Monday, December 9, 2013

Giveaway Day! And a Treat for Lovers of Doctor Who!

I've decided to, once again, take part in Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway day! Not only will I be giving a physical item away, I've added a bonus giveaway on my facebook page to win a $25 gift card to my shop CrankHeartPony. All you have to do for that is simply share the photo. Easy. Get something nice for yourself or that person on your list who likes pretty things.

As for the giveaway, I was simply going to ask you all to name your favorite book and if you want to say why, go ahead! Any recommendations would be great as I like to read but its hard to know what's good out there! By doing so you'll have a chance to win these adorable .... Also seen here

Little Antique Brass Bird Stud Earrings

Details: I will close off comments on Saturday at midnight, chose a winner at random, then on the following Monday, the winner will be announced and notified via email. If you choose to also do the Facebook giveaway, I will announce it and tag your name on my facebook page. If you do not respond to it, I will send you a FB message so check your "other" folder! Open to residents of planet earth.

In other news, in honor of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, I've created some ceramic Doctor Who Themed Ornaments! Which are now for sale in the shop! I have the TARDIS, Adipose, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and Daleks (daleks are in several colors).


Update: I'm loving all the book suggestions! Keep it coming!


Really cute earrings! My little girls would want to borrow them!

Wow, I read so much hard to pick one. Have you read the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo trilogy? Trudge through the first 150 pages then you won't be able to put it down!

I love those birdies

I've read some GREAT books recently. My favorite was "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" by Anthony Marra. Very different and very funny was "Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving" and I'm slowly making my way through The Goldfinch right now.

I loved the memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret george. Thank you,

darling earrings! I think my favorite books I read THIS year are the books in the Walk series by Richard Paul Evans

Oh my, those earrings are absolutely adorable! I'd love a chance to win them...

But favorite book.... hmmm... for the past few years, I've only been reading non-fiction... I used to love Atlas Shrugged, when I was young and full of myself. Now that I've aged a bit, I find it a bit naive and black-n-white.

One I read recently that spoke to me was Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith - talks about the economic collapse, it's origins... very thought provoking.

My favorite book is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Good Arthurian Legend literature.
Love the sweet earrings, too...thanks for the chance to win!

I'm currently working on The Book Thief, which is wonderful! I also loved reading Dan Brown's newest book, Inferno.

Thanks Tamara. I just finished MOCKINGJAY from the Hunger Games trilogy. I loved this series. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

super cute earrings. I'm currently reading Neal Stephenson's Anathem and really enjoying it. Thanks for the giveaway!

I just finished in The Garden of Evening Mists and enjoyed it.

I don't know if I could pick a favorite book because I love so many books. However, ones that I've read OVER and OVER again include Gone With the Wind and Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The earrings are super cute! I have too many favorite books and to name one of them: Julia Child's autobiography, My Life in France.

Gone with the wind! These are adorable!!!

So cute, I homeschool so reading to my kiddos right now through the Narnia series. We love them.

Pick just one favorite book? That's a tough order! I just pick one of my favorites and say "The Last Unicorn" by Peter S Beagle. I love it even more than the movie (which is also fantastic).

Awesome ornaments! My favorite books are all by Matt Ruff. His sense of humor is amazing. Thanks!

Pretty pretty!!! I'm in my twenties, no longer a child, have read many books which I've loved but if I am going to pick my favourite? Harry potter every time.
Ps. I'm also doing a giveaway but mines not quite as cute as yours!

Funny, we're doing the exact same!

I am not sure I can pick one book but a few authors I love are Robert Heinlein for retro science fiction, and Dick Francis, Robert Parker, and Andrew Greeley for more modern mystery novels.

Gorgeous earrings. I honestly have not had a lot of time to read this year so I'm not really sure what my favorite read would be. I am, however, reading through Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman.

Do you know how hard it is to pick just one? Let's see, The Color Purple, The Help, The Catcher in the Rye, of course the Harry Potter & Percy Jackson series.

I love the novelist, Georgette Heyer. Regency romance ala jane Austin

I NEVER have been able to pick my favorite book. But, as for a recommendation, I'll recommend Room by Emma Donoghue. Wow, just wow.

I am reading Clive cussler (treasure, adventure). Narnia chronicles, Terrestria series are on my nieces list, just ordered them for her. Oceans apart by Karen kingsbury....i could go on and on

I love those earrings! As far as books go, anything by Ted Dekker is amazing!

Thank you for the sweet bird giveaway! I am a birder and love the earrings! Your Dr. Who ornaments are crazy nice too! .... Reading.. I love for mysteries- Louise Penny and Alan Bradley and Laurie King. Also Indigo by Alan Brooks is awesome! Thank you!

I love your earrings. I loved the hunger games. I have not read a book lately. Maybe I will get one for christmas.

Old favorite of mine is Anthem, by Ayn Rand

These earrings are so sweet; thanks for offering them on the giveaway!

lovely earrings - I've got so many fave books I can't really choose one. I'll say Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte today - tomorrow it would be a different one :D

Just finished reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and I couldn't put it down, intriguing plot but not scary or anything. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

I think my favorite is actually a series by Diane Gabaldon. It has been a few years since her last book but I hear that another is coming out in June, can't wait! I love earrings and those little birdies are sweet! Thanks for a chance to win them.

I recently read Curious Naturalists by Niko Tinbergen and I liked it very much.

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One of my favorites is the Clan of the Cave Bear series. Thanks for the chance to win! jgemeroy(at)gmail(dot)com

I absolutely love the earrings and the Doctor Who ornaments! SO fun. Some of my recent favorites are Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. All fantastic. :)

I love the earrings and for books, (great idea by the way) I loved State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. She wrote Bel Canto most famously but everything I've read by her is fantastic and totally whisks you away to another world.

How awesome! And my favorite book is...Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
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I loved the book "Born to run". It inspired me to get running again, but it's not just a running book; it's part adventure, part history and so much more.

Gosh, so many choices! I've hread the Harry Potter series several times.

The earrings are adorable! I loved the books Wool, Shift and Dust.

This winter, I am rereading Patrick O'Brien's Captain Aubrey books about the Napoleonic War era.
Thanks for the giveaway!

wow these earrings are so wonderful! Um I recently read "the emperor of all maladies" - it's a nonfiction work about the history of cancer, but it's a serious page turner! not a beach read, but really excellent!

The earrings are to precious! My all time favorite book is Francine Rivers "Redeeming Love"!

I always like the book I'm reading and right now I'm reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack." It's really good. My all time favorites would have to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy, started of course by having to read The Hobbit in 8th grade.

I love mysteries, anything by Mary Higgins Clark. If you like quilting the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chaverinni is wonderful. Good luck with the book hunt. ;-> Toni Anne

My favorite book is Little Women!

My favorite book is Jane Eyre.

Fav book of all time is .. The Old Man & The Sea by Hemmingway - have you read it? It's a really short book, a quick read over the weekend that will make you reassess your everyday struggles as being minor!!

I am loving the divergent series right now.

The last book I read is a quick and funny comic novel by a blogger - hyperbole and a half. Its hysterical!

My favourite books - too many to count - but I would recommend the Millenium series (triology), Palace of illusion, Bloodline and If tomorrow comes...taking part in your facebook giveaway too

Love these earrings! Favorite book - probably to kill a mockingbird.

I love the Blue Sword and the Hero and the Crown, a duo. I've read them over and over since about 6th grade.

Those earrings are gorgeous!

I've recently been reading the Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh for the second time. Sure, they're kinda trashy romance novels, but she's built up an interesting world, with strong characters and a deep plot that runs through the whole series. :-)

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I'm enjoying "The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul" at the moment. I'd certainly recommend it!

The earrings are gorgeous! I have a hard time listing favorites.... but I do love the novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Suspense)

I would so love to win those ear-rings - they are so sweet. Books? Well I tend to stick to the classics and love anything by Henry James, Edith Wharton or Jane Austen. At the moment, my son is reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton as part of his degree in American Literature, so we are bonding over that, as it's one of my faves. Also reminds me of the film which had Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead role - swoon! xCathy

I love the Mortal Instruments series of books. Thanks for the opportunity to win those adorable earrings.

Love the earrings! Thanks for the giveaway! :) I don't think I have just one favourite book, but the one's written by Donna Tartt definitely are among those favourites. :)

Really cute earrings! My favourite books are The book thief, by Markus Zusak, and A spot of bother by Mark Haddon. Oh and the 100th year old men who climbed out of the window and disappeared, but I don't know the author right now..

Anne of Green Gables, I re-read it every couple of years and fall in love with it all over again!

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Beautiful earrings!

Darling! And I am LOVING your doctor who ornaments!

I forgot to put that my favorite books are the Anne of Green Gable books :)

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, very educational reading lol! Best wishes from Argentina ♥

last book I read and loved it so much ... "Americanah"

beautiful little birds!!

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Just finished the second book in the Oryx and Crake series by Magaret Atwood. Good read, but warning: dark!

Currently, I have a favorite series of books. Each year on Boxing Day here in Australia, I buy the next one. This year I am buying book 8 in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

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I love the Bait of Satan by John Bevere. The book is based on offense and not to let it build up in our lives.

Inferno by Dan Brown. Fun and exciting. Love Dr. Who!

Favorite book...hard to choose...anything by C. S. Lewis.

We're reading the Narnia series again with our middle daughter.

The Lunar Chronicles are good (Cinder, Scarlet),as well as the Necromancer series.

I love Fall On Your Knees by Ann Marie McDonald

I only get to read mother goose lately... :\

Picking one book is like picking a favorite child. However, I'm currently re-reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood in the hopes that someone will gift me the last book in her Maddaddam series...

I usually read non-fiction. A good one is Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs. What cute earrings. Thank you for participating in the Giveaway Day.

Lovely earrings! I recommend the Hunger Games trilogy or anything by Gillian Flynn.

1000 gifts by anne voskamp

Although Pride and Predjudice is my absolute favorite book, I would recommend Where Did You Go, Bernadette? Great book!

One of my favorites: Savannah by Eugenia Price

I hope I am not double posting I tried last night and lost internet connection. My favorite books recently have been the dream house king series and the left behind series. Both have several book in the series but are very hard to put down.

I enjoy reading Agatha Christie novels. A little bit dated perhaps but still enjoyable reads.

One of my favorites is Savannah by Eugenia Price

THe Time Travelers Wife. It's such an inventive and beautiful love story.

I love the earrings!

I'm rereading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon for the 5th or 6th time. It's just SO GOOD!

Adorable birdies! My favorite book is Little Women and, consequently, Louisa May Alcott is my favorite author. I am only child, but always wanted to be one of the March sisters ;)

Those are darling. I am rereading Gone With the Wind, but I have heard The Book Thief is very good.

It's been so long since I read a book that wasn't a childrens or mental health book that I have no memory of what was my favorite, sorry!

Love the earrings. I have 3 kids and find no time to read ;( I loved Sarahs Key. Thanks

I am currently reading the A Game of Thrones series and I can't seem to go to bed at a decent hour.

Howl's Moving Castle is my favorite book. I just recently re-read it for the 4th or 5th time.

darling earrings! lately I've been enjoying Phillipa Gregory as an author

It's been awhile since I've been able to read a book! Looking at all the suggestions makes me want to find one to get lost in! My favorite book that I read to my kids, ages ago, was Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen! It is hilarious! We all loved it!

I'm a librarian so I love a LOT of books. I'm really enjoying Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman right now, though, since I got hooked on the Netflix series last year. I've always been a big fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams.

These earrings are adorable! Thanks so much for the chance to win. My favorite author is Louise Erdrich, read her latest Roundhouse first, then went back to her first novel and have been reading them in order since. I would recommend starting with the first, as many of her characters and family histories pop up in other books. Love Medicine is her first. I think I might cry when I read them all...or maybe read them all again!

such cute earrings! my favorite book of all time is another roadside attraction by tom robbins.

Lovely earrings. I love Engine Summer by John Crowley, I think I've read it about 20 times!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Anything by Debbie Macomber is a great read, she is my favorite and if you read just one of her books you will be hooked

My fave book is "And THen There Were None" by Agatha Christie. It's a must read if you like detective stories (though the plot isn't like the usual detective stories)

Love the earrings! I'm a Hunger Game series fan!

Me and my hubby are both hooked on the Game of Thrones series of books right now! They are gooooood!
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Just one? That's cruel! Lol. I have really enjoyed the hollows series by Kim Harrison, but the books that stick out in my mind are Snow falling on Cedars, Miss Smilla's feeling for Snow and Miss Pettigrew Lives for day (the last is a lovely feel good book, not too heavy)

I have quite a few favorites. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, the In Death series by JD Robb, all of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, and Christine Feehan's Carpathian series.
Of course, except for the JD Robb books all of these are paranormal books about vampires and shifters, LOL

My borther gave me a book called Jackaroo 25ish years ago. I read it every few years and love it every time.

I love the earrings. One of my all time favourites is the Lord of the Rings series and the Hobbit. A great idea for a giveaway - so many great books out there to read

I really loved The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. It was really different and a bit of a page turner

I really love the Enders Game series.

I love the Alex Cross series by James Patterson if you like mysteries. Love the birdies!
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I really enjoy Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I love The Giver series - old or young, it's a great story and a quick read : )

Right now, it's Pride and Prejudice.

Love the birds! You could try reading The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Last book(s) I read were by Karen Kingsbury the summer before my daughter was born! The Fame series I believe.

i love ina may gaskins spiritual midwifery (and just about everything shes ever written) other than that mudhouse sabbath. (author is evading my preggo brain)

I robot by Issac Asimov it was a better book than movie.

I love the birds!!
I've just read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - a great read!

Those earrings are adorable - and that TARDIS just went on my Christmas wishlist.

My favourite book this year was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It's strange and magical and very emotional in that strange Gaiman way. It's hard to list just one book as my all-time favourite, but there's definitely a few Gaiman books in the top 10, too.

I love these little birdies! A pretty meaty 'heavier' book I enjoyed is The Poisonwood Bible; by Barbara Kingsolver. Also, a kids book but one I have recently reread and enjoyed thoroughly is the Secret Garden. Not an abridged 50 page version but the original. It has beautiful descriptions and turn of phrase.

I love Wuthering Heights, hands down.
A Widow for One Year by John Irving is a close second.

Wind Sand and Stars by Antione StExpuery.......the little prince guy
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My favorite read in 2013 was "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes. So wonderful... I didn't want it to end.

I love lot's of books but my favourite one is The Little Prince =)
thank you for the chance

Cute earrings! I recommend Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It follows a woman who dies and is reborn many times over, building on each life, learning lessons to change the current life's trajectory. It's a little trippy but very very good.

I love to read so I will recommend a few. The first is Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle, it is a Cozy mystery and very enjoyable. I also really enjoyed The Showmaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani as well as The Light Between The Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, they are so cute, I hope I win!

The Hunger Games... I know, real original lol...

I am re-reading the wonderful "Master & Commander" right now, 12 time through the series. :) Patrick O'Brian crafted an incredible marvelous world. It's supposedly "nautical fictional history" but it's so much more - friendships, food, art, culture, music, politics, history, nature, etc etc. So entrancing!

I love any James Patterson books. Very cute earrings!

Those are so pretty! I love The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

The sword of shannara is a good fantasy book :D

SO cute. Thanks for the chance to win. Right this second Delirium... because I couldn't put it down and I am waiting for the next one in the series.

I just read Deception Point by Dan Brown - a real page-turner! The earrings are absolutely darling! Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity, and Merry Christmas to you!

I just read Wild by Cheryl Strayed and really liked it.

I'm not going to recommend a book but rather an author. I stumbled across Catherine Ryan Hyde on Amazon and fell in love. She is most famous for Pay It Forward but each book of hers I have read is a wonderful journey that I didn't want to end. I have several more of her books to read and can't wait.

Pretty, pretty earrings!
I am currently reading The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing

My favorite series of books are the stephanie plum books by janet evanovich. they make me laugh out loud.

I am currently reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, which is very good. I haven't had a favorite for a long time. I used to love Alice in Wonderland when I was little =)

My favorite book is The Red Tent

Hmmm...hard to pick a favorite book! I did really like Kisses From Katie.

My favorite is Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen :)

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I don't read a lot but I really liked the hunger games series. It hooked me and was a quick read! PS. I have 2 birds so I would LOVE to win these! They are so cute!

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli. It is the story of "the first" female photojournalist in Vietnam during the Vietnam war - it is a historical fiction, but the main character's turblent love affairs with two very different men and the war torn country of Vietnam itself provided me with significant insight to my father's own experiences in Siagon in 1967-1968. It is an amazingly wonderful book, that at times can be tough to read, but I am STILL thinking about it 6 months later!

The Night Circus is wonderful!

Cute earrings... I've read so many neat books over my life, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be a children's book.. 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de St.Exupery.

The Mists of Avalon or Pillars of the Earth, both stunning epic tales.

Tiger's Curse series by Colleen Houck

So my latest favorite is To Be Sung Underwater. I can't describe why I loved this book except to stay that it has stayed with me and I would reread it again. (Which I NEVER say about a book.) I didn't want it to end.

If you don't mind reading long books, two of my favorites are Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett. I love to read, so read the other suggestions and I saw The Book Thief listed. It is a great book as are all the other by the same author.

It is so hard to pick a favorite book! I think I'll go with Jane Eyre. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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