What Is Your Favourite Book?

What is your favourite book or what are you reading at the moment?
Please do tell...
I will then enter your name in my first little give-away
I just couldn't resist
Inspired by American novelist, Louisa M Alcott

~Carry all bag for anything you like~

~long over the shoulder straps~

plenty of space for the laptop too!

Simply post a comment on this post naming a book you loved 
or one you are reading or one that is in your book pile.
I will happily post this bag anywhere in the world.
I will pick a winner on Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 pm (UK time)
 I will then post your book suggestions for future reference for all you book lovers.
Did I miss anything?

I will go first,
One of the books I am reading
Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger

~"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary~
Lousia M. Alcott


  1. I wish I could tell you thst I am reading a favorite book. But I can't.
    I am engrossed in a text book for 6 weeks while i prepare for a real estate broker's license.
    memorization. memorization.
    memorization. but my book would look lovely in that tote!
    thank you.

  2. No problem Linda and I don't envy you!
    Good luck :)

  3. I think my family would say the same for blogging


  4. Bonjour Jeanne,

    Wonderful tote and it make a nice work of art, too!

    I am reading Ann Mah's "Kitchen Chinese" and loving it: the food descriptions, the expat life... following our dreams and staying authentic to oneself.

    Linda, good luck on your RE exam. I remember taking mine in almost 20 years ago! (Only to find out, on moving to France, that an RE license is not necessary here!)


  5. LOL about the blogging comment!!

    Love the bag and the quote :)

    I never seem to have enough time to read....or at least I don't seem to have enough time to read all the books I have on my list! I miss the days when I had 45 mins each way to read on the Tube and then could spend a whole Saturday afternoon reading if I chose.

    I cannot pass a bookstore or a charity shop without picking up a book so my shelf of "Books That I Must Read NOW" never gets any smaller!

    One of my favourite books of the last couple of years must be "One Thousand Splendid Suns" which is just the most amazing book, the kind of book you read and it stays with you for ages.

    I read a really wide range of books but right now I am reading "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. I have enjoyed a lot of her books, this one is very good although a challenge since it is about a boy who goes into his high school (in the US) and just starting shooting....quite hard to read in some parts. I have had it on the shelf for ages and am trying to finish it by the week-end :)

    Happy Reading!

  6. Dear Jeanne:

    Where do you get your ideas from. Loved the bag and you take on Blogging. Well, I am a voracious reader but now my reading is limited to my area of research. Well currently I am reading 'Curry - A Tale of cooks and conquerors' by Lizzie Collingham. It a book about food history (this is a small diversion from my area of research though).

    Joy always,

  7. OH, that bag is PERFECT! I am still laughing - could it be more appropriate? If I'm not the lucky winner, can you please tell me where I can get one? As you know, I could not possibly pick a favorite - I have read too many wonderful books. Right now, I am reading "The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton".


  8. What a super bag, Jeanne! I'm entering in the 'currently reading' category with 'Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World' by Barbara Ehrenreich. It has some good thoughts but is a bit belaboured.

  9. Happy Day to you, Collage of Life! I am currently reading a Valentine's present from my mother called Too Much Tuscan Sun- Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide, By Dario Castagno. I am just starting it, but my mom really enjoyed it and described it as a quirky, entertaining, little book!

  10. Currently on my bedside table is "The art of racing in the rain" by Grath Stein...loved One Fifth by Candace Bushnell , my last read.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the give away!

  11. I just finished reading Olive Kitteridge and I enjoyed it while I was reading it but it wasn't until I turned the last page and mulled the whole thing over that I realized how much I loved it. In fact, I ended up doing a post on it and I usually don't do book posts. I am an artsy fartsy girl but sometimes you just have to share.

    The bag is so fun. My art girls would be so envious :)

  12. I am currently reading The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova. I loved her first book, The Historian, and hope to love this as well.

  13. Me again, Jeanne. I was the photographer in those shots, so no photos of me there. One of the guests promised to pass some along soon. I am the youngest of 5, and some of my sisters are in the photos. Thanks for your kind comments - that dessert table was new for me, but went over enormously well. And she loved her cake and the molded chocolate roses.

  14. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite....too many! I'm currently reading "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield which has me intrigued. I also have a deep fondness for "The Terrible Underpants" by Kaz Cooke. It cracks me up every time. Meredy xo.
    p.s. awesome giveaway Jeanne!

  15. Her Fearful Symmetry is in my bedside pile!
    I am currently reading Wolf Hall, and I'm really enjoying it!

    Thanks so much for considering us as inspiring!! We are honoured!

  16. Oh what a great giveaway Jeanne - love the bag. Well, think my favourite book is 'The Virgin and the Gypsy' by D H Lawrence. I read it first at the tender age of 18 and have re read several times since then... Am just about to start the new Joanna Trollope one - I am saving it like a delicious treat that I don't want to open yet!

  17. James Allen, The path to posterity. Hubby just found out James Allen wrote 19 books. He is a writer from the 1800. I Loved his first book. As a man thinketh. So i think it will be James Allen year for me!!!:)
    Come say hi!

  18. Cute Bag Jeanne
    Well I'm not reading anything at the moment. I go in and out of phases of reading till dawn or not reading at all.. the first work of fiction that I read cover to cover was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.. I didn't read much as a child but then when I discovered this book at 13, that all changed. I'll try and think of something more contemporary for you. .. he he

    Have a great week xx Julie

  19. The Time Travelers Wife hands down!

  20. Just 1?
    (I mean book, not the bag -giggle).
    Because I'm (re-)reading 3 books at the moment. Ooh, what ever...I just mention them:
    Sensual Home (Ilse Crawford), The Picture of Dorian Gray (O.W.)and 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness. Hm, it seems like an odd combination don't you think?? XXX, Carmie.

  21. Carmie

    The more books the better...it is shaping up to be a very interesting list! What an eclectic group we are :)

  22. Oh gosh do you really want to know... My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell..again (fun read) Hunt the Tortoise by Elizabeth Ferrars (bit of mystery) and Eckhart Tolle's A new earth (very interesting look at us)

  23. Greetings Jeanne,

    What a lovely 'giveaway'!

    Currently I am in between books and there is a stack of them awaiting my attention. Since I have never read any of Jane Austen, there are two Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice with a newly published book 33 writers have to say about Jane Austen. I figured it is time I read her work, especially since I love seeing the BBC drama productions of her work.

    I would like to share a book that is my all time favorite, as it changed my life. It is The Man Who Planted Trees. I blogged about it at Four Seasons for a Life.

    Wishing you all the best,

  24. My favourite book of all time is The Great Gatsby, however my favourite book of the moment is the Persephone classic, The Making Of A Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden and the Little Princess were my fafourite books as a child so I was delighted to discover, fairly recently, that she had written books for adults, it did not disappoint. I wonder how long it will be before it is adapted as a costume drama for TV or screen.

    My dearly beloved says I am obsessed by blogging.


  25. Dash..

    I have to confess that I am finding that blogging is competing with my reading at the moment. Popping on the iphone before bed to follow the posts of fellow bloggers is just too tempting...I need sleep!

    Jeanne :)

  26. Im reading the 'LOng Tail' boring huh!!?? xxx

  27. I could not sleep last night, so at 3.45am I got up to make some hot milk with nutmeg, I would normally read for a bit, but no, I grabbed the I phone to check posts etc. Perhaps we ought to set up Bloggoholics anonymous.

  28. Hi there Jeanne,
    I couldn't possibly have just one favourite book but, just to be a little different, as is my wont !!, ' Too much Happiness ' by Alice Munro is a collection of short stories which, in my humble opinion, deserves a mention.
    It is a collection of short stories but, to contradict the last few words, they are quite long !! ..... and, even people who don't care for short stories, change their mind.
    This book contains one beautiful story after another and Alice is such a brilliant short story writer.
    Thanks so much for the lovely, generous giveaway.

  29. I LOVE BOOKS. My favorites include "The Alchemist," "Golfing with God" and all the Nancy Drew from when I was young :) I am now reading "Girls of Riyadh."

  30. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry made me cry and smile.......it's a wonderful story and should definitely make it on your must read list.

    Love the bag and quote, totally agree with your blogging quote too;-)

  31. At 14 I read The Agony and the Ecstasy: a novel of the life of Michelangelo by Irving Stone, it changed my life forever.
    Millie ^_^

  32. I am absolutely in love with this! I need a little bag to carry my books to and from the library, and when I go to Barnes and Noble!

    Right now I am reading Ana Karenina for the first time, my roommate loved it so I'm reading it for her.
    I just finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and it was by far my favorite one.

    Ps I'm a new follower of yours, my name is Sara :)

  33. I adore your blog! I've found it via Dash's. I'm an avid reader and this bag is fabulous. I look forward to reading your blog. The quotes that you post are absolutely inspiring. I've been reading a lifestyle book series by an American writer Alexandra Stoddard, and she suggests using quotes that illicit wonderful feelings and inspiration. That's what your blog does for me!
    Best to you.

  34. I am currently reading LIT by Mary Karr, her third memoir.
    fabulous writing style.

  35. Oooh I am a book worm from waaaaay back. My all time favourite would have to be "Ahab's Wife, or The Stargazer" by Sena Jeter Naslund... Followed by her book 'Marie Antoinette.'

    Hmmm for now though I too am stuck in a 100 page report on women's and girls' education programmes in Africa that is keeping me (passionately) away from my beloved bookies. My head has turned already ;-) Great idea for a giveaway and sorry I didn't enter sooner ...

  36. I'm looking for a good read right now. Looks like there are some good suggestions in the comments. My all time favorite is Pride & Prejudice. Love Jane Austen! Louisa May Alcott is a favorite as well.

  37. I can't choose a favourite but I loved reading "Florence Broadhurst: Her secret and Extraordinary Lives" by Helen O'Neill because it appeals to my love of design and biographies. Currently I'm reading a collection of short stories "no one belongs here more than you" by Miranda July.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your competition. I also blogged about it here
    Cheers - Diana

  38. Hey there I found you through HOME...what a great giveaway! I am a huge reader. RIght now I am reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, great read so far! After that my list is huge, thanks for the chance at the giveaway!


  39. May I ask, where did you purchase this lovely bag? I would love to give this to a friend of mine.

  40. I love anything by Edith Wharton. The one I have (re-)read most recently is The Buccaneers.

    What a great bag!

  41. Currently I am reading Cecelia Ahern- Book of Tomorrow. I just love her books!!

    thanks for the great giveaway!!
    allison.leman {at} gmail {dot} com

  42. hi,
    what a cute bag! I would love to carry my textbooks in it!

    I am currently reading "The Castaways" by Elin Hilderbrand and i am hooked!

    thanks for such a great giveaway!
    leman.amy at gmail dot com

  43. I'm currently reading a lovely book on "Georgian Jewellery." Beautiful photos and great information!

    This tote is so much fun!

  44. What a lovely bag! And a lovely blog too although I've only just found it. I am reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, it's a big chunky book about magicians in Edwardian England, perfect to curl up with on cold evenings.

  45. Oh what a darling bag! I'm currently reading a few books, The Help and The Omnivore's Delima both of which are good so far.

    But I'd say my "favorite" is more like a top three list: Lolita by Nabokov, Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez or the great Hemingway romp "The Sun Also Rises".

  46. I just found your blog - can't wait to get more. The book I love is called Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

  47. Hej from Sweden!

    The fun, brain candy book Im reading right now is called "The Brightest Star in the Sky" by Marian Keyes. Fun!

    If I am the winner of the tote, I will gift it forward to my dear friend who LOVES book more than anyone else I know. When she was in Grade 7 she made a goal to read 100 books during summer break! And she did it too! Now she is all grown up but she still loves reading just as much.
    Thanks for the giveaway contest! Good luck to all!

  48. Hi,
    Currently reading and loving Wolf Hall.
    I would choose Things Fall Apart by Chinua Acebe as the most thought provoking book I've read. I read it the same week I read NightJohn and Love that Dog (I'm a Childrens'Librarian. I cried the whole week.
    Anything by Jane Austen is my choice of chocolate for the brain; soothing, satisfying and moreish.

  49. Jeanne - It's still Family Life by Elisabeth Luard but hot on it's heels has to be 'The Hall in the Field' by Margaret Evans and 'The Magic Apple Tree' by Susan Hill...also Ms. Hill's 'In the Springtime of the Year' will always be on my bookshelf....x

  50. The tote bag is so cute, I would love to win it. I am currently reading a book by Jo Anne Berthelson called 'Helena'. It is a wonderful book and the first of two.
    Thanks for the chance to win that cute bag.
    Nellie xx

  51. My mother in law told me that my husband reads too much - not embraced by a daughter of a librarian. I am reading "The Man of My Dreams" by Curtis Sittenfeld who wrote "Prep".

  52. Hi Jeanne, love your Blog, it's so elegant. My favorite friends have always been books... I always have two or three books going at the same time. Right now I have SPOUTED BAKING,BY JANIE QUINN, LOVING PICASSO,THE PRIVATE JOURNAL OF FERNANDE OLIVIER,and finally,THE COWBOY AND HIS ELEPHANT(THE STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRIENDSHIP),as you can see my taste is eclectic,its more fun that way. The bag is AWESOME, would love to show it off -Thankyou from SunShine California.


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