Thursday, February 01, 2007

*Cough, cough.* May I have your attention, please?

I have an extra copy of The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books by J. Peder Zane, sent to me courtesy of J. Peder Zane himself, who pointed out that The Street of Crocodiles made Judy Budnitz's top ten list.

I'm going to give it to one of you list-crazed book lovers. I am going to draw a name out of, of something yet to be determined, and I will mail the book to the winner on Friday, Feb. 9, which means you will need to get your name in by 9 p.m. next Thursday evening at which time I will draw a winner.

Leave your name in comments if you want a chance to win the book. And if you leave your own list of favorite books in comments, I'd really appreciate it.

You can drop by and post your lists on Zane's The Top Ten website, too.


Carl V. said...

Sweet, throw my name in the hat!

Favorite books, always hard to pick and not have the list grow and grow! Some of my favorites:

Dracula: Bram Stoker
Time Traveler's Wife: Audrey Niffenegger
Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat: Harry Harrison
The Knight/The Wizard: both by Gene Wolfe
Neverwhere: Neil Gaiman
Ombria in Shadow: Patricia A. McKillip
The Android's Dream: John Scalzi
Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: Kate DiCamillo
Anne of Green Gables series: L.M. Montgomery

Better stop or this comment will never end!!!

iliana said...

A chance to win a book? I'd never pass that up! Some favorites are Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Islands of Silence by Martin Booth, Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and a bunch of others of course.

Imani said...

I like to make lists and enter for prizes. :)

Some of my favourites:

Dreamtigers - Jorge Luis Borges
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
The Iliad - Homer translated by Lattimore
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Adichie
Kingdoms of Elfin - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Elmet - Ted Hughes

Emily said...

In no particular order:
Madame Bovary
Eros the Bittersweet
Unbearable Lightness of Being
Little Women
the Betsy-Tacy books
His Dark Materials
Still Life with Woodpecker
Breakfast of Champions
Midnight's Children
House of Mirth

Isabella said...

Put my name in!

Hands-down all-time favourites are:
The Razor's Edge - W Somerset Maugham
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Middlemarch - George Eliot

renee said...

Ooh, I've been eyeing that book! I'd love to be included!

Some of my favorite books, in no particular order, and probably not a complete list:

-History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
-Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
-The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
-Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
-The Soloist by Mark Salzman
-Pale Fire by Vladamir Nabokov

jenclair said...

An impossible task!

Pride and Prejudice
The Secret Garden
the Anne books by Montgomery
The Lord of the Rings
Mila 18
The Woman in White

In a way, each of these books has been influential in some way to my growth as a reader. Some have been re-read several times.

danielle said...

I feel like I am always listing the same titles over and over (but then they are favorites, right): Persuasion, The Count of Monte Cristo, Chocolat, Jane Eyre (my new favorite now that I am rereading it), The Woman in White, Corelli's Mandolin and just about anything by Margaret Atwood. And I am probably forgetting something, but youget the idea.

adrienne said...

Oh GRRRR!!!!

I posted a whole list of ten yesterday. It took me forever to look through my shelves to find which ones I wanted to list. Then it didn't post! I'll try to do it again.

1. Pride and Prejudice
2. Jane Eyre
3. The Three Musketeers
4. Literacy and Longing in LA
5. Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City
6. So Many Books, So little Time
7. Aubrey/Maturin series.
8. The Thirteenth Tale
9. Persuasion
10. Twilight.

Now, can you put my name in the pot?

© 2003-2007 M-mv said...

In September 200 (inspired by *you*), I wrote about ten (well, eleven) formative (if not favorite) books here:

I hope that will do.

Happy weekend, Susan.

Postscript: Will you please toss my name in the hat, too?

Sherry said...

Sure, I can always use another book of suggestions to add to my ever-growing list of books to read before I die.

3M said...

Some favorites:
Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Chatham School Affair, Gilead, The Alchemist, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Nicholas & Alexandra

MargaretWV said...

Hmmm, most of my favorites are nonfiction. Here are some in the fiction category: Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Catch-22, The Martian Chronicles, Aubrey/Maturin series, Therapy, The Lorax, Howard's End.

booklogged said...

How nice of you to host this drawing. I would love to have my name entered.

Some of my favorites:
Jane Eyre
Pride and Prejudice
Poisonwood Bible
Book Thief
History of Love
Screwtape Letters
Ship Fever

Oh, my! I'm getting a bit carried away. I'll stop, but I'll keep my fingers crossed to win. The book you're offering sounds wonderful.

Stefanie said...

Please put my name in the "something yet to be determined." Some of my favorite books are:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Anything by Margaret Atwood but particularly Surfacing and Alias Grace
Blindness and its comapnion, Seeing by Jose Saramago
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein (I hope this doesn't ruin my chances!)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Brandon said...

I want in on this!

My favorite books, in no particular order:
"The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
"1984" by George Orwell
"Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
"House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski
"The Trial" by Franz Kafka
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle

That's about all I can think of for now.

Brad said...

Please throw my name in for a chance.

Some favorites:
Don Quixote/Cervantes
Anna Karenina/Tolstoy
Bleak House/Dickens
Jude the Obscure/Hardy
The Brothers Karamazov/Dostoevsky
Independent People/Laxness
Portrait of a Lady/James

Based on these lists I think I have to check out "Pride and Prejudice."

Lisa Jean said...

please add me to your hat

The Shipping News
Huckleberry Finn
The Book Thief
The Brief History of the Dead
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Where the Red Fern Grows


Dorothy W. said...

Woo-hoo! A contest! I'm in! Okay, here are some favorites:

Tristram Shandy
Pride and Prejudice
To the Lighthouse
Robinson Crusoe
Absalom, Absalom

Girl Detective said...

Throw my name in the hat.

A few favorites:

Emma and Pride and Prejudice by Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Possession by AS Byatt
The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block
Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Kay said...

Count me in! Here are my top ten, in no particular order:

Kristin Lavransdatter/Undset
All the Little Live Things/Stegner
Pride and Prejudice/Austen
The Sheltering Sky/Bowles
Bitter Lemons/Durrell
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Cross Creek/Rawlings
Palace Walk/Mahfouz
The Sea Runners/Doig

LK said...

Oh, count me in!

My Top 10 (for now)

1. Pride & Prejudice (anything Austen)
2. Anna Karenina
3. Little Women
4. Swann's Way
5. Jane Eyre
6. The Great Gatsby
7. Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
8. Bleak House(anything Dickens)
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
10. Virginia Woolf's Diaries (vol 1, for starters)

Fay said...

Oh, this is terrible. Picking ten books is just impossible, but here are my favorite books read in the last few months.

Gwen Raverat: Period Piece: The Victorian Childhood of Charles Darwin's Granddaughter

Yiyun Li: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories

Richard Ford: The Sportswriter

Thomas McGuane: Gallatin Canyon: Stories

Irene Nemirovsky: Suite Francaise

William Saroyan: Tracy's Tiger

Paul Auster: The New York Trilogy

Joseph Bruchac: Our Stories Remember: American Indian History, Culture, and Values Through Storytelling

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre

Sherman Alexie: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Thanks for giving away the book. I've already ordered it, but if my name should come out of the hat, my daughter will be the lucky recipient.