Monday, February 1, 2010

February 2010 Challenge - LOVE - CLOSED

The theme for this month's Challenge...LOVE...it's all you need.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I'm in the mood to read something romantic, a real love story...classic romance, mind you, not your mass market Harlequin(tm) (no offense intended, it's just not my bag).

Just leave a comment with your favorite romantic novel, including author. I'll use a random number generator to choose the winning book. Winner will be notified by email (so be sure to leave it in your comment!)

Winner will receive one bar of Latherati Soap Foundry handmade soap, inspired by the winning book AND another bar of their choice.

Challenge ends February 6, 2010, 9pm, EST.

40 comments:

  1. Oh man! I am so not a romantic. But..I ..must..try!

    Well, if you're willing to take a touch of fantasy in your romance, might I suggest Illusions, by Paula Volsky? It's of modern vintage, but with a very classic feel. It's got magic, royal courts, war, danger, prejudice, pathos, and the ending..well, I won't say if it's happy or not, because that's for you to find out. But it made a romance-eschewing curmudgeon like me go mushy. That's got to be good for something.

    carapacenator(at)gmail.com

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  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. An amazing classic.
    e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  3. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    Not traditional but still romantic.
    ahartup at yahoo dot com

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  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. It's so funny, and has fantasy elements to it too. I liked the movie but definitely read the book!

    lauren

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  5. My favorite? Oh so many to choose from! I think my all-time favorite is Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. It's dark and depressing overall, but the passionate and fatal romance between Catherine and Heathcliff is unbeatable! Thanks for the chance to win!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, for sure!
    Happy Valentine's!

    Lyndsay
    lyndsay@louloubell.ca

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  7. I'm sure you've read The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I don't really like romance novels. But this fiction novel has an elusive hint of forbidden romance amongst it's lucid commentary on the class system, religious judgment and the stifling manner of household hierarchy in 17th century Holland.

    http://www.LemonJitters.blogspot.com
    LemonJitters@gmail.com

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  8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, hands down.

    katiecitrowske at hotmail dot com

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  9. I hate to copy another post and say Pride and Prejudice, but it's just so romantic! skystine at yahoo dot com

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  10. NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Super Mom by Karen Rose Smith
    moiminerals@yahoo.ca

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  12. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Such an amazing book.

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  13. My favorite is The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. It's a huge book, but it's so good that I finished it pretty quickly.

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  14. Maybe the time traveler's wife. I'm not terribly romantic, so there's always got to be a catch in there (I haven't seen the movie, but I'm guessing it's probably more romantic than the book).
    katidyd at hotmail dot com

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  15. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. To know that kind of love is a blessing :)

    Angie
    rennieangie at gmail dot com

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  16. cdziuba@aol.com Love this: St. Nacho’s by Z.A. Maxfield

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  17. Hands down, Room with a View by E.M. Forster. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Mariel
    v.jungkunz at yahoo dot com

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  18. My favorite romance novel is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. An absolute classic!

    juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

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  19. Wow! There are a ton of great romantic Novels already posted.

    My favorite is The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham.

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  20. Not to copy, but my fav is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Classic :)
    Amanda
    frm_chic@hotmail.com

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  21. I like Wuthering Heights by Bronte.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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  22. Not quite a novel, but I love Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is great.

    Roxy
    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  23. Twilight (well all the books in the saga) by Stephenie Meyer

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  24. hmm well it's not quite a romantic novel but the first book that springs to mind is the Kushiel's Dart series. Politics, Love, and Societal Morals all thrown into one amazing series!

    Anna
    perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

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  25. I love the story between Leah and Anatole in The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Unconvential, but romantic in its way.

    Dora
    dorajane at gmail dot com

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  26. No brainer for me me -- Pride and Prejudice. Timeless. joleehamlin@comcast.net

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  27. Francine Rivers has a wonderful romance called "Redeeming Love". Definitely my favorite.

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  28. I guess Love Story by Erich Segal. It was simple but so sweet.

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

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  29. It's an odd choice maybe, but my favorite romantic novel is Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd. I think the hero Gabriel Oak is just the perfect man.

    If you're also looking for romantic movies, the Masterpiece Theater version of Madding is fantastic! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0157616/

    And actor Nathaniel Parker as hero Gabriel Oak is most DEFINITELY the perfect man. :)

    amysweeps at gmail dot com

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  30. How could you say no to a good old fashioned disney book. My favorite is Sleeping Beauty. I have one that I've had for years upon years and I still love it. ambrerose(at)aol.com

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  31. My favourite is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
    cass at daleking dot org

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  32. I enjoyed the The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.
    busybbee05[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au

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  33. I loved Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte!

    missibiscus at gmail dot com

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  34. When I read a romance novel I want it to be cheesy and make me smile. Nothing to serious for me :) Therefor I would have to say the Janet Evanovich romance novels would be my favorite. I can finish them in a day and they make me smile.

    nutmegnanny(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. my favorite is gone with the wind jacksond@nhr3.net

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  36. Pride and Prejudice is my favourite romance

    eva.s.black[@]gmail[.]com

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  37. Hi!

    Just wanted to let you know that I listed this giveaway on my site. (before it was over) :)

    Here's the direct link:

    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/soap-from-latherati-soap-foundry-blog.html

    If you happen to have any other internationally open giveaways, I'd love to know about them!

    Thanks,

    Ronit
    internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

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