Tuesday, 16 March 2010

A book challenge and giveaway - Closed!

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I had a thought and was inspired by this book challenge. I usually try to read about 100 books a year and I list when I start and finish them. It's something I've done for the past 2-3 years. I like to keep track of what I've read.

Well for this challenge I would love for my bloggy friends to list your favourite books or ones you would recommend in the comment section. And I will make a list up and post it here and they are the books I will read this year (and others that I want to of course). I'm just curious to know what books you like.

Plus I thought why not turn it into a giveaway too. And I'm due for one to celebrate having over 100 followers :) I thought I would giveaway....

One of my favourite books. Though the cover will be different because we have a different one here in Australia. (And if you're the winner and already have this book I will send you something different)

and
A plain page Moleskine notebook to keep track of your books. (If you want to of course) Or if you prefer lined let me know.

And there will be an assortment of pens because I like them for writing letters and journal writing. I just haven't decided what pens will be part of the giveaway.

So to participate this is what you do.....
1. For you're first entry - List your favourite books or books you recommend
2. For second entry - In a separate comment let me know if you're a follower :)
3. For a third entry - Blog, twitter etc about this and let me know in the comment section.

This will be open until Tuesday the 23rd of March. I really do hope you will join in and list some books. Now Closed!

P.S. It's good to see I'm not the only dreamer :)

70 comments:

Yelena R. said...

My favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Yelena R. said...

I'm also a follower :)

Andhari said...

My favorite book is Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho :)

Andhari said...

Oh and I'm your follower, of course.:)

Megan said...

Oh I love that you read a 100 books a year! I might try and do that once I finish uni at the moment i struggle with one a month.
My favourite book of all time is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and i also love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Megan said...

And of course I am a follower!

Cassie said...

My favourite book that I have read is Polly by Freya North.

Cassie said...

And you have another little follower here too
xx

littlemissjuicy said...

KARTOGRAPHY-by Kamila Shamsie. Everytime someone in the blogging world asks me this question, I repeat the same name over and over again because it seems like not a lot of people around the world have read it. It's written by a Pakistani author and it's the most amazing book, featuring the conditions of the country as a backdrop. Give it a read if you can get your hands on it! =)

littlemissjuicy said...

Oh, and I'm a follower! =)
I don't know if I follow through the same ID though..since I've made a new blog profile at wordpress, things are a bit mixed up, but anyway, Nahl here (if you didn't already know)!

Sara said...

books I would recommend include;
Beer in the Snooker Club by Waguih Ghali

A Map of Love by Ahdaf Souief

On the Road by Jack Kerouac which I am currently reading

Sara said...

AAAAND I am a follower!

Sandra said...

Well my favorite book would have to be The Great Gatsby, but a more current one would be, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." I read it when I was in high school, but I'd read it again today. :)

I think it's a great idea to keep track of what you read. Which is why I need to win this giveaway. lol jk X)
I think I'll do it anyway. :) It's been so long since I've read a whole book. I read about a 100 books in 1001 days challenge, so I'll try something along those lines. :)

ps. I am also a bit weird with pens. I carry at least 4 different ones in my bag every day. X)

Sandra said...

I am also a follower through Google Reader, but I am now also following you in Blogger. :)

Belen said...

heck yeah i want in!

my favorite books...
- harry potter
- little children
- nerd in shining armor
- pages for you
- the orion series by ben bova
- conversations with the fat girl
- mr. maybe
- the percy jackson series

ones i really want to read but haven't gotten around to:
- all the jane austen novels
- pride and prejudice AND ZOMBIES (i loooove zombies, lol)
- sense and sensibility AND SEA MONSTERS
- the zombie survival guide

Belen said...

and yes yes i am a follower! :D how can i NOT follow an australian filipina? :D

Bianca J said...

aww, sweet giveaway gracie :)
there are a couple of books i'd recommend;
# the virgin suicides by jeffrey eugenides
# perfume by patrick suskind
# company by max barry
# snow falling on cedars by david guterson
# jennifer government by max barry

Bianca J said...

+ happy follower :)

Alyssa said...

My favourite book is Adopted Jane. Its a kids book from like 20 years ago. I read it over and over. Its just so sweet.

But my favourite "grown up" book is April Fools Day by Bryce Courtnay.

Im such a little book worm, ill see how many i can get through of your list too :)

Amie McCracken said...

Please post your list...I always need new ideas for reading. Maybe I'll start compiling a list. I usually read that many books, but I don't know in advance what I will. It's been a problem now that I'm in Germany, need more English books!

I have too many favorites to pick one, but here's a good one.
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
And another...
Hannah's Dream by Diane Coplin Hammond

Amie McCracken said...

I'm a follower!

Amie McCracken said...

And I tweeted about the give-away.

twitter.com/iamalivephotos

JEM - Aqua Bride said...

Oh I absolutely love The doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney sheldon and just about anything from Sydney Sheldon.
All John Grisham Novels
The Davinci code by Dan Brown
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Why Women should rule the World by Dee Dee Myers
and just about a hundred more

JEM - Aqua Bride said...

I am also an avid follower

Jodes said...

i'm so glad i found your blog in time for this giveaway!
how sweet!
your blog is lovely and i'm following it.
can't wait to read more of your blog and of books in general. haha.
(i did this out of order to introduce myself first, my favorite book will be below).

love&light!

Jodes said...

my favorite book ever is extremely loud and incredibly close!

Leah said...

Hi! I'm a follower! :)

Leah said...

So I am one of those weird girls who only read non-fiction. (except for stuff like Twilight saga that I HAD to read lol). Anyway, I don't know if my non-fiction reading came from college where everything I read I felt like I had to 'learn' something or the fact that I have a 3 yr old and can't remember intricate plot twists if I put down a book and don't pick it up for a week lol!

Anyway, so my 2 books I'm recommending are non-fiction and on the subject of food (my favorite thing ever) and, okay, they are about eating crazy healthy... but written in such an awesome, fun tone that you will love reading them I PROMISE!

The Kind Diet - Alicia Silverstone (yes, clueless actress. best book ever!)

Skinny Bitch - Rory Freedman (I'm sure you have heard of it. this book is LOL for real funny).

OneCraftyFox said...

This is great, such wonderful prizes. Ok, here I go:

1) Books I recommend:
* For Chic Lit - Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
* For Classics - To Sir With Love, &, The Catcher in the Rye
* For Culture - Can You Hear The Nightbird Call?

2) I just became a follower, but I have been a reader for a while

3) I blogged about this by linking the giveaway in the 'From the Gift Bag - other gift bags' section on my sidebar

LiLu said...

New follower! :-)

LiLu said...

And I'm reading Game of Thrones right now. Love love love it!

OceanDreams said...

Thanks for a giveaway love! I love the book The Scarlet Letter. Such a good book!

OceanDreams said...

I read your blog, yes! :)

Sheri said...

What a great idea!

Here are some of my favorite books:

Memoirs of a Geisha
The Notebook
Twilight books (you've probably read these already though, no?)
Harry Potter series
Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris)

Sheri said...

I am also a follower :)

howunremarkable said...

Awesome giveaway! Some of my favorites are:

-The Giver
-Mandy
-Little Children
-Stargirl
-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
-She's Come Undone
-Eat, Pray, Love
-Ender's Game
-the Harry Potter series

Some of these are young adult books that I've loved for years and years and years :) I'm amazed at the number of books you read a year! It takes me a long time to get through a book, no matter how much I love it. I'm reading "The Thirteenth Tale" now...It's awesome!

howunremarkable said...

I'm a long-time follower, too :)

Fee-AMore said...

What!?! 100 books a year! I am so impressed Gracie. I enjoy smart creative reads a lot. So anything by Paul Arden and Seth Godin are my faves.

Fee-AMore said...

Oh, am your follower too. Heh you know that! ;)

Anna said...

Love Walked in by Marisa De Los Santos.

A Year in the World by Frances Mayes.

Anna said...

I'm a follower :)

I have always meant to write down the books I read. I started it once and only wrote down one book. Ah well.

Everything Pretty said...

I just became a follower.

My favorite book is "Dead Sleep"

Little Miss Tiara said...

imma cross my fingers again for this giveaway! lol :P

my favorite book is... dude I have lots of em

the enchanted forest chronicles? It's a fairytale-ish series, but my favorite's gotta be the second book, searching for the dragon (if I'm not wrong)

and PS I love you? Heheh, I'm such a poorly romantic thing! Dx lololol

Little Miss Tiara said...

and guess what? yes, of course I'm your follower, faithful one, lol :P

Kristin said...

I adore Emma by Jane Austen. I always go back to it!

Kristin said...

I'm a follower!

Melody said...

I'm so so so incredibly happy that I found this blog. I loved reading through some of the posts and this giveaway is... Wow.
WOW!
I'm super obsessed with the HG series and can't wait for Mockingjay. If I can actually own one of the books, that would be amazing and an Austrailian cover would be ever cooler and I already have plans for that notebook.
My favorite books could very well be Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins but I love the Last Olympian by Rick Riodan and the Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer.

Melody said...

I am now following your blog (and so jealous of all your followers). :D

Melody said...

http://rolismail.blogspot.com/2010/03/still-no-mail-melody.html is where I blogged about this giveaway. I almost didn't because I want this prize so much myself but if the series can be read by more, then I hope it is. <3

Elaine said...

i love wayyyy too many books to mention but i have to admit that as much as i love reading contemporary or best sellers, that i'm also addicted to trashy romance novels!

i've got to say though, that one of my all-time fave's has to be judith mcnaught's UNTIL YOU. of course it's historical romance :)

and yes, of course i'm a big follower of your blog!!!

AnastasiaC said...

how fun!!
i love books too...i have many favs but must admit the one Im currently read is usually my (current) fav!!
so current read is 'Notes from a Small island' by Bill Bryson - love reading people's stories about living abroad
another beautiful book is
'Suite Francaise' - a book that was never finished written by a woman in hiding during the War - she was sadly executed...it was found and published by her daughters who both survived the war - well worth a read!!

sharonlei said...

Wow! 100 books in ONE year. Impressive. I love it! Is it terrible of me that I'm not much of a reader... The last books I've read were the Twilight series.. Twice.. ha ha.. and both times in four days... However one of my favorite books, not really a novel... but definitely a great love story.. is the Griffin and Sabine Trilogy by Nick Bantock. The illustrations in the series is marvelous.. and romantic. Check it out if you get a chance. :)

Hope you had a great St. Patty's Day!

xx Love & Aloha

p.s. I really should read more! Thanks for inspiring me to do so.

Zoë said...

My favourite book is the picture of dorian gray!

Zoë said...

And I am a follower :)

Rebecca said...

My favourite books are by Joanne Harris. I particularly love Five Quarters of the Orange by her.

I recently read the Hunger Games and loved it!

LenkaLovee said...

Any book written by Karen Kingsbury is amazing. She writes Christian fiction books that will make you laugh, cry and everything in between! :)

LenkaLovee said...

and of course i'm a follower :)

Sarah R. Striker said...

I could never chose a favorite book, but I definately recommend the Knife of Never Letting go, or the Maze Runner, especially if you enjoyed Hunger Games :)

Passion said...

My favorite books is Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. Seriously. Read it. There are many many other books in the series that are all just as amazing. So check em out.
Cute blog btw.

Passion said...

Now I'm a follower! <3

Passion said...

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Amanda said...

Pride and Prejudice.
Sign
You Just cant go past a bit of jane austen

i lloovveee to watch lost in austen
didnt they do a great job

Amanda said...

i am a follower

Erin said...

My all-time favourites include:
- Anne of Green Gables
- the entire Harry Potter series
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
- And God Created the Au Pair (hilarious!)
- A Prayer for Owen Meany
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- Angela's Ashes
- A Little Princess
- The Magician's Nephew
- Charlotte's Web
- Because of Winn Dixie
- anything by Jane Austen

Whew! That's a lot. I'll stop listing them all now, shall I?

Erin said...

I'm a follower too. xo

Zoë said...

I also blogged about your giveaway!

http://inthenextroom.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-i-read-lot-and-ruined-my-eyes.html

I hope you're enjoying Dorian Gray, I found it absolutely amazing :)

phonelady said...

Hey there Im a follower .

phonelady said...

hey okay fave books
before you know kindness by chris bohjalian
plain truth by jodi picoult
a womans place by lynn austin
handle with care by jodi picoult
the double bind by chris bohjalian

Ecologic Storyteller said...

My favorite books and that I gladly would recommend to a bookworm are:
The tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

I could tell much more because it's hard to pick just some, but I guess it is a pretty good and small list.

I am trying to challenge myself reading 50 books this year, maybe next I try the 100!

Ecologic Storyteller said...

I am following! *happy*