Bury Me in Books and I’ll Be Happy {Another Giveaway!}

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Giveaway is over! The lucky winner is #9, my (in-real-life) friend Megan! YAY! I can go deliver them in person. 🙂

Maybe one or two times in my blog’s existence, I’ve mentioned that I like to read. Or, um, 22. Which is how many posts I have labeled “books.”

My mom claims I taught myself to read around age 4. I don’t think I’ve removed my nose from a book since then. I am ALWAYS reading something. In first grade, it was Little House in the Big Woods and Ramona books. In college, I was buried under classics and modern masterpieces for my English major. Since graduating, I’ve enjoyed being able to pick out my own books again. I read just about everything, with my favorites being Christian fiction, memoirs, and contemporary fiction (I don’t know what else to classify it as–authors like Maeve Binchy, Anne Tyler, and Jodi Picoult).

I review books for BookLoons, and it’s been so fun to receive books in advance of their publication and have somebody care about my opinion. Recently, I’ve been on a major Christian fiction kick and I’m excited to have three great books to give away in that genre! I received all of these to review from the fine folks at WaterBrook Press.

Never the Bride is quirky in that it’s based on the screenplay for a movie, not the other way around! Cheryl McKay wrote the screenplay, and Rene Gutteridge did the novelization. It’s about a young woman who’s obsessed with the idea of marriage. When God comes to her in physical form, her deep-rooted beliefs come to the forefront and she’s faced with the choice to let go or not know what God might have for her.

Robin Jones Gunn is my favorite author ever. Her Glenbrooke series is wonderful comfort reading for me, and I loved the Christy Miller series way past when it was really age-appropriate (it’s a teen series). The Sisterchicks series is a little more hit-or-miss for me, but I thought this one–Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes–was great! OhAmanda did a wonderful review of it on her blog I’ll let you read. (My favorite is still Sisterchicks Do the Hula, though.)

I might be on a little bit of a Rene Gutteridge kick lately. This year, I’ve read several of her books. This is the second one I’ve read for review in this series, although it’s the first in the Occupational Hazards series (does that make sense?). Scoop tells the tale of Channel 7 news, a station in decline trying to save itself through Botox, new anchors, and interesting stories. But as stories start to criss-cross and a lead anchor goes missing, the station goes crazy, leaving only serene Hayden Hazard to keep everyone under control–and prayed for.

I’m so excited to have these three books to give away to one lucky reader as part of my Blog-a-Versary party! (US & Canada only please, and if you don’t have your e-mail linked to your Blogger comment thing, PLEASE leave it in your comment.) To enter, just leave me a comment with the title of the last book you read and if you liked it or not.

I’ll pick a winner on Saturday, July 18, around 3 p.m. CST.

31 thoughts on “Bury Me in Books and I’ll Be Happy {Another Giveaway!}

  1. ooh ooh…i want them. Can your mom enter?
    The last book I read was "Let Them Eat Fruitcake" by Melody Carlson. It is in the Bloomberg Place series. They are about 4 roommates sharing a home owned by one of them. Kendal is VERY worldy and I'm pretty sure based on Paris Hilton. The others are Leilani, Megan, and Anna. All young, career woman. I'm currently reading the 3rd book in the series, "Spring Broke" which I paid full price for at the Christian bookstore so you know I must like them!

  2. Hey Jessie-don't know if you remember me from your old book club. I ran across your link on some random blog and checked it to see if it was anyone I knew.

    I would love to read these books! We seem to have similar reading interests – Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler is one of my all time fave books!

    I am currently reading The Friday Night Knitting Club and I love it so far … about halfway through. The last book I actually finished was Loved Walked In by Marisa de los Santos. It was good enough to recommend to other readers, but not one of my favorite books.


  3. I found your giveaway through blogsweeps!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read christian fiction. But, 3 little girls and a busy life have kept me from reading lately. I love Karen Kingsbury, Kristen Heitzmann and Lori Wick…

    Would love to give these authors a try!

  4. The last book I read was New Moon. I think. Is that the second one? Shows how impressed I was 😉 Now I'm reading a book for a review. I used to do a lot of book reviews, but lost my groove with the end of pregnancy. So I'm trying to tackle the backlog now!!

  5. I'm kinda sad to admit this, but the last book I finished was the last Twilight book. It was meh. My energy to read books has been zapped since having my daughter. My husband got a Kindle for Christmas though, and right now I'm rereading Pride and Prejudice on it. I also have the Camel Club books stacked next to my bed to read. I think I'm in the middle of the second one of those right now too.

    I was such a big reader as a kid- the Little House on the Praire books and I were bffs. But that love of reading fell to the wayside until I went to law school. Then I became really excited when I would have a few minutes to read anything other than law books/cases/briefs/statutes, that I started reading for fun again. I really need to pick it back up.

  6. The last book I read all the way through was "Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression," by Brooke Shields. I liked it.

  7. I like Rene Gutteridge a lot! I've read the Occupational Hazards series, and those characters are so quirky!

  8. These look like great books and I always love reading your reviews.

    The last book I finished was Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. It's a book I've read twice before and really enjoyed. His bluntness and narrating are sometimes brash and borderline offensive, but anyone who has ever worked in any sector of the food-service industry will recognize his words as the truth.

    I'm off to the library today to figure out what I'll be reading next. I believe I'll see if there are any Lori Wick books I haven't read.

  9. Ooooh! A book giveaway? YAY!

    Last book i read:
    The Friday Night Knitting Club

    It was good enough, but nothing outstanding in my opinion. Very predictable.

  10. The last book I read was "Love the One You're With" by Emily Giffin. I'm reading a couple books on grief, and finally "The Shack" right now.

  11. These all look really good. The last book I read was Finger Lickin' Fifteen. It was a pretty good summer read, but I'm starting to think Stephanie Plum needs to evolve just a bit. Same old, same old after 15 stories and a few in-betweens is tough.

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  12. OOO I just finished two books. One in the car and one as a hardback…Sisterchicks in Sombreros was the one I listened to in the car and Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel was the hardback. Both were good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Hi! I just finished reading "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles" and it was a very interesting in-depth look at the history of Chinese food.I also just finished "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and it was the most inspirational book I've ever read. Thank you very much!

  14. Hmmm…I think the last book that I actually finished was Twilight. Can't say that I was a huge fan. Compelling story, but really poorly written. Stephenie Meyer uses waaaaaaaay too many dashes.

  15. Hello, I found your site via MoneySavingMom. The last book I read was a non fiction book, called Foreign to Familiar, by Sarah Lanier. Excellent (quick)read! I'm an avid reader, and my favorite author of all time is Francine Rivers. Anyway, thanks for this offer!

    Jenni Stearns

  16. I just finished "Lovely Girls" It was wonderful and I could not put it down. I got it from paperback swap, a new website I discovered and LOVE!!! Try it if you haven't.


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  17. I am almost done with Wally Lamb's book, "The Hour I First Believed." Love, love, love Wally Lamb. his first two books, "She's Come Undone" and "I Know this Much is True" are two of my favorites of all time.
    I love all of John Irving's books also.

    The shopaholic series has always made me laugh.

  18. Please tell me you've read Francine Rivers books if you like Christian fiction. She's my absolute favorite. And my #1 favorite out of all of her book is Redeeming Love – her first Christian fiction book. Amazing. Anyway, in my attempts to not be enveloped in the consumerism that surrounds a new baby, I'm well into reading Baby Bargains (8th edition, hot off the press) currently. I tote it everywhere and then periodically update/change my registry if I discover I've registered for something I really could do without. I know babies come with a lot of stuff, but I'd like to limit that stuff as much as possible to things I really need! 🙂

  19. Hmmm.. the last book I read was The Key to Zion by Bodie and Brock Thoene. I just read through the Zion Covenant and Chronicles for the second time. It was a good read!

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  20. The last book I read was The Yada Yada Prayer Group. I loved it! It got me psyched for attending a MOPS conference this fall.


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  21. The last book I read was "A Lady of High Regard" by Tracie Peterson. It's in the Ladies of Liberty series, and is Christian romance based in Philadelphia in the early 1800's…sooo good!

  22. The last book I reas was Shingle Sashimi (I bthink I spelled it right) the 3rd in a series by Camy Tamg and it was good.

  23. Girl – I'm bringing you a couple of books to Margarit-Her (I'd love for you to review them if you want to). I think you will like them very much.

  24. I love to read and like you always seem to have my nose in a book. The last book I read was Red Helmet by Homer Hickman and I highly recommend it. My sister recommended it to me, but gave the same warning that I will give that it starts slow but stay with it because it will be worth it.

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