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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Good Read - and a Good Giveaway

Its been a while since I've held a giveaway.  Its also been a while since I have talked about reading, mostly due to the fact that I haven't had time to enjoy a good book.  Lately, feeling that soon I will have a very hectic schedule and not a lot of time for reading thanks to a newborn baby, I have decided to actually dedicate time for literature.  Nothing is better than devouring a good book even if you have to make time for it! 

The last book I just finished reading I purchased without a clue if I would really like it or not.  I read a small synopsis and took the chance that it might actually be enjoyable.  A week later, which is relatively quick for me reading a book thanks to my schedule and energy, I finished it and am thoroughly impressed.  



Review from Amazon:
Two families, the Planks and the Dickersons, are mysteriously entwined in this exquisite novel that centers on decades of life at a New Hampshire farm. Youngest daughters Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson, born on the same day in the same hospital, take turns narrating the struggles they face as children. Ruth feels a coldness from her mother; Dana is unsettled by her kooky parents constantly uprooting her and her brother Ray. Regardless, the Planks pay a yearly visit to the Dickersons no matter where they've ended up living. As the girls come of age, Ruth takes an interest in art, sex, and Dana's brother, Ray, with whom she later reunites, at Woodstock, in a swirl of drugs and mud. Meanwhile, Dana realizes that her desires are directed toward women and sets off to pursue agricultural studies at a university, where she meets Clarice, an assistant professor. As time goes by, the floundering Plank Farm is in danger of being seized by Ruth's former boyfriend, a man who has had his eye on the land for years. As Ruth and Dana pursue love, contemplate children, and search for home, the truth of what unites their families is finally--at long last--revealed, in this beautifully written book.
So, if this books sounds like something you'd like to read, which I bet it will, then I have a giveaway for you!  I'm going to be giving away one copy of this book to one lucky person, but I am hoping that in return you'll help me find a new book to read. 

How to enter:
Leave a comment below telling me a good book that you have read lately.  "The Help" is next up on my list, but after that I am out of ideas.  My hopes are that you'll be able to point me in the direction of something else to enjoy, before I am too tired and sleep deprived to do so.  

I will pick the winner randomly sometime on Monday!

14 comments:

Diana said...

I just read The Help and it was great - I didn't want it to end. Right now I'm reading The Unlikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston. After this one I'm in the same boat as you - I may read One Day by David Nicholls...there's a lot of books going to movies.

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AmyBean said...

That sounds so good! Best book I've read lately was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I have a feeling he's going to turn it into a series, and I SO hope that he does. I loved the characters and I just wanted to hang out with them all day.

rainintorainbows said...

Have you read Girls in Trucks? I really enjoyed that one. Also anything by Elin Hilderbrand. I love her writing as well.

(Oh, and if I should win, please draw someone else as I already have The Good Daughters on my NOOK. I adore reading!

ain't for city gals said...

I would love to try to win this book..I had read about it earlier ..I think on your blog. I desperate for a good book!..lol..I just did a book giveaway (the only kind I do)...It was for UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand(sp?) Heartwrenching subject matter but I couldn't put it down..also I just finished Seabiscuit by her...very very good. I read the Help..I think I am the only one that thinks it was just so so...I do housekeeping and care taking and I don't think much has changed from then..

Anonymous said...

Jen,

I recently read 'Room'. It was fantastic. I read it on a flight from the west coast to Orlando FL. Then, it got passed around to 2 of my co-workers who both read it in the week I was there. Definitely give it a try. http://www.roomthebook.com/

Thanks for having this giveaway - I already have this book - just haven't started it yet. So, no need to include me in the contest.

Laraine

kittyhere said...

My suggestion to you is non fiction -- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

AubreyLaine said...

I recently read the Jaycee Dugard book, disturbing but inspiring
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Misty Dawn said...

Ohhhhh "The Help" is a movie I've been really wanting to see, but I don't have friends out here that I do stuff with... so I've got no one to go with me. Pretty pitiful, eh?
I haven't read a book recently, but one of my best friends just sent me one of my favorite books in audio format... Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. I LOVE that book!

Golden To Silver Val said...

These are not new releases, but both are very good. BLACKBIRD by Jennifer Lauck and THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls. I had a hard time putting them down once I started reading. And...if you like historical novels....THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory is excellent. It caused my daughter to go through the whole Boleyn series after she read that one. Happy reading!!!

R. Roushey said...

Sounds like a good read....I would suggest "The Glass Castle" or "Half Broke Horses" both by Jeanette Walls....in fact you need to read both...but start with "Half Broke Horses" as chronologically it happened first.

americanhoneyphotography.com said...

I just finished "Two Kisses for Maddy"...wonderfully written by Matt Logelin. Although I don't know if it's the type of book you'll want to read right before giving birth!!! Anyway I also just purchased The Help and can't wait to start it today! :)

msam said...

I almost always read non-fiction. Currently, I am reading the Jaycee Dugard story. And recently, I have read Some Girls: My Life in a Harem which was a good easy read. I also read Breaking Night, which was really inspirational about a homeless girl who made her way to Harvard.

The last good fiction novel I read was Still Missing. It was about a woman who was abducted and held prisoner by a man for a little over a year...and had a bit of a twist at the end.

I am constantly reading and always want to try fiction, but I am so picky that I rarely risk it and stick to non-fiction. You know I am a weirdo like that.

Rosanne said...

I just finished 'The Help'- it's a very good read. I was a child at the time of the book's setting. It rings true to me. Next on my list is a non-fiction book, 'Quiet Hero' by Rita Cosby. After that I'll read 'Unbroken'

venisonfordinner said...

I loved The Help! Read Three Against The Wilderness by Eric Collier. You won't regret it. It's about homesteading in the Canadian Wilderness. I'm from Canada and it's near where I live in British Columbia.

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