Friday, July 6, 2012

The Moonstone Giveaway (A Victorian Celebration).

I'm feeling quite a bit better about my progress for the celebration. I FINALLY finished Middlemarch the other night, so now I am flying through some smaller pieces!

I have to tell you that as we enter the second month of the Celebration, I am still blown away by the response. You kids just keep on reading, don't you?

And as long as you continue to read, I'm going to keep giving books away. :) I hope you don't mind!

This week's book is another that I haven't had a chance to read myself, but it is on the reading pile for the event. It is one that if I don't get to during the Celebration, I will definitely make time for it this fall.

Let's hear a little bit about it from, shall we?

"The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel’s household is above suspicion. Hailed by T. S. Eliot as ‘the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels’, The Moonstone is a marvellously taut and intricate tale of mystery, in which facts and memory can prove treacherous and not everyone is as they first appear."

Today's giveaway is for a new Barnes and Noble edition of Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone. To enter, read and comment below:
  • This giveaway will be open to any residents of the U.S. or Canada
  • You MUST be a participant of A Victorian Celebration to enter.
  • You MUST be 13 years or older
  • You do not have to follow me or subscribe to qualify
  • You MUST leave me your e-mail so that I contact you if you win
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will pick a new winner.
  • To enter, comment on this post and answer the following question: If scholars were to find ONE unpublished novel from the Victorian era, who would you want to be the author of it and why?
  • The giveaway will be open until 11:59 PM on Friday, July 13, 2012 EST.
Good luck-and I can't wait to read your answers!


  1. I would love win this book, I just finished The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Thank you for this opportunity.
    An unpublished novel by a Victorian author previously not found, I would choose George Eliot. I am currently reading Silas Marner and I so love her writing!

  2. Don't enter me as I have my own copy, but I just wanted to give you the heads up that Reading Rambo has loosely thought about hosting a Moonstone readalong in August in case you're interested. :)

  3. Oh-ho! I just finished reading the Wilkie Collins portion of the compilation novella I'm working through now (The Haunted House) - after this story and The Woman in White, I'm really starting to love this dude. Thanks for the chance at another great book!

    If it was announced tomorrow that a great Victorian novelists lost work had been found.. I think I'd secretly be hoping for something by Emily Bronte. I loved, loved, loved Wuthering Heights, and I've always been saddened that it's Emily's only novel - she has some poetry, too, but I'm not the biggest fan of poetry in general. I would be thrilled to read another long work from her, particularly as her sisters each managed to publish more than one novel.


  4. oooo an uncovered lost work? def Jane Austen!
    every Janeite would beeline it to the store for publication of that one!
    thanks for hosting and giving so generously!
    {and for providing another reading forum}!

  5. I have a copy of The Moonstone already, so no need to enter me in the drawing. However, I need to put in my two cents. I'm tempted to say Dickens but I'd have to go with Elizabeth Gaskell -- I loved North and South, and Wives and Daughters is one of my all-time favorites. So sad that she died before actually completing it!

    And I'm glad you finished Middlemarch, which is by far my favorite by Eliot.

  6. I just finished my first book of the celebration and hopefully I'll have time to read another. I still want to do my re-read of A Tale of Two Cities. Just finished The Secret Garden. Would love to enter the drawing!

  7. Definitely George Eliot. I'm (still) reading Middlemarch and I'm finding her writing to be very easy to understand and relate to. Thank you for the giveaway!