Fri 15th, Jul, 2011

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How the devil are you?

Ready for a Rocking Giveaway?

yah, I am

So I have one of these up for grabs today…the best thing, it seems, to have happened to reading for a long time…

I love reading, it’s up there with walking for me to keep me sane…

right now though I am in a reading rut and nothing is quite grabbing me by the you-know-whats

….that’s where you come in


All you have to do to enter?

Leave me a comment answering the following question in the comments section of this post.

What are the books in your life that you absolutely couldn’t put down…I LOVE those books…those books that you get lost in…where you cannot wait to get in the bath with them at the end of the day…those books you stand at the stove cooking the dinner with your nose in them…

you know the one’s I mean?…well I am on the hunt for more…so tell me what are your best reads ever? and hopefully I’ll have many new discoveries waiting for my Summer Reading List…

Just answer the above and you will be automatically entered to win.. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got

The Rules : Ends end of play Wednesday

For extra chances to win just post a link to my site to any of the social networking sites…or join my Google Friend Connect

Please leave another comment for each social networking site you posted to…

Winner will be selected and announced Thursday.

Good luck BCer’s!

(open worldwide )

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859 Responses to “GIVEAWAY TIME ~ AMAZON KINDLE up for grabs!”

  1. Jen says:

    Right now I am reading The Lovely Bones and it is a book that I am reading everywhere! I also love Danielle Steel books, they take me into another world :) I’d LOVE a Kindle, thanks for the great giveaway!

    • Thera says:

      I am reading the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind once again! It all starts with Wizard’s First Rule and it just gets better and better. At this point my husband and I have managed to collect the entire series, but they are fast becoming worn out :)

  2. Jeremy says:

    I love Steven Erikson! He is the best fantasy writer I have ever read and I can’t put his books down!

  3. posinoe says:

    Dracula! I could read it again, again and again.

  4. Cindy W says:

    Could not put down John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany…one of my all time favs. :)

  5. Cyndy says:

    The Secret Life of Bees. Wonderful story (now made into a movie). Touching. I used to read everything Sidney Sheldon wrote. Great give away Sarah!

  6. Sarah Lynne says:

    I absolutely loved Scarlett (the sequel to Gone with the Wind).

  7. Carrie says:

    “The Help” as a southern woman and a member of the Junior League I highly reccomend this read. I laughed and cried. Read it quickly before the movie comes out!

  8. I love anything by Brennan Manning. But one of my all time feel good favorites is The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Great contest! Thanks for the chance to win:)

  9. Lori-Anne says:

    You commented on my story about real books vrs. e-books, so I won’t pretend that I’m a Kindle-holic. But who knows – if I win, the Kindle could win me over????? Anyway, I’m actually entering because I can’t resist sharing a list of some of my favourite books! In no particular order: Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf), Out of Africa (Isak Dinesen), Treveryan (Angela DuMaurier), A Prayer for Owen Meaney (John Irving), Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt), and Mennonites Don’t Dance (Darcie Friesen Hossack).

  10. Sarah says:

    Well, I *loved* the Twilight books (even though I read them aged 36!!) – I did read them before the movies and hype though.

    “The Time Travellers Wife” is another of my favourites and I love Jodi Picoult and Nicci French books.

    “Gone With The Wind” is on my fave list and a recent good read was “Warm Bodies” – very different, strange concept but very good!!


    S x

  11. Kathleen says:

    I love Novels, heart wrenching with lots of sappiness…….Also like inspirational books. Helps the soul:)

  12. rebecca says:

    ok my favorite go to book that i can read over and over again is Little Women. My favorite cant wait for a new book to come out kind of book is anything by Janet Evanovich. so silly and fun!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmaild to com

  13. rebecca says:

    and i am a public follower!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmaild ot com

  14. Danielle says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird is my very favorite of all time, I read and reread it every summer. :)

  15. Anneliese says:

    At the moment I’m reading ‘The Husband’ by Dean Koontz- a thriller I can’t put down. Before that it was ‘World without end’ by Ken Follett. Also read Pillars of the Earth by same author. Very interesting.

    I’m going to come back later for more best reads! I also need new ideas of good books to read!

  16. Barefoot Liz says:

    That’s an amazing giveaway, Sarah! I won’t be participating but I just wanted to say that you ROCK! (we just watched School of Rock. Can ya tell? tee hee)

  17. I think when I read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier it was so hard to put it down. Subsequentaly there have been many others but this was very special. You host fantastic Giveaways!!

  18. patty says:

    TWILIGHT. that’s all I have to say.

  19. patty says:

    follow on fb

  20. patty says:

    follow on twitter

  21. Catherine says:

    The books that I can read over and over again? The Diana Gabaldon Outlander Series. Start with Outlander and give it through page 100 – it gets GREAT after that and she’s written 6? 7? Best love story I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot). I would LOVE a Kindle so I would always have my library with me.

    • Paula B. says:

      Catherine, I thought the first book in this series was one of the best romantic and creative stories I have ever read. I, unfortunately, have left off reading where the characters were preparing for the outbreak of the American Revolution – I am always reminding myself to get back to these books and finish the series. Would love to visit Scotland one day!

  22. Giulia says:

    Perfume…I read it as a teenager, again in my twenties, again in my thirties, my husband loved it…by Patrick Suesskind. I also loved Captain Correli’s mandolin (not the movie) and I really enjoy Kate Atkins books, such as the Case Studies…

  23. Amanda says:

    The Time Travelers Wife was just a fantastic book!

  24. Some of my favourites include:
    The Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins.
    The Jennifer Crusie chick lit romances.
    Suzanne Brockmann, the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series.
    M.C. Beaton – the Agatha Raisin series set in the Cotswolds and the Hamish Macbeth series set in Scotland.
    Nancy Atherton – the Aunt Dimity mystery series.
    Kate Hoffmann – the Mighty Quinn series.
    Meg Benjamin, the Konigsburg, Texas series.
    Joanne Fluke – the cookie mysteries.
    Carolyn Keene, the Nancy Drew series.
    Donna Leon – Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries set in Venice!
    Sophie Kinsella – the Shopaholic series.
    Ally Carter – the Gallagher Girl series and The Heist Society.

    • Paula B. says:

      Leslie, you have a great list there and might I add to it (unless you already know and love them): Diane Mott Davidson’s series with foodie/caterer Goldie Schulz and Susan Wittig Albert’s series with a former Texas lawyer now herbalist, good reads,all!

  25. Jennifer says:

    Elizabeth Von Arnim is my fav. Her stuff is so varied; Elizabeth & her German Garden, Solitary Summer and Enchanted April are probably my favs, especially when I’m waiting for spring near the end of a long winter. From what I’ve read about you, I think you’d identify with these works. Many are available free in the Kindle store and/or on gutenberg.org for your Kindle (or any other device, computer, or print). Currently, I’m really enjoying “That Summer in Sicily” by Marlena de Blasi and want to read more of her work.

    • Jennifer says:

      I should add Elinore Pruitt Stewart’s “Letters of a Woman Homesteader”. Funniest thing – all true – that I’ve read in a long time. Shorter read, but I could. not. put. it. down. So amazing what this woman did and how she lived. Her “Letters on an Elk Hunt” is also excellent, but should be read second. Both are free in the Kindle store or on gutenberg.org.

      • Blkeyesuzi says:

        Thanks for the suggestions! I’m downloading them now! They sound great. Perfect for a summer read on the hammock?

  26. Lydia Torres says:

    My favorite books in the past were western books. Louis L’Amour could always keep me in another place for at least 2 or more hours. Now I love stories of adventure near or on the sea.

  27. Anonymous says:

    One of my all time favorites so far is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. What a wonderful give away–just found your blog today, what a nice surprise!

  28. Joy says:

    Oops forgot my name–Redeeming Love is my favorite book by Francine Rivers!

  29. Susan says:

    Any of the Harry Potter books have kept me entertained for hours then more recently I have read the twilight books twice!! Two of my very favourite books that have helped me burn a few dinners are time travellers wife and Charlie st clould but have a box of tissues ready!!!

  30. Barbara says:

    Oh my gosh where do I start, I loved ‘The Almond Picker’ (Simonetta Agnello Hornby) based in a Sicilian town the story is filled with intrigue, love and other disasters, great read and the setting is wonderful. ‘Rococo’ (Adriana Trigiani), lovely light hearted, funny and captivating. ‘Aphrodite’ (Russell Andrews), what a great thriller, have looked for more books by this author but unfortunately have never found any, I do not know why, so good! Okay I could go on and on but I better leave some for the next competition. I love reading and cherish the moments when I get time to read, I hope you get to read some of these lovely books.

  31. Janet says:

    Hi, have been reading your blog for a while now and love it!
    Favourite books, so many to choose from!
    Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
    Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson (Actually almost anything by Kate Atkinson.)
    Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
    The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle
    One Day by David Nicholls.
    Pick any of those, Mrs, and I guarantee you a great read!

  32. Deanne says:

    I love Francine Rivers books.
    I also love some of my kids books too, Brian Jaques Redwall books and John Flanagan Rangers Apprentice series, and if you don’t want to read them your kids might like them.

  33. Laurie says:

    Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond!

  34. beth smith says:

    Definitely “the help” and anything by Charles Martin

  35. Claudia says:

    The J.D. Robb books for sure – the In Death series is very engrossing and I love the characters!

  36. Claudia says:

    I’m a google friends follower!

  37. Thera says:

    Opps, I put my comment in the wrong place :(
    I also liked and commented on my Facebook.

  38. MJ says:

    Gone With the Wind, The Help, anything by Karen White or Dorthea Benton Frank.


  39. Thera says:

    And I joined your Google Connect :)

  40. Leslie says:

    What an incredible giveaway! Books I love: Chocolat, The Sweet Life in Paris, A Broom of One’s Own, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, To Kill a Mockingbird. Books I’m reading right now: The Girl with No Shadow (sequel to Chocolat) and 13 rue Therese.

  41. Paula B. says:

    Dare I say how heavily into the Twilight saga I was! As soon as I finished the first book I promptly began to reread it. Also, I had to take a break between the first two books and last two – didn’t want to have the story over and I needed time to “digest” all that I had read! However I am truly a fan of the “cozies”, those series where good always triumphs especially because of the effort of an intrepid main character (usually female). Humour is often a mainstay in these type of books and there are many commendable series out there. And, they allow the reader to travel and get to know many charming communities where life bustles interestingly along (another regular component). Think: Laura Childs, Carolyn Hart, Davidson, Fowler, and the list goes on…..

  42. MJ says:

    Following on GFC

  43. ruth says:

    One of my favourite books is The Island by Victoria Hislop, I can go back to it time and time again. I went on holiday to crete when I was about 12 with my family and visited Spinalonga (the island the book is about) When I started the book I hadn’t realised it was about this place, then the writing took me straight back to the island, the sights, smells, memories of that holiday that I had totally forgotten. Beautifully written.

  44. Simone says:

    One of those books I return to often is “Flowers for Mrs Harris” by Paul Gallico. It’s a short read about a London char lady who dreams of owning a couture dress from Paris. It’s an easy, but darling read and if ever I am bogged down in some dry, verbose tome, I take a breather for an hour and re-read “Flowers for Mrs Harris”.

    For pure indulgence though, I just can’t be those two old favourites, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen and “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte.

    Some other favourites are “The Moon Garden” by Wendy Mewes (I recommend and loan this one out and rarely have it to hand), “The People of the Sea” by David Thomson which is a collection of tales of the legendary selkies, “Lark Rise to Candleford” by Flora Thompson and “The Shipping News” by Ann Proulx. Although the last two have been transcribed for the screen (big and small), the books are so much more. All of the books I’ve mentioned are my comfort blankets; what I turn to when I need some time away from the world; my indulgences.

  45. laynah says:

    My favorite recent reads, though not anything new on the market, were: Summer of the Traveling Pants, the 2nd Traveling Pants, books by Robin Hacher (can’t remember the titles, though!), and the first of Rene Gutteridge’s books-Ghost Writer. I really felt the Traveling Pants were written so well because they were so honest. I couldn’t stand it when I had to work and had to put them down. Hope if you haven’t read them you will, because they are just that awesome.

  46. MJ says:

    Posted link on my FB wall – Mary Jane Coward

  47. joyce tx says:

    ‘The Help:…. you know, it’s that kind of book where you want MORE after the last page, it was so good! Yep, that’s the one!

  48. Blkeyesuzi says:

    My all-time favorite is ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and the other is ‘East of Eden’. John Steinbeck keeps me turning the pages and I’m always sad when the books are finished because I get so involved in the story lines. If you haven’t read them, I would heartily reccomend them. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is another novel I adore. For contemporary fiction, I love ‘The Help’ and ‘The Secret Life of Bees’. Fabulous books!

  49. I love any and all John Grisham novels!! Harry Potter as well, but I’d have to say my favorite is Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita”.

  50. imen argoubi says:

    thank you for this lovely chance ! i LOVE mistery and polar, and this week i’m all over “le crime de la maison Grun” by Yves Jaquemard and Jan-Michel Senecal , yes i’m a francophone :) i love to dig for old and not well-known authors and books, my librery is all yellow and smells :D but i enjoy every second of reading !

  51. Valerie C. says:

    Every summer I sit on an overstuffed couch on my porch with my children and read them The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s my favorite book too :)

  52. Debbie says:

    I think my favorite book has to be the Kite Runner. I also loved Ten Thousand Splendid Suns. (Is that right???) It has been awhile! Also, enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

  53. Valerie C. says:

    I follow you with Google Friend too. LilyBiscuit

  54. imen argoubi says:

    i’m following via GFC

  55. Beverly says:

    Harry Potter — all of them. Each time I read them, I discover something new. They will never get old to me.

  56. Karen says:

    Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Perfect epic summer read. Every time I read it, I can’t put it down!

  57. jusine heald says:

    im a total sucker for romance with a bit of smut thrown in…..im terible at remembering titles and authors……
    i loved reading bridges of maddison county.. just about any marian keyes and maeve binchy. love getting lost in
    book world.. xx

  58. My absolute all-time favorite book is Devil in the White City…I think I stayed up all night reading it…I adored it! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


  59. tweeted! (@MidwesternSGirl) Thanks so much!

  60. Su Ford says:

    Soo many favourite books, so little time……Here are just a few.

    Actually because I love these authors I enjoy everything they write. To narrow it down to one or two of their books will be a little difficult but….I’ll try.

    Leota’s Garden – Francine Rivers

    Pretense – Lori Wick

    The Winner – David Baldacci

    This Present Darkness – Frank Peretti

    Piercing The Darkness – Frank Peretti

    Absolute Power – David Baldacci

    Total Control – David Baldacci

    A Day with a Perfect Stranger – David Gregory

    Oh dear! I better stop now or we could be here all day. Hope you can find some of these, but above all I hope you enjoy them to.


  61. Emily says:

    If you have girls (or just like fun adventure stories that are on the PG side) Tamora Perice’s Tortall series is the best set of books I have ever read. I have read and reread them all so many times I’ve lost count. It is a series focused around young women who become heroes. There are 4 series all centered around one kingdom spanning many years. I love them..

  62. I love a good mystery but the one book I always remember that I couldn’t put down was “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamtress” by Dai Sijie.

  63. Deneen says:

    I liked Firefly Lane. I also like biographies and get a glimpse into how people get started in life….Julie Andrew’s Home

  64. Vickie says:

    Anything by James Patterson!!! Amazing suspense and whodunit’s. Favourite ones are his Alex Cross books. Can never wait for the next one. Always looking on book shelves in any store I’m in for the next new book. Many a night goes by when it’s 2 am and my nose is still in one of his books.

  65. Deneen says:

    I follow on Google!

  66. Patti says:

    I love David Balducci’s books- all of the Camel Club Series.

  67. Lori says:

    The Twilight Saga – much better than the movies. Anything by Mary Higgins Clark, she never disappoints. And I do love James Patterson too. Although I think he’s writing a bit too much lately, and selling out a bit, so I’d stick with his older stuff. I’m always on the lookout for new authors, so I’ll be interested to see your reading list and the other suggestions here.

  68. Patti says:

    I shared on Facebook.

  69. Patti says:

    I tweeted this.

  70. A million miles in a thousand years by donald miller….the best book ever. I even read it slower near the end because I didn’t want it to end.
    xo Jana

  71. I follow you on google reader.

  72. Maryanne says:

    Thanks for a great giveaway. My all time favourites are by Patricia Cornwell. Kay Scarpetta is my alter ego, I wish I was her and Patricia’s books have a way of making me feel like i’m in the book, I am Kay Scarpetta for that short moment.

  73. Maryanne says:

    Connected with GFC

  74. Hello Sarah

    I love all sorts of Autobiographies.

    I am inspired by those who live the most creative lives. You find in Autobiographies – things are quite raw, VERY inspiring and very thought provoking.

    My favourite to date is Layne Beachley”s “Beneath The Waves”.

    If i’m in need of some trashy mindless nonsense – a good saucy romance for the beach towel is always welcomed by me.

    have a lovely day



  75. Winnibriggs says:

    What an amazing give away! Well my all time favourite has to be Dandelion Soup by Babs Horton. A little bit of magic in more ways than one.

  76. Maryanne says:

    Tweeted @littlebirddecor

  77. Thera says:

    Sorry had to go do dinner, Tweeted as well!

  78. Maryanne says:

    Posted to Facebook also. Thanks again for a great giveaway

  79. Thera says:

    This just isn’t my day, do I need to re-do my original post? I don’t want to double post, but put the original in the wrong place and now I can’t see it :(

  80. Michelle says:

    I’m a fan of Jodi Piccoult books …all of them really.

  81. nancy says:

    There is a voice most writers speak with….

    Pat Conroy is a southern (as in USA) writer whose words flow like cold syrup over hot pancakes. It oozes the coastal marsh life and the extraordinary tapestry of family. My favorites of his are Beach Music and The Prince of Tides.

  82. Amy in Austin says:

    I’m reading George RR Martin’s Sword of Ice and Fire saga a second time. It’s some great writing.

  83. Sara R. says:

    Anything by Kurt Vonnegut!

  84. Karen says:

    Oooh I have been wanting a kindle for a looong time! I love to read and this is so cool and portable! I absolutely re read anything by Clive Cussler. His adventure stories combine real historical events with a twist. He looks at something and thinks – what would happen if……

    For example the one I am ready right now involves a map on 12 bottles of wine from Napoleon Bonaparte. One bottle is found in a German U boat on American soil. The two main characters of the story put the clues together to find the treasure in the Pennine Alps.

    I love a good mystery!

  85. Mesha Campbell says:

    What a FABULOUS giveaway! I would give you my opinion on books regardless, but with this giveaway … I’ll DEFINATELY let you in on my reading list.

    The 13th Wife – SO CAPTIVATING, seeing into a world I know exists, and I know is close to home – yet, I know NOTHING about. It was a book I could not put down. An easy read, where I was thinking about its contents long after it ended.

    The Kite Runner – I know this book is not hot, or new anymore. But, they made a movie out of it for a reason … it will make you laugh and cry. The movie did it NO justice … ONE AMAZING READ

    Jane Eyre – This book was a forced read on me when I was a sophmore in high school. I make time every few years to read it again, a classic for a REASON!!!

    Hope you find one, two, or even THREE great reads out of this WONDERFUL giveaway!!

  86. Jennifer M. says:

    My all-time favorite book is Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg. She has a way with words.

  87. Pam Keener says:

    My all time favorite book that has stayed with me is The Last Noel by Michael Malone
    Mary Alice Monroe wrote The Beach House & Skyward.
    I just read Elin Hildebrand Silver Girl on CD and I did not want to get out of the car.
    Love & Hugs,

  88. annie says:

    Oh, goodness. :) I have so many! I love to read and read constantly. I love all of Elizabeth Berg’s books. I just finished a book called The Gendarme, which I read in a day and a half. The Irresistible Henry House is another one I read lately that was hard to put down. Um….I love a series of mysteries about British detectives Bryant and May. Bryant and May on the Loose, Bryant and May Ride the Rails (? I think…), White Corridor….there are quite a few and they’re fun and full of random English trivia. There’s so many more books! :) Skippy Dies, Binocular Vision, The Secret Life of Bees, The Help….That should do you for a while. :) Thanks!!

  89. Pam Keener says:

    I follow your blog via GFC & Google Reader
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Love & Hugs,

  90. Jen says:

    Pride and Prejudice!

  91. So hard to narrow down (I’m an English teacher). I would have to have on my desert island list; A woman in white (Wilkie Collins), Secret Life of Bees, Time Traveller’s Wife, Rachel’s Holiday, The Last Crossing, Lovely Bones, anything by Alexander McCall-Smith, As I lay Dying, The Great Gatsby (I must reread this every two years), anything by Diane Gabaldon, The Spellman Files and The Stephanie Plum Series (Great Summer Reads and totally mindless)…

    I have a whole other list on the blog that I assign to my students as reading challenges each week (pleasepassthebooks.blogspot.com) but the above is what is making me happy right now.

    Happy reading-can’t wait to get some other titles from the rest of you. What a fun exercise!

  92. Jos says:

    There are never enough hours for reading!!!!! My absolute fav that I return to whenever you need solace – The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

    Other I have loved…..
    When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman

    Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

    The Summer without men – Siri Hustvedt

    Before i go to sleep – S Watson

    The Other Hand – Chris Cleave

    How the light gets in – MJ Hyland

    Nightfall – Michael Cunningham

    The Boat – Nam Le

    Mr Pip – Lloyd Jones

    Carpentaria – Alexis Wright

    Run – Ann Patchett

    Prochownik’s Dream – Alex Miller

    The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas – John Boyle

    The Blood of Flowers – Amita Amirrezevani

    The Hungry Tide – Amitav Ghosh

    The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

    The Birth House – Ami McKay

    My Name is Judas – CK Stead

    Saturday – Ian McEwan

    Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

    The Feng Shui Detective and sequel Mr Wong Goes West – Nury Vittachi

    Christine Falls – Benjamin Black

    Sucked In – Shane Maloney

    The Hidden Assassin – Robert Wilson

    The Messenger of Death – Pierre Magnan

    And many many more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. Becs says:

    Sooo many – I am a def bookworm, it’s how I switch my brain off!
    I’m with ‘Amy in Austin’ – The George RR Martin Song of Fire and Ice series is amazing.
    Also love me some Tim Winton – ‘Shallows’ and ‘Dirt Music’ paint such beautiful images of the WA coast line, and are so evocative.
    ‘The Trout Opera’ by Matthew Condon also another beautiful aussie book.; loving the Stieg Larsson books and some Jane Austin ‘Emma’ to round it out ;)

  94. Judy says:

    I love books written by Janet Evanovich the series about Stephanie Plum. Each book title has a number in it, and that is the number the book is in the ‘series’. All the stories take place in Trenton, NJ area, are a funny and engaging.

  95. gina says:

    I’m in the same rut as you. It’s been a long time since I have read something I couldn’t put down or swept me to another place and time. Love a good mystery!!

  96. Hi Sarah-

    Anything by James Rollins. Adventure, exploration, and fun. Right now I am reading “The Inner Circle” by Brad Meltzer. It is a bit like the movie National Treasure. I am loving it.
    My best- Diane

  97. Kristin says:

    Lots of good lists here!
    Red Tent–Anita Diamant
    Seabiscuit–Laura Hillenbrand
    Water for Elephants (waaaaay before the movie came out)–Sarah Gruen
    Disgrace–JM Coetzee
    Unbroken–Laura Hillenbrand
    Mrs. Astor Regrets–Meryl Gordon

  98. Thera says:

    Ok am going to try posting again, if necessary just delete this post :)

    For summer reading I love the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, it starts with Wizard’s First Rule and just gets better and better. My husband and I have managed to collect the entire series and read them over and over, so much so they are becoming quite worn.

    On a side note, would love to win this, I have wanted one for ages and we are slowly becoming minimalists, so I have paired down my collection severely (from 3 bookcases and several boxes down to less than one bookcase) but I hope to keep and support my reading addiction by using an e-reader.

  99. Demetria says:

    I read The Help and it was wonderful and I had to get a copy for my personal library.

  100. Rosemary Keenan says:

    Maeve Binchy, reading a Maeve Binchy is as easy as eating chocolate ( Scarlet Feather)
    and Whitehorn Woods are two I have read

    An E- Reader would be awesome!

  101. Alisa D says:

    The most recent one was “The Help”. It actually took me a few chapters to get that “can’t put it down” feeling, but once I got that feeling, I don’t think I slept until I finished the book!

  102. boon1211 says:

    ok, i fell in love with the true blood books. i did not expect to like them at all but someone gave me the series so i felt i had to give them a try. i had the who series done within a week! they are so good!

  103. propwashz says:

    Anything by John Grisham!

  104. B says:

    Hi! I love My sister’s keeper by Jodie Picoult. Couldn’t put this book down and read it in one day! Then I gave my sister a big hug and kiss. She thought I was crazy.

    ♥ B.

  105. kelly says:

    i just read this book that i fell in love with – a million miles in a thousand years. it really changed my life – all about creating your own “story”.

  106. kelly says:

    just posted your giveaway on FB. ♥ the beach cottage!

  107. Melissa Gilbert says:

    My absolute favorite book is Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. It is the story of the madwoman in the attic from Jane Eyre.

    My other favorite “summer” books are mostly urban fantasy.
    1. The Skinwalker Series: Faith Hunter
    2. Night Huntress Series: Jeaniene Frost
    3. Anita Blake Series: Laurell K. Hamilton
    4. Sookie Stackhouse books: Charlaine Harris
    5. Anything by Trina M. Lee

    I also really enjoyed Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt.


  108. Deb says:

    Sarah being the foodie you are I think you might enjoy The Food of Love by Anthony Capella. It is a sumptuous novel full of gorgeous cooking and love. You can almost taste and smell the recipes as they are cooked. And, of course there is a story of love as well. I not so much read it as consumed it. As an added bonus, the copy I read was in hard cover with the most gorgeous picture on it. Deb

  109. Kim says:

    Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

    The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

    Happy Reading :)

  110. Tamara O. says:

    Two books…so oddly different both of them I have enjoyed. Redeeming love & Kitchen Confidential.

  111. Definitely Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series… you can get the first three books in one edition, “The Lady Julia Grey Chronicles” in any good book/department store. The first sentence of the first book is enough to get anyone hooked! They are hugely entertaining mysteries with a good dose of wry humour and enough fancy english dandies to get your pulse racing.

    I have also enjoyed all three books by local Brissie gal, Kate Morton -” The Shifting Fog”, “The Forgotten Garden” and her best yet, “The Distant Hours”.

    For a fun and fast read, you can’t go past “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. Although it’s aimed at the young adult market, it is so much fun, it makes you want to add a bit of whimsical adventure to your own life, immediately.

    Oh, and lastly, anything written by me…. I’m not published yet, but I will be…. remember my name ;)

  112. Joyce says:

    I loved “The Help” and now I’m reading “The Paris Wife”. Both are so, so good!
    Or anything by Francine Rivers ;)
    Happy reading!

  113. Chris S says:

    Clive Cussler books
    Mrs. Mike (read that the first time in 8th grade)
    Water for Elephants

  114. Pam W says:

    The Shack by William P. Young. Thanks, Sarah!

  115. I haven’t read many good books lately. I read a ton of magazines though! The last series of books I read were the Bourne Identity books. I know, not very girly but I love a good edge of your seat book! I do read how to books and love the photography books by Bryan Peterson. He explains things so well.

  116. Suzan says:

    In the summer I tend to read what I call “beach novels”. They are usually incredibly trashy and something I would not ever pick up and read in public…except on a beach! I love Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts. In the event that I am flying, I usually pick up the latest Jodi Picoult or James Patterson novel. And I would LOVE a Kindle!!

  117. Suzanne says:

    First and foremost: Pride and Prejudice. My all time favourite, and I reread it regularly. But no doubt you’ve read that one!
    My latest favourite is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Travels between modern day Brisbane and Victorian England, an intriguing story, really well written.

  118. CC says:

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been wanting a Kindler forever!!! :)

    Three books I’ve read that I couldn’t put down:
    Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Books on my summer reading list this year:
    The Help

  119. Nola Morrell says:

    My current summer read is coming to an end. The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a fabulous read. The h book in the series called A Dance With Dragons was just released on the 12th. Thanks everyone for all of the great book recommendations.

  120. Nola Morrell says:

    missed a character, it should say “5th book”.

  121. “Gift from the Sea”- by Anne Morrow Lindbergh- a timeless beach-lovers classic; and most recently “The Help”- great book!
    check them out, Kristy

  122. Wendy Burkhardt says:

    Just read the girl with the dragon tattoo and loved it! Can’t wait to start the next book.
    Love your blog! Im new to reading blogs and your is one of my favorites!

  123. Kim says:

    Looks like this lil gadget could come in handy~Cheers Kim

  124. Megan Horner says:

    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is my favorite! Such a good read :)

  125. Julia Bristed says:

    The time travelers wife is really good. So much better than the movie. It sounds like a book I wouldnt like but everyone loves it!
    Currently reading life is so good. Its uplifting. xx

  126. Maureen says:

    I loved all the books by Katherine Stone. I loved Bel Air.

  127. Maureen says:

    I am a follower via GFC as Suburban Prep

  128. Robin says:

    The Diana Gabaldon Outlander series is absolutely captivating…. More recent finds include the Paris Wife,. Sometimes, when I am in a reading “stall”… I will pick up a James Patterson, quick, easy and thrilling! Please enter me in your Kindle giveaway!

  129. Taylor says:

    I ADORED The Help. It was such an interesting story to see what my parents and grandparents experienced while growing up in the south! I borrowed my mom’s kindle to read it on, and I fell in love with kindles! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win one!!! Thanks and happy reading xx

  130. krit says:

    I loved the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, the first book was a bit hard to get into but then before you know it you are hooked. Also I have to say the Harry Potter Series was awesome too. I only read them when all seven books were out and then read them all in under 10 days. Needless to say not much was done around the house that week and I almost left the kids to forage for their own food in the wild lol.

  131. Kelly says:

    I’m desperate for a kindle….I’m on the go all of the time because of my kids’ appointments and it’s hard to lug about a thick book between everything else.

    Anything by Jane Austen is always lovely. I’ve had fun reading a lot of the spin-off parodies such as _Pride and Prejudice and Zombies_. I read _The Help_ this summer as well. I’ll never look at chocolate pie the same way again.

    _The Hunger Games_ is a great series by Suzanne Collins. She also wrote the _Gregor the Overlander_ series which has been popular with my boys. George R. R. Martin’s books are popular right now (but are definitely adult books that I wouldn’t want my children to catch hold of).

    My favorite light summer reading however is _Ella Minnow Pea_. Perfect for an afternoon at the beach!

  132. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank: The first book that ever “grabbed” me
    My Sisters Keeper – Jodi Picoult: first time I had read any of her books and I was hooked, such a great story teller
    Winter Journey – Diane Armstrong: Inspired by actual events, a real eye opener and an absolute page turner
    Only Time Will Tell – Jeffrey Archer: I started reading Archer books and short stories in my teens and this, his most recent, is his best work to date, a real ripper of a tale.

    Love to read, takes me away to so many different times and places.

    Sarah, what are your favourites?

  133. Melissa says:

    I love the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I didn’t expect to love this book so much, because the story revolves around King Arthur, Morgaine, and those same characters whose stories have been told over and over. However, this particular story was captivating and I could not put it down. One of my favorite books of all time.

  134. I too love to read. Here are a few good ones…

    The Red Tent
    Redeeming Love
    The Glass Castle
    Half Broke Horses

    I also enjoyed the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Best!!

  135. I love anything by Michael Crichton (especially Timeline) or Stephen King (my favorite is The Shining…so scary!)…The Awakening and Kate Chopin’s other short stories are amazing too…if you like YA, the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness is *phenomenal*.

  136. ooh thought of another good one

    Same Kind of Different as Me- really really really good.

  137. I’m a GFC follower.

  138. Judy says:

    I just love The Secret Garden. I’ve read it many times and I still imagine how wonderful it would feel to discover a secret garden of my own.

  139. Victoria says:

    I absolutely love anything by Norah Roberts, especially Black Hills, Rachael Treasures books, Jillaroo, The Stockmen, The Rouseabout and The Cattleman’s Daughter are amazing and Fleur MacDonalds, Red Dust.
    These are all about strong women defeating the bad guys with a little bit of romance thrown in :)

    Also you cannot go past Anne of Green Gables! It is a Classic

    Enjoy your summer list!

  140. anything that is a mystery, thriller or suspense…. I literally can’t put the book down until I know how it ends!


  141. IAMSNWFLAKE says:

    The best I’ve read in the last couple of years: Diana Gabaldon’s saga Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and the last one (still in my pending list) An Echo in the Bone.

  142. Shelia says:

    Hi Sarah! What a nice giveaway! Let’s see: Water For Elephants; The Historian; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil;
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me and be a sweeti,
    Shelia ;)

  143. The Mitford Series by Jan Karon. I have read them over and over again.


  144. Rebecca says:

    I am in love with the Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum series…I have stayed up all night reading them. Also I am reading a new series by Amanda Hocking that is just absolutly addicting!


  145. Linda says:

    So mny – but I think my all time favorite is A Tree Grows in Brookly, Discovered it at about age 9, read it over and over and over and as I grew older learned more each time. Wonder if it is available on Kindle?

  146. Sue from NZ says:

    I couldn’t put down this one.
    The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton
    Took ages to come from USA, however I ripped it open, started reading & the rest is history !!
    Fabulous read.

  147. Fran R says:

    Party Girl: A Novel by Sarah Mason

  148. Frau Mayer says:

    Oh, that’s an easy one! Corrections and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen along with almost everything by John Irving, although I’d have to say A Widow For a Year beats them all. You dive into life, real life, life you can smell, touch, see – and don’t want to go back to your own, standing there, fascinated.

  149. Dawn Gahan says:

    Peace Like A River by Leif Enger and A Painted House by John Grisham. They will never leave my bookshelf heading for the Goodwill pile. I pull them out every year and re-read them, loving each all over again.

  150. Erin says:

    I have not met a person who has not absolutely been captivated by Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. It transports you into another world that you never knew would fascinate you so much.

  151. Frau Mayer says:

    FBed this one, of course!

  152. katchen says:

    The best book I’ve read in a long time is called Not For Sale by David Batstone. This is a HARD read emotionally about ending human trafficking. It is beautifuly painful in drawing attention to the important issue of our time. A must read to become educated in modern day slavery.

  153. Erin says:

    Another love of mine that I simply couldn’t put down was The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. It is set in Whitechapel during the times of Jack the Ripper. It is about one woman who escapes poverty to become a successful tea merchant. Can’t remember the name of the sequel, but that was just as addictive too.

  154. Jen says:

    Love love love anything by diana gabaldon!!! I could read her books over and over again!

  155. Jen says:

    My current fav is The Help.

  156. Jen says:

    Connected to your site via google connect!

  157. Sally says:

    Sarah you make me feel so sane and normal!! My family totally doesn’t understand the whole in the bath for an hour with a book – I’m sure reading is a form of meditation as it transports you away from the chatterings of your mind – as such I have quite a few to offer – The Memory Keepers Daughter, any Jodi Picolt, The girl with the dragon tattoo and the other two books of the trilogy, Salvation Creek and The Waterlilly – hope this helps, there’s nothing worse than bogging down on a read that’s less than inspiring.

  158. Linda says:

    I have one favorite book I enjoy reading and that is My Bible. I enjoy reading books from Beth Moore, Joyce Myers, and the list goes on. Your make over to your home is lovely! We just finished having our one and only bathrm remodeled. We were three wks. without a bathrm. Our home is 49 yrs old. We now retired and saved and we hired the job out. My husband and I tore our everything except tub and toliet. It was down to bare bones. We insulated the walls, put in cultured marble with white swirls in biscuit color. I was so tired of white/ white. The toliet is biscuit color. Then we went to home depot and purchased a granite counter top with inlaid biscuit sink. Our vanity was a floor model at the marble co . and got it for $700 cheap than the other stores that carried it. It is a cinnamon cherry wood color and has legs ,like I wanted to look like furniture. I painted the walls Believable Buff. The shower area had a false ceiling and an ugly 4 ft. florescent light. The contractor made an arched small wall going into the shower area. And put one can light on the ceiling. I put one sconce on the wall above the toliet and put a glass shelve from Pottery Barn just below it. The mirror was purchased on the internet. I saved $100 on it and shipping was free over memorial wkend. It is uttermost sinatra vanity 35 inch high wall mirror; gold leaf finish, brown stain, black speckling and gray glaze. I chose the mirror because of the gray, I have polished nickel fixtures and lights with white bulbs. Took out 4 ugly wood doors in the bathm, 3 bedrms. and put in white. I had the electrician put a bronze colored sconce in the hall. We did our kitchen lighting prior to the bathrm. And used bronze lights. Thanks for letting me share my new bathrm. It is so pretty and I waited 29 yrs. to get it and it was worth all the stress, and fun looking for things to purchase. I did a lot of internet searches and found what I wanted for a few things. I took pictures and am not sure how I will be able to post them. Not too handy on the internet.

  159. Caz says:

    A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown – the truly astounding memoirs of Cupcake as she lives a life that takes her to hell and back. I couldn’t put this book down. Cupcakes journey of hope and survival – wow what a read!!

  160. Jodi says:

    ‘Midwives’ by Chris Bohjalian
    ‘Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold
    ‘The Summer of Us’ by Holly Chamberlin
    Anything by Erica James
    Finally a cheesey but easy read; The Bride Quartet, a 4 book series by Norah Roberts…
    I have many many more but these are the few that come to mind.

  161. Anonymous says:

    Pope Joan by Donna Woodfolk Cross-I love historical fiction, and the plot of this book, (the idea that an early Pope may have been a woman in disguise), really intrigued me. The story of her life and how the heck she ended up in the Papacy had me finishing the book in hours rather than days.

  162. Jodi says:

    Just posted your link of FB <3

  163. Jayne says:

    I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, particularly verse novels so my favourites would have to come from there. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins (anything by her really).

    And those books that have stood the test of time – The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye.

  164. Jayne says:

    I’ve joined you on GFC too :)

  165. Laura says:

    The favorites I come back to are all the Rosamund Pilcher books, Gone with the Wind, the Harry Potter series, and Timeline, Jurrasic Park, and the Lost World by Michael Crichton – very riveting!

  166. Shauna says:

    I agree with Erin – “Memoirs of A Geisha” was absolutely captivating! I loved both Wally Lamb’s books “She’s Come Undone” and “I Know This Much Is True.” “As Nature Made Him” by John Colapinto and “Divided Minds” by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D. are both riveting biographies. “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” and “The Secret History of the American Empire” are shocking political and economic exposés by John Perkins. If you want to flex your brain muscles, read “No Boundary” by Ken Wilber, and for a nice spiritual read try “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle or “Start Where You Are” by Pema Chodron. I could recommend sooooo many more books because there are so many I love! I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to read!

  167. Shauna says:

    I just posted a link to FB! :):):):)

  168. Kat says:

    I adore books, although don’t get to read very often with 4 little ones around.
    I wish I was better at remembering my favourites. (must start keeping a list!)
    The Lovely Bones was great, also The Memory Keepers Daughter and The Time Travellers Wife.
    Mao’s Dancer is wonderful and Memoirs Of A Geisha.
    I loved Tully by Paulina Simmons when I was younger. (her best book I think and I have read lots of hers that are also good.)
    I adore Buddhism For Mothers. (not fiction, but more about Buddhism from a Mother’s point of view.) There is also Buddhism For Mothers with Lingering Questions and Buddhism For Mothers Of School Aged Children.
    Very easy to read Sarah, not at all heavy, actually quite humorous and very much about “being in the moment” with your kids and your self in amongst the busy everyday. (I think you would really like them Sarah, going on some of your other posts about being mindful.)
    The Bride Stripped Bare, along with Shiver and Why I am Australian. A letter to my children, all by Nikki Gemmell are great! (love her casual relaxed, chatty style of writing.)
    You would find Why I am Australian interesting. She is an Aussie girl who moved to London and married a fellow Aussie. Had three children and then came home to Australia to give her kids a taste of her upbringing and then fell in love with Australia all over again. (I think they decided to move back.)
    Will let you know if I think of anymore….keep enjoying Perth. (my bestie lives there and it’s a lovely place.) :)

  169. Marnie says:

    Hey Sarah,
    I haven’t read anything new for ages, but there are 2 books that come to mind that I just couldn’t put down, but was kinda sad when I finished (you know what I mean..like mourning the end of a good read). The first was the da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and the second was The Celestine Prophecy..can’t remember the author off hand, I’m bad like that.
    Have a great day.
    x Marnie

  170. Marisha Thompson says:

    The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey…..kind of strange, I know, but books that change me for the better are hard to put down. :)

  171. Lee Mills says:

    Hi there, what a great prize – thanks for sharing!
    Now I know we live in an amzing part of the world (the norhern beach of Sydneyt hat is!) BUT I have fallen in love with boks about travel. The latest book “A Thousand Days In Venice” By Marlene di Blasi is amazing…. there is wonderful about reading a book about Italy and wanting to race out and grab a good coffee and a panini that stops you in your tracks…this bok dide just that! Marlene was a foodie writer from USA went to Venice for a work assignment and the rest as they say is history, married a Venetion and has gone on to write about her adventures in Italy…oooohhhh Sarah you’d love it!

  172. The book, the one I have read that has a meaningful impact on me and everyone I refer it to, is called, “The Same Kind of Different As Me” By Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It is amazing. Amazing. Life changing.

  173. Cathy says:

    The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime, Then We Came to The End, and The Arsonists Guide to Writers’ Homes In New
    England all are unique funny sad tragic page turners perfect beach summer reads. I know I can’t be in the contest, but I love to share these for they deserve a bigger audience

  174. Karen says:

    The books that I couldn’t put down — and I’ve re-read them all, I loved them so much: The Shell Seekers, Valley of Decision, and all of Jan Karon’s original Mitford series. I couldn’t choose a favorite from these, I loved them all.

  175. Sherry says:

    Books I couldn’t put down:

    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    The Davinci Code – Dan Brown
    absolutely anything by Maeve Binchy
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert Heinlein
    Harry Potter series……
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Honolulu by Alan Brennert
    God is an Englishman – Delderfield
    A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolfe
    The Semi-Attached Couple and the Semi-Detached House – Eden

    I have read all of the above many times…..

    I am just looking at eReaders right now. I have borrowed a friend’s Sony eReader to test drive. Like it more than I thought. I would be scared to take it in the bath with me though and I love to read in the bath. Would love to win a kindle. I am going to go through everyone’s suggestions for a summer reading list of my own.

  176. Sherry says:

    forgot to mention Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish I know it sounds depressing but it is actually very uplifting and empowering book of sisterhood…..

  177. Jackie says:

    I have a horrible memory, so I’m sure I’m forgetting so many great books. But I’d say my top 2 (which really makes for 10 books) would be Harry Potter and then the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Loved those ones. Oh! And recently the Hunger Games trilogy sucked me in as well (though the first two books are decidedly better than the third).

  178. Sherry says:

    Also forgot The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ….loved it…..

  179. Trish says:

    So many fantastic suggestions, reading is on my 2011 “To Do List” I am defiately in a rut on this one!!

  180. Tien says:

    I absolutely enjoyed the Shopaholic Series by Sophia Kinesella. Read all the books while on vacation. Besides that, the only other book series that kept me from sleeping for days was Lord of the Rings :)

  181. Trace says:

    I think my all time favourite book will always be To Kill A Mockingbird, I have read it a few times now. Coming a close second and third though are The Power of One and Picnic at Hanging Rock. I went on a reading binge with Picnic at Hanging Rock and pretty much did not put it down until I was finished. It was so painful having to go to work with only 2 chapters left! :)

  182. *Alex* says:

    His Dark Materials, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter 1-7, Memoirs of a Geisha, anything Christopher Moore-so funny, Gone With the Wind, Scarlett, oh so many. I <3 books!

  183. Liz says:

    The Giver, by Lois Lowry. It’s actually a children’s book but I’ve read it several times since I was a kid and it still makes me cry at the end. Good books are good at any age…

  184. Fiona says:

    To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee – Could not put this down and still can’t every-time i just sit down and have 5 minutes i think i’ll just re -read a chapter then i’m gone for the whole night! Truly my favourite read! Good Comp by the way!! :) x

  185. oh yes I am a whacky girl (as you know!) but I confess, I love a Stephen King story. Would love to think up random and impressive lists of titles from the far reaches, wax lycrical of pulitzer prize novels etc BUT I love Stephen King. And I reckon you could get the complete works on a Kindle. I’m a big dag who loves Stephen King stories and a good fright (sometimes in a bath). :0))

  186. alice says:

    The Big Rock Candy Mountain (Wallace Stegner).
    Hello from France!

  187. Leith says:

    Ok so it’s all about the words and the stories for me. I am endlessly making lists of books I love. My favourite author in the whole world is Tim Winton. His writing is heartbreakingly beautiful. Amazing. Really. His descriptions of the West Australian landscape are perfection.Anyway, enough of that hero worship, here is my list :

    Blueback, The Riders, Minimum of Two – Tim Winton
    Drowning Ruth – Christina Schwarz
    Saint Maybe – Anne Tyler
    The Messenger – Marcus Zuzak
    The Goddamn Bus of Happiness – Stefen Laszczuk
    Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
    About a Boy – Nick Hornby
    Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Suess
    Where the Heart is – Billie Letts
    The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
    The Stephanie Plum Series – Janet Evanovich
    Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
    A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
    The House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus lll
    This is How – MJ Hyland
    She’s come Undone – Wally Lamb
    OK I will stop now … happy reading.

  188. Gretchen B. says:

    Giovanni’s Room- James Baldwin

    Sarah’s Key- Tatiana…I forget her last name

  189. Wendy says:

    There are so many choices. You could read one book a day and never read them all. I really enjoy walking into a bookshop or library and just picking up something someone else has read and not put back in the correct place. Many times they are stories I would not normally read and have ended up thoroughly enjoying them. My recommendation is to try something you may not normally be interested. You may be surprised. If you get 1/3rd the way through it and really don’t like it, easy – just try another. ENJOY

  190. Marilyn Wons says:

    My favorite line of books is every book written by Sidney Sheldon. I have read everyone and that can easily be read in a day.

  191. Kat says:

    Forgot to add Cloudstreet by Tim Winton and Dirt Music by him also.

  192. Rebecca says:

    What fun!

    Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
    The Lacuna, Kingsolver
    Anything by Joanna Trollope or Maeve Binchy or Peter Mayle
    Gift from the Sea, Anne M. Lindberg
    Anything by Anne LaMott

  193. Tonya says:

    I picked up Bill Bryson’s book – Down Under in a charity shop and couldnt put it down. Love his sense of humour. In the last year I’ve started reading again after many years break. Not sure why I stopped as I was a bookworm as a child. Jody Picoult is another easy read, so far my favourite is Plain Truth (about the Amish).

  194. Mira says:

    All the Moomin books by Tove. I’ll never grow too old for Tove’s books.

  195. Pamie G. says:

    My books are those that surround family mysteries at the beach. Since I grew up at the beach, I find myself lost in these stories! Thanks for the opportunity! Happy Reading, Pamie G.


  196. rebecca says:

    Hi Sarah, some great books to read are by Australian author Peter Watt. A trilogy starting with Cry of the Curlew. It is set in the time when the white man settled in Australia and is quite sad and confronting when describing the treatment of the indigenous people. There are some great characters and storylines in it, I couldnt put it down.
    My all time favourite book is Shrubs and trees for Australian gardens which I had autographed by the late author J H Willis when I studied Horticulture in college. It is in here I think I have named your mystery bush. Think it may be Acacia ulcifolia or Juniper Wattle. Grows coastal NSW areas and flowers in winter. Very pretty photo.

  197. Lisa B. says:

    I enjoy anything by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child…in particular Riptide and Thunderhead. Another favorite author of mine is Stuart Woods. If memory serves, my favorite of his books was Heat but they’re all page-turners and difficult to figure out the endings. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells made me laugh out loud and reminds me of my childhood growing up in Louisiana.
    Thanks for the giveaway…making additions to my summer reading list now.

  198. Beth P says:

    I just finished reading The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand. Loved it!

  199. Beth P says:

    I joined Google Friend Connect.

  200. Lynne says:

    Oh my . . . The books I can’t put down . . .I know what being in a “book reading rut” is though, I have been in one and the sky is clearing and my eyes are “back on books.”

    Couldn’t put down . . .
    The Book Thief
    Sarah’s Key
    The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Intrigue, and sometimes scary but I read them all and waiting for more . . .
    Daniel Silva, Gabrielle Series. (read them in order, library will give you the “in order list.”)

    Balladaci’s (sp) books.

    John Hart’s books. His fourth, Iron House just came out this week and I am out of ” the rut”. Read his first three and number four.

    Joan Anderon’s books

    Pat Conroy books

    I could go on and on but this will keep you enjoying a “good read” for awhile.

  201. Rhonda says:

    My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I used to lose myself in the pages, imagining I was Scout!

    I hope I win!

  202. Rhonda says:

    And I already follow you on GFC!

  203. Karen says:

    I can’t put down a good murder/mystery/detective novel until I know the result at the end.
    Can’t go past Kathy Reichs.

  204. Jacqui says:

    Hi Sarah, wow what a great giveaway! Ever since I first saw the Kindle on Oprah’s favourite things I have wanted one :)
    I love anything by Wilbur Smith, I love to read his novels over and over again, especially when I am feeling a little nostalgic and homesick – I moved to Aus when I was 16 from South Africa, so a Wilbur Smith novel definitely gives me my Africa fix! I haven’t read a good book in a while actually, so I’ll take some tips from the comments :)

  205. Jacqui says:

    And just joined your Google Friend Connect (although I’m not quite sure what it is?!) :)

  206. Thouraya says:

    I love the Belgariad Series by David Eddings…I can never put it down….it’s an amazing world!

  207. Thouraya says:

    Also a follower on GFC!

  208. Lissa says:

    Ok, confession time……

    I loved the Twilight series books I was reluctant to ready them initially but they were great
    Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George was one I couldn’t put down
    I have recently started gathering the required reading from High School again, you know The Catcher and The Rye, To Kill a Mocking Bird, that kind of thing.
    Another all time all time favorite Gone with The Wind.

    I folow your blog and love it!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  209. susan bourgeois says:

    Recent books that I have read that were had me lost in them were two written by Lalita Tademay–Cane River and Red River. They were wonderful! They detail life in pre and post civil war Louisiana in a small town in the central part of the state. Best of all they are based on the author’s research about her family.

  210. mary says:

    i love books and sadly never make enough time for them lately,,,i need to make time
    i found the book “and the sea will tell” by vince bugliosi , best known for prosecuting charles manson
    it’s a riveting story about two couples who sail off to palmayra island in the south pacific and only one couple returns, in the other couples boat…great mystery , which still is not totally solved to this day. it all happened in 1974

    i also love jane greene, maeve binchey, and elizabeth berg

  211. amy mayer says:

    I LOVE any James Patterson books–they are an easy read, short chapters, and he has done so much research that you can truly believe the mystery could happen! Once i start one I CANNOT put it down–but the short chapters help so I can get some stuff done around the house! Great for a beach read or mountain house escape……..

  212. Tammy says:

    Wow…I am getting plenty of future reading ideas from this post! As a dedicated book worm, I’m loving it and would love a Kindle !!! At the risk of sounding a little crazy, I have to say that by far the most surprising and captivating books I have recently read is the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer…I am embarrassed to say that I managed to re-read the series 8 times in the course of a year…I just loved it and would probably be in one of those crazy twi-hard mum groups if I lived Stateside. Other than that one of the classics which I have read many times over the years is the COMPLETE Anne of Green Gables series….there are 8 in total and I loved them all as much at 30 as I did at age 10. Polar opposite to those suggestions is a great true story by Guy Grieves called Call Of the Wild…about a disillusioned pen pusher who has a crazy idea to up stakes and embark on an adventure living alone in the Alaskan wilderness for a year….absolutely fantastic story…

  213. Amber says:

    On Borrowed Wings, The Ugly American, Zeitoun, Methland….these all qualify for me!

  214. Hi Sarah, My favorite read right now is a baking book I just got in the mail from Miette Bakery, Miette is San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop. There mouth watering yummy cakes are traditionally American & birthday-party perfect.They have a modern interpretation and they use the finest, unrefined ingredients available which have made Miette one of the top ten pastry shops in the world. The pictures in the book are unreal and I can’t wait to bake one of their cakes called the “Tomboy”. Love reading this book and if you like to bake you will love it as well! I linked up to your on facebook for this give away. What an awesome chance to win a Kindle that would be heaven for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  215. Kerry says:

    My all time favourite is Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic-Gibbon. It’s based in a fictional town in Scotland near the city I grew up in.

    I also love anything by Marian Keyes – her Irish wit is hilarious!

    The Twilight saga gives you an easy read and is soooo addictive (don’t be put off by the “teen literature” label, the books give you total escapism!).

    Away from stories, I love Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps by Allan and Barbara Pease – a great insight into the workings of male and female brains!

    I’m leaving Scotland and moving out to Oz in 6 weeks so I, too, will be able to lie in the sun with a good book – needless to say a Kindle would come in handy ;) Can’t wait!!

  216. Carolyn Glaze says:

    Books, my favorite thing ever……. Let’s see, the ones that I have loved this year are: The Book Thief, Room, These Things Hidden, The Paris Wife, The Help, Sarah’s Key, Unbroken that’s enough to get you started. Happy Reading!!!!!

  217. Mary says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I love to read and these are those that have stayed with me and made the greatest impressions.

    FALL ON YOUR KNEES and THE WAY THE CROW FLIES (both Ann-Marie McDonald)
    THE CALLIGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER (just finished and amazing)

    All can be reviewed on Amazon if they sound appealing. Guess I gravitate toward stories of women who travel, move to other countries to live, and are born and raised in other places very different from a Devon village………….just like us, lol!

    Good luck to whomever is the winner – please throw my name in the hat – I sure would make good use of this wonderful prize on my upcoming travels around the world!
    Hugs – Mary

  218. sky says:

    Books that i can get lost in are
    Time Travellers Wife ( soooo much better than the movie)
    P.S I love you or anything by cecilia ahern her books are magic
    and anything by Marian Keyes!!!!!!

    These books all take pride of place in my bookshelf and are often re read!!!!!

  219. Marian Burge says:

    I loved all the James Heriott books about his vetinary adventures in Yorkshire. And I also love the
    Twilight books and I am no teenager. There are so many it is like picking you favorite child. It can hardly be
    done. I love the classics. Little Women is a favorite.
    Thanks so much for your blog. I read it every day and love hearing about your adventures in Australia.

  220. Caroline says:

    The Crimson Petal and The White was amazing, and I couldn’t put it down till I’d finished it. The Millenium Trilogy (girl with the dragon tattoo, etc) are fantastic too. The President’s Wife was also very good.

  221. Carolyn says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I loved the book Sarah’s Key. A sad story but I couldn’t put it down. I also love a lot of the John Grisham novels. I’m a sucker for suspense novels. Sandra Brown is another author I’ve started to read.

    Laying in the sun with a good book is the best summertime activity!

  222. Courtney says:

    I LOVE anything by John Grisham. My absolute favorite is The Partner. Happy Reading!

  223. Steph says:

    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Coming Home (Rosamund Pilcher)
    Between Friends
    Watership Down

    good luck!
    From a former Mosman resident now residing in the US.

  224. Melinda says:

    G’day Sarah,

    I have read soooo many books in my 50 years of life. I always say I wish I had kept a journal of the title and author. Maybe even a tidbit about each book like a mini review. Anyway my latest good read was The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J. Stokes. I turned my mother in law on to it and her mother. We all enjoyed it . I wish it had been longer !!!! Thanks for the chance to win !!!

  225. Maggie says:

    I have read so many books that I have lost count but here are some of my favorites:
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Forgotten Garden
    You’ve Been Warned
    Charley’ Web
    The House of Thunder
    It’s the Little Things
    The Husband
    In a Perfect World
    The Murderer’s Daughters
    Vinegar Hill
    Second Glance
    In the Dark of the Night
    Blue Water
    Life Sentences
    The First time
    Good Intentions
    Best Intentions
    Three Cups of Tea
    The House of Thunder
    The Book of Negro’s ( I believe it has a different title in the State’s )
    The Wife’s Tale
    Winter Bone
    Play Dead ( I have just discovered Harlan Coben )
    Right now I am reading The Help…….I am only at chapter three and so far I am enjoying it.

  226. Jim W. says:

    Anything related to Star Wars, the making of books, the fiction…I love it all!

  227. Jennifer Hand says:

    I have too many favorites to pick just one but some I love are “Oh My Stars” and “Welcome to the World Baby Girl”… “Prayer for Owen Meany” and gosh so many more! What a terrific giveaway!

    Thank you!

  228. melissa crosby says:

    I loved the Shellseekers, an older book and the Outlander series, is written by Diana Gabaldon. I love reading “I Capture the Castle”, so much better then the movie and one book that is good and totally not on my usual list “The Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King. Loved the movie and the book is so well written. Hope you take the time to read them all.

    • Blkeyesuzi says:

      Since you enjoyed ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, I’d like to suggest ‘The Green Mile’, by Stephen King if you haven’t read it, yet. I adored that book. It is so well done and the characters are incredibly rich, with a story line that will keep you riveted! I’m not usually a huge Stephen King fan, but ‘Shawshank Redemption And ‘The Green Mile’ are in a class all their own!

  229. Amy D. says:

    Some of my favorite books are from VC Andrews. The Casteel Series is one of my favs. There are so many of the lastest ones that I haven’t read. I also enjoy reading KJV Bible. Thank you for the opportunity.

  230. Ok, I’d like a kindle BUT reading all these suggestions is almost as fun. Thanks for this big treat.

  231. Janice Whitaker says:

    I love the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

  232. Hilary says:

    Harry Potter!

  233. Veronica says:

    Hi Sarah ! Here are a few of my favorites:
    Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
    Flesh and Blood – Michael Cunningham
    The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver
    The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
    The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
    The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
    and of course, Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    so so so many more!!

  234. Jill says:

    It’s been hot here, which makes me feel totally unmotivated. That’s when I pull out the books. Right now I’m reading a series of light-hearted mysteries set at the turn of the century in NYC – the Molly Murphy Mysteries by Rhys Bowen, and another good set of mysteries is the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. My favorite novel (besides Pride and Prejudice) is called The Bishops Mantle by Agnes Sligh Turnball – written in the 30s and hard to find, but worh it if you do find it! Happy reading Sarah!

  235. Kateri says:

    Hi Sarah! LOVE your blog!
    If you haven’t already, you must pick up one of Janet Evanovich’s books in her ‘Stephanie Plum’ series. They are hysterical! I started with the first one, One for the Money, but it’s not really a series where you have to read them in order. Seriously, can’t put them down and I laugh out loud the whole time. And, of course, the Harry Potter series.
    Happy reading!

  236. Rose says:

    I couldn’t put down the Hunger Games trilogy. Loved it!

  237. Tami C. says:

    Just finished The Midwives Confession, loved it.

  238. Wendy says:

    My favorite authors are Beth Moore and Stormie Omartian. I love anything they’ve written! I’d love to win a Kindle to use at and for Bible study. Would be soooo awesome!
    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! :)
    welindsey at gmail dot com

  239. Wendy says:

    I follow you on GFC (Wendy).
    welindsey at gmail dot com

  240. Louise Gilbert says:

    I’m not much of a reader but I love cookbooks. I’m flipping pages marking the next recipes to try:)

  241. Susan Heim says:

    Recently, I’ve been into books by Shobhan Bantwal. I loved “The Unexpected Son” and “Full Moon Bride.” I can’t wait to read her other books!

  242. Susan Heim says:

    I like you on Google Friend Connect as ParentingAuthor.

  243. Barbara says:

    The Great Gatsby is just a wonderful read :) As are Atonement, The Reader, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, Animal Farm, The Chaos Walking Trilogy…

  244. rob says:

    i remember as a child being enthralled with THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Sheila Burnford

  245. Heidi Daily says:

    I recently discovered an author named Kristin Billerbeck, and just finished her Spa Girls series of books, they were great and I just couldn’t put them down. My all time favorite though is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

  246. Louise Brouillette says:

    I’m really into The Song of Fire and Ice Series by RR Martin.

  247. Khyler says:

    There are a few that I must read every few years, one being Pearl S Bucks The Good Earth. I first read this in school years ago, and I am still as an adult drawn to the imagery that this read creates in my mind, I can see the characters, feel their pain, and I get so excited when things start working out for them. Also I must admit that I am a fan of some more Classical reads on a regular Basis. Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Flies, and the Illiad which i still have a problem putting down.

  248. susan varney says:

    i love the old classics such as Robinson Crusoe,gone withh the wind, and 1984

  249. I LOVE anything by Jodi Picoult and Greg Iles. They get my attention.
    The last book I could not put down was “The Kid” by Sapphire.


  250. I joined your site on GFC! :)
    mileskri at comcast dot net

  251. Heidi Daily says:

    I follow via gfc

  252. Heidi Daily says:

    I shared on facebook heidi reall daily

  253. Lynne says:

    One of my favorites is ‘Jalna’ by a Canadian author named Mazo de la Roche. I read these books in my late teens, and now I’m collecting the older hardcover editions on ebay for about $4 to $6 each. It’s the story of a headstrong Irish girl who marries an English military man in India. He hears about the great opportunties in Canada and they sail across the ocean to build a home in Ontario. They call the home ‘Jalna’ after the place they lived in India.

    Mazo de la Roche began writing the series in 1927, and I think she wrote about 16 books in the series. I think they also made a movie out of the series, but I’ve never seen it.

  254. I shared your blog and this giveaway on facebook! :)


  255. My most loved books are books that I can learn from and better my business. Such as Lighting Books, Posing Books, anything that has to do with Photography really. Sorry, I know they won’t be at the top of your list for future reads, but they’re what I love!!

  256. cheryl R says:

    I recently discovered Alaska writer, Dana Stabenow. Her 4 Liam Campbell (Alaska State trooper) books are fast-paced, exciting and sexy! Her Kate Shugak (private eye) series is ongoing and I’m enchanted by those, also. And I’ve just finished “A Painted House” by John Grisham – about an eventful cotton-picking season in a 7-year old boy’s life set in 1952 Arkansas. I was so sad to come to the end of that one! Grisham’s other lawyer books – “The Client” and “A Time To Kill” are excellent as well! I haven’t read any of the others, but I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for the chance to win a Kindle!

  257. Christine says:

    My favorite is Stephen King’s Dark Tower series; it hooked me quick and I’d love to re-read the series again. Thank you :)

  258. Christine says:

    I follow you on GFC (Tina12312)

  259. Gayle says:

    Rules of Civility by by Amor Towles is a great read! Anything by Emily Giffin us always enjoyable. Romantic Prairie Style and Dylan’s Candy Bar are fun, inspirational design books. Enjoy!

  260. I love the Twilight Series. I thought I might be too old to enjoy it at first but it made me feel young again.

  261. Christine says:

    I’m following you on twitter (Tina12312) and I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Tina12312/status/91894758313697280

  262. I would say that my favorite book(s) were probably the whole Lord of the Rings series. I read them while I was in Kuwait and Iraq while serving in the Marine Corps. They were able to help me through the hard times by letting me escape while I was there, and put my mind to rest a little bit.

  263. traci says:

    Blindness by jose saramago

  264. Rebecca says:

    I have been lusting after one of these for quite awhile… thank you so much for the chance to win. Currently I am reading The Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin, and find it very hard to put down. It was one of those books that grabs you about five pages in and doesn’t let go. Few random books which I love are The Shadow of the Wind, The Thirteenth Tale, and I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies). As a head’s up that last one made me laugh so hard I almost fell off the treadmill.

  265. Rebecca says:

    I also joined your Google Friend Connect… thanks again!

  266. Penny Snyder says:

    LOVE my James Patterson books!! grammypenny@frontier.com

  267. I’m a Dean Koontz fan personally. My two favorites from him are Whispers and False Memory.

  268. Carolyn says:

    I just shared on FB. Thanks to my friend Jodi :)

  269. maggie says:

    Just read Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews…I love her books.

  270. Michele says:

    The Twilight books are a must read, can’t put it down series!

  271. Michele says:

    I also loved the Hunger Games!

  272. paige chandler says:

    Best read ever is The Girl with the Dragon tattoo. Don’t bother with the movie. It can’t compare,

  273. paige chandler says:

    I follow on GFC. elysesw

  274. marylou says:

    Khaled Hosseini writes riveting stories and taking a huge leap because I love a good mystery, Nora Roberts as JD Robb;-)

    Already follow you on all internet sites, I am your friendly stalker((*_*)) **emphasizing friendly***


  275. Annie says:

    Believe it or not but the Harry Potter Series!!! I would be in line for the midnight releases at the book stores and I wouldn’t put them down until I finished them!!! I know … I’m a little old for that but!!! For some reason my behavior doesn’t go for the movies though …. I guess I am a book person.

  276. indiansummer says:

    The “Odd Thomas” series by Dean Koontz is good; I think there are three books. Also, “The Watcher” by him is good.

    I loved “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes. It’s like a beautiful travelogue of Italy. She describes everything as she and her husband renovate the villa they bought there, least of which is the FOOD!

    “Encore Provence” by Peter Mayle is another “travelogue” (France). I love his sense of humor.

    James Patterson’s series of books featuring his character Alex Cross, a psychologist working as a profiler for the police department.

    I think Stephen King’s less “out there” work is even better than his supernatural stuff. Even if you’re not a fan of his, I highly recommend his collection of short stories, “Night Shift.” Very unique and interesting. Easy to read, too, LOL (short stories).

    A friend of my mom’s loaned her “The Inn at Angel Island.” Apparently, a brother and sister inherit this inn where they spent their childhood summers. Sounds kind of “cottage-y.” ;-) Anyway, my mom really liked it. Said it was very descriptive of the calm, laid-back atmosphere, yummy food, friendly people. Very relaxing and nice. The painter Thomas Kinkade is co-author.

    Okay, I guess that’s enough. Hope you find something you love from all of the responses!

  277. Christine Aldinger says:

    Gone With The Wind….couldn’t put it down also is only book i can say i would re-read.

  278. Susan says:

    The early Colleen McCullaugh books – The Thorn Birds, Tim, Ladies of Missalonghi – Not a fan of her later works

  279. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I’m addicted to Stephen kIng, he can do no wrong.

  280. I LOVE harlem renaissance period works!

  281. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    A few favorites – A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pillars of the Earth, The Book Thief, Kindred, Bel Canto and Cutting for Stone.

  282. heather lui says:

    The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! Name of the Wind (book 1) was a little slow to start, but once you get about 1/4 of the way in you will not want to put it down!

  283. Mlissabeth says:

    One of my many favorites is “The Prince of Tides” by Pat Conroy.

  284. Mlissabeth says:

    I just joined via Google Friend Connect.

  285. Mlissabeth says:

    I also followed you on twitter.

  286. Chris says:

    I LOVED Water for Elephants. I didn’t want it to end.

  287. Mary B says:

    Kindles are the BEST!

  288. Sarah says:

    It has to be EM FOrster’s Room With a View, just wonderful.

  289. Cathy says:

    Since you live near the water you may like the books by Dorothea Benton Frank. One of my favorites in Jude Deveraux “The Summerhouse”; I love to read it over and over.

  290. Gary Black says:

    Mistral’s Daughter by Judith Krantz
    complicated,romantic,tragic story of a French painter (Mistral) that takes you from the artist’s loft to country villas with all the intricacies of his female relationships.

  291. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I read it in two days. Thanks for the giveaway!

  292. Kahra Gilley says:

    I have to agree with some of the other people commenting. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is by far the best read I have experienced in a long time! I think you would love it!

  293. nicole says:

    Pride and prejudice and never let me go.

  294. nicole says:

    GFC follower (coliebear).

  295. Maryellen says:

    Almost everything I read keeps me enthralled. Really liked The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. Also liked The Room.

  296. Kelcey says:

    The most recent book like this for me was Kathryn Stockett’s, The Help. I read it cover to cover in just a few days, simply couldn’t put it down!

  297. Kelsey says:

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I literally laid in the park by the bay and read for hours. I left with a sunburned patch of skin where my holey jeans had deteriorated. (Read the whole series, you’ll get lost in them forever)

  298. The Curious Case of the Clockwork man is my current favourite. Or any P G Wodehouse.

  299. Rachel says:

    The Hunger Games, Snow Falling on Cedars or any books by Chuck Palahnuik

  300. nicki says:

    The Last Lecture…not a novel, but a quick read on simple life lessons….hope you are enjoying winter…we are enjoying cloudy, cool summer this past week here in southern ca.

  301. Nikki says:

    Great giveaway! For me its Gone with the Wind. I read it every summer and every time, its like the first time.

  302. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain ~ So good!!!!

  303. Water For Elephants is my all time favorite book.
    other good books are The Stone carver and Picture perfect by Jodi Picault

    Please make sure you read Water for Elephants B4 you watch the movie!!…such a beautiful story!!

    Cheers form the East Coast!

  304. eva says:

    Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult


  305. McKim says:

    I like the FBI series by Catherine Coulter.

  306. McKim says:

    I’m a follower via GFC.

  307. Delva says:

    Mary Higgins Clark books are excellent reads if you enjoy mystery. I just finished her memior “Kitchen Privileges” Oh, what she overcome to achieve success!!!!

  308. Kfowler @ MonCoeurVintage says:

    I love anything by Nicholas Sparks, especially “The Notebook”. “The Wedding” was sort of a sequel to the “The Notebook” and it was really good also. I also recently read “The Shack”. It has a lot to do with Christianity and religion but it’s a really good story and I really liked how it portrayed the way our relationship with God is meant to be. In my opinion, it’s a lot less intimidating (and a heck of a lot more realistic) than what I was always taught in Sunday School! :)

  309. Kfowler @ MonCoeurVintage says:

    Posted about the giveaway on my Facebook page. :o)

  310. Kfowler @ MonCoeurVintage says:

    I’m already a follower on GFC.

  311. Nancy Gorny says:

    What book to read???? There are so many good ones out there it is hard to pick just one. So I won’t. One of my all time best is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant wonderful wonderful!! And of course The Secert Life of Bees, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter or The Mermaid Chair all by Sue Monk Kidd. I am reading her book now When the Heart Waits. I’ll let you know on that one. But another book (true story) The Kite Runner. These are a must read for everyone.

    When a person reads they get lost in someone elses life and you forget yours. Those people become your friends and there family yours. You learn so many new adventures. Clive Cussler just tought me a history lesson about Napoleon Bonaparte among other things in his book Spartan Gold. Great read…

    Please don’t say your in a rut, somtimes ruts are good. But your rut could be like a hammock swaying in the breeze while you hold onto a new world.

    Don’t forget to use good lighting. Sorry something my Mother always said to me.

  312. Sally says:

    Snow Falling on Cedars! Loved it so much, I went straight to Amazon and bought the DVD.

  313. Kathy Luman says:

    V.C. Andrews Series have always been my favorite reads.

  314. Kathy Luman says:

    I joined via GFC

  315. Tina says:

    As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. Such a lovely book!

  316. Thabal says:

    I love all of the Michael Crichton books, like ‘airframe’, ‘timeline’, ‘prey’ all of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  317. Anonymous says:

    i love historical fiction -Highlander -series by Diana Gabaldon i can lose my self in this series

  318. Patti says:

    Hey Sarah, The first book that came to mind was “Gone With the Wind” which I read in 3 days. I stayed up all night reading that book.
    A great knee slapping good time is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

  319. Patti says:

    Just linked you to my Facebook Buddies–those stinkers will probably all enter and knock me out of the competition.

  320. Sally says:

    Any and all books by Nicholas Sparks. I have them all and have red them all. Give me just a minute to tell you about a treasure of mine….a dear friend of mine who lives in North Carolina where he is from…stood in line at one of his book signings and sent me an autographed copy of one of his books!! I just about fell over in sheer bliss!! I just put my name on the waitlist for his new book due out in October. Sarah you have to read his books, they are the best. If you need a few to get you started…I can be at the post office in 10 minutes! :) Shipping to Australia???….not a problem!! Thank out ao much for the chance to win an absolutely fabulous giveway. A Kindle has been on my wish list for a while now. Of course if I should be so lucky to be the winner…you’d have to autograph it for me!! :)

    Love and many hugs……Sally

  321. Shannon says:

    Oh man. . . I just read The Scarlet Pimpernel and LOVED it, but my go-to’s are Anne of Green Gables and all the rest of the series by LM Montgomery and all of James Herriot’s stories. They’re so funny!!

  322. Krista says:

    Ah, books! My passion. Here are some recommendations:

    The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns
    God Grew Tired of Us – An amazing tale of the journey of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan
    A Girl Named Zippy

  323. Krista says:

    Following you on Google Friend Connect. Thanks for the chance! Happy reading.

  324. Gayl says:

    Beginner’s Luck by Laura Pedersen. Any fiction by her is wonderful!

  325. Amanda says:

    “The Hunger Games” trilogy is a must read. I read all three books as fast as I could and was so sad when they ended that I started the first one again! :)

  326. Kathy says:

    Re-reading The Great Gatsby – I’ve read it a million times but I still love how beautifully it’s written. Also reading Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen, about the 1893 World’s Fair that took place in Chicago. It’s actually non-fiction but it’s so spellbinding it reads like fiction. It might not be that appealing to an Aussie but I love reading about how Chicago came to be the wonderful city it is today.

  327. Joanne says:

    Hi Sarah..Right now I am reading the Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews. Her books are great summer reads. This one combines a nice story with some home decorating thrown in. Thanks for such a great summer give-away. As always, love your blog!

  328. VickyL says:

    She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. It sucks you in to really truly care about the main character. It always shocks me such a chick book is written by a man!

  329. Spencer says:

    Ahhh… I just saw She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb… I loved that too…. And Judy Blume, Summer Sisters, the Sweet Potato Queens series……HILARIOUS and the numbers series by Janet Evanovich…Also love The Shell Seekers. Rosamunde Pilcher…. Lots of good summer reading.

    Warm blessings… so hoping to win this lovely!


  330. Sarah says:

    She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, and definitely Harry Potter!!

  331. Vicki K says:

    The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith and anything by Jane Kirkpatrick and Jane Austen.

  332. Rachel James says:

    So Sarah I have been following your blog for ages ( the first and only one I have ever looked at…. I am VERY slow in the tech department) and have never felt the urge to comment but books are my thing so here we go…..

    Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight by Alexandra Fuller.a memoir by a woman of our age of growing up in Rhodesia/zimbawe,I must of read it six or seven times and it has only been out a few years,compelling and heartbreaking

    One Day I know everyone has read this but there is a reason….

    My Life on a Plate by India knight.India knight is a columnist on the Sunday times,this book is hysterically funny .she has her own blog India knight posterous on which she lists her own favorite books with which I mostly agree

    Before I say goodbye,based on a column published in the observer (?) by a mother of twins diagnosed with cancer,cannot remember
    her name

    I capture the castle Dodie Smith,a tale of an eccentric English family written by the woman who wrote 101 Dalmatians

    ANY Mary Wesley books, and the biography Wild Mary,I am a huge fan

    The Twilight series (I shouldn’t admit to it I know but even my husband loved those books )

    Any Marian Keyes book but especially Rachel’s holiday

    Mennonite in a little black dress.I nearly wet my knickers laughing

    Animal vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver,I am not a huge fan of her novels but this is a beautifully written and engaging story of her familys attempt to live off their own land.it makes you think about what you are feeding your kids!

    The bolter oh dear drunk too many glasses of wine to remember who wrote it or even what it was about ,a badly behaved 1920s flapper upon whom Nancy Mitford based a character

    So I could go on (and on) especially if you are interested in British medieval and renaissance history but I appreciate not many people are! So now you will need to send us all your list

    Georgiana duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman, a fascinating look at one of Princess 18th century ancestors,an unusual woman crippled by her era and taste for gambling

    So I could

    We were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates,a story of the perfect family disintegrating

  333. Rachel James says:

    Oh dear, looked over my post,knobbled by technological incompetence and too much wine!
    I just wanted to comment on the dog stuff.English setters are very lovely,sweet and eccentric,they would look delightful on a white couch.

  334. Stephanie says:

    I couldn’t put down Mists of Avalon and my favorite yearly reread is Gifts from the Sea,by Anne Morrow Linberg (yes mother of the kidnapped Linberg Baby) written so very long ago but timely and wonderful for any woman to read. Translates into today effortlessly.

  335. robyn paris says:

    Little women

  336. Heidi says:

    The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons (or anything of hers for that matter) is a must read. Set during World War II in Russia, you will be totally swept away in the romance and drama of these novels. They are absolutely superb. The first is called the Bronze Horseman, the second is The Bridge to Holy Cross and the third is The Summer Garden. Be prepared to fall madly in love with the leading man, Alexander. I couldn’t put these books down.

  337. Nicole says:

    here are my favorites at the moment.
    Love and death in bali by Vicki Baum
    A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Vanishing Acts by Jodie Picoult

  338. michelle says:

    The note book its one of my favorits also blue bistro and the color of water. And if you need something light the shopaholic books are so funny!!! have a great time reading. :)

  339. michelle says:

    following you and FB check!!

  340. Karen Cannon says:

    I love any of Jodi Picoult’s books – I can escape into them completely!!

  341. melissa freeth says:

    For me murder mysteries are my fav read. any of the Kellermans or patricia cornwells are definate one day reads. as soon as you start you will be up all night till you finish desperate to find out who done it but never getting it right

  342. Mary Lemon says:

    Sarah, I just finishd a sweet book called To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal. I listed to it on my mp3 and the reader has a great voice. It’s set in a small town in Nebraska which is where I’m from so that may be part of why I liked it but the story itself is so different. Definitely didn’t want it to end. Also just listened to An Unexpected Song by Iris Johannsen. Another book I couldn’t put down was Private by James Patterson. Since I got an mp3 player I listed to tons of books because I’m in the car so much or when I’m working around the house, shopping for groceries, etc. I don’t have that much time to read except when I go to bed but listening to a book is great. You have probably read The Help, if not, that’s a must and the movie comes out this month. Enjoy!

  343. Teri says:

    “The Passage” is awesome. 700+ pages so it will take you awhile to get through it. I couldn’t put it down.
    The Rizzoli and Isles Series by Tess Gerritsen is a great series.

  344. Janice Newman says:

    Hands down, for me it was “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. And the next in the series: “Dragonfly in Amber” and “Voyager”. Claire Randall meets Jamie Fraser and… yikes! My most recent discovery of can’t-put-it-down is the entire “Amelia Peabody” series by Elizabeth Peters. If they ever make a movie out of any of the later ones, Johnny Depp must be cast as Ramses (swoon). And… can’t quit without mentioning “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” and it’s two sequels. I. Could. Not. Put. Them. Down. Lastly, I very much enjoyed “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. A few painful parts, but since I knew she turned out okay in the end, I did enjoy it very much. Can’t wait to see what everyone else lists! Always looking for something fun to read. Thanks for the contest!
    P.S. Love your blog!!!

  345. Eve says:

    I love love love any book by Jen Lancaster, they are hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud while reading them
    At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream–Wade Rouse—hilarious book
    All We Ever Wanted Was Everything–Janelle Brown…could not put this book down for the life of me!
    Little Bee–Chris Cleave…so beautifully written with an amazing story that keeps you turning pages

  346. Sha says:

    I just finished “The Island” by Elin Hilerbrand. Every summer I pick a book that’s fictional and just a different read. She takes on different fictional women living the life on Nantucket and has the reader caught up til the very end. Her first book the Castaways got me hooked.

  347. I do get you on Google connect. Always a day late though!

  348. Nancy H says:

    Elin Hilerbrand is one of my favorite summer authors. I love to sit on the beach and read her books. Another favorite of mine was “The Help.”

  349. Kim says:

    Hi Sarah,

    As an avid reader, I couldn’t help but put in my two cents worth…on both adults and children’s books! Since I am a teacher, I read a lot of upper elementary and middle school level books and love them just as much as adult books. So, I will add a few of my favorite children’s novels to the mix, along with a list of my favorite adult books (which are older books because I am always, always behind the times!)

    My favorite children’s author is Cornelia Funke and if you love a bit of fantasy and love and heroes (I guess I am still a romantic girl at heart), this trilogy is a great one: “Inkheart.”

    “The Thief” by Megan Whalen Turner is the first book in a series and contains action and mystery and a surprise ending. My son and I loved this book!

    A young adult book that I couldn’t put down was “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Riveting, sad, and full of hope.

    Two adult books I thoroughly enjoyed: “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson, and “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.”

    And if you like a book that is a bit out of the ordinary, I found “The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse” by Louise Erdrich to be just the book. This book had a few twists and turns in the plot that kept me wondering about the characters and what would happen next. It is a challenging book to describe but I absolutely loved the main character, Father Damien Modeste and the magical events of the story. Many of the elements of this story are from some of her other books, which can be a bit baffling, but doesn’t deter too much from the main story.

    Looks like you have a fine list to choose from — happy reading!

  350. Michael Smith says:

    Book of poetry – what better way to find the beauty of life

  351. Amanda says:

    Anything by Christopher Moore and James Rollins are my favorite; specifically Fool (Christopher Moore). That one is really good.


  352. Kathleen Downes says:

    I love all of Christoper Moore’s books. They are so funny and creative that I can never put them down.

  353. janita says:

    i’ve run across two recomemdations for this book…” Redeeming Love” by francine rivers. said it was a
    “Can’t put it down book” It is on my summer reading list. Thanks for the chance to win.

  354. Cindy Nester says:

    Three Weeks with my Brother. It is an autobiography and story by Nicholas Sparks. It is as soulful as his regular books and brings new light into all his stories. (You will get where some character names come from or a deeper understanding of his settings).

  355. Cindy Nester says:

    Liked on FB

  356. Cindy Nester says:

    Joined on GFC too.

  357. Leslie M says:

    I just finished Outliers:The story of success. I think Malcolm Gladwell has a fascinating perspective on various subjects. Love the way he thinks! The book is great

  358. Garden of Good and Evil; an excellent read about Savannah, Georgia – the history, the southern romanticism, the quirky characters, and the fact that it is a true story all enveloped me. Hope you enjoy it!

  359. Susan Audrey says:

    The very best, remember-worthy books I’ve read in the last couple of years:
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)
    The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
    Eating Heaven (Jennie Shortridge)
    The Tea Rose (Jennifer Donnelly)
    Between, Georgia (Joshilyn Jackson)

    • Anonymous says:

      I loved The Tea rose too. Have you read the sequel? I couldn’t put that down either.

    • Erin says:

      Sorry didn’t mean to sign that anonomous. Anyway the sequel is The winter Rose and the final book in the trilogy is The Wild Rose that is due out in August.

    • Jan says:

      I also loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I must look up your other recommendations.

  360. Susan Audrey says:

    I joined your GFC :)

  361. Susan Audrey says:

    I tweeted about this here ~ http://twitter.com/#!/susanaudrey/status/92045245801447424

    Thanks, Sarah!

  362. Any and of Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Danielle Steele books. They are some of my favorite authors. I just finished reading Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews and One Summer by David Baldacci. I am now starting Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand. I absolutely love to read! Hope you will enjoy some of these Sarah and get back in the groove.

  363. BM says:

    The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

  364. Carol Ludwig says:

    I loved “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. Any thing by Fannie Flagg or Adriana Trigiani…especially her “Valentine” series. If you like a series of books the “Mitford” continuing saga by Jan Karon is a sweet & funny read too. I love books that continue in a series and you get to see the characters change and evolve over time.
    I’m so glad you asked this question because I am always wondering what to read next !
    Thank you.

  365. Susanne says:

    I love to read anything by Luanne Rice – so far this summer I’ve read 6 of her books. I, also, have enjoyed the Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels. Fall and winter reading has been with the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon…so far I’ve read the first three and hope to get to the rest as the weather turns colder.

  366. Jeni says:

    It’ll break your heart in about four different places, but the last book I could not put down was Room by Emma Donoghue.

  367. Allison Wilson says:

    The Dragonvarld Trilogy is a great fantasy series, one of my favorites!

  368. brenda helgeson says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and The Stand to name a few

  369. brenda helgeson says:

    follow on gfc

  370. Joy F says:

    I love Nora Robers. I just finished the Ring series and I also like the the witch series. Thanks.

  371. Callie says:

    My favourites would be anything by Meg Cabot and/or R.L. Stine, and any non-draggy horror fictions and any funny read.

  372. Judith (from Israel) says:

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  373. Chris L says:

    Hi Sarah, I just loved the Girl with the Dragon tattoo series and found I couldn’t put them down at all. Only took about a week and I had all 3 read !! I really resented anybody interupting me even if it was for dinner :) Thanks for a great opportunity – great prize

  374. Madeline says:

    I recently read ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue and could not put it down. (Hi, I just recently found your blog and am enjoying reading. :) )

  375. Donna says:

    I read this a few years ago when I had whooping cough…so could do nothing else. But what a great read! A bit confronting in some ways but fabulous writing. “We Need to Talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver (who is a woman).

    BTW I just found this little ‘quote’ that I thought you might like-

    Women are Angels.
    And when someone breaks our wings,
    we simply continue to fly…usually on a broomstick.
    We are flexible like that
    Donna (from wet at last Brissie)

  376. April Jacques says:

    I have two favorite all time authors.
    One is J.A. Jance- I read her books when I feel like reading a mystery type book. She has different series, one is set in Arizona and the other in my hometown of Seattle. I can’t get enough of her books.

    My other favorite is Nora Roberts- I love reading her romance books. They really make me smile how she can write about people who meet and end up together.

  377. April Jacques says:

    I follow you on GFC- aajacques

  378. Rebecca Graham says:

    I liked The Help and Water for Elephanits and I also like Tess Gerritsen’s books.

  379. posinoe says:

    I love ALL books from Simon Beckett. Couldn’t put them away until I finished them.

  380. Pearl Maple says:

    Bridges of Madison County and the sequel, lost love, finding out who you really are and what matters

    Have re-read it a couple of times and came away with different feelings and ideas

  381. Jan says:

    Most recently, I couldn’t put down ‘Ethan Frome’ by Edith Wharton. Other recent books include ‘The Diving-bell and the Butterfly’ by Jean-Dominique Bauby, ‘The White Tiger’ by Aravind Adiga, ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote, and from further back ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Midnight’s Children’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, the ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ series, and anything by Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and John Steinbeck. I think I need to pull them all out and read them again – after the 20 books next to my bed waiting to be read. ;-D

  382. James Martinez says:

    One of the last books that I could not put down when I started reading is Ancestor by Scott Sigler.

  383. James Martinez says:

    GFC follower.

  384. liz carlin says:

    I like Swedish auther Henning Mankell.

  385. catherine says:

    the girl …who kicked the hornets nest
    …who played with fire
    …with the dragon tatoo
    couldnt put them down, but not light reading.
    for light, chic lit, just finished summer rental, not deep, just fun.
    charlcr (at)aol.com

  386. EMMA L HORTON says:

    1. BIBLE


  387. Shannon says:

    There is a young adult book that I have to re-read about every two years: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It is an easy ready which you will get through in no time at all. Great book though!

  388. Kathy Frazier says:

    “The Shell Seekers” by Rosamund Pilcher is my all-time favorite book. Just love this one!

    • Blkeyesuzi says:

      If you haven’t read ‘Coming Home’, by Rosemunde Pilcher, I would heartily recommend it. The characters come alive and the settings feel so real, you can smell the tea brewing and taste the suppers! It covers generations during WWII in England. Fabulous book!

  389. Ruby Sugar says:

    Goodness there are so many – I love reading! THis summer I have read Smae Kind of Different As Me..Exellent; Two Catherine Coulter books – FBI series – I love them all; The Help – great book reminded me of the neighborhood women growing up in the south. My Mom was English so didn’t have those prejudices. The Kite Runner, a deeply moving story of family and friendship, Heaven is for Real – simple heartwarming message.

  390. Gretel says:

    GREAT idea!
    I’m book bonkers…and life is too short to waste your time on average books, SO here’s my absolute faves of late:

    The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons – seriously couldn’t put it down and have recommended it to so many AND it’s a trilogy.

    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – a brick of a book, but gives you even more of an appreciation and fascination for old churches and buildings.

    Wild Lavender by Belinda Alexander – I actually sat in the car while my kids played on the playground as I absolutely couldn’t put it down….feeling the mother guilt, so thank goodness I read it quickly!!

    Posie Graeme Evans’ trilogy – The Innocent, The Beloved and the Exiled (could have kissed the male librarian when I returned the first one and he informed me there was a book 2 AND a book 3!!!)

    The Millenium Trilogy (Girl with a dragon Tattoo etc) – had never read a crime book in my life and not in a hurry to read one again as I’m scared that they will never be as good as these books – LOVED them!

    Loving reading other people’s recommendations, too – this is a fabulous idea, so thank you!! And I’m sure everyone has discovered it by now, but I highly recommend The Book Depository. Not your gorgeous little local I know, but so cheap and convenient if you’re a country girl like me!

    • Gretel says:

      Oops can I just add three more?? These are MUST READS as opposed to “can’t put down” reads, but they are potentially life changing:
      The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – a valuable life lesson about chasing your dreams so that you never have to wonder what could have been .

      Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom – All his books are fantastic but I cried and cried with this one – he captured his characters so beautifully.

      And lastly for a rollicking good read…Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern – the most hilarious laugh out loud funny book I have ever read. My kids and husband thought I had lost it when I was reading this!!
      Ok I’m going….

  391. marsha says:

    i am reading the last three books of the harry potter series.

  392. Kerry Rossow says:

    So many books so little time! My all time favorite must be “The Kill a Mockingbird”. I fell in love with this book in high school but when I re-read it this year, it was a totally different read as a parent! When my son asked what it was about, I told him “integrity”- can’t wait for him to read it, too!
    My favorite recent read is “The Help”. I loved it so much that I let out a squeal when I heard a movie was coming out! I am planning a community book club meets girls night out to go see it!
    I have never used a kindle, btw! I am a dinosaur!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  393. Kerry Rossow says:

    I shared on twitter!

  394. Kerry Rossow says:

    I shared on my personal facebook (Kerry Isaac-Rossow) and blog (HouseTalkN) facebook sites!
    Thank you!

  395. Lynda E. says:

    Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, all Jane Austen, and for guilty pleasure, Dick Francis mysteries.

  396. Desmond says:

    The Hitchhiker’s Gude to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and its sequels.

  397. SANDY says:

    well there are so many good books like heaven is real, and eat pray love….i am getting to the point where i read a book before a movie becuase sometimes the movie ruins the book for me by being so bad- and sometimes the book is better than the movie

  398. Sarah Sparks says:

    Tess of the D’Urbervilles. It is still relevant today in a lot of ways. And it’s dramatic! Also, Room by Emma Donoghue. Truly fascinating. I wanted to read so much more!

  399. Sarah Sparks says:

    I follow via GFC.

  400. Sarah Sparks says:

    I posted your giveaway on Facebook.

  401. Kristina says:

    Picking a good book really depends on what you are in the mood for. I love light stuff like the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series (start with One for the Money). Rosie Dunn by Cecilia Ahern is good. I am loving The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series right now. James Patterson’s books are fast paced mysteries and quick reads. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak s a powerful WW II story from a child’s perspective. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks is also a great story about a 500 yr old book and the people who carried it along through the year. I hope this variety of choices will give you at least one you might like.

  402. Sarah Sparks says:

    I posted your giveaway on Twitter.

  403. Elaine in Laguna says:

    I’m a writer and I read a lot….My favorite book is Charlotte’s Web, but that’s not what you’re looking for…So I’ll share what I picked up for summer reading 2011: Cutting for Stone by by Abraham Verghese; The Unlikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston; and American Eve – The Birth of the It Girl by Paula Uruburu. And since no summer is complete without Charlotte’s Web, I also recently picked up The story of Charlotte’s Web by Michal Sims. I’ve finished the Lavender Queen in about a week. I’m immersed in Cutting for Stone now. I’m saving the Michael Sims book for my vacation next month. Thanks for the great topic and giveaway!

  404. Callie says:

    I joined your Google Friend Connect!

  405. Karen Ang says:

    I’m obsessed lately with the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. They’re by Laurel Hamilton although they’re not exceptionally good, the adventures are engaging and there are a lot of steamy scenes.

    I followed GFC dementia :)

  406. Jeannie says:

    Some of my favourite books are: The Great Gatsby (no. 1 fave), To Kill a Mockingbird, anything by mystery writer Michael Connelly. The Book of Negroes is a great historical read set in novel form. The Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series for a light, amusing read. All of Dan Brown’s books. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. There ya go, Sarah…happy reading!

  407. Jeff says:

    I can’t do without Bret Hitman Hart’s book “Inside the carton world of pro wrestling”.

  408. Jeff says:

    Following on GFC.


  409. charline says:

    Anything by Fern micheals is really good. I love her books

  410. charline says:

    follow gfc as charline

  411. Katie says:

    I teach high school English so let me tell ya, I have TONS of book suggestions! :) Reading kind of has to be my life since I teach it; thankfully I love to read! Some of these are favorites of my students through the years. Some of these are a couple of my favorite “can’t put them down” books as well:
    1. Water for Elephants (Book is SO much bette than the movie)–by Sara Gruen
    2. Cane River–by Lalita Tademy
    3. Angela’s Ashes–by Frank McCourt
    4. The Glass Castle–by Jeannette Walls
    5. My Sister’s Keeper (Book is SO SO SO much better than the movie-the movie’s ending was 180 degrees different from the ending in the book.)–by Jodi Picoult
    6. The Giver, The Messenger, Gathering Blue (All-time favorite of my students and me!!)–by Lois Lowry
    7. But Inside I’m Screaming–by Elizabeth Flock
    8. Escape (non-fiction–SO good, SO spooky)–by Carolyn Jessop
    9. A Stolen Life (JUST came out-the story of Jaycee Dugard-inspiring)–by Jaycee Dugard
    10. Room–by Emma Donoghue

    Hopefully a couple of these will do the same thing for you as they’ve done for my students and me! Happy Reading!

  412. Andrea says:

    I loved the book Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It was an adventure that made me feel like I was apart of everything they were talking about. I felt like I a part of the book. It was so much fun, I couldn’t put it down.

  413. jaime mchugh says:

    I loved a time to kill “the book” and also charolottes web

  414. jaime mchugh says:

    posted a link on my facebook page. Jaime Mchugh

  415. Marisa says:

    Right now I can not get enough of anything that takes place on an island, beach or lake. I love Dorothea Benton Franks books all about the South Carolina Islands and I Love Love Love summer beach reads. I am presently reading Elin Hilderbrand’s “Blue Bistro”, have read her “The Island” and will read “Summer Affair” next. In my hectic, stressed life I love to curl up to fun, beachy, always by the water books.
    Love your blog!

  416. LuvWheaties says:

    I recently got an iPad2, and I have been reading much more lately. I thought I would miss holding a book in my hands, but I don’t! I guess I don’t really need to win the Kindle, but want to recommend some books. I am currently reading Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s a biography about a young man who starts off in the book as somewhat of a juvenile delinquent, goes on to become an Olympic runner, then a bombardier in WW II. He is captured by the Japanese, and becomes a prisoner of war. Haven’t gotten far enough yet to know about the POW stuff, but I do know he is still alive today. This book is wonderfully written by the author of Seabiscuit. Her books are rich with research, but not tedious. I also recommend The Help, as several others have. This is the first time I have posted a comment. I am enjoying your blog very much, Sarah.

  417. carmen says:

    Some of my can’t-put-down recommendations from the past year or two: Anything Anne of Green Gables, Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts,” “I Am Hutterite”

  418. carmen says:

    I’m a GFC follower (atlantagalknows)

  419. priscilla says:

    This summer i have been reading books by Elin Hilderbrand. Great books based on family, friendship, and love on Nantucket Island. Great books and great author.

  420. Susan Ladd says:

    Would love to win one of these readers :)

  421. Gill says:

    Without hesitation The Timetravellers’ Wife – I take it on holiday every year and never fail to read it!
    A fabulous book!

  422. Ruby Showalter says:

    i love BJ Hoff’s books and am reading a book in a series called “Heart of the Lonely Exile”.

  423. Jacey says:

    What a fabulous topic! I eagerly wait for summer so I can read the pile of books I have gathered for the summer. My favourite reads are: the Harry Potter series, any books by Patricia Cornwell, Dick Francis and Kathy Reichs. I also love the tongue-in-cheek lighter mystery reads by Rita Mae Brown, Diane Mott Davidson, and Lillian Jackson Braun. I would recommend any of them. Enjoy your summer reading list!

  424. Bacallsmom says:

    Well, I love to read, so my favorite book is whatever I am reading at the moment. Right now, it’s Joseph Wambaugh’s Hollywood Hills.

  425. kari says:

    Heaven Is For Real… Story of a 5 year old boy that remembers meeting Jesus when he was in the hospital sick & can recall details.. Very Good!

  426. kari says:

    Posted your giveaway to Twitter…

  427. kari says:

    Posted your giveaway on FB..

  428. kari says:

    Also on your Google Friend Connect!! Are you on Google+ yet? Need an invite?

  429. Lori Walker says:

    I loved The Dome by Steven King. Couldn’t put it down!

  430. Jan J. says:

    Any mystery by Deborah Crombie – not well known but amazing set of characters in her series and unforgettable stories. Also Louise Penny mysteries. Love James Herriot’s old series “All Creatures Great and Small,” called something else in England, I believe.

  431. liz says:

    book recs: anything by jodi picolt! my sister’s keeper was especially good but a tear jerker.

  432. Katherine says:

    I love Eugenia Price Lighthouse series set on St. Simons Island

  433. Lysa says:

    Mine aren’t really by books, it’s by author. Whenever J.R. Ward (The Black Dagger Brotherhood), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunters and the League novels), Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld), or Richard Castle comes out with a new book, I’m buried in the blankets until I finish. I also have a tendency to re-read the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey and Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic*. Usually I re-read them all one a year and they inspire me in making more craft projects or whipping up something in the kitchen.

    *Both the book and the movie are great in their own ways and inspire things all their own. I don’t really count the movie as based on the book, just inspired. They both have amazing elements.

  434. Deborah Rosen says:

    My favorite book of all time is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I’ve read it several times and I’ve pulled more than one all-nighter reading it.

  435. Deborah Rosen says:

    I followed your blog on Google Friend Connect (Deborah).

  436. tracy davis says:

    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  437. Kyl Neusch says:

    lord of the rings

  438. Wanda says:

    I really enjoyed The Help and I’m about to read the Jaycee Dugard book.
    I like a good book too!

  439. steffi says:

    there is a trilogie i would like to recommend. viktoria from jenny glanfiield. a story about my hometown berlin and its history. i love it. great blog by the way!

  440. Lisa Bracale says:

    I love The Bridges of Madison County, The Notebook and The Five People You Meet In Heaven. I love to read! Thanks for the chance to win. Lisa

  441. angie says:

    The Hobbit and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  442. Geoff K says:

    My choices would include “The Line of Beauty” by Alan Hollinghurst, “Flesh and Blood” by Michael Cunningham, “Wonder Boys” by Michael Chabon, and “Invisible Monsters” by Chuck Palahniuk. Thanks!

  443. Geoff K says:

    I’m following via google friend connect: guettel78

  444. Geoff K says:

    I shared the giveaway on Digg: http://digg.com/news/technology/giveaway_time_amazon_kindle_up_for_grabs (username: guettel78)

  445. sara marcy says:

    mega hard question, i read every where, i keep a book in the car, and one at home, i read 2 at a time….just finished, shes come undone, asnd a nora roberts series” the keys”i cant afford new books, i pick them up at goodwill.

  446. Angela Scullion says:

    I loved the Sookie Stackhouse books! They are the best to me but I like a little fantasy and something that gets me day dreaming in my books :)

  447. Lisa Tomlin says:

    I love reading too…so much so that I started a book club last year and have had a blast. Our group is small, but growing. I love anything by Jan Karon, but love, love, love her Mitford Series. I have all of the books in the Mitford Series. I read through them so fast and hated to see it end. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. They are all feel good kind of books that will have you laughing out loud. Enjoy! Lisa
    Lynchburg, VA

  448. Mary says:

    Rather surprisingly, I have just discovered Judith Krantz!

    She invented the hollywood bodice ripper genre in the 70s. And the surprising thing is that her books are actually really fun to read!!!

    I heard about one of her books called “Scruples” because it is used as a bit of an unofficial guide to chic – and I follow some French Chic blogs. It describes an american girl going to Paris and transforming from an overweight provincial girl into a chic parisian swan – it talks about the food she eats to lose weight, how she finds clothes that suit her and going to ballet classes to improve her posture etc, etc…

    I also like the books because she talks about fashion and interiors – both of which I love. There is lots of detail about the way the fashion and film industry works in her books that some find boring but I find fascinating. It is probably out of date – but probably not as much as you might think!!

    It also fun to read some of the 70s stuff which is now quite dated but almost like reading a historical novel now!

    I have recently read Scruples, Princess Daisy and I’ll Take Manhattan – I’ll take Manhattan is about the magazine industry in the 80s – has a mention of Trump Tower when it was first built (where the main character has a $4M pied de terre).

    I think it would be the perfect type of book to read on Kindle :))


  449. Barbara M says:

    Mary Mary by James Patterson.
    Just finished this book and sure kept me awake nights reading!
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  450. Barbara M says:

    I follow you – Google Friend Connect (Barbara Montag)

  451. Off the top of my head, I’d say Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. On a completely different note, anything by Celia Rivenbark just makes me laugh.

  452. LeAnn V says:

    I love Catherine Coulter’s FBI suspense Thrillers. These are a great mix of suspense & romance! Alwasy a new thriller with some familiar character (Savich, Sherlock, & MAX).

  453. LeAnn V says:

    Following on GFC.

  454. Lori Hart says:

    One of my favorites is “Snow Falling on Cedars”

  455. Ashley H. says:

    I always get lost in the Harry Potter books but right now I cannot put down The Game of Thrones series.

  456. Pat Langer says:

    I love the Jack Reacher series by Lee Childs and Harry Bosch series by Michael Connely.

  457. Jinia says:

    I love http://www.dianagabaldon.com/ series-fantastic! Want a laugh? Then jump into Janet Evanovich,s Books!

  458. Jinia says:

    I am following via google…carpetbagvintage

  459. sustahl says:

    My favorite book ever was My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer

  460. Alice Shaw says:

    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson was a wonderful book. I loved the writing and I couldn’t put it down, but I dreaded it ending as well. The perfect kind of book I think!

    The other recommendation I have is Mr Rosenblum’s List by Natasha Solomons. This book had me in tears a couple of times but again it was just so beautifully written that I couldn’t put it down and was bursting to find out what happened in the end.

    I highly recommend both of these books.

  461. Vicki says:

    Love the question! Love the Giveaway!

    All time fav’s:

    Walden by Henry David Thoreau ( I read this every year just before winter snows set in.)
    Poetry of Robert Frost (Love, LOVE, Frost!)
    Harry Potter Series (I started reading this years ago and while I’m not a fan of fiction, this is one series that totally takes me away!)

  462. Andrea says:

    My favorite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  463. Jan says:

    I love to read, in fact do that for my livilihood as a Reading Specialist. I loved The Help and just recently read The Room (really ties in to Jaycee’s story)

  464. liz says:

    I read mostly non-fiction these days, mostly nutrition and yoga related, but would love to fall in love with some good fiction. I just picked up Slow Death by Rubber Duck, but my favourite book to recommend is Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver – such a great story about what is possible for all of us – to take control and responsibility for our food!

  465. Michelle says:

    The Shadow of the Wind…and The Help

  466. Sarah says:

    The Good Earth. Best book ever!!

  467. jenn forest says:

    Gift from the Sea by Ann Morrow Lindbergh
    The Glass Castle
    The Help
    The Red Tent
    A Year by the Sea

  468. Schmidty says:

    For me, Anita Shreve is the author that captivates me in the way you describe. The Pilot’s Wife especially, part of the trilogy that includes Fortune’s Rocks and Sea Glass. Set in ……a beach house!

  469. Schmidty says:

    I am one of your GFC followers.

  470. Heather says:

    I have a new favorite EVERY week!!! I love good books! Better then Ice Cream!

  471. Sara says:

    Anything by Anna McPartlin, an Irish writer. Pack Up the Moon is my favorite.

  472. Sara says:

    Mentioned on my twitter account: saractall.

  473. Christine Johnson says:

    Tara Road by Maeve Binchy was one of my favorite books, and a great, page-turning summer read. “Against all odds, two newlyweds manage to buy the house of their dreams. In 1982, property speculation is beginning to be a big, big thing in Dublin–and their street is very much in an up-and-coming part of town. “They laughed and hugged each other. Danny Lynch from the broken-down cottage in the back of beyond and Ria Johnson from the corner house in the big, shabby estate were not only living like gentry in a big Tara Road mansion, they were actually debating what style of dining table to buy.” But for its various inhabitants, the street is to become a boulevard of dreams–some broken, others created anew.”

    If you want to go a little darker and haven’t read them yet, I recommend the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and follow-ups.

    Finally, for something totally light but lots of fun, I thought Tina Fey’s Bossypants was a great summer read and I just couldn’t put it down.

  474. vicki says:

    it’s been a good summer for reading. I loved -
    Bossy Pants – Tina Fey
    Stories I only Tell my Friends – Rob Lowe
    The Help – soooooo good
    But my favorite is The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein; it will be a classic and you can’t put it down.

  475. Heather S says:

    Maximum Ride series by James patterson

  476. Michelle says:

    Definitely the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (Girl with the dragon tattoo etc…) I love my books too, and this was such a refreshing change of originality when everything had started to sound the same :-). Hope you enjoy..

  477. Margo says:

    My favorite book is Ella Enchanted. I know, not what you would call an adult read but the memories of reading it with my daughter are priceless! Thanks for sharing such a generous giveaway!

  478. Sharon says:

    Ooh so many..Outlander series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Game of Thrones…

  479. alison says:


    I treasure my hardcover copies of “The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters” and “The Jolly Christmas Postman” by Janet & Allan Ahlberg. I read them to my daughters 20 years ago and to young students in my classes in another life. Every second page is an envelope containing a letter, invitation, postcard etc based on familiar nursery rhyme or childhood story characters.


  480. Sarah says:

    All times loves:

    The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
    Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquavel
    To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

  481. Lesley says:

    I’m buying the Harry Potter books in hardcover for their lasting quality, but think I could easily double my reading pace with a Kindle! I read “Under the Tuscan Sun” before it was a movie, and was completely mesmerized by Frances Mayes’ style. She includes recipes and a list of resources so you can follow in her footsteps on your next trip to Italy.

    Highly recommended also is “Life is Meals: A Foodlover’s Book of Days” which is written by a husband and wife team who have devoted each “chapter” to a corresponding part of the calendar. Some stories, lots of recipes, you feel like you’ve walked into a dinner party where you’re the new neighbor and have been invited into a new circle of lovely friends.

    On a lighter note, try “Burnt Toast” Teri Hatcher’s story of her life, published just as Desperate Housewives hits its peak. Funny and down to earth.

  482. Sarah W. says:

    Books I absolutely couldn’t put down were the Hunger Games series (so good!) and Room. Excellent options to get you out of your rut. Currently reading Water for Elephants which is very good so far.

  483. gabrielle says:

    1.000 Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner hands down, could not put these books down at all!!!! , I also loved Water for Chocolate and To Kill a Mockingbird, I also liked Water for Elephants, did not see the movie. I also read The Help, which I enjoyed.

  484. karen says:

    I just finished Moonwalking with Einstein, the tale of an average journalist who becomes the US Memory Champion. It’s a true story and so fascinating! Hmm, The Alchemist is definitely on top of my list–along with Choke by Chuck Palaniuk. Also, Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls & Dreams of Joy are both wonderful. :)

  485. Kelly B says:

    I just finished all 3 of the Hunger Games books last week – so good! If you like books with some supernatural creatures the Sookie Stackhouse series is good.

  486. Gayle C says:

    One of my favorites is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen. While some panned Larsen’s style as “purple prose”, I enjoyed it. I loved his technique of weaving two separate stories together in interlocking chapters. It’s not light or pretty reading but engrossing.


  487. Gayle C says:

    I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect. (Gayle C)


  488. Anna says:

    “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy. The most compelling and beautiful story I have ever read. Great story, magically written by beautiful female author. It won the 1997 Booker Prize.

  489. Kristi C says:

    The best book I have ever read is “The Count of Monte Cristo.” I re-read this book at least twice a year.

  490. Monica says:

    I love Nora Roberts books! You can’t beat a good romance with some mystery built in!

  491. Jasmine1485 says:

    I love to read series rather than single books, some of my favourites are Sookie Stackhouse, The Hollows and Kate Daniels. :)

    I’m following via GFC as Jasmine1485

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

  492. Jean Fischer says:

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  493. Jean Fischer says:

    I follow with gfc.

  494. karen h says:

    From childhood….Bill Peet books, the Boxcar children series, Laura Ingalls Wilder books and Judy Blume books. From Adulthood…John Grisham, Robert Fulgham and Dee Henderson books.

  495. Tors says:

    I’ve only just found your blog (and friended w/ Google) and now there’s an awesome giveaway too?! Yippee!!

    I love anything by Nora Roberts for my romance fix. The Boudica Series by Manda Scott was a fabulous take on the whole Boudica myth that I love, love, love, as was Stephen Lawhead’s Pendragon Cycle that charts the fall of Atlantis to the rise of Arthur. Rachel Vincent and her werecat series are a fun read for the supernatural and Seanan Maguire’s series about Toby Daye is a brilliant mash of fairy tale and modern day life with some film noir detectoring thrown in for good measure.

    If you like fantasy then the White Gold series is brilliant, something I read as a child and have never got over. Ditto the Susan Cooper The Dark Is Rising books (much better than the film from what I hear of it).

    Oh, and my last recommendations (single books rather than series): Miss Pettigrew Live For A Day (awesomeness!) and A Lipstick And Two Lovers for a real giggle about an Englishwoman living in France.

    Thanks for a great giveaway and a great read, I’m slowly working my way through your archives and having a blast.

  496. Susan Hahaj says:

    One of my favorite books was “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. Thanks for a chance to win! Susan

  497. dev says:

    Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham. I love all his books, but that was the one I literally couldn’t put down. I’d recommend it to anyone.

  498. Carly B says:

    I am currently trying (emphasis on trying) amidst mortgage, job and 2 kids to finish my masters in neuropsychology. I have so much reading to do that is compulsory I feel a little guilty reading for pleasure lately. So… I have been making my pleasurable reading relevant to uni. I do recommend some of these books to others though as the stories (people and the human brain) are just so amazing. Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks are 2 of my faves. Our brains really are phenomenal. Also, Life In His Hands by Susan Wyndham about neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo.

  499. glynis says:

    My absolute faves are….

    ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ – John Irving (big, big book – 640 pages – but a fantastic read, I can’t recommend it enough & wouldn’t a Kindle be so great instead of carrying aound a mammoth book)
    ‘Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow’ – Peter Hoeg dark Danish thriller, not quite so graphic as the Millenium trilogy but just as engaging)
    And for a bit of light reading – ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – intriguing title, charming book.
    Thanks for the chance to win, and what a lovely blog you have!

  500. mimz says:

    For me, the way you describe it, the only books that fit that image are the Harry Potter books. When I read them, I just can’t put them down. I only take breaks for food, bathroom and (occasionally) sleep. <3

  501. mimz says:

    Oh and I follow you via Google Friend Connect: mimz :)

    Have a nice week! :)

  502. Theresa says:

    I have been reading some books for comedic relief: “Sh*t My Dad Says”, “S’mother” and “My Horizontal Life”. All good for a laugh to help lift your spirits :)

  503. Tiff says:

    Too many books, too little time! I love so many books, but the ones dear to me are from my childhood – the Narnia series and Anne of Green Gables series.

  504. Meg says:

    Maybe its cliche but I would say the Lord of the Rings books. I could read them over and over again and not get bored!

  505. Barefoot Liz says:

    The most recent book that I couldn’t put down was Mad Skills by Walter Greatshell. It’s not my typical genre but it was really good!

  506. Daiana says:

    Anything by Haruki Murakami… especially “Kafka on the Shore”, and “Dance, dance, dance”!

    P.S. Following through Google, too! xx

  507. anything by Anne Lamott or David Sedaris. my thing is nonfiction, and these authors keep me laughing and engaged!


  508. Jeannine says:

    When I was young I was horse crazy and read Black Beauty by Anna Sewell many times. Great book that reminds people that animals have feelings and are not machines. I read Historical Romances mostly and love to read author ML Tyndall.

  509. Ashleigh says:

    I grew up reading Harry Potter. There was nothing like it. It’s synonymous with my childhood.

  510. patricia richardson says:

    my best reads ever…the notebook, i and claudius, the golden compass, unbearable lightness.

  511. Jane says:

    I just finished reading The Help and loved it. I was so moved by the characters and wanted to know more about them even after I finished the book. Also read Room, very, very, very GOOD! Another all time favourite is Stephen King’s The Stand. Definitly my all time fav. So glad you are running this contest, it gives me an opportunity to see what other fabulous books your other followers suggest.

  512. Sue Murphy says:

    So, so many favorites….SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kid and THREE CUPS OF TEA by Mortenson are all time favorites. The GUERNSEY LITERARY and POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Shafer and Burrows, SARAH’S KEY by DeRosnay and The Mitford Series by Jan Karon, Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy and most of her early novels. Can you tell I love, love, love to escape into a good book.

  513. Sue Murphy says:

    I joined your google friend connect….YEAH for Kindle and A Beach Cottage!

  514. Crystal F says:

    I’m all in to the paranormal books right now but I’ve read a few that didn’t fit into this category that I really liked. I loved Nineteen Minutes and Still Missing, two really good books that make you think. Thank you!

  515. Crystal F says:

    I’m a googel follower!! crystalf

  516. Claire says:

    Anything by Douglas Kennedy – so insightful as a guy often writing from a female character’s point of view! I’ve enjoyed all of the books I’ve read by him.

  517. janice kempf says:

    Love the book “On the Road” by Jack Kerauouc. Thanks for a great giveaway!! Janice (jkempf1@hotmail.com)

  518. Amy says:

    New to your site, I love it!

    I read “Gone With The Wind” once a year. I can’t help myself; I love getting lost in it.

    I just finished “the Art of Forgetting” and really enjoyed it.

    entry #1

  519. Amy says:

    I became one of your newest google friends!

    entry #2

  520. Candy says:

    I first read Lorna Doone when I was 12, then again as an adult. It is, without a doubt, my all time favorite book. I collect old editions of it. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is another favorite as well as The Kite Runner. There are so many more but these are the books that have been unforgettable for me.

  521. Aisling says:

    Authors rather than specific books: anything by Maeve Binchey, Faye Kellerman, Harlan Coben. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while.

  522. Aisling says:

    I already follow you via GFC.

  523. Alex K says:

    My favorite book of all time is The Grey King. It is not a difficult book to read. It is rather easy to read but I really enjoyed it

  524. Jody says:

    Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. Movie’s great, but the book is better! Also, Lonesome Dove by Lary McMurtry!

  525. Lynda Del says:

    Books I absolutely couldn’t put down were The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

  526. Lynda Del says:

    GFC follower. ID: Lynda Del

  527. I just read The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy and it was incredible! I was in tears at McDonald’s, eating breakfast waiting for my oil to be changed-that good!

  528. Kelly Ledsinger says:

    You could start with Beach Music by Pat Conroy . It would be very appropriate for a blog titled abeachcottage . In any regard , Pat Conroy has always been one of my favorite American authors .
    If you wish to transport yourself to another Continent in the time of British Colonialism , The Jewel in the Crown by Scott is a wonderful saga that you could spend the rest of the summer reading .
    Non-fiction Tender at the Bone by Ruth Riechal (former editor of Gourmet and the NY Times Food columnist ) is a fascinating look at the childhood of one the country’s most eloquent foodies .
    The Color of Water is a biography , the authors name eludes me , but it is a thoughtful book about growing up in a biracial home in the 1960s .
    If you would like to read a good mystery , then the Brits do it best …….. A few of my favorites are Ruth Rendell , Minette Walters and Peter Robinson .
    My taste in reading materials is pretty eclectic , so I hope this helps .

  529. Susan Haroutunian says:

    I love Sujita Massey’s Rei Shimura novels!

  530. Denise B. says:

    I loved reading the book about the Duggars: 20 and counting.

  531. sascedar says:

    I always hit the classics. Jayne Eyre is my favourite.

  532. sascedar says:

    I am a googly friend!

  533. sascedar says:

    shared on facebook!

  534. sascedar says:

    tweeted @sascedar. thanks for the cool contest!

  535. Linda says:

    The best reading is the Harry Potter series.

  536. Kristie says:

    My best read ever is all the books by Richard North Patterson.

  537. Bec says:

    Oh I was captivated by the Millennium Trilogy – The Girl Who Played With Fire in particular was great. Not the kind of books I read at all, but I couldn’t put them down!

  538. Elaine says:

    I read the “Twilight” series in less than a week..I thought it was a great love story. I also just read “The Help” a very good book.
    “The Infidel” was good too. I loved “The Secret Life of Bees”. This summer, I have been pouring over the Jeanne d’Arc magazines that I just discovered. Jodi Picoult books are a good read also.
    Hope these suggestions are helpful,

  539. Amanda Z says:

    To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time, but the one that I enjoyed most recently is In the Woods by Tana French!

  540. Amanda T. says:

    My favorites books are ‘Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I could read just these books for the rest of my life and I’d never get tired of them.

  541. Diane R. says:

    Too many books to mention. Right now I am reading Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and finding it very engrossing. I also liked very much his most famous book, A Hundred Years of Solitude.

  542. mrshobbes says:

    Oh, this year it has to be the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning. There are five in all and I ended up finishing each one in a day! I was barely productive that week, lol! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  543. Micha says:

    Waaw what a cool giveaway! I loved “Wish Upon a Star” from Olivia-Goldsmith. Must read for romantics ;)

  544. Micha says:

    shared on facebook :)

  545. linda says:

    love any Jane austen book…as well as Marian Keyes! thanks for the chance! xoxo

  546. linda says:

    gfc follower! :)

  547. Serena says:

    The Otherland Series by Tad Williams!!! It’s amazing. You get sucked in right away!

  548. Kay says:

    I never read chick lit.. I am to old.. but have devoured every book that Marian Keyes writes. I also love Terry Pratchett..

  549. Daniel M says:

    loved the myth inc. fantasy series

  550. ky2here says:

    I have several favorites that I could read yearly. Here are a few in no specific order: A Tale of Two Cities, Becoming a Man (Paul Monette), A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving), The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins) and A Confederacy of Dunces.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  551. Jill Myrick says:

    My favorite book of all time has been “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks.
    I read it long before the movie came out. And still read it at least once a year.
    “Message in a Bottle” is also high on my list

  552. Jill Myrick says:

    I am following via GFC as Jill Myrick.


  553. Laura says:

    I Loved “Water for Elephants” & I am now finishing up the Amanda Hocking four book series…My Blood Approves, Fate, Flutter, and Wisdom. The Amanda Hocking series is a vampire series like Twilight.

    I am writing down everyones picks!!

  554. Charmaine says:

    Oohhh….I had been thinking about how wonderful these things are lately (sit up in bed & read without having to have the light on & disturb the hubby)…and golly gosh…you have a giveaway for one…Great stuff Sarah……I have been reading Charlaine Harris, the True Blood Series….Also Stephanie Meyer is fantastic (Twilight series) but you need to read her book titled The Host….(nothing to do with twilight) it was great….Something different anyway…..After all the comments I think we will all have a great reading list to keep on with…Well done!

  555. Christine says:

    Harry Potter

  556. BarbCohen says:

    I love to read a good mystery and will read until late into the night.

  557. Marcie says:

    I loved the Steig Larsson books, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, etc. So sad there won’t be any more. I also love travel books of all kinds.

  558. Corinna says:

    Okay…..I’m sort of embarrassed to say this, but The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. No kidding. And I’m a 40-year-old woman. Don’t see the movies….just read the books. Even after reading them once, when I went back again to read them a second time I still couldn’t put them down….and I already knew what was gonna happen! :)

  559. toni says:

    first of all, I love, love, love to read! a kindle would be so great for reading in bed at night so as not to wake up hubby!
    a couple of my favorite books include: The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. read both of these last summer and thought they would both make wonderful movies!

  560. Marcie says:

    Tweeted @MeMomonie. Been wanting a Kindle and keeping my fingers crossed!

  561. Catie says:

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for the chance to win!! I would recommend, The Help, The Glass Castle, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Love the One You’re With, and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. There’s a good selection of different genres. Enjoy!! I loved them all. : ) ~ Catie

  562. The last book that I couldn’t put down was a historical romance “Mirror Image” by Danielle Steel.I started reading it Friday afternoon and finished it at 6am Saturday morning. I will share on fb too.

  563. elizabeth p says:

    You should try the Widow’s War by Sally Gunning.

  564. Annie says:

    Stories of Eva Luna, Perfume, Handmaiden’s Tale, Year of Wonders, the Red Dog, World according to Garp and Love in the Age of Cholera and Chocolat and Heidi: some old dear friends who I’d like to revisit in a new format. Never saw much use for a Kindle till someone mentioned reading in bed which I have always loved and no longer do due to husbandomnia. Great idea!

  565. aubrey says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I will read any Nicholas Sparks books…

  566. Shilo Beedy says:

    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my favorite books! Anne is such a fun character and love how she is always daydreaming and has such an imagination.

  567. ferriz says:

    im such a book worm. my favorite is pride and prejudice though i do admit the “rebel angels” series was great. a great and terrible beauty by libba bray is the first book and for a young adult novel it is stunning! plus the books are quite long so it should keep you entertained for a while. 3 books in the series. :)


  568. ferriz says:

    gfc: ferriz


  569. ferriz says:

    shared on fb: xferriza2 (Danielle b)



  570. ferriz says:

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  571. Alison says:

    The boy in the striped pajamas was a great book, tears flowed at the end.

  572. samantha says:

    The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill. Amazing. Read it in 24 hrs.

  573. Loony Linh says:

    Oh, gosh, definitely the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I can’t choose a book from the series, they’re all amazing…

    I’m A GFC Follower :)


  574. Lynn says:

    One of my favorite novels was Like Water for Chocolate. Also any thing written by Amy Picoult.

  575. jody says:

    Hi Sarah, i love to read anything by Anne Lamott. Her writing is very real, can be quite funny, but with so much truth entwined. I laugh and cry and cannot put the book down and i am very much a never sit still for long person. Glad you are having a great trip in Australia. Can’t wait to see more pics. Blessings to you and yours, jody

  576. Shar Y says:

    The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. A great book, it’s written from the dog’s point of view, so heartwarming, and real. Everyone I have recommended it to has loved it. Can’t wait to see what some of the other’s have to say. thanks!!!

  577. Cheryl Vieira says:

    Wally Lambs 2 books. Shes Come Undone and This Much I Know is True. Amzing in every sense of the word.

  578. Dana B says:

    Since I don’t have a kindle, I’m known to hang out in the 2nd hand book shop ….. I often check out the clearance section because you can find some interesting reads over there. Things you probably wouldn’t have even known existed until you saw them there. Two good books I’ve gotten on clearance include “Merle’s Door” (http://www.amazon.com/Merles-Door-Lessons-Freethinking-Dog/dp/B001TODO4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311003527&sr=8-1) and “Agent Zig-Zag” ( http://www.amazon.com/Agent-Zigzag-Story-Espionage-Betrayal/dp/0307353419/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311003565&sr=1-1)

  579. Dana B says:

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  580. Lori R. says:

    Scarlett which is a sequel to Gone With the Wind. I can’t remember the author right now. There is also a good prequel, called Rhett Butler’s People.

    I’m a BC FB follower too.

  581. Dorothy Campbell says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird my absolute favorite, if you really want to give yourself a challenge pick an author i.e. Dickens and be amazed.

  582. Alyssa says:

    A Moveable Feast by Hemingway. It is wonderful – transports you to Paris in the 1920s. Also, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – a memoir of growing up impoverished in West Virginia – but not a sob story whatsoever. Fantastic. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer is wonderful as well. I could keep going. I also always read Bridget Jones’ Diary on the beach in the summer. Not exactly mind-bending stuff, but it never gets old! Happy reading!

  583. Michelle Hall says:

    Life of Pi
    The True History of the Kelly Gang
    and I just read Bossypants in one day! :)


  584. jerikay says:

    “redeeming love” by francine rivers… a timeless & moving story that reflects the redeeming love of God.

  585. laxsupermom says:

    Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. I’ve read it several times, and always get excited when a new one comes out. It’s sci-fi/fantasy so not for everyone, but great stories. Thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway!

  586. Belinda Shaw says:

    My favorite books are The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks.

  587. janeh says:

    Beach Music – Pat Conroy

  588. Jodi says:

    The Time Travelors Wife, The Passage, The Kitchen House (loved this one).

    Enjoy, and hope you find some new favorites. I know I am taking notes and adding to my tbr list.

  589. Monique Rizzo says:

    The entire Harry Potter series. Read them each within a couple days.
    Thanks for the chance.

  590. Linda says:

    So funny you said how the devil are you? My daddy always used to say that! Summer Rental , by Mary Kay Andrews!

  591. Emily Kooser says:

    There are a few books I have read non stop within the same night. 1. The Bridges of Madison County 2. The Notebook Others that I couldn’t put down: The first book of the Twilight Series, The Last Song (Nicholas Sparks), The Lovely Bones, Honeymoon (James Patterson), Eat Pray Love. The Alchemist is also wonderful. :)

  592. Meaghan F. says:

    Other than Pride and Prejudice, I suggest The Hunger Games, it was really good. Miss_slytherin[at]live[dot]com

  593. Regina M says:

    Harry Potter series. Any one.

  594. mo says:

    The Help
    both great and so memorable intheir own ways!

  595. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Fight Club. Great book and better movie

  596. Jason says:

    Fight Club

  597. Lori Goldstein says:

    “Heat Wave” by Nancy Thayer as well as her Hot Flash series.

    But one that I really couldn’t put down was “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

  598. Pamie G. says:

    I love my home decor books and Pottery Barn Magazines…where I dream and dream and dream. And then there are the seashell books, anything about the beach and my favorite stories of family mysteries and sagas at the beach! I guess I just love the beach! I hope I win….thanks for the wonderful opportunity! Pamie G.

  599. Jolene Lenahan says:

    Oh I’m so sorry if this is annoying, because you’ve probably already read these but: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Scarlett Letter, and Stephen Kings Needful Things and The Talisman. Oh also Lonesome Dove, and a short story called Rappachcini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorn. These are the books that will never leave my heart. I became so wrapped up in the characters that I couldn’t put the books down and was so depressed when I finished them because I wanted to keep reading.

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  603. Julie says:

    I have been reading The Help, it is very good and I couldn’t put it down.

  604. Rebecca Fay says:

    This book is amazing!! The Friends We Keep: A Woman’s Quest for the Soul of Friendship by Sarah Zacharias Davis. I will add you to FB and share this information, but I want that KINDLE!!!!! :-)

  605. April Bever says:

    I love the christian romance and classicas

  606. Di Nash says:

    Shantaram. You. Must. Read. This. It is by an Australian author. Gregory John Roberts.

  607. Carol F says:

    Old classics but my absolute favorites are Farenheit 451 and the Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
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  608. Gus C says:

    I love a good thrill ride- so I am a BIG fan of the “John Rain” series by barry Eisler. The books are realistic, provacative and so engaging that you will read it cover to cover!

  609. Caroline says:

    I love anything by Mary Higgins-Clark and Tess Gerritsen as they are hard to put down. The Narnia Chronicles is also good. A book I really loved was called “The Shack” – an amzing read.

  610. Jennai says:

    The last books I couldn’t put down — and they were dictionary-sized books — was the Twilight Series. I don’t think there’s been anything that fits into that fits into that category since them.

  611. Jennai says:

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  612. Jennai says:

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  613. Tonya Dean says:

    My 2 favorite books are The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux, Creepers by David Morrell.


  614. Tonya Dean says:

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  615. Shannon says:

    Love my fall-back favorites: To kill a mockingbird, The Color of Water, Cold Sassy Tree. Loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  616. Hayley says:

    Any book by Haruki Murakami is reading gold! I love love love this author and you will get lost on his journey…
    x Hayley

  617. Chany says:

    One of my recent fave reads is ‘The Essential Ingredient – Love’ by Tracy Madden. Although I’m sure you will receive many great suggestions I really hope you end up reading this one! A beautiful story set around family life, food and this wonderful country (Australia). It’s not an especially deep story but sometimes (usually :p) that’s not what I’m looking for.

  618. Suz says:

    I just finished “The Help”. It was excellent!!

  619. Stephanie Chandrasekaran says:

    Fern Michaels – The Sisterhood Series is a MUST READ for any independent woman. I think there are 20 or so books. You should be kept busy for a while, but I assure you, you wont be able to put it down!

  620. amy deeter says:

    judy bloom books.ive loved those since i was younger

  621. Damjana Gantar says:

    Tim Winton: Breath … a beautiful beautiful book, have read it in one day after we came back from a long family vacation in Australia …brought back the pictures, smells and feelings of a life so different from our Eoropean routine.

  622. Lisa Carr says:

    Absolutely anything by Lisa Gardner. I can’t put her books down. I just read The Neighbor, and I’m moving on to Live to Tell. lisacarr7 ataol dot com.

  623. Ashley says:

    I just finished a Stolen life by Jaycee Dugard…couldn’t put it down I had it read in less than 24 hours :)

  624. Ashley says:

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  625. tallcapp says:

    I loved a Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan. I have read it twice.

  626. carolyn says:

    Stephen King reels me in every time! …. It, or The Gunslinger series?

  627. jhc says:

    A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. is an amazing book. Give it a try.

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  629. Amanda says:

    I just read The Help and loved it!! I also love books by Lisa Gardner

  630. cathy miller / rewcath says:

    Right now I am thrilled with memoirs and books about historical times these are the books I can’t put down now. nupa123atgmaildotcom

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  634. Miss Delish says:

    I haven’t been able to put down anything by Emily Giffin or Neil Strauss!

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  636. Jeannie Neyers says:

    The Walk…

  637. Brandon says:

    James Patterson is the author!! Read anything from him and you will be instantly hooked!!

  638. Lauren says:

    1984 is my all time go-to favorite read.

    Madame Bovary, Women in Love, and Invisible Man are all wonderful classics.

    And for some reason another one comes to mind. Dreams of Trespass is a memoir about growing up as a women in a harem….couldn’t put it down.

  639. Happi Shopr says:

    I read Robert R McCammon’s Swan Song at least once a year. Yes, it’s that good!

  640. Happi Shopr says:

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  641. Jeanette Pankratz says:

    I loved the Hunger Games triology, although I wasn’t as thrilled with the last book as the first 2. I also love Anne of Green Gables for when I’m feeling sentimental.

  642. Diane Baum says:

    Some of them are -The Help, To Kill A Mockingbird and Sarah’s Key

  643. MaryAnn Lackey says:

    I have just finished reading “Call Me Irresistible” by
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It is a good summer read
    that is hard to put down.

  644. randy saunders says:

    All f the books by Silas House!

  645. Holly C. says:

    the book I just read that I could not put down was Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. It is her first novel!! I can’t wait to purchase her 2nd novel Never Knowing

  646. Holly C. says:

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  647. Debra F says:

    One of my all-time favorites – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. If you haven’t already read or seen the movie, Water for Elephants was one of the best books I’ve read in a really long time. I also just finished the Hunger Games trilogy and that was pretty good too.

  648. Debra F says:

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  649. Scott Martin says:

    I still love the Old Man and the Sea.

    Scott Martin

  650. wcc says:

    I’m a huge Jane Austen fan. Thanks for the chance! :)

  651. wcc says:

    I’m a blog follower via GFC (username: wcc).

  652. I follow you on google reader.
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  653. For me it is always Alcott’s Little Women. I also couldn’t put down the Vampire Academy series – amazing!

  654. Mary Hall says:

    My best reads ever are the Eve Dallas series by JD Robb. Or the Jack Reacher series by Lee Childs. both are fantastic.

  655. Erica C. says:

    One of my favorites is Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger.

  656. Katie S. says:

    My all time favorite book that I read at least once per year is Breakfast Of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. I get something new out of it every single time… and we’re talking 30+ times now!

  657. veronica says:

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables got read over and over again.

  658. Heather S says:

    My favorite is The Catcher in the Rye

  659. Heather S says:

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  660. Karen M says:

    One of my favorite summer reads is “The Saving Graces” by Patricia Gaffney. I think you might like it.

  661. Auriette says:

    I love science fiction, and I really like Robert Heinlein’s “juveniles” – the ones he wrote for younger readers. The first one I read was Have Space Suit, Will Travel. Others are Time for the Stars, Tunnel in the Sky, and Space Cadet. Great stuff!

  662. Auriette says:

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  663. Jana says:

    I still have my 10th grade copy of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. There is something empowering about it. I pick it up for a re-read every couple of years, and get something new out of it every time. My top pick for a beach read. 10th grade – 21 years ago! That’s book love.

  664. Jered says:

    A Song of Ice and Fire series keeps me from getting much done :).

  665. Kylie Holbeck says:

    My Favorite at the moment is The Outlander series by Dianna Gabaladon. The first book is Cross Stitch. It will transport you back to 1743 Scotland. So much detail has been put into this book you can really imagine what it must have been like back then.

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  667. Lola says:

    I love Live Nude Elf by Reverend Jen. I also love Bar Flower by Lea Jacobson. My guilty pleasure read is The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke. I love that book, but I think it only got published because he was a famous actor at the time.

  668. Lola says:

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  669. kittycardero says:

    Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy was like that for me. I also read it several times.

  670. Zosia says:

    I couldn’t put down “Barney’s Version” by a Canadian writer Mordecai Richler http://www.amazon.ca/Barneys-Version-Movie-Mordecai-Richler/dp/030740112X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311154215&sr=1-1 . I believe Barney is one of the best, lively, real and utterly funny characters in contemporary literature.

  671. Zosia says:

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  672. April V. says:

    Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

  673. Nadine L says:

    The Stephanie Plum series by Janet evanovich. when I want a quick, funny read, they are perfect. I literally laugh out loud when I read them

  674. Nadine L says:

    I follow through GFC (Peace Love and Pets)

  675. Linda Kirchner says:

    My favorite book of all time is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I first read it the summer before I started High School and I love it still. Hmm where is my copy? I think it’s time to read it again.

  676. Amy DeLong says:

    would say the stranger beside me by ann rule

  677. Karen says:

    I know I shouldn’t say this, but…The Twilight Saga. I sat up til 2,3, 4am most nights til I finished them. There’s just something about them…

  678. deana c says:

    The book I could not put down was A Woman of Substance!

  679. Mary says:

    I’m not a picky reader and I can get swept up in just about anything.. but the ones that strike my imagination wild are the best! My 2 faves are both from King.. Duma Key and of course The Green Mile. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read them both, each time, is a brand new experience!

  680. kathy pease says:

    one of my favorites was a child called it…. it just pulled at my heart strings and was so very sad :(

  681. kathy pease says:

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  683. terri says:

    Anything by Elin Hildebrand right is a definite read. She writes stories centered around Nantucket…perfect for the summer. As far as cookbooks: I can’t live without my Barefoot Contessas! You must make her dill potato salad!!! Happy day to you. Terri

  684. Merry says:

    I should probably list the classics and don’t get me wrong they are great, but sometimes in the summer i dont
    want to think. I like me some Chic Lit.

    Ones that are about people who live life so outragously different. The Devil wears Prada, Nanny Diaries etc.
    Also I love to laugh. Jen Lancaster will make you laugh so hard you will cry! Jen Weiner is also great.

  685. Tracy says:

    Oh I love those books that you can’t put down!! I am reading The Last Letter right now, and read untill 2 am last night, then got up and read some more at 6 LOL. I shamefully could not put down the Twighlight series, read in all in a week, and then turned around and read it again (HUGE blush LOL) I could not put down The YaYa Sisterhood, very good book. I have so many – that is a start though.

  686. Tracy says:

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    I follow you on twitter as mom2girls1974

  688. Tracy says:

    I like you on FB as Tracy Taylor

  689. Kathleen says:

    ‘The Cat Who…” series by Lillian Jackson Braun. I’ve read/listened to many of these on road trips and read a few in actual print.

  690. dddiva says:

    I am a Nora Roberts/JD Robb fan- particular faves are Blue Smoke, the Chesapeake series and the witch series I can’t think of the name of.

  691. diana says:

    My best reads ever are the Michael Connely mystery books’
    thanks for the giveaway!

  692. Julie L says:

    One of my favorite books is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

  693. Julie L says:

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  694. Vickie Snow says:

    I love the books by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I love books that help me improve my life.
    This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  695. Wen says:

    The Anne of Green Gables series.

  696. Vickie Snow says:

    I joined your Google friend connect. I love your blog ❤.

  697. Vickie Snow says:

    I shared this giveaway on facebook ✔.

  698. Sierra Day-Wallace says:

    My personal top 5:

    1. Creepers by David Morrell
    —A action packed and suspenseful novel. About a group of people who are Urban Explorers and a trip gone wrong!
    2. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
    — A society in the future that has quite a few…. interesting traditions.
    3. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
    — I could not put these books down!
    4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    — Some people are born with two different colored eyes. They are Gracelings. Property of the king of their area, Gracelings have special talents but are often prized and feared by all.
    5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    — I cry every time I read this classic story of a boy and his dogs.

  699. Shelley Mitchell says:

    The Outsiders was my favorite book!

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  700. Nick Hilleshiem says:

    Eat. Pray. Love!! great book!

  701. Susan Smith says:

    I’m reading Jaycee Dugard’s book A Stolen Life and it’s such a great book, I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read biographys

  702. Susan Smith says:

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  703. Becky says:

    I just finishedtheGames of Thrones series…loved them and I usually don’t get into sci-fi books

  704. Tracy says:

    I am reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan and am loving it. Also, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson is great.

  705. Merry says:

    My favorite book has to be The Neverending Story, which is a lovely book, if you’re into fantasy. :)

  706. Ashleigh Hall says:

    Eat. Pray. Love. I’ve read it twice now!! Food for the soul, I tell ya!:)

  707. Bambi says:

    I love Robert Heinlein books, especially To Sail Beyond the Sunset and Stranger in a Strange Land. I’m just starting to get into Tolkien now though!

  708. hi sarah

    i loved “eat, pray, love” and “the kind life”

    have a wonderful day
    ♥ hanlie

  709. Kiki says:

    It was always and forever be Alice’s Adventure’s Underground :) <3

  710. Deb Gray says:

    Hi. I love any and all Maeve Binchey and Anita Shreve. I do like the classics, but these two authors are perfect for an afternoon with a cup of tea.

  711. barbara wright says:

    I won’t be much help. The only books I have ever not been able to put down are the last 3 Harry Potter books. I didn’t even cook those days – I told my family they were on their own and I think I probably ate peanuts or chips or something I didn’t have to think about.

  712. meme says:

    I love The Secret Life of Bees, The Ya Ya Sisterhood and The Secret of the Traveling Pants all very good escape from stress books.

  713. barbara wright says:

    I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/93768388043751424

    LOL – I see that this giveaway “Ends end of play Wednesday” . I hope the play isn’t over yet and I missed it :-)

  714. Rosey says:

    Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
    The Pentagon-A History by Steve Vogel (Surprisingly Intriguing, I could not put this book down!)
    Lend me Your Ears-William Safire (every famous speech or speaker you can imagine, and it explains what you might not know)

  715. tina page says:

    Books that I consider good friends and go back to include The Host by Stephanie Meyer, The Lilith’s Brood trilogy by Octavia Butler, A fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, 1984 by Orwell, Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, and Still Life wtih Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

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  717. Victoria says:

    I hope I am not too late!! I love all sorts of reading. Lately I have been reading a book called “Victoria in the Highlands”. It is a fascinating book that is the journals of Queen Victoria. I also have been reading a couple of bios, some homeschooling guides and a cookbook by Sara Foster. :) I love the classics, the Anne of Green Gables, and the Mitford Books for fun.

  718. Alison says:

    My favorite is a book by Francine Rivers called Redeeming Love. Such a wonderful story.

  719. clynsg says:

    In over 65 years of reading there have been many such books, but for the purpose of this–Dawn’s Early Light by Elswyth Thane.

  720. clynsg says:

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  721. Tanis says:

    I am reading “Game of Thrones” series and “Kingdoms of thorn and bone” series. I can’t wait for the next books in the series to arrive at the library!

    Hopefully the contest is still open – it’s Wednesday here in Canada, if not in Australia!

  722. Victoria says:

    Oh, it posted before I was done. My newest faves are by Gene-Stratton Porter and she has a book called “The Keeper of the Bees”. It is so exquisitely written you can smell the flowers and hear the bees. Her best work though (IMHO) is probably, “Laddie, A True Blue Story” where the whole story is written from the viewpoint of the little sister. We have read it aloud as a family 3 times and still enjoy it.

  723. Shari Klyn says:

    Gone by Michael Grant. Everyone over the age of 14 just disappear. Vanish. Gone.

  724. Kat Emerick says:

    I just starting reading again and I remember my favorite book was Lucy Winchester by Christmas Carroll Kaufmann ,I loved that book and looking forward to getting down again with some really good books.

  725. Ed Nemmers says:

    Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City”!

  726. mjsantos says:

    I hate to admit it, but Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series….couldn’t put them down and could’n wait until the last one was released!

  727. Jan says:

    Presently reading THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. Life in the 60′s when most homes in the south had black maids as hired ‘help’. This is the writer’s first published book and it has sold like hotcakes. (my wording) I’m almost done with it.

    Book reads I’ve enjoyed a lot are Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Years later he wrote South of Broad and I really liked it too. It takes place in South Carolina, USA. I like Christian writers as well; my favorite being Max Lucado. Of all his books I own, I’m most fond of The Applause of Heaven.

  728. dru says:

    Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate…. Under a Tuscan Sky by Frances Mayes, recently, A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness, Endurance by Alfred Lansing, West with the Night, Beryl Markham, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay and its sequel Tandia. All suck you in and you are bleary when you emerge from the book’s world.

  729. Tina H. says:

    I have been reading the Grace chapel inn series.. I get so involved wrapped up in the books, I feel like I live in the small town with the wonderful people in it.

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  730. trish says:

    Most recently The Paris Wife, The Lotus Eaters and The Help have kept me up all night. But then again, so did Harry Potter!

  731. Ashley Downer says:

    The Outsiders
    The Lost Boy
    I Child Called It
    The Coldest Winter Ever
    True to The Game

  732. Kelli says:

    Favorite books to read are Christian fiction! Thomas Kinkade, Robert Whitlow, Jan Karon, Lisa Wingate, and more

  733. Pam says:

    I enjoy reading all kinds of books when I have the time. Daniel Steele has been a favorite author of mine for a long time. My favorite books to read are the Chicken Soup books. They have so many different subjects.

  734. susan smoaks says:

    i really enjoyed reading the help

  735. Kym Benton says:

    Eat, Pray, Love & The Bible

  736. Stephanie day says:

    Reading is one of the most wonderful things in the world! What a gift to read a story and transport yourself to another place, another time. I absolutely love to read and The help should definitely be on your summer list. What a powerful book!
    I’d Love to be able to read it on a new kindle! ;)

  737. R Hicks says:

    One book a friend recommended to me is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Controversial but interesting.

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  738. R Hicks says:

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  739. carol y l says:

    Julie and Julia, The Christmas Carol, anything by C.S. Lewis-like The Screwtape letters.
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  740. carol y l says:

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  741. Lori L. says:

    Jan Karon’s Mitford Series! It is wonderful! :)

  742. Debbie P says:

    Yes please, count me in! Fav book Eat pray Love, Love Bali!

  743. Dee W. says:

    You can’t beat Jane Austen….it’s like visiting with an old friend. I’ve just discovered ‘The Seance’ and ‘The Ghost Writer’ by Aussie,
    John Harwood. Victorian gothics full of suspense, I could stop myself from reading like a fiend!

  744. elangomatt says:

    Those books for me are mostly Tom Clancy books. I have read all of his books in the past, but I still can’t put them down when I re-read them every few years.

  745. Breanne says:

    The whole Fablehaven series

  746. Sally Foster says:

    This one is easy for me.

    I’ve read, and re-read the Secret History (Donna Tartt) about 30 times by now. I seem to like it best in the summer, sprawled across grass, cool breeze, hot sun, lemonade in hand. It’s an incredible book. The back makes it sound a little bit cliche and silly, but I promise, once you read it you will not be able to put it down– and you’ll keep reading it over and over again!

  747. Sand says:

    The Secret Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Harry Potter series, The Help.

  748. DanV says:

    My favorites are The Magic Kingdom of Landover books

  749. Roxann says:

    I love Gone with The Wind, The North and South series, The Harry Potter Series and anything by Stephen King.

  750. Roxann says:

    GFC follower. ladyt64

  751. Angie says:

    I can’t put down books written by James Patterson!

  752. momznite says:

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford is worth reading.

  753. Gianna says:

    The Time Machine Did It.

  754. Gianna says:

    I’m a GFC follower.

  755. Sharon says:

    I love books by Cecilia Ahern books and recently Fern Michaels. I also like books by Nicholas Sparks.

  756. Sharon says:

    I joined Google Friend Connect.

  757. K Anne says:

    The book that I could absolutely not put down was : No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels.

  758. K Anne says:

    Follow you on GFC!

  759. Lynn E. says:

    My favorite books are: The Help and The Secret Life of Bees

  760. Kevly says:

    These arent the hardest of books to read – anything by Belinda Alexandra is a good, easy Summer read – currently for me its Tuscan Rose.
    You you get caught up in the book definately- even if its not summer outside.

  761. Kevly says:

    Im a google friend connect follower :)

  762. Jane says:

    I love all Maeve Binchy books, and Jeffrey Archer, long time fan of both, not high literature but both so readable. And of course, Jane Austen.

  763. Jane says:

    I am google connected now too

  764. cath says:

    The Bronze Horseman series by Paullina Simons (trilogy – heart stoppingly romantic and not in a Mills & Boonish kind of way – first book is set in Leningrad in the 2nd world war)
    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (autobiography of a muslim “defector”, an incredibly strong and inspiring woman)
    Rachel’s Holiday – Marian Keyes (my first “chick lit” book I read about 10 years ago and I laughed and laughed)

    Those are 3 fabulous books I would recommend – depends what you’re in the mood for though… hope you try them at some stage!

  765. cath says:

    and forgot to add “We need to talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver. It really scarred me (not a typo, I am scarred, as in there will forever be a mark on my soul from this book). An amazing, heart wrenching book, but I would probably recommend you don’t read it, because you will never ever forget it (and there are bits of it I really want to forget!).

  766. Amy says:

    I have just finished ‘Madeleine’ by Kate Mcann. Not the happiest of books but so touching!

  767. Jen Carl says:

    I know this is generic, but The Twilight series I couldn’t put down when I started reading it. It was wonderfully written and just enough suspense to keep me going. I also love love beach reads. I read Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell. One of my favorite books is Everybody in the Pool, which is a tad bit controversial, but ironic and funny and the writer is brilliant in an underachiever kind of way.

  768. Jennifer says:

    I would have to say that Edith Wharton’s “Age of Innocence” has always been a favorite!

  769. JoBea says:

    The last book I couldn’t put down was The Forgotten Garden. A bit tricky at first keeping track of who’s who. Which generation, country and timeline. I thought about making a chart. Well worth the effort though and it did become easier as I read.

  770. Judy says:

    Discovered Lisa See and enjoy her novels, especially Shanghai Girls.

  771. Joanne says:

    Hi Sarah.. I am now reading “The Sweet Life in Paris” by David Lebovitz. I have always wanted to visit Paris and although that is not possible at this time, I can live vicariously through his book.

  772. Christine says:

    My favorite books of all time include:

    All of the childrens’ books written by Edward Eager in the early 1950′s including Half Magic, Knight’s Castle, Magic By The Lake, The Time Garden, Magic or Not, The Well Wishers, and Seven Day Magic. I enjoyed them as a child, and now, as I approach 60, I am enjoying them again.

    On a more esoteric, adult level I enjoy reading and rereading “An Ice Cream War” by William Boyd, a unforgettable novel of love, and revenge set in Eastern Africa during World War I. Other excellent books by Boyd include “Brazzaville Beach” and “A Good Man in Africa”. He is spectacular writer in the company of Oates, Stegner, Norris, with similarities to Uris and Michener.

  773. Francy says:

    I am lost in the FBI thriller Split Second by Catherine Coulter……the whole series is awesome!

  774. francesca says:

    Any Agatha Christie books, especially the Poirot books! I love almost everything I’ve read by her, and even if I didn’t love it I ALWAYS enjoyed it. The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix is fantastic YA fantasy that any fan of whimsical and creative fantasy will adore, as is His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, etc) by Philip Pullman. Also, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books by Douglas Adams are addicting and laugh-out-loud funny, and great for everyone (not just sci-fi lovers…they are so much more than that!). For classics, I adore Pride and Prejudice, cheesy as it sounds. also, ANYTHING by Terry Pratchett!

  775. sonia lidbury says:

    Loved a book called The Thirteenth Tale

  776. Gwen says:

    The Help was excellent and I couldn’t put down Love in the Time of Cholera.

  777. I can’t remember if I entered…I love to read sleazy romance novels in the summer-steamier the better :) The last “coudn’t put it down” was The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy. So good!

  778. Mariya S says:

    The 7 Founfation books, Isaac Asimov. Totally unpredictable, mind blowing, history and future telling, smart, funny-smart, they show the loop of people’s behavior on the planet – he was so smart to predict how exactly the human being behave and will behave.
    You get so lost in the story that you can actuall feel the vibes of the travels, the structure of the materials, the smell of the air in the stories. A must read, i’ve read all of them 3 times.

    Wish you all the best and a sunny autumnt from the northen part of the world :)

    Mariya from Bulgaria

  779. Suzan says:

    John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. Trav lives on his houseboat the Busted Flush and takes on clients when he runs out of money. Such a great character. I read they are making a movie and Leonardo DiCaprio will play Travis McGee.

  780. Amy says:

    The Rachael Morgan series by Kim Harrison. A flawed main character and interesting side characters as well.

  781. Isabel says:

    Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire

    Water for Elephants by Sara Green

    Crazy Love by Francis Chan

  782. Deb Price says:

    Anything by Agatha Christie, any Sherlock Holmes book and most recently, the Twilight series. Thanks for your blog. It makes me feel like I’m at the seaside, which is where my heart is!

  783. Pam says:

    Wow. I just saw this – how generous you are Sarah!

    I always go back to the Elizabeth Peters Egypt/Detective series. Such campy fun!


  784. Kristen says:

    I know the contest is over – but one can never have too many books to read!

    My favorites:

    While I Was Gone by Sue Miller

    More Than You Know by Beth Gutcheon

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    The Man Who Turned Into Himself by David Ambrose

  785. Kim Kelly says:

    The last book I couldn’t put down was Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.. I’m sure it’s nothing new to you and it’s not as sophisticated as many books that may have been mentioned here but I really put everything on hold until that book was done.. staying up til 2am just to finish it