Giveaway of Alyssa Harad’s COMING TO MY SENSES

alyssaIn celebration of A. Harrad’s book, Coming to my Senses coming out in paperback, the publisher has offered to give one book to a lucky winner living in the US.

Leave a comment by June 25, when  the official publication date is, and I will draw one name to enjoy the “aromatic memoir” as the publisher called it (I find that to be a quite good description). 🙂

I am leaving you with  some of my favourite thoughts about the book:

“The great thing about this book is that if you are a perfume lover, it will make you smile and nod your head in agreement when you recognize the same steps you took in your perfume journey. It will also make you wonder what perfumes is Alyssa referencing by describing the way they smell.
It will also give useful advice on what to do and not to do if you are organizing your wedding.

But basically, it will confirm that enjoying your path in life with the people you love is the only way to live your life. Be it by smelling perfume and sharing it, or doing something else you enjoy.”

This one was mine.

Bonkers about Perfume

“The best kind of book is one which you simply don’t want to end.  Which, when you realise you havejust thirty pages to go – or less, if you have forgotten to factor in the acknowledgements – makes you start to slow down and savour every sentence, or even reread entire paragraphs to postpone the inevitable moment when you set the bookmark to one side and close the cover for the last time.”


“Perfume wears close to the  psyche. This beautifully written book is a story of a life reclaimed, a maturity attained by making peace with femininity and with traditions of an earlier time. More than that,it’s a guide to bravery: enough to insist on a little glamour. Here’s how the beauty of the fragrance you’re wearing sinks in and becomes, well, you. Here’s how this little habit, which you might have once scoffed at, changes everything.”

Ayala Moriel

Alyssa Harad‘s book Coming to My Senses is a wonderful journey of self-discovery through the world of scent, and perfume in particular. Alyssa has a poetic, genuine way with words and that is how she describes perfume – striking a chord yet without ever exhausting the readers like most of us bloggers tend to do. And to my delight – the book is dotted with evocative perfume descriptions that rarely disclose the names of the perfumes she’s referring to.”

Another Perfume Blog

“What made the book a success for me, and what did keep me engaged, was the craft of it. I picture Harad as a spinner, each thread of her novel a delicate strand, interwoven and laced just so with another strand. It can’t have been easy to find exactly the right place in her personal narrative to add a bit of history, or chemistry, or discussion of gender in modern culture—but she did it.”

Please share the giveaway, it is truly a lovely book to read. 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Giveaway of Alyssa Harad’s COMING TO MY SENSES

  1. Perfume_Lover June 21, 2013 at 21:29 Reply

    Release Date was July 5th, 2012 ! I am so excited to read this book! I have been a perfume fan for years!


  2. baconbiscuit212 June 22, 2013 at 03:49 Reply

    I adore Alyssa and would love to be entered in the draw! Thank you so much for this!


  3. Julie June 24, 2013 at 20:26 Reply

    I have been wanting to read this forever! Please enter me. Thank you so much!


  4. Kathleen Bennett Brennan June 24, 2013 at 20:38 Reply

    I have been curious to read this because my journey has some things in common with hers. Thank you!


  5. Vanessa June 24, 2013 at 21:33 Reply

    Thanks for the shout out! No need to enter me in the draw but I envy the winner being able to enjoy this wonderful book for the first time. I hope it does well – it really should appeal to perfumistas and ‘regular women’ alike. ;-0 😉


  6. luhatears June 24, 2013 at 22:28 Reply

    I hope to be entered. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway


  7. Elly Wang June 25, 2013 at 00:21 Reply

    I would love to be entered for the draw. Thank you!


  8. anatu13 June 25, 2013 at 02:36 Reply

    I have been really wanting to read this too! Thank you for the draw!


  9. taffyj June 25, 2013 at 07:35 Reply

    I’ve been waiting for the paperback FOREVAH. Not that I don’t appreciate the hard cover, I just didn’t want to carry anything heavier than necessary on my way to work. 🙂
    Thank you for the draw!


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