Minor rambling PLUS my first EVER giveaway!

So I had an advance review ready for “Wrecked” by Charlotte Roche but Harper Collins got in touch and asked me to hold off as they want to get a bit more of a buzz going for the book ad because none of the big newspapers/mags had had a chance to review it yet.  Damn!  I could have had a scoop!  Never mind… Instead, I’ll treat you to a Six Word Review (much like Hemingway’s Six Word Story):  Neuroses abound, “we” in every bite.

Oooooh, mystifying!  I’ll keep you updated on when the full review comes out but seriously?  I can’t stop thinking about this book.  That being said it was pretty heavy reading so I’m looking forward to a good thriller… namely “Where the Devil Can’t Go” by Anya Lipska.  This should be an advance review so keep your peepers peeled towards the start of next week for the review.  To whet your appetite, here’s a trailer for the book:

Have I ever mentioned that I think it’s amazing that they’re making TRAILERS for BOOKS??!!  Brilliant.

Anyhow, now for the super fun stuff.

I’m doing my first ever giveaway!

So basically I have a crap-ton of books, both on my kindle and on the shelf and it’s driving me and N batty.  So I’d like to give away one of the books off of my shelf every so often, just to lighten the load.  I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to books but part of me thinks (hopes!) that if I know a book is going to a loving home I’ll be happier to part with it.  Stay tuned… you might get your mitts on some really interesting titles if you play your cards right!

For my first giveaway, I’m offering up my copy of Christopher Winn’s “I Never Knew That About London“!!!

So what do you have to do to win?  Well it’ll be something different each time around but this time in the comments I want you to tell me where the most exciting place is that you’ve ever been… and it can be as random as you want!  I’ll use a random number generator to select the winner on Friday morning at 9am (UK time!).  I’ll ship anywhere so location shouldn’t be a factor.

How exciting!


If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.

PS – OMG OMG OMG OMG.  I now own this blog.  Seriously.  I have a “pro” account now and will have a real life domain soon.  I feel as if I’m being crushed under the weight of pressure to perform and do my $99 proud.  But in a good way.  I think.

11 thoughts on “Minor rambling PLUS my first EVER giveaway!

  1. The most exciting place I’ve ever been to, I suppose, is an old Russian Army Station near Berlin, Germany. It was built by the Germans in the late 1930s and then used by the Russians until the mid-90s. It’s a huge area and kind of creepy (even with the sun shining).
    I went with some friends and we wanted to take photos of the buildings, but to get inside we had to climb through broken windows (sometimes on the first floor, so there was some tree climbing involved as well :D). It was really creepy, but also exciting and interesting, as you never knew what (or who) expected you when you opened one of the half-rotten doors.
    Adding to this, this area is in the middle of nowhere and once you’re there it feels a bit like you’re stepping back into time…loved it 🙂
    here’s one of my photos from the old gym, so you might get an idea of this place 🙂
    hope you enjoyed that 😉

  2. Well, I’ve been to the University of Evansville’s Wesley Shepard Honor Band twice now. It sounds not-that-exciting, but I’ve made friendships and connections there that I never would elsewhere. The campus is beautiful there in May–so many flowers and greenery against the brick and marble–and the weathee was the same both time: a light drizzle in the morning that fades into a warm, sunny afternoon. And the stage? The best.

  3. I idolized Robin Hood growing up. When I came to the UK at about 6 years old I won a Robin Hood experience day and nearly made myself physically sick with excitement. I can’t even TELL you how magical Sherwood Forest is, especially since it was so alien to the Indian scenery I was used to. I really thought I’d stepped into a legend. I visited the oak he lived in! I watched archers shooting straw stuffed bullseyes! I saw falconers! I saw my first motherfucking real life medieval castle! Where Maid Marion had actually lived!

    Seriously, I realize ‘Nottingham’ sounds crap as an answer but I don’t think I’ve spent a whole day on such a high ever again. We’ll ignore the heartbreak that came two years later when I found out that he wasn’t real 😥

  4. Hi! I don’t know if this is exciting … but the most memorial place for me was huddling up under an air dryer — in a bathroom — on ferry boat — halfway across the English Channel. I was hitching from France to Ireland, it was the middle of the night, and the COLDEST i have ever been. I couldn’t sleep on the deck. But when I found the bathroom with the hot air dryer, I just pointed the nozzle downward and sat there!

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