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Housekeeping

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This post unintentionally inspired a guessing game, because I chose a picture that was too small.  For those of you who are still curious, the book was Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson.  And the winner is Word Lily. Yay!!!!!

I started the book a couple of weeks ago.  By page 18 I realized I didn’t have the patience to work my way through the dense (although lyrical) prose.  So off it goes to a new reader.

Congrats to Word Lily…please send me your address?

A little more housekeeping (ha, ha)…

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A belatedly huge thank you to whoever nominated me for BBAW awards.  I received nominations for Best Community Builder (not really sure why, on that one), Most Humorous/Funny Blog, Best Literary Fiction Blog, and Most Eclectic Taste.  Thank you, thank you, thank you…the nominations warmed the cockles of my heart.  And made my day.

So as a way to say thanks and I love you too, I’m going to give away my copy of one of my favoritist books of the year.  I raved about it yesterday, and would love for one of you to read it.  All you have to do to get your name in the running is tell me what your favorite book (so far) of the year is.

Also.  Have you seen this?!?  And have I told you that I’m planning a trip to Croatia next May/June?  Wah!!

21 comment(s):

farmlanebooks said...

I struggled my way to the end of Housekeeping and it didn't improve, so I sympathise.

My favourite book of the year so far is Hunger Games (it was only released here in the UK this year) I am really looking forward to Catching Fire! I think Her Fearful Symmetry may top them both though.

wordlily said...

Thank you, thank you! I hope I like Housekeeping better than you (and FarmLaneBooks) did. Email sent.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Any particular reason for Croatia? My husband wants to go there!

My favoritist book so far is "If You Come Softly" by Jacqueline Woodson (YA book).

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Literate Housewife said...

My favoritist book this year has been Foreign Tongue. I had to struggle between that and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - but TGWTDT wasn't released this year, so that made my life so much easier. Fhew! Thanks so much for the contest. I've got my fingers crossed. I was thinking yesterday after I read that post that it was a shame you couldn't submit that for your BBAW awards. Maybe next year?

I am excited for your trip to Croatia!

bermudaonion said...

Congratulations on your nominations! My favorite book so far this year has been The School of Essential Ingredients. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

beastmomma said...

I have not read much this yesr, but my two favorite books so far are:
Who by Fire: http://beastmomma.squarespace.com/from-shelf-to-hand/2009/4/26/who-by-fire.html

and

When the Emperor Was Divine: http://beastmomma.squarespace.com/from-shelf-to-hand/2009/2/22/when-the-emperor-was-divine.html

Florinda said...

I don't think I'll be making it to the convention either (if it happens). I already have two trips to NYC in the the works next year as it is.

I've read some very good books so far this year, but if I have to pick the one favorite, it would be The Uncommon Reader. I just loved that one.

Anna said...

Congrats on the nominations!

My favorite book so far this year...that's a hard one. I think it's a tie between Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly and An Obsolete Honor by Helena P. Schrader.

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Ti said...

My fave read this year did not come out this year.. The Shadow of the Wind although I am reading Angel's Game now (thanks to you) and that may end up being my fave.

Melanie said...

I haven't been in any hurry to read Housekeeping yet. I wasn't crazy about Gilead. My favorite book so far this year is probably Reliable Wife. But The Help is next on my to read list and that is getting such good reviews.

Paula said...

My favorite read so far has to be Seen the Glory by John Hough Jr. Really good read about the civil war.
Congrats on all your nominations. I follow your blog thru bloglines.

Ramya said...

Congrats on all those nominations! I hope you win!:) My favorite book this year is "The White Tiger". I read it early this year and that's still the first book that comes to mind!

ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

Valerie said...

I take it you mean favorite book "read" this year rather than "published" this year...if so, my favorite book read would definitely be "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri. In fact you got me going and writing a blog post about it :-)!

Your favorite book looks like a fascinating read and if I don't win, I'm still planning to read it sometime.

Croatia...wow. those will be interesting blog posts for sure!

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on your nominations, Jill!

No need to enter me in the giveaway, as my tbr rules don't allow it :P

It's too bad you'll miss the convention, but Croatia!

Kaye said...

Wow! Congrats on all your nomimations.

It's hard to pick one because there have been some phenomenal books this year but I'm going to go with Summer House by Nancy Thayer.

Melody said...

Congrats on all your nominations, Jill!!!

Well, I can't decide just one favourite read because there're just too many! I guess I'll name two: The Hunger Games and The Ghost Writer.

Care said...

Wordlily SO deserves it - since she guessed which book and everything. Congrats on the noms! :)
and I so want to commit to the bookbloggingconvention, I do , I do! eeeks.

Care said...

oh! best book of the year?! I think I have to say The Book Thief. I'm actually considering it for a re-read already. and I NEVER do that.

Veens said...

wowwwwwwwwww! I will VOTE for you JILL! You are my fav!!!!!!

jeez! do you think I said that so that i could extra points for your giveaway!!! NO! Don't think like that :D :D

But seriously I am so glad you are nominated :)

enter me for the giveaway! i m sure i will like the book you like! and it is a very great thing you are doing... if a book is my fav, i will cling to it till eternity :D

lilly said...

Congratulations on so many great nominations which are all greatly deserved.
I think you will love Croatia. From what I heard from people who went there, it's architecture and atmosphere reminds them of ancient Greece.

Wrighty said...

Congrats on your awards noms!! You are very deserving and I always enjoy your blog! I'm behind on my blogging and need to visit more. I did update my subscription so I wouldn't miss anything though!

I've read so many good books lately. I recently finished Santa Olivia and really enjoyed it. I was surprised that something that seemed so bleak could have such interesting characters.

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