Week #7 of our children’s books giveaway is over!!
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway this past week. We received a total of 281 entries which blows away our goal of 250 entries! Thank you all soooo much! We will again be drawing two winners this week and if we reach our goal of 300 entries, there will be an extra winner for a total of THREE winners this week. The official winners of Week 7 will be announced tomorrow (Monday).
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Moving on to Week 8 of our Summer Reading Book Giveaways…
SUMMER READING WEEKLY BOOK GIVEAWAY: WEEK 8
Theme: Week 8′s theme is Mom’s Top Five Adult Fiction. Because Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, and other adults in children’s lives love to read something maybe a little more, *ahem* advanced, this week’s selection includes my top five favorite books that I read in the last year. I’ve included a little description of each in case you haven’t run across these yet. For those of you that are still looking for a children’s book, I am happy to offer you an alternative. You can choose any Children’s Book (up to $15 CAD) from the Book Depository instead.
Prizes: There will be TWO winners in Week 8. Each winner will choose from ONE of the books listed below or you may choose any Children’s Book (up to $15 CAD) from The Book Depository. We will have a bonus draw for a third winner if we receive 300 entries.
Renee’s Top Five Adult Fiction:
Author: Yann Martel
Summary: Life of Pi takes the reader on a spiritual journey through the eyes of a 16 year old boy from India with the unfortunate name of Piscine (Pi for short) Molitor Patel. Pi’s family decides to escape the changing political landscape of India and board a Japanese ship, along with their zoo animals, bound for Canada. Pi’s life is changed forever when the ship sinks and he is the lone survivor along with a menagerie of animals including a fierce Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Then begins the real story…
To see my full review, please visit me at Goodreads (contains hidden spoilers). The movie is coming out in November, 2012. I highly encourage you to read the book before seeing the movie. It’s one of those books that I feel cannot be translated into a movie. I’m not sure I’ll even go see it!
Author: Markus Zusak
Summary: Writing a summary is so difficult in this case because I feel I cannot adequately describe the story – it’s more of an experience. It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve wept reading a book. Zusak uses color, music, shock, and humor all against the backdrop of War World II’s holocaust. The narrator of the story is the angel of death himself which makes the story that much more haunting.
This book is right up there with Life of Pi. It’s the kind of book that can change your life. This is storytelling at its very best. We chose this book for one of our Book Club meetings this year and we all agreed that it is one of the best books that we had read in our Book Club. I highly recommend The Book Thief if you haven’t read it.
Author: Emma Donoghue
Summary: When we first meet Jack, the 5-year old narrator, we slowly begin to understand that his entire world and existence is contained within a small space where he and his mother have been held captive by Old Nick – a space Jack refers to as Room. His mother bravely transforms Room into an imaginative and functional environment for her son, but realizes that it is not enough for him. She plots for his escape but will Jack be able to adapt to the larger world – a world with which he is completely unfamiliar?
The author does a great job of creating dissonance, in that, on the one hand, the relationship between Jack and his Mom is beautiful, but on the other, the context of their relationship is horrific. In the first half of the book, I found myself leaning forward, white-knuckling the book AND I couldn’t get to sleep. It’s been a long, long time since a book has had me THAT hooked. Great, (albeit disturbing) read!
Author: Chad Harbach
Summary: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach is a beautifully written story about five individuals from diverse backgrounds each coming to a crossroads in their lives where they must choose to crumble in the face of adversity or to forge forward despite the barriers put before them. Each of the five main characters has their own story, but their lives and futures become intertwined at Westish College, a small school near Lake Michigan.
For my full review, visit me at Goodreads. I LOVED this book. For one, I’ve played fastball or slow-pitch for all of my life (well, at least B.K. – Before Kids) so I could completely relate to the baseball side of the story. Second, I have many fond memories of my own time in University playing baseball while in school. Those were some very good times! I didn’t want the book to end. Ok, I know: odd choice!
Author: Veronica Roth
Summary: Set in a futuristic Chicago, we are introduced to Beatrice Prior, a 16 year-old at a crossroads in her life. She must choose to join one of five factions, representing the strengths of society: bravery, selflessness, intelligence, kindness, and truth. Most initiates demonstrate an aptitude toward belonging to one faction, but Beatrice is an anomaly – she has an aptitude for more than one faction and that places her in danger as a Divergent in society. Will she be able to hide this secret from the faction leaders?
I know I featured this book in last week’s giveaway, but I am currently reading this book and LOVING it! Well-written, fast-paced, and fantastic character development make this book one of my favorites this year. Of course the ending could change all of this for me…we’ll see!
Contest closes: August 26, 12:01 am, 2012
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Terms and Conditions: The randomly drawn winners will be contacted by email within 24 hours after the giveaway ends. Winners will be announced the following Monday after the giveaway ends. Books will be ordered from The Book Depository within one week of the end of the giveaway. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!
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*** Good luck to everybody!!***