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Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:53
So, we had two competitions recently that have just ended. Win a whole load of Oxford World's Classics and win a Nintendo 3DS. We had similar amount of entries for both - many thousands, but nice to see... more entries to win the Classics! Literature V Video games smackdown! Literature wins!!
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 08:36
We had some wonderful entries, so thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to write in. But we had to have a winner and that is Thalia Troianou:
"I cannot claim that the very first book I ever read was romantic fiction. Far from it. I think I started reading fantasy and science fiction when I was in my early teens and to this day I enjoy losing myself in different worlds and dimensions. But romantic fiction was always around in my house. When we moved to a new country my mother would read romances to help her with the language and my grandmother is such a huge fan of the genre that almost her entire library is comprised of romantic fiction books. But strangely enough the first romance I ever read was a book I borrowed from a girl at a summer camp. To his day I still remember the plot and the look of the book. It wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination; comparing it to the plethora of romantic fiction books I've read since I can safely say that it was below average. But its impact on me was tremendous. For the first time I read a story about the relationship between a couple, the interactions between two people of the opposite sex. It wasn't about the physical relationship; most of the books then did not contain any graphic descriptions of sex, and to be honest I was not yet old enough to actually know what exactly a physical relationship meant. But the story itself fascinated me. As soon as I got back from the summer camp I read all the romantic fiction books we had at home and then I started on my grandmother's library. It took a while to realize that real life did not always include a happily ever after like the books did, but still all these books helped me see, and partly learn about, situations I had never encountered before. Many people look at romantic fantasy and scorn it but the right book - even a romantic fiction book - can teach you something interesting and useful, especially as a young adult trying to make sense of the world.
I still read romantic fiction. I read it for fun, for relaxing and sometimes for my peace of mind as it has helped me through really difficult stages of my life. When everything around you is falling to pieces and there's nothing you can do but struggle and endure, a good book - especially a fun book with a happy ending - can make life a little more bearable (at least for me).
So really romantic fiction is a big part of my reading library and my life. And it always will be.
P.S. I cannot help but recommend a few of my absolutely favorite books, books I've read so many times that they fell apart and I had to buy them again, even though I can quote them almost verbatim. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell are three masterpieces everyone should read."
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:32
Over at flickr we've been running a competition for you to send in your holiday snap and win a camera and £500 holiday voucher (thanks to Frommer's guides). Thanks for all your entries and it's been great to look at the over 3500 pics as they have been uploaded.
But, there has to be a winner, and here it is...
Congratulations 'skinnygreys', camera and voucher with you very soon.
ps We sent you a message through Flickrmail.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:24
It was a VERY hard question and only 18581 of you got it right. Hats off to you! But we had to have some champions so congratulations to lupatria, andee22, aikychien, diatalv, doerthe, herodesatticus, jessica, menichovam, maricaportelli and autumnfoliage22.
Here's the King who was the right answer, giving a speech.
You can buy Laurence Olivier here.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:46
And we chose a winner. This is Maely's doodle from Jelogisa, a wonderful combination of colour and randomness!
Many, many thanks to all the entries which can be seen here. It was a tough choice.
Hope you enjoy all the great Walker titles making their way to you, Maely.
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