Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pay it Forward: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Reading is my first love, above all other hobbies (not above people, just hobbies). I'd bet my sister would say the same (especially now that she sews, 8 hours a day, for a living).

We generally read very different types of books. Once in awhile we hit on the same book, or author, but I can't remember when, if ever, we overlapped.

I mentioned in a post awhile back that I was reading Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, posted a few quotes, and she got hooked! She ordered the book, she started it after me, and she finished first. But then, she is the older sister, so maybe that's okay. I happened to see the book at Half-Priced Books and snatched it up.

I'm finished with the book, she's finished with the book, and we both have an extra copy - In my brain, I'm hearing "Sisters, Sisters......" Since we read them at the same time, we decided to give them away together too, minus the feather boas and dancing routine.

Written by an older woman, Mary Ann Shaffer, her first book ever (and don't you love it when someone does that and it ends up #1 on the NY Times Bestseller List!), and her niece Annie Barrows, it's clean, sweet, precious, dear with a solid story line that involves the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel and World War II.

I stayed up way too late some nights reading as fast as I could, and other times I read slowly on purpose, especially the ending. It's an ending that is perfect to savor in a hot bubble bath, with a glass of wine or diet coke - pick your poison.

You can enter by leaving a comment that will allow me to contact you. You're also quite welcome to go over to my sister, Barb's blog, and enter there too. We'll both draw Monday morning bright and early (although my early is two hours before hers.)

P.S. Happy Birthday sweet Dan. You can open your presents now!

56 comments:

Lynne said...

I've heard a lot about this book. I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

And I'm heading over to Barb's blog in a while to enter there too!

Melissa said...

Well, count me in on this. If you both are recommending it, I'd love to read it! When she posts hers, I'm going over to enter there too! (I was just on her site right before here and it's not listed yet - must be the time difference!)
Thanks for the chance to win this.
Melissa K

Becky said...

I am always looking for a good book. And this one sounded so interesting when I read about it earlier on your blog. What a title!

So YES! Throw my name in that hat. And I'm headed over to Barb's to enter there too.

I just read "Sailing to Capri" which I enjoyed. Just FYI. It is by Elizabeth Adler.

Have a great rest of your week!

Michele said...

I added this book to my amazon list after I read your post about it! I would love to win it!

Barb said...

Uh oh - my post is late! I'll run over and get it published. :-)

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing a good book with fellow bookworms and for the chance to win!

Mama Lily said...

It would be a great thing to win a book. I love to read. :) what fun you are doing it together.

Julie said...

I'm always up for a good read :) Thanks for the chance to win - twice :)
Julie D.
jewels0330@gmail.com

mjpuzzlemom said...

I have heard great things about this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win....


MJ

Linda and Doug said...

Please pick me! I would love to win this book. Thanks

Karen said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance.

Mary Lou said...

Thanks for doing this. Wow two chances to win a new book to read. Thanks for doing this.

Chappyswife said...

Hello, Bev! Looks like you've been busy moving all around!

This sounds like a really good book, and I'm needing one to read. (Can a girl ever really get enough good books? I think not.)

Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Birthday to your Dan, too!

Susanne said...

Awww, I want to see the feather boa and dancing! :v)

Please enter me Bev. It sounds like a great read!

Jean said...

I'm stopping by from Barb's blog to get a second chance of winning. This sounds like a great read and would love to win.

Gretchen said...

Oh, yay! A two-fer chance-er.

:)

Debbie said...

I love to read, and I read a LOT. This was such a great book! I would love to have a copy of it.
Thanks!

Hosehead said...

This sounds like such a good book! Great giveaway - thanks for offering!
~Tanya
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

Missy said...

Looks like you both have the same people entered!

I'd love to win a copy of this!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

As I said on your sister's blog, this is on my Amazon wish list. :)

I also have it on hold at the library but it may be the year 2010 before it reaches my name!

Kelly said...

How fun! I would love to win this book, so count me in:-)

I can't wait to hear about your walk on the mall today. Praying for the impact it will have on our culture in some way.

Robin in New Jersey said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks, Bev!

RJBmom7@aol.com

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to Dan!
I've already entered at Barb's. I tried to find this book the other day with no success after I saw it on your blog. It sounds like my cup of tea. Thanks for doing this Bev.

Rhonda said...

Please sign me up! I would love to read this book!

amybee said...

Thanks for the offer. I'd love to read this.

Kelli said...

I would love to win this- I have 4 hours a day at hemo now to start reading and doing needlepoint again!

Jess said...

Please count me in!

Jen said...

I would love to win this..please count me in...

Fonda said...

I added this on my "To Read" list after reading about it on your blog. If I do not win it, I will just have to keep my eye out for it at Half Price Books.

Trish said...

Bev, as I wrote on Barb's blog, I have my name on the waiting list at the library for this book. I'm hoping to win a copy so I can take my name off the list. :)

Blessings,
Trish

selah said...

This sounds like a good book - I'd love to read it! I'm currently reading "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield which is very good also.

pcb said...

Everyone is talking about this book. Our book club doesn't have it on our 'to be read' list, but maybe it should, from what I hear.

Denise said...

Hi Bev, I had to enter Barb's competition too. I actually toured the underground hospital in Guernsey one summer (I'm originally from England). This sounds like such a good read.
Should I be lucky enough to win both copies (that's never gonna happen) I of course would Pay It Forward and hold my own giveaway. And if I only win one book (that's never gonna happen) I will have a giveaway once I've read it ;-)

Kathleen said...

As a "new" mom to a 6 year old, I could use a good read that doesn't include rhyming word.

gail@more than a song said...

I've been wanting to get this book to read! Count me in too please! Two chances at it, how fun.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Count me in, Bev. It's not my usual reading fare but it's good to step outside your own reading boundaries occasionally, I think.

xoxoxo

Diane

Kathleen Marie said...

What a great coincidence and please sign me up. It sounds like a great book and I LOVE White Christmas...Now that sounds going to be in my head for the rest of the night... Blue boas flying about and all!

Danielle said...

Oh I haven't been over here in ages!! I just resubscribed. I'd love to have a chance to win this book too ;)

KayLynn said...

A double give away is such a wonderful idea!!! I love to read, and this sounds like a wonderful, exciting, historical story. Please count me in on your list. First time I've visited your blog. (I plan to return to see where your adventures take you.) Your sister has been so inspiring to me!! (Keeps my crafty blood flowing) :0) KayLynn
(fakcruisin@suddenlink.net)

Going Goofy said...

I really would like to read this book!

Beautiful Mommy Princess said...

Love reading about you and your sister Barb. Keep up the great posts. Thanks for a chance to win this book I can't wait to read it.

Tammy said...

I love that you and Barb are doing a joint giveaway!
Please enter my name, since I love WWII era stories and this one sounds intriguing!
Thanks so much, Bev!

Overwhelmed! said...

The book sounds great! Please count me in! :)

Momma Jones said...

I would love to win this. It sounded great when you first wrote about it. Thanks for the opportunity.

Rmomof3 said...

I would love to win this book! Please pick me!
Thanks!
Renee

Stephanie said...

I'm here via Barb's blog. Thank you both for a double chance to read what I've heard is a great book!

Katrina said...

Oh, I've been sneaking peeks at this book, the last couple times I've visited the bookstore. It looks great. I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Thanks!

Fresh Girl said...

Book giveaways are my favorite kind! Sounds like a great book. :) My email address is in my profile. And thanks!

Chris said...

Oh, you girls!

Thanks to both of you, I now have two chances to win. Would love to see how this book reads!

Bev said...

I'm adding Melissa at Breath of Life here - she left her comment over at my 'go see' post and I didn't want her left out of the hat.

Kim said...

I'm entering in both places and hope that doubles my chances of winning :-)

I am in dire need of a new book! I have no access to books these days except for the books I brought (all wonderful books I've read and re-read over the years) and ones people send from the U.S.

Shalee said...

Well if it's a book, you know I'm all for it. If the two of you are recommending it, it HAS to be good!

Becky said...

My sister and I love to read, too. She reads much faster and far more.

From everything you've said about this book, I put it on my list and was looking forward to getting it.

But, perhaps it will just show up...if I win.

You are so sweet and thoughtful to share and send out the love.

I will then send it onto my sister, who then gives it to my Mom, who gives it to her sister, who gives it to my cousin....all in PA, by the way.

You're a doll, Bev.

Blessings,

Becky Terry
beckyjterry@gmail.com

Andrea said...

I'm still enjoying the last book I got from you! Count me in! :)

dustbunnys said...

Thank you! I would love to win a copy of this book.

tam said...

I would love to read this. Thank you.