Sunday, August 28, 2011

Blogversary Giveaway #1.

To celebrate two years of blogging insanity, and not giving up on my project, I am hosting a series of giveaways this week here at A Literary Odyssey as my way of saying thank you to my readers. Some of the books are brand new, some are slightly used, and some are vintage and fun. Either way, my husband is a happy camper when he sees books leaving, not entering, the apartment. :D

In any case, I have giveaways scheduled for every day this week, so check back in to enter. I do want to say upfront that these are U.S. only. I will be having one that is INTERNATIONAL ONLY, so check back in for that one if you live somewhere outside the U.S. :)

Alright, so here is what is up for grabs today:

Above is a Penguin Clothbound copy of Bram Stoker's Dracula (and my dirty desk. I need to dust). I have the full set of clothbounds and I absolutely adore them. Any opportunity I have to give one away, well, I jump all over it.

I am especially pleased to give this one away, since I will be reading it in September/October, and I hope the lucky winner will read along with me.

Here are the rules:
  • The giveaway ENDS Tuesday, August 30th at 11:59 EST.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter.
  • You must live in the U.S. (see above internationals!)
  • You can only enter once.
  • You do not have to "follow" or subscribe (but do if you so feel the desire)
  • You must leave your e-mail in your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • If you win, you have 24 hours to respond or I will choose a new winner.
  • In your comment/entry below, answer the following question: What is the scariest thing you have ever seen or done?
  • Winner will be chose randomly using
Good luck!


  1. happy blogeversary.Twitter follower Enter my name thanks!!

  2. No need to enter me as I already have a good copy of Dracula (with Gorey illustrations!). Just wanted to wish you a happy blogoversary! :)

  3. Happy Blogoversary!!!

    I would love a chance to win - been needing to read Dracula!

    Benz1966 at gmail dot com

  4. What fun! :D I lurve Dracula, it's a book I find improves on rereading, and I lurve the Penguin clothbounds (jealous of your set! I only have Emma, which I won in a giveaway on Literary Transgressions).

    I think the scariest thing I've done, in the sense that I was petrified while doing it, was spelunking in the Lake District on a middle school field trip. I was 13ish, and the last third of the caves we had to crawl through a space barely taller than our heads (about 6" clearance) that had about 3" of freezing cold water on the floor. It lasted ages, and I was just lucky that I'd admitted my fear upfront, since it meant I was right behind the guide. A girl a couple people behind me ended up thinking she was stuck, and until they calmed her down enough to keep going (which took another 10 minutes), every student behind her was stuck as well. I've never been so deeply happy and relieved to see the sky before, and I never want to go in a cave situation like that ever again. *shudder*

    E-mail: astripedarmchairATgmailDOTcom

  5. I would love to reread Dracula in the Penguin edition. I went to Knott's Scary Farm (that's what they call it at Halloween) once, which I thought would be really cheesy, but it turns out that I am really scared of live action haunted houses. I haven't been able to go in one since.

  6. Happy blogoversary! The scariest thing I've ever done I actually haven't done yet. On Tuesday I have to give my first shot and I am terrified! I guess the scariest thing I've done so far that is related to that is my first needlestick last summer - I drew blood from my husband and it was traumatic!

    Email is lorrenrichelleATgmailDOTcom

  7. Happy blogoversary, two years is a wonderful achievement and you should be very proud.

    email: ManOfLaBook at gmail dot com

  8. I love your blog congrats on your blogiversary!

    Natalie stopmunchATgmailDOTcom

    The scariest thing I've done is nothing! I'm serious. I want to skydive though. That seems pretty scary do when I do that I'll get back to you ;)

  9. No need to enter me, but I wanted to say cheers to your blogversary.

    (And scariest thing? Hands down teaching middle school. :P)

  10. Yay, happy blogoversary!

    I don't think I need to reiterate how much I adore the Penguin books and I don't have Dracula. I review theatre in Indianapolis for another blog and I'm seeing Dracula next week!

    The scariest thing I think I've ever done was traveling to Europe for the first time... by myself. I loved every second of it and have traveled there half a dozen times since then with friends. But the very first time I went I was 19 and I flew by myself to a foreign country. I am so glad that I did, but it was scary for a second.

    avidreader25 [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. No need to enter me either, but I wanted to say Happy Blogaversery!

  12. Congratulations on the anniversary! More, onward, etc.

    I love the idea that you have to screen out the 12 year olds who want this book.

  13. Yay! Fantastic project and brava to you for continuing it.

    I can't believe I don't have a single one of these beautiful cloth-bound books.

    I'm a scaredy cat, so Law & Order scares me, but moving into my house and staying the night the first time was petrifying. The windows weren't covered, it was new, and I. Was. Scared. I don't think I slept at all that night. :)

  14. This is a great giveaway... from a great blog! Congrats on 2 years :)

    The scariest thing in my life was probably when I choked on a peppermint. I was probably around 10 years old and didn't know the sign for choking so my parents originally thought I was going to throw up... it was terrifying until I managed to cough it up.

  15. Happy blogoversary!! I've been doing a poor job of keeping up, but I'm thinking of you often :)

    The scariest thing that happened to me isn't very pleasant, to be honest. I woke up one morning last semester to a girl screaming/crying in the hallway of my apartment building. After a while, I went to see what was wrong, and she told me she woke up and her friend she was staying with for the night was dead; she asked me to go see if she was seeing things out of hysteria. She wasn't. You don't really want to know more than that.

    We've all recovered, but it was definitely a terrifying experience.

  16. The scariest thing that's ever happened to me is when I almost drowned in my grandparents pool when I was seven years old. Thankfully, my older sister jumped in and saved me.

    Thanks for the contest!


  17. Happy blogoversary! And I'm dying to know, do you have the clothbound Madam Bovary? It's beautiful and apparently out of print already, I've seen them on ebay for horrific prices.

    I've had a few scary experiences, probably one of the scariest was riding the Chicago el with a friend at about 3 a.m. In a crisis, he would not have been much defense. It was a really bad idea to stay out that late.

  18. Happy bloggiversary!!!! You don't have to put me in the drawing because I already have a copy, but it is a beauty!

  19. aww, I wish I was in the U.S. for this one! I have one cloth bound, must get the others. Thank you for the wonderful Literary Odyssey you've let us all join you on. I am so very glad I discovered your blog :)

  20. Happy Blogoversary! I've started to collect these clothbounds as well. Have seven so far :)

    The scariest thing I've seen was being at work and watching the Twin Towers burning. I wasn't in Manhattan, but my job had a clear view across to lower Manhattan. As for the the scariest thing I've done,I went under anesthesia for a procedure for the first time last year. I fretted about it for weeks and felt silly after it was all over.


  21. No need to enter me...just wanted to wish you a happy blogiversary!

  22. Happy Blogiversary! And many more, :)

    Well, since I JUST finished dealing with Hurricane Irene, I would have to say driving down the road yesterday when a tree came down on the car just in front of us was pretty scary. (That and the flooding, power outages, people losing their homes...) As a person who lives in the north east, we never get it this bad. Now we're just left picking up the pieces.

    kimie142002 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  23. Well, just to make your husband happy, I'll enter to win ;-).
    I feel like such a sissy because I haven't done much scary stuff. I don't even watch shows like ER or Bones because I'm such a baby. I was pretty freaked out once on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland when they had a real person dressed up as a knight and sneaking up on people. I had been on the ride many times and it had never happened before, and it has never happened since. If I didn't have friends with me at the time, I would think I imagined the whole thing! Hope that silly story counts!

    saz AT chainreader DOT com

  24. Happy Blogversary! Camping out on mattresses in our downstairs hallway this past weekend to wait out the hurricane and potential tornado was pretty scary. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Hmmm...recently the scariest thing I saw was the scene of the accident where my husband rolled his truck over a bank. He escaped with no injuries, thank god, from a situation that could have been deadly. On a lighter note, Happy Blog Anniversary!


  26. Wow, I'll have to check out these clothbounds; they're GORGEOUS. *judging how much space a set would take* Happy blogoversary, and here's to another great year of blogging insanity!

    Scariest thing: I get scared at the smallest things. So possibly me watching the first 5 minutes of The Ring before shutting it off. Or my dad forcing the 8-year old me to go on a big water slide when I couldn't swim (the lifeguard saved me). Or going on my first huge rollercoaster ride. The list is endless.

  27. Happy Blogversary!!

    Those clothbound editions are gorgeous!!

    The scariest thing that I've ever seen was a child almost getting hit by a car. I was in the car behind and a little boy ran out into the road chasing a ball. My heart skipped a beat, but thankfully the driver was able to swerve. Everyone was shaken but no one was hurt.