Monday, June 11, 2012

Contest: Stories That Stirred Your Soul

For me, reading brings enormous pleasure.  Walking into a bookstore can be overwhelming.  First, I search for my favorite authors wondering if I've missed the fruits of their labors.  Next, off to what's new on the bookshelf.  I'm a kid in a candy store and I don't want to leave.  After scouring the shelves, I sit in the cafe and savor what's to come.  What's the story?  What does it promise?  Is there a tug from deep down inside telling me this is THE one.  I keep one eye peeled on the time honoring my curfew, but hope time stretches.

My e-reader sits in my handbag.  It saves me time and money; however, as old-fashioned as it may sound, sometimes my hands yearn to hold a book.  Perhaps turning the pages heightens the anticipation of what comes next.  Please don't get me wrong, my e-reader works like crazy.  It's my right arm.  For me, the digital or the printed book are merely containers.  Ones that house the precious gift of story.  I'm flexible to a certain extent.  Lately, my reading time has been few and far between, but I manage a little in the evening or the wee morning hours.

So, I'm hosting a contest to answer a simple question:  What's stories have you read recently that stirred your soul, gave you a different life perspective and opened your heart?  The story that awakened your soul, pulled at your heartstrings, hurt to stop reading, and left you wanting more after the final page.  Yeah, THAT book. 

What do I need to do? Simple.  Leave a comment including the title, author, and what the story means to you.

What do I win?:  A $25.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble.  (BTW, I saving the gift card  that I received from a friend for Jon Katz' newest release this August.)

What if I don't have a B & N in my area:  I believe you can use the card to order online.

When does the contest begin?:  Now

When does the contest end?:  Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Midnight

How will the winner be selected:  The winner will be selected at random using a randomizer. 

When will you announce the winner?:  I'll announce the winner on Thursday, June 21, 2012 (my parents' 64th Wedding Anniversary.)

How do I know if I won?:  I'll contact the winner via email & on this blog.  You  must send me your address at that time in order to send the card to you via USPS.  Winner has 7 days to claim their prize; if he/she doesn't respond, another winner will be chosen.

I'm looking forward to learning about some inspired reading.  At the end of the day, we'll have developed a pretty great summer reading list!

More to come...


  1. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter is my all time favorite book. I'm a cat lover and this story is so sweet and inspiring. I even cried at the end. Debbie gussek at hotmail dot com


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