Book Giveaway!

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To celebrate 1000 followers, I have decided to host this giveaway. But first, a few words to thank you all.

When I started this blog on the 22nd of February, it was more of an experiment. I wanted to use it to have something that is mine, to do something that I like. Followers were never my concern and to be honest, if I would have reached 100 that would have been an amazing achievement for me. The first 100 came and after that, the number grew and grew and here we are today, at an amazing 1000 followers. My first post was titled “A New Journey” and boy, what a journey it has been. I know these two words sound so soulless by now, after being said so many times, but THANK YOU. To each and every one of you, who have been with me on this journey. I hope it lasts.

Now, back to the giveaway. To host this giveaway I will be using Book Depository. I will, however, make things a bit more interesting. Instead of offering just one book that you all compete for, I will be offering three different books, and the winner will be able to choose ONE of the three. I want to do this because I do not want to force people to read something they do not like. Or rather, people will not even apply for this giveaway, if they do not like the book, and because I would like as many people as possible to participate, I think this is the best way to do it.

This giveaway is not sponsored by Book Depository or WordPress!

That being said, here are the three books you get to choose from:

It by Stephen King

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‘They float…and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too.’To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.It is the children who see – and feel – what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. 

As with every giveaway, there are a few rules:

  1. Make sure that Book Depository ships to your country!
  2. Share this post, so others have a chance to participate (the shared post has to be on your blog until the end of the giveaway).
  3. Leave a comment, stating which book out of the three you would like to read. The comment has to be under this post. Nowhere else!

The winner will be announced on 21st of October, 2017 at 12:00 UTC+2. The decision will be made by a random number or name (depends on how many participants there will be) shuffle. Video proof will be posted.

After the winner has been announced, they will have a week to email me their personal information. If they do not, another winner will be chosen.

Following my blog is not necessary! I do not want to have new followers just because of the giveaway, and have them have zero interest in my content.

Now, because I want this to be fair, considering the statement above, I have decided that everyone that has been a follower from 1-1000, will get two entries. This means, you have a higher chance of winning. I think this is fair, as I would not have reached so many followers without you clicking that button, and I want to give you a slightly higher chance of winning. That is the least I can do.

This is not all!

I will also choose another person (from all of you who will be competing) that is going to win a handmade bookmark from CrochetByRine. The bookmark color will be random, because what her shop has to offer might change in the meantime.

Good luck to everyone!

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Gibberish #29

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Hey everyone!

We are 7 followers away from hitting 1000! Because I believe we can make it today, I will not waste your time and bore you in this week’s Gibberish. Take the energy you would normally waste to read this, and use it to convince your friends to give me a follow. We can do it!

The giveaway starts as soon as 1000 hits. Details in the next post!

Earth Sentinels: The Storm Creators by Elizabeth M. Herrera

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Kindle: $6.09
Paperback: $12.95

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This daring adventure begins with the fallen angel Bechard somberly observing the world’s natural resources being destroyed by mankind’s greed, corruption and indifference. Realizing drastic measures are needed, he searches for people who might join his quest to protect the planet before it’s too late. The fallen angel finds the 17-year-old, big-hearted Zachary, who had hoped to take over the family’s organic farm until fracking ruined their water supply, and Billy White Smoke, a mysterious Native American who is the young man’s mentor. Bechard also discovers Haruto, a courageous woman and spiritual healer living in Fukushima, Japan, who wants to fix the nuclear meltdown that is raging out of control; Mahakanta, a cotton farmer in India, who commits suicide after his GMO crops failed; an Amazonian tribal shaman and his beautiful daughter, Conchita, who are fighting against intruders illegally tearing down their rainforest; and the Bear Claw First Nation tribe members who are dealing with an unstoppable oil spill that is ruining their traditional hunting grounds. Blue doors and ethereal mists beckon the characters to a spirit realm where they meet the mastermind Bechard and form an alliance. Together, they use supernatural powers to grab the world’s attention, demanding that the world’s leaders implement the changes…or else. But as the events unfold and governments retaliate, the characters are forced to question their motives, fight for their lives and listen to their hearts. 

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PSA: This review was scheduled prior to the natural disaster in the US. It was in no way chosen to rub it in people’s face. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those, who lost their homes, and to those, who lost even more than that. 

Elizabeth M. Herrera, yet again, strikes with an unbelievable story. Just like the previous book I reviewed (Dreams of Heaven), this one deals with the spirit world too. Although, not quite in the same way. Let us get to it.

Warning: This will not be your usual “cover all the details in the story” review.

The book deals with corruption and destruction of our environment, our world. The destruction that, in the end, leads to natural disasters. The first few chapters in the book are used to provide different points of view from different people. Whether it be native tribes or business men, buying their shares of forests to ruin.

The author then switches the view-point and focuses it on, what we could call, the spirit of our world. The spirit that oversees everything and manages to connect the people, who will fight to save the world around them. Not for money, but for themselves and the future generations. The same people who lost everything, because others did not care about them. Does it sound awfully familiar to what we are experiencing in our world right now? I will not go into more detail regarding the story, because you need to pick it up and read it for yourself. The ending is superb.

What I want to do in this review, however, is raise a few questions, and I want each and every one of you to answer them to yourself.

Who have we become? Why are we willing to sell our souls for a few glorified papers that we call “money”? Why are we destroying not only our world, but the world of future generations? Believe it or not, but we are here only for a fraction of a moment. In that fraction of a moment, we can make a difference. We can influence others. Not with money, but with good deeds. Help each other. Nothing else will ever matter. There is no amount of money in this world that you can trade to live another life. If you do not believe me, ask Steve Jobs.

The reason I cut this review short, and in the end, it is basically not even a review anymore, is because this blog does not deserve it. This book is not something you can review, because it speaks to you on a higher level. I could go on blabbing about how corruption is bad and whatever, but what would be the point? Read the book. Let it influence you, and make your own review, in your head. Share that review. Share the idea.

Book recommendation: 10/10

Book Depository: A Story

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Hey everyone!

So, here is the story I wanted to share with you regarding Book Depository.

If I buy new books, it is from Book Depository. They usually have the lowest prices on the market with their constant discounts, plus free shipping worldwide. So it is a real no brainer. I followed the same path as I usually do, when I ordered E.K. Johnstone’s Ahsoka (Star Wars fan, do not judge me), only that this time it arrived a bit damaged. And with a bit I mean really minimum damage that probably happened during transport. But you know me, and how I love my books to be perfect, so I went and contacted the support. They wanted to offer me a 20% refund, which I politely declined, and just asked them to reconsider their packaging options (maybe use the bubble wrap envelopes). The books usually ship in a carton envelope, which offers them great protection, but if the book is small enough, it moves around. In the end the envelope damages the book that it is supposed to be protecting. Quite ironic, I know.

The assistant told me that even though they are always on the lookout for different types of packaging that they currently can not offer any other. She also said that she would direct my message, as I have requested, to the people calling the shots, just so they know about the issue. At that moment I thought that my job is done, and that it probably will not change a thing, but at least I tried. Boy was I wrong.

A couple of days later I went and ordered another book, this time it was Greg Rucka’s Smuggler’s Run (I do not feel any shame whatsoever, come fight me). I was in for a surprise when the book arrived.

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It got here in a bubble wrap envelope. And not only that. It was in perfect condition.

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Not only do they listen to the requests and complaints, but they also act accordingly. And that is why Book Depository will have my business until I die.

PS: If this inspired you to buy a book from them, please buy it from my referral link. You will not be charged with anything extra, but it will help me out. 

Top 5 Places to Visit – Slovenia

Here are the top 5 places that I recommend that you visit, in case you get lost, and stumble across my country.

Bled

This Alpine lake with the only island in Slovenia has been a world-renowned paradise for centuries, impressing visitors with its natural beauty, wealth of legend, and special powers to restore well-being. Look out at the lake from a castle on a cliff and visit the island on a traditional “pletna” boat.

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Piran and salt pans

The most beautiful town on the Slovenian coast grew with the help of salt. The Piran salt pans, where the world-class fleur de sel (flower of salt) is still produced today using age-old methods, were the reason why the picturesque Mediterranean walled town, with its church with a view and cultural attractions, flourished.

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Postojna cave.

The most visited tourist cave in Europe is a place where the proteus or olm offspring are once again hatching. The cave railway has been operating at the cave for 140 years. The cave is connected to Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world.

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And the last one, because it is in my hometown…

World’s Oldest Vine

The heart of Maribor, Lent, is home to the oldest vine in the world. At more than 400 years old it’s the only plant boasting its own museum – the Old Vine House. Maribor hosts a number of events celebrating the old vine, such as the Pruning of the Old Vine, St. Martin’s Day, and the Old Vine Festival. Believe it or not, the Old Vine even has its own anthem, and the locals are only too keen to let you hear it.

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Oh, and if you are a football fan, you might want to visit Ljudski Vrt, home of FC Maribor.

Crochet By Rine

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Hey everyone!

Did you ever want to take a book with you on a trip, but was too afraid it will get damaged? Or maybe you are tired of wrapping your books like this:

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Well, Crochet By Rine has a simple solution for you. You can buy a very cheap, hand-made book pocket that will not only protect your book, but protect them with style!

Alright, I suck at advertising things, but it is all true. A couple of months ago I suggested @rinereads that she should try selling the stuff she makes, because she is great at it. She was crazy enough to consider it, and a couple of weeks later, the shop is up and running! You can get bookmarks, book pockets and even kindle pockets, for (in my opinion) very low, and most importantly, affordable prices.

This is a plea to all my followers. Please, check out her shop, and if you like something, buy it.

Some of you might be going on a rampage now, saying: “Why is he advertising this?! He probably got it for free, and now wants us to buy it!” Well, no. You can calm down. I told Katherine that I do not want anything in exchange for this, and I went and bought a pocket that I liked. You can even see that my purchase is currently the only one.

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Please, do not let it stay that way.

I will advertise her shop weekly now, for a month or so, just to make sure that everyone had a chance to see it. If it does not work out, well hey, at least we tried. But it is you, my followers, that hold that power in the end.

Gibberish #28

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Guess who’s back, back again?

Hey everyone!

I am back, and ready to get this blog back on its path. That means Gibberish on Mondays, articles on Wednesdays and book reviews on Fridays. Now, I do have something ready for Tuesdays also, but I will leave that to be a secret for you until tomorrow.

I am still unavailable for reviews, and it will stay this way until I read through the few books that I still have sitting on my bookshelf. Because I release one review per week, I will only have a week or two left for new requests. This is because I have reserved December completely, and it will be Christmas/New year themed. So, if you are an author, and have a December themed book, you can contact me, as I still have a couple of spots opened. If you do not have a December themed book, but still want my review, then I suggest you check back again every Monday, because I will make an announcement when I am accepting requests again. Keep in mind that there are only a couple of spots left for that too.

I also want to publicly thank the person, who bought a book through my referral link on Book Depository. You rock! 

As I said, in order to keep things transparent, here is the screenshot. It will also appear in the donations tab, where you can also get more details on how it all works.

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Speaking of Book Depository, I have a great story to share with you guys, but you will have to wait until Thursday for that. As you can see, this week is going to be full. Go big or go home, right? The problem is that I am writing this from home, so I am not exactly sure what that says about me.

We are also very near to hitting 1000 followers! As I said a couple of months back, the giveaway is already planned and ready to go. Please, share my blog with your friends, family, neighbours, your ex, and the cashier at your store. The sooner we reach 1000 followers, the sooner you will all have a chance to compete for an award.

All right, this is all for today. Feels good to be back.

See you all tomorrow.

– Viking