Thursday, August 7, 2008

Book Giveaway: The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

There are still a couple of hours left to enter my giveaway for The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, but I'm going to go ahead and unveil the next giveaway now: The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton!

I have a brand new, hardcover copy of The Wednesday Sisters that I'll be giving away on Wednesday, August 20th at 9 PM EST. I really enjoyed this book and will be posting a review in the coming week. One of the things that I really liked about this book was the fact that all five of the main characters were bookworms. I had an instant connection with all of them.

The Rules:
  1. To enter, leave a comment here telling me the name of a character (from any book, any genre) that you've personally identified with. Brownie points if you tell me why you identified with them. I'll feature your answers in a special post after the contest ends.
  2. Blog about this contest to receive three extra entries.
  3. Comment on my review, once it's posted, to receive one extra entry.
Do all three and you'll have 5 chances to win!

A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, August 20th at 9 PM EST.

34 comments:

  1. I generally identify with characters that are worried that they are wasting their lives or not living up to their potential, lol.

    Caroline Sweeney from Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck is a recent example that I can think of.

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  2. I identified with Nan Wu in A Free Life by Ha Jin. He immigrated to America, but never felt like he fit in. Then, he visited China and felt like he didn't fit in there, either. We lived in France for several years, and that was exactly how I felt while we lived there.

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  3. I'm identifying with a character in a book that I haven't yet read!

    *House and Home* by Kathleen McCleary is on my list to read this month. The main character, Ellen, has to sell her home, but can't stand the thought of another family living in it, after all she has been through in making it her family home.

    We moved a year ago, after living in the same house for 7 years. During that time I did a lot of physical work to the house - pulling up old carpet (to find gleaming hardwood floors underneath), removing foil and fuzzy wallpapers, removing a wall of mirrors from the dining room, renovating the kitchen, you get the idea. We also put a lot of ourselves psychologically into the house - our two younger children were born when we were living there, we grieved relatives' passing, celebrated life's happy times, etc.

    The process of putting our house on the market for strangers to walk through was excruciating! Even though we live only a few hours away, and I've been back to visit friends several times, I have yet to drive down that street!

    Long answer to a short question! (and I can't wait to read *House and Home* to see if I further identify with Ellen!)

    And, yes, I would love to win *The Wednesday Sisters* and will post about it on my blog. Please enter me in the drawing!

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  4. Just dropping in to let you know I posted about this contest over at Win a Book. No need to enter me; I'm just trying to connect books and readers!

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  5. I recently read "The Richest Season" by Maryann McFadden and I can so totally relate to Joanna Harrison.

    Why - After years of marriage and left with the empty nest syndrome, don't all women feel that they need to find themselves? I sure did and this story was remarkable the way it connected with me.

    Hop on over to my blog and take a gander at my review for more insight into the book.
    http://terra57.blogspot.com/

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  6. A character I identify with is Bella from Twilight. The reason: I was very much like her in high school (except for the whole clumsy bit - I wasn't). I thought I was rather plain-looking and didn't fit in anywhere. This book, more than any other, reminded me exactly how I felt at seventeen.

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  7. I really really really want to read this one, so here goes.

    First requirement--believe it or not, I think I identify with Trixie Koontz, Dean Koontz's dog the most of any character I've read about. (I mean, really, I'm pretty boring, I wouldn't want to read about me) Trixie's book Life is Good! Lessons in Joyful Living, says in dog speak, exactly what my perspectives are about life. Of course, my whole family laughs that I live in Kelly-land. But I reply that its a nice place to live, people there are nice and kind and don't do wrong to each other and are happy people! My life's too short to live in a constant state of angst and worry. So I choose to be happy as often as I can, simple but effective!

    Second--I'm adding you to my contest list Great Giveaways

    Third--looking forward to your review!!

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  8. I identify with Tag, the house cat in Wild Road by Gabriel King. I love reluctant heroes.
    If I win Wednesday Sisters I will post reviews on Amazon and on my blog at http://terragarden.blogspot.com

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  9. I really want to read this one. So, a character I have identified with in a novel was Natalie in Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker. This novel is about a young woman, 27 yrs old who is diagnosed with breast cancer. It delves into her struggles with it, treatments, etc. and yet stays light hearted at the same time. Very good read. The reason I identified with it was I lost a friend 2 yrs ago to breast cancer. She was 38. The book for me was very emotional and also good in the way that it showed me that there are a lot of young women who do survive this disease. So, that's a bit long but that's why I identified with Natalie. She reminded me of my friend in a way.

    I blogged about your contest here:
    http://peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/2008/08/giveaway-at-bookish-ruth.html

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  10. A character that I identify with is Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series. I'm a little quirky, with some random, odd interests...however, I'm there for my friends and genuinely care about people.

    -Lauren

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  11. I'd really love to win this book, so here goes my answer:

    I identified with Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. The reason? Simple - while I was married, I longed for someone who had come back into my life and I had a really hard time deciding who I was.

    Whew! Hadn't thought of that in awhile! Good Luck Everyone!

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  12. I identified with Becky from THE SECRET LIFE OF BECKY MILLER by Sharon Hinck.

    Becky is a mom, just like I am, and her emotions so much mirrored my life and everything I go through as a mom.

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  13. There are so many...how do I choose? I've always identified with Anne Elliot of Persuasion. I was the sister who married late (I was 29) and I always felt a connection with Anne. I also connect with the character of Judith in Rosamunde Pilcher's "Coming Home".

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  14. Scarlet from Gone With the Wind. I didn't relate to her all of her actions, but there were definately times when I closely identified with her.

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  15. Like everyone else, I'd really love to win this book. So, that means I have to decide who I identify with, and that's hard because I've never really felt that close to any character. I'm going to say that, pathetic as this is, the most recent character I've identified with is Eloise from the Pink Carnation books. She reminds me so much of my high school self in her pursuit of Colin that it actually makes me enjoy the series more. I remember what it was like to be silly!

    I'll be posting about your contest on my blog, too, shortly.

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  16. enter me.
    I can identify with Ellie Roma on "The Possibility of Fireflies" because like her family my family is dysfucional. when I mean dysfuctional my parents are constantly fighting. I can relate to her in a variety of ways.

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  17. I find that I most identify with Jodi Baxter in Neta Jackson's "Yada Yada Prayer Group" series. Sometimes I say or do things before I think and end up regretting them later. :(

    --Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)
    diaryofaneccentric[at]hotmail.com

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  18. I would love to be entered in this contest. The book sounds really good! I will also blog about this on my blog - Cafe of Dreams. Thanks!

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  19. Hello, What a fun book giveaway drawing. I have always loved the book
    "To Kill a Mockingbird!" Scout is a character that I could identify with!
    She was tomboyish, and curious. Two characteristics I had as a young girl! Please enter me in your delightful book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  20. There are a lot of different characters I've related to, and I think that is often what makes the difference between a good book and a great book -how well you relate to the story and characters.

    Of all the books I've read, I'd have to say I relate most to Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Disparate centuries aside, we are both headstrong, given to jumping to conclusions based on our own beliefs, and refuse to go the "convential" route, choosing our own way instead. We both refuse to allow others to define and confine us. And like Miss Bennett, I enjoy a bit of tongue-in-cheek satire.

    I blogged this on my Giveaways and Contests page.

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  21. I have to say that the books I like the best are always ones that allow me to relate to the character, no matter how different they are from me. A great writer connects with me that way. Recently I would say I really connected with Ellie Hatcher from Dead Connection when she was investigating online dating. Her repulsion to the vast majority of the men because of their "age requirement" was awesome! While neither Ellie nor I are "old" and most times the age requirement wouldn't affect us, I completely related with Ellie's view on it. It's such a sign of superficialness!

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  22. I've always related to Anne of Green Gables because of my love for books. I am probably more like her best friend Diana in other ways though - I settled down into married life early, and I never got myself into trouble with hairbrained schemes.

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  23. Please include me in your contest

    Characters i identify with - Roald Dahl's the BFG

    no clarifying description available.

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  24. I just finished an English book soon to be released in the US titled Inglorious. The character is maudlin and searching for direction in her life. Though she is younger and single, I too have been in a searching phase of my life since my children flew the coop. While others paned the book as being too laborious, I really enjoyed it. My review will post to my personal blog on Saturday, but it's already available HERE (for anyone interested).

    I posted about you contest HERE for the extra entry :-)

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  25. Oh please enter me! This book sounds really great. =)

    -Breanna

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  26. I'm not really sure which character I would be identified with but if so, my character would likely wonder if anything will happen to her in her life. Living in an environment where there is nothing to do and everyday is the same until something miraculous happens.

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  27. I identified with the main character of Schooled. She graduated from college and wanted to do something really exciting with her life! I understand how she could easily be swayed into tutoring and hoping that things would go her way, thinking the best of everyone instead of the worst.

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  28. Hi I saw you spotlighted over at J-kayes and wanted to pop over and check your site out. Nice site:) I'm gonna add you on my list!
    A character came to mind i just read awhile back "Perfect On Paper" her name is Waverly Bryson she reminds me of when me and my husband split up( before we got back together) and i had started going out again meeting guys she's totally a loof and funny personality but had the worst luck with guys and couldn't hold her alcohol at times. Which Waverly pulled herself together and was on her way to finding what she wanted out of life, so did I.
    I'd like to be entered in your contest. photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net.

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  29. I recently read, "Teacher's Pet" by Judy Bagshaw. I guess I kind of identify with her character because it is about a plus-sized woman, a teacher -- both of which I am.

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  30. I blogged about you here:
    http://www.bookishruth.com/2008/08/book-giveaway-wednesday-sister-by-meg.html

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  31. I identify with Stephanie Plum from Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich. She is a very determined woman and is pulled between two men.
    ayancey@dishmail.net

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  32. Most recently I've identified with J. Scott Savage's skyte in his new fantasy Farworld. The skyte is named Riph Raph and he is a bit cynical, feeling like a 3rd wheel, and he appears hard-hearted but he's really got a soft, good heart.

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  33. Just wanted to say thank you all for your interest!

    -Meg (the author)

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  34. Just wanted to say thank you all for your interest!

    -Meg (the author)

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