetfulone said...

Thanks for posting about my book giveaway! I'm off to see some others now.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Angi said...

Please enter me, I'd love to win!

At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like both books

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No better escape than a good book!


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