Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Giveaway! Win the new paperback version of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma very nearly made it into my Top 5 Books from 2013, but its Honorable Mention status makes it no less significant. To celebrate the book's paperback release today (and that lovely new cover), Penguin Books has very kindly offered me 1 copy of the book for a giveaway.

If you didn't catch my review the first time, here's an excerpt:

"The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards exists within the lies we tell ourselves and the lies others choose to believe. In this stunning first novel, Kristopher Jansma has accomplished a narrative feat by making the reader embrace bewilderment and questions of identity.

To properly summarize Leopards is to run the risk of spoiling its magic, but our young male narrator has yearned for notoriety ever since his flight attendant mother would leave him waiting in the concourse while she worked, depending upon other airport employees to watch him. The boy would write and write, desiring great words that would impress those around him. By impressing them, he wishes to earn their love.

We think we know his name, and then we are not sure. The process continues, and the boy ages — "growing up" is not entirely the correct term, for he still has not quite figured out who he is, or if the love he feels for a special woman is a love for her or just love for love's sake."

Read the rest here.

If you would like to be entered to win The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, leave a comment telling me: What's one "grown-up" thing you have yet to master? Make sure I have some way to contact you (email, Twitter), too.

Mine is definitely cleaning the bathroom. The mister does it because I think it's icky and I don't wanna. So there. Etc.

One entry per person. Winner will be chosen via random number generator on the evening of February 27th.

14 comments:

  1. Ooh, the bathroom is a good one. I'm bad at...actually, getting anything done. I have a tendency to put everything off because it's not /actually/ necessary yet - for instance, I've been avoiding the DMV for my (borrowed) car's re-up registration, and hey, I still have two more days! Even though I KNOW the longer I wait, the more awful the DMV will be - but ah, such is life.

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    1. I'm having similar feelings about renewing my driver's license right now. I still have until July!

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    2. PS: Anne, I need a way to contact you if you win! Email or Twitter or something similar. Is your email address in your blogger profile current?

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  2. Staying on top of the clean laundry pile.

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    1. Oh man, the only reason why I didn't say laundry was because I do eventually do it. EVENTUALLY. The bathroom, I almost always delegate.

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  3. Play after work and not the other way around. Doesn't matter how much stuff is on my ToDo list, I'll still rather sit down and watch Netflix or read a book. Like for example a 2013 debut by a brilliant author? Hint, hint. :-) (@AsaMariaBradley)

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    1. My excuse with that is "I'm still waking up! I can check my email and FB and stuff while I'm still working on coffee. It's fiiiinnnnee...."

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  4. Getting out of bed the first time the alarm goes off, not the tenth.

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    1. This is definitely my husband's thing too.

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  5. Getting up early. I work 3p-11p and anytime I have to get up in the morning like a normal person, it's a huge event

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    1. I haaaaaate having to be somewhere in the morning. It gives me anxious sleeping.

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  6. I am hopeless at cooking pasta. I mean, I can throw some noodles in a pot and hope for the best, but my pasta will never, ever be al dente. No matter if I set a timer or watch the pot religiously, it either comes out way too firm or falling apart. I was really hoping I'd have acquired this skill by now.

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    1. Pasta is one of the adulting things I have managed to get right, most of the time. Rice, on the other hand... Those skillz come and go.

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  7. Using the random number generator here: http://www.randomnumbergenerator.com/

    I got the number 2! So Melody, you are the winner!

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