Sunday, September 4, 2011

Buried Treasure & A Book Giveaway

The unexpected reward I received for tidying up my desk today was uncovering a slim paperback titled “We Really Do Need Each Other,” by Reuben Welch. I think I picked this up as a library discard years ago. It’s a tiny 160 pages of truth about the ways human beings connect.

Tomorrow I’m taking my mother to an appointment where the time spent in the waiting room is never under an hour and a half. Instead of getting upset about the wait, tomorrow I’m going to feed my spirit with these words.

What do you do to nurture yourself throughout the week?

YA and MG Book Giveaway

In celebration of my daughter launching her brand new book blog, I'm holding a giveaway. Up for grabs are three books: one of Amanda's favorite YA books, Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

One of my favorite YA books,The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

And a MG book we both absolutely adore, A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Lisa Urban

To enter:

You can increase your chances of winning by:

Leaving her a comment (+1)

Following this blog (Out on a Limb) and leaving a comment to let me know you want to be entered (+1)

Spreading the word about this contest on your blog (and letting me know you've done so) (+3)

Winners will be contacted on Monday, September 19th.


  1. I love those kinds of surprises, finding something like this that was misplaced. And a doctor's office is a great place for reading and helps to pass the time. I like to read during the week for nurturing. So relaxing at the end of a busy day.

    How cool that your daughter started a blog! I haven't read any of those books yet, so count me in. I'm going to her blog to sign up now!

  2. Great giveaway. I follow your daughter and you. I also left a comment on your daughter's blog. I think that gives me +2

  3. Oh, I love it when cleaning yields a nice reward like that. I hope your mother's appointment goes well.

    Also, so cool that your daughter started a blog! I'm off to check it out. I'll let someone else have the giveaway books, though! ;-)

  4. Hi stopping by from the campaign. I love finding old books and reading them again like they're brand new. Congrats on your daughter's blog!! I'm inviting all of the members of my groups in the campaign to do a guest post on fridays if you're interested just let me know!

  5. Those doctor appointments with my mom give me the same block of time. I so understand that hour to hour and a half. Lovely book to have along.

  6. Love the blog. I'm a follower on both your blogs.

  7. Oh and I've mentioned your Book giveaway on my blog.

  8. Hi Ruth, I'm enjoying your blog. You're doing a great job with it. I'm sorry that I don't 'follow' any blogs, so I'm not trying to enter your contest. But I did want to tell anybody who's considering entering it that I agree with you and your daughter about A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT. It's delightful!

    Happy day to you! Ev

  9. Hi Ruth! I'm a follower of both you and your daughter's blog. Great choice in giveaway books, BTW. I loved Crooked and The Book Thief. Enjoy your reading time tomorrow. It's so important to know how to nurture ourselves. Reading does it for me, too. So does a sprinkle donut, coffee, and the morning paper! =)

  10. Fun giveaway! I have the Book Thief on my nightstand in my To Be REad pile! That mg looks supercute!
    Enjoy your uninterrupted reading time!

  11. I would love to enter as well!

    I'm following Amanda, and I left her a comment as well.

    I'm following you, and I'm commenting. :)

    I'll have a blog post about this contest up on my blog tomorrow.

    Yay! Lovely, lovely giveaway. :)

  12. Some of my favorite books have been library discards.

    I'll check out your daughter's blog.

    Have a great week.

  13. Ruth, I gave you an award on my blog.

  14. Hi Ruth. I came here through Samantha's blog and the Platform Campaign. You've given me an incentive to clean my own desk, seeking buried treasure. You asked the question "What do you do to nurture yourself during the week?" It's a tough question. I have to ask myself constantly. I've been seeing my doctor about a series of ailments and on one visit her prescription was "take 30 minutes for yourself every day." It's hard to do, but she's right.

  15. Cool! Congrats to your daughter and I will definitely follow here. Please enter me in the giveaway. Now let me go and put something on my own blog about this. Great giveaways by the way!

  16. I hope your mother's appointment went well! Each week is different, but a good story can really pull me through when I need a pick-me-up (it can be a book/movie/TV show, as long as it's a story that takes me out of reality). Your daughter's new book blog looks great. I've followed her and left a comment, and I've followed you too :) Please enter me in the contest, and thanks for having it!

  17. Hi Lyn, I agree, reading is the best way to pass the time in waiting rooms. I usually keep a book and a few magazines in my car so I'll always have something with me that I'm really interested in reading.

    Kelly, thanks for participating in the contest and thanks again for the award!

    Crystal, her appointment did go well. Thanks!

    Dafeenah, yes, I love rereading a good book. You always get something new out of it depending on where you are in your own life.

    C. Lee, We usually turn those doctor appointments into little outings - going out to eat afterwards or getting her hair done while we're out. It easily turns into half the day.

    Terrie, Thanks again for mentioning the contest on your blog!

    Ev, Thanks so much for stopping by. Linda Urban has a new book coming out soon - we can't wait.

    Dawn, oh if you're going to bring up food, then I vote for chocolate peanut butter ice cream!

    Kelly, You are going to love The Book Thief. Thanks for stopping by.

    Cat, Yay! thanks for participating and for blogging about the contest!

    Hi Julie. Did you uncover any treasure? Hope so. Your doctor is so right. Even ten minutes can make a difference. I stopped at the beach on my way home, just long enough to slip off my shoes and put my feet in the water.

    Allyn, thanks for entering and passing along the word on your blog.

    Stephanie, glad to see you here. Thanks for entering. I agree, a good story can be a great break from reality. My mother watches Judging Amy every afternoon while I'm at her house. Now she's gotten me wrapped up in it too.

  18. I love THE BOOK THIEF!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Ruth!

  19. Hi found you through the campaign! Just stopped by your daughter's blog and now I'm following you both!

  20. What a fun contest! Thanks so much for giving away these lovely books!

    I followed your daughter's blog (so cute!) and your blog as well. Hope you're having a lovely Friday!

  21. Wow... I never find anything useful when I clean my bio-hazard of a desk. Mostly just long lost sandwiches or hair-clips that have been forgotten...and maybe the occasionally rare research paper that ran away with my lucky paperclip.

    Congratulations to your daughter starting her new blog! Also, thank you so much for the birthday wish! I regret that I only got to eat one piece of the cake....but I don't think I needed anymore than that. However, I'm still on the hunt for the thief ^_^. Also, I'm glad you liked the songs. The one by Karmina is slowly taking a hold of the number one slot on my songs list.

  22. Congrats to your daughter! i'm on my way- thanks so much for your comment on my blog:)

  23. Hope all went well for your mother. I couldn't possibly imagine what would emerge if I ever got around to tidying my desk. It's piled embarrassingly high with all manner of papery junk.

  24. Great Giveaways! The winner will be lucky.

    I enjoy reading what you post, so you are one of my picks for an award!

  25. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    Im a new follower of your blog and your daughters.
    Also commented on your daughters blog.

  26. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I have all three books on my wishlist. I'm following both you and your daughters blog.

  27. If the giveaway is open worldwide, I would like to be entered.

    I have Joined as a Follower on your daughter's blog.

    I Follow your blog.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  28. Love the blog. I'm a follower on both your blogs

    rogcaprino [at]hotmail [DOT] com

  29. Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway. I'm a follower on both blogs! I also commented (under this same name) on your daughter's blog (under the review Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder) :)

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  30. Oh fun! I just went to follower her and comment! I am leaving a comment here! I will also post on FB, twitter and my blog to help spread the word. How fun to celebrate your daughters launch!

    My email is abfowers[at]msn[dot]com

  31. Hi, I'd love to be in the hat if that is ok. I have been following your blog for a while (I am from the short story group of the campaign) but I have just followed your daughter's blog and I have actually sent her an email to see if she would like a review copy of my book as well.

  32. Coleen, Caroline, Belle, and Creepy Query Girl, thanks for stopping by my blog and my daughter's blog. Glad to have you entered in the contest!

    Rosalind, I had to sort through lots of papery junk before uncovering that little gem!

    Alynza, thanks again, for the award!

    Laura and Bookflame, thanks for stopping by. Nice to have you here and glad you entered the contest!

    Ms Saba, thanks so much for the award!

    Buddy T, I've entered you in the contest. Thanks for stopping by!

    Roro and I LuvReading, thanks for following. Good luck in the contest.

    Abby, You Rock!! Thanks for joining in the contest and helping to spread the word!

    Rebecca, glad to have you on board with the contest. My daughter was just telling me about your email. How exciting. Congrats on the book!

  33. This sounds cool :) I'm following you and your daughter, and I left a comment on her blog. So that's +2 :)

  34. Following you and your daughter. Left comments on both. That's +2. I tried to e-mail you today to see if you were still interested in joining a pb crit group. We have an opening, and 5 interested people vying for the spot. If want more info, e-mail me at wildbike @ Hope I win a book!

  35. I would love to be entered please. I follow your daughter and you. I also left a comment on your daughter's blog. Total = 2


  36. Already follow your blog and I followed your daughters and left a comment!

  37. Am following your blog and your daughters. So cool -- a mother-daughter team. Must be fun. Have heard great things about the Book Thief and it's been on my list to read/review. Have left a message on your daughter's blog.