75 Years of Penguin Winner

Thank you to all who entered the contest to win a gorgeous edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I asked that entrants share their favorite book from this list…and I loved reading the replies. I thought I would share with you a wrap up post from that question before announcing the winner.

Some people could not pick just one. Here are the favorites picked by entrants to this contest and WHY they picked them:

Eat,Pray,Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

“[…]  for making me examine some of the things about myself I’m not satisfied with…” (Becky @ Page Turners)

Lady Chatterleys Lover by D.H. Lawrence

“[…] for being so unapologetically raunchy and honest about sexual attraction.” (Becky @ Page Turners)

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (chosen by 2 readers)

At Home in Mitford touched me in so many ways. I read the entire series twice, recommended it to friends, and wished that my town had a “Father Tim”. He is the kind of minister that organized religion needs – loving, forgiving, flawed, believable.” (Lindymc)

I’ve read Jan Karon’s whole series and they among the most charming books I’ve ever read. I just love Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia. It’s like reading about your own neighborhood & the folks next door.” (JHS @ Colloquium)

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

It was assigned to me in college, and it was the first book that I read there that I just knew I would love forever. Auster is such a tremendous author that the mystery seemed like more than a mystery-if that makes any sense. It took me in, and I couldn’t get enough.” (Jennifer @ Girls Gone Reading)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (picked by 3 readers)

The characters were richly drawn and I loved the generational dynamics.” (Darcy Odden)

I read it about 5 years ago but I still remember the book. The characters are so memorable.” (Ramya @ Ramya’s Bookshelf)

I read it at a time when I was really struggling with the relationships that each of my sisters and I have with my Mother–it helped –i think it took some pressure off me–helped me appreciate our differences and how they impacted our relationships.” (Darcy B)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (chosen by 2 readers)

I figured I’d read a classic on a whim and got intimidated by the length and language at first, but after a couple of chapters it pretty much became my favorite.” (Kulot Funa)

I would enjoy reading it again some time.” (Hope @ Fossi Lize)

Chocolat by Joanne Harris (chosen by 3 readers)

I absolutely adore this story. There is something in the writing that just touches the soul. And I do love the way chocolate can solve all problems!!” (Michelle Henninger)

It always makes me think that life goes on no matter what difficulties you must face.” (avalonne83)

It is just a good story with a lot of wonderful characters that seem to come to life as you read.” (Mia J)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (chosen by 3 readers)

I loved Shadow of the Wind.” (Alyce @ At Home With Books)

“[…] moody and dark and thrilling.” (Kristen M @ We Be Reading)

It is unique and memorable.” (Ruth)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

“[…] dramatic and the characters are brilliant.” (Kristen M @ We Be Reading)

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fjorde

“[…] witty and smart and holds up on every re-read.” (Kristen M @ We Be Reading)

The Odyssey by Homer (chosen by 2 readers)

“[…] a wonderful piece of foundation literature.” (Kristen M @ We Be Reading)

It was the first book I read in High School that real got me into loving books. My English teacher loaned me his copy and I was hooked.” (Jason)

Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

It’s an excellent chronicling of the CIA’s involvement in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion through September 10, 2001, and makes a valuable contribution to understanding how and why Islamic Fundamentalists came to direct their jihad against the U.S. It won the Pulitzer Prize, and of course, more importantly, I gave it a 5/5!” (Rhapsody in Books)

On Beauty by Zadie Smith (chosen by 2 readers)

“[…] it is a beautifully-written, witty story about a British/American mixed-race family who clashes over their different values, dad being a professor with very conservative values while some of his children are becoming quite liberal in their thinking. Dad cannot understand this and doesn’t know how to deal with it. His wife has other things on her mind and seems to understand the children better. The theme and nature of beauty is addressed as well in a captivating way as are the ethnic and cultural differences within the family. The characters are strong, flawed and very real and the story is so interesting it made me think about how different family members can be from one another as well as how the things we do for ourselves can be interpreted differently by others who we love and have a terrible impact on them even though we never intended it. Fortunately sometimes the impact is great too!” (Amy @ The House of the Seven Tails)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I just love the timelessness of this love story.” (Wendy @ It’s Really Only a Purple World)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

It is one of the greatest love stories. Wuthering Heights is almost a part of England’s cultural mythology! However, it is one of the best not just in English literature but also European and now even Asian(I can say that cause am an Indian and all book-lover friends have this on their book-shelves)” (Ketan Kundargi)

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

“[…] wonderful character study about people and places that merges two stories, past and present. And, of course, Stegner is a truly great writer.” (Lori L @ She Treads Softly)

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

I read it when it first came out. I had a hard time finding it and when I did it was in a funky indie bookstore which quickly became my favorite book store in Montana. The book is well written, almost in novel form.
The book was what started me on the path to reading mostly non-fiction. It remains one of my favorite books because it taught me nonfiction can be as much fun to read as fiction and because it led me to that wonderful indie bookstore I came to love.
” (Sari @ The View From Sari’s World)

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Its such a good book because it shows what love is really about and how even though just because a baby has down syndrome that it still deserves to be loved by someone, its a really touching book.” (Amanda Sue)

Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

Coetzee is simply one of the finest writers of our time. Being someone with a strong interest in the affairs of contemporary sub-Saharan Africa, I turn to Coetzee again and again to give me another way of understanding relationships and ways of life in post-Apartheid South Africa.” (Ellie)

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

“[…] because it is such an inspiring story. It makes me want to go out and volunteer to change the world!” (Kerrie Mayans)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

When I was in high school I fell in love with a guy and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass as the same time. To me they are still intricately intertwined.” (Shel772)

Collapse by Jared Diamond

“[…] though I think his book Guns, Germs and Steel is an even finer work.” (TJ)

What a great list of books!

And now, here is the winner of the contest (chosen randomly using Random.org)…

CONGRATULATIONS to Lori L from She Treads Softly

Lori, I’ll be dropping you an email today – please respond to that with your snail mail so I can forward it to Penguin who will send you your book!

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  1. Congratulations Lori!

    • Lori L on August 7, 2010 at 10:39

    Thank you so much, Wendy! I’m truly excited! I’m going to give the book to a nephew who loves to read. When I ask him for a list of what he’d like for his birthday or Christmas, he always gives me a list of books. He’ll cherish it.

  2. Congratulations Lori! Enjoy the book!

    • Serena on August 17, 2010 at 09:24

    Congrats to the winner

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