Tuesday, December 12, 2006

December CONTEST: Dee & Dee Pick Their Best of the Best - 2006!!

And it's a wrap!

Yes folks, it's that time again. We're having another contest! Are you excited yet? Well, you should be, because YOU could be the winner of some FABULOUS BOOKS that WE already love.

Here's the deal:
This week, Charity and I are going to each tell you what our TOP THREE REVIEWED BOOKS of 2006 are. This is not easy for us, you understand. If you are a regular around here, you already know how much we love to read. And you know how much we appreciate every single book that we read. You know that we try our darndest to always be totally honest, but never cruel. If we don't like a book, we will tell you exactly why we don't like it, but we encourage you to make up your own minds. But sometimes, a book really stands out for us, and we can't stop singing it's praises. That's the deal with this contest.

I will give you a list of my Top Three Books of 2006. I'll tell you why each of those three books is special to me.

Charity will give you a list of her Top Three Books of 2006. She'll tell you why those books meant something to her.

YOU can win a copy of EACH OF THOSE SIX BOOKS. Yes, I said that the single winner will get a total of SIX books. Now unlike some other months, these books will not be signed by the authors, unless those authors see this blog and contact us and just simply insist that they sign your books. Hey, it could happen, right?

What do you have to do to win? That's easy. All you have to do is make a COMMENT, or send an e-mail to deeanddeedish@sbcglobal.net and tell us YOUR Top Three Books of 2006, and WHY you picked those books. We want to know which books really flipped your lid, and we want to know what set them apart from the other books you read. You do NOT have to pick only books that were reviewed here. You can pick any book out there that was released this year. It can be fiction or non, biography, or any other book that held your interest, sparked a lil' something in your heart, brought you to tears or laughter. Just tell us what books you loved. We'll pick one winner at random. That's it. Simple, huh?

Our Top Three Picks will be in the next post. You can post your comments there, or go ahead an e-mail them to us now. Your choice. Just enter this contest. You can't win those six books if you don't enter!

Keep turning those pages!!



Anonymous said...

Hi Dees! I found you via Robin LaFevers' blog.

Top Three Books of 2006:

Sold by Patricia McCormick - This story of a girl unknowingly sold into slavery was simply told in a free verse form, but was packed emotionally. Laskshmi tried to do the right thing consistently, even when her reality kept changing. I love books that educate us in how other places in the world operate.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - Sequel to Twighlight, and I found it to be equal in power. I loved the switch in relationships with boys in this book; Edward takes a back seat and we learn much more about Jacob and his role. Interplay between those of Edward's ilk and those of Jacob's (I don't want to give anything away!) is wonderful, and I want more!

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - kids have such a hard time exposing themselves (don't we all?), even if it's just expressing thoughts. Everyone has felt the uncertainties and problems that D.J. is going through - but D.J. learns how to deal with it by talking.

There are my three! Happy Holidays to all!!

Thalia Vorbeck

Beth said...

This was kinda hard so i just scrolled through my book list and picked three really good books.

1. The Witness by Dee Henderson
(christian fiction)
Police Chief Luke Granger's witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her two sisters think she was murdered eight years ago. But Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows to protect her sisters' lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as the way to locate her. Luke and two of his homicide detectives are determined to stand in the way. They are each falling in love with a different sister, and it's become a personal mission to keep them safe. But chances are that at least one of them will fail....And facing the future will take a faith deeper than any of them currently knows.

2. Beach Road by James Patterson
(a book with a really twisted ending)
Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy's client list is woefully small--occasional real estate closings barely keep him in paper clips. When he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder that has the East Hampton world in an uproar, he knows that he has found the case of his lifetime.

The crime turns the glittering playground of the super-rich into a blazing inferno. Dunleavy's client is a local hero, but Dunleavy knows the case rests atop a volcano of money, deception, and forbidden desires. His client is the perfect fall guy--unless he can find the key that unlocks the secret rooms of the gilt-shrouded set.

When Dunleavy is joined by his former flame, the savvy and well-connected attorney Kate Costello, he believes he has a chance. But payback is a bitch--especially from the rich. The violent retaliations of billionaires threatened by his investigation exceed anything Dunleavy has ever seen. With the entire nation's eyes on him in a new Trial of the Century, Dunleavy orchestrates a series of revelations that lead to a stunning outcome--only to find afterward that the truth is wilder than anything he ever imagined.

3. Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
(paranormal -- cant wait for the rest of the trilogy)
Meet the D'Artigo sisters: half-human, half-faerie, they're savvy-and sexy-operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But their mixed-blood heritage short-circuits their talents at all the wrong times. Delilah shapeshifts into a tabby cat whenever she's stressed. Menolly's a vampire who's still trying to get the hang of being undead. And Camille is a wicked-good witch, except her magic's as unpredictable as the weather, as her enemies are about to find out-the hard way.

Laura Florand said...

Ooh! I want to win. Well, I agree with several of your picks. Between, Georgia IS the best book I read this year, and Alesia Holliday's Blondes is a really good book, too. I liked December Vaughn! But since you already mentioned those, and since I have more than 3 anyway, I'm going to name three books that nobody has named.

She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel. I just love this writer. She is gifted. This is a continuation of her bestselling memoir "A Girl Named Zippy." I don't know how to describe it, really; it's wonderful.

Heat by Bill Buford. About his time apprenticing in a famous chef's kitchen. Fascinating.

The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold. What can I say? Everything she writes is gold.

I want to pick more than 3. And I will probably kick myself for forgetting other books later.

Laura Florand said...

Can I re-enter? You can count me just once. I KNEW I would kick myself for forgetting certain books. Since all the ones I already mentioned are by authors already famous, here are 2 authors I really liked who released their first book this year:

Confessions of a Super Mom by Melanie Lynne Hauser. I spotted this one on Joshilyn Jackson's blog, and I really loved it. I expected it to be funny, which it was, but it was also somehow so true and touching. Besides being a nice fantasy for any mom.

Total Waste of Make-Up by Kim Gruenenfelder. Very funny! I thought at first that I would not like the Hollywood setting, but in fact it was a lot of fun and a nice change from New York. I loved the journal to her niece reflections and again, the way the characters felt so true under all the humor.

rssasrb said...

Choosing just three is very hard.

Single in Suburbia by Wendy Wax After her husband dumps her Amanda has to find a way to make enough money to keep her home for the kids and to keep doing the mom things she loves and they depend on. Laughter, suspense, and a grip on your heart. I love this author

Email to the Front by Alesia Holiday. (2003) This is non-fiction so am not sure if it counts but this is an extremely moving and funny look into coping with home, kids and work while her husband is deployed overseas.

I discovered Jenny Crusie this year and read all her books I could find. Welcome to Temptation and Faking it are two of my favorites. I like the people, the stories and I love it when a favorite author does a second story with characters introduced in the first.