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Welcome to the Cotton Candy Booth!

Our hosts for this year’s are Candace at Candaceโ€™s Book Blog, Angela at Reading Angel, and Lori at Pure Imagination.

The Cotton Candy Challenge

The Prize

You may select one of my favorite works of women’s fiction thus far for 2012 as your challenge prize! If your entry is selected, a physical or electronic copy (winner’s option) of the book will be sent to you from Amazon!

The Choices

Click on the book cover to read my review!

How to Enter

You must answer three questions in one comment in order for your entry to be counted:

1. What is your all-time favorite women’s work of fiction (or “chick lit”)?

2. Why is it your favorite?

3. If your comment is selected, which of the books offered will you select?

One mandatory entry per participant, plus bonus entries available. Comments that do not include answers to the challenge questions will not be considered valid entries in the giveaway. Be sure that you include a valid email address (for notification purposes). A physical copy of the book selected can only be shipped to a U.S. street (not P.O.) address!

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Entries will be accepted until Monday, May 14, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.

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  1. Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood
    It’s funny as all get out.
    Girl Unmoored

  2. East of the Sun by Julia Gregson was memorable and special for its beauiful writing, plot and locales. I would enjoy reading Bridge of Scarlet Leaves. Many thanks.

  3. A book that resonated with me was The Forgotten Garden. This novel was emotional and meaningful. I would read Comeback Love.

  4. Brooke D

    My favorite is Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot because it’s funny and clever, and it was one of the first “chick lit” books I read. Plus, I adore Meg Cabot.

    I’d love to read Spin if I win. Thanks!

  5. I’m not one for “chick lit,” but my favorite book about a woman is The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. Although that book is written like a Bronte novel, it also contains some 20th-century interjections.

    I’d like Afterwards by Lupton. From what I’ve read, it doesn’t sound like my definition of “chick lit.”

  6. Fried Green Tomatos at the Whistle Stop Cafe. The characters are unforgettable. Comeback Love

  7. 1. Whenever I hear the word “chick lit” I immediately think of Emily Giffin. I did enjoy her writing but its not my favorite. I think I enjoy Kate Furnivall’s Russian Concubine.

    2. I enjoyed The Russian Concubine because of the unique setting as well as a very strong heroine that fought for impossible and never gave in.

    3. If your comment is selected, which of the books offered will you select?

    3. I’d probably select The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain or Comeback Love by Peter Golden. (I have to admit that both sound very good.)
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    • JHS

      Another book on my TBR pile. I’ve only read one of Jennifer Weiner’s books, Fly Away Home — loved it. Definitely want to read more of her work.

  8. My favorite is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Because Skeeter grows into such an awesome young woman and all the other women in the book also reach their dreams or grow as well. And I love the style in which it was written. You really get a feel for them by the language they use and you really understand what’s going on in their mind. They’re so easy to connect to.

    I’d select Girl Unmoored

    Thanks so much!

    • JHS

      Oh, yes . . . The Help is phenomenal. Definitely on my all-time, will-never-part-with-my-copy list.

  9. Bridget Howard

    I would have to say that my favorite chick flick book is actually one I just read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It is one of those books that just makes you all giddy inside and I Loved it :)!!!! I think that I would choose Comeback Love!!!!

  10. Machell Duke

    My favorite is Mrs Mike…why because something about the struggles of living in Canada wilderness was appealing to me and because of this book I moved to Alaska. Book I would pick is Girl Unmoored.

  11. I love fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe. It is one of my all time favorite books. I love how the characters are completely devoted friends.
    I would like afterwards.

  12. Maneesha Haroon

    My favorite book has to be The Help by Kathryn Stockett because it gives a clear insight into the lives of black maids in the south long time ago from the point of view of a white woman as well as black maids, enabling us to see both sides to the story.
    I would love to win a copy of “The Good Father” by Diane Chamberlain ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JHS

      Another one of my all-time favorite books. I have seen the movie version of The Help three times and was very disappointed that Viola Davis didn’t win best actress. I also thought it should have gotten the Oscar for best picture.

  13. This is such an awesome idea for a blog hop!

    My favorite piece of women’s lit has to be Wuthering Heights, with Jane Eyre coming a close second. Both novels, although classics, include two of my favorite themes: Desperate men and paranormal/ gothic creepiness! Plus, Wuthering Heights has some of the best quotes ever. Not to mention Heathcliff!

    And I think “Afterwards” by Rosamund Lupton sounds pretty amazing!

    Thanks for hosting!
    -Sonnie (SonnieHogan@hotmail.com)

  14. 1. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    2. I loved how the main character was a adopted by a surrogate family (the supporting characters), which in turn caused her to find her identity.
    3. If I was chosen, I would pick Girl Unmoored

  15. 1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    2. Other then the amazingness that is St. Clair? Umm, it’s probably my favorite because it was the first book to actually get me interested in chic-lit or any contemporary books.
    3. If I were to win I’d love to get Spin.
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  16. Gale Nelson

    Wuthering Heights. I just love the character Heathcliff. And I think I would like to have the book Spin. Thanks for the giveaway! Gale

  17. My all-time favorite women’s fiction is Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.I like all of her books that I have read. I like the fairy-telling part and that it explores different types of relatioships from family and love. It was set in a time period I really enjoy.
    If I win I would choose Afterwards. The author is new to me and it sounds like a chilling and tense read.

    • JHS

      I have a couple of Kristen Hannah books on my TBR pile. Your recommendation makes me want to move them to the top of the stack.

  18. I have to go with Skipping A Beat by Sarah Pekkanen (although The Dogs of Babel is an EXTREMELY close second, if not tied for first place). This book was absolutely amazing. Funny, intense and heartbreaking all at the same time. Never has a book made me want to cry so badly. I recommend it to everyone! If I win, I’d pick Afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!!
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    • JHS

      With just two books (I haven’t read These Girls yet), Sarah Pekkanen became one of my absolute favorite authors. Loved both The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat! She’s fabulous.

  19. I like Confessions of a Shopaholic because it’s a very fun and enjoyable read.

    I’d choose The Good Father. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Memoirs of a Geisha.
    The story is so fascinating, the characters are great and I love to read about Japanese culture.
    I would choose Afterwards.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

    • JHS

      Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my all-time favorite books. I just couldn’t put it down!

      Thanks for participating!

  21. 1. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
    2. I was totally swept away by the story and it kept surprising me, love that!
    3. I would pick Diane Chamberlain The Good Father

  22. 1. The Confessions of a Shopoholic
    2. Something about Becky Bloomwood that I just connect with. Maybe it’s here utter lack of direction or her love of shoes. I just adore her.
    3. Girl Unmoored looks interesting!

  23. my all time favorite women’s fiction is Tigers Curse because it has everything I love in a book: Romance, magic, love triangle, battling evil goddess going through jungles, lots and lots of adventure. I would pick bridge of Scarlet Leaves.

  24. My favorite would have to be The Help. The characters and the storyline are so rich and heartfelt. It stays with you long after you finished reading it. I’d choose Spin.


  25. I’m counting Blue Eyed Devil as women’s fiction because the heroine, Haven, is overcoming obstacles of her divorce. It’s my favorite because it’s heart-breaking but funny. I choose Spin if I win. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  26. Jennifer Metz

    I would have to say my favorite chick-lit book would be Confessions of a Shopaholic – although I’m guessing everyone’s version of chic-lit might differ. I loved the book because I REALLY related to Becky, although not quite so intense on my end. It made me be able to laugh at myself! If I were to win this contest, I would love to read Afterwards – it sounds like a very gripping, intense book!

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