giveaway 03 at gina sekelsky studio Each day this week I’ll post a giveaway prize with a question.  Just click on the comment button above the photo, write your answer to the day’s question, and you’ll be entered to win that day’s giveaway.  You can enter every day during the week, anytime through Sunday.  Be sure to check back here on Monday, July 22nd, when I post the winners. TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: any bookplate stamp in my shop.  I've just added two new designs:  Zoe and Amy.  Bookplate stamps are fantastic gifts for teachers.  Or babies. Or newlyweds.  Or you could reward yourself for participating in the Summer Reading Program! TODAY’S QUESTION:  Speaking of reading…do you have a favorite book from the past year?  Fiction or non-fiction.  This is another question I ask every's how I discovered The Happiness Project (2010) and The Book of Negroes (2011).  I still go back and read the comments from those posts whenever I'm looking for a new book.  (So feel free to suggest more than one!) Good luck!  
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42 Responses to Giveaway No. 3

  1. Ann-Margret says:

    Ooh, I will have to come back and check out the comments, too. I already have a stack of about 50 books I need to get through but I’m always interested in new suggestions. 😀

    Last year I read an excellent book called The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. It was so intriguing!

  2. Crystal says:


  3. I am going to have to come back to check the comments too as my book stack-up is huge right now! Here are a couple of recent faves:

    White Dog Fell from the Sky (can’t remember author) – set in South Africa/Botswana – very moving
    Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld – first book from author of American Wife
    Wilderness (can’t remember author) – sort of like Cold Mountain but better, I think

    All of these are fiction……….

  4. amelia says:

    I have read so, so many books this summer. being in between grad programs has left me with wonderful stretches of morning just to read and relax and think.
    the one I loved most was Einstein’s Dreams. it’s lovely and short, but full of such cool ideas.
    a few other books that also made me think:
    The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson
    What a Piece of Work is Man, by David F. Clark
    Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
    Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

  5. Stella Paeglow says:

    I just listened again to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I can read that book over and over again.

  6. tammy b says:

    thanks for giving me a bunch of new books to read! i don’t really have a favorite from this year none of them have been that fabulous. I am currently reading a continuation of the Harry Potter series where all the beloved characters are grown, and the focus of the series is on Harry’s son, James. These are not by JK, but I am finding the first one, James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing pretty interesting.

  7. MoniCue says:

    Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I picked it up on a whim. It’s fiction, but features: Love. Real, hard life. England. I continue to think on it.

  8. Bethany says:

    Well, I know this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, but my choice would be The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems. 🙂 I had my first baby last July, so just about everything I have read has been baby related. I read this book cover to cover and have referenced it several times over the past year. For any new parents, I would highly recommend as a must read! 😉

  9. Mallory says:

    The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner – love her crime thrillers!

  10. Deb Paterson says:

    The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

  11. Michael says:

    So the dorky side of me will confess I (finally this year) finished the Harry Potter series…and I fell for it…hook line and sinker. A nonfiction book I enjoyed was “Proof of Heaven”, about a neurosurgeons experience in a 7-day coma. And I’m currently reading “Stroke of Insight”. Now I’m all geeked up to get some more books on creativity! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Allison Morvant says:

    Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. It’s about the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the ensuing Armenian genocide. It sounds terribly depressing, but it was a very good book.

  13. stephanie says:

    I’ve been reading the books in the Wrinkle in Time series, which I recently discovered. I didn’t realize there were more books after the first one!

  14. Carolyn says:

    My favorite book of the past year has to be The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, very interesting look into how habits are formed in the brain and the implications on individual psychology, marketing, advertising, etc. It sounds dry but he uses anecdotes to great effect, I found it to be a real page turner!

  15. CJ says:

    I enjoyed “Where d’you go Bernadette” by Maria Semple. A bit different and very entertaining.

  16. Rebecca Beeson says:

    Oh this is the one I’m so very excited about! I’m a reading teacher so I really need that bookplate stamp for my classroom library. Not only that, but I finally took a summer off so I’ve read a lot this summer already. My favorite so far would have to be Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It’s about a female pilot and spy during WWII, but it’s so much more than that. If you like historical fiction at all, I would definitely recommend it. I also finally got around to reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I couldn’t put it down for two days. Oh and I cried and loved and laughed with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, one I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about lately. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn was haunting, and very realistically written, but I can’t say it left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling afterwards. Really, so many good books!

  17. Kellie says:

    The five love languages of children, by Gary chapman. Gave me a better perspective on how to love and help my children learn…

  18. Deanna says:

    I love the bookplate stamp! It looks so adorable. Since I’m a teacher I mostly read children’s literature. It’s hard to say my favorite from the past year, so I will give my top three.
    The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen (Children’s fiction book, lots of action/adventure)
    Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (Young adult fiction/sci fi, time travel, action and a little bit of romance)
    Teach Like a Pirate by David Burgess (Helps teachers teach more dynamic lessons and other helps and inspiration. One of the best teacher books I’ve read.)

  19. Jennifer C. says:

    One of my favorites I read in the past year was The Light Between Oceans. I couldn’t put it down! Once you start you won’t be able to get anything else done until you finish!
    My other favorite is The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. She’s my favorite author; I love anything she writes and like her other books, this one did not disappoint!

  20. Dawn says:

    I recently enjoyed rereading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Now I am reading a wonderful novel about her life ~ The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I would recommend both books!

  21. Kathy says:

    Recently finished “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption”. An amazing and motivating true story of a WWII survivor. His story of redemption, revival, and forgiveness is truly inspiring.

  22. Esther says:

    Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton! An oldie but a goodie. I read the book after watching Jurassic Park but it didn’t spoil it for me because the book is very good!

  23. Melissa says:

    I’ve been interested in the books geared for teens lately. Great stories, easy reads. I figure I’ll be ready to suggest titles to my daughter when we get there (and we almost are there!). I’m starting “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green today. Heard great things and if you read this in time, it’s only $3.99 in the iBookstore right now!

  24. keri says:

    “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo is a wonderful nonfiction book written from the perspective of residents in a Mumbai slum. I also loved “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. I can’t wait to re-read these comments as I search for new great books over the next year! What a great resource, thanks!

  25. Erin Pugh says:

    Oh boy, I have read a lot of books over the past year! A few favourites have been The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes, The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard, The Flight of Gemma Hardy (a modern retelling of Jane Eyre) by Margot Livesay…Right now I’m reading Call The Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth (love the BBC show!) and am planning to re-read Anne of Green Gables this summer as well.
    Am currently reading aloud All in Good Time to my boys. Fabulous time-travel favourite from childhood!

  26. Jessica says:

    Libriomancer by one of my dearest friends from junior high and high school. He’s becoming a pretty successful fantasy writer. Fantasy is not normally a genre I enjoy, if it includes the typical fantast creatures, however this is such a fun concept that I really enjoyed it. (taking things out of books to use in real life, as in ‘reaching’ into a book, and pulling an object out!)

  27. erin says:

    i’m still thinking about “girl gone” as it was so different from anything else i’ve read.

  28. Lyssa says:

    Love this, I actually purchased one for my daughters teacher this past school year. It really makes a great gift! As for a good book, I just finished “Mariana” by Susanna Kearsley and really loved it. I was surprised b/c it’s not something I would normally pick up, but it was definitely a keeper!

  29. Jessica says:

    I just read the King Raven trilogy by Stephen Lawhead. I all-but neglected house and home and family for nearly a week as I raced to finish the three books about Robin Hood, set in Wales, with compelling historical footnotes to suggest the accuracy of this new origin story. LOVED it.

  30. Amy says:

    I enjoyed reading “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. She is so informed on her content that I didn’t want to think it was fiction. Brilliant!

  31. Vanessa Colquhoun says:

    We Need to Talk About Kevin was amazinggg

  32. mandy says:

    does it have to be from this year? cause I would totally recommend anything by David sedaris (try ‘me talk pretty one day’ and ‘naked’ if you REALLY want a laugh!).

  33. MelissaPete says:

    The Same Kind of Different As Me was a wonderful story and a true one too. Most true stories don’t have happy endings, but this one does. A homeless man and an art dealer cross paths and neither of their lives is ever the same. It made me think about how the whole judging a book by the cover saying is full of wisdom.

  34. Angela says:

    OH!!!! The Red Tent! By far the best book I’ve read in a long time. I didn’t know if I would want to read it, but heard from so many people it was good, a must read. Well I tell everyone now that they have to add it to their list!
    I just LOVED the story of women and their relationships and what they taught to one another and how they spent time during each month, in the Red Tent when they weren’t responsible for anything, the men had to do the cooking and the tending of things. It was such a great story. How one person (the author) could visualize the possible story/life of a teeny tiny character from the bible, Ruth..and tell this wonderful story that may or may not have happened, without making it a “religious” story,… it was a phenominal story about women, love and life, heartache, relationships and the power of family. Oh, it was so good!! Anita Diamant I believe is the author!

  35. Christina says:

    Reading the Game of Thrones series right now … so good!

  36. Susan says:

    Not a long read being a children’s book – but it represents a lot of what my summer and this year have been all about – “Brothers Forever” by pk hallinan. I adore his children’s books and their illustrations.

  37. Heather says:

    I have to go with Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane.’ It is the last book I read, but i’m not just recommending it based on short term memory. It is a stunning story.

  38. Cori B says:

    “Gone Girl”, was mind blowing!

  39. Amy Avery says:

    I just re-read Animal Vegetable Miracle and it is still my favorite book of the past few years. Inspired me to learn to pickle my current overabundance of cucumbers.

  40. Jill Galstad says:

    The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George
    It’s a worthwhile, eye-opening, thought-provoking read.

  41. Linda Sco says:

    The freedom of self forgetfulness by Timothy Keller. A short read, but powerful. It is about being less consumed with ourselves …

  42. Anne Duncan says:

    Not sure if it is too late – but where’d you go, Bernadette is a fantastic comedy/mystery.

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