Friday, January 1, 2010

January 2010 Challenge - Convince me! - CLOSED -

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Welcome to the first challenge of the new year!!! The winner of this challenge will win two bars of handmade soap from Latherati (one inspired by the winning book and another of their choosing) as well as your choice of lip luster! On to the contest...
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Abandoned books. Those books you start with the best of intentions, only to get to Chapter 2 and realize it's just not fitting to your mood at the moment. They are good books, great books even; you just need something a little lighter or maybe a little edgier.

You dog-ear page 53, close the cover and gingerly place it on your bookshelf, feeling a little bit of guilt and a touch of remorse. You eye the neighboring books on the shelf and realize that they, too, are of the abandoned book category. You tell them in a whisper that you will get back to them someday, you promise. When will that day come?

Well, for me, that day is coming soon! You, my dear reader, are going to convince me to finish one of my abandoned books! It's in your hands now...convince me which of these titles I should pick up off the shelf, dust its forlorn pages and delve into it with joy.

Are you up for it? Get ready, get set...convince me!

Should I read:
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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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There! These are the titles sadly sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for their spines to be cracked.

Contest ends January 8, 2010, 9pm Eastern time. Be sure to leave your email address so I can notify you if you win.

82 comments:

  1. You should grab A Moveable Feast off the shelf. I've never read it, but from what I've been told it's Hemingway's best work.

    ashley_c_014 at hotmail dot com

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  2. Ooh, please finish Her Fearful Symmetry. I, too, had dog-eared a book by Niffenegger and returned to it a year later and was so happy I did. I am referring to, of course, The Time Traveler's Wife. I'm sure her other book is just as good! What a great challenge! I should do the same!

    cassandrawebb82@yahoo.com

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  3. I think you should read Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. It just sounds so very interesting!

    heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

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  4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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  5. I would say The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I've never gotten into Hemingway or Hardy.

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  6. hmm, this IS tough! I would have to go with Madame Bovary because I've heard good things about it and it's a book I've always wanted to read for some time now. i'll have to check it out!

    saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Finish Madame Bovary! It's good!

    m_zuchowski@hotmail.com

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  8. What a hard choice! Had me thinking for a while but my vote is for "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Once you get going the story will captivate you and you will become totally immersed in the skillful plots. Very suspenseful, surprising and a great read!

    Kimberly
    fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

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  9. Jude the Obscure gets my vote, but all of the choices are amazing reads. One of my goals for 2010 is to read two new books per month... One for business/personal growth and one for pleasure. Thanks fo publishing this post. I'll definately browse through my collection of "abandoned" books before I buy any more.

    Happy New Year!
    ~~~Anne

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  10. I'm going with Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger - she has a nice name :)

    audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

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  11. I'd also select Her Fearful Symmetry. I really liked The Time Traveler's Wife, although this is a different type of book. Haven't read it, but have heard good things.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  12. Oh for sure, Madame Bovary..then all the others!

    stillunwed@hotmail.com

    And I was sent here from Audrey's Giveaway!

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  13. oh how awesome! i think i'd recommend Her Fearful Symmetry for starters 8) the relationships in the novel sound very intriguing and engaging (ahhh, human drama!), and it sounds to be on the interesting/uplifting side 8) a pleasant start to the new year! i would have said The Unbearable Lightness, except that it doesn't sound like a philosophical upper, tho it is very engaging too. depends on your mood, i guess!

    don't worry, i'm sure (with this selection) any choice you make will be great!

    -phrannie 8D

    http://phranne.etsy.com

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  14. I think you should read A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway. I myself have never read it but have always wanted to after hearing it quoted in the movie City of Angels.

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  15. Madame Bovary!

    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

    I came over from Audrey's giveaways.

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  16. Read A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I say this because I went to Cuba last week where apparently Hemingway spent some of his time in the hotels and bars.

    I found this through Audrey's Giveaway blog.

    ms.tmok@gmail.com

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  17. I would read The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I haven't read it, but I have heard lots of great things about it.
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  18. I say pick up that Ernest! A writer like that will never disappoint

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  19. Am thinking, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger right now. It may be the next blockbuster!

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

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  20. A Moveable Feast- I go back to this one over and over when I need a good read.

    lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

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  21. A Moveable Feast because no one can beat Hemmingway!
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  22. Read Madame Bovary. I looked it up and in a poll it was listed as one of the two greatest novels every written. It came in right behind Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, which has been dog eared on my nightstand for some time now. You read Madame Bovary and I will finish Tolstoy! Deal? :D

    laprochaine@gmail.com

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  23. Go with
    Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I heard an interview with the author on NPR and it sounds fascinating. It's sitting there waiting for me to read, too. So many books, so little time.

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  24. Madame Bovary is such a classic but deep and dark...not for light reading but worthwhile!!

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  25. I think you ought to be good.:)

    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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  26. Can I reccommend AGAINST the Kundera?? That book is awfully misogynistic to me - and I don't consider myself any kind of hardcore feminist. You can't go wrong with Hemingway!

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  27. I'm voting for Jude the Obscure.
    jacksond@nhr3.net

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  28. Hmmm...I say A Moveable Feast. My husband and I read it together which made it more fun so maybe you should find a buddy!

    stewart dot holland at gmail dot com

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  29. Go with Jude the Obscure. Hardy may be hard to get through, but his stories will stay with you forever. It is well worth the effort.
    ahartup at yahoo dot com

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  30. The Unbearable Lightness Of Being is one of my favorite books!! It is definitely worth the time to get into it. You'll find yourself disgusted and disappointed by the characters and heartbroken about things at the same time. Such a wonderful way to spend your time. (Sounds sarcastic but I mean it.)

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  31. Oh my gosh...what a great way to hold a giveaway...AND to decide what to read! I love it! Okay...I really enjoy Hemingway myself, but I'm kind of surprised a number of women (I presume, based on names) recommend him. He's really known as a 'man's man' kind of writer. BUT--*The Unbearable Lightness of Being* is one of my all-time favorite books! It's one of those books that, while reading, you'll find yourself having strange emotions, the kind that are difficult to identify. In the end you will understand the title, and I would bet that you'll never again forget it or the strange feeling or understanding it instills--the unbearable lightness of being. Please read it!! :)

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  32. Her Fearful Symetry is wonderous. It is a perfect Jan book. Its dark and funny and well written. I highly recomend it. I feel your pain. My TBR is full of "wasnt the right time" books.

    wheresmyrain at yahoo dot com

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  33. Madame Bovary - it's nearly flawless!

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  34. I would choose Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger because even though I didn't like Time Traveler Wife, I want to give her another chance! The premise of this one sounds interesting to me.

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  35. I vote for Unbearable Lightness. It seems like one of those classics that everyone should eventually read (me included). Her Fearful Symmetry got some blah reviews or else I would vote for that one. skystine at yahoo dot com

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  36. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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  37. "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is a book you can get lost in and it will certainly stir up some emotions. Read it, you won't regret it!

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  38. Madame Bovary for sure! In movies we always hear these titles of supposedly stuffy old English novels that are required in school. However, I have realized that I was required to read very few of those books, so I decided that it would be important for me to at least try as many of them as I can. It's so important to preserve world history- and that comes in many forms- like books, of course. I think Madame Bovary is a good place to start :)
    mrs.may1013@yahoo.com

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  39. I'm going to vote for Madame Bovary - it was a tie between Hemingways, "A movable feast" (...for Paris is a movable feast", such a lovely quote!) but as Gustave Flaubert was well known for always looking for "le mot juste", you cannot go wrong with this novel!
    'Affairs to escape the banalities of provential life' (quoted from Wikipedia, I like how they have phrased that) It's colorful, raunchy, somewhat sadistic. I can identific with Emma to a certian point, I think we all look to escape plain & boring, by investing in a more romanticized view of how things happened, or how they could be, but with Emma, she obviously threw it all away on her fantasies, leading her to the point of no return. This is a fabulous novel, if you STILL don't choose to read it just yet - at some point make sure to pick this classic up, it's absolutely beautifully written, the details are what you need to pay close attention too - much like Anna Karenina, there is some symmetry between the small & mundane and that mirroring (somewhat) the emotional stand of the character. I've gone on enough - but my vote again: MADAME BOVARY!

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  40. sorry, I forgot to add my email addess with my last comment.

    kolobstar@gmail.com
    there! :D

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  41. A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemmingway. I love that book! I should read some of the others on your list too.....

    Voodookitten @ tx dot rr dot com

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  42. Read Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - it's a classic! Thanks for the chance.
    I came over from Audrey's Giveaways.
    Kelly - dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. You should read the Unbearable Lightness of Being. He writes beautifully and the story is wonderful.

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  44. hmmm, Madame Bovary! Maybe I'll read it alongside you!

    Great giveaway idea! Now, which books do I have unfinished?

    My email addy is on the sidebar of my blog! Thank you!

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  45. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

    Anything by Hemingway must be worth the first read of the new year!

    kevindormer at hotmail dot com

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  46. You should pick Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. It will probably be a great book since The Time Traveler's Wife was so good.

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

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  47. This is such an easy one! You should read "Madame Bovary," no doubt about it. I read it ages ago while still in high school (not required, just because the plot sounded so interesting). It didn't disappoint! She's an intriguing character. The affairs--though doomed--are very sexy. And her suicide is easily one of the most famous in all of literature. There's something remarkable about the aftertaste the book leaves too...it's just so well done. It never feels trite though it's so tragic. It's completely satisfying, and that's something that personally makes or breaks a reading experience for me.

    When you finish, you can rent some of the movie adaptations (with the others book possibilities you don't have the option since there none yet!).

    Plus, on a less lofty note, if you name drop the book in any conversation you immediately sound smart and well-read. Everyone's heard of "Madame Bovary" but not many have read it!

    Hope this helps & thanks for the giveaway!

    DolphinV27@aol.com

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  48. I suggest you read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I read it years ago but I remember I couldn't put it down. I saw the movie too but the book was better. Once you start it, you'll really like it.

    jenniferlehman AT rogers DOT com

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  49. the unbearable lightness of being! please!

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  50. I think you should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera because I never have and you can tell me about it! :)

    em9499 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. I'd go for 'Her Fearful Symmetry'; Award winning author, and a book that examines the fraying lives of its characters as it itself examines the frays of reality!

    ooooo I think I made that sound really good, Hope it convinces you!!! :)

    Anna
    perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

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  52. Definately Hemmingway,you can loose yourself for hours in one of his books,actually i have a couple of his books that i just might dust off myself and reread.
    rally_thade17@hotmail.com

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  53. Nothing like a little light reading :)

    I say go for Madame Bovary. Valentines day is comming up and with lots of "love" although affairs and adultery, it should help the mood and help pass winter.

    rhondastruthers at yahoo dot ca.

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  54. Oh my! You are all surely going to make this difficult for me, aren't you?? Now I want to read them all...simultaneously (but that would drive me crazy)! Yikes!

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  55. You should definitely read A Moveable Feast! It's a wonderful book. Cheers

    Heather

    theoneredhead@gmail.com

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  56. I, too, would go with Madame Bovary. Everyone else's recommendation of A Fearful Symmetry makes me want to pick it up, though! I have never read it!

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  57. I would say Her fearful symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved The time traveler's wife so I am sure this would be great also. I think I will read it!
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  58. Happy New Year! I certainly can identify with you. My vote goes for the book Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.
    Many thanks for a chance to win fabulous
    prizes. Cindi
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  59. The only one I've read (and liked) was The Unbearable Lightness of Being, so I will vote for that one.
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  60. Im in the same situation as you. Ive got a few books just sitting there on the shelf that I haven't got around to reading yet (or have started to read & have put down only to be forgotten about) I think you should read "A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway". Ive never read it myself so maybe you can do a review of it once you have read it?
    candy3181@hotmail.com

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  61. Candice, I will most definitely do a review of whatever book I choose :-)

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  62. You should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera vbarton24 at gmail dot com

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  63. You MUST read the Unbearable Lightness of Being. Not only is it HOT, but it was one of the few books that made me cry. Do NOT see the movie, though. It pales in comparison.

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  64. Hi, found you through audreys giveaways. I'd say Madame Bovary, it's very good.

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  65. Daiane Negretti
    follower: Daya, muito prazer...
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    Piracicaba-SP
    Brazil

    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, it's a classic!

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  66. My vote is for Madame Bovary - so bleak for winter!

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  67. Ok I am going to try a James Patterson ploy and tell you that if you dont read Madame Bovary, then the main character will die!!! (I have never read this book, so I dont know who dies!!!) Good luck. Let me know if its any good. I will try to read it someday!!!!

    Great Giveaway by the way!!!!

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  68. I am not sure if it gives you my email address or not. Just incase here it is


    sarahcoulsey03(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway has my vote! Hemingway's personal observations of Paris in the book still ring true today... with many of the exact places and scenes he mentioned still delighting visitors and locals so many years later. Reading those pages not only brings to life what once was, but also offers a unique glimpse at what now is... and has survived the test of time!

    writeme@heidimail.com

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  70. my vote is for A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway simply becuz i love hemingway!

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  71. I think you should start with Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy!
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

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  72. Audrey Niffenegger is great!!

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  73. jude the obscure
    nannypanpan@sbcglobal.net

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  74. I haven't read any of these so I can't tell you which one is best, but if it was me reading I think I would try Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert first. Thanks for the chance to win!

    luv2have[at]gmail.com

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  75. I think you should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. The title itself is so appealing. =)

    huggie0109@yahoo.com

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  76. Madame Bovary!

    I've not gotten through it myself....

    Tell me how it is :D

    rmaslow a@t yahoo d.ot com

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  77. i would recommend Milan Kundera. His works are full of philosophy, deep thoughts and knowledge.
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  78. Hi! I think you should read Madame Bovary ASAP. I read this book when I was in my early teens and it was fabulous. Classics are always good reads.

    PS -- I found out about you from Audrey's Give Aways.

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  79. A Moveable Feast definitely! I have a soft spot for Hemingway. : )

    Super cute stuff you've got. I'm excited about the drawing. Thanks!

    SkyBlueMorning@gmail.com

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  80. My top three choices are A Moveable Feast,
    Jude the Obscure, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The latter two are the more challenging reads, I think, with moral and political dilemmas. I typically do choose the more difficult books in the beginning of a month/year, but I always seem to loose interest somewhere in between. Which is why I think A Moveable Feast is the book to read. What better way to start off the New Year than with a light, short story about life in a more pleasant time?

    cyn.cynthiia at gmail dot com

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  81. I'd go with a classic - A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Good luck with whichever you decide.

    brc668 (at) gmail (dot) com

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