Happy Sunday, all. Today is the first day since last Sunday that I literally have nowhere to be, and the first day in several months with no obligations of any kind (that I'm aware of yet). So how should I celebrate? By announcing the winners of my Barnes and Noble gift card giveaway.
First of all, thanks so much to all who entered! I had 27 total entrants, so I will round my donation to Room to Read up to an even $30. This money will go toward child education and literacy in Africa and Asia, so thank you very much for your support!
Now, for the fun part. There are three winners. The first is the winner of a $30 Barnes and Noble gift card; the other two each win a $15 gift card.
The winner of the $30 gift card is...
Terri of Reading, Writing, and Retirement!
And the winners of the $15 gift cards are...
Rebecca of Rebecca Reads!
Brittanie of A Book Lover!
Congratulations to all three of you. I will email you all later this afternoon to get your mailing addresses, but I don't anticipate that I will get anything in the mail until after Christmas.
On a completely different note, I've only managed to finish reading one book this week, but it was something of an accomplishment for me. Alias Grace has been on my shelves for a long time (five years), and I started reading it when I got it, only to be distracted (if I remember correctly, I was going through a period of serious depression at that time, so I didn't really have the ability to concentrate on anything). And so the book remained on my shelves for five years, just waiting to be read. So I started over earlier in the fall, and took my time with it. And now I've read it, and I enjoyed it a lot. My review is at Reading and Ruminations 2.0.
What about you? Do you have any books that have lingered on your shelf for years? And when you read them, was it worth the wait?
Since finishing that, I've moved on to American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. I've had it since it came out, but haven't had the chance to start it before now. It's turning out to be a pretty quick read for me. My goal is to finish it before Christmas, and then after Christmas I'm going to try to read two quick, easy books so I can reach my 50 book goal.
Also, next week's Sunday Salon will be the last post made here on the original Reading and Ruminations. You'll be able to find all my posts in 2009 at the new home of Reading and Ruminations on Wordpress. The link is: http://readingandruminations.wordpress.com/
Have a great Sunday!