June 6, 2008

Win some books. With real paper pages.

[Update: The winners have been chosen.  Thanks to all of you who participated!  I loved the quotes!]

So I got an email this week from a very nice lady this week. (I’m only saying she’s nice because she’s giving me free stuff. Really, I don’t know her and she could be absolutely evil. But I’m betting she’s more on the nice side since she’s willing to give away 11 different books to five different people).

That’s right, I have some books to give away. Five of you lucky readers will win all 11 books profiled below. These would be the perfect gift for all of the fathers in your life. I do not advocate giving all 11 books to the same father. I mean, I love to read, but if you gave me all 11 of these books for Father’s Day I’d be looking for a new wife. (Kidding, Honey. Mostly.)

So, if you’re interested in winning these great books I have devised a contest. Here’s the thing: Leave a comment with your absolute favorite quote from a book. I’ll randomly choose the five winners on Sunday. In order to get the books, of course, I’ll have to email you to get your address so don’t leave a bogus email!

Good luck!


1. Living on the Black: Two Pichers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember By John Feinstein. Read an Excerpt here.

2. The Last Real Season By Mike Shropshire. Read an Excerpt

Military & History

3. Lone Survivor By Marcus Luttrell. Chapter Excerpt * Available in Audio format

4. A Tale of Two Subs By Jonathan McCullough. Watch the Video View Photo Gallery

5. A Terrible Glory By James Donovan. Chapter Excerpt

6. The Training Ground By Martin Dugard. Read an Excerpt


7. The Film Club By David Gilmour. Chapter Excerpt


8. The Whole Truth By David Baldacci. Read an Excerpt * Available in Audio format

9. Child 44 By Tom Smith. Visit Child44book.com Read a Chapter Excerpt * Available in Audio format

10. The Adventures of Slim & Howdy By Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn. Read an Excerpt

For Father’s-to-be:

11. The Dudes’ Guide to Pregnancy By Bill Lloyd , Scott Finch.


  1. Wow, books with real pages?!? Very interesting.

    “I don’t even know what I was running for – I guess I just felt like it.” ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

    Comment by RubiaLala — June 6, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  2. “Time passes and the pain begins to roll in and out as though it’s a woman standing at an ironing board, passing the iron back and forth, back and forth across a white tablecloth.”

    from The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger pg. 402, love love LOVE this book

    Comment by Geena — June 6, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  3. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

    the fabulous Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. I love that book.

    Comment by Trish — June 6, 2008 @ 10:22 am

  4. “When a man turns a blessing from his door, it falls to them as take it in.”

    Silas Marner in Silas Marner, by George Eliot. It’s a classic novel, but such a short, simple one that even a young teenager can read it and “get” it. It’s still one of my favorites.

    Comment by Deanna — June 6, 2008 @ 11:16 am

  5. “–true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that.”

    from The Princess Bride by William Goldman

    Comment by Andi — June 6, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  6. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

    from Horton Hears a Who, Dr Seuss. Now that I have my own little ones with their own distinct personalties, this hits home more than ever before.

    Comment by Nicole — June 6, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  7. It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.

    A Christmas Carol – Dickens

    Comment by Shugbear — June 6, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  8. “My mother is a fish.”

    Faulkner, from As I Lay Dying
    A kid’s simple logic: Mother is dead. Fish is dead. Mother = fish.

    I was completely thrown by this one line chapter when I read the book, and somehow it is the one quote I remember best.

    Comment by PA — June 6, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  9. Books! I can’t resist the opportunity to win books! Thank you! And this is my favorite part of To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee):

    “You know something, Scout? I’ve got it all figured out, now. … There’s four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes.”…

    ”Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

    Comment by debra — June 6, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  10. “Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery — this one gets me through the terrible twos (and threes!)

    Comment by K and J's mom — June 6, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

  11. Oh my goodness, someone beat me to “My mother is a fish.” aka the shortest chapter in literature.

    “…James James Morrison’s Mother put on a golden gown, James James Morrison’s mother drove to the end of the town. James James Morrison’s mother said to herself, said she: I can get right down to the end of the town and be back in time for tea…” (and the whole rest of the poem, too)

    - Disobedience by A.A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

    Comment by Kizz — June 6, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  12. “A child only pours herself into a little funnel or into a little box when she’s afraid of the world—when she’s been defeated. But when a child is doing something she’s passionately interested in, she grows like a tree—in all directions. This is how children learn, how children grow. They send down a taproot like a tree in dry soil. The tree may be stunted, but it sends out these roots, and suddenly one of these little taproots goes down and strikes a source of water. And the whole tree grows.”
    ~John Holt~ Learning All the Time

    Comment by Angela — June 6, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

  13. “When I wake up in the morning I say, ‘Hi, good-looking!’”
    ~ I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
    We have a 2 year old – this books makes all of us smile and feel good about ourselves. Fun,fun illustrations!

    Comment by Angie — June 7, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  14. No, my webs were no miracle, Wilbur. I was only describing what I saw. The miracle is you.
    Charlotte’s Web

    Comment by Grandmother — June 7, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

  15. Yay – books!!

    “I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”

    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

    Comment by Julia — June 7, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

  16. “oh god, all the daddy bloggers got books to give away” by me

    Comment by ByJane — June 7, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  17. There are SO SO SO many quotes..Here is one:

    “It was so simple that a flash of astonishment that felt like pain shot through her head. Education! That was it! It was education that made the difference! Education would pull them out of the grime and dirt.”

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    Comment by mp — June 9, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  18. “… I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering it things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.”

    from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    Comment by teresa — June 9, 2008 @ 11:44 am

  19. Long time reader, first time commenter! :) From Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet:”

    And let your best be for your friend.
    If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
    For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
    Seek him always with hours to live.

    Comment by Elaine C. — June 9, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  20. “It’s not just the Marines and the family who need to see it. Society needs to see it. Over and over and over. Because we need to remember. This nation’s at war, and we’re all a part of it, and we need to share it.”

    ~ U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Steve Beck, about Remembering the Brave ceremonies that award medals to Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died

    ~ Final Salute by Jim Sheeler

    Comment by Becky — June 9, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

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