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Birthday Giveaway Winner

First, I just wanted to mention that you can now subscribe to direct comment replies only! Thank you to Jackie from Farm Lane Books Blog for sharing her plug-in wisdom.

When I posted that I’d be giving away one of my favorite books to a reader, several people pointed out that I had the whole birthday gift thing backwards. Really, though, I’ve gotten a few things out of this giveaway. First, I get to spread one of my favorite books around, sending a copy on its way to another book lover. Who doesn’t love sharing the wealth? And second, I now have a really cool, diverse list of Erin Reads readers’ favorite books! You better believe they’re all going onto my TBR list, if I haven’t read them already. I even own a bunch of them! Here’s what people listed:

  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • Possession by A.S. Byatt (I have it!)
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein (I’ve read it!)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (I have it!)
  • Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I have it!)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (I have it!)
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (I have it!)
  • Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxie by Douglas Adams (I’ve read it!)
  • Flight by Sherman Alexie
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (I’ve read it!)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (I’ve read it!)
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (I’ve read it!)
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The House on Moon Lake by Francesca Duranti
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (I have it!)
  • The Odyssey by Homer (I’ve read it!)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (I’ve definitely read it!)
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald
  • Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Greensleeves by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (I have it!)
  • Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (I have it!)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (I have it!)

So you see? I got plenty of great birthday presents from my readers. Thanks, everyone!

And now, without further ado, the winner of my birthday giveaway is…


With that, I’m off to celebrate being a little older. I’ll get back to the blog world with a Classics Reclamation Project post and to play catch-up tomorrow. Have a wonderful day!

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  • http://www.theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com The Literary Omnivore

    Hey, giving away presents is how hobbits celebrate their birthdays—and hobbits are definitely the sort of people you want to emulate!

    Oh, Middlesex is fantastic.

    • Erin

      Good point! I’m hoping to get to Middlesex sometime this year…looking forward to it!

  • http://loveyalit.com Em (Love YA Lit)

    Happy Birthday! (I have to second Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – I listened to this one and loved it)

    • Erin

      Thank you! I’m torn between listening to and reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. On the one hand, the book is full of all kinds of un-book-like markings, which intrigues me. On the other, I’ve heard the audio is wonderful. Decisions, decisions!

  • http://zenleaf.amandagignac.com Amanda

    Have a wonderful wonderful day Erin!!!!!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • http://beloved-books.blogspot.com/ Peggy

    Have a lovely birthday!

    • Erin

      Thank you!

  • http://www.ragingbibliomania.net/ zibilee

    Congratulations Amanda! It does look like you’ve got a lot of great recommendations there, and a few of them are on my list for this year. As a matter of fact, I will be starting Dorian Gray in the next couple of days. I hope you had a really incredible birthday!

    • Erin

      I hope you enjoy Dorian Gray! I just read that one last fall and really liked it. I’m happy to have such a diverse list of highly recommended books :-)

  • http://perduedansleslivres.blogspot.com virginie

    Have a great birthday, Erin !

    • Erin

      Thanks :-)

  • http://www.derapsreads.blogspot.com Mrs. DeRaps

    So many greats here…I actually loved The Shadow of the Wind, even though it’s not my usual fare.

    • Erin

      Isn’t it a wonderful list? I have Shadow of the Wind on my shelf and would like to read it soon. Glad to have a second vote in its favor.

  • http://senior-common-room.blogspot.com Annie

    Happy Birthday. What a lovely list to take off to the bookshop with me.

    • Erin

      Isn’t it? :-) Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  • http://lifetimereadingplan.blogspot.com/ LifetimeReader

    What a terrific list. Congrats, Amanda, and happy birthday, Erin!

    • Erin

      Wonderful, isn’t it? I love the variety. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  • http://www.lifewithbooks.com Jenners

    OOhhh…nice plug-in! What is it called … I might have to check it out.

    And happy birthday ..what a great list of books!

    • Erin

      Comment Reply Notification. Enjoy! :-)

  • http://coffeeandabookchick.blogspot.com Coffee and a Book Chick

    Congratulations, Amanda!

  • http://jennysbooks.wordpress.com Jenny

    Happy birthday, and congratulations Amanda! (And read Greensleeves. For serious. It’s so great.)

    • Erin

      Thanks! Greensleeves is on my list. Except if I read it, you will no longer be the only person in the world who’s read it!

  • http://www.farmlanebooks.co.uk Jackie (Farm Lane Books)

    Happy Birthday! I’m really pleased that you managed to get the plugin working :-)

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jackie! And thank you again for your help with the plug-in. I really appreciate it!

  • http://www.lovelaughterinsanity.com Trish

    This is the problem with not bloghopping every day–you miss the chance to wish someone a happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day!!

    And funny how many of our favorites you’ve read or have already!

    • Erin

      Thanks! I did :-) I was kind of pleased to see how many reader favorites are already on my radar. It’s always nice to have added recommendations for what you’re planning to read. And I always love having new books brought to my attention!