Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Giveaway: $20 Amazon.com Gift Certificate

It's the season of shorter days, of cold weather, and of the frantic shopping for gifts. I have completed my shopping. My stress centers around what I shall serve to my guests for the holidays. I can relieve that stress by visiting the grocery store with a long list and utilizing the second refrigerator.

But, you? Have you done your shopping? Are you the early bird or the last minute shopper? Does the idea of finding the best present nag at you in your sleep?

If so, I have a little help for you: A $20 Amazon.com gift code.

One problem, I have just one.

How can you get it? Leave a comment about your favorite book and why you liked it. I'm asking this for a few reasons:
  1. People need to read more books, whether fiction or non-fiction. Read. It expands your mind and puts money in the pockets of the storytellers.
  2. I remember when Amazon.com started as a purveyor of books. I still get mildly weirded out that Amazon.com has groceries. Really? Groceries? C'mon. Who would've thunk it?
  3. I would like comments that say more than, "Me, please."
So, leave a comment telling us your favorite book and why it touched you or moved you or even changed your point of view. You have until midnight (central time) on December 13th. That's Saturday.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh, no! First comment, really? They NEVER win. haha

Anyway, I pretty much only use Amazon for books and I agree that more people should read.

As for a favorite book? I can't pick that! But I will talk about a book that I think makes you think and it teaches you, while still being a very interesting memoir of sorts.

No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt.

Definitely check it out. I loved it!

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Sarah said...

I love "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb. I know it's an "Oprah Pick" which kind of shoots it in the foot, somewhat but it has one of my all time favorite lines in a book: "Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love."

Love it. Wally Lamb's second book, well, I didn't love it as much. I'm looking forward to reading his newest one. I've heard it's good.

dragon knitter said...

i have had a long, fruitful love affair with books. i learned to read in the first grade, but the first book i remember is "the roanoke family" where all the babies came from the roanoke plant. it was awesome, and i wish i could find it again.

as for my shopping? i'm doing 90% of it online. i think the shipping fees (when i have to pay them) are worth it to me to avoid the masses thistime of year. (my local walmart has had a daily fight since the day after black friday. not interested if i can helpit!)

and don't enter me in the drawing, dear. ijust won something from you, but i wanted to speak up, lol

Sarabeth said...

Dragon Knitter, thanks for putting in your two cents worth. Enjoy the coupon.

grits404 said...

hmmm...favorite book. the first one comes to mind is to kill a mockingbird. i never tire of the story and always, always, find myself hoping that the ending will be different than it is. second book that comes to mind is expecting adam. what happens to the writer during her second pregnancy appears to be illogical during examination but can't be disputed bc it's *her* story. lots of motherhood is illogical anyway. : )

Penelope Pince said...

This is hard because I have so many favorite books! But one of my favorites that I read recently was "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer Weiner.

It's a story about two sisters who lost their mother at a young age, which influenced them in completely opposite ways, something I can relate to because my mother passed away when I was 16 and my sister 14.

The characters are well developed and believable and I identified with aspects of both of their personalities and situations. The story begins bitterly, becomes bittersweet in the development and (as to be expected) ends sweetly.

I highly recommend this book and others by Jennifer Weiner.

:) Penelope
penny.pince at gmail dot com

Linda said...

Currently, my favorite book is Handbook to Higher Consciousness by Key Keyes, Jr. It's had a tremendous effect on my learning to maintain a positive attitude through whatever life tosses me, and I have gone back to it over and over during the past 15 years since a friend turned me on to it. It presents the pathways to unconditional love, and in particular, unconditional love of ourselves, which is certainly the most difficult. It has been a sanity-save on my occasions than I can count. I highly recommend it.

Trixie said...

Oh to pick just one book that I love...This is much more difficult that it should be...I have so many good book friends - friends I read time and again.

1. Thornyhold, Mary Stewart

Who reads Mary Stewart anymore? This is one of her books that has aged so well. The book has been a favorite of mine for 20 years. There are layers to it that I didn't catch the first or second time I read it. This is the hallmark of a truely wonderful book.

I love books about bookish women who come into cottages in the middle years and decide to build a life in the small villages where these homes exist. I had read so many books where this is the theme: the Aunt Dimity series, the Mulberry Tree, etc.

I think as a woman who has always dreamed of living in the country in a tumbled down, comfy cottage...it touches that daydream.

These stories all involve dearly departed older women from our lives...Aunts, friends of our mothers, Grandmothers, etc. I had several dear older women in my life. One of whom lived in a cottage in the country and who I would walk to visit and spend the day eating cookies and drinking pop and smelling her flowers. She was a bookish woman with an outdoor cat.

This book is an old friend. The good people win and the bad people suffer and in between there are risks, problems, and acts of kindness. It comforts me that none of the characters are serial killers. None of the mysteries involve rape or torture. There's evil but it is more subtle than nerfarious. Sometimes you need to escape from the horrors that you see in the news each day and read something gentler.

Thoryhold is it.

lace said...

I heard it snowed in NOLA today and thought I'd come see if you had any pics.

It is really hard to pick a favorite book. I love so many. But the first book that came to mind is a JF book that is wonderful. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I still enjoy reading JF books, heck, I still enjoy reading picture books. I have a huge stash of those.

Maureen said...

Oh, I remember the beginning of Amazon.com, too. How cool was that - being able to buy any book at all, online & have it delivered to your home! And, of course, that was back in my single, child-free days of seemingly unlimited disposable income, along with it being the hey-day of internet commerce, when websites were giving out huge discounts and ordering incentives right and left. Things like $20 off your first order, no minimum. Those were the days :-)

Hard to choose a favorite book. The first one that came to mind was John Irving's 'A Prayer for Owen Meany'. I've always loved the contrast of the main character's uncertainty about the meaning of life playing alongside of Owen's simple, calm, kind knowing. And, the part that's left unanswered at the end, if it's the knowing (or thinking that he knows) that make Owen's life play out as it did or if it would have happened that way, anyway.

But, then, there's the Hitchhiker's Guide "trilogy", which has brought unlimited mirth and thought-provoking moments throughout my life...

bianca said...

I never go anywhere without a book (I'd read at stop lights if I could!). I'm constantly giving books to the girls at work , trying to get them to read more than they already do, going to the library and using bookmooch.com.

I average about 150 books read a year, so it's hard for me to pick just one.

One of the first major books I can remember loving, and therefore rereading, is Hawaii by James Michner. I love the history of the islands, from the pre-population days through the 1950's, even though it is all fiction based on true events. I've always had an obsession with Hawaii since I was little (I used to get jealous of my cousins who are half Hawaiian and live on Kauai, stating it's unfair they get to be Hawaiian and I don't even though we're related by blood), so I think that's part of the reason why this book attracts me. Plus it has everything you could ask for in a book - romance, intrigue, excitement and history!

And I'm in agreement about the weird grocery thing on Amazon. Don't get me wrong, I love the site, but I only ever use it to buy books, books and more books, with the occasional old DVD thrown in!