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Make the Best Comment and Choose a Book!

Win a book

Inspired by a recent comment thread, we at Books LIVE have decided to start rewarding our readers – with books!

Books LIVE community members and commenters are the heart and soul of the site, so from this month (August) until we run out of books to give away (!), we will be selecting the best comment every month, and sending that person a book of their choice, from a selected list.

The first round of books, which all come from the Exclusive Books Homebru collection and are therefore proudly South African, is:

Doing Life with MandelaThe ThreeLondon – Cape Town – JoburgIncognitoCall It Like It IsBroken MonstersVyf-en-veertig skemeraandsange uit die eenbeendanser se werkruimte

 
For a chance to win one of these great titles, sign up for Book Chat and start voicing your opinions:

Thanks to Books LIVE community stalwarts Alex Smith, Colleen Higgs, Louis Greenberg, Helen Moffett, Máire Fisher, Tiah Beautement for brainstorming the competition.

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Recent comments:

  • bakinsky
    bakinsky
    August 20th, 2014 @14:58 #
     
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    I feel that bookshops should be stocking more overseas fiction/non-fiction in their stores as I find myself being recommended with brilliant books on goodreads.com and I have to then order the book through loot.co.za where they get it from overseas instead of just being able to pop into a bookstore.

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    August 20th, 2014 @15:59 #
     
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    RSA bookshops stocking more overseas titles...I hope this was a joke. Please tell me it is a joke. If it is not a joke and this comment wins then I shall call for a curse upon Ben's google glasses.

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  • jstrix@telkomsz.net
    jstrix@telkomsz.net
    August 20th, 2014 @16:25 #
     
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    What is frustrating is that Prize lists, such as the Booker, include books which haven't even been published yet, never mind made it to our local bookshops. Also, reviewers never/seldom indicate a publication date so one goes to the bookshop to buy a book only to find either that it's not yet published or that it's sold out long ago.

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  • <a href="http://andiemiller.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Andie Miller</a>
    Andie Miller
    August 20th, 2014 @20:09 #
     
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    ... and of course the fact that one can't 'like' individual comments remains frustrating.

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    August 21st, 2014 @07:46 #
     
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    What is frustrating is trying to obtain an African written, edited and published book on the Etisalat shortlist from an African bookshop and have the manager roll her eyes and say, 'Blue dot. No we don't stock those books.'

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  • SeanMayne
    SeanMayne
    August 21st, 2014 @10:33 #
     
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    On the contrary, Bakinsky, I don't feel bookshops stock enough SA/ African lit. It always seems to be stuck back around the corner in the poor man's section.

    Often wondered if a coffee chain like Vida e would stock a couple of local short story collections alongside those CD's they sell?

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    August 21st, 2014 @22:29 #
     
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    More overseas books??? Nooooooo. So strange, because just today I stopped reading a very good book because it was just -- too -- American. I've been so immersed in reading local stuff, I suddenly found myself resenting the internal translation: "What's a goldfish in this context? Oh yes, brand name for those starch calories pumped into small children -- we'd call it a little biscuit." "Why is it significant that a girl dumps a guy the day before the start of the spring semester -- and when IS the spring semester, and what is all this high-school dating one-upmanship crap anyway?" "OK, I can guess why they call this guy the 'Prom King", but I resent that the author assumes this is a universal signifier." I feel a blog post coming on.

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  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    August 25th, 2014 @10:50 #
     
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    Like ;)

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    September 1st, 2014 @13:33 #
     
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    On one lazy drive through the plains of the Elephant Park, I had an idea: I wondered if it might help with conversations if you added at this section:
    Add your comment here:
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    Add your comment here (AND STAND A CHANCE TO WIN BOOKS, WINE AND TICKETS TO GEOFF DYER AT OPEN BOOK):
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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    September 1st, 2014 @13:34 #
     
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    It could change according to what delicious books or wine or such are on offer each month...

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  • <a href="http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/quotidian/" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    tiah
    September 1st, 2014 @18:07 #
     
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    New reader challenge - pair the book with wine. Although with some books, harder stuff would be more apt.

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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/helenayp" rel="nofollow">helenep</a>
    helenep
    September 2nd, 2014 @12:39 #
     
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    I think all book recommendations should come with a "to be read while drinking ..." section - be it tea, whiskey or a wooded chardonnay.

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  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    September 8th, 2014 @11:46 #
     
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    The first winner has been chosen and it's (drumroll please) Alex Smith, for making the comment that inspired the competition! (So meta.)

    The winning comment: http://modjaji.bookslive.co.za/blog/2014/08/06/a-true-history-of-the-trials-and-endeavours-of-a-small-publisher/#comment-43899

    We've @ed you on Twitter too, Alex, with the deets. Congratulations :)

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    September 8th, 2014 @14:12 #
     
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    Why congratulations, Alex! :)

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  • Maire
    Maire
    September 9th, 2014 @12:00 #
     
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    Congrats, Alex!

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    September 10th, 2014 @20:03 #
     
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    Thank you very much. I'm thrilled to be getting a copy of The Three. Yay!

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