Sunday, November 15, 2009

Book Giveaway

I've been the recipient of some awesome blog karma these past few weeks. First I received a fun makeup bag courtesy of Lauren from Texas as part of her 6 Months of Blogging Giveaway. Then last week I won a new blog design from Kay who writes at her newly revamped blog Apartment #412 (Yay for a blog makeover!). So its high time to keep the blog love going with my own giveaway.

With the weather getting colder and night settling in before I even leave the office, my evening activity often involves me drinking a cup of tea along with whatever book I happen to be reading. While I usually read a book then quickly move on to the next one, lately I've been reading some awesome books that have left me thinking long after I've turned the last page. So a book giveaway seems entirely appropriate.


Simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite book, a book you've read lately that you've fallen in love with, or a book that you really want to read.

Next Sunday night, I'll randomly draw a winner and send them a book.

36 comments:

Redhoon said...

One of my favorite books (I can't choose one!!) is Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. It combines murder mystery with architecture, so it's pretty perfect in my world. :)

Kay* said...

Ooooh such a tough question. One of my faves is "A Thousand Splendid Suns" it's an extremely tragically beautiful story that is so...beautifully written. A book on my to-read list is "Wuthering Heights" - yes I know it's a classic that everyone has read but I haven't! :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Fun! One of my favourite books is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I'm currently reading "The Fiery Cross", which is the fifth book in the Outlander series!

Mrs. Haid said...

A book that I love is "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Mauirer. I also love all the Jeff Kinney "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books.

And I've never won a blog giveaway. Jealous about yours!

Meri said...

I really (really really) want to read Kazuo Ishiguro's book called "Nocturnes." I loved "Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go," so I'm looking forward to reading this one. I have a break from school at Christmas, so I'm going to read, read, read while I can.
Some of my fav's include: "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith. Jane Eyre, and I'm a pretty big Austen fan as well.

michellewoo said...

This is kinda random, but I really want to read the Andre Agassi memoir. I don't even like tennis but I heard it's just riveting.

Elle Bee... said...

Oh goodness, where to begin?

The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway) is on my dresser at home. It's been collecting dust ever since I've gone back to school. *sigh

Little Women is one of my favourite books ever. I got a copy of it from my grandpa, it's this old hard cover book that I just love. It has so much sentimental value.

I want to read anything that is not a textbook. :)

Commchick said...

I have been wanting to start reading the Twilight series, I have heard such raves about it and haven't seen the movies yet either.

Sharon
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midulcevida said...

One of my favorite books is White Oleander-Janet Fitch!

The book is so beautifully written. Poignant and powerful!

The movie that came out was so horrendous in comparison to the book...just sayin'

:)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Ooo fun! Well, one of my favorite books that really makes me think if "Lean Forward Into Life" - it's kind of a collection of poems and short stories about really living your life with purpose. It's great when you are kind of going through tough times, so I pull that off the shelf during those times for some perspective.

I just bought a new book yesterday (so much for not buying anymore books for the rest of the year like I had planned) - it's called the principles of uncertainty & I am so excited that I finally found a copy! It's kind of more of a coffee table book, but I am so excited about it!

What a fun giveaway! :)

jnyfritz said...

well you know i really want to read the new dan brown book, but i have to wait until christmas break, my favorite series growing up was the black stallion, so much so that i found myself in the kids section of the bookstore looking for it just the other day!

Kyla Roma said...

Love the giveaway! I'm going to do one next month I think =)

One of my favourite books is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I love his work and this was my introduction to it.

Pam said...

I have a few favorite books...East of Eden, Ishmael and To Kill a Mockingbird. I also have read the Twilight series (guilty pleasure) and really loved it too. I just love to read! Congrats on your winnings.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

What a wonderful, good karma filled idea! Right now, I'm reading a very interesting book about a woman who had 15 abortions in as many years. I think most people go into reading the book wanting very much to hate this woman (regardless of the reader's stance on abortion). It'll be interesting to see the reactions of others (including myself!) after finishing this book - my book club will discuss it in December!

fuchsiag said...

Oh goodness, I can't narrow it down to just one. My most recent favourite would definitely be the Time Traveller's Wife, because it was so beautiful and emotion-filled (I've never bawled for a good thirty minutes after finishing a book before only to start from the beginning all over again the following week!) More "all time" favourites would be Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, because it's so wonderfully dark and imaginative; a whole other world full of fantastic characters, monsters and phantasms that an ordinary man just happens to stumble into. It's a dark Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups and it's just such an incredible story. I'd also have to add Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy to the list, because of the sheer imagination and beauty of the prose - it's hugely atmospheric, poetic, and terribly dark... do we sense a theme in my taste yet? lol!

rootsandrings said...

How funny. I just stumbled upon your blog from another one. I am Lauren from Texas' best blog friend in the entire world. Yes, that was a cute bag that you won!

I just finished reading Redeeming Love and I LOVED it. I'm now reading Wuthering Heights.

nory said...

Just one book!? I'd have to say one I've read more than once in my life is Girls' Guide to Hunting & Fishing. It's my go-to feel good book and I love it!

Great idea for a giveaway =)

And congrats on all the things you won!

Frank said...

Favorite book?

Probably "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury. I read it when I was in high school and it was amazing.

Jenn said...

One of my favorites is Straight Up & Dirty. It's a memoir I read it right after I ended my marriage and I've reread it several times in the past year and a half.

Bayjb said...

Way to go you on the good blog karma! You are so awesome. My favorite book...oh this is a tough one. Part of me says To Kill A Mockingbird but a part of me really loves Sense & Sensibility too.

Auburn Kat said...

I'm reading Body Surfing by Anita Shreve right now. I'm really enjoying it and definitely recommend it!

OH MY GOSH this just reminded me that I completely forgot to announce my winner on my blog! WOW, I feel like an idiot!

Katie said...

Oooh oooh! Pick me!

My favorite book I've read lately is The World to Come. It was so unique and imaginative. I wish I could come back to again and again with fresh eyes.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

my favorite book of all time is the giving tree. although rebecca is also up there

Little Fish said...

My two favorite books ever are Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Beach Music by Pat Conro.

Then there's; To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher In the Rye, Secret Garden, Slaughterhouse Five, Prince of Tides... oh am I still typing? Sorry!

Liz said...

My favorite book is 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer.

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Hmmmmm. I LOVE to read.... I have 4 kids, so I don't get to read nearly as much as I do.... I've been reading some Phillipi Gregory...The Other Boleyn Sister.... The Boleyn Inheritance...love fiction foofoo! Also a HUGE Harry Potter and Twilight fan!

Euphoria13 said...

One of my favorite books is The Only Alien On The Planet, now the title may mislead you and may cause you to think its a sci-fi book but its not. It has to be one of the best books that i ever read. Its a beautiful story of helping someone. You shoud really check it out! :)

Katelin said...

um yes please! i love getting books. i am currently reading 'the glass castle' and it's just so fascinating to me. oh but one of my faves is 'in cold blodd' by truman capote, amazingly written and creepy and good and just mmmmmgood.

Leah said...

It's so juvenile and silly, but my favourite book (okay, well one of my top three) books is Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. It is 10982120938094% better than the movie and the writing is just so lovely and interesting. It's almost poetic. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone. Plus I have a thing for witch books. Weird, I know.

Ronnica said...

A book that I really enjoyed that I don't think gets enough play is Special Topics in Calamity Physics. It's witty but very real. It's about teenagers, but it is much deeper than a YA novel. It's long, but it's so worth the read that I'm hoping to re-read it soon!

Micaela said...

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos, and the sequel Belong to Me. Amazing and must reads!

Cyn said...

My favourite book is The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. The way she writes is so endearing - you fall in love with the characters, the setting - she is truly one of those authors that can sweep you away with her descriptions and you can completely picture yourself there. The most recent book I have read is Barry Jones' Cold Dinner by John Schlarbaum. He's a new author, local (to where I am in London Ontario), and writes a really compelling mystery. His next book will be out soon and will continue with the main detective character's next case.

Cyn said...

OH forgot to add this...if you are interested in reading more about John's book here is a post I did reviewing it. http://cynsreality.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/book-review-barry-jones-cold-dinner-by-john-schlarbaum/
And here's one I did about Rosamunde's books: http://tavernadimuse.wordpress.com/2007/01/01/asking-rosamunde-pilcher-to-the-table/

Jen said...

I just recently started reading books, I know that sounds nuts, but I hated reading. My new thing to do is to put the tv on xmas music, turn it down low, and read. So I have read The Lovely Bones, which is coming out at the movies in December, it was a great book. Then I read The Glass Castle, it was a biography, which was great. I will start reading The Help this weekend. I also want to read Andre Agassi's new book! I was torn to pieces when I realized that long gorgeous hair was a HAIR PIECE!!!!!! He helped me fall in love with tennis.

Miranda Stone said...

I know this is late. Just ran across your blog. Thought I'd comment. Hopefully no one else posted this book. "The Historian"
FANtastic read, truly.

Hope said...

My Antonia by Willa Cather :)