Thanks, everyone, for entering my fabulous New Year’s Book Giveaway contest. Apparently, from what people have told me, this was a hard contest. It seemed so easy to me that I was worried about it being too easy … but I realize now, that’s because I already know what all the books on my shelf are!!
Anyway, I know that everyone who entered, especially the winners, worked really hard. So hard, in fact, that I had to award six prizes instead of five. Only a couple of people actually got all 15 correct, but many others came close, and there was a tie for 5th place so I just decided to award two prizes. I won’t tell you how many of the winners used the words “obsessive” or “compulsive” to describe themselves.
And now … the winners …
Congratulations to Inkslinger, first to submit a winning entry, who receives a copy of Jude Morgan’s Passion.
Katrina gets a copy of Cloud of Bone by Bernice Morgan
Yaroslav gets a copy of Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution sent all the way to Russia!!
Sue wins a copy of Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris.
Samantha is the proud winner of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
And congrats to Julia, who hasn’t told me yet what she’d like for her prize … let me know!!
Thanks to everyone who entered, even if you didn’t win … it was great fun to hear from so many blog readers, especially those I’d never “met” before. Honourable mention goes to Jamie who didn’t get enough right to qualify for the prize but who had the most interesting method — extrapolating from what he knows of me and my reading history which books ought to be on my shelf (and yes, all those guesses were correct).
Now, speaking of “obsessive” and “compulsive,” somebody wanted me to give the complete and correct list of what actually IS on the bookshelf, so here goes:
Breathing Space, by Heidi Neumark
The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning
Soul Survivor, by Philip Yancey
Practicing Resurrection, by Nora Gallagher
Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott (on the Compulsive Overreader header, this is not on the shelf but in my hands)
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller
Next … a book with a white spine, can’t pick it out. Might be The Irrational Season, by Madeline L’Engle
Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers
Mindy, by June Strong
Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
The Last Convertible, by Anton Myrer
Emma Who Saved My Life, by Wilton Barnhardt
The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence
Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Fragrance of Sweet-Grass, by Elizabeth Epperly
The Poems of Richard Wilbur
Graven Images, by Audrey Thomas
Tattycoram, by Audrey Thomas
The Wild Blue Yonder, by Audrey Thomas
The Life of Margaret Laurence, by James King
True Notebooks, by Mark Salzman
Jonathan Swift, by Victoria Glendinning
A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar
Two-Part Invention, by Madeline L’Engle
Next is the section of books by me. Right in the middle of this section is my book Connecting. Apparently there are a lot of books called Connecting because people made several interesting guesses about the author of this one.
Waiting for Time and The Topography of Love by Bernice Morgan (my aunt!) … my copy of Random Passage must have been at work.
The Stone of the Stars and Empire of the Stars by Alison Baird (my cousin!)
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Gospel, by Wilton Barnhardt
The Autobiography of Henry VIII, by Margaret George
That’s it — two of the many, many bookshelves in my house. Winners, look for prizes in your mailbox soon. Non-winners, thanks for playing. Everyone else, keep your eyes open for my next amazing contest!!