Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blog Bon Bons

I recently found the book Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik for sale at a bookstore in Dusseldorf for only 5 euros - and it was in English! :-) Since I had heard it was fun, I bought it, and LOVED it. While living in California, I was in a book club with some really neat women, but there weren't my closest friends. And while I enjoyed that book club...the group in Angry Housewives definitely had more adventures!!

So, in honor of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, I'm giving away some Blog Bon Bons!! This time, I'm including a box of genuinely scrumptious Lindt Mini Pralines, some metal edged vellum tags, a Michael's spool of ribbon, my most favoritest card ever, and one of my paper shaped Big Blossoms (winner gets to choose any of the 54 current SU! colors!)

To enter to win this delectable prize, leave me a comment and tell me what book you have read in the last 3 years that is your favorite. (I'm looking for suggestions - my husband always comes home from the US loaded with books and craft supplies!) I will randomly select a winner by drawing on Saturday morning German time, so you have until about midnight on Friday (3/16) California time to enter. And may the luck of the Irish be with you! :-)

TFL!
-Jana

51 comments:

  1. It's a light read, but very good and it's actually a series - the author is Emily Giffin and the two books are "Something Borrowed" and the second one is "Something Blue". Her newest one is called "Baby Proof" but I have not read that yet.

    Another GREAT book (and I'm a dog lover) is "The Dogs of Babel" by Carolyn Parkhurst - I read the entire book on my flight to Montreal a few years ago.

    I also enjoyed My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult - oh heck I have so many favorite books it's hard to pick....much like stamp sets!

    Great blog candy!!!

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  2. I love reading. I haven't read the book you mentioned, but I've added it to my list. One of my all time favorite reads are the books by Diana Gabaldon. They are the Jamie and Claire series, The Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber--all the way to Snow and Ashes. They are an excellent series, and definitely worth the lengthy read.

    For light reading I'd suggest Janet Evanovich. Her books are mysteries, and ar hillarious! I have to watch where I read them as they make me laugh out loud. Grandma Mazur is a hoot, and Ranger is so HOT!

    Thanks for posting the candy. What a sweetheart you are.

    Janet B

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  3. I don't have one favourite... I love easy mysteries and "chick lit".... authors like Carly Phillips, Kasey Michaels, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Mallery, Cara Lockwood, Emily Giffen, Susan Andersen, Janet Evanovich, Joanne Fluke...

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  4. I love James Patterson and just read Judge & Jury which he co-wrote with Andrs Cross. Another author I love is Kyle Mills and have just started called The Second Horseman. And for fun and easy reading I go for Janet Evanovitch.

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  5. Well, my oldest child will be turning 5 next month (I also have 2 younger ones) so my reading list since she was born is quite short! I have re-read my favorite book a few times. Desperation my Stephen King. I know he's a bit weird for some people but I love how you know exactly what everything looks, sounds, and smells like from his books!

    I hope to expand my reading once my 1 year old becomes about 3 maybe. But for right now it's playtime, homeschool, eating, bath time, and when I get some time to myself, usually stamping.

    Thanks for the chance at this awesome blog candy! I have never even eaten a bon bon. Awful huh?

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  6. I LOOOOVE to read and my favorite is a series...Harry Potter. It just opened up a whole new world of reading for me. I'd never read anything remotely close to fantasy. I love all these other books that these ladies have talked about too! My favorite author right NOW is Jodi Picoult. Her new book "Nineteen Minutes" just came out and I bought it and started reading it yesterday. I struggle with...read? stamp? read? stamp? read? stamp???? Just not enough time in a day!
    Thank you for your wonderful blog!!!

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  7. Unfortuneately I don't think my suggestion will help you but it did help me. The best book I've read in the last few years is "What to Excpect When You Are Expecting" LOL Sorry!!!
    ~Lana B.~

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  8. Mother Angelica - the Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles - by Raymond Arroyo; is a great read.

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  9. I don't read as much as i used to with stamps and kids! I think The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren was a great book. I've read it 3 times and highlighted in 3 different colors!

    I enjoy checking into your blog daily and seeing what you're creating. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I'd love to have one of your flowers and all the rest of your blog bon bons.

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  10. Thanks Jana for the heads-up...Blogger has been acting up for the past little bit so I have been working on making it act the way it is supposed to (esp. since I am entering in all my posts manually in HTML!). Hmm...reading, eh? I have subscriptions to Vanity Fair and the Atlantic Monthly since that is all I seem to have time for. I did like the book by Alison Pearson titled "I Don't Know How She Does It". It has a funny opening page where she is "distressing" store-bought tarts to prove to the other moms at her kid's school that they are homemade...amusing!

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  11. Along the same lines, an easy read is "The Next Big Thing" by Johanna Lindsey.

    Currently reading, "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King, which has me totally engrossed. Need to do 2 cards, but I'm reading instead.

    I also read James Patterson and Janet Evanovich. I would love to get Big Blossoms and tags!

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  12. the one I am trying to read and finish now is Inside My Heart by Robin McGraw. I used to be able to read before bed each night but now that my girls are both in HS I am just exhausted by the end of the day. the last one I finished was The Notebook . . .after I saw the movie and yeppers the book was better! lol
    Tina

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  13. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is one of my faves. They are super fast reads...great for a plane or long car trip. A new one comes out in April and the other 12 are available in paperback for cheap cheap. I'm currently re-reading a fave..To Kill A Mockingbird, always a classic. I also enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada.

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  14. I love any book by Nicholas Sparks. He's the author of "The Notebook". Great blog and blog bon bons!

    Pat

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  15. I love to read & I think it's right up there with stamping. lol. I always have a book on the go and since I am a speed reader (2 days to read a novel), I go through a lot of books. I love James Patterson, Iris Johansen, Joy Fielding, Danielle Steel, Kay Hooper, Jude Devereaux, Lisa Gardner, Patricia Cornwell, Fern Michaels...as you can see, I could go on and on. lol

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  16. Hi Jana, Love your blog. The books I've been reading are the Lancaster County Amish series by Beverly Lewis. I'm finishing up book number 17 and looking forward to her publishing another one. If you like easy reading that brings you right into the book then these are for you.
    ~~Rita~~

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  17. WOW I haven't read in a long time.. when I do pick up a good book though, I'll read it every waking moment till I'm finished (I don't have kids though, lol!) Lately, I've been reading more cookbooks than anything. I would say the last favorite book that I read was Wicked. My mom saw the show & shared the book with me :D

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  18. My favourite books I've read in the past year are from the Cape Refuge series by Terri Blackstock. This is book one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cape-Refuge-Terri-Blackstock/dp/0310235928/ref=pd_sxp_grid_i_2_1/002-9433467-8878441

    I highly recommend them (all three!)

    ~Amy H.

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  19. I can't figure out what I love more, you bon bons or your category!!! I think I just won with just the category!! I love books and if I catch an author I speed through their stuff then desperately look around for more. I'll definitely have to come back and check everyone's recommendations!

    Moving on...

    I love Nora Robert books more the more recent ones. Her mysteries under J.D Robb is quite good too.

    Dan Brown books are excellent. Everyone knows "the DaVinchi code" but my favourite was "Digital Fortress" follwed by "Angels and Demons".

    For politics I like Frank Rich's book "the greatest story ever sold" a bit biased (okay a lot biased) but interesting read.

    For humour Paul Reiser wrote two hilarious books "Couplehood" and "babyhood". Plus Jerry Seinfeld's "Sign Language". Both are very funny and clean. Oh Bill Cosby books are good too.

    Of course Harry Potter, enough said right?

    All right gonna stop now!! Obviously you hit a nerve!!! Happy reading and stamping! Need a way to figure out multitask the two, the day just doesn't have enough time!!!!

    YM

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  20. I don't really have any specific titles to post. I find that around Christmas time, I immerse myself in Christmas novels.

    Oh, I think I remembered it..."The Night Before." It was a FABULOUS Christmas story...especialy if you are a true believer in Santa Claus!

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  21. Well this is a really hard question to answer since I read everyday but my last book was by James Patterson "Cross". I love this series....I also read Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Nora Robers Barbara Delinsky and more....Cross was the most recent!

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  22. My book would have to be "Midnight in the garden of good and evil" Its a great book and it is set in Savannah GA just a little up the road from me! I am going to have the check out the angry housewives though!! it sounds good!

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  23. One of my favorite books is The Corrections by Jonathen Franzen. It's about a dysfunctional midwestern family. I love stories about families and their interactions and how they've "survived." Basically most families are screwed up ;)

    Can I suggest another one? Heat by Bill Buford. It's about a writer who decides he wants to cook and becomes an apprentice to Mario Batali. If you love food, Italian food, and cooking - read this !!

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  24. I go through books like I go through chocolate so to tell you what I have read lately would take up a couple of pages - but I will definitely second the Harry Potter books, anything by Jodi Picoult, loved the Da Vinci Code, our current book club book is The Memory Keepers Daughter which was very good... that's probably enough for you now :o)

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  25. Actually the Bible is my favorite book - but 2nd place goes to anything by Agatha Christie, especially Ten Little Indians! I've read it so many times, seen it as a play & love it every time.

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  26. I am an avid reader and I am in a fun book club. Last month we read For One More Day by Mitch Albom and every liked that. I love the book One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus (a book club favorite); Some other book club favorites were: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts; Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See; On Beauty by Zadie Smith; The Three Miss Margarets: A Novel by Loiuise Shaffer. I can go on all day with recommendations...

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  27. I have been reading the whole Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon....working on the large "A Breath of Snow & Ashes".

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  28. I don't read as much as I used to, but I really love the book 'Lucky Man' written by Michael J. Fox. It chronicles his life including his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.
    Love your blog!
    Heather L.

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  29. There is a rather funny mystery by Sharon McCrumb (I enjoy most of her books) called St. Dale. Its about NASCAR racing.

    Another interesting book, non fiction, is The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Caldwell

    A few others, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Constant Princess, The Boelyn Inheritance.

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  30. My favorite book right now (and for the past 3 years) is The Secret. Perhaps you have seen it on Oprah. It is really life changing and gives something to think about. Thanks for this awesome blog bon bon!! I love candy.
    cheryl

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  31. Aren't you funny. I actually think your idea is fabulous...blog bon bons :)

    I don't really have a favorite, but have never really gotten into the romance novel stuff. I enjoy non-fiction and occassionally the weird and bizarre...like the Dexter series...lol

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  32. I am a huge reader (3 or 4 books a week). I loved Devil wears Prada and all of the "shopoholic" books, cant remember the author right now.

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  33. Love to read.....Devil wears Prada, all of the shopoholic books (can't think of the author's name), Jodi Picoult.....

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  34. I LOVE reading too. I haven't been able to that much since the birth of my son but I did read a funny book the other day. It is called Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. She has written a couple of others that are good too.

    For authors, I like Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Fern Michaels, Jodi Picoult, Mary Higgins Clark and my favorite, Faye Kellerman

    I can't wait to look for some of the books that others have written about.

    Have a great day!

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  35. I read lots too....I dont really have a favorite but i love anything from Nora Roberts, Fern Mikeals, Debbie Macomber . The last book I read i finished last night.IT was Debbie Macomber READY FOR LOVE > I really liked the book A GOOD YARN it was an awsome book. Thanks for the chance !!!!!!!!

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  36. The funniest book I have read lately...is A Case of Bad Taste by Lori Copeland. I laughed outloud & got so tickled!

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  37. Crystal Minkler3/15/2007 11:11:00 AM

    I can't believe that someone else actually recommended the book I was going to recommend!! dawn mercedes said... "Oh, I think I remembered it..."The Night Before." It was a FABULOUS Christmas story...especialy if you are a true believer in Santa Claus! " This is a whimsical love story by Jerry B. Jenkins (co-author of the Left Behind series - also GREAT reads!). I LOVE this book!! Great blog candy - and great blog!! ~Crystal M.

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  38. In the last while, I've really got into Neil Gaiman's books. They are a type of fantasy, and anyone who enjoys role playing games will enjoy them! Also those with an English background, and those who love extremely clever, clever ideas.
    Try the brilliant "Neverwhere", the creepy "Coraline", clever "Smoke and Mirrors", or the intriguing "Stardust".
    Can't wait to read the rest of his books!
    Karen.

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  39. Hi Jana,I must confess...I'm not much of a reader except anything that has to do with scrapbooking.I'm all new at this so I pick up any magazines that has to do with it.Just thought maybe you could put my name for the great candy even though I don't read books,I'll be visiting anyways.lol Thanks a bunch!!

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  40. Okay this is sad and how can you tell I'm a mom...anything by Robert Munch...lol. If I seriously have much time after doing the mom thing I am stamping, chatting, watching movies...you get the idea;)
    That is a delectable prize indeed...I LOVE those flowers!!!

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  41. You have to read David Suzuki's autobiography - it's an excellent read and very information about the state of the environment and how governments around the world are reacting to the global warming crisis.

    thanks,

    Alison

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  42. Definitely The Da Vinci code with Angels and Demons (same author) a close second. Also love all the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books!

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  43. I wish I had more time to read, but about 6 months ago I finshed all 3 of the Jenny McCarthy books. My fave was Life Laughs: Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving on. It was refreshing, for a change, to hear someone be so raw honest...there was no sugarcoating anything! Like I said I dont' have a lot of time to read, but these books are such easy reads that I read all 3 within about a week.

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  44. Wow, you are in Germany? I've never even been to Europe let alone Germany:)

    One of my favorite mystery authors is Sydney Sheldon, anything he's wrote is a keeper.

    Another mystery type is Harvey Corbin or it maybe Harlin, not sure having a mental block, but he has written some really good ones, the titles escape me, but if you email me, i'll look at home and reply back with the correct titles as well as his name.

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  45. I have not had a lot of opportunity to read lately. Authors that come to mind are for great fiction, Francine Rivers; for great inspirational reading Max Lucado.

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  46. I really enjoy just about any military/spy action type book. I also enjoy some biographies, the last one I read was Tommy Franks' book, that was pretty interesting.

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  47. I Loved "What Cassanova Told Me"! thanks for offering Blog Bon Bon!
    slonar@ns.sympatico.ca

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  48. I loved the Time Traveler's Wife by Audry Neffennegger. Very creative and well written.

    I have also enjoyed The Other Bolyn Girl from Philippa Gregory.

    I hope I get that fantastic flower!

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  49. I already set a comment, but I forgot about this book, so wanted to leave an FYI comment.

    I absolutely loved the book "Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog" by John Grogan. I know "they" say don't judge a book by the cover by I fell for the cover (adorable puppy!) and the book was excellent. I had to be careful where I read though...it made me laugh and cry!

    YM

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  50. Thanks for the blog candy chance. I haven't had much time to read lately with my new stamping passion, but just finished listening to Danielle Steeles The cottage....cute predictable love story and now I'm going to listen to Rick Warren the purpose driven life. Of course anything by Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson is a good read or listen.

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  51. I was given "Before I Wake" by Robert J Wiersema as a birthday gift from a friend. Both she and her husband's book clubs loved it. I also loved it...it appealed to my Irish Catholic upbringing..and revolves around the battle of good and evil spirits...don't want to give it away but it keeps you enthralled.
    ..plus I am Irish so expecting great Irish luck to rule Hehe!

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