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New Book Giveaway! Two Books Included

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

All right gang, the first book giveaway just ended. I’ll be notifying the winner today.

I’m going to run this next one for three weeks (will end on March 14) and I’m going to give away two books, both in gently-used paperback.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

If you want to be in the drawing, please leave a comment and tell me/us:

  • Who is your favorite author, if you have one
  • What is your favorite book, if you have one
  • What is your least favorite book, if you have one

Good luck!

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  • Spencer February 22, 2012, 9:10 am

    Who can pick just one? I love Salinger and Twain, but McCarthy is coming on strong. I have also liked McEwan lately. But I just can’t seem to get enough of Alain de Botton.

    Again, difficult. I love Catch-22 and Catcher in the Rye. de Botton’s On Love is a masterpiece! McEwan’s On Chesil Beach spoke to me like no other book has in my adult life. Really, really too many to count; too hard to limit to even a few.

    There might be more of these than favorites. I probably haven’t finished it, whatever my true least favorite is. I am no type of literary masochist, and the older I get, the less willing I am to torture myself through a book that I am hating. Some books I pick up and am instantly furious. My Antonia, which I was forced to read not once, but twice as an English major is maybe the most boring book ever written. But that’s not a good enough reason to hate it, I guess. I’ve also got no love for Beloved.

  • Emily January February 22, 2012, 10:02 am

    I have many favorite authors, but I’ll have to go with Joyce Carol Oates on this one. My favorite book is Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (thanks to Janette for recommending this one to me!). My least favorite book is anything by corny LDS authors that my friends and neighbors try to lend to me and I end up having to either pretend that I read it or find a gentle way of saying, “I wouldn’t read this if it were the last book left on earth.” Also, I think I deserve to win the books because I haven’t read either of them but I need to!

    • Josh Hanagarne February 22, 2012, 11:07 am

      I don’t think I’ve read anything by Gore Vidal, but I laughed when I read his quote that “the three most dispiriting words in the English language are ‘Joyce Carol Oates.'”

      • Emily January February 22, 2012, 12:27 pm

        Ha! That’s probably true. But that’s why I like her. She writes dark, gritty, real, and depressing stuff.

        • Josh Hanagarne February 22, 2012, 1:10 pm

          The almost last thing I read by her was The Girl With the Black Eye. Then I said, I think that’s enough for me. But then I read Zombie and then I really was done. She can write but I always feel like crap when I’m done with her books.

          • Emily January February 25, 2012, 1:03 pm

            Have you read Blonde? I think it is her best work (it is about Marilyn Monroe). I don’t remember feeling like crap after reading it, and I have read it twice. But no pressure. As another comment threat says, life is too short to read books you don’t like.

  • Andrew Hamblin February 22, 2012, 12:01 pm

    I think Edgar Rice Burroughs is my favorite author, the central messages of Tarzan, “take care of yourself, and everyone else you can,” is one of the most unambiguously good messages ever. If only it wasn’t dragging along all of the racial baggage of colonialism in that era.

    To pick a single favorite book though would be hard as heck, but I’m going to go with Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson, it’s an imaginative rethinking of how society could have developed if the Plagues had depopulated europe around 1400.

    Least Favorite book ever is probably Joan Winks Critical Pedagogy, it’s one of the most painful books I’ve ever had to read.

  • Wesley Rands February 22, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Favorite Author
    Ursula Le Guin

    Favorite Book
    I, Jedi (By Michael Stackpole)

    Least Favorite Book
    Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand

    • Josh Hanagarne February 22, 2012, 4:53 pm

      Wesley, I’m tempted to just give you the win because of your least favorite book.

      • Wesley Rands February 23, 2012, 10:11 am

        See me complain about such a verdict. Of course the virtue of that is you could save on shipping since I live in the Valley.

        But in all seriousness I really really dislike Objectivism. The book itself wasn’t terrible, but every page dripped with an ideology that I find morally repugnant.

        • Josh Hanagarne February 23, 2012, 10:33 am

          When people ask me where they should start with Ayn Rand, I usually say “Anthem is Atlas shrugged in about 950 fewer pages.”

          • Wesley Rands February 23, 2012, 3:34 pm

            I did find Anthem to be more accessible, but it didn’t make it more palatable.

            I haven’t read anything else she has written to have a wider comparison though, perhaps I’m being overly critical.

  • Don February 22, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Favorite author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Favorite book: The Hobbit (can’t wait for the movies!)
    Least favorite: Any trilogy that isn’t completed. (I’ve read two so far! Note to self: don’t start a trilogy until they complete writing it!)

    • Josh Hanagarne February 22, 2012, 9:34 pm

      I could get behind the trilogy idea. I’ve recently been reading the Sherlock Holmes stories again. I could not believe how much I loved A Study in Scarlet this time around.

  • mandee wyrick February 23, 2012, 10:11 am

    Favorite author: Lisa McMann, right now.
    Favorite book: New Moon
    Least favorite book: Probably any I HAD to read in school. I can’t think of one off the top of my head. It’s hard to say that I don’t like a book. 🙂

  • Michelle February 23, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Favorite Author: Neil Gaiman

    Favorite Book: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, but the Jhereg series by Stephen Brust is a close second.

    Life is too short for least favorite books.

    • Spencer February 23, 2012, 5:08 pm

      Are you saying life is too short to judge them “least favorite”? Because one could argue that life is too short to READ least favorite books, certainly. Agree to disagree?

      • Michelle February 24, 2012, 9:04 am

        Actually, that’s what I meant, life’s too short to read bad books, or dwell on them. I don’t feel like I can judge a book as bad unless I’ve read the whole thing, and if I’m not enjoying a book, I probably won’t read the whole thing.

        • Spencer February 24, 2012, 9:20 am

          Phew! I was worried. I agree, you shouldn’t judge a book without giving it a fair chance, but no reason to keep reading if you’re not liking it. Life IS too short for that. I used to be one of these “finish every book you start” types. I am so happy I got over that!

  • Rob Sanchez February 24, 2012, 12:16 am

    Favorite Author: John Flanagan (Ranger’s Apprentice Series)
    Favorite Book: I’m really struggling with this one. I also have to categorize to come up with a list – Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, Tolkein, Ranger’s Apprentice Series, Piracy by Adrian Johns, How to Live by Sarah Blakewell. Plus any book that allows me to lose myself in a new world.
    Least Favorite Book: I have a high tolerance for bad writing. That said, “Is the sui generis right a failed experiment” by Robin Elizabeth Herr is my least favorite book. The sentences were so poorly constructed that they made my blood boil. In the last five years, this is the only book that I have quit reading due to the writing style.

  • Eric Hill February 24, 2012, 9:00 am

    What challenging questions! Here’s an attempt.

    Favorite author: Markus Zusak of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger is up there for me.

    Favorite book: Bless the Beasts & Children
    Glendon Swarthout–brings me back to boy scouts and Philmont

    Least favorite book: Three Cups of Tea-Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin. I read Jon Krakauer’s Three Cups of Deceit and am disgusted that I swallowed Three Cups of Tea.

  • Amanda February 25, 2012, 11:54 am

    Who is your favorite author, if you have one
    What is your favorite book, if you have one
    What is your least favorite book, if you have one

    My favourite book at the moment is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The author of which is one of my favourite authors. 🙂

    I’m not sure I have a least favourite book, really. I tend to only read things I like.

  • kate February 25, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Favorite Author: Kurt Vonnegut

    Favorite Book: this moment It’ll be, House of Leaves

    Least Fav: all of the books about Frank Lloyd Wright that people have felt the need to give to me as gifts over the years simply because I am an architect.

  • Vivien Nuque February 26, 2012, 11:51 pm

    My favorite author is Sarah Dessen. She just inspires me a lot.

    My favorite book, at the moment, is There You’ll Find Me by Jenny Jones.

    I have no least favorite book. All books are great works of art.