100 Post Celebration Contest

This is post number 82 since I began blogging at the end of February. I have decided that I would like to do something special for my 100th post, I would like to share with my wonderful readers some of the fabulous books I have read.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Start looking through all of the books I have reviewed. You can just browse the blog or click the ‘book review’ tag.
  • Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me which book you would like to receive and why.
  • I will draw up to three winners. If 15 or fewer people enter, I will draw one winner; 16-30 people, two winners. Over 30 people, I will select three winners. If I have a really overwhelming response, I may be persuaded to have even more winners.
  • Winners will be drawn and notified with my 100th post or on June 18th, whichever comes first (due to scheduling).
  • Books will be ordered from Amazon and sent to you, unless the winner chooses one that I’m willing to part with that hasn’t gone on bookmooch, in which case I will send the book media mail. Books will be ordered/sent out by July 7th, so if you win and don’t get back to me by then with your address, you’ll be out of luck and I MAY choose someone else.

Want more chances to win? There are two ways to do so:

  • Leave comments around the site. Anywhere, on any post. Any comment you leave from now until the drawing will be considered an additional entry in the drawing, as long as you make sure to leave a message here about what book you want before the drawing ends.
  • Blog about my contest on your own blog (just make sure to email about it if you don’t blog on WordPress) with a link here and double your chances to win.

A couple of notes about the contest:

  • If you choose a book that hasn’t been released yet, I will let you decide if you want it pre-ordered for you from Amazon, or if you want a different book (if I’m not willing/able to let go of mine).
  • Comments changing your decision from one book to another are allowed, but will not count towards your extra chances to win.
  • People’s extra chances do not count towards extra winners being chosen. There have to actually be 16 different people entering in order for 2 books to be pulled, no matter how many chances everyone has.
  • When you leave a comment, please either leave your website or include the link to your email so I can get ahold of you if you win.

Attention: This contest has ended.  For results click here.


75 Responses to “100 Post Celebration Contest”

  1. Lenore Says:

    I have read “The Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis and “The Plague Tales” by Ann Benson, so “Year of Wonders” by Geraldine Brooks sounds right up my alley!

    Great idea for a contest 🙂 I also blogged about it on presentinglenore.blogspot.com

  2. fyreflybooks Says:

    I actually just mooched “Year of Wonders” on the strength of your recommendation, so how about “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan as my pick. 🙂

  3. Literate Housewife Says:

    This is great! I will be linking to this contest from my blog tonight. I would love to read The Historian – especially since you’ve read it so many times. I’ve heard iffy things about it (or at least I think I have) which is why I’ve never picked it up myself.

    P.S. Do my previous comments count toward my chances??? 😉

  4. Jessica Says:

    Happy Almost-100th-Post! I would love The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Check out my giveaway too: http://thebluestockings.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/poetry-tuesday-inaugural-meme-giveaway/
    Thanks for blogging!

  5. Megan Says:

    I’d have to choose “The Translator” because the wars of Africa both fascinate and sadden me, and you said so many great things about it last week when we were talking about what books I should read! Look for my own blog post to double my chances soon… 😀 (Great idea, by the way! You rock!) (Does flattery get me more chances???)

  6. kegsoccer Says:

    Hmm “Queen of Shadows” I think is what I would like to snag, although it was very hard to choose! I’ll be blogging about this contest, and I’ll drop you a not when I do so 🙂

  7. Devourer of Books Says:

    Literate Housewife: if your previous comments counted towards your chances, nobody else would have a prayer 😉

  8. terri Says:

    “Monique and the Mango Rains” sounds fabulous. I’d like to put in my order for that please! ;o) Thanks for your generosity.

  9. bookroomreviews Says:

    I’d love to own Change of Heart since I have liked her previous books. Happy 100th and thanks for the contest. make sure you check mine out too! tracy

  10. bookroomreviews Says:

    oops my contest is at http://www.bookroomreviews.wordpress.com thanks tracy again

  11. LibrarysCat Says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to read your reviews and pick a favorite. I was able to get down to two books and would love to read either. One is about coming into the world and the other is about leaving. Monique and the Mango Rains sounds like a great book – I have read a number of books about midwives and always maintain that if I was a younger woman I would be a midwife! As a history lover (especially Eastern and Central European), I think I would also love Year of Wonders about the plaque. Both coming to and leaving this world have a strong impact on those involved and I bet both of these say something to that.

    If I win, please surprise me! I will post a link to this on my blog.

  12. Sister Says:

    I doubt that you’ll let me win, but I’d really like to read “The Historian” so maybe you should just be a nice sister and buy it for me for no reason. 🙂

  13. Devourer of Books Says:

    Sister, If you don’t win, you can borrow my beat up copy when you’re here for the wedding, but you’d have to give it back. I think mom wanted to read it too.

  14. Natasha @ Maw Books Says:

    Great contest! Hmm . . . each comment as an entry sounds familiar! 🙂 Okay, I really want to win this one. You have reviewed several that I would LOVE. It would be really, really hard to choose between Monique and the Mango Rains, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and Three Cups of Tea, all of which are on my TBR. I recently read and reviewed The Translator from a library copy and I would love to have this one if my collection. If I only chose one I guess I would have to go with The Zookeeper’s Wife.

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  16. kplatypus Says:

    What a clever idea! I’ll throw my hat in ring, hoping for The Historian. As I posted recently in my own journal, I used to be a huge vampire buff. As in to a scary level. Now that I’ve been ‘cured’ of my obsession for a good seven years, I decided it was safe to recrack that door by reading some Christopher Moore books. There don’t seem to have been any ill effects, so I think another venture into the genre would be safe, and you make The Historian sound really interesting. I’m torn by my interest in the plague, and will probably have to pick up Year of Wonders on my own now, but, should the heavens smile on me, making me a winner, my desire is for The Historian.

    Congrats on the progress of your journal- it looks like you have a lot of regular readers! I’ll be sure to stop by from time to time, and maybe boost my chances with some comments.

  17. Nicole Says:

    I’d like a chance to win The Zookeeper’s Wife, because I’ve enjoyed reading some of Ackerman’s nonfiction but I’ve never tried reading her fiction.

  18. bunnyb Says:

    Oooo…. cool contest! 🙂

    I would love to win Someday My Prince Will Come because I am a wannabe-princess! (There, I said it.)

    I’ll be blogging about this soon. Thanks!

  19. bunnyb Says:

    Blogged for a 2nd entry here: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2008/05/devourer-of-books-giveaway.html

  20. Devourer of Books Says:

    Natasha – I thought you might notice that… It seemed to work so well in your contest that I borrowed the idea. I get lots of good ideas from you!

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  22. judi Says:

    ooh, i recently found your site through ‘the literate housewife’ and this giveaway is so exciting!! i think i would really like historical genesis. thanks so much for offering it up and congrats to you on 100 posts!

  23. Ti Says:


    I would want Year of Wonders. I work on a university campus and for the past year, they have been focusing on the anticipated “pandemic” that will hit the U.S. at some point. They have been drafting “working from home” scenarios, and although it is scary to think about.. it’s also fascinating. I think a book about the plague would be right up there for me right now.



  24. Linda Brower Says:

    Hi – Today is my first visit to this site (learning of it at literate house wife) but it will become a regular visitation! I would love to win C. W. Gortner’s Last Queen. Since first reading of this book I’ve been fascinated by the idea of Juana.

  25. trish Says:

    I would love Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. It’s on my wishlist. 🙂

  26. Heather Says:

    Please put me in for The Zookeeper’s Wife … it’s been on my TBR list since 10/8/07! And I’ll do a post about the contest on my blog sometime next week (I already spent too much time on contests this week – sorry!)

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  28. kegsoccer Says:

    Just letting you know I’ve now linked to your contest 🙂

  29. Melissa Says:

    You’ve read some great things lately, but I would have to pick The Historian. The book looked interesting to me when it first came out, but the hit and miss reviews kind of turned me off. If you’ve read it 3 times already I would love to give it a shot!

  30. Bree Says:

    What at great idea to celebrate your 100th! I’ll blog about your contest on my blog. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple weeks now and really like it. I’ll be back to enter the book I’d like to win.

  31. Amanda Says:

    I am new to reading your reviews and you’ve picked some great books!! I’m having to add so many to-read books on my list now 🙂 I’d love the read the Zookeeper’s Wife which sounds like such an interesting story with a unique perspective. Thank you for the contest and congratulations on the 100th blog!

  32. Karin Says:

    “Someday My Prince Will Come”– it sounds like an enjoyable, light read and that’s my preference these days— nothing too dark or thought provoking!

  33. Melody Says:

    Frick! I just got online at the S.D. airport, so I haven’t been able to fully catch up on the blog. Nen, I just bought “Three Cups of Tea” in the news stand b/c you were just raving about it at the shower…I want to win a book, but are you saying you are going to BUY all these books for people? Girl, that’s crazy, but I would like to read Monique and the Mango Rains…perhaps we can have a book EXCHANGE…I just finished “The Inheritance of Loss” and it was fabulous…but then I left it at home for my mom to read…Ooops. Anyhoo, will get all caught up when I get home in a couple hours. Miss you!

  34. RobynL Says:

    The Zookeeper’s Wife is the book I’d love to read and win. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.
    Congrats on the up-coming 100th post.

  35. thekoolaidmom Says:

    Followed your link from LT. My youngest daughter is half Vietnamese, so I think “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner” would be a perfect book for me 😉 I’ve got a couple of Vietnamese cookbooks, as well, and a few other Vietnam books. I think it’d fit nicely.

  36. Christy H. Says:

    I’d like to read C.W. Gortner’s “The Last Queen”.
    Happy 100th Post.

  37. Michelle Says:

    What an interesting idea. 🙂 I might have to “borrow” the concept sometime, perhaps on my 500th post? 😛

    It was a hard choice, but Margaret George’s “Memoirs of Cleopatra” won me over.

  38. Erin Says:

    Wow, congratulations on your “almost” 100th post! I would love to read The Historian. I have it on my wishlist after reading your review.

  39. LisaLynne Says:

    What a great idea for a contest! There are so many books that sound good, but I have narrowed it [finally] to one: Water for Elephants. I got this from the library a while ago and it was just not what I was in the mood for at the time and I had trouble getting into it. It’s gotten so many rave reviews that I really want to settle in and re-read it.

  40. Ashley Says:

    Love this idea! Your review of “Someday My Prince Will Come” convinced me I need to read this book!

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  42. Dawn Says:

    Hi Devourer! I posted my (*fingers crossed*) wish for Monique and the Mango Rains under that review. I’ve blogged about your contest and linked to it at: http://sheistoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/

  43. Patricia Kelly PASSARELLI Says:

    Hi! Great Blog, thanks.

    I simply cherish that you have reviewed books that I may enjoy. I don’t need to enter into receiving one from you.

    But thanks for this very generous offer.

  44. The Book Muncher Says:

    I’d like to win Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. i havent read any of her books yet but everyone says she’s an awesome writer.

    i posted a link on my contest list:

  45. Mrs S | Blue Archipelago Says:

    What a great idea to celebrate your 100th post – I’d love to win a Year of Wonders by Geraldine March – I just finished up with March and really enjoyed it

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  48. Wendy Says:

    I would love to win Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult – I am a Picoult fan and just read Nineteen Minutes and loved it. I have yet to read a book by her that I haven’t liked. Thanks for entering me in the give-away!

  49. Alessandra Says:

    I would love to receive The Other Boleyn Girl. Historical novels fascinate me, and this one in particualr has been recommended to me many times.

  50. blbooks Says:

    What a great contest! My choice would be Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. My website is http://blbooks.blogspot.com. I blogged about the contest here.

  51. Eva Says:

    Happy almost-100 post! I’d love to receive The Botany of Desire, because I like science books and botany has always fascinated me. 🙂

  52. callmeabookworm Says:

    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I’ve been wanting to read it a long while but I plum forgot the title! I recognized it immediately when I saw you’d reviewed it. Count me in for that. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    I’ve also blogged it here – A Book Blogger’s Diary.

    I’m having THREE BOOK GIVEAWAYS! Hope you’ll stop by and spread the word. Thanks!

  53. Jennifer B Says:

    Can Canadians enter? I’m also having a book giveaway on my blog for Canadians and U.S. residents. Please feel free to drop by and enter (click my name). If Canadians are eligible I’ll take a good look around and pick a book! Thanks :).

  54. Alex Says:

    I would love to win Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. I am a great fan of hers, and this book has been recommended to me many times.

  55. Cindi Says:

    Congratulations on your almost 100th post. That is quite a milestone!
    Thanks for a wonderful book giveaway contest. I would really enjoy
    reading “The Last Queen!” Please enter me in your delightful drawing.
    Many thanks,Cindi

  56. Bree Says:

    OK – finally decided which book I’d like to win. The 19th Wife. For some reason, I’m drawn to books like this, probably because it’s so far from a life that I could image living.

  57. Devourer of Books Says:


    Yes, Canadians can enter, not a problem. However I’ll send your book the cheapest way psosible, so it may take awhile.

  58. Jennifer B Says:

    Thank you so much! I’d love to read the 19th wife :).

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  61. TheElementary Says:

    This is such a generous contest. Wow.
    I’d like to read ‘The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur, by Daoud Hari’. I’ve heard so much about it and it seems like an inspiring piece of writing.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  63. Jolene Says:

    You’ll laugh when I say this but I REALLY want Two Brothers: One North, One South. Even though it seems that everyone that has attempted it hated it I can’t help but be intrigued. It also seems that even though people didn’t like it they don’t want to part with it (or they’ve already burned it!)

  64. avisannschild Says:

    I’d love to read The 19th Wife since I didn’t get picked for an Early Reviewer copy. Thanks for making this contest open to Canadians!

  65. Nitestar Says:

    I love this idea!

    The book I would like is Have I Got a Guy for You. I have actually just posted on comment on your review.

    I am going over to my blog to add this right now.

  66. Nitestar Says:

    I forgot tell you why I would like that particular book – hum! I am 45 and basically have very little hope of finding the ‘right’ guy – so reading books like this make me feel like I am not alone! oh and reminds me that thank goodness I don’t have a mother who keeps trying to fix me up (hey! maybe its all my mom’s fault….) he! he!

  67. Popin Says:

    I’d like to be entered for A Year Without “Made in China”. As for why? I think it would be incredibly hard to live a year without having anything made from China. They make too many things, I think reading her struggles would be fun.

    Also I made a post about this contest over at http://proudbookworm.blogspot.com/2008/06/contest-news.html

    Good Luck everyone!

  68. Breanna Says:

    I’d like to be entered for Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine. As for why, I’ve talked to the author about and have read numerous things about it and just sounds hilarious.

    I also posted a blog on my myspace about the contest, even though theres not a whole lot of time left, lol.


    Thanks for the contest!


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  70. Shawnee Says:

    Boy, I just found your site and I counted! I thought your review of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson sounded great and I would love to read it. Great idea, if I keep at it I hope to reach 100 posts.

  71. Stephanie Says:

    Cool contest! I would love a copy of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife. Thanks for hosting!

  72. Andrew Says:


    Good site, interesting reviews. I would love to get a copy of The Translator. Ever since meeting Romeo Dallaire, the author of Shake Hands with the Devil, and a powerful speaker on Darfur, I have been hoping to read as much as possible on the region.

  73. Liviania Says:

    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time.

    Haha, it’s a good think I found this now since you’re on your 99th post!

  74. Lauren Says:

    I would love a copy of Generation Dead by Daniel Water. It looks so good!!

  75. Devourer of Books Says:

    Lauren, two problems with that. 1) I never reviewed that book, so it isn’t being offered. 2) The contest is closed as the end of the post notes in green. Happy reading though!

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