Win A Book: Your Choice of Brand New Books!

win a book for Summer Reading

Summer Reading


We can debate endlessly what makes “summer reading”.  For some, summer–a week or two away in a cabin or by the beach–is a time to catch up on books you never have time for like Ulysses or Moby Dick. For others, summer means light and frothy.  I tend to side with the light and frothy side–books I can breeze through without a lot of thought. Written in words I don’t have to look up, with fun characters that may or may not stick with me. But whichever side of the equation you’re on, I have a book for you. Here’s how to win a book.


During the month of June, every new e-mail subscriber to A Traveler’s Library  will be entitled to choose a book. ONE book per subscriber. Present subscribers–I don’t want to leave you out. So if you forward your e-mail from A Traveler’s Library to a friend, and tell me you did it in a comment, and then the friend subscribes, they get a book and you can pick a book, too.


Win a book from the list at the bottom of this page–your choice. And I’ll add some of the books I’m reviewing this month, too, in case you want to play the odds and wait to choose. They will be brand new books I reviewed during the previous two months and during June. As books are selected, I will type a line through them on the list.


The period of sign up for an eligible e-mail subscription ends on June 30, 2013. However, you have one week after that to make your selection (Last day to request a book, July 8).  I will contact you via your e-mail newsletter subscription and you will need to reply to my e-mail and give me your mailing address, and statement that you are over 18 in order to choose your book . The usual rules of A Traveler’s Library contests apply (gotta be over 18, have a mailing address in the U.S., etc.) To see all the fine print, go to our Contest Page. And to contact me directly, write to me at my G-mail address..


And Here’s the Win a Book List –More to Come

You can search in the search box to see what I had to say about each book, if you need a reminder. Remember, you can request NOW if you are a subscriber, or immediately when you subscribe. OR you can wait until the end of June when I will have added more books. But you only get one choice.

Titles with a line through, have gone to another reader.

Communion, by Kim Fay, a memoir of a culinary journey through Vietnam, with some recipes.

What Changes Everything by Masha Hamilton, novel that swings from Afghanistan to Brooklyn.

Death in the Vines by M. L. Longworth, a mystery set in Province

The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay, set in Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia

Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman, a romance with adventure on the east coast of Australia. TWO COPIES AVAILABLE.

The Serenity Murders, A Turkish Delight Mystery by Mehmet Murat Somer, Mystery set in Turkey

The Bottom of the Jar by Abdellatif Laabi, Memoir in Morocco

There’s a God for That by Joseph Honton, Memoir in Japan

Rising Son By Charles R. Scott, Memoir, father/son bicycle trip in Japan

The Lost Artist by Gail Lukasik, mystery set in southern Illinois

All Those Things We Never Said by Marc Levy, New York novel by French writer

The Maid and the Queen:The Secret History of Joan of Arc by Nancy Goldstone, Non-fiction French history

Better Than Fiction , Don George, Editor, collection of essays from around the world

Mumbai New York Scranton by Tamara Shopsin, memoir in the 3 places in title.

The Disciple of Las Vegas: An Ava Lee Novel by Ian Hamlton, mystery novel in Las Vegas and other locations

Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson, historical novel set in Northern Africa during WWII

The Sadness of the Samurai by Victor del Arbol, historic novel/mystery, Spain

Crossing on the Paris, by Dana Gynther, Historic Novel, France to America on an ocean liner.

Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker’s Adventures in the New Iran, by Jamie Maslin, a memoir set in Iran

Alibis: Essays on Nowhere by Andre Aciman, Essays/memoir set in Alexandra, Egypt and several other cities.

A Room With a Pew: Sleeping Our Way Through Spain’s Ancient Monasteries by Richard Starks and Miriam Murcutt, Guidebook/memoir– Spain

Harmattan, by Gavin Weston, Novel set in Africa

All Men are Liars, by Alberto Manguel. Novel set in Madrid.

Istanbul, a Cultural History, by Peter Clark, a guide book

Vera Marie Badertscher

Travel and lifestyle writer, wife, mother and grandmother. Publisher of A Traveler’s Library and Ancestors in Aprons>. Also co-authored a biography of Navajo artist Quincy Tahoma.

Vera Marie Badertscher – who has written posts on A Traveler's Library.

7 thoughts on “Win A Book: Your Choice of Brand New Books!

  1. I, too, am amazed that you find the time to read all these books! I wish I had more time to read. Don’t send me a book. I have a stack I need to finish. Especially enjoying Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

    1. Alexandra: You don’t get a book by commenting this time, you have to subscribe. I understand your dilemma with keeping up with good books. I figure I generally need to read 50 pages a day.

  2. How do you read so many books? This is certainly a generous offer to your readers. Since I have a mound of books waiting to be read, including the Alpine Sierra Trailblazer Guide that you sent me, I’ll pass on entering the contest but am happy to spread the word.

  3. Hello,

    I just signed up for your mailing list. Not sure how to proceed with requesting my free book. Here’s the one I’d like: Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker’s Adventures in the New Iran, by Jamie Maslin, a memoir set in Iran.

    Please let me know how to proceed.

  4. Vera, I don’t want a book- we just moved and I have no room for more – but I had to write to say how amazed I am at your list. You must be a very fast reader to get through so many books! And very well traveled , I might add.

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