WTF Wednesday

This week's WTF Wednesday is all about duplications. Book duplications. You see, upon our recent Big Move into our new abode, we discovered book title duplications. Many book title duplications.

WTF? Are we the only ones who have this problem?

As it turns out, our ineptitude is your gain.

Over the next few weeks, A Reader's Respite will be offering up some of our duplicate titles for you to read and enjoy.

Now anyone who is a serious Historical Fiction connoisseur has devoured Sharon Kay Penman's novels. Falls the Shadow is one of her best, in our considered opinion.

Falls the Shadow is the story of Simon de Montfort, 13th century Earl of Leicester who was the champion of the common people during the inept reign of King Henry III.

Penman is known for her impeccable research that she turns into riveting stories. Once you've read a Penman novel, you will immediately want to read all of them. Really, she's that good.

So good, as a matter of fact, that A Reader's Respite has managed to mysteriously acquire two copies of this particular novel and wants one of you, dear readers, to have one.

So how does this work? Just leave us a comment telling us you'd like to enter.

That's it. So simple. You don't have Twitter this, you don't have to become a follower or subscribe to the blog. Just leave a comment and you're entered. International peeps are always welcome to enter, too.

Just remember to check back here on October 20th to see if you've won!


  1. Don't enter me but I wanted to reassure you that any of us who engage in collocation (often suspected to put hair on your chest) would find quite a few duplicates!

  2. Ooo enter me! I've only read one of her books and it was by far the one of the top historical fiction books I've ever read.

    P.S. Love your contest. I don't make people tweet or follow or whatever on my contests either. Thank you.

  3. Sweet! Please enter me :)


  4. I would like to enter. The book sounds great: thereadingjourney[at]gmail[dot]com

  5. no need to enter me...

    I just want to say you are not the only person with multiple copies. When I cataloged my books on Library Thing, I found that I had three copies of Edith Hamilton's Mythology and two copies of Brideshead Revisted.

  6. I think we all do it, for whatever reason! I guess I have so many lying around that I forget! OK, since you are glowing about this particular book, I will trust you and throw my name into the hat. rnawrot at cfl dot rr dot com

  7. I manage to discover duplicate copies too! I don't, however, have this book, and it sounds divine, so I'd love to win! Thanks for keeping the contest simple too!

  8. thanks for the international contest! I haven't read this one so I'd love to enter...


  9. I love historical fiction...please count me in...thanks.

    karen k

  10. I loooooove Penman's work that I've read, but I haven't read (or yet acquired) this one, so I'd very much like to do so.


  11. I would love to be entered and haven't read anything by this author, so it would be a treat (because I trust your opinion). :)

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

    And yes, I have found duplicates. Usually I come home from a used book store with a duplicate or two that I haven't realized I already owned.

  12. I haven't read any of her books, but I would love to read this one based on reviews and reader comments. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    Thanks for the ease of entry on this giveaway also.

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  13. I'm glad I'm not the only one who accidentally buys duplicate books sometimes. Please enter me in the drawing for the Penman novel!

  14. I only have deliberate multiples. ;) Except, I have two cpoes of War & Peace-one I got for Christmas in the new P&V translation, which I love. The other is the old translation, which I don't want to read, but it was given to me by a dear Russian professor and has a wonderful inscribed note. So I refuse to part with it!

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway-I keep meaning to try Sharon Kay Penman and then forgetting! (I also love your attitude to giveaways-when I become employed and can do giveaways again, that's what I'm going to do!)


  15. I know of a certain someone who deliberatly goes about buying duplicates of a book she loved. Sigh! Most of them are classics.
    I wish I had the money :)

    Enter me for this one! I would love to read this.

    givingreadingachance AT

  16. Sounds like a great author and an interesting book. I'd love to win. Thanks for the chance!
    And, for the record, I have a few duplicate books as well. Although most of those are so that I can loan one copy and keep another (in case the loan doesn't come back)...And I also do that with my Firefly DVDs.
    ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Enter me.

    I went through my books a few years back and had multiple copies as well, and it's still happening now. I suddenly discover I have two of something. You didn't know that books reproduce

  18. Sharon Kay Penman is a favorite author. I loved her Sunne in Splendor. Thanks for this giveaway.

  19. Please enter me! Thanks!


    When my husband and I got married, we moved across the country. We were right out of college, and we'd gone to different schools, so we'd never lived together I studied his book collection (WAY less books than mine) and got rid of our duplicates before we moved.

  20. I found several duplicates I had no idea I had when I finally logged everything I had into LibraryThing. It stressed me out a bit because that meant I could have spent that book money on something else on the wish list. LOL! Now the duplicates live in my closet while I figure out what to do with them. Perhaps a giveaway is the way to go.

  21. Please enter me! Never read her books but I've wanted for long time.


  22. :) Cool giveaway! Please enter me!

  23. Please enter me, I love Penman's Welsh trilogy.

  24. I'd like to be included!

  25. Sign me up. I've only read one book - When Christ and His Saints Slept - and I loved it.

  26. I am yearning for well-written stories about a bout of appallingly written ones.

    Truly. Where have all the line editors gone?

    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

  27. This sounds like a fascinating read. I haven't read much about the Earl of Leicester or the other historical figures during the time of Henry VIII and would love to learn more. I just have a basic knowledge and much exposure to films and novels related to Henry and his wives.

    Thanks so much.

    gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

  28. I absolutely loved her book, "The Devil's Brood".

  29. I read her very first book, The Sunne In Splendour and knew 3 things - she was an excellent writer, she did a lot of research and she needed a ruthless editor. I haven't read any of her recent books and think this would be a perfect opportunity to get back to her.

  30. Please enter me - I'd love to read this book.

    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

  31. I would love to be entered please! I just finished my first book by this author (The Sunne in Spleandor)and absolutely loved it!

    Many thanks!


  32. I have never read anything by Penman, but have heard stellar things about her books. I would love a chance to win this book and try her writing out for myself. Thanks for the generous giveaway!



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