Hello October – Fictionophile personal updates

Autumn is rolling along and I’m starting to realize that once again I won’t get all the books read in 2019 that I wanted to…  Do you go into ‘autumn panic’?

This year has been a memorable one for our family. Several of us have been in and out of hospital – three surgeries between us and another one pending…

It is the time of year when we start to think of closing up our summer cottage for another year. I must say that this is always bittersweet as the gardens are usually at their best in Sept.-Oct.  This year won’t be so difficult to leave the place as Hurricane Dorian pretty much demolished both the flower and vegetable gardens. Oh well… there is always next year.

I am delighted to report that there are now 3,613 people following this blog. Heartfelt thanks to all who take the time to read my posts, leave a comment or two, and share my posts on other social media. I appreciate you all.

As I am coming ever nearer to the magical 4000 number I want to pick your collective brains. I want to host an international giveaway when I reach 4000. It is my intention to giveaway an Amazon gift card.  In the past I’ve had issues with trying to deal with Amazon. For instance, once an author gifted me with a gift card for Amazon.com which was not eligible for use in Amazon.ca

How do you get around the ‘international’ aspect?  How do you purchase an Amazon gift card for a country other than your own?  For instance, if the winner of my giveaway lives in Australia for instance, can I purchase an Amazon gift card from Amazon.com.au if I live in Canada?

I’d be grateful for any advice you are able to share.

Despite having a lull in my reading during my hospital stay and recovery, my Goodreads Challenge is doing okay.

I’m sure that I’ll complete the challenge, but I’m not sure I’ll get all the specific titles read that I had planned.

I’m hanging on to my NetGalley 80% badge by the skin of my teeth…

My Edelweiss feedback ratio has improved a tiny bit

Many of you have inquired about my baby grandson. I’m delighted to report that he is thriving and has stolen our hearts.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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39 Responses to Hello October – Fictionophile personal updates

  1. carhicks says:

    So, it is mid October as I read this and you might be higher already. I am so happy for you Lynne, but not surprised. Your blog is great, one of my favourites to visit. Your grandson is absolutely adorable and so happy. I am sorry to hear that you might have to undergo some more surgery. I pray that you are recovering well. Gall Bladder surgery is not too bad, my son and I both had ours out, however any surgery is still surgery. I hope all goes well for your son. Enjoy the rest of the month.

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  2. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    Gahhhh, darn Dorian! Hope next year’s weather is kinder to you ❤️ and got fingers and toes crossed for the family’s health – stay strong!! x

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  3. Lorilin says:

    Congrats on reaching so many followers! I hope you make it to 4,000 soon! 😃

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  4. Aww lovely pictures of your grandson!! Congrats on all the followers 😀


  5. Carol says:

    Beautiful precious baby boy! The grands are the most treasured and enjoyed gifts! Does he need another surgery? Congrats on your follower number! I’m so glad I found you! (Through Nicki I think) I’m curious about international give always too! I’ll be grateful to hear all your tips! Good luck with your reading goals!


    • Thanks so much Carol. No, I don’t think my grandson needs another surgery (finger’s crossed). My son may need to have his gall bladder removed, and I’m still waiting to hear if I need minor hernia surgery.
      I’m looking forward to our buddy read this month. I noticed that you invited others to join in. Were there any takers?
      Regarding the giveaway info – a couple of folks have said that using “Book Depository” is the way to go. Others said that giving Amazon gift cards is simple as long as you buy it on the Amazon site that is appropriate. (ie. Amazon.ca if your winner is Canadian, Amazon.co.uk if your winner is from the U.K. etc.)
      I think I might let my winner choose whether they want a gift card or have a book of their choice from Book Depository. I haven’t really decided yet. I have time as I’m still quite a long ways off from 4000 followers.

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      • Carol says:

        I’m so sorry that you might be facing more surgery for yourself or your son. That is no fun! I’m recovering from a tooth I had pulled yesterday! The dentist couldn’t save a molar way in the back and said I really didn’t need it any way. So out it came. It’s the anxiety before hand that’s difficult! I’m not the best patient. Hopefully this will all be behind you by the first of the year and we can celebrate fresh starts!
        Yes, we had one person interested in the buddy read and I created a chat group for the 3 of us on Instagram. I tagged you. I hope it will provide motivation and not stress!
        Maybe you’ll reach 4,000 by the end of the year! I’m slowly working my way to 2,000!


  6. Mischenko says:

    Your grandbaby is so adorable! What a sweetheart. 😍

    I do feel like I’m in autumn panic a bit with my challenges, but like you, I’m actually okay as far as percentages on GR. There are many books I won’t get in either. I can’t believe it’s almost time to start Christmas reads though! Where did the year go?

    Congrats on your followers! I’m one of them, but I’m sorry I haven’t commented as much as I’d like to. I hope to do more soon.

    Hope you’re healing well and have a wonderful October! ❤


  7. Hi. Your grandson is cute as can be.

    I hope that your recovery is proceeding well. Take care.

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  8. thequietgeordie says:

    You could try offering a book up to xx amount via Book Depository – they deliver most places?

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  9. Martie says:

    Autumn panic. Clever. I know that feeling well.

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  10. What a beautiful boy! I can understand why he has such a special place in your hearts.

    In the past, I’ve done international giveaways by purchasing from Book Depository. The recipient chooses their item(s) and I order them and have them delivered to them.
    Book Depository offers free shipping to a LOT of places in the world. Their list is here https://www.bookdepository.com/help/topic/HelpId/3/Which-countries-do-you-deliver-to#helpContent
    It couldn’t be easier.

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  11. The way I gift Amazon cards is to go to the particular Amazon site ( US, Ca, UK, Aus or whatever) and buy the card from there. (To find the site just enter Amazon and the country in your browser or Google) You can pay by credit card. The currency conversion will be done by your card company. I hope this helps, Lynne. Happy Fall.

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  12. Glad you’re on the mend Lynne and good to know that grandson is doing well too xx

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  13. Oh your grandson is adorable! Congratulations and good health to the family x

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  14. Once again totally blew my comment so will try to keep it shorter this time and see if I can get it to work. I’m sorry about that tumultuous year you’ve just had and hopefully this will be the last of it. as for the international giveaway, I also looked into that approaching 2000 and eventually gave it up. my free blog doesn’t support the graphic and researching gave me no clue how to go about it. I also see them on Instagram and wonder if they could help.

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  15. I have sent amazon gift vouchers to the US before – just sign into amazon.com and buy voucher there … deliver to the recipient via amazon too … xX

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  16. Wondering about giveaways too… would be interesting to follow how it actually works internationally…🤨🧐

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  17. Naty says:

    What a lovely post! Your grandson is adorable. Also you’re doing pretty well reading-wise, and I hope the hospital visit is over now and that you’re healthy and doing fine 🙂 Happy October!

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