Friday, January 29, 2010

The "let's not pretend this isn't what it is" blog contest


Starting a new blog is like performing at a comedy club without an audience. It's like sharing a YouTube video that nobody ever comments on. It's like bringing a casserole to Thanksgiving that nobody even tries (this happened to me once. I brought my famous baked mac n cheese that everybody raves about to an extended family gathering one year and other than myself nobody even bothered to taste it!).

I need readers and I am not patient. So if you're not going to come on your own free will then I'm going to bribe you. Winner will be chosen at random (though I'm not going to lie, if you hang around my blog more than others you may have a better chance at winning). The prize is a $20 Amazon.com gift certificate.

- Mandatory first entry: Comment on this post with the name of your favorite book.
- + 1 entry: Trackback to this post.
- + 1 entry: Become a member of my blog on Google Friendconnect.

Contest ends Feb. 15th, 2010 so you have plenty of time to fall in love with me until then. The winner will be announced here on the blog and also contacted by email. Ready set go!

EDIT: Contest is now closed for new entries, so I have disabled comments on this post. I will announce and notify the winner within 24 hours!

153 comments:

ky2here on January 29, 2010 at 5:55 AM said...

One of my favorite books is 'a prayer for owen meany' by john irving.

Julie on January 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM said...

You are too funny. I just found your blog today after joining the Craft Forum and so far I am loving it.

So you wanna know my favorite book eh. I haven't a clue. I recently read The Shack and feel in love with it but I can't necessarily say its my favorite. I like several different authors but I am not sure I can honestly come up with a favorite. Maybe I will think about that. Hmmm

Rachel on January 29, 2010 at 8:56 AM said...

Hi ky2here and Julie! Thank you both so much for dropping by!

NL6369 on January 29, 2010 at 9:32 AM said...

I don't have one favorite book, although I do prefer a good mystery/thriller. I go through phases and right now my phase is reading everything I can get my hands on by Greg Iles. (I'm reading Turning Angel)
iheartsweeping@aol.com

Lanie Ree on January 29, 2010 at 10:10 AM said...

I just found you through Craft forum, and I really like your blog! I am a follower.




And my favorite book... can I list a couple? I am loving Deadline, and Hunger Games right now.

cdziuba on January 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM said...

cdziuba@aol.com I like Paws of Katrina, a wonderful book about animal rescue.

cdziuba on January 29, 2010 at 11:15 AM said...

cdziuba@aol.com tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/8373500562

cdziuba on January 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM said...

cdziuba@aol.com I can't find out where to click to follow.

Tracey on January 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM said...

My favorite book is Swan Song by Robert McCammon.
traymona[at]aol.com

Mysharona on January 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM said...

The Terror by Dan Simmons

peg42 on January 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM said...

You just game me a good laugh. I love Steven King and my favorite book is The Stand. Thanks so much.

Shel on January 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM said...

My favorite book "Contagious" by Scott Sigler...spooky sci-fi.

Rachel on January 29, 2010 at 3:36 PM said...

Hi there cdziuba, I apologize, I did not have a link up earlier directly on my blog. Now it is located on the sidebar to the right :)

Thank you to everybody else for your comments!

Tes283 on January 29, 2010 at 5:38 PM said...

I am reading Little Women and it is wonderful. I am trying to read through "the classics" be it centuries old or this decade. History or romance to sci-fi. If a list has been put out and it is on it as a top 100 of ----(insert type) then I am going to get an e-book of it and try to read it. This is my new life improving goal.

African Queen was great until the end...the movie has a better ending.

Little Women is better as are most books then the movie.

Tes283 on January 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM said...

Google friend #2
TES283

peg42 on January 29, 2010 at 6:15 PM said...

I became a google follower.
Thanks so much.

Rachel on January 30, 2010 at 3:52 AM said...

Hi Tes - that's one of my goals as well! First I'm tackling the more popular Jane Austen novels. Thanks for stopping by!

And thank you Peg for stopping by as well!

clynsg on January 30, 2010 at 9:50 AM said...

After more than 60 years of reading, there are way too many books that I like to pick one as a favorite. I do have several that I like to re-read, so will just put one of them down--Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane.

clynsg at yahoo dot com

clynsg on January 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM said...

Google friend follower

clynsg at yahoo dot com

Joy on January 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM said...

I don't have much time to read but I used to love anything by L.J. Smith. Thanks.
magic5905@embarqmail.com

kdkdkd on January 30, 2010 at 5:19 PM said...

I have many favorites - but Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is at the top of the list

Donna C. on January 30, 2010 at 6:02 PM said...

my favorite book is "IT" by Stephen King

Tina12312 on January 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM said...

I have a lot of favorites, but I will say To Kill A Mockingbird, great book! Thank you!

Tina12312 on January 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM said...

I'm following your blog.

msrodeobrat on February 1, 2010 at 11:42 PM said...

im currently reading a book called angels in disguise and its really good

Elizabeth Gwen Originals on February 2, 2010 at 11:59 AM said...

One of my favorite books is Season of Change (it could be seasons, hmmm) anyway it is by Christopher Pike. I am a total bookworm, so I have tons of favorites :)

Elizabeth Gwen Originals on February 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM said...

I am follower #11 on your blog :)
You are welcome to follow mine if you want.

http://elizabethgwenoriginals.blogspot.com

Brad on February 2, 2010 at 5:22 PM said...

My favorite book is Our Town by Thorton Wilder

crystalf on February 2, 2010 at 8:31 PM said...

I posted but blogger messed up so I'm not sure if it's going to show up. I'm sorry if it posts twice.

One of my favorite books is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I usually read suspense but came across this book and really enjoyed it. Thank you!

Jenndiggy on February 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM said...

I love Frankenstein. It's an oldie, but there's a reason it's a classic.

jenndiggy at gmail dot com

Jenndiggy on February 3, 2010 at 9:35 PM said...

I follow google friend connect!

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Karan Anand on February 5, 2010 at 2:53 AM said...

Hello! well my fav. book would be Midnight's Children. The post was really funny.
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lsfish on February 5, 2010 at 6:54 AM said...

Lord Of The Rings

Ashley on February 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM said...

I don't really have a favorite book, because as a nanny, all the books I read are to the kids lol So I guess I can pick my favorite kids book? Hmm..."The Grouchy Ladybug" lol because the 3 year old asks me "Hey, you, wanna fight?" all the time and it makes me crack up.

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Ashley on February 6, 2010 at 3:58 PM said...

I follow your blog on google friends connect (ash9)

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ky2here on February 7, 2010 at 9:37 PM said...

Google friend kycouple2000.

David on February 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM said...

Bribes always work...Anything Richard Evans has written would fall in this catagory but to pick just one for a favorite I would go with "The Sunflower."

JC on February 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM said...

I can't pick just one favorite, but currently am reading The Lost Symbol.

JC on February 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM said...

Google connect follower

JC on February 10, 2010 at 4:51 PM said...

Trackback here.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaway-does-this-make-my-blog-look.html

Dolphin Girl on February 12, 2010 at 10:42 AM said...

I have several favorite books. One I love is Gone with the Wind. Thanks!

Dolphin Girl on February 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM said...

tweeted

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Betty C on February 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM said...

I don't think I have a favorite book. There are several that I will read again periodically. I read a lot of Nora Roberts for lighthearted fantasy/romance, Debbie Macomber for great stories of friendship and support, and a variety of authors for mayhem, murder and courtroom drama (Kate Wilhelm, Karen Harper, Carla Neggers).

Betty C on February 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM said...

I'm a follower.

heaventrees on February 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM said...

I love so many books, mostly classics, some of which have been named here already. To Kill A Mockingbirg and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn are two favorites.

Angela on February 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM said...

Favorite book? But I read EVERYTHING! Currently can't put down Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins. Trashy, but I love it.

Miss Nessa on February 14, 2010 at 5:37 AM said...

Hmmmm. I really liked Confessions of a Shopaholic

Annemarie said...

I love Stephen King's The Shining!

annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Playdough Princess on February 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM said...

My favorite book is "Eat Pray Love"

Robin on February 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM said...

I love The Hobbit

lisa on February 14, 2010 at 4:03 PM said...

Memoirs of a Geisha. msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa on February 14, 2010 at 4:04 PM said...

I follow your blog via Google Friend. msmith572@yahoo.com

lisa on February 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM said...

Link back: http://lisa-beautyreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/win-20-amazon-gc-at-does-this-font-make.html

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ellie on February 14, 2010 at 8:57 PM said...

My favorite book is The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.

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ellie on February 14, 2010 at 8:57 PM said...

I am following via Google.

eswright18 at gmail dot com

chromiumman on February 14, 2010 at 9:04 PM said...

the moon is a harsh mistress by robert heinlein

chromiumman (at) mail (dot) com

singermagic1 on February 15, 2010 at 1:33 AM said...

It may sound silly but right now I am reading through all the harry Potter books and enjoying them all
singermagic1(at)yahoo(dot)com

ladyt64 on February 15, 2010 at 5:27 AM said...

My favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King.

Good luck with your new blog! :)

ladyt64 on February 15, 2010 at 5:27 AM said...

I follow you on Google friend connect. ladyt64

startrek on February 15, 2010 at 6:25 AM said...

My favorite book is War and Peace.
george ferris
littlegeorgie56@yahoo.com

guettel78 on February 15, 2010 at 6:37 AM said...

My favorite book would have to be "The Line of Beauty" by Alan Hollinghurst. Thanks for the giveaway!

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guettel78 on February 15, 2010 at 6:38 AM said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/9137007618

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guettel78 on February 15, 2010 at 6:38 AM said...

I'm a google friend connect follower: guettel78 (#27)

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Pamela S on February 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM said...

My favorite book I've read lately was "A Thousand Splendid Suns". Thanks and good luck with your blog!! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S on February 15, 2010 at 8:35 AM said...

I'm now your 28th follower on GFC!!! (pamelashockley)

Thanks so much!! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Aldo said...

I love Matilda.

a2theizzle(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amber on February 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM said...

My favorite book is Charlotte's Web!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber on February 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Social Networking Platform on February 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM said...

Following with Google Friend Connect

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michelle on February 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM said...

Sula by Tony Morrision.

blackbearpie@aol.com

Suzanne on February 15, 2010 at 9:55 AM said...

A tale of two cities.
You read me, I'll read you! :)

Jenn S. on February 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM said...

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

kathy pease on February 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM said...

I like my sisters keeper :)

kathy pease on February 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM said...

following your blog as klp1965

mail4rosey on February 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM said...

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens is my favorite.

And I love baked Mac and Cheese, invite us over, we'll be happy to indulge. :)
Welcome to the blog world.

msurosey@yahoo.com

Dayna on February 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM said...

I love anything by Chuck Palahniuk. Thanks!

Barbarawr on February 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM said...

My favorite book is Gone with the Wind

Barbarawr on February 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM said...

I follow you with google friends connect

Christy on February 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM said...

Hmmm. I don't know that I have a favorite book. I have a favorite author who writes a series of books that I love. I like Lucy Maud Montgomery and her series of Anne of Green Gables books as well as the spin offs. I've loved reading them ever since I was a tween.

safety_chick@hotmail.com

alli on February 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM said...

My favorite book is The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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P.S. said...

My favorite book has to be either The Great Gatsby or anything Mark Twain has written!

Thanks

boone292929 at gmail dot com

leandrew on February 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM said...

I just discovered your blog and 'love it'!

And currently - my 'favorite' book is 'The Last Song' by Nicholas Sparks!

A great read!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Good Luck to all!

leandrew_taylor@yahoo.com

leandrew on February 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM said...

I follow your blog via Google Friends Connect!

leandrew

leandrew_taylor@yahoo.com

Leah on February 15, 2010 at 12:26 PM said...

I just found this and I see no harm in trying! My favorite book is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

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mverno on February 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM said...

king tut mverno@roadrunner.com

ezmerelda on February 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM said...

I love Diana Gabaldon's Fraser series. I've read them all many times. Keep up the good work.

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rosannepm on February 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM said...

Follow on Google Friend Connect-rosannepm

Anonymous said...

My favorite book is always the one I'm currently reading:

"Footprint - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Extinction" by John H. Patterson

riceburns @hotmail dot com

Theron on February 15, 2010 at 2:27 PM said...

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Vol. One by Danzig Baldaev. That and a bottle of vodka.

Christine Jensen on February 15, 2010 at 2:39 PM said...

My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! Yep, a classic!

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

Becky on February 15, 2010 at 3:02 PM said...

My favorite book is Nights in Rodanthe. Such a wonderful love story.

Thanks so much!

Becky on February 15, 2010 at 3:03 PM said...

I am now following you on Google Friends Connect.

Deb on February 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM said...

My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Deb on February 15, 2010 at 3:31 PM said...

I follow your blog on Google Friendconnect.

cookiert on February 15, 2010 at 3:34 PM said...

The House on Mango Street is my all time favorite book, but The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver is the best I've read recently.

Heidi on February 15, 2010 at 3:35 PM said...

i love the chronicles of narnia series!
heidilynndonahue@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, my favorite book is The Lake House by James Patterson.

Lonerwor@aim.com

AEKZ2 on February 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM said...

My favorite book is The Pillars of the Earth.

annettekz2@yahoo.com

AEKZ2 on February 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM said...

I follow via google friends.

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ShesAnAngel on February 15, 2010 at 3:44 PM said...

My fave book is 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley...my boyfriend in high school had me read it and it was amazing cause I love sci-fi/fantasy stuff.

justine417@comcast.net

ShesAnAngel on February 15, 2010 at 3:45 PM said...

I am now following you via google friend connect

Justine417
Justine417@comcast.net

LilyBiscuit on February 15, 2010 at 4:12 PM said...

I love The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I've read it to my son 3 times now!
Thanks.
vac924 at gmail dot com

giggling kids on February 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM said...

Dear John

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LilyBiscuit on February 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM said...

I follow publicly now with Google Friend Connect.
Thanks!

vac924 at gmail dot com

5webs on February 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM said...

Closing Time By Joe Queenan is my favorite book.
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

5webs on February 15, 2010 at 4:17 PM said...

I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect(5webs)
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

wendy on February 15, 2010 at 4:30 PM said...

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is my favorite book.

madamerkf at aol dot com

wendy on February 15, 2010 at 4:31 PM said...

i am now following your blog through GFG as wendy wallach

madamerkf at aol dot com

Joe McDonald on February 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM said...

I'm absolutely in love with Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs.

If you're into that style of grimy, visceral, breakdown fiction, you'll probably also like:
Crooked Little Vein, by Warren Ellis
Filth, by Irvine Welsh
Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk

(by Joe McDonald, joethomasmcdonald@gmail.com)

Betty N on February 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM said...

Hi, I just found you today (at Online Sweepstakes). My daughter in law has written a book entitled "Just Enough Grace" Reflections on Ordinary Miracles in which she journals challenges with children--change--cancer. It started out by her blogging as she went through various events happening in her life...a publisher found it and wanted to print it. Praise God she is now cancer free but must undergo tests every 6 months.

Betty N on February 15, 2010 at 5:09 PM said...

I am following with Google Friend Connect

Betty N on February 15, 2010 at 5:17 PM said...

tweet here for your new blog and for the giveaway
http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/9158379754

deb c on February 15, 2010 at 5:20 PM said...

I have so many favorite books. Right now it's Sweetgrass be Mary Alice Monroe.
missdeb1@earthlink.net

Winnie on February 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM said...

I just finished "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" and it is definitely a new favorite!

winnie @ mydollarplan dot com

Gianna on February 15, 2010 at 5:35 PM said...

The Stainless Steel Rat-Harry Harrison

Jackee Ann on February 15, 2010 at 5:39 PM said...

My favorite book today is Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
happeejackee at gmail dot com

Jackee Ann on February 15, 2010 at 5:40 PM said...

Following through Google connect
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Gianna on February 15, 2010 at 5:40 PM said...

The Stainless Steel Rat-Harry Harrison

Anonymous said...

How to prosper in the 21st Century" By Howard Ruff
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Betty N on February 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM said...

I Digg you here with link back
http://digg.com/educational/Does_This_Make_My_Blog_Look_Big_The_let_s_not_pretend_thi

and it will show up under life: educational
(I didn't know which to put it under)
http://digg.com/educational/upcoming
submitted under Betty3710

Betty N on February 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM said...

Added to Stumble Upon fav's with a link back
http://www.stumbleupon.com/favorites/
(under name grandmaabc)

Betty N on February 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM said...

blogged here with a link back
http://betty-n.blogspot.com/

Missybeez on February 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM said...

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
honeybeez80@yahoo.com

jlafount on February 15, 2010 at 6:13 PM said...

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

jzagarjr on February 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM said...

To Kill A Mockingbird

Lilly on February 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM said...

My favorite is "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is a great book!
Thanks for the chance. And congrats on your new blog ^^
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

erin m. on February 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM said...

I Really love Books that open my eyes and heart, like the Christian Author Francine Rivers in the Mark of the Lion Series.
(panicxduh@yahoo.com)

erin m. on February 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM said...

i Follow via google friend connect.
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js22 on February 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM said...

One of my favorite books is stil Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs & Ham! Some things you never outgrow!
email in blogger profile.

js22 on February 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM said...

I follow your blog on google friends connect- Joanne Schultz .
email in blogger profile.

Krista on February 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM said...

I love reading! One of my recent favorites is A Thousand Splendid Suns. And my all-time favorite is The Catcher in the Rye.

Krista on February 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM said...

Following via Google. :)

Valancia on February 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM said...

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Alison on February 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM said...

I still love catcher in the rye the best

Hotsnotty2 on February 15, 2010 at 8:50 PM said...

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird, thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Tammy on February 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM said...

My favorite book is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Julie D on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM said...

Don't have a specific favorite book. Whatever is currently on my nightstand. :)
Fell in love with Janette Oke books growing up.

Cal on February 15, 2010 at 9:05 PM said...

Hard one, but I would say One hundred years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez.

brianpiero on February 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM said...

Thanks for the giveaway...My favorite book: "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham.

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

Genny on February 15, 2010 at 9:20 PM said...

1984


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Genny on February 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM said...

Following via Google Connect (Genny Heavenly)

Jake said...

One of my favorite books is a walk in the woods
telcon_2000@yahoo.com

Suzanne on February 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM said...

I have lots of Favorites Nicholas Sparks, Love YOU Forever kids book.

Aileen on February 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM said...

My favorite book is Shogun
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Aileen on February 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM said...

Follow on GFC user id Aline
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CRYSTLE TELLERDAY said...

THE BIBLE

dlhaley on February 15, 2010 at 10:45 PM said...

Jaws

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fro993 on February 15, 2010 at 11:05 PM said...

My favorite book is Rose Madder by Stephen King.

lilyk on February 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM said...

My favorite book is The Secret Garden.

Heather on February 15, 2010 at 11:14 PM said...

I love Pride and Prejudice.

Heather on February 15, 2010 at 11:14 PM said...

I follow via gfc as /\Heather/\

Kylee said...

One of my favorite books is called 'hunger games' eelyk_the_only at hotmail dot com

Mindee said...

Twilight :)

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