Wednesday, June 16, 2010

100 Sparks & A Giveaway

I'd like to take a moment to say THANK YOU. I'm talking to you all my lovely friends, readers, blog buddies & such. This is post #100 for my blog & it's been so much fun to spend time with you all in this way. I love meeting new people & exchanging comments, I love when a friend unexpectedly references something & I never even knew they were reading along, & I love when those 2 worlds collide. It makes my days better & that's why I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for tagging along on this silly little adventure of putting it all out there in print.

So when exactly do those 2 worlds collide, the blog friends & the locals? Times when we can all participate in something together... times like A GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate 100 Heya, Sparky! posts I crafted a little something special for you. It may look like a kid's craft but it's made with love & I hope you find it practical. I'm giving away a personal library set which includes:

  • 20 "From the Personal Library of" pocket bookplates with space for recommended return dates

  • 20 inserts so you can track where your books are traveling & when you expect them to make their way home to you

  • 1 rubber date-stamp, a necessity for any librarian

  • 1 book-box to house your kit & sit pretty on your shelf

How to Enter:

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post recommending a good book to read. It helps me building my reading list, let's me know you a little better, & maybe you'll pick up a good read from someone else. The winner will be picked at random & posted on Monday.

I look forward to hearing from you all! And in the meantime I'll be daydreaming about my some-day future home library like this one.... Mmmmmmm....


  1. I recommend "Love Walked In" by Marisa de los Santos. When someone recommended it to me, I was a little iffy because it's not my kind of read - but it is really good! (: There's also the classic pieces that never get old like "Love in the time of Cholera" and "Wuthering Heights." Let me know if you want to borrow anything!

  2. The Little Prince. Children's book. You would looooove it.

  3. I recommend "The Great Divorce"...oh've already read that one. I would have to recommend "The Leader who is Hardly Known" to anyone looking to further develop their leadership skills! And "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac.

  4. I just read "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamante. The main character, Dinah, is mentioned once in the Bible in Jacob's genealogy; she is Jacob's only daughter. The book has some historical accuracies, but Dinah's story is totally fiction. It is definitely a book for women. I enjoyed it! Sonja is reading it now, but I'd be happy to lend it out to anyone after her.

  5. I'd Recommend "A Thousdand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. He's the same author that wrote "The Kite Runner," which I borrowed from you to listen to on CD and never returned! Sorry! By the way...would you like that back? He he.

  6. I just finished The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb-- fantastic story line about "surviving" tragic circumstances-- sometimes survival is the hardest part...In depth character development and v. well-written. I'd recommend any of his books-- She's Come Undone & I Know This Much Is True.

  7. I had to take some time on this, cause I never read. :P

    Justin and I adore Sherlock Holmes. My favorites are "A Study in Scarlet" and "Hound of the Baskervilles"

    Unfortunately, that's all I can come up with now. If I think of something more fabulous, I'll let you know. :)

  8. I am not in this to win, but I wanted to recommend a book. It's a nutrition/fitness/lifestyle book called "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson. In a nutshell, basically goes against conventional wisdom about nutrition/fitness/cholesterol/etc... An easy read and not too technical.

  9. first of all - you should become my friend on (a 'virtual bookshelf' that you can list all books you've read or want to read and look at other's and read revies and send messages etc.... excellent time waster!)

    second of all - unemployment has given me way too many to know where to begin...

    "My Enemy's Cradle" - Sara Young (historical fiction about how Natzi's would get arian woman pregnant and take the babies to raise them as future soldiers -in the novel a jewish girl is hiding out within one of these pregnancy homes)

    "Publish this Book" - Stephen Markley (a funny, sometimes foul humored, sometimes heartwarming memoir about a guy trying to publish the very book he's writing - also about friendship and love and also happens to be written by a friend of Neils!!)

    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" - Mary Anne Shaffer (written as a series of letters about a group of people that used books to get them through WWII on a small occupied channel island - sweet story about unlikely friendships and rebuilding after war - very well written and light despite subject matter)

    "Unbearable Lightness of Being" - Milan Kundera (throwing this in because it's one of my all time favorites - it's a lot of philosophy about life and love woven through fictional love stories - takes place in Prague)

    "Slaughter House Five" - Kurt Vonnegut (its kind of strange, yes, but in my humble opinion, the metaphors in this book are the most beautiful arguments for peace i've ever heard)

    so there's some variety (don't know what you're in the mood for) - since i won the last give away i think i should be exempt - but i own all of these books and many many more (you have shoes, i have books, piles and piles of books) please come over and borrow some!

  10. You may have read it already, but I'm currently reading "1984"... I never read it before - ugh so good... Some other recent favs: I love C.S. Lewis's "Till We Have Faces" and Rob Bell's "Sex God". If you are up for some fun children's fantasy novels, try the "Redwall" series by Brian Jacques (fighting warrior mice and squirrels!). And to go along with the Stephen King vein, I like his epic "Dark Tower" series (think wild west meets Lord of the Rings, with some weird parallel universe stuff). And "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is great for a cerebral road trip. Don't count me in the giveaway, I just like sharing books. :)


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