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.


  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. adrienne8:09 PM

    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?

  10. 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?

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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."

  18. 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


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

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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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)

  23. 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.


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